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Bulletin - October 2008
Country, Bluegrass & Old Timey
The Browns -> Hank Williams + Book, DVDS

 

 

NEW BOOK

 
 
MY FIRST 90 YEARS PLUS 3 by Ken Nelson ● BOOK $28.98
Hardbound 352 pages, recommended
Counts as six CDs for shipping. Here we have an autobiography of long time Capitol records producer, talent scout etc. Ken Nelson, the man behind many of the label's key Country and Rock & Roll records of the 1950's - '60s. Working with such greats as Gene Vincent, Roy Acuff, Faron Young and Wanda Jackson, Nelson has plenty of good stories to tell. Going through his entire life from his birth during World War I through his vacations with family and friends in his 90's. Not the best edited and constructed of autobiographies (due probably to the tiny publishing company that put it out) this is nonetheless and interesting read, especially for fans of the behind the scenes machinations of which Nelson was such a huge part. (JM)

 

NEW DVDS

 
NOTE: Unless otherwise noted all DVDs offered are in NTSC format which means that they will not play on a European DVD players unless you have a multiple format player.
 
JOHNNY CASH Sandbeach 2313 Music In Review ● DVD $13.98
65 mins, black & white/ color, highly recommended Fascinating minute documentary about Johnny Cash that focuses primarily on Johnny's music and how it deveoped over the years. It includes archive interviews with Johnny plus recent interviews with critics, record producers and fellow musicians like "Cowboy" Jack Clement, Dave Ferguson, Peter Cooper, W.S. "Fluke" Holland, Bob Wooton and others. Includes excerpts of many Cash live performances ranging from the 50s through the 90s. (FS)

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Time Life 19261 Second Fiddle To A Steel Guitar ● DVD $17.98
107 mins, recommended
No surprise, this is one of those quickie b-pictures that us music fans are so used to sitting through waiting for those occasional magic performances from one of our favorite recording stars. There were dozens -- if not close to a hundred--of these made in the '50s and '60s capitalizing on the appeal of the Country or Rock 'N' Roll stars that were thrown into the scripts willy-nilly. This one has a little more appeal for me, since I am a lifelong fan of the Dead End Kids/ Bowery Boys, and this features Huntz Hall and Leo Gorcey (way past their prime), not to mention Arnold Stang ("It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World, etc.) as the main protagonist. As the boys go through their shenanigans, you get Country greats put on a show, with the likes of Kitty Wells, Webb Pierce, Lefty Frizzell, Bill Monroe, Faron Young, Minnie Pearl, Little Jimmie Dickens and Homer & Jethro. That's just the big names; this also features quite a roster of great lesser-known Country artists like Merle Kilgore (as emcee to the big show), Dottie West and about a dozen more. Filmed in Nashville in 1965, and even with all its hokey-ness, it is an interesting time capsule. At a time when we seem to be losing a member of the old guard every week (Billy Walker who just passed is also in this), it's nice to see so many in their prime. (JM) 107 mins, recommended No surprise, this is one of those quickie b-pictures that us music fans are so used to sitting through waiting for those occasional magic performances from one of our favorite recording stars. There were dozens -- if not close to a hundred--of these made in the '50s and '60s capitalizing on the appeal of the Country or Rock 'N' Roll stars that were thrown into the scripts willy-nilly. This one has a little more appeal for me, since I am a lifelong fan of the Dead End Kids/ Bowery Boys, and this features Huntz Hall and Leo Gorcey (way past their prime), not to mention Arnold Stang ("It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World, etc.) as the main protagonist. As the boys go through their shenanigans, you get Country greats put on a show, with the likes of Kitty Wells, Webb Pierce, Lefty Frizzell, Bill Monroe, Faron Young, Minnie Pearl, Little Jimmie Dickens and Homer & Jethro. That's just the big names; this also features quite a roster of great lesser-known Country artists like Merle Kilgore (as emcee to the big show), Dottie West and about a dozen more. Filmed in Nashville in 1965, and even with all its hokey-ness, it is an interesting time capsule. At a time when we seem to be losing a member of the old guard every week (Billy Walker who just passed is also in this), it's nice to see so many in their prime. (JM)

 

NEW COMPACT DISCS

 
WILF CARTER Gusto 0877 Montana Slim ● CD $7.98
10 tracks, 27 mins, r ecommended
Here we have a re-issue of Wilf "Montana Slim" Carter's fifth full-length album, originally issued way back in 1964 on the Starday record label. This Canadian Country music star had a long road behind him by this point, but was still a great talent. His years show in his hit song Grand Dad's Yodeling Song inspired by the birth of a grand son from his daughter. In retrospect Wilf was a whippersnapper at this point, he would live to the ripe old age of 92, and would continue to perform live up until 1991! At the time of these recordings, Wilf was a big start on the Calgary Stampede radio show as well as a popular guest on Country singer Tommy Hunter's TV show. Other fine tunes on this One Golden Curl/ Lonesome For My Baby Tonight/ The Little Shirt My Mother Made For Me, all display his sentimental and heartfelt style. (JM)

 
THE HOT CLUB OF COWTOWN Shout Factory 10984 The Best Of The Hot Club Of Cowtown ● CD $15.98
20 tracks, 63 min., essential
The aptly-named HCC distill western swing and 1930's club jazz (think Stephane Grappelli and Django Reinhardt) into a vital music so pure it floats. This trio consists of Elana James on violin, Jake Erwin on upright bass, and the extraordinarily talented Whit Smith on guitar. Sure they can cover traditional fare such as Ida Red and make it seem simultaneously timeless and modern, but they also write with a pen seemingly borrowed from bygone days. And how many western swing outfits would or could cover an Aerosmith song (in this case, Chip Away The Stone), and make it seem as if it must be a cover of a Bob Wills 78 rpm? Musical precision without the usual accompanying obsessiveness to kill the spirit. Magic without any tricks. (JC)

