Milestone Recordings in American Music

3/12/09

New Old-Time (1928)

It’s important to remember that what we now think of as “old-time” records were at one point the height of musical innovation. Although at first listen they may sound like centuries-old traditional music to us, they were played faster and in unexpected ways for those used to hearing such music. Here are three country acts that were on the cutting edge in 1928.

Hoyt “Floyd” Ming and His Pep-Steppers
Indian War Whoop(Victor 21294, 1928)

There are no lyrics in this song, just long, monotone cries that are actually far too subdued to be called “war whoops.” Those cries serve as drawn-out exclamation points punctuating the hypnotic playing of this Mississippi family string band. Led by Hoyt (mislabeled as “Floyd” on the record label) Ming on fiddle, they create a captivating loop. The record contains real energy as it is propelled forward by steady handclapping and some fine, low-tone strumming by Ming’s wife Roselle on guitar and his brother Troy on mandolin. Yet Ming’s vocals and high, thin fiddling is so captivating against the repetitive rhythm that one is lulled into a trance rather than moved to dance. Ming’s talent isn’t revealed through some flashy fiddling display, but rather by knowing just when to let a note linger and when to drop to a lower register. His vocals follow the same blueprint, with long, high wails followed by softer, lower moans. Ming may have titled this piece “Indian War Whoop,” but he created something otherworldly that defies labels.

~ You may also like: Carter Brothers and Son, “Give the Fiddler a Dram (Okeh 45289, 1928)

Weems String Band
Greenback Dollar(Columbia 15300-D, 1928)

“Greenback Dollar” is one of only two songs – two sides of a single record – ever documented from this Tennessee family string band. That seems unfathomable considering how good it is, and how unique. The band played rural music unlike any other captured on record. Brothers Dick and Frank Weems played their fiddles with advanced fingering positions usually employed only by classically trained musicians. Another brother, Jesse, played cello, an instrument also typically reserved for classical music. While all of this created a sophisticated sound, the band was still using these instruments to play “hillbilly” music, and the unexpected juxtaposition was exhilarating. The cello, for example, shifted between a thumping, staccato beat and a low, brooding drone. And brother-in-law Alvin Condor added banjo and down-home vocals for a clear mountain music touch.

The lyrics are simple and spare, but classic. Condor delivers them in a voice that starts as a yell and ends as a statement: “Over the hills and down in the holler / All I want is a greenback dollar.”

Adding to the excitement was the way the band members improvised variations and created a tapestry of interlocking melodies, all while keeping a steady rhythm. While everyone appears at first to be playing regular, repeating themes, as the song progresses, one notices frequent, subtle variations. At times, they add a few unexpected notes, and at other times an instrument will drop away completely, its presence still somehow felt as the rest of the band fills the gap seamlessly. Sometimes an instrument will even play out of key for a few notes, heightening the tension of the moment and then snapping back into the familiar pattern. All together, the band exhibits a tremendous sense of awareness; if they were playing jazz, you would call it “swing.”

~ You may also like an excellent, earlier version of the same melody: Fiddlin’ Powers and Family, “Callahan’s Reel” (Victor 19450, 1924)

Burnett & Rutherford
All Night Long Blues (Columbia 15314-D, 1928)

Guitarist and banjoist Dick Burnett became a professional musician around the age of 25 after being blinded during a robbery by a gunshot wound. A few years later, he took teenage fiddler Leonard Rutherford under his wing and the two Kentuckians became one of the most prolific and highly regarded country acts of the 1920s. “All Night Long Blues” is a particularly good showcase for Burnett’s fantastic vocal delivery and the duo’s expert musicianship. Burnett’s down-home voice takes a number of different shapes on the record, and all of them are interesting. He leads with a clear mountain cry, transitions to a low, earthy moan, and then to a heartfelt, tremor-filled plea. Every time he sings, “All night long,” he lays his soul bare, his voice dripping with raw feeling.

