ROBERT "GEORGIA SLIM" RUTLAND 'Raw Fiddle'

ROBERT "GEORGIA SLIM" RUTLAND 'Raw Fiddle'

  • $13.50


Although “Georgia Slim” was one of the most respected fiddlers of his time (mainly the 1940s) he is not very well known today, which can only be attributed to the fact that he hardly recorded. Unlike some of his contemporaries (like Tommy Jackson, who produced a steady stream of records for Dot and Mercury), Rutland cut just a handful of 78s for the Mercury label. Though he came from Georgia and was exposed to the great old-time fiddlers like Lowe Stokes and Clayton McMichen, Rutland achieved significant local and regional fame in the Dallas, Texas area as part of radio station KRLD’s Texas Roundup show (which also included a brilliant young fiddler named Howdy Forrester). Although these tracks are from home recordings and not the greatest sound quality, there’s some wonderful fiddling here, and it’s easy to see where some of the Texas contest style of fiddling developed some of its ideas of variations on the melody of many standard old-time tunes. There are wonderful versions here of SOLDIER’S JOY, SALLY GOODIN, OLD JOE CLARK, CHICKEN REEL and MISSISSIPPI SAWYER among others. Rutland is accompanied here by a well-played piano supplying simple chords. This CD is a combination of two former discs on the Tri-Agle-Far label. Fine fiddling and an interesting CD.

Track Listing:

  • BILLY IN THE LOWGROUND
  • LIMEROCK
  • SOLDIER'S JOY
  • SALLY GOODIN
  • CLUCK OLD HEN
  • CHICKEN REEL
  • MISSISSIPPI SAWYER
  • CINDY
  • LEATHER BRITCHES
  • BLACKBERRY BLOSSOM
  • DONE GONE
  • GREY EAGLE
  • WHEN YOU & I WERE YOUNG
  • BLACKBERRY BLOSSOM
  • BILLY IN THE LOWGROUND
  • LEATHER BRITCHES
  • BONAPART'S RETREAT
  • OVER THE WAVES
  • SALLY GOODIN
  • SAY OLD MAN CAN YOU PLAY THE FIDDLE
  • WAGONER
  • MOCKING BIRD