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NEWSLETTER #140
Country, Bluegrass & Old Timey
Rosalie Allen -> Bob Wills
 

 

 

NEW DVDS

 
NOTE: Unless otherwise noted all DVDs offered are in NTSC format which means that they will not play on a European DVD players unless you have a multiple format player.
 
 
THE NEW LOST CITY RAMBLERS/ GREENBRIAR BOYS Shanachie DVD 608 Pete Seeger's Rainbow Quest DVD $16.98
More fine live music from 60s radio shows hosted by Pete Seeger. Pete usually does one or two solo performances and often joins with his guest for a number or two. The first show features seven titles by The New Lost City Ramblers plus two with Pete and the second has seven by the Greenbriar Boys plus two with Pete.

 
MERLE TRAVIS Bear Family DVD 20008 At 'Town Hall Party' DVD $28.98
The great and most influential country guitarist filmed live, in his prime, in the mid 50s on a selection of 25 tunes including Fat Gal/ Sourwood Mountain/ Main Street Breakdown/ Squaws Along The Yukon/ I'll See You In My Dreams/ Won't You Ride In My Little Red Wagon/ Ike Everly's Rag/ Back Home In Indiana/ Cudle Up A Little Closer/ Midnight Special and more. Includes 16 page booklet with notes by Travis expert Rich Kienzle.

 

NEW COMPACT DISCS

 
ROSALIE ALLEN B.A.C.M. 135 The Yodeling Queen CD $14.98
25 sides by this fine singer and top class yodeler who was known as "Queen Of the Yodelers" though only a couple of tracks here feature yodeling. The first 12 tracks are from a rare 1955 LP recorded with Shorty Warren's Western Rangers doing hits of the 40s and early 50s like he Taught Me How To Yodel/ Have You Ever Been Lonely/ When My Blue Moon Turns To Gold Again/ Your Cheatin' Heart/ I'll Keep On Loving You, etc. The remaining tracks are from singles recorded between 1945 and 1953 featuring fine vocals and varied arrangements ranging from Western to straight country to pop. Includes Casataway/ I Gotta Have You/ I'd rather Be A Cowgirl/ He Lived In Texas, She Lived In Arkansas (a duet with Billy Williams)/ I Wanna Sit, etc. Only one track duplicates Cattle 226 ($18.98).
ROSALIE ALLEN: Castaway/ Columbus Stockade Blues/ Cranberry Kisses & Strawberry Hugs/ Ding Dong Polka/ Green As Grass/ Have I Told You Lately That I Love You/ Have You Ever Been Lonely/ He Lived In Texas She Lived In Arkansas/ He Taught Me How To Yodel/ Hills Of Pride/ I Gotta Have You/ I Laughed At Love/ I Wanna Sit/ I‘d Rather Be A Cowgirl/ I‘ll Keep On Loving You/ Jealous Heart/ Just A Sailor‘s Sweetheart/ My Adobe Hacienda/ My Old Familiar Heartache/ Spanish Polka/ Tears On My Pillow/ Tennessee Waltz/ When My Blue Moon Turns To Gold Again/ Whoa Sailor/ Your Cheatin‘ Heart

 
COWBOY COPAS B.A.C.M. 137 Any Old Time CD $14.98
25 track collection of sides recorded by this fine country singer between 1948 and 1955 concentrating on sides that have not been on CD before including many original compositions.
COWBOY COPAS: Any Old Time/ Because Of You/ Blue Waltz/ Carbon Copy/ Doll Of Clay/ Don't Shake Hands With The Devil/ He Stands By The Window/ Hope Of A Broken Heart/ I'll Waltz With You In My Dreams/ I'm Glad For Your Sake/ I've Grown So Used To You/ If You Will Let Me Be Your Love/ It's No Sin To Love You/ Jamboree (instr.)/ Party's Over/ Return To Sender/ Rose Of Oklahoma/ Summer Kisses/ Tell Me More/ Tennessee Senorita/ The Gypsy Told Me/ The Postman Just Passes Me By/ The Stone Was Rolled Away/ When I Lost You/ Why Should I Want Her

