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Gennett Old Time Music: Classic Country Recordings 1927-1934

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Although best known for its jazz releases, Fred Gennett’s self-named Gennett Records label also did extensive recording in the rural folk genre, tracking various singers and string bands from the South in the 1920s and 1930s. This expansive four-disc set compiled by Chris King collects nearly 100 of these rare sides issued between 1927 and 1934, including early recordings by Ernest Stoneman, the Red Fox Chasers, Fiddlin’ Doc Roberts, and a trio of lovely clawhammer banjo pieces from John Hammond. Modern country grew out of these kinds of back-porch performances, and what they lack in polish and sleekness they more than make up for with pure heart and soul.

Track Listing - Disc 1

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1
3:00
2
3:06
3
2:24
4
2:28
5
3:14
6
3:15
7
3:19
8
3:10
9
3:02
10
3:03
11
2:56
12
3:13
13
2:53
14
2:43
15
2:53
16
2:42
17
2:52
18
3:13
19
3:03
20
2:53
21
3:10
22
2:23
23
3:06
24
3:06
25
3:04
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