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BOB WILLS View Video 2354 Fiddlin' Man - The Life & Times Of Bob Wills ● DVD $19.98
61 min., recommended
This documentary tells the Wills story through interviews with former Texas Playboys and others close to the western swing master, including his sister, Mel Tillis, Eldon Shamblin, Joe Andrews, Bobby Koefler, Johnny Gimble and others. But much of the footage is a little on the amateurish side, and the interviews generally fail to shine new light on the Wills story (although it was interesting to learn that Wills had seen Bessie Smith perform). Footage of Wills from his heyday appears only occasionally, leaving the viewer wondering why and wanting more. Not a bad place to start for those who know little of the man, but definitely not the definitive look back at the musical pioneer. (JC)



BIG BILL CAMPBELL B.A.C.M. 119 Rocky Mountain Rhythm, Vol. 2 ● CD $13.98
Second B.A.C.M. release featuring British country singer from the 30s.
BIG BILL CAMPBELL: Cowboy/ Dreaming Of My Rocky Mountain Home/ Empty Saddles/ Headin Home/ Horsey Horsey/ Iím Rockiní To The Rockies/ Just Because Youíre In Deep Elem/ Knock Knock, Whoís There/ Log Cabin Melody Pt. 1/ Log Cabin Melody Pt. 2/ Never Let No Worry Worry You/ Peterís Pop Keeps A Lollipop Shop/ Poor Dinah/ Prairie Lullaby/ Rocky Mountain Melodies Pt. 1/ Rocky Mountain Melodies Pt. 2/ Roll Along Prairie Moon/ Thereís A Bridle Hanginí On The Wall/ Thereís An Old Log Cabin In The Hollow/ Trail Of The Lonesome Pine/ Underneath The Old Pine Tree/ Walls Of White/ You Are My Sunshine

HANK COCHRAN Koch 9846 The Heart Of Hank Cochran - The Monument Sessions ● CD $12.98
15 tracks, 39 min., highly recommended
Best known for his pen, Cochran co-wrote I Fall To Pieces with Harlan Howard and a lot of other worthy material, mostly for others to record. But in 1968, Monument Records released "The Heart Of," made up of songs cut between 1962-66. And though it did not shoot up the charts, it did cement Cochran's reputation as a singer of some note. This CD reissues that long out-of-print LP and adds 3 sides originally put out on Gaylord records, a minor imprint of Monument. Cochran covers three by friend Howard (including a stellar recording of Has Anybody Seen Me Lately) and Merle Hagard's great All Of Me Belongs To You. But the rest is all his own, including I Woke Up, which could stand next to just about anything cut in Nashville and hold its head up high. For mournful goodness it's tough to beat Lloyd Green's steel guitar sliding its way through Cochran lyrics like I Just Burned A Dream, Speak Well Of Me To The Kids, and Somewhere In My Dreams. (JC)

LITTLE JIMMY DICKENS Bear Family BCD 16198 Gonna Shake This Shack Tonight ● CD $21.98
31 tracks, 71 mins, highly recommended
Terrific collection of 31 sides recorded between 1950 and 1959 by this great singer concentrating on his up tempo and boogie numbers and even a bit of rockabilly. Jimmy's band changed over the years but always featured hot musicians like Buddy Emmons, Grady Martin, Howard Everett Rhoton, Dale Potter and others. Includes great tracks like You All Come/ (I Got) A Hole In My Pocket/ Hillbilly Fever/ Wabash Cannonball/ Slow Suicide/ Salty Boogie and others include four hot instrumentals from the band. A number were originally unissued and made their first appearance on Bear Family's two box sets of Jimmy from the late 90s. Includes 32 page booklet with informative notes by Ronnie Pugh and full discographical info. Hot stuff! (FS)

ROSIE FLORES Hightone HCD 8168 Bandera Highway ● CD $13.98
12 tracks, 41 min., highly recommended
When Hightone Records decided to broaden its musical horizons beyond the blues, Rosie Flores was a smart choice. She cut three fine albums there ("After The Farm," "Once More With Feeling," "Rockabilly Filly"), so it's no surprise that this collection is so impressive. Flores writes as well as she sings, and her guitar is a lot more than a photo prop. No bad songs here, but of particular note are Love And Danger, a duet with Joe Ely; His Rockin' Little Angel, which features rockabilly queen Wanda Jackson; and Blues Keep Callin', a Janis Martin (the so-called Female Elvis) song with Martin lending her voice. But why is it only 41 minutes? Because it's a sampler and not a compilation, one suspects. (JC)

