The Allen Brothers

Profile:
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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Albums

FV 12 501 The Allen Brothers - When You Leave, You'll Leave Me Sad album art The Allen Brothers When You Leave, You'll Leave Me Sad(LP, Album) Folk Variety Records FV 12 501 Germany 1973 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

The Allen Brothers - Tiple Blues album art Allen Brothers* Tiple Blues Victor US 1929 Sell This Version
The Allen Brothers - I'm Always Whistling The Blues / Tiple Blues album art The Allen Brothers I'm Always Whistling The Blues / Tiple Blues Montgomery Ward US 1930 Sell This Version
The Allen Brothers - Maybe Next Week Sometime - No. 2 / Roll Down The Line album art The Allen Brothers Maybe Next Week Sometime - No. 2 / Roll Down The Line Montgomery Ward US 1930 Sell This Version
V-40303 The Allen Brothers - Jake Walk Blues album art Allen Brothers* Jake Walk Blues(Shellac, 10") Victor V-40303 US 1930 Sell This Version
V-40326 The Allen Brothers - New Chattanooga Blues album art Allen Brothers* New Chattanooga Blues(Shellac, 10") Victor V-40326 US 1930 Sell This Version
V-40210 The Allen Brothers - Prisoner's Dream album art Allen Brothers* Prisoner's Dream(Shellac, 10") Victor V-40210 US 1930 Sell This Version
V-40276 The Allen Brothers - I've Got The Chain Store Blues album art Allen Brothers* I've Got The Chain Store Blues(Shellac, 10") Victor V-40276 US 1930 Sell This Version
23567 The Allen Brothers - Chattanooga Mama / When You Leave, You'll Leave Me Sad album art Allen Brothers* Chattanooga Mama / When You Leave, You'll Leave Me Sad(Shellac, 10") Victor 23567 US 1931 Sell This Version
23514 The Allen Brothers - Preacher Blues album art Allen Brothers* Preacher Blues(Shellac, 10") Victor 23514 US 1931 Sell This Version
23590 The Allen Brothers - Roll It Down / Slide Daddy, Slide album art Allen Brothers* Roll It Down / Slide Daddy, Slide(Shellac, 10") Victor 23590 US 1931 Sell This Version
23536 The Allen Brothers - No Low Down Hanging Round album art Allen Brothers* No Low Down Hanging Round(Shellac, 10") Victor 23536 US 1931 Sell This Version
23631 The Allen Brothers - It's Too Bad For You / Moonshine Bill album art Allen Brothers* It's Too Bad For You / Moonshine Bill(Shellac, 10") Victor 23631 US 1931 Sell This Version
23551 The Allen Brothers - Roll Down The Line / Old Black Crow In The Hickory-Nut Tree album art Allen Brothers* Roll Down The Line / Old Black Crow In The Hickory-Nut Tree(Shellac, 10") Victor 23551 US 1931 Sell This Version
23607 The Allen Brothers - Mother-In-Law Blues album art Allen Brothers* Mother-In-Law Blues(Shellac, 10") Victor 23607 US 1931 Sell This Version
23662 The Allen Brothers - I'll Be Here A Long, Long Time / It Can't Be Done album art The Allen Brothers I'll Be Here A Long, Long Time / It Can't Be Done(Shellac, 10") Victor 23662 US 1932 Sell This Version
The Allen Brothers - Shake It, Ida, Shake It album art Allen Brothers* Shake It, Ida, Shake It Bluebird (3) US 1933 Sell This Version
The Allen Brothers - Fruit Jar Blues album art Allen Brothers* Fruit Jar Blues Bluebird (3) US 1933 Sell This Version
23786 The Allen Brothers - Red Hot Rambling Dan album art Allen Brothers* Red Hot Rambling Dan(Shellac, 10") Victor 23786 US 1933 Sell This Version
B-5224 The Allen Brothers - Reckless Night Blues / Frisco Blues album art Allen Brothers* Reckless Night Blues / Frisco Blues(Shellac, 10") Bluebird (3) B-5224 US 1933 Sell This Version
The Allen Brothers - Window Shade Blues album art Allen Brothers* Window Shade Blues Bluebird (3) US 1934 Sell This Version
The Allen Brothers - Brown's Ferry Blues / A New Salty Dog album art Delmore Brothers* / Allen Brothers* Delmore Brothers* / Allen Brothers* - Brown's Ferry Blues / A New Salty Dog Bluebird (3) US 1934 Sell This Version
B-5448 The Allen Brothers - Old Black Crow In The Hickory-Nut Tree album art Allen Brothers* Old Black Crow In The Hickory-Nut Tree(Shellac, 10") Bluebird (3) B-5448 US 1934 Sell This Version
B-5470 The Allen Brothers - Chattanooga Mama / The Ramblin' Boy album art 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 The Allen Brothers - New Chattanooga Blues album art Allen Brothers* New Chattanooga Blues(Shellac, 10") Bluebird (3) B-5380 US 1934 Sell This Version

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