Duo Country US formé en 1920 qui comprenait Tom Darby (né le 25 Août 1891 et décédé le 20 Août 1971) et Jimmie Tarlton (né le 8 mai 1892, décédé le 29 Novembre 1979).  Jimmy était un pionnier de la steel guitar et forma un duo avec le guitariste Tom Darby, devenu populaire dans le sud, ils enregistrèrent pour Columbia Records de 1927 à 1933. Oubliés jusqu'au sixties, Jimmy Tarlton réapparaît dans les festivals Folk des années soixante.

Singer Tom Darby and slide guitarist Jimmie Tarlton were not only legendary bluesmen, but also pioneers of country music. Although they were only together for a brief time during the late '20s and early '30s, they popularized the steel slide guitar in the genre and exerted a heavy influence on the Allen Brothers and the Delmore Brothers.
Tarlton was born in Chesterfield County, SC, the son of sharecroppers. His parents taught him traditional songs and the fretless banjo, and by age 12, he was learning to play the slide guitar from the black musicians he encountered in his family's numerous travels. As a young man he became a traveling street musician living off tips. His travels led him across the country, and everywhere he went, he added local songs to his expanding repertoire. On the West Coast in the early '20s, he met Frank Ferera, who taught him how to use the steel slide to play the more free-flowing Hawaiian guitar.
When Tarlton settled down in Columbus, GA, he met a guitarist and extraordinary blues singer named Tom Darby, a Columbus native who learned his Vocals stylings from local black singers. Darby was related to Riley Puckett, star of the Skillet Lickers. A local talent scout convinced the two to team up and landed them an audition with Columbia Records. Their first recorded single made fun of Florida land speculators and was titled "Down in Florida on a Hog." Their next two songs, "Birmingham Jail" -- a song Tarlton claimed sprang from his experience there after being incarcerated for moonshining -- and "Columbus Stockade Blues," were enormously successful and have since become country standards. Audiences were impressed as well -- the record sold close to 200,000 copies. Despite the profits reaped from their records, Darby & Tarlton received only a flat 75 dollar fee.
The duo scored their second major hit in 1928 with "Birmingham Jail, #2" and "Lonesome Railroad"; among their other hits were the straight-ahead blues tunes "Traveling Yodel Blues" and "Heavy Hearted Blues." The two experienced contract difficulties with Columbia in late 1929 and finally recorded their last session the following year. They went their separate ways, occasionally reuniting without much success. By 1935, both men gave up and left the music business. They remained largely forgotten until the folk revival of the 1960s, which allowed Tarlton to record an album, appear at folk clubs, and sit for interviews with a number of folklorists. Darby also did a few performances and even reunited briefly with Tarlton, but at their age, neither particularly enjoyed performing.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Darby_and_Tarlton

Talents : Tom : Vocals, Guitar - Jimmie : Voals, Steel Guitar

Style musical : Old Time, Traditional Country, Country Blues

DOWN IN FLORIDA ON A HOG (1927)

BIRMINGHAM JAIL (1927)

SLOW WICKED BLUES (1929)

LITTLE BESSIE (1929)

Years in activity :

1910 20 30 40 50 60 70 80 90 2000

DISCOGRAPHY

78 t.

