How random does your vinyl collection get? Do you have records that seem, on the surface at least, to be a little ridiculous?
I absolutely love having a hugely varied collection and I thoroughly enjoy owning seemingly random albums; you can find a lot of magic and musicianship in the dollar bin and on thrift store shelves.
On Tour Across America is one of those random records from a thrift store that is hiding a wealth of musical talent. This record is a trip back in time, deliberately. A quick Google will bring you to a less-than-nice article in the New York Times from 1978 describing how Mr. Jack Daniel’s Original Silver Cornet Band is a group inspired by an ensemble the famous distiller founded in Lynchburg, Tenn., in 1892. Forty-two years ago they were designed to sound seventy-six years old.
This record is the old-timey Americana music you hear coming from a circus calliope or in the Dixieland area of Six Flags over Georgia or on a million different Bugs Bunny cartoons. It is fun and upbeat brass-led ragtime music. It is jovial and fun and lighthearted.
The musicianship is impeccable. You can feel the good time that is being had by the players on this record as they effortlessly move from one recognizable tune to another. These guys are having fun.
The songs on this album are all familiar. In fact, I have learned the names of some of these tunes that I have known since I was a child.
This is not going to be a frequent spin for me, but it is definitely fun to own. And I imagine that, at some point in the future, an opportunity will present itself where On Tour Across America from Mr. Jack Daniel’s Original Silver Cornet Band will serve as the perfect soundtrack.
My favorite track(because I was raised in Middle Tennessee): Rocky Top