 
RILEY CRABTREE Cattle 317 When Hank Williams Met Jimmie Rodgers CD $18.98
28 tracks recorded by this fine honky tonk singer from Texas between 1949 and 1955. The first eight tracks are solo with guitar and are straight covers of Jimmie Rodgers songs which shows how much influence Rodgers even in the new country era. The rest feature him with a small honky tonk group with nice steel guitar and fiddle and show him to be a fine honky tonk singer - a little bit reminiscent of Lefty Frizell. Songs are a mix of originals and covers including a particularly nice version of the old Jimmie Davis song Shackles And Chains. The title song from 1953 is a particularly nice tribute to the two most influential country singers.
RILEY CRABTREE: A Lifetime To Regret/ An Orchid In My Bouquet/ Away Out On The Mountain/ Between The Pages Of The Bible/ Blue Yodel No. 5/ Blue Yodel No.1/ Broken Heart - Falling Tears/ Don't Turn Away From Me/ Flowers On My Mother's Grave/ Free From Shackles And Chains/ Get Away From It All/ I'll Make You Want Me/ If I Could Buy Your Love/ If My Tears Were Gold/ In The Jailhouse Now/ Information Please/ Lonely World/ Meet Me At Joe's/ Muleskinner Blues (a Blue Yodel)/ Ozark Waltz/ Shackles And Chains/ Shackles And Chains (2nd Version)/ T For Texas/ T. B. Blues/ Tonight/ Waiting For A Train/ When Hank Williams Met Jimmie Rodgers/ You Had To Stray

 
DENVER DARLING B.A.C.M. 136 Vol. 2 - Singing On the Range CD $14.98
The second collection of western flavored songs from Illinois born singer and songwriter Denver Darling. This features 23 tracks recorded commercially and for radio transcriptions. Darling is accompanied by various groups sometimes featuring such great musicians as Zeke Turner, Jimmy Riddle and Tommy Jackson and, on one track, the great black jazz violinist eddie South. Includes They Gotta Quit Kickin' My Dog Around/ Hillbilly Wedding In June/ There was Time/ Tennessee Central No. 9/ I Still Say Your name In My Prayers/ Roly Poly/ Silver Dollar/ If That's The Way You Want It, etc.
DENVER DARLING: Cherokee Maiden/ Ding Dong Polka/ Don't Wait Too Long To Forgive/ Hillbilly Wedding In June/ I Still Say Your Name In My Prayers/ I'm A Prisoner Of War/ I'm Gonna Leave This Old Town/ I'm Gonna Sue Sioux City Sue/ If That's The Way You Want It/ Little Strands Of Silver Shining Through The Gold/ Lonesome Days/ My Little Cow Pony And I/ Old Shep/ Roly Poly/ Silver Dollar/ Singing On The Range/ Tennessee Central No 9/ There Was A Time/ These Tears Are Not For You/ They Gotta Quit Kickin' My Dog Around/ Think Of Home/ Wave To Me My Lady/ You Brought Sorrow To My Heart

 
THE HI-FLYERS Krazy Kat 35 1937-1941 CD $16.98
28 tracks, 74 mins, highly recommended
28 tracks recorded between 1937 and 1941 by one of the first and best western swing bands based around Fort Worth, Texas. The group line up varied over the years but always included Elmer Scarborough (guitar, tenor guitar, banjo, bass), Landon Beaver (piano) and Darrell Kirkpatrick (fiddle, accordion, bass). Other musicians and vocalists included Billy Briggs (steel guitar), Steve Wooden (guitar & vocal), Buster Ferguson (guitar & vocal), Andrew Schroder (steel guitar & bass), Dick Reinhart (bass) and others. A varied collection of vocals and hot instrumentals including Honolulu Flapper Girl/ There's A Little Green Mill (By A Little Green Hill)/ Lonesome Mama Blues/ Answer To It Makes No Difference Now/ Get Hot Or Go Home/ Barn yard Romp/ Juke Box Jump/ You Can't Do That To Me/ I Thought You Meant It/ Blonde-Haired Woman and more. Includes two previously unissued songs and seven alternate takes. Excellent sound, informed notes by Kevin Cofey and full discographical info. (FS)

 
PEE WEE KING B.A.C.M. 143 Kentucky Waltz CD $14.98
24 tracks, 61 mins, highly recommended
Excellent collection of sides recorded between 1946 and 1953 by this fine singer and bandleader. The emphasis is on the groups uptempo swingin' titles with some instrumentals along with the occasional novelty number and ballads. Instrumental work is fine often featuring Bobby Koefer on steel guitar and Shorty Boyd on fiddle. Sound quality is adequate though lacking presence. There are no hits here but lots of fine performances like Southland Polka/ Bull Fiddle Boogie/ Busybody/ Seven Come Eleven/ Woodchopper's Ball, etc. (FS)
PEE WEE KING: Bimbo/ Bull Fiddle Boogie/ Busybody/ Chew Tobacco Rag/ Crazy Waltz/ Farewell Blues/ Ghost & Honest Joe/ Here Lies My Heart/ I Don't Mind/ Indian Giver/ Jim, Johnny & Jonas/ Keep Your Eye On My Darling/ Kentucky Waltz/ Oh Mis'rable Love/ Out Of My Mind/ Railroad Boogie/ Ricochet/ Seven Come Eleven/ Southland Polka/ Spanish Two Step/ Texas Toni Lee/ Tippin' In/ Tweedle Dee/ Woodchopper‘s Ball

