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Rags, Breakdowns, Stomps & Blues - Vintage Mandolin Music (1927-1946)

Various Artists.
Informative 12 page, colour illustrated booklet by Richard Cherry.
Detailed discography.

Keith Briggs of Blues & Rhythm Magazine writes; "These days the mandolin is almost exclusively identified with Bluegrass music but for decades it had maintained a regular showing in mainstream old time music, ragtime and blues (both urban and rural). This is illustrated to the dates appended to the title of this CD which refer at one end to Dallas Rag and Carbolic Rag, various display pieces, one each from the black and white traditions, and at the other Lint Head Stomp, a track often considered to be proto-Bluegrass. The mixture is maintained throughout but is weighted in favor of black artists. Care has also been taken to present the mandolin in a supporting role or as a part of an ensemble.

The secret weapon for many a string band was and still is the mandolin. This compilation brings together some wonderful blues, jazz, bluegrass and country performances, built around this small but potent instrument. Continued...

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Nashville 1928

This is the first chapter of a long and winding tale: how a leafy Mid-Southern city with an attraction for the insurance business grew into the Third Coast of the American record industry. Yet the story of Music City USA opens not in Owen Bradley's Quonset hut or RCA's studio B, nor with independent labels of the '40s like Bullet Records, but in a temporary studio in a downtown office building, one week in 1928.

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