WNOX Dixieland Swingsters 1930s Sheet Music!

RARE 1930s WNOX Dixieland Swingsters Sheet Music!

Incredibly rare 1930s sheet music for Knoxville jazz band The Dixieland Swingsters. The Swingsters, led by Jerry Collins, served as the WNOX house band, even during the station’s country music heyday – proof that both musical forms peacefully co-existed during the era. The Dixieland Swingsters late 1930s RCA Bluebird 78 rpm recording of “East Tennessee Quiver” inspired the title of the WDVX program, now broadcast every Thursday at 10 pm!

Vinyl Frontier Playlist, Mother’s Day 5/12/13

Here is the Playlist for the Mother’s Day show. (I hope your mother’s day was happy.) :) Artist – Song Title – duration – Album Title – (date) Label

9:00 Introduction

  • Snuffy Jenkins & Pappy Sherrill – I Want My Rib 3:02 “33 Years of Pickin’ and Pluckin’” (1971) Rounder
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    Snuffy Jenkins, Greasy Medlin and Pappy Sherrill (from NC State Archives)

    Off and on, Snuffy Jenkins, Pappy Sherrill and Greasy Medlin played together for decades. Taking the Garden of Eden as a jumping-off-point, “I Want My Rib” is a minstrel-type novelty number that features Greasy’s vocals. Snuffy Jenkins was a pioneer of the three-finger banjo style that is the backbone of bluegrass, so naturally I played a track on which he plays washboard.

  • Johnny Darrell – Mama Come ‘n’ Get Your Baby Boy 3:08 “The Best of Johnny Darrell (1969) United Artists

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    Johnny Darrell

    Johnny Darrell was a fine singer who had the misfortune of singing great songs that were big hits – for people who covered his versions. “With Pen in Hand” was his biggest number, but basically all the United Artists stuff is awfully good.

  • Meg Christian – Moving Right Along 2:42 “Turning It Over” (1981) Olivia Records
  • Meg Christian – For Mama 0:53 “Turning It Over”meg christian

Meg Christian is a fine singer and songwriter who has unfortunately been overshadowed by Holly Near and Chris Williamson, with whom she was associated in the 1970′s. Meg is performing again, so hopefully she will finally get her due.

  • Pete McMahan – Echoes of the Ozarks 2:19 “Missouri Fiddlin’ #3” (year unknown) Graphic Records

9:15 Mostly Local

  • The Piney Pickers – Panhandle Country 2:11 “A Touch of Grass” (1977) Kim-Pat

The Piney Pickers were a band whose members were drawn from all over East Tennessee. These members were: Billy Womack of Woodbury on fiddle; Jack Sallee of Cookeville on banjo; Mayford Blankenship of Vonore on guitar and lead vocals; James Ramsey of Loudon on bass, plus sometime members Mose Herron of the Knoxville area on rhythm guitar and Alcoa resident Bruce Whitehead or William Garrett on mandolin. On this album the Piney Pickers are joined by a pair of Dobro players – high school history teacher Eldon Davis and the one and only Josh Graves.

Billy Womack’s fiddling is beginning to be released on CD, thanks to the Arts Center of Cannon County’s Spring Fed Records.

  • The Louvin Brothers  & Fiddlin’ Bob Douglas – Take the News to Mother 2:45 “Sequatchie Valley” (c1990)
    Fiddlin’ Bob Douglas & Georgia Boy Brown (Friends of the Cumberland Trail)

Fiddlin’ Bob Douglas was a southeastern Tennessee treasure who performed on the radio in Chattanooga and won about every fiddle contest around. He also had the distinction of giving the legendary Louvin Brothers one of their first professional jobs in early 1946. This recording dates from that association.

  • Joe Meadows – Cricket on a Hearth 2:28 “Portrait of a Fiddler” (1974) Old Homestead Records
  • Knoxville Grass – No Mother or Dad 2:41 “Darby’s Castle” (1978) Thunderhead Records

    The Knoxville Grass
    The Knoxville Grass

The Knoxville Grass were, along with the Pinnacle Boys, about the biggest thing around in the white-hot Knoxville bluegrass scene of the 1970′s. “Darby’s Castle” was a high point of a great string of fine LP’s.

