Friday, January 30, 2009

Charlie Poole & the Alleghany Highlanders

Few realize that Charlie Poole preferred to have a piano in his music. Columbia A&R man, Frank Walker, didn't like a piano in a stringband so he didn't allow Poole to use one as much as he would have liked. So, in between May 8th and May 11th 1929, Charlie Poole and his small ensemble, The Alleghany Highlanders, recorded 12 sides for Brunwick and Paramount Records collectively.

Paramount sides:
Under the Double Eagle
Richmond Square
Flop Eared Mule
Lynchburg Town
San Antonio
What is Home Without Babies
Tennessee Blues
May I Sleep In Your Barn Tonight, Mister

Brunswick sides:
Trip to New York Parts 1-4


  1. I just discovered your site via Poole's "San Antonio" on YouTube. I'd never heard of the Alleghany Highlanders and, thanks to you, I'm looking forward to listening.
    Like Kenny Hall says, "Keep it Old Timey".

  2. I'd love to see this re-upped. Thanks in advance.

  3. ...and the Posey Rorer sides. also. I have a great love for all things connected with Charlie Poole.