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STRINGBEAN King 0476 Front Porch Funnies ● CD $7.98
8 tracks in a whopping 15 minutes and 14 seconds, good
Stringbean was an early star on the Grand Ole Opry who met with an untimely early death, thus his recorded legacy is brief. This CD captures some white-hot bluegrass banjo picking coupled with gentle country vocals. The songs are mostly entertaining novelties, with a little old-timey humor thrown in between. Unfortunately, there is no biographical information what so ever, which is a shame; ole Stingbean's story was well worth telling. (JC)
STRINGBEAN: Chewing Gum/ Good Old Mountain Dew/ Goodbye/ Here Rattler Here/ How Many Bisquits Can You Eat/ I'm The Man That Rode The Mule Around The World/ Run Rabbit Run/ Sweet Thing/ There'll Be Moonshine In Them Old Kentucky Hills

TOMPALL & THE GLASER BROTHERS Collector's Choice 649 Lovin' Her Was Easier/ After All These Years ● CD $12.98
20 tracks, 60 min., recommended
The brothers (Tom Paul, Chuck, Jim) cut their first record in 1959, sang on recordings with Marty Robbins, Johnny Cash, and others. Together they saw success in the 1960s, releasing a number of critically well-received LPs before disbanding in 1973. Tompall's studio became known as the base of Outlaw operations for Waylon and Willie, and the other brothers had varying degrees of success going solo. In 1979 the brothers reformed and in 1980 released Lovin' Her Was Easier on Elektra. In 1981 Elektra issued the brothers' last album After All These Years. But where "Lovin'" was backward glancing, with its covers of Don Gibson's Just One Time, Harlan Howard's Busted, Hank WIlliams' A Mansion On The Hill, and others, the superior "After" was more forward looking, containing some charming originals, including the Mexican-flavored Maria Consuela and Rosali. The song Oh, America offers a somewhat more complicated, and not entirely flattering, view of the U.S. than Nashville would allow these days. Brother Jim took a powder after After, so that these final albums from this talented harmony vocal trio stand as the last hurrah for a popular and influential group. Booklet notes by Colin Escott. (JC)

VARIOUS ARTISTS B.A.C.M. 157 Country Music On Capitol ● CD $13.98
Excellent collection of 28 honky tonk country songs recorded for Capitol from the late 40s through mid 50s. Some of these have appeared on single artist CDs on Bear Family but quite a few tracks are new to CD.
JOE ALLISON: What Happened To Our Summer Love/ BOOTS (FAYE) & IDAHO (CALL): Shifting Sands/ FREDDIE CHAPMAN: My Life Is Not My Own/ LEON CHAPPEL: Double Up And Catch Up/ DUB DICKERSON: My Gal Gertie/ RAMBLIN’ JIMMIE DOLAN: Wine, Women And Pink Elephants/ BILL DUDLEY: If I Cry/ TOMMY DUNCAN & WESTERN ALL STARS: Chattanooga Shoe Shine Boy/ TOMMY FAILE: I'll Never Have A Chance With You Again/ WERLY FAIRBURN: Nothin' But Lovin'/ THE FARMER BOYS: Charming Betsy/ JACK GUTHRIE & HIS OKLAHOMANS: Answer To Moonlight And Skies/ FREDDIE HART: Butterfly Love/ JOE "RED" HAYES: I'll Be So Good To You/ JIMMY HEAP’S MELODY MASTERS: Heartbreaker/ COUSIN HERB HENSON: Bouncing Heart/ JACK HUNT: I'll Fly Away Some Golden Day/ GENE O’QUIN: Boogie Woogie Fever/ LEON PAYNE: Mailman/ CARL SAUCEMAN & GREEN VALLEY BOYS: Down The Road To Love/ JEAN SHEPARD: I'd Rather Die Young/ JIMMIE SKINNER: Women Beware Of The Ramblin' Kind/ CHESTER SMITH: No Wonder/ TEXAS BILL STRENGTH: Cry, Cry, Cry/ BUCKY TIBBS: Just Like Two Drops Of Water/ MERLE TRAVIS: Re Enlistment Blues/ JESS WILLARD: Turn That Gun Around/ JIMMY WORK: If I Should Lose You

VARIOUS ARTISTS Big Beat CDWIKD 260 Country & West Coast - The Birth Of Country Rock ● CD $18.98
24 tracks drifting in at just over 66 minutes, highly recommended
There are two patron saints of country rock: Gram Parsons, whom a lot of people know about, and Clarence White, whom although a cult hero nowadays, is still one of the most underrated musicians of the rock and roll era. Both artists are featured prominently on this compilation, with White playing on a full third of its 24 tracks. This compilation covers extensively the west coast country rock scene from the mid 1960s up to the cusp of the 1970s when this sound exploded with lesser acts cashing in on the glorious foundation laid for them. "Country & West Coast: The Birth Of Country Rock" features the cuts that you would expect from the likes of the Byrds, Flying Burrito Brothers and Gram Parsons, but it also covers a wide spectrum of great artists working in the style and has some real gems like Willin' by Johnny Darrell, Nine Times Blue by Michael Nesmith & The First National Band, April AnneHong Kong Hillbilly aka Nashville West by Clarence White and Beware of Time by The Corvettes, described as "the great lost country rock combo." Also included are tracks long deserving some appreciation like I'm On The Way Home Again by The Everly Brothers (yes there were still putting out fantastic music in the late `60s) and Butchie's Tune by The Lovin' Spoonful (Nashville Cats would have also fit nicely, but it's not included here). All in all, this is a fantastic collection with 24 winning tracks and wonderful extensive booklet with liner notes and great pics. (JM)

