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Ashley’s Melody Men Searcy County Rag
02 :54
02
Pope’s Arkansas Mountaineers Get Along Home, Miss Cindy
03 :24
03
Fiddling Bob Larkin & His Music Makers The Higher up the Monkey Climbs
03 :02
04
George Edgin’s Corn Dodgers With Earl Wright & Brown Rich My Ozark Mountain Home
03 :16
05
Dr. Smith’s Champion Hoss Hair Pullers Just Give Me the Leavings
03 :01
06
Ashley’s Melody Men Bath House Blues
02 :54
07
Luke Highnight & His Ozark Strutters Fort Smith Breakdown
02 :48
08
Arkansas Barefoot Boys Eighth of January
03 :00
09
Bob Larkan & Family McLeods Reel
02 :53
10
A. E. Ward & His Plow Boys The Old Dinner Pail
03 :18
11
Wonder State Harmonists My Castle on the Nile
02 :25
12
Morrison Twin Brothers String Band Dry and Dusty
02 :45
13
Pope’s Arkansas Mountaineers Jaw Bone
03 :03
14
Lonnie Glosson Arkansas Hard Luck Blues
02 :45
15
Fiddling Bob Larkin & His Music Makers Paddy, Won’t You Drink Some Good Old Cider?
02 :58
16
George Edgin’s Corn Dodgers With Earl Wright & Brown Rich Corn Dodger No. 1 Special
02 :59
17
Bonnie Dodd & Murray Lucas Ozark Mountain Rose
02 :32
18
Morrison Twin Brothers String Band Ozark Waltz
02 :59
19
L. O. Birkhead & R. M. Lane Robinson County
03 :07
20
George Edgin’s Corn Dodgers With Earl Wright & Brown Rich The Arkansas Hotel
03 :05
21
A. E. Ward & His Plow Boys Going to Leave Old Arkansas
03 :08
22
Wonder State Harmonists Petit Jean Gallop
03 :02
23
Bob Larkan & Family Silver Nail
02 :56
24
Reaves White Country Ramblers Drunkard’s Hecups
02 :52
25
Wonder State Harmonists Turnip Greens
02 :46
26
Lonnie Glosson Lonnie’s Fox Chase
03 :18
ARTIST
TITLE
Arkansas at 78 RPM: Corn Dodgers & Hoss Hair Pullers
FORMAT
CD

LABEL
CATALOG #
DTD 036CD DTD 036CD
GENRE
RELEASE DATE
9/30/2014

For the traveling recording men of the late 1920s, Arkansas offered enticing pickings. The region was thronged with vigorous, idiosyncratic string bands. This album carries the listener from the hillbilly music craze of the '20s to the song-based country music of the late '30s. Scarcely more than a decade, but a period, in music as in all American life, of galvanic change. This CD serves as the soundtrack album to the newly-released photograph book, Making Pictures: Three for a Dime by Maxine Payne. All of the photos in this package are from the same cache of photographs taken by the Massengil family in their mobile photo-booth trailer throughout rural Arkansas in the 1930s-1940s.

"It is indeed gratifying to know our program has made so many minds and hearts drift back to the earlier days when all was well, when the 'hoss hair pullers' of old were in due form and all parties concerned were in a receptive mood for tipping of the fantastic toe... My aggregation from this district claim that their music and songs are not suggestive of anything except good and wholesome exercise ... So everybody come to the Arkansas Ozarks, where you can eat the best fruit in the world; where home-cured meat is found in the smokehouse and corn and hay in the barn; where you can juice your own cow, feed your own chickens, fish in the wonderful White River, meet these men of the Missouri Pacific and natives, and you will then say, 'Yes, indeed, you have the most wonderful country in the world.'" --Henry Harlin Smith, March 1926 on Hot Springs radio station KTHS

Includes a CD digipak with a 32-page booklet with liner notes by country music scholar Tony Russell. Newly remastered 24-bit audio transfers from the Music Memory archive. Features original 78 RPM recordings made between 1928-1937.