Saturday, August 15, 2009

List Making #3 - Names From The Musical Past

The following is a list of bands, artists or musical groups (not all country) mentioned in Nick Tosches' Country (the book has had various subtitles in different editions, including "The Biggest Music in America", "The Twisted Roots of Rock'n'Roll" and "Living Legends and Dying Metaphors in America's Biggest Music").

Hunkie Smith (who recorded "Hunkie Tunkie Blues")
Moonshine Kate
Jules Verne Allen
Isom Dart
Bull Moose Jackson
Denver Darling
Snoozer Quinn
Henry Hornbuckle
Stick McGhee
Old Man Carol Williams
Scrapper Blackwell
Hardrock Gunter
Nat Love (aka Deadwood Dick)
Dick Justice

Prince Albert Hunt's Texas Ramblers
Ming's Pep Steppers
Clyde Leoppard's Snearly Ranch Boys
Dr. Smith's Champion Hoss Hair Pullers
Dr. Bates's Possum Hunters
Oscar Stone and His Possum Hunters
The Mississippi Possum Hunters
Curly Fox, Texas Ruby and the Fox Hunters
Paul Womack and His Gully Jumpers
Curly Williams and His Georgia Peach Pickers
Grandpappy Wilkerson and His Fruit Far Drinkers
Smoky Wood and His Wood Chips
Homer Clemons and His Texas Swingbillies
Charlie Ryan and His Timberline Riders
Kitty Gray and Her Wampus Cats
Peg Leg Howell and His Gang
Joe Almond and His Hillbilly Rockers
Luis Russel and His Ginger Snaps
Luis Russel and His Burning Eight
Russel's Hot Six
Luis Russel's Heebie Jeebie Stompers
Doug Poindexter and the Starlite Wranglers
Jimmy Heap and the Melody Masters

The Poe Sisters
The Cackle Sisters
The DeZurik Sisters

Mustard and Gravy
Tarheel Slim and Little Ann

The Tune Wranglers
The Modern Mountaineers
The Hi Neighbor Boys
The Ripley Cotton Choppers (the 1st country act on Sun Records)
The Shreveport Home Wreckers
The Maple City Four
The Hoosier Hot Shots
The Black Shirts
The Novelodeons
The Sod Busters


Eric said...

I like that there are three bands with "Possum Hunters" in their names. Was there any mention of The Hillbilly Businessmen?

Steve said...

I guess possum hunting was a hillbilly business at that time.

Naming your band the "possum hunters" must've been a way of showing people you were gen-u-wine hillbillies and not cityfied phonies.