Black & White Hillbilly Music German
The "Old Southern Sound" was a mixture of several traditions and there were no strictly borders between the different styles. Black blues and white hillbilly musicians influenced each other and often shared a common repertoire. DeFord Bailey learned these tunes from his grandfather who called them "black hillbilly music". The harmonica became a link between the races as the first mass produced musical instrument which was cheap enough for everyone to own. It was easy to play and you could carry it around in your pocket. The harmonica was not only popular with soloists who liked to imitate the sounds of trains and fox-chases with it, but was also widely used in many hillbilly stringbands to add a different flavour.

In 1931, at the height of the depression, The Woodie Brothers only sold 864 copies of Their record, but they knew they knew their reward lay in the future: "Now I ran ole Satan Though door/And Im gonna wear that starry crown over there." (Sounds like Fall lync. In fact, it is a Fall lync-Stunned Ed) In the 1990s the Woodies gain another honour by opening this gritty compilation of guitar and harmonica-toting hillbillies. The album is subtitled "Early Harmonica Recordings From The 1920s And 30s, and there are beautiful photos of harmonicas packaged for the cowboy market, with names like Pioneer and The Lone Star Rider. Expertly researched by Christoph Wagner, author of books (sadly in German only) on the social history of the harmonica and accordion.
(The Wire)

Texas Bohemia
Black & White Hillbilly Music
Early Harmonica Recordings
   Dr. Humphrey Bate
 Crook Brothers
 Deford Bailey
 The Pickard Family
 Karl & Harty
 Woodie Brothers
 Nelstone's Hawaiians
 Riverside Ramblers
 Louisiana Rounders
 Joe Werner & The Ramblers
 Lonnie Glosson
 Dave McCarn
last updated: 19.02.2000 | top