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NEWSLETTER #14 8
Country, Bluegrass & Old Timey
The Carter   Family -> Buck Owens + DVDS

 

 

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.
 

JOHNNY CASH & GUESTS Columbia 04026 The Best Of The Johnny Cash TV Show, 1969-1971 Deluxe Edition ● DVD $39.98
Two DVD set, 63 performances, approx 4 hours, essential
From 1969 to 1971, Johnny Cash's weekly TV variety show beamed into America's living rooms and showcased much of the best talent in Country, Rock, and R&B at the time. Johnny's show had a down home vibe to it; he often performed with guests, chatted with them, and even brought his extended family (wife June and the Carter Family often appeared) along for the ride. This two disc DVD contains highlights from that landmark program, presented in a semi-documentary format hosted by Kris Kristofferson and features comments from Johnny and June's son, John Carter Cash, and various people who worked on the show itself. But the real star here is the priceless performances. My favorites: Neil Young performing a chilling The Needle and the Damage Done, after a brief segment with Johnny talking to college kids about his drug experiences; Ray Charles bringing the house down with a sizzling Ring Of Fire; a rare filmed performance by Derek and the Dominos testifying on Chuck Wills' It's Too Late; and Johnny's show-stopping version of "The Man in Black". Also appearances by Bill Monroe and His Blue Grass Boys, Neil Diamond, Stevie Wonder, June Carter with Homer and Jethro, Merle Haggard, George Jones, Loretta Lynn, and James Taylor (to name a few) are testament to the breath of talent that Johnny covered on his show. This stuff is gold and all I can say after watching 4 hours worth is: More Please! Come on Sony, let's have all 58 episodes of this show in their entirety pronto! In the meantime, this will do quite nicely. Not just for fans of Country music, but for fans of MUSIC. (Note: there is also a single disc DVD available that clocks in at 83 minutes and makes for a fine taster for the full set.) (FS)
LOUIS ARMSTRONG AND JOHNNY CASH: Blue Yodel #9/ CHET ATKINS: Medley: Country Gentleman-Mister Sandman+2/ MOTHER MAYBELLE CARTER: Black Mountain Rag/ JOHNNY CASH: A Boy Named Sue/ A Wonderful Time Up There/ As Long as the Grass Shall Grow/ Big River/ Folsom Prison Blues/ Hey Porter/ I Love You Because/ I Walk the Line/ Man in Black/ Old Time Religion/ Ride This Train/ Ride This Train (America the Beautiful, This Land Is Your Land)/ Ring of Fire/ Sunday Morning Coming Down/ Tennessee Flat Top Box/ Wanted Man/ Working Man Blues/ JUNE CARTER CASH: A Good Man/ JOHNNY CASH AND BOB DYLAN: Girl From the North Country/ JOHNNY CASH AND JUNE CARTER CASH: Jackson/ Turn Around/ JUNE CARTER CASH WITH HOMER AND JETHRO: Baby It's Cold Outside/ JOHNNY CASH, THE CARTER FAMILY, ETC.: Daddy Sang Bass/ JOHNNY CASH, THE CARTER FAMILY AND CARL PERKINS: The Old Account Was Settled Long Ago/ RAY CHARLES: Ring of Fire/ ROY CLARK: Medley: In the Summertime-12th Street Rag/ CREEDENCE CLEARWATER REVIVAL: Bad Moon Rising/ DEREK AND THE DOMINOES: It's Too Late/ Matchbox/ NEIL DIAMOND: Cracklin' Rosie/ BOB DYLAN: I Threw It All Away/ THE EVERLY BROTHERS WITH IKE EVERLY AND JOHN: Silver Haired Daddy of Mine/ MERLE HAGGARD: No Hard Time Blues/ Sing Me Back Home/ WAYLON JENNINGS: Brown Eyed Handsome Man/ Only Daddy That'll Walk the Line/ The Singing Star's Queen/ GEORGE JONES: Medley:She Thinks I Still Care-The Love Bug-The Race Is On/ White Lightning/ KRIS KRISTOFFERSON: Loving Her Was Easier (Than Anything I'll Ever Do Again)/ JERRY LEE LEWIS: Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On/ LORETTA LYNN: I Know How/ JONI MITCHELL AND JOHNNY CASH: Long Black Veil/ BILL MONROE AND HIS BLUEGRASS BOYS: Blue Moon of Kentucky/ MOTHER MAYBELLE AND THE CARTER SISTERS: Wildwood Flower/ ROY ORBISON: Crying/ Oh, Pretty Woman/ CARL PERKINS: Blue Suede Shoes/ RAY PRICE: For the Good Times/ CHARLEY PRIDE: Able Bodied Man/ MARTY ROBBINS: Medley: Big Iron-Running Gun-El Paso/ LINDA RONSTADT AND JOHNNY CASH: I Will Never Marry/ PETE SEEGER: Cripple Creek/ Worried Man Blues/ THE STATLER BROTHERS: Flowers on the Wall/ JAMES TAYLOR: Sweet Baby James/ CONWAY TWITTY: Hello Darlin'/ HANK WILLIAMS, JR.: Medley: You Win Again-Cold Cold Heart+2/ STEVIE WONDER: Heaven Help Us All/ TAMMY WYNETTE: Stand by Your Man/ NEIL YOUNG: The Needle and the Damage Done

