Kenny Hall

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Kenny Hall Etching by Harry Liedstrand

Kenny Hall (1923-2013) was an amazing mandolin player and an exciting fiddler who was born blind in San Jose, California.  For over 50 years he was a major force in the California old-time music tradition. Kenny is also recognized as being important to the entire Western fiddle and string band revival that started in the 1960’s.  He acquired a phenomenal repertoire of traditional folk songs and string band music by listening to the radio, collecting 78-rpm records, and playing with other fiddlers and musicians from Missouri, Georgia, Oklahoma, and Texas.  Eventually, Kenny learned tunes and songs from every part of the United States as well as from other countries including Canada, Mexico, Latin America, Portugal, Brazil, Ireland, and many parts of Europe.  Kenny’s energetic musical style could lift a room and inspire musicians while spreading cheerfulness to players and listeners alike.  The notes from his mandolin would sparkle, and the art of his fiddling was compelling.  He was eager to teach and share his music with others, always encouraging those around him.  He continued to play regularly in Fresno, California, where the hot weather suited him, until his passing in 2013.  

Five professional recordings of Kenny’s music were commercially produced.  At least another six collections were made with friends from the Bay Area and the San Joaquin Valley in California.  There are surely countless recordings of his concerts, workshops, jam sessions, and lessons in the possession of his friends and fans.

Harry Liedstrand 
Lafayette, CA
April, 2017

Titlesort descending Media Source Track Order
All Around The Water Tank New Santa Fe Ramblers - Number 11 On The Jukebox 480.17
All Night Long New Santa Fe Ramblers - North Sanger Blues 475.18
All Night Long Skiffle Symphony: All Night Long 701.12
Angeline The Baker Sweets Mill String Band Bay Records CD 727 704.01
Apricot Stealer’s Waltz Skiffle Symphony: All Night Long 701.02
Baroushka Long Haul String Band - Raise The Roof 401.60
Beautiful Ohio Waltz Happy Neighbor Club 300.10
Beer Barrel Polka New Santa Fe Ramblers - Number 11 On The Jukebox 480.13
Big Boss Man Skiffle Symphony: I Like Mountain Music 703.07
Bill Cheatham New Santa Fe Ramblers - North Sanger Blues 475.12
Black Eyed Susie New Santa Fe Ramblers - North Sanger Blues 475.21
Boatman New Santa Fe Ramblers - North Sanger Blues 475.17
Brazilian Tune Kenny Hall Philo LP 1008 (1974) OOP 380.05
Bright Shines The Moon New Santa Fe Ramblers - North Sanger Blues 475.14
Buck Dance Skiffle Symphony: All Day Long 700.00
Buck Dance Skiffle Symphony: All Night Long 701.05
Bucking Mule New Santa Fe Ramblers - Number 11 On The Jukebox 480.18
Buddy Won't You Roll Down That Line Skiffle Symphony: All Day Long 700.07
Buddy Won't You Roll Down That Line Guitar For Pervis 200.17
Buffalo Gals Skiffle Symphony: All Night Long 701.11
Bully Of The Town Long Haul String Band - Raise The Roof 401.57
Cacklin' Hen Skiffle Symphony: All Day Long 700.02
Campbell's Farewell To Red Gap Kenny Hall Philo LP 1008 (1974) OOP 380.01
Campbells Are Coming Sweets Mill String Band Bay Records CD 727 704.03
Chamaritza Skiffle Symphony: All Day Long 700.10
Cherokee Shuffle New Santa Fe Ramblers - North Sanger Blues 475.04
Chinese Breakdown Skiffle Symphony: I Like Mountain Music 703.19
Christmas Carols By The Old Coral Skiffle Symphony: All Night Long 701.20
Cielito Lindo New Santa Fe Ramblers - Number 11 On The Jukebox 480.07