VERN GOSDIN VGM Records 57701 The Truly Great Hits Of Vern Gosdin ● CD $9.98
13 music tracks + interview, 63 mins, essential
Vern Gosdin was one of the greatest honky tonk singers of the 70s and 80s with an aching, yearning quality that, at times, brings to mind George Jones in his Epic period. This man puts so much feeling into a song it will raise the hair on your arms. This collection features 12 of his sides recorded for AMI and Compleat in the early/ mid 80s including his first number one hit I Can Tell By The Way You Dance (an unnecessary remix of this is also included) and one of the greatest honky tonk songs of the 80s If You're Gonna Do Me Wrong (Do It Right) which Vern co-wrote with Max Barnes. Other hits featured include Today My World Slipped Away/ Way Down Deep/ What Would Your Memories Do/ Dim Lights, Thick Smoke (And Loud, Loud Music) and others. There's also a tremendous version of the gospel song Jesus Hold My Hand and a version of Turn, Turn, Turn where he shares vocals with Roger McGuinn who also contributes guitar. The spoken word section is a nice touch with Vern reminiscing for about 30 minutes about his life and career - perhaps not something you'll play often but it does provide some fascinating insight into this talented and unassuming performer. (FS)

ROY HALL Bear Family BCD 16747 Rocks ● CD $23.98
27 tracks, 71 min., highly recommended
From Bear Family comes this collection spanning the career of Roy Hall. Liner noter Martin Hawkins provides illuminating quotes from Hall, whose autobiographical comments are occasionally punctuated by moments of truth. Hall is best known, perhaps, as co-writer of Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On, a song he claims to have taught to Jerry Lee Lewis. It may even be true. Hall fits in the Bill Haley school of country-rocking guys whose age worked against him once the mania of associating rock and roll with youth became firmly entrenched. But Hall's lifestyle was rock and roll before such excesses became popular, or at least celebrated. This set includes many of rollicking pianists sides for the Fortune label, including his earliest hit, Dirty Boogie. Some of the finest moments come on Hall's covers of what are now classics, such as Blue Suede Shoes, All By Myself, and Go Go Little Queenie. A few cuts appear here for the first time, including a trio of songs recorded at Sun Studio (Lost My Baby, Sweet Love On My Mind, Christine). A discography of Hall's 1950s work ends the 54-page booklet. (JC)

THE HI-FLYERS Cattle 311 Western Swing In Its Prime Days, 1937-1941 ● CD $18.98
28 tracks by one of the most popular western swing bands of the 30s featuring musicians like Sheldon Bennett (fiddle & electric guitar), Billy Briggs (steel guitar), Dick Reinhart (bass) and others.
THE HI-FLYERS: (pin A Bluebonnet On Your New Bonnet) Bluebonnet/ Alamo Polka/ Answer To It Makes No Difference Now/ Barn Yard Romp/ Beer Parlor Jive/ Blonde- Headed Woman/ Dark Bedroom Blues/ Hi-flyer Stomp/ Honky Tonk Mama/ Joe Turner Blues/ Let's Spend The Night In Hawaii/ Lonesome Mama Blues/ Low Blues/ My Bonnie Lies Over The Ocean/ Our Last Goodnight/ Reno Street Blues/ Sleepy Waltz/ That's Why I Sigh And Cry/ The Day You Left Me/ The Five-piece Band/ The Wise And The Owl/ There's A Little Green Mill (by A Little Green Hill)/ There's Another One Waiting/ Under The Double Eagle/ Unlock This Doghouse Door/ You Can Depend On Me/ You'll Never Admit You're Sorry/ You've Broken My Heart Dear

