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

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  
Columbia W142035 10-in. 4/17/1926 Bully of the town Riley Puckett ; Skillet Lickers ; Gid Tanner String band, with male vocal solo Musical group  
Columbia W142036 10-in. 4/17/1926 Pass around the bottle and we'll all take a drink Riley Puckett ; Skillet Lickers ; Gid Tanner String band, with male vocal trio Musical group  
Columbia W142037 10-in. 4/17/1926 Alabama jubilee Riley Puckett ; Skillet Lickers ; Gid Tanner String band, with male vocal solo and guitar Musical group  
Columbia W142038 10-in. 4/17/1926 Watermelon on the vine Riley Puckett ; Skillet Lickers ; Gid Tanner String band, with male vocal solo and male vocal trio Musical group  
Columbia W142039 10-in. 4/17/1926 Don't you hear Jerusalem moan Riley Puckett ; Skillet Lickers ; Gid Tanner String band, with male vocal solo and male vocal duet Musical group  
Columbia W142040 10-in. 4/17/1926 Ya gotta quit kickin' my dog aroun' Riley Puckett ; Skillet Lickers ; Gid Tanner String band, with male vocal solo, male vocal duet, and dog sound effect Musical group  
Columbia W142041 10-in. 4/17/1926 Turkey in the straw Riley Puckett ; Skillet Lickers ; Gid Tanner String band, with male vocal solo and male vocal duet Musical group  
Columbia W143019 10-in. 11/2/1926 Polly woddle doo Clayton McMichen ; Riley Puckett ; Skillet Lickers ; Gid Tanner String band, with male vocal duet Musical group  
Columbia W143020 10-in. 11/2/1926 Rock road to Milledgeville Skillet Lickers ; Gid Tanner String band Musical group  
Columbia W143021 10-in. 11/2/1926 Uncle Bud Riley Puckett ; Skillet Lickers ; Gid Tanner String band, with male vocal solo and male vocal duet Musical group  
Columbia W143026 10-in. 11/3/1926 Dance all night with a bottle in your hand Riley Puckett ; Skillet Lickers ; Gid Tanner String band, with male vocal solo and ensemble Musical group  
Columbia W143027 10-in. 11/3/1926 She'll be coming 'round the mountain Clayton McMichen ; Riley Puckett ; Skillet Lickers ; Gid Tanner String band, with male vocal duet Musical group  
Columbia W143028 10-in. 11/3/1926 I don't love nobody Skillet Lickers ; Gid Tanner String band, with male vocal solo Musical group  
Columbia W143029 10-in. 11/3/1926 Hop light ladies Skillet Lickers ; Gid Tanner String band, with male vocal solo Musical group  
Columbia W143030 10-in. 11/3/1926 I got mine Skillet Lickers ; Gid Tanner String band, with male vocal solo, male vocal trio, and talk Musical group  
Columbia W143031 10-in. 11/3/1926 Shortening bread Riley Puckett ; Skillet Lickers ; Gid Tanner String band, with male vocal solo Musical group  
Columbia W143032 10-in. 11/3/1926 Old Joe Clark Riley Puckett ; Skillet Lickers ; Gid Tanner String band, with male vocal solo Musical group  
Columbia W143785 10-in. 3/28/1927 Casey Jones Clayton McMichen ; Riley Puckett ; Skillet Lickers ; Gid Tanner String band, with male vocal duet Musical group  
Columbia W143786 10-in. 3/28/1927 The wreck of the Southern Old '97 Clayton McMichen ; Riley Puckett ; Skillet Lickers ; Gid Tanner String band, with male vocal duet Musical group  
Columbia W143795 10-in. 3/29/1927 Dixie Clayton McMichen ; Riley Puckett ; Skillet Lickers ; Gid Tanner String band, with male vocal duet Musical group  
Columbia W143796 10-in. 3/29/1927 Run, nigger, run Clayton McMichen ; Riley Puckett ; Skillet Lickers ; Gid Tanner String band, with male vocal duet Musical group  
