Guitariste et chanteur US né Samuel Fleming McGee, le 1er Mai 1894 près de Franklin (Tennessee). Sam McGee est découvert par le légendaire banjoïste Uncle Dave Macon qui l'invite à faire partie de son show. Dès 1926,  Sam en compagnie de son frère Kirk (né David Kirkland McGee, le 4 Novembre1899), enregistrent leurs premières faces pour le label Vocalion. Au début des années trente, Sam et Kirk, également guitariste, forment en compagnie du fiddler Arthut Smith, un trio nommé les "Dixieliners". Sam McGee, artiste authentique et précurseur de la guitare "picking" est mort dans sa ferme le 21 Août 1975, écrasé par son tracteur!

Sam & Kirk McGee were one of the earliest country music duos. During the nearly six decades they were active, the McGees performed and recorded as a duo and in conjunction with Uncle Dave Macon,'s Fruit Jar Drinkers, Bill Monroe's Bluegrass Boys, and fiddler Arthur Smith. One of the first acts to become members of the Grand Ole Opry, Sam & Kirk McGee continued to share their unique hybrid of old-timey country music and blues with enthusiastic audiences until the mid-'70s.
Raised on a family farm in Franklin, TN, south of Nashville, the McGees inherited their musical skills from their father, who played fiddle. As youngsters, they often accompanied their father on banjo. By the time they were teenagers, Sam & Kirk were performing at local dances for as little as ten cents apiece. Inspired by the syncopated music played by black railroad workers who congregated outside his father's store, Sam McGee switched to guitar and developed a soulful style of fingerpicking. A turning point came in 1923 when the McGee brothers attended their first concert and heard a performance by Uncle Dave Macon. They were so absorbed by Macon's playing that they continued to ask to join his troupe until Macon agreed the following year. When Macon joined the WSM Barn Dance, which later evolved into the Grand Ole Opry, the McGees, who joined with guitarist Hubert Gregory and bassist Golden Stewart to form the Fruit Jar Drinkers, were members of Macon's band.
Sam McGee's recording debut came in April 1926 when he recorded several tunes, including "Whoop 'Em Up Cindy" and "Late Last Night When My Willie Came Home," in a New York studio. In May 1927, the McGees recorded with Macon and fiddler Mazy Todd. In addition to serving as Macon's accompanists, the brothers recorded nine duets and three songs with Macon on banjo.
Sam & Kirk McGee continued to explore musical possibilities. In July 1928, Sam used a six string banjo-guitar during a recording session in Chicago. He later became played the first electric steel guitar on a broadcast of the Grand Ole Opry.
In 1931, the McGees teamed with fiddler Arthur Smith to form a new band, the Dixieliners. The group continued to perform together until the late '30s, when Smith submitted his resignation. In 1957, Sam & Kirk reunited with Smith, continuing to perform together through the mid-'60s, including a memorable appearance at the Newport Folk Festival in 1965.
In the late '30s and early '40s, the McGee brothers worked with a comedy act, Sara & Sally, before joining Bill Monroe's revue. In addition to playing with Monroe's band, the Bluegrass Boys, the brothers were featured in their own segment of the show. the McGees continued to perform on their own through the '50s and made numerous Grand Ole Opry appearances as the Fruit Jar Drinkers. They remained active into the '70s, and ended with a stunning performance at the Country Music Fan Fair in 1975.
On August 21, 1975, Sam McGee was killed in a tractor accident on the family farm. Kirk continued to perform until the early '80s. He passed away in 1983.

Talents : Sam : Vocals, Guitar, Banjo - Kirk : Vocals, Banjo, Fiddle

Style musical : Old Timey, Traditional Country

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BUCK DANCER'S CHOICE (1926) (Sam McGee)

C-H-I-C-K-E-N Spells Chicken (1927) (McGee Brothers)

EASY RIDER (1928) (Sam McGee)

RAILROAD BLUES (1934) (Sam McGee)

Years in activity :

1910 20 30 40 50 60 70 80 90 2000 10

DISCOGRAPHY

78 t.