 
JOHNNY CASH & GUESTS Columbia 15391 The Best Of The Johnny Cash TV Show, 1969-1971 ● DVD $14.98
A low priced sampler from this great series of TV shows drawn from the incredible double DVD set listed above. 21 performances, 83 minutes from Johnny and guests like Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Kris Kristofferson, Carl Perkins, Roy Orbison and others.
JOHNNY CASH: Daddy Sang Bass/ Hey Porter/ I Walk the Line/ Man in Black/ Sunday Morning Coming Down/ Jackson/ A Boy Named Sue/ RAY CHARLES: Ring of Fire/ CREEDENCE CLEARWATER REVIVAL: Bad Moon Rising/ DEREK AND THE DOMINOS: It's Too Late/ BOB DYLAN: I Threw It All Away/ MERLE HAGGARD AND JOHNNY CASH: Sing Me Back Home/ WAYLON JENNINGS: Brown Eyed Handsome Man/ GEORGE JONES: Medley: White Lightning(with Johnny Cash)/She Thinks I Still Care, ETC./ KRIS KRISTOFFERSON: Loving Her Was Easier (Than Anything I'll Ever Do Again)/ LORETTA LYNN: I Know How/ JONI MITCHELL AND JOHNNY CASH: Long Black Veil/ ROY ORBISON: Crying/ CARL PERKINS: Blue Suede Shoes/ TAMMY WYNETTE: Stand By Your Man/ NEIL YOUNG: The Needle and the Damage Done

 
FLATT & SCRUGGS Shanachie DVD 615 Best Of The Flatt & Scruggs TV Show,
Vol. 5
● DVD $17.98
Two more TV shows of classic bluegrass from the early 60s complete with guest stars and commercials for Martha White products. There's one from March 1962 with guest Hylo Brown and one from July 1961. Includes Earl's Breakdown/ Don't This Road Look Rought And Rocky/ The Crawdad Song/ The Storms Are On The Ocean/ Roll In My Sweet Bab'ys Arms/ Shortnin' Bread/ Stuck Up Blues/ North Carolina Breadown, etc.

 
FLATT & SCRUGGS Shanachie DVD 616 Best Of The Flatt & Scruggs TV Show,
Vol. 6
● DVD $17.98
Two more great shows - both from May 1962. Includes Flint Hill Special/ Listen To The Mockingbird/ Baby You Gotta Quit That Noise/ The Girl In The Blue Velvet Band/ Cacklin' Hen/ I've Waited As Long As I Can/ False Hearted Lover etc.

 
 