Columbia W143797 10-in. 3/29/1927 The girl I left behind me Clayton McMichen ; Riley Puckett ; Skillet Lickers ; Gid Tanner String band, with male vocal duet Musical group  
Columbia W143798 10-in. 3/29/1927 The old gray mare Clayton McMichen ; Riley Puckett ; Skillet Lickers ; Gid Tanner String band, with male vocal duet Musical group  
Columbia W143799 10-in. 3/29/1927 John Henry Clayton McMichen ; Riley Puckett ; Skillet Lickers ; Gid Tanner String band, with male vocal duet Musical group  
Columbia W143800 10-in. 3/29/1927 Drink 'er down Clayton McMichen ; Riley Puckett ; Skillet Lickers ; Gid Tanner String band, with male vocal duet Musical group  
Columbia W143801 10-in. 3/29/1927 The Darktown Strutters' Ball Clayton McMichen ; Riley Puckett ; Skillet Lickers ; Gid Tanner String band, with male vocal duet Musical group  
Columbia W145047 10-in. 10/31/1927 Old McDonald had a farm Clayton McMichen ; Riley Puckett ; Skillet Lickers ; Gid Tanner String band, with male vocal solo and male vocal ensemble Musical group  
Columbia W145048 10-in. 10/31/1927 Bile them cabbage down Clayton McMichen ; Riley Puckett ; Skillet Lickers ; Gid Tanner String band, with male vocal solo and male vocal ensemble Musical group  
Columbia W145049 10-in. 10/31/1927 Big ball in town Clayton McMichen ; Riley Puckett ; Skillet Lickers ; Gid Tanner String band, with male vocal solo Musical group  
Columbia W145050 10-in. 10/31/1927 It's a long way to Tipperary Clayton McMichen ; Riley Puckett ; Skillet Lickers ; Gid Tanner String band, with male vocal solo and male vocal ensemble Musical group  
Columbia W145053 10-in. 10/31/1927 Buckin' mule Clayton McMichen ; Riley Puckett ; Skillet Lickers ; Gid Tanner String band, with talking Musical group  
Columbia W145054 10-in. 10/31/1927 Uncle Bud Clayton McMichen ; Riley Puckett ; Skillet Lickers ; Gid Tanner String band, with male vocal solo Musical group  
Columbia W145055 10-in. 10/31/1927 Polly wolly doodle Skillet Lickers String band, with male vocal solo Musical group  
Columbia W145058 10-in. 11/1/1927 Johnson's old gray mule Clayton McMichen ; Riley Puckett ; Skillet Lickers ; Gid Tanner String band, with male vocal solo Musical group  
Columbia W146000 10-in. 4/10/1928 Hen cackle Clayton McMichen ; Riley Puckett ; Skillet Lickers ; Gid Tanner String band, with talking and chicken sound effects Musical group  
Columbia W146001 10-in. 4/10/1928 Cumberland Gap Clayton McMichen ; Riley Puckett ; Skillet Lickers ; Gid Tanner String band, with male vocal duet Musical group  
Columbia W146002 10-in. 4/10/1928 Cotton-eyed Joe Clayton McMichen ; Riley Puckett ; Skillet Lickers ; Gid Tanner String band, with male vocal duet Musical group  
Columbia W146003 10-in. 4/10/1928 Black-eyed Susie Clayton McMichen ; Riley Puckett ; Skillet Lickers ; Gid Tanner String band, with male vocal duet Musical group  
Columbia W146004 10-in. 4/10/1928 Prettiest little girl in the county Clayton McMichen ; Riley Puckett ; Skillet Lickers ; Gid Tanner String band, with male vocal ensemble Musical group  
Columbia W146005 10-in. 4/10/1928 Slow buck Clayton McMichen ; Riley Puckett ; Skillet Lickers ; Gid Tanner String band, with talk and vocal effects Musical group  
Columbia W146006 10-in. 4/10/1928 Settin' in the chimney jamb Clayton McMichen ; Riley Puckett ; Skillet Lickers ; Gid Tanner String band, with male vocal ensemble Musical group  
Columbia W146007 10-in. 4/10/1928 Sal let me chaw your rosin Clayton McMichen ; Riley Puckett ; Skillet Lickers ; Gid Tanner String band, with talk and male vocal duet Musical group  
