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Thursday, March 19, 2009

Skillet Lickers day

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'


dan said...

I can't wait for more! This is fantastic!

Anonymous said...

I can't seem to get the links for the Gid Tanner songs to work. I click on them and they go to a blank page. Are there some special instructions I've missed?

Mellow said...


I have no problems to download the files. Are you using firefox? Click right and "Save target as". Maybe that's it... If it still doesn't work, I'll make an upload for you in Megaupload.


Anonymous said...

Thanks - it is working now... gret music and much appreciated!

zlong said...

Old-time music is largely overlooked today and that is something of a tragedy. Much of American history is bound up inside of these songs. The Skillet Lickers have the best arrangement of Back Up and Push and Soldier's Joy. Keep up the good work!!