Cluck Old Hen, A Barnyard Serenade: 1926-1940
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"CLUCK OLD HEN: A BARNYARD SERENADE"
(Old Hat Records, 2012)
Here's something for the chicken lover in your life: a goofy, giddy, poultry-themed collection of Depression-era blues and old-timey music, with plenty of classic novelty numbers and a bunch of super-squeaky fiddles. This collection tilts a little more towards the hillbilly side of things, although there are tracks by bluesmen such as Peg Leg Howell and Casey Bill along with various jug bands, a touch of jazz and of course a slew of rural artists who didn't fall easily into any one category. There are a few stars -- Gene Autry, Cliff Carlisle, Riley Puckett -- but they are far outweighed by more obscure performers such as the Beale Street Sheiks, George Edgin's Corn Dodgers, Sweet Papa Stovepipe, the duo known as Mustard & Gravy, and most delightfully, the group vocals of the Utica Institute Jubilee Singers. This disc makes a great companion to Old Hat's sizzling "BARBEQUE ANY OLD TIME" collection, though this has a much higher proportion of animal-imitation tunes... Great stuff, of course! (Joe Sixpack)
The 24 "fowl" selections - all from 78rpm records made between 1926 (the dawn of electrical recording to 1940 -range from country to jug band to early gospel ("Chicken" by the Utica Institute Jubilee Singers) to blues. The only name you'll probably recognize is Gene Autry (yep!) who recorded "Stay Away From My Chicken House" FIVE years before he made his first western!
The source discs - nearly all are ultra-rare - come from some of the best known 78rpm collectors in the country.
There are sample tracks at the Oldhatrecords.com website if you want to hear the quality.
Anyone interested old records or the original "roots" music need this album.
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Ordered this by accident and love it. Who knew there were so many chicken songs in the world. I had not heard of some these artists and some of them are really good (and funny).Published 16 months ago by just fiddlin'
Loved it. We love old-time music and get a kick (cluck?) out of the many chicken songs. These were a pleasure and there are a couple we'll learn for jams.Published 24 months ago by S. Wilson
It had lots of them! they are not everyone's musical taste, so be warned. but if you need to do a radio show about chicken songs, a lot of your research is donePublished on August 25, 2013 by Alison Ayliffe