Clinch Mountain Home New Santa Fe Ramblers - Number 11 On The Jukebox 480.11
Copper And The Gunman Kenny Hall Philo LP 1008 (1974) OOP 380.04
Cotton Eyed Joe Sweets Mill String Band Bay Records CD 727 704.09
Cripple Creek Skiffle Symphony: All Day Long 700.14
Crushkeen Lawn Merritt Herring And Kenny Hall - Jug Of Punch 450.01
Crying Holy Sweets Mill String Band Bay Records CD 727 704.07
Dance Of The Fairies Merritt Herring And Kenny Hall - Jug Of Punch 450.02
Dark Town Strutters Ball Skiffle Symphony: All Day Long 700.09
Dem Blues New Santa Fe Ramblers - Number 11 On The Jukebox 480.04
Devilish Mary Sweets Mill String Band Bay Records CD 727 704.08
Dinah Sweets Mills String Band Bay Records CD 727 704.23
Dixie Medley Long Haul String Band - Raise The Roof 401.66
Down Yonder Skiffle Symphony: I Like Mountain Music 703.12
East Tennessee Blues Long Haul String Band - Raise The Roof 401.51
Fado Happy Neighbor Club 300.09
Finger Picking Medley Skiffle Symphony: I Like Mountain Music 703.15
Flop Eared Mule Skiffle Symphony: All Day Long 700.13
Flower Waltz Skiffle Symphony: All Night Long 701.04
Flowers Of Edinburgh Skiffle Symphony: I Like Mountain Music 703.08
Flowers Of Edinburgh Kenny Hall Philo LP 1008 (1974) OOP 380.08
Footprints In The Snow Guitar For Pervis 200.25
Gay Caballero Guitar For Pervis 200.27
Goin' Back To Texas Skiffle Symphony: I Like Mountain Music 703.10
Gold Mine In The Sky Guitar For Pervis 200.02
Golden Slippers Sweets Mills String Band Bay Records CD 727 704.25
Golden Slippers Guitar For Pervis 200.26
Gotta Quit Kickin' My Dog Around Long Haul String Band - Raise The Roof 401.63
Green Valley Waltz Skiffle Symphony: All Night Long 701.08
Gypsy Blossom Special New Santa Fe Ramblers - Number 11 On The Jukebox 480.03
Hallelujah I'm A Bum Guitar For Pervis 200.04
Hallelujah! I’m A Bum Skiffle Symphony: All Night Long 701.10
Happy Hayseeds Two Step Skiffle Symphony: All Night Long 701.13
Happy Neighbor Club Happy Neighbor Club 300.08
Hawaiian Blues New Santa Fe Ramblers - North Sanger Blues 475.03
Hawaiian Blues Skiffle Symphony: All Day Long 700.18
Heel & Toe Polka New Santa Fe Ramblers - Number 11 On The Jukebox 480.06
Hesitation Blues Guitar For Pervis 200.11
High Hop Ladies Skiffle Symphony: I Like Mountain Music 703.11
Highland Pipe Medley Happy Neighbor Club 300.04
Highland Pipe Medley Sweets Mill String Band Bay Records CD 727 704.16
Highway Bogie Skiffle Symphony: I Like Mountain Music 703.02
Hilo Hawaiian March Happy Neighbor Club 300.11
Hobb Dye Kenny Hall Philo LP 1008 (1974) OOP 380.09
I Don't Work For A Living Guitar For Pervis 200.03
I Like Mountain Music, Chicken Reel Skiffle Symphony: I Like Mountain Music 703.09
I Ride An Old Paint Guitar For Pervis 200.05
I Took My Gal A Walkin' Skiffle Symphony: All Day Long 700.03
I'm Free From Chain Gang Now Skiffle Symphony: I Like Mountain Music 703.01
If I Lose Skiffle Symphony: All Night Long 701.14
In The Jailhouse Now New Santa Fe Ramblers - Number 11 On The Jukebox 480.15
Indian War Whoop Skiffle Symphony: All Night Long 701.09
Indian War Whoop New Santa Fe Ramblers - North Sanger Blues 475.23
Irish Washerwoman New Santa Fe Ramblers - Number 11 On The Jukebox 480.20
It's A Long Way To Tipperary Guitar For Pervis 200.19
It's A Long Way To Tipperary Skiffle Symphony: I Like Mountain Music 703.17
It's Nice To Get Up In The Morning Sweets Mills String Band Bay Records CD 727 704.22
Jack Of Diamonds New Santa Fe Ramblers - North Sanger Blues 475.13
Jambalaya New Santa Fe Ramblers - Number 11 On The Jukebox 480.02
Jawbone Long Haul String Band - Raise The Roof 401.53
