Grayson & Whitter

Going Down Lee Highway 1927-1929

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Fiddler/singer G.B. Grayson and guitarist/singer Henry Whitter were only together as a duo for three years beginning in 1927 (Grayson's death in an auto accident in 1930 ended their run) and recorded a scant 40 sides for the Gennett and Victor record labels, but the pair left an enduring and influential legacy that includes the first recording of the Appalachian murder ballad “Tom Dooley” and another murder ballad, the grim but beautiful “Rose Conley,” as well as lasting versions of fiddle tunes like “Handsome Molly.” This 14-track set unfortunately lacks “Rose Conley” but does contain the original 78 versions of “Tom Dooley” and “Handsome Molly,” among others, and makes for a succinct introduction to one of the best and most commercial Appalachian acts of all time.

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