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Features a narrator, a folk singer, a "yarn spinner", and actors to present stories from the history of Tennessee.

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30 old time radio show recordings
(total playtime 6 hours, 52 min)
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7 Audio CDs


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"Wedding Ring"



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About this Old Time Radio Show

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Most of us think that the defining element of the frontier was the wilderness. In fact, the most important thing on the frontier was the people who bravely came out to face the wilderness. It is also true that whenever people get together, whether in the wilderness of the frontier or in more civilized environs, pretty soon they will begin telling stories, and it will not take long before those stories begin to test the limits of believability. Which is not to say they become fiction or lies, but sometimes the truth can get a bit stretched. Stretch it far enough, and the story becomes a Tall Tale.

WSM PostcardJust because a story gets labeled as a Tall Tale does not necessarily mean that it is a myth or legend. The stories used on the WSM series Tall Tales were actually based on historical stories from Tennessee history. Whether tall tales of history lessons, WSM Nashville is a good source. It may not be obvious to people who grew up in the Midwest or on the West Coast, but in colonial times, Tennessee was the frontier and the edge of the wilderness. Even when the Nation began Westward expansion in earnest, there were still areas in the hills of Tennessee that were effectively cut off from civilization.

The broadcast of WSM has been a "clear channel" station reaching most of North America (at least during the late night hours) since 1932. The station was an NBC affiliate and belonged to the National Life & Accident Insurance Company for most of its history (WSM stood for We Shield Millions, the company's motto). WSM was the original home of the Grand Ole Opry program, which got its name when "Judge" George D. Hay told audiences of the WSM Barn Dance that they were going to hear some "Grand Ole Opry Music" after NBC finished broadcasting Grand Opera on The Music Appreciation Hour, December 10, 1927. The Opry broadcast from the WSM studios on the fifth floor of the National Life building until 1934, by which time there simply was not enough room for all the fans who wanted to see the show. The show moved to the War Memorial Auditorium and the Ryman Auditorium in 1943.

Tall Tales features a narrator, a folk singer, a "yarn spinner", and actors to present stories from the history of Tennessee. Some of the tales include the breakaway State of Franklin, memories of the Marquis De Lafayette who rode with George Washington and later visited Tennessee, the earthquake of 1811 when the Mississippi ran backwards, Davy Crockett and how he sought a wife, the story of Jenny Lind and P.T. Barnum, Admiral Samuel Powhatan Carter, and many others.

The stories on Tall Tales may not stretch the imagination as much as a story about a huge lumberjack whose best friend is a blue ox, or a "steel drivin' man" named John Henry, but they are every bit as entertaining!

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These classic recordings are available in the following formats:
  • MP3 CDs are delivered by mail. These archival quality MP3 CDs are playable in your computer and many MP3 player devices.



    30 recordings on 1 MP3 CD for just $4.50
    total playtime 6 hours, 52 min
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      30 shows - total playtime 6 hours 52 minutes
      1. Tall Tales 530929 01 Lost State Of Franklin.mp3
      2. Tall Tales 531006 02 Bell Witch.mp3
      3. Tall Tales 531013 03 Jenny Lind.mp3
      4. Tall Tales 540427 26 Battle Of Stones River.mp3
      5. Tall Tales 540504 27 Tweetsie.mp3
      6. Tall Tales 540525 30 William Walker Of Nashville.mp3
      7. Tall Tales 540601 31 Strange Death Of Meriwether Lewis.mp3
      8. Tall Tales 540608 32 Day Earth Trembled.mp3
      9. Tall Tales 540615 33 Davy Crockett Went Ahuntin Awife.mp3
      10. Tall Tales 540629 36 War Of Roses.mp3
      11. Tall Tales 540706 37 Sir Alexander Cumming.mp3
      12. Tall Tales 540713 38 Phantom Fiddler.mp3
      13. Tall Tales 540720 39 Trial By Telephone.mp3
      14. Tall Tales 540824 44 Handcuffs For John L.sullivan.mp3
      15. Tall Tales 540914 47 Attack On Fort Nashborough.mp3
      16. Tall Tales 540928 48 Wedding Ring.mp3
      17. Tall Tales 541004 49 Mystery Of Marshall Ney.mp3
      18. Tall Tales 541026 52 Marquis De Lafayette.mp3
      19. Tall Tales 541116 54 Necktie Party For Ned Buntline.mp3
      20. Tall Tales 541130 56 Ahorse Race.mp3
      21. Tall Tales 541221 57 Sunday School That Shocked Acity.mp3
      22. Tall Tales 550201 63 50000 Fox Hole.mp3
      23. Tall Tales 550215 65 Sailor On Horseback.mp3
      24. Tall Tales 550308 67 Woman They Almost Hangedpt 2.mp3
      25. Tall Tales 550315 69 Bound For Promised Land.mp3
      26. Tall Tales 550322 70 Matthew Fontaine Maurypt 1.mp3
      27. Tall Tales 550329 71 Matthew Fontaine Maurypt 2.mp3
      28. Tall Tales 550405 72 Matthew Fontaine Maurypt 3.mp3
      29. Tall Tales 550412 73 Inn Keepers Ghost.mp3
      30. Tall Tales 551022 66 Woman They Almost Hangedpt 1.mp3
  • MP3 downloads are available instantly after purchase!



