New Releases: July 2010 -> March 2011
Country, Bluegrass & Old Timey
Various Artists

 

NEW COMPACT DISCS

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS B.A.C.M. 323 Country Gospel, Vol. 1 ● CD $14.98
25 tracks, highly recommended
First in a series of albums exploring the poorly documented field of country gospel and it's a winner. Some 20 different artists or groups are featured and there is a tremendous amount of variety and this is the raw down home stuff - not the smooth style often associated with country gsoepl. Most of the recordings are from the 50s and the artists range from the bluegrass gospel of the Queen City Sacred Quartet to the intense quartet styling of the Sunshine Boys Quartet which brings to mind black quartet singing and they do a version of The Devil Can't Harm A Praying Man - a song popular with black qaurtets. It also includes Troy & Helen with the original version of Tattler's Wagon, best known in a version by The Stewart Family. Other artists include The Whirwind Evangelists, Charlie Huff & His Sons Of The Plains, The Le Ferve Trio (with raucous accordion and piano), Hoyt Scroggins & The Kingsmen Quartet, Billie & Gordon Hamrick (with great banjo and mandlin accompaniment), Claude Eldridge, Roy Robinson, Clarence Barker, Jerry & The String Trio and others. A splendid and important collection with fine sound and informative notes by Phillip Tricker. (FS)
CLARENCE BAKER: Soon I'll Hear My Saviour Calling/ DELBERT BARKER: Calling You/ CURT & FAY BARTNESS: Country Music In A Sacred Way/ THE CAMPBELL TRIO: Satan Lost A Sinner/ CLAUDE ELDRIDGE: Will I Play My Guitar In Heaven/ PEANUT FAIRCLOTH & HIS LOG CABIN BOYS: Little David/ JOE FRANKLIN: Swing Wide Those Golden Gates/ BILLIE & GORDON HAMRICK: He's Gonna Take His Children Out/ CHARLIE HUFF & HIS SONS OF THE PLAINS: Blood On The Cross/ JERRY & THE STRING TRIO: Judgement Day/ Lead Me To The Promise Land [sic]/ THE LE FERVE TRIO: God Is God/ Satisfied/ LEE MACE & THE OZARK OPERA SINGERS: This World Is Not My Home/ THE QUEEN CITY SACRED QUARTET: I'm Using My Bible For A Road Map/ Lonely Tombs/ ROY ROBINSON: I Told It To Jesus/ AL RUNYON: Hold To God's Unchanging Hand/ HOYT SCOGGINS & THE KINGSMEN QUARTET: Jesus Still Heals/ THE SUNSHINE BOYS QUARTET: Goin' Back To Jesus Every Day/ The Devil Can't Harm A Praying Man/ TROY & HELEN: Tattler's Wagon/ THE WHIRLWIND EVANGELISTS: From Crooked Street To Glory Avenue/ Higher Ground/ No Grave

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS B.A.C.M. 324 Texas & Oklahoma - Duos & Trios, 1935-1940 ● CD $14.98
24 tracks, 69 mins, highly recommended
A fine collection of old time music featuring the complete issued recordings of four small groups from Texas and Oklahoma. Highlight is the six gorgeous sides from 1938 by The Rambling Rangers - with the lyrical steel guitar of Harold Whately, the group features the expressive vocals of Oliver Warren, often duetting with guitarist Sammy Stalsby. Their Gettin Tired has been out before a few times but it's great to have the rest of their superb recordings. Whately's steel can also be heard on the six sides from 1940 by the the Stalsby Family - Sammy Stalsby and his sisters Dot and Jackie on a selection of mostly gospel songs. The Three Williamsons recorded in 1937 featurinf siblings Aaron, Horace ("Duck") and Catherine ("Kity") on a varied selection of material including jazzy titles, pop and blues. Their version of the pop standard I Ain't Got Nobody was strongly influenced by the Emmett Miller version issued a year earlier. Rounding out the set are five fine sides by singer/ guitarist Ike Cargill accompanied by an unknown fiddler on a selection of mostly blues favored numbers. Fine sound and informative notes from Kevin Coffey. (FS)
IKE CARGILL: I Know I've Got The Meanest Mama/ I'm Going Where The Blues Aint Never Known/ I'm Through With Women Blues/ If I Was Rich By Gum/ It's All Because That I Love You/ You're Gonna Miss Me Mama/ THE RAMBLING RANGERS: Gettin' Tired/ Jesus Lover Of My Soul/ No One/ Oh Lord/ Tired Of Ramblin'/ When The Sun Goes Down/ THE STALSBY FAMILY: Every Time I Feel The Spirit/ Greasy Greens/ Heaven Bells Ring Out/ I've Found The Right Way/ My Heart Is Aching/ When We See The Saviour Coming From Above/ THE THREE WILLIAMSONS: A Good Man Is Hard To Find/ Fiddler's Blues/ I Ain't Got Nobody/ Right Or Wrong/ Roaster Rag/ You Broke My Heart A Million Ways

