The Pre-War Blues and Country Music thread

Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by J.A.W., Sep 4, 2015.

  1. J.A.W.

    J.A.W. Music Addict Thread Starter

    I don't think there are any threads here that are dedicated to pre-war blues and country music and related styles. Feel free to post stuff like that here. I'll start with the CD I'm listening to now:

    Uncle Dave Macon - Travelin' Down the Road - County (1935-1938 recordings)

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  2. Wally Swift

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    Sorry but your OP stated Old Time Country not pre-war Country.
     
  3. J.A.W.

    J.A.W. Music Addict Thread Starter

    P.S. There is a general blues thread here, but that one emphasizes post-war stuff, so I thought it'd be nice to have a dedicated thread for pre-war music
     
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  4. J.A.W.

    J.A.W. Music Addict Thread Starter

    No problem, I've edited the thread title and my first post. Feel free to post pre-war country.
     
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  5. Freedom Rider

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  6. Marzz

    Marzz Forum Resident

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    Great thread idea!
    I had something completely different lined up to play, but now...

    Dock Boggs - "Country Blues: Complete Early Recordings" (1927-29)
    (Revenant CD 1997)

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  7. J.A.W.

    J.A.W. Music Addict Thread Starter

    Now: Chrlie Poole and the North Carolina Ramblers - Old Time Songs - County (1925-1930 recordings)

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  8. Wally Swift

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  9. Wally Swift

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    My favorite of favorites is still the very first record of this type I ever bought;

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  10. Marzz

    Marzz Forum Resident

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    Revisiting a great Compilation CD,
    recorded 1920s & '30s including a 1929 recording of the title track.

    Various Artists - "Man of Constant Sorrow"
    (Yazoo CD 2002)
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  11. J.A.W.

    J.A.W. Music Addict Thread Starter

    Now: The Piano Blues - Leroy Carr, Vol.2: 1929-1935 - Magpie (with guitarist Scrapper Blackwell)

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  12. J.A.W.

    J.A.W. Music Addict Thread Starter

    Just thought I'd post this here as well - a must for lovers of pre-war blues:
    http://bluesimages.com/

    I have no connections whatsoever with Blues Images.
     
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  13. bodine

    bodine Forum Resident

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    Put on a 78 needle on my Audio Technica table last night, poured a martini (extra dry, up, olive juice) and played Bukka White's "Good Gin Blues" (Okeh 0565)
     
  14. Bobby Boogaloo

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    Great thread idea. Question for y'all:

    Would you put Satchmo or Earl Hines in the pre-war "Blues" camp? They always come up under "Jazz" but they played the blues. Same thing with some of the pre-war big bands: jazz or blues to y'all? Is it blues when it's played with majority strings and jazz when it's brass/woodwinds?

    Either way, I'm really starting to enjoy some of these pre-war sounds. What amazes me is the creativity without the help of advanced tech. They are bending notes and making some interesting soundscapes to accompany a pretty deep emotional resonance, and it's almost all acoustic (except for the recording machinery itself).

    Also, anyone have any releases on the Old Hat label? What do you think?
     
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  15. J.A.W.

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    I'd qualify the music of Louis Armstrong, Earl Hines and the pre-war big bands as jazz, even though it was influenced by blues.
     
  16. J.A.W.

    J.A.W. Music Addict Thread Starter

    Now: Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys - San Antonio Rose - 11 CDs + 1 DVD, Bear Family; disc 1

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  17. J.A.W.

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    I have a few (somewhere...) Nice label, with quite a bit of string band music; that said, I can't listen to string bands too long.

    http://www.oldhatrecords.com/
     
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  18. wildroot indigo

    wildroot indigo Well-Known Member

    There's a lot of crossover among the artists, one of the great things about that era of music... Armstrong recorded with blues legends Ma Rainey and Bessie Smith (1924-25), and also with "the Father of Country Music," Jimmie Rodgers (1930).
     
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  19. Marzz

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    I like this label. As a sampler at least, this one has a great selection of tracks with decent sound.
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    You are aware of Joe Bussard? If not you should read this interview http://www.dustandgrooves.com/joe-bussard-frederick-ma/.
    A passionate collector of 78s and music lover.
    There's also a Movie/DVD "Desperate Man Blues" basically a documentary about him and collecting 78s. I swear his passion for music is infectious, so much so you might even overlook comments from him like "Jazz music ended in 1933"! :laugh:
     
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  20. wildroot indigo

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  21. Mr. H

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    A great companion set to this box is Milton Brown and the Musical Brownies: The Complete Recordings of the Father of Western Swing 1932-1937.

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  22. Holerbot6000

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    Devil With The Devil: Hot Western Swing From The 1930s
    Smokin' vinyl only Western Swing collection. Just try to sit still...

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  23. J.A.W.

    J.A.W. Music Addict Thread Starter

    I agree, but unfortunately that set is marred by noise reduction.
     
  24. He also recorded with Lonnie Johnson. And Johnny Dodds from Armstrong's Hot Fives recorded with Blind Blake.
     
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  25. entropyfan

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    Even though Uncle Dave was born in 1870, some of those sides he did with the Fruit Jar Drinkers in 1927 forecast rock-and-roll!

    I have his box set on Bear Family (which collects all his sides plus rarities), but the mastering on those County cds is still the best. What a great label.
     
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