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VARIOUS ARTISTS Acrobat ARCD 125 Macy's Texas Hillbilly ● CD $9.98
Fine collection of 25 sides recorded between 1949 and 1951 for the Houston based Macy's label. It includes the four earliest sides by Jim Reeves from 1950 along with a couple of great Western Swing flavored sides by the great Cajun singer and fiddler Harry Choates. Most of the rest of the artists are obscure but generally excellent including Woody Carter & His Hoedown Boys, Tommy Dover & His Texas Rhythm Boys, The Raley Brothers & Woody carter (a great old timey instrumental with fiddle and mandolin), The Bar X Cowboys, Ramblin' Tommy Scott, Art Gunn & His Arizona Playboys (actually from Florida - they do a fine country boogie), Bob Greene & His Filling Station Swing band, The Vance Brothers and others. Good sound and 12 page booklet with notes by Dave Penney.

VARIOUS ARTISTS And More Bears 25014 Greetings From Hawaii ● CD $21.98
A collection of 25 songs about the state of Hawaii - mostly country plus some rock 'n' roll and pop. The material ranges from Jimmie Rodgers' 1929 recording of Everybody Does It In Hawaii to the 2004 recording of Hawaiian Farewell by Winnie Winston & Hank Davis specially recorded for this album. Also includes sides by Marty Robbins, Hank Snow, Buddy Knox, Skeets McDonald, Jimmy Newman, Cecil Campbell, Sons Of the Pioneers, Mitchell Torok and others. Includes 24 page booklet with notes and artist photos.
REX ALLEN: Hawaiian Cowboy/ TERESA BREWER: Lula Rock a Hula/ CECIL CAMPBELL: Little Hula Shack in Hawaii/ JENKS "TEX" CARMAN: Hillbilly Hula/ HANK DAVIS & WINNIE WINSTON: Hawaiian Farewell/ BILL HALEY: Me Rock a Hula/ BURL IVES: Hawaiian Bells/ BUDDY KNOX: Hula Love/ HANK LOCKLIN: Blue Hawaii/ SKEETS MCDONALD: Hawaiian Sea Breeze/ JIMMY C. NEWMAN: Bop a Hula/ JIM REEVES: Hawaiian Wedding Song/ MARTY ROBBINS: Aloha Oe/ Hawaii's Calling Me/ My Isle of Golden Dreams/ Sweet Leilani/ JIMMIE RODGERS: Everybody Does It in Hawaii/ HANK SNOW: Blue for Old Hawaii/ Hula Rock/ On That Old Hawaiian Shore With You/ THE SONS OF THE PIONEERS,: Beyond the Reef/ Stars Above Hawaii/ MITCHELL TOROK: Hootchy Kootchy Henry from Hawaii/ BILLY VAUGHN: Hawaiian War Chant/ SPEEDY WEST & JIMMY BRYANT: My Little Grass Shack in Kealakekua, Hawaii

VARIOUS ARTISTS B.A.C.M. 148 Another Taste Of King ● CD $13.98
B.A.C.M.'s second collection of material drawn from the extensive repertoire of recordings made for the King label features 24 tracks recorded between 1946 and 1954 - most of it making its first appearance on CD. It includes sides by Shorty Long, Marvin Montgomery (a hot jazzy banjo instrumental), Cowboy Jack Derrick, Jimmie Widener, Boots Woodall, Preston Ward, Bob Newman, Curly Holiday, Louis Innes (the witty Suicide), Art Kibbee, Red Egner, Wade Mainer, Howdy Kemp, etc.
HERB & KAY ADAMS: Coffee Blues/ COWBOY JACK DERRICK: Triflin' Baby/ AL DEXTER: Diddy Wah Boogie/ RED EGNER: Turn My Picture Upside Down/ FIDDLIN’ RED HERRON: Over The Waves Waltz (instr.)/ CURLY HOLIDAY: I'm The Devil Who Made Her That Way/ LOUIS INNES: Suicide/ HOWDY KEMP: Come To Me/ ART KIBBEE: You're So Good To Me/ BILL LONG: What A Waste Of Good Corn Likker/ SHORTY LONG: No Wars In Heaven/ WADE MAINER: Those Blue Eyes I Love/ MARVIN MONTGOMERY: Raggin' The Banjo/ MOON MULLICAN: What's The Matter With The Mill/ BOB NEWMAN: Around The Corner Behind The Berry Tree/ RED PERKINS: Big Blue Diamonds/ FLOYD ROBINSON: Oh What I'd Give/ ZEB TURNER: All Dressed Up/ JIMMY VERNON: Somewhere/ PRESTON WARD: It's A Shame The Way You Treated Me/ SKEETS WEBB: Was It A Bad Dream/ JOE WHEELER: A Country Boy Goes To Town/ JIMMIE WIDENER: I Can Tell Just As Plain/ BOOTS WOODALL: I Wonder