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS B.A.C.M. 326 Gold Star Label - Classic Country Music ● CD $14.98
29 tracks, highly recommended
Terrific collection of Texas country recorded for Bill Quinn's legendary Gold Star label based in Houston between 1946 and '51. It starts with the label's most popular recording Jole Blon - the Cajun classic by the great Harry Choates. Though this will probably be a familiar track to many, most of the artists here are fairly obscure and their tracks are appearing on CD for the first time. Other familiar artists featured on their first recordings are Al Terry, Eddie Noack and Hank Locklin. Other artists include Tex Looney & His Western Stars, Aubrey Gass with The Easterners, The Southern Stars (the fine instrumental Million Dollar Polka), The Gold Star Trio, David Gray & The Gold Star Band, Sons Of The South (the fine steel guitar instrumental Hawaiian Two-Step), Tennessee Van & The Cumberland River Boys (very fine honky tonk), Buddy Duhon (fine western swing with Harry Choates on fiddle), Ray & Ina Patterson (superb husband and wife duo doing the old Blue Sky Boys favorite Sunny Side Of Life with only guitar & mandolin accompaniment), Cotton Thompson (more fine western swing) and others. Decent sound and informative notes by Phillip TRicker. (FS)

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Bear Family BCD 16094 The Bristol Sessions ● CD $144.98
This promises to be the best and most important reissue of old time country music in many years. In July and August, 1927 RCA Victor held a series of sessions Bristol, Tennessee on the Tennessee/ Virginia border under the supervision of Victor talent scout Ralph Peer. These sessions featured the debut of two of the most important artists in early country music - Jimmie Rodgers and The Carter Family - artists whose music still resonates today. He returned in February 1928 to make more recordings. This series of sessions is often referred to as the "big bang of country music." Although the recordings of the Carter Family and Jimmie Rodgers are the most well known, more than a hundred other recordings were made at the Bristol sessions of 1927 and '28. There were ballad singers, street evangelists, string bands, gospel quartets, harmonica virtuosos, Holiness preachers, blues guitarists and rural storytellers. A snapshot of rural American music was caught in an era of rapid change: pictures of a past almost beyond recall, but preserved for ever in these magnificent recordings. -- The five CDs in this set gather every surviving recording from these sessions, including alternative takes. The accompanying 120-page, LP-sized hardcover book contains newly researched essays on the background to the sessions and on the individual artists, with many rare and unpublished photographs. Also included are complete song lyrics and a detailed discography, illustrated with reproductions of the original recording sheets. Among the many other artists featured were Ernest Stoneman (who had first recorded in 1925), Ernest Phipps & His Holiness Quartet (their complete recordings of superb gospel group), The Johnson Brothers, Blind Alfred Reed (the first recordings of this incredibly creative artist), El Watson (African-American harmonica player), Alfred G. Karnes (the complete recordings of this incredible gospel singer accompanying himself on the rare harp-guitar), Henry Whitter, The Shelor Family, The Tenneva Ramblers (a string band that Jimmie Rodgers had previously been a member of), Uncle Eck Dunford, Stamps Quartet, Tarter and Gay and many others. We haven't heard this yet but being Bear Family we're sure the sound quality will be superior to any previous reissues.
