New Recordings Released!
It’s a new year, and we’ve got some new tapes! We wanted to draw your attention to three recordings we’ve recently made public in our archives.
First, Anonymous Collection Cassette #199. Captured in June 1978 at the Bean Blossom festival, this recording features two sets, one by Bill Harrell & The Virginians and one by Lester Flatt & The Nashville Grass. Led by Harrell on guitar, The Virginians featured Carl Nelson on fiddle, Darrell Sanders on banjo and Ed Ferris on bass. Harrell clearly demonstrates Mac Wiseman’s influence on his picking style, although the sound on a few tunes is somewhat distorted by tape hum and audio fluctuations. Meanwhile, Flatt’s band boasts a stellar line-up, with Charlie Nixon on dobro, Marty Stuart on mandolin and guitar, Blake Williams on banjo, Clarence “Tater” Tate on fiddle, Curly Seckler on guitar and Pete Corum on bass. Mike Cupid also guests on vocals. The tape is also notable because it captures a nineteen-year-old Stuart, who would later go on to country music stardom. Here he demonstrates his flatpicking prowess on several tunes, especially “I Don’t Love Nobody.”
Bill Harrell & The Virginians
One Track Mind (cut off), Cabin on the Hill, Flyin’ High, The Letter Edged in Black, You’re the One in a Million, Don’t Say Goodbye If You Love Me, Copper Kettle, Goodbye Mary Dear (I’ll Be There Mary Dear), Two Little Girls in Blue, Black Mountain Rag (split between two tracks), Little Home in Tennessee, Camping in Canaan’s Land
Lester Flatt & The Nashville Grass
Durham’s Reel, Roll in My Sweet Baby’s Arms, Columbus Stockade Blues, Before I met You, Shuckin’ the Corn, My Litttle Georgia Rose, I Don’t Love Nobody, On My Mind (cut off)
Next we have Anonymous Collection Cassette #243. This tape features Bill Monroe & His Blue Grass Boys (at the time, Kenny Baker on fiddle, Jack Hicks on banjo, Joe Stuart on guitar and Monroe Fields on bass) performing in New York City in 1972. Unfortunately, the second side of the cassette was marred by technical problems, so we only get a taste of Tex Logan’s guest spot with what was salvageable of “Cotton Eyed-Joe.” Such is the nature of things, and we’re just happy we were able to save what we could of this nice Monroe set.
Sitting on Top of the World, Blue Grass Breakdown, Blue Moon of Kentucky, Muleskinner Blues, Footprints in the Snow, Get Up John, Little Community Church, Wicked Path of Sin (split between two tracks), The Grey Eagle, Molly & Tenbrooks (enter Tex Logan), Cotton Eyed Joe (cut off)
Finally, we have the Tut Taylor Archive Cassette #045. This tape captures what appears to be an early-70′s jam session at the Old Time Pickin’ Parlor in Nashville featuring Taylor alongside some of his picking buddies from The Bluegrass Five. It’s hard to determine who exactly is in attendance here, but our historian Mitch Wittenberg reckons we can hear Hughie Wyle on mando, as well as Onie Baxter, and possibly her husband, J.N. Baxter, on vocals. Also in attendance is Norman Blake. He adopts a rather low profile in this show, but if you can hear him reference the song “The Old Cane Press” which he recorded with Bob Johnson & the Lonesome Travelers on the 1963 LP Twelve Shades of Bluegrass.
Lost Indians, Your Old Love Letters, Get on Along Mule, banter/tuning, Steven’s Steel, The Old Cane Press, Sweet Mary and the Miles In Between, Bring Back My Blue-Eyed Boy, Instrumental, Bottle of Wine, Old Joe Clark, Little Bessie, banter, Fraulein, My Little Girl in Tennessee, Instrumental (1), Instrumental (2).
Happy listening! And stay tuned for more tape releases in the months to come!