 
LULU BELLE & SCOTTY King 2021 Down Memory Lane CD $8.98
Reissue of 1964 album featuring 12 songs by this popular duo - includes My Best To You/ Tying The Leaves/ The Sinking Of the Titanic/ Saturday Night Supper On the table/ Pretty Red Shoes/ Prisoner's Dream, etc.

 
DICKIE MCBRIDE B.A.C.M. 144 I Still Care For You CD $14.98
23 tracks featuring Western Swing vocalist McBride recorded between 1939 and 1952 including sides with The Texas Wanderers and The Village Boys. Musicians include Bob Dunn, Floyd Tillman, Buddy Ray, J.D. Standlee, Clyde Brewer, herb Remington and others - is This A Dream/ Black Sea Blues/ Lies/ Gee But I Feel Blue/ You're That To Me, etc. Booklet has notes by Kevin Coffey.
DICKIE MCBRIDE: Black Sea Blues/ Gee But I Feel Blue/ Give Me Those Old Fashioned Days/ Heartless/ I Found You/ I Hope I Never Fall In Love Again/ I Love You Boogie/ I Still Care For You/ I Wonder/ Is This A Dream/ I‘d Be A Fool/ I‘m Grieving For Believing In A Lie/ I‘m Tired Of Living A Lie/ Just A Fool In Love/ Lies/ Nothing Matters To Me/ Out Where West Winds Blow/ Smile And Drive Your Blues Away/ So I Lost Again/ Tho It May Be A Long Long Time/ Waiting Just For You/ What Else I Can Say/ You‘re That To Me

 
CLAYTON MCMICHEN B.A.C.M. 142 The Legendary Fiddler, Vol. 2 CD $14.98
Another collection featuring this brilliant fiddler including early old time string band sides, sentimental songs and later jazzy swing items.
CLAYTON MCMICHEN: Ain't She Sweet/ Alexander's Ragtime Band/ Darling Nellie Gray/ Done Gone/ Fiddlin‘ Medley (old Time Fiddlers‘ Medley)/ Fifty Years Ago/ I Gotta Ketch Up With My Settin'/ I'm A-gonna Learn To Swing/ In The Pines/ Is There Still Room For Me/ Just An Old Chimney Stack/ Just Tell Them That You Saw Me/ Killing Of Tom Slaughter/ Only A Faded Rose/ Rye Straw/ The Blind Child's Prayer Pt. 1/ The Blind Child's Prayer Pt. 2/ Wabash Blues/ When The Bloom Is On The Sage/ Whispering

 
FIDDLING JACK PIERCE & THE OKLAHOMA COWBOYS B.A.C.M. 132 Also Featuring The Smyth County Ramblers & Tenneva Ramb CD $14.98
Entertaining and varied collection featuring the obscure but fine Virginia fiddler Jack Pierce. The first five tracks features fine old time string band from two groups that Jack was a member of - The Tenneva Ramblers and The Smyth County Ramblers. He didn't surface again until 1936 when he recorded the remaining 17 tracks - first as Jack Pierce & His Boys and later as Jack Pierce & The Oklahoma Cowboys. These latter groups perform a mix of western, novelty and western swing oriented material.
FIDDLIN’ JACK PIERCE & THE OKLAHOMA COWBOYS: Darling, Where Have You Been So Long?/ Has Anybody Seen My Gal/ Hillbilly Shack In The Valley/ If I Had My Way/ If You Don‘t Believe I‘m Leavin‘/ In The Golden West With You/ I‘m Going To Georgia/ Keep On Shining Colorado Moon/ Lookin‘ For A Hillbilly Bride/ Miss ’liza, Poor Gal/ Monday Morning Blues/ Mountain Rhythm/ My Home On The Western Plains/ My Name Is Ticklish Reuben/ Oklahoma Blues/ South Of The Mason Dixon Line/ Spoonin‘ Neath A Western Sky/ Sweet Georgia Brown/ The Blue Ridge Home I Love/ Wabash Blues/ Way Down In Alabama/ Where The Western Horizon Begins