VARIOUS ARTISTS Casual 008 Country Got Soul, Vol. 2 ● CD $21.98
15 tracks, 50 min., recommended
An album which focuses on the country-soul nexus, and pays homage to those white songwriters and performers who were as much a part of the soul music engine as anyone. Abe Lincoln once said that "people who do not understand the connection between country music and soul music do not understand either." Okay, Lincoln never said that, but it's still true. Most of the tracks here were recorded between the mid 1960s and early 1970s, and a lot of it is great, especially Wayne Carson's Soul Deep, which the Box Tops covered for a hit; Sandra Rhodes' Sowed Love And Reaped The Heartache (yes, it's the James Carr song); the Memphis Horn boasting, James Brown-like Stone Head Blues Band by Eric Quincy Tate; Bobby Gentry's Fancy, Eddie Hinton's I Can't Be Me, and Bonnie Bramlett's Your Kind Of Kindness (she was the first white Ikette!). Other artists include Donnie Fritts, Tony Joe White, Townes Van Zant, Larry Joe Wilson, Shirl Milete, Jim Ford, Travis Womack, Rob Galbraith, Dan Penn and Chuck Prophet. (JC)

VARIOUS ARTISTS CMH 8421 American Gothic: Bluegrass Songs Of Death And Sorrow ● CD $16.98
23 tracks, 78 minutes, highly recommended
"American Gothic" is a fantastic compilation of some of the most morbid and mortal tunes in bluegrass history. The track listing speaks for itself. The sound on this CD is excellent and it is wonderful to have all of these songs all in one place. This also features some excellent liner note that would be a good companion to the superb "Briar and The Rose" book edited by Greil Marcus that came out a couple of years ago. Careful, this one is a tearjerker. (JC)
THE BASS MOUNTAIN BOYS: He Will Open The Gate/ Take Me In Chains/ THE BLUEGRASS CARDINALS: Darlin' Corey (live)/ TOMMY FAILE: Barbara Allen/ LESTER FLATT & THE NASHVILLE GRASS: Will The Circle Be Unbroken (live)/ THE HEARTBREAK VALLEY BOYS: O Death/ The Little Girl And The Dreadful Snake/ JIM & JESSE: Grave In The Valley/ GRANDPA JONES: Young Charlotte/ BENNY MARTIN: The Wexford Girl/ BILL MONROE: With Body And Soul/ THE OSBORNE BROTHERS: I Hear A Sweet Voice Calling/ Lonesome Day/ The White Dove/ CARL STORY: Angel Band/ Family Reunion/ Rank Strangers/ MAC WISEMAN: Bringing Mary Home/ Little Blossom/ Poor Ellen Smith/ The Ballad Of The Lawson Family/ I'm A Stranger Here/ Keep On The Sunny Side

VARIOUS ARTISTS Collector 2877 Tough Texas - Boppin' Billy & Rockers ● CD $16.98
33 tracks, highly recommended
Great collection of sides recorded between 1953 and 1957 featuring up tempo honky-tonk, country boogie and proto-rockabilly recorded in Texas. Most of these sides are making their first appearance on CD and includes sides by Glenn Barber, Biff Collie, Louisiana Lannis,  Bill Mack,  Benny Barnes, Fred Crawford (really fine honky tonk with great band!),  Mark Hamilton & His Drifting Texas, James O'Gwynn & His Cry-Babies,  Ken "Peeweee" Short and others. Excellent sound and informative, if somewhat pompous, notes plus rare artist photos and label shots. (FS)
GLENN BARBER: Feeling No Pain/ Livin'high & Wide/ Styles And Ways Of The World/ BENNY BARNES: No Fault Of Mins/ BETTY BARNES & THE FOUR SHADOWS: What Would You Do/ BETTY BARNES WITH DOUG & THE SWING BOYS: Pepinest, Pettinest, Pappy/ BIFF COLLIE: Goodbye, Farewell, So Long/ Joy Joy Joy/ RILEY CRABTREE: Tattle Tattle Tale/ FRED CRAWFORD: Ain't Never Gonna Get Married Again/ Cant Live With ’em/ Me And My New Baby/ BUDDY DEE STRING BAND: Shuffle The Blues(inst.)/ DOUG & THE SWING BOYS: Swingin'with Doug(inst.)/ SANDY FORD: Cat Man Boogie/ MACK HAMILTON & HIS DRIFTING TEXANS: Moaning In The Morning/ Sweet Little Rosebud/ BENNIE HESS: You Are In My Heart To Stay/ DOTTI JONES & WINSTON O'NEAL: I'll Be Yours/ RANDY KING: Be Bopping Baby/ BENNIE LEADERS: Hey Miss Fannie/ LOUISIANA LANNIS: Tongue Twister Boogie/ Walking Out/ BILL MACK: Sue-suzie Boogie/ JAMES O'GWYNN & HIS CRY-BABIES I WISH YOU MUZ: I Wish You Wuz My Darlin' But You Ain't/ JAMES O'GWYNN & HIS CRA-BABIES: Love In An Old Fashion Way/ JAMES O'GWYNN & HIS CRY BABIES: Ready For Freddie/ KEN ™PEEWEE" SHORT: Big Time Gal/ GENE TABOR: A Real Gone Jesse/ PECK TOUCHTON: Let Me Catch My Breath/ WALTON & THE SILVER LAKE BOYS: Man What A Party/ SLIM WATTS: Tu-la-lou/ FIDDLING PETE WILLIAMS: Pete Williams Rag(inst.)

