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Clarence Ashley – Country Music Pioneer – 4CD

22,50 18,15

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This box set documents the work of a master performer, who travelled widely and obsessively collected material wherever he could. It's an essential record of a culture so changed as to be almost unrecognisable.
Clarence Ashley initially recorded in the 1920s. His last pre-war recordings were made in the early 1930s and would not record again until the folk revival of the 1960s. As the 1930s wore on, he continued  in music, playing medicine shows, sometimes in the company of Roy Acuff.  He also worked with the likes of Charlie Monroe and the Stanley Brothers.  
His background was in medicine shows. By the age of sixteen he had joined one, mainly as a musician but also as a ‘warm-up’ comedian.
All his life he collected numerous songs which eventually comprised a vast repertoire. Two songs often associated with him are The Coo Coo Bird and The House Carpenter.  There are many recordings of Coo Coo, but somehow Clarence Ashley’s performance is seen as definitive. The House Carpenter has English origins, but many of his famous performances, like Rising Sun Blues are out-and-out American. Another of his collected songs, Old John Hardy, he learned from a Mrs. Ellie Johnson in 1916. John Hardy was executed in January 1894 for killing a man in a crap game for twenty-five cents.  
In total, this is a selection of some of the finest examples of old time music cut in the genre's golden era.  

Track Listing:

CD1:
Clarence Ashley: 1. The Coo Coo Bird - 3:22   2. The House Carpenter - 3:11   3. Penitentiary Bound - 2:44   4. Cincinnati Breakdown - 3:08   5. The Old Arm Chair - 2:58   6. One Dark and Stormy Night - 3:03   7. Little Sadie - 3:05   8. Sideline Blu es - 3:14   9. Baby All Night Long - 3:28   10. Washington and Lee Swing - 3:06   11. Goodnight Waltz - 2:54   12. Old John Hardy - 3:09   13. Naomi Wise - 3:04   14. Sadie Ray - 2:53   15. Bay Rum Blues - 2:56   16. Ain't No Use to High Hat Me - 3:13   17. Drunk Man Blues - 2:58   18. Go Way and Let Me Sleep - 3:05   19. My North Carolina Home - 3:09   20. Honeysuckle Rag - 3:03   21. Short Life of Trouble - 3:24   22. You Are a Little Too Smal - 3:21   23. Frankie Silvers - 3:02   24. Three Men Went a Huntin' - 2:54

CD2:
Clarence Ashley: 1. Dark Holler Blues - 2:59   2. Haunted Road Blues - 3:11   3. Times Ain't Like They Used to Be - 2:58   4. Corrina, Corrina - 3:04   5. Rude and Rambling Man - 3:20   6. The Train's Done Left Me - 3:10   7. There's a Man Going Round Taking Names - 3:31   8. Peg and Awl - 3:00   9. The Hills of Tennessee - 2:45   10. Careless Love - 3:12   11. Lay Down Baby Take Your Rest - 3:10   12. Can't You Remember When Your Heart Was Mine - 3:00   13. Rising Sun Blues - 2:46   14. The Old Grey Goose - 2:55   15. Somebody's Tall and Handsome - 3:21   16. I'll Be Washed - 2:55   17. Over at Tom's House - 2:45   18. Fiddler's Contest - 2:45   19. My Sweet Farm Girl - 3:01   20. Greenback Dollar - 3:07   Emry Arthur: 21. I Am a Man of Constant Sorrow - 2:38   22. Jennie My Own True Love - 3:11   23. The Day I Left Home - 2:43   24. Blood Stained Dress - 2:53

CD3:
Emry Arthur: 1. The Little Black Train is Coming - 2:47   2. The Broken Wedding - 3:19   3. Nobody's Business - 2:59   4. Down in Tennessee Valley - 2:43   5. Train Whistle Blues - 3:04   6. The Blind Boy - 3:34   7. Six Months in Jail Ain't Long - 2:58   8. Empty Pocket Blues - 3:18   9. Mother's in Heaven Tonight - 3:27   10. Frankie Baker, Pt. 1 - 3:11   11. Frankie Baker, Pt. 2 - 3:02   12. Heave Ho - The Anchor - 2:51   13. Don't Get Married - 2:28   14. My Own True Lover - 3:06   15. Look Out for the Window - 3:15   16. Ramblin' Hobo Blues - 3:01   17. The Bootlegger's Lullaby - 2:52   18. Going Around the World - 3:13   19. I'm Always Thinking of You [Decca Version] - 2:34   20. Where the Silvery Colorado Wends Its Way - 2:43   21. The Broken Wedding [Decca Version] - 3:04   22. I'm Always Thinking of You [Paramount Version] - 2:49   23. Sunshine and Shadows - 3:16   24. Goodbye My Lover, Goodbye - 2:54   25. Reuben Oh Reuben - 3:01

CD4:
Emry Arthur: 1. I'm a Man of Constant Sorrow - 2:58   2. Let That Liar Alone - 3:15   3. A Railroad Lover for Me - 3:08   Dock Boggs: 4. Down South Blues - 2:45   5. Sugar Baby - 2:57   6. Country Blues - 3:02   7. Sammie, Where Have You Been So Long - 2:52   8. Old Rub Alcohol Blues - 3:14   9. False Hearted Lover's Blues - 2:47   10. Lost Love Blues - 2:30   11. Will Sweethearts Know Each Other There - 3:06   12. Danville Girl - 3:26   13. Pretty Polly - 2:52   14. New Prisoner's Song - 3:12   15. Hard Luck Blues - 2:56   16. Old Rub Alcohol Blues - 3:21   17. Will Sweethearts Know Each Other There - 3:06   18. Lost Love Blues - 2:52   Dykes Magic City Trio: 19. Cotton Eyed Joe - 2:52   20. Tennesse Girls - 2:58   21. Twilight Is Stealing - 3:06   22. Far Beyond the Blue Sky - 3:04   23. Golden Slippers - 3:19   24. Shortening Bread - 2:39

 

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