Monday, August 24, 2015

Clarence Ashley



Clarence Earl McCurry (“ Tom“ Clarence Ashley), *29-09-1895 Bristol, TN, +02-06-1967
3rd version

By Tony Russell, Praguefrank, Alan Young

SESSIONS (see also Carolina Tar Heels)
2 February 1928 Gennett Recording Studio, Starr Piano Company Building, Whitewater Gorge Park, Richmond, IN – Thomas C. Ashley (Clarence Ashley [vcl/gt], Dwight Bell [banjo-1])
001 G13419 OHIO LOVERS -1 unissued
002 G13420-A DRUNKARD'S DREAM -1 rejected
003 G13421 YOU'RE A LITTLE TOO SMALL -1 Gennett 6404 Champion 15525 Challenge 391/CO-CD-3520
004 G13422 FOUR NIGHTS EXPERIENCE Gennett 6404 Challenge 405
23 October 1929 Johnson City, TN – Byrd Moore and His Hot Shots (Clarence Ashley [vcl/gt], Byrd Moore [vcl/gt], Clarence Greene [vcl/fiddle]
H01 W149240-1 FRANKIE SILVER 15536-D/CO-CD-3520
H02 W149241-1 THE HILLS OF TENNESSEE 15536-D
H03 W149242-1-2 CARELESS LOVE 15496-D
H04 W149243-1 THREE MEN WENT A HUNTING 15496-D/CO-CD-3520
23 October 1929 Johnson City, TN – Clarence Ashley (Clarence Ashley [vcl/banjo])
005 W149250-2 DARK HOLLER BLUES Columbia 15489 D/CO-CD-3520
006 W149251-2 THE COO COO BIRD 15489 D/CO-CD-3520
007 W149252-2 LITTLE SADIE 15522/CO-CD-3520
008 W149253-2 NAOMI WISE 15522 D/CO-CD-3520
14 April 1930 Atlanta, GA – Clarence Ashley  (Clarence Ashley [vcl/banjo])
009 W150210-1/194982 THE HOUSE CARPENTER 15654 D/CO-CD-3520
010 W150211-1/194983 OLD JOHN HARDY 15654 D/CO-CD-3520
011 W150212 AIN‘T FOT NO MONEY BABE unissued
012 W150213 BITTER PILL BLUES unissued
013 W150214 DEAR, I LOVE YOU unissued
014 W150215 I ONCE KNEW A LITTLE GIRL unissued
30 November 1931 ARC Recording Studio, 55W, 16th St., New York City - Blue Ridge Mountain Entertainers (Tom Ashley aka Walter Davis, *and Gwynn Foster)
B01 11035 THERE WILL COME A TIME unissued
B02 11036-3 PENITENTIARY BOUND Conqueror 8149
B03 11037-1 DRUNK MAN BLUES Banner 32630 Melotone M-12538 Perfect 12864 Oriole 8183 Romeo 5153/CO-CD-3520
B04 11038-1 CROOKED CREEK BLUES Banner 32630 Melotone M-12538 Perfect 12864 Oriole 8183 Romeo 5153
B05 11039-2 SHORT LIFE OF TROUBLE Banner 32427 Perfect 12800 Conqueror 8149 Oriole 8129 Romeo 5129/CO-CD-3520
B06 11040-2 BABY, ALL NIGHT LONG* Vocalion 02780/CO-CD-3520
1 December 1931 ARC Recording Studio, 55W, 16th St., New York City – Blue Ridge Mountain Entertainers (Clarence Ashley [vcl-1/gt], Gwen Foster [vcl-2/gt/harmonica], Clarence Greene [fiddle], Will Abernathy [harmonica])
/* Tom Ashley/+Tom Ashley and Gwyn Foster
B06 11041-3 CINCINATTI BREAKDOWN Banner 32432 Perfect 12805 Oriole 8134 Romeo 5134
B07 11042-2 HONEYSUCKLE RAG Banner 32432 Perfect 12805 Oriole 8134 Romeo 5134
B08 11043-1 OVER AT TOM'S HOUSE -1 Conqueror 8103
B09 11044-2 THE FIDDLER'S CONTEST -1 Conqueror 8103
B10 11045-1 WASHINGTON AND LEE SWING Conqueror 7942 Banner 32356 Perfect 12782 Oriole 8116 Romeo 5116
