Monday, April 4, 2011

Dick Devall - Timely Tunes 1563

Here's a great record. If you ever wanted to know what real cowboy singing was like, well I bet this is about as close to that as you'll ever find. This is Dick Devall doing two old cowboy songs. This is the real deal: inaccompanied singing. This is probably what they sounded like singing out west is 1849. Great Authentic Stuff!!

Tom Sherman's Barroom

Out on the Lone Star Cow Trail

Chumbler's Breakdown Gang

Here's an interesting record that will sort of defy some information that has been in several discographies. For years, QRS 9016 has been said to be Charlie Poole and the Highlanders under the presumed pseudonym Chumbler's Mountain Gang, but after this record has finally been found (this is likely the only known copy), it is obvious that it is not Charlie Poole. Also, Country Music Records 1921-1942 says that this record's sides are Tennessee Blues and May I Sleep In Your Barn Tonight, Mister; neither of which are correct. The sides here are East Tennessee Blues and Under the Double Eagle. So, I assumed that this was the Chumbler Family, but after checking their discography, these sides are not listed. So, I checked the index for East Tennessee Blues and the only groups that are listed are Elmer Bird, Richard Cox, Hill Billies, and Johnson Sisters Trio. None of these groups recorded Under the Double Eagle, but if you look at Chumbler's Breakdown Gang under Chumbler Family and Associated Groups, you will see that only one side, matrix 405 - Brown Mule Slide, is listed. The matrices on this record are 406 and 407, the next two numbers in the sequence. So, it seems as though this record is not under a pseudonym after all. Apparently, these sides were only issued on QRS. They were recorded April 1927 for Paramount Records in Long Island City, NY. This is good music! So, y'all all enjoy!

Special thanks to Robert Montgomery for the research on the record.

Under the Double Eagle

East Tennessee Blues

Emry Arthur & Della Hatfield - Broadway 8266

Here's a 78 by Emry Arthur and Della Hatfield recorded for Paramount Records in late 1929 in Grafton, WI. Enjoy!

A Railroader Lover For Me

Jennie My Own True Lover

Freddie Rose - Brunswick 4107

Here's my latest collected 78 dub of Freddie Rose. I hope y'all will enjoy this!

Fred Rose - piano, vocal

Remember Me

Is It a Sin

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Ed Helton Singers

Now here's some great old time singing! I have no information of this group. Its safe to assume that they were probably from East TN, West NC, East WV or Southwest VA because this was recorded in Johnson City, TN on October 18, 1928. These are the only sides that they cut.

One thing I should note: Their version of My Old Cottage Home predates the Carter Family's recording of it by 2 and a half years.

Great stuff! ENJOY!

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The Cauley Family

Here are all the issued Cauley Family records for ARC. They were recorded August 7-9, 1934 in New York, NY. According to the discography, only the first four sides in this post were issued, however a friend of mine ran accros a copy of the record that is pictured above. Apparently, this record was issued, though it is listed as unissued in the discography. This is probably because this pressing was made especially for a retailer with a chain of a few stores in Virginia and North Carolina. That is what the prefix JL stands for. The initials of the man who owned the chain of stores was J.L. and he was actually the person who took the Cauleys to New York to record. In the discography, however, it does list Grey Eagle and Darling Nellie Gray/Little Brown Jug as issued under JL-100. The supposedly-unissued record found here is JL-103, so it would be safe to assume that JL-102 is the Cauley Family as well, and likely more supposedly-unissued sides, but I know of no copies of JL-102 that exist. Maybe some collectors out there can turn that up. But at this point, this is all that there is to offer of the Cauley Family!! So Enjoy!!!

Roland Cauley - fiddle, slide guitar, vox
? Cauley - banjo, vox
Lake Howard - guitar, vox

Wayne County Blues
Mississippi Sawyer/Soldier's Joy
Seaboard Waltz
Duplin County Blues
Grey Eagle
Darling Nellie Gray/Little Brown Jug
New River Train
Lumberton Wreck

Wednesday, January 5, 2011


Just letting everyone know. I have reuploaded the Ralph Stanley 1967 Jalyn lp and the Carl Story Spar lp.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Roy Harvey - Goodbye Mary Dear - Champ 16331

This song was recorded June 3, 1931 in Richmond, IN.

Roy Harvey - guitar, vox
Jess Johnston - fiddle
Bernice Coleman - fiddle
Ernest Branch - banjo, vox

In all Roy Harvey reissues that have been done, this side has never showed up nor has it been listed in the Harvey discographies. On page 411 in Tony Russell's "Country Music Records," this side (17783) is listed as Goodbye Maggie, Goodbye Darling. However the song before that, "By a Cottage in the Twilight" (17782), is the same song as "Goodbye Maggie, Goodbye Darling." So somewhere along the way 17783 got mislabeled in the discography. Maybe that is why this song has never showed up in any reissues. There is a possibility that this is the only known copy of this record as well, and the illegibility of the label could have easily caused it to be mistaken for "Goodbye Maggie, Goodbye Darling."

Anyway, here it is and I hope you'll enjoy it even though it is very rough and has a skip in the middle of the second verse.