THE ALCOA QUARTET: I'm Redeemed/ Remember Me, O Mighty One/ MR. & MRS. J.W. BAKER: On The Banks Of The Sunny Tennessee/ The Newmarket Wreck/ THE BLUE RIDGE CORN SHUCKERS: Old Time Corn Shuckin', Part 1/ Old Time Corn Shuckin', Part 2/ THE BULL MOUNTAIN MOONSHINERS: Johnny Goodwin/ THE CAROLINA TWINS: I Sat Upon The River Bank/ Mr. Brown, Here I Come/ New Orleans Is The Town I Like Best/ She Tells Me That I Am Sweet/ When You Go A'Courtin'/ Where Is My Mamma?/ THE CARTER FAMILY: Bury Me Under The Weeping Willow/ Little Log Cabin By The Sea/ Single Girl, Married Girl/ The Poor Orphan Child/ The Storms Are On The Ocean/ The Wandering Boy/ UNCLE ECK DUNFORD: Angeline, The Baker/ Old Shoes And Leggin's/ Skip To Ma Lou, My Darling/ The Whip-poor-will's Song/ Barney McCoy/ What Will I Do, For My Money's All Gone/ CLARENCE GREENE: Good-night Darling/ Little Bunch Of Roses/ HOWARD & PEAK (THE BLIND MUSICIANS): I Cannot Be Your Sweetheart/ Three Black Sheep/ THE JOHNSON BROTHERS: A Passing Policeman/ I Want To See My Mother (Ten Thousand Miles Away)/ Just A Message From Carolina/ The Jealous Sweetheart (take 1)/ The Jealous Sweetheart (take 2)/ The Soldier's Poor Little Boy/ Two Brothers Are We/ ALFRED G. KARNES: Called To The Foreign Field/ Do Not Wait 'Till I'm Laid 'Neath The Clay/ I Am Bound For The Promised Land/ The Days Of My Childhood Plays/ To The Work/ We Shall All Be Reunited/ When They Ring The Golden Bells/ Where We'll Never Grow Old/ J.P. NESTER: Black-Eyed Susie/ Train On The Island/ THE PALMER SISTERS: He'll Be With Me/ Help Me To Find The Way/ Singing The Story Of Grace/ We'll Sing On That Shore/ ERNEST PHIPPS AND HIS HOLINESS SINGERS: A Little Talk With Jesus/ Bright Tomorrow/ ERNEST PHIPPS AND HIS HOLINESS QUARTET: Do, Lord, Remember Me/ Don't Grieve After Me/ Happy In Prison/ ERNEST PHIPPS AND HIS HOLINESS SINGERS: I Know That Jesus Set Me Free/ ERNEST PHIPPS AND HIS HOLINESS QUARTET: I Want To Go Where Jesus Is/ ERNEST PHIPPS AND HIS HOLINESS SINGERS: If The Light Has Gone Out In Your Soul/ ERNEST PHIPPS AND HIS HOLINESS QUARTET: Jesus Getting Us Ready For That Great Day/ Old Ship Of Zion/ ERNEST PHIPPS AND HIS HOLINESS SINGERS: Shine On Me/ Went Up In The Clouds Of Heaven/ BLIND ALFRED REED: I Mean To Live For Jesus/ The Wreck Of The Virginian (take 1)/ The Wreck Of The Virginian (take 2)/ Walking In The Way With Jesus (take 1)/ Walking In The Way With Jesus (take 2)/ You Must Unload/ SHORTBUCKLE ROARK & FAMILY: I Truly Understand, You Love Another Man/ My Mother's Hands/ JIMMIE RODGERS: Sleep Baby Sleep/ The Soldier's Sweetheart/ THE SHELOR FAMILY: Big Bend Gal/ Billy Grimes, The Rover/ Sandy River Belle (take 1)/ Sandy River Belle (take 2)/ Suzanna Gal/ B.F. SHELTON: Cold Penitentiary Blues/ Darling Cora/ Oh Molly Dear/ Pretty Polly/ THE SMITH BROTHERS: My Mother Is Waiting For Me In Heaven Above/ She Has Climbed The Golden Stair/ THE SMYTH COUNTY RAMBLERS: My Name Is Ticklish Reuben/ Way Down In Alabama/ THE STAMPS QUARTET: Because I Love Him/ Come To The Savior/ Do Your Best, Then Wear A Smile/ I'll Be Happy/ Like The Rainbow/ We Shall Reach Home/ ERNEST V. STONEMAN & E. KAHLE BREWER: Tell Mother I Will Meet Her/ The Dying Girl's Farewell/ ERNEST V. STONEMAN & HIS DIXIE MOUNTAINEERS: Are You Washed In The Blood?/ I Am Resolved (take 1)/ I Am Resolved (take 2)/ I Know My Name Is There/ No More Good-Byes/ Sweeping Through The Gates/ The Resurrection (take 1)/ The Resurrection (take 2)/ ERNEST V. STONEMAN & MISS IRMA FROST: Midnight On The Stormy Deep/ The Mountaineer's Courtship/ THE STONEMAN FAMILY: Going Up The Mountain After Liquor, Part 1/ Going Up The Mountain After Liquor, Part 2/ The Broken-Hearted Lover/ The Spanish Merchant's Daughter/ Too Late/ We Parted By The Riverside/ ERNEST STONEMAN'S DIXIE MOUNTAINEERS: Down To Jordan And Be Saved/ There's A Light Lit Up In Galilee/ TARTER & GAY: Brownie Blues/ Unknown Blues/ THE TENNESSEE MOUNTAINEERS: At The River/ Standing On The Promises/ THE TENNEVA RAMBLERS: Miss 'Liza, Poor Gal/ Sweet Heaven When I Die/ The Longest Train I Ever Saw/ EL WATSON: Narrow Gauge Blues/ Pot Licker Blues/ THE WEST VIRGINIA COON HUNTERS: Greasy String/ Your Blue Eyes Run Me Crazy/ HENRY WHITTER: Henry Whitter's Fox Chase/ Rain Crow Bill