  • The Piney Pickers -When I Grow Too Old to Dream 2:47 “A Touch of Grass” (1977) Kim-Pat

9:30 Mother’s Day

  • Peggy Little – Sweet Baby Girl 3:08 “A Little Bit of Peggy Little” (1969) Dot Records

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    Peggy Little

    Peggy Little’s biggest number was a cover of “Son of a Preacher Man,” released shortly after Dusty Springfield’s smash hit version. However, Peggy turned in an unforgettable performance on just about everything she recorded. “Sweet Baby Girl” has been recorded by others, but never as well.

  • Don Helms – Big News 2:00 “Nashville Steel Guitar” (c1963) Nashville (Starday) Records

Hank Williams and Ray Price sideman Don Helms should be familiar to most fans of traditional country music. Starday put out a series of side- and session-man steel guitar and Dobro instrumental LP’s in the 60′s. I wish labels still did that sort of thing.

  • John Hodnett – Help Me Get to Dayton 2:25 single (1972) Morningside Records

I wish I knew something about John Hodnett – “Help Me Get to Dayton” is a gritty, Merle Haggard-type slice-of-life about a hitchhiking runaway junkie teen prostitute who just wants a ride home to mama. The other side of this 45 single is a lighthearted Western Swing-flavored number.

  • Katy Moffatt – She Calls Me Baby 2:48 “Katy Moffatt” (1976) CBS Records
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  • Johnny Darrell – Mama’s Hungry Eyes 3:23 “The Best of Johnny Darrell (1969) United Artists

9:45 Hymn Time

  • Esco Hankins & Jackie Tincher – Mother Sleeps In A Lonely Grave 2:30 “Mother Left Me Her Bible”

Esco Hankins is sometimes belittled as a Roy Acuff imitator, but the two tunes in this set were his own compositions, and amply demonstrate Esco’s well-rounded talent. In addition to being singing partners, Esco Hankins and Jackie Tincher were husband and wife.

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    Esco Hankins
  • The Summers Trio – Mama 1:56 “This Is Why We Sing” (1970) Tri-State Recording
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    l-r, Margaret Summers, Elmer Summers and Naomi Boshears

    The Summers Trio wrote most of  their own songs. The writer credit on these is merely “Summers,” so it’s likely that credit was evenly divided. The fact that it wasn’t credited to “Summers Trio” caused me to believe that the credit was individual, but I now feel differently after re-reading the album liner notes.


  • The Daugherty Quartet – Mother’s Bible 2:18 “Beyond the Last Mile” (1969) Tri-State Recording
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    l-r, Bob Wilson, Carol Wilson, Andy Daugherty and Nina Ruth Daugherty

The gospel music of Jacksboro, Tennessee is rather well represented on vinyl and I suspect that The Daugherty Quartet is partly responsible for that. The Summers Trio number above is from an album which has 6 numbers by the Summers on one side and 6 by the Daughertys on the other, “a” side. Andy Daugherty is the father of both Nina Ruth Daugherty and Carol Wilson and, of course, the father-in-law of Bob Wilson.

  • Esco Hankins & Jackie Tincher – Mother Left Me Her Bible 2:15 “Mother Left Her Bible” (1984) Old Homestead
  • Whitetop Mountain Band – Angel Band – 2:00 “Cacklin’ Hen” (1977) Mountain Records

WNOX Street Scene, Knoxville, 1947

WNOX Street Scene, Knoxville, 1947

1947 street scene of the legendary WNOX Radio studio located on Gay Street in Knoxville. The station offered free country music shows during the noon hour, a fine tradition continued today by WDVX with the daily Blue Plate Special program. WNOX was home to Roy Acuff, Chet Atkins, Don Gibson, and many others during their formative years. Ironically, the WDVX studio is located within two blocks of where the WNOX studio once stood!

Lost Audio Gem: Where Are You From, Mr. Oak Ridger? (1967)


Lost Audio Gem: Where Are You From, Mr. Oak Ridger? (1967)

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A recently discovered and rare flexi disc (remember those in your cereal Box?) This local recording features songs from the musical “A Thousand Suns” written by Betty Clayton Osborn, for Oak Ridge Tennessee’s 25th anniversary in 1967. It was given away free in a special souvenir booklet commemorating the anniversary.

