Times Ain't Like They Used to Be, Vol. 5: Early American Rural Music

Times Ain't Like They Used to Be, Vol. 5: Early American Rural Music

     
 

Each volume in Yazoo Records' Times Ain't Like They Used to Be series (this one is the fifth installment) collects 1920s and '30s commercial 78s, and taken together they project a vital and energetic early-20th century rural America of jug and string bands, country blues players, fiddlers, banjoists, sacred singers, and musical roustabouts of every conceivableSee more details below

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Each volume in Yazoo Records' Times Ain't Like They Used to Be series (this one is the fifth installment) collects 1920s and '30s commercial 78s, and taken together they project a vital and energetic early-20th century rural America of jug and string bands, country blues players, fiddlers, banjoists, sacred singers, and musical roustabouts of every conceivable rustic style imaginable. This process makes each volume remarkably similar even as the particular artists and songs included on each may be tremendously different. Vol. 5 includes such gems as Sam McGee's bright "Railroad Blues," Skip James' classic and striking "Hard Time Killin' Floor Blues," a breakneck version of "Black-Eyed Susie" by string band great J.P. Nestor, and a unusually hopeful blues treatment of "Some Happy Day" from Charley Patton. Since everything is drawn from exceedingly rare 78s, many of which were played to death by their original owners, there is a fair amount of ambient needle noise on several of these tracks, but that only adds to the overall feel of history actually coming alive that is inherent to these kinds of compilations. Well selected, varied, and artfully sequenced, Times Ain't Like They Used to Be, Vol. 5 is yet another welcome addition to a hopefully never-ending series.

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Product Details

Release Date:
04/23/2002
Label:
Yazoo
UPC:
0016351206329
catalogNumber:
2063
Rank:
179099

Tracks

  1. Railroad Blues  - Sam McGee
  2. Step Stone  -  Floyd County Ramblers
  3. Hard Time Killin' Floor Blues
  4. Greenback Dollar
  5. Doggone That Train
  6. Framer's Blues
  7. No Room for a Tramp
  8. Just Over the River  -  Garland Brothers & Grinstead
  9. Mule Skinner Moan
  10. Shortening Bread  -  Reaves White County Ramblers
  11. Black-Eyed Susie
  12. A Rag Blues
  13. Railroad Blues
  14. Way Down in North Carolina  - Grayson County Railsplitters
  15. Citaco  -  Swamp Rooters
  16. Pistol Blues  -  Unknown
  17. Boat Song March  -  Murphy Brothers Harp Band
  18. I've Got No Honey Baby Now  -  Frank Blevins and his Tar Heel Rattlers
  19. Bonnie Bess  -  Wilmer Watts & The Lonely Eagles
  20. Cold Woman Blues
  21. Hamilton's Special Breakdown  -  Wyzee, Tucker & Lecroy
  22. Johnny Goodwin  - Bull Mountain Moonshiners
  23. Some Happy Day

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