My Rough and Rowdy Ways, Vol. 1

My Rough and Rowdy Ways, Vol. 1


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A disc of classic recordings is a rarity, but that's exactly what this is. Some of the performers are well known people, like Clarence Ashley, Dock Boggs, Uncle Dave Macon, and Tommy Johnson. Others, like the Haywood County Ramblers, are far from household names, but that doesn't mean their songs are lesser creations. And these ballads of bad men, hell raisers, violence, and drinking are the stuff of legends, like "Frankie" by the Dykes Magic City Trio, a version of "Frankie and Johnny" by a group reminiscent of the Carter Family. It's interesting that the performers on these songs from the '20s and '30s are both black and white, and the music sounds remarkably similar -- a clear indication that prejudice didn't extend everywhere at the time, and that music was colorblind. From a time when American rural song was still a strong musical force -- before Tin Pan Alley and commercialization had changed everything -- "Little Sadie" and "Viola Lee Blues" come across the years with complete crispness, while the banjo style of Dock Boggs can be heard as an influence on so many who followed. But these pieces also come from the cusp, when urban culture was about to take over, and songs like the Allen Brothers' "Prisoner's Dream" would be replaced by other tunes. In fact, the one piece here that offers any kind of continuity is a version of "Stack-O-Lee" from the Fruit Jar Guzzlers, although their version seems hopelessly naïve and country compared to others that would come later. This is, as it's meant to be, a collection that's very much of its place and time. But since they both represent a crossroad, it's a great place and perfect time in the development of American music.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/20/1998
Label: Yazoo
UPC: 0016351203922
catalogNumber: 2039
Rank: 7012

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Cannon's Jug Stompers   Track Performer
Tommy Johnson   Track Performer
Uncle Dave Macon   Track Performer
Dock Boggs   Track Performer
Clifford Gibson   Track Performer
Allen Brothers   Track Performer
Ernest V. Stoneman   Track Performer
Sam McGee   Track Performer
Thomas "Snake" Johnson   Track Performer
Will Shade   Track Performer
Willie Walker   Track Performer
Ken Maynard   Track Performer
Peg Leg Howell   Track Performer
Clarence Ashley   Track Performer
Haywood County Ramblers   Track Performer
Fruit Jar Guzzlers   Track Performer
Watts & Wilson   Track Performer
Jilson Setters   Track Performer
Sweet Brothers   Track Performer
Dykes Magic City Trio   Track Performer
Kahle Brewer   Track Performer
Barefoot Bill   Track Performer

Technical Credits

Champion Jack Dupree   Composer
Marcus Roberts   Composer
Dock Boggs   Composer
Roy Book Binder   Composer
A.P. Carter   Composer
Huddie Ledbetter   Composer
Don Kent   Liner Notes
Richard Nevins   Producer
Charles K. Wolfe   Liner Notes
Joan Pelosi   Booklet Design
Charles Wolfe   Liner Notes
Traditional   Composer

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