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Columbus Stockade Blues
Composer: Traditional

Performed by a group that included Jerry Garcia, Phil Lesh, Leon Russell, Mary Egan and Doug Sahm on November 23, 1972 at the Armadillo World Headquarters, Austin, TX.

The origins of this song are uncertain. The earliest recording appears to be the Darby and Tarlton version from 1927. They are sometimes credited with writing the song but it is more likely that is was an existing song at that time. Many later recordings are credited to Jimmie Davis (sometimes with Eva Sargent) who popularized it in the 1940's.

The "Columbus Stockade Blues" Historical Marker, located outside the former Columbus Stockade buildings, on Tenth Street between 6th and 7th Avenues in Columbus, commemorates the songs and states that it was written and recorded by Darby & Tarlton in 1927.



Recordings

no info Single (Birmigham Jail / Columbus Stockade Blues), Darby & Tarlton, 1927
no info Single (Birmigham Jail / Columbus Stockade Blues), Bud & Joe Billings, 1928
no info Single (She's Waiting For Me / Columbus Stockade Blues), Cliff Carlisle, 1931
no info Single (Columbus Stockade Blues / Childhood Dreams), Jim & Otto Fletcher, 1931
no info Single (Columbus Stockade Blues / Happy Days and Lonely Nights), The Yellowjackets, 1937
no info Single (Birmigham Jail / Columbus Stockade Blues), Fred Kirby's Carolina Boys, 1938
no info Single (Columbus Stockade Blues / Walkin' My Blues Away), Jimmie Davis, 1942?
no info Single (My Own True Love / Columbus Stockade Blues), Vaughn Monroe, 1945?
no info Single (Over The Waves / Columbus Stockade Blues), Moon Mullican, 1951
no info Single (Columbus Stockade Blues / In Sunny Tennessee), Hal "Lone" Pine and Betty Cody, 1954
no info Single (Columbus Stockade Blues / Sweethearts Or Strangers), Grady Martin, 1954
no info Single (Columbus Stockade Blues / Bye Bye Blackbird), Del Wood, 1954
no info Single (Columbus Stockade Blues / You Little Sweet, Little You), Dusty Rhodes, 1955
no info Country & Western Songs, Rosalie Allen With Shorty Warren & His Western Rangers, 1956
no info Rodeo, Tex Fletcher and Rosalie Allen, 1957
no info Elton Britt & Rosalie Allen, 1958
no info You Are My Sunshine, Jimmie Davis, 1959
no info Sings Golden Hits of Country and Western Music, Texas Jim Robertson, 1959
no info The Blues, Pete Fountain, 1959
no info Jerry Howard Plays Crazy Guitar, Jerry Howard with Don Ralke & His Orchestra, 1960
no info Single (Columbus Stockade Blues / Sentimental Journey), Pete Fountain, 1960
no info Single (Rainbow Round My Shoulder / Columbus Stockade Blues), Billy Grammer, 1961
info Rolf Cahn and Eric Von Schmidt, Rolf Cahn and Eric Von Schmidt, 1961
no info Our Favorite Folk Songs, The Browns, 1961
no info Sings Country Heart Songs, Bill Anderson, 1962
no info Bashful Brother Oswald with His Banjo and Dobro, Bashful Brother Oswald, 1962
no info Celebrating 25 Years with Roy Acuff and the Smoky Mountain Boys on the Grand Ole Opry, Bashful Brother Oswald, 1962
no info Steel Guitar Sounds, Walter Haynes with Merry Melody Singers, 1962
no info Country Music Hall of Fame, Volume 2, Various Artists (Bashful Brother Oswald), 1962
info Songs of the Cities, Roy Drusky, 1963
info Bluegrass Special, Bill Monroe, 1963
no info Our Men Out West, Sons Of The Pioneers, 1963
no info Swingin' South, Les Paul & Mary Ford, 1963
info More Songs By Woody Guthrie And Cisco Houston, 1963
