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Fiddlin’ John Carson & his Virginia Reelers - Don’t Let Your Deal Go Down

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I just realized that I posted another Fiddlin’ John Carson song almost exactly a year ago. The joys of tagging! I’ve been tossing around the idea of going back and properly tagging all of the posts in my archive (since the majority are untagged and it’s impossible to search them) but have heretofore been too lazy. Someday?

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On this day in music history: June 14, 1923 - “The Little Log Cabin In The Lane” by Fiddlin’ John Carson is recorded. The Georgia born fiddle player (descended from Irish immigrants) will make a name for himself as a musician winning fiddling contests in and around his hometown of Fannin County, GA, while supporting his family working in the cotton mills in Atlanta and in the surrounding area. In 1923, an Atlanta furniture store owner and music distributor named Polk C. Brockman will bring Carson to the attention of legendary A&R man Ralph Peer (Mamie Smith, The Carter Family, Jimmie Rodgers) then working as a talent scout and producer for Columbia subsidiary OKeh Records. Brockman will persuade Peer to travel to Atlanta to meet and record Carson. Although Peer is not fond of Carson’s singing voice, later describing it as “pluperfect awful”, they will go ahead with the recording session anyway. Recorded in an empty building located on Nassau Street in Atlanta, the 55 year old fiddle player will make his recording debut, cutting two sides, the 19th century minstrel song “Little Log Cabin In The Lane” and its instrumental flipside “The Hen Cackled And The Rooster’s Gonna Crow”. Initially released as an unlabeled 78 RPM disc, its initial pressing of 500 copies will sell out immediately at Carson’s next live performance on July 13, 1923. This will prompt OKeh to release the record nationally, and bring Carson to New York City to record more sides. “Little Log Cabin In The Lane” will sell an impressive 100,000 copies, and in time will be regarded as a watershed recording helping to popularize bluegrass and country music beyond its regional borders. “Little Log Cabin In The Lane” will be inducted into the Grammy Hall Of Fame in 1998.

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Fiddlin’ John Carson - “Little More Sugar in the Coffee”

I support drinking coffee black, but this song rules so I can make an exception.