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DaCosta Woltz's Southern Broadcasters

In 1927, Da Costa Woltz -- mayor of Galax, VA, and a promoter of patent medicines -- got together a string band of local musicians for a three-day recording session in Richmond, IN. Billing themselves somewhat cumbersomely as Da Costa Woltz's Southern Broadcasters, the group featured Frank Jenkins on banjo and sometimes fiddle, Woltz on second banjo, Ben Jarrell on fiddle, and a 12-year-old Price Goodson on ukulele and harmonica; the young Goodson presumably functioned as much as a novelty and gimmick as a musician, performing on only three of the sides. Of the 18 pieces recorded, only one actually included the entire ensemble: the remaining tracks featured members of the group broken down into solos, duets, and trios. Such variation of personnel amounted to a fair degree of diversity within the overall output, offering a mix of instrumental music and old-time Southern melodies (mostly sentimental ditties along the lines of "Take Me Back to the Sweet Sunny South"). The recording session particularly served as a vehicle for Jenkins' precise, quick-trickling banjo playing and for Jarrell's raspy fiddling and vocals, perhaps the most unifying element of the sides.

Despite the group's name, the Southern Broadcasters never actually ventured into radio broadcasting , nor did they, despite their abilities on the 18 tracks cut in Richmond, return to the recording studio. Of the group, only Jenkins recorded again, joined in 1929 by his son Oscar and the prolific Ernest Stoneman under the name of Frank Jenkins' Pilot Mountaineers. The musical legacy of the Broadcasters did at least survive, meanwhile, through the bloodlines of some of the original outfit's members: More than three decades after the Pilot Mountaineers session, banjoist Oscar Jenkins returned to recording in the 1960s and '70s, while Jarrell's son Tommy was one of the most emulated fiddlers of that era's old-time revival. ~ Burgin Mathews
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Selected Discography

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Track List: You Ain't Talkin' To Me: Charlie Poole And The Roots Of Country Music

Disc 1

1. Shootin' Creek

2. Baltimore Fire

3. Leaving Home

4. There'll Come A Time

5. White House Blues

6. The Highwayman

7. Hungry Hash House

8. The Letter That Never Came

9. Take A Drink On Me

10. Husband And Wife Were Angry One Night

11. Ramblin' Blues

12. Took My Gal A-Walkin'

13. Old And Only In The Way

14. Don't Let Your Deal Go Down Blues

15. Bill Mason

19. Sweet Sixteen

20. Write A Letter To My Mother

21. If The River Was Whiskey

22. Mother's Last Farewell Kiss

23. Milwaukee Blues

24. Where The Whippoorwill Is Whispering Good-Night

Disc 2

1. The Girl I Left In Sunny Tennessee

3. Bulldog Down In Sunny Tennessee

7. I'm The Man That Rode The Mule 'Round The World

9. Lynchburg Town

13. Monkey On A String

15. May I Sleep In Your Barn Tonight, Mister

16. Married Life Blues

18. Sunset March

24. You Ain't Talking To Me

25. You Ain't Talkin' To Me

Disc 3

1. If I Lose, I Don't Care

2. The Battleship Of Maine

3. Budded Rose

5. Uncle Dave's Beloved Solo

6. Come Take A Trip In My Airship

7. I Once Loved A Sailor

10. My Wife Went Away And Left Me

14. Coon From Tennessee

17. Dixie Medley

20. Sweet Sunny South

22. Oh! Didn't He Ramble

23. He Rambled

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Track List: Back Roads To Cold Mountain

1. Field Holler

2. I Wish My Baby Was Born

6. John Brown's Dream

7. Bright Sunny South

8. The Battle Of Stone River

10. Roustabout

11. Fox Race

12. Jim And John

13. The Day Is Past And Gone

14. Omie Wise

16. Hicks Farewell

18. Wayfaring Stranger

21. And I Am Born To Die

22. Pullin' The Skiff

24. Give The Fiddler A Dram

26. The Old Man Below

27. When Sorrows Encompass Me 'round

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Track List: Gennett Old Time Music: Classic Country Recordings 1927-1934

