Personalities | Kelly Harrell | Early Years of Hillbilly | Country
A mill-hand from Fieldale, Virginia, Harrell was a contemporary and acquaintance of Charlie Poole, but had little of his raunchy zest; instead he sang old parlour pieces like ‘In The Shadow Of The Pine’ with bleak sobriety. He made his finest recordings with Poole’s fiddler Posey Rorer – among them the ballad ‘Charles Guiteau’ about the assassination of US President James Garfield. He also wrote ‘Away Out On The Mountain’, an early hit for Jimmie Rodgers.
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