November 30, 2016

The Legendary Ingramettes: African American Gospel Music from Virginia

Event Date: 2016/07/21 Running Time: 64 minutes

A concert by the Ingramettes, one of Virginia's premier gospel ensembles. The family Gospel group was founded in the 1960s in Richmond, Virginia by the late Maggie Ingram. This is the group's first performance without her. This performance includes singers Rev. Almeta Ingram-Miller (Ingram's daughter), Cheryl Maroney Beaver (Ingram's granddaughter), Carrie Ann Jackson, and background vocalist LeChelle Johnson. The musicians are Calvin "Kool Aid" Curry (bass), Kenneth Heath (keyboards) and Randall Kort (percussionist).

Speaker Biography: For more than five decades, the Ingramettes have been bringing their music and ministry to congregations in the Tidewater and Piedmont areas of Virginia. Their commanding, spirit-filled performances demonstrate the extraordinary depth of talent in American gospel music.

The Library of Congress
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November 27, 2016

The Skillet Lickers: Old Time Fiddle Tunes And Songs From North Georgia

County Records CD-3509

Format: CD, Album, Remastered
Country: US
Released: 1996
Genre: Folk, World, & Country
Style: Old-time
01 Rocky Pallet (2:52) Oct 29, 1929
02 Rock That Cradle Lucy (2:56) Oct 29, 1929
03 Soldier's Joy (2:55) Oct 29, 1929
04 Sal's Gone To The Cider Mill (3:00) Apr 14, 1930
05 Ride Old Buck To Water (3:08) Dec 4, 1930
06 Molly Put The Kettle On (3:10) Oct 24, 1931
07 Hell Broke Loose In Georgia (3:01) Oct 29, 1929
08 Fly Around My Pretty Litte Miss (3:16) Oct 23, 1928
09 Liberty (3:19) Oct 22, 1928
10 Devilish Mary (3:21) Oct 22, 1928
11 Cackling Hen And Rooster Too (3:13) Dec 4, 1930
12 Miss McLeod's Reel (2:55) Oct 24, 1931
13 Pretty Little Widow (3:12) Oct 23, 1928
14 Dixie (3:12) Mar 29, 1927
15 Broken Down Gambler (3:11) Dec 5, 1930
16 Leather Breeches (3:04) Apr 14, 1930
Bert Layne, Clayton McMichen, Gid Tanner, Lowe Stokes (fiddles) Riley Puckett (guitar/vocals) Fate Norris (banjo)
Liner Notes: Norm Cohen & Richard Nevins, Art Direction, Design: Rebecca Pittard, Production Coordinator: Gary B. Reid, Digital Mastering: Robert Vosgien, Remastering: Rich Nevin
The vinyl LP was released in 1973 as COUNTY-526. The single-disc compilation Skillet Lickers contains 16 tracks that the hillbilly musical comedy group recorded between 1926 and 1931, including "Ride Old Buck to the Water," "Dixie," and "Leather Breeches." The Skillet Lickers were one of the most popular groups of their time, and although their music and humor has dated considerably in the decades since, the musical talents of fiddler Gid Tanner remain impressive, and this compilation is the best way to hear him and his group.

November 25, 2016

The Recordings Of Grayson & Whitter

County Records CD-3517

Format: CD, Compilation
Country: US
Released: 1998
Genre: Folk, World, & Country
Style: Old-time
01 I've Always Been A Rambler (3:27)
02 Handsome Molly (2:44)
03 I Saw A Man At The Close Of Day (2:58)
04 Going Down The Lee Highway (2:49)
05 Never Be As Fast As I Have Been (2:54)
06 Ommie Wise (3:11)
07 On The Banks Of The Old Tennessee (3:02)
08 Rose Conley (3:27)
09 Train Forty-Five (3:08)
10 I'll Never Be Yours (3:05)
11 Short Life Of Trouble (2:47)
12 Old Jimmie Sutton (3:08)
13 Tom Dooley (3:12)
14 A Dark Road Is A Hard Road To Travel (3:14)
15 He Is Coming To Us Dead (2:58)
G. B. Grayson (fiddle/vocals) Henry Whitter (guitar/vocals)
Coordinator: Christopher C. King, Design: David Lynch Graphic, Liner Notes: Joe Wilson
This duo recorded the original versions of quite a few songs that went on to become folk chestnuts. Tracing the source of a folk song might seem a confusing task, but it is simple compared to sorting out the various recordings, re-recordings, reissues, and repackagings of reissues that have come out on Grayson and Whitter. Old-time music experts can argue over which is the better recording of "Handsome Molly," but no one will argue that this particular County product is handsomely packaged. The front cover is a ghastly green sketch of a mill. reference? More than half the back cover is a list of other records on the label, but with the quality of music County has released this actually might be more valuable than more informative liner notes might have been. G.B. Grayson was mostly known as a singer, although he accompanies himself simply and effectively on fiddle. His partner accompanies him on guitar, sticking mostly to rhythm chording pattern. Sound quality obviously varies, with some of the source 78s' sound rather clean and rich while others provide a fair impression of what a stereo might sound like if it was able to play from inside a washing machine on the rinse cycle. It is lovely country-flavored folk music, always more about the songs than any flashy picking. (AllMusic Review by Eugene Chadbourne)