As powerful as Burnett’s singing is, though, it is not the only thing on display here. With Burnett keeping a simple, pleasant rhythm on guitar, Rutherford is simply masterful on the fiddle. He never overpowers the vocals, keeping them the main focal point of the song, but he fills the spaces around the vocals with a sweet, pure sound that makes the record all the more gripping. Rutherford’s playing is some of the smoothest country fiddling you’ll ever hear, and a good reason to seek out more of his recordings with Burnett.

~ You may also like the delightfully wacky vocals and playing on another record by this duo (with Burnett on banjo instead of guitar): Burnett & Rutherford, “Ladies on the Steamboat” (Columbia 15209-D, 1928)

17 comments:

  1. Open the bluestacks logdown.com/ and search for snapchat Know More on the search bar of the bluestacks Easily Download Snapchat for your PC & APK Android You will certainly discover snapchat and also click Snapchat APK mount to download as well asSnapchat mount this amazing application on your pc.

    ReplyDelete
  2. their clothes from spilt food. It's obtained three reclined settings wixsite.com/ and height positions. On the disadvantage, the wheels aren't lockable Click Through to This Article as well as it's rather hefty.Finest Infant Car Seats of 2017 - Safety, Comfort This multi-award winning high chair suits infants right approximately teens, thanks to the different heights.

    ReplyDelete
  3. James last week may keep them on the outside looking in at the close of the regular season as far as the division title goes. Searles is looking to bounce back from their mini losing streak in which they have lost consecutive games to Hanska and Sleepy Eye. June 30. (Michael Kors Black Makeup Bag)

    Coach Outlet Bag No Serial Number, 3. Establishing an Account to Post Content. To post Content on the Site, you must first complete the Site registration process to create an account with a user name and password (the "Account").

    Table saw was really needed for this step to happen. You could try to do it with a circular saw but, good luck keeping all that straight and true. I also added in some more bracing for the front and back walls which starts to form the beginning of the side walls.. (Michael Kors Ava Black Mini Satchel Bag)

    I will never forget my father stockpiling food because he feared what he was doing. I never forget the urine jars testing for exposure and my sister being scrubbed with wire brushes when she became contaminated as a lab tech. I never forget my brother with skin cancers the size of footballs and my father being exposed to Beryllium. (Michael Kors Black Purse)

    Drewer first recruited Erdossy into the banking business in 1967, when the former football captain joined Clarendon Bank and Trust of Virginia as Drewer's assistant. He had served nearly three years in the Army and was working on a master's degree at George Washington University. The pair has worked together since then..

    This year biggest comeback story, Tiger Woods, will also be on hand. Grouped with Marc Leishman and Chez Reavie for the opening rounds, Woods is hoping to rebound from a T40 showing last week. In the midst of his first FedExCup Playoffs appearance in five years, he is currently ranked 25th in the FedExCup standings with 1,212 points. (Michael Kors Black Signature Purse)

    ReplyDelete
  4. The new model comes out hot and heavy against strong three row competitors like the Honda Pilot, Toyota Highlander, Mazda CX 9 and American offerings like the Chevy Traverse and the Ford Explorer. Our tester is the top shelf Touring trim. Standard features on the Ascent include Subaru's EyeSight driver assist technology, adaptive cruise control with lane keep assist, keyless entry, three zone climate control and a turbocharged 2.4 liter flat four mated to a CVT. (Black Friday Michael Kors Bags Uk)

    Don't worry, though, you don't have to be an adult all the time. One of the joys of being a new parent is dragging all your old toys, books, and video games out of your mom's basement for another generation of fun. Yeah, at first your baby's ability to interact with things is limited to "bang it on the table and/or jam it in their mouth," but you can help broaden their horizons by showing them how the toys work. (Michael Kors Black Tote Purse)

    These are quite different from the complex septa and septal sutures of the ammonites. The animal was presumably similar to the pearly nautilus of the present day. Notice that some of the chambers contain sediment, now lithified into limestone, whereas others were presumably empty because they have become filled with sparry calcite.. (Michael Kors Jet Set Chain Shoulder Bag Black)

    Coach Bags Factory Outlet, 2019 Acura RDXThe Acura RDX is all new for the 2019 model year, and we like it a lot more than the somewhat boring 2018 edition. There's a new turbocharged four cylinder engine underhood that delivers 272 horsepower and 280 pound feet of torque. It's hooked up to a 10 speed automatic transmission that does a great job of maximizing performance and efficiency..

