I must admit I have found no clue to the identity of Paul and Roy, the Tennessee River Boys. According to our friend Bob (Dead Wax blog), one half of the duo was Roy Pryor. It’s a shame they are not better known since their effort presented here on Mercury is worth listening. This one comes from 1952 and really fits into the bluegrass/country mixture trends that were popular back then, popularized by such acts as Johnnie & Jack.
Paul and Roy had at least three other release on Mercury as well as two singles on the Nashville based independent label Pace Records (credited to “Paul & Roy and the Tennessee River Boys”). The earliest mention of the duo I was able to find dates back to 1951 in Billboard.
Mercury 6360: Every Dog Must Have His Day / ? (1951)
Mercury 6374-X45: Spring of Love / You’ve Been Cheating on Me, Darling (1952)
Mercury recordings as by “Paul & Roy, the Tennessee River Boys”
Pace recordings as by “Paul & Roy and the Tennessee River Boys”
Thanks to: Bob