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    Here are the Carolina Chocolate Drops with, I believe, Hubby Jenkins, on mandolin -- please correct me if 'm wrong. It took a lot of searching to find Hubby playing mando. If the links don't work, search YouTube for "Carolina Chocolate Drops - Country Girl [Official Video]".

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FVIaiADsyYo

    Robert Johnson's mother, describing blues musicians:
    "I never did have no trouble with him until he got big enough to be round with bigger boys and off from home. Then he used to follow all these harp blowers, mandoleen (sic) and guitar players."
    Lomax, Alan, The Land where The Blues Began, NY: Pantheon, 1993, p.14.

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    One of my blues mandolin heroes is Herb Quinn from New Orleans, who played and recorded with Babe Stovall. This tune is a classic with some wonderful mandolin and guitar interplay on the breaks:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9-kx7mlFCwI

    and the classic Hesitating Blues with Isaac Youngblood:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=20ldQGw07Aw

    Here is a very complete discography of Mr. Quinn, from Stefan Wirz (collect them all!):

    https://www.wirz.de/music/quinn.htm

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    and playing ragtime on a resonator here:


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    more Hubby Jenkins here
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    Catherine Russell used to play mandolin now and then, but seems to be presenting herself more as a pure vocalist these days.
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    Arnold Schultz, the blues guitar player referenced above, that influenced Bill Monroe and let a young Monroe accompany him during some gigs, also played with a black mandolin player named Walter Taylor, cited in the book, Kentucky Country: Folk and Country Music of Kentucky, page 113, by Charles Wolfe, as likely the same Taylor that led the Louisville band “Taylor’s Weatherbirds” which recorded for Victor and Paramount.

    Taylor was apparently good enough to earn the nickname “Mandolin King” of Kentucky’s Ohio County, which is where Monroe grew up. Got that from the Kentucky Encyclopedia, page 642, by John Kleber.

    That would be gold to track down one of Taylor’s recordings.

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    Quote Originally Posted by archerscreek View Post
    Arnold Schultz, the blues guitar player referenced above, that influenced Bill Monroe and let a young Monroe accompany him during some gigs, also played with a black mandolin player named Walter Taylor, cited in the book, Kentucky Country: Folk and Country Music of Kentucky, page 113, by Charles Wolfe, as likely the same Taylor that led the Louisville band “Taylor’s Weatherbirds” which recorded for Victor and Paramount.

    Taylor was apparently good enough to earn the nickname “Mandolin King” of Kentucky’s Ohio County, which is where Monroe grew up. Got that from the Kentucky Encyclopedia, page 642, by John Kleber.

    That would be gold to track down one of Taylor’s recordings.
    Some mandolin, don't know the player

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    Another Walter Taylor with some mandolin. The mandolin stays in the background.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GMeyer View Post
    One of my blues mandolin heroes is Herb Quinn from New Orleans, who played and recorded with Babe Stovall. This tune is a classic with some wonderful mandolin and guitar interplay on the breaks:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9-kx7mlFCwI

    and the classic Hesitating Blues with Isaac Youngblood:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=20ldQGw07Aw

    Here is a very complete discography of Mr. Quinn, from Stefan Wirz (collect them all!):

    https://www.wirz.de/music/quinn.htm
    Wow, what discography! And we barely know of him. There must be hundreds of string band and country blues players who never got near a recorder, much less a studio.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dave Hicks View Post
    and playing ragtime on a resonator here:

    They had to get this from Marshall Wyatt, owner of Old Hat Records. Years ago Marshall got a call about an elderly gentleman in Raleigh NC who was moving to assisted living and he had a trunk full of old blues 78's. Right on top was the only 3rd known copy of Boodle De Bum Bum by Ben Curry. Ben Curry played banjo-mandolin on the original recording.

    Here is the full story...

    http://www.oldhatrecords.com/trunkfulloblues.html

    Marshall knows a lot about early string band musicians and he is a super nice guy to talk to. He could probably fill in some blanks of early black mandolin players.
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    A bunch of stuff with four strings

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jeff Hildreth View Post
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    Pleased to see your interest in musical ethnography. Wonderfully diverse taste you seem to have.
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