FERLIN HUSKY B.A.C.M. 121 Early Capitol Recordings, 1953-1955 ● CD $13.98
23 tracks recorded between February, 1953 and January, 1955 before Ferlin started to hit it big.
FERLIN HUSKY: A Hillbillyís Deck Of Cards/ Dear Mr. Brown/ Eli The Camel/ Get Me Off The Fence/ Hankís Song/ How Much Are You Mine/ I Lost My Heart Today/ I Saw Her Today/ Iíll Always Speak Well Of You/ Iíll Baby Sit With You/ Iíll Never Have You/ King Of A Lonely Castle/ Letís Kiss And Try Again/ Little Tom/ Minnie Ha Cha/ My Gallina/ Peter Weather Bird/ Sheís Always There When I Come Home/ Slow Down Brother/ Somebody Lied/ Very Seldom Frequently Ever/ Walkiní And Humminí/ Youíll Die A Thousand Deaths

4 CDS, 99 tracks, highly recommended
Another wonderful collection of old time country music from JSP featuring artists based in Virginia. The first disc and part of the second features the complete recordings of the brilliant singer/ guitarist and harmonica player Frank Hutchison. Hutchison was a great singer and a superb guitarist recorded between 1926 and 1929 with a varied repertoire ranging from blues with slide guitar to old time ballads to an instrumental version of It's Long Way To Tipperary. The rest of disc 2 and all of disc 3 features the complete recordings of Kelly Harrell who played no instruments but was a fine and engaging singer who concentrated on traditional style ballads including a number that have become old time standards. Some of his accompaniments are rather "square" but other feature fine old time musicians. His recording of The Cuckoo Is A Fine Bird is a real gem complete with cuckoo sound effects. The fourth disc includes two fine string bands. There 12 tracks by the Tenneva Ramblers (The Grant Brothers) from the Tennessee/ Virginia border region recorded in 1927/28. For a while the group backed Jimmie Rodgers but, unlike Rodgers, nothing more was heard from them after these sessions. The Blue Ridge Highballers, led by fiddler Charley La Parde, are featured on 12 fine songs and tunes. Sound quality varies but is generally excellent and there are informative notes by Pat Harrison. (FS)
THE BLUE RIDGE HIGHBALLERS: Darling Child/ Darneo/ Flop Eared Mule/ Fourteen Days In Georgia/ Going Down To Lynchburg Town/ Green Mountain Polka/ Round Town Girls/ Sandy River Belle/ Skidd More/ Soldier‘s Joy/ Under The Double Eagle/ Wish To The Lord I Had Never Been Born/ KELLY HARRELL: All My Sins Are Taken Away/ Be At Home Soon Tonight, My Dear Boy/ Beneath The Weeping Willow Tree/ Blue Eyed Ella/ Bright Sherman Valley/ Broken Engagement/ Butcher‘s Boy/ Butcher‘s Boy/ Bye And Bye You Will Soon Forget Me/ Cave Love Has Gained The Day/ Charles Giteau/ Charley, He‘s A Good Old Man/ Hand Me Down My Walking Cane/ Henry Clay Beattie/ I Have No Loving Mother Now/ I Heard Somebody Call My Name/ I Love My Sweetheart The Best/ I Want A Nice Little Fellow/ I Was Born About 10,000 Years Ago/ I Was Born In Pennsylvania/ I Wish I Was A Single Girl Again/ I Wish I Was A Single Girl Again/ In The Shadow Of The Pine/ I‘m Going Back To North Carolina/ I‘m Nobody‘s Darling On Earth/ My Horses Ain‘t Hungry/ My Name Is John Jo Hannah/ New River Train/ New River Train/ O! Molly Dear Go Ask Your Mother/ Oh, My Pretty Monkey/ Peg And Awl/ Rovin‘ Gambler/ Rovin‘ Gambler/ Row Us Over The Tide/ Seven Long Years I‘ve Been Married/ She Has Gone And Left Me/ She Just Kept Kissing On/ The Cuckoo She‘s A Fine Bird/ The Dying Hobo/ The Henpecked Man/ The Wreck On The Southern Old 97/ Wild Bill Jones/ FRANK HUTCHISON: Alabama Girl, Ain‘t You Comin‘ Out Tonight?/ All Night Long/ Back In My Home Town/ C&o Excursion/ Cannonball Blues/ Coney Isle/ Cumberland Gap/ Hell Bound Train/ Hutchison‘s Rag/ Johnny And Jane:1/ Johnny And Jane:2/ K C. Blues/ Lightning Express/ Logan County Blues/ Long Way To Tipperary/ Old Rachel/ Railroad Bill/ Stackalee (instrumental Version)/ Stackalee (vocal Version)/ The Boston Burglar/ The Burglar Man/ The Chevrolet Six/ The Deal/ The Last Scene Of The Titanic/ The Miner‘s Blues/ The West Virginia Rag/ The Wild Horse/ Train That Carried The Girl From Town/ Train That Carried The Girl From Town/ Wild Hogs In The Red Brush/ Worried Blues/ Worried Blues/ THE TENNEVA RAMBLERS: Darling Where Have You Been So Long/ Goodbye My Honey I‘m Gone/ If I Die A Railroad Man/ I‘m Goin‘ To Georgia/ Johnson Boy/ Miss Lisa, Poor Girl/ Seven Long Years In Prison/ Sweet Heaven When I Die/ Tell It To Me/ The Curtains Of Night/ The Longest Train I Ever Saw/ When A Man Is Married

