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Thursday, January 28, 2010

Three Tobacco Tags day

The Tobacco Tags were an old-time band based in the Gastonia, North Carolina, area, influenced by the millworker millieu of that time. The Tobbaco Tags were founded in 1930/1931 by Luther Baucom on mandolin and Reid Summey on guitar. They were heard regular on WPTF in Raleigh, NC, and made their recording debut in 1932 for the Champion Records. In addition to Baucom and Summey, also Sam Pridgen or George Wade played mandolin in the group. From the mid-1930s well into the 1940s, the Tags recorded for Bluebird and also backed harmonica wizzard Gwen Foster on his last session for Bluebird. In the early 1940s, the Tobacco tags moved to Richmond, Virginia, where they appeared on WRVA and were a feature on the Old Dominion Barn Dance. They dispanded in 1949.

Here are two of their songs:
1. Ain't Gonna Do It No More
2. Jersey Bull Blues


Floyd said...

This is great. I laughted tell my side hert.Thank

Anonymous said...

Harvey Ellington was part of this group