Dry Bones – Bascom Lamar Lunsford. 1928. (secular song with own banjo acc.)
Bascom Lamar Lunsford. Mars Hill, N.C. 1882 – 1973. Without him, ‘traditional’ music may well have disappeared. He spent seven decades collecting songs as well as being a musician & songwriter.. He wrote several standards himself & spent many years recording for the Library of congress. Was also responsible for keeping the tradition of ‘Buck dancing’ alive. (An amalgam of Scottish, Irish, Black & Cherokee dancing).

I wish I was a mole in the ground – Bascom Lamar Lunsford. 1928. (surrealistic folk song with own banjo).

I,m going to take the train...... – Fiddlin’ John Carson. 1928. Roots n, blues.

Swannee River – Fiddlin’ John Carson. About 1928.
Bachelors Hall – Fiddlin’ John Carson. About 1928.

Country Blues - Dock Boggs. 1928
Sugar baby- Dock Boggs.  1928.
Dock Boggs. - Wise County,Virginia. 1898-1971. Raw white country blues.
With a voice just a few steps away from primitive & a banjo he picked like a guitar instead of strumming or flailing, as was the common practise, Dock Boggs music was as chilling, raw & thoroughly mesmerising as nearly anything that emerged from Appalachia in the 1920,s. He is said to bridge the worlds of black blues & white folk music.

Peg & Awl – Carolina Tar heels. 1929. (inc. Clarence “Tom” Ashley. Probably early American song)   Doc Walsh-Banjo. Clarence “Tom” Ashley- Guitar. Garley Foster- Harmonica/Guitar.
The Tar Heels were formed in 1927, recorded for Victor, and were fronted through the years by Doc Walsh on guitar and banjo, eventually joined by the well-known Clarence Tom Ashley, among others.In the early ‘30’s THEY were forced to change their name to the Original Carolina Tar heels, due to the founding of another band using the same name. The ‘Original… ‘ had the most talented players & were hugely influential on the Bluegrass that was to follow over a decade later.

Frankie & Johnny – Jimmie Rodgers. 1929. 

Frankie Dean - Darby & Tarlton. 1930. White country blues. (a version of Frankie & Johnny)
Darby & Tarlton. -  Tom Darby. 1880,s-1971. Columbus. Georgia. Johnny James Rimbert Tarlton. 1892-1979. Chesterfield County.South Carolina.
The vocal harmonies & shimmering steel guitar make the music of Darby & Tarlton stunning but surreal. A strange blend of blues, folk, Hawaiian, & western influences, it,s like something from another planet - yet at the same time grounded in southern soil. They recorded together between 1927 & 1933, & two of their earliest songs "Columbus stockade blues" & "Birmingham jail"are country standards. Tarlton,s steel guitar playing was some of the best of the era & if his falsetto does,nt give you the chills nothing will.!

Down on Penny,s farm – Bently boys. 1929. (sums up the start of the depression). 
Nothing known about them. Bob Dylan retitled song “Maggie,s Farm”.

Man of constant sorrow - Emry Arthur. 1929.  American Roots.
Emry Arthur. Wayne county, Kentucky.1900-1966.
Sang & played guitar.

Man of constant sorrow - Bob Dylan. 1962. Bob Dylan.

Man of constant sorrow – Sharon Shannon. 2000. Diamond Mountain Sessions.





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