Columbia W147253 10-in. 10/22/1928 Liberty Clayton McMichen ; Riley Puckett ; Skillet Lickers ; Gid Tanner String band, with talking Musical group  
Columbia W147254 10-in. 10/22/1928 Nancy Rollin Clayton McMichen ; Riley Puckett ; Skillet Lickers ; Gid Tanner String band, with talk Musical group  
Columbia W147255 10-in. 10/22/1928 Old Dan Tucker Clayton McMichen ; Riley Puckett ; Skillet Lickers ; Gid Tanner String band, with male vocal duet Musical group  
Columbia W147256 10-in. 10/22/1928 Devilish Mary Skillet Lickers ; Gid Tanner String band, with male vocal duet Musical group  
Columbia W147263 10-in. 10/23/1928 Pretty little widow Clayton McMichen ; Riley Puckett ; Skillet Lickers ; Gid Tanner String band, with male vocal duet Musical group  
Columbia W147264 10-in. 10/23/1928 Fly around my pretty little miss Skillet Lickers ; Gid Tanner String band, with male vocal duet Musical group  
Columbia W148200 10-in. 4/8/1929 Mississippi sawyer Clayton McMichen ; Riley Puckett ; Skillet Lickers ; Gid Tanner String band, with talking Musical group  
Columbia W148201 10-in. 4/8/1929 It ain't gonna rain no mo' Skillet Lickers ; Gid Tanner String band, with male vocal duet Musical group  
Columbia W148202 10-in. 4/8/1929 Going on down town Clayton McMichen ; Riley Puckett ; Skillet Lickers ; Gid Tanner String band,with male vocal solo and male vocal duet Musical group  
Columbia W148203 10-in. 4/8/1929 Flatwoods Skillet Lickers ; Gid Tanner String band, with male vocal solo, male vocal duet, and talk Musical group  
Columbia W148208 10-in. 4/8/1929 Never seen the like since gettin' upstairs Skillet Lickers ; Gid Tanner String band, with male vocal solo and male vocal duet Musical group  
Columbia W148209 10-in. 4/8/1929 Show me the way to go home Skillet Lickers ; Gid Tanner String band, with male vocal solo, male vocal ensemble, and whistling Musical group  
Columbia W148210 10-in. 4/8/1929 Cotton baggin' Skillet Lickers ; Gid Tanner String band, with talking and vocal effects Musical group  
Columbia W148211 10-in. 4/8/1929 The rovin' gambler Skillet Lickers ; Gid Tanner String band, with male vocal solo and talking Musical group  
Columbia W149276 10-in. 10/29/1929 Rocky pallet Skillet Lickers ; Gid Tanner String band Musical group  
Columbia W149277 10-in. 10/29/1929 Soldier's joy Skillet Lickers ; Gid Tanner String band, with male vocal solo and talking Musical group  
Columbia W149278 10-in. 10/29/1929 Rock that cradle, Lucy Skillet Lickers ; Gid Tanner String band, with male vocal solo Musical group  
Columbia W149279 10-in. 10/29/1929 There'll be a hot time in the old town tonight Skillet Lickers ; Gid Tanner String band, with male vocal duet Musical group  
Columbia W149280 10-in. 10/29/1929 Bonaparte's retreat Skillet Lickers ; Gid Tanner String band, with talking Musical group  
Columbia W149281 10-in. 10/29/1929 Hell's broke loose in Georgia Skillet Lickers ; Gid Tanner String band, with dialogue Musical group  
Columbia W149282 10-in. 10/29/1929 Giddap Napoleon Skillet Lickers ; Gid Tanner String band, with male vocal solo Musical group  
Columbia W149283 10-in. 10/29/1929 Cripple Creek Skillet Lickers ; Gid Tanner String band, with male vocal solo and talking Musical group  
Columbia W150200 10-in. 4/14/1930 Leather breeches Skillet Lickers ; Gid Tanner String band, with talking Musical group  
Columbia W150201 10-in. 4/14/1930 New Arkansas traveller Skillet Lickers ; Gid Tanner String band, with talking Musical group  