B11 11046-2 GOODNIGHT WALTZ Conqueror 7942 Banner 32356 Perfect 12782 Oriole 8116 Romeo 5116
B12 11047-2 MY SWEET FARM GIRL -1 Conqueor 7939 Vocalion 02780 Perfect 12779 Melotone M-12425 Oriole 8113 Romeo5113/CO-CD-3520
B13 11048-3 I HAVE NO LOVIN' MAMA NOW -1-2 Banner 32478 Melotone M-12425 Perfect 12822 Oriole 8152 Romeo 5152
2 December 1931 ARC Recording Studio, 55W, 16th St., New York City – Tom Ashley and Gwynn Foster/Clarence Green/ Tom Ashley/ Blueridge Mountain Enetrtainers
(Clarence Ashley [vcl-1/gt], Gwen Foster [vcl-2/gt/harmonica], Clarence Greene [vcl-3/fiddle], Will Abernathy [vcl-4/harmonica]
015 11049 NINE POUND HAMMER -3 unissued
016 11050-1 HAUNTED ROAD BLUES -1-2 Conqueror 7939 Banner 32353 Perfect 12779 Oriole 8113 Romeo 5113/CO-CD-3520
017 11051-2 CORRINA, CORINNA -1-4 Banner 32427 Perfect 12800 Oriole 8129 Romeo 5129/CO-CD-3520
B14 11052-2 BRING ME A LEAF FROM SEA -2-4 Banner 32478 Melotone M-12425 Perfect 12822 Oriole 8152 Romeo 5152
018 11053 FAR ACROSS THE DEEP BLUE SEA  -1 unissued
019 11054 HAM AND EGGS -2 unissued
6 September 1933 ARC Recording Studio, 55W, 16th St., New York City – Clarence Ashley and Gwen Foster as Ashley and Foster (Clarence Ashley [vcl/gt], Gwen Foster [vcl-1/gt/harmonica])
020 13959-2 SIDELINE BLUES Vocalion 02611
021 13960-1 RISING SUN BLUES Vocalion 02576
022 13961-1 SADIE RAY -1 Vocalion 02900/CO-CD-3520
023 13962-1 GREENBACK DOLLAR Vocalion 02554 Conqueror 9112/CO-CD-3520
024 13963-2 EAST VIRGINIA BLUES Vocalion 02576
025 13964-1-2 YOU‘RE GOING TO LEAVE THE OLD HOME, JIM -1 unissued
7 September 1933 ARC Recording Studio, 55W, 16th St., New York City – Clarence Ashley and Gwen Foster as Ashley and Foster (Clarence Ashley [vcl-1/gt], Gwen Foster [vcl-2/gt/harmonica])
026 13967-1 ONE DARK AND STORMY NIGHT -1-2 Vocalion 02750
027 13968-1 FADED ROSES -1-2 Vocalion 02666
028 13969-1 THE OLD ARM CHAIR -1-2 Vocalion 03647
029 13970-2 LET HIM GO GOD BLESS HIM -1 Vocalion 02666
030 13971-2 BAY RUM BLUE -1 Vocalion 02611
031 13972-2 MY NORTH CAROLINA HOME -2 Vocalion 02900
8 September 1933 ARC Recording Studio, 55W, 16th St., New York City – Clarence Ashley and Gwen Foster as Ashley and Foster  (Clarence Ashley [vcl-1/gt], Gwen Foster [vcl-2/gt/harmonica], ? [mandolin-3])
032 13975-1 AIN'T NO USE TO HIGH HAT ME -1 Vocalion 02789
033 13976-1-2 WHEN I HAD BUT FIFTY CENTS  -1 unissued
034 13977-1 TIMES AIN'T LIKE THEY USED TO BE -1 Vocalion 02554 Conqueror 9112 Panachord 25616/CO-CD-3520
035 13978 WE COURTED IN THE RAIN -1-3 unissued
036 13979-1 DOWN AT THE OLD MAN'S HOUSE -2 Vocalion 02750 Panachord 25642
037 13980-1 GO 'WAY AND LET ME SLEEP -1 Vocalion 02789
038 13981 I LOVE MY BABY -2 unissued
039 13982 BULL DOG SAL -1 unissued
040 13983-2 FRANKIE SILVERS  -1Vocalion 03647
041 13984 MY MOTHER SCOLDS ME FOR FLIRTING -1 unissued
September 1960 Saltville, VA – Clarence Ashley (Clarence Ashley [vcl], Doc Watson [gt], Clint Howard [gt], Jack Johnson [banjo])