 
GEORGE JONES Golden Stars 5602 Early Years ● CD $19.98
Three CDs, 39 tracks, highly recommended
This is Jones at the beginning of his career, the personification of hard-drinking East Texas honky tonk in the very era when the citified Nashville sound was taking off. From his very first crudely-recorded song, No Money in This Deal from 1954 through to the last cut on disc three you know that this is music untouched by the "Nashville Sound". It includes some of his early hits like Why Baby Why/ What Am I Worth/ Just One More and You Gotta Be Baby along with lesser known but equally fine songs like Still Hurtin'/ Your Heart/ Boat Of Life/ Don't Stop The Music/ All I Want To Do and others including his great version of Jimmie Rodgers' Any Old Time, his monumental gospel song Cup Of Loneliness and a couple of fine duets with Jeanette Hicks. There are four bonus tracks - a live recording of Color Of The Blues and his three rockabilly rceordings that were issued as by Thumper Jones. Poignantly forlorn music from one of country's greatest. Generally fine sound quality bearing in mind that some of these tracks weren't recorded very well. If you missed out on the great Mercury two Cd set that came out in 1996 and is long deleted this is the best representation of his early sides. But why only 39 tracks on three CDs? (FS)

 
LAURIE LEWIS & THE RIGHT HANDS Spruce & Maple 2004 Live ● CD $14.98
First live album from this brilliantly talented Bay Area musician accompanied by her crack band The Right Hands. 18 tracks including Alaska/ Just A Lie/ Val's Cabin/ Love Chooses You/ Going To The West/ Without My Walking Stick, etc.

 
LULU BELLE & SCOTTY Gusto 0821 Sweethearts Of Country Music ● CD $7.98
Reissue of Starday 206 featuring 10 songs from the early 60s - mostly new versions of songs they had popularized earlier. Includes Pretty Red Shoes/ The Brown Mountain Light/ What You Don't Know Won't Hurt You/ Sunday School/ The Empty Christmas Stocking, etc.

 
ROSE MADDOX Gusto 0871 Rosie! ● CD $7.98
10 tracks, 27 mins, recommended
They don't make them like Rose Maddox anymore. The star of the sensational western swing band Maddox Brothers & Rose steps away from her pack of brothers for this great solo album. Originally released on Starday in 1970, this album is a mix of Country weepers like Faded Love and Get it Over and upbeat material like Rocky Top and The Key's in The Mailbox. Also includes what I think most would consider her signature song, Philadelphia Lawyer. Because of all the different labels that had a cut of recordings like these, the CD itself looks like a NASCAR car, with all the different logos on it; kind of fitting, I suppose.. (JM)

 
RALPH STANLEY II Lonesome Day 013 This One Is Two ● CD $16.98
11 tracks, 36 mins, recommended
When you are a son and nephew of the Stanley Brothers, you have some mighty big boots to try and fill. I had heard and enjoyed Ralph II accompany his father on a couple of releases and found him plenty talented; with this CD, though, he isn't taking up the family Bluegrass tradition. Iinstead, he takes a sidestep, delving into a more modern Country approach. Although this is not as good as I had hoped based on the recordings with his father, it's still rather good. Ralph II sings in a deep rich Baritone akin to Randy Travis and he accompanies it with a variety of acoustic and electric instruments. As well as composing a few himself, he also pulls from a wide songwriting pool, with Lyle Lovett's L.A. Country, Towns Van Zandt's Loretta, and Tom T. Hall's Train Songs, reaping the best results. Jim Lauderdale guests on L.A. County as well. (JM)

 
STRINGBEAN Gusto 0873 A Salute To Uncle Dave Macon ● CD $7.98
14 tracks, highly recommended
Gusto has gone and put out a big bushel full of Stringbeans. Since the Stringbean single and double CD collections that came out a couple of years ago did so well, it looks like they have decided to re-issue his old catalog onto CD. In the fashion of those earlier collections, these are all at a budget price for the benefit of your country-collecting budget. Stringbean was a prot e g e of Uncle Dave Macon, so it made perfect sense for him in 1963, when his career was really taking off, to pay homage and put out this album of all Macon covers; the results are pretty wonderful. Don't take ole' String lightly cause of his comedy, Stringbean was a hell of a banjo picker. Gems from the Macon songbook like Ida Red/ Hesitation Blues/ I'm the Man Who Rode the Mule Around the World/ John Henry/ Cripple Creek, and more. Now if you have the "Barn Yard Banjo Pickin'" two CD set, then you have every track on here except for Take My Hand Precious Lord, and Over The Mountain; if you don't, then this is an outstanding CD to pick up. (JM)

 
STRINGBEAN Gusto 0874 Way Back In The Hills Of Old Kentucky ● CD $7.98
12 tracks, highly recommended
Here we come to (at least alphabetically) the last of the Stringbean re-issues. This one originally came out in 1964 and ranks up there with the best of this lanky five-string banjo playing phenomenon. Big Ball In Nashville/ Poor Ellen Smith/ Old Cumberland Gap/ The Roving Gambler/ Black Eyed Susy/ Little Sally Goodin'/ Banjo Pickin' Girl/ Rye Whiskey, and Honey Babe I'm Bound To Ride are all the tracks exclusive to this release. Of all of the re-issues, I would say this one and the "Salute to Uncle Dave Macon" CDs are the most essential of the batch. (JM)

 
STRINGBEAN Gusto 0875 More Of That Rare Old Time Banjo Pickin' & Singin' ● CD $7.98
14 tracks, highly recommended
This is another of the great Stringbean albums in this re-issue series. Originally from 1961, this features "14 Native American mountain folk ballads by the star of the Grand Ole Opry." Includes great cuts like Sinner Man, Where You Gonna Hide/ I Intend To Make Heaven My Home/ Chewing Gum/ Suicide Blues/ Wanda, and Lord I'm Coming Home, that are exclusive to this disk. The remaining tracks were on the two CD set released earlier. (JM)