NEW COMPACT DISCS

 
THE CARTER FAMILY JSP 4201 The Acme Sessions, 1952/56 ● CD $23.98
Two CDs, 58 tracks, recommended
A.P., Sara and Maybelle Carter went their separate ways after their last recording session for Bluebird in 1941. In 1952 entrepreneur Clifford Spurlock persuaded A.P. and Sara to come out of retirement and together with their son and daughter Joe & Janette recorded for Spurlock's Acme label in 1952 and 1956 as the Carter Family. Meanwhile Maybelle was pursuing her own career with her daughters. On these recordings the group mostly revisit their old repertoire with an emphasis on gospel songs along with a few songs not recorded before like Railroading On The Great Divide and The Titanic. After a tentative beginning the group really hits it's stride and, though Maybelle's groundbreaking guitar work is missed, the group manage to recapture the feel of the original group with Sara's effective mournful lead vocals and nice harmonies from the rest of the group. In spite of their date these recordings are quite rare and recording quality on some tracks is mediocre, most notably the first session. Includes Pretty Raindrops/ Live On Down The Line/ Storms Are On The Ocean/ Keep On The Sunny Side/ Gently Lead Me/ My Wildwood Rose/ Little Moses/ My Dixie Darling/ Wade In The Water/ Curtians Of The Night/ Worried Man Blues/ Waves On The Sea/ two More Years (And I'll Be Free), etc. Inclydes nots by Pat Harrison. (FS)
THE CARTER FAMILY: Anchored In Love/ Angel Band/ Beautiful Home/ Beautiful Isle O'er The Sea/ Broken Engagement/ Climbing Zion's Hill/ Curtains Of Night/ Fate Of George Allen On Engine 143/ Gently Lead Me/ Gold Watch And Chain/ Grave On The Green Hillside/ Hill Lone And Grey/ Homestead On The Farm/ I Shall Not Be Moved/ I'll Be Satisfied/ I'm Thinking Tonight Of My Blue Eyes/ I'm Thinking Tonight Of My Blue Eyes/ Jesus Hold My Hand/ Keep On The Sunny Side/ Keep On The Sunny Side/ Little Moses/ Live On Down The Line/ Longing For Home/ Meeting In The Air/ Midnight On The Stormy Deep/ Motherless Children/ Mrs Jimmie Rodgers Visits The Carter Family - Part 1/ Mrs Jimmie Rodgers Visits The Carter Family - Part 2/ My Dixie Darling/ My Wildwood Rose/ No More Goodbyes (at Home With Our Saviour Above)/ On The Rock Where Moses Stood/ On The Sea Of Galilee/ Pretty Raindrops/ Railroading On The Great Divide/ Railroading On The Great Divide/ Redemption Song/ Room In Heaven For Me/ Ship Ahoy/ Ship Ahoy/ Soldier's Beyond The Blue/ Sow 'em On The Mountain/ Storms Are On The Ocean/ Sweet Fern/ The Last Letter/ The Titanic/ There's A Bright Side Somewhere/ Two More Years (and I'll Be Free)/ Wabash Cannonball/ Wade In The Water/ Waves On The Sea/ Wayworn Traveller/ Western Hobo/ When The Sunset Turns The Ocean Blue To Gold/ Wildwood Flower/ Wildwood Flower/ Wildwood Flower/ Worried Man Blues

 
JOHNNY CASH Columbia 00739-2 Cash: Ultimate Gospel ● CD $18.98
24 tracks, 67 min., recommended
Cash once called himself a "C-" Christian, but Billy Graham gives this collection his seal of approval. And now that the endless repackaging of Cash's recording catalog is in full swing, that distinction may be worth something. Be that as it may, this collection, which covers the period between 1957-1981, may not be deserving of the titular adjective it sports. The 1950s and early 1960s tracks, usually featuring Luther Perkins, outshine the rest by a quite a bit. The mid- to late-1960s recordings often include the Carter family, Maybelle Carter, the Statler Brothers and others, and while not as interesting as the Sun material, offer considerable satisfaction. But the overly slick production of the 1970s tracks render them bloodless and dull. Luckily, there aren't many of them. This set includes two previously unreleased cuts: It's No Secret (What God Can Do from 1981, and My Ship Will Sail from 1974. Neither is essential. On the whole, a pleasant if unspectacular disc. (JC)

 
VASSAR CLEMENTS Shikata 1001 New Hillbilly Jazz ● CD $16.98
14 tracks, 45 mins, highly recommended
Legendary fiddle player with his New Hillbilly Jazz record and, according to the CD cover, it is the most favorite album he ever recorded. This is a new edition with bonus tracks and extensive old and new liner notes. Clements was such a phenomenal player and this captures so much of the soul and passion of the man. It was a long trip between his days as one of Bill Monroe's Bluegrass Boys to these tracks from the late 1980's, and he seemed to grow and expand throughout it all. New bonus tracks on this edition, Kissimme Kid, Midnight Moonlight, and Orange Blossom Special, all recorded live in Japan on July 9th 1989 with stellar Japanese backing musicians. I can see musicians especially enjoying this and reveling in Vassar's virtuosity. (JM)

