MORRIS BROTHERS 'Salty Dog Blues'

MORRIS BROTHERS 'Salty Dog Blues'

  • $15.00


Wiley & Zeke Morris were active in the same period as the Blue Sky Boys, Monroe Brothers, Delmores and Mainers, but they never achieved the same kind of fame, in part due to the fact that Zeke Morris spent more time as a member of Wade Mainer’s bands than with his own older brother. Although the Morris Brothers made fewer records as a duo, their music was of a high quality and some real gems were cut by them in several sessions in 1938 & 1939, plus a 1945 Charlotte session that produced their best known song, SALTY DOG BLUES (later a very popular track for Flatt & Scruggs). This very welcome CD presents 21 of the 28 pieces the duo cut for the Bluebird label, plus 3 of the four songs from the classic 1945 session that also included great cuts of TRAGIC ROMANCE and SOMEBODY LOVES YOU DARLING. (Why the 4th track of this session was left off is a mystery, as GRAVE UPON THE GREEN HILLSIDE is probably one of the loveliest brother songs ever issued, with wonderful mandolin & guitar and an achingly beautiful duet). Other fine numbers include LITTLE NELLIE, RIDING TO SEE THE SUN GO DOWN, DON’T SAY GOODBYE IF YOU LOVE ME, GREAT SPECKLED BIRD and IF YOU LOVE YOUR MOTHER. TELEPHONE TO GLORY is among a few songs done in a style very similar to Charlie Monroe’s Boys, and JESUS HOLD MY HAND may well have been a source for Bill Monroe’s later version of that fine hymn. This is a wonderful album & collection, highly recommended.

Track Listing:

  • I LOVE THE SILVER IN YOUR HAIR
  • DON'T SAY GOODBYE IF YOU LOVE ME
  • RIDING TO SEE THE SUN GO DOWN
  • WABASH CANNON BALL
  • LET ME BE YOUR SALTY DOG
  • BLESSED JESUS HOLD MY HAND
  • TELEPHONE TO GLORY
  • IF YOU LOVE YOUR MOTHER
  • FAREWELL KENTUCKY
  • OLD COVERED BRIDGE
  • THE STORY OF CHARLIE LAWSON
  • ANSWER TO BLUE EYES
  • LITTLE NELLIE
  • JUST HOW PRETTY YOU SMILE
  • THE TRAGIC ROMANCE
  • SALTY DOG BLUES
  • SOMEBODY LOVES YOU DARLIN'
  • HE'LL SET YOUR FIELDS ON FIRE
  • IT'S BLUES
  • DOES JESUS CARE
  • GABRIEL'S TRUMPET
  • GREAT SPECKLED BIRD
  • DARLING THINK OF WHAT YOU HAVE DONE