VARIOUS ARTISTS Document DOCD 1102 Country Music Pioneers On Edison ● CD $16.98
18 tracks, 65 mins, highly recommended
Wonderful collection of old time music drawn from recordings made for the pioneering Edison record company between 1922 and 1929. Although the notes imply that all these are unissued, Tony Russel's indispensable "Country Music Records" discography shows that at least half these tracks were issued, though this is the first time that any of these have been reissued on CD. The first two tracks are banjo solos by Shirley Spalding and Fred Van Eps which are more in the parlor tradition than county though they use rural melodies. There are three songs by the ubiquitous Vernon Dalhart including his very first recordiong of Wreck Of The Old Southern 97 which he recorded a number of times for different companies. This is a particularly fine version with fine harmonica from Dalhart and guitar from Frank Ferera. There are three tracks from the prolific Ernest Stoneman and His Family - two of them under the pseudonyms of The Dixie Mountaineers and The Railsplitters. Gene Austin is best known as a pop vocalist but his two sides with fine harmonica player George Reynaud are fine country tunes including an early version of Going Down the Road Feeling bad called Lonesome Road Blues and the fine blues The Railroad Blues. Other artists include the brilliant fiddlers Jasper Bisbee and Allen Sisson plus sides by Fiddlin' Powers & Family, Frank Luther & His Pards, Frank Wallace & His Guitar (actually Frankie Marvin) and Carson Robison's Madcaps - the last is featured on the fascinating Nonsense - a jazzy tune that seems to predate the Western Swing sound. Sound quality is excellent, particularly considering that more than half the recordings were cut acoustically and there are detailed notes by Lawrence Tedder, but, curiously, no discographical information except recording dates. (FS)
GENE AUSTIN & GEORGE RENEAU: The Railroad Blues/ JASPER BISBEE: The Devil's Dream/ THE BLUE RIDGE DUO: Lonesome Road Blues/ VERNON DALHART: Kinnie Wagner's Surrender/ Wreck Of The Old Southern 97/ THE DIXIE MOUNTAINEERS: Hop Light Ladies/ FRANK LUTHER & HIS PARDS: Barbara Allen/ FIDDLIN' POWERS & FAMILY: Ida Red/ THE RAIL SPLITTERS: West Virginia Highway/ CARSON ROBISON & VERNON DALHART: Just A Melody/ CARSON ROBISON'S MADCAPS: Nonsense/ POSEY RORER'S NC RAMBLERS: Down In A Georgia Jail/ ALLEN SISSON: Kaiser's Defeat Jig/ Sally Brown Jig/ SHIRLEY SPALDING: Somewhere In Dixie/ ERNEST V. STONEMAN & FAMILY: Sally Goodwin/ FRED VAN EPS: Medley Of Southern Melodies/ FRANK WALLACE & HIS GUITAR: Oklahoma Blues

VARIOUS ARTISTS Gusto 2028 A Dozen Gospel Greats ● CD $7.98
12 cuts of country and bluegrass gospel - Porter Wagoner, The Bailes Brothers, Archie Campbell, Wade Mainer, T. Texas Tyler, Molly O'Day, Cowboy Copas, The easter Brothers, The Wilburn Brothers, The Crow Brothers, Martha Carson and Harlan Howard.

VARIOUS ARTISTS Gusto Delux 7702 20 Bluegrass Originals ● CD $8.98
"Collector's Edition" of 20 Bluegrass artists. Includes Footprints In The Snow by Ralph Stanley and Jimmy Martin/ Down the Road by Lester Flatt/ Blue Ridge Mountain Blues by Bill Clifton/ Truck Driver's Queen by Moore and Napier/ Windy Mountain by the Lonesome Pine Fiddlers plus sides by The Kentucky Travelers, Hylo Brown, Jimmy Martin & Bob Osborne and others.