 
PATSY CLINE Bear Family BCD 16781 Gonna Shake This Shack Tonight - Stop, Look & Listen ● CD $21.98
31 tracks, highly recommended
Pre-countrypoliton era Patsy Cline recordings, mostly upbeat and kind of wild, as this is in the "Gonna Shake The Shack Tonight" series from Bear Family. In the years when Patsy was coming up in the business, she was unfortunately locked into an awful deal with 4-Star records that kept her broke more often than not and obliged to record only songs that 4-Star owned the rights to. While this made for some pretty sappy ballads, there would be a decent amount of good upbeat material available. Between the better stuff under that deal and a few songs from other sources that she and her manager forcefully got recorded, you have the makings for a pretty great compilation, full of a lot of obscure material. Good stuff like Ain't No Wheels On This Ship/ Honky Tonk Merry Go Round/ Lovesick Blues/ Hungry For Love/ Crazy Dreams, and lots more. You also get her one big hit from this era, Walking After Midnight, which of course Patsy didn't want to record in the first place, then it became a huge hit--to everybody's surprise. She even managed to slip a Sedaka/ Greenfield number in there with her barnstorming version of Stupid Cupid. I was thrilled to get all this good Patsy Cline material that I previously didn't have, and most of her fans and fans of good Honky Tonk will love this. (JM)

 
THE COUNTRY GENTLEMEN Gusto 0696-2 Bluegrass At Carnegie Hall ● CD $6.98
14 tracks, 40 min, recommended
Available again with a new number. This is a reissue of a Starday album from the early sixties, recorded in the studio (not live) after an appearance by The Gentlemen at Carnegie Hall. The band at the time featured the guitar and vocals of Charlie Waller and the mandolin and vocals of John Duffey, along with banjoist Eddie Adcock and bassist Tom Grey; there is an unnamed dobro player of considerable talent. Includes The Gent's versions of folk and bluegrass standards such as I Know I've Lost You/ Nobody's Business/ Red Rockin' Chair/ I'll Never Marry/ Two Little Boys and more. A nice representation of what this highly influential band was doing during the early days of the folk boom. RP)

 
SMOKY DAWSON B.A.C.M. 229 Remembering Smoky Dawson - The Great Australian Singer/ ● CD $14.98
23 tracks recorded between 1941 and 1951 by this popular Australian singer who sang American style western songs but usually set in Australia
SMOKY DAWSON: Cob The Corn/ Green Mountains/ Hills Of The Golden West/ I'm A Happy Go Lucky Cowhand/ My Little Old Log Cabin/ New Wabash Cannon Ball/ On The Murray Valley/ On The Old Singing Trail/ Riding Down The Dream Trail/ Starlight Rides Again/ Texas Lil/ The Cowboy's Roundup Song/ The Kookaburra Yodel/ The Old Cockatoorali/ The Old Log Cabin On The Mountain Trail/ The Range In The Western Sky/ The Sound Effects Cowboy/ The Stockman's Story/ The Wild Colonial Boy/ Tie Me To Your Apron Strings Again/ Will I Meet Old Faithful Up Yonder/ Yearning For Over The Range/ You Left Me And Now I Feel Blue

