This, the 2nd in an ongoing series of anthologies devoted to early commercial rural recordings of the South shows some of the riches to be found in the Volunteer state between 1925 & 1930. Lovers of old-time string bands will find a bunch of gems in the 18 tracks here that feature stellar performances by WEEMS STRING BAND, GRAYSON & WHITTER, VANCE’S TENN. BREAKDOWNERS, CHARLIE BOWMAN, ROANE COUNTY RAMBLERS and RIDGEL’S FOUNTAIN CITIANS among others. Fine notes by Charles Wolfe, good sound and photos of almost all the bands highlight this super collection. (The disc contains no recordings by the early Opry bands—those are to be covered in a separate release). DAVY, BOLL WEEVIL, TENNESSEE BREAKDOWN, SARO, ALABAMA TROT, I’M SAD & BLUE, etc.