VARIOUS ARTISTS Country Stars 55511 The Road To Bakersfield ● CD $11.98
26 tracks, 63mins, very good
Kind of a mish-mash of Bakersfield greats and semi-greats. There are far more hits than misses on this, the tracks aren't the most obscure, though all do represent the legendary southern California town with pride. This gives us multiple tracks by Buck Owens, Ferlin Husky, Merle Haggard, Tommy Collins, Billy Maze and Ronnie Sessions as well as classics by Maddox Brothers and Rose, Hank Thompson, Red Simpson and others. The liner notes on this are short but acceptable, although there certainly is a lot more to the Bakersfield story that could be told. This is a good start, there could easily be a multi CD box set based on this theme (Bear Family, if you are reading this, what do you think?). (JM)
JOHNNY BOND: Green Light/ TOMMY COLLINS: There'll Be No Other/ You Better Not Do That/ DAVE DUDLEY: Six Days On The Road/ MERLE HAGGARD: (My Friends Are Gonna Be) Strangers/ Bottle Let Me Down/ Slowly But Surely/ FERLIN HUSKY & JEAN SHEPARD: Dear John Letter/ FERLIN HUSKY (AS TERRY PRESTON): Gone/ THE MADDOX BROTHERS & ROSE: I Wish I Was A Single Girl Again/ JOE MAPHIS & ROSE LEE: Dim Lights Thick Smoke (and Laud Music)/ BILLY MIZE: Flower Of Love/ Make It Rain/ BONNIE OWENS: Excuse Me For Living/ BUCK OWENS: Love's Gonna Live Here/ Together Again/ Streets Of Bakersfield/ Loose Talk/ RONNIE SESSIONS: Sally Was A Good Old Girl/ Walking Down The Road/ JEAN SHEPARD: Crying Steel Guitar Waltz/ RED SIMPSON: Roll Truck Roll/ WYNN STEWART: If You See My Baby/ Playboy/ HANK THOMPSON: Wild Side Of Life/ BILL WOODS: Phone Me Baby

