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Classic Rewind: The Stoneman Family – ‘Tupelo County Jail’

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2 responses to “Classic Rewind: The Stoneman Family – ‘Tupelo County Jail’

  1. Paul W Dennis March 26, 2013 at 10:22 pm

    Donna Stoneman is one of the world’s great mandolin players. Too bad this clip finds her on tambourine . Roni also sometimes found herself on tambourine duty when a song didn’t call for a banjo. Since Pop Stoneman dies in 1968, this clip comes from before then – he can be seen briefly in the clip sans autoharp

  2. Ken Johnson March 27, 2013 at 10:44 am

    The group was trying to mimic the sound of the instrumentation on the recording that they were lip-synching to on this movie clip. Studio musicians likely created the original tracks with the Stonemans providing just the vocals. This was their first charted MGM single from 1966. Love the fade ending on this . Usually canned applause is mixed in earlier over the fade to try to mask it so there’s no gap at the end of the song. The audio editor must have fallen asleep. Love their clothes too. Look like they’re ready for an episode of the “Hootenanny” tv show.

    Pop Stoneman turns up in more than a few cliips from that era doing little more than clapping his hands or sitting in the background. Nice that the kids still wanted to involve him but it doesn’t make him appear to be a vital part of the act. Kind of sad really.

    This clip is from the 1966 movie “Road To Nashville” starring Marty Robbins and a honor roll of country stars from that era including a very youthful looking Connie Smith & Waylon Jennings. The entire movie is posted on youtube in several parts. Here’s a link to the first part. Watch for the old Nashville airport near the beginning.

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