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Bulletin - July/ August 2009
Country, Bluegrass & Old Timey
Bobby Bare -> Tony Joe White + Books + DVDS
 

 

 

NEW BOOKS

 
MEETING JIMMIE RODGERS How America's Original Roots Music Hero Changed The Pop Sounds Of A Century by Barry Mazor ● BOOK $27.95
Hardbound, 376 pages, counts as seven CDs for shipping
In the nearly eight decades since his death from tuberculosis at age thirty-five, singer-songwriter Jimmie Rodgers has been an inspiration for numerous top performers-Woody Guthrie, Lead Belly, Bill Monroe, Hank Williams, Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, and Bob Dylan to name a few. In "Meeting Jimmie Rodgers," the first book to explore the deep legacy of "The Singing Brakeman" from a twenty-first century perspective, Barry Mazor offers a lively look at Rodgers' career, tracing his rise from working-class obscurity to the pinnacle of renown that came with such hits as "Blue Yodel" and "In the Jailhouse Now". As Mazor shows, Rodgers brought emotional clarity and a unique sense of narrative drama to every song he performed, whether tough or sentimental, comic or sad. His wistful singing, falsetto yodels, bold flat-picking guitar style, and sometimes censorable themes-sex, crime, and other edgy topics-set him apart from most of his contemporaries. But more than anything else, Mazor suggests, it was Rodgers' shape-shifting ability to assume many public personas-working stiff, decked-out cowboy, suave ladies' man-that connected him to such a broad public and set the stage for the stars who followed him. Rodgers' not only influenced country music, but also blues, rock and roll, jazz, bluegrass, commercial folk, and much more; in restructuring this far flung legacy, Mazor enables the reader to meet Rodgers and his music anew.

 
THE STORY OF PAUL BIGSBY Father Of The Modern Electric Solidbody Guitar by Andy Babiuk ● BOOK $49.95
Hardbound, 196 pages, counts as 16 CDs for shipping
This coffee-table book tells the story, in words and lots of rare photos, the story of Paul Bigsby-champion motorcycle racer, expert pattern maker, machinist, inventor, poet, musician, and recording engineer-who made the first modern solidbody electric guitar for Merle Travis. It was completed in May 1948, and nothing like it had been seen before; the look and sound of the guitar was changed forever; in fact, the Fender Telecaster owes much to Bigsby's original design. Written by the author of the critically acclaimed book Beatles Gear: All the Fab Four's Equipment, From Stage to Studio, this lovingly crafted book is a must for serious scholars of guitar history.

 
 

NEW COMPACT DISCS

 
JOHNNY CASH Columbia-Legacy 23401 Johnny Cash's America ● DVD $21.98
This 2-Disc set is a 90 minute documentary DVD (and accompanying soundtrack CD) that examines the impact that the legendary country singer had on America, as a country and as a society. The makers of the acclaimed documentary, "Respect Yourself: The Stax Records Story", interview a wide spectrum of people-including Al Gore, Bob Dylan, John Mellencamp, Tim Robbins, and Snoop Dogg-to get a varied takes on the power and meaning of Cash's life. The doc also features never before seen performances of Cash over the years. The DVD also includes 20 minutes of bonus material. The soundtrack is a mixture of studio and live performances, with several previously unreleased tracks.

 
JOHNNY CASH Spring House 4792 The Gospel Music Of Johnny Cash ● DVD $19.98
124 mins, highly recommended
Featuring 23 performances that span the decades of Johnny Cash's career. Hosted by no less a figure than Dan Rather himself, this wonderful documentary tells the story of the Man in Black's life and career, focusing on his life-long love of and commitment to Gospel music. Whether scratchy black and white footage from a classic 50's variety show, surrounded by hardened criminals at San Quentin, or out in front of the masses at a Billy Graham revival festival, Cash always delivered nothing less than 100% when he was singing about his Lord. For Cash fans, this is certainly essential. I know some folks aren't necessarily into the Christian/ Gospel stuff, but a lot of the material transcends the genre and there is so much rare footage those fans still might want to check it out. Five Feet High and Rising/ I Was There When It Happened/ Daddy Sang Bass/ Man In Black/ Why Me/ Peace in the Valley, plus many more great performances are woven through this document of Johnny Cash's spiritual journey. This production is of the highest caliber; there's a lot of Johnny Cash product still coming out and some should be avoided, but this should be put at the top of your list. Includes DVD booklet with lots of rare photos. (JM)

 
WAYLON JENNINGS Immortal 940068 In Concert ● DVD $18.98
16 songs, 50 mins, highly recommended
Recorded at the Grand Ole Opry in 1978 during his "outlaw" period, this DVD captures Jennings in his musical prime. This footage was originally released on VHS in 1994 as "The Lost Outlaw Performance", but tape is long out-of-print and this DVD re-issue is extremely welcome as it shows us a young(ish) Waylon kicking musical butt, aided and abetted by his crack backup band. Really, how can anyone resist songs of the magnitude of Are You Ready for the Country/ Lonesome, On'ry and Mean/ I've Always Been Crazy, and Good Hearted Woman; and that's just for starters. The New West DVD "Live From Austin, TX" shows us a more mature Waylon, but this disc presents the man the way he should be remembered: as a true 70's Outlaw. (GMC)

 
 

NEW COMPACT DISCS

 
BOBBY BARE Collectables 7310 Folsom Prison Blues/ I'm A Long Way From Home ● CD $11.98
19 tracks, 48 min, recommended
Not a new release but not reviewed before. If Bare was a perennial minor leaguer of country music, he had a pretty respectable batting average, and even then he deserved better. But the music biz is hardly a world where people get what they deserve. This twofer combines the 1968 "Folsom" album (issued shortly before Bare's leaving the Camden label) with "Home" (released in 1971 after his re-signing to that label). On the former he covers the titular Johnny Cash classic and does a convincing job of it, along with the then-ubiquitous Dylan-penned Blowin' In The Wind. He takes on Lemon Tree and other lesser material with more limited success. On the Home album, where the fare is more or less standard country, the results are more or less consistent, if not as powerful as some of his releases from the time period. Not the place to discover Bare, but good to have back in print nonetheless, however briefly. Collectables unsurprisingly includes absolutely no notes, no session info. (JC)

 
HOYT "SLIM" BRYANT & HIS WILDCATS B.A.C.M. 268 Volume 3 ● CD $14.98
33 tracks, highly recommended
Complementing B.A.C.M. 178 and 245 this is another fine collection of Western flavored music recorded on radio transcriptions in the 40s by this excellent group that that evolved from Clayton McMichen's Louisville-based Georgia Wildcats. The group featuring Bryant on guitar, fiddler Ken Newton, accordionist Al Azzaro and bassist Loppy Bryant all could swing and the later sides feature the brilliant guitar (sometime electric) and banjo playing of Jerry Wallace who was originally with the band but was absent from the group for a number of years when he was drafted into the army. The material ranges from smooth western ballads to hot jazzy instrumentals. Tracks include Blue Mountain Moon/ Rock Me To Sleep In My Saddle/ Helena Polka/ All My Life/ Climbing Up The Golden Stairs/ Cindy Gal, etc. At the end of 2008 Bryant was still around - youthful 100 years old! Fine sound and informative notes by Kevin Coffey. (FS)
HOYT "SLIM" BRYANT & HIS WILDCATS: A Little Bit Of This And That (instr.)/ All My Life/ Anita Polka (instr.)/ Blue Mountain Moon/ Bouncing Ball Polka (instr.)/ Bring Your Roses To Her Now/ Cactus Polka (instr.)/ Cindy Gal/ Ciribiribin/ Climbing Up The Golden Stairs (instr.)/ Comin' Through The Rye (instr.)/ Dear Old Sunny South By The Sea/ Eeny Meeny Dixie Deeny/ Gonna Catch That Train/ Helena Polka (instr.)/ Hominy Grits/ How Many Chances Do You Want/ I'm Through Wasting Time On You/ Leather Breeches (instr.)/ Lonesome Cowboy/ Martha Polka (instr.)/ My Spanish Rose/ Nancy/ Opening Theme/ Pop Goes The Weasel (instr.)/ Raggin' The Banjo (instr.)/ Rock Me To Sleep In My Saddle/ Tennessee Waggoner (instr.)/ The Man In The Moon Is A Cowhand/ Trail To San Antone/ Until We Meet Again/ Wake Up Susan (instr.)/ Winter Fell On The Range

