Burnett And Rutherford – “Ladies On The Steamboat”

Born in 1883, Kentucky native Dick Burnett started singing when he was just four years old. He mastered the dulcimer, banjo and fiddle by the age of thirteen. Burnett wrote the great ballad “Man Of Constant Sorrow” which was later covered by Bob Dylan and featured in the hit movie, “O Brother, Where Art Thou?” Dick Burnett often recorded and performed with his young protege and fiddle student, Leon Rutherford. Here they are together, on a smokin’ 78RPM side they made for Columbia Records, “Ladies On The Steamboat.”

The Carter Family – “Wildwood Flower”

The Carter Family were the first Country Music singing stars, and in fact they were among the very first recording artists, in any style. Their magnificent performance of the American classic, “Wildwood Flower” was captured at Victor Records’ Camden, New Jersey studio, on May 27, 1928. Originally penned in 1860 by Maud Irving and Joseph Philbrick Webster, the song has been covered by June Carter, Iris DeMent, Joan Baez, and too many others to list here. This clean MP3 from the original 78RPM vinyl is yours to enjoy.

Lydia Mendoza – “Los Besos De Mi Negra”

Tejano music pioneer Lydia Mendoza’s magnificent voice is complimented here by a lone twelve-string guitar. Sung in Spanish, “Los Besos De Mi Negra” (The Kisses Of My Dark Woman) is a dark ballad of betrayal and heartbreak. This classic recording helped set the stage for Mendoza’s remarkable career, and helped forge a genre of music which remains hugely popular today.


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