Nashville Early String Bands, Vol. 2 [2000]

Nashville Early String Bands, Vol. 2 [2000]

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Overview

Radio came to Nashville in 1923, but it wasn't until 1925 when WSL started the Grand Old Opry. In the beginning, the Grand Old Opry, overseen by George D. Hay, was a wild and rumpus program that utilized unpaid musicians who lived nearby. Nashville Early String Bands, Vol. 2 captures the energy and wildness of those early days. Deford Bailey offers fine versions of harmonica blues on "Muscle Shoals Blues" and "Alcoholic Blues," showing that early country music included a wide variety of instruments. Sam and Kirk McGee sing "Brown's Ferry Blues," a song made famous by the Delmore Brothers. While less polished than the Delmore Brothers, their more old-time version is filled with energetic banjo. Uncle Dave Macon's charisma shines through on "Over the Road I'm Bound to Go" and "Bake That Chicken Pie." Although many early string bands had singers, a singer was by no means necessary and many groups performed without one. Instrumental recordings like Theron Hale & Band's "Fire in the Mountain" and the fiddling of Uncle Jimmy Thompson on "Billy Wilson" are prominent throughout this album. Whatever these early recordings lack in "polish" they make up for in liveliness. These early recordings also prove widely eclectic, performing without the guidelines of a "country sound." Several cuts on Nashville Early String Bands, Vol. 2 contain a few scratches, but the overall fidelity is very good. These recordings offer a fine look at country music's roots, complete with fiddles and banjos, untrained singers, and traditional songs.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/10/2000
Label: County Records
UPC: 0009001352224
catalogNumber: 3522

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Uncle Dave Macon   Banjo,Vocals
Sam McGee   Banjo,Guitar
McGee Brothers   Track Performer
Bill Brown   Speech/Speaker/Speaking Part
Kirk McGee   Banjo,Fiddle,Vocals
Jimmy Thompson   Fiddle,Speech/Speaker/Speaking Part
DeFord Bailey   Harmonica
Elizabeth Hale   Fiddle
Mamie Ruth Hale   Fiddle,Mandolin
Theron Hale   Fiddle
Uncle Jimmy Thompson   Track Performer
Sam & Kirk McGee   Track Performer
Theron Hale & Daughters   Track Performer
Uncle Macon Dave & His Fruit Jar Guzzlers   Track Performer
Mazy Todd   Fiddle
Blind Joe Mangrum   Fiddle,Track Performer
Eva Thompson Jones   Piano
Fred Shriver   Accordion

Technical Credits

Uncle Dave Macon   Composer
Charles K. Wolfe   Liner Notes
Traditional   Composer
Shelly   Producer

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