 
ANITA CARTER Omni 123 Songbird ● CD $17.98
28 tracks, 74 mins, highly recommended
She's June's sister, Maybelle's daughter, and her brother-in-law Johnny referred to her as "The Greatest Female Country Singer of Them All!" Anita Carter was a bit over-shadowed by having so many great talents in her family, but that didn't stop her from recording a deep catalog of fantastic Country music. This collection features Anita the songbird in fine solo performance, part of group harmony with the Carter Family, and in duet with none other than Waylon Jennings for several quality tracks. Anita Carter certainly was a great talent with a gorgeous voice, and so many of these tracks are winners that I'm surprised we haven't seen similar collections come out over the years. I'm hoping that a lot of people check this collection out, I love it and think that a lot of Country fans will as well. There is definitely a soft and gentle '60s vibe that is consistent throughout, making for some beautiful, peaceful music. Anita does cut it up on occasion, still sounding like an angel at her rowdiest, though. On this along with a fine variety of Country, you even get an impressive take on Otis Redding's I've Been Loving You Too Long. If that's not enough to sell you, yes, Johnny Cash is on one cut, the achingly beautiful maternal tribute A Song To Mama features J.C. with Anita and the later day Carter Family. (JM)

 
DENVER DARLING B.A.C.M. 269 Volume 4 ● CD $14.98
27 tracks, recommended
Another fine collection of sides by this engaging singer recorded in the early 40s. Most of the tracks are taken from World transcriptions recorded in the early 40s where he is accompanied by his fine band The Texas Cowhands with Vaughn Horton on steel guitar, Tony Mottola on lead guitar (check out some of his hot solos) and Al Duffy or Mac Ceppos on fiddle. The material includes covers of recent county recordings, a handful of original and some public domain songs. There are also several of his commercial recordings including two, no holds barred, topical World War II songs - The Modern Cannon (sung to the tune of Wabash Cannonball) and Care Of Uncle Sam.  (FS)
DENVER DARLING: Be Honest With Me/ Can I Sleep In Your Barn Tonight Mister/ Care Of Uncle Sam/ Deep Delta Blues/ Free A Little Bird As I Can Be/ Get Away Old Man Get Away/ Give Me Those Old Fashioned Days/ Goodbye My Lover, Goodbye/ Hand Me Down My Walking Cane/ Honest As The Day Is Long/ I Remember/ I Wish You Were With Me Tonight/ I'll Never Let You Cry/ In The Pines/ Maple On The Hill/ My Little Buckaroo/ Out In The Great Alone/ Smile And Drive Your Blues Away/ The Letter Edged In Black/ The Modern Cannonball/ The Night Was Filled With Music/ The Prisoner's Song/ There's A Blue Sky Over Yonder/ Truly I Promise To Love You/ Twenty One Years/ We Couldn't Say Goodbye/ When It's Lamp Lighting Time In The Valley

 
STEVE EARLE New West 6164 Townes ● CD $15.98
15 tracks, 54 mins. highly recommended
It seems fitting that one of the most respected Americana artists of his generation-Earle-would pay tribute to one of the most respected Americana artists of an earlier generation. Townes Van Zandt labored in cult obscurity for most of his career, but he had the high regard of his peers, as evidenced by the many cover versions of his songs, especially in the Country world. As documented in the liner notes, Earle had a devotion for Van Zandt that went deeper than most, and it's clear that this album of his songs is very much a labor of love. The arrangements are stripped down-but evocative-and suit the songs very well; fans of both Earle and Van Zandt alike will not be disappointed. (GMC)

 
STEVE EARLE New West 6165 Townes - Deluxe Edition ● CD $22.98
Not in stock yet. Limited edition release with bonus CD with acoustic performances.

 
FLATT & SCRUGGS Columbia 92574 Foggy Mountain Gospel ● CD $19.98
2 CDs, 52 tracks, 131 mins, highly recommended
Not a new release but not reviewed before. From the start of their professional careers in Bill Monroe Bluegrass Boys, Sacred music was a important and consistent part of the repertoire and throughout their recording career as Flatt and Scruggs, they would record a vast number Sacred tunes. This collection covers a wide swath of their best work in this genre. Covering the spectrum from J.E. Mainer's Mountaineers Take Me In Your Lifeboat, to Tom T. Halls A Stone the Builders Refused, this is a fantastic collection that really tells the history of the music. The Bailes Brothers Give Mother a Crown, The Carter Familys I'm on My Way To Canaans Land and On The Rock Where Moses Stood, and Bill Carlisles Gone Home, are just a few of the fantastic covers, but Flatt and Scruggs were no slouches themselves. Under their own and with assumed names, they wrote dozens of great Sacred tunes as well, with tracks like He Took Your Place/ Brother, Im Getting Ready To Go, and Mother Prays Loud in her Sleep, among some of the best of them that are contained herein. This is an absolutely outstanding collection that will appeal to fans of the High Lonesome and the Spiritual alike. (JM)

 
BENTON FLIPPEN & THE SMOKEY VALLEY BOYS 5 String 8004 An Evening At WPAQ, 1984 ● CD $16.98
20 tracks, 53 min., highly recommended
Fiddler extraordinaire Benton Flippen joined the Smokey Valley Boys old-timey string band in the 1970s. Their recordings, including this one, tend to highlight Flippen's unique findering style and arranging abilities. As the title suggests, this set is the product of after-hours recordings on 15 February 1984 at radio station WPAQ. The old-time feeling is perhaps enhanced by 1950s Ampex 600 tube-era tape recorder that captured the sound (mixed live to one channel), and any lack of sound fidelity is more than offset by Flippen's magic hands. (On Pole Cat Blues, his fiddle sounds as if it is imitating a slide guitar!) Originally released (in minute quantities) only on cassette tape and sold at local shows, these delightful (if occasionally similar-sounding) sides are finally being made available to a wider audience. And one listen to Sally Ann or Cotton Eyed Joe or Step Back Cindy or Katy Hill is certain to make that audience appreciative. (JC)

 
ALICE GERRARD & MIKE SEEGER 5 String Productions 8003 Bowling Green ● CD $16.98
26 tracks, 69 min., highly recommended
This CD reissues their long out-of-print LP from 1980 on the Greenhays label, adds tracks from a Japanese-only LP released in 1971, and throws in cuts from Seeger's personal collection. Thus 7 tracks have never been issued in the U.S. and 5 have never been issued at all. Songs range from traditional numbers (Bowling Green, Pretty Polly, The Death Of Queen Jane), to classics (The Carter Family's Coal Miner's Blues, W.C. Handy's St. Louis Blues) to originals (Needmore, Love Was The Price), many of which sound like traditional songs. The recording dates range from 1967-80, and the booklet notes include the specific tunings for the banjo, fiddle, and guitar whenever they are non-standard. In addition, by placing the CD in a computer, listeners will find the complete lyrics for each song. It's nice to find an album that assumes that someone might actually like to play some of the songs, a common assumption many years ago. (JC)

 
GEORGE JONES Bear Family BCD 16929 A Good Year For The Roses - The Complete Musicor Recordings ● CD $99.98
The second volume of George's great recordings for the Musicor label features all the rest of his Musicor sides with the exception of his duets with Gene Pitney which are available on Bear Family 15790 ($21.98). Four CDs with 131 tracks and 52 page LP size book covers all the sides recorded between 1967 and 1971 when he left the label including 20 previously unissued recordings. It was during this time that George married Tammy Wynette and this set includes his earliest duets with Tammy along with the originbal versions of all time classics like When The Grass Grows Over Me/ I'll Share My World With You/ As Long As I Live and, of course, A Good Year For The Roses.

