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When the Sun Goes Down, Vol. 10: East Virginia Blues
1. East Virginia Blues, The - The Carter Family
2. Will the Circle Be Unbroken - The Monroe Brothers
3. Down in the Willow - Wade Mainer/Zeke Morris/Wade Mainer & Zeke Morris
4. Mary of the Wild Moor - The Blue Sky Boys
5. Wildwood Flower - The Carter Family
6. Prisoner's Song, The - Vernon Dalhart
7. Constant Sorrow - Hall Brothers Jazz Band
8. In the Hills of Roane County - The Blue Sky Boys
9. Orange Blossom Special - The Rouse Brothers
10. Tom Dooley - G.B. Grayson/Henry Whitter
11. Short Life and It's Trouble - Wade Mainer/Zeke Morris/Wade Mainer & Zeke Morris
12. Longest Train, The - J.E. Mainer's Mountaineers
13. Birmingham Jail - Bud & Joe Billings/Carson Robison/Bud Billings
14. Wreck of the Old 97 - Vernon Dalhart
15. Frankie and Johnny - Jimmie Rodgers
16. Mule Skinner Blues - Bill Monroe & His Bluegrass Boys
17. She's a Hum Dum Dinger (From Dingersville), Pt. 2 - Jimmie Davis
18. Nobody's Business - Riley Puckett
19. That Nasty Swing - Cliff Carlisle
20. Matchbox Blues, The
21. Do Right Daddy Blues - Gene Autry
22. Just Because - Lone Star Cowboys
23. Brown's Ferry Blues - The Delmore Brothers
24. In the Jailhouse No. 2 - Jimmie Rodgers
25. TB Is Whipping Me, The - Ernest Tubb
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 60085
Colin Escott (Reissue); Barry Feldman (Reissue)
Personnel: Wade Mainer, Zeke Morris (vocals, guitar, banjo); Daddy John Love, Ernest Tubb, Gene Autry, Henry Whitter, Earl Bolick, Alton Delmore, Rabon Delmore, Riley Puckett, Roy Hall, Carson Robison, Charlie Monroe, Sarah Carter (vocals, guitar); Bill Bolick (vocals, mandolin); Ervin T. Rouse, J.E. Mainer (vocals, fiddle); Vernon Dalhart (vocals, harmonica); Cliff Carlisle, Jimmie Davis (vocals); Mother Maybelle Carter (tenor, guitar); Frankie Marvin, Billy Burkes, Ed "Snoozer" Quinn, Leon Chappelear (guitar); Clyde Moody (mandolin); Sam Freed, Steve Ledford, Tommy Magness (fiddle); Lou Raderman (viola).
Liner Note Author: Colin Escott.
Recording information: Atlanta, GA; Charlotte, NC; Chicago, IL; Hollywood Recording Studio, CA; Jefferson Banquet Hall, Dallas, TX; Kimball Hotel, Atlanta, GA; Kimball House, Atlanta, GA; Memphis Municipal Auditorium, Memphis, TN; New York, NY; Studio "C", Chicago, IL; Studio #1, New York, NY; Studio #2, New York, NY; Texas Hotel, San Antonio, TX; Victor Studios, Camden, NJ.
Photographer: Colin Escott.
This is the tenth volume in Bluebird Records' superb When the Sun Goes Down: The Secret History of Rock & Roll series. Drawing on the extensive Bluebird and Victor back catalog of vintage 1920s, 1930s, and 1940s 78s, this installment, subtitled East Virginia Blues, traces the roots of honky tonk through the Appalachians, where modal European song forms collided head on with the Africanized rhythms of the blues, creating the springboard for contemporary country and rock & roll. What keeps this collection from simply being an archival project is the careful and deliberate sequencing, which turns variety into a virtue and keeps the pace of things fresh and interesting. Highlights include an early version of "Will the Circle Be Unbroken" by the Monroe Brothers, Wade Mainer's "Down in the Willow," and the original version of the vicious murder ballad "Tom Dooley" by G.B. Grayson and Henry Whitter. The first two megahits of country are here, "The Prisoner's Song" and "The Wreck of the Old '97," by Vernon Dalhart, both of which turn on massive doses of deliberate melancholy. Dick Burnett's "Constant Sorrow" is here in an early version by the Hall Brothers, recorded a full decade before Ralph Stanley took a shot at it. The historical and musical roots that fed into the creation of modern folk, blues, country, and rock are all present, and like the other titles in this series, East Virginia Blues does an admirable job of showing that the contemporary music listened to nowadays didn't show up fully formed out of thin air. ~ Steve Leggett
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