Ever listened to Gid Tanner and his Skillet Lickers? Well, if not, it's time to hear some of the hottest and wildest string bands that ever played on earth. I bet, they're still fiddlin' up that home above...
Anyway, the Skillet Lickers were composed of (from left to right) Gid Tanner (fiddle), Clayton McMichen (fiddle), Riley Puckett (guitar/vcl) and Fate Norris (banjo). They held their first session in early 1926 for Columbia which produced their first hit "Bully of the Town" b/w "Pass Around The Bottle", eventually selling more than 200,000 copies. The next years saw them recording totally 88 songs, from which 81 were released. Among them were "Watermelon Hangin' On the Vine", "Hand Me Down My Walkin' Cane", "Soldier's Joy" and the 14 parts long comedy sketch "A Corn Licker Still in Georgia". In 1931, the froup disbanded. Tanner formed in 1934 new Skillet Lickers and recorded in San Antonio, Texas, his last session for Bluebird. The session produced their biggest hit "Down Yonder", a million seller. Tanner died in 1960.
I compiled these mp3-files from various sources. Stay tuned for more...
1. I Don't Love Nobody
2. Bully of the Town
3. Soldier's Joy
4. You Gotta Quit Kickin' My Dog Aroun'