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The Bristol Sessions: The Big Bang of Country Music 1927-1928

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
In 1927, Victor Records, under the direction of producer Ralph Peer, headed to Bristol, Tennessee to record local musicians. Peer had been on similar journeys before, and he would be since, but those Bristol Sessions were pivotal, the epicenter of modern country music establishing the sound and style of the genre. Legendary as they are, they've never been collected in a single place prior to Bear Family's remarkable 2011 box set The Bristol Sessions 1927-1928, a five-disc set that collects all of Victor's Bristol recordings of those two years. Among the artists Peer and Victor captured during their session were Jimmie Rodgers and the Carter Family, an event of ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
In 1927, Victor Records, under the direction of producer Ralph Peer, headed to Bristol, Tennessee to record local musicians. Peer had been on similar journeys before, and he would be since, but those Bristol Sessions were pivotal, the epicenter of modern country music establishing the sound and style of the genre. Legendary as they are, they've never been collected in a single place prior to Bear Family's remarkable 2011 box set The Bristol Sessions 1927-1928, a five-disc set that collects all of Victor's Bristol recordings of those two years. Among the artists Peer and Victor captured during their session were Jimmie Rodgers and the Carter Family, an event of such historical significance it tends to overshadow the wealth of other recordings. By its very scope, Bear Family illustrates that there was much, much more to the Bristol Sessions than these two artists, no matter how legendary they wound up to be. Peer recorded almost any artist that crossed his path on the Tennessee/Virginia border, and a couple of these appeared far more often than the Carters or Rodgers. Ernest Stoneman and his family and Ernest Phipps fronted more sessions than their more famous peers, the former solicited by Peer before he headed down to Bristol, to ensure that there was something to capture once he was there. Peer recorded quite a bit in 1927, then headed down to the town again in 1928 to see if he could draw more gems from the mine. He did: he recorded several acts he'd already captured in 1927, but there was enough new material from the old artists and the new to add to the legacy. And the legacy is certainly rich; so rich that it acquired a legacy even without a set like Bear Family's The Bristol Sessions to urge it along. Bear Family's box doesn't challenge the conventional notions, it sets it in stone, the first heavy proof of the depth and scope of Ralph Peer's musical anthropology. Commonly acknowledged as the ground zero of modern country music, The Bristol Sessions doesn't dispel the notion that these Victor recordings were monumental. Much of what came to be known as country music is here, from the sound to the sensibility, and if they don't sound modern the way that Hank Williams records from three decades later do, they nevertheless point the way to the modern era, creating a bridge from old-timey folk to modern country. As such, The Bristol Sessions certainly carries a lingering scent of musty academia; its historical importance surely outweighs its entertainment value. Yet, that doesn't matter: this is music that justifies its weight, and in this Bear Family set, The Bristol Sessions are finally given a presentation that is worthy of its importance and explains its significance, as well.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/5/2011
