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Mountain Frolic - Rare Old Timey Classics 1924-1937 [4 CDs]
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Description These days, with the proliferation of re-issues of vintage music, it is difficult to realize that for many years, original recordings like these were obscure at best, unknown at worst. By the 1940s, the sounds of country/otm were far removed from that of the Crockett Family and the ballad singer Bradley Kincaid. The music had moved on to the area of country boogie and the post-war country and western sounds of such as Hank Williams, Ernest Tubb, and Hank Snow. This was a pity – Mountain ballads were an important contributor to the Country sound. Among the most influential of the early artists were the Crockett Family – West Virginians who were musically active in the 1920s. The first member of the family to broadcast was Johnny Crockett who recalled starting his radio career in 1923. Although an amateur, he was proficient on banjo, guitar and harmonica with which he accompanied his ‘southern’ style of singing. Soon his brothers Albert, Clarence and George, and Dad Crockett joined him on radio. Later his sister and Ma Crockett were included in the line-up. The Crockett Family became very popular with radio stations because they performed for free. Eventually they appeared as paid entertainers at local theaters. The family moved to Los Angeles in 1928 where they commenced their recording career. Their authentic ‘down home’ sound was slightly belied by photos of the group which show what looks like a very slickly organized outfit. In 1931 the family obtained a nightly radio program in New York City. Later they even appeared in movies.

The Carolina Tar Heels recorded at a time when string bands generally featured one or more fiddle players but their recordings did not follow this trend. The original group consisted only of Gwen Foster and Dock Walsh. Walsh had made two sessions for Columbia, but the initial Tar Heels session was Foster’s debut. In 1928 and 1929 he recorded with guitarist and vocalist David Fletcher under the name the Carolina Twins. They cut three tracks at their one 1930 session, issued by Gennett’s Champion and Supertone labels. Foster would later be associated with Clarence Ashley. They cut items either as a duo or as the Blue Ridge Mountain Entertainers.
Track Listing
Disc 1
Medley of Old Time Dance Tunes - Crockett Family
Goin' Up Town - Dr. Humphrey Bate & His Possum Hunters
Billy in the Low Ground - Dr. Humphrey Bate & His Possum Hunters
Green Backed Dollar Bill - Dr. Humphrey Bate & His Possum Hunters
Chesapeake Bay - Walter Couch & Wilks Ramblers
Fate of Santa Barbara - Bascom Lamar Lunsford
Sherman Valley - Bascom Lamar Lunsford
Get Along Home Cindy - Bascom Lamar Lunsford
Darby's Ram - Bascom Lamar Lunsford
Stepstone - Bascom Lamar Lunsford
Speaking the Truth - Bascom Lamar Lunsford
A Stump Speech in the 10th District - Bascom Lamar Lunsford
Adam and Eve - Nelstone's Hawaiians
North Bound Train - Nelstone's Hawaiians
You'll Never Find a Daddy Like Me - Nelstone's Hawaiians
Mobile County Blues - Nelstone's Hawaiians
Just Because - Nelstone's Hawaiians
Village School - Nelstone's Hawaiians
Fatal Flower Garden - Nelstone's Hawaiians
Rabbit Chase – Charlie Parker
Sugar Hill – Dad Crocket
I Ain't a Bit Drunk - George Shortbuckle Roark
No Business of Mine - Smoky Mountain Ramblers
I'll Never Get Drunk Again - Red Patterson’s Piedmont Log Rollers
Governor Smith for President - Carolina Night Hawks
This CD is also available as a download from Crockett Family - Mountain Frolic: Rare Old Timey Classics, CD a (1925-1930) - Medley of Old Time Dance Tunes (Sourwood Mountain / Sally In the Garden / Little Sally Goodin)

Disc 2
The Last Shot Got Him - Chenowoeth's Cornfield Symphony Orchestra
Hot Foot Step and Fetch It - Chenowoeth's Cornfield Symphony Orchestra
John Hardy – Buell Kazee
Roll on John - Buell Kazee
Old Whisker Bill, The Moonshiner – Buell Kazee
Rock Island – Buell Kazee
Darling Cora – Buell Kazee
East Virginia – Buell Kazee
The Ship That's Sailing High – Buell Kazee
If You Love Your Mother (Meet Her in the Skies) – Buell Kazee
The Roving Cowboy – Buell Kazee
The Little Mohee – Buell Kazee
The Sporting Bachelors – Buell Kazee
The Butcher's Boy (The Railroad Boy) – Buell Kazee
Lady Gay – Buell Kazee
The Orphan Girl – Buell Kazee
Poor Boy Long Ways from Home – Buell Kazee
Little Bessie – Buell Kazee
Poor Little Orphan Boy – Buell Kazee
My Mother – Buell Kazee
The Cowboy's Farewell – Buell Kazee
Gambling Blues – Buell Kazee
A Married Girl's Troubles – Buell Kazee
You Are False But I'll Forgive You – Buell Kazee
Don't Forget Me Little Darling – Buell Kazee
This CD is also available as a download from Chenoweth's Cornfield Symphony Orchestra - Mountain Frolic: Rare Old Timey Classics, CD B (1924-1928)

