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Charlie Poole

Charlie Poole & the North Carolina Ramblers were one of the most popular string bands of the 1920s. If they didn't have the foot-stomping exuberance of their chief competitors, Georgia's Skillet Lickers, they offered a debonair precision that was equally infectious. Infused with ragtime and pop, their music almost seemed to swing at times (even though the use of that word to describe music was still several years in the future). Poole strongly influenced later banjo players, including those who would become the creators of bluegrass.

Poole was born in Randolph County, NC, and spent much of his adult life working in textile mills. He learned banjo as a youth and also played baseball. (He may have adopted his three-finger playing style, a version of classical banjo technique, due to a baseball accident involving his thumb.) When not working in mills, he would travel from town to town across the country, playing the banjo and taking what work he could get. He ended up settling in Spray, NC, in 1918 and married two years later. He and his brother-in-law, fiddler Posey Rorer, would often play together with other local musicians, and out of these performances grew a distinct group called the North Carolina Ramblers. Poole and Rorer teamed up with guitarist Norm Woodlieff in 1925, and the trio auditioned in New York for Columbia Records. They were accepted and cut four songs; all were successful, including the bluesy "Don't Let Your Deal Go Down." That became a bluegrass and country standard, and Poole and the Ramblers were soon a popular string band. The band's unusual sound remained consistent through several changes in personnel. As vocalist, Poole sang with a plain, uninflected style that complemented his complex banjo picking. Often, and perhaps intentionally, Poole obscured parts of the lyrics when he sang; record buyers sometimes purchased Ramblers recordings simply so that they could try to parse out what he was saying. The songs they sang were a mixture of minstrel songs, Victorian ballads, and humorous burlesques often delivered with Poole's straight-faced, dry wit. Several more songs' paths to popularity in the country tradition led through Poole's band, including "Sweet Sunny South" and "White House Blues," and his catalog is full of unexpected charmers like "If the River Was Whiskey," which deftly weaves that Irish tale of drunkenness with the then-up-to-the-minute "Hesitation Blues" (also known as "Sittin' on Top of the World"). Through the rest of the 1920s, the Ramblers recorded close to 70 sides for Columbia.

Like many country performers to follow, Poole lived a fast life; he was a hard-drinking man, rowdy and reckless. Poole was significant as one of the first country artists to gain widespread popularity through recordings, and when the Depression slowed record sales dramatically, he was hard hit. Around 1930 his self-confidence began to wane with his popularity, and he began drinking even more heavily. Scheduled to appear in a film in 1931, he unfortunately went on a bender and died of heart failure before he could get to Hollywood. After his death, Rorer (who had left the band in 1929) and guitarist Roy Harvey (who'd replaced Woodlieff around the same time) began leading the North Carolina Ramblers. (The group continued to record and perform for a quite a few years afterward.) Poole's music enjoyed renewed popularity during the folk revival of the '60s, and several reissue LPs followed. His complete recordings were issued on CD by the County label in the 1990s, Kinney Rorrer wrote and published a biography of the great bandleader and banjo player, and Poole received the full Columbia/Legacy treatment in 2005 with the three-disc box-set treasure, You Ain't Talkin' to Me: Charlie Poole and the Roots of Country Music. ~ Sandra Brennan & James Manheim
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Charlie Poole With The North Carolina Ramblers And The Highlanders

Disc 1

1. The Girl I Left In Sunny Tennessee

4. Don't Let Your Deal Go Down Blues

6. Wild Horse

7. Forks Of Sandy

9. Goodbye Booze

10. Monkey On A String

12. Too Young To Marry

13. Ragtime Annie

14. Leaving Home

15. Budded Rose

16. There'll Come A Time

17. White House Blues

18. The Highwayman

19. Hungry Hash House

20. If I Lose, I Don't Care

21. You Ain't Talkin' To Me

23. The Letter That Never Came

24. Falling By The Wayside

Disc 2

1. Take A Drink On Me

2. Sunset March

4. Don't Let Your Deal Go Down

6. The Old Clay Pipe

17. Bill Mason

20. Sweet Sunny South

25. There'll Come A Time

Disc 3

8. My Wife Went Away And Left Me

9. I Once Loved A Sailor

10. Husband And Wife Were Angry One Night

11. Ramblin' Blues

12. Took My Gal A-Walkin'

14. Jealous Mary

15. Old And Only In The Way

16. Shootin' Creek

17. Bill Mason

18. Goodbye Mary Dear

19. Leaving Dear Old Ireland

20. Baltimore Fire

21. Sweet Sunny South

22. He Rambled

Disc 4

13. Sweet Sixteen

14. My Gypsy Girl

17. If The River Was Whiskey

18. It's Movin' Day

20. Honeysuckle

22. Look Before You Leap

24. Milwaukee Blues

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Track List: The Legend Of Charlie Poole Volume 3

1. Look Before You Leap

2. Goodbye Liza Jane

3. Leaving Dear Old Ireland

4. Hungry Hash House

5. Milwaukee Blues

6. Goodbye Booze

7. Too Young To Mary

8. The Highwayman

9. Write A Letter To My Mother

10. The Girl I Left In Sunny Tennessee

11. My Wife Went Away And Left Me

12. Old And Only In The Way

13. I Once Loved A Sailor

14. Forks Of Sandy

15. I'm The Man Who Rode The Mule Around The World

16. Goodbye Mary Dear

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Track List: Volume Two

1. If The River Was Whiskey

2. Bill Mason

3. Baltimore Fire

4. Honeysuckle

5. My Gypsy Girl

6. Ragtime Annie

7. It's Movin' Day

8. Budded Rose

9. A Kiss Waltz

10. Jealous Mary

11. Wild Horse

12. If I Lose, I Don't Care

13. There'll Come A Time

14. Southern Melody

15. Mother's Last Farewell Kiss

16. One Moonlight Night

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Poole is a Jewel•¥
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My favorite musician and singer
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Charlie Poole is one of the most underrated banjo pickers in the history of music. He is truly one of the great ones. God rest his soul.

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