Earl Johnson's Clodhoppers
Georgia was hot in the mid 1920s! The music was full of energy and fun. Compare the relatively sedate songs of Charlie Poole and his North Carolina Tar Heels with the wild antics of Gid Tanner & the Skillet Lickers. Those Georgia boys were havin' a good time!
One of the wildest, most chaotic fiddlers in Georgia at the time was Earl Johnson. Born in 1886, in Gwinnett County, Georgia, Johnson learned to play the fiddle from his father. He began his recording career in 1925 for Paramount under the name of the Dixie String Band. He signed up with the Okeh label and recorded over 50 sides with his bands (alternating between the Dixie Entertainers and his Clodhoppers. Driven by the popularity of Tanner & the Skillet Lickers, Johnson sang in a falsetto voice and infused his music with humor. His bands had the tough job of keeping up with his frenzied fiddling. Their recordings are still the standard for some great technical instrumentation.