Disc 3
The Faded Coat of Blue – Buell Kazee
The Wagoner's Lad (Loving Nancy) – Buell Kazee
The Dying Soldier (Brother Green) – Buell Kazee
Red Wing – Buell Kazee
Snow Deer – Buell Kazee
In the Shadow of the Pines – Buell Kazee
You Taught Me How to Love You Now Teach Me to Forget – Buell Kazee
The Hobo's Last Ride – Buell Kazee
Steel a Goin' Down – Buell Kazee
Toll the Bells – Buell Kazee
The Cowboy Trail – Buell Kazee
The Blind Man – Buell Kazee
I'm Rolling Along – Buell Kazee
A Mountain Boy Makes His First Record, Pt. 1 – Buell Kazee
A Mountain Boy Makes His First Record, Pt. 2 – Buell Kazee
Election Day in Kentucky, Pt. 1 – Buell Kazee
Election Day in Kentucky, Pt. 2 – Buell Kazee
Black Eyed Susie - Al Hopkins & His Buckle Busters
Cluck Old Hen - Al Hopkins & His Buckle Busters
Boatin' Up Sandy - Al Hopkins & His Buckle Busters
Johnson Boys - Al Hopkins & His Buckle Busters
Gonna Raise Ruckus Tonight – Riley Puckett & Hugh Cross
Cindy – Bradley Kincaid
Old Joe Clark – Bradley Kincaid
Whistlin' Rufus – Ernest Thompson
When You're All in Down and Out – Ernest Thompson
This CD is also available as a download from Buell H. Kazee - Mountain Frolic: Rare Old Timey Classics, CD C (1924-1930)

Disc 4
Bring Me a Leaf from the Sea - Carolina Tar Heels
Good-Bye My Bonnie, Good-Bye - Carolina Tar Heels
The Bulldog Down in Sunny Tennessee - Carolina Tar Heels
I Love My Mountain Home - Carolina Tar Heels
When the Good Lord Sets You Free - Carolina Tar Heels
There's a Man Goin' Around Takin' Names - Carolina Tar Heels
Lay Down Baby, Take Your Rest - Carolina Tar Heels
Can't You Remember When Your Heart Was Mine? - Carolina Tar Heels
Roll on, Boys - Carolina Tar Heels
You Are a Little Too Small - Carolina Tar Heels
Peg and Awl - Carolina Tar Heels
I'll Be Washed - Carolina Tar Heels
Hand in Hand We Have Walked Along Together - Carolina Tar Heels
The Train's Done Left Me - Carolina Tar Heels
Who's Gonna Kiss Your Lips, Dear Darling - Carolina Tar Heels
Oh, How I Hate It - Carolina Tar Heels
Rude and Rambling Man - Carolina Tar Heels
The Old Grey Goose - Carolina Tar Heels
Back to Mexico - Carolina Tar Heels
The Hen House Door Is Locked - Carolina Tar Heels
Got the Farm Land Blues - Carolina Tar Heels
Washing Mama's Dishes - Carolina Tar Heels
She Wouldn't Be Still - Pine Mountain Boys
Roll on, Daddy Roll On - Pine Mountain Boys
The Bulldog Down in Sunny Tennessee – Dock Walsh
This CD is also available as a download from Carolina Tar Heels - Mountain Frolic: Rare Old Timey Classics, CD D (1925-1930)
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Label JSP
Number 77100
Subsidiary Artists: Crockett Family
Dr. Humphrey Bate & His Possum Hunters
Walter Couch & Wilks Ramblers
Bascom Lamar Lunsford
Nelstone's Hawaiians
Charlie Parker
Dad Crocket
George Shortbuckle Roark
Smoky Mountain Ramblers
Red Patterson’s Piedmont Log Rollers
Carolina Night Hawks
Chenowoeth's Cornfield Symphony Orchestra
Buell Kazee
Al Hopkins & His Buckle Busters
Riley Puckett & Hugh Cross
Bradley Kincaid
Ernest Thompson
Carolina Tar Heels
Pine Mountain Boys
Dock Walsh
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