10/1927 78 t. COLUMBIA 15197 D (US) Birmingham Town / Down In Florida On A Hog
12/1927 78 t. COLUMBIA 15212 D (US) Birmingham Jail / Columbus Stockade Blues
03/1928 78 t. COLUMBIA 15254 D (US) After The Ball / I Can't Tell Why I Love You
07/1928 78 t. COLUMBIA 15293 D (US) The Irish Police / The Hobo Tramp
10/1928 78 t. COLUMBIA 15319 D (US) Mexican Rag / Alto Waltz
12/1928 78 t. COLUMBIA 15330 D (US) Heavy Hearted Blues / Traveling Yodel Blues
02/1929 78 t. COLUMBIA 15360 D (US) The Rainbow Division / Country Girl Valley
03/1929 78 t. COLUMBIA 15375 D (US) Birmingham Jail N° 2 / Lonesome Railroad
03/1929 78 t. COLUMBIA 15388 D (US) If You Ever Learn To Love Me / If I Had Listened To My Mother
04/1929 78 t. COLUMBIA 15403 D (US) Down In The Old Cherry Orchard / When The Bluebirds Nest Again
05/1929 78 t. COLUMBIA 15419 D (US) Touring Yodel Blues / Slow Wicked Blues
07/1929 78 t. COLUMBIA 15436 D (US) Birmingham Rag / Sweet Sarah Blues
08/1929 78 t. COLUMBIA 15452 D (US) The New York Hobo / Black Jack Moonshine
10/1929 78 t. COLUMBIA 15477 D (US) All Bound Down In Texas / Ain't Gonna Marry No More
12/1929 78 t. COLUMBIA 15492 D (US) Little Bessie / I Left Her At The River
01/1930 78 t. COLUMBIA 15511 D (US) Whistling Songbird / Freight Train Rambler
02/1930 78 t. COLUMBIA 15528 D (US) Jack And May / Captain Won't You Let Me Go Home
04/1930 78 t. COLUMBIA 15552 D (US) Faithless Husband / My Father Died A Drunkard
05/1930 78 t. COLUMBIA 15572 D (US) My Little Blue Heaven / On The Banks Of A Lonely River
07/1930 78 t. COLUMBIA 15591 D (US) Mapple On The Hill / Little Ola
09/1930 78 t. COLUMBIA 15611 D (US) Pork Chops / Hard Time Blues
11/1930 78 t. COLUMBIA 15624 D (US) When You're Far Away From Home / Beggar Joe
12/1930 78 t. COLUMBIA 15629 D (US) Jimmie TARLTON - Roy Dixon / New Birmingham Jail
02/1931 78 t. COLUMBIA 15651 D (US) Jimmie TARLTON - Moonshine Blues / Careless Love
05/1931 78 t. COLUMBIA 15674 D (US) TheBlack Sheep / Once I Had A Swwtheart
08/1931 78 t. COLUMBIA 15684 D (US) Gambling Jim / Lonesome In The Pines
09/1931 78 t. COLUMBIA 15701 D (US) Risin' Sun Blues / Frankie Dean
10/1931 78 t. COLUMBIA 15715 D (US) Going Back To My Texas Home / Down Among The Sugar Cane
1932 78 t. VICTOR 23640 (US) GEORGIA WILDCATS - She's Waiting For Me / Goin' Down That Lonesome Frisco Line
05/1932 78 t. VICTOR 23665 (US) Jimmie TARLTON - Dixie Jail / Sweetheart Of My Dreams
05/1932 78 t. MONTGOMERY WARD 4329 (US) Jimmie TARLTON - Dixie Jail / Sweetheart Of My Dreams
07/1932 78 t. VICTOR 23680 (US) Once I Had A Fortune / Thirteen Years In Kilbie Prison
0/1932 78 t. MONTGOMERY WARD 4335 (US) Once I Had A Fortune / Thirteen Years In Kilbie Prison
09/1932 78 t. VICTOR 23700 (US) Weaver's Blues / Yooze Up To Me
12/1932 78 t. COLUMBIA 15763 D (US) Jimmie TARLTON - Lowe Bonnie / By The Old Oaken Bucket
08/1933 78 t. MELOTONE M12743 (US) Let's Be Friends Again / By The Oaken Bucket Louise
08/1933 78 t. BANNER 32810 (US) Let's Be Friends Again / By The Oaken Bucket Louise
08/1933 78 t. PERFECT 12926 (US) Let's Be Friends Again / By The Oaken Bucket Louise
1933 78 t. CONQUEROR 8170 (US) When I Take My Vacation In Heaven (Frank LUTHER) / Let's Be Fiends Again (DARBY & TARLTON)
11/1935 78 t. VOCALION 3077 (US) Maple On The Hills / Little Ola



