CLAYTON McMICHEN 'Classic Recordings, Vol. 2'

CLAYTON McMICHEN 'Classic Recordings, Vol. 2'

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The Georgia fiddler McMichen was one of the finest rural musicians to come out of the “Golden Age” of commercial recordings, and he is present on literally hundreds of records that were made in the 1920s, 30s, and 40s—best known of which were the lively breakdowns with Gid Tanner’s Skillet Lickers. “Mac”, as he was known, was still active in the 1960s and when called on to perform at the Newport Folk Festival seemed angry and bitter that folks wanted to hear him play the old-time tunes, and not the more sophisticated but hoky music that he had developed by the end of his active career with Slim Bryant and the Georgia Wildcats. This is the 2nd McMichen release on the British BACM label, and we don’t really understand why both albums are hodge-podge collections, rather than two distinct, more consistent and cohesive discs devoted to the two clearly different aspects of Mac’s playing. There are a handful of neat fiddle tunes among the 20 tracks here, namely a FIDDLIN’ MEDLEY, and wonderful versions of RYE STRAW and DONE GONE. Some of the remaining cuts are interesting and well done, such as WABASH BLUES, KILLING OF TOM SLAUGHTER, THE BLIND CHILD’S PRAYER and IN THE PINES; but the sentiments he expresses in I’M A GONNA LEARN TO SWING, while cute, also more than hint at the frustrations of a country musician who wanted to “get above his raisin’”: the lyrics include the lines “I don’t give a hick about corny fiddlin’, it’s drivin’ me insane”, “can’t get nothin’ from old-time fiddlin’” and “I ain’t no mule, I don’t like corn”. There is still plenty of room for a good collection of McMichen’s great fiddle recordings. WHISPERING, DARLING NELLIE GRAY, ONLY A FADED ROSE, etc.

Artists:

  • CLAYTON McMICHEN
  • LOWE STOKES
  • K.D. MALONE
  • RILEY PUCKETT
  • PERRY BETCHEL
  • DAN HORNSBY
  • SLIM BRYANT
  • CARL COTNER
  • JERRY WALLACE
  • RAYMOND BRYANT
  • KENNY NEWTON

Track Listing:

  • FIDDLIN' MEDLEY
  • AIN'T SHE SWEET
  • FIFTY YEARS AGO
  • DARLING NELLIE GRAY
  • WABASH BLUES
  • BLIND CHILD'S PRAYER PT. 1
  • BLIND CHILD'S PRAYER PT. 2
  • RYE STRAW
  • KILLIN OF TOM SLAUGHTER
  • DONE GONE
  • WHEN THE BLOOM IS ON THE SAGE
  • IN THE PINES
  • IS THERE STILL ROOM FOR ME
  • WHISPERING
  • JUST AN OLD CHIMNEY STACK
  • I'M A-GONNA LEARN TO SWING
  • I GOTTA KETCH UP WITH MY SETTIN'
  • ONLY A FADED ROSE
  • ALEXANDER'S RAGTIME BAND
  • JUST TELL THEM THAT YOU SAW ME