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 76-100 of 111 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
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  
(Results 76-100 of 111 records)

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.

"Skillet Lickers." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2024. Web. 21 July 2024.

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URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/106155

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