VARIOUS ARTISTS Hop 004 Hillbilly Hop, Vol. 4 ● CD $17.98
First issue on this series in a while. A great collection of up tempo honky tonk hillbilly and hillbilly flavored rock 'n' roll from the 50s and 60s. Includes some familiar tracks from the likes of The Delmore Brothers, Johnny Cash, Johnny Horton and others as well as lots of obscure sides Dorse Lewis, Elvis Carden & the Flint River Boys (the great Vietnam Blues), Carl E. Tyndall, Bill Woods, Bob Reed "The Flying Hillbilly", Jimmy Johnson (two hot sides with dynamic guitar from Al Casey), Telli W. Mils (this odd name is an anagram of Slim Willett with the tough and mostly instrumental Ain't Going Home) and more. Sound quality is excellent and booklet has a handful of label shots.

VARIOUS ARTISTS Hop 005 Hillbilly Hop, Vol. 5 ● CD $17.98
Another fine collection of up tempo honky and country flavored rock 'n' roll from the 50s and early 60s including sides by Porter Wagoner, Bill Parsons, Jimmy Work (a great version of Rock Island Line), Ebe Sneezer & His Epidemics, Jim Nesbit, Terry Fell (the excellent I'm Hot To Trot), Charlie walker, The Country Dudes, Ann Jones, Rudy Thacker & The Stringbusters, Neal Jones, Betty Amos, Hollis Albin (The Louisiana Coon Hunter), Jimmy Boyd (two tracks including the hot country boogie Crazy Mixed Up Blues whose lyrics are strung together rock 'n' roll song titles), Arthur "Guitar Boogie" Smith (the familiar but always welcome Guitar Boogie).
HOLLIS ALBIN: Uncle Earl Don't Stand Alone/ Vee Eight Ford Boogie/ BETTY AMOS: Cheater Cheater/ Yes Mama Mama/ LEE BONDS: Wild Cattin Woman/ JIMMY BOYD: Crazy Mixed Up Blues/ Rockin Down The Mississippi/ THE COUNTRY DUDES: Have A Ball/ BILLY DEATON: Six Cents A Mile/ TONY DOUGLAS: Thunder And Lighting/ TERRY FELL: I'm Hot To Trot/ RED FOLEY: Tennessee Whistling Man/ BUCK GRIFFIN: Let's Elope Baby/ BILLY JACK HALE: Danger Moved West/ JOHNNY & JACK: Tom Cat's Kitten/ ANN JONES: Get Up And Go/ NEAL JONES: Hot Jing Jolly(i've Got Me A Girl)/ ROY KELLY & THE WESTERNAIRS: Dragen It Boogie/ JIM NESBIT: (go On And) Cry Me A River/ LEFTY NICKS & HIS SOUTHERN DRIFTERS: Model A Ford Blues/ BILL PARSONS: Hot Rod Volkswagen/ ARTHUR (GUITAR BOOGIE) SMITH: Guitar Boogie/ EBE SNEEZER AND HIS EPIDEMICS: Asiatic Flu/ RUDY THACKER AND THE STRINGBUSTERS: Mountain Guitar/ PORTER WAGONER: Itchin For My Baby/ CHARLIE WALKER: I'll Never Let It Show/ JIMMY WORK: Rock Island Line

VARIOUS ARTISTS Jasmine 3538 Rounding Up The Gals-Great Female Country Vocals, Vol.1 ● CD $12.98
Fine selection of country songs performed by female singers. As usual for this series there is no recording information given but I would assume that most of the tracks are from the 40s and early 50s and I would think that some are from records and some from radio transcriptions. There are some familiar names like Kitty Wells (her great Death At The Bar is a real highlight here), Patsy Montana, Molly O'Day, Minnie Pearl, Jean Shepard (the fine Twice The Lovin' with Speedy West on steel) and Pasty Cline along with obscure performers like Jenny Lou Carson, Goldie Hill, Judy Perkins, Ann Jones and others.

