Skillet Lickers Volume 1: 1926-1927
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by Gid Tanner ~ Gid Tanner & the Skillet Lickers (4-CD Box Set) $24.26
- Released: October 17, 2000
- Originally Released: 2000
- Label: Document
- 1.Hand Me Down My Walking Cane
- 2.Bully of the Town
- 3.Pass Around the Bottle and We'll All Take a Drink
- 4.Alabama Jubilee
- 5.Watermelon on the Vine
- 6.Don't You Hear Jerusalem Moan
- 7.Ya Gotta Quit Kicking My Dog Aroun'
- 8.Turkey in the Straw
- 9.Polly Woddle Doo
- 10.Uncle Bud
- 11.Dance All Night with a Bottle in Your Hand
- 12.She'll Be Coming Around the Mountain
- 13.I Don't Love Nobody
- 14.I Got Mine
- 15.Shortening Bread
- 16.Old Joe Clark
- 17.Casey Jones
- 18.The Wreck of the Southern Old '97
- 20.Run, Nigger, Run
- 21.The Girl I Left Behind Me
- 22.The Old Gray Mare
- 23.John Henry (The Steel Drivin' Man)
The Skillet Lickers include: Riley Puckett (vocals, guitar); Fate Norris (vocals, banjo); Clayton McMichen (vocals, fiddle); Gid Tanner (fiddle, background vocals); Bert Layne (fiddle).
Recorded in Atlanta, Georgia between April 1926 & March 1927. Includes liner notes by Tony Russell.
All tracks have been digitally remastered.
Personnel: Riley Puckett (vocals, guitar); Fate Norris (vocals, banjo); Clayton McMichen, Gid Tanner (vocals, fiddle); Bert Layne (fiddle).
Liner Note Author: Tony Russell.
Recording information: Atlanta GA (04/17/1926-03/29/1927).
Gid Tanner's Skillet Lickers were the dominant Georgia fiddle band of the late 1920s and early '30s. Most of their recordings have been chronologically reissued by Document, with volume one offering a definitive dose of this punchy little group's bold approach to musical entertainment. Tanner's falsetto voice is as easy to distinguish as is guitarist Riley Puckett's simple, straightforward delivery, which enabled him to develop a separate career as a pop vocalist. Most of the Lickers' trademarks are in evidence here, from hillbilly standards like "Alabama Jubilee," "Bully of the Town," "She'll Be Coming Around the Mountain," "Turkey in the Straw," "Old Joe Clark," and "Dixie" to signature specialties such as "Pass Around the Bottle and We'll All Take a Drink" and "You Gotta Quit Kickin' My Dog Aroun'."
The Lickers shared repertoire and attitude with Earl Johnson's Clodhoppers, and both bands specialized in material which was thickly larded with ethnic stereotyping. If "Shortening Bread" hints at the racial caricatures so prevalent throughout the Deep South at that time, and "Watermelon on the Vine" invokes the archetypal thieving "darky", no recording by this group presses more buttons than "Run Nigger Run," a lively breakdown based upon a song that originated among slaves as a salute to those who had escaped from captivity and were struggling to elude paid patrollers who collected bounties for catching errant slaves and returning them to the plantation. Despite the documented African-American origin of the song, it takes on discomforting connotations when performed by a team of hard-drinking Southern white men in the '20s. ~ arwulf arwulf
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