Following their recording session, the Tar Heel Rattlers traveled to West Virginia, touring the coal camps, earning a few dollars playing for workers who were eager for entertainment. In Beckley, West Virginia, the band got a chance to hear their first Columbia release, as Fred Miller recalled : We knew our record had come out and we wanted to get one. I went into Beckley with Frank and Edd to the music store there. We went in and asked the woman who ran the store if she had those records.
She said, “There should be a bunch on the train when it comes in, should be about thirty minutes.”
So we messed around the music store. And she didn’t know we were musicioners, that woman didn’t. Pretty soon she went and got them records and come back. She put on that Old Aunt Betsy, that was the first one she played.
She said, “Boy, that fellow can really play a fiddle.” And Frank said, “Oh, he ain’t so hot. If I had my old fiddle I could play as good as he could.” She said, “You’re kidding me, you can’t play a fiddle.” He said, “I can, but I ain’t got my fiddle.” She said, “I got every kind of stringed instrument you can think of back there in the back room.”
She went and got a guitar, a banjo and a fiddle. The three of us we went and tuned up a little bit around the stove. Then Frank started to saw away! He laughed and throwed back his head and went to singing Old Aunt Betsy and stomping his foot. When he quit, the woman said, “How on earth did you learn that record? I t just came out !”
And Frank said, “Lady, I didn’t learn it, I made it !”.
The Tar Heel Rattlers returned to Atlanta on April 17, 1928 for a second recording session that yielded two further sides on the Columbia label : Don’t Get trouble in Your Mind, a folk song using a tune similar to Mollie and Tenbrooks, the well-known horserace ballad of the late 19th century; and Nine Pound Hammer, a work song associated with both mining and railroads. Once again Frank Blevins gave the songs his distinctive imprint, applying youthful energy to age-old subjects.