Roots of American Fiddle Music - Early Fiddlers

 
Da Costa Woltz's Southern Broadcasters
Da Costa Woltz, along with Ben Jarrell(Tommy Jarrell's father) and Frank Jenkins were from Surry county, North Carolina and recorded 18 cuts for Gennet in 1927.  Jarrell played the fiddle and sang alongside the double banjo accompaniment of Woltz's melodic two finger picked banjo and Jenkins' more ryhthmic style.  This was an uncommon arrangement of instrumentation in comparison to the many other string bands of the time.  Frank Jenkins was also a wonderful fiddler and his "Sunny Home In Dixie", recorded in 1929 with guitar and banjo as the Pilot Mountaineers remains a classic recording of this tune amongst modern fiddlers.  Twelve year old Price Goodson joined them on recording three of their tunes during the Gennet session in 1927 on harmonica, ukulele, and vocals. The group disbanded after a relatively short perfoming career. 
 

The following is in part from Jane Keefer's Folk Song Database.
 

Da Costa Woltz's Southern Broadcasters
    Appearance as principal performer

  1. Baptist Shout 
    • Da Costa Woltz's Southern Broadcasters 1927 - 1929, Document DOCD-8023, track # 7 
  2. Be Kind To A Man When He Is Down  
    • Da Costa Woltz's Southern Broadcasters 1927 - 1929, Document DOCD-8023, track # 8 
  3. Evening Star Waltz 
    • DaCosta Woltz's Southern Broadcasters, County 524 (1972), cut # 5  
    • Da Costa Woltz's Southern Broadcasters 1927 - 1929, Document DOCD-8023, track # 15  
  4. Home Sweet Home 
    • DaCosta Woltz's Southern Broadcasters, County 524 (1972), cut # 3  
    • Da Costa Woltz's Southern Broadcasters 1927 - 1929, Document DOCD-8023, track # 6 
  5. I Know My Name Is There 
    • Da Costa Woltz's Southern Broadcasters 1927 - 1929, Document DOCD-8023, track # 10 
  6. Jack Of Diamonds 
    • Da Costa Woltz's Southern Broadcasters 1927 - 1929, Document DOCD-8023, track # 16 
  7. John Brown's Dream 
    • DaCosta Woltz's Southern Broadcasters, County 524 (1972), cut # 1  
    • Da Costa Woltz's Southern Broadcasters 1927 - 1929, Document DOCD-8023, track # 13 
  8. Lonesome Road Blues 
    • DaCosta Woltz's Southern Broadcasters, County 524 (1972), cut # 9  
    • Da Costa Woltz's Southern Broadcasters 1927 - 1929, Document DOCD-8023, track # 3 
  9. Lost Train Blues 
    • DaCosta Woltz's Southern Broadcasters, County 524 (1972), cut # 10 
    • Da Costa Woltz's Southern Broadcasters 1927 - 1929, Document DOCD-8023, track # 9 
  10. Merry Girl 
    • DaCosta Woltz's Southern Broadcasters, County 524 (1972), cut # 4  
    • Da Costa Woltz's Southern Broadcasters 1927 - 1929, Document DOCD-8023, track # 1 
  11. Old Joe Clark 
    • DaCosta Woltz's Southern Broadcasters, County 524 (1972), cut # 6  
    • Da Costa Woltz's Southern Broadcasters 1927 - 1929, Document DOCD-8023, track # 14  
  12. Richmond Cotillion 
    • DaCosta Woltz's Southern Broadcasters, County 524 (1972), cut # 12  
    • Da Costa Woltz's Southern Broadcasters 1927 - 1929, DocumentDOCD-8023, track # 4 
  13. Roving Cowboy 
    • Da Costa Woltz's Southern Broadcasters 1927 - 1929, Document DOCD-8023, track # 17 
  14. Take Me Back To The Sweet Sunny South 
    • DaCosta Woltz's Southern Broadcasters, County 524 (1972), cut # 7 
    • Da Costa Woltz's Southern Broadcasters 1927 - 1929, Document DOCD-8023, track # 12 
  15. Wandering Boy 
    • DaCosta Woltz's Southern Broadcasters, County 524 (1972), cut # 8  
    • Da Costa Woltz's Southern Broadcasters 1927 - 1929, Document DOCD-8023, track # 18 
  16. When You Ask a Girl to Leave Her Happy Home 
    • DaCosta Woltz's Southern Broadcasters, County 524 (1972), cut # 2 
    • Da Costa Woltz's Southern Broadcasters 1927 - 1929, Document DOCD-8023, track # 11 
  17. Yellow Rose of Texas 
    • DaCosta Woltz's Southern Broadcasters, County 524 (1972), cut # 11  
    • Da Costa Woltz's Southern Broadcasters 1927 - 1929, Document DOCD-8023, track # 2 
   Side Performer Appearance 
    Going Down The Valley; Vocal & Instrumental Music from the South, New World NW 236


Da Costa'S Woltz Orchestra
   Appearance as principal performer

  1. Are You Washed in the Blood (of the Lamb)? 
    • Mountain Sacred Songs, County 508 (196?), cut # 11  
    • Da Costa Woltz's Southern Broadcasters 1927 - 1929, Document DOCD-8023, track # 5 
Frank Jenkins
   Appearance as principal performer
  1. Baptist Shout 
    1. Da Costa Woltz's Southern Broadcasters 1927 - 1929, Document DOCD-8023, track # 7 
  2. Home Sweet Home 
    • Mountain Banjo, Songs and Tunes, County 515 (1968), cut # 10  
    • Da Costa Woltz's Southern Broadcasters 1927 - 1929, Document DOCD-8023, track # 6 
  3. Old Dad 
    • Da Costa Woltz's Southern Broadcasters 1927 - 1929, Document DOCD-8023, track # 24 
  4. Roving Cowboy 
    • Da Costa Woltz's Southern Broadcasters 1927 - 1929, Document DOCD-8023, track # 17 
  5. Sunny Home in Dixie 
    • Old Time Fiddle Classics, County 507 (), cut # 5  
  6. Wandering Boy 
    • DaCosta Woltz's Southern Broadcasters, County 524 (1972), cut # 8  
    • Da Costa Woltz's Southern Broadcasters 1927 - 1929, Document DOCD-8023, track # 18 
   Side Performer Appearance 
    Woltz, DaCosta;'s Southern Broadcasters / DaCosta Woltz's Southern Broad, County524

    Mountain Sacred Songs, County 508 

    Old Time Ballads from the Southern Mountains, County522


Frank Jenkins Pilot Mountaineers
   Appearance as principal performer

  1. Burial of Wild Bill 
    • Old Time Ballads from the Southern Mountains, County 522 (197?), cut # 2  
    • Da Costa Woltz's Southern Broadcasters 1927 - 1929, Document DOCD-8023, track # 21 
  2. Message From Home Sweet Home 
    • Da Costa Woltz's Southern Broadcasters 1927 - 1929, Document DOCD-8023, track # 22 
  3. Old Dad 
    • Da Costa Woltz's Southern Broadcasters 1927 - 1929, Document DOCD-8023, track # 24 
  4. Railroad Flagman's Sweetheart  
    • Da Costa Woltz's Southern Broadcasters 1927 - 1929, Document DOCD-8023, track # 19 
  5. Sunny Home in Dixie 
    • Da Costa Woltz's Southern Broadcasters 1927 - 1929, Document DOCD-8023, track # 23 
  6. When The Snowflakes Fall Again  
    • Da Costa Woltz's Southern Broadcasters 1927 - 1929, Document DOCD-8023, track # 20 
 

 

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