VARIOUS ARTISTS Documents 223238 American RoadSongs ● CD $19.98
Another fun budget collection from Documents - this one devoted to the American landscape. 200 songs on 10 CDs about the American landscape, The first and third discs are general discs covering the whole country. The second discs appears to trace the route of the famed Pan-American train and the fourth disc covers Route 66. Disc 5 is about the South in general, 6 and 7 are about Tennessee, 8 & 9 are devoted to Texas and disc 10 covers Hawaii. Mostly country with some blues, jazz and pop.
ROY ACUFF: Wabash Cannonball/ CHARLIE ADAMS: Gee But It's Dry In Texas/ HARRY ADAMS: Arkansas Traveller/ ANNISTEEN ALLEN: Arkansas/ REX ALLEN: Pedro Gonzales Tennessee Lopez/ TANI ALLEN: Tennessee Jive/ EDDY ARNOLD: Texarkana Baby/ The Missouri Waltz/ GENE AUTRY: Blue Hawaii/ It's Roundup Time/ South Of The Border/ Texas Plains/ DALE BELMONT: Gonna Go Back To Texas/ RUBY BLEVINS: Montana Plains/ THE BLUE SKY BOYS: Are You From Dixie?/ JOHNNY BOND: Alabama Boogie Boy/ Cream Of Kentucky/ BONNIE LOU: Tennessee Wig-walk/ JIM BOYD: Waxahachie/ VIRGEL BOZMAN: Blues For Oklahoma/ BILLY BRIGGS: Amarillo Rose/ JOAN BROOKS: Heading Back To Houston/ GEORGIA BROWN: I Want To Go Back To Mexico/ MILTON BROWN: Down By The Ohio/ The Eyes Of Texas/ BILL BROWNING: Hula Rock/ CLIFF BRUNER: I Was A Gambler In Texas/ That's What I Like About The South/ CECIL CAMPBELL: Hawaiian Skies/ JENKS TEX CARMAN: Hillbilly Hula/ JENKS "TEX" CARMAN: Mississippi Valley Blues/ Sunny Tennessee/ CLAUDE CASEY: Pine State Honky Tonk/ THE CASS COUNTY BOYS: See That You're Born In Texas/ THE BLUES CHASERS: Birmingham Special/ HARRY CHOATES: Louisiana Boogie/ TOMMY CLAYTON: Tennessee Moon/ ZEKE CLEMENTS: Oklahoma Blues/ Oklahoma Bound/ NAT "KING" COLE: Route 66/ SPADE COOLEY: Oklahoma Stomp/ COWBOY COPAS: Kentucky Waltz/ Tennessee Waltz/ PEE WEE CRAYTON: Texas Hop/ JEAN DAVIDSON: Forth Worth Boogie/ LINK DAVIS: Trucker From Tennessee/ MARTHA DAVIS: Cincinnati/ FREDDY DAWSON: Dallas Boogie/ THE DELMORE BROTHERS: Mobile Boogie/ Tennessee Choo Choo/ THOMAS DICK: Tennessee Local/ FATS DOMINO: Detroit City Blues/ JIMMY DORSEY: Hollywood Pastime/ MARTIN DUDE: Tennessee Baby/ TOMMY DUNCAN: Chattanooga Show Shine Boy/ Mississippi River Blues/ TOMMY DURDEN: Hula Boogie/ JEFF DURHAM: Tennessee Boogie/ DAILY DURWOOD: East Dallas Dagger/ RAMBLIN EVERETT: Cincinnati Woman/ RED FOLEY: Chattanooga Shoe Shine Boy/ Giles County, Pulaski Post Office/ Kentucky Fox Chase/ Mississippi/ Night Train To Memphis/ Tennessee Border 2/ Tennessee Saturday Night/ TENNESSEE ERNIE FORD: Cincinnati Dancing Pig/ Philadelphia Lawyer/ Tennessee Border/ TILLMAN FRANKS: Hayride Boogie/ PORKY FREEMAN: Rollin South/ CLARENCE GARLOW: Route 90/ THE GEORGIA YELLOW HAMMERS: Big Ball In Memphis/ DON GIBSON: Carolina Breakdown/ LLOYD GLENN: Texas Man/ CURTIS GORDON: Mobile Alabama/ ROSCO GORDON: Just In From Texas/ HARDROCK GUNTER: Birmingham Bounce/ Dixieland Boogie/ JACK GUTHRIE: Oakie Boogie/ BILL HALEY: My Sweet Little Girl From Nevada/ Tennessee Border/ HANK HARRAL: Fabulous Oklahoma/ HAWKSHAW HAWKINS: Pan American/ ROY HAWKINS: Highway 59/ R.D. HENDON: Music Making Mama From Memphis/ THE HI-FLYERS: Reno Street Blues/ ROY HOGSED: Slow Train Through Arkansas/ PAUL HOWARD: Oklahoma City/ Texas Boogie/ BILLY HUGHES: Tennessee Farm/ BULLMOOSE JACKSON: Cleveland Ohia Blues/ Memphis Gal/ ELMORE JAMES: Hawaiian Boogie/ DICKIE JONES: Houston Texas Blues/ GRANDPA JONES: Happy Little Home In Arkansas/ LOUIS JORDAN: Salt Pork West Virginia/ THE KELLEYS: Leaving Tennessee/ FRED KIRBY: My Carolina Home/ LAUREL & MILES: Sweet Hawaii/ JULIA LEE: Show Me Missouri Blues/ TEXAS JIM LEWIS: Missouri/ JIMMY LIGGINS: Mississippi Boogie/ THE LIGHT CRUST DOUGHBOYS: Texas Song Of Pride/ THE LIGHTCRUST DOUGHBOYS: Gulf Coast Blues/ SHORTY LONG: Goodnight Cincinnati Good Morning/ THE LOUVIN BROTHERS: Alabama/ Kentucky/ Tennessee Waltz/ JACK LUKER: My Smokey Mountain/ NELLIE LUTCHER: Chi-chi-chi-chicago/ MARTIN & BROWN: Sweet Georgia Brown/ PERCY MAYFIELD: Louisiana/ DICKIE MCBRIDE: Tulsa Twist/ STICKS MCGHEE: Southern Menu/ Tennessee Waltz Blues/ LANI MCINTYRE: Hula Chant/ South Sea Moon/ AMOS MILBURN: Birmingham Bounce/ Rocky Mountain/ CHUCK MILLER: Hopahula Boogie/ GLENN MILLER: Pennsylvania Six-five Thousand/ St Louis Blues/ THE MILO TWINS: Downtown Boogie/ BILL MONROE: Blue Moon Of Kentucky/ PATSY MONTANA: Deep In The Heart Of Texas/ CARL DEACON MOORE: Arkansas Boogie/ ELLA MAE MORSE: Tennessee Saturday Night/ MOON MULLICAN: Alice From Dallas/ I Left My Heart In Texas/ Nine Tenths Of Tennessee/ BUMPS MYERS: Memphis Hop/ JIMMY MYERS: Ding Dong Mama From Tennessee/ JIMMY NEWMAN: Dreamland Island/ THE NORTH CAROLINA RAMBLERS: Milwaukee Blues/ DOYE O'DELL: Okies In California/ BILLY O'NEAL: Kentucky Blues/ GENE O'QUINN: My Tennessee Talkin' Doll/ Texas Boogie/ JEAN OPAL: Tennessee Courtin' Time/ BILLY OUDEANS: Texas On The Sleepy Rio Garnde/ ANDY PARKER: Texas Belle/ HANK PENNY: Alabama Jubilee/ Hawaiian Honeymoon/ Jersey Bounce/ Tobacco State Stomp/ WEBB PIERCE: California Blues/ Georgia Rag/ THE PRAIRIE RAMBLERS: I've Got A Gal In Every State/ ELVIS PRESLEY: Blue Moon Of Kentucky/ WAYNE RANEY: Del Rio Boogie/ THE RANGE RIDERS: Deep In The Heart Of Texas/ ROCKY RAUCH: Colorado Boogie/ RED RIVER DAVE: Yellow Rose Of Texas/ LULA REED: Going Back To Mexico/ RICKY RIDDLE: Boogie Woogie Tennessee/ THE ROCKY MOUNTAIN BOYS: Down Texas Way/ JIMMIE RODGERS: In The Hills Of Tennessee/ JIMMY RODGERS: T For Texas/ ROY ROGERS: I'm Gonna Gallop New Mexico/ JOHNNY ROWLAND: Ohio Baby/ TEX RUSSELL: Texas Tornado/ BOB SANDY: Music Making Mama From Memphis/ STEVE SCHULTE: Texas Blues/ HOYT SCOGGINS: Tennessee Rock/ MABEL SCOTT: Right Around The Corner From Basin/ DEL SHARBUTT: Never Aks A Man If He's From Texa/ DINAH SHORE: Far Away Places/ HANK SNOW: Bluebird Island/ On The Old Hawaiian Shore With You/ THE SONS OF THE PIONEERS: Blue Hawaii/ Hawaiian Lullaby/ Stars Above Hawaii/ REDD STEWART: When I'm In Indiana Home/ TIN EAR TANNER: I Used To Work In Chicago/ HANK THOMPSON: California Woman/ ERNEST TUBB: There's A Little Bit Of Everything/ Yellow Rose Of Texas/ THE TUNE WRANGLERS: El Rancho Grande/ Hawaiian Honeymoon/ Texas Sand/ ZEB TURNER: Chattanooga Boogie/ Travelin' Boogie/ T. TEXAS TYLER: Ten-ten Tennessee Line/ JIMMY WAKELY: Oklahoma Hills/ OZIE WATERS: I Can't Get Out Of Texas In My Dre/ YOUNG JOHN WATSON: Highway 90/ CURLEY WILLIAMS: Georgia Boogi4e/ L.C. WILLIAMS: Louisiana Boogie/ SLIM WILLIAMS: Kentucky Highway/ Tennessee Avenue/ TEX WILLIAMS: I Got Texas In My Soul/ BOB WILLS: Neath Hawaiian Palms/ San Antonio Rose/ JIMMY WILSON: Big Town Jump/ SHEB WOOLEY: Goodbye Texas Hello Tennessee/ JIMMY WORK: Tennessee Border/ MARVIN WRIGHT: Kentucky Home Boogie/ THE YORK BROTHERS: Tennessee Tango

