Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Abel S. Browning

Here is a very interesting record. This was discovered in a batch of 78s in the last few days by a friend of mine. This is an acetate record that was made March 22, 1938 by Fiddler Abel S. Browning of Oakland, MD. Mr. Browning was 84 years old at the time which means that he would have been born around 1854. He was still playing quite well at this age as you will hear.

All of the tunes here are not familiar to me, except for Arkansas Traveler and Washington March, which bares some similarity to Bonaparte Crossing the Rhine.

I've tried to find some information on him and can nothing online except for a couple references to him made by Pennsylvania fiddler Walter Neal. If anyone knows anything about Mr. Browning, please let me know.

Kimmell's Hornpipe
Bluebells of Scotland
Lackey's Hornpipe
Arkansas Traveler
William's Cotillion
Bloomington Waltz
Heir's Waltz
Washington March
Atlanta Hornpipe

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Monday, August 16, 2010

Charlie Parker & Mack Woolbright

I have been trying for months to put this post together, and finally it is here! This is the complete recorded output of Charlie Parker and Mack Woolbright. Woolbright has gained some noteriety in last few years because of his influence on Earl Scruggs.

These sides were all recorded in two sessions in Atlanta, GA in 1927. There is clawhammer banjo featured on several of these tunes. It is possible that Parker is on banjo on those sides and Woolbright guitar, but it is certain that the 3-finger style picking on these recordings is in indeed Woolbright. This is really fantastic music and singing! ENJOY!!

April 6, 1927 Atlanta, GA Columbia Session
 2 sides

November 10, 1927 Atlanta, GA Columbia Session
4 sides

Green's String Band

Here are 4 out of 11 sides recorded by Green's String Band. This group recorded one session for Gennett Records on Sept. 15, 1930. This is really nice old time parlour music that you are sure to enjoy!

A. Judson Green - fiddle
Herman Green - fiddle
Ila Bassett - guitar
Preston Green - bass fiddle

Glide Waltz
Rickett's Hornpipe
The Widow Hayse

Kentucky Mountain Chorusters

Here's yet another record of unknown musicians. This band recorded two other sides which were rejected by the Gennett company, so these 2 sides are the only issued recordings of this group. Enjoy!

The Great Reaping Day
We'll Understand it Better Bye and Bye

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The Fox Chasers

Here is yet another group of unknown musicians. These folks were from Texas. This record and two other sides were recorded June 11, 1930 in San Antonio, TX.

Red Wing
New Broom

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The Bentley Boys

Here's a great record by a great group that is thought to be from Western North Carolina. No one really knows who the Bentley Boys are, but they had a really great group. This record was recorded Oct. 23, 1929 in Johnson City, TN and is the only record they ever made.

Down on Penny's Farm
Henhouse Blues

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