Work Hard, Play Hard, Pray Hard by Various Artists
Work, play, pray - the lifecycle of rural America that created our greatest generation of country music, 1923 to 1936. These volumes survey songs of labor and occupation, hardship and loss; dance tunes, comic numbers, and novelties that provided distraction and fun; and the hymns and sacred pieces that reached beyond the raw material of daily existence for something enduring. Work Hard, Play Hard, Pray Hard features 19 previously un-reissued sides and is largely drawn from the collection of the late Don Wahle of Louisville, Kentucky. Wahle was a hillbilly 78 collector for many years, and his records were hours away from the dump when producer Nathan Salsburg recovered them. Compiled and annotated by Salsburg with accompanying essays by Sarah Bryan (editor of the Old Time Herald), Amanda Petrusich (New York Times; author of It Still Moves), and John Jeremiah Sullivan (Southern editor of the Paris Review, author of Blood Horses and the essay collection Pulphead).
1. Earl McCoy, Alfred Meng, and Clem Garner: John Henry the Steel Drivin' Man (1930)
2. David McCarn: Poor Man, Rich Man (Cotton Mill Colic #2) (1930)
3. Allen Brothers: I've Got the Chain Store Blues (1930)
4. Fiddlin' John Carson: The Farmer Is the Man Who Feeds Them All (1923)
5. Oscar Ford: The Farmer's Dream (1930)
6. Earl Johnson: When the Roses Bloom Again for the Bootlegger (1930)
7. Harry Mac McClintock: Jerry, Go Ile that Car (1928)
8. Red Gay & Jack Wellman: Flat Wheel Train Blues, part 1 (1930)
9. Red Gay & Jack Wellman: Flat Wheel Train Blues, part 2 (1930)
10. Pierre La Dieu: Driving Saw Logs on the Plover (1928)
11. Darby & Tarlton: All Bound Down in Texas (1929)
12. Buell Kazee: Poor Boy Long Ways from Home (1928)
13. Georgia Crackers: Diamond Joe (1927)
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