05/1926 78 t. VOCALION 15318 (US) Sam McGEE - Franklin Blues / Buck Dancer's Choice
05/1926 78 t. VOCALION 15325 (US)

In A Cool Shady Nook (Uncle Dave MACON) / Old Ties (Uncle Dave MACON & Sam McGee)

05/1926 78 t. VOCALION 15326 (US)

Sam McGEE - If I Could Only Blot Out The Paste / Knoxville Blues

02/1927 78 t. VOCALION 5094 (US)

Sam McGEE - Franklin Blues / Buck Dancer's Choice

02/1927 78 t. VOCALION 5101 (US) Sam McGEE - If I Could Only Blot Out The Paste / Knoxville Blues
02/1927 78 t. VOCALION 5104 (US) In A Cool Shady Nook (Uncle Dave MACON) / Old Ties (Uncle Dave MACON & Sam McGee)
05/1927 78 t. VOCALION 5150 (US) McGEE BROTHERS - Salty Dog Blues / C-H-I-C-K-E-N Spells Chicken
06/1927 78 t. VOCALION 5159 (US) Poor Old Dad (Uncle Dave MACON & McGEE BROTHERS) / Molly Married A Traveling Man (Uncle Dave MACON)
1927 78 t. VOCALION 5166 (US)

McGEE BROTHERS - Charming Bill / Flower From My Angel Mother's Grave

1927 78 t. VOCALION 5167 (US)

McGEE BROTHERS - Old Masters Run Away / Someone Else May Be There

1927 78 t. VOCALION 5169 (US)

McGEE BROTHERS - Salt Lake City Blues / Hannah Won't You Open The Door

1927 78 t. VOCALION 5170 (US) McGEE BROTHERS - Ragged Jim / Rufus Blossom
1927 78 t. VOCALION 5171 (US) McGEE BROTHERS - Tramp / My Family Has Been A Crooked Set
1927 78 t. VOCALION 5172 (US) Uncle Dave MACON & McGEE BROTHERS - More Like Your Dad Every Day / You've Been A Friend To Me
1928 78 t. VOCALION 5254 (US) Sam McGEE - Chevrolet Car / Easy Rider
1928 78 t. VOCALION 5310 (US) Sam McGEE - Willie And Mary Strolled By The Seashore / Ship Without A Sail
1928 78 t. Gennett 6704 (US)

If I Only Had A Home (Evan DOUGLAS & Nate SMITH) / If I Could Only Blot Out The Past (Kirk McGee & Blythe PoTEet)

1928 78 t. CHAMPION 15651 (US) If I Could Hear My Mother Pray Again (Evan DOUGLAS) / If I Could Only Blot Out The Past (Evan DOUGLAS & Nate SMITH)
1928 78 t. SUPERTONE 9318 (US)

If I Could Hear My Mother Pray Again (McMANN & ROBERTS) / She'll Be Coming Round The Mountain (Dave TURNER (Dick Parman))

1929 78 t. Gennett 6731 (US) No One Else Can Take Your Place (Kirk McGee & Blythe PoTEet) / If I Could Hear My Mother Pray Again (McMANN & ROBERTS)
1929 78 t. Gennett 6778 (US) Kirk McGee & Blythe  PoTeEt - Love Always Has Its Way / Only A Step To The Grave
1929 78 t. CHAMPION 15711 (US) Evan DOUGLAS & Nate SMITH - Love Always Has Its Way / Only A Step To The Grave
1929 78 t. Gennett 7022 (US) Kickin' Mule (Kirk McGee) / C-H-I-C-K-E-N Spells Chicken (Kirk McGee & Blythe  PoTeEt)
1929 78 t. CONQUEROR 7257 (US)

Kickin' Mule (Kirk McGee) / C-H-I-C-K-E-N Spells Chicken (Kirk McGee & Blythe  PoTeEt)

1929 78 t. SUPERTONE 9373 (US) RAND & FOSTER - If I Could Only Blot Out The Past / Only A Step To The Grave
01/1931 78 t. OKEH 45522 (US) Uncle Dave MACON & Sam McGEE - Mysteries Of The World / Was You There When They Took My Lord Away?
12/1931 78 t. OKEH 45522 (US) Uncle Dave MACON & Sam McGEE - Oh Baby You Done Me Wrong / She's Got The Money Too
1934 78 t. CHAMPION S-16804 (US) Brown's Ferry Blues (Kirk McGee) / Railroad Blues (Sam McGEE)
10/1934 78 t. Gennett-CHAMPION 16805 (US) Uncle Dave MACON & Sam McGEE - When The Train Goes Along / Thank God For Everything
1934 78 t. Gennett-CHAMPION 16822 (US) Uncle Dave MACON & Sam McGEE - He's Up With The Angels Now / Don't Get Weary, Children
1935 78 t. Gennett-CHAMPION 45105 (US)

