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Farewell Blues
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Album: Farewell Blues: Hot String Bands 1936-41
# Song Title   Time
1)    Put on Your Old Grey Bonnet - Clayton McMichen
2)    Fiddleobia - Dixieland Swingsters
3)    Keep Truckin' - Hi Neighbor Boys
4)    I Can't Give You Anything But Love - Swing Billies
5)    Whoa, Mule, Whoa - Al Clauser
6)    Happy Cowboy - Eldon Baker
7)    Buckaroo Stomp - Westerners
8)    I'm So Alone With the Crowd - Ambrose Haley
9)    Union County - Shug/Hugh & Shug
10)    Japanese Sandman - Rice Brothers
11)    Tennessee Swing - Herald Goodman
12)    You're Gonna Be Sorry - Claude Casey
13)    Guitar Fantasy - Hi Neighbour Boys
14)    Leavin' Home - Swing Billies
15)    Little Red Piggy - The Tobacco Tags
16)    Let's Incorporate - Washboard Wonders
17)    Sweet Irene from Illinois - The Sons Of The Ozarks
18)    Crawdad Song - Texas Jim Lewis
19)    Has Anybody Seen My Gal - Jack Pierce
20)    It's Hard - Eldon Baker
21)    Honeysuckle Blues - Slim Johnson
22)    Big Fat Gal of Mine - Carl Boling
23)    Tonight You Belong to Me - The Tennessee Ramblers
24)    Huckleberry Picnic - Louise Massey/Westerners/Louise Massey & Her Westerners
25)    Farewell Blues - Clayton McMichen
 

Album: Farewell Blues: Hot String Bands 1936-41
# Song Title   Time
1)    Put on Your Old Grey Bonnet - Clayton McMichen
2)    Fiddleobia - Dixieland Swingsters
3)    Keep Truckin' - Hi Neighbor Boys
4)    I Can't Give You Anything But Love - Swing Billies
5)    Whoa, Mule, Whoa - Al Clauser
6)    Happy Cowboy - Eldon Baker
7)    Buckaroo Stomp - Westerners
8)    I'm So Alone With the Crowd - Ambrose Haley
9)    Union County - Shug/Hugh & Shug
10)    Japanese Sandman - Rice Brothers
11)    Tennessee Swing - Herald Goodman
12)    You're Gonna Be Sorry - Claude Casey
13)    Guitar Fantasy - Hi Neighbour Boys
14)    Leavin' Home - Swing Billies
15)    Little Red Piggy - The Tobacco Tags
16)    Let's Incorporate - Washboard Wonders
17)    Sweet Irene from Illinois - The Sons Of The Ozarks
18)    Crawdad Song - Texas Jim Lewis
19)    Has Anybody Seen My Gal - Jack Pierce
20)    It's Hard - Eldon Baker
21)    Honeysuckle Blues - Slim Johnson
22)    Big Fat Gal of Mine - Carl Boling
23)    Tonight You Belong to Me - The Tennessee Ramblers
24)    Huckleberry Picnic - Louise Massey/Westerners/Louise Massey & Her Westerners
25)    Farewell Blues - Clayton McMichen
 
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  • Performers include: Clayton McMichen, Texas Jim Lewis, Al Clauser, Dixieland Swingers, Hi Neighbor Boys, Rice Brothers, Tennessee Ramblers, Tobacco Tags, Jack Pierce, Swing Billies, Ambrose Haley, Herald Goodman, Hugh & Shug, Washboard Wonders, Sons Of The Ozarks, Eldon Baker, Carl Boling.
  • Includes liner notes by Kevin Coffey.
  • Personnel: Claude Casey, Pee Wee Baker, Debs Mays, Curly Engel, Harry Blair, Slim Wofford, Farrell "Rusty" Draper, Floyd Baker, Hugh Cross, Tex Martin, Edgar Stewart, Al Clauser, Smokey Rogers (vocals, guitar); Curt Massey (vocals, fiddle, trumpet); Clayton McMichen, Cotton Collins (vocals, fiddle); Texas Jim Lewis (vocals); Cecil Campbell (guitar, banjo); Slim Johnson, Dick Hartman, Allen Massey, Kenneth Trietsch, Harry Adams, Slim Bryant, Reid Summey, Larry Downing, Robert Knight , Paul Rice, Hoke Rice, Billy Byrd, Ray Williams, Red Mitchell, Carl Boling (guitar); Jimmy Colvard, Jesse Carpenter (steel guitar); Donald Austin, Virgil Atkins, Jerry Wallace (banjo); Harvey Ellington (mandolin, fiddle); Ralph Miller, Luke Baucom (mandolin); Elmer Warren (fiddle, kazoo); Jack Gillette (fiddle, trumpet); David Durham, Cactus Soldi, Smoky Wiseman, Kenny Newton, Chuck Wiseman, Harold Hensley, Teddy Wilson & His Sextet, Ted Grantham, Howdy Forrester, Jack Pierce, Wade Ray, Carl Cotner (fiddle); Warren Sykes (harmonica); Larry Wellington (accordion, piano); Larry Brandt, Harold Compton, Kelland Clark (accordion); Bill Thall, John Gorman (clarinet); Pappy Wolfe (washboard).
  • Audio Remasterers: Dave Sax; Charlie Crump.
  • Recording information: Atlanta, GA (11/06/1934-10/01/1941); Charlotte, NC (11/06/1934-10/01/1941); Chicago, IL (11/06/1934-10/01/1941); Columbia, SC (11/06/1934-10/01/1941); Los Angeles, CA (11/06/1934-10/01/1941); New York, NY (11/06/1934-10/01/1941); Rock Hill, SC (11/06/1934-10/01/1941).
  • Farewell Blues covers a very narrow but vital era, a five-year window when traditional string bands began making the rapid transition into Western swing. The tracks on this collection from British label Krazy Kat exhibit a fascinating hybrid of styles, from traditional Appalachian approaches to jug band and Dixieland, even pop, all with a kinetic pace and a "hotness" that mark them as forerunners of Western swing. There are name artists here like ace fiddler Clayton McMichen of the Skillet Lickers (whose "Farewell Blues" gives this compilation its title), Texas Jim Lewis, and Al Clauser, but also several more obscure artists. The Swing Billies are a particular delight, with their tight harmonies and swinging pop sheen on "I Can't Give You Anything But Love" and their everything but the kitchen sink approach on "Leavin' Home," a radically re-constructed version of "Frankie and Johnny." The sound is surprisingly good, free of the snaps and crackles that are often found on archival releases of vintage 78s. ~ Steve Leggett
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