Here is one of the first shellac transfers of my collection. Sylvester Weaver was from Louisville, Kentucky and recorded between the years of 1923-1927. His first recordings were made for the Okeh label of New York City on October 23, 1923. He was the first musician in our history to record playing slide guitar. A number of his recordings were also made for the Gennett/Champion label of Richmond, Indiana. After 1927, he walked away from recording and returned home to Louisville until he died in 1960. Tragically, most of his work remains unknown. Here we have two of his recordings done for the Gennett label.
Shellacs/78s, for those who may not know, were the first recorded discs following the Edison Cylinders and Edison Discs. They (78s) started as early as 1894 and lasted until 1949 when vinyl records became the mainstream, allowing artists to record entire albums. The peak years of early rural recorded music in America was approximately 1914-1941.
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Side One: Weaver’s Blues
Side Two: Smoketown Strut
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