  • Label: Bear Family
  • UPC: 790051609429
  • Catalog Number: 16094

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 The Dying Girl's Farewell - Walter Mooney (3:10)
  2. 2 Tell Mother I Will Meet Her - Walter Mooney (3:08)
  3. 3 The Mountaineer's Courtship - Uncle Eck Dunford (3:14)
  4. 4 Midnight on the Stormy Deep - Ernest V. Stoneman (3:13)
  5. 5 Sweeping Through the Gates - Ernest V. Stoneman & His Dixie Mountaineers (3:15)
  6. 6 I Know My Name Is There - Ernest V. Stoneman & His Dixie Mountaineers (3:10)
  7. 7 Are You Washed in the Blood? - Ernest V. Stoneman & His Dixie Mountaineers (3:21)
  8. 8 No More Good-Byes - Ernest V. Stoneman & His Dixie Mountaineers (2:49)
  9. 9 The Resurrection - Ernest V. Stoneman & His Dixie Mountaineers (3:14)
  10. 10 The Resurrection - Ernest V. Stoneman & His Dixie Mountaineers (3:18)
  11. 11 I Am Resolved - Ernest V. Stoneman & His Dixie Mountaineers (3:06)
  12. 12 I Am Resolved - Ernest V. Stoneman & His Dixie Mountaineers (3:08)
  13. 13 I Want to Go Where Jesus Is - Ernest Phipps & His Holiness Quartet (2:57)
  14. 14 Do, Lord, Remember Me - Ernest Phipps & His Holiness Quartet (3:17)
  15. 15 Old Ship of Zion - Ernest Phipps & His Holiness Quartet (3:11)
  16. 16 Jesus Getting Us Ready for That Great Day - Ernest Phipps & His Holiness Quartet (3:12)
  17. 17 Happy in Prison - Ernest Phipps & His Holiness Quartet (3:16)
  18. 18 Don't Grieve After Me - Ernest Phipps & His Holiness Quartet (3:14)
  19. 19 What Will I Do, For My Money's All Gone - Hattie Stoneman (3:24)
  20. 20 The Whip-Poor-Will's Song - Uncle Eck Dunford (2:57)
  21. 21 Skip to Ma Lou, My Darling - Uncle Eck Dunford (2:56)
  22. 22 Barney McCoy - Uncle Eck Dunford (2:57)
  23. 23 Old Time Corn Shuckin', Pt. 1 - The Blue Ridge Corn Shuckers (2:55)
  24. 24 Old Time Corn Shuckin', Pt. 2 - The Blue Ridge Corn Shuckers (3:25)
Disc 2
  1. 1 The Jealous Sweetheart - The Johnson Brothers (3:11)
  2. 2 The Jealous Sweetheart - The Johnson Brothers (3:15)
  3. 3 A Passing Policeman - The Johnson Brothers (3:26)
  4. 4 Just a Message from Carolina - The Johnson Brothers (3:07)
  5. 5 The Wreck of the Virginian - Blind Alfred Reed (3:08)
  6. 6 The Wreck of the Virginian - Blind Alfred Reed (3:01)
  7. 7 I Mean to Live for Jesus - Blind Alfred Reed (3:01)
  8. 8 You Must Unload - Blind Alfred Reed (3:07)
  9. 9 Walking in the Way with Jesus - Blind Alfred Reed (3:05)
  10. 10 Walking in the Way with Jesus - Blind Alfred Reed (3:06)
  11. 11 Two Brothers Are We - Tennessee Wildcats (2:51)
  12. 12 The Soldier's Poor Little Boy - Tennessee Wildcats (2:40)
  13. 13 I Want to See My Mother (Ten Thousand Miles Away) - The Johnson Brothers (3:08)
  14. 14 Pot Licker Blues - El Watson (2:50)
  15. 15 Narrow Gauge Blues - El Watson (2:53)