 
STRINGBEAN Gusto 0878 Hee Haw Corn Shucker ● CD $7.98
10 tracks, recommended
Continuing on with the Stringbean re-issue project, we get this fine outing from 1971, when Stringbean was riding high as a star on the hit T.V. show Hee Haw. You remember him: he was the scarecrow in the cornfield and he also played a mean banjo. This features a mix of traditional Bluegrass and comedy numbers. About 1/3 of the material here was also on the two CD set, with notable exceptions like Chewin' Chewing Gum/ Banjo Pickin' Girl,/ Big Ball in Nashville, and Keep My Skillet Good and Greasy. Stringbean had already been a long standing star on the Grand Ole Opry, so he was at the peak of his career; unfortunately, it would be tragically cut short within two years of this album. (JM)

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Collector 4527 Rockin' With A Boppin' Feel, Vol. 2 ● CD $16.98
30 tracks, recommended
In spite of the CD title this is not a collection of rockabilly or rock 'n' roll but obscure uptempo country and bluegrass from the 50s and 60s. There are no classic performances here but also no duds - just a solid collection of tracks - most making their first appearance on CD. Includes sides by Howard Collins, Paul & McRady (a fine unissued demo of wash Machine Boogie), Gig Dry & Western String Band, Rod Morris, Benny Winn & The Nigh Riders, Jim Parker, The Porter Brothers, Howard Writesel & The Write Ones, Carl Stevens, Marvin Kerry, etc. (FS)
DON ABERCROMBIE: Little Bitty Mama/ BILL ANDREW & THE MALLARD TRIO: Guitar Polka/ THE CARTERS: Why/ HOWARD COLLINS: Friday Blues/ COWBOY BOBBY & THE WESTPORT KIDS: Just a Captain Cowboy/ GIG DRY & WESTERN STRING BAND: Hey Pa/ LEE EDMOND & THE SWINGING TRAVELERS: Secret Leave/ BLAZE FURY: Gower Guitar Boogie/ BOBBY HANKINS & THE BLUE BOYS: Honky Tonk Queen/ JOHNSON & HARTE: Pick Rickin'/ MARVIN KERRY: Sha-Marie/ BOB LEERS: You Took My Love/ NEIL MATTHEWS: Six Days On the Road/ MISSISSIPPI WUNDER BOY: Nashville Dream/ CECIL MOORE & THE DIAMONDBACKS: Wind It Up/ ROD MORRIS: House of Glass/ LEE NOLAN & UNCLE ED BRYANT & BIG SANDY BOYS: Alimony Blues/ JIM PARKER: Did I Do Alright/ PAUL & MCRADY: Wash Machine Boogie/ BUTCH PAULSON & THE ROVIN' GAMBLERS: Take A Look/ ARCHIE POR & ART UTLEY WITH THE RHYTHM RANGERS: You're Not Fooling Anyone/ THE PORTER BROTHERS: Fruitpicker, The/ TEX ROE: Wonderful THing Called Love/ IRVIN & MARIE RUSS: Suits Me/ CARL STEVENS: Hillbilly Man/ NEIL SWANSON: Company's Comin'/ RAY WHISNANT: I'm a Fool Over You/ BENNY WINN & THE NIGHT RIDERS: I'm Free/ THE WRIGHT BROTHERS: Think I'll Go Back Home/ HOWARD WRITESEL & THE WRITE ONES: A 1-2

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Country Stars 55551 Yodeling Memories - 24 Country Yodeling Classics ● CD $10.98
24 tracks from the 20s through the 50s - mostly familiar items along with a few lesser known titles.
REX ALLEN: Happy Yodelin' Man/ ROSALIE ALLEN: Yodelin' Boogie/ GENE AUTRY: Blue Yodel, No. 5/ Hobo Bill's Last Ride/ ELTON BRITT: That's How The Yodel Was Born/ CLIFF CARLISLE: Hobo Blues/ WILF CARTER: My Swiss Moonlight Lullaby/ Yodeling Memories/ SLIM CLARK: Take Me Back To Old Montana/ THE DEZURIK SISTERS: Go To Sleep My Darling/ HANK LOCKLIN: Born To Ramble/ J.E. MAINER'S MOUNTAINEERS: Yodelin' Mountaineer/ FRANKIE MARVIN: I'm Gonna Yodel My Way To Heaven/ EMMETT MILLER: Lovesick Blues/ BILL MONROE & HIS BLUEGRASS BOYS: Mule Skinner Blues (blue Yodel, No. 8)/ PATSY MONTANA: Cowboy Rhythm/ TEX MORTON: My Sweetheart's In Love With A Swiss Mountaineer/ RILEY PUCKETT: Peach Pickin' Time Down In Georgia/ GOEBEL REEVES: Yodelin' Teacher/ JIMMIE RODGERS: Standin' On The Corner (blue Yodel, No. 9)/ T For Texas (blue Yodel, No. 1)/ ROY ROGERS: Heading For Texas And Home/ HANK SNOW: Wanderin' On/ SLIM WHITMAN: There's A Rainbow In Every Teardrop

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Delta 26454 Roots Of Bluegrass ● CD $8.98
30 tracks, 69 mins, recommended
This represents the roots of Bluegrass, but not necessarily the deepest roots, since all of the tracks here come from only the Starday label vaults; but, lots of great old tunes nonetheless, starting off strong with the Stanley Brothers "Little Maggie," then running through fine cuts from the likes of Stringbean (two tracks), Jim Eanes (four tracks), Connie & Joe (two tracks), Buzz Busby five tracks), the Country Gentlemen (five tracks), the Kentucky Travelers (3 tracks), Bill Harrell (three tracks), etc. More detailed notes would be appreciated, but otherwise this is a great deal. (JM)

