So I've posted a bunch about early-recorded music, here's a cover of an early white country blues song performed by a modern outfit with modern recording techniques. This is definitely a lot closer to what a performance would have sounded like in person. One of the key factors in early recording was that their methods would almost entirely wipe out the bass line. Compression in recording is still a major point of contention and difficulty, but as you can hear, the actual music when performed lacks the tinny quality we associate with 1910s-1920s recordings. That tinni-ness was one reason that steel guitars and slide guitars became so popular among country and blues outfits during this time frame; you could hear them better!
This is a cover of a Clayton McMichen song. McMichen was best known for his fiddle-playing, though on "Prohibition Blues" he played a guitar. In the 1920s, when "Prohibition Blues" was recorded, he played with a band called the Skillet Lickers; they broke up in 1931. His most famous song was recorded by Jimmie Rodgers: "Peach Pickin' Time In Georgia." In the thirties, he was part of the Georgia Wildcats with Merle Travis. Eventually McMichen had enough of the rambling country-band lifestyle and he settled in Louisville where he led a larger dance band that also included pop and jazz performances. He retired in 1955, but enjoyed a second career during the folk revival of the 1960s He was one of the performers at the famous 1964 Newport Folk Festival that debuted Jose Feliciano. He can be seen briefly to the far right in this recording of Appalachian folk dancers there: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nvbnqNZwfZg
McMichen continued to perform until his death in 1970. A tribute album led by his former bandmate Merle Travis was released in 1980.
I'll tell you brother and I won't lie
What's the matter in this land
They'll drink it wet and vote it dry
And hide it if they can
They'll pitch a party and all get drunk
And call it "society"
But if they catch you with a pint,
Good morning, penitentiary