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GOOD FOR WHAT AILS YOU
Music of the Medicine Shows 1926 - 1937
OLD HAT CD 1005

NOMINATED FOR 2 GRAMMY AWARDS - Best Album Notes & Best Historical Album

Good For What Ails You

“If you want to hear some of the range of music that could be heard on medicine shows, there’s a compilation called
Good For What Ails You. I got nothing against downloads and MP3s, but getting this CD with all the pictures and liner notes,
well, it’s not as good as having it on the big 12” record, but at least there’s a booklet there, and believe it or not, folks,
you can even read it in a power failure- as long as it’s daytime.”          Bob Dylan, Theme Time Radio Hour

Rosa & EddieBefore motion pictures... before radio... before television... the traveling medicine shows brought entertainment to America. Flamboyant pitch doctors roamed the land, hawking their tonics, elixirs, and miracle cures, and with them came a host of singers, dancers, comedians, banjo pickers, blues shouters, jug blowers, string ticklers, and minstrel men. The shows died out by mid-20th century, but not before a handful of seasoned veterans left their musical legacy on phonograph records. Here are 48 classic performances by such colorful names as Pink Anderson, Daddy Stovepipe, Shorty Godwin, Gid Tanner, Banjo Joe, the Three Tobacco Tags, and many more—well over two hours of this extraordinary music. A 72-page color booklet details the fascinating history of the medicine shows with a profusion of rare photographs, artifacts, illustrations, full discography, and song descriptions. Three years in the making, the new release from Old Hat Records is a groundbreaking survey of music from the American medicine show, that peculiar form of theater that merged entertainment with merchandising. Good For What Ails You is a two-CD set that delivers a generous mix of 48 songs, many available nowhere else, first recorded nearly 80 years ago and now remastered with digital clarity.

Good For What Ails You was nominated for two Grammy Awards: Best Album Notes and Best Histornical Album.


“Like Harry Smith’s Anthology of American Folk Music, these 48 tracks provide a fine introduction to what Greil Marcus called ‘the old, weird America.’ If nothing else, such a cornucopia of delights will cure the modern day blues.”   –Casper Llewellyn Smith, Guardian Unlimited,
July 16, 2006

Bluebird“Factor in assorted skillet lickers, jug stompers, fruit jar drinkers, ramblers, crackers, tarheels and tobacco tags, and you have a buried history of vernacular music, therapeutic culture and politics second to none. Recommended; or rather, prescribed.”   –Brian Morton, The Wire, November 2005

“When you go out on tour and play with different bands every day, or you play in bars all the time, your tastes start to become very selective... What I’m listening to most of the time at present is an album called Good For What Ails You, which is an album of songs that people used to listen to at medicine shows all over the States. It’s quite an interesting album and I think that people would be well advised to pick it up.”   –Jack White, White Stripes, December 2005

 


SONG LIST AND SOUND SAMPLES

Windows Media Real One Player
DISK ONE    
1. THE SPASM Daddy Stovepipe & Mississippi Sarah
2. TANNER'S BOARDING HOUSE Gid Tanner & Riley Pucket
3. DON'T THINK I'M SANTA CLAUS Lil McClintock
4. HOKUM BLUES Dallas String Band with Coley Jones
5. JIMBO JAMBO LAND Shorty Godwin
6. GONNA SWING ON THE GOLDEN GATE Fiddlin’ John Carson & His Virginia Reelers
7. PAPA’S ’BOUT TO GET MAD Pink Anderson & Simmie Dooley
8. THE MAN WHO WROTE HOME SWEET HOME NEVER WAS A MARRIED MAN
     Charlie Parker & Mack Woolbright
9. BYE, BYE, POLICEMAN Jim Jackson

10. THE BALD-HEADED END OF A BROOM Walter Smith

11. BOW WOW BLUES Allen Brothers
12. BEANS Beans Hambone & El Morrow
13. A CHICKEN CAN WALTZ THE GRAVY AROUND Stovepipe # 1 and David Crockett
14. TELL IT TO ME Grant Brothers & Their Music

15. AIN’T NO USE WORKING SO HARD Carolina Tar Heels

16. MAMA KEEP YOUR YES MA’AM CLEAN Walter Cole
17. C-H-I-C-K-E-N SPELLS CHICKEN Kirk McGee & Blythe Poteet
18. MY MONEY NEVER RUNS OUT Banjo Joe
19. RAILROADIN’ SOME Henry Thomas “Ragtime Texas”
20. TRAVELING MAN Prince Albert Hunt’s Texas Ramblers

21. G. BURNS IS GONNA RISE AGAIN Johnson-Nelson-Porkchop

22. BABY ALL NIGHT LONG Blue Ridge Mountain Entertainers
23. BORN IN HARD LUCK Chris Bouchillon

24. HE’S IN THE JAILHOUSE NOW Memphis Sheiks

DISK TWO
1. GONNA TIP OUT TONIGHT Pink Anderson & Simmie Dooley
2. CHEVROLET CAR Sam McGee
3. IT AIN’T GONNA RAIN NO MO’ Gid Tanner & His Skillet-Lickers
4. BRING IT WITH YOU WHEN YOU COME Cannon’s Jug Stompers
5. ATLANTA STRUT Blind Sammie
6. GO ALONG MULE Uncle Dave Macon & His Fruit Jar Drinkers
7. CASEY BILL Earl McDonald’s Original Louisville Jug Band
8. I GOT MINE Frank Stokes
9. HANNAH Chris Bouchillon
10. ADAM & EVE IN THE GARDEN Bogus Ben Covington
11. MYSTERIOUS COON Alec Johnson & His Band
12. HER NAME WAS HULA LOU Carolina Tar Heels
13. RENO BLUES Three Tobacco Tags
14. SCOODLE UM SKOO Papa Charlie Jackson
15. STACKALEE Frank Hutchison
16. THE CAT’S GOT THE MEASLES, THE DOG’S GOT THE WHOOPING COUGH Walter Smith
17. SHOUT YOU CATS Hezekiah Jenkins
18. NOBODY’S BUSINESS IF I DO Tommie Bradley
19. SWEET SIXTEEN Charlie Poole & The North Carolina Ramblers
20. TICKLISH REUBEN Charlie Parker & Mack Woolbright
21. I HEARD THE VOICE OF A PORK CHOP Jim Jackson
22. SHINE Dallas String Band with Coley Jones
23. THE GYPSY Emmett Miller & His Georgia Crackers
24. KISS ME CINDY J.E. Mainer’s Mountaineers
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