Columbia W150202 10-in. 4/14/1930 Sugar in the gourd Clayton McMichen ; Riley Puckett ; Skillet Lickers ; Gid Tanner String band, with male vocal solo Musical group  
Columbia W150203 10-in. 4/14/1930 Georgia Wagner Clayton McMichen ; Riley Puckett ; Skillet Lickers ; Gid Tanner String band, with talking Musical group  
Columbia W150204 10-in. 4/14/1930 Sal's gone to the cider mill Skillet Lickers ; Gid Tanner String band, with male vocal solo and talking Musical group  
Columbia W150205 10-in. 4/14/1930 Nigger in the woodpile Clayton McMichen ; Riley Puckett ; Skillet Lickers ; Gid Tanner String band, with male vocal solo and talking Musical group  
Columbia W150222 10-in. 4/15/1930 Devilish Mary Skillet Lickers ; Gid Tanner String band, with male vocal solo Musical group  
Columbia W150223 10-in. 4/15/1930 Soldier, will you marry me Skillet Lickers ; Gid Tanner String band, with male vocal solo Musical group  
Columbia W151024 10-in. 12/4/1930 Ride Old Buck to water Clayton McMichen ; Riley Puckett ; Skillet Lickers ; Gid Tanner String band, with male vocal solo and vocal effects Musical group  
Columbia W151025 10-in. 12/4/1930 Don't you cry, my honey Clayton McMichen ; Riley Puckett ; Skillet Lickers ; Gid Tanner String band, with male vocal solo and vocal effects Musical group  
Columbia W151026 10-in. 12/4/1930 Cacklin' hen and rooster too Clayton McMichen ; Riley Puckett ; Skillet Lickers ; Gid Tanner String band, with vocal effects and talking Musical group  
Columbia W151027 10-in. 12/4/1930 Ricketts hornpipe Clayton McMichen ; Riley Puckett ; Skillet Lickers ; Gid Tanner String band, with vocal effects Musical group  
Columbia W151041 10-in. 12/5/1930 Hand me down my walking cane Clayton McMichen ; Riley Puckett ; Skillet Lickers ; Gid Tanner String band Musical group  
Columbia W151042 10-in. 12/5/1930 Bully of the town no. 2 Clayton McMichen ; Riley Puckett ; Skillet Lickers ; Gid Tanner String band, with male vocal solo Musical group  
Columbia W151043 10-in. 12/5/1930 Broken down gambler Clayton McMichen ; Riley Puckett ; Skillet Lickers ; Gid Tanner String band, with talking and vocal effects Musical group  
Columbia W151044 10-in. 12/5/1930 Possum up the gum stump Clayton McMichen ; Riley Puckett ; Skillet Lickers ; Gid Tanner String band Musical group  
Columbia W151916 10-in. 10/24/1931 Miss McLeod's reel Skillet Lickers ; Gid Tanner String band, with talking and vocal effects Musical group  
Columbia W151917 10-in. 10/24/1931 Four cent cotton Skillet Lickers ; Gid Tanner String band, with male vocal solo Musical group  
Columbia W151918 10-in. 10/24/1931 Molly put the kettle on Skillet Lickers ; Gid Tanner String band, with male vocal solo and talking Musical group  
Columbia W151919 10-in. 10/24/1931 Sleeping Lulu Skillet Lickers ; Gid Tanner String band, with talking Musical group  
Columbia W151920 10-in. 10/24/1931 McMichen's breakdown Clayton McMichen ; Riley Puckett ; Skillet Lickers ; Gid Tanner String band, with talking and vocal effects Musical group  
Columbia W151921 10-in. 10/24/1931 Whistlin' Rufus Skillet Lickers ; Gid Tanner String band, with whistling duet Musical group  

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Skillet Lickers," accessed July 21, 2024, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/106155.

Skillet Lickers. (2024). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved July 21, 2024, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/106155.

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