Frank Hutchison Worried Blues (4-CD)

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Format: CD  (4 Discs)
Item:  JSP 7743

CD Details

  • Number of Discs: 4
  • Released: August 8, 2005
  • Label: Jsp Records

Tracks on Disc 1:

  • 1.Worried Blues - (with Frank Hutchison)
  • 2.Train That Carried The Girl From Town - (with Frank Hutchison)
  • 3.Stackalee - (with Frank Hutchison)
  • 4.Wild Horse, The - (with Frank Hutchison)
  • 5.Long Way To Tipperary - (with Frank Hutchison)
  • 6.West Virginia Rag, The - (with Frank Hutchison)
  • 7.C&O Excursion - (with Frank Hutchison)
  • 8.Coney Isle - (with Frank Hutchison)
  • 9.Old Rachel - (with Frank Hutchison)
  • 10.Lightning Express - (with Frank Hutchison)
  • 11.Stackalee - (with Frank Hutchison)
  • 12.Logan County Blues - (with Frank Hutchison)
  • 13.Worried Blues - (with Frank Hutchison)
  • 14.Train That Carried The Girl From Town - (with Frank Hutchison)
  • 15.Last Scene Of The Titanic, The - (with Frank Hutchison)
  • 16.All Night Long - (with Frank Hutchison)
  • 17.Alabama Girl, Ain't You Coming Out Tonight? - (with Frank Hutchison)
  • 18.Hell Bound Train - (with Frank Hutchison)
  • 19.Wild Hogs In Red Bush - (with Frank Hutchison)
  • 20.Burglar Man, The - (with Frank Hutchison)
  • 21.Back In My Home Town - (with Frank Hutchison)
  • 22.Miner's Blues, The - (with Frank Hutchison)
  • 23.Hutchison's Rag - (with Frank Hutchison)
  • 24.Boston Burglar, The - (with Frank Hutchison)
  • 25.Chevrolet Six - (with Frank Hutchison)

Tracks on Disc 2:

  • 1.Cumberland Gap - (with Frank Hutchison)
  • 2.Deal, The - (with Frank Hutchison)
  • 3.Railroad Bill - (with Frank Hutchison)
  • 4.Johnny And Jane-Part 1 - (with Frank Hutchison)
  • 5.Johnny And Jane-Part 2 - (with Frank Hutchison)
  • 6.Cannonball Blues - (with Frank Hutchison)
  • 7.K.C. Blues - (with Frank Hutchison)
  • 8.New River Train - (with Kelly Harrell)
  • 9.Rovin' Gambler - (with Kelly Harrell)
  • 10.I Wish I Was A Girl Again - (with Kelly Harrell)
  • 11.Butcher's Boy - (with Kelly Harrell)
  • 12.I Was Born About 10,000 Years Ago - (with Kelly Harrell)
  • 13.Wild Bill Jones - (with Kelly Harrell)
  • 14.Peg And Awl - (with Kelly Harrell)
  • 15.I Was Born In Pennsylvania - (with Kelly Harrell)
  • 16.I'm Going Back To North Carolina - (with Kelly Harrell)
  • 17.Be At Home Soon Tonight, My Dear Boy - (with Kelly Harrell)
  • 18.Wreck On The Southern Old 97, The - (with Kelly Harrell)
  • 19.Blue Eyed Ella - (with Kelly Harrell)
  • 20.New River Train - (with Kelly Harrell)
  • 21.Rovin' Gambler - (with Kelly Harrell)
  • 22.I Wish I Was A Single Girl Again - (with Kelly Harrell)
  • 23.Butcher's Boy - (with Kelly Harrell)
  • 24.O! Molly Dear Go Ask Your Mother - (with Kelly Harrell)
  • 25.Broken Engagement - (with Kelly Harrell)

Tracks on Disc 3:

  • 1.Dying Hobo, The - (with Kelly Harrell)
  • 2.Beneath The Weeping Willow Tree - (with Kelly Harrell)
  • 3.My Horses Ain't Hungry - (with Kelly Harrell)
  • 4.Bright Sherman Valley - (with Kelly Harrell)
  • 5.Cuckoo She's A Fine Bird, The - (with Kelly Harrell)
  • 6.Hand Me Down My Walking Cane - (with Kelly Harrell)
  • 7.Bye And Bye You Will Soon Forget Me - (with Kelly Harrell)
  • 8.Oh, My Pretty Monkey - (with Kelly Harrell)
  • 9.I Love My Sweetheart The Best - (with Kelly Harrell)
  • 10.Henry Clay Beattie - (with Kelly Harrell)
  • 11.I Want A Nice Little Fellow - (with Kelly Harrell)
  • 12.My Name Is John Jo Hannah - (with Kelly Harrell)
  • 13.In The Shadow Of The Pine - (with Kelly Harrell)
  • 14.Charles Giteau - (with Kelly Harrell)
  • 15.I'm Nobody's Darling On Earth - (with Kelly Harrell)
  • 16.My Wife, She Has Gone And Left Me - (with Kelly Harrell)
  • 17.Row Us Over The Tide - (with Kelly Harrell)
  • 18.I Have No Loving Mother Now - (with Kelly Harrell)
  • 19.For Seven Long Years I've Been Married - (with Kelly Harrell)
  • 20.Charley, He's A Good Old Man - (with Kelly Harrell)
  • 21.Henpecked Man, The - (with Kelly Harrell)
  • 22.She Just Kept Kissing On - (with Kelly Harrell)
  • 23.All My Sins Are Taken Away - (with Kelly Harrell)
  • 24.Cave Love Has Gained The Day - (with Kelly Harrell)
  • 25.I Heard Somebody Call My Name - (with Kelly Harrell)

Tracks on Disc 4:

