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Sep 27, 2021 - 12:30:32 PM
230 posts since 9/14/2019

I'm looking for old-time songs that are from North Georgia. I'm not sure how to go about finding them. Google keeps returning different information than I'm looking for so I assume I'm not asking right. Any ideas?

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John

Sep 27, 2021 - 12:56 PM
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RG

USA

3113 posts since 8/7/2008

Contact Art Rosenbaum, he's done extensive field recording in North Georgia (and beyond), as well as Chip Armold (here on BHO), Chip was friends with legendary East Tennessee banjo player Will Keys.  As I;m sure you're aware, North Georgia and East Tennesse share a rich musical traditon for sure.

Sep 27, 2021 - 1:44:46 PM
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122 posts since 3/13/2006

You could always start with https://www.amazon.com/Folk-Visions-Voices-Traditional-Georgia/dp/0820306827/ref=sr_1_9?dchild=1&qid=1632772266&refinements=p_27%3AArt+Rosenbaum&s=books&sr=1-9  It's a little on the pricey side but a terrific collection.  You'll need some degree of note-reading to get the best use of it, but it's not that hard to pick up the basics.  NB that a 2-disk set of recordings, based on the book, was issue on Folkways in 1984.  This was vinyl only, but they'll CD it for $16.98 per disk, or you can download the tracks for $9.99 per volume, or buy single tracks if you wish.  https://folkways.si.edu/folk-visions-and-voices-traditional-music-and-song-in-northern-georgia-vol-1/american-folk-old-time/album/smithsonian and https://folkways.si.edu/folk-visions-and-voices-traditional-music-and-song-in-northern-georgia-vol-2/american-folk-old-time/album/smithsonian.  Most of the content is pretty interesting, and there are a couple of tracks by Jake Staggers, a black banjoist, who plays versions of "Garfield" and "Sally Ann." 

Atlanta was a center for the early hillbilly recording business.  Columbia/Okeh recorded there at least once a year, and a majority of the performers attending the session were north Georgians.  Gid Tanner, the Skillet Lickers, Riley Puckett, Lowe Stokes, Clayton McMichen, Fiddlin' John, Earl Johnson, the Cofer Brothers, Land Norris, and many more, who produced a great many 78rpm sides.  For a quick overview, see https://archive.org/details/CountryMusicOriginalsLegendsOfTheLost.  This is a book with short chapters on most of the significant hillbilly artists from 1920-1942, and it's a free download on PDF (I hope it's legal but I also have the book in print form).  It also has somewhat outdated lists of LPs and CDs for most of the artists. 

If there is a scholarly folkloristic collection of northern Georgia music, other than Art Rosenbaum's "Folk Visions and Voices," it's eluding my memory.  Nothing like the Frank C Brown collection for NC or Vance Randolph for the Ozarks.  The above should get you up and running.

Sep 27, 2021 - 3:05:42 PM
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Bill Rogers (Moderator)

USA

25242 posts since 6/25/2005

Banjo player and teacher Jim Pankey is from north Georgia. He might know tunes and sources. He’s on BHO.

Sep 27, 2021 - 3:30:10 PM
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16 posts since 9/3/2021

Search for "Ed Teague" and "Land Norris" in yer googling and youtubing. You'll get to the same songs you see elsewhere - but many are played in an upstroke and/or 2-finger-mostly-index style.

Sep 28, 2021 - 6:25:39 AM
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8266 posts since 3/17/2005

Clifton Hicks is a member here and lives in Copper Hill, Tn., right next to N. Ga. He's full of tunes, songs and information.

Sep 28, 2021 - 10:00:33 AM

230 posts since 9/14/2019

I listened to some Skillet Lickers and Land Norris (I happen to know the person who has Norris' banjo and have gotten to see it. Pretty cool). Anyway, I was hoping for some stuff like George Gibson does on his 'Possum' album. More just old and clawhammery. The Skillet Lickers are more commercial sounding that I'm looking for.

Sep 28, 2021 - 11:25:17 AM
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8266 posts since 3/17/2005

Lawrence Eller was from Upper Hightower near Hayesville, N.C., just over the line from Georgia. The common style of banjo picking in N. Ga. and W.N.C. was 2-finger, not clawhammer.
Lawrence, his brother Vaughn and Ross Brown played together until they passed away. I had the good fortune to play with them a number of times.

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Sep 28, 2021 - 12:32:34 PM
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230 posts since 9/14/2019

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Originally posted by chip arnold

Lawrence Eller was from Upper Hightower near Hayesville, N.C., just over the line from Georgia. The common style of banjo picking in N. Ga. and W.N.C. was 2-finger, not clawhammer.
Lawrence, his brother Vaughn and Ross Brown played together until they passed away. I had the good fortune to play with them a number of times.

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I'm fine with doing 2-finger. I know 3-finger style and am sure I can adapt.

Oct 8, 2021 - 6:56:42 AM
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robinja

USA

87 posts since 7/8/2008

You might be interested in a couple of recordings by Mick and Evan Kinney. Mick is known for his fiddle rags, but he plays a mean breakdown, too, and both Mick and Evan are excellent clawhammer players also. I would specifically recommend "In Dear Old Georgia" volumes 1 & 2. All of the tunes on these CD's are from Georgia, some are ones collected by Art Rosenbaum and others are ones Mick learned from local musicians. Not all are from north Georgia, but many of them are.

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Oct 8, 2021 - 12:43:43 PM
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carlb

USA

2293 posts since 12/16/2007

Look up the Georgia Yellow Hammers.

Oct 8, 2021 - 2:39 PM

230 posts since 9/14/2019

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Originally posted by carlb

Look up the Georgia Yellow Hammers.


Just looked them up. They are from the county next to me. That's pretty cool stuff.

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