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Bear Family BCD 16397 Odd Couples - What Were They Thinking? ● CD $21.98
20 tracks, 57 mins, recommended
This collection is on par with the great "Celebrities At Their Worst" compilations that came out about 20 years ago. In other words, this is full of talented artists doing material that is out of their wheelhouse in a lot of cases with the artists matched up in the oddest of combinations. So, you get such odd and entertaining recordings like Eddy Arnold & Esquivel doing Someone To Watch Over Me, Perry Como & The Sons of The Pioneers doing Tumbling Tumbleweeds, and Red Foley & Cecil Gant doing Paging Mister Jackson. Red Foley is also paired with Roberta Lee and Evelyn Knight, Eddy Arnold is also paired off with Hugo Winterhalter, and then The Sons of The Pioneers also get paired with Ezio Penza and The Fontaine Sisters. This is all pretty heady stuff. Tennessee Ernie Ford is paired up with a few different artists, as are Los Indios Tabajaras! My favorites in the batch have to be Lotte Lenya & Louis Armstrong teaming up on Mack The Knife (two versions, one complete, one with studio starts and stops,) and then Sister Rosetta Tharpe & Red Foley on Have A Little Talk With Jesus. Bear Family include all the recording info as well as the stories behind these sessions, and what stories they are! (JM)
EDDY ARNOLD & ESQUIVEL: Someone To Watch Over Me/ EDDY ARNOLD & HUGO WINTERHALTER: Cattle Call/ ROSEMARY CLOONEY & GEORGE MORGAN: You're The Only One For Me/ PERRY COMO & THE SONS OF THE PIONEERS: Tumbling Tumbleweeds/ RED FOLEY & CECIL GANT: Paging Mister Jackson/ RED FOLEY & EVELYN KNIGHT: Idle Rumors/ RED FOLEY & ROBERTA LEE: Night Train To Memphis/ THE FONTANE SISTERS & THE SONS OF THE PIONEE: The Handsome Stranger/ TENNESSEE ERNIE FORD & DINNING SISTERS: Rock City Boogie/ TENNESSEE ERNIE FORD & ELLA MAE MORSE: I'm Hog-Tied Over You/ TENNESSEE ERNIE FORD & HELEN O'CONNELL: Hey Good Lookin'/ TENNESSEE ERNIE FORD & KAY STARR: Oceans Of Tears/ TENNESSEE ERNIE FORD & MOLLY BEE: Don't Start Courtin' In A Hot Rod/ DON GIBSON & LOS INDIOS TABAJARAS: I Can't Tell My Heart That/ My Adobe Hacienda/ LOTTE LENYA & LOUIS ARMSTRONG: Mack The Knife/ Mack The Knife (session)/ EZIO PINZA & THE SONS OF THE PIONEERS: The Little Ol' State Of Texas/ DINAH SHORE & GEORGE MORGAN: The Shoe Is On The Other Foot Tonight/ SISTER ROSETTA THARPE & RED FOLEY: Have A Little Talk With Jesus

