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Knoxville Sessions 1929-1930: Knox County Stomp[CD]
Bear Family already wowed collectors with "The Bristol Sessions" and "The Johnson City Sessions." Now, the venerable German label completes its sweeping survey of ’20s/early-’30s East Tennessee recordings with this 102-track spotlight on the diverse splendors of the Knoxville scene. You’ll hear all kinds of wonderful Appalachian voices and sounds, from old-time string bands to blues and gospel to hot dance music to virtuoso ragtime to a unique recorded playlet about the Hatfield-McCoy feud. Among these approximately 300 minutes are all the issued recordings made at the St. James Hotel, remastered from the original 78s (some so rare that only single copies are known to exist). A 156-page, LP-sized hardcover book takes you through the history of Knoxville, the background of the sessions and the lives of the artists. Soak up the vibes emanating from the rare and unpublished photos and the complete song lyrics as you hear "Give the Fiddlers a Dram" Tennessee Ramblers, "Lost John" Southern Moonlight Entertainers, "Be Ready" Ridgel’s Fountain Citians, "How Dry I Am" Wise String Orchestra, "Railroad Bill" Will Bennett, "My Little Girl" Haskell Wolfenbarger, "He Fans Me" Leola Manning, "My Poodle Dog" Ballard Cross, "Cal West’s Yodel Blues" Cal West, "San Antonio" Smoky Mountain Ramblers, "Maudaline" Perry County Music Makers, "I’m on My Way" Kentucky Holiness Singers, "Tennessee Trio/Vine Street Rag" Tennessee Chocolate Drops, "It’s Funny What Whiskey Will Do" Louis Bird, "Jack and May" Bess Pennington, "Back in the Years" Etowah Quartet, "L and N Rag" Alex Hood & His Railroad Boys" and more! Bear Family.
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