The Knoxville Sessions 1929-1930: Knox County Stomp (4-CD)
by Various Artists

With this set, Bear Family completes the map of commercial recording in East Tennessee in the late 1920s & early 1930s.
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CD Details

  • Number of Discs: 4
  • Released: August 12, 2016
  • Originally Released: 2016
  • Label: Bear Family

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The third compendium of early country music talent in Appalachia, along with 'The Bristol Sessions' and 'The Johnson City Sessions'.

The Knoxville Sessions, 1929-30: Knox County Stomp features the music made at two sessions conducted by Brunswick Records at downtown St. James Hotel--music remarkable both for its variety and for the rarity of the records that preserved it.

Whereas the recordings made in Bristol and Johnson City were almost exclusively of old-time country and gospel music, the Knoxville sessions captured a more diverse gathering of Appalachian voices and sounds. Amidst old-time stringbands like the Tennessee Ramblers, the Southern Moonlight Entertainers, and the Smoky Mountain Ramblers, we also hear the majestic African American blues and gospel singer Leola Manning, the hot dance music of Maynard Baird & His Southern Serenaders, the virtuoso string ragtime of Howard Armstrong and the Tennessee Chocolate Drops, sacred songs by white and African American quartettes, songsters such as Will Bennett and Haskell Wolfenbarger, a unique recorded playlet about the Hatfield-McCoy feud--and even an address by the businessman whose enterprise brought Brunswick Records to Knoxville, Colonel J. G. Sterchi, president of the famous Sterchi Bros. furniture store chain.

The Knoxville Sessions, 1929-1930: Knox County Stomp gathers together, for the first time, all the issued recordings made at the St. James Hotel, remastered from the original 78s--some of them so elusive that only single copies are known to exist. These 99 fascinating performances, on four CDs, are accompanied by a 156-page, LP-sized hardcover book containing essays on the history of Knoxville, the background to the sessions, and the individual artists, much of the material based on new research. The book is also filled with scores of rare photographs, many previously unpublished, as well as complete song lyrics and a detailed discography with 250 illustrations.

Tracks on Disc 1:

  • 1.Garbage Can Blues - The Tennessee Ramblers
  • 2.Tennessee Traveler - The Tennessee Ramblers
  • 3.Ramblers March [Instrumental] - The Tennessee Ramblers
  • 4.In My Dear Old Sunny South - The Tennessee Ramblers
  • 5.Hawaiian Medley [Instrumental] - The Tennessee Ramblers
  • 6.Give the Fiddlers a Dram - The Tennessee Ramblers
  • 7.My Carolina Girl - Southern Moonlight Entertainers
  • 8.Are You Happy or Lonesome - Southern Moonlight Entertainers
  • 9.Lost John - Southern Moonlight Entertainers
  • 10.My Cabin Home - Southern Moonlight Entertainers
  • 11.My Blue Ridge Mountain Queen - Southern Moonlight Entertainers
  • 12.Dream Waltz [Instrumental] - Southern Moonlight Entertainers
  • 13.Sister Liz - Southern Moonlight Entertainers
  • 14.Buckin' Mule - Southern Moonlight Entertainers
  • 15.Hallelujah to the Lamb - Ridgel's Fountain Citians
  • 16.Be Ready - Ridgel's Fountain Citians
  • 17.Free Little Bird - Ridgel's Fountain Citians
  • 18.Little Bonnie - Ridgel's Fountain Citians
  • 19.Yellow Dog Blues [Instrumental] - Wise String Orchestra
  • 20.How Dry I Am - Wise String Orchestra
  • 21.Railroad Bill - Will Bennett
  • 22.Real Estate Blues - Will Bennett
  • 23.My Little Girl - Haskell Wolfenbarger
  • 24.Sailing Out on the Ocean - Haskell Wolfenbarger
  • 25.He Cares for Me - Leola Manning
  • 26.He Fans Me - Leola Manning
  • 27.Old Black Crow in the Hickory Nut Tree - Ballard Cross
  • 28.My Poodle Dog - Ballard Cross

Tracks on Disc 2:

  • 1.Wabash Cannon Ball, The - Ballard Cross
  • 2.Lorrainna - Ballard Cross
  • 3.Double Eagle March - Cal Davenport & His Gang
  • 4.Broken Hearted Lover - Cal Davenport & His Gang
  • 5.Little Rosewood Casket - Cal Davenport & His Gang
  • 6.Blue Ridge Mountain Blues - Cal Davenport & His Gang
  • 7.Down Where the Swanee River Flows - Ballard Cross
  • 8.Won't You Waltz Home Sweet Home With Me - Ballard Cross
  • 9.In My Saviour's Care - Senior Chapel Quartette
  • 10.Great Judgment, The - Senior Chapel Quartette
  • 11.Lonesome Road - Senior Chapel Quartette
  • 12.Way Down Home - Senior Chapel Quartette
  • 13.Sorry - Maynard Baird & His Southern Serenaders
  • 14.Just for You - Maynard Baird & His Southern Serenaders
  • 15.To My Friends and Patrons - Colonel J.G. Sterchi
  • 16.Cal West's Yodel Blues, Pt. 1 - Cal West
  • 17.Cal West's Yodel Blues, Pt. 2 - Cal West
  • 18.San Antonio - Smoky Mountain Ramblers
  • 19.Back to Old Smoky Mountain - Smoky Mountain Ramblers
  • 20.Ain't It Hell, Boys - Smoky Mountain Ramblers
  • 21.Down in Tennessee - Smoky Mountain Ramblers
  • 22.I'm Sad and Blue - Perry County Music Makers
  • 23.Maudaline - Perry County Music Makers
  • 24.Got a Buddy I Must See - Perry County Music Makers
  • 25.By the Cottage Door - Perry County Music Makers

