Vinyl Frontier Playlist 6/2/13

The Vinyl Frontier Playlist, 6/2/13

Artist – Song Title/Album (date) Record Label 0:00

  •  Jim Nesbitt – Living Offa Credit/single (1962) Dot 2:12
  • The Stripling Brothers – The Lost Child/The Lost Child & Other Original Fiddle Tunes 1928-36 (1971) County 3:00
Stripling Brothers
The Stripling Brothers, Charlie and Ira

The Stripling Brothers were one of the best old-time string bands of the 1920′s and 30′s. In 1963, Bob Pinson, later Country Music Hall of Fame director of record acquisitions, recorded an interview with Charlie and Ira (yes, there was another singing Ira and Charlie from Alabama). My friend Benny Ellis kindly shared a copy with me and I will be playing part of this interview next week.

  • Stoney Point – Heart Made of Stone /The Train Never Stops (c1982) Mountain&Grass/Mag 2:40
  • Frazier Moss – Red Apple Rag/Fiddler’s Dream (1978) Royal American 3:06
frazier moss
Frazier Moss photo: David Holt

A fine tune well and stylishly played by a fine fiddler. Frazier Moss was a respected and feared contest fiddler who did not record nearly enough. On this album, Frazier is accompanied by Smoky Mountain Boy Charlie Collins on guitar, Larry Sledge on bass and daughter Mary Lewis Baldwin on piano. Those old-time fiddlers seemed to prefer daughters as piano accompanists.

  • Alex Bevan – Silver Wings/Springboard (1976) Fiddler’s Wind 3:26
  •  The Pinnacle Boys – Take a Look/Take a Look and Listen to the Pinnacle Boys (1974) Atteiram 2:03
  • The Pinnacle Boys – Let Me Live My Life Again/The Award Winning Pinnacle Boys (1975) Attieram 2:08
  • The Pinnacle Boys – Wheels/High Lonesome Bluegrass (1980) CMH 2:40
Rear, l-r: Mike Pearson, Rob Mashburn, Jim Smith, Larry Collins, Jerry Moore. Front: Bud Brewster.
Rear, l-r: Mike Pearson, Rob Mashburn, Jim Smith, Larry Collins, Jerry Moore. Front: Bud Brewster.

The Pinnacle Boys were one of the very best Bluegrass bands around in the 1970′s and 1980′s.  Although East Tennessee possessed an embarrassment of riches in the form of Bluegrass wizards in those days, their only local competition in terms of popularity were the Knoxville Grass. Bud Brewster, of Carl Story’s Rambling Mountaineers, played guitar and sang lead; Randall Collins and Jerry Moore played fiddle; long-time WNOX picker Larry Mathis played banjo for most of this period, succeeded by Mike Pearson and Rob Mashburn played bass for the majority of the band’s lifespan, taking over for Ray Rose in about 1975.

  • Frank Sprouse – Just Close Your Eyes/single (1980′s) The Sounding Board 4:10
  • Brown, Sullivan & Co – The Essence of Sequatchie Valley (c1972) Sequatchie 2:50
  • Kay Tolliver – I’m Coming Back You/A New Singing Star in Country Style (1968) Musicor 2:13
  • Frank Sprouse – Country Fever/single (1980′s) The Sounding Board 3:33

 Going Easy Band 1

I contacted Frank Sprouse recently, and the results of that conversation are a fresh copy of this record and a CD as well. He was extremely warm and generous. Of course, what else would you expect from a Southern gentleman from South Carolina?

  • Bonnie Guitar – Get Your Lie the Way Want It/Miss Bonnie Guitar (1966) Dot 2:22
  • Buddy Cagle – Honky Tonk College/The Way You Like (1966) Imperial 2:24
Buddy Cagle

Buddy Cagle racked up a few minor hits in the 1960′s, but his career never took off. He recorded Wynn Stewart’s “Sing a Sad Song” at about the same time as Merle Haggard did, but it was Merle who got the hit. Buddy had a smooth and powerful voice, almost in the Marty Robbins manner, but he was possibly too smooth for Bakersfield.

  • Dick Curless – Heart Talk/Tombstone Every Mile (1965) Tower 3:14
  • Speedy West – Rippling Waters/Guitar Spectacular (1962) Capitol 2:40
  •  The Emmanuel Trio – I Believe There’s Heaven/Must I Go Empty Handed (c1970) Sing 2:00
emmanuel trio
The Emmanuel Trio

From Griffin, Georgia, The Emmanuel Trio were sisters Phyliss Gilreath, Grace English and Hilda McGhee. Preacher’s kids, their parents were the Rev Hoyt McGhee and Mrs Laura Edwards McGhee. Their accompanist was Margaret Gillis who was not a sister. Sadly, lead vocalist Hida McGhee passed away in 2011, at the age of 61.

  • The Happy Travelers – Love Will Roll the Clouds Away (early 70′s) 3:02

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