Alabama Jubilee

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A popular tune assumed into old-time repertoire. The Skillet Lickers (in the configuration of Gid Tanner and Clayton McMichen on fiddles, Riley Pucket on guitar and vocals, and Fate Norris on banjo) recorded the song in Atlanta on April 17th, 1926, one of eight sides for Columbia records. Wayne W. Daniel (in his book Pickin' on Peachtree: A History of Country Music in Atlanta, Georgia, 1990) opines: "The output from this historic recording session makes for a rather unimpressive list of what even there were long-familiar tunes and songs: "Hand Me Down My Walking Cane," "Bully of the Town," "Pass Around the Bottle and We'll All Take a Drink," "Alabama Jubilee," "Watermelon on the Vine," "Don't You Hear Jerusalem Moan," "Ya Gotta Quit Kickin' My Dog Aroun'," and "Turkey in the Straw."" The melody was also recorded in Atlanta, Georgia, for Victor Records by fiddler Bill Helms of Thomastown, a village south of the city. Helms was backed on the recordings by Grady Owens (fiddle), John Hogan (banjo, guitar) and Ty Cobb Hogan (guitar). Later, "in 1931, Helms recorded for Columbia with Riley Puckett and Gid Tanner as the Home Town Boys" (Wayne W. Daniel, Pickin' on Peachtree, 1990, pg. 81). Gennett 7240 (78 RPM), 1930, Tweedy Brothers (W.Va. brother band, Harry, George, and Charles, who played twin fiddles and piano).