Dykes "Magic City" Trio was a string band from Scott County, Virginia. The "Magic City" referred to Kingsport, Tennessee, which was a planned city.
The band consisted of John Dykes on fiddle, Hubert Mahaffey on guitar and Myrtle Vermillion on autoharp. In 1927, they were discovered by Brunswick during a session (along with Dock Boggs). The band was invited to come to New York City to record for the company in its studio that same year, where they cut a slew of classsic old-timey songs. On that same ocassion, Dock Boggs cut his classic banjo tunes (inlcuding "Danville Girl"). According to the memories of original band members, they actually never knew how much their records sold, but I guess, it must have been not too much becuse the trio was never invited again to record. They kept on performing on a regional basis in their hometown.
Here are two songs of 'em:
1. Cotton Eyed Joe
2. Huckleberry Blues
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