 
GEORGE JONES Righteous PSALM 23:7 Blue & Lonesome ● CD $15.98
18 tracks, 42 mins, highly recommended
Anyone reading this catalog should know the name George Jones; after all he's only the greatest ballad singer in the history of Country music. "Blue & Lonesome" was originally released by Mercury in 1963; a parting shot at Jones, who had left the label for United Artists. And yet this collection of previously released tracks and new material is no joke: the superior material contained herein lifts the album from the realms of mere cash-in. About half the tracks are from albums released between 1958 and 1961, and one makes it's third appearance on LP (the tender Life to Go), but this first time on CD album is really solid; from the rollicking Just Little Boy Blue to the haunting quasi-spiritual Cup of Loneliness to the stellar Hank Williams covers Nobody's Lonesome For Me and There'll Be No Teardrops Tonight, this is Jones still in his honky tonk phase and that's ok with me because, even at this juncture, few could sell as song as well as Jones. On this CD re-issue, the original album of 12 songs is filled out with six extra songs, the standout of which is Seasons of My Heart which gives a hint of Jones' future as a balladeer nonparallel. The liner notes are ok, but it's the music that's the star here. (GMC)

 
LEON MCAULIFFE Bear Family BCD 16987 Gonna Shake This Shack Tonight - Tulsa Straight Ahead ● CD $21.98
31 tracks recorded for Columbia between 1949 and 1955 by this great steel guitarist. Bear Family has here collected the cream of McAuliffe's six year tenure with Columbia, including a never-issued alternate take of Panhandle Rag, and several other unissued tracks. Highlights include the unissued first -- and considerably hotter -- version of the hard-swinging blues Hard-Hearted Girl. There are steel guitar classics like Mr. Steel Guitar and Cimarron Rag. A fantastic take on the early rock 'n' roll classic 'Sh-Boom', as well as what was arguably the best among the twenty-odd versions of the 1950 smash Rag Mop. Also includes Run 'Em Off/ Bonaparte's Retreat/ Birmingham Bounce/ Chattanooga Shoe Shine/ Redskin Rag/ This Side Of Town/ What, Where and When, etc.

 
JERRY REED Raven 297 When You're Hot - The Very Best Of Jerry Reed, 1967-83 ● CD $18.98
28 tracks, 78 mins, highly recommended
Jerry Reed: songwriter, singer, master guitarist, actor, he was all these things and more in a career than spanned more than 40 years. Depending on which generation you come from, he's either best known as one of the greatest Country session guitarists of all time, the author of a couple of Elvis Presley's "comeback" songs- Guitar Man and U.S. Male, the artist behind two of the early 70's more rambunctious hits, Amos Moses and When You're Hot, You're Hot, or Burt Reynolds' sidekick in the "Smokey and the Bandit" movies; but no matter what Reed did, he excelled at it and it's his career as a singer/songwriter that's recognized on this comprehensive collection. All of his hits are here: Tupelo Mississippi Flash/ Georgia Sunshine/ Lord, Mr. Ford, the immortal East Bound and Down (from "Smokey and the Bandit"), and, of course, his pop hits. All of the above show off his unorthodox and influential guitar style, as well as his clever word play, storytelling skills, and outsized personality which shines through in his unpretentious singing. And for anyone who thinks that Reed wasn't capable of being anything but a jokester: well, just listen to Remembering for proof of his ability with a ballad. If you're a fan of the man, then look no farther than this collection. (GMC)

 
MITCHELL TOROK Acrobat ADDCD 3024 When Mexico gave Up The Rhumba - The Best Of Mitchell Torok ● CD $15.98
Two CD set with 53 songs from this pop country and novelty performer ranging from the late 40s through the mid 50s including his U.S. hits Caribbean and Hootchy Kootchy Henry (From Hawaii) and his U.K. top ten hit When Mexico gave Up The Rhumba.

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS B.A.C.M. 270 The Bluebird Label ● CD $14.98
24 tracks, highly recommended
A great collection of vintage recordings featuring 24 cuts recorded for Bluebird between 1935 and 1941. Most of the artists here are obscure but very fine. The most well known here would be The Rouse Brothers who first recorded Orange Blossom Special. That track has been reissued several times but this collection features two other sides by this duo featuring vocals with hot fiddle and guitar. The excellent duo The Southern Melody Boys accompany themselves on guitar and banjo on two songs including the risque Wind The Little Ball Of Yarn. Byron Parker's Mountaineers are an exciting string band featuring the fine fiddle of Homer Sherrill and the influential banjo playing of "Snuffy" jenkins. The Hill Brothers & Willie Simmons do two gospel songs accompanying themselves on guitar and autoharp giving their material a Carter Family feel - their I Am On My Way To Heaven is a real gem. Steve Ledford & The Mountaineers could be considered proto-bluegrass and their superb Only A Broken Heart is sung to the tune of the old favorite Little Maggie. A fine and varied collection which also features sides sides by "Boots" & J.H. Howell, The Johnson County Ramblers, Happy Go Lucky Boys, etc. So much good music it's a shame that sound is mediocre with overuse of digital noise reduction - still the music is worth it. (FS)
"BOOTS" & J.H. HOWELL: Mollie Married A Travelling Man/ The Girl That Worried My Mind/ THE FOUR PICKLED PEPPERS: When I Was A Baby/ FRANK GERALD & HOWARD DIXON (THE RAMBLING DUET: Bootlegger's Story/ FRANK GERALD & HOWARD DIXON: Call Me Back Pal Of Mine/ THE HAPPY GO LUCKY BOYS: Happy Go Lucky Breakdown/ What-Cha Gonna Do With The Baby?/ THE HILL BROTHERS & WILLIE SIMMONS: I Am On My Way To Heaven/ Over In The Glory Land/ HINSON, PITTS & COLEY: Farmer Grey/ Whoa Mule Whoa/ THE JOHNSON COUNTY RAMBLERS: Goin' Crazy/ Love That Lies/ STEVE LEDFORD & THE MOUNTAINEERS: Only A Broken Heart/ PINK LINDSAY & HIS BLUEBIRDS: The Story Of Adam/ CARRIE MAE MOORE & FAYE BARRES: I Thought That I'd Forgotten You/ NORWOOD & MRS TEW: When The Cactus Blooms I'll Be Waiting/ BYRON PARKER'S MOUNTAINEERS: C & N. W. Railroad Blues/ Peanut Special/ THE ROUSE BROTHERS: Bum Bum Blues/ Craven County Blues/ THE SOUTHERN MELODY BOYS: Down In Baltimore/ Wind The Little Ball Of Yarn/ OLIVER "SOCKO" UNDERWOOD: You've Gone And Forgot Me

