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~~Wanna hear the real snake oil salesmen? Before motion pictures, before radio, the traveling Medicine Shows brought entertainment to middle America in the form of pitch doctors hawking elixirs, backed by a host of singers, comedians, dancers, banjo pickers, blues shouters and fiddlers. While the Medicine Show died out by the mid-20th century, a number of these wandering minstrels made it onto record, and this profusely illustrated and annotated set brings you 48 of their long-forgotten sides. Includes The Spasm Daddy Stovepipe & Mississippi Sarah; Gonna Tip Out Tonight Pink Anderson & Simmie Dooley; Tanner's Boarding House Gid Tanner & Riley Puckett; Adam and Eve in the Garden Bogus Ben Covington; The Gypsy Emmett Miller & His Georgia Crackers; Atlanta Strut Blind Sammie; Go Along Mule Uncle Dave Macon & His Fruit Jar Drinkers, and more from J.E. Mainer & His Mountaineers, Shorty Godwin, Banjo Joe, Beans Hambone & El Morrow, Fiddlin' John Carson and other scalawags!


Track Listings

Disc: 1

1. The Spasm - Daddy Stovepipe & Mississippi Sarah

2. Tanner's Boarding House - Gid Tanner & Riley Puckett

3. Don't Think I'm Santa Claus - Lil McClintock

4. Hokum Blues - Dallas String Band with Coley Jones

5. Jimbo Jambo Land - Shorty Godwin

6. Gonna Swing On The Golden Gate - Fiddlin' John Carson & His Virginia Reelers

7. Papa's 'Bout To Get Mad - Pink Anderson & Simmie Dooley

8. The Man Who Wrote Home Sweet Home Never Was A Married Man - Charlie Parker & Mack Woolbright

9. Bye, Bye, Policeman - Jim Jackson

10. The Bald-Headed End Of A Broom - Walter Smith

11. Bow Wow Blues - Allen Brothers

12. Beans - Beans Hambone & El Morrow

13. A Chicken Can Waltz The Gravy Around - Stovepipe # 1 and David Crockett

14. Tell It To Me - Grant Brothers & Their Music

15. Ain't No Use Working So Hard - Carolina Tar Heels

16. Mama Keep Your Yes Ma'am Clean - Walter Cole

17. C-H-I-C-K-E-N Spells Chicken - Kirk McGee & Blythe Poteet

18. My Money Never Runs Out - Banjo Joe

19. Railroadin' Some - Henry Thomas "Ragtime Texas"

20. Traveling Man - Prince Albert Hunt's Texas Ramblers

21. G. Burns Is Gonna Rise Again - Johnson-Nelson-Porkchop

22. Baby All Night Long - Blue Ridge Mountain Entertainers

23. Born In Hard Luck - Chris Bouchillon

24. He's In The Jailhouse Now - Memphis Sheiks


Disc: 2

1. Gonna Tip Out Tonight - Pink Anderson & Simmie Dooley

2. Chevrolet Car - Sam McGee

3. It Ain't Gonna Rain No Mo' - Gid Tanner & His Skillet-Lickers

4. Bring It With You When You Come - Cannon's Jug Stompers

5. Atlanta Strut - Blind Sammie

6. Go Along Mule - Uncle Dave Macon & His Fruit Jar Drinkers

7. Casey Bill - Earl McDonald's Original Louisville Jug Band

8. I Got Mine - Frank Stokes

9. Hannah - Chris Bouchillon

10. Adam & Eve In The Garden - Bogus Ben Covington

11. Mysterious Coon - Alec Johnson & His Band

12. Her Name Was Hula Lou - Carolina Tar Heels

13. Reno Blues - Three Tobacco Tags

14. Scoodle Um Skoo - Papa Charlie Jackson

15. Stackalee - Frank Hutchison

16. The Cat's Got The Measles, The Dog's Got The Whooping Cough - Walter Smith

17. Shout You Cats - Hezekiah Jenkins

18. Nobody's Business If I Do - Tommie Bradley

19. Sweet Sixteen - Charlie Poole & The North Carolina Ramblers

20. Ticklish Reuben - Charlie Parker & Mack Woolbright

21. I Heard The Voice Of A Porkchop - Jim Jackson

22. Shine - Dallas String Band with Coley Jones

23. The Gypsy - Emmett Miller & His Georgia Crackers

24. Kiss Me Cindy - J.E. Mainer's Mountaineers