Saturday, December 9, 2017

Green Bailey (as Dick Bell) - Challenge 425



Green Bailey (as Dick Bell) / Challenge 425
The Wreck Of Number Four / Shut Up In Coal Creek Mine
recorded August 29, 1929 in Richmond, Indiana


The Wreck Of Number Four is sort of a typical disaster song with a moral in the last verse that was so common in the late 1920`s on country records. I don`t know but I`d guess the song is based on a real event, as most of these types of songs were. The best side, at least to me, is Shut Up In Coal Creek Mine. There are several songs about the Coal Creek Mine and it shouldn`t be too hard to find information online about the mine and the songs if you are interested. I know nothing about Green Bailey except to say he recorded seven sides. He is accompanied by Asa Martin and Doc Roberts which recorded many sides over the years.
The condition of this disc is pretty rough so the sound is pretty noisy, but I have tried to clean up the sound the best I could and it`s plenty listenable. The poor quality of shellac in most Challenge label records contributes to noise also. Happy listening!

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Aulton Ray - Champion 15277


Aulton Ray / Champion 15277
True And Trembling Brakeman / Just As The Sun Went Down
recorded April 26, 1927 in Richmond, Indiana


This disc is a brain teaser, as the B side is a different song than the label lists. The label lists The Dixie Cowboy by Alton Ray, but is actually Just As The Sun Went Down by Marion Underwood and Sam Harris. The two tunes were recorded at the same session, so the record pressers made a mistake, or something.Just As The Sun Went Down is an old Civil War song. True And Trembling Brakeman was recorded several times in the late 1920`s by acts such as The Carter Family, Bradley Kincaid, Cliff Carlisle and others.
My copy of this disc is close to mint condition, but unfortunately the B side had two different damaged grooves, thus giving us a couple of big pops on the side. Enjoy!

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Monday, January 2, 2017

West Virginia Coon Hunters - Victor 20862


West Virginia Coon Hunters - Victor 20862
Greasy String / Your Blue Eyes Run Me Crazy
recorded August 5, 1927 in Bristol, Tennessee

Here is another post of an artist or groups only recordings. My copy of this disc is pretty nice except for a chip at the edge, thus we have pretty fine sound quality with a tiny bit of music missing at the beginning of each song. The artists are partly unknown, but Country Music Records (country music78 discography book by Tony Russell) lists W.B. Boyles on fiddle and W.A. Meadows as vocalist, banjo and guitar pickers unidentified. Your Blue Eyes Run Me Crazy is a fairly common tune, Greasy String is the rarer tune. Why didn`t these guys record more??!! GREAT sides! Happy downloading!

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Comin` Round The Mountain - Voyager LP


Here`s a really great LP of old time music the way it was in Washington state several years ago. There`s some mighty fine music on this! I`d really encourage a download on this one!






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The Bill Ring Show - #57-58 & #59-60






Since it`s been a hundred years since I posted any of these, here is two transcription discs worth of The Bill Ring Show. Enjoy!!

Track list for show #57---
1. You`re Just Sending Me Paper To Burn - Bill Ring
2. When You And I Were Young, Maggie - Doc Martin
3. The New Sally Goodin - Slim Wilson & The Tall Timber Trio
4. I`m Walking Behind You - Bill Ring
5. If You`ll Be A Baby To Me I`ll Be A Baby To You - Speedy Haworth
6. Lonely Road - Bill Ring

Track list for show #58---
1. Humpty Dumpty Heart - Bill Ring
2. Gloryland March - Speedy Haworth
3. It Isn`t Any Wonder That I Love You - Sally Briggs
4. Older And Bolder - Bill Ring
5. I`m A Fool To Care - Doc Martin
6. It`s Later Than You Think - Bill Ring

Click here to download The Bill Ring Show - #57-58

Track list for show #59---
1. Don`t Make Love To Mary With Mabel On Your Mind - Bill Ring
2. Dude Cowboy - Doc Martin
3. Gallop! Gallop! Gallop! To Gallup, New Mexico - Slim Wilson & The Tall Timber Trio
4. Heartstrings - Bill Ring
5. guitar solo - Speedy Haworth
6. M-O-T-H-E-R - Bill Ring

Track list for #60---
1. Hey Joe - Bill Ring
2. Wasted Life - Speedy Haworth
3. Please Don`t Let Me Love You - Sally Briggs
4. Are You Teasing Me - Bill Ring
5. Steel Guitar Rag - Doc Martin
6. Room Full Of Roses - Bill Ring

Click here to download The Bill Ring Show - #59-60


Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Bill and Belle Reed - Columbia 15336-D


Bill and Bell Reed / Columbia 15336-D
You Shall Be Free / Old Lady And The Devil
recorded October 17, 1928 in Johnson City, Tennessee

Here is another "only disc recorded by an artist". Most people into old time music will have heard the Old Lady And The Devil side as it has been issued on a few cd`s and also was recorded by The New Lost City Ramblers. This tune is of course about a farmer that swapped his wife to the devil and she was so mean and hateful that the devil tried to return her, but the farmer wouldn`t have her back. I`ve wondered many times why the song on the other side of the disc had never been re-issued, as the title You Shall Be Free sounds like it might be a gospel tune. It turns out to be a version of the old Shout Mourner/Mona, You Shall Be Free song, but it`s a pretty derogatory "coon song" type tune. So, please be warned. If you are offended by this type of material, please don`t listen to it. I think it`s just another part of our music history to present here. Happy listening!