Albums

1966 LP 12" TESTAMENT T-3302 (US) STEEL GUITAR RAG - Jimmie TARLTON - John Henry / Banks Of The Ohio / Steel Guitar Rag / Jimmie's Blue Heaven / All Bound Down In Birmingham Jail / Put-Together Blues / Pretty Little Girl / Fort Benning Blues / Lowe Bonnie / Uncle Joe And His Hounds / Ain't It A Sin To Gamble On A Sunday / Joe Bowers / Hawaiian March / Administration Blues
1971 LP 12" OLD TIMEY OT-112 (US) DARBY & TARLTON - Birmingham Jail #2 / Yooze Up To Me / Weaver's Blues / Birmingham Rag / Gamblin' Jim / Dixie Jail / Lonesome In The Pines / Birmingham Town / Heavy Hearted Blues / Lonesome Railroad / Down In Florida On A Hog / Rainbow Division / Mexican Rag / Lowe Bonnie
1973 LP 12" FOLK VARIETY FV-12504 (GER) DARBY & TARLTON - Irish Police / Hobo Tramp / I Can't Tell Why I Love Her / After The Ball / Country Girl Valley / New York Hobo / Little Bessie / I Left Her At The River / Whistling Songbird / New Birmingham Jail / Lonesome Frisco Line / Black Sheep / Pork Chops / After The Sinking Of The Titanic / Let's Be Friends Again / By The Old Oaken Bucket Louise
07/1994 CD COUNTY CO-CD-3503 (US) ON THE BANKS OF A LONELY RIVER - Lonesome Railroad / Frankie Dean / Down In Florida On A Hog / Roy Dixon / Little Bessie / I Left Her At The River / Captain Won't You Let Me Go Home / Lowe Bonnie / Maple On The Hill / The Rainbow Division / New Birmingham Jail / After The Sinking Of The Titanic / Lonesome In The Pines / The Black Sheep / Little Ola / On The Banks Of A Lonely River / Lonesome Frisco Line
07/1995 3 CD BEAR FAMILY BCD 15764 (GER) COMPLETE RECORDINGS :
CD 1 : Down In Florida On A Hog / Birmingham Town / Birmingham Jail / Columbus Stockade Blues / Gamblin' Jim / Lonesome In The Pines / After The Ball / I Can't Tell You Why I Love You / Irish Police / The Hobo Tramp / Alto Waltz / Mexican Rag / Birmingham Jail #2 / The Rainbow Division / Country Girl Valley / Lonesome Railroad / If You Ever Learn To Love Me / If I Had Listened To My Mother / Traveling Yodel Blues / Heavy Hearted Blues / The New York Hobo / All Bound Down In Texas / Touring Yodel Blues
CD 2 : Slow Wicked Blues / Black Jack Moonshine / Ain't Gonna Marry No More / Down In The Old Cherry Orchard / When The Bluebirds Nest Again / Beggar Joe / When You're Far Away From Home / Birmingham Rag / Sweet Sarah Blues / Little Bessie / I Left Her At The River / Jack And May / Captain Won't You Let Me Go Home / Going Back To My Texas Home / The Whistling Songbird / Freight Train Ramble / Lonesome Frisco Line / Down Among The Sugar Cane / The Black Sheep / Little Ola / Once I Had A Sweetheart / The Maple On The Hill / My Father Died A Drunkard / Frankie Dean
CD 3 : Pork Chops / On The Banks Of A Lonely River / Faithless Husband / Hard Time Blues / Rising Sun Blues / My Little Blue Heaven / Careless Love / By The Old Oaken Bucket, Louise / Lowe Bonnie / After The Sinking Of The Titanic / New Birmingham Jail / Roy Dixon / Roy Dixon (alt) / Moonshine Blues / She's Waiting For Me (Fort Benning Blues) / Goin' Down That Lonesome 'Frisco Line' / Thirteen Years In Kilbie Prison / Once I Had A Fortune / Dixie Mail / The Weaver's Blues / Sweetheart Of My Dreams / Ooze Up To Me / Let's Be Friends Again / By The Old Oaken Bucket, Louise