  16. 16 Cold Penitentiary Blues - B.F. Shelton (3:31)
  17. 17 Oh Molly Dear - B.F. Shelton (3:08)
  18. 18 Pretty Polly - B.F. Shelton (4:37)
  19. 19 Darling Cora - B.F. Shelton (3:55)
  20. 20 Called to the Foreign Field - Alfred G. Karnes (3:16)
  21. 21 I Am Bound for the Promised Land - Alfred G. Karnes (3:20)
  22. 22 Where We'll Never Grow Old - Alfred G. Karnes (3:25)
  23. 23 When They Ring the Golden Bells - Alfred G. Karnes (2:52)
  24. 24 To the Work - Alfred G. Karnes (2:54)
  25. 25 Train on the Island - J. P. Nester (3:04)
  26. 26 Black-Eyed Susie - J. P. Nester (3:01)
  27. 27 Johnny Goodwin - Bull Mountain Moonshiners (2:59)
Disc 3
  1. 1 Bury Me Under the Weeping Willow - The Carter Family (3:00)
  2. 2 Little Log Cabin by the Sea - The Carter Family (2:56)
  3. 3 The Poor Orphan Child - The Carter Family (3:31)
  4. 4 The Storms Are on the Ocean - The Carter Family (2:54)
  5. 5 Single Girl, Married Girl - The Carter Family (2:51)
  6. 6 The Wandering Boy - The Carter Family (3:28)
  7. 7 Remember Me, O Mighty One - Alcoa Quartet (2:59)
  8. 8 I'm Redeemed - Alcoa Quartet (3:11)
  9. 9 Henry Whitter's Fox Chase - Henry Whitter (3:13)
  10. 10 Rain Crow Bill - Henry Whitter (3:00)
  11. 11 Big Bend Gal - The Shelor Family (2:49)
  12. 12 Suzanna Gal - The Shelor Family (3:15)
  13. 13 Sandy River Belle - The Shelor Family (3:04)
  14. 14 Sandy River Belle - The Shelor Family (3:31)
  15. 15 Billy Grimes, the Rover - The Shelor Family (2:50)
  16. 16 The Newmarket Wreck - Mr. & Mrs. J.W. Baker (3:14)
  17. 17 On the Banks of the Sunny Tennessee - Mr. & Mrs. J.W. Baker (3:26)
  18. 18 The Soldier's Sweetheart - Jimmie Rodgers (3:14)
  19. 19 Sleep Baby Sleep - Jimmie Rodgers (3:10)
  20. 20 The Longest Train I Ever Saw - The Tenneva Ramblers (3:08)
  21. 21 Sweet Heaven When I Die - The Tenneva Ramblers (3:13)
  22. 22 Miss 'Liza, Poor Gal - The Tenneva Ramblers (3:05)
  23. 23 Greasy String - West Virginia Coonhunters (2:54)
  24. 24 Your Blue Eyes Run Me Crazy - West Virginia Coonhunters (3:17)
  25. 25 Standing on the Promises - Tennessee Mountaineers (2:50)
  26. 26 At the River - Tennessee Mountaineers (2:50)
Disc 4
  1. 1 My Name Is Ticklish Reuben - Smyth County Ramblers (2:45)
  2. 2 Way Down in Alabama - Smyth County Ramblers (2:44)
  3. 3 Do Not Wait 'Till I'm Laid 'Neath the Clay - Alfred G. Karnes (3:21)
  4. 4 The Days of My Childhood Plays - Alfred G. Karnes (2:53)
  5. 5 We Shall All Be Reunited - Alfred G. Karnes (3:09)
  6. 6 If the Light Has Gone Out in Your Soul - Ernest Phipps & His Holiness Singers (3:12)
  7. 7 Went Up in the Clouds of Heaven - Ernest Phipps & His Holiness Singers (2:54)
  8. 8 I Know That Jesus Set Me Free - Ernest Phipps & His Holiness Singers (2:54)
  9. 9 Shine on Me - Ernest Phipps & His Holiness Singers (3:15)
  10. 10 Bright Tomorrow - Ernest Phipps & His Holiness Singers (3:03)
  11. 11 A Little Talk with Jesus - Ernest Phipps & His Holiness Singers (2:59)
  12. 12 I Cannot Be Your Sweetheart - Howard & Peak (2:53)
  13. 13 Three Black Sheep - Howard & Peak (3:37)
  14. 14 Good-Night Darling - Clarence Greene (2:37)
  15. 15 Little Bunch of Roses - Clarence Greene (2:52)
  16. 16 The Broken-Hearted Lover - The Stoneman Family (2:41)
