Skillet Lickers

The Skillet Lickers were an old-time band from Georgia, United States.

When Gid Tanner teamed up with blind guitarist Riley Puckett and signed to Columbia in 1924, they created the label's earliest so-called "hillbilly" recording. Gid Tanner formed The Skillet Lickers in 1926. The first line-up was Gid Tanner, Riley Puckett, Clayton McMichen and Fate Norris. Between 1926 and 1931 they recorded 88 sides for Columbia, with 82 of them commercially issued. Later members were Lowe Stokes, Bert Layne, Hoke Rice, Arthur Tanner and Hoyt "Slim" Bryant. Their best-selling single was "Down Yonder", a hillbilly breakdown, in 1934 on RCA Victor. They disbanded in 1931, but reformed for occasional recordings after a couple of years with a changing line-up. "Back Up and Push" was another well-known recording. The Skillet Lickers, together with fellow North Georgians Fiddlin' John Carson and the Georgia Yellow Hammers, made Atlanta and North Georgia an early center of old-time string band music, especially the hard-driving fiddle-based style employed by each of these performers.

Birth and Death Data: Born Founded 1926

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1926 - 1934

Roles Represented in DAHR: Musical group

Notes: Leader, Gid Tanner.

= Recordings are available for online listening.
= Recordings were issued from this master. No recordings issued from other masters.

Recordings (Results 1-25 of 111 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor BVE-82672 10-in. 3/29/1934 Georgia Waggoner Skillet Lickers ; Gid Tanner String band Musical group  
Victor BVE-82673 10-in. 3/29/1934 Mississippi sawyer Skillet Lickers ; Gid Tanner String band Musical group  
Victor BVE-82674 10-in. 3/29/1934 Back up and push Skillet Lickers ; Gid Tanner String band Musical group  
Victor BVE-82675 10-in. 3/29/1934 Rufus Skillet Lickers ; Gid Tanner String band Musical group  
Victor BVE-82676 10-in. 3/29/1934 Cumberland Gap on a buckin' mule Skillet Lickers ; Gid Tanner String band Musical group  
Victor BVE-82677 10-in. 3/29/1934 Hawkins' rag Skillet Lickers ; Gid Tanner String band Musical group  
Victor BVE-82678 10-in. 3/29/1934 Skillet Licker breakdown Skillet Lickers ; Gid Tanner String band Musical group  
Victor BVE-82679 10-in. 3/29/1934 Cotton patch Skillet Lickers ; Gid Tanner String band, with vocal phrases Musical group  
Victor BVE-82680 10-in. 3/29/1934 Ida Red Skillet Lickers ; Gid Tanner String band, with vocal phrases and talk Musical group  
Victor BVE-82681 10-in. 3/29/1934 Down yonder Skillet Lickers ; Gid Tanner String band Musical group  
Victor BVE-82682 10-in. 3/29/1934 Git along Skillet Lickers ; Gid Tanner String band, with male vocal duet Musical group  
Victor BVE-82683 10-in. 3/29/1934 Whoa, mule, whoa Skillet Lickers ; Gid Tanner String band, with male vocal duet Musical group  
Victor BVE-82692 10-in. 3/29/1934 Tra-le-la-la Skillet Lickers ; Gid Tanner Vocal and instrumental ensemble Musical group  
Victor BVE-82693 10-in. 3/29/1934 Keep your gal at home Skillet Lickers ; Gid Tanner Vocal and instrumental ensemble Musical group  
Victor BVE-82694 10-in. 3/29/1934 Hinkey-dinkey-dee Skillet Lickers ; Gid Tanner Vocal and instrumental ensemble Musical group  
Victor BVE-82719 10-in. 3/30/1934 I ain't no better now Skillet Lickers ; Gid Tanner Male vocal solo, with violin and guitar Musical group  
Victor BVE-82720 10-in. 3/30/1934 Tanner's rag Skillet Lickers ; Gid Tanner String band Musical group  
Victor BVE-82721 10-in. 3/30/1934 Tanner's hornpipe Skillet Lickers ; Gid Tanner String band Musical group  
Victor BVE-82722 10-in. 3/30/1934 Soldiers' joy Skillet Lickers ; Gid Tanner Male vocal solo, with string band Musical group  
Victor BVE-82723 10-in. 3/30/1934 Flop-eared mule Skillet Lickers ; Gid Tanner String band Musical group  
Victor BVE-82724 10-in. 3/30/1934 Prosperity and politics Riley Puckett ; Skillet Lickers ; Gid Tanner Descriptive scene, with string band Musical group  
Victor BVE-82725 10-in. 3/30/1934 Prosperity and politics Riley Puckett ; Skillet Lickers ; Gid Tanner Descriptive scene, with vocal and instrumental ensemble Musical group  
Victor BVE-82728 10-in. 3/30/1934 Practice night with the Skillet Lickers Riley Puckett ; Skillet Lickers ; Gid Tanner Descriptive scene, with vocal and instrumental ensemble Musical group  
Victor BVE-82729 10-in. 3/30/1934 Practice night with the Skillet Lickers Riley Puckett ; Skillet Lickers ; Gid Tanner Descriptive scene, with vocal and instrumental ensemble Musical group  
Columbia W142034 10-in. 4/17/1926 Hand me down my walking cane Riley Puckett ; Skillet Lickers ; Gid Tanner String band, with male vocal solo and male vocal ensemble Musical group  
(Results 1-25 of 111 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Skillet Lickers," accessed July 24, 2024, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/106155.

Skillet Lickers. (2024). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved July 24, 2024, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/106155.

"Skillet Lickers." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2024. Web. 24 July 2024.

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