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Bear Family BCD 16961 Dim Lights, Thick Smoke And Hillbilly Music, 1956 ● CD $24.98
30 tracks, 78 mins, highly recommended
Bear Family seems to be doing the same for Country Music in this series that it did so well with Rhythm & Blues ("Blowin' The Fuse,") and Soul ("Sweet Soul Music,") series' i.e., a collection with a year-by-year breakdown of the best/ most important tunes, with one or two tracks per artists, and with extensive liner notes on each track. This kicks off the third series of CDs, the years 1945-1955 have all come out now and are all pretty essential to your collection. No less a Country Music Authority than Jack Clement said, "This is the best country series of all time. No doubt. No question." This starting point basically recognizes the changing nature of the Country Music biz, with Rock & Roll taking over, a lot Country & Western music changed to keep up with the times and, like it or not, the Nashville sound was born. Not saying that all artists adopted a more lush Countrypoliton sound, some (like Johnny Cash) did just fine without out it; either way, 1956 saw a lot of changes and a lot of historic recordings by some of the greatest artists ever. '56 was the breakout year for Johnny Cash, so he and his Tennessee Two get the distinction of two tracks here with Folsom Prison Blues, and I Walk The Line. Marty Robbins is another with his Singing The Blues opening the CD up and the fantastic I Can't Quit (I've Gone Too Far) coming towards the end of the collection. There are a number of big hits that you probably already have, but there are even more, less-often compiled tracks that really make these comps special like Wanda Jackson's version of Silver Threads and Golden Needles, Johnny Horton's Honky Tonk Man, and I'm A One Woman Man, Wynn Stewarts' Waltz Of The Angels, Carl Perkins' Dixie Fried, as well as the Louvin Brothers' big hits I Don't Believe You've Met My Baby/ Cash On The Barrelhead, and so on. Can't say if there's a bad tune on here and 'cause it's on Bear Family, you'll know that it sounds and looks great. (JM)
EDDY ARNOLD: You Don't Know Me/ BENNY BARNES: A Poor Man's Riches/ CARL BELEW: Lonely Street/ JIM EDWARD AND MAXINE BROWN AND BONNIE: I Take The Chance/ JOHNNY CASH & THE TENNESSEE TWO: Folsom Prison Blues/ I Walk The Line/ JOHNNY HORTON: Honky Tonk Man/ I'm A One Woman Man/ WANDA JACKSON: Silver Threads And Golden Needles/ GEORGE JONES: Just One More/ What Am IWorth/ THE LOUVIN BROTHERS: Cash On The Barrelhead/ I Don't Believe You've Met My Baby/ BILLY MIZE: Who Will Buy The Wine/ THE OSBORNE BROTHERS AND RED ALLEN: Ruby, Are You Mad?/ CARL PERKINS: Dixie Fried/ WEBB PIERCE: Yes I Know Why/ RAY PRICE: Crazy Arms/ I've Got A New Heartache/ JIM REEVES: According To My Heart/ DON RENO & RED SMILEY: I Know You're Married/ MARTY ROBBINS: I Can't Quit (I've Gone Too Far)/ Singing The Blues/ HANK SNOW: Conscience I'm Guilty/ These Hands/ WYNN STEWART: Waltz Of The Angels/ HANK THOMPSON: The Blackboard Of My Heart/ PORTER WAGONER: Eat, Drink And Be Merry (Tomorrow You'll Cry)/ KITTY WELLS: Searching (For Someone Else)/ FARON YOUNG: Sweet Dreams

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Bear Family BCD 16962 Dim Lights, Thick Smoke And Hillbilly Music, 1957 ● CD $24.98
29 tracks, 77 mins, highly recommended
The story of Country Music continues to the hit-filled year of 1957. Sonny James, The Browns, Faron Young, Patsy Cline, Webb Pierce, Johnny Cash, Ferlin Husky, and so on. Porter Wagoner's fine I Thought I Heard You Calling My Name, Jim Reeves smash Four Walls, as well as his big hit Am I Losing You, Marvin Rainwater's sublime Gonna Find Me A Bluebird, and The Everly Brothers soaring Bye Bye Love, As with most of the volumes in this series, there's nary a sour note to be heard. Another notable track would have to be Chet Atkins swingin' recording of Walk Don't Run, Atkins didn't write this classic tune-jazz guitarist Johnny Smith did-- but it is well documented that Atkins' version was the one that inspired The Ventures giant hit. Includes yet another thick beautiful booklet full of great pictures etc. This one is definitely one of my favorites in the series, if you can only budget for one or two volumes of this series, make sure to make this one a priority. (JM)
CHET ATKINS: Walk, Don't Run/ THE BROWNS: I Heard The Bluebirds Sing/ JOHNNY CASH & THE TENNESSEE TWO: Home Of The Blues/ There You Go/ PATSY CLINE: Walkin' After Midnight/ MELVIN ENDSLEY: I Like Your Kind Of Love/ THE EVERLY BROTHERS: Bye, Bye Love/ BONNIE GUITAR: Dark Moon/ BOBBY HELMS: Fraulein/ My Special Angel/ FERLIN HUSKY: Gone/ SONNY JAMES: Young Love/ HANK LOCKLIN: Geisha Girl/ WARNER MACK: Is It Wrong (For Loving You)/ JIMMY NEWMAN: A Fallen Star/ WEBB PIERCE: Honky Tonk Song/ I'm Tired/ RAY PRICE: My Shoes Keep Walking Back To You/ MARVIN RAINWATER: Gonna Find Me A Bluebird/ JIM REEVES: Am I Losing You?/ Four Walls/ MARTY ROBBINS: A White Sport Coat (And A Pink Carnation)/ The Story Of My Life/ JIMMIE SKINNER: I Found My Girl In The U.S.A./ CARL SMITH: Why, Why/ HANK SNOW: Tangled Mind/ LEROY VAN DYKE: Auctioneer/ PORTER WAGONER: I Thought I Heard You Calling My Name/ FARON YOUNG: I Miss You Already