 
THE DELMORE BROTHERS JSP JSPCD 7784 Volume 3 - More FRom The 1930s, 1940s and 1950s ● CD $28.98
Four CDs, 100 tracks, essential
Another fabulous collection of country music featuring the talents of the brother Alton and Rabon Delmore including songs issued under their own name as well as collaborations with other great country performers. The first disc is devoted to tracks issued by the Delmores under their own name, filling in gaps in the first two box sets (7727 and 7765 - $28.98 each) with classic sides like their 1938 recording of the gorgeous I Got The Kansas City Blues, their fabulous take on the "John Henry" saga Take It To the Captain with great guitar and harmonica from Wayne Raney as well as a coupl eof delightful novelty items with Grandpa Jones. The second disc is devoted to the great and influential Tennessee fiddler and vocalist Fiddlin' Arthur Smith. Smith started his career in the 20s working with the McGee Brothers and met up with the Delmores in the mid 30s who helped get him recorded and between 1935 and 1940 recorded around 80 sides - many with the Delmores providing guitar accompaniment and vocal harmonies as they do on the 25 tracks here cut between 1935 and 1938. The third disc is all gospel featuring 17 tracks by The Brown's Ferry Four - a group featuring The Delmores with Grandpa Jones, Red Foley, Merle Travis and others doing exquisite harmonies on songs liemRockin' On The Waves/ I'll Fly Away/ Hallelujah Morning/ Over In Gloryland and others. The last 8 tracks are by a similar group called the Harlan County Four with the Delmores joined by Ulysses "Red" Turner and Zeke Turner. The fourth disc features the great singer and harmonica player Wayne Raney who the Delmore worked with extensively in the 40s and early 50s and although the Delmores are not present on every track there is wonderful singing and playing throughout on songs like Fox Chase/ Fast Train Through Arkansas/ Lost John Boogie/ Del Rio Boogie/ I Love My Little Yo Yo/ Real Hot Boogie/ I Ain't Nothin' But A Tom Cat's Kitten, etc. Half a dozen cuts cuts feature second harmonica player Lonnie Glosson for some lovely duet harmonica work. Like the previous volumes this set is a delight from beginning to end with excellent sound and informative notes by Pat Harrison. (FS)

 
TOMMY DUNCAN Jasmine 3585 Dog House Blues ● CD $12.98
The artist credit should really read Tommy Duncan & Billy Jack Wills since only about half the tracks actually feature Duncan either from his own solo recordings or with Bob Wills & The Texas Playboys. Most of the rest are by Billy Jack Wills & His Western Swing Band with his own vocals along with a couple by Bob Wills with vocals by Lee Ross. In spite of the confusing credits this is a fine collection of Western Swing - mostly fromn the 50s.
TOMMY DUNCAN: I'll Never Worry You/ Leavin' Today/ Mirror on the Wall/ My Son My Son/ San Antonio Rose/ Sending Your Picture Back/ Somebody's Pushin'/ Time Changes Everything/ I Just Can't Take It Any More/ The Parting of the Ways/ Walkin' in the Shadow of the Blues/ Wastin' Your Life Away/ BILLY JACK WILLS: Down in Old Mexico/ Hey Lula (Hey Lu-La)/ I Don't Want to Live Alone/ Lilly Dale/ Now That We Have Said Goodbye/ Out of Gas/ Tobacco Chewing Boogie/ BOB WILLS AND HIS TEXAS PLAYBOYS: Bottle Baby Boogie/ Cadillac in Model "A"/ Dog House Blues/ I Hit the Jackpot (When I Won You)/ I've Got a New Road Under My Wheels

 
STEVE EARLE Geffen 05402-2 Copperhead Road - Deluxe Edition ● CD $29.98
2 CDs, 27 tracks, 122 mins, highly recommended
Deluxe edition is right! Not only do you get a spruced-up new edition of Earle's classic album from 1988, but you also get an additional 78 minutes worth of live material from the same period, a time when some would argue he was at his peak (at least of the first half of his career). The original record is one of Earle's best, catching him on the cusp of a change towards a more Rock sound, while still firmly rooted in Country music. You get two of his all-time best songs in the title track and The Devil's Right Hand, mixed with other strong tracks like Snake Oil/ Johnny Come Lately, and Nothing But A Child. Not a perfect record though, with a couple tracks that don't quite cut it for me, but certainly nothing bad enough to ruin the album. The re-issue producers have done a masterful job on the bonus live tracks featuring great live performances from 1987 (11 tracks), '88 (1 track) and '89 (5 tracks). Among the live tracks most of the rest of his best material from the '80s pops up: Guitar Town/ I Ain't Ever Satisfied, and The Week Of Living Dangerously, as well as fine covers of Springsteen's Nebraska, The Rolling Stones Dead Flowers, and Gram Parsons/ Burrito Bros "Wheels." If you don't have the original, then this would be an excellent way to pick it up and with the wealth of extras, beautiful packaging and interesting notes a case is easily made to pick this up even if you have a copy of the regular CD. (JM)

