25 August 2010

LISTEN: The Moatsville String Ticklers

Moatsville, West Virginia is a speck of a town in Barbour County from where The Moatsville String Ticklers emerged in the 1920s. In 1929, the group recorded four songs at a make-shift Columbia Records studio in Johnson City, Tennessee. One week later on "Black Tuesday" the Stock Market crashed, the Great Depression began and put an end to Moatsville's claim to fame. All that was left was a 78 rpm record put out by Columbia Records in 1930 that included the tracks "West Virginia Hills" and "Moatsville Blues." Have a listen to a piece of West Virginia music history.

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