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FS: O-roll "Slow Drag Blues" O-673-SKG
By Kelly Goodman

Announcing an Historic O Roll First: Slow Drag Blues O-673-SKG

As part of a trade, I received a small library of well-played original
style "O" rolls from a former collector, in his late eighties.  Part of
the lot included a roll that was missing the first five tunes which had
been removed, presumably due to damage.  The roll had literally been
played to death.

Playing through the tunes that remained, I was amazed at this particular
"half a roll", due to the quality of early blues that were on it --
all five surviving tunes were the real Chicago blues from the early
1920s.  It suddenly transported me to a speakeasy filled with cigar
smoke and the smell of cheap whiskey and gin.  This was the real stuff
that was played back then!

I wanted to find out what this roll originally had on it so I contacted
Rick Crandall, who has compiled a list of every "O" roll ever punched.
Rick informed me that I was in possession of half of the only known
copy of this particular blues roll to exist!  I inquired as to the tune
line-up of the entire 10-tune roll and he graciously sent me the roll
number and the missing tune titles.  Kelly researched the tunes that
were cut from the roll and, after many hours, came up with them in a
multitude of formats, ranging from MP3 audio files of original
phonograph records to original sheet music of them, et cetera.

Proceeding to pour over the missing tunes, I began to think about
arranging them in the same style (or as close as I could speculate)
as the balance of tunes on the half-roll I owned.  After months of
work, I arrived at what I think what are pretty fair arrangements of
those formerly missing tunes.

Now, a limited edition of this extraordinary blues roll, a roll
previously unknown to modern collectors, is being offered by
Gnaw-Vol-Ty to the first come, first served only.  Depending upon
demand, there are currently no plans to cut it again in the future.
Don't procrastinate.  Order your copy now and start enjoying "the real
stuff" on your O-roll instrument!

Order your copy at  You can see and hear four
of the original tunes here: 

We want to thank Warren Trachtman, Rick Crandall, Frank Himpsl,
Ed Gaida and Tim Baxter who is cutting the roll and others who have
helped in turning out this historic roll.

Stephen and Kelly Goodman - Gnaw-Vol-ty Music Rolls [delete ".geentroep" to reply]

(Message sent Fri 18 Nov 2016, 22:39:37 GMT, from time zone GMT.)

Key Words in Subject:  Blues, Drag, FS, O-673-SKG, O-roll, Slow

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