 
JIM FORD Bear Family BCD 16777 The Sounds Of Our Time - The Harlan County Album + ● CD $23.98
25 tracks, 76 min., essential
Sly Stone calls him the "baddest white man on the planet." Ford released one LP in the 1960s, the legendary Harlan County, and then more or less dropped off the musical map. Sure, the Temptations recorded an entire album of Ford compositions, and yes, Sly Stone and Nick Lowe both describe him with an excess of superlatives, but Ford didn't like the music biz, so he left. Not only does this CD reissue the long lost classic LP--the backing band included James Burton, Jim Keltner, Gerry McGee, and Dr. John, among others--but it includes a bunch of impossible to find singles and previously unreleased masters. As if that isn't enough, The booklet noter hunted Ford down and interviewed him for this project. This is country-soul as good as it gets, and it can get pretty damn good. (JC)

 
STUART HAMBLEN B.A.C.M. 226 Vol. 2 - Prettiest Girl In Town ● CD $14.98
The second volume by this popular singer and songwriter features all his early recordings made between 1929 and 1935. The earliest sides feature him with just guitar or guitar and fiddle accompaniment doing cowboy, sentimental and blues songs in the Jimmie Rodgers vein with occasional yodeling. The remaining material is all in a Western style. The disc also includes several tracks from the 40s.
STUART HAMBLEN: Be Just Like Your Daddy/ Bluebonnets For Her Golden Hair/ Boy In Blue/ By The Sleepy Rio Grande/ Drifting Back To Dixie/ Golden River/ I Gotta Feelin'/ Keep Away From The Swinging Doors/ Lola Lee/ Lopez The Bandit/ My Brown Eyed Texas Rose/ My Mary/ Poor Boy/ Poor Unlucky Cowboy/ Prettiest Girl In Town/ Riding Old Paint Leading Old Bald/ Sunshine Alley/ Texas Plains/ The Sailor's Farewell/ They're Gonna Kill Ya/ When The Moon Shines Down Upon The Mountain/ Whistle My Love Song To You/ Wrong Keyhole

 
THE HILL BILLIES B.A.C.M. 235 Volume 5 - The Last Of The Hill Billies ● CD $14.98
The fifth and final volume devoted to recorded by this British group from the 30s performing wetsrn songs - mostly covers of American favorites along with some originals plus interesting versions of some pop songs. Includes When The Curtains Of Night/ Alexander's Ragtime Band/ The Lonesome Trail Ain't Lonesome Any More/ Cross Eyed Cowboy On A Cross Eyed Horse/ Sweet Norah O'Neil/ DRifting Down The Golden River/ Night Herding Song/ Christmas On The Prairie, Parts 1 & 2/ Miss Otis Regrets, etc.

 
HOMER & JETHRO B.A.C.M. 227 Vol. 3 - More Classic Numbers ● CD $14.98
More zaniness from this wacky duo - mostly parodies of country and pop songs. In among the madness you can hear occasional snatches of Homer's brilliant mandolin playing.
HOMER & JETHRO: A Bushel And A Peck/ Crazy Mixed Up Song/ Gone/ Have I Stayed Away Too Long/ Hay Shmo/ Hey There/ Homer & Jethro's Pluckin' And Singin' Medley/ I'd Like To Get You On A Slow Boat To China/ I'm My Own Grandpa/ If I Were A Bell/ Just Be There When I Get Back/ Listen To The Gooney Bird/ Love And Marriage/ Moon Over Manakoora/ My Darling My Darling/ Night After Christmas/ Nutty Lady From Shady Lane/ Oh My Pappy/ Once In Love With Amy/ Ramblin' Rose/ Santa Baby/ Sifting Whimpering Sands/ Swapping Partners/ They Were Doing The Mambo/ This Is A Wife (what Is A Wife)/ Throw Mama From The Train A Kiss A Kiss/ Wanted/ Where Is That Doggone Gal Of Mine/ Your Clobbered Heart

