The Skillet Lickers

Skillet Lickers, Vol. 4: 1929-1930

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The Skillet Lickers were a multi-fiddle powerhouse in the 1920s, the old-timey equivalent of a feuding rock & roll supergroup, whose jazz ensemble flash made them arguably the greatest and most exciting string band of all time. Ace fiddlers Gid Tanner, Clayton McMichen, Bert Layne, and one-handed Lowe Stokes were all members, in various combinations. Anchored by Riley Puckett's steady bass runs on guitar, they blazed a path through the dance reels of the day, taking them to soaring heights. Fiddle standards "Soldier's Joy," "Boneparte's Retreat," "Hell's Broke Loose in Georgia," "Cripple Creek," and "Sugar in the Gourd" are all tackled on this collection at break-neck speed. At their best, the Skillet Lickers achieved a kind of wild ensemble joy, breaking through to heaven with tracks like "Rock That Cradle Lucy" or "Sal's Gone to the Cider Mill," both included here.

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