no info Folk n' Hill, Charlie Moore, Bill Napier & the Dixie Partners, 1963
info 12 String Guitar, The Folkswingers, 1963
no info High Flying Bird, Judy Henske, 1963
no info Prisoners Songs, Various Artists (Bashful Brother Oswald), 1963
no info All Time Country Hits, Roy Drusky, 1964
no info The Early Years, Woody Guthrie, 1964
no info Big Steel Guitar, Lloyd Green, 1964
info Galax, Va. Old Fiddler's Convention, Various Artists (Dot Edwards and Katie Golden), 1964
no info Hap Peebles Presents Country Music U.S.A., Various Artists (Minnie Pearl), 1964
no info Swingin' Western Strings of Leon McAuliff, Leon McAuliff, 1965
info Big Beat Country Melodies, Jimmy Richardson and His Swinging Hammond, 1965
no info Rusty Draper Plays Guitar, Rusty Draper, 1965
no info Starring Rosalie Allen and Elton Britt, Rosalie Allen and Elton Britt, 1965
no info Spectacular Instrumentals, Various Artists (Leon McAuliff), 1965
no info Stars of Steel Guitar, Various Artists (Leon McAuliff), 1965
no info Guitar Goes to Jimmy Dean Show, Joe Maphis, 1966
no info Play Country Guitar with Jimmy Bryant, Jimmy Bryant, 1966
no info Country Favorites, Willie Nelson, 1966
no info Single (Columbus Stockade Blues / He Sits At My Table), Willie Nelson, 1966
no info Swingin' Country, Si Zentner, 1966
no info San Antonio Rose/Steel Guitar Rag, Various Artists (Leon McAuliff), 1966
no info The Big Stars and the Big Hits of Country Music, Various Artists (Boots Randolph with Jimmy Richardson), 1967
no info The Country Music Hall of Fame, Volume 7, Various Artists (Boots Randolph with Jimmy Richardson), 1967
no info Country Style, Bill Anderson, 1968
no info San Antonio Rose, Sons Of The Pioneers, 1968
no info Saturday Night, Webb Pierce, 1968
no info Eastside, West, Eddie Fukano, 1968
no info Single (Columbus Stockade Blues / If Tomorrow Could Be Yesterday), Eddie Fukano, 1968
no info A Harvest Of Country Songs, The Browns, 1968
no info Corn Pickin' and Slick Slidin', James Burton & Ralph Mooney, 1969
no info Columbus Stockade Blues, Willie Nelson, 1970
no info You Ain't Heard Nothing Yet, Danny Davis, 1970
no info Single (Columbus Stockade Blues / Wings Of A Dove), Danny Davis, 1970
no info Bluegrass : Chubby Wise Plays, A.C. Averitt Sings, Chubby Wise & W. C. Averitt, 1970
no info Motor City Bluegrass, The Sunnysiders, 1970
no info Bonanza Guitars: 50 Years of the Greatest Country Music, Al Caiola, 1971
no info Bluesy Bluegrass: Moody's Blues, Clyde Moody, 1972
info Pickin' & Singin', Jim McCall, 1972
info Yesterday and Today 2, Country Gentlemen, 1973
no info The Best, Danny Davis, 1974
info Memories, Doc Watson, 1975
no info Harpin' the Blues, Charlie McCoy, 1975
no info Single (Columbus Stockade Blues / (I Heard That) Lonesome Whistle), Charlie McCoy, 1975
no info Country Willie, Willie Nelson, 1975
no info That's Country, Brother Oswald & Charlie Collins, 1975
info Nashville West, Nashville West, 1976
no info Outdoor Plumbing Company, Outdoor Plumbing Company, 1976
info Bluegrass Festival, Lester Flatt, 1977
no info Songs from Bound to Glory, Woody Guthrie, 1977
info Everhart, Bob Everhart, 1978
info Same Old Blues, Josh Graves, 1979
no info Golden Hits, Jimmie Davis, 1979
no info Gratefully Yours, Moms & Dads, 1979
no info Country Guitar Giants, Merle Travis and Joe Maphis, 1979
no info Playing It Simple, Josh Graves, 1980
no info 1968 Session, Bobby Atkins, Frank Poindexter, & Tony Rice, 1981
no info I Like That Kinda Carryin' On, Helen Hoskins & Home Grown Grass, 1981
