Various Artists: The Bristol Sessions 1927-28-Country Music's Big Bang

Various Artists: The Bristol Sessions 1927-28-Country Music&
Title: The Bristol Sessions 1927-28-Country Music's Big Bang
Label: JSP Records

The sessions held in 1927 in Bristol, TN have been described as the 'Big Bang of Country Music'. No other description will suffice. A&R man Ralph Peer had already made field recordings throughout the South, but even he must have been amazed at the riches he encountered in Bristol. The Carter Family and Jimmie Rodgers' contributions to the sessions are already available on JSP box sets (JSP7701 and JSP7704) but there's plenty left to entertain and enlighten. Apart from Rodgers and the Carters, few of the other artists involved had enduring recording careers, which makes this collection even more fascinating - it's a glimpse at a long-vanished America. Key to the 1927 sessions was Ernest V. Stoneman who helped Peer with organizing the sessions, and also performed on many of the tracks. He was one of the few who would continue to record for some years to come, in contrast to The Johnson Brothers, on record from 1927-30; Alfred G. Karnes - 1927/28 (the Bristol dates being his only venture in to the recording studios), and Blind Alfred Reed - 1927/29. Others such as Mr. And Mrs. J.W. Baker, Nester and Edmonds and the Tennessee Mountaineers paid just the one visit to the studios. As well as changing tastes, many of these artists fell victim to the Depression - record sales would slump and would not reach 1929 levels until World War 2.

1.1 Don't Grieve After Me
1.2 I Want to Go Where Jesus Is
1.3 Old Time Corn Shuckin', Pt. 1
1.4 Old Time Corn Shuckin', Pt. 2
1.5 Walking in the Way with Jesus
1.6 The Wreck of the Virginian
1.7 I Am Bound for the Promised Land
1.8 Where We'll Never Grow Old
1.9 Are You Washed in the Blood?
1.10 Sweeping Through the Gates
1.11 Pretty Polly
1.12 Darling Cora
1.13 Standing on the Promises
1.14 At the River
1.15 The Longest Train I Ever Saw
1.16 Sweet Heaven When I Die
1.17 Greasy String
1.18 Your Blue Eyes Run Me Crazy
1.19 The Newmarket Wreck
1.20 On the Banks of the Sunny Tennessee
1.21 Billy Grimes the Rover
1.22 Big Bend Gal
1.23 Henry Whitter's Fox Chase
1.24 Rain Crow Bill
2.1 Remember Me, O Mighty One
2.2 I'm Redeemed
2.3 Mountaineer's Courtship
2.4 Whip-Poor-Will's Song
2.5 The Soldier's Poor Little Boy
2.6 Just a Message from Carolina
2.7 Do, Lord, Remember Me
2.8 Old Ship of Zion
2.9 Pot Licker Blues
2.10 When They Ring the Golden Bells
2.11 To the Work
2.12 Skip to Ma Lou, My Darling
2.13 Barney McCoy
2.14 I Mean to Live for Jesus
2.15 You Must Unload
2.16 Train on the Island
2.17 Black-Eyed Susie
2.18 The Resurrection
2.19 I Am Resolved
2.20 Dying Girl's Farewell
2.21 Tell Mother I Will Meet Her
2.22 Suzanna Gal
2.23 Sandy River Belle
2.24 Johnny Goodwin
2.25 Miss Liza, Poor Gal
3.1 Jesus Is Getting Us Ready for That Great Day
3.2 Happy in Prison
3.3 I Know My Name Is There
3.4 No More Good-Byes
3.5 The Jealous Sweetheart
3.6 Two Brothers Are We (From East Tennessee)
3.7 What Will I Do, for My Money's All Gone
3.8 Cold Penitentiary Blues
3.9 O Molly Dear
3.10 Called to the Foreign Field
3.11 Do Not Wait 'Til I'm Laid Beneath the Clay
3.12 If the Light Has Gone Out in Your Soul
3.13 Bright Tomorrow
3.14 Days of My Childhood Plays
3.15 We Shall All Be Reunited
3.16 I Truly Understand, You Love Another Man
3.17 My Mother's Hands
3.18 The Broken Hearted Lover
3.19 We Parted By the Riverside
3.20 Angeline the Baker
3.21 Old Shoes and Leggin's
3.22 Down to Jordan and Be Saved
3.23 There's a Light Lit Up in Galilee
3.24 My Name Is Ticklish Reuben
3.25 Way Down in Alabama
4.1 A Little Talk with Jesus
4.2 Went Up in the Clouds of Heaven
4.3 I Know That Jesus Set Me Free
4.4 Shine on Me
4.5 Where Is My Mama
4.6 When You Go a Courtin'
4.7 I Sat Upon the River Bank
4.8 Mr Brown Here I Come
4.9 Going Up the Mountain After Liquor, Pt. 1
4.10 Going Up the Mountain After Liquor, Pt. 2
4.11 The Spanish Merchant's Daughter
4.12 Too Late
4.13 New Orleans Is the Town I Like Best
4.14 She Tells Me That I Am Sweet
4.15 Goodnight, Darling
4.16 Little Bunch of Roses
4.17 My Mother Is Waiting for Me in Heaven Above
4.18 She Has Climbed the Golden Stairs
4.19 I Cannot Be Your Sweetheart
4.20 Three Black Sheep

Various Artists: The Bristol Sessions 1927-28-Country Music's Big Bang

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