Farewell Blues: Hot String Bands 1936 41 / Various

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Review Text Farewell Blues covers a very narrow but vital era, a five-year window when traditional string bands began making the rapid transition into Western swing. The tracks on this collection from British label Krazy Kat exhibit a fascinating hybrid of styles, from traditional Appalachian approaches to jug band and Dixieland, even pop, all with a kinetic pace and a "hotness" that mark them as forerunners of Western swing. There are name artists here like ace fiddler Clayton McMichen of the Skillet Lickers (whose "Farewell Blues" gives this compilation its title), Texas Jim Lewis, and Al Clauser, but also several more obscure artists. The Swing Billies are a particular delight, with their tight harmonies and swinging pop sheen on "I Can't Give You Anything But Love" and their everything but the kitchen sink approach on "Leavin' Home," a radically re-constructed version of "Frankie and Johnny." The sound is surprisingly good, free of the snaps and crackles that are often found on archival releases of vintage 78s. ~ Steve Leggett

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  1. 1. Put on Your Old Grey Bonnet - 3:53
  2. 2. Fiddleobia - 3:34
  3. 3. Keep Truckin' - 3:37
  4. 4. I Can't Give You Anything But Love - 2:20
  5. 5. Whoa, Mule, Whoa - 3:44
  6. 6. Happy Cowboy - 3:39
  7. 7. Buckaroo Stomp - 3:05
  8. 8. I'm So Alone With the Crowd - 3:46
  9. 9. Union County - 3:31
  10. 10. Japanese Sandman - 3:30
  11. 11. Tennessee Swing - 3:47
  12. 12. You're Gonna Be Sorry - 3:38
  13. 13. Guitar Fantasy - 2:25
  14. 14. Leavin' Home - 2:24
  15. 15. Little Red Piggy - 3:37
  16. 16. Let's Incorporate - 3:30
  17. 17. Sweet Irene from Illinois - 3:46
  18. 18. Crawdad Song - 3:53
  19. 19. Has Anybody Seen My Gal - 3:55
  20. 20. It's Hard - 3:33
  21. 21. Honeysuckle Blues - 3:31
  22. 22. Big Fat Gal of Mine - 3:45
  23. 23. Tonight You Belong to Me - 3:51
  24. 24. Huckleberry Picnic - 3:46
  25. 25. Farewell Blues - 3:32

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8/26/03 

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