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A Blessing to People: Complete Recordings 1936-1938 Plus More Import, Box set

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(4-CD LP-sized Box Set + 164 page hardcover book) The definitive collection of one of the quintessential Depression-era hillbilly brother duos. A treasury of sacred, secular, and industrial songs from the Carolinas, many of them written by Dorsey M. Dixon, author of Wreck On The Highway and other country, bluegrass, and folk music standards. True classics of Americana! Features all surviving recordings by the Dixon Brothers and their affiliated groups, together in one place for the first time. Also includes thirty-three solo recordings by Dorsey M. Dixon from 1961-1962.

Includes the original versions of Weave Room Blues, Spinning Room Blues, Down With The Old Canoe, Two Little Rosebuds, Intoxicated Rat, and I Didn't Hear Anybody Pray (aka Wreck On The Highway), plus more than two dozen previously unreleased recordings.

In 1932, Dorsey and Howard Dixon, who worked in the textile mills of East Rockingham, North Carolina, started performing together informally as a guitar-and-steel-guitar duo. Two years later, their haunting tragic songs and textile blues landed them a regular radio spot on WBT's Crazy Barn Dance. Between 1936 and 1938, the Dixons recorded, either together or with other partners, more than ninety selections for RCA-VICTOR. The Dixon Brothers became one of the best-known and most popular hillbilly brother duos of the Great Depression, and this boxed set represents the first ever devoted to their remarkable work.

The meticulously restored songs on this 4-CD set comprise every surviving recording by the Dixon Brothers and their affiliated groups. The accompanying 164-page, LP-sized hardcover book contains a new biographical essay and extensive song notes by historian Patrick Huber, along with many rare and previously unpublished photographs. Also included are complete song lyrics, a detailed discography, and reproductions of the original session sheets.

Authentic Americana gains in popularity every year, and most of these classic recordings haven't been heard since the Great Depression.

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Weave Room Blues
  2. Two Little Rosebuds
  3. Sales Tax On The Women
  4. Intoxicated Rat
  5. Not Turning Back
  6. White Flower For You
  7. Answer To Maple On The Hill - Part 1
  8. Answer To Maple On The Hill - Part 3
  9. Greenback Dollar - Part 2
  10. Spinning Room Blues
  11. My Girl In Sunny Tennessee
  12. A Wonderful Day
  13. Are You Sure?
  14. That Old Vacant Chair
  15. I'm Just Here To Get My Baby Out Of Jail - Part 2
  16. Never To Be Sweethearts Again
  17. Bonnie Blue Eyes - Part 2 (Hush Little Bonnie)
  18. Ocean Of Life
  19. Rambling Gambler
  20. Dark Eyes
  21. Easter Day
  22. That Old True Love
  23. Answer To Maple On The Hill - Part 4
  24. Beautiful Stars
  25. I Will Meet My Precious Mother
  26. Weaver's Life
  27. Darling Do You Miss Me
  28. Little Bessie
  29. How Can A Broke Man Be Happy

Disc: 2

  1. How Can A Broke Man Be Happy
  2. The School House Fire
  3. She Tickles Me
  4. Fisherman's Luck
  5. At Twilight Old Pal Of Yesterday
  6. Call Me Pal Of Mine
  7. I Won't Accept Anything For My Soul
  8. What Can I Give In Exchange
  9. What Would You Give In Exchange - Part 5
  10. The Girl I Left In Danville
  11. Two Little Boys
  12. The Lonely Prisoner
  13. The Old Home Brew
  14. Always Waiting For You
  15. When Jesus Appears
  16. Satisfied At Last
  17. Shining City Over The River
  18. Honey It's Just Because
  19. Back To My Wyoming Home
  20. I Can't Tell Why I Love You
  21. Under The Old Cherry Tree
  22. Blessed Promise In Store
  23. Anywhere Is Home
  24. Beneath An Old Maple
  25. Fields On Fire
  26. The Blood Of Jesus Saved Me
  27. Where Shall I Be
  28. Promise In The Book Of Life
  29. Broken Hearted Girl
  30. Woman's Answer To 'What Is Home Without Love'

Disc: 3

  1. Hobo Jack The Rambler
  2. More Pretty Girls Than One - Part 3
  3. There's A Place In My Home For Mother
  4. Bootlegger's Story
  5. Wonder Who's Kissing Her - Part 2
  6. Prisoner's Plea
  7. Faithless Husband
  8. Down With The Old Canoe
  9. I Didn't Hear Anybody Pray
  10. Glorious Light Is Dawning
  11. Have Courage To Only Say No
  12. A Mother, A Father, A Baby
  13. A Church At The Foot Of The Hill
  14. By Himself
  15. Tempted And Tried
  16. Time For Me To Go
  17. Beyond Black Smoke
  18. When Gabriel Blows His Trumpet For Me
  19. Speak Evil Of No Man
  20. Jimmie And Sallie
  21. The Story Of George Collins
  22. The Light Of Homer Rogers
  23. After The Ball
  24. 'Twas Only A Dream
  25. Answer To Broken Engagement
  26. By The Old Oaken Bucket, Louise
  27. Honey Baby Mine
  28. My Trundle Bed
  29. New Trouble

Disc: 4

  1. Dorsey Dixon: Babies In The Mill
  2. Dorsey Dixon: The Factory Girl
  3. Dorsey Dixon: Hard Times In Here
  4. Dorsey Dixon: Weave Room Blues
  5. Dorsey Dixon: Twister Room Blues
  6. Dorsey Dixon: When Weaving Time Is Over
  7. Dorsey Dixon: The Wreck Of The Old 97
  8. Dorsey Dixon: The Cleveland School House Fire
  9. Dorsey Dixon: Wreck On The Highway
  10. Dorsey Dixon: Naomi Wise
  11. Dorsey Dixon: Our Johnny
  12. Dorsey Dixon: Mommy, Will My Doggie Understand?
  13. Dorsey Dixon: Bill Dodson's Last Run
  14. Dorsey Dixon: The Great Convoy
  15. Dorsey Dixon: Jesse James
  16. Dorsey Dixon: Give Me My Flowers While I'm Living
  17. Dorsey Dixon: Be At Home Soon Tonight,My Dear Boy
  18. Dorsey Dixon: Tomorrow
  19. Dorsey Dixon: The Worried Bum
  20. Dorsey Dixon: She Tickled Me
  21. Dorsey Dixon: Timothy Kelly
  22. Dorsey Dixon: The Burglar Man
  23. Dorsey Dixon: The Christmas Cake
  24. Dorsey Dixon: The Hungry Hash House
  25. Dorsey Dixon: I'm Not Turning Backward
  26. Dorsey Dixon: Somebody Touched Me
  27. Dorsey Dixon: Across The Shining River
  28. Dorsey Dixon: My Name In The Book
  29. Dorsey Dixon: When That Beautiful City Comes Down
  30. Dorsey Dixon: Will The Circle Be Unbroken
  31. Dorsey Dixon: I Shall Not Be Moved
  32. Dorsey Dixon: I Didn't Have A Friend
  33. Dorsey Dixon: The Church At The Foot Of The Hill

Product Details

  • Audio CD (July 10, 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 4
  • Format: Import, Box set
  • Note on Boxed Sets: During shipping, discs in boxed sets occasionally become dislodged without damage. Please examine and play these discs. If you are not completely satisfied, we'll refund or replace your purchase.
  • Label: Bear Family
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #423,277 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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True representatives of the people, they wrote about what they knew, with no bitterness---everybody they knew was in the same condition, poor, with no hope for better days. Some of Dorsey's songs were influential in calling attention to child labor. CR
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