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Wilmer Watts

Tabor City, NC, was still called Mount Tabor back when the wonderful, historic old-time music artist Wilmer Wats was born. He got into music as a child and had a real knack for learning instruments, starting with the string family but branching out to the point where he eventually was able to perform as a one-man band, playing five instruments at once. His many recordings include the fantastic "Banjo Sam," a popular choice for a banjo national anthem with its lyrics: "Banjo walk/banjo talk/banjo eating with a knife and fork." Watts made his first recording in 1927, the result of meeting two other musicians in the town of Belmont, where Watts had begun working in a cotton mill since the end of the first World War. The mill was apparently full of good players, and Watts hooked up with guitarists Palmer Rhyne and Charles Freshour. The three formed a trio, called the Gastonia Serenaders and then the Lonely Eagles. Under the latter name, with Watts as leader, the group cut sides for Paramount in 1929. Watts continued toiling in the mills through the depression, but unveiled his one-man band from time to time, covering guitar, drum, fiddle, banjo, and harmonica. When his daughters were old enough, they began performing with him as the Watts Singers, performing at churches, local gatherings, and sometimes street corners. The family was based near Gastonia and performed frequently on the radio in the region of Charlotte and Spartenburg through the late '30s. Following their father's death in the early '40s, the daughters continued performing as the Watts Gospel Singers.

Considering the antiquity of the Watts' discography, it is surprising there isn't even more mystery about what was going on, but old-time music scholars do seem to have issues about which musicians accompanied him on which records. Of great interest to fans of grisly old-time murder ballads would be the confirmed link between Freshour and the vocals on "The Fate of Rhoda Sweeten." "Since the song, about the murder of Charles Freshour's sister, was written by him, it almost surely was sung by him," reports experts at the John Edwards Memorial Foundation, an old-time music publisher and research tank. The multi-instrumentalist nature of Watts and his associates makes pinpointing who plays what instrument on the records much more difficult, even when the names of the musicians are known. Sadly enough, it is even unknown which one of the boys actually plays the fine clawhammer banjo part on "Banjo Sam." ~ Eugene Chadbourne
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Track List: People Take Warning 3: Man Vs. Man

Disc 1

2. Wreck Of The Old 97

3. Bill Wilson

4. The Crash Of The Akron

5. The Fate Of Talmadge Osborne

8. Fate Of Will Rogers & Wiley Post

9. Down With The Old Canoe

10. Wreck Of Number 52

11. Kassie Jones Part 1

12. Kassie Jones Part 2

13. The Brave Engineer

14. The Sinking Of The Titanic

15. Fate Of Chris Lively And Wife

16. Wreck On The Mountain Road

17. The Unfortunate Brakeman

19. The Fatal Wreck Of The Bus

20. Last Scene Of The Titanic

21. Casey Jones

23. The Titanic

24. When That Great Ship Went Down

Disc 2

1. The Story Of The Mighty Mississippi

3. Dixie Boll Weevil

5. Ohio Prison Fire

6. Memphis Flu

7. Explosion In The Fairmount Mine

8. Storm That Struck Miami

9. When The Levee Breaks

10. Alabama Flood

13. High Water Everywhere, Part 2

14. Ryecove Cyclone

15. McBeth Mine Explosion

16. Dry Well Blues

17. Baltimore Fire

18. Tennessee Tornado

19. Dry Spell Blues, Part 2

20. The Santa Barbara Earthquake

21. The Death Of Floyd Collins

22. The Porto Rico Storm

23. Boll Weavil

24. The Flood Of 1927

Disc 3

1. Peddler And His Wife

2. The Little Grave In Georgia

3. Kenney Wagner's Surrender

4. Henry Clay Beattie

5. The Murder Of The Lawson Family

7. Railroad Bill

8. Frankie

9. Trial Of Richard Bruno Hauptmann, Part 1

10. Trial Of Richard Bruno Hauptmann, Part 2

12. Darling Cora

13. Billy Lyons And Stack O' Lee

14. Tom Dooley

17. Fingerprints Upon The Windowpane

18. The Bluefield Murder

20. Fate Of Rhoda Sweeten

21. Dupree Blues

22. Poor Ellen Smith

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