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Times Ain't Like They Used to Be, Vol. 8: Early American Rural Music

  • 1. It's Just Like Heaven - Vaughan Quartet
    2. Steeley Rag, The - Red Headed Fiddlers
    3. Paddlin' Blues - Gitfiddle Jim
    4. Sand Mountain Drag
    5. Sugar Baby - Dock Boggs
    6. My Buddy, Blind Papa Lemon - King Solomon Hill
    7. Lost Child, The - The Stripling Brothers
    8. Train That a Carried My Girl from Town, The - Frank Hutchison
    9. You Can't Keep No Brown Down - Bo Weavil Jackson
    10. Mother Is with the Angels
    11. Rambling Lover - Dick Reinhart
    12. 4 O'Clock Blues - Skip James
    13. Yellow Rose of Texas - Da Costa Woltz's Southern Broadcasters
    14. Gonna Ride Till the Sun Goes Down - Johnny Barfield
    15. Mamlish Blues - Ed Bell
    16. Robinson County - Ted Sharp
    17. Valse des Vachers - Dennis McGee
    18. Jailhouse Rag - David Earl Miller
    19. I Want Someone to Love Me - Tommy Johnson
    20. Tennessee Tornado - McGee Brothers/Uncle Dave Macon/McGee Bros.
    21. Roving Cowboy - Frank Jenkins
    22. Big Bend Gal - Shelor Family
    23. Yes! Tis Me - Rev. W.M. Mosley
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 2068

  • Credits
    ProducerRichard Nevins

    Personnel: Ed Bell, Tommy Johnson, Bo Weavil Jackson (vocals, guitar); David Earl Miller (vocals); Ira Stripling (guitar); King Solomon Hill (slide guitar); Dennis McGee, Ernest Fruge (fiddle); Henry Bogan (cello); Ollis Martin (harmonica).
    Audio Remasterer: Richard Nevins.
    Liner Note Authors: Don Kent; Richard Nevins.
    Illustrator: Robert Crumb.
    Each volume in Yazoo Records' Times Ain't Like They Used to Be series (this one is the eighth installment) collects 1920s and '30s commercial 78s that, taken together, project a vital and energetic rural, early 20th century America of jug and string bands, country blues players, fiddlers, banjoists, sacred singers, and musical roustabouts of every conceivable rustic style imaginable. This process makes each volume remarkably similar even as the particular artists and songs included on each may be tremendously different. Volume 8 is a little heavier on the blues side of things and includes such rare gems as Dock Boggs' banjo blues set piece "Sugar Baby," Skip James' haunting rendering of "4 O'Clock Blues" (made especially precious by sounding like it was recorded in a hail storm), Frank Hutchison's sleek and timeless "The Train That Carried My Girl from Town," and Francis Jenkins' ancient sounding fiddle ballad, "Roving Cowboy," which sounds a bit like an inland sea shanty. Since everything is drawn from exceedingly rare 78s, many of which were played to death by their original owners, there is a fair amount of ambient needle noise on most of these tracks, but that only adds to the overall feel of history actually coming alive that is inherent to these kinds of compilations. Well selected, varied, and artfully sequenced, Times Ain't Like They Used to Be, Vol. 8 is a welcome addition to a hopefully never-ending series. ~ Steve Leggett

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