WAYLON JENNINGS RCA 51855 Waylon Live! - The Expanded Edition ● CD $18.98
2 CDs, 44 tracks, 128 min, highly recommended
It's like this: In 1974 Jennings & Co. recorded three gigs in Texas and used the material for a live album. It was supposed to be a double LP with 20 songs, but was issued in 1976 as a single piece of wax with only 11 cuts. In 1999 the Buddha label finally issued the album as Jennings had conceived it, adding back the 9 missing songs. But this 2 CD set goes further; it issued all 20 songs from the Buddha release and adds a stunning 22 previously unreleased tracks from the same concert tapes (from 9/25-27/74)! As every song will testify, the Waylors (including the amazing Ralph Mooney on steel guitar) blazed brightly on those nights--a high-energy performance trapped in audio amber. (JC)
WAYLON JENNINGS: Ain't No God In Mexico/ Amanda/ Anita You're Dreaming/ Band Intros/ Big Ball In Cowtown/ Big, Big Love/ Bob Wills Is Still The King/ Donna On My Mind/ Freedom To Stay/ Good Hearted Woman/ Honky Tonk Heroes/ House Of The Rising Sun/ I'm A Ramblin' Man/ If You Could Touch Her At All/ It's Not Supposed To Be That Way/ Just To Satisfy You/ Ladies Love Outlaws/ Laid Back Country Picker/ Lonesome, On'ry And Mean/ Long Way From Home/ Look Into My Teardrops/ Louisiana Women/ Lovin' Her Was Easier (Than Anything I'll Ever Do Again)/ Me And Bobby McGee/ Me And Paul/ Mental Revenge/ Mississippi Woman/ Mona/ Never Been To Spain/ Only Daddy That'll Walk The Line/ Pick Up The Tempo/ Rainy Day Women/ Slow Rollin' Low/ Stop The World (And Let Me Off)/ T For Texas (Blue Yodel No.1)/ The Last Letter/ The Taker/ This Time/ We Had It All/ Willie, The Wandering Gypsy And Me/ You Ask Me To/ You Can Have Her

