Roots of American Fiddle Music - Early Fiddlers

Leake County Revelers

The Leake County Revelers were Mississippi band consisting of Will Gilmer on fiddle(born in 1895, in Sebastopol, Mississippi), Dallas Jones on guitar and most lead vocals, R.O.Moseley on banjo-mandolin, and Jim Wolverton on banjo. Many of their tunes were played in a slow, easy gait which set them apart from the  many breakdown fiddlers. They recorded 44 selections for Columbia between 1927 and 1930 and were very popular during this time, selling many records.

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

Leake County Revelers
   Appearance as principal performer

  1. Beautiful Bells
    • Leake County Revelers Vol 2 1929 - 1930, Document DOCD-8030, track # 12
  2. Been to the East, Been to the West
    • Traditional Fiddle Music of Mississippi, Vol. 2, County 529 (1975), cut # 12
    • Leake County Revelers Vol 1 1927 - 1928, Document DOCD-8029, track # 11
  3. Birds In The Brook
    • Leake County Revelers Vol 1 1927 - 1928Document DOCD-8029, track # 18
  4. Bring Me A Bottle
    • Leake County Revelers Vol 1 1927 - 1928Document DOCD-8029, track # 17
  5. Courtin' Days Waltz
    • Leake County Revelers Vol 2 1929 - 1930, Document DOCD-8030, track # 14
  6. Crow Black Chicken
    • Leake County Revelers Vol 1 1927 - 1928Document DOCD-8029, track # 12
  7. Dry Town Blues
    • Leake County Revelers. 1927-1930 Recordings, County 532 (1975), cut # 7
    • Leake County Revelers Vol 2 1929 - 1930, Document DOCD-8030, track # 5
  8. Georgia Camp Meeting
    • Leake County Revelers. 1927-1930 Recordings, County 532 (1975), cut # 
    • Leake County Revelers Vol 2 1929 - 1930, Document DOCD-8030, track # 3
  9. Good Fellow
    • Leake County Revelers. 1927-1930 Recordings, County 532 (1975), cut # 10
    • Leake County Revelers Vol 2 1929 - 1930, Document DOCD-8030, track # 7
  10. Good Night Waltz
    • Leake County Revelers Vol 1 1927 - 1928Document DOCD-8029, track # 4
  11. I'm Gwine Back To Dixie
    • Leake County Revelers Vol 2 1929 - 1930, Document DOCD-8030, track # 4
  12. I'm Going Back To Jenco
    • Leake County Revelers. 1927-1930 Recordings, County 532 (1975), cut # 11
  13. In The Good Old Summertime
    • Leake County Revelers Vol 1 1927 - 1928Document DOCD-8029, track # 8
  14. Johnson Gal
    • Traditional Fiddle Music of Mississippi, Vol. 2, County 529 (1975), cut # 2
    • Leake County Revelers Vol 1 1927 - 1928Document DOCD-8029, track # 1
  15. Julia Waltz
    • Leake County Revelers Vol 1 1927 - 1928Document DOCD-8029, track # 22
  16. Jungle Waltz
    • Leake County Revelers Vol 2 1929 - 1930, Document DOCD-8030, track # 21
  17. Lazy Kate
    • Leake County Revelers Vol 2 1929 - 1930, Document DOCD-8030, track # 20
  18. Leather Breeches
    • Leake County Revelers. 1927-1930 Recordings, County 532 (1975), cut # 8
    • Leake County Revelers Vol 1 1927 - 1928Document DOCD-8029, track # 2
  19. Leake County Blues
    • Mountain Blues, County 511 (), cut # 4
    • Leake County Revelers Vol 2 1929 - 1930, Document DOCD-8030, track # 9
  20. Listen To The Mocking Bird 
    • Leake County Revelers Vol 1 1927 - 1928Document DOCD-8029, track # 9
  21. Lonesome Blues
