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NEWSLETTER #135
Country, Bluegrass & Old Timey
Reno & Smiley ->
Sheb Wooley
 

 


 

THE ROANE COUNTY RAMBLERS County 3530 Complete Recordings, 1928-1929 ● CD $15.98
12 tracks by this excellent Tennessee string band featuring James McCarroll/ fiddle, Luke Brandon/ guitar, John Kelly/ mandolin & Howard Wyatt/ banjo. Includes Callahan Rag/ Johnson City Rag/ Green River March/ Step High Waltz/ Southern No. 111/ Tennessee Waltz, etc.

 
HANK SNOW Fabulous 126 We'll Never Say Goodbye ● CD $7.98
22 tracks, 63 mins, recommended
Previously available as ABM 1023. Excellent collection of sides from Hank from the period 1936 to 1943 when he recorded for Canadian Bluebird as "The Yodeling Ranger" before he broke into the U.S. country market. These tracks feature Hank with his fine guitar accompanied on half of the tracks by steel guitarist Eugene Beaudoin and on a few by bassist Teddy Miller. Most of the tracks are Snow originals and the earliest sides show the influence of his idol Jimmie Rodgers, the later sides find him more of his own man. Songs include My San Antonio Mama/ Lonesome Blue Yodel/ Blue For Hawaii/ My Little Swiss Maiden/ Someday You'll Care/ Bluer Than Blue/ Answer To Blue Velvet Band/ Wandering On/ Polka Dot Blues/ The Galveston Rose/ I'm Sending You Red Roses/ We'll Never Say Goodbye and others. 10 tracks duplicate the album we offered some time ago on the Music Trax label but this one is better value since it has more than twice as many tracks. Sound is decent and there are brief notes. A nice taste of early Hank to let you know if you should spring for the Bear Family box set of all his early sides! (FS)

 
THE SONS OF THE PIONEERS B.A.C.M. 078 Western Harmony & Hot Swing, Vol. 1 ● CD $14.98
32 tracks, highly recommended
The Sons of the Pioneers wasn't the first cowboy harmony ensemble, but was unquestionably the best. While some prefer the original group with Len Slye, many consider the 1937-1942 lineup of Bob Nolan, Tim Spencer, Lloyd Perryman, Hugh and Karr Farr, and Pat Brady to be the definitive Pioneers. Although it recorded for Decca in 1941-42, this group's reputation largely rests upon 200+ titles preserved on 18 NBC Orthacoustic radio transcriptions ex-member Slye produced under his new stage name, Roy Rogers. These 1940 ETs capture the diversity of the band's repertoire and abilities: buoyant contemporary cowboy songs (many penned by Nolan), minstrel-era tunes, sentimental ballads, sacred numbers, traditional fiddle tunes and hot swing instrumentals. At times their vocal arrangements are reminiscent of the Boswell Sisters. Though some Orthas later appeared on LP, relatively few titles migrated to compact disc. This collection and its companion volume feature a balanced cross-section of the Pioneers' 1940 repertoire, with 28 songs and four Farr Brothers instrumentals. The compilers wisely chose lesser-known material over the Pioneers' signature songs, which are available elsewhere. As with other B.A.C.M. issues, the sound quality varies but is generally good. Both volumes include Kevin Coffey's thumbnail sketch of this remarkable band. (DS)
THE SONS OF THE PIONEERS: A Cowboy's Prayer/ Blue Mountain Sweetheart/ Boggy Road To Texas (Instr.)/ Bon Ton Schottische (Instr.)/ Cielito Lindo/ Cody Of The Pony Express/ Come And Get It/ Cottage In The Clouds/ Curly Joe From Idaho/ Get Along Pinto Pony/ Great Big Taters In The Sandy Land (Instr.)/ I Belong To The Range/ Lone Buckaroo/ Moonlight On The Trail/ No Good Son Of A Gun/ On The Rhythm Range/ Ridin' On The Sunshine Trail/ Ridin' The Range With You/ Riding The Rocky Range/ Rise And Shine/ Rocky Road In The Rockies/ Sally Goodin' (Instr.)/ She's The Lily Of Hillbilly Valley/ Sunset On The Trail/ The Quilting Party/ We Sat Beneath The Maple On The Hill/ What Wonderful Joy/ What You Gonna Say To Peter/ When A Cowboy Starts To Courtin'/ When The Prairie Sun Says Good Morning/ Where The Rio Rolls Along/ Wonder Valley