10/1998 CD HIGHTONE ? (US) STEEL GUITAR RAG - Jimmie TARLTON - John Henry / Banks Of The Ohio / Steel Guitar Rag / Jimmie's Blue Heaven / All Bound Down In Birmingham Jail / Put-Together Blues / Pretty Little Girl / Fort Benning Blues / Lowe Bonnie / Uncle Joe And His Hounds / Ain't It A Sin To Gamble On A Sunday / Joe Bowers / Hawaiian March / Administration Blues
11/2003 CD ACROBAT 4016 (US) OOZE UP TO ME - Birmingham Jail / Columbus Stockade Blues / After The Ball / I Can't Tell Why I Love You / Alto Waltz / Mexican Rag / Country Girl Valley / Lonesome Railroad / Heavy Hearted Blues / Slow Wicked Blues / Black Jack Moonshine / Ain't Gonna Marry No More / Birmingham Rag / Little Bessie / Jack And May / Freight Train Ramble / Black Sheep / Maple On The Hill / Hard Time Blues / Rising Sun / Careless Love / By The Old Oaken Bucket Louise / Ooze It Up To Me
10/2005 4 CD JSP 7746 (UK) DARBY & TARLTON :
CD 1 : Down In Florida On A Hog / Birmingham Town / Birmingham Jail / Columbus Stockade Blues / Gamblin' Jim / Lonesome In The Pines / After The Ball / I Can't Tell You Why I Love You / Irish Police / The Hobo Tramp / Alto Waltz / Mexican Rag / Birmingham Jail No 2 / The Rainbow Division / Country Girl Valley / Lonesome Railroad / If You Ever Learn To Love Me / If I Had Listened To My Mother / Traveling Yodel Blues / Heavy Hearted Blues / The New York Hobo / All Bound Down In Texas / Touring Yodel Blues
CD 2 : Slow Wicked Blues / Black Jack Moonshine / Ain't Gonna Marry No More / Down In The Old Cherry Orchard / When The Bluebirds Nest Again / Begger Joe / When You're Away From Home / Birmingham Rag / Sweet Sarah Blues / Little Bessie / I Left Her At The River / Jack And May / Captain Won't You Let Me Go Home / Going Back To My Texas Home / The Whistling Songbird / Frieght Train Ramble / Lonesome Frisco Line / Down Among The Sugar Cane / The Black Sheep / Little Ola / Once I Had A Sweetheart / The Maple On The Hill / My Father Died A Drunkard / Frankie Dean
CD 3 : Pork Chops / In The Banks Of A Lonely River / Faithless Husband / Hard Times / Rising Sun Blues / My Little Blue Heaven / Careless Love / By The Old Oaken Bucket, Louise / Lowe Bonnie / After The Sinking Of The Titanic / New Birmingham Jail / Roy Dixon / Moonshine Blues / She's Waiting For Me / Goin' Down That Lonesome Frisco Lane / Thirteen Years In Kilbie Prison / Once I Had A Fortune / Dixie Mail / The Weaver's Blues / Sweetheart Of My Dreams / Ooze Up To Me / Let's Be Friends Again / By The Old Oaken Bucket, Louise
CD 4 : Born In Hard Luck / Talking Blues / New Talking Blues / Hannah / Old Blind Heck / Let It Alone / My Fat Girl / Waltz Me Around Willie / Ambitions Father / You Look Awful Good To Me / The Medicine Show / I've Been Marriad Three Times / My Wife's Wedding / Adam And Eve: Part 1 / Adam And Eve: Part 2 / Oyster Stew / Oh, Miss Lizzie / Girls Of Yesterday

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