Monday, January 21, 2013
Song Of The Day #1003
This week Ranch Radio will move back in time for some Country Roots music. Our first selection is Pass Around The Bottle And We'll All Take A Drink by Gid Tanner & His Skillet Lickers.
The tune was recorded in Atlanta on April 17, 1926 and released as Columbia 15074-D.
Tanner had recorded several singles in 1924 with his friend and guitarist Riley Puckett, but the full group wasn't organized until 1925 and today's tune is from their first recording session.
CMT says "From 1926 to 1931, the Skillet Lickers were the most popular country band in the country.", and the New Georgia Encyclopedia says "Gid Tanner was one of the most widely recognized names among country music enthusiasts of the 1920s and 1930s. The group that he headed, Gid Tanner and His Skillet Lickers, was one of the most influential string bands that recorded during the formative years of the country music industry."
Listen close to this song and you will notice its a "dixiefication" of a popular yankee song.