 
THE SONS OF THE PIONEERS B.A.C.M. 079 Western Harmony & Hot Swing, Vol. 2 ● CD $14.98
32 tracks, highly recommended
The companion volume to the above, this collection devotes nearly a third of its tracks to instrumentals spotlighting the Farr Brothers' amazing virtuosity. Though fiddler Hugh Farr has often been compared to jazz violinist Joe Venuti, he was actually a more fluid, swinging player - and could handle Texas fiddle standards as well. His younger brother Karl was a deft soloist and rhythm guitarist who switched from acoustic and electric as needed. As with the previous volume, this set contains great solos and harmony singing from Bob Nolan, Tim Spencer, Lloyd Perryman and the Farrs, plus comic numbers from bassist Pat Brady. (DS)
THE SONS OF THE PIONEERS: Blue Eyed Little Nell of Narraganset Bay/ Blue For You/ Climbing Up The Golden Stairs/ Close To Heaven/ Comin' Through The Korn (Instr.)/ Crawdad Hole/ Don't You Wish You Had Someone (Instr.)/ Dreamy Reverie (Instr.)/ Farr Into The Night/ Frankie And Johnnie (Instr.)/ Hill Country/ Hoppin' High (Instr.)/ I Ain't A-Worryin'/ I Love The Prairie Country/ Jim Jam Jiggin' (Instr.)/ Li'l Liza Jane/ Moonlight Melody/ More Fried Chicken, Uncle Joe? (Instr.)/ Shadows Of The Wildwood/ Silver Threads Among The Gold/ Someone Like You (Instr.)/ Sweet And Low/ The Capital Ship/ The Gypsy's Warning/ They Drew My Number/ Tom And Jerry (Instr.)/ Under The Willow She's Sleeping/ When They Ring Those Golden Bells/ When We Get Old And Grey/ Where Is My Wandering Boy Tonight/ Whistle And Wait For Katy/ You Don't Love Me But I'll Always Care

 
JOHNNY TYLER Cattle 300 Two Dozen Western Swing Jewels ● CD $18.98
24 tracks from the mid/ late 40s with sidemen like Billy Hughes, J.L. Jenkins, Jesse Ashlock, Tommy Doss and others.
JOHNNY TYLER: A Nickel In The Jukebox/ A Woman Was The Cause Of It All/ Almost Every Time/ Behind The Eight Ball/ Can't Get My Foot Off The Rail/ City Of Memphis/ Corn Fed Arkansas Gal/ Cornbread And Butter Beans/ Freight Train Boogie/ Gravy Train/ I Don't Know Where To Go, But I'm Goin'/ I Got Mine/ I Never See My Baby Alone/ I'm A Married Man/ Is It True What They Say/ It Ain't Far To The Bar/ Jealous Blues/ Little Rock A-r-k/ Never Turn Your Back To A Woman/ Oakie Boogie (no. 1)/ Oakie Boogie (no. 2)/ Old Mcdonald's Boogie/ Swamp Woman Blues/ Two Can Play Your Game

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS And More Bears 25011 Greeting From Texas ● CD $21.98
First in a new series featuring regional country music about a particular state including both well-known titles as well as more obscure items. This 25 track compilation is devoted to Texas with tracks from Cowboys & Indians, Asleep At The Wheel, Darrell McCall, Ernest Tubb & Sammi Smith, Ole Rasmussen, Jimmie Dolan, Tex Ritter and many more.

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS And More Bears 25012 Greeting From Tennessee ● CD $21.98
25 tracks devoted to songs about Tennessee and features Pee Wee King, Tommy Duncan, Kenny Roberts, Tennessee Ernie Ford, Johnny Cash, Hank Snow, Johnny Horton, Joe Maphis, Tex Ritter, Jimmy Martin and many others.

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Bear Family BCD 16336 Foreign Love Affair ● CD $21.98
Songs about Americans in overseas countries often in the aftermath of war and their relationships with local female population. Includes the title song by Hank Snow, Lili Marlene by Hank Snow, Rhinelander Waltz by Lawton Williams, Little Dutch Girl by George Morgan, Mademaoiselle (My Used To Be) by Johnny Six (aka Orval Prophet) and more from Webb Pierce, Slim Whitman, Marty Robbins, Montana Slim and others. 26 tracks in all.

