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NEWSLETTER #132
Country, Bluegrass & Old Timey

Roy Acuff -> Mac Wiseman

BOOK
DVDs
THE BLACKWOOD BROTHERS
JIMMY BRYANT
WILMA LEE & STONEY COOPER
SLIM DUSTY
THE GOSDIN BROTHERS
SALTY HOLMES & MATTIE O'NEIL
HOMER & JETHRO
DUDE MARTIN & HIS ROUNDUP GANG

THE SCOTTSVILLE SQUIRREL BARKERS
JIMMIE SKINNER
HANK SNOW
WYNN STEWART
WESLEY TUTTLE
VARIOUS ARTISTS
THE WILLIS BROTHERS
MAC WISEMAN
 


 

SOUTHWEST SHUFFLE PIONEERS OF HONKY-TONK WESTERN SWING & COUNTRY JAZZ by Rich Kienzle ● CD $19.98
BOOK 288 pages, paper, counts as four CDs for shipping, highly recommended Rich Kienzle's collection of profiles focuses on artists from the axis stretching from Texas to California. Similar to Colin Escott's "Tattooed on their Tongues," Kienzle, who's researched country instrumentalists and West Coast country and Western Swing acts since the 1970s, draws on nearly three decades of of interviews and research to produce definitive essays on well known names like Spade Cooley, Hank Penny, Hank Thompson, Jimmy Bryant-Speedy West, Tennessee Ernie Ford, Willie Nelson and Ray Price. Underdocumented acts like Luke Wills, Tommy Duncan's post-Texas Playboy career, Duncan, Wade Ray and the Whippoorwills all receive long-overdue coverages, as does guitarist Jimmy Wyble. Kienzle devotes an entire section to Capitol Records' early country activities, in chapters on their earliest country producer Lee Gillette, his friend and successor, Ken Nelson and an indepth profile of Cliffie Stone. While some of this research appeared on various reissue projects and articles, it's been substantially rewritten. This wasn't intended to be a definitive history of Southwestern country, just a look at some of those aside from Bob Wills who played a role in shaping it. One hopes Rich isn't done with Bob yet, given his work on the Bear Family Columbia box. (AK)

 
MARTY ROBBINS Bear Family DVD 20007 At Town Hall Party ● CD $31.98
DVD Songs and an interview from two shows in 1959 including songs with Tompall & The Glaser Brothers as well as solo performances by Tompall and The Glaser Brothers and Joe Hudgins - I Can't Quit/ Pretty Words/ A White Sport Coat/ Just Married/ My Isle Of Golden Dreams (twice)/ When I've Learned (Old Enough To Cry)/ Stairway Of Love, etc.

 
DOC WATSON Vestapol DVD 13023 Rare Performances, 1963-1981 ● CD $23.98
DVD 60 min., highly recommended Now on DVD. A solid look at the film footage available of this country/folk giant in performance. The program opens with a grainy, black and white look at the Hootenanny television series in 1963, with Doc singing Deep River to his own accompaniment. Subsequent early installments include Nine Pound Hammer and St. James Hospital, both filmed with minimal audiences in 1967, and Shady Grove and Black Mountain Rag, filmed in Los Angeles in 1970. But the heart of the program from both a visual and an aural point of view, are the nine numbers taken from a 1978 Austin City Limits program, with son Merle and other sympathetic friends performing Way Downtown, Lonesome Road, I Wish I Was a Mole in the Ground, Will the Circle Be Unbroken, and Tennessee Stud before a warmly enthusiastic audience. Well worth seeing. (DH)

 
DOC WATSON & FRIENDS Vestapol DVD 13055 Doc's Guitar Jam ● CD $23.98
DVD Now on DVD. 60 minute video. Recorded at the 1992 Merle Watson Festival - a jam session featuring Watson, Tony Rice, Dan Crary, Stece Kaufman & Jack Lawrence plus two bonus tracks.

 
THE BLACKWOOD BROTHERS Bear Family BCD 16308 Rock-A-My-Soul ● CD $129.98
Not a new release but one we haven't listed before. 5 CD box set with 82 page book featuring all the recordings made by this popular country gospel group for RCA between 1952 and 1959. The Blackwoods were favorites of Elvis and this set includes their versions of several songs later popularized by Elvis.

 
JIMMY BRYANT Sundazed 11134 Frettin' Fingers - The Lightnin' Guitar Of Jimmy Bryant ● CD $41.98
Wonderful three CD set providing a retrospective of the recordings career of the brilliant and influential country guitarist Jimmy Bryant featuring 75 tracks recorded between 1960 and 1967. This set includes some of his incredible duets with steel guitar wizard Speedy West, the never-reissued solo sides for Imperial and Dolton, super rare singles and half a dozen unissued tunes or alternate takes. Includes 32 page booklet with extensive notes by country guitar expert Rich Kienzle plus rare photos and memorabilia from the Bryant Family archives and a sessionography.