 
THE STEWART FAMILY B.A.C.M. 138 Come On In And Make Yourself At Home CD $14.98
25 tracks, 67 mins, highly recommended
The Stewart Family are a little known but very fine family group that recorded for Gilt Edge between 1950. Leader of the group was Virgil "Pappy" Stewart who wrote many of the group's songs including JustO ut Of Reach which has become a country standard. "Pappy" played guitar and does some very fine pickin' on a couple of the songs with some nifty chord changes. The rest of the group includes sister Baba (accordion) and daughters Bethyl (violin) and Jeanette (bass). Later on they were joined by Bethyl's husband Buddy Brown on mandolin and piano. The arrangements are varied ranging from one guitar with ensemble singing, old timey mandolin and guitar arrangements and bigger group arrangements with accordion and piano. Quite a few of the leads are taken by Bethyl who was an exceptional singer with an aching yearning quality that brings to mind Wilma Lee Cooper. There are several gospel songs which are among the highlights here including the wonderful Sinner Read The Bible which has long been a favorite of mine. (FS)
THE STEWART FAMILY: 22 Boogie/ Beautiful Garden Of Prayer/ Brown Eyes Or Blue Eyes/ Come On In And Make Yourself At Home/ Don't Go Honky Tonkin'/ Four O'clock In The Morning/ Goin' Steady/ I Ain't Got Time/ I Can't, He Can/ I Don't Have To Tell You That I Love You/ I've Changed My Mind/ Jealous Love/ Journey's End/ Just Out Of Reach/ Lonesome Dollar Bill/ Love Or The Itch/ Mysteries Of Life/ Posted, One Heart/ Shadows/ Sinner Read The Bible/ Sugar Plum Boogie/ The Green Grass Grows All Around/ Thirty Pieces Of Silver/ Wasted Tears/ Whiskey Widder

 
THE TEXAS TOP HANDS Cattle 320 Country & Western Souvenirs CD $18.98
24 tracks by this fine group who are still active after more than 60 years! They perform a mix of straight country, hillbilly boogie and western swing with fine instrumental work from steel guitarist "Rusty" Locke, fiddler "easy" Adams and others. Vocalists include Knee High Holly, Buck Buchanan, Del Dunbar, Art Rodgers and others. Nice stuff
THE TEXAS TOP HANDS: A Sinner's Prayer/ Ace In The Hole/ Bandera Waltz/ Cause I Was Born To Love You/ Cause The One I Love Is You/ Cotton Eyed Joe Jr./ Fiesta In Old San Antone/ I Had Someone Else Before I Had You (and I'll Have Someone After You're Gon/ I Won't Care (100 Years From Now)/ I'm Gonna Shoo The Blues Away/ Little Band Of Gold/ Little Rosewood Casket/ Lovin' Up A Storm/ Sally Johnson/ Texas Guitar Boogie/ That's The Only Way/ Was It Wrong, To Take So Long, To Tell Irene Good Night/ When I'm With You/ Whiskey River/ Why Should You, Why Should I/ Wishin' I Was Kissin' You/ You Can't Have Your Cake And Eat It Too/ You're Killin' Me/ You're Rocking The Boat

 
MERLE TRAVIS Sundazed 9010 Strictly Guitar CD $12.98
11 great guitar instrumentals recorded in 1968 by one of the most influential of all guitarists. The tunes are mostly pop standards from the 20s and 30s along with a few country tunes including the wonderful Cannon Ball Rag which was his instrumental theme song. Also includes Heart Of My Heart/ Guitar Rag/ Cuddle Up A Little Closer/ Ma, He's Making Eyes At Me/ Gotta have My baby Back, etc.

