Academic journal article Southern Cultures

G. B. Grayson and Henry Whitter the Recordings of Grayson & Whitter

Academic journal article Southern Cultures

G. B. Grayson and Henry Whitter the Recordings of Grayson & Whitter

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G. B. Grayson and Henry Whitter The Recordings of Grayson & Whitter County, 1998 CD 3517, $13.00

In 1927 the blind Tennessee fiddler G. B. Grayson met guitarist Henry Whitter at a fiddling convention, and the two teamed up for a spate of influential recordings over the next few years. County Records has re-mastered fifteen of these performances recorded between 1927 and i929 on a new release that brings together a mix of sentimental songs, murder ballads, and instrumentals that have influenced country and bluegrass artists ever since. The wide range of material, along with Whitter's frequent spoken interjections ("take warning girls and don't marry a drunkard" and "Lord have mercy on a married man anyhow") make this a revealing sample of southern vernacular music as it made the transition from the rural dance to the recording studio.

Fast forward fifty years and one outcome of Grayson and Whitter's recordings is Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver (DLQ). Mediated by the invention of bluegrass, DLQ nevertheless hearkens back to the early string-band era in its straightforward drive and its ability to mold a number of influences into a coherent sound. …

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