no info Gary Strong & the Licking Valley Boys, Gary Strong & the Licking Valley Boys, 1981
no info Country & Western Classics: The Duets, Various Artists (Darby & Tarlton), 1982
no info Windy City, New Grass Revue, 1982
no info Country & Western Classics, Willie Nelson, 1983
no info Nashville Blues, Norman Blake, 1984
no info Truck Drivin' Man, Dave Dudley, 1985
no info Looking For A New Way To Go, Mike Lilly & the Country Grass, 1985
info Alive At Avoca, Bob Everhart with Bluegrass Playground, 1985
no info Basin Street Blues, Pete Fountain, 1985
no info A Song For You, Bobby Atkins & the Countrymen, 1986
no info Slow Train through Georgia, Norman Blake, 1987
no info We're Steel Swingin', Listen Now, Buddy Emmons, Ray Pennington and The Swing Shift Band, 1988
no info An American Melody, The White Mountain Singers, 1988
no info The Best of, Pete Fountain, 1990
no info Songs of the Trail, The Sons of the Pioneers, 1991
no info One of a Kind, Woody Guthrie, 1991
info Bluegrass 1959-1969, Bill Monroe, 1991
no info Favorites, The Banjo Kings, 1991
no info Down Home Favorites with Danny Davis, Danny Davis & the Nashville Brass, 1991
no info The Three Bells, The Browns, 1993
no info The Early Years: The Complete Liberty Recordings Plus More, Willie Nelson, 1994
info Rising Tide, Chesapeake, 1994
no info Western Swing & Steel Instrumentals, Howard White, 1994
no info Pushing the Norton, Various Artists (Jimbo Trout), 1994
info Complete Recordings, Darby & Tarlton, 1995
no info Greatest Hits, Finest Performances, Jimmie Davis, 1995
info Woody Guthrie & Cisco Houston, Vols. 1-2, 1995
no info Georgia Folk: A Sampler of Traditional Sounds, Various Artists (Jimmy Tarlton), 1995
no info Western Swing Legends, Various Artists (Willie Nelson), 1995
no info Blues Yodeler and Steel Guitar Wizard, Cliff Carlisle, 1996
no info Folk Hero, Woody Guthrie, 1996
no info I'll Never Lay My Guitar Down, Sleepy LaBeef, 1996
info All That's Folk, Various Artists (Cisco Houston), 1996
no info Southern Journey, Vol. 5: Bad Man Ballads, Various Artists (J.E. Mainer), 1997
no info You Are My Sunshine: 1937-1948 (Box set), Jimmie Davis, 1998
no info Nashville Was the Roughest, Willie Nelson, 1998
no info Dobro, Josh Graves, 1998
no info A Class Act, Les Paul & Mary Ford, 1998
no info Country Music Hall of Fame 1975, Minnie Pearl, 1998
no info On Border Radio, Vol. 3: 1939, The Carter Family, 1999
no info Third Generation Blues, Doc Watson with Richard Watson, 1999
no info Live In Stereo, Kentucky Colonels, 1999
no info Roy Rogers & Dale Evans / Sons Of The Pioneers, 1999
no info A&E Biography, Willie Nelson, 1999
no info Willie Nelson, Dolly Parton & Waylon Jennings, 1999
no info Carry Me Back, Oswald, 1999
no info Until We Get It Right!, The Limeliters, 1999
no info I'll Give 'Em Rhythm, Hardrock Gunter, 1999
no info Cattin' Around, Grass Cats, 1999
no info 30 Banjo Classics, Nashville Banjos, 1999
no info 30 Dobro Classics, Nashville Dobros, 1999
no info Unplugged 30 Classics, Nashville Guitars, 1999
no info 30 Harmonica Classics, Nashville Harmonicas, 1999
no info American Roots: A History of American Folk Music, Various Artists (Pete Seeger), 1999
no info Columbus Stockade Blues/December Days, Willie Nelson, 2000
no info Showboy Special: The Early King Sides, Moon Mulligan & the Showboys, 2000
no info Dust Can't Kill Me, Woody Guthrie, 2000
no info Tarbox Ramblers, Tarbox Ramblers, 2000
