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This Day (Coon Hunters Edition)


On this day in 1927—the last day of the famous Bristol Sessions, which many credit with the birth of country music—the West Virginia Coon Hunters recorded “Greasy String.” (Listen by clicking on the above video.) The Coon Hunters, who hailed from Bluefield, were among the last musicians to record, the sessions having started on July 25 and already included the Carter Family and Jimmie Rodgers. In addition to “Greasy String,” singer/guitarist Clyde Meadows, fiddler W.B. Boyles, banjo player Joe Stephens, banjo-ukulele player Vernal Vest, and guitarist Fred Belcher played a lively version of  “Your Blue Eyes Run Me Crazy.”
There they are below, in a slightly more numerous incarnation:

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