Jealous Hearted Me Skiffle Symphony: All Day Long 700.06
Jealous Hearted Me Guitar For Pervis 200.10
John Brown's Dream New Santa Fe Ramblers - Number 11 On The Jukebox 480.12
Jordan Is A Hard Road To Travel New Santa Fe Ramblers - North Sanger Blues 475.07
Katy Nora Medley Sweets Mills String Band Bay Records CD 727 704.21
Kenny's Farm Sweets Mills String Band Bay Records CD 727 704.20
La Espanola Skiffle Symphony: I Like Mountain Music 703.13
Leaving Home Sweets Mill String Band Bay Records CD 727 704.14
Leaving Home New Santa Fe Ramblers - Number 11 On The Jukebox 480.16
Lil' Brown Jug Skiffle Symphony: All Day Long 700.12
Lil' Brown Jug Guitar For Pervis 200.01
Little Beggerman New Santa Fe Ramblers - Number 11 On The Jukebox 480.14
Little Beggerman Sweets Mill String Band Bay Records CD 727 704.11
Little Dixie Boy Skiffle Symphony: I Like Mountain Music 703.20
Little Dixie Boy Long Haul String Band - Raise The Roof 401.55
Little Girl Dressed In Blue Sweets Mill String Band Bay Records CD 727 704.06
Little Lady Skiffle Symphony: I Like Mountain Music 703.14
Little Luly New Santa Fe Ramblers - Number 11 On The Jukebox 480.10
Little Rabbit Sweets Mill String Band Bay Records CD 727 704.13
Little Rabbit Skiffle Symphony: I Like Mountain Music 703.04
Lonesome Road Sweets Mill String Band Bay Records CD 727 704.17
Lou Nova's Chamaritza Happy Neighbor Club 300.06
Maggie Walker Blues Sweets Mills String Band Bay Records CD 727 704.24
Magpie Skiffle Symphony: All Night Long 701.03
Mananitas, Clarence's Waltz, Maripossa Happy Neighbor Club 300.03
Mississippi Sawyer New Santa Fe Ramblers - North Sanger Blues 475.09
Mother The Queen Of My Heart Guitar For Pervis 200.12
Mount Shasta Waltz Skiffle Symphony: All Night Long 701.17
My Creole Belle New Santa Fe Ramblers - North Sanger Blues 475.10
My Home's Across The Blue Ridge Mountains Skiffle Symphony: I Like Mountain Music 703.03
New River Train New Santa Fe Ramblers - Number 11 On The Jukebox 480.08
Noah's Snoa New Santa Fe Ramblers - North Sanger Blues 475.06
North Sanger Blue New Santa Fe Ramblers - North Sanger Blues 475.24
North Sanger Blues Guitar For Pervis 200.16
Number 11 On The Jukebox New Santa Fe Ramblers - Number 11 On The Jukebox 480.01
Oh For The Life Of A Cowboy Guitar For Pervis 200.07
Old And Gray Sweets Mill String Band Bay Records CD 727 704.18
Old French Kenny Hall Philo LP 1008 (1974) OOP 380.11
Old Man Old Man, Rattler Treed A Possum Happy Neighbor Club 300.12
Old Molly Hare Skiffle Symphony: All Night Long 701.01
Old Mother Flanagan Sweets Mill String Band Bay Records CD 727 704.04
Old Spinning Wheel Guitar For Pervis 200.23
On The Other Side Of Jordan Skiffle Symphony: All Day Long 700.05
Peeler Creek Waltz Kenny Hall Philo LP 1008 (1974) OOP 380.06
Peeler's Creek, Peeler's Jacket New Santa Fe Ramblers - Number 11 On The Jukebox 480.09
Peter Piper Skiffle Symphony: All Night Long 701.19
Please Home Recording 750.01
Policeman Sweets Mill String Band Bay Records CD 727 704.12
Portugueza Happy Neighbor Club 300.13
Rainbow Kenny Hall Philo LP 1008 (1974) OOP 380.03
Raise The Roof In Georgia Long Haul String Band - Raise The Roof 401.59
Red River Valley Long Haul String Band - Raise The Roof 401.54
Rights Of Man Skiffle Symphony: All Night Long 701.07
Roll On Little Dogies Roll On Guitar For Pervis 200.06
Roly Poly Skiffle Symphony: All Day Long 700.17
Rose Tree Kenny Hall Philo LP 1008 (1974) OOP 380.02
Roving Gambler Guitar For Pervis 200.13
Sail Away Ladies New Santa Fe Ramblers - North Sanger Blues 475.01
Sally Ann Skiffle Symphony: I Like Mountain Music 703.18