 
WILMA LEE & STONEY COOPER Cattle 291 The Golden Age Of Wilma Lee & Stoney Cooper ● CD $18.98
20 tracks, 55 mins, highly recommended Wonderful, though too brief, collection by this superb duo with their group The Clinch Mountain Clan recorded between 1946 and 1953. The five earliest tracks were recorded for the hard to find Rich-R-Tone label around 1946 and the rest were recorded for Columbia between 1949 and 1953. Beautiful old time country and gospel featuring superb vocals and instrumental accompaniment with mandolin, Dobro, fiddle (usually played by Stoney) and occasional banjo played by Wilma Lee. With over 50 tracks recorded during this period it's a shame that Cattle only used 20. Sound quality is fine. (FS)
WILMA LEE & STONEY COOPER: Don't Play That Song (on The Juke Box Tonight)/ He Will Save Your Soul/ I Ain't Gonna Work Tomorrow/ I Dreamed About Mom Last Night/ I'm Taking My Audition/ Idle Gossip, Idle Words/ Moonlight On West Virginia/ Mother's Prayer/ Stoney (are You Mad At Your Gal)/ The Clinch Mountain Waltz/ The Little Rosewood Casket/ The West Virginia Polka/ This World Can't Stand Long/ Two Little Orphans/ What Can I Say/ What Will I Do/ What's The Matter With This World/ Wicked Path Of Sin/ Will The Lord Let You In/ You Belong To Somebody Else

 
SLIM DUSTY B.A.C.M. 060 The Dusty Trail Rider ● CD $14.98
22 tracks recommended For more than 50 years David Gordon Kirkpatrick aka Slim Dusty, who passed away in September 2003, was Australia's most popular and beloved country artist. He was also the first Australian country artist to have a worldwide hit with his 1958 recording of A Pub With No Beer. Australian country music was obviously inspired the American model but dealt with themes and locations distinctly Australian. Dusty was an excellent and distinctive singer and superb yodeller and this fine collection features 22 of his earliest recordings ranging from 1943 when he was only 16 years old to 1951. Accompanied only by his own guitar he performs songs like Been A Fool Too Long/ A Song Of Granny/ You Made Me Live Love And Die/ How Can I Smile When I'm Lonely/ Lover's Lament/ Modern Yodeling Song/ My Aussie Home and others including his first hit When The Rains Tumble Down In July - a song Slim was inspired to write in 1946 after some devastating floods and was to become his theme song. Sound quality is excellent and there are informative notes by Nick Strutt. (FS)
SLIM DUSTY: A Song Of Granny/ Been A Fool Too Long/ Give Me One More Chance/ Happy Drover/ Heading For That Brumby Trail/ How Can I Smile When I‘m Lonely/ I Bet You Feel The Same/ Lover‘s Lament/ Modern Yodeling Song/ My Aussie Home/ My Faded Dream/ My Happy Valley Home/ My Moonlight Trail To You/ My Pony Whipstick/ Sat‘day In The Saddle/ Soldier‘s Wife/ Springtime On The Range/ Stay Away From Me/ Sun Valley Rose/ When The Rains Tumble Down In July/ You Don‘t Know How Sad I Feel/ You Made Me Live Love And Die

 
THE GOSDIN BROTHERS Big Beat CDWIKD 235 Sounds Of Goodbye ● CD $18.98
24 tracks recorded between 1966 and 1968 by West Coast country rock pioneers Vern and Rex Gosdin. It features their only LP (Capitol 2852), their only hit(Hangin' On, 1967) plus rare singles and unreleased tracks including tracks where they are backed by The Byrds and Clarence White. Includes detailed 24 page booklet with rare photos and more.

 
SALTY HOLMES & MATTIE O'NEIL Cattle 289 With The Amber Sisters & Joe Maphis ● CD $18.98
26 tracks from the late 40s and early 50s featuring singer/ guitarist/ harmonica player Floyd "Salty" Holmes plus tracks by Mattie O'Neil who later recorded for Sun as Jean Chapel, The Amber Sisters and Joe Maphis.
THE AMBER SISTERS: Cherokee Eyes/ I've Waited Too Long/ Lonesome Road Blues/ Look What Followed Me Home/ One More Time/ So Tired Of Your Runnin' Around/ Useless/ When I Want Lovin', Baby, I Want You/ SALTY HOLMES: Blue Eyes Crying In The Rain/ Don't Shed Your Tears After I'm Gone/ Just An Old Farm For Sale/ Nine Times Out Of Ten/ Swanee Swing/ Wabash Blues/ JOE MAPHIS: Cannonball Special/ MATTIE O'NEILL: Divorces/ Don't Sell Daddy Any More Whiskey/ Echoes Over The Smokeys/ I Found My Mama/ Little Rusty/ Long Time Gone/ My Worst Mistake/ Our Love Is Gone/ Shackles And Chains/ Stuck With Love/ Wake Up, Little Boy Blue