042 HONEY BABE BLUES Folkways FA 2355 Smithsonian Folkways SF 40029/30
Prob. September 1960 unknown – Clarence Ashley (Clarence Ashley [vcl], Doc Watson [vcl-1/gt], Eva Ashley Moore [unacc. vcl-2],  Stella Gulbert [unacc vcl-3])
043 GOD’S GONNA EASE MY TROUBLIN’ MIND-1  FA-2355, SF-40029/30
044 CLAUDE ALLEN  FA-2355
045 THE HAUNTED WOODS-2  FA-2355
046 THE LOUISIANA EARTHQUAKE-3  FA-2355
25 March 1961 [live- Friends of Old Time Music concert] New York City – Clarence Ashley [vcl/banjo], Doc Watson [gt])
04601 DARK HOLLER BLUES  Folkways FA-2390
04602 THE COO COO BIRD  Smithsonian Folkways SF-CD-40160
June 1961 Clarence Ashley’s farm,  Shouns, TN - Clarence Ashley (Clarence Ashley [vcl/unacc vcl-2/banjo], Doc Watson [vcl-1/gt-3], Fred Price [fiddle])
047 PEG AND AWL-1  SF-40029/30
048 WAYFARING PILGRIM-2  SF-40029/30
049 CLUCK OLD HEN-3 - SF-40029/30
July 1961 Saltsville, VA – Clarence Ashley (Clarence Ashley [vcl/gt], Jack Burchett [vcl-2/banjo-1],)
050 SHADY GROVE-1  Folkways FA-2359 SF-40029/30
051 SHOUT LULU-1  SF-40029/30
052 CUMBERLAND GAP-2  SF-40029/30
053 RAMBLING HOBO –instr.-  -2  SF-40029/30
054 CHILLY WINDS (LONESOME ROAD BLUES)-2  SF-40029/30
055 WALKING BOSS   FA-2359  SF-40029/30
July 1961 Saltsville, VA – Clarence Ashley (Clarence Ashley [ld vcl], Garley Foster [vcl/gt/ harmonica/ bird call], Doc Walsh [vcl/banjo], Doc Watson [gt])
056 MY HOME’S ACROSS THE BLUE RIDGE MOUNTAINS  FA-2359 SF-40029/30
Track above is probably from different session than preevious
February 1962 [live-Cgicago Folk Festival] Chicago, IL – Clarence Ashley (Clarence Ashley [vcl/banjo], Doc Watson [gt])
05601 LITTLE SADIE  FA-2359, SF-40029/30
05602 TOUGH LUCK  FA-2359, SF-40029/30
05603 THE COO-COO BIRD   FA-2359, SF-40029/30
05604 POOR OMIE WISE  FA 2359
April 1962 [live] The Ash Grove, Los Angeles, CA - Clarence Ashley (Clarence Ashley [vcl/banjo], Doc Watson [gt-1/harmonica], Clint Howard [gt-2], jean Ricthie [vcl-3], Fred Price [vcl-4])
05605 RISING SUN BLUES-1 – FA-2359, SF-40029/30
05606 FREE LITTLE BIRD-2 – FA-2359, SF-40029/30
05607 BANKS OF THE OHIO-3 – SF-40029/30
05608 WILL THE CIRCLE BE UNBROKEN-4 –SF-40029/30
26-28 July 1963 [live-Newport Folk Festival] Newport, RI – Clarence Ashley (Clarence Ashley [vcl/banjo], Doc Watson [gt-1])
05609 HOUSE CARPENTER  Vanguard VRS-9147 VSD-79147 VCD-77003
05610 LITTLE SADIE  VRS-9147 VSD-79147 VCD-77003
05611 COO-COO BIRD-1  VRS-9147 VSD-79147 VCD-77003
26-28 July 1963 [live-Newport Folk Festival] Newport, RI – Clarence Ashley and Doc Watson (Clarence Ashley [vcl/gt?-1], Doc Watson [vcl/gt-2], Clint Howard [vcl/prob harmonica-3], Fred Price [vcl], Jean Ritchie [vcl-4])
05612 THE GIRL I LEFT BEHIND IN TENNESSEE-1,2,3  Vanguard VRS-9146 VSD-79146
05613 THE OLD ACCOUNT WAS SETTLED LONG AGO-2  VRS-9147 VSD-79147 VCD-77003
05614 AMAZING GRACE-4  VRS-9147 VSD-79147 VCD-77003