November 24, 2016

Flowers In The Wildwood: Women In Early Country Music 1923-1939

Trikont US-0310

Format: CD, Compilation
Country: Germany
Released: 2003
Genre: Blues, Folk, World, & Country
Style: Country
01 Wish I Was A Single Girl Again: Lulu Belle & Scotty
02 Single Life: Roba Stanley
03 I Left Her Standing There: Dezurik Sisters
04 Flowers Blooming In The Wildwood: Coon Creek Girls
05 She Came Rollin' Down The Mountain: The Aaron Sisters
06 Just Another Broken Heart: The Carter Family
07 Round-up Time In Texas: Girls Of The Golden West
08 We Are Climing: Chuck Wagon Gang
09 My Man's A Jolly Railroad Man: Moonshine Kate
10 My Poncho Pony: Patsy Montana
11 Lorena: Joe & Alma (The Kentucky Girls)
12 All The Good Times Are Past And Gone: Fred & Gertrude Gossett
13 Round Town Girls: Wanda & Ruth Neal
14 Home-Coming Week: The Leatherman Sisters
15 Brother-Be Ready For That Day: Grady & Hazel Cole
16 On The Banks Of The Old Tennessee: Mr. & Mrs. J.W. Baker
17 Kentucky Miner's Wife (Ragged Hungry Blues) Pt.1: Aunt Molly Jackson
18 Go To Sleep My Darling: Dezurik Sisters
19 Walking In The King's Highway: The Carter Family
20 My Loved Ones Are Waiting For Me: Southland Ladies Quartette
21 Little Birdie: Coon Creek Girls
22 Big-Eyed Rabbit: Samantha Bumgarner & Eva Davis
23 How'm I Doin'?: The Aaron Sisters With The Song-O-Pators
24 Prayer: Wisdom Sisters
25 With My Banjo On My Knee Blues: Louisiana Lou
Liner Notes: Rennie Sparks
Women in America began staking a claim in country music long before recording equipment existed. The women country singers are the ones known as the Flowers in the Wildwood and on this disc they sing their old time country music in high sweet voices with only the sparsest of instrumental accompaniment. Though edging out from folk tradition, this music is made by women who were for the most part commercial country singers, because that's who typically made it onto records and the radio, after all. This collection dates from the decade before World War II, with a few precious offerings reaching back as far as the 1920s. These 25 rare recordings, released by Germany's quirky Trikont label, seem untouched by modern technology.

November 16, 2016

The Best Of The Legendary Jimmie Rodgers

RCA Victor RA-5501

Format: Vinyl, LP, Compilation
Country: Japan
Genre: Folk, World, & Country
Style: Country
A1 Peach Picking Time Down In Georgia (Aug 11, 1932)
A2 Frankie And Jonnie (Aug 10, 1929)
A3 Waiting For A Train (Oct 20, 1928)
A4 My Little Lady (Jun 12, 1928)
A5 In The Jail House No. 2 (Jul 12, 1930)
A6 Away Out On The Mountain (Nov 30, 1927)
A7 Roll Along Kentucky Moon (Feb 2, 1931)
B1 The Carter Family & Jimmie Rodgers In Texas (Jun 12, 1931)
B2 Why There's A Tear In My Eye (Jun 10, 1931)
B3 The Wonderful City (Jun 10, 1931)
B4 Jimmie Rodgers Visits The Carter Family (Jun 10, 1931)
B5 Jimmie The Kid (Jan 31, 1931)
B6 Moonlight And Skies (Jun 30, 1930)
B7 Southern Cannonball (Jun 17, 1931)
B1-B4 Jimmie Rodgers and The Carter Family
Manufactured by Victor Company Japan from Master Recordings RCA