VARIOUS ARTISTS Hip-O 6965 Roots & Branches - Songs & Recordings That Inspired Johnny Cash ● CD $13.98
16 tracks, 46 mins, highly recommended
This features a great mix of performers who influenced one of the greatest of all time. Artists like Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Warren Smith, Ernest Tubb, Bill Monroe and Hank Williams are represented, and on top of that you get the original (or at least earlier) versions of some of the Man in Black's most renowned tunes. Top amongst these are Anita Carter's wistful, beautiful (Love's) Ring Of Fire, folksinger Peter LaFarge's The Ballad Of Ira Hayes, Obscure country honky tonker Roy Hogsed and his groundbreaking Cocaine Blues and, of course, Sunday Morning Coming Down by Kris Kristofferson. The only down spot on this for me was Tim Hardin doing If I Were A Carpenter, which is a song that I personally can't stand, no matter what version it is. Other than that it's all A+ material in my book. (JM)

VARIOUS ARTISTS Jasmine 3539 Flying Fingers - The Best Of Country Guitar, Vol. 1 ● CD $12.98
22 track collection of mostly instrumental sides from the 40s and 50s featuring some of the greatest country guitarists. It includes familiar names like Merle Travis, Chet Atkins, Hank Garland, Jimmy Bryant, Joe Maphis, Grady Martin, Les Paul as well as fine lesser known artists like Cecil Campbell, Big Jim DeNoone, Porky Freeman and Sheb Wooley. The great Boogie Woogie Boy features both Merle Travis and Porky Freeman!

VARIOUS ARTISTS Jasmine 3555 You All Come! East Texas Honky Tonk ● CD $12.98
25 fine honky tonk tracks recorded for the important Texas label Starday in the early/ mid 50s from the likes of Bob Heppler, Arlie Duff (including his original hit version of You All Come),Sonny Burns, Patsy Elshire, "Smilin" Jerry Jericho and others.
SONNY BURNS: Blue Blue Rain/ Tho' You're In My Arms/ Too Hot To Handle/ MARY JO CHELETTE: Cat Fishing/ Son Of Mexican Joe/ BLACKIE CRAWFORD: Huckleberry Pie/ Stop Boogie Woogie/ ARLIE & LOIS DUFF: Million Tears/ ARLIE DUFF: Poor Ole Teacher/ Stuck In A Mud Hole/ You All Come/ PATSY ELSHIRE: Pieces Of A Heart/ Someday I Know He Will/ You Can't Play In My Play House/ BILLIE HARBERT: Ain't That Whiskey Hot/ BOB HEPPLER: I Don't Like That/ If You Don't Mind/ One Step Ahead/ JERRY JERICHO: Moanin' In The Morning/ BILL POTTER: I Lost My Gal/ JACK RHODES & AL PETTY: Al's Steel Guitar Wobble/ JACK RHODES & FREDDIE FRANKS: Gypsy Heart/ THE WESTERN CHEROKEES: Cherokee Steel Guitar/ Hot Check Baby/ Left Over Love

VARIOUS ARTISTS JSP JSPCD 7774 Paramount Old Time Recordings ● CD $28.98
Four CDS, 100 tracks, highly recommended
A terrific collection of old time music made for the Paramount record company between 1925 and 1931 including a few Cajun items. Although best known for its blues recordings, Paramount also recorded some superb old time music and thanks to JSP's collaboration with legendary collector Joe Bussard much of this is being made available for the first time since the 78s were first issued. The first disc is devoted to string bands including the fabulous Wilmer watts & The Lonely eagles, The McClung Brothers and Cleve Chaffin, Red Brush Rowdies, Arthur Tanner (brother of Gid Tanner with the great Earl Johnsonon fiddle) and others. The second disc features ballads and blues from Welling & McGhee (including two very powerful labor songs) , Emry Arthur, The Gentry Brothers, Brock Sisters, Rufus K. Stanley and others including slide guitarist Jack Pennewell whose material was not included in the country discography but who does a couple of fine instrumental blues. The third disc is devoted to religious music with contributions from Welling & McGhee, Kentucky Thorobreds, Joe Reed Family, Sid Hardreaker, etc. The final disc is a miscellany including The Kentucky Ramblers, Soileau & Robin, Bertrand & Gonzales, The Blue Ridge Highballers, etc. Considering the technical quality of Paramount 78s the sound quality here is generally remarkably good though a few tracks can be pretty rough going. (FS)
EMRY ARTHUR: George Collins/ Got Drunk And Got Married/ I Tickled Her Under The Chin/ The Bluefield Murder/ The Married Man/ There’s A Treasure Up In Heaven/ BERTRAND & PITRE: Cousinne Lilly/ BERTRAND & GONZALES: La Delaisser/ Le Pond De Nante/ BERTRAND & PITRE: Miserable/ Upstairs/ Valse De Gueydan/ THE BLUE RIDGE HIGHBALLERS: Are You Angry With Me Darling/ Julie Girl/ Red Wing/ THE BROCK SISTERS: Broadway Blues/ CHEZZ CHASE: Log Cabin Blues/ DAVIS & NELSON: Death Is No More Than A Dream/ I Shall Not Be Moved/ THE DIXIE CRACKERS: Bile Them Cabbage Down/ The Old Bell Cow/ FAY & THE JAY WALKERS: Longing For Home/ Those Dark Eyes I Love So Well/ THE FRUIT JAR GUZZLERS: C & O Whistle/ Cackling Hen/ Fox In The Mountains/ Kentucky Bootleggers/ Old Joe Clark/ THE GENTRY BROTHERS: I Was Born 4000 Years Ago/ Sara Jane/ GIBB’S STRING BAND: Chicken Reel/ Double Eagle March/ In The Good Old Summertime/ I’m Going Crazy/ My Little Girl/ Swinging In The Lane/ ROY GONZALES: Anuiant Et Bleu/ Choctaw Beer Blues/ SID HARKREADER: In The Sweet Bye And Bye/ The Land Where We Never Grow Old/ The Old Rugged Cross/ Will There Be Any Stars In My Crown/ THE JOE REED FAMILY: I Will Tell A Wondrous Story/ Jesus Is Getting Us Ready/ Little David Play On Your Harp/ Two Little Children/ REX KELLY: Down By The Railroad Track/ THE KENTUCKY RAMBLERS: A Pretty White Rose/ Give Me That Old Time Religion/ Glory, Glory, Glory, Glory To The Lamb/ Good Cocaine (Mama Don’t Allow It)/ Little Mamie/ Some Mother’s Boy/ The Prisoners Sweetheart/ The Unfortunate Breakman/ THE KENTUCKY THOROBREDS: He Cometh/ Room For Jesus/ This World Is Not My Home/ ‘Til We Meet Again/ THE MCCLUNG BROTHERS & CLEVE CHAFFIN: Alabama Jubilee/ Trail Blazer’s Favourite/ OWEN MILLS (DAVID MILLER): It’s Hard To Be Shut Up In Prison/ JACK PENEWELL: Hen House Blues/ Memphis Blues/ THE RED BRUSH ROWDIES: Harbour Of Home Sweet Home/ Hatfield McCoy Feud/ Midnight Serenade/ Tuck Me In/ SOILEAU & ROBIN: La Valse De La Ru Canal/ Ma Mauvais Fille/ RUFUS K. STANLEY: Down In Arkansas/ Only A Tramp/ Six Feet Of Earth/ When The Whipoorwill Is Whispering Goodnight/ ARTHUR TANNER: Chickens Don’t Roost Too High For Me/ Little Old Log Cabin In The Lane/ Show Me The Way To Go Home/ Soldier’s Joy/ The Knoxville Girl/ When I Was Single My Pockets Did Jingle/ Whoa Mule Whoa/ WILMER WATTS & THE LONELY EAGLES: Banjo Sam/ Been On The Job Too Long/ Cotton Mill Blues/ Knocking Down Casey Jones/ Say Darling Won’t You Love Me/ WELLING & MC GHEE: Are You Washed In The Blood/ WELLING & SHANNON: Brighten The Corner Where You Are/ WELLING & MCGHEE: Busted Bank Blues/ WELLING & SHANNON: I’m A Child Of The King/ WELLING & MC GHEE: My Mother’s Bible/ WELLING & MCGHEE: Picture On The Wall/ The Marion Massacre/ The North CarolinaTextile Strike/ WELLING & MC GHEE: What A Friend We Have In Jesus/ When The Roll Is Called Up Yonder/ GEORGE WASHINGTON WHITE: Gambler’s Blues/ Idaho Joe

