Monday, April 4, 2011

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


12 comments:

  1. You have great new posts up here. I really enjoy your old-time records!

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  2. Thanks for this one and thanks to Robert for the research.

    I put a link on my site, VMIMC, to your site. I hope that is OK with you.

    Thanks again.

    Harlan

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  3. Great record, especially East Tennessee Blues - Thanks Jeremy and kudos to Robert for the research. Nice job

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