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Documents 223001 Country & Western ● CD $19.98
Available again after being out of print for a while. Another remarkably priced box set from Documents featuring 200 tracks on 10 CDs featuring a retrospective of country music from 1928 to 1951. This appears to be an abbreviated version of the 20 CD set "History Of Country Music" and without any notes. Though hardly a rigorous history of country music since there are many artists missing it certainly is a nice way to get a fairly extensive collection of country recordings covering most of the major styles and including a number of tracks not available elsewhere. It even throws in a few black blues performers for good measure. Sound quality is fine. Performances are presented chronologically and among the many artists featured are Jimmie Rodgers, Buel Kazee, Nelstone's Hawaiians, Jules Verne Allen, Clarence Ashley, Jimmie Davis, The Delmore Brothers, Milton Brown, Bob Wills, Gene Autry, The Shelton Brothers, Sons Of Dixie, Roy Acuff, Al Dexter, Bob Wills, Jimmy Wyble, Johnny Bond, Hank Penny, Ocie Stockard, Spade Cooley, Dickie Jones, Eddie Miller, Tex Williams, Bill Haley, Tennessee Ernie Ford, Floyd Tillman, Tommy Duncann, Johnny Hicks, Hank Williams, Richard Prine and many more.
ROY ACUFF: Fireball Mail/ Great Speckled Bird/ I Saw The Light/ Wabash Cannonball/ Wreck On The Highway/ JULES VERNE ALLEN: The Days Of '49/ The Dying Cowboy/ SHELLEY LEE ALLEY: Low Down Blues/ THE ARMSTRONG TWINS: Mandolin Boogie/ KOKOMO ARNOLD: The Twelve's/ CLARENCE ASHLEY: The House Carpenter/ CHET ATKINS: Canned Heat/ GENE AUTRY: Back In The Saddle Again/ Colorado Sunset/ Don't Fence Me In/ Guns & Guitars/ I'll Go Ridin' Down/ Sioux City Sue/ South Of The Border/ Take Me Back/ That Silver-haired Daddy Of Mine/ Tumbling Tumbleweeds/ You Are My Sunshine/ JOHNNY BOND: Birmingham Jail/ Mean Mama Boogie/ Out On The Open Range/ Red River Valley/ Sick, Sober & Sorry/ Ten Years/ BILLY BRIGGS: Panhandle Shuffle/ MILTON BROWN: Mama Don't Allow It/ Taking Off/ CLIFF BRUNER: It Makes No Difference Now/ CLIFF CARLISLE: Pan American Man/ THE CAROLINA TARHEELS: Peg & Awl/ CARTER & YOUNG: A Lazy Farmer Boy/ THE CARTER FAMILY: Bye & Bye/ John Hardy/ Wildwood Flower/ THE CHUCK WAGON GANG: After The Sunrise/ TINY COLBERT: Holes In My Soles/ SPADE COOLEY: Boogs Boogie/ Indian Summer/ Oklahoma Stomp/ Shame On You/ Yodeling Polka/ DAVE & HOWARD: Serves' Em Fine/ JIMMIE DAVIS: Rockin' Blues/ LINK DAVIS: Texas Swing/ THE DELMORE BROTHERS: Brown's Ferry Blues/ Peach Steel Boogie/ AL DEXTER: Hoky Tonk Blues/ Pistol Packin' Mama/ Saturday Night Boogie/ THE DIXIE RAMBLERS: He's An Army Man/ K. C. DOUGLAS: Mercury Boogie/ TOMMY DUNCAN: Chattanooga Shoe Shine Boy/ Gamblin' Polkadot Blues/ DICK DYSON: You Waited Too Long/ RED FOLEY: Freight Train Boogie/ Tenessee Saturday Night/ TENNESSEE ERNIE FORD: Anticipation Blues/ I'll Never Be Free/ Mr. & Mississippi/ Mule Train/ Ocean Of Tears/ Shotgun Boogie/ Smokey Mountain Boogie/ Stack-o-lee/ THE FORT WORTH DOUGH BOYS: Sunbonnet Sue/ GRAYSON & WHITTER: Tom Dooley/ JACK GUTHRIE: Oklahoma Hills/ BILL HALEY: A Yodller's Lullaby/ Candy & Women/ Cotton Haired Gal/ My Mom Heard Me Crying/ Rose Of My Heart/ Rovin' Eyes/ The Covered Wagon/ Wreck On The Highway/ Yodel Your Blues Away/ HAWKSHAW HAWKINS: Dog House Boogie/ JOHNNY HICKS: Hamburger Hop/ ADOLPH HOFNER: Alamo Rag/ PAUL HOWARD: Drinking All My Troubles Away/ BILLY HUGHES: Cocaine Blues/ JOHN HURT: Frankie & Johnny/ JACKSON COUNTY BARN OWLS: Bake That Chicken Pie/ I Wonder How/ JESSE JAMES: Darling I Don't Understand/ DICKIE JONES: Diggin'/ THE JUBILEERS: The Right String/ DICK JUSTICE: Brown Skin Blues/ BUELL KAZEE: The Butcher's Boy/ THE KENTUCKY RAMBLERS: Ginseng Blues/ PEE WEE KING: Bull Fiddle Boogie/ EDDIE KIRK: Candy Kisses/ THE LONE STAR PLAYBOYS: Steel Guitar Bounce/ SAM MCGEE: Railroad Blues/ EDDIE MILLER: Don't Break My Heart/ THE MILLER BROTHERS: Miller's Boogie/ Shadows On My Memories/ MODERN MOUNTANEERS: Everybody's Rockin'/ BILL MONROE: Blue Moon Of Kentucky/ THE MONROE BROTHERS: All The Good Times/ PATSY MONTANA: I Want To Be A Cowboy's Sweethear/ TOMMY MOONEY: Bingo Boogie/ BILL MOUNCE & THE SONS OF THE SOUTH: I've Been Drafted/ I've Found A New Baby/ NELSTON'S HAWAIIANS: Mobile County Blues/ NELSTONE'S HAWAIIANS: Just Because/ LEON PAYNE: I Love You Because/ HANK PENNY: I'm Gonna Change Things/ Penny Blows His Top/ Time Will Tell/ Won't You Ride/ ERNEST PHIPPS: Don't Grieve After Me/ If The Light Has Gone/ Shine On Me/ THE PICKARD FAMILY: Get Away From That Window/ JIMMY PRINCE: Live & Let Live/ RICHARD PRINE: Adam's Apple/ RIP RAMSEY: Wanderers Swing/ TEX RITTER: I'm Wasting My Tears On You/ Jingle Jangle Jingle/ Rye Whiskey/ JACK RIVERS: Dear Oakie/ THE RIVERSIDE RAMBLERS: Dissatisfied/ JIMMIE RODGERS: Blue Yodel No. 5/ Blue Yodel No. 8/ High Powered Mama/ Hobo Bill's Last Ride/ Jimmie's Texas Blues/ Lullaby Yodel/ My Little Old Home/ No Hard Times/ Somewhere Down Below/ Train Whistle/ Treasures Untold/ ROY ROGERS: Cowboy Night Herd Song/ TOMMY SARGENT: Steel Guitar Boogie/ ANDY SCHRODER: Prairie Dog Ramble/ TOMMY SCOTT: Gonna Paint The Town Red/ THE SHELTON BROTHERS: On The Owl Hoot Trail/ ARTHUR SMITH: Guitar Boogie/ CARL SMITH: I Overlooked An Orchid/ SONS OF DIXIE: Don't Ever Go Wrong/ THE STANLEY BROTHERS: The Fields Have Turned Brown/ OCIE STOCKARD: Cow Town Boogie/ JIMMIE TARLTON: Slow Wicked Blues/ TEXAS RUBY: Don't Let That Man Get You Down/ THE TEXAS TOP HANDS: 12th Street Rag/ HENRY THOMAS: Old Country Stomp/ HANK THOMPSON: Whoa Sailor/ FLOYD TILLMAN: Slippin' Around/ MERLE TRAVIS: Cincinnati Lou/ Merle's Boogie Woogie/ Missouri/ Nine Pound Hammer/ No Vacancy/ Sixteen Tons/ ERNEST TUBB: Walkin' The Floor Over You/ You Nearly Lose Your Mind/ WESLEY TUTTLE: With Tears In My Eyes/ JOHNNY TYLER: Oakie Boogie/ THE VILLAGE BOYS: Boogie Woogie In The Village/ THE VILLAGEBOYS: Old Joe Is At It Again/ GEORGE WADE: Think A Little/ JIMMY WAKELY: Mine All Mine/ JOE WERNER: Running Around/ JIMMIE WIDENER: I've Got The Hesitation Blues/ That's My Lindy Lou/ JIMMY WIDENER: I Hear You Knockin'/ CURLEY WILLIAMS: Fiddlin' Boogie/ HANK WILLIAMS: Hey Good Looking/ Honky Tonk Blues/ Honky Tonkin'/ I Can't Help It/ I Just Don't Like This Kind Of Living/ Jambalaya/ Long Gone Lonesome Blues/ Lost Highway/ Moanin' The Blues/ Move It On Over/ My Bucket's Got A Hole In It/ Why Should We Try Anymore/ You're Gonna Change/ TEX WILLIAMS: Drop Dead/ I Got Texas In My Soul/ Smoke Smoke Smoke/ BOB WILLS: Faded Love/ Liza Pull Down The Shades/ New San Antonio Rose/ Roly Poly/ What's The Matter With The Mill/ JOHN LEE WILLS: Rap Mop/ JOHNNIE LEE WILLS: Milk Cow Blues/ JIMMY WYBLE: Goodbye My Heart/ No More Blues/ Taking My Time

