Monday, July 31, 2006

Going Up The Country

George Riley Puckett was born in 1894. Blinded shortly after birth this did not stop him from becoming one of the American Depression Era's best multi-instrumentalists. He played with Gid Tanner & his Skillet Lickers until 1934. He recorded almost 200 records for the Bluebird, Columbia, Decca, Vocalion record labels. This recording can be found on the CD ' When The Sun Goes Down : East Virginia Blues - The Appalachian Roots Of Honky Tonk' released by Bluebird RCA Records in 2004. Riley passed away in 1946.
Gid & Riley are pictured below.

Our second track today can be found on the Telstar Records 1992 CD release ' Free Range Chicken' (TR004). This oddball Memphis Trio were formed by bassist and producer Durand Easley who joined forces in 1986 with guitarist Sam Baird then in his mid-sixties. The trio were completed when 73 year old Gaius 'Ringo' Farnham joined on drums. They released two LP's on French record label New Rose. They can best be described as playing 'Retarded Country Rock !'.

The Country Rockers - The Last Bouquet

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