Sandy Kenny Hall Philo LP 1008 (1974) OOP 380.07
Sandy Skiffle Symphony: All Night Long 701.18
Seneca Square Dance New Santa Fe Ramblers - North Sanger Blues 475.11
Shanty In Old Shanty Town Skiffle Symphony: All Day Long 700.04
Shaskeen Reel Kenny Hall Philo LP 1008 (1974) OOP 380.12
She's Got The Money Too Kenny Hall Philo LP 1008 (1974) OOP 380.13
Sicilian Polka New Santa Fe Ramblers - North Sanger Blues 475.15
Sittin' On Top Of The World Home Recording 750.02
Snow Deer Long Haul String Band - Raise The Roof 401.58
Soldier's Joy New Santa Fe Ramblers - Number 11 On The Jukebox 480.21
Somebody's Waiting For Me Happy Neighbor Club 300.14
Spanish Tune Long Haul String Band - Raise The Roof 401.64
Still My Curly Headed Baby Waits For Me Guitar For Pervis 200.21
Stone Rag Happy Neighbor Club 300.02
Stony Point Sweets Mill String Band Bay Records CD 727 704.02
Stop Waltz Skiffle Symphony: All Day Long 700.20
Sullivan's Hollow Kenny Hall Philo LP 1008 (1974) OOP 380.14
Susanah Gal Sweets Mill String Band Bay Records CD 727 704.15
Swedish Schottische Happy Neighbor Club 300.07
Sweet Sunny South Sweets Mills String Band Bay Records CD 727 704.19
T Is For texas New Santa Fe Ramblers - North Sanger Blues 475.19
Take Me Back To My Boots And Saddle Guitar For Pervis 200.20
Take Me Back To Texas New Santa Fe Ramblers - North Sanger Blues 475.08
Tanner's Blues Skiffle Symphony: All Day Long 700.11
TB Blues Guitar For Pervis 200.14
Tennessee Waltz Skiffle Symphony: I Like Mountain Music 703.16
Tex Mex Polka Happy Neighbor Club 300.05
Texas Barb Wire Skiffle Symphony: All Day Long 700.16
Texas State Anthem Skiffle Symphony: All Day Long 700.15
Texas State Anthem New Santa Fe Ramblers - North Sanger Blues 475.16
That Blue Eyed Girl Skiffle Symphony: All Day Long 700.19
The West A Nest And You Long Haul String Band - Raise The Roof 401.62
Three Leaves Of Shamrock Skiffle Symphony: All Day Long 700.08
Ti-E Ti-O Kenny Hall Philo LP 1008 (1974) OOP 380.10
Ti-ee Ti-oh Guitar For Pervis 200.24
Tommy Don't Go Skiffle Symphony: All Night Long 701.15
Too Dul Um Too Guitar For Pervis 200.18
Toodle Um Too Skiffle Symphony: All Night Long 701.06
Uncle Bud, Sugar In The Gourd New Santa Fe Ramblers - North Sanger Blues 475.20
Utah Trail Guitar For Pervis 200.22
Victory Rag, Bourbon Street Parade Skiffle Symphony: I Like Mountain Music 703.06
Voice Of Portugal Happy Neighbor Club 300.01
Walk Along John Long Haul String Band - Raise The Roof 401.65
Walkin In The Parlor Skiffle Symphony: I Like Mountain Music 703.05
Watermelon On The Vine Long Haul String Band - Raise The Roof 401.61
Wearing The Green Sweets Mill String Band Bay Records CD 727 704.05
Wee Doch n Doris Long Haul String Band - Raise The Roof 401.56
Welch Christmas Carol Skiffle Symphony: All Night Long 701.21
West Fork Gals New Santa Fe Ramblers - North Sanger Blues 475.02
What A Big Bum I Am Guitar For Pervis 200.08
When The Work's All Done This Fall Guitar For Pervis 200.09
Whiskey Before Breakfast New Santa Fe Ramblers - North Sanger Blues 475.22
Whistlin’ Rufus Skiffle Symphony: All Night Long 701.16
White House Blues New Santa Fe Ramblers - Number 11 On The Jukebox 480.19
Who Broke The Lock Skiffle Symphony: All Day Long 700.01
Wilbur Forbes Long Haul String Band - Raise The Roof 401.52
Willow Garden Sweets Mill String Band Bay Records CD 727 704.10
Wind That Shakes The Barley Skiffle Symphony: All Day Long 700.08
Women Make A Fool Out Of Me Guitar For Pervis 200.15
Worried Man Blues New Santa Fe Ramblers - North Sanger Blues 475.05
Zitka New Santa Fe Ramblers - Number 11 On The Jukebox 480.05