ERNEST V. STONEMAN "The Unsung Father Of Country Music: 1925-1934"

ERNEST V. STONEMAN "The Unsung Father Of Country Music: 1925-1934"

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One of the true pioneers of recorded country music, Ernest Stoneman was among the first 4 or 5 artists to make commercial recordings in the mid 1920s. And—apart from Fiddlin’ John Carson and Gid Tanner’s Skillet Lickers—he was a lot more prolific that most of those early acts, recording for numerous labels between 1924 and 1934 (he started on a whole new career in the 1950s). Stoneman was not a particularly good singer, and his guitar playing was rudimentary, but he found good songs and got some excellent musicians to record with him. This beautifully packaged 2-CD set contains 46 of Stoneman’s best cuts, including excellent sessions done with fiddler Kahle Brewer, Frank Jenkins, the Sweet Brothers and his own Dixie Mountaineers (including his wife Hattie and Eck Dunford, plus a variety of solo cuts including his early best-seller THE TITANIC. The 4 songs done with Frank and Oscar Jenkins are a highlight, especially THE BURIAL OF WILD BILL. There are 4 cuts with the Sweet Brothers, including a nice SAY DARLING SAY and RAMBLING RECKLESS HOBO, and several fiddle, banjo & guitar instrumentals with Kahle Brewer on fiddle and Bolen Frost on guitar are fine string band performances. Especially charming are a few songs that feature Stoneman’s wife Hattie, particularly TOO LATE, THERE’S A LIGHT LIT UP IN GALILEE and MOUNTAINEER’S COURTSHIP. This neat set is well mastered and has a 44 page booklet of good notes and neat pictures. A wonderful old-time package! 2-CD set

Artists:

  • ERNEST STONEMAN
  • HATTIE STONEMAN
  • EDDIE STONEMAN
  • EARL SWEET
  • HERBERT SWEET
  • FRANK JENKINS
  • OSCAR JENKINS
  • KAHLE BREWER
  • BOLEN FROST
  • IRMA FROST
  • ECK DUNFORD
  • WALTER MOONEY
  • TOM LEONARD
  • EDNA BREWER
  • SAM PATTON

Track Listing:

  • GOODBYE DEAR OLD STEP STONE
  • JOHN HARDY
  • THE RESURRECTION
  • WEST VIRGINIA HIGHWAY
  • THE TITANIC
  • THE SPANISH MERCHANT'S DAUGHTER
  • THE BURIAL OF WILD BILL
  • SWEEPING THROUGH THE GATES
  • LONG EARED MULE
  • THE RELIGIOUS CRITIC
  • POSSUM TROT SCHOOL EXHIBITION, PART 1
  • POSSUM TROT SCHOOL EXHIBITION, PART 2
  • I AM RESOLVED
  • A MESSAGE FROM HOME SWEET HOME
  • THE WRECK OF THE OLD '97
  • OLD JOE CLARK
  • MOUNTAINEER'S COURTSHIP
  • NO MORE GOOD-BYES
  • THE RAGING SEA, HOW IT ROARS
  • THE FACE THAT NEVER RETURNED
  • RAMBLIN' RECKLESS HOBO
  • HOP LIGHT LADIES
  • ALL I'VE GOT'S GONE
  • GOODBYE DEAR OLD STEPSTONE
  • THE RAILROAD FLAGMAN'S SWEETHEART
  • THERE'S A LIGHT LIT UP IN GALILEE
  • SOURWOOD MOUNTAIN
  • THE ORPHAN GIRL
  • TOO LATE
  • THE FATE OF TALMADGE OSBORNE
  • I KNOW MY NAME IS THERE
  • FLOP EARED MULE
  • THE LIGHTNING EXPRESS
  • OLD TIME CORN SHUCKIN' PART 1
  • OLD TIME CORN SHUCKIN' PART 2
  • ARE YOU WASHED IN THE BLOOD
  • WHEN THE SNOWFLAKES FALL AGAIN
  • THE WRECK ON THE C & O
  • ONCE I HAD A FORTUNE
  • THE ROAD TO WASHINGTON
  • HE IS COMING AFTER ME
  • SAY DARLING SAY
  • THE OLD HICKORY CANE
  • NEW RIVER TRAIN
  • NINE POUND HAMMER
  • ALL I GOT'S GONE