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Cactus 4ST 1 4-Star Hillbilly, Volume 1 ● CD $15.98
32 tracks, 78 mins, highly recommended
A fine selection of sides drawn from this important Los Angeles label. A number of country stars got their start with 4 Star and this CD features fine early sides by Hank Locklin, Webb Pierce, T Texas Tyler and Roy Clark. It also includes two great early sides by the great Eddie Noack - one with the excellent R.D. Hendon Band. Other artists include Frank Simon, The Maddox Brothers & Rose, Tommy Scott, Wade Holmes, Jay T. Starr (the great Wa-Na-Chee), Betty Joe Starr (the fine Liberty Express with hot fiddle, electric guitar and accordion solos!), Cousin Ford Lewis, Durwood Dailey, Jimmy Short (his superb Everbody's Trying To Be My Babay from 1950 is a cover of the 1936 Rex Griffin song which Carl Perkins later recorded with some lyric changes and claimed composer credits!), Paul Westmoreland, Roy Clark (one of his first - the excellent the Day That I Found You), Billy Hughes, Frank Simon and others. More great stuff from Cactus. (FS)
ENEZ BIENEK: l'm Hungry Hungry For Your Love/ ROY CLARK: The Day That I Found You/ DURWOOD DAILEY: I Don't Wanta/ TERRY FELL: Little By Little/ Napanee/ R.D. HENDON: I Can't Run Away (Voc. Eddie Noack)/ WADE HOLMES: You're Too Tired (For Me)/ BILLY HUGHES: Tennessee Farm/ JESSE JAMES: Flying Saucer Mama/ COUSIN FORD LEWIS: Hillbilly Gal/ HANK LOCKLIN: l'm Tired Of Bummin' Around/ THE MADDOX BROS & ROSE: South/ THE MADDOX BROS. & ROSE: Water Baby Blues/ THE MADDOX BROTHERS & ROSE: Meanest Man In Town/ EDDIE MARVIN: The Hooligan Kids/ THE MILLER BROTHERS: Rose Of Tijuana/ Tulsa Baby/ EDDIE NOACK: (As The Band Played) Paul Jones/ WEBB PIERCE: Groovie Boogie Woogie Boy/ CACTUS PRYOR: Packing Up My Barracks Bag Blues/ TOMMY SCOTT: Cherokee Rose/ JIMMY SHORT: Everybody's Trying To Be My Baby/ FRANK SIMON: Honky Tonk Merry Go Round/ Sugar Plum Boogie/ BETTY JO STARR: Liberty Express/ JAY T. STARR: Darker Clouds Ahead/ Wa-Na-Chee/ BILLY STRICKLAND: Why Don't You Shut Your Mouth/ T. TEXAS TYLER: Old Blue/ Tired Of It All/ PAUL WESTMORELAND: Caffeine & Nicotine/ Hot Rod Rag

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Cactus COLCD 1 Columbia Hillbilly, Vol. 1 ● CD $15.98
25 tracks, 80 mins, highly recommended
The first of three volumes of up-tempo honky tonk country from the Columbia label. The label had lots of big country names and a few of them are here with some of their hottest numbers - Little Jimmy Dickens, Lefty Frizzell, Marty Robbins, Stonewall Jackson & Carl Smith but the emphasis is on the lesser known artists. Carl Story is best known as one of the pioneers of bluegrass gospel but is featured here on two rocking bluesy numbers with hot mandolin that having nothing to do with God! The great Jimmy Murphy is featured on two great songs featuring his hot acoustic guitar work. Other artists include The Tunesmiths, Earl Peterson, Neal Jones (an outstanding Texas honky tonk singer who deserves to be better), Gordon Terry, Onie Wheeler, Jimmy Boyd (his Crazy Mixed Up Blues is terrific stringing together rock & roll and R&b song titles with hot rockabilly guitar riffs - Joe Maphis?), Charlie Adams, Jimmy Littlejohn, Lee Emerson (the great bluesy Start All Over with a Johnny Cash feel), Smiley Maxedon and others. (FS)
CHARLIE ADAMS: Cattin' Around/ I'm a Railroad Daddy/ JIMMY BOYD: Crazy Mixed Up Blues/ LINK DAVIS: Kajelina/ LITTLE JIMMY DICKENS: Blackeyed Joe's/ Hey Worm/ LEE EMERSON: Start All Over/ Where D'Ja Go!/ LEFTY FRIZZELL: I Just Can't Live That Fast Anymore/ Mama/ STONEWALL JACKSON: Smoke Along the Tracks/ THE JACOBY BROTHERS: One Man's Opinion/ NEAL JONES: Down Boy/ Foolin' Women/ I'm Playing It Cool/ JIMMY LITTLEJOHN: Never, Never, Never/ No Parkin' Here/ Tequila Mama/ SMILEY MAXEDON: I Want You/ FRANKIE MILLER: Paid in Full/ JIMMY MURPHY: Here Kitty, Kitty/ Lookin' For a Mustard Patch/ EARL PETERSON: I Ain't Gonna Fall in Love/ I'm Not Buying Baby/ You Gotta Be My Baby/ JACK RHODES FEAT. JIMMY JOHNSON: Eternity/ MARTY ROBBINS: It's a Long, Long Ride/ CARL SMITH: Dog-Gone It Baby, I'm in Love/ Go Boy Go/ CARL STORY: Tom Cattin' Around/ What a Line/ GORDON TERRY: Hook. Line & Sinker/ THE TUNESMITHS: Oh Stop!/ BILLY WALKER: I've Got Leavin' on My Mind/ ONIE WHEELER: Going Back to the City

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Cactus COLCD 2 Columbia Hillbilly, Vol. 2 ● CD $15.98
32 tracks, 76 mins, highly recommended
Only a few artists return from volume 1 on this set which opens with the superb Salty Boogie by Little Jimmy Dickens and includes the outstanding female vocalist Polly O'Neal (mistakenly listed as O'Neil) on the great I'm A Tired Woman along with artists like Johnny Hicks, Leroy Jenkins (an outstanding blind hillbilly singer and songwriter with a sound neatly blending acoustic guitar, fiddle and electric steel guitar), Okie Jones, Smiley Maxedon, Carl Smith, Johnny Ragsdale, Chuck Murphy, Chuck Wells (the fine western swing oriented The Marryin' Preacher Man), Jimmy Littlejohn, Freddie Hart, Johnny Horton, Lee Emerson, GEne Sullivan and others. Note that track 16 is not listed on the back cover - it's Laredo by The Jacoby Brothers. (FS)
JOHNNY BOND: Lay It on the Line/ Somebody's Pushin'/ NEAL BURRIS: Bonita Chiquita/ CARL BUTLER: Baby I'm A-Waitin'/ LITTLE JIMMY DICKENS: Salty Boogie/ LEE EMERSON: It's So Easy for You to Be Mean/ You Call That Waitin'/ FREDDIE HART: On the Prowl/ JOHNNY HICKS: Hey Now Honey/ Nueva Laredo/ JOHNNY HORTON: Goodbye Lonesome Hello Baby Doll/ VAN HOWARD: What'll I Do/ THE JACOBY BROTHERS: Laredo/ LEROY JENKINS: Hard Time Hard Luck Blues/ NEAL JONES: Who-o-o-e! My Life Has Just Begun/ OKIE JONES: Hillbilly Bessie/ JIMMY LITTLEJOHN: Haunted Blues/ SMILEY MAXEDON: I'll Swear You Don't Love Me/ CHUCK MURPHY: Hard Headed/ POLLY O'NEAL: I'm a Tired Woman/ DUSTY OWENS: They Didn't Know the Difference/ POLLY POSSUM: Sad Singin' & Slow Ridin'/ JOHNNY RAGSDALE: Ten Thousand Cows/ JACK RHODES FEAT. JIMMY JOHNSON: Mama Loves Papa/ BONNIE SLOAN: Silly Boy/ CARL SMITH: No I Don't Believe I Will/ GENE SULLIVAN: Good Gosh Almighty How I Love You/ CHUCK WELLS: Footloose & Fancy Free/ The Marryin' Preacher Man/ ONIE WHEELER: That's What I Like/ CURLEY WILLIAMS: On the Okefenokee/ THE WINTERS BROTHERS: No One But You