VARIOUS ARTISTS Jasmine 3550 Treating Her Wrong - Sweetheart & Heartbreak Songs ● CD $12.98
24 tracks, highly recommended
Fine collection of female honky tonk singers from the early/ mid 50s - mostly obscure artists and all making their first appearance on CD. Includes Melisa Monroe (5 songs including a fine cover the Hank Williams hit There's No Room In My Heart For The Blues), Jenny And Jill (fine duo - sort of like a female Louvin Brothers), Jeanette Hicks, Margie Collie (not a particularly good singer but the story of her life is interesting), Helen Carter(daughter of Maybelle), Jeanie Pearson (a fine cover of Onie Wheeler's Run 'Em Off), Polly Possum (one of the highlights here with powerful vocals and a great band), Betsy Gay (another great singer with two rasping bluesy songs including a fabulous version of Hound Dog), Joyce Moore, Charline Arthur (probably the most well known name here with the previously unreissued I Don't Need A Diary) and The Beaver Valley Sweethearts. Excellent sound and informative notes on all the artists by Al Turner but no discographical info. (FS)
CHARLINE ARTHUR: I Don't Need A Diary/ THE BEAVER VALLEY SWEETHEARTS: Juke Box Diner/ HELEN CARTER: I Like My Lovin' Overtime/ Like All Get Out/ You're Right (But I Wish You Were Wrong)/ MARGIE COLLIE: Are You Sorry/ Dim Lights Thick Smoke (And Loud Loud Music)/ BETSY GAY: Hound Dog/ This Is My Last Night In Town/ JEANETTE HICKS: All I Care About/ He Knows Why/ I Think Of You And Me/ JENNY & JILL: Have You Always Felt This Way/ In The Dark/ Treating Me Wrong/ MELISA MONROE: I'm Waiting Just For You/ Oh How I Miss You/ Stop Look And Listen/ There's No Room In My Heart/ You Rule My Heart/ JOYCE MOORE: Better Than Walkin' Home/ JEANIE PEARSON: Run 'Em Off/ POLLY POSSUM: Between You And The Birds/ Sad Singin' Slow Ridin'

VARIOUS ARTISTS Jasmine 3560/1 Hillbilly Bop, Boogie & The Honky Tonk Blues, Vol. 1 ● CD $18.98
Two CD set with 48 tracks recorded between 1948 and 1950 - the title explains the theme. Chosen by British country expert Al Turner it includes many tracks not previously on CD.  Excellent sound and too brief notes by Turner.
CHET ATKINS & HIS GUITAR PICKERS: Boogie Man Boogie/ YORK BROTHERS: Motor City Boogie/ THE BUCHANAN BROTHERS: Hootin' Nanny Papa/ BUZ BUTLER: Rubber Ball Bounce/ JERRY BYRD & THE STRING DUSTERS: Byrd's Boogie/ CECIL CAMPBELL'S TENNESSEE RAMBLERS: Spookie Boogie/ CAROLINA COTTON: Lovin' Ducky Daddy/ CLAUDE CASEY: Juke Box Gal/ SPADE COOLEY & HIS BAND: Big Chief Boogie/ EDDIE CROSBY: Blues Stay Away From Me/ Sugarfoot Boogie/ AL DEXTER: Diddy Wah Boogie/ Hi De Ho Boogie/ THE DOWN HOMERS: Nothin' Clickin' Chicken/ BOB EATON & HIS LONE STAR BOYS: Virginia On A Saturday Night/ ESMERALDY: (i Had) A Good Man In Memphis/ TENNESSEE ERNIE FORD: I Ain't Let It Gonna Happen Anymore/ WALLY FOWLER & HIS GEORGIA CLODHOPPERS: Mountain Boogie/ ART GIBSON & HIS MOUNTAIN MELODY BOYS: Everybody's Sweetheart/ LONNIE GLOSSON & HIS RAILROAD PLAYBOYS: It'll Make A Change In Business/ BUD HOBBS WITH HIS TRAIL HERDERS: Lazy Mazy/ ROY HOGSED: Easy Payment Blues/ PAUL HOWARD & HIS COTTON PICKERS: Cotton Picker's Special/ Rootie Tootie/ LOUIS INNIS & HIS STRING DUSTERS: My Dreamboat Struck A Snag/ LOUIE INNIS & THE STRING DUSTERS: Jug Band Boogie/ LOUIS INNIS & THE STRING DUSTERS: Good Morning Judge/ LOUIS INNIS WITH THE STRING DUSTERS: Better Back Up Mama/ JERRY IRBY WITH HIS TEXAS RANCHERS: 49 Women/ Hillbilly Boogie/ ANN JONES: You've Got To See Mama Ev'ry Night (or You Can't See Mama At All)/ GRANDPA JONES & HIS GRANDCHILDREN: Grandpa's Boogie/ LEON MCAULIFFE & HIS WESTERN SWING BAND: Birmingham Bounce/ SAM NICHOLS WITH THE MELODY RANGERS: Keep Your Motor Hot/ Who Puts The Cat Out When Papa's Out Of Town/ JENE O'QUIN: The Hard Way/ JIMMIE OSBORNE: What A Price To Pay For Love/ RED PERKINS: Hoedown Boogie/ JACK RIVERS: Jelly Bean Rag/ KENNY ROBERTS: Choo Choo Ch'boogie/ JESSE ROGERS & HIS '49ERS: Hadacol Boogie/ Mind Your Own Business/ SMOKEY ROGERS & HIS STRING BAND: Lose Your Blues/ Tamburitza Boogie/ JIMMIE & LEON SHORT: Long Gone Daddy/ REDD STEWART & HIS KENTUCKY COLONELS: Brother, Drop Dead (boogie)/ CURLEY WILLIAMS & THE GEORGIA PEACH PICKERS: Georgia Boogie/ HAPPY WILSON: The Haunted House Boogie