 
WALTER HURDT B.A.C.M. 232 And The Singing Cowboys ● CD $14.98
29 tracks, very highly recommended
Terrific and varied collection of material, most of it featuring singer/ guitarist Walter Hurdt from Asheville, North Carolina it opens with four cuts from 1937 - superb white blues in the Jimmie Rodgers style - two by Hurdt on his own and two with Claude Boone on guitar and duet vocal. This is followed by 19 tracks from 1938 and 1939 with a small group featuring Lawrence Wiseman on fiddle and Leroy Johnson and Cecil Burleson on guitars and vocals. The material includes blues, western swing, duet harmony singing in the style of The Delmore Brothers, a couple of jazzy guitar duets and the first recorded version of Orange Blossom Special which 18 year old fiddler Wiseman learned directly from its composer Ervin Rouse who recorded it a couple of months later. The final six sides finds the group recording without Hurdt as Slim Johnson & The Singing Cowboys and continue in the fine tradition of the earlier sides. Fine sound and informative notes from Kevin Coffey. (FS)
WALTER HURDT: Blue Skies Above/ Carry Me Back To The Blue Ridge/ Cause My Baby's Gone/ Double Trouble Blues/ Down The Arizona Trail/ Fiddle And Guitar Runnin' Wild/ Fisherman's Daughter/ Fox Hunter's Luck/ Guitar Rag/ Hold Him Down Cowboy/ Honeysuckle Blues/ I'm A Straight Shooting Cowboy/ I'm Drinking My Troubles Down/ I'm Ridin' Now/ I'm Through With Women/ I've Always Loved My Old Guitar/ My Brave Buckaroo/ My Skinny Sarah Jane/ Playing Around/ Rhythm In E/ She Won't Pay Me No Mind/ The Hobo Blues/ The Old Gold Coast/ Think Of Me/ To The End Of The Trail/ Train Special (Orange Blossom Special)/ Truck Driver's Blues/ Two Timing Mama Blues/ What If My Dreams Don't Come True

 
GEORGE JONES Gusto 0836 Best Of The Best Of Gospel ● CD $7.98
12 tracks, 33 min, recommended
This reissue of "Homecoming In Heaven" (U.A. 6219 from 1962) seemingly has George welcoming and talking to God in a place halfway between heaven and a honky-tonk. These 12 gospel tunes, show our hard-living country singer praising the lord for showing him the righteous path, courtesy of songs from fellow honky-tonkers, J.P "Big Bopper" Richardson, Darrell Edwards, & Willie Nelson along with old favorites like Peace In The Valley and Wings Of A Dove. While not as convincing as his tearjerkers, and with hokier arrangements, it's about a trillion times more palatable than the Amy Grants of the world. (JM)

 
RED KIRK B.A.C.M. 233 The Voice Of The Country ● CD $14.98
The first 19 tracks here are from recordings made between 1949 and 1955 by this smooth voiced but engaging country singer and the last track is from a 15 minute radio show featuring tunes and songs from Kirk and other members of the Lazy Ranch Boys.
RED KIRK: A Package Tied In Blue/ Careless Mind/ Cold Steel Blues/ Davy Crockett Blues/ Fairy Tales/ Gentle Hands/ How Still The Night/ It's Nothing To Me/ It's Raining In My Heart/ Knock Out The Lights And Call The Law/ Lazy Ranch Boys Radio Show/ Lovesick Blues/ Only One Step More/ Red Lipped Girl/ Sentimental Journey/ Sugar Coated Love/ Three's A Crowd/ Train Track Shuffle/ Walking Round In Circles/ You Put My Heart In Prison

 
SNEAKY PETE KLEINOW Sundazed 11179 The Shiloh Records Anthology ● CD $15.98
18 tracks, 61 mins, recommended
Legendary pedal steel Guitar player Sneaky Pete Kleinow gets his due and in fine fashion. Unfortunately the music contained herein isn't the most exciting stuff that the man ever recorded. Concentrating on his later work for Shilo records, at its best it's bright and breezy, like Turn, Turn, Turn/ Cannonball Rag, or Hickory Wind; at its worst, however, on tracks like his cover of John Lennon's Woman it sounds a lot like Muzak. The only thing close to a barnburner is the version of Faded Love that is actually him with an incarnation of The Flying Burrito Bros. All of the tracks besides that one are fully instrumental and in general pretty restrained. Obviously big fan's of Kleinow's playing will appreciate this and want to pick it up, for everybody else I can only give it a light recommendation, even though Sundazed did a top notch job on the product. (JM)

