Wednesday, May 27, 2009

The Four Virginians

Here is the complete recorded works of the Four Virginians. I posted an 8-track a couple of months ago of a later generation of this group that featured the same fiddler Richard Bigger. I hope you will enjoy their early Okeh recordings!

Richard Bigger - fiddle
Leonard Jennings - tiple
Elvin Bigger - gtr and vox
Fred Richards - guitar
unidentifed - calls

Swing Your Partner
Promenade All
New Coon in Town
One Is My Mother
Two Little Lads

The Four Pickled Peppers

Here is a near complete collection of the Four Pickled Peppers. I'm missing two sides: The Woman I Love and My Little Nappanee. If anyone has these, please let me know.

These fellows were from an area of NC which is now called Eden. This is also the same area in which Charlie Poole lived. The primary guitarist on these sides is Norman Woodlieff who recorded 6 sides with Charlie Poole in 1925. In fact, all of these guys either knew of played with Charlie Poole. Another interesting note is that Lonnie Austin(also a Poole contemporary), the fiddler on the 1939 session was actually supposed to be playing piano on that session. The band had worked up all of their selections with piano breaks and such, but Frank Walker (who was in charge of the session) wouldn't allow a piano in a stringband, so Lonnie had to go get a fiddle from somewhere to do the session. This information comes Lonnie Austin by way of Kinney Rorrer.

Enjoy the Four Pickled Peppers!

Norman Woodlieff - gtr, vox
Esmund Harris - gtr
Hamon Newman - tnr bjo
Dallas Hubbard - bones, vox
Earl Taylor - gtr
Lonnie Austin - fiddle

Sept 30, 1938 Bluebird Session
Somebody's Darling Not Mine
Four Leaf Clover
Thirteen Steps
Poor Old Joe
Come Along Children, Come Along
When I Was a Baby
Bungalow Big Enough for Two
Jolly Group of Cowboys

August 22, 1939 Bluebird Session
I'll Remember You Love in My Prayers
I'm Not Angry With You, Darling
Long Lost Sweetheart
When The Golden Moon is Shining
From Broadway to Heaven
That Wabash Rag
Dill Pickle Rag
Baby Chile
Ramblin' John
She's A Cousin of Mine

Wilmer Watts and the Lonely Eagles

Here is a near complete collection of Wilmer Watts' Paramount Recordings. I am missing two sides: Chain Gang Special and Take This Little Bunch of Roses. If anyone has these, please let me know as I would love to obtain copies of them. I sincerely apologize for the poor quality on some of these sides: When the Roses Bloom Again in particular. This is actually a pretty good copy, but it was just a sorry pressing by the record company. Paramount also owned a furniture factory and they mixed finely ground sawdust into the shellac that they pressed their records on to make the material go further. This is a major contributing factor as to why Paramount's records sound so bad.

Also I will mention: I DO NOT believe in using ANY TYPE of filters to remove hiss or clicks. These devices do nothing but hurt the integrity of the frequency range of the music. I will sometimes use an equalizer, but only in severe cases such as When the Roses Bloom. I get cds and downloads sometimes and it is obvious that the recordings have been filtered in some way. To me, once this is done, I'd just about rather not listen to it at all. The clarity of music is in the high frequencies and you lose that with these blasted filters. And one other thing I need to mention: some of the recordings in this download have been filtered before they came to me, so that is not my doing. Okay, I'm off the soapbox. Enjoy Wilmer!

Special thanks to Robert and Kinney for providing most of these sides.

April 1927 Paramount Session
6 sides

October 1929 Paramount Session
14 sides

Monday, May 25, 2009

Clyde Moody - 40 King sides

Last week on my trip to the north country, I picked up 5 or 6 Clyde Moody King records, all of which were warped and I had to flatten them out in the oven. Once I got them playable I realized what nice stuff Clyde did for King. I've always liked Clyde Moody's singing, and I think that he is one of country's most overlooked artists. Here is a whole bunch of Clyde's King recordings that I hope y'all will enjoy. Special thanks to Jim for providing these sides.

Shenandoah Waltz
There's a Big Rock in the Road
If You Need Me I'll Be Around
Lonely Broken Heart
Next Sunday Darling in My Birthday
Where the Old Red River Flows
Waltz of the Wind
Rockin' Alone in an Old Rocking Chair
Carolina Moon
Red Roses Tied in Blue
That Little Log Cabin of Mine
There's No Room In My Heart For the Blues
The Last Goodbye
Little Blossom
I Waltz Alone
I Know What It Means to Be Lonesome
Blue Mexico Skies
Over the Hill
I Dreamed You Dreamed of Me
Paid in Full
Cherokee Waltz
You'll Never Know What I've Been Through
I Love You Because
I Won't Care A Hundred Years from Now
Tears on My Pillow
It's Too Late To Say You Were Wrong
The Angels Must Have Cried Last Night
Six White Horses
Some Day You'll Remember
The Blues Came Pouring Down
What Can I Do
Beautiful Brown Eyes
You're A Real Sweetheart to Me
West Virginia Waltz
Tend to Your Business
Too Young
I'm Sorry If That's the Way You Feel
She Cooked My Goose

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Del Wood

Pictured above is a Del Wood record that I found last week. I've been needing a reason to post some of her piano playing, so here it is. I've put together all of her records that I have on this post. Enjoy!

Del Wood
Back Room Polka
Ragtime Annie
Ragtime Melody
Nobody's Sweetheart Now

Del Wood and Mr. Goon
Shanty Town
Listen to that Band
Waiting for the Robert E. Lee

Jimmie Skinner

Here's another record that I found this past week. I really like Jimmie Skinner's music. He's one of country music's overlooked artists.....probably because of his timing. Oh well, he's still great!

On the Wrong Side of the Track
You've Been a Little Careless

Red River Dave

I have been travelling for the last week to and from the northern midwest, and in my travels I've ran across a few 78s and LPs. Some of it is definitely worth posting, so that what my next few posts will be. Here's another Red River Dave record. I hope y'all will enjoy it.

Italian Dream Waltz
The Letter Edged in Black

Sunday, May 3, 2009

Southern Melody Boys' Complete Recordings

Two posts back I put up all of the Southern Melody Boys' recordings that I had at the time. Since then, I has acquired dubs of the rest of their records which are extremely rare. Very few folks have heard these sides. They are wonderful and I hope that you all will enjoy them!

(I will delete the previous post once this one is up)

Odus Maggard - banjo, lead vox
Woodrow Roberts - guitar, tenor

Feb. 17, 1937 - Bluebird Session, Charlotte, NC
Down in Baltimore
Dividing Line
Lonesome Scenes of Winter
Tribulation Days
If You See My Saviour
When the Autumn Leaves Fall
Carry Me Over the Tide
Wind the Little Ball of Yarn
Lonely and Sad
Sweet Locust Blossoms
I'll Remember You Love in My Prayers
Back in California

June 9, 1938 Decca Session, Charlotte, NC
When the Spring Roses are Blooming
I Been Here a Long, Long Time
Waiting for the Boatman
I Told the Stars About You

Kenny Baker - Dry and Dusty

I'm sorry I've gone a few weeks without any posts. I was out of town for one week and then just getting back in the daily grind the rest of the time, but nevertheless.... Here's an album I picked up while I was out of town. I hope y'all will enjoy it!

Cinncinati Rag
Dry and Dusty
Jug City
Wednesday Night Waltz
Land of Lincoln
Sally Goodin'
Hollow Poplar
Sweet Bunch of Daisies
Grey Eagle
Happy Time Waltz
Marsha's Reel
Rocky Road to Dublin