Skillet Lickers Volume 5: 1930-1934
- Released: November 14, 2000
- Originally Released: 2000
- Label: Document
- 1.Taking the Census Part 1
- 2.Taking the Census Part 2
- 3.Jeremiah Hopkins Store at Sand Mountain Part 1
- 4.Jermiah Hopkin's Store at Sand Mountain Part 2
- 5.Ride Old Buck to Water
- 6.Don't You Cry My Honey
- 7.Cacklin' Hen and Rooster Too
- 8.Rickett's Hornpipe
- 9.Bully of the Town No. 2
- 10.Broken Down Gambler
- 11.Prohibition-Yes or No Part 1
- 12.Prohibition-Yes or No Part 2
- 13.Fiddler's Convention Part 3
- 14.Fiddlers' Convention Part 4
- 15.Miss McLeod's Reel
- 16.Four Cent Cotton
- 17.Molly Put the Kettle On
- 18.Sleeping Lulu
- 19.McMichen's Breakdown
- 20.Whistlin' Rufus
- 21.Georgia Waggoner
- 22.Mississippi Sawyer
Full title: Complete Recorded Works In Chronological Order Vol. 5: 1930-1934.
The Skiller Lickers include: Riley Puckett, Oscar Ford (vocals, guitar); Fate Norris (vocals, banjo); Gid Turner, Lowe Stokes, Bert Lane, Clayton McMichen (vocals, fiddle).
Principally recorded in Atlanta, Georgia between April 1930 & March 1934. Includes liner notes by Tony Russell.
All tracks have been digitally remastered.
Liner Note Author: Tony Russell.
When it came to theatrical comedy skits, no Southern string band of the 1920s and '30s was able to pull them off like Gid Tanner and the Skillet Lickers. Other groups tried to play the game, but compared with the Lickers, everybody else sounded self-conscious and out of step. Tapping into the years 1930-1934, volume five in Document's complete Skillet Lickers series contains no less than four comedic sketches, each in two parts as originally presented on flipsides of 78 rpm platters. Each follows the formula of jokes and patter interspersed with vigorous bursts of plucking, strumming, and fiddling. If "Jeremiah Hopkins' Store at Sand Mountain" is good fun, the civic themes of census taking and prohibition are treated with cheerful cynicism, as the fruit jar-hefting Lickers generally make it clear that meddlesome strangers need to stay away and mind their own business. "Fiddler's Convention" exists here as parts three and four, indicating that the depiction of jousting musicians was a logical choice for endless revisitation. Speaking of fiddling, this volume also contains several of the Lickers' finest recorded performances, including their masterful rendition of "Sleeping Lulu," a remake of the popular "Bully of the Town," "Ride Old Buck to Water," and "Cackling Hen and Rooster Too." "Miss McLeod's Reel" and "Ricketts Hornpipe" are traditional folk forms tracing directly back to the old country, whipped to a jelly by the Skillet Lickers. ~ arwulf arwulf
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