VARIOUS ARTISTS JSP 7780 Serenade In The Mountains - Early Old Time Music ● CD $28.98
Four CDs, 94 tracks, highly recommended
Another fabulous collection of old time music from JSP. This is a varied selection with the first disc being mostly devoted to string bands like The Scottdale String Band, Uncle Eck Dunford, Narmour & Smith, The Fox Chasers and others including two two-sided comedy skits with music by Ernest Stoneman & The Blue Ridge Cornshuckers. The second disc has an emphasis on the banjo including solo vocal and banjo performers by the unique "Minstrel Of The Appalachains" Bascom Lamar LUnsford and Dock Walsh - the latter playing slide banjo on two cuts. There are several superb banjo instrumentals from Hendley, Small & Whitter, Marion Underwood (the magnificent Coal Creek March) and is rounded out with sides by the superb Blue Ridge Mountain Entertainers (with a couple of skits) and Carolina Tar Heels (the latter group featuring Walsh on banjo). The third disc features artists from Georgia - many of them associated with The Skillet Lickers including Ted Hawkins & Riley Puckett, Clayton McMichen & Dan Hornsby, The Monroe County Bottle Tippers (doing the two part sktch The Fiddlin' Bootleggers), McMichen & Puckett, The Hometown Boys, Georgia Yellow Hammers and more. The final disc is mostly devoted to the more urbane sounds of artists Carson Robinson, Vernon Dalhart and Frank Luther performing solo and in various duet combinations. It opens with two tracks from 1929 by The New Arkansas Travelers featuring guitar and two harmonicas with vocals by an Englishmen performing what sounds like a couple of English music hall songs. Apart from the unexpected English working class accent these can certainly be considered old time country even though they were omitted from the Country Music discography and they were issued by Victor in the USA - intriguing! This disc ends with two tracks by the splendid Otto Gray & His Oklahoma Cowboys and two from the Texas Rangers - a western two part comedy sketch Dude Ranch Party. Lots of great music with excellent sound and brief, informative notes by Pat Harrison. A number of the tracks have been out on CD before but it's nice to have them gathered together here and quite a few are making their first appearance on CD. (FS)
BUD BILLINGS: How To Make Love/ BUD & JOE BILLINGS: Birmingham Jail/ Left My Gal In The Mountains/ BUD BILLINGS & CARSON ROBISON: Oklahoma Charlie/ BUD BILLINGS TRIO: Settin‘ By The Fire/ THE BLUE RIDGE MOUNTAIN SINGERS: Lorena/ THE BLUE RIDGE MOUNTAIN ENTERTAINERS: Over At Tom‘s House/ THE BLUE RIDGE MOUNTAIN SINGERS: The Engineer‘s Last Run/ THE BLUE RIDGE MOUNTAIN ENTERTAINERS: The Fiddler‘s Contest/ THE CAROLINA TAR HEELS: Her Name Was Hula Lou/ I‘m Going To Georgia/ My Mama Scolds Me For Flirting/ Shanghai In China/ Somebody‘s Tall And Handsome/ There Ain‘t No Use In Me Working So Hard/ Your Low Down Dirty Ways/ VERNON DALHART: Ain‘t Gonna Grieve My Mind/ Get Away Old Man Get Away/ DALHART & ROBISON: Little Green Valley/ Shine On Harvest Moon/ DALHART, ROBISON & HOOD: Oh Susannah/ UNCLE ECK DUNFORD: Barney Mccoy/ Skip To My Lou My Darling/ The Savingest Man On Earth/ What Will I Do When My Money Is All Gone/ THE FLOYD COUNTY RAMBLERS: Granny Will Your Dog Bite?/ THE FOX CHASERS: Eighth Of January/ THE GEORGIA ORGAN GRINDERS: Georgia Man/ THE GEORGIA YELLOW HAMMERS: Black Annie/ Come Over And See Me Sometime/ Kiss Me Quick/ Warhorse Game/ OTTO GRAY & HIS OKLAHOMA COWBOYS: Four Thousand Years Ago/ Who Stole The Lock From The Hen House Door/ TED HAWKINS & RILEY PUCKETT: Down In The Valley/ Hawkins Rag/ Rainbow Waltz/ Tokio Rag/ Zelma/ HENDLEY, SMALL & WHITTER: Shuffle Feet Shuffle/ THE HOMETOWN BOYS: Cindy/ Hometown Rag/ Raccoon On A Rail/ BASCOM LAMAR LUNSFORD: Dry Bones/ I Wish I Was A Mole In The Ground/ Italy/ Kidder Cole/ Little Turtle Dove/ Lost John Dean/ Lulu Wall/ Mountain Dew/ "nol Pros” Nellie/ FRANK LUTHER TRIO: Swaller Tail Coat/ Ten Hours A Day - Six Days A Week/ CLAYTON MC MICHEN & DAN HORNSBY: The Original Arkansas Traveler - Pts 1 & 2/ MCMICHEN & PUCKETT: Slim Gal/ THE MONROE COUNTY BOTTLE TIPPERS: The Fiddlin‘ Bootleggers - Pts 1 & 2/ NARMOUR & SMITH: Avalon Quick Step/ Captain George Has Your Money Come/ Mississippi Breakdown/ THE NATIONS BROTHERS: Magnolia One-step/ Sales Tax Toddle/ THE NEW ARKANSAS TRAVELLERS: Handy Man/ I Tickled ’em/ PIPERS GAP RAMBLERS: I Ain‘t Nobody‘s Darling/ Yankee Doodle/ RILEY PUCKETT: Don‘t Let Your Deal Go Down/ Everybody Works But Father/ Short Life Of Trouble/ The Boston Burglar/ Ragged But Right/ CARSON ROBISON: Everybody‘s Goin‘ But Me/ Wolf At The Door/ An Evening On The C.r. Ranche - Pt 1/ An Evening On The C.r. Ranche - Pt 2/ The Back Porch - Pt 1/ The Back Porch - Pt 2/ THE SCOTTDALE STRING BAND: Carbolic Rag/ Japanese Breakdown/ Waitin‘ For The Robert E. Lee/ SMITH & ALLGOOD: American And Spanish Fandango/ THE SOUTH GEORGIA HIGHBALLERS: Mr. Johnson Turn Me Aloose/ THE SPOONEY FIVE: Chinese Rag/ My Little Girl/ ERNEST STONEMAN & THE BLUE RIDGE CORNSHUCKERS: A Serenade In The Mountains - Pts 1 & 2/ Possum Trot School Exhibition - Pts 1 & 2/ GID TANNER & RILEY PUCKETT: Three Nights Drunk/ THE TEXAS RANGERS: Dude Ranch Party - Pt 1/ Dude Ranch Party - Pt 2/ MARION UNDERWOOD: Coal Creek March/ DOCK WALSH: A Precious Sweetheart From Me Has Gone/ Bathe In That Beautiful Pool/ Goin‘ Back To Jericho/ In The Pines

