Antedating of "Country and Western" (UNCLASSIFIED)

Eric Nielsen ericbarnak at GMAIL.COM
Tue Dec 11 11:01:04 UTC 2012

Is this the one you're thinking of?,+Volume+1

7 MISSISSIPPI SHEIKS: probably Bo or Lonnie Chatman (fiddle); Walter

Vincson (vocal, guitar)

San Antonio, Texas. June 12, 1930

404146-B Yodeling Fiddling Blues (OKeh 8834);wap2

Out in San Antone Texas : a long long ways from home

I would love to live there : but I will be all and all

My babe says she don't want me : she's calling someone else on

I will have to learn : to live out here in San Antone

Boys learn to yodel : that's the way to win her home

Then you will be the only sheik : it is in San Antone

These yodeling blues : make a Texas woman leave her home

I see the way you going : you sure won't be here long,%20blues%20anthology.txt.WebConcordance/michael%20taft,%20blues%20anthology.txt1.htm#25664

It seems Dylan referenced this song in one of his own.


On Mon, Dec 10, 2012 at 10:27 PM, Wilson Gray <hwgray at> wrote:

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> On Mon, Dec 10, 2012 at 7:15 PM, Jonathan Lighter
> <wuxxmupp2000 at> wrote:
> > "western" was "western swing" of the Bob Wills variety.
> And actual "cowboy (folk)songs" of the kind occasionally covered by
> Texas bluesmen, "The Old Chisholm Trail" being an easily-found example
> of this rare and bizarre sub-genre of the blues. I con't know that any
> of them ever merited Billboard's attention, but they were common on
> Texas radio and in random oaters, back in the day..
> The Mississippi Sheiks even recorded a cowboy song, set in San
> Antonio, in which they, so to speak, "yodel," as it were, at the
> dog-walkg-on-its-hind-legs level of skill.
> I've heard it only once and I've been trying to find it for dekkids.
> --
> -Wilson
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> All say, "How hard it is that we have to die!"---a strange complaint
> to come from the mouths of people who have had to live.
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