    The questions with Ayton, though, lie mostly with where he fits on the defensive end. His offensive skills positionhim best as a center, but he's averaging just 1.6 blocks per 40 minutes this season, raising questions about his potential to anchor a defense in the paint. In general, Ayton has struggled with his rotations down low, often failing to challenge shots on possessions where it seems likely he could get there.. (Michael Kors Bag Tote Black)

    ReplyDelete
  5. I go utilizing colleage. Toy trucks a small rodent above cable. Not a problem. I favor regarding version so you can (Coach Outlet Online) get an recording shaped with merely, I flabbergasted (Michael Kors Outlet) which i safe place seen the alternate Asheville pros reaping this process. On personal era of within the web connectedness, It all about forcing (Michael Kors Outlet Store) a vibrant mlm when truly wants be (Ray Ban New Wayfarer Polarized) invested in. Subsequently the (Cheap Yeezys For Sale) fact which will party, (Coach Outlet Clearance Sale) He be in the Lexington road Brewery on Malcolm Holcombe. (New Yeezys 2020)

    "Gotabhaya Rajapaksa supplies yet all over just (Ray Ban Outlet Store) as before verified people about immediately. He has as well as attest one is dysfunctional, He has have shown he could

    ReplyDelete
  6. Bangladesh Education Result Board & Government Official website. HSC Admission Result 2020 Recently Published. Government web. Student can download HSC Admission Result PDF File.

    ReplyDelete
  7. World leaders are so busy dealing with local crises Ray Ban Outlet that they ignoring much New Jordan Shoes 2020 bigger problems down the road. 2019 is the year seeds are Yeezy Boost 350 being planted that Ray Ban Glasses will eventually threaten the entire global order. Trust between the two sides is almost gone. AbstractThe present research sought to establish how Coach Handbags Clearance Yeezy Discount cultural settings create a normative context that determines individuals' reactions to subtle forms of mistreatment. Two experimental studies (n = 449) Coach Outlet examined individuals' perceptions of high and low ranking individuals' incivility in two national (Study 1) and two organizational (Study 2) cultural settings that varied in power distance. Consistent across studies, the uncivil actions Coach Outlet Store of a high ranking perpetrator were deemed more acceptable than the uncivil actions of a low ranking perpetrator in the large power distance cultural settings, but not in a small power distance cultural setting.

    ReplyDelete
  8. It's hacking. Why is it worst than the rest? You get banned forever unlike the other ways to go. But I feel that I haven't done my work here if I don't say this: YOU'RE BETTER OF NOT BEING BANNED!. They planned their time. They managed their games. They had a lot of autonomy, which also feeds self esteem and mental health.".

    How Coach Outlet Purses On Clearance do you use the pokerader?What you do is you stand in a patch of normal grass, not water or long grass, and you cant be on your Coach Outlet Online 80 OFF bike or it wont work. Then you use the pokeradar and patches of grass will wiggle. Walk to those patches of grass and MK Outlet Online when you step on them a wild Pokemon will appear.

    Once you have done this you can reach MK Outlet Sale inside the air duct and you will feel the rheostat. Grab hold of it, twist it to unlock it from its place and pull it Jordan Shoe Stores towards you. Once you have done that, then just unplug it out of the socket and then plug the new one in, then push it back to where it was Coach Outlet Clearance Sale and twist it back to lock it into place.

    All nuts contain both healthy fats and protein, making them a valuable part of Cheap Nike Air Force 1 a plant based diet. But because they are high in calories almonds, cashews, and pistachios for example, all contain 160 calories and 5 or 6 grams of protein per ounce choose varieties that are raw or dry roasted. Nut butters, like peanut and almond butter, are also a good way to get protein, says Penner: "Look for brands with as few ingredients as possible just nuts and Cheap Air Forces maybe salt," she says.

    ReplyDelete

Search This Blog

Followers