Old-Time Music of West Virginia, Vol. 2: Ballads, Blues and Breakdowns

Old-Time Music of West Virginia, Vol. 2: Ballads, Blues and Breakdowns



Early old-time music had a great diversity of styles ranging from duos to fiddle virtuosos, from down-home blues to rambunctious string bands. While many of the performers on Old-Time Music of West Virginia may be unfamiliar, their talent helped to lay the groundwork for country music. Frank Hutchison lays down his slide guitar on the bluesy "Worried Blues" and performs a talking blues song on "Last Scene of the Titanic." Hutchison's guitar work probably benefited from the somewhat comfortable race relations in West Virginia that allowed white and African-American musicians to learn from one another. Dick Justice, an unfortunately obscure and little recorded guitarist/singer, contributes "Black Dog Blues" and a delightful "Cocaine." "Cocaine," a fun though bizarre song, starts with the narrator's girlfriend stealing him ground meal and lard, and ends with him having all of his furniture repossessed. In the Jackson County Barn Owls' "I Wonder How the Old Folks Are at Home," the narrator sings longingly about the pastoral home left behind, while the Fruit Jar Guzzlers cut loose on an energetic "Cripple Creek," giving some sense of how the group must have sounded performing live. The Weaver Brothers' "Prison Sorrows," recorded in 1929, covers the now standard country theme of the misfit dreaming of his girl and family from behind locked doors. While the listener can glimpse the beginnings of country music in these recordings, there is also a diversity that is missing from the current scene. This variety creates a lively compilation, and it's fortunate to have record labels like County documenting this fascinating musical history.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/10/2000
Label: County Records
UPC: 0009001351920
catalogNumber: 3519

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Clark Kessinger   Fiddle
Roy Harvey   Guitar,Vocals
Frank Hutchison   Track Performer
Kessinger Brothers   Track Performer
Luches "Luke" Kessinger   Guitar
Tweedy Brothers   Track Performer
Dick Justice   Guitar,Vocals,Track Performer
Byrd Moore   Guitar,Track Performer
Arnold Williamson   Fiddle
Fruit Jar Guzzlers   Track Performer
Williamson Brothers   Track Performer
Earnest Branch   Banjo,Vocals
Jess Johnston   Fiddle,Track Performer
Cleve Chaffin   Banjo,Guitar,Vocals,Track Performer
Odell Smith   Fiddle
Bernice "Bernie" Coleman   Fiddle
Brooks Ritter   5-string Banjo,Tenor Banjo

Technical Credits

Traditional   Composer
Christopher [1] C. King   Liner Notes

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