JOHNNIE & JACK Bear Family BCD 15553 Johnnie & Jack And The Tennessee Mountain Boys ● CD $139.98
6 CDs, 180 tracks, essential
Limited edition repressing of this long out of print set. Aside from the Louvins and the Delmores, few other postwar vocal duos had the power and consistently high quality of the brother-in-law (really!) team of Johnny Wright and Jack Anglin. They started working together on various southern radio stations before World War II. The war split them but they reunited afterward with Johnnie's wife Muriel (future legend Kitty Wells) singing in the band. In 1947 they joined the Opry and made their first records for the R & B-oriented Apollo label. This extraordinary collection has literally everything they recorded for Apollo, RCA and Decca: 180 recordings on six CDs from 1947 through the final 1962 session before Anglin's 1963 death in a car crash the same day he was to attend Patsy Cline's funeral. Along with the Apollo sides are the six gospel recordings the duo did with Ray Atkins and Clyde Moody for King Records as King's Sacred Quartet. Their longest period, with RCA, yielded all their best known records, from Oh Baby Mine, Ashes of Love and Poison Love to Cryin' Heart Blues, Heart Trouble along with 20 unissued tracks. Their 1961-62 Decca period yielded only one hit: Slow Poison. Though the early RCA tracks featured accompaniment from their own band, featuring legendary fiddlers Paul Warren and Benny Martin and dobroist Shot Jackson, over time they augmented the group in the studio with Nashville session pickers as they did at Decca. The sound is outstanding, as is the booklet which features usual trove of rare photos. While Walt Trott's biography is adequate and factual, the real gold comes from researcher (and Johnson Mountain Boys fiddler) Eddie Stubbs' superb song notes, done with the full cooperation of Johnnie Wright. Among the stories revealed are the fact the famous Latin stick accompaniment on Ashes of Love was done by none other than RCA producer Steve Sholes. Stubbs' individual profiles of the best-known members of the Johnnie and Jack band and many of their regular Nashville studio backup musicians provide substantial insight into previously-obscure careers. In the case of both this and Charles Wolfe's notes on the Louvin Brothers set, enough cannot be said of the major contributions Bear Family's newly-researched booklets make toward documenting country music history. Country Music Foundation executives, take note. (RK)

JOHNNIE & JACK Koch 9882 The Best Of Johnnie & Jack ● CD $14.98
18 great sides from this country duo though for a few dollars more you can get the recent Bear Family single CD reissue which has 32 tracks (Bear Family 16663 - $21.98). This does have a few tracks not on the Bear Family issue. Includes Poison Love/ Honey, I Need You/ Ashes Of Love/ What About Love/ I Can't Tell My Heart That/ Three Way Of Knowing, etc.

DOUG KERSHAW Varese 66490 Louisiana Man - The Very Best Of Doug Kershaw Live ● CD $13.98
11 tracks, 52 min, excellent
Back before the yuppies made Cajun a fancy fad, there was still one Cajun performer that hit middle America. The "Ragin' Cajun," starting in the late '60s was ubiquitous as the crazy fiddle guy on many TV variety shows & it seemed if the US knew nothing else, it at least knew Diggy Liggy Lo & Louisiana Man. No info on when this was recorded (it has a 2003 copyright), but it was done at Lake Of The Torches in Lac du Flambeau WI. It does have a version of the Yuppie standard Toot Toot, but mostly more traditional tunes like Uncle Pen/ Orange Blossom Special, Bob McDill's Louisiana Saturday Night & a fine version of Jambalaya. (GM)

THE LEWIS FAMILY Starday 0953 Born of the Spirit ● CD $12.98
Two CD set with 46 tracks by this pioneer bluegrass family gospel group. 1953-1961: Carry On/ Did You Do What the Lord Said to Do/ The Old Gospel Ship/ At the End of My Journey/ Help Me Understand/ I See Jesus/ Talking with Death/ Child of the King/ Wings of a Dove.. Includes 16 page booklet with discography, photos, & notes.

BONNIE LOU B.A.C.M. 130 Danger! Heartbreak Ahead ● CD $13.98
Similar to the now out of print Westside CD this set presents 24 tracks recorded for King between 1953 and 1955 by this pop flavored country singer. It includes her two big hits Seven Lonely Days/ Tennessee Wig Walk plus a mix of hillbilly, novelty songs, and R&B covers.
BONNIE LOU: A Rusty Old Halo/ Blue Tennessee Rain/ Danger! Heartbreak Ahead/ Darling Why/ Finger Of Suspicion Points At You/ Hand Me Down Heart/ Huckleberry Pie/ Just Out Of Reach/ Miss The Love I‘ve Been Dreaming Of/ No Heart At All/ No One/ Old Faithful And True Love/ Please Don‘t Laugh When I Cry/ Scrap Of Paper/ Seven Lonely Days/ Since You Said Goodbye/ Tell The World/ Tennessee Wig Walk/ Texas Polka/ Train Whistle Blues/ Tweedle Dee/ Two Step Side Step/ Wait For Me Darling/ Welcome Mat

