9/3/2004 01:40:58 PM|||peter patnaik|||I mean really. It has data, i can SEE it. I'm going to link everyone, if ms. blogspot will let me. Also to note, I won't be updating until after labour day, and hopefully the spineless kid who is programming director at my radio station didn't give my radio show away to some quasi-politcal punk kid (DUBYA SUXXXX) to rant about whatever he feels like.
I've been welcomed to exchanged a few emails with Alan over the past few months and he has recently sent me some fantastic early blues and string band tracks recently that I'd like to share along with his write ups. Fantastic stuff here.
The Baxters were a black, father-son duo, who, for unknown reasons went by "Brothers." They were from near the town of Calhoun in northwest Georgia (Gordon County) and often played parties (mostly white) in the area. (Calhoun is about halfway between Atlanta and Chattanooga, Tennessee.) Andrew Baxter was the father and played fiddle while Jim played guitar. They played a variety of music but are most notable for what is essentially a country string band style. Bamalong Blues is probably a corruption of Babylon Blues. The first line, "Ain't gonna be in the second Bamalong," is probaly a reference to the Babylonian Captivity of the Jews from the Bible. (At least this is the current explanation for the line.) Many older people in northwest Georgia remember hearing the Baxters play. They recorded in Charlotte for Victor in 1927, 1928, and 1929. One of their tracks, The Moore Girl, was included in the famous Harry Smith anthology. Also, it seems to be generally accepted that Andrew Baxter played fiddle on the Georgia Yellowhammers' G Rag -- maybe marking the first integrated recording in country music.
Baxter Brothers - Bamalong Blues
The Georgia Yellowhammers were four Calhoun musicians who achieved a middling success with recordings for Victor in the late 1920's. The four members were Uncle Bud Landress, Phil Reeve, Bill Chitwood, and Earnest Moody. Moody was also a successful gospel songwriter, who is credited with Drifting Too Far from the Shore and Kneel at the Cross. The Yellowhammers sold over 100, 000 copTies of Picture on the Wall. The Yellowhammers often played shows with the Baxters and were instrumental in getting Victor to record the Baxters in Charlotte. The two groups travelled to North Carolina together by train, but the Baxters had to ride in a separate car because of Jim Crow laws.
Georgia Yellowhammers - G Rag
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