This compilation brings to light some of the lesser-known artists to record for Victor in the 1920s and 30s. Few reached the commercial heights of Jimmie Rodgers & the Carter Family, but the Victor label was also busy making records featuring other artists such as Jilson Setters (Bill Day), Hiter Colvin, Red Patterson’s Piedmont Log Rollers, the Moonshiners, the Carolina Twins, Dempson & Denmon Lewis, Pope’s Arkansas Mountaineers and others including the Tennessee Mountaineers and Mr. & Mrs. J.W. Baker (both of who featured cousins of the Carter Family). These recordings date from 1925-1930.
Monroe Stomp - Hiter Colvin White River Stomp - Jack Cawley’s Oklahoma Ridge Runners The White Rose - Red Patterson’s Piedmont Log Rollers Fulton County - The Moonshiners One Snowy Night (quadrille) - Judge Sturdy’s Orchestra Shelby County - The Moonshiners Your Wagon Needs Greasing - Carolina Twins The Dawn Waltz - Jack Cawley’s Oklahoma Ridge Runners Standing On The Promises - Tennessee Mountaineers Caliope - Dempson & Denmon Lewis Just A Message From Carolina - Johnson Brothers (Paul & Charles) RoscoTrillion - Bill Helms & His Upson County Band Mountain Rangers - Mellie Dunham’s Orchestra Big Ball Uptown - Taylor-Griggs Louisiana Melody Makers Black Pine Waltz - Gwen Foster The Soldier’s Poor Little Boy - Johnson Brothers (Paul & Charles) Black-Eyed Susie - Jilson Setters (aka J.W. Day) On The Banks Of The Sunny Tennessee - Mr. & Mrs. J. W. Baker Forked Deer - Jilson Setters (aka J.W. Day) Where The Sweet Magnolias Bloom - Taylor-Griggs Louisiana Melody Makers Old Dan Tucker (country dance) - Judge Sturdy’s Orchestra Medley Of Reels - Mellie Dunham’s Orchestra Birmingham - Pope’s Arkansas Mountaineers The Newmarket Wreck - Mr. & Mrs. J. W. Baker
I am thrilled to find this CD. My mother's family had a band named Taylor-Griggs Louisiana Melody Makers. They recorded for Victor in 1928 and 1929. You can imagine my surprise when my son found two of their recordings on this CD after so many years. The songs are "Big Ball Uptown" and "Where The Sweet Magnolias Bloom."