VARIOUS ARTISTS Jasmine 3562/3 Hillbilly Bop, Boogie & The Honky Tonk Blues, Vol. 2 ● CD $18.98
The second volume features 48 more fine and rare tracks - this time from the period 1950-53.
JIMMY BALLAD: She's Got Something/ JIMMY LEE BALLARD: I Want A Bowlegged Woman/ LEE BELL: Beatin' Out The Boogie/ DONNIE BOWSHIER: Tight Shoe Boogie/ JIMMY BOYD: Waxahachie Dishwasher Boy/ NEAL BURRIS: Sissy Song/ ZEKE CLEMENTS: Payday Saturday Night/ BLACKIE CRAWFORD: Jump Jack Jump/ When You Make Up Your Mind/ JIMMIE DAVIS: Fifteen Miles From Dallas/ BOOTS FAYE & THE SUN VALLEY COWBOYS: Grinnin' Like A Possum/ TENNESSEE ERNIE FORD & ELLA MAE MORSE: I'm Hog Tied Over You/ CHARLIE GORE & LOUIE INNIS: You're Just A Female Hound Dog/ HARDROCK GUNTER: Where Have You Been/ JACK HART: Knock Out The Lights (and Call The Law)/ JOHNNY HICKS: Pick Up Blues/ EDDIE HILL: Buckshot/ Salty Dog Rag/ BUD HOBBS: Goose Rock/ LOUIS INNIS: Boogie Woogie Baby/ Stomp That Thing/ LEROY JENKINS: Hard Time Hard Luck Blues/ OKIE JONES: Hillbilly Bessie/ CURTIS KIRK: I Can't Take It With Me/ LAURA LEE & DICKIE MCBRIDE: I Love You Boogie/ EDDIE MARSHALL: Honky Tonk Blues/ JOE MARTIN: Milk Cow Blues/ KEN MARVIN: How About A Date/ Tom Cattin' Around/ LUKE MCDANIEL: Drive On/ I Can't Go/ JIMMIE OSBORNE: Automobile Baby/ BILLY RAY: She Buys And Buys And Buys/ JOHNNY RECTOR: If They Ever Get Together/ JACK & HIS LONE STAR BUDDIES RHODES: Mama Loves Papa/ JACK RHODES & HIS LONE STAR BUDDIES: I've Lived A Lot In My Time/ JESSE ROGERS: Howlin' And Prowlin/ JACK ROWE: Bomb Bosh Boogie/ Hill Top Rag/ MERVIN SHINER: Ball And Chain Boogie/ EARL SLONE: Bullfrog Boogie/ BOBBY SOOTS: Help Me Lose The Boogie Woogie Blues/ CLIFFIE STONE: Dirty Dishes/ 'TEXAS' BILL STRENGTH: Paper Boy Boogie/ TOBY STROUD: My P'roxide Blond/ BILLY WALLACE & THE BAMA DRIFTERS: While The Getting's Good/ LOYD WEAVER: One Wheel Draggin'/ Steppin' Out And Sneakin' In