When The Train Goes Along / Thank God For Everything

1935 78 t. Gennett-CHAMPION 45148 (US) Uncle Dave MACON & Sam McGEE - Don't Get Weary, Children / He's Up With The Angels Now
1937 78 t. DECCA 5348 (US) Brown's Ferry Blues (Kirk & Sam MgGEE) / Railroad Blues (Sam MgGEE)
05/1937 78 t. DECCA 5369 (US) Uncle Dave MACON & Sam McGEE - Don't Get Weary, Children / He's Up With The Angels Now
05/1937 78 t. DECCA 5373 (US) Uncle Dave MACON & Sam McGEE - When The Train Goes Along / Thank God For Everything
1939 78 t. MONTGOMERY WARD M 8029 (US) Uncle Dave MACON & Sam McGEE - He's Up With The Angels Now / Don't Get Weary, Children
1951 78 t. & SP TENNESSEE 798 (US) Kirk McGEE & His BAND - It¢s Too Late To Change Your Mind / Rambler‘s Blues
1951 78 t. & SP TENNESSEE 808 (US) Kirk McGEE & His BAND - Missing In Action /  Don¢t Fool Around My Baby
1965 SP Decca 34317 (US) Uncle Dave Macon & Kirk & Sam McGee - Thank God For Everything / When The Train Comes Along



Albums

1962 LP 12" Starday SLP-182 (US)

Opry Old Timers - SAM & KIRK McGEE FROM SUNNY TENNESSEE & THE CROOK BROTHERS - Roll On Buddy (Sam & Kirk McGee) / John Henry (Crook Brothers) / Hung Down My Head And Cried (Sam & Kirk McGee) / Black Mountain Rag (Crook Brothers) / Freight Train Blues (Sam & Kirk McGee) / Soldier's Joy (Crook Brothers) / Roll Along Jordan (Sam & Kirk McGee) / Ragtime Annie (Crook Brothers) / My Gal's A High Born Lady (Sam & Kirk McGee) / Lost John (Crook Brothers) / Coming From The Ball (Sam & Kirk McGee) / Liberty (Crook Brothers) / Chittlin' Cookin' Time In Cheatham County (Sam & Kirk McGee) / Will The Circle Be Unbroken (Crook Brothers)

1964 LP 12" Folkways FA-2379 (US)

LOOK! WHOIS IS HERE Old Timers Of The Grand Ole Opry - THE McGEE BROTHERS & Arthur Smith - Cumberland Gap (Arthur Smith) / Roll On Buddy (McGee Brothers) / Needlecase (Sam McGee) / Buck Dancer's Choice (Sam McGee) / Sally Long (Sam McGee) / Rock House Joe (Kirk McGee) / Polly Ann (Arthur Smith) / Hell Among The Yearlings (Arthur Smith) / Kilby Jail (Arthur Smith) / Coming From The Ball (McGee Brothers) / Dusty Miller (Arthur Smith) / Sixteen On Sunday (Arthur Smith) / Snowdrop (Kirk McGee) / Railroad Blues (Sam McGee) / House Of David Blues (Arthur Smith) / Green Valley Waltz (Arthur Smith) / Guitar Waltz (Sam McGee) / Knoxville Blues (Sam McGee) / Jim Sapp Rag (Sam McGee) / Whoop 'em Up Cindy (McGee Brothers) / Hollow Poplar (Arthur Smith) / Bile 'Em Cabbage Down (Arthur Smith)

1966 LP 12" Guest Star G 1501 (mono) / GS 1501 (stereo) (US)

Whoop 'Em Up Cindy - SAM & KIRK McGEE - Whoop 'em Up Cindy / Darlin' Rose Malone / Blue Night / Let's Meet By The Old Oaken Bucket / Brentwood Shuffle / What Does The Deep Sea Say / My Long Journey Home / Keep A Light In Your Window Tonight / Comin` From The Ball / My Old Kentucky Home

1966 LP 12" Guest Star G 1505 (mono) / GS 1505 (stereo) (US)

Stars Of The Grand Ole Opry - SAM & KIRK McGEE - Chittlin' Cookin' Time In Cheatham County / Massa's In The Cold / Cold Ground / Sittin' On Top Of The World / Roll On Buddy / Milk Cow Blues / Raining Teardrops / Ten Years / The Leaves Mustn't Fall / Waltz Medley

1968 LP 12" Folkways FT-1007 (mono) / FTS-31007 (stereo) (US)

Milk 'em In The Evening Blues - THE McGEE BROTHERS & Arthur Smith - Single-Footing Horse / Widow Haley / Charming Bill / Milk Cow Blues / Memphis Blues / Boogie / Amos Johnson Rag / Redwing / Under The Double Eagle / Don't Let Your Deal Go Down / Evening Shade / Pig At Home In The Pen /  Peacock Rag / Milk 'em In The Evening Blues / Late Last Night / Keep A Light In Your Window Tonight / Uncle Buddy / Lafayette / Drummer Boy /  Easy Rider / Chinese Breakdown / Dance All Night With A Bottle In Your Hand / Whistling Rufus / Sally Johnson / I've Had A Big Time Tonight