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Jasmine 3579 Henpecked Daddies - Fussin' An' Feudin' ● CD $12.98
24 tracks, 65 mins, highly recommended
Here we have yet another fantastically absurd Country music collection from Jasmine. Songs about folks fussin' and a-fightin', cheatin', gossipin' naggin', and of course Mothers in-Law! Mostly told from the male perspective, with such songs of woe like The Honeymoon's Over by Chuck Murphy, She Hit The Ceiling, When I hit the Door by Ray Melton, Poison Pie by Joe Bill, Behave, Be Quiet or Be Gone by Roy Duke, and also one with a patriotic slant, I'd Rather Die For My Country (Than Live With My Wife) by good old Red River Dave. You do get a number or two from the female angle like The Nettles Sisters With The Rodeo Tone Twisters doing Alibis, but in general this is one for the boys. I thoroughly recommend picking this one up, it's more fun than a sack full of possums and a jug of corn squeezins. Astute and entertaining liner notes by Al Turner. (JM)
SKEETS BENNETT: Mean Mean Woman/ JOE BILL: Poison Pie/ AL DEXTER: Move Over Rover/ ROY DUKE: Behave, Be Quiet Or Begone/ ROCKY BILL FORD: I'm A Hen Pecked Man/ UNCLE BOB HARDY AND HIS HAYLOFT FROLIC: There Ain't No Use In Dreamin'/ LOUIE INNIS AND THE STRING DUSTERS: She's Mean To Me/ LEODIE JACKSON AND HIS SWINGSTERS: That Naggin' Wife Of Mine/ BENNY LEADERS AND THE RANGER TRIO: Naggin' Woman/ LULU-BELLE AND SCOTTY: Hang Out The Front Door Key/ RAY MELTON AND HIS COUNTRY ALL- STARS: She Hit The Ceilin' (when I Hit The Door)/ CHUCK MURPHY: The Honeymoon Is Over/ THE NETTLES SISTERS WITH THE RODEO TUNE TWIS: Alibis/ JIMMIE OSBORNE: Nag, Nag, Nag/ GLENN OWENS AND HIS BAND: Don't Tell My Wife I'm Here/ RED RIVER DAVE: I'd Rather Die For My Country (than Live With My Wife)/ REESE SHIPLEY: Middle Age Spread/ LENDON SMITH WITH THE JESTERS: Women/ LEON TASSIN WITH CHARLIE STUCKLEY'S WESTERNER: Get A Move On Baby/ LES THOMAS & MAY HAWKS: Jealousy Vs. Bossy/ THE THREE SHIF'LESS SKONKS: Pukin' My Heart Out Over You/ JOHNNY TYLER AND THE RIDERS OF THE RIO GRANDE: Tell A Woman/ JOE WHEELER: Ain't That Just Like A Woman/ THE WILLIS BROTHERS: Alimony

