CLARENCE ASHLEY 'Greenback Dollar: 1929-1933'

CLARENCE ASHLEY 'Greenback Dollar: 1929-1933'

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Clarence "Tom" Ashley was an extremely colorful character with a fascinating career in rural entertainment that spanned over half a century. He traveled extensively on the medicine show circuit, helped give Roy Acuff his early training, and was still appearing at fiddlers’ conventions in the 1960s when folklorists Ralph Rinzler and Eugene Earle discovered a then-unknown Doc Watson playing in his band. Surprisingly, Ashley has not been that well represented on record recently, perhaps because he is considered to be more of an entertainer and "character" than a musician. But from listening to this impressive 20-song collection one will quickly find that he had considerable talents as a banjo player and very distinctive singer. His vocal & banjo solos such as LITTLE SADIE and COO COO BIRD—all 6 of which are found here—are stunning and some of the classics of recorded old-time music. His work with Byrd Moore’s Hot Shots and the Carolina Tar Heels, and his duets with Gwen Foster are all superior & almost unique in their individuality. A wonderful set of notes by Joe Wilson highlights this superb and important re-issue.

Artists:

  • BYRD MOORE
  • CLARENCE GREENE
  • GWEN FOSTER
  • DOCK WALSH

Track Listing:

  • LITTLE SADIE
  • GREENBACK DOLLAR
  • FRANKIE SILVERS
  • COO COO BIRD
  • RUDE & RAMBLING MAN
  • BABY ALL NIGHT LONG
  • DRUNK MAN BLUES
  • HOUSE CARPENTER
  • MY SWEET FARM GIRL
  • SHORT LIFE OF TROUBLE
  • YOU ARE A LITTLE TOO SMALL
  • OLD JOHN HARDY
  • CORRINA CORRINA
  • SADIE RAY
  • 3 MEN WENT A HUNTIN'
  • NAOMI WISE
  • HAUNTED ROAD BLUES
  • TRAIN DONE LEFT ME
  • DARK HOLLER
  • TIMES AIN'T LIKE THEY USED TO BE.