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Buzzola 008 The Iron Horse - Vintage Railroad Songs, 1926-1952 ● CD $15.98
18 songs on the ever popular subject of the railroad - mostly old time country along a few blues. Includes My Man's A Jolly Railroad Man by Moonshine Kate, Devil's Train by Roy Acuff, Wreck Of The Old "97" by Ernest "Pop" Stoneman & Kahle Brewer, Railroad Blues by Roy Harvey & Jess Johnson, Nine Pound Hammer by Merle Travis, Waiting For A Train by Jimmie Rodgers plus tracks by Frank Jenkins & His Pilot Mountaineers, Almoth Hodges, Wilmer Watts & The Lonely Eagles, The Carver Boys, Cecil Gant, Red Foley and others. Good sound, brief informative notes and great graphics.

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Copper Creek 7003 Weary Blues - The Songs Of Hank Williams ● CD $9.98
Fine collection of 12 Hank Williams songs recorded by Columbia artists in the 40s and 50s including Carl Smith, Ray Price, Molly O'Day, Roy Acuff, Wilma Lee & Stoney Cooper, George Morgan and Anita Carter.
Roy Acuff: The Waltz of the Wind/ Jesus Died for Me/ Anita Carter: There'll Be No Teardrops Tonight/ Wilma Lee & Stoney Cooper: Are You Walking and A-Talking for the Lord/ George Morgan: Stranger in the Night/ Molly O'Day: Evening Train/ Singing Waterfall/ Ray Price and the Cherokee Cowboys: I Can't Escape from You/ I Lost the Only Love I Knew/ Weary Blues (From Waiting)/ Carl Smith: Me and My Broken Heart/ There's Nothing as Sweet as My Baby

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS King 0952 Best Of King & Starday Bluegrass ● CD $44.98
Due mid November. Four CD set with 100 tracks of bluegrass (and some old time) recorded in the 50s and 60s for King and Starday including tracks by J.E. Mainer, Shannon Grayson, Wade Mainer, Leon Jackson, The Stanley Brothers, Reno & Smiley, Moore & Napier, Ralph Stanley, The Lewis Family, The Wright Brothers, Jim Eanes, Bill Harrell, Charlie Moore, Jim & Jesse, Carl Story, Vern & Ray, Red Allen, Hylo Brown, Larry Sparks and many more.

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Pazzazz 040 Kings Of Western Swing ● CD $10.98
Two CD set with 36 great Western Swing cuts from the 30s and 40s. This is basically Charly CDGR 182 which was issued many years ago with 14 cuts removed and the booklet dropped. So if you have that release you have no need of this one - if you don't this is a fine collection featuring well known names like Bob Wills, Spade Cooley, Milton Brown, etc along with lesser known artists like The Sunshine Boys, Shelley Lee Alley & The Alley cats, The Swift Jewel Cowboys, Modern Mountaineers, etc. and includes a number of cuts not readily available elsewhere.

 
HANK WILLIAMS Mercury DVD 02723 Honky Tonk Blues ● CD $18.98
DVD Superb documentary about the greatest of all country singers and singers originally aired on PBS American Masters series and expanded here from 60 to 90 minutes. It includes previously unreleased film footage of Hank performing on TV as well as silent home movie footage along with interviews with family, friends and musicians who worked with Hank - many who have never spoken on-camera before. In addition there are 15 minutes of bonus interviews as well as a photo gallery with unreleased photos.

 
SHEB WOOLEY B.A.C.M. 090 Texas Tango ● CD $14.98
26 early sides by this fine singer/ songwriter who is best known for his novelty songs and there are quite a few songs here in that spirit. In addition there are some fine uptempo numbers with a western swing flavor as well as some honky tonk ballads. Sheb's vocals are complemented by excellent instrumental work from musicians like Porky Freeman, Speedy West, Jimmy Bryant, Noel Boggs, Joe Maphis, Harold Hensley & others.
SHEB WOOLEY: 38-24-35/ A Cowboy Ought To Be Single/ A Fool About You/ Air Castles/ Blue Guitar/ Country Kisses/ Don‘t Stop Kissing Me Goodnight/ Down In The Toolies/ Freight Train Cinders In My Eyes/ Hillbilly Mambo/ Hoot Owl Boogie/ I Flipped/ I Go Outa My Mind/ I‘ll Return The Letters/ Knew I Had Lost/ Love Is Just Another Merry Go Round/ Mule Boogie/ Oklahoma Honky Tonk Girl/ Over The Barrel/ Panama Pete/ Rover Scoot Over/ Texas Tango/ Wha‘ Happen To Me Baby/ White Lightnin‘/ You Never Can Tell/ You‘re The Cat‘s Meow

 

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