Tracks on Disc 3:

  • 1.I'm on My Way - Kentucky Holiness Singers
  • 2.I Will Not Be Removed - Kentucky Holiness Singers
  • 3.No Business of Mine - Smoky Mountain Ramblers
  • 4.Bear Mountain Rag - Smoky Mountain Ramblers
  • 5.Hard for to Love - Appalachian Vagabond
  • 6.Peddler and His Wife - Appalachian Vagabond
  • 7.Where the Sweet Magnolias Bloom - Lester McFarland / Robert A. Gardner
  • 8.My Little Georgia Rose - Lester McFarland / Robert A. Gardner
  • 9.Goodbye Dixie Dear - Claude Davis / Gibbs Brothers
  • 10.Do You Think That You Could Love Me - Claude Davis / Gibbs Brothers
  • 11.You Left Me Last Night Broken Hearted - Claude Davis / Gibbs Brothers
  • 12.Strolling Home With Jenny - Claude Davis / Gibbs Brothers
  • 13.I Love My Toodlum-Doo - Claude Davis / Gibbs Brothers
  • 14.I Wandered Away From Home - Claude Davis / Gibbs Brothers
  • 15.Lookout Valley Waltz - Clayton & His Melody Mountaineers
  • 16.June Wedding Waltz - Clayton & His Melody Mountaineers
  • 17.Knox County Stomp - Tennessee Chocolate Drops / Tennessee Trio
  • 18.Vine Street Rag - Tennessee Chocolate Drops / Tennessee Trio
  • 19.I've Grown So Used to You - Lester McFarland / Robert A. Gardner
  • 20.Unmarked Grave, The - Lester McFarland / Robert A. Gardner
  • 21.Mansion of Aching Hearts, The - Lester McFarland / Robert A. Gardner
  • 22.Will the Roses Bloom in Heaven - Lester McFarland / Robert A. Gardner
  • 23.Asleep at the Switch - Lester McFarland / Robert A. Gardner

Tracks on Disc 4:

  • 1.Bald Headed End of the Broom, The - Ridgel's Fountain Citians
  • 2.Nick Nack Song, The - Ridgel's Fountain Citians
  • 3.Baby Call Your Dog Off - Ridgel's Fountain Citians
  • 4.Gittin' Upstairs - Ridgel's Fountain Citians
  • 5.It's Funny What Whiskey Will Do - Louis Bird
  • 6.Nothing Goes Hard With Me - Louis Bird
  • 7.Then I'll Move to Town - Southern Moonlight Entertainers
  • 8.How to Make Love - Southern Moonlight Entertainers
  • 9.Arcade Building Moan, The - Leola Manning
  • 10.Satan Is Busy in Knoxville - Leola Manning
  • 11.Laying in the Graveyard - Leola Manning
  • 12.Blues Is All Wrong, The - Leola Manning
  • 13.If You Think I'm Not Worthy - Bess Pennington
  • 14.Jack and May - Bess Pennington
  • 15.Lynchburg - Uncle Jimmy Thompson
  • 16.Uncle Jimmy's Favorite Fiddling Pieces: Flying Clouds&Leather Breeches - Uncle Jimmy Thompson
  • 17.Walking With My Lord - Etowah Quartet
  • 18.Back in the Years - Etowah Quartet
  • 19.Postage Stomp - Maynard Baird & His Orchestra
  • 20.I Can't Stop Loving You - Maynard Baird & His Orchestra
  • 21.L. and N. Rag - Alex Hood & His Railroad Boys
  • 22.Corbin Slide - Alex Hood & His Railroad Boys
  • 23.Great Hatfield-McCoy Feud, Pt. 1, The - Lowe Stokes / Roger Williams / Homer Miller / Heavy Martin / Bill Brown / Walt McKinney / Roger Williams
  • 24.Great Hatfield-McCoy Feud, Pt. 2, The - Lowe Stokes / Roger Williams / Homer Miller / Heavy Martin / Bill Brown / Walt McKinney / Roger Williams
  • 25.Great Hatfield-McCoy Feud, Pt. 3, The - Lowe Stokes / Roger Williams / Homer Miller / Heavy Martin / Bill Brown / Walt McKinney / Roger Williams
  • 26.Great Hatfield-McCoy Feud, Pt. 4, The - Lowe Stokes / Roger Williams / Homer Miller / Heavy Martin / Bill Brown / Walt McKinney / Roger Williams
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