Blue Yodelers: 1928-1936

Blue Yodelers: 1928-1936


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Blue Yodelers: 1928-1936

The crossover between jazz and country music was at its peak in the late 1930s with the rise of Western swing, which was essentially swinging jazz that utilized the instruments (and sometimes the melodies) of rural white America. However a decade earlier, a few vocalists who helped pioneer country music sometimes sang blues and used jazz musicians. This CD has eight numbers by Jimmie Rodgers (including "Blue Yodel No. 9" with Louis Armstrong), nine songs from Roy Evans (assisted along the way by pianist James P. Johnson, the Dorsey Brothers and Benny Goodman), and the final rare session by minstrel singer Emmett Miller from 1936. Although it can be a bit disconcerting to hear occasional yodels in these settings, the performances generally work quite well and certainly hold one's interest.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/14/2006
Label: Challenge
UPC: 0608917902020
catalogNumber: 79020
Rank: 145536

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Jimmie Rodgers   Track Performer
Cal Smith   Guitar
Benny Goodman   Clarinet
James P. Johnson   Piano
Carl Kress   Guitar
Clifford Hayes   Violin
Emmett Miller   Track Performer
Louis Armstrong   Trumpet
Lil Armstrong   Piano
Rube Bloom   Piano
Dean Bryan   Guitar
Garvin Bushell   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone
Jimmy Dorsey   Clarinet
Tommy Dorsey   Trombone
C.L. Hutchison   Cornet
J.C. Johnson   Piano
Manny Klein   Trumpet
George MacMillan   Bass,String Bass
Earl McDonald   Jug
James Rikard   Clarinet
Bob Sawyer   Piano
Frank Signorelli   Piano
John Westbrook   Steel Guitar
Arthur Whetsol   Cornet
Roy Evans   Piano,Vocals
James P. Johnson & His Orchestra   Piano
Fred E. Smith   Guitar
Gene Cobb   Vocals
George Allen   Clarinet

Technical Credits

Jimmie Rodgers   Composer
W.C. Handy   Composer
Haven Gillespie   Composer
Bob Sawyer   Composer
Tony Baldwin   Original Material
Paul Biese   Composer
Arthur Sizemore   Composer
John R.T. Davies   Original Material
Harry Coster   Original Material
Lulubelle White   Composer
Marcel van den Broek   Artwork
Waldo O'Neal   Composer

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Blue Yodelers: 1928-1936 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Airplane_Fan More than 1 year ago
What the site here doesn't give you is that the 1st eight songs are 1928, 1929 & 1930 recordings by Jimmie Rodgers, the next nine are 1928 to 1931 recordings by Roy Evans and the last four are Emmett Miller's last recording session for Bluebird in 1936 and includes three tunes and one dialogue (minstrelsy "skit") "The Gypsy." To fully appreciate the connection between these musicians, who were progenitors of country, blues and jazz blends, you really must read Nick Toches "Where Dead Voices Gather" in which he expounds on the probable influence Emmett Miller's earlier recordings had on Jimmie Rodgers. (Emmett Miller most definitely influenced Hank Williams.) Tosches also notes that Roy Evans may or may not have been influenced by Miller but he just as easily could have developed his vocal style independently of Miller. The reproduction sound quality is excellent with minimal noise and are quality transfers. The only disappointment is that the Emmett Miller tunes are not as vibrant and haunting as his earlier 1928 & 1929 Okeh sessions with the Georgia Crackers, which were contemporary with the Rodgers' & Evans' recordings here, but those are owned by Columbia(Sony) and "The Minstrel Man of Georgia" issued in 1996 is out of print. If you want to hear some "trick" vocals with instrumental backings that blend jazz, blues and country, get "Blue Yodelers."