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Earl Johnson Vol 1 1927

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Earl Johnson


Earl Johnson
01 - Ain`t nobody`s business
02 - Dixie
03 - Hen cackle
04 - Bully of the town
05 - I`m satisfied
06 - Three night`s experience
07 - Johnson`s old grey mule
08 - Boil dem cabbage down
09 - John Henry blues
10 - I don`t love nobody
11 - Shortenin` bread
12 - I get my whiskey from Rockingham
13 - Red hot breakdown
14 - I`ve got a woman on Sourwood Mountain
15 - All night long
16 - Old grey mare kicking out of the wilderness
17 - They don`t roost too high for me
18 - Mississippi jubilee
19 - Leather breeches
20 - Poor little Joe
21 - The little grave in Georgia
22 - In the shadow of the pine
23 - Johnnie, get your gun

Robert Earl Johnson learned to play the fiddle from an early age, partly with some assistance from his father. When he was young, he used to practise together with his two brothers, Albert on banjo and Ester on guitar.[1] Between 1920 and 1934, Johnson was a regular participant at the Atlanta Fiddlers' Convention.[2] In 1923, Albert and Ester were the victims of an epidemic.[3] The same year, Johnson joined Fiddlin' John Carson's Virginia Reelers and within two years, he made his first recordings on Paramount Records. Initially, he recorded with the "Dixie String Band" and Arthur Tanner.[1] He became the Georgia state fiddle champion of 1926 in Atlanta.[4] Johnson formed the "Dixie Entertainers with guitarist Byrd Moore and banjoist Emmett Bankston and they made their first recordings for Okeh Records on February 21, 1927. When Byrd Moore left, Johnson added guitarist Lee "Red" Henderson and formed "The Clodhoppers". The new band became successful recording for Okeh in October 1927. Although he made his last recordings in 1931,[1] he continued to perform on the radio and on fiddlers' conventions for the remainder of his life. His last performance was on May 24, 1965 at the Stone Mountain Fiddlers' Convention in Georgia.[4] No less than a week later, he died of a heart attack.[5] Biog details courtesy of Wikipedia
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