Gid Tanner And The Skillet Lickers – Old Timey’s Favorite Band – 4CD
The JSP series of box sets of early Country Music is setting the standard - this is another set of ultra rare but seminal and influential music.
Gid Tanner and The Skillet Lickers was probably old time country music s best known string band of the 1920s - they almost certainly had the biggest sales in the '20s and'30s. Their first visit to the recording studios was in April 1926.
Two regular members of the band were Gid Tanner himself and guitarist/vocalist Riley Puckett who had already made records together. The success of those discs encouraged Columbia to form the Skillet Lickers as a studio band.
A real innovation was the inclusion of three fiddle players in the line-up - prior to this twin fiddles had been the maximum. The three fiddle format would become a regular feature on Skillet Lickers records - adding to their distinctive sound.
Their first issued sides by the group were released in June 1926 and sold over 207,000 copies. At this time, sales of 30,000 were considered a success. The Skillet Lickers (and Old Timey music in general) were on the map.
The band would evolve to feature rustic comedy sketches which developed into series and exploited the imagined characteristics of country folk. Several of those sides are included here.
Here's Old Timey music in its leaping, laughing, lively youth featuring some of its most expert exponents. If you want to know more about country music's origins it's essential.
Gid Tanner & His Skillet Lickers with Riley Puckett & Clayton McMichen: 1. Soldier's Joy - 3:05 2. Rock That Cradle Lucy - 3:04 3. Bonaparte's Retreat - 3:16 4. Cripple Creek - 3:11 5. Hell's Broke Loose in Georgia - 3:07 6. There'll Be a Hot Time in the Old Town Tonight - 3:21 7. Rocky Pallet - 2:57 Clayton McMichen, Riley Puckett, Gid Tanner, Lowe Stokes, Fate Norris, Bob Nichols & Bill Brown: 8. A Corn Licker Still in Georgia, Pt. 1 - 3:14 9. A Corn Licker Still in Georgia, Pt. 2 - 3:15 Gid Tanner & His Skillet Lickers with Riley Puckett: 10. Pass Around the Bottle and We'll All Take a Drink - 3:01 11. Hand Me Down My Walking Cane - 3:05 12. Alabama Jubilee - 3:11 13. Bully of the Town - 2:55 Gid Tanner & Faith Norris: 14. Where Did You Get That Hat - 2:53 15. Goodbye Booze - 2:53 Gid Tanner & His Skillet Lickers: 16. Mississippi Sawyer - 3:04 17. Georgia Waggoner - 3:04 18. Rufus - 3:09 19. Cumberland Gap on a Buckin' Mule - 2:59 20. Hawkins Rag - 2:55 21. Skillet Licker Breakdown - 2:52 Gid Tanner & His Skillet Lickers with Riley Puckett: 22. Devilish Mary - 3:30 23. Old Dan Tucker - 3:10 24. Nancy Rollin' - 3:28 25. Soldier Will You Marry Me - 3:22
Gid Tanner & His Skillet Lickers with Riley Puckett & Clayton McMichen: 1. Sal's Gone to the Cider Mill - 3:08 2. New Arkansas Traveller - 3:10 3. Leather Breeches - 3:06 4. Sugar in the Gourd - 3:14 5. Georgia Wagner - 3:07 6. Watermelon on the Vine - 2:57 7. Don't You Hear Jerusalem Moan - 2:51 Clayton McMichen, Gid Tanner, Riley Puckett, Bob Nichols, Fate Norris & Bert Layne: 8. A Fiddler's Convention in Georgia, Pt. 1 - 2:59 9. A Fiddler's Convention in Georgia, Pt. 2 - 3:07 Gid Tanner & His Skillet Lickers with Riley Puckett & Clayton McMichen: 10. Settin' in the Chimney Jamb - 2:51 11. Prettiest Little Girl in the County - 3:07 12. Black Eyed Susie - 3:01 13. Cotton-Eyed Joe - 3:00 Gid Tanner & Riley Puckett: 14. Tanner's Boarding House - 3:05 15. On Tanner's Farm - 2:55 Gid Tanner & His Skillet Lickers: 16. Down Yonder - 3:14 17. Back Up and Push - 3:09 18. Git Along - 3:08 19. Whoa, Mule, Whoa - 3:04 Gid Tanner & His Skillet Lickers with Riley Puckett: 20. Shortening Bread - 2:52 21. Dance All Night with a Bottle in Your Hand - 2:47 22. She'll Be Coming Round the Mountain - 3:00 23. I Don't Love Nobody - 3:02 24. I Got Mine - 2:54 25. Old Joe Clark - 2:54
