A Barnyard Serenade: 1926-1940

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From OLD HAT RECORDS  www.oldhatrecords.com:
Here’s a CD anthology from the Golden Era of recorded sound – 24 tracks of vintage music dedicated to America’s favorite domestic fowl, the chicken! This collection includes breakdowns & frolics, folk songs & blues, parodies & imitations, double-entendres, Jubilees, minstrel sketches & tunes of Tin Pan Alley – as rendered by fiddlers, bluesmen, songsters, whistlers, jug blowers, string bands, vocal quartets & novelty orchestras.
All music has been digitally remastered and the CD comes with a 20-page full-color booklet containing song descriptions, discography, and a host of historical illustrations. Songs include Under The Chicken Tree, Hen Party Blues, Chicken Reel Stomp, Rooster On The Limb and many more!

from http://www.oxfordamerican.org:

Old Hat Records based in Raleigh, North Carolina, is the brainchild of record collector and music historian Marshall Wyatt. In 1999, as his label’s initial release, Wyatt compiled Music from the Lost Provinces, featuring recordings from the “Golden Age” of old-time stringband music (1927-1931) by such stellar North Carolina–based acts as Grayson & Whitter, Frank Blevins & His Tar Heel Rattlers, the North Carolina Ridge Runners, the Carolina Night Hawks, and Ephraim Woodie & The Henpecked Husbands. Music from the Lost Provincesprovided ample evidence of Wyatt’s gift for producing historical compilations and received glowing reviews from music scholars (Charles K. Wolfe called it “a breathtakingly beautiful album”).

Music from the Lost Provinces set a high standard for Old Hat, and thus far the label has issued seven additional and equally compelling compilations, with an eighth forthcoming on November 20. All of these releases have featured rare 78s from the 1920s through the early 1940s, a period in which Southern musicians, exuberant to share their music through the new medium of recorded sound, performed in unselfconscious styles that extended traditional musical approaches.

Typically Old Hat releases include painstakingly researched album notes (usually written by Wyatt) that are generally revelatory and never pedantic.  The label’s unwavering objective since its founding has been to recapture the magic of Southern vernacular music and to communicate to a new generation the contexts behind that music. In sharing truly wonderful, previously neglected recordings, Old Hat Records has opened windows into long-gone worlds that—thanks to Wyatt—are not forgotten.

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