RCA Country Legends: Bristol Legends, Vol.1

RCA Country Legends: Bristol Legends, Vol.1



When Victor Records field engineer Ralph Sylvestor Peer arrived in Bristol, TN, in the summer of 1927, he had a mission to record every rural Southern musician he could find. By the time he left Bristol, Peer had recorded 76 songs by 19 different acts and had set the cornerstones for the future of country music, a genre that had yet to be recognized or defined. The Peer Sessions, or Bristol Sessions (both terms are used with reverence in the country community), yielded the first recordings from both the Carter Family and Jimmie Rodgers, as well as historic recordings by names less familiar, but no less important. The Carters are represented on this selection of Bristol recordings by two tracks, "Single Girl, Married Girl" and "The Storms Are on the Ocean," while Jimmie Rodgers also has two, "The Soldier's Sweetheart" and "Sleep, Baby, Sleep." Ernest Stoneman (of the revered Stoneman Family) sings "Sweeping Through the Gates" and "Dying Girl's Farewell." Blind Alfred Reed delivers a strange musical sermon on "You Must Unload." J.P. Nestor's wild, kinetic fiddle romp "Train on the Island" is simply one of the best string band performances ever recorded and is included here, as is B.F. Shelton's modal banjo version of the murder ballad "Pretty Polly," arguably one of the most cold-blooded tunes in the Appalachian folk arsenal. More comprehensive collections of the Bristol material have been available, but as a single disc (and price) this one is perfect for anyone with a more casual interest in these crucial and historic recordings.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/08/2002
Label: Rca
UPC: 0078636513126
catalogNumber: 65131

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Ernest V. Stoneman   Guitar,Harmonica,Vocals
Mother Maybelle Carter   Guitar,Vocals
A.P. Carter   Bass,Vocals
Sara Carter   Guitar,Autoharp,Vocals
Claude Grant   Guitar,Vocals
Jack Grant   Mandolin
Jack Pierce   Fiddle
Claude Slagle   Banjo
B.F. Shelton   Banjo,Vocals
Watson   Harmonica
J. Karen Thomas   Tenor (Vocal)
J.P. Nestor   Banjo,Vocals
Hattie Stoneman   Violin
Norman Edmonds   Fiddle
Kahle Brewer   Fiddle,Vocals
Iver Edwards   Harmonica,Ukulele
Charlie Johnson   Guitar
Paul Johnson   Steel Guitar,Vocals
W.B. Hitch   Bass
Walter Mooney   Vocals
Irma Frost   Organ,Vocals
Alfred Reed   Fiddle,Vocals

Technical Credits

Jimmie Rodgers   Composer
Charles Ives   Composer
Barry Feldman   Producer
Rich Kienzle   Liner Notes
Traditional   Composer

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Guest More than 1 year ago
This CD emcompasses many great acts, some now fixtures in Country or "hillbilly" music history, like the Carters or Jimmie Rodgers, and some equally grand performers, now obscure in most minds, like the Alcoa Quartet or West Virginia Coon Hunters. A decent starter compilation to see if you like this sort of thing.