VARIOUS ARTISTS JSP 7757 Early Country Radio ● CD $28.98
Four CDS, 79 tracks, essential
This has been out a little while but we haven't reviewed it before. This is a fabulous collection of country music recorded between 1936 and 1951 for playing on the radio via the medium of transcription discs. There is no discography of these unique recordings and a great many of them were destroyed over the years under the terms of use of the transcription companies so we should be grateful for what has survived. The track count above is a little misleading since some of the tracks are complete shows with several songs, commercial spiels, etc. The first two discs are devoted to the great Carter Family who were one of the most prolific, popular and influential country groups of the 20s and 30s and whose influence can be heard today in many recordings. In the 30s a number of radio stations opened in Mexico on the border with Texas and free of restrictions on power output enforced by the FCC they proved a haven for commercial sponsors who often used music to entertain the listeners in preparation for the commercial pitch. In 1938, The Carter Family relocated to Del Rio, Texas and over the next three years produced a vast number of radio transcriptions that were broadcast over border stations XERA, XERF and XET. The first disc and part of the second features recordings made between 1938 and 1941 for XERF and the rest of the second disc features sides recorded in 1936 for Associated Programn Services (I believe the latter is on the Bear family 12 CD box set). Most of the songs are those they had recorded commercially for Victor, Columbia and Decca along with a few not recorded commercially like a splendid rendition of I'm Sitting On Top Of the World and there are often subtle differences in the arrangements but the family's simple, direct vocals and lovely instrumental accompaniments with Maybelle's superb guitar work and Sarah's guitar or autoharp accomniment are always a delight.
The third and fourth discs feature extensive contributions from Bill Monroe's younger brother Charlie and his splendid group The Kentucky Partners. Drawn from 1944 transcriptions, his band at the time included brother Birch on fiddle, Lester Flatt on guitar and vocal, Tex Isley on electric guitar and others including Helen Osborne (aka Katy Hill) playing banjo on several cuts. Charlie's music has been overshadowed by his brother Bill but his music is wonderful and compelling with great vocals and instrumental work on a wide selection of old time material. You also get to hear some commercials for Man-O-Ree laxative. Also featured on the box are fine contributions from Roy Hall & His Blue Ridge Entertainers, J.E. Mainer's Mountaineers, Cowboy Slim Rinehart and the set ends with a rare 1951 March Of Dimes show featuring the greatest of them all Hank Williams with his Drifting Cowboys helping to raise money for children with infantile paralysis. Hank and the group do three songs and Hank does some moving pitches for the cause. One of songs features the horribly flat lead vocals of Audrey but the rest is wonderful. Sound is generally fine and there are informative notes by Pat Harrison. Some truly indispensable music. (FS)
THE CARTER FAMILY: A Distant Land To Roam/ Alabama Girls/ Are You Lonesome Tonight/ Bonnie Blue Eyes/ Broken Down Tramp/ Broken Engagement/ Broken Hearted Lover/ Cannonball Blues/ Chinese Breakdown/ Cyclone Of Rye Cove/ Darling Daises/ Del Rio/ Diamonds In The Rough/ Diamonds In The Rough/ East Virgina Blues No.2/ Engine 143/ Goin' Back To Texas/ Grave On The Green Hillside/ Happy Or Lonesome/ Homestead On The Farm/ Honey Babe/ I Cannot Be Your Sweetheart/ I Never Loved But One/ I Wouldn't Mind Dying/ I'm Sitting On Top Of The World/ I'm Working On A Building/ Jealous Hearted Me/ Just A Few More Days/ Just Another Broken Heart/ Keep On The Sunny Side/ Keep On The Sunny Side/ Keep On The Sunny Side/ Kissing Is A Crime/ Leaning On The Everlasting Arms/ Lily Of The Valley/ Little Darling Pal Of Mine/ Little Joe/ Little Log Cabin By The Sea/ Little Moses/ Lonesome Valley/ Lover's Farewell/ May I Sleep In Your Barn Tonight Mister/ My Dixie Darling/ My Heart's Tonight In Texas/ My Heavenly Home Is Bright And Fair/ My Native Home/ My Old Pal Of Yesterday/ No Depression In Heaven/ Old Ladies Home/ One Little Word/ Room In Heaven For Me/ Shall We Gather At The River/ Single Girl, Married Girl/ Soldier's Sweetheart/ The Dying Soldier/ The Last Letter/ The Last Letter/ The Storms Are On The Ocean/ There'll Be Joy, Joy, Joy/ What Would You Give In Exchange For Your Soul/ When Our Lord Shall Come Again/ Where Shall I Be?/ Who's That Knocking?/ Why There's A Tear In My Eye/ Your Mother Still Prays For You Jack/ ROY HALL & HIS BLUE RIDGE ENTERTAINERS: Don't Cause Mother's Hair To Turn Grey/ Fisher's Hornpipe/ Remember Me/ South Of The Border/ Take Me Back To The Blue Ridge Mountains/ J.E. MAINER'S MOUNTAINEERS: Arkansas Traveller/ Blue Railroad Train/ Goodbye Maggie/ Indian River Hoedown/ Letter Edged In Black/ My Old Pal Of Yesterday/ Shortenin' Bread/ CHARLIE MONROE & THE KENTUCKY PARTNERS: An Empty Mansion/ Bile Them Cabbage Down/ Casey Jones/ Chicken Reel/ Closing Theme/ Daisy Mae/ Don't Let My Ramblin' Bother Your Mind/ Down In Caroline/ Dying A Sinner's Death/ Every Time I Feel The Spirit/ Going Around The World/ Gone And Left Me Blues/ Happy Day/ Heading For Gloryland/ I Got A Gal Waitin' For Me/ I Know You'll Understand/ I Walk Alone/ I've Made A Covenant With My Lord/ It's A Grand And Glorious Feeling/ Little Liza Jane/ Man-o-ree Commerical/ Seven More Days/ Sourwood Mountain/ That's The Love I Have For You/ Two Little Sweethearts/ Under The Old Hickory Tree/ Valley Of Peace/ Walk That Long Lonesome Road/ Watermelon On The Vine/ We'll Meet Again Sweetheart/ When It's Time For The Whippoorwill To Sing/ White House Blues/ Who's Calling You Sweetheart Tonight/ You're Gonna Miss Me When I'm Gone/ COWBOY SLIM RINEHART: Alone And Lonesome/ Blue Yodel No. 10/ I Want A Good Woman/ Left All Alone/ Lonesome Valley/ Memories Of My Silver Haired Daddy/ Missouri Moon/ My Buddy/ Nobody's Darling/ On The Mississippi Shore/ Ridin' Down That Old Texas Trail/ Trail Of The Great Divide/ HANK WILLIAMS & HIS DRIFTING COWBOYS: Help Me Understand/ Moanin' The Blues/ When God Dips His Love In My Heart

