Monday, May 6, 2019
The Skillet Lickers were an old-time band from Georgia. They were formed in 1926 when Gid Tanner teamed up with blind guitarist Riley Puckett, Clayton McMichen and Fate Norris.
Between 1926 and 1931 they recorded 88 sides for Columbia Records. Later members were Lowe Stokes, Bert Layne, Hoke Rice, Arthur Tanner and Hoyt "Slim" Bryant.
They disbanded in 1931, but reformed for occasional recordings after a couple of years with a changing line-up. The Skillet Lickers are celebrated for embracing a style that was already out-of-fashion by the time they started. Had it not been for their playing of homely folk songs with a hard-driving fiddle section, contemporary audiences would hardly know how this kind of music sounded.