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS B.A.C.M. 140 The Vocalion Label - Classic Old Time Music CD $14.98
Another fine selection of old time music from B.A.C.M. - this time drawn from the Vocalion label. 23 tracks recorded between 1928 and 1934 including Reaves White County Ramblers, Perry County Music Makers (a delightful group in the vein of The Carter Family but using hammered dulcimer instead of autoharp), Southern Moonlight Entertainers, Alex Hood & His Railroad Boys, Ashley & Foster, Bascom lamar Lunsford (a wonderful and distinctive vocalist and banjo player), Louis Bird, Ridgels Fountain Citians, The Carroll County Revelers, Walkers Corbin Ramblers and others.
ASHLEY & FOSTER: Go ’way And Let Me Sleep/ LOUIS BIRD: Nothing Goes Hard With Me/ THE CARROLL COUNTY REVELERS: Georgia Wobble Blues/ Rome, Georgia Bound/ CAL DAVENPORT & HIS GANG: Blue Ridge Mountain Blues/ Broken Hearted Lover/ FISHER HENDLEY & HIS CAROLINA TAR HEELS: Hook And Line/ ALEX HOOD & HIS RAILROAD BOYS: Corbin Slide/ BASCOM LAMAR LUNSFORD: Italy/ Lost John Dean/ MILNER & CURTIS MAGNOLIA RAMBLERS: North East Texas Breakdown/ THE MORRIS FAMILY: Blue Eyed Boy/ THE PERRY COUNTY MUSIC MAKERS: By The Cottage Door/ Got A Buddy I Must See/ REAVES WHITE COUNTY RAMBLERS: Arkansas Pullet/ Arkansas Wagner/ RIDGEL’S FOUNTAIN CITIANS: Gittin' Upstairs/ The Bald Headed End Of The Broom/ THE SOUTHERN MOONLIGHT ENTERTAINERS: Buckin' Mule/ Lost John/ My Cabin Home/ FLOYD THOMPSON’S HOMETOWNERS: Mountains Of Virginia/ WALKER’S CORBIN RAMBLERS: My Baby Keep Stealin' On Me

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS B.A.C.M. 141 Mirth, Music & Moonshine - Old Time Comedy CD $14.98
21 tracks, highly recommended
Delightful collection of comedy skits and humorous songs by hillbilly performers from the late 20s and early 30s. Highlight is the six part The Okeh Medicine Show - a recreation of a medicine show with introductions by Martin Malloy and comedy and music from John & Kate Carson, Narmour & Smith, The Black Brothers, Frank Hutchison, Bud Blue (actually Fred Hall of Fields & H*all) and Emmett Miller! Other performers on this disc include The Hillbillies, The Blue Ridge Entertainers (which included Tom Ashley & Gwen Foster), E.V. Stoneman & the Blue Ridge Corn Shuckers, Louis Bird, Charlie Wilson & His Hay Lof Boys, The Fruit Jar Guzzlers, The Skillet Lickers, George 'Shortbuckle' Roark (superb singer and banjo player) and Hugh Roden & Roy Rodgers. Lots of songs and skits about moonshine and liquor in general. Sound quality is generally excellent. An invaluable release. (FS)
LOUIS BIRD: It's Funny What Whiskey Will Do/ THE BLUE RIDGE ENTERTAINERS: Over At Tom's House/ The Fiddlers Contest/ FIDDLIN' JOHN CARSON & MOONSHINE KATE: Since She Took My Licker From Me/ THE FRUIT JAR GUZZLERS(STEVENS & BOLAR): Kentucky Bootlegger/ THE HILLBILLIES: The Feller That Looks Like Me/ GEORGE 'SHORTBUCKLE' ROARK: I Ain't A Bit Drunk/ HUGH RODEN & ROY RODGERS: Chickens In The Garden/ THE SKILLET LICKERS: A Bee Hunt On Hell Fer Sartin Creek Pts. 1 & 2/ Day At The County Fair Pts. 1 & 2/ E.V. STONEMAN & THE BLUE RIDGE CORN SHUCKERS: A Serenade In The Mountains Pts. 1 & 2/ VARIOUS: The Okeh Medicine Show Acts I–vi/ CHARLIE WILSON & HIS HAY LOFT BOYS: The Beer Party

 
BOB WILLS Cattle 316 26 More Rare Presto Label Items CD $18.98
The second volume of rare transcriptions done by Bob & The Texas Playboys in 1949 by the Presto Company for the Crossley Automobile Company with Eldon Shamblin, Herb Remington, Jesse Ashlock, Tiny Moore, Luke Wills and others. 26 tracks including vocals by Bob, Luke Wills, Tiny Moore, Jesse Ashlock and others.
BOB WILLS & THE TEXAS PLAYBOYS: Cherokee Maiden/ Corrine Corrina/ Cotton Patch Blues/ Don't Let Your Deal Go Down/ Dream Train/ Dreamy Eyes Waltz/ I Care No More/ I Love You So Much It Hurts/ I'm A Fool To Care/ Josephine/ La Golondrina/ Little Star Of Heaven/ Milkcow Blues/ Molly Darling/ Old Shep/ Osage Stomp/ Pay Off/ Please Don't Leave Me/ Stay A Little Longer/ Still Water Runs The Deepest/ Sugar Blues/ The Last Letter/ There's A Big Rock In The Road/ Those Gone And Left Me Blues/ Yearning Just For You/ You're The Sweetest Rose In Texas

 

 

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