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Cactus COLCD 3 Columbia Hillbilly, Vol. 3 ● CD $15.98
Another fine collection of 32 sides including BIlly Walker, Don Gibson (one of his early sides from 1952 where he sounds like Lefty Frizzell!), Charlie Adams (the "answer song" - Pistol Packin' Mama Laid Her Pistol Down), Lee Emerson & Marty Robbins, Neal Burris, Rocky Porter (the odd The World Is A Monster), Jimmy Boyd, Jeanette Hicks, Joe Maphis & Rose Lee, Polly Possum, Danny & Harold, Johnny Ragsdale, Gordon Terry, Mallie Ann & Slim, Neal Jones, The Country Boys (Little Jimmy Dickens' band with the fine instrumental Bud's Bounce - this might be a mistitling of Country Boy's Bounce), Carl & June Carter and more.
CHARLIE ADAMS: Pistol Packin' Mama Laid Her Pistol Down/ JIMMY BOYD: I Wanna Go Steady/ VIN BRUCE: I Tried/ NEAL BURRIS: Put A Little Sweetnin' (In Your Love)/ THE COUNTRY BOYS: Buds Bounce/ DANNY & HAROLD: My Heart's Huntin' a New Home/ LITTLE JIMMY DICKENS: You Don't Have Love At All/ LEE EMERSON: I Cried Like A Baby/ I'll Know You're Gone/ DON GIBSON: We're Steppin' Out Tonite/ JEANETTE HICKS: Just Like In The Movies/ THE JACOBY BROTHERS: Who Ye Primpin' Fer?/ NEAL JONES: You Can't Unkiss That Kiss/ JIMMY LITTLEJOHN: I'm Mean When I'm Mad/ MALLIE ANNE & SLIM: I'll Bear The Shame/ JOE MAPHIS & ROSE LEE: Honky Tonk Down Town/ I Gotta Lotta Lovin'/ SMILEY MAXEDON: Red Hot Mama & An Ice Cold Beer/ Why Can't You Look Me In The Eye?/ FRANKIE MILLER: Hey Where Ya Goin?/ LOU MILLET: Since The Devil Moved In/ ZAG PENNELL: T.L.C. (Tender Lovin' Care)/ ROCKY PORTER: The World Is A Monster/ POLLY POSSUM: Sin In Satin/ RAY PRICE: Much Too Young To Die/ JOHNNY RAGSDALE: Calamity Jane/ Engineer's Song/ The Wrong Side Of The Fence/ CARL SMITH & JUNE CARTER: Love O Crazy Love/ GORDON TERRY: Keep Right On Talking/ BILLY WALKER: I Can't Keep The Girls Away/ CHUCK WELLS: Just A-Lookin' Around

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Cactus KINCD 1 King Hillbilly, Vol. 1 ● CD $15.98
Another great collection of 32 up-tempo honky tonk hillbilly tracks. Some of this material has appeared on various B.A.C.M. releases but much is making its first appearance on CD including the amazing The Voice Of Free America by Jimmie Osborne which with it's references to Iran and Korea sounds chillingly contemporary! Other artists include Zeb Turner, Clyde Moody (two great blues titles), Lattie Moore, Hawkshaw Hawkins, Grandpa Jones, Hardrock Gunter (the very fine First Last And Always Game Of Love), Wayne Raney, Jack Cardwell, Ann Jones and others.
JACK CARDWELL: A Vltamln Called Love/ My Love For You Would Fill Ten Pots/ COWBOY COPAS: Tennessee Flat Guitar/ THE DELMORE BROTRHERS: Tennesee Choo Choo/ HARDROCK GUNTER: First Last & Always Game Of Love/ HAWKSHAW HAWKINS: I'm A Lone Wolf/ Rattlesnakln' Daddy/ Shotgun Boogie/ HERB & KAY: Coffee Blues/ LOUIS INNIS: Ain't Got A Pot/ Suicide/ ANN JONES: A Little Bit Of Nylon/ I've Had It/ GRANDPA JONES: Hello Blues/ The Rain Is Falling Down/ SHORTY LONG & DOLLY DIMPLE: Hillbilly Wedding/ CLYDE MOODY: She Cooked My Goose/ The Blues Came Pouring In/ I Feel Like Travelling On/ LATTIE MOORE: A Brand New Case Of Love/ I Gotta Go Home (& Catch Up On My Sleep)/ JIMMIE OSBORNE: Automobile Baby/ I Do & I Does & I Do/ I'm Scared To Go Home/ Nag Nag Nag/ The Voice Of Free America/ WAYNE RANEY: Gone WIth The Wind This Momlng/ I Feel Just Like A Millionaire/ Real Good Feeling/ RALPH SANFORD: OO EE Baby/ ZEB TURNER: Travellln' Boogie/ THE YORK BROTHERS: Mowhawk Squaw

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Cactus KINCD 2 King Hillbilly, Vol. 2 ● CD $15.98
32 tracks, highly recommended
King Records fairly regularly had country artists record songs made famous by R&B artists on the label and vice-versa - a nice way to double up on song royalties. This one features Jimmie Ballard covering Bullmoose Jackson's I Want A Bowlegged Woman and Jack Cardwell with Sticks McGhee's Whiskey, Women & Loaded Dice. A Big Fat Gal Like Me by Ann Jones (who led the first all female country band) sounds like an R&B song too but I can't identify it. Most of the other tracks here are excellent honky tonk country including sides by Jimmy Thomason, Bill Long, Bobby Grove, Louie Innis, Zeb Turner (the fine jazzy No More Nothin'), Billy Barton, Gene Davis, Delbert Barker, Lattie Moore, Bob Newman and more. (FS)
JIMMIE BALLARD: I Want A Bowlegged Woman/ JIMMY BALLARD: She's Got Something/ DELBERT BARKER: How About A Handout/ BILLY BARTON: Why Don't They Leave Her Alone/ NEAL BURRIS: Please Excuse My Manners/ JACK CARDWELL: I'm Not Lazy, Just Tired/ Whiskey, Women & Loaded Dice/ COWBOY COPAS: Hangman's Boogie/ GENE DAVIS: Cruisin' For A Bruisin'/ Satan's Daughter/ THE DELMORE BROTHERS: Steamboat Bill Boogie/ CHARLIE GORE: Absolutely Free/ Mabel Mabel/ BOBBY GROVE: No Parking Here/ Whistle Of The Gravy Train/ LOUIE INNIS: It Don't Pay To Advertise/ What's He Got/ ANN JONES: A Big Fat Gal Like Me/ BILL LONG: What A Waste/ Your Daddy Is A Railroad Man/ LATTIE MOORE: Pull Down The Blinds/ BOB NEWMAN: Greetings/ Rover Rover/ WAYNE RANEY: Catfish Baby/ BOBBY ROBERTS: I'm Gonna Comb You Outta My Hair/ I'm Pulling Stakes & Leavin' You/ JIMMY THOMASON: Big Deal/ Daddy Why/ ZEB TURNER: No More Nothin'/ Oh She's Gone, Gone, Gone/ JIMMY VERNON: Dog Bite Your Hide/ JOE WHEELER: A Country Boy Goes To Town