Gid Tanner & His Skillet Lickers with Riley Puckett & Clayton McMichen: 1. The Darktown Strutters' Ball - 3:00 2. Drink 'Er Down - 3:10 3. Dixie - 3:15 4. The Girl I Left Behind Me - 3:14 5. The Old Gray Mare - 3:10 6. John Henry (The Steel Drivin' Man) - 3:09 7. Johnson's Old Gray Mule - 3:24 Gid Tanner, Clayton McMichen, Riley Puckett, Lowe Stokes & Fate Norris: 8. Possum Hunt on Stump House Mountain, Pt. 1 - 2:57 9. Possum Hunt on Stump House Mountain, Pt. 2 - 2:56 Gid Tanner & His Skillet Lickers with Riley Puckett & Clayton McMichen: 10. Bile Them Cabbage Down - 3:06 11. It's a Long Way to Tipperary - 3:09 12. Old McDonald Had a Farm - 3:05 13. Big Ball in Town - 3:01 Gid Tanner & Riley Puckett: 14. I'm Satisfied - 2:50 15. Three Nights Drunk - 3:34 Gid Tanner & His Skillet Lickers with Riley Puckett & Clayton McMichen: 16. Buckin' Mule - 3:14 17. Sleeping Lulu - 3:11 18. McMichen's Breakdown - 3:04 19. Molly Put the Kettle On - 3:11 20. Whistlin' Rufus - 3:09 21. Miss McCleod's Reel - 3:01 22. Four Cent Cotton - 3:04 23. Cacklin' Hen and Rooster Too - 3:14 24. Rickett's Hornpipe - 3:14 25. Ride Old Buck to Water - 3:12
Gid Tanner & His Skillet Lickers with Riley Puckett & Clayton McMichen: 1. Show Me the Way to Go Home - 3:08 2. Cotton Baggin' - 3:09 3. The Rovin' Gambler - 3:08 4. It Ain't Gonna Rain No More - 2:59 5. Going on Down Town - 3:07 6. Mississippi Sawyer - 3:04 7. Flatwoods - 3:04 8. Never Seen the Likes Since Gettin' Upstairs - 3:02 Clayton McMichen, Riley Puckett, Lowe Stokes, Fate Norris, Bert Layne, Uncle Fuzz & Tom Dorsey: 9. A Night in a Blind Tiger, Pt. 1 - 3:15 10. A Night in a Blind Tiger, Pt. 2 - 3:19 Gid Tanner & His Skillet Lickers with Riley Puckett: 11. Ya Gotta Quit Kickin' My Dog Around - 3:08 12. Turkey in the Straw - 3:18 13. Polly Wolly Doo - 3:05 14. Uncle Bud - 3:03 Gid Tanner & His Skillet Lickers with Riley Puckett & Clayton McMichen: 15. Liberty - 3:18 16. Sal Let Me Chaw Your Rosin - 2:50 17. Slow Buck - 3:00 18. Cumberland Gap - 2:55 19. Hen Cackle - 2:39 Gid Tanner & His Skillet Lickers: 20. Tra-Le-La-La - 3:24 21. Hinkey-Dinkey-Dee - 2:40 22. Keep Your Gal at Home - 3:08 23. Cotton Patch - 3:03 24. Flop-Eared Mule - 2:59 25. Soldier's Joy - 2:59
1. AllMusic - Steve Leggett
The Skillet Lickers were a multi-fiddle powerhouse in the 1920s, the old-timey equivalent of a feuding rock & roll supergroup, whose jazz ensemble flash made them arguably the greatest and most exciting string band of all time. Ace fiddlers Gid Tanner, Clayton McMichen, Bert Layne, and one-handed Lowe Stokes were all members, in various combinations. Anchored by Riley Puckett's steady bass runs on guitar, they blazed a path through the dance reels of the day, taking them to soaring heights. This four-disc set is the most complete collection of the Skillet Lickers currently out there, covering sessions recorded in Atlanta and San Antonio between 1926 and 1934. Fiddle standards like "Hell's Broke Loose in Georgia," "Cripple Creek," and "Sugar in the Gourd" are all tackled here at breakneck speed, which is pretty much how these guys did everything.
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