Sunday, March 1, 2009

Uncle Earle

Someday I want to meet these girls...

Actually I have a hard time believing this, but I bought the video on iTunes.


  1. Some insight into this video. Rayna Gellert, the fiddler here, is the daughter of another great old-time musician, fiddler / banjo player Dan Gellert. Rayna got a call from a guy one day, so the story goes, claiming to be John Paul Jones, from Led Zeppelin. She nearly hung up on him. He wanted to produce a video for them. It was him indeed, and here, you will see him at the piano (even though there is no piano in this tune.)

    The tune being played here is "Hell Broke Loose In Georgia", made popular in the late 1920's by the great Gid Tanner and his Skillet Lickers.

    It blows me away that early country music was pioneered by string bands like the Skillet Lickers, crooners like Jimmy Rodgers, and musicologists like the A.P. Carter and the Carter Family...has morphed through many faces to get where it is today, and has in some way come full circle, right back to Hell Broke Loose In Georgia!

    I first saw this video of Rayna and her band on mainstream cable television! And, I just about fell over!

    One fine band, indeed.

  2. Great info Clay... Thanks... I was wondering who the guy at the piano was...