    • Leake County Revelers. 1927-1930 Recordings, County 532 (1975), cut # 2
    • Leake County Revelers Vol 2 1929 - 1930, Document DOCD-8030, track # 10
  22. Magnolia Waltz 
    • Leake County Revelers Vol 1 1927 - 1928Document DOCD-8029, track # 21
  23. Make Me A Bed On The Floor
    • Leake County Revelers Vol 1 1927 - 1928Document DOCD-8029, track # 13
  24. Memories
    • Leake County Revelers Vol 1 1927 - 1928Document DOCD-8029, track # 20
  25. Memories Waltz
    • Leake County Revelers Vol 2 1929 - 1930, Document DOCD-8030, track # 1
  26. Merry Widow Waltz
    • Leake County Revelers Vol 1 1927 - 1928Document DOCD-8029, track # 14
  27. Mississippi Breakdown
    • Leake County Revelers. 1927-1930 Recordings, County 532 (1975), cut # 12
    • Leake County Revelers Vol 2 1929 - 1930, Document DOCD-8030, track # 19
  28. Mississippi Moon Waltz
    • Leake County Revelers Vol 2 1929 - 1930, Document DOCD-8030, track # 13
  29. Monkey in the Dog Cart
    • Leake County Revelers. 1927-1930 Recordings, County 532 (1975), cut # 6
    • Leake County Revelers Vol 1 1927 - 1928Document DOCD-8029, track # 10
  30. My Wild Irish Rose
    • Leake County Revelers Vol 1 1927 - 1928Document DOCD-8029, track # 5
  31. My Bonnie Lies Over The Ocean
    • Leake County Revelers Vol 1 1927 - 1928Document DOCD-8029, track # 6
  32. Old Hat
    • Leake County Revelers. 1927-1930 Recordings, County 532 (1975), cut # 3
    • Leake County Revelers Vol 1 1927 - 1928Document DOCD-8029, track # 9
  33. Picture No Artist Can Paint
    • Leake County Revelers Vol 2 1929 - 1930, Document DOCD-8030, track # 16
  34. Polly Put the Kettle On
    • Leake County Revelers Vol 1 1927 - 1928Document DOCD-8029, track # 23
    • Traditional Fiddle Music of Mississippi, Vol. 2, County 529 (1975), cut # 6
  35. Put Me In My Little Bed
    • Leake County Revelers Vol 1 1927 - 1928, Document DOCD-8029, track # 16s
  36. Rockin' Yodel
    • Leake County Revelers Vol 1 1927 - 1928Document DOCD-8029, track # 19
  37. Saturday Night Breakdown
    • Leake County Revelers. 1927-1930 Recordings, County 532 (1975), cut # 1
    • Leake County Revelers Vol 2 1929 - 1930, Document DOCD-8030, track # 6
  38. Sweet Rose in Heaven
    • Leake County Revelers. 1927-1930 Recordings, County 532 (1975), cut # 5
    • Leake County Revelers Vol 2 1929 - 1930, Document DOCD-8030, track # 11
  39. Texas Fair
    • Leake County Revelers Vol 2 1929 - 1930, Document DOCD-8030, track # 18
  40. They Go Wild Simply Wild Over Me
    • Leake County Revelers Vol 1 1927 - 1928Document DOCD-8029, track # 15
  41. Thirty-First Street Blues
    • Leake County Revelers Vol 2 1929 - 1930, Document DOCD-8030, track # 15
  42. Uncle Ned 
    • Leake County Revelers Vol 2 1929 - 1930, Document DOCD-8030, track # 8
  43. Wednesday Night Waltz
    • Leake County Revelers. 1927-1930 Recordings, County 532 (1975), cut # 9
    • Leake County Revelers Vol 1 1927 - 1928Document DOCD-8029, track # 3
  44. When It's Springtime In The Rockies
    • Leake County Revelers Vol 2 1929 - 1930, Document DOCD-8030, track # 17
  45. Where The Silv'ry Colorado Wends Its Way
    • Leake County Revelers Vol 2 1929 - 1930Document DOCD-8030, track # 2

 
 

 

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