November 14, 2016

Early Rural String Bands

RCA Victor LPV-552

Format: Vinyl, LP, Compilation
Country: US
Released: 1968
Genre: Folk, World, & Country
Style: Folk, Country
A1 Ragtime Annie: Eck Robertson 7/1/22 (3:23)
A2 Leather Breeches: W.A. Hinton 1/31/31 (2:37)
A3 Black-Eyed Susie: J.P. Nester 8/1/27 (2:52)
A4 Alabama Jubilee-Breakdown: Bill Helms & His Upson County Band 2/23/28 (3:04)
A5 Charley, He's A Good Old Man: Kelly Harrell & The Virginia String Band 8/11/27 (2:35)
A6 Bring Me A Leaf From The Sea: The Carolina Tar Heels 2/19/27 (2:55)
A7 Big Bend Gal: The Shelor Family 8/2/27 (2:43)
A8 Jaw Bone: Pope's Arkansas Mountaineers 2/6/28 (2:58)
B1 Le Valse De Gueydan: Leo Soileau & His Three Aces 1/18/35 (3:00)
B2 Medley Of Reels: Henry Ford's Old Time Dance Orchestra 1/18/26 (2:54)
B3 A New Salty Dog: The Allen Brothers 11/22/30 (2:35)
B4 Mitchell Blues: Wade Mainer & The Sons Of The Mountaineers 1/27/38 (2:45)
B5 Tanner's Hornpipe: Gid Tanner & His Skillet Lickers 3/30/34 (2:47)
B6 How Many Biscuits Can I Eat?: Gwen Foster 2/5/39 (2:47)
B7 Up Jumped The Devil: Byron Parker & His Mountaineers 2/9/40 (2:38)
B8 Red Rocking Chair: Charlie Monroe & His Kentucky Pardners 2/1/49 (2:23)
Liner Notes: Norm Cohen, Reissue Producer: Mike Lipskin, Remastered: Don Miller

November 11, 2016

Old Time Southern Dance Music: String Bands Vol. 1

Old Timey Records LP-100

Format: Vinyl, LP, Compilation
Country: US
Genre: Folk, World, & Country
Style: Country, Zydeco, Bluegrass
A1 Chinese Rag: The Spooney Five
A2 Moatsville Blues: Moatsville String Ticklers
A3 If The River Was Whiskey: Charlie Poole & The North Carolina Ramblers
A4 Japanese Breakdown: Scottdale String Band
A5 Crowley Waltz: Hackberry Ramblers
A6 Allen Brothers Rag: Allen Brothers
A7 Tickle Her: Hackberry Ramblers
A8 Jackson Stomp: Mississippi Mud Steppers
B1 Hawkins' Rag: Gid Tanner & His Skillet Lickers
B2 Hungry Hash House: Charlie Poole & The North Carolina Ramblers
B3 Train 45: Grayson & Whitter
B4 Down Yonder: Hershel Brown & His Washboard Band
B5 Dickson County Blues: Arthur Smith Trio
B6 Osson: Joseph Falcon with Clemo & Ophy Breaux
B7 Home Town Blues: Roane County Ramblers
B8 Nobody Loves Me: Hershel Brown & His Washboard Band
Liner Notes: Chris Strachwitz

November 8, 2016

Music City Roots on American Public Television - Season Four!

Music City Roots is a radio show but it's also televised every year nationwide on more than 80 stations through American Public Television. Tune in as MCR's fourth season premieres on Nashville Public Television, Channel 8 or 1008 on local cable and digital TV systems. The opening episode comes from the show's 2015 Americana Festival showcase special, featuring blues star Shemekia Copeland, Canadian mod duo Whitehorse and alt-country icons The Mavericks. Watch the show weekly through the winter. Artists include: Sierra Hull, Blackberry Smoke, the Doobie Brothers, Hot Rize, Jake Shimabukuro, the Infamous Stringdusters, Lera Lynn, John Moreland and many more.