BOB MALLIN B.A.C.M. 120 Sings With His Guitar ● CD $13.98
Another British country singer from the 30s.
BOB MALLIN: A Cowboyís Wedding Day/ Across The Great Divide (1st Version)/ Across The Great Divide (2nd Version)/ Blue Skies Are Around The Corner/ Cowboy/ Gee Gee/ Knick Knacks On The Mantel/ Lost And Found/ My Little Buckaroo/ Nobodyís Darliní But Mine/ On The Trail Where The Sun Hangs Low/ Prairie Romeo/ Saddle Your Blues To A Wild Mustang/ Silver On The Sage/ The First Time I Saw You/ Thereís A Gold Mine In The Sky/ Thereís A Ranch In The Rockies/ Thereís Only Five Bullets In My Old Six Shooter/ When The Organ Played ĒO Promise MeĒ/ When The Sun Says Goodnight To The Mountains/ With My Little Horse And Wagon

BILL NEELY Arhoolie 496 Texas Law & Justice ● CD $12.98
20 songs, 59 min., highly recommended
Not a new release but not reviewed before. The only album by this Texas country singer-songwriter-guitarist, whose most powerful influences include Jimmie Rodgers (whom he met) and Mance Lipscomb (whom he knew). A rambler during the Great Depression and a soldier in WWII and Korea, Neely saw a lot of life and packed much of it into these songs. The title track, written in 1939 by a relative of his, is as actual death-row plea from Ira McKee who died in the electric chair in Texas...and was later proven innocent. Other titles include Satan's Burning Hell, On A Blackland Farm, Skid Row, No Pockets In A Shroud, and Rock & Roll Baby (written in 1949, before the phrase was popular), a trio of fine instrumentals, and much more. (JC)

EDDIE PENNINGTON Smithsonian Folkways 40146 Walks The Strings .. And Even Sings ● CD $15.98
20 tracks, 56 mins., recommended
The tradition of Travis-picked guitar is safe in the hands of Kentucky picker Eddie Pennington, a member of the "Masters of Steel String Guitar" that's toured in recent years. This sweet collection of tunes brings the era of Parlor Guitar nicely into the 21st century, offering plenty of toe-tapping Travis-style tracks from the famous Walking the Strings to Pennington's own Stealing Time along with some amusing novelty vocals and open-tuned musings like Raindrops with echoes of early Kottke and Hawaiian slack key. The fat historical booklet makes for informative reading, too. (DC)

DICK REINHART B.A.C.M. 124 A Broken Heart For A Souvenir ● CD $13.98
24 tracks covering Reinhart's entire career from 1929 to 1947. Includes solo guitar accompanied vocals, tracks with The Wanderers, The Light Crust Doughboys, his Universal Cowboys, his Lone Star Boys and others.
DICK REINHART: A Broken Heart For A Souvenir/ Aloha Means Goodbye/ Always Marry Your Lover/ Cross My Heart/ Donít Ever Say Adieu/ Donít You Remember Me/ Emmaline/ I Trusted You Once Too Often (1)/ I Trusted You Once Too Often (2)/ If I Donít Love You/ It Wonít Do You No Good/ Iíll Take Her Back/ Iím Satisfied In Loving You/ Little Brown Eyed Girl/ Midnight Patrol/ My Mother And Dad/ No One To Say Goodnight/ Oh Marie, Oh Marie/ Rambling Lover/ Ruck Tuckiní Baby/ Until We Meet Again/ Utah Trail/ Why Should I Worry Over You

RENO & SMILEY King 0337 Bluegrass Is Timeless - Love, Oh Please Come Home ● CD $6.98
10 tracks from this great bluegrass duo - Love, Oh Please Come Home/ Goodbye, Sweetheart, Goodbye/ Blue Is The Way I Feel/ The Road Of Broken Hearts/ Unfaithful One, etc.

RENO & SMILEY King 2002 16 Greatest Gospel Hits ● CD $6.98
16 gospel favorites by these landmark bluegrass artists. Recorded from 1951 to 1964,includes I'm Using My Bible For a Roadmap/ River of Jordan/ Echoes From the Burning Bush/ I'm Building a Mansion in Heaven/ Tree Of Life/ The Last Mile, etc.


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