String Bands (1926-1929)

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All Music Guide - Burgin Mathews
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Burgin Mathews
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: 6/2/1994
  • Label: Document
  • UPC: 714298516722
  • Catalog Number: 5167
  • Sales rank: 112,351

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Broken Bed Blues - Kansas City Blues Strummers (2:29)
  2. 2 String Band Blues - Kansas City Blues Strummers (2:33)
  3. 3 Surprised Blues - Old Pal Smoke Shop Four (2:58)
  4. 4 Black Cat Blues - Old Pal Smoke Shop Four (3:10)
  5. 5 Gray Eagle (2:39)
  6. 6 Forked Deer (2:43)
  7. 7 Soldier Joy (2:50)
  8. 8 Maxwell Girl (2:40)
  9. 9 Camp Nelson Blues (2:38)
  10. 10 G Rag - Jim Baxter (3:11)
  11. 11 Bamalong Blues - Jim Baxter (3:10)
  12. 12 K.C. Railroad Blues - Jim Baxter (3:29)
  13. 13 The Moore Girl - Jim Baxter (3:01)
  14. 14 Georgia Stomp - Jim Baxter (2:45)
  15. 15 Forty Drops - Jim Baxter (2:43)
  16. 16 It Tickles Me - Jim Baxter (3:16)
  17. 17 Dance the Georgia Poss - Jim Baxter (2:42)
  18. 18 Somethin' Doin' (3:01)
  19. 19 Easy Winner (2:52)
  20. 20 Nothin' Doin' (2:52)
  21. 21 Prater Blues (3:12)
  22. 22 Travelin' Railroad Man Blues (2:57)
  23. 23 Sittin' on the of the World (2:59)
  24. 24 The New Talkin' 'Bout You (2:44)
  25. 25 Lawdy Lawdy Blues (2:45)
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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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