1970 LP 12" Dailey DR 1009 (US)

Flat-Top Pickin' Sam McGee - Flat Top Pickin' Sam McGee / Buck Dancer's Choice / Won't Happen Again / Victory Rag / When The Wagon Was New / Uncle Fuller / Wheels / Under The Double Eagle / Railroad Blues / Shut The Door / Sally Long / Cabbage Head / Franklin Blues / Knoxville Blues / Sam's Other Side / Little Texas Waltz

1971 LP 12" Arhoolie 5012 (US)

Grand Dad Of The Country Guitar Pickers - SAM McGEE - Sam McGee Stomp / Fuller Blues / Burglar Bold / Dew Drop / Jesse James / Ching Chong / Blackberry Blossom / Wheels / How Great Thou Art / When The Wagon Was New / Franklin Blues / Penitentiary Blues / Pig Ankle Rag / Railroad Blues / Buckdancer's Choice

1971 LP 12" MBA MBA 607 (US)

Pillars Of The Grand Ole Opry - Sam & Kirk McGee - Southern Moon / Waiting For A Letter / Snow Drop / End Of Forever / Farewell Blues - Alabama Jubilee - Just Because / Will The Circle Be Unbroken / Snowbird / Mild Cow Blues / Y'all Come / San Antonio Rose / If I Had My Life To Live Over / Whispering Hope

1975 LP 12" BEAR FAMILY BF 15517 (GER)

Sam & Kirk McGee From Sunny Tennessee - C-H-I-C-K-E-N Spells Chicken / Rufus Blossom / Salty Dog Blues / Someone Else May Be There While I'm Gone / My Family Has Been A Crooked Set / The Tramp / A Flower From My Angel Mother's Grave / The Kicking Mule / The Ship Without A Sail / If I Could Only Blot Out The Past / Old Master's Runaway / Charming Bill / Only A Step To The Grave / Easy Rider / Chevrolet Car / As Willie And Mary Strolled By The Seashore

1975 LP 12" DAVIS UNLIMITED DU-33021 (US)

God Be With You Until We Meet Again - (Old-Time Country Gospel Music) - Sam McGee & Bill Lowery - There Is A Fountain / Farther Along / How Great Thou Art / Life’s Railway To Heaven / Whispering Hope / Where No One Stands Alone / Wayfaring Stranger / Amazing Grace / What A Friend We Have In Jesus / Where The Roses Never Fade / I’m S-A-V-E-D / God Be With You Until We Meet Again

1980 LP 12" MBA NR-11331 (US)

Mister Kirk - 54 Years Of Country Pickin' - Kirk McGee - While I'm Away / Too Late To Change Your Mind / Kirk's Waltz / House Of The Rising Sun / Drunkards Dream / Bound To Go / Sinner’s Prayer / Blue Night / Dark Clouds / Blues Come On In / The Tramp / The End Of Forever / Wheels / Mabel Claire / Gulf Coast Blues

1984 LP 12" Old Homestead OHCS 170 (US)

Old Time Songs And Guitar Tunes - volUME ONE - Sam & Kirk McGee - Railroad Blues / Knoxville Blues / Flower From My Angel Mother's Grave / In A Cool Shady Nook / Salty Dog Blues / Ship Without A Sail / As Willie And Mary Strolled By The Seashore / Chicken / Hannah Won't You Open The Door / Chevrolet Car / Easy Rider / Old Master's Runaway / Buck Dancer's Choice / Charming Bill / No One Else Can Take Your Place / If I Could Hear My Mother Pray Again

1997 CD Arhoolie CD 9009 (US)

Grand Dad Of The Country Guitar Pickers - SAM McGEE - Sam McGee Stomp / Fuller Blues / Burglar Bold / Dew Drop / Jesse James / Ching Chong / Blackberry Blossom / Wheels / How Great Thou Art / When The Wagon Was New / Franklin Blues / Penitentiary Blues / Pig Ankle Rag / Railroad Blues / Buckdancer's Choice / Black Mountain Rag / Wayfaring Stranger