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Official 5053 Decca Hillbilly ● CD $17.98
32 tracks, highly recommended
Another great collection of up tempo hillbilly from Official Records - this time featuring recordings made in the 50s for Decca. There are some well known names like Ernest Tubb, Webb Pierce, Justin Tubb & T. Texas Tyler and lots of lesser known artists like Charlie Adams, Glenn Douglas, Gary Bryant, Al Coker, etc. but all of it's excellent with fine honky tonk vocals, sawing fiddles and soaring steel and electric guitars. Some of the tracks can be considered borderline rockabilly. No notes but booklet has label shots and sound quality is superb. (FS)
CHARLIE ADAMS: T. T. Boogie/ JACK BRADSHAW: Flirting With You/ GARY BRYANT: I'm Just Wild About You/ VERNON CLAUD: Daylight Angel/ AL COKER: Let's Do it Again/ GLENN DOUGLAS: Let it Roll/ What Cha' Don't Do To Me/ ARLIE DUFF: Home Boy/ JIM EANES: In a Little Spanish Restaurant/ Wiggle Worm Wiggle/ BILLY GRAY: Okie Blondie/ BILLY JACK HALE: Your Eyes/ AUTRY INMAN: Brown Eyed Baby/ Uh-Huh Honey/ JIMMY & JOHNNY: 'Till The End of The World/ Sweet Singing Daddy/ JIMMIE LOGSDON: I Wanna Be Mama'd/ LONZO & OSCAR: See Saw Baby/ WEBB PIERCE: In the Jailhouse Now/ WAYNE RANEY: 40th & Plum/ RICKY RIDDLE: Drivin' Down the Wrong Side of the Road/ I'm a Whip Crackin' Daddy/ RED SOVINE: Juke Joint Johnny/ ERNEST TUBB: Have You Seen (My Boogie Woogie Baby)/ Thirty Days/ JUSTIN TUBB: All Alone/ I'm a Big Boy Now/ Ooh La La/ T. TEXAS TYLER: Hot Rod Rag/ Scratch & Itch/ Ten-Ten-Tennessee Line/ TEX WILLIAMS: Roses & Revolvers

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Old Hat 1006 In The Pines - Tar Heel Songs And Fiddle Tunes ● CD $16.98
Fabulous new collection of old time country music from North Carolina recorded between 1926 and 1936 including old time fiddle and banjo tunes, folk songs and murder ballads, gospel hymns, mountain blues and more. Although about half the tracks have been reissued before ths sound quality is vastly superior to most previous reissues and the titles here all have the context of being from North Carolina. 24 tracks including sides by "Dock" Walsh, Carolina Ramblers String band, Ben Jarrell, Carlie Parker & Mack Woolbright, The Grady Family, Clarence Greene, Whitter-Hendley-Small, E.R. Nance Family and others. Includes 24 page illustrated booklet with notes on all the performers and songs and rare vintage photos.
THE BLAKENSHIP FAMILY: Working On The Railroad/ THE BLUE RIDGE MOUNTAIN ENTERTAINERS: Honeysuckle Rag/ THE CAROLINA BUDDIES: Mistreated Blues/ THE CAROLINA RAMBLERS STRING BAND: Johnson City Hop/ That Lonesome Valley/ THE CAROLINA TAR HEELS: My Home's Across The Blue Ridge Mountains/ THE CAULEY FAMILY: New River Train/ CRANFORD & THOMPSON: Otto Wood/ THE DIXON BROTHERS & MUTT EVANS: Are You Sure?/ THE GRADY FAMILY: Carolina's Best/ GRAYSON & WHITTER: Tom Dooley/ CLARENCE GREEN: Little Bunch Of Roses/ HENDLEY-SMALL-WHITTER: A Pretty Gal's Love/ THE HIGHLANDERS: Richmond Square/ BEN JARRELL: Jack Of Diamonds/ FRANK JENKINS & HIS PILOT MOUNTAINEERS: Sunny Home In Dixie/ MAINER'S MOUNTAINEERS: The Longest Train/ E.R. NANCE FAMILY WITH CLARENCE DOOLEY: Sweet Freedom/ THE NORTH CAROLINA COOPER BOYS: The Rose With A Broken Stem/ CHARLIE PARKER & MACK WOOLBRIGHT: Will, The Weaver/ THE PROXIMITY STRING QUARTET: Lindy/ THE RED FOX CHASERS: Mountain Sweetheart/ DOCK WALSH: In The Pines/ WILMER WATTS & THE LONELY EAGLES: Banjo Sam

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Smithsonian Folkways 40093 Classic Old Time Music From Smithsonian Folkways ● CD $11.98
29 tracks, 70 mins, highly recommended
Smithsonian Folkways has a deep vault full of amazing American roots music. Here is an excellent sampler of old-time music, presented in a fabulous package with deep notes and stellar sound. Doc Watson, Dock Boggs, Clarence Ashley, Maybelle and Sarah Carter, Wade Ward, J.E. Mainer's Mountaineers, Red Clay Ramblers, Sam and Kirk McGee, and so many more. This is a 70-minute music history lesson that is as fascinating as it is pleasurable to listen to. (JM)
CLARENCE ASHLEY: Little Sadie/ ETTA BAKER & CORA BAKER: Jaybird March/ FRANK BODE & TOMMY JARRELL: Susannah Gals/ DOCK BOGGS: Country Blues/ ANDY CAHAN: Ship In The Clouds/ GAITHER CARLTON: Look Down That Lonesome Road/ MAYBELLE CARTER & SARA CARTER BAYES: I'm Leaving You This Lonesome Song/ COUSIN EMMY: Bowling Green/ DAVID & BILL: Going Down The Road Feeling Bad/ ROSCOE HOLCOMB: Trouble In Mind/ THE IRON MOUNTAIN STRING BAND: Sugar Hill/ CLARK KESSINGER: Wednesday Night Waltz/ J.E. MAINER: Concord Rag/ SAM & KIRK MCGEE WITH ARTHUR SMITH: Late Last Night/ THE NEW LOST CITY RAMBLERS: Bill Morgan And His Gal/ Cyclone Of Rye Cove/ John Brown's Dream/ THE OLD RELIABLE STRING BAND: Streets Of Glory/ GEORGE PEGRAM: John Henry/ THE RED CLAY RLAMBERS: House Of David Blues/ MIKE SEEGER: Bonapart's Retreat/ LES SEXTON: Pretty Polly/ ARTHUR SMITH WITH SAM & KIRK MCGEE: Don't Let Your Deal Go Down/ THE SPARE CHANGE BOYS: Policeman/ JOHN W. SUMMERS: Fine Times At Our House/ GORDON TANNER: Down Yonder/ JOE & TOMMY THOMPSON: Love Somebody (soldier's Joy)/ WADE WARD: Chilly Winds/ DOC WATSON: Carroll County Blues

