Walter Hurdt-Claude Boone
the Callahan Brothers
Today, we're featuring two Hillbilly duo's from Asheville NC, and we also have Brody Douglas Hunt with us on this post too as a guest blogger!
We made transfers of a Callahan Brothers record of mine, and a Walter Hurdt & Claude Boone record of Brody's.
Both are great examples of Asheville's rich musical heritage, and Brodys record is the real highlight of this post.
Ok, we're gonna do this post like it's a t.v. show.... so let's check in with Brody and see what he has to say about his awesome record! (late night talk show music and thunderous applause ensues)
BRODY: BB B-7008 Walter Hurdt-Claude Boone I'm Ridin' Now/The Hobo Blues Recorded Friday, Febuary 19th, 1937 in Charlotte, NC. His final cuts of the day, these are from Walter Hurdt's first recording session and were recorded right after he interestingly recorded an unissued side (Just A Cottage) with none other than Cliff Carlisle. Hurdt went on to form his fantastically innovative "Singing Cowboys" band in Asheville, NC. Boone was later out of Knoxville, TN and wrote the country standard "Wedding Bells".
KIT: wow! fascinating Brody, Thats a pretty uncommon record! wonder how rare it is? Im so glad we have this ultra hip 78 record blog as a way to highlight great performances from the 20's and 30's, and share them with our viewers at home! (roaring applause and more late night music)
.....I brought with me Cq-9223. The Callahan Brothers. Lonesome Freight Train Blues/My Blue Eyed Jane. Recorded Friday, February 17th, 1939 in Chicago, Il. Homer & Walter Callahan later changed their names to Bill & Joe, so if you see any of their records, pick em' up. It's the same guys!
The Callahan Brothers are some of my favorites, especially their stuff from the 30's. This record has a fairly scratch free surface, but there is a bit of blasting on the louder vocal passages.
So, without further ado....