Monday, January 07, 2019
The Chuck Wagon Gang, 1936-1940
So, last week I got up early and drove to Columbus, Ohio. My first stop was the huge Goodwill on the east side. Tons of LPs, and all stacked, but I'm fine with that, because in a previous visit, the LPs had been crammed into the shelves in long rows--rows almost impossible to move, because the shelves aren't tall enough. So, stacks were fine. I quickly figured out a method whereby I cleared room as I moved LPs. This 78 album (see above) was to the side, and I saw that it contained Chuck Wagon Gang 78s, none of them in great shape, but they were only $2.99. So I grabbed everything (a big armful of LPs, plus the 78 set) and walked all the way to the carts to deposit my finds. Logic would have dictated leaving the records where they were and bringing the cart over, but do I listen to logic?
Anyway, I was able to restore all but two of the CWGs--the two had been ruined by bad needles and/or too many plays--and I discovered that one of the 78s is by the Masters Family. I tossed in the Maddow Bros. and Rose version of He Will Set Your Fields on Fire, and now we have a gospel set I'd wanted to post yesterday but didn't have ready to go. Keep in mind these are pretty chewed up, but I think I got decent sound. And I guess I hadn't known that the CWG went back to the 1930s--two of the tracks here are from 1936. I thought they had their start in the 1940s. Shows you the hazards of thinking.
I'm a little nervous about posting a thirteen-selection set (cue Halloween theremin), but I think we'll be okay. (CLUNK! CRASH!) Wh...what was that? By the way, these are fabulous sides. I forgot to mention that. My late foster parents introduced me to this group, which I loved from the start.
Click here to hear: Chuck Wagon Gang
A Beautiful Life--The Chuck Wagon Gang (Okeh 03432; 1940)
Will You Meet Me Over Yonder?--Same
He Will Set Your Fields on Fire--Maddox Brothers and Rose, year unknown
I'll Be Going to Heaven Sometime--The Masters Family (Columbia 20785; 1950)
Let the Spirit Descend--Same
We Are Climbing--The Chuck Wagon Gang (Columbia 37450; 1940)
After the Sunrise--Same
Shall We Gather at the River?--CWG (Columbia 20969; 1949)
Come Unto Me--CWG (Columbia 20969; 1950)
Kneel at the Cross--CWG (Columbia 20269; 1936)
The Son Hath Make Me Free--Same
He's Coming Again--CWG (Columbia 20460; 1941)
Jesus Hold My Hand--Same