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Smithsonian Folkways 40193 Classic Old-Time Fiddle ● CD $11.98
38 tracks, 79 mins, highly recommended
The title really says it all: classic Fiddle music pulled from the vast and amazing Smithsonian vaults. Nobody on here is anywhere near a household name, but if you know great old mountain music (officially Southern Appalachian String band music,) you will recognize the greats here. If you don't know yet, this is a perfect place to start. Compiled by fiddler Jake Krack and Folkways archivist Jeff Place, you get a richly annotated collection featuring just one outstanding performance after another, many making their first appearance on CD. Recordings span 50 years (1951-2001), with the bulk coming from sessions in the '60s and '70s. Doesn't matter when it was recorded, though; everything on here is 100% old-timey. Fantastic cuts by Clark Kessinger, Doug Wallin, Bill Hicks, Arthur Smith with the McGee Brothers, Wade Ward, Marion Sumner, Eck Robertson, and many more. Plus you get luminaries like Doc Watson, and Mike Seeger popping up on occasion to lend some accompaniment. (JM)

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Stampede 5002 I'm Ready - Featuring Eddie Cochran ● CD $22.98
32 track collection of mostly country and western swing from the early/ mid 50s that feature Eddie Cochran, either on vocals, guitar or other instrument. In addition to a couple of tracks under his own name he is also featured with Chuck Foreman, Don Deal, Hank Hammer, Jess Willard, Jerry Capehart and Hank Cochran. Includes 12 page illustrated booklet with detailed notes.

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Starday NA 2047 Back Street Affair ● CD $5.98
10 tracks, 26 mins, recommended
Nashville/ Starday/ Gusto records are in the process of re-issuing a whole lot of signature albums from back in the day, putting them out in no frills packaging to maximize affordability. Hitting on all of the cornerstones of Country songwriting topics, here we get ten swell sneakin' around/ cheating songs. They say that happy songs sell records and sad songs sell beer, so Schlitz probably owes a royalty to Starday for putting out this collection. Classics like Back Street Affair by Eddie Wilson, Don't Monkey With Another Monkey's Monkey by Johnny Paycheck, Down on the Corner of Love by Buck Owens, I'm the Man by Red Sovine, You're Back Again by George Jones, etc. (JM)

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Starday NA 2051 Lonesome Jailhouse Blues ● CD $5.98
10 tracks, 26 mins, highly recommended
Here we have another re-issue from the Nashville records vaults, this time of a compilation from the lat '60s of Country Prison songs and murder ballads. Starting off with probably the most notorious of the Outlaw Country performers, David Allen Coe, and his autobiographical Doin' My Time, then leading through a ten-spot of tales of vice and punishment. Also including the all-time craziest murder ballad Knoxville Girl, stunningly performed by the great Hylo Brown, who racks up three tracks total. This also features strong cuts by Pee Wee King & Redd Stewart, Carl Story, Joe Maphis, The Stanley Brothers, Bill Dudley, and Billie Morgan. (JM)

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Starday NA 2052 Truck Driver's Queen ● CD $5.98
10 tracks, 24 mins, recommended
This collection is dedicated to the "wives and girlfriends of truck drivers everywhere"; yeah, lets just hope the former don't find out about the latter, otherwise these guys will really be out on the road. All in all we have a nice little budget priced collection of truck driving oldies but goodies. Features Moore & Napier with the title track, the trucker's lament Hot Rod Kids and Woman Drivers, plus two more. Also Reno & Smiley and their four songs with "road" in the title, and then Jimmy Logsdon evens out the set with two strong cuts; Truck Drivin' Daddy, and Gear Jammer. Since this is a straight re-issue of a compilation that Nashville records put out in the '60s, you get a great cover with a cool truck stop beauty posing next to a big rig--classic. (JM)

