Wednesday, June 04, 2014

GOT THE BLUES, THE KIND THAT’S HARD TO LOSE

Leave it to ole Frank to find a steel guitar where you’d hardly expect to hear one, like f’rinstance Italo-American groups masquerading as Texas-Mexican string bands or a country brother guitar duo like the Delmores. Alton and Rabon hardly need a steel player, but here you have it, and it sounds pretty cool. . . .


Delmore Brothers (Alton & Rabon)
The Wabash Cannon-Ball Blues • 1940



Alton Delmore, Rabon Delmore, vocal duet; Ted Brooks, electric steel guitar; Alton Delmore, guitar; Rabon Delmore, tenor guitar. Atlanta, 6 Feb 1940.

2 comments:

  1. I wonder how many versions of the Wabash Cannonball there are? I've only got 3 (Johnny Bond, Carter Family, Roy Acuff), but I suspect there are tons out there - can't top this Delmores version though.

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  2. While not the same song as "Wabash Cannon Ball," the Delmores certainly seem to have capitalized on its name recognition while turning in a typically fine Delmorish recording of their own. By the way, Country Music Records: A Discography, 1921-1942 lists six tunes with "Wabash" in the title, recorded by twenty-three artists!

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