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Eddie Albert - The Eddie Albert Album


Here is the most "un-country" disc I`ve posted I think, but a friend of mine and I were talking about it while back so I`m posting it for him. Eddie Albert is of course best known as Mr. Douglas from the old Green Acres television show. And devoted fan of the show will remember Mr. Douglas playing a guitar a couple times on the show. I never had thought he actually may have been a musician till I found this LP. I hate to call this disc country as he kind of defies any musical category. If you went shopping for this record when it came out I`m sure it would have been filed in the country section, or possibly folk. I hear a mix of country, folk and sort of a soft rock in amongst the tracks. There are a couple of singalong type songs with tenor banjo, a long version of the Green Acres theme song and even a Beatles tune. Give it a listen!


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The Bill Ring Show - #51, 52, 53, 54, 55 & 56






Here is the next SIX Bill Ring Shows. Thought I`d post a few since it`s been a while since I`ve posted. Enjoy!

Track list for #51---
1. Can`t Win, Can`t Place, Can`t Show - Bill Ring
2. Columbus Stockade Blues - Doc Martin
3. I`m Gonna Have A Cowboy Wedding - Slim Wilson & The Tall Timber Trio
4. I`m In A Crowd But So Alone - Bill Ring
5. Yodelin` Guitar - Speedy Haworth
6. Who At My Door Is Standing - Bill Ring

Track list for # 52---
1. Giles County, Pulaski Post Office, In The State Of Tennessee - Bill Ring
2. Liberty - Speedy Haworth
3. This Won`t Be The First Time - Sally Briggs
4. I`m Throwing Rice At The Girl I Love - Bill Ring
5. Twin Guitar Special - Doc Martin & Speedy Haworth
6. I Ain`t Gonna Do Tomorrow What I Can`t Get Done Today - Bill Ring

Click here to download The Bill Ring Show #51/52

Track list for #53---
1. So Round, So Firm, So Fully Packed - Bill Ring
2. guitar duet - Speedy Haworth & Doc Martin
3. Blues In My Heart - Bill Ring
4. Wyoming Cowboy`s Love Yodel - Slim Wilson & The Tall Timber Trio
5. Country Way - Speedy Haworth
6. Old Shep - Bill Ring

Track list for #54---
1. John Henry - Bill Ring
2. That`s The Kind Of Love I`m Looking For - Speedy Haworth
3. I`d Rather Die Young Than Grow Old Without You - Sally Briggs
4. Dangerous Ground - Bill Ring
5. steel guitar solo - Doc Martin
6. Will The Circle Be Unbroken - Bill Ring

Click here to download The Bill Ring Show #53/54

Track list for #55---
1. They All Go Native On A Saturday Night - Bill Ring
2. I Ain`t Got Nobody - Doc Martin
3. Sleepy Rio Grande - Slim Wilson & The Tall Timber Trio
4. Say Your Mine Again - Bill Ring
5. Bryant`s Boogie - Speedy Haworth
6. Sweet Adeline - Bill Ring

Track list for #56---
1. Crawdad Hole - Bill Ring
2. guitar solo - Speedy Haworth
3. Wheel Of Fortune - Sally Briggs
4. I Know It, But Does She - Bill Ring
5. The Panhandle Two-Step - Doc Martin
6. God`s Little Candles - Bill Ring

Click here to download The Bill Ring Show #55/56

Monday, March 14, 2016

Calhoun Sacred Quartet - Victor 20543


Calhoun Sacred Quartet - Victor 20543
Life`s Railway To Heaven / The Church In The Wildwood
recorded February 16, 1927 in Atlanta, Georgia

Here`s yet one more "only disc issued" offering. What we have here is a group that`s sort of split off from the Georgia Yellow Hammers. The artists are Lawrence Neal, Philip Reeve, Ernest Moody, George Pickard with Jewell Reeve on piano. Both Philip Reeve and Ernest Moody were in the Georgia Yellow Hammers, as well as recording as a duet on their own and in another group called the Turkey Mountain Singers. I suppose they are called the Calhoun Sacred Quartet here due to the fact they were from the Calhoun, Georgia area.
Both of the tunes are very well known old country gospel standards.

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Country Music Jamboree - Mercury 20350


Here`s a fun various artists LP, sort of a sampler on the Mercury label. Happy downloading!


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