Frank Hutchison

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Frank Hutchison
Born (1891-03-20)March 20, 1891
Logan County, West Virginia, United States
Died November 9, 1945(1945-11-09) (aged 54)
Dayton, Ohio, United States
Genres Piedmont blues, country blues, old-timey[1]
Occupation(s) Guitarist, singer, harmonicist, songwriter
Instruments Slide guitar, harmonica, vocals
Years active 1926–1929 (recording years)
Labels Okeh Records

Frank Hutchison (March 20, 1891 – November 9, 1945) was an American early country blues and Piedmont blues musician and songwriter.[1] Hutchison was best known as a slide guitar player, where he held the guitar in his lap.[1]

Biography[edit]

Born in Logan County, West Virginia, United States, Hutchison is considered to be the first white rural guitarist to record the blues,[1] as he cut several tracks for Okeh Records. He worked as a coal miner at various coal mines in Logan County, West Virginia, both before and after his career as a recording artist. Between 1926 and 1929, Hutchison recorded forty-one sides for Okeh, of which nine were unissued.[1] Three of the issued sides and three of the unissued were recorded with Sherman Lawson, a Logan County fiddler; others featured Hutchison's guitar, harmonica and voice. Hutchison also performed in the "Okeh Medicine Show," released by Okeh in 1929.[1]

Hutchison is considered to be one of the finest performers of the "white country blues" genre of early folk music. One of his more famous recordings is "The Train That Carried My Girl From Town." His recording of "Stackalee" was included in Harry Smith's 1952 Anthology of American Folk Music, and influenced a number of musicians during the 1950s and 1960s folk revival.

Some years after his recording career had ended and after he left the Logan County coal mines, Hutchison and his wife operated a store in Lake, West Virginia, where he also served as postmaster. His family lived above the store. The store burned down, Hutchison lost everything and reportedly developed alcohol problems after that. He worked as a riverboat entertainer[1] on the Ohio River and eventually moved to Columbus, Ohio.

He died in 1945 at a Dayton, Ohio hospital, of liver disease, aged 54.

Original discography[edit]

Matrix Title Record # Recording date Notes
80143 "Worried Blues" Okeh 45064 September 28, 1926
80144 "Train That Carried the Girl From Town" Okeh 45064 September 28, 1926
80350 "Stackalee" Okeh 45106 January 28, 1927
80351 "The Wild Horse" Okeh 45093 January 28, 1927
80352 "Long Way To Tipperary" Okeh 45089 January 28, 1927
80353 "The Gospel Ship" Unissued January 28, 1927
80354 "The West Virginia Rag" Okeh 45083 January 28, 1927
80355 "C & O Excursion" Okeh 45089 January 28, 1927
80356 "Coney Isle" Okeh 45083 January 28, 1927
80357 "Old Rachel" Okeh 45093 January 28, 1927
80358 "Lightning Express" Okeh 45144 January 28, 1927
80359 "Stackalee" Okeh 45106 January 28, 1927
80776 "Old Rachel" Unissued April 28, 1927
80777 "Lonesome Valley" Unissued April 28, 1927
80778 "Logan County Blues" Okeh 45121 April 28, 1927
80782 "Worried Blues" Okeh 45114 April 29, 1927
80783 "The Train That Carried the Girl From Town" Okeh 45114 April 29, 1927
80784 "The Last Scene of the Titanic" Okeh 45121 April 29, 1927
80785 "All Night Long" Okeh 45144 April 29, 1927
80786 "Over the Waves" Unissued April 29, 1927
401102 "Cluck Old Hen" Unissued September 10, 1928 & Sherman Lawson
401103 "Old Corn Liquor" Unissued September 10, 1928 & Sherman Lawson
401104 "Sally Gooden" Unissued September 10, 1928 & Sherman Lawson
401105 "Alabama Girl, Ain't You Comin' Out Tonight" Okeh 45313 September 10, 1928 & Sherman Lawson
401106 "Hell Bound Train" Okeh 45452 September 10, 1928 & Sherman Lawson
401108 "Wild Hogs In the Red Brush" Okeh 45274 September 10, 1928 & Sherman Lawson
401109 "Boston Burglar" Unissued September 10, 1928
401110 "The Burglar Man" Okeh 45313 September 11, 1928
401111 "Back In My Home Town" Okeh 45258 September 11, 1928
401112 "The Miner's Blues" Okeh 45258 September 11, 1928
401113 "Hutchison's Rag" Okeh 45274 September 11, 1928
402504 "The Boston Burglar" Okeh 45425 July 9, 1929
402505 "Down In the Lone Green Valley" Unissued July 9, 1929
402506 "The Chevrolet Six" Okeh 45378 July 9, 1929
402507 "Cumberland Gap" Okeh 45570 July 9, 1929
402508 "The Deal" Okeh 45570 July 9, 1929
402509 "Railroad Bill" Okeh 45425 July 9, 1929
402510 "Johnny and Jane, Part 1" Okeh 45361 July 9, 1929
402511 "Johnny and Jane, Part 2" Okeh 45361 July 9, 1929
402512 "Cannon Ball Blues" Okeh 45378 July 9, 1929
402513 "K.C.Blues" Okeh 45452 July 9, 1929

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g Craig Harris. "Frank Hutchison". Allmusic. Retrieved December 11, 2011. 
  • Russell, Tony - Pinson, Bob, (2004), Country Music Records: A Discography, 1921-1942, Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum

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