info Live At The Oasis 2, Rollin' In The Hay, 2000
no info 30 Piano Classics, Nashville Pianos, 2000
no info The Night Is Young, Vaughn Monroe, 2001
info Around the World to Poor Valley, Bill Clifton, 2001
no info Rhythm & Bluegrass: Hank Wilson, Vol. 4, Leon Russell & The Newgrass Revival, 2001
no info Warm and Wonderful/Swingin' South, Les Paul & Mary Ford, 2001
no info World Famous Dobro, Josh Graves, 2002
no info A Tribute To Governor Jimmie Davis, The Village Singers, 2002
no info 1946-1951, Tex Williams & the Western Caravan, 2002
no info Country Classics, Willie Nelson, 2002
no info Down Home Instrumentals, Vol. 1, Stones River Ranch Boys, 2002
no info 16 Super Hits, Nashville Banjos, 2002
no info Banjoman: A Tribute to Derroll Adams, Various Artists (Hans Theessink, Arlo Guthrie, Donovan), 2002
info Cool Blue Outlaws: Songs of Rogues Rascals and Rapscallions, Various Artists (Doc Watson and Richard Watson), 2002
no info Ooze It Up to Me, Darby & Tarlton, 2003
info Anthology, Bill Monroe, 2003
no info It's Been Rough and Rocky Travelin', Willie Nelson, 2003
info The Genuine Texas Groover, Doug Sahm, 2003
no info This Train, The Wayfaring Strangers, 2003
no info Best of the War Years, Woody Guthrie, 2003
no info Definitive Collection, Les Paul & Mary Ford, 2003
info Mo' Joe, Joe Craven, 2003
no info Forever Gold, Woody Guthrie, 2004
info A Country Legacy: 1930-1939, Cliff Carlisle, 2004
no info Famous Country Music Makers, Jimmy Davis, 2004
no info The Beginning, Johnny Paycheck, 2004
no info Backroom Treasures, Backroom Bluegrass Band, 2004
no info I Heard the Bluebirds Sing/A Harvest of Country Songs, The Browns, 2004
no info Outlaws, Renegades And Rogues: Songs Of The Badman : 25 Classics, Various Artists (The Wear Family), 2004
no info Greetings From Georgia: The Peach State, Various Artists (Willie Nelson), 2004
info Darby & Tarlton (Box set), Darby & Tarlton, 2005
no info The Successful Hillbilly Era of Betty Cody (1952 - 1954), Betty Cody, 2005
no info Very Best of, Woody Guthrie, 2005
no info Worried Man Blues: The Best Of, Woody Guthrie, 2005
no info This Land Is My Land, Woody Guthrie, 2005
no info Just a Spoonful and Other Folksongs of Rural Cook County, Tangleweed, 2005
info 20th Century Bluegrass Masters, Various Artists (Merle Travis and Joe Maphis), 2005
no info Back Home in Sulphur Springs, Norman & Nancy Blake, 2006
no info Flatpick, Clarence White, 2006
no info 1949, Chet Atkins with the Carter Sisters and Mother Maybelle, 2006
no info Best of, Danny Davis and the Nashville Brass, 2006
info Definitive Gold, Woody Guthrie, 2006
no info Yodelin' Cowgirl, Teresa Endres, 2006
no info Outlaw Prison: Most Wanted Hits, Various Artists (Dave Dudley), 2006
no info Cowboy Serenade, Jim Hendricks, 2007
info This World Is Not My Home, Nobody's Darlin', 2007
no info Ghost Dance, The Pine Hill Haints, 2007
no info The First Time: From Studio B, Con Hunley, 2007
no info 20 Greatest Country Outlaws, Various Artists (Dave Dudley), 2007
no info Live from Grinder's Switch, Minnie Pearl, 2008
no info The Ultimate Collection, Willie Nelson, 2008
info Return to Possum Holler, Dallas Smith & The Boys From Shiloh, 2008
no info Take Root, Mama Said, 2008
no info Country Style Season, Vol. 2, Various Artists (Bashful Brother Oswald), 2008
no info Wishful Thinking, The Hot Club of Cowtown, 2009
no info Best of Hank Wilson, Leon Russell, 2009

 
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