1935-1939: The Early Recordings

1935-1939: The Early Recordings

by J.E. MainerJ.E. Mainer


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Brothers J.E. and Wade Mainer and their various bands and configurations formed a kind of bridge between the Appalachian string bands of the 1920s and the high-powered bluegrass bands that emerged after World War II. This 100-track box set from JSP charts the early years of this oftentimes dueling and quarreling pair in their various guises, sometimes together, sometimes not, and, more often than not, working with guitarist Zeke Morris as the Mountaineers, the Dixie Reelers, or the Morris Brothers.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/24/2009
Label: Jsp Records
UPC: 0788065711825
catalogNumber: 77118


Disc 1

  1. Ship Sailing Now
  2. This World Is Not My Home
  3. Maple on the Hill
  4. Take Me in the Lifeboat
  5. Seven and a Half
  6. New Curly Headed Baby
  7. Let Her Go God Bless Her
  8. City on the Hill
  9. The Longest Train
  10. Writer a Letter to Mother
  11. Lights in the Valley
  12. Goin' Back West in the Fall
  13. New Lost Train Blues
  14. Number 111
  15. I Am Walking in the Light
  16. Don't Cause Mother's Hair to Turn Grey
  17. When I Reach My Home Eternal
  18. Fatal Wreck of the Bus
  19. Behind the Parlor Door
  20. Satisfied
  21. One to Love Me
  22. On a Cold Winter Night
  23. John Henry Was a Little Boy
  24. The Old and Faded Picture
  25. Take Me Home to the Sweet Sunny South

Disc 2

  1. Walk That Lonesome Valley
  2. Got a Home in That Rock
  3. Johnson's Old Grey Mule
  4. Won't Be Worried Long
  5. Goin' Down the River of Jordan
  6. Why Do You Bob Your Hair Girls?
  7. Watermelon on the Vine
  8. We Can't Be Darlings Anymore
  9. Tell Mother I'll Meet Her
  10. In a Little Village Churchyard
  11. Come Back to Your Dobie Shack
  12. Just as the Sun Went Down
  13. What Would You Give in Exchange
  14. A Leaf from the Sea
  15. Brown Eyes
  16. Maple on the Hill, Pt. 2 (Driftin' to That Happy Home)
  17. Going to Georgia
  18. Nobody's Darlin But Mine
  19. Mother Came to Get Her Boy from Jail
  20. Where the Red, Red Roses Grow
  21. Cradle Days
  22. Gathering Flowers from the Hills
  23. My Mother Is Waiting
  24. If I Could Hear My Mother
  25. Nobody's Darling on Earth

Disc 3

  1. Shake Hands with Mother
  2. They Said My Lord Was a Devil
  3. Won't Somebody Pal with Me
  4. Hop Along Peter
  5. Just One Way to the Pearly Gates
  6. Dear Daddy You're Gone
  7. Been Foolin' Me Baby
  8. I'll Be a Friend of Jesus
  9. Cowboy's Pony in Heaven
  10. Little Birdie
  11. Always Been a Rambler
  12. Starting Life Anew with You
  13. Little Rosebuds
  14. Train Carry My Girl Back Home
  15. In the Land Beyond the Blue
  16. A Change All Around
  17. Short Life and It's Trouble
  18. Dying Boy's Prayer
  19. Free Again
  20. Answer to "Two Little Rosebuds"
  21. I'm Not Turning Backward
  22. Riding on That Train Forty-Five
  23. Little Maggie
  24. Little Pal
  25. Down in the Willow

Disc 4

  1. My Wife Went Away and Left Me
  2. Railroad Blues
  3. Over the Hills in Carolina
  4. Budded Roses
  5. What Makes Him Do It
  6. My Little Red Ford
  7. I Am Dreaming of Mother
  8. Cotton Mill Blues
  9. Blue Days
  10. No Place Like Home
  11. Homeless Child
  12. Where Is My Mama?
  13. What a Friend We Have in Mother
  14. My Heart Is Broken for You
  15. Answer to Maple on the Hill, Pt. 2
  16. Lonesome Valley, Pt. 2
  17. Walkin' in My Sleep
  18. Father, Dear Father
  19. I Shall Not Be Moved
  20. Do You Want to See Mother Again?
  21. Darling Think What You Have Done
  22. The Story of Charlie Lawson
  23. The Great Speckled Bird
  24. Just How Pretty You Smile
  25. Married Woman Blues

Album Credits

Performance Credits

J.E. Mainer   Primary Artist,Fiddle,Vocals
Wade Mainer   Banjo,Harmonica,Vocals
Homer "Pappy" Sherrill   Fiddle
Steve Ledford   Fiddle,Vocals
Wiley Morris   Guitar,Vocals
Zeke Morris   Guitar,Mandolin,Vocals
J.E. Mainer's Mountaineers   Spoken Word
Clarence Todd   Banjo,Fiddle,Guitar,Vocals
Leonard Stokes   Mandolin,Vocals
George Morris   Guitar,Vocals
Daddy John Love   Guitar,Vocals
Ollie Bunn   Banjo,Fiddle,Guitar,Vocals
Ollie Bunn   Banjo,Fiddle,Guitar,Vocals
Norwood Tew   Vocals
Junior Misenheimer   Banjo
Howard Bumgardner   Guitar,Vocals
Homer Sherrill   Fiddle,Vocals
Harold Christy   Guitar
Harold Blackweller   Vocals
Beacham Blackweller   Guitar,Vocals

Technical Credits

Wade Mainer   Duet
Wiley Morris   Duet
Zeke Morris   Duet
Pat Harrison   Liner Notes

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