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Cactus KINCD 3 King Hillbilly, Vol. 3 ● CD $15.98
32 fine and mostly obscure tracks from Bob Newman, Billy Barton, Bobby Grove, Neal Burris, Charlie Gore, Jack Cardwell, Donnie Bowshier, Hardrock Gunter, Ann Jones, Jimmy Vernon, Dave Dudley, etc. With the labels vast selection let's hope that there are more volumes in the offing.
JIMMY BALLARD: The Creek's Gone Muddy/ BILLY BARTON: I'm Turning Over A Brand New Leaf/ Pardon Me, Old Buddy/ DONNIE BOWSHIER: Tight Shoe Boogie/ NEAL BURRIS: Popcorn/ The Sissy Song/ JACK CARDWELL: Slap-Ka-Dab/ Walkin' Away My Blues/ COWBOY COPAS: Feelin' Low/ Opportunity Is Knocking At Your Door/ GENE DAVIS: Ride/ DAVE DUDLEY: I'll Be Waiting For You/ CHARLIE GORE: I Know Somethin'/ The Moon Won't Tell/ BOBBY GROVE: I Saw Her First/ HARDROCK GUNTER: I Put My Britches On Like Everybody Else/ Turn The Other Cheek/ HAWKSHAW HAWKINS: Dog House Boogie/ LOUIE INNIS: Who'll Give Me Kisses?/ ANN JONES: You Won't Find Me Singing The Blues/ GRANDPA JONES: Fix Me A Pallet/ MOON MULLICAN: Well Oh Well/ LUKE McDANIEL: Automobile Song/ BOB NEWMAN: Chic-A-Choo Freight/ Sand Boogie/ JIMMIE OSBORNE: You Can't Sometimes Always Hardly Ever Tell/ JIMMY LEE PROW: Shopping List/ You Tell Her I Stutter/ EARL SLONE: Bull Frog Boogie/ ZEB TURNER: Goin' Back To Baltimore/ It Just Tears Me All To Pieces/ JIMMY VERNON: I Wish I May, I Wish I Might

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Cactus RCACD 1 RCA Hillbilly, Vol. 1 ● CD $15.98
32 tracks, 73 mins, highly recommended
Previously on Official 5052. A great collection of up tempo hillbilly, country boogie and western swing recorded for RCA in the early/ mid 50s. Includes some major stars (Porter Wagoner, Homer & Jethro, Eddy Arnold, Hank Snow, etc) along with lots of obscure but fine performers like Hal Lone Pine, Jack Turner, Lee Bell, Tom james, Billy McGhee, Jimmy Murphy (his classic Electricity), Lawton Williams and others. But all of it is fine with excellent vocals, hot electric and steel guitar and fiddles but no orchestras or heavenly choruses which is the way we like 'em. Sound quality is excellent but no notes. (FS)
EDDY ARNOLD: Hep Cat Baby/ CHARLINE ARTHUR: Just Look,don't Touch,he's Mine/ LEE BELL: Beatin' Out The Boogie/ SKEETER BONN: Rock-a-bye Baby/ TERRY FELL: I Can Hear You Cluckin'/ That's What I Like/ DARRELL GLENN: Bye Bye Young Girls/ HAWKSHAW HAWKINS: Flashing Lights/ I Wanna Be Hughed To Death By You/ Rebound/ HOMER & JETHRO: High Geared Daddy/ You Tell Her,i Stutter/ TOM JAMES: Don'' T Lead Me On/ I'm A Pig About Your Lovin'/ KENNY LEE: Holding Hands/ CURLEY LEWIS: Bees In My Bonnet/ BILLY MCGEE: I'll Copright My Baby/ JIMMY MURPHY: Big Mama Blues/ Electricity/ HANK PENNY: Hadacillin Boogie/ HAL LONE PINE: Gonna Build A Fence Around You/ Honey,honey Mine/ WADE RAY: Idaho Red/ DAVE RICH: Tuggin' On Your Heartstrings/ TOMMY SANDS: I Know About The Bees/ HANK SNOW: Music Makin' Mama From Tenneessee/ BUDDY THOMPSON: Don't Kindle Up The Flame/ JACK TURNER: If I Could Only Win Your Love/ Put It Down On Papper/ PORTER WAGONER: That's It/ LAWTON WILLIAMS: Moon Joe/ JOHNNY LEE WILLS: Hot Check Baby

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Cactus RCACD 2 RCA Hillbilly, Vol. 2 ● CD $15.98
33 tracks, highly recommended
Lots more great sides - most of it new to CD and much of it by obscure artists. Includes sides by Luke Wills, Eddie Marshall, Terry Fell (one of the best tracks by this inconsistent artist - Play The Music Louder), Kenny Lee, Billy McGhee, Eddie Hill, Jesse Rogers (a fine version of the ever popular Hadacol Boogie), Jimmy Rodgers Snow, Johnnie Lee Wills, Hal "Lone" Pine, Eddy Arnold, Oklahoma Wranglers, Tom James, Johnny Tyler, Elton Britt (a fine cover of the Ella Mae Morse hit Blacksmith Blues), Hawkshaw Hawkins, The Diamond Brothers, etc. (FS)
EDDY ARNOLD: Mama Come Get Your Baby Boy/ CHARLINE ARTHUR: Burn That Candle/ Flash Your Diamonds/ JIM BOYD: Waxahachie Boogie Woogie Dishwasher Boy/ ELTON BRITT: The Blacksmith Blues/ THE DIAMOND BROTHERS: I Plowed A Crooked Furrow/ TERRY FELL: Play The Music Louder/ CURTIS GORDON: I'd Do It For You/ HAWKSHAW HAWKINS: Waitin' For My Baby/ EDDIE HILL: Hit & Run Lover/ I Don't Think I'm Gonna Like It/ TOM JAMES: Your Kind Of Lovin'/ JOHNNY & JACK: Beware Of It/ KENNY LEE: I Gotta Go Get My Baby/ You Ring A Bell With Me/ MARTHA LYNN: I'm Goin' Huntin' Tonight/ EDDIE MARSHALL: I Should've Said/ BILLY MCGHEE: I'm Gonna Write My Baby A Letter/ THE OKLAHOMA WRANGLERS: Candy In A Room With A Baby/ Warm Beer & A Cold Woman/ HAL LONE PINE: I Should Have Subtracted/ WADE RAY: All Or Nothing Man/ JESSE ROGERS: Hadacol Boogie/ MERV SHINER: I Ain't Much Of A Hand At Lovin'/ JIMMIE RODGERS SNOW: Well Whadaya Know/ JACK TURNER: Model T Baby/ Walkin' The Chalkline/ JOHNNY TYLER: High Voltage Gal/ I Got Mine/ JOHNNIE LEE WILLS: The Thingamajig/ JOHNNY LEE WILLS: She Took/ LUKE WILLS: Texas Special/ DON WINDLE: When Friends Are Few

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Cactus RCACD 3 RCA Hillbilly, Vol. 3 ● CD $15.98
33 more hot sides - Eddie Marshall, Floyd Wilson, Don Winters, Jimmie Rodgers Snow, The Willis Brothers, Eddie Hill, Johnnie & Jack, Johnny Tyler, Jack Turner, Wilf Carter, Grandpa Jones, Billy McGhee and more.
ELTON BRITT: Cannonball Yodel/ Nuevo Laredo/ WILF CARTER: Huggin' Squeezin' Kissin' Teasin'/ RED GARRETT: Long Gone/ That Is Why I'm Happy/ PHIL HARRIS: Tennessee Hill-billy Ghost/ EDDIE HILL: Who Wrote That Letter To Old John/ JOHNNIE & JACK: Tom Cat's Kitten/ GRANDPA JONES: The Champion/ EDDIE KIRK: Country Way/ KENNY LEE: Flame Of Fire/ That's My Baby's Kisses/ EDDIE MARSHALL: Mine All Mine/ Mobilin' Baby Of Mine/ KEN MARVIN: I Don't Care If You Go A Little Further/ BILLY MCGHEE: Sugar Booger/ THE OKLAHOMA RAMBLERS: Gettin' High Feelin' Low/ HAL LONE PINE &. BETTY CODY: Keep Your Shirt On John/ WADE RAY: It's All Your Fault/ DAVE RICH: I Forgot/ JESSE ROGERS: Plain Old Lovin'/ JIMMIE RODGERS SNOW: Go Back You Fool/ REDD STEWART: Don't Ever Fall In Love/ JACK TURNER: Little Boy Why Do You Weep/ Nightmare/ JOHNNY TYLER: Nothin' Won't Cure These Blues/ PORTER WAGONER: Bringing Home The Bacon/ BOBBY WILLIAMSON: Just Skip It/ THE WILLIS BROTHERS: Flyin' Saucer Baby/ FLOYD WILSON: False Alarm/ DON WINTERS: Look What Happened/ One Way Is Bound To Be Right