Oddly, a week after we found this recording, we discovered the souvenir book with a photo of the recording session in Oak Ridge, with local talent! Dig that plaid!

John McEuen

Today at WDVX I got to meet John McEuen. One of my all time favorites is The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band. I remember as a very young girl putting the album Ricochet on my parents turntable. Today is one of those days that I am reminded just how blessed I am to be a part of WDVX.

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New Music 4/25

Our mailbox here at WDVX has been getting quite a workout over these past few weeks. That usually means a little extra work for me, but it also means a ton of new music for you. In addition to the new releases from The David Mayfield Parade, Kim Richey, Amy Speace, and Eric Brace & Peter Cooper that I wrote about last week, here are a few new albums you should now be hearing in WDVX’s regular mix…

Stories Don’t End by Dawes

Behind the songwriting of front man Taylor Goldsmith, Dawes exploded out of California’s Laurel Canyon with my favorite album of 2011.  It’s hard for me to accurately state how anxiously I’ve been awaiting their follow-up effort or how much I enjoyed getting a small preview of the record during Dawes’ recent appearance at Knoxville’s Rhythm ‘n’ Blooms Festival.  That said, my expectations were sky high as well.  The fact that they were mostly met with songs like the bouncy single “From a Window Seat” (we’ve been spinning that one for a little while now), the anthemic “Most People,” and the forlorn “Just My Luck” stands as a testament to just how talented this band really is.

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The Old School by Peter Rowan

In most cases, me simply telling you there is a new Peter Rowan album on the way should be enough to get you excited.  Now let me also tell you that Rowan’s new record also features Michael Cleveland, Dennis Crouch, JD Crowe, Stuart Duncan, Jessie McReynolds, Bobby Osborne, Don Rigsby, Bryan Sutton, Mike Wichter, and at least three McCourys (McCouries?)… also it’s produced by Alison Brown.  Now do you see why I didn’t just say, “There’s a new Peter Rowan record coming out.”  The album sees official release just a few days after Merlefest comes to a close (4/30).  It’s fitting that the centerpiece is a tribute to Rowan’s late friend called “Doc Watson Morning.”

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The Bus Driver Tour by Danny Freund, Ian Thomas, Paul Lee Kupfer

The Bus Driver Tour is the collective name of songwriters Danny Freund, Ian Thomas, & Paul Lee Kupfer… three artists who found a kinship with each other through their time on the road. Many WDVX listeners will already be familiar with Ian Thomas’ infectious harmonica fueled melodies from a couple of his live CD’s that have aired on the station.  Freund & Kupfer offer strong voices on their original tunes as well.  The song-swapping nature of the album makes the whole thing read as a rootsier version of the Middle Brother project that Dawes’ Goldsmith was involved in a few years ago.

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What Else is Left by The Will Callers

Brad Rice has been on the short list of my favorite guitar players for a long time.  He played with The Backsliders in the late ’90′s before spending time with Ryan Adams, Tift Merritt, and Son Volt among others.  I lost track of him a few years back when he went out on the road with Keith Urban and was very happy to see his name appear on this disc supporting the Austin, TX duo The Will Callers.  Songwriters Jake Murphy and Daniel Slaton give Rice plenty of crunchy licks to flesh out their dirty Stonesy swagger.  Oh yeah… the album is also produced by the one and only Ray Wylie Hubbard.

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Cannery Row by The Deadstring Brothers

If The Will Callers are representative of a bluesier Rolling Stones sound, The new Deadstring Brothers record is more easily associated with Mick & Keith’s Gram Parsons inspired country leanings.  The Detroit outfit moved to Nashville a few years ago (frontman Kurt Marschke lives on Cannery Row just above the dormant railroad loading dock pictured on the album’s cover), and this is their first release to be fully informed by that move.  Crying pedal steels and overall country leanings mark the geographic shift just as much as the lyrical nod to Cannery Row’s fabulous Mercy Lounge music venue.

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