  17. 17 Angeline, The Baker - Uncle Eck Dunford (2:53)
  18. 18 Old Shoes and Leggins - Uncle Eck Dunford (3:05)
  19. 19 We Parted by the River Side - The Stoneman Family (3:08)
  20. 20 Down to Jordan and Be Saved - Ernest V. Stoneman & His Dixie Mountaineers (2:55)
  21. 21 There's a Light Lit Up in Galilee - Ernest V. Stoneman & His Dixie Mountaineers (2:45)
  22. 22 Going Up the Mountain After Liquor, Pt. 1 - The Stoneman Family (2:43)
  23. 23 Going Up the Mountain After Liquor, Pt. 2 - The Stoneman Family (3:08)
  24. 24 The Spanish Merchant's Daughter - The Stoneman Family (3:20)
  25. 25 Too Late - The Stoneman Family (3:32)
Disc 5
  1. 1 I'll Be Happy - Stamps Quartet (3:04)
  2. 2 Like the Rainbow - Stamps Quartet (3:15)
  3. 3 Because I Love Him - Stamps Quartet (2:54)
  4. 4 Come to the Savior - Stamps Quartet (3:00)
  5. 5 Do Your Best, Then Wear a Smile - Stamps Quartet (3:08)
  6. 6 We Shall Reach Home - Stamps Quartet (3:12)
  7. 7 My Mother Is Waiting for Me in Heaven Above - The Smith Brothers (3:02)
  8. 8 She Has Climbed the Golden Stair - The Smith Brothers (3:39)
  9. 9 We'll Sing on That Shore - Palmer Sisters (3:05)
  10. 10 Singing the Story of Grace - Palmer Sisters (2:56)
  11. 11 Help Me to Find the Way - Palmer Sisters (2:57)
  12. 12 He'll Be with Me - Palmer Sisters (3:16)
  13. 13 Brownie Blues - Tarter & Gay (3:01)
  14. 14 Unknown Blues - Tarter & Gay (3:07)
  15. 15 Where Is My Mamma? - Carolina Twins (3:06)
  16. 16 When You Go a' Courtin' - Carolina Twins (2:37)
  17. 17 I Sat Upon the River Bank - Carolina Twins (2:56)
  18. 18 New Orleans Is the Town I Like Best - Carolina Twins (2:28)
  19. 19 She Tells Me That I Am Sweet - Carolina Twins (2:42)
  20. 20 Mr. Brown, Here I Come - Carolina Twins (2:59)
  21. 21 I Truly Understand, You Love Another Man - Shortbuckle Roark & Family (2:43)
  22. 22 My Mother's Hands - Shortbuckle Roark & Family (3:12)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Jimmie Rodgers Guitar, Vocals, yodeling
Blind Alfred Reed Fiddle, Vocals
Ernest V. Stoneman Guitar, Harmonica, Vocals, Speech/Speaker/Speaking Part, Dialogue
Mother Maybelle Carter Guitar, Vocals
A.P. Carter Vocals
Sara Carter Autoharp, Vocals
Harry Gay Guitar
William Smith Guitar, Vocals
Stephen Tarter Guitar, Vocals
Roland Johnson Fiddle
Uncle Eck Dunford Fiddle, Guitar, Vocals, Speech/Speaker/Speaking Part, Dialogue
Claude Grant Guitar, Vocals
Jack Grant Banjo, Mandolin
Jack Pierce Fiddle, Vocals
Claude Slagle Banjo
Henry Whitter Harmonica
Frank Stamps Bass (Vocal)
B.F. Shelton Banjo, Vocals
El Watson Harmonica
Ernest Phipps Fiddle, Vocals
George Stoneman Banjo, Speech/Speaker/Speaking Part
Hattie Stoneman Fiddle, Mandolin, Vocals
Norman Edmonds Fiddle
Kahle Brewer Fiddle, Vocals, Speech/Speaker/Speaking Part
Jack Reedy Banjo
Iver Edwards Harmonica, Ukulele, Speech/Speaker/Speaking Part
J.E. Green Fiddle
Roy Hobbs Vocals
Ancil McVay Mandolin
Charles Peak Guitar, Vocals
Howard Green Guitar
A.G. Baker Vocals
Bolen Frost Banjo, Speech/Speaker/Speaking Part
W.B. Hitch Bass (Vocal)
Shirley Jones Guitar
Alfred G. Karnes Vocals, Hand Clapping, Harp Guitar
Walter Mooney Vocals
J.L. Wells Baritone (Vocal)
Clarence Greene Guitar, Vocals
Irma Frost Organ, Vocals