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Cactus MGMCD 3 MGM Hillbilly, Vol. 3 ● CD $15.98
32 tracks, 80 mins, recommended
Another splendid collection of up tempo honky tonk sides recorded for MGM in the early/ mid 50s though perhaps not quite a strong as the first two volume. About two thirds of the artists return from previous volumes and the rest are new to this series. Among the biggest names here is the King of Western Swing Bob Wills with two exciting number and his brother Billy Jack is featured on a fine 1955 rendition of the R&B classic Good Rockin' Tonight which is more country than the Elvis version from a year earlier. There's an early cut from Sheb Wooley - the fine White Lightnin' (not the George Jones songs) from around 1953 - almost a decade before he started having hits. Bouldleaux & Felice Bryant are best known as country, rock 'n' roll and pop songwriters but here they are featured on one the few recordings under their own name - the country boogie Overweight Blues issued as by Bood & Fileece Bryant. Other artists include Bud Deckleman, Bud Hobbs, Red Sovine (his Billy Goat Boogie predates his Decca hits by a number of years), Bob Jennings, Randy Atcher (the goofy Indian Rock), The Lucky Brothers, Rusty Gabbard, Vic Claiborne (obscure but fine honky tonker), Smiley & Kitty, Jerry Irby and more. (FS)
TOM ANDERSON: Everybody's Beau/ THE ANDREWS BROTHERS: Hot To Trot/ RANDY ATCHER: Indian Rock/ AL BRITT: Sweet Little Cutie/ BOOD & FILEECE BRYANT: Overweight Blues/ VIC CLAIBORNE: Saddest Girl In Town/ PAUL DAVIS: Make A Littie Time With You/ BUD DECKELMAN: Fallin' Fallin' Fallin'/ I Gotta Find A Way/ It's Great To Be Living/ JOE FRANKLIN: Hillbilly Boy/ RUSTY GABBARD: (You Gotta Give) A Little More Lovin'/ My Next Gal/ BOB GALLION: A Fool In Love/ BUD HOBBS: Lazy Mazy/ JERRY IRBY: 49 Women/ BOB JENNINGS: That's When I Miss You Most/ DAVE LANDERS: Don't Do Anything Today/ JOE (CANNONBALL) LEWIS: What's The Use?/ THE LUCKY BROTHERS: It Ain't Quit Hurtin' Yet/ SAM NICHOLS: Honky Tonk Baby/ SAM NLCHOLS: Sows, Cows, Plows/ ROY SCOTT: Lucky In Kentucky/ SMILEY & KITTY: Thunder & Lightnin'/ RED SOVINE: Billy Goat Boogie/ JIMMY SWAN: Hey Baby Baby/ BILLY JACK WILLS: There's Good Rockin' Tonight/ BOB WILLS: I've Got A New Road Under My Wheels/ Snatchin' & Grabbin'/ SHEB WOOLEY: White Lightnin'/ BILLY WORTH: Down With The Blues/ Let's Keep Steady Company

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Cactus DECCD 4 Decca Hillbilly, Vol. 4 ● CD $15.98
32 tracks, highly recommended
Another terrific collection of honky tonk country recorded for Decca in the 50s. There are a number of forgettable novelties (in case you haven't noticed, I'm not a big fan of novelty songs) but there is enough hard core honky tonk to make this more than worthwhile. Among the highlights are Jimmie Skinner's great cover of Eddie Noack's Too Hot To Handle, Autry Inman's Stop Stallin' (also on Cactus's indispensible Autry Inman CD), You Can't Get There From Here by Charlie Walker, Mimi Roman's great rockabilly flavored I'm Ready If You're Willing (I'd love to hear more by her), Ernest Tubb's superb Jimmie Rodgers' Last Yodel and obscure artist Glenn Douglas's splendid There's A Little Of You Left In My Heart. Other artists include Red Garrett, Al Dexter, Jimmy & Johnny, Goldie Hill, Hardrock Gunter, Jimmie Logsdon (the excellent Midnight Boogie), Jack & Daniel, Charlie "Peanut" Faircloth, Rex Prophet and others. (FS)
CHARLIE ADAMS: I'm Gonna Put My Foot Down/ REX ALLEN: L-O-N-E-S-O-M-E Letter Blues/ LES 'CARROT TOP' ANDERSON: Dimples or Dumplins/ Just Like Two Drops Of Water/ TED BROOKS: The Hot Guitar/ BUZ BUTLER: Coyote Blues/ MARGIE COLLIE: True Love Moved Out/ AL DEXTER: Move Over Rover/ GLENN DOUGLAS: There's A Little Of You Left In My Heart/ CHARLIE 'PEANUT' FAIRCLOTH: F-O-O-L-I-S-H M-E, Me/ RED FOLEY: Pin Ball Boogie/ RED GARRETT: Papa Joe's Place/ HARDROCK GUNTER: The Senator From Tennessee/ GOLDIE HILL: Am I Still Your Baby?/ Treat Me Kind/ TOMMY HILL: Love Me For A Lifetime/ AUTRY INMAN: Stop Stallin'/ JACK & DANIEL: I Love You Darling/ JIMMY & JOHNNY: What 'Cha Doin' To Me/ CURLY LIPMAN: Maybe Someday/ HANK LOCKLIN: I Like To Play With Your Kisses/ JIMMIE LOGSDON: Midnight Boogie/ ORVAL PROPHET: I'm Going Back To Birmingham/ REX PROPHET: I'm Gonna Sink Your Boat/ MIMI ROMAN: I'm Ready If You're Willin'/ JIMMIE SKINNER: Too Hot To Handle/ RED SOVINE & WEBB PIERCE: Why Baby Why/ MITCHELL TOROK: Memories Of You Haunting Me Night & Day/ ERNEST TUBB: Jimmie Roger's Last Blue Yodel/ JUSTIN TUBB: You Nearly Lose Your Mind/ CHARLIE WALKER: You Can't Get That From Here/ THE WILBURN BROTHERS: A Little Time Out For Love

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Omni 115 Nashville Sputnik - The Deep South/ Outer Space Product ● CD $16.98
30 tracks, 78 mins, highly recommended
Omni records is definitely becoming my new favorite re-issue label, with their commitment to unearthing a vast treasure trove of obscure and off-beat Country music from the 1960's and beyond. The term Psychedelic-Country might not sound right to many ears, but to Jack Blanchard and Misty Morgan, the label heads, frequent performers and main impetus behind the songs on this collection, it makes perfect sense. Monsters, Outer-Space and Country music make strange and wondrous bed fellows throughout this must have compilation. I could explain it all, but there isn't enough room here; besides, Omni's vast liner notes tell the full story. Songs like Time Machine, by Joel Mathis, Boy With The Be-Bop Glasses, by The Dawn Breakers, The Look of Nothing, by Tom Carlile, Dance of the Living Dead Chickens, by Jack Blanchard, etc. give you an idea of what your in store for, but nothing can match the experience of actually listening to this wild and wonderful set. (JM)
DONEL AUSTIN: Here Today, Gone Tomorrow/ I'm Feelin' A Change In My Life/ JACK BLANCHARD: A Weird Little Christmas/ Dance Of The Living Dead Chickens (Demo)/ Cadillac/ Hit Me One More Time/ Journey's End/ Lonely Bell/ Midnight Greyhound/ Somewhere In Virginia In The Rain (Disco Version)/ The Love Habit/ JACKIE BLANCHARD & THE ROCKIN' IMPALLAS: The King Of Hearts/ THE JACK BLANCHARD GROUP: Gemini (instrumental)/ TOM CARLILE: Don't It Look Like Georgia/ The Look Of Nothing/ THE DAWN BREAKERS: Boy With The Be-Bop Glasses (And The Suede Shoes)/ RUSTY DIAMOND: Skellykins/ The Lonely Sentry/ I'm Hung Up On You/ JACQUELINE HYDE & THE MOONFOLK: Strange New World/ JACQUELINE HYDE AND THE MOONFOLK: Runaway/ THE JACK BLANCHARD GROUP: New World (instrumental)/ MARYANNE MAIL: Let's Have A Hayride/ HANK MALCOLM: Mary Turn Around/ Monkey See Monkey Do/ Yellow Bellied Sap Sucker/ JOEL MATHIS: Little Orphan Annie/ Time Machine/ BRAD WOLFE: Changin' Times/ We Walked This Road Before