Disc 1

1. When I Was Single My Pockets Would Jingle

2. Good Bye, My Darlin'

3. My Sarah Jane

4. Storms May Rule The Ocean

5. The Cabin With Roses At The Door

6. My Boyhood Happy Days

7. Some Day I'll Wander Back Again

8. We Can Only Have One Mother

9. Taylor's Quickstep

10. Richmond Blues

11. These Bones Gwine Rise Again

12. My Carolina Home

13. Let Her Go I'll Meet Her

14. She's Only A Bird In A Gilded Cage

15. Meet Me In The Moonlight

16. There's More Pretty Girls Than One

17. Two Faithful Lovers

19. Six Months Ain't Long

20. New River Train

21. John Hardy

22. Kenney Wagner's Surrender

23. The Poor Tramp Has To Live

24. Long Eared Mule

25. Round Town Gals

Disc 2

1. The Arkansas Traveler

2. Turkey In The Straw

3. Did You Ever See The Devil, Uncle Joe?

4. Wreck On The Mountain Road

5. Stolen Love

6. Tell Mother I'll Meet Her

7. Weeping Willow Tree

8. Little Sweetheart Pal Of Mine

9. Put My Little Shoes Away

10. Mississippi Sawyer

11. Twinkle Little Star

13. We Shall Meet On That Beautiful Shore

14. May I Sleep In Your Barn Tonight, Mister

15. Something Wrong With My Gal

16. Honeysuckle Time

17. The Blind Man And His Child

18. Makin' Likker In North Carolina - Part 1

19. Makin' Likker In North Carolina - Part 2

20. Virginia Bootleggers

21. Naomi Wise

22. Devilish Mary

23. Six Feet Of Earth Makes Us All One Size

24. My Dear Old Mountain Home

25. He's Only A Miner Killed In The Ground

Disc 3

1. Deer Walk

2. The Devil In Georgia

3. Take Those Lips Away

4. Jacks Creek Waltz

5. Martha Campbell

6. The Girl I Left Behind Me

7. Rocky Mountain Goat

8. Cripple Creek

9. Old Buzzard

10. Arkansas Traveler

11. Johnny Inchin' Along

12. Buck Creek Gal

13. I've Got A Girl Named Susie

14. Run Smoke Run

15. Gray Eagle

16. Forked Deer

17. Sourwood Mountain

18. Coal Creek March

19. Eight Of January

20. Fire On The Mountain

21. Wild Geese

22. Fox Chase

23. Little Birdie

24. Purty Polly

Disc 4

2. John Brown's Dream

13. Last Days In Georgia

14. Flop Eared Mule

15. That Old Tiger Rag

16. Favourite Two Step

17. Careless Lover

19. The Bully Of The Town

20. Snatch 'Em Back Blues

21. Bed Bugs Makin' Their Last Go Round

22. All Night Long

23. When The Snowflakes Fall Again

24. Birmingham Jail

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Track List: Goodbye, Babylon

Disc 1

3. Woke Up This Morning (With My Mind On Jesus)

4. Present Joys

5. All I Want Is That Pure Religion

6. Satisfied

7. As The Life Of A Flower

8. Thou Carest Lord, For Me

9. Lift Him Up That's All

10. Rock My Soul

12. Crucifixion

13. Crying Holy Unto The Lord

14. I'll Never Go Back

15. God's Gonna Separate The Wheat From The Tares

16. Blessed Are The Poor In Spirit

17. I Belong To The Band - Hallelujah!

18. River Of Jordan

19. Sow Good Seeds

20. I'll Be Satisfied

21. Troubled 'bout My Soul

22. Dry Bones

23. Jesus My All

24. Creep Along, Moses

26. He Gave Me A Heart To Love

27. O Day

Disc 2

1. There Ain't No Grave Gonna Hold My Body Down

3. The Bible's Right

4. Standing In The Need Of Prayer

6. How About You?

7. Jesus Is A Mighty Good Leader

8. Murillo's Lesson

9. Glory, Glory, Glory, Glory To The Lamb

10. Come Over Here

11. I'm Gonna Cross The River Of Jordan

12. Milky White Way

13. Deliverance Will Come

14. Daniel In The Den Of Lions

16. No More, My Lord

17. This World Can't Stand Long

18. God's Getting Worried

19. Get Right Church

20. Move, Members, Move

21. Lover Of The Lord

23. On My Way To Heaven

24. The Bible's True

25. Ship Of Glory

28. When The Saints Go Marching In

Disc 3

1. Down On The Old Camp Ground

2. My Lord's Gonna Move This Wicked Race

4. Ain't Gonna Lay My Armor Down

5. I'll Fly Away

6. Heavenly Vision

7. Lord, I Just Can't Keep From Crying

8. Lower My Dying Head

9. You've Got To Move

11. Golden Gate Gospel Train

12. I'll Be Rested (When The Roll Is Called)

13. Down On Me

14. Goin' To Rest Where Jesus Is

15. Got Heaven In My View

16. Judgment

17. I Want Two Wings To Veil My Face

18. We Got The Same Kinda Power Over Here

19. What Are They Doing In Heaven Today

20. That Great Day

21. I'm Bound For Home

22. I Am In The Heavenly Way

23. Over In The Glory Land

24. Death In The Morning

25. In The Land Where We'll Never Grow Old

26. Bathe In That Beautiful Pool

Disc 4

1. Walking My Lord Up Calvary Hill

2. Christ Arose

3. If You See My Savior

4. Let Jesus Lead You

5. Found A Wonderful Savior

6. He Is My Story

7. I Remember Calvary

8. Take Your Burden To The Lord And Leave It There

10. Hide Me In The Blood Of Jesus

12. Standing On The Promises

13. Jesus Is My Air-O-Plane

15. I Mean To Live For Jesus

16. When Was Jesus Born?

17. Come To The Savior

18. I Want Jesus To Walk With Me

19. He's Coming Soon

20. Return Again

21. I Am The True Vine

22. Sweet Story Of Old

23. I'll Lead A Christian Life

24. I'm Leaning On The Lord

25. Where He Leads Me I Will Follow

26. Jesus Is Getting Us Ready For The Great Day

Disc 5

3. Hallelujah To The Lamb

4. You Need Jesus On Your Side

5. You'd Better Mind

8. Keep On The Firing Line

9. Romans Ten And Nine

10. Standing Outside

11. Sinner You Better Get Ready

12. I Got To Cross The River Of Jordan

13. Free At Last

14. The Whole World In His Hand

15. Amazing Grace

16. Honey In The Rock

17. On Jordan's Stormy Banks We Stand

20. Primrose Hill

21. Keep On The Sunny Side

23. When The Saints Go Marching In

24. We Are Almost Down To The Shore

25. Strange Things Happening Every Day

Disc 6

1. Gettin' Ready For Christmas Day

4. The Downfall Of Nebuchadnezzar

5. The Liar

8. If I Have A Ticket Lord Can I Ride

9. You Must Be Born Again

11. Oh, Lord Remember Me

12. Christ, The Teacher

13. King Of Kings

14. O Lord I'm Your Child

15. Moses Was Rescued By A Negro Woman

16. That White Mule Of Sin

21. The Gambler's Doom

23. God Is Mad With Man

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