Red Fox Chasers Resurrected by T. Square

 

Late ‘20s/early ‘30s recordings RIYL Charlie Poole… and who doesn’t L
Charlie Poole!

 

By Blurt Staff

 

Deep-digging roots enthusiasts,
your trove just got richer – or gets richer, come August 18. That’s when Tompkins Square
drops I’m Going Down to North Carolina: the Complete Recordings of
the Red Fox Chasers (1928-31).
These vintage recordings have been given the
usual Tompkins Square TLC, from Christopher King’s remastering job to liner
notes and track annotations by “Back to the Blue Ridge”
host Kinney Rorrer to eye-catching packaging designed by Susan Archie.

 

Here’s what you need to know:

 

The Red Fox Chasers, composed of neighbors Guy Brooks, Bob Cranford,
Paul Miles and A. P. Thompson, recorded at the high water mark of the Golden
Era of American Vernacular Music, 1928-1931. These recordings represent a
unique and exciting blend of Appalachian fiddle tunes & ballads, popular
tin pan alley songs & Victorian sentimental compositions. Hailing from
north-west North Carolina,
the group assimilated a “Galax fiddle-sound” with an intricate
three-finger banjo style that simultaneously evokes Da Costa Woltz’s Southern
Broadcasters and Charlie Poole.

 

One of the more prolific groups to record during this era, the Red Fox
Chasers’ material was particularly well received in the Virginias
and Carolinas. This collection is the first
complete anthology of their work, with several of the tracks being reissued for
the very first time. The Red Fox Chasers represent an idiosyncratic slice of
early Appalachian music as it was captured commercially during the 1920s &
1930s.

 

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