String Bands (1926-1929)

String Bands (1926-1929)

     
 

String Bands (1926-1929) has a few remarkable tracks: the hilarious, warbling vocals on the Kansas City Blues Strummers' "Broken Bed Blues" and a very rare cello solo on the Old Pal Smoke Shop Four's "Black Cat Blues" will single-handedly justify the purchase for some enthusiasts. The album is most recommended, however,See more details below

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String Bands (1926-1929) has a few remarkable tracks: the hilarious, warbling vocals on the Kansas City Blues Strummers' "Broken Bed Blues" and a very rare cello solo on the Old Pal Smoke Shop Four's "Black Cat Blues" will single-handedly justify the purchase for some enthusiasts. The album is most recommended, however, for the light it sheds on the intersecting traditions of black-and-white rural musical styles in the early age of recording. Andrew and Jim Baxter, a fiddle-guitar duo from Georgia, demonstrate equal virtuosity at blues and country dance styles and are, deservedly, the best-known performers on the disc; Nap Hayes and Matthew Prater fuse Scott Joplin's ragtime with more traditional, country styles on their mandolin-guitar duets. Most interestingly, the compilation includes two racially integrated groups, a phenomenon otherwise absent in the 1920s recording industry: fiddler Andrew Baxter joins the otherwise all-white Georgia Yellowhammers on "G Blues," and Jim Booker, another black fiddler, joins Taylor's Kentucky Boys for four standard dance pieces, including "Soldier's Joy" and "Grey Eagle." The four tracks by the Alabama Sheiks which conclude the album -- recorded, despite the title of this collection, in 1931 -- are fair duets by another guitar-fiddle duo obviously influenced by the great Mississippi Sheiks, whose "Sittin' on Top of the World" they imitate reasonably well. Although not highly recommended for casual listeners, this collection will be of great interest to many and provides a welcomed expansion of modern understandings of string band music.

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Product Details

Release Date:
06/02/1994
Label:
Document
UPC:
0714298516722
catalogNumber:
5167
Rank:
331788

Tracks

  1. Broken Bed Blues  -  Kansas City Blues Strummers
  2. String Band Blues  -  Kansas City Blues Strummers
  3. Surprised Blues  -  Old Pal Smoke Shop Four
  4. Black Cat Blues  -  Old Pal Smoke Shop Four
  5. Gray Eagle
  6. Forked Deer
  7. Soldier Joy
  8. Maxwell Girl
  9. Camp Nelson Blues
  10. G Rag  - Jim Baxter
  11. Bamalong Blues  - Jim Baxter
  12. K.C. Railroad Blues  - Jim Baxter
  13. The Moore Girl  - Jim Baxter
  14. Georgia Stomp  - Jim Baxter
  15. Forty Drops  - Jim Baxter
  16. It Tickles Me  - Jim Baxter
  17. Dance the Georgia Poss  - Jim Baxter
  18. Somethin' Doin'
  19. Easy Winner
  20. Nothin' Doin'
  21. Prater Blues
  22. Travelin' Railroad Man Blues
  23. Sittin' on the of the World
  24. The New Talkin' 'Bout You
  25. Lawdy Lawdy Blues

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

John Chapman   Vocals
Nap Hayes   Guitar,Gitcho
Willie Young   Guitar
Andrew Baxter   Violin,Speech/Speaker/Speaking Part
Matthew Prater   Track Performer
Taylor's Kentucky Boys   Track Performer
Bud Landress   Speech/Speaker/Speaking Part
Robert Steele   Guitar,Violin,Kazoo
Aulton Ray   Accordion,Vocals
Alabama Sheiks   Track Performer
Georgia Yellow Hammers   Track Performer
Booker Orchestra   Track Performer
Jim Booker   Guitar,Violin,Kazoo

Technical Credits

John Lee Hooker   Composer
Johnny Parth   Producer
Terry Zwigoff   Liner Notes
Gerhard Wessely   Remastering
Traditional   Composer

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