VARIOUS ARTISTS K-Tel 3795 Country Drinking Songs ● CD $9.98
18 tracks, 52 minutes, very good
Typical K-Tel style collection featuring a barroom-full of classic drinking songs with stereo remixing or enhancement. Pretty much all of these were big radio hits and all will be familiar to any country fan over the age of 30. For someone like me, this comp has the appeal of a bunch of great songs that I grew up hearing on the radio and never hear on the radio anymore. Not for the hardcore country collector looking for rare tracks. What I would like to see from K-Tel or anybody would be a collection of drinking songs only by Porter Wagoner; you could probably fill up a box set of those. (JM)
BOBBY BARE: Tequila Sheila/ JIM ED BROWN: Pop-A-Top/ BEN COLDER: Almost Persuaded # 2/ LEFTY FRIZZELL: If You've Got The Money (I've Got The Time)/ MERLE HAGGARD: I Think I'll Just Stay Here And Drink/ The Bottle Let Me Down/ TOM T. HALL: I Like Beer/ DAVID HOUSTON: Almost Persuaded/ ROGER MILLER: Dang Me/ WEBB PIERCE: There Stands The Glass/ RAY PRICE: City Lights/ TEX RITTER: Rye Whiskey/ JOHNNY RUSSELL: Rednecks, White Socks & Blue Ribbon Beer/ CAL SMITH: Country Bumpkin/ RED STEAGALL: Lone Star Beer & Bob Wills Music/ HANK THOMPSON: Smokey The Bar/ PORTER WAGONER: Skid Row Joe/ FARON YOUNG: Wine Me Up

VERN & RAY Arhoolie 524 With Herb Pedersen - 1968 ● CD $12.98
17 tracks, 38 min., highly recommended
Farms in Berkeley? Nope. But what about bluegrass? Well, of course--at least it was so in the 1960s when Vern and Ray (originally from Arkansas) were living in Stockton. They met in 1958 or '59, eventually bringing their bluegrass intentions to San Francisco, Modesto, Berkeley and throughout Northern California. They had an EP on Starday in 1961 (a four-song 45 rpm), but spent most of their waking hours raising their families, dedicating spare moments to making music. The boys joined youngster Herb Pedersen and eventually moved to Nashville, where bluegrass was only mildly more popular than it was in the S.F. Bay Area. Vern and Ray performed together until 1974. These songs were recorded live at the San Francisco State Folk Festival in 1968 while Pedersen was still harmonizing and playing banjo with the boys. And while the sound quality is surprisingly high under the circumstances, the musicianship is even higher. Vern and Ray turn in an amazing performance, complete with fiery fretwork and tight harmonies that the Louvins or Delmores might admire. A lost treasure recovered by the fine folks at Arhoolie. Any more Vern and Ray recordings out there? (JC)

PORTER WAGONER B.A.C.M. 166 Dig That Crazy Moon ● CD $13.98
A fine 25 track collection featuring some of Porter's earliest sides from 1952 through 1956. The earliest sides show the influence show the influence of Hank Williams and Left Frizzell but by 1954 he had developed his own style. Includes I Can't Live With You, I can't Live Without You/ That's It/ Bad New Travels Fast/ Hey Maw/ How Quick/ Living In The Past/ Tryin' To Forget The Blues/ I Guess I'm Crazy (a great cover of the Tommy Collins hit)/ Flame Of Love, etc.