VARIOUS ARTISTS Time Life 19233 Gloryland - 30 Bluegrass Gospel Classics ● CD $19.98
Two CDs, 30 tracks, highly recommended
Truly beautiful collection of bluegrass gospel drawn from the extensive vaults of the Rebel label including seven tracks making their first appearance on CD and one previously unissued track, the poorly recorded but lovely version of that most sublime of traditional gospel songs Bright Morning Star performed acapella by The Country Gentleman. Among the artists featured are The Stanley Brothers (two songs including an utterly spine chilling Precious Memories), Ricky Skaggs & John Starling (a lovely rendition of Drifting Too Far From the Shore), The Seldom Scene, The Forbes Family, Larry Sparks, Cliff Waldron, The Easter Brothers, IIrd Tyme Out, Ralph Stanley (the always welcome Angel band), The Marshall Family, Del McCoury & The Dixie Pals, Appalachian Express, Jim Eanes, Paul Williams, Lost And Found and More. Gorgeous music. (FS)

VARIOUS ARTISTS Yazoo 3001 Man Of Constant Sorrow And Other Timeless Mountain Ballads ● CD $15.98
20 tracks, 61 mins., recommended
What might have been just another plan to cash in on O Brother Where Art Thou turns out to be a charming collection of 20s and 30s recordings, covering the gamut of American balladry subject matter: untimely death, separated lovers, murder, prison, and naked men up chimneys. The source material is sometimes pretty creaky, but the songs really shine, all by artists unknown to all but the most determined field recording wonks. Better-known songs like John Henry and Ommie Wise join sweet little gems like Jimmie Tarlton's Lowe Bonnie and the Hickory Nuts's cautionary tale The Louisville Burglar. And lest you be disappointed, the title track bears no resemblance to the popular version by the Soggy Bottom Boys. (DC)


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