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Frank Blevins and his Tarheel Rattlers

Frank Blevins was from Alleghany County, North Carolina and recorded eight tunes for Columbia at the age of 15.  He played the fiddle and sang on four of the selections, with his brother Edd on guitar and Fred Miller on banjo singing on two selections each.  Their version of Sally Ann,  which they called Sally Aim, and in the unlikely key of C for this common tune, represented well the essence of oldtime music, where emphasis is on the emotive quality rather than technical virtuosity.  Also, listen to their I've Got No Honey Babe Now to hear the young Frank Blevins play soulful notes in this uncommon melody.

Thanks to Kerry Blech for additional information and corrections.
 

The following is from Jane Keefer's Folk Song Database.

Frank Blevins and his Tarheel Rattlers
   Appearance as principal performer

  1. Don't That Trouble In Mind
    • Goin' Up Town. Old Time String Bands, Vol. 2, Marimac 9111 (198?), cut #B.04
    • Music From the Lost Provinces, Old Hat, CD-1001, cut #09
  2. Fly Around My Pretty Little Miss
    • Music From the Lost Provinces, Old Hat, CD-1001, cut #06
  3. I've Got No Honey Baby Now
    • Music From the Lost Provinces, Old Hat, CD-1001, cut #15
    • It'll Never Happen Again. Old Time String Bands, Vol. 1, Marimac 9110 (198?), cut # 10
  4. Old Aunt Betsy
    • Goin' Up Town. Old Time String Bands, Vol. 2, Marimac 9111 (198?), cut #A.10 
    • Music From the Lost Provinces, Old Hat, CD-1001, cut #19
  5. Nine Pound Hammer
    • Music From the Lost Provinces, Old Hat,  CD-1001, cut #02
  6. Sally Aim
    • It'll Never Happen Again. Old Time String Bands, Vol. 1, Marimac 9110 (198?), cut # 16 
    • Music From the Lost Provinces, Old Hat, CD-1001, cut #22
  7. Western Country
    • Ballads and Breakdowns of the Golden Era, Columbia CS 9660 (196?), cut #B.06 
Edd Blevins
   Side Performer Appearance 
    Goin' Up Town. Old Time String Bands, Vol. 2, Marimac 9111 

    It'll Never Happen Again. Old Time String Bands, Vol. 1, Marimac 9110

Frank Blevins
   Side Performer Appearance 
Ballads and Breakdowns of the Golden Era, Columbia CS 9660 

Goin' Up Town. Old Time String Bands, Vol. 2, Marimac 9111 

It'll Never Happen Again. Old Time String Bands, Vol. 1, Marimac 9110