The Allen Brothers

The Allen Brothers

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One of the most diversified, talented, and flat-out fun duos of old-time music: The Allen Brothers, Austin and Lee Allen, sometimes known as The Chattanooga Boys. An old-time duo may not technically count as “modern,” but their unique qualities (even by today’s standards) place them, in many ways, in the upper echelon of early recorded music.

Born on Monteagle Mountain in the Cumberland Plateau north of Chattanooga, they gained popularity among the local communities and mining camps in the area in the early ‘20s and, as a result of hearing and playing with many other artists, developed a wide repertoire of traditional songs and popular blues and mountain music of the day. With this, they began recording for Columbia in 1926 with “Bow Wow Blues,” a version of traditional favorite “Salty Dog.” It became fairly popular and the label signed them to record more sides. They recorded for Columbia until the label released their oddball “Laughin’ and Cryin’ Blues” on their “Race” series as opposed to the significantly more white “Old-Time” series. Many of their songs take precedent from popular black songs of the day and, without meeting the duo or doing any research whatsoever, Columbia made what is essentially a clerical error. The single sold well and nobody seemed to care; nobody except the duo themselves, who threatened a lawsuit to get back on the white series. They left the label afterward and signed with Victor, where they stayed the remainder of their career, when they stopped recording in early 1934. They recorded 89 songs over these eight years, of varied scope and style, with odd instrumentations and unique lyrics.
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The Allen Brothers Discography

Albums

FV 12 501 The Allen Brothers When You Leave, You'll Leave Me Sad(LP, Album) Folk Variety Records FV 12 501 Germany 1973 Sell This Version
FTS 31075 The Allen Brothers Are You Feeling It Too?(LP, Album) Folkways Records FTS 31075 US 1980 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

V-40003 Allen Brothers* Tiple Blues(Shellac, 10") Victor V-40003 US 1929 Sell This Version
V-40303 Allen Brothers* Jake Walk Blues(Shellac, 10") Victor V-40303 US 1930 Sell This Version
V-40326 Allen Brothers* New Chattanooga Blues(Shellac, 10") Victor V-40326 US 1930 Sell This Version
V-40210 Allen Brothers* Prisoner's Dream(Shellac, 10") Victor V-40210 US 1930 Sell This Version
V-40276 Allen Brothers* I've Got The Chain Store Blues(Shellac, 10") Victor V-40276 US 1930 Sell This Version
23567 Allen Brothers* Chattanooga Mama(Shellac, 10") Victor 23567 US 1931 Sell This Version
23514 Allen Brothers* Preacher Blues(Shellac, 10") Victor 23514 US 1931 Sell This Version
23590 Allen Brothers* Roll It Down(Shellac, 10") Victor 23590 US 1931 Sell This Version
23536 Allen Brothers* No Low Down Hanging Round(Shellac, 10") Victor 23536 US 1931 Sell This Version
23551 Allen Brothers* Roll Down The Line(Shellac, 10") Victor 23551 US 1931 Sell This Version
23607 Allen Brothers* Mother-In-Law Blues(Shellac, 10") Victor 23607 US 1931 Sell This Version
Allen Brothers* Shake It, Ida, Shake It Bluebird (3) US 1933 Sell This Version
Allen Brothers* Fruit Jar Blues Bluebird (3) US 1933 Sell This Version
23786 Allen Brothers* Red Hot Rambling Dan(Shellac, 10") Victor 23786 US 1933 Sell This Version
B-5104 Allen Brothers* I'm Always Whistling The Blues(Shellac, 10") Bluebird (3) B-5104 US 1933 Sell This Version
Allen Brothers* Window Shade Blues Bluebird (3) US 1934 Sell This Version
Delmore Brothers* / Allen Brothers* Delmore Brothers* / Allen Brothers* - Brown's Ferry Blues / A New Salty Dog Bluebird (3) US 1934 Sell This Version
Allen Brothers* Maybe Next Week Sometime -- No. 2 Bluebird (3) US 1934 Sell This Version
B-5448 Allen Brothers* Old Black Crow In The Hickory-Nut Tree(Shellac, 10") Bluebird (3) B-5448 US 1934 Sell This Version
B-5470 Allen Brothers* / Fleming And Townsend Allen Brothers* / Fleming And Townsend - Chattanooga Mama / The Ramblin' Boy(Shellac, 10") Bluebird (3) B-5470 US 1934 Sell This Version
B-5380 Allen Brothers* New Chattanooga Blues(Shellac, 10") Bluebird (3) B-5380 US 1934 Sell This Version
B-5702 Allen Brothers* When You Leave, You'll Leave Me Sad(Shellac, 10") Bluebird (3) B-5702 US 1934 Sell This Version
B-5317 Allen Brothers* Slide Daddy, Slide(Shellac, 10") Bluebird (3) B-5317 US 1934 Sell This Version

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