Did You Ever See The Devil?
Posted in 1920s,Country,Instrumental on 01.22.10

Tompkins Square has put out the first major anthology of the Red Fox Chasers, a North Carolina String band that recorded in the 20s and 30s. All’s not well with this 2-disc set however, which is shocking as People Take Warning is one of my favorite box-sets of pre-war music and Fire In My Bones (review coming soon!) is just as good.  This set has 42 sides,spread across 4 or 5 different sessions. Unfortunately the notes only present clues to when and where these songs were recorded – my number one pet peeve in the reissue world.

The music itself is terrific of course, the Red Fox Chasers who often live in Charlie Poole’s shadow are accomplished musicians and pull off close harmony better than almost any other string band of the time. Naomi Wise is their version of the classic North Carolina murder ballad of a girl who is beaten and drowned by her boyfriend who preceded to escape several prisons before karma would catch up to him. A brief scan of Google shows theirs a handful recorded versions of this ballad around , though I only have Doc Watson covering it – feel free to send a couple this way.

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Red Fox Chasers – Naomi Wise

Red Fox Chasers- Did You Ever See the Devil, Uncle Joe?


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By scheila on 01.27.10 2:56 am

naomis wise is ma all time favourite i ve downloaded it and addedd it in my favourite albums list i have no reason why i liked it but its my favourite


By thersha on 01.29.10 12:59 am

both can be heard so i shared them with my friends and downloading is in progress


By Krule Music on 02.06.10 10:42 pm

Awesome blog, I have never seen such great resources on old blues.

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By Ben P on 05.01.10 1:14 pm

There’s an Ommi Wise on Harry Smith’s Anthology of American Folk – very rootsy version with just fiddle and vocal, more country than blues though.

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