Tuesday, 6 November 2012

Tompkins Square Dance

I have mentioned here previously that the Tompkins Square label is on a real hot streak this year. The streak continues. Today they have released a 3 LP/CD set called "Work Hard, Play Hard, Pray Hard", which compiles a load of old hillbilly 78s originally released between 1923 and 1936. Nearly half of them have not been available since they were first released, and would have been lost forever had they not been rescued from a dump in Louisville.

Here are a couple of crackers from 1930. I mean that in the "crackin' good songs" sense, not the "they crackle a lot" sense - although that is also true - and definitely not in the "Southern white trash" sense. Heaven forbid.

"You've Got To Stop Drinking Shine" - Gid Tanner

"Poor Man, Rich Man (Cotton Mill Colic No. 2)" - David McCarn

Sticking with Louisville and hillbillies, here's Grandpa Jones.

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