Leake County Revelers

Decades: 1970s 1990s


One of the best and most respected of the old-time string bands. They were formed in 1926, when the members began to play together for relaxation in the evenings or for local dances at Sebastopol, Scott County, Mississippi, USA. The band comprised Will Gilmer (William Bryant Gilmer, 27 February 1897, Leake County, USA, d. 28 December 1960; fiddle), R.O. Mosley (b. R. Oscar Mosley, 1885, Sebastopol, Scott County, Mississippi, USA, d. early 30s; mandolin), Jim Wolverton (b. 1895, Leake County, USA, d. 50s; banjo) and Dallas Jones (b.17 December 1889, Sebastopol, Scott County, Mississippi, USA; guitar). Their local popularity grew and led to them making their first four recordings for Columbia Records in 1927. Their recording of ‘Wednesday Night Waltz’, for which they are best remembered, proved so successful that it became one of the bestselling records of old-time music. In the late 20s, further Columbia sessions led to over 20 releases and their...

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