ALBUMS

Smithsonian-Folkways SF-40029 Original Folkways Recordings 1960-1962: Crawdad Song; Sittin' On Top Of The World; Lee Highway Blues; Free Little Bird; Cuckoo Bird; Rising Sun Blues; Looking T'ward Heaven; Rambling Hobo; Shady Grove; Cumberland Gap; Tough Luck; Humpbacked Mule; My Home's Across The Blue Ridge Mountains; Way Downtown; Banks Of The Ohio; Little Sadie; Carroll County Blues; Cluck Old Hen; Chilly Winds (Lonesome Road Blues); Sweet Heaven When I Die; Fire On The Mountain; Will The Circle Be Unbroken; Daniel Prayed; Amazing Grace; Sally Ann; Richmond Blues; Old Ruben; Willie Moore; Walking Boss; Shout Lulu; Skillet Good And Greasy; Pretty Little Pink; Run Jimmie Run; Hicks' Farewell; Old Man At The Mill; Short Life Of Trouble; Brown's Dream; Footprints In The Snow; I'm Going Back To Jericho; Peg And Awl; Maggie Walker Blues; God's Gonna Ease My Troublin' Mind; I Saw A Man At The Close Of Day; Handsome Molly; John Henry; Honey Babe Blues; Wayfaring Pilgrim – 90 w.Clarence Ashley (Recorded between September 1960 and April 1962)
County CO-CD-3520 Greenback Dollar: Little Sadie;Greenback Dollar;Frankie Silvers;Coo Coo; Rude And Rambling*; Baby All Night Long; Drunk Man Blues; House Capenter; My Sweet Farm Girl; Short Life of Trouble; You Are a Little Too Small; Old John Hardy; Corrina Corrina; Sadie Ray; 3 Men Went a Huntin'; Naomi Wise; Haunted Road; Train Done Left Me**; Dark Holler; Times Ain't What They Used to Be - 01-04-02 (*Carolina Tar Heels)

SINGLES
Gennett (1928)
6404 You're A Little Too Small / Four Nights Experience - 28
Columbia (1929-1930)
15489-D Dark Holler Blues / The Coo Coo Bird – 12-29
15496-D Careless Love / Three Men Went A Hunting - 12-29 Byrd Moore and His Hotshots
15522-D Little Sadie / Naomi Wise – 03-30
15536-D Frankie Silver / The Hills Of Tennessee – 04-30 Byrd Moore and His Hotshots
15654-D The House Carpenter / Old John Hardy – 02-31
ARC (1931-33)
Banner
32353 My Sweet Farm Girl / Haunted Road Blues – 01-32 (also Perfect 12779 Melotone M-12425 Oriole 8113 Romeo5113) Blue Ridge Mountain Entertainers
32356 Washington And Lee Swing / Goodnight Waltz - 01-32 (also Perfect 12782 Oriole 8116 Romeo 5116) Blue Ridge Mountain Entertainers
32427 Short Life Of Trouble / Corinne Corinna – 05-32 (also Perfect 12800, Conqueror 8149, Oriole 8129, Romeo 5129) Blue Ridge Mountain Entertainers
32478 I Have No Lovin' Mama Now / Bring Me A Leaf From Sea – 06-32 (also Melotone M-12425 Perfect 12822 Oriole 8152 Romeo 5152) w. Gwynn Foster
32630 Drunk Man Blues / Crooked Creek Blues - 12-32 (also Melotone M-12538, Perfect 12864, Oriole 8183, Romeo 5153) Blue Ridge Mountain Entertainers
33432 Cincinatti Breakdown / Honeysuckle Rag - 05-35 (also Perfect 12805, Oriole 8134, Romeo 5134) Blue Ridge Mountain Entertainers
Vocalion
02554 Greenback Dollar / Times Ain¢T Like They Used To Be - 33 Ashley and Foster (reissued on Conqueror 9112)
02576 Rising Sun Blues / East Virginia Blues - 33 Ashley and Foster
02611 Sideline Blues / Bay Rum Blue - 33 Ashley and Foster
02666 Faded Roses / Let Him Go God Bless Him - 34 Ashley and Foster
02750 One Dark And Stormy Night / Down At The Old Man¢s House – 34 Ashley and Foster
02780 Baby, All Night Long / My Sweet Farm Girl - 34 w. Gwynn Foster
02789 Ain‘t No Use To High Hat Me / Go ‘Way And Let Me Sleep – 10-34 Ashley and Foster
02900 Sadie Ray / My North Carolina Home – 02-35 Ashley and Foster
03647 The Old Arm Chair / Frankie Silvers – 09-37 Ashley and Foster
Conqueror
7939 My Sweet Farm Girl / Haunted Road Blues - 32 aka Tom Ashley
79476 2 Washington And Lee Swing / Goodnight Waltz - 32 Blue Ridge Mountain Entertainers
8103 Over At Tom's House / The Fiddler's Contest – 08-33 w. Gwynn Foster
8149 Penitentiary Bound / Short Life Of Trouble – 12-33 Blue Ridge Mountain Entertainers

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