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 Post subject: What were the earliest country records produced?
PostPosted: Thu Jan 10, 2019 11:34 pm 
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I have been talking to someone over Instagram about when the earlist "true country music" cylinders were made. Does anyone know of any early brown wax cylinders that would be considered country?

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 Post subject: Re: What were the earliest country records produced?
PostPosted: Fri Jan 11, 2019 12:01 am 
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I've not heard of any commercial brown wax cylinders of country music by rural musicians - and not vaudevillians co-opting some melody or lyrics from some song or other. We don't usually consider that country music started being recorded by the record companies until about 1922-23.

This home recording on brown wax of a popular old fiddle tune called Bonapartes March might be considered though : http://www.library.ucsb.edu/OBJID/Cylinder12824


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 Post subject: Re: What were the earliest country records produced?
PostPosted: Sun Jan 13, 2019 4:29 am 
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I mentioned to my carpool buddy that I had some country records from the 1920s, and he reacted with total disbelief. He said "That couldn't be. Country music wasn't invented until the 50's." He said this with such authority that I didn't want to argue the point. I just said "Well, they actually called it HillBilly or Mountain music back then."


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 Post subject: Re: What were the earliest country records produced?
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Maybe I should expand the range of music I'm talking about. For instance, I have an indestructible 4 minute cylinder with 2 songs on it, one being a "banjo medley" definitely before the 20s. I guess it would be considered American folk?

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 Post subject: Re: What were the earliest country records produced?
PostPosted: Sun Jan 13, 2019 2:25 pm 
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Martin,

I've got "Kerry Mills' Barn Dance" on 2-minute indestructible cylinder...it's a band record.

"Barn Dance" doesn't mean a country record--or does it?

Clear as mud!


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 Post subject: Re: What were the earliest country records produced?
PostPosted: Sun Jan 13, 2019 2:51 pm 
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Mormon S wrote:
Maybe I should expand the range of music I'm talking about. For instance, I have an indestructible 4 minute cylinder with 2 songs on it, one being a "banjo medley" definitely before the 20s. I guess it would be considered American folk?

Martin


All kinds of music was adapted / performed on the banjo for the talking machine in the early days. Banjo recorded well.

The fiddle tune that I linked to is one that has long had some currency among fiddle players in the rural southern United States.


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