Charlie Poole was one of a handful of individuals recording country music in the days before The Carter Family and Jimmie Rodgers made the music popular in the late Twenties.
and his band, “The North Carolina Ramblers,” were one of the most popular and
prolific of the “hillbilly” bands to record in the mid-Twenties. Traditional
country was rich and colorful, and Poole was
one of the best from its early days.
Poole was born in
in 1892. He was a banjo player, and he and his band, the North Carolina
Ramblers, made their first recording, “Don’t Let Your Deal Go Down.” in 1925. Eden, North Carolina Poole wrote songs that reflected the harsh realities of
life for the southern poor and his own struggles with alcoholism, a disease
which would eventually kill him.
Songs such as “Can I Sleep in your Barn Tonight Mister,” “Take a Drink on Me,” and “All Go Hungry Hash House” paint vivid pictures of that life.
dabbled in the political arena with his classic, “White House Blues.”
Several compilations exist with these songs and many more.
|Charlie Poole (left) and the North Carolina Ramblers|