 
HOMER & JETHRO B.A.C.M. 061 Unhappy Day ● CD $14.98
The second volume on BACM by this popular duo features 24 tracks from the late 40s and early 50s and is almost exclusively devoted to their parodies of popular and country favorites of the day along with a couple of original novelty songs. Some of it is clever and some just dumb but if you like this sort of thing then you might enjoy it. I find that a little goes a long way.
HOMER & JETHRO: A Screwball‘s Love Song/ Alabama Jubilee/ Baby It‘s Cold Outside/ Disc Jockey‘s Nightmare/ Does Your Spearmint Lose Its Flavour/ Gambler‘s Git Box/ I‘m Gettin‘ Older Every Day/ I‘m Moving On No. 2/ I‘m Walking Behind You-all/ Little Ole Kiss Of Fire/ Mexican Joe/ Oh Babe/ Pizen Pete/ Pore Ol‘ Koo Liger/ Put That Knife Away Nellie/ Settin‘ The Woods On Fire No. 2/ Slow Poke No. 2/ So Long It‘s Been Good To Know You No. 2/ Sound Off No. 2 (Duckworth Chant)/ Tennessee Border No. 2/ Too Young/ Unhappy Day/ When It‘s Tooth Pickin‘ Time In False Teeth Valley/ You Tell Her, I Stutter

 
DUDE MARTIN & HIS ROUNDUP GANG Cattle 288 Dude Martin & His Roundup Gang ● CD $18.98
24 tracks from the late 40s/ and early 50s by this deep voiced singer with a style similar to Tex Williams. Sidemen on these sessions include Speedy West/ steel guitar and Harold Hensley/ fiddle - Roundup Days In Cheyenne/ My Home On The Montana Range/ My Sun Bonnet Girl Of The Prairie/ My Pal Of My Mountain Days/ Silvery Moon Guide Me Back Homeward/ I Miss You Dear Old Dad, etc.

 
THE SCOTTSVILLE SQUIRREL BARKERS Big Beat CDWIKK 237 Blue Grass Favorites ● CD $11.98
CD reissue of 1963 Crown LP - the first recordings featuring Chris Hillman and Kenny Wertz and influential on many West Coast country rockers - most notably Gram Parsons.

 
JIMMIE SKINNER Bear Family BCD 16613 Doin' My Time ● CD $149.98
6-CD box set with 92 page hardcover book devoted to this fine and unique performer. It includes all of his studio recordings from 1947 through 1962 for Red Barn, Radio Artists, Capitol, Decca and Mercury along with acetates and rare bluegrass tracks sold exclusively through the Jimmie Skinner Music Center.

 
WYNN STEWART Varese 66231 The Very Best Of Wynn Stewart, 1958-1962 ● CD $13.98
18 tracks, 45 mins, highly recommended Although not as extensive as the now deleted AVI release this is a fine introduction to one of the greatest West Coast country artists of the late 50s and 60s who has been poorly represented on reissues. His style and songs were to have a big impact on artists like Buck Owens and Merle Haggard. The 18 sides here were recorded for the Challenge label and its subsidiary Jackpot between 1958 and 1962 including hits like Wishful Thinking/ Big Big Love/ Wrong Company as well as equally fine non-hits like Above And Beyond/ Playboy/ I Don't Feel At Home as others including his fine stab of rockabilly on Come On. Wynn was a wonderfully expressive honky tonk singer and was usually accompanied by some of the best musicians on the West Coast including Roy Nichols/guitar, Gordon Terry/ fiddle and the great Ralph Mooney on steel. Nice booklet with informative notes by Colin Escott. Very little else by Wynn is currently available except for Bear Family's massive 10-CD box set "Wishful Thinking" which features everything he recorded including loads of unissued material (BCD 15886 - $204.98) (FS)

 
WESLEY TUTTLE Bear Family BCD 16416 Detour ● CD $129.98
Not listed when it first came out. Four CD box set with DVD and 84 page book. Long overdue collection of this popular and important West Coast country artist. It includes all his Capitol recordings along with rare radio transcriptions. The DVD features the Western movie "Song Of The Sierras" which features Tuttle in a supporting role and also includes several Snader film transcriptions with songs like Red River Valley/ When Payday Rolls Around/ Yodelling Boogie and others.