 
JIMMY MARTIN Gusto 0627 12 Memories From Jimmy Martin Martin To Us ● CD $6.98
12 tracks, recommended
Jimmy Martin is one of the great voices in bluegrass and his classic recordings for Decca and RCA are the equal of almost anybody else in the genre. Like most of Decca's traditional country artists he was dropped by the label in the 70s and started recording for Gusto from where these recordings come. His singing was still fine and his band The Sunny Mountain Boys (no personnel is listed) provide solid accompaniments on banjo, fiddle, dobro & bass. The songs are a mixture of remakes of his Decca songs along with old bluegrass and country standards and a couple of newer songs - Run Pete Run/ Who's Calling You Sweetheart Tonight?/ Beautiful Brown Eyes/ Play Me Some George Jones Songs/ Knoxville Girl/ Lover's Lane/ Don't Let Your Sweet Love Die, etc. Very nice. (FS)

 
JUDY MARTIN B.A.C.M. 234 Volume 2 - With Red Foley ● CD $14.98
B.A.C.M.'s second collection of western flavored songs from the ill fated Eva Overstake who recorded as Judy Martin. There are 27 tracks her with Judy accompanied by her group The Mountain Rangers though some tracks are thought to feature accompaniments by the legendary Prairie Ramblers. Many tracks feature her duetting with her husband Red Foley.
JUDY MARTIN: Bright Mohawk Valley/ Bring Your Roses To Her Now/ Down In The Smoky Mountains/ Gentle Nettie Moore/ Golden River/ Goodbye My Lover Goodbye/ Hear Them Bells/ Hi Rinktum Inktum/ I'll Keep On Wishing For You/ Let's Pretend That We're Sweethearts Again/ Little Brown Jug/ Little Darlin' Let Me Pin A Rose On you/ Lorena/ May God Be With You Sailor Boy/ Oh What A Pal Is Mother/ Old Black Mountain Trail/ Sailing Down Our Honeymoon Stream/ Single Girl/ Sugar Babe/ Sweet Evelina/ Wealth That Isn't Gold/ When The Sun Goes Down On A Little Country Town/ You Don't Love Me But I'll Always Care/ You Took My Sunshine Darling/ You'll Never Know How Much I Love You/ You're A Swell Mom, Mom/ You've Never Been In Love

 
SKEETS MCDONALD B.A.C.M. 228 Vol. 2 - You Gotta Be My Baby ● CD $14.98
26 tracks, highly recommended
Complementing BACM 072 this is another great collection of no nonsense honky tonk country by this outstanding singer from Arkansas who had a big following on the West Coast but never really hit it big. Includes a number of fine original compositions as well as other great songs from the pens of writers like Tommy Collins, Harlan Howard, Floyd Tillman, Vic McAlpin, George Jones and others. This set includes his two great rockabilly songs from 1956 You Ought To See Grandma Rock and Heart Breakin' Mama with Eddie Cochran on guitar. A terrific collection. (FS)
SKEETS MCDONALD: Blues Is Bad News/ But I Do/ Don't Push Me Too Far/ Fallen Angel/ Fingertips/ Got A New Field To Plow/ Heart Breakin' Mama/ I Am Music/ I Can't Stand It Any Longer/ I Love You Mama Mia/ It'll Take Me A Long Long Time/ Keep Her Off Your Mind/ Look Who's Cryin' Now/ Love Wind/ Number One In Your Heart/ Remember You're Mine/ Smoke Comes Out My Chimney Just The Same/ Somebody/ Strollin'/ Tell Me Why/ Welcome Home/ You Better Not Go/ You Gotta Be My Baby/ You Ought To See Grandma Rock/ You Turned Me Down/ Your Sweet Love Is Gone

 
MOORE & NAPIER Gusto 0636-2 Bluegrass Gospel And Sacred Songs ● CD $7.98
12 tracks, highly recommended
The superb bluegrass duo Charlie Moore & Bill Napier recorded over 100 songs for King between 1962 and 1967 and this is the first ever CD reissue of their recordings! Moore provides the beautiful low key lead vocals and Napier complements with great harmonies as well as providing banjo, lead guitar and mandolin accompaniments. They are joined by and unidentified rhythm guitar and bass on a selection of 10 gospel songs and two instrumental selections. Songs include Don't Wait Too Long/ Wayfaring Pilgrim/ Take A Message To Mother/ Shout And Sing/ Oh Lord I'm Glad/ That Beautiful Home and others. Let's hope that Gusto sees fit to reissue some more of this outstanding duo's sides. (FS)

 

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