Work Hard, Play Hard, Pray Hard (Discontinued)

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Work Hard, Play Hard, Pray Hard (Discontinued) - Vinyl Record

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Vinyl LP - 3 LPs Sealed
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).
LP 1
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)

LP 2
1. Gid Tanner and band: Work Don't Bother Me (1930)
2. North Carolina Hawaiians: Soldier's Joy (1928)
3. Bill Chitwood and His Georgia Mountaineers: Fourth of July at the Country Fair (1927)
4. Warren Caplinger's Cumberland Mountain Entertainers: McDonald's Farm (1928)
5. Carolina Ramblers String Band: Barnyard Frolic (1932)
6. Cherokee Ramblers: Home Brew Rag (1935)
7. Herschel Brown and His Boys: Corn-Shucking Party In Georgia (1928)
8. Charlie Wilson & His Hayloft Gang: The Beer Party (1933)
9. Aiken County String Band: Charleston Rag (1927)
10. Whit Gaydon: Tennessee Coon Hunt (1927)
11. Hack String Band: Too Tight Rag (1929)
12. Allen Brothers: Cheat Em (1928)
13. Oscar Ford: Hide Away (1927)
14. Tennessee Ramblers: The Preacher Got Drunk and Laid Down His Bible (1928)

LP 3
1. Gid Tanner: You've Got to Stop Drinking Shine (1930)
2. Happy Four: Climbing the Golden Stairs (1927)
3. McDonald Quartette: Oh Declare His Glory (1927)
4. Dixon Brothers: Easter Day (1936)
5. Georgia Yellow Hammers: I'm S-A-V-E-D (1927)
6. Corley Family: Way to Gloryland (1929)
7. Fields Ward and the Grayson County Railsplitters: You Must Be A Lover of the Lord (1929)
8. Sid Harkreader & Grady Moore: The Gambler's Dying Words (1927)
9. Kentucky Holiness Singers: I'm On My Way (1930)
10. Snowball & Sunshine: Leave It There (1931)
11. Alfred G. Karnes: Where We'll Never Grow Old (1927)
12. Ernest Phipps and His Holiness Singers: If the Light Has Gone Out of Your Soul (1928)
13. Taylor-Griggs Louisiana Melody Makers: When the Moon Drips Away Into the Blood (1928)
14. Red Brush Singers: Beyond the Starry Plane (1928)
15. Elder G. P. Harris: My Christian Friends In Bonds of Love (c. 1933)

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