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Bear Family BCD 16673 I Am Sad & Weary ● CD $21.98
27 track collection featuring great country artists, mostly from the 50s and 60s, performing the songs of Jimmie Rodgers along wth a couple of tribute songs. Includes Gary Williams, Ernest Tubb, Molly O'Day, Bill Monroe, Webb Pierce, Hank & Jimmie Rodgers Snow, Jimmie Skinner, Dolly Parton, Merle Haggard, Jerry Lee Lewis, Tompall Glazer, Bob King, Tex Morton and others. Beautifully pacakegd ina digipack format with 64 page boot.
ELTON BRITT: Jimmie Rodgers Blues/ JOHNNY DUNCAN: Travelin' Blues/ TOMMY DUNCAN: Sweet Mama Hurry Home Or I'll Be Gone/ LEFTY FRIZZELL: Never No' Mo' Blues/ TOMPALL GLASER: My Mother Was A Lady/ MERLE HAGGARD: Peach Picking Time In Georgia/ WANDA JACKSON: Tuck Away My Lonesome Blues/ GRANDPA JONES: T For Texas (blue Yodel #1)/ BOB KING: You And My Old Guitar/ JERRY LEE LEWIS: Mother, The Queen Of My Heart/ BILL MONROE: My Carolina Sunshine Girl/ TEX MORTON: Treasures Untold/ MOLLY O'DAY: (fifteen) Years Ago/ DOLLY PARTON: Muleskinner Blues (blue Yodel #8)/ WEBB PIERCE: In The Jailhouse Now/ BILL RAMSEY & PETER ALEXANDER: Missouri Cowboy (muleskinner Blues)/ JIM REEVES: Waitin' For A Train/ JIMMIE SKINNER: Jimmie's Yodel Blues/ My Rough And Rowdy Ways/ HANK SNOW: My Blue Eyed Jane/ HANK & JIMMIE RODGERS SNOW: When Jimmie Rodgers Said Goodbye/ ERNEST TUBB: Frankie And Johnny/ Jimmie Rodgers Last Thoughts/ GARY WILLIAMS: A Tribute To Jimmie Rodgers (narration)/ The Death Of Jimmie Rodgers/ The Life Of Jimmie Rodgers/ BOB WILLS: Mississippi River Blues

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Krazy Kat 30 Farewell Blues - Hot String Bands, 1936-1941 ● CD $16.98
Terrific collection of 25 tracks featuring hot jazzy country from Clayton McMichen & His Georgia Wildcats, The Hi Neighor Boys, Hugh & Shug's Radio Pals, Louise Massey & The Westerners, Al Clauser & His Oklahoma Outlaws, Herald Goodman & His Tennessee Valley Boys, The Rice Brothers Gang, Sons Of The Ozarks, Tennessee Ramblers, Carl Boling & His Four Aces, Jack Pierce & His Oklahoma Cowboys and others. Includes 24 page booklet with extensive notes on each performer and track by Kevin Coffey.

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS K-Tel 3684 Country Roots ● CD $8.98
Budget priced 20 track compilation of great country recordings from the 20s through the 40s. Includes The Carter Family, Hank Williams, Eddy Arnold, Ernest Tubb, Vernon Dalhart, Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys, Jimmie Davis, Jack Guthrie, Leon Payne, Jimmie Rodgers and others. Decent sound but no notes.

 
THE WILLIS BROTHERS Cattle 290 The Golden Age Of The Willis Brothers ● CD $18.98
22 tracks, 59 mins, highly recommended Splendid collection of western swing, blues, straight country and novelty songs from this fine trio - Guy (guitar & vocals), Skeeter (fiddle and vocals) and Vic (accordion, piano & vocals) with various added musicians. They originally started performing in the 30s as The Oklahoma Wranglers and with several interruptions continued through the mid 70s and didn't have their first hits until the mid 60s! It features two sides from their first session for Sterling Records in 1946 where they also accompanied Hank Williams on his first session. The rest of the tracks are from 1947, '51 and '52. Additional musicians on some of the sessions include Chet Atkins and Little Roy Wiggins. (FS)
THE WILLIS BROTHERS: Alimony/ Back Up And Push/ Came The Dawn/ Candy In A Room With A Baby/ Down Yonder/ Gettin' High, Feelin' Low Over You/ Green Back Dollar/ Hoot Owl Boogie/ I Can't Go On This Way/ I Don't Know/ I Just Want To Be With You/ If I Should Need You (would You Say "yes")/ Old Indians Never Die (from Picture "hollywood Barn Dance")/ Poor Boy/ Savannah River Rag/ Somebody Mentioned Your Name/ The Waltz And That Tennessee Moon/ Unhappy New Year/ Warm Beer And A Cold, Cold Woman/ Wrangler Boogie/ You Don't Have To Worry/ You Don't Want Me

 
MAC WISEMAN Bear Family BCD 15976 'Tis Sweet To Be Remembered ● CD $149.98
6-CD set with 76 page hardcover book devoted to this superb bluegrass and country vocalist featuring all the recordings he made between 1951 and 1962 for Dot and Capitol. Includes a previously unissued Capitol LP and many cuts that have not appeared on LP or CD before.

 

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