BILLY WALKER B.A.C.M. 158 Thank You For Calling ● CD $13.98
Fine collection of early sides by this excellent Texas honky tonk country who was recently killed in a traffic accident at the age of 77. The 24 tracks here cover the period from 1949 through 1955 before he was a regular on the country charts and the only hit here is the title song. Most of the titles are original compositions though there's a some fine cover of Webb Pierce's hit Back Street Affair. Billy is also featured in a duet with Jeanette Hicks on Which One Of Us Is To Blame.
BILLY WALKER: Back Street Affair/ Don't Let Your Pride Break Your Heart/ Fool that I Am I Still Love You/ Go Ahead And Make Me Cry/ Hey/ I Didn't Have The Nerve It Took To Go/ I'm Gonna Take My Heart Away From You/ I'm Looking For Love/ If I should Live That Long/ It Hurts Too Much To Laugh/ Let Me Hear From You/ Little Baggy Britches/ Mexican Joe/ One Heart's Beatin' One Heart's Cheatin'/ Pretend You Just Don't Know Me/ So Far/ Thank You For Calling/ Time Will Tell/ What Makes Me Love You Like I Do/ Which One Of Us Is To Blame/ Whirlpool/ You Didn't Try And Didn't Care/ You're The Only Good Thing That's Happened To Me/ you Have My Heart Now

CINDY WALKER B.A.C.M. 159 Till The End Of Time ● CD $13.98
24 tracks, recommended
Cindy Walker is best known as a songwriter having written many songs that have become standards in both the country and pop field including Cherokee Maiden/ Bubbles In My Beer/ When My Blue Moon Turns To Gold Again/ Warm Red Wine/ You Don't Know Me and many more. She recorded herself infrequently though she had an appealing if not particularly country flavored vocal style. This set includes 15 tracks recorded as radio transcriptions around 1944/45 as well as an obscure single recorded Ben Pollack's Jewel label with backing by Deuce Spriggens Western Band and six sides recorded for Decca between 1941 and 1944 including her original 1944 recording of When My Blue Moon Turns To Gold Again which is best known from Elvis's 1956 hit version and which became a regular part of his repertoire. It also includes another original version of a song which has become a country standard - Pins And Needles (In My Heart). The 1941 recordings of Don't Talk To Me About men finds her accompanied by Spike Jones & His City Slickers in very restrained mood. Excellent sound and informative notes by Kevin Coffey. (FS)
CINDY WALKER: Don't Be Too Sure/ Don't Meddle In My Mood/ Don't Talk To Me About Men/ I Hear You Talkin'/ I Want To Go To Mexico/ I'm Tickled Pink Because You're Blue/ If I Knew What I Know Today/ It Never Can Be/ It's All Your Fault/ Love Is A Lingering Thing/ Me And The Moon Aren't Speaking/ No More (1)/ No More (2)/ Now Or Never/ Pins And Needles (in My Heart)/ Texas With A Capitol T/ Till The End Of Time/ Triflin' Man/ Weary Heart/ When My Blue Moon Turns To Gold Again/ Why Don't I Trust The Men/ You Can't Break The Chains Of Love/ You Have No One To Blame But Yourself/ You'll Be Sorry

BUDDY WILLIAMS B.A.C.M. 155 Down The Old Bush Track ● CD $13.98
22 tracks, recommended
Fine collection of sides recorded between 1940 and 1952 by this popular and prolific Australian country performer. Buddy was a fine singer, an excellent songwriter (he wrote most of the songs here) and splendid yodeler. All the tracks feature Buddy just with his guitar. The songs often deal with aspects of rural Australian life as in My Sunny Southern HomeThe Stockman & The Outlaw/ The Bushman's Rodeo (a duet with Lenore Miller)/ Pentridge JailI Love You A Thousand Ways which is may be the only version of this song with yodeling! Delightful. (FS)
BUDDY WILLIAMS: A Mother Lovely As You/ Blue Since You've Been Gone/ Can A Black Sheep Be Forgiven/ Down The Old Bush Track/ Eureka (The Stockade Song)/ Give A Little Credit To Your Dad/ I Can't Stand Sitting In A Cell/ I Can’t Forget My Memories/ I Love You A Thousand Ways/ I'm Gonna Tear Down The Mailbox/ Maple On The Hill/ My Darling River Rose/ My Pretty Quadroon/ My Sunny Southern Home/ Pentridge Jail/ Somebody's Stolen My Honey/ The Bushman's Rodeo/ The Chicken Song/ The Face On The Bar Room Floor/ The Ring/ The Stockman And The Outlaw/ There's An Empty Bunk In The Bunkhouse

BOB WILLS Big A 5010 Live From Panther Hall, 1963 ● CD $12.98
13 tracks, 30 min., good/recommended
Thirteen tracks, yes, but seven of them are "intros," which means there are more introductions than songs. Not a problem, I guess, since this is a "lost" Bob Wills recording finally hitting daylight. The sound quality is rough at times, with some drop out and occasional volume oscillation, but it's not a deal breaker. In fact, this "air check tape" from a show broadcast live on KCUL by deejay "Wild Bill" Reynolds on July 7, 1963, as part of the grand opening of Panther Hall allows its listeners to approximate the experience of driving around Fort Worth in a Chevy with the windows down and the radio on. A self-contained western swing time capsule. Highlights include Hank Thompson's La Golendrina and the cover of Chuck Berry's 40 Days. This isn't the first recording of Bob Wills and the Texas Playboys to pick up, but it is worth hearing. (JC)


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