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Bud Landress

The primary fiddler using the ’20s string band Georgia Yellow Hammers gets songwriting credit for most standard items within the old-time music repertoire, meaning at least that he goes in the past, and was there once the ball first started rolling with regards to recording this genre. Also called Uncle Bud Landress, the talented if cornpone performer also documented in several little group configurations including a duo with Expenses Chitwood. His discography consists of many fabulously engaging melody titles, involving virtually all the topics dear towards the hill music audience: hens, mules, rabbits, etc. Landress might have received the blues, however they had been the “Rip Truck Winkle Blues,” the name of 1 of his ’20s recordings. Ironically, Landress decided never to play his fiddle at what ended up being a high-profile documenting when it had been reissued a lot more than half-a-century down the road an anthology entitled People, He Sure Perform Draw Some Bow!: Classic Fiddle Music 1927-1935. Rather, a visitor fiddler called Andrew Baxter, who is actually dark, is highlighted, while Landress stands around producing mock radio announcements. Since this collection is normally a report of early dark country fiddlers, it could have been incorrect for Landress to try out, although nobody might have forecasted that at that time. Nobody had a need to predict this kind of separation, in any case — being a white music group from Gordon State, North Georgia, the Georgia Yellow Hammers complete well knew in regards to the formal segregation of white and dark bands. This documenting is considered among the uncommon documentations of the two worlds getting into each other’s forbidden areas, even when Landress did eventually keep his fiddle in his lunchtime box that time. No matter. The person has achieved popularity on a great many other amounts. His interpretation of “Silicone Dolly Rag,” a fiddle tune that for most represents the fact of nostalgia for the nice old days, is definitely the standard, a minimum of to the main point where it really is Landress that nabbed songwriting credit for the piece when it had been covered by nation stars such as for example Western golf swing bandleader Bob Wills or electric guitar virtuoso Chet Atkins. Merle Haggard composed a melody in regards to the melody, “Uncle John,” and Captain Beefheart enjoyed “Silicone Dolly Rag” a lot that the initial recording managed to get onto a compilation entitled Gimme Dat Harp Boy, which purports to be always a flattened, miniaturized eyesight of Beefheart’s desert isle jukebox. Additional masterpieces that Landress can be associated with are the festive “Fourth of July” and “Hen Cackle,” an obligatory subject matter for at least one music in every group of this genre. The durable, comfortable “Home furniture Man,” just like the aforementioned couple of ditties, was documented by way of a duo acknowledged as Expenses Chitwood & Bud Landress. It really is a primitive-sounding documenting, the mixture of tone of voice and tools unbalanced, the rhythms from the toe-tapping range, the lyrics unhappy, the conclusion regarding success for a demon “without the horns” who’s wanting to glom onto souls. As Uncle Bud Landress, he allow Victor label discharge his “Coon Hunting in Moonshine Hollow,” a masterpiece of hillbilly pathos which was right close to the original discharge of “I’m a Bum” in the business’s catalog. The Georgia Yellow Hammers also documented because of this label through the entire mid-and past due ’20s.

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