  • 1.Longest Train I Ever Saw, The - (with Tenneva Ramblers)
  • 2.Sweet Heaven When I Die - (with Tenneva Ramblers)
  • 3.Miss Lisa, Poor Girl - (with Tenneva Ramblers)
  • 4.Darling Where Have You Been So Long - (with Tenneva Ramblers)
  • 5.If I Die A Railroad Man - (with Tenneva Ramblers)
  • 6.I'm Goin' To Georgia - (with Tenneva Ramblers)
  • 7.Curtains Of Night, The - (with Tenneva Ramblers)
  • 8.Seven Long Years In Prison - (with Tenneva Ramblers)
  • 9.When A Man Is Married - (with Tenneva Ramblers)
  • 10.Goodbye My Honey I'm Gone - (with Tenneva Ramblers)
  • 11.Tell It To Me - (with Tenneva Ramblers)
  • 12.Johnson Boy - (with Tenneva Ramblers)
  • 13.Green Mountain Polka - (with Blue Ridge Highballers)
  • 14.Skidd More - (with Blue Ridge Highballers)
  • 15.Flop Eared Mule - (with Blue Ridge Highballers)
  • 16.Darneo - (with Blue Ridge Highballers)
  • 17.Soldier's Joy - (with Blue Ridge Highballers)
  • 18.Darling Child - (with Blue Ridge Highballers)
  • 19.Under The Double Eagle - (with Blue Ridge Highballers)
  • 20.Fourteen Days In Georgia - (with Blue Ridge Highballers)
  • 21.Sandy River Belle - (with Blue Ridge Highballers)
  • 22.Round Town Girls - (with Blue Ridge Highballers)
  • 23.Wish To The Lord I Had Never Been Born - (with Blue Ridge Highballers)
  • 24.Going Down To Lynchburg Town - (with Blue Ridge Highballers)

Product Description:

Personnel: Frank Hutchison (vocals, spoken vocals, guitar, harmonica); Kelly Harrell (vocals, whistling); Claude Grant (vocals, guitar); Jack Grant (vocals, mandolin); Jack Pierce (vocals, fiddle); Henry Norton, Luther B. Clarke (vocals); Henry Whitter (guitar, harmonica); Joseph Alfred Stegall , Lonnie Griffith (guitar); Raymond D. Hundley, Arthur Wells, Claude Slagle (banjo); Sam Freed (violin); Gorodetzer, Charley La Prade, Posey Rorer, Sherman Lawson, Lonnie Austin (fiddle); Roy Smeck (harmonica, Jew's harp); Carson Robison (harmonica).
Liner Note Author: Pat Harrison.
Recording information: Asheville, NC; Atlanta, GA; Bristol, TN; Camden, NJ; Charlotte, NC; Johnson City, TN; New York, NY; Okeh Studios, NY; St. Louis, MO.
This intriguing four-disc set collects the complete recorded works of guitarist Frank Hutchison and singer Kelly Harrell, then splits the final disc between two very different mountain string bands, the Tenneva Ramblers and the Blue Ridge Highballers. All of these artists were active in the Virginia/West Virginia area in the 1920s. Hutchison, in particular, was an arresting talent, with a striking and consistent slide guitar style and a rough but charmingly everyman vocal style that gives the songs he recorded for OKeh Records like "Worried Blues," "Train That Carried the Girl From Town," "The Miner's Blues," "The Last Scene of the Titanic," and the impressive guitar instrumental "Logan County Blues," an individualistic twist almost unique in Appalachian music. Much like banjoist Dock Boggs, he incorporated a high degree of black blues into his repertoire.
Not nearly as steady a performer as Hutchison, singer Kelly Harrell recorded 40 some sides for Victor and OKeh Records between 1925 and 1929, which was an accomplishment in itself considering he didn't play an instrument and possessed a voice that creaked and cracked around the melodies of his ballad-based folk material. The two tracks of his that stand out the most are "My Name Is John Jo Hannah" and "Charles Giteaux." The former is a variant of "The State of Arkansas" set to a "Maggie Walker Blues" melody and it benefits mightily from the fiddle playing of Posey Rorer, but Harrell's wild and loose vocal is a good part of why it works. "Charles Giteaux" has the assassin of President Garfield telling his story, and again, Harrell's cutting, barely in control singing gives the song a haunting kinetic push. "Peg and Awl" is also interesting, since it details the effects of new technology on workers in the shoe industry, but the balance of Harrell's output tends to the generic and maudlin. His earliest sides also suffer from being backed by big city musicians unfamiliar with the southern musical traditions from which Harrell drew his inspiration.
The Tenneva Ramblers were actually the Grant Brothers (guitarist Claude Grant and mandolin ace Jack Grant) with Jack Pierce on fiddle and Claude Slagle on banjo, and for a time they were Jimmie Rodgers' backup band, although the Ramblers never made any recordings with Rodgers. The group, on their own, issued 13 tracks between 1927 and 1929 for the Victor and Columbia labels, most notably their haunting version of "The Longest Train I Ever Saw," a song that has been recorded countless times and had many titles but is probably best known as "In the Pines."
The Blue Ridge Highballers (Charley La Prade on fiddle, Arthur Wells on banjo, and Lonnie Griffith on guitar) were a hyper-charged instrumental string band that prefigured the pace of bluegrass by a quarter of a century, and they tore through their mountain dance tune repertoire like a train at full steam.
Taken together like this, these four very different acts form a kind of survey of the kinds of traditional music being played in a very specific region of the southern mountains in the mid to late 1920s, which gives this generous box set a unique horizontal and historical sweep. These were commercial recordings at the time they were made, but the record industry was in its infancy and wasn't yet placing marketing over musical substance to the degree that would come later which gives these old 78s an added collective authenticity. ~ Steve Leggett
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