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MOATSVILLE BLUES. Old-Time, Blues Breakdown. USA, West Virginia. Recorded for Columbia Records in 1929 by the Moastville String Ticklers [1], a Barbour County, West Virginia string band with Cecil Frye on fiddle and Brooks Ritter on banjo, also including Zel Frye, Doyle Shaffer, Floyd Frye, Marshall Summers, Harold Ritter, and Gordon Frye. The group had traveled to Johnson City, Tennessee, where Frank Walker of Columbia Records had set up a make-shift studio and recruited regional talent. Of the four tracks the group recorded that day only "West Virginia Hills" and the bluesy "Moatsville Blues" were issues ("Lost Waltz" and "Goodbye My Lover Goodbye" were never issued).

The Moatsville String Ticklers

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Recorded sources: Columbia 15491-D, Moatsville String Ticklers - "Moatsville Blues" (1929).

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