Good For What Ails You: Music Of The Medicine Shows, 1926-1937
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2 CDs, 48 old-time classics in a nicely designed trifold digipak and a well-illustrated 72-page booklet with extensive notes, period photos and much more. A musical document of the old-time medicine shows, with Gid Tanner and Riley Puckett, Pink Anderson, Sam McGee, the Memphis Sheiks, Emmett Miller, Carolina Tar Heels, Henry Thomas, Mainer's Mountaineers, Cannon's Jug Stompers, Charlie Poole and many others


Disc One
1. The Spasm- Daddy Stovepipe & Mississippi Sarah
2. Tanner's Boarding House - Gid Tanner & Riley Puckett
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 Porkchop - 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

The label says:
Before 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, Gid Tanner, Blind Sammie, Bogus Ben Covington, Fiddlin' John Carson, Banjo Joe, Shorty Godwin, Beans Hambone, Emmett Miller & His Georgia Crackers, the Three Tobacco Tags, and many more!

A Profusely Illustrated History of the Medicine Shows, many Rare Photographs and Firsthand Accounts never before published, plus full discography and song descriptions

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