1998 CD Document DOCD 8036 (AUT)

Complete Recorded Works In Chronological Order 1926-1934 - Buck Dancer's Choice (Sam McGEE) / The Franklin Blues (Sam McGEE) / A Cool Shady Nook (Sam McGEE) / If I Could Only Blot Out The Past (Sam McGEE) / Knoxville Blues (Sam McGEE) / Old Master's Runaway (McGEE BROTHERS) / Charming Bill (McGEE BROTHERS) / A Flower From My Angel Mother's Grave (McGEE BROTHERS) / C-h-i-c-k-e-n Spells Chicken (McGEE BROTHERS) / Salty Dog Blues (McGEE BROTHERS) / Salt Lake City Blues (McGEE BROTHERS) / Rufus Blossom (McGEE BROTHERS) / Ragged Jim (McGEE BROTHERS) / Someone Else May Be There While I'm Gone (McGEE BROTHERS) / Hannah Won't You Open The Door? (McGEE BROTHERS) / My Family Has Been A Crooked Set (McGEE BROTHERS) / The Tramp (McGEE BROTHERS) / Easy Rider (Sam McGEE) / Chevrolet Car (Sam McGEE) / As Willie And Mary Strolled By The Seashore (Sam McGEE) / The Ship Without A Sail (Sam McGEE) / Brown's Ferry Blues (Kirk & Sam McGEE) / Railroad Blues (Sam McGEE)

1999 CD Grand Avenue GAR-7004-CD (US)

The Essential Sam & Kirk McGee Collection - While I'm Away / Too Late To Change Your Mind / Kirk's Waltz / Drunkards Dream / Bound To Go / Blue Night / Dark Clouds / Blues Come On In / The Tramp / Mabel Claire / Gulf Coast Blues / Flat Top Pickin' Sam Mcgee / Buck Dancer's Choice / Won't Happen Again / Victor Rag / When The Wagon Was New / Uncle Fuller / Railroad Blues / Shut The Door / Sally Long / Cabbage Head / Franklin Blues / Knoxville Blues / Sam's Other Side / Little Texas Waltz / Southern Moon / Waiting For A Letter / The End Of Forever

20?? CD Old Homestead OHCD 4170 (US)

Old Time Songs And Guitar Tunes - Railroad Blues / Knoxville Blues / Flower From Angel Mothers Grave / Cool Shady / Nook / Salty Dog Blues / Ship Without A Sail / Willy And Mary / C-H-I-C-K-E-N / Hannah Open That Door / Chevrolet Car / Easy Rider / Old Masters Runaway / Buck Dancers Choice / Charming Bill / If I Could Hear My Mother Pray Again / My Family Has Been A Crooked Set / The Tramp / Browns Ferry Blues If I Could Only Blot Out The Past / Salt Lake City Blues / Only One Step To The Grave / Thank God For Everything / Kickin Mule / When The Train Comes Along

04/2008 CD Spring Fed SFR 103 (US)

Sam & Kirk McGee Live - 1955-1967 - OUTSTANDING IN THEIR FIELD -  Milk 'em In The Morning Blues / Billy In The Low Ground / Railroad Blues / Milk Cow Blues / I Wish I Had A Nickel / House Of David Blues / Hear We Are Girls [spoken] / I Stand Behind This [spoken] / Wheels / Blackberry Blossom / Black Cat Rag / Railroad Blues / Keep A Light In Your Window / Tiger Rag / Mississippi Sawyer / When The Wagon Was New / Shut The Door (They're Comin' Through The Window) / Blue Night / Buck Dancer's Choice / Say Old Man Can You Play A Fiddle / Don't Get Weary, Children / John Henry / Buck Dancer's Choice / A Lot Of People Ought To Be Satisfied... [spoken] / Amos Johnson Rag / Closing Remarks [spoken]

2012 CD Old Homestead OHCD-4185 (US) Just From Tennessee - Uncle Dave Macon With Sam McGee & Sid Harkreader - I Don't Reckon It'll Happen Again / Save My Mother's Picture From The Sale / Arkansas Traveler / The Girl I Left Behind Me / Muskrat Medley / Old Ship Of Zion / Down In Arkansas / Down By The Old Mill Stream / Rise When The Rooster Crows / Way Down The Old Plank Road / The Bobles True / He Won The Heart Of My Sarah Jane / Last Night When My Willie Came Home / I've Got The Mourning Blues / Death Of John Henry / On The Dixie Bee Line / Buck Dancers Choice / The Franklin Blues / Whoop Em Up Cindy / Only As Far As The Gate Ma / Just Tell Them That You Saw Me / Poor Sinner Fare You Well / Old Ties / Knoxville Blues / We're Up Against It Now / Uncle Daves Beloved Solo

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