Gwin Foster Guitar, Harmonica, Vocals
Roosevelt Smith Autoharp, Vocals
Pyrhus Shelor Fiddle
Vernal Vest Banjo-ukelele
Susie Belle Palmer Alto (Vocal)
Robert Roark Vocals
Ray Wheeler Baritone (Vocal)
Mike O'Byrne Bass (Vocal)
Joe Stephens Banjo
Joe Blackard Banjo, Vocals
Jesse T. Shelor Fiddle
William McReynolds Banjo
Paul Johnson Banjo, Steel Guitar, Vocals
Palmer Wheeler Tenor (Vocal)
Oda Roark Vocals
Malcolm Warley Guitar, Vocals
James Preston Nester Banjo, Vocals
James Howard Fiddle, Vocals
Eula Johnson Banjo
Ethel Baker Piano
Dwight M. Brock Piano
David O. Fletcher Guitar, Vocals
Clarice Blackard Piano, Vocal Harmony
Charlie Greer Guitar
Charles McReynolds Fiddle
Charles Johnson Guitar
Carl Cruise Guitar, Vocals
Bill Deane Vocals
Arthur Wyrick Guitar
Fred Belcher Guitar
Flora Baker Autoharp, Vocals
Georgia Warren Vocals
George Roark Sr. Banjo, Vocals
George Roark Jr. Vocals
Huetokah Palmer Soprano (Vocal)
Alice Palmer Tenor (Vocal)
Technical Credits
Jimmie Rodgers Composer
Blind Alfred Reed Composer
Ernest V. Stoneman Composer, Duet, Vocal Group
A.P. Carter Composer
Harry Gay Composer
Bill Hartley Illustrations
Tony Russell Liner Notes, Illustrations, Biographical Notes, Discographical Information
Stephen Tarter Composer
Richard Nevins Illustrations
Gwen Foster Composer
Robert Lowry Composer
Uncle Eck Dunford Composer
Claude Grant Composer
Bud Phillips Illustrations
Jack Pierce Composer
George Webster Composer
Henry Whitter Composer
Phil Wells Lyric Transcription
Ralph Peer Producer
R.A. Andreas Illustrations
Richard Weize Discographical Information
Tom Leonard Vocal Group
Fanny Crosby Composer
Dion DeMarbelle Composer
B.F. Shelton Composer
Morgan Williams Composer
El Watson Composer
Marshall Wyatt Illustrations
Joe Wilson Photo Scanning
Ernest Phipps Composer
Ted Olson Liner Notes, Reissue Producer, Illustrations, Biographical Notes
Hattie Stoneman Vocal Group
Frank Mare Illustrations
Christopher [1] C. King Reissue Producer, Illustrations, Photo Scanning
James Rowe Composer
Christian Zwarg Mastering
Kahle Brewer Vocal Group
W.H. Doane Composer
V.O. Stamps Composer
Brandon Story Illustrations
Andreas Merck Photo Scanning
J.W. Baker Composer
Charles Peak Composer
Dave Barnes Illustrations
A.G. Baker Vocal Group
Edna Brewer Vocal Group
Nora Byrley Vocal Group
Alfred G. Karnes Composer
Walter Mooney Vocal Group
Minnie Phipps Vocal Group
Clarence Greene Composer
J.C. Moore Composer
Raymond McLain Photo Scanning
Gary Rose Illustrations
R. Kelso Carter Composer
Daniel Gersdorf Photo Restoration
Mychael Gerstenberger Artwork
J.R. Baxter Jr. Composer
Irma Frost Duet, Vocal Group
Tim Buchanan Illustrations
Roosevelt Smith Composer
J. P. Nester Composer
Wayne Martin Illustrations
Thomas Ramsey Composer
Steven Weiss Illustrations
Stacey Wolfe Illustrations
Randall Mays Illustrations
Ralph Tinsman Composer
Mark Sanderford Illustrations
John F. Lilly Illustrations
Joanna Kinkel Composer
Paul Johnson Composer
Malcolm Vidrine Illustrations, Photo Scanning
Jamie Verillion Photo Scanning
James Howard Composer
David O. Fletcher Composer
Darrel Meadows Illustrations
Charles Johnson Composer
Bill Kornrich Photo Scanning
Gregg Kimball Illustrations
George Roark Jr. Composer
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