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Thursday, January 13, 2011

Gully Jumpers day

Paul Warmack and the Gully Jumpers were one of the earliest stars on WSM's Grand Ole Opry. They played the Opry from 1927 up to the early 1960s but never found the recognition other musicians like Uncle Dave Macon did.
Warmack, who was born in 1889 in Whites Creek, Tennessee, worked as a auto mechanic in Goodlettesville and played mandolin and guitar. In May 1927, he had his first appearance on WSM and shortly afterwards formed the Gully Jumpers with Charles Arrington on fiddle, William Roy Hardison on banjo, and Bert Hutcheson on guitar. Their first Grand Ole Opry broadcast was on June 30, 1927, under the name of "Paul Warmack and his Barn Dance Orchestra". By December 1927, manager George D. Hay had named them "The Gully Jumpers" (Hay often renamed the Opry bands to give them more rural sounding names). In the fall of 1928, Warmack and his band held one session for Victor, which produced two singles. These recordings were the first to come out of Nashville, later known as "Music City, USA." No further recordings followed and the band did not enlarge their musical activities. They played the Opry on Saturday nights and lived their life one might say. Warmack died in 1954 and in the early 1960s, the band dispanded.

Here is one recording from the 1928 Victor session:
1. Robertson County (written by Oscar Stone, fiddler for Dr. Humphrey Bate's Possum Hunters)

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