 
JIMMY WAKELY Jasmine JASBOX 19-4 A Rainbow At Midnight ● CD $32.98
Four CD set with 120 tracks providing an in depth retrospective of the recordings made in the early/ mid 50s by this popular western singer. It includes many of his hits from this period Peter Cotton Tail/ My Heart Cries For You/ Beautiful Brown Eyes/ The Gods Were Angry With Me and others including his million selling #1 hit duet with Margaret Whiting Slipping Around. It includes collaborations with Nelson Riddle, Frank DeVol, Karen Chandler, Mary Ford and others and includes 12 page booklet with notes by Robert Nickora. (FS)
JIMMY WAKELY: Along The Santa Fe Trail/ Another Fool Steps In/ Are You Mine?/ Are You Satisfied?/ At The Close Of A Long, Long Day/ Bandera Waltz/ Beautiful Brown Eyes/ Bimbo/ Blue Shadows On The Trail/ Blue-nosed Mule/ Bright-eyed And Bushy-tailed/ Call Of The Canyon/ Carry Me Back To The Lone Prairie/ Christmas Polka/ Crazy Arms/ Cryin' Just For You/ Did You Write A Letter To Your Sweetheart?/ Don't Be Lonely/ Dust/ Each Step Of The Way/ Enter And Rest And Pray/ Everyone Knew But Me/ Giant/ God Be With You/ God Will Take Care Of You/ Gonna Walk With My Lord/ Goodbye Little Girl/ I Belong To You/ I Don't Know Why I Love You (but I Do, Do, Do)/ I Like The Wide Open Spaces/ I Love You/ I Love You So Much It Hurts/ I Stopped Livin'/ I Went To Your Wedding/ I Wish I Had A Nickel/ I'll Never Do A Thing To Hurt You/ I'm Gonna Marry Mary/ If Santa Claus Could Bring You Back To Me/ If You Would Only Be Mine/ In The Garden/ In The Jailhouse Now/ It Came Upon A Midnight Clear/ It Is No Secret/ It's A Lonely Trail/ It's Christmas/ It's Lonely On The Trail/ Jim, Johnny, And Jonas/ Joy To The World/ Keep A Light In Your Window/ Keep No Secrets/ Let The Lower Lights Be Burning/ Let's Go To Church (next Sunday Morning)/ Let's Walk Into The Future/ Lorelei/ Love Song Of The Waterfall/ Makin' Believe/ Mine All Mine/ Mississippi Dreamboat/ Mona Lisa/ Mr. Easter Bunny/ Music By The Angels/ My Heart Cries For You/ My Heart Has Plenty Of Room/ O Come All Ye Faithful/ O Little Town Of Bethlehem/ Old Soldiers Never Die/ One Has My Name (the Other Has My Heart)/ Out Of Sight, Out Of Mind/ Pale Moon/ Peter Cottontail/ Pine Top's Boogie/ Please Have Mercy/ Pot Of Gold/ Pride/ Rainbow At Midnight/ Red River Valley/ Roundup For The Lord/ Show Me The Way/ Sierra Nevada/ Silent Night, Hold Night/ Slipping Around/ Softly And Tenderly/ Someday You'll Call My Name/ Steal A Penny From A Beggar/ Steppin' Out/ Take Me Back To My Boots And Saddle/ Take My Hand, Precious Lord/ Tattletale Blues/ Tellin' My Troubles To My Old Guitar/ Thanks/ The Easter Egg Parade/ The First Noel/ The Gods Were Angry With Me/ The Hand That Swept The Stars/ The Lord's On My Side/ The Lord's Prayer/ The Old Rugged Cross/ The Rosary/ The Solid South/ The Touch Of God's Hand/ There's A Gold Mine In The Sky/ There's That Same Old Lovelight/ This Orchid Means Goodbye/ This-a-way, That-a-way/ Till The End Of The World/ Tonight You Belong To Me/ Too Late/ Too Many Sweethearts/ True Love/ Twilight Time In Tennessee/ We'll Rest At The End Of The Trail/ When He Grows Tired Of You/ When I Say Goodnight/ When I Stopped Lovin' You/ When It's Harvest Time, Sweet Angeline/ Won't You Ride In My Little Red Wagon/ Yellow Roses/ You Have A Kiss With A Punch/ You Took My Name/ You're Only In My Arms

 
HANK WILLIAMS Time Life 80031 Unreleased Recordings ● CD $39.98
Due late October. This release promises to be the best and most important release of this year and quite possibly of the 21st century. In 1951 Hank recorded a series of 72 15 minute radio shows with his Drifting Cowboys sponsored by Mother's Best Flour. These recordings were almost lost but a couple of sets of the original 16" acetates used for the shows survived and have been embroiled in legal entanglements for many years though copies of these shows have circulated underground among Williams collectors. The legal issues have finally been sorted out and these incredible recordings will finally see the light of days starting with a three CD set of 54 tracks. Each show included a song by Hank, an instrumental by the Drifting Cowboys and a gospel trio or quartet by Hank & the boys. The shows also included pitches for Mother's Best flour which included some great repartee from Hank showing that he was far from the morose figure you might expect from his tragic life story and his sad songs but was a warm, funny and intelligent person. I don't know if this first release features any of the talk, but, if not, hopefully it will appear on future releases. Over the course of these shows Hank not only sang his own songs but also performed around 40 songs that he never recorded commercially! Although these were other artists' songs once Hank performed them he owned them! I've heard most of this material on low quality mp3s and can assure you that this is Hank at his very best. This is the release that Hank Williams fans have been waiting many years to finally see released and I know I can't wait to get my hands on a copy.
HANK WILLIAMS: At The First Fall Of Snow/ Blue Eyes Crying In The Rain/ California Zephyr/ Cherokee Boogie/ Cold, Cold Heart/ Cool Water/ Dear John/ Drifting Too Far From The Shore/ Dust On The Bible/ From Jerusalem to Jericho/ Gathering Flowers For The Master's Bouquet/ Have I Told You Lately That I Love You/ Hey, Good Lookin'/ I Can't Help It (If I'm Still In Love With You)/ I Can't Tell My Heart That/ I Dreamed That the Great Judgment Morning/ I Heard My Savior Calling Me/ I'll Fly Away/ I'll Have A New Life/ I'll Sail My Ship Alone/ I'm Gonna Sing/ I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry/ I've Got My One Way Ticket To The Sky/ If I Didn't Love You/ Just When I Needed You/ Lonely Tombs/ Low And Lonely/ May You Never Be Alone/ Mind Your Own Business/ Next Sunday Darling Is My Birthday/ On The Banks Of The Pontchartrain/ On Top Of Old Smoky/ Pictures From Life's Other Side/ Pins And Needles (In My Heart)/ Precious Lord, Take My Hand/ Seaman's Blues/ Searching For A Soldier's Grave/ Softly And Tenderly/ Tennessee Border/ The Blind Child's Prayer/ The Old Country Church/ The Pale Horse And His Rider/ The Prodigal Son/ There's Nothing As Sweet As My Baby/ Thy Burdens Are Greater Than Mine/ Wait For The Light To Shine/ Wedding Bells/ When God Dips His Love In My Heart/ When The Fire Comes Down/ When The Saints Go Marching In/ Where He Leads Me/ Where The Soul Never Dies/ Why Should We Try Anymore/ You Blotted My Happy Schooldays

 

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