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Tell It to Me - Roots of Old Crow

Artist Song
Grant Brothers & Their Music  Tell It to Me 
Charlie Poole & His North Carolina Ramblers  If the River Was Whiskey 
King David's Jug Band  What's that Tastes Like Gravy 
The Mobile Strugglers  Raise a Ruckus Tonight 
The Memphis Jug Band  On the Road Again 
Dock Boggs  Down South Blues 
The Leake County Ramblers  Crow Black Chicken 
Gid Tanner & His Skillet Lickers  Black-Eyed Susie 
Burnett & Rutherford & Foster  These Bones G'wina Rise Again 
J. P. Nestor & Norman Edmonds  Train on the Island 
Cannon's Jug Stompers  Minglewood Blues 
W.A. Lindsey & Alvin Conder  Boll Weavil 
Dock Boggs  Ruben's Train 
King David's Jug Band  Tear It Down 
The Mississippi Shieks  Sitting On Top of the World 
The Memphis Jug Band  Cocaine Habit Blues 
Gid Tanner & His Skillet Lickers  Cumberland Gap 
Big Billl Broonzy  C.C. Rider 
Clarence Ashley  Little Sadie 
Dock Boggs  Old Rub Alcohol Blues 
Grandpa Jones  Kitty Clyde 
Al Hopkins & HIs Buckle Busters  Cluck Old Hen 
The Callahan Brothers  Somebody's Been Using that Thing 
The Prairie Ramblers  Deep Elem Blues 
Earl Johnson & His Clodhoppers  Ain't Nobody's Business 
Uncle Dave Macon & His Fruit Jar Drinkers  Sail Away Ladies 


Allow me to plug one of my favorite bands again: Old Crow Medicine Show. This mix compiles some of the early versions of old string-band, jug-band, blues, and gospel tunes the OCMS boys do (tracks 1-21) and a few other classic tunes that would fit right in their repertoire. Of course, they're not just a "cover band"; they do some great originals and occasionally cover a song written after WWII. But everything they do is informed by a deep knowledge of, and love for the music of the old, weird America.
These songs were mostly recorded in the early days of 78s and radio, before the leavening of mass culture began to smooth the rough edges off of rural music. And that, I suppose, is why they appeal to me -- they are raw, real, free of pretense, and are a reflection of the cultures the artists lived in, for better or worse. But even though America was divided into white and black cultures (just as the marketing departments of the record companies had divided the music into "country" and "race" categories), these songs show that white and black musicians shared the same musical roots, played the same songs, and shared and stole each others' licks and lyrics.
Charlie Poole's "If the River Was Whiskey" is another version of "Hesitation Blues"; "Sitting on Top of the World" is basically the same song as OCMS's "That'll Be a Better Day", and "Crow Black Chicken" is the Crows' "Chicken Pie". "Cocaine Habit Blues" is also known as "Take a Whiff on Me."


p the swede
Date: 4/22/2005
everything looks really taste here. like to hear it some day
James Jackson
Date: 4/22/2005
Absolutely fantastic from top to bottom! Excellent in every way.
Date: 4/22/2005
Media Vixen: Radio Sally
Date: 4/22/2005
It is always a treat to see what you have "dug up" for us to dig. Another in your series of absolutely terrific!
Date: 4/22/2005
Ditto Sally.
Date: 4/22/2005
This looks awesome. Especially like the Mississippi Shieks as I just picked up a double CD of their stuff recently.
Date: 4/22/2005
top notch and 2 thumbs up!!!!!!
The Misfit
Date: 4/22/2005
Date: 4/22/2005
Hats off to you Mr Onn!
Date: 4/22/2005
This I would really like to hear!
Date: 4/22/2005
wonderful, Steve. Can't praise this highly enough and please put it to the top of my wants for our next trade. Hope you're well, my friend.
Date: 4/22/2005
This looks really great. I'm presently very much interested in this period of American music. I would love to trade for this one.
Instru Mental
Date: 4/22/2005
Terrific. I, too, love OCMS. This is a mix they'd no doubt love.
sport !
Date: 4/23/2005
Sometimes you have to get back to your roots.
Great mix!
joey de vivre
Date: 4/24/2005
Jug stompers & buckle busters, this music rubs me the right way!
Date: 4/25/2005
This is jes great! Makes me wanna jump around and drink corn whiskey and love to world. I would be much obliged for an opportunity to hear it.