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Omni 124 Plantation Gold - The Mad Genius Of Shelby Singleton Jr ● CD $16.98
2 CDs, 58 tracks, 157 mins, highly recommended
When record impresario Shelby Singleton left Mercury/ Smash records in the early 1960's after much success to go it on his own, people were shocked. Singleton was nothing if not a visionary, though; soon his Plantation, SSS International and sundry labels would be putting out all kinds of unique music. Singleton put out everything from Sunshine Pop to heavy blues-rock, but his main successes would come in the Pop- Country vein. Jennie C. Riley's massive hit Harper Valley P.T.A. would be their biggest hit and inspire much weirdness in its wake, like Ray "Wong" Riley's Happy Valley C.I.A. and The Harper Valley P.T.A. themselves with I Dig Dangling Participles, and Beautiful Downtown Burbank. There were a couple other big names recording for the Plantation - Webb Pierce, Teresa Brewer, etc., but the little-known and odd-balls on here that are the real magic. Dee Mullins - I Am the Grass, Neil Ray - Big Fanny, Rusty Adams - Hippy From Mississippi,, Rod Hart - C.B. Savage, and many, many more, so much good stuff that they needed two full CDs. Omni records are hitting one home-run after another, mining over-looked, or half baked gems from the 1960's and 70's, with no sign of slowing down. Great stuff. (JM)
RUSTY ADAMS: Hippie From Mississippi/ CLARK BENTLEY: Ballad Of A Small Town Sheriff/ Ole Town Drunk/ BECKI BLUEFIELD: Somebody's Gonna Plow Your Field/ TERESA BREWER: A Woman's World/ JACKIE BURNS: D.O.A O.D/ C. COMPANY: Wake Up America/ ROBIN CODY: Big Chief Tell `Um Lies/ MARTY COLLINS & BOBBYE JEAN: Long Black Veil/ JOHNNY CREDIT: Box 1000 Seagoville/ Hello, I'm Johnny Credit/ T. TOMMY CUTRER: The School Bus/ LITTLE JIMMY DEMPSEY: Folsom Prison Blues/ I Walk The Line/ MARCIE DICKERSON: (I Want To Be) A Truck Driver's Sweetheart/ TROOPER JIM FOSTER: Four On The Floor (And A Fifth Under The Seat)/ SONNY HALL: Howard Hughes Is Alive And Well/ THE HARPER VALLEY P.T.A: Beautiful Downtown Burbank/ I Dig Dangling Participles/ Unfinished Dream/ ROD HART: C.B Savage/ DEWEY JONES: Please Mr Johnson/ GEORGE KENT: Loving Hands At Home/ The Baltimore Incident/ MARGARET LEWIS: Honey (I Miss You Too)/ Mrs. Cooper's Tea Party/ LINDA MARTELL: Color Him Father/ PAUL MARTIN: Child Of Poverty/ The Cheating Line/ TOKYO MATSU: Mom And Dad's Waltz/ Orange Blossom Special/ JOHNNY MOORE AND "COL." TEX HERRING: Sold To The Highest Bidder/ DEE MULLINS: I Am The Grass/ MELVIN NASH: Wheels Of Freedom/ JAMES O'GWYNN: It's Not The Best Way To Live/ WEBB PIERCE: Appleton/ The Good Lord Giveth And Uncle Sam Taketh Away/ MAX POWELL: No Brass Band/ NEIL RAY: Big Fanny/ The Medic/ JEANNIE C. RILEY: Harper Valley P.T.A/ Tree Of Joy/ RAY "WONG" RILEY: Happy Valley C.I.A/ TOM SAWYER: Fallen King/ Flag Draped Coffin/ The Best Fruit Of The Family Tree/ HAPPY SHAHAN: Changing Of The Guard/ BEN STORY: Let That Big Plane Carry You/ HARLOW WILCOX & THE OAKIES: Groovy Grubworm/ Loco Locust/ DAVID WILKINS: Irving/ Just Blow In His Ear/ Put A Little Lovin' On Me/ She Hates To Be Alone/ LAWTON WILLIAMS: Ain't That Bad About Mrs. Jones/ Ballad Of Morgan/ The Preacher And The Movie/ CHUCK WOOD: I'm The Mail She's Waiting For

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS QDK Media 039 Yee-Haw! The Other Side Of Country ● CD $16.98
19 tracks, 54 mins, highly recommended
This isn't your father's country music, unless of course, your father is Kinky Freidman! This is a wild collection of obscure Country music about subject matter that wasn't often covered in the time when these records came out (1960's and 70s) -- Drugs, White Trash Hookers, Satan, Hitch-Hiking, and Killing Pigs -- to say the least, this is a unique compilation. Don't Trust a Woman by Spur starts off the festivities, which sounds innocent enough, but the singer is informing you that the trust that can't be placed is in the taking care of your "stash," "Hash," or "speed!" Then you get such tunes as White Trash Hillbilly Trick (no explanation needed) by Peter Grudzien, Scarlet Warning by Palmer Ricky, a song that deals with the sign of "666" what it means and where you might find it, Piledriver by Dennis The Fox, Your Painted Lives by Merrell Fankhauser, etc. Fankhauser (whose name they don't even spell right) is about the most famous cat on this CD, but there is a lot of talent in this pack of little-knowns, though a little off-kilter they might be. These are country singers who watched "Easy Rider" a half dozen times in the theatre, got high listening to Bob Dylan records and put a tab of Purple Haze or Yellow Sunshine in their jar of moonshine. A precursor to "Outlaw Country," this is basically Country Music for the freaks and A-heads. Fans of outsider music or obscure country will definitely dig this special brew of music. I almost forgot to mention Kill The Pig by Mother Truckers Yellow Duck... well, maybe I should just let that one speak for itself. (JM)

 
TONY JOE WHITE New West 6092 Live From Austin ● CD $16.98
14 tracks, 59 mins, highly recommended
This captures a loose, rowdy, and funky live show from way back in December of 1980 and features the singing/ songwriting sensation of the Louisiana swamplands Tony Joe White in top form, delivering fine performances of most all of his classic tunes that you would hope for. Mama, Don't Let Your Cowboys Grow up to be Babies/ Willie and Laura May Jones/ Red Neck Woman/ Rainy Night in Georgia, and of course Polk Salad Annie. The line up for this particular show was pretty sparse, with just White on Guitar, harmonica and vocals, backed by Steve Spear on Bass, and Jeff Hale on drums, but that's enough to deliver the goods. Crisp and crystal clear sound as always from the fine "Austin City Limits" series. All in all, this is an excellent document of a unique performer at the top of his game. (JM)

 

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