    30 recordings on 1 MP3 Collection Download for just $4.50
    total playtime 6 hours, 52 min
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      30 shows - total playtime 6 hours 52 minutes
      1. Tall Tales 530929 01 Lost State Of Franklin.mp3
      2. Tall Tales 531006 02 Bell Witch.mp3
      3. Tall Tales 531013 03 Jenny Lind.mp3
      4. Tall Tales 540427 26 Battle Of Stones River.mp3
      5. Tall Tales 540504 27 Tweetsie.mp3
      6. Tall Tales 540525 30 William Walker Of Nashville.mp3
      7. Tall Tales 540601 31 Strange Death Of Meriwether Lewis.mp3
      8. Tall Tales 540608 32 Day Earth Trembled.mp3
      9. Tall Tales 540615 33 Davy Crockett Went Ahuntin Awife.mp3
      10. Tall Tales 540629 36 War Of Roses.mp3
      11. Tall Tales 540706 37 Sir Alexander Cumming.mp3
      12. Tall Tales 540713 38 Phantom Fiddler.mp3
      13. Tall Tales 540720 39 Trial By Telephone.mp3
      14. Tall Tales 540824 44 Handcuffs For John L.sullivan.mp3
      15. Tall Tales 540914 47 Attack On Fort Nashborough.mp3
      16. Tall Tales 540928 48 Wedding Ring.mp3
      17. Tall Tales 541004 49 Mystery Of Marshall Ney.mp3
      18. Tall Tales 541026 52 Marquis De Lafayette.mp3
      19. Tall Tales 541116 54 Necktie Party For Ned Buntline.mp3
      20. Tall Tales 541130 56 Ahorse Race.mp3
      21. Tall Tales 541221 57 Sunday School That Shocked Acity.mp3
      22. Tall Tales 550201 63 50000 Fox Hole.mp3
      23. Tall Tales 550215 65 Sailor On Horseback.mp3
      24. Tall Tales 550308 67 Woman They Almost Hangedpt 2.mp3
      25. Tall Tales 550315 69 Bound For Promised Land.mp3
      26. Tall Tales 550322 70 Matthew Fontaine Maurypt 1.mp3
      27. Tall Tales 550329 71 Matthew Fontaine Maurypt 2.mp3
      28. Tall Tales 550405 72 Matthew Fontaine Maurypt 3.mp3
      29. Tall Tales 550412 73 Inn Keepers Ghost.mp3
      30. Tall Tales 551022 66 Woman They Almost Hangedpt 1.mp3
  • Standard Audio CDs are delivered by mail on archival quality media with up to 60 minutes on each CD and play in all CD players



    30 recordings on 7 Audio CDs
    total playtime 6 hours, 52 min

    Tall Tales Disc A001

    1. Tall Tales 530929 01 Lost State Of Franklin
    2. Tall Tales 531006 02 Bell Witch
    3. Tall Tales 531013 03 Jenny Lind
    4. Tall Tales 540427 26 Battle Of Stones River
    5. Tall Tales 540504 27 Tweetsie

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    Tall Tales Disc A002

    1. Tall Tales 540525 30 William Walker Of Nashville
    2. Tall Tales 540601 31 Strange Death Of Meriwether Lewis
    3. Tall Tales 540608 32 Day Earth Trembled
    4. Tall Tales 540615 33 Davy Crockett Went Ahuntin Awife
    5. Tall Tales 540629 36 War Of Roses

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    Tall Tales Disc A003

    1. Tall Tales 540706 37 Sir Alexander Cumming
    2. Tall Tales 540713 38 Phantom Fiddler
    3. Tall Tales 540720 39 Trial By Telephone
    4. Tall Tales 540824 44 Handcuffs For John L.sullivan
    5. Tall Tales 540914 47 Attack On Fort Nashborough

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    Tall Tales Disc A004

    1. Tall Tales 540928 48 Wedding Ring
    2. Tall Tales 541004 49 Mystery Of Marshall Ney
    3. Tall Tales 541026 52 Marquis De Lafayette
    4. Tall Tales 541116 54 Necktie Party For Ned Buntline
    5. Tall Tales 541130 56 Ahorse Race

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    Tall Tales Disc A005

    1. Tall Tales 541221 57 Sunday School That Shocked Acity
    2. Tall Tales 550201 63 50000 Fox Hole
    3. Tall Tales 550215 65 Sailor On Horseback
    4. Tall Tales 550308 67 Woman They Almost Hangedpt 2

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    Tall Tales Disc A006

    1. Tall Tales 550315 69 Bound For Promised Land
    2. Tall Tales 550322 70 Matthew Fontaine Maurypt 1
    3. Tall Tales 550329 71 Matthew Fontaine Maurypt 2
    4. Tall Tales 550405 72 Matthew Fontaine Maurypt 3

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    Tall Tales Disc A007

    1. Tall Tales 550412 73 Inn Keepers Ghost
    2. Tall Tales 551022 66 Woman They Almost Hangedpt 1

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