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Bear Family BCD 16963 Dim Lights, Thick Smoke And Hillbilly Music, 1958 ● CD $24.98
30 tracks, 74 mins, highly recommended
1958 was a precarious year for Country music, the phenomenon of Rock & Roll was everywhere, attendance at Country music shows was drastically down, even in such venerated institutions as The Grand Ole' Opry, and the Country music industry hadn't figured out quite yet just what the heck they were gonna do to survive. Despite all the troubles, there was no shortage of great records still coming out. Don Gibson's Oh Lonesome Me, Lefty Frizzell's Cigarettes and Coffee Blues, Jim Reeves with Blue Boy and Billy Bayou, Stonewall Jackson's Life To Go, all certified Country classics. Those Sun records cats make their presence known as well, with Johnny Cash having yet another big year with Ballad Of A Teenage Queen, and Guess Things Happen That Way, featured here, as well as Jerry Lee Lewis establishing his Country music credentials with his cover of Hank Williams' You Win Again (the B-side of Great Balls of Fire. George Jones, The Louvin Brothers, Marty Robbins, Faron Young, Charlie Walker, Ernest Tubb, and many more legends all make an appearance. The sentiment of the year might be summed up in Wayne Raney and the Raney Family's We Need A Whole Lot More Of Jesus (And A Lot Less Rock And Roll). Don't worry, Raney family; Chet Atkins is hanging around the studios of Nashville, and he's got some big ideas for the future. (JM)
ROY ACUFF: Once More/ JOHNNY CASH: Ballad Of A Teenage Queen/ Guess Things Happen That Way/ Big River/ SIMON CRUM (FERLIN HUSKY): Country Music Is Here To Stay/ LEFTY FRIZZELL: Cigarettes And Coffee Blues/ DON GIBSON: Blue, Blue Day/ Oh Lonesome Me/ STONEWALL JACKSON: Life To Go/ JOHNNIE & JACK: Stop The World (And Let Me Off)/ GEORGE JONES: Color Of The Blues/ Treasure Of Love/ JERRY LEE LEWIS: You Win Again/ HANK LOCKLIN: It's A Little More Like Heaven/ Send Me The Pillow You Dream On/ THE LOUVIN BROTHERS: My Baby's Gone/ EDDIE NOACK: Have Blues Will Travel/ JAMES O'GWYNN: Talk To Me Lonesome Heart/ WEBB PIERCE: Tupelo County Jail/ RAY PRICE: City Lights/ Invitation To The Blues/ WAYNE RANEY & THE RANEY FAMILY: We Need A Whole Lot More Of Jesus (And A Lot Less Rock And Roll)/ JIM REEVES: Billy Bayou/ Blue Boy/ MARTY ROBBINS: Ain't I The Lucky One/ Just Married/ ERNEST TUBB: Half A Mind/ CHARLIE WALKER: Pick Me Up On Your Way Down/ KITTY WELLS: I Can't Stop Loving You/ FARON YOUNG: Alone With You

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Bear Family BCD 16964 Dim Lights, Thick Smoke And Hillbilly Music, 1959 ● CD $24.98
32 tracks, 85 mins, highly recommended
Wow, 1959 turned out to be one hell of a year for Country music. So many of my favorite songs of all time came out in this magical year: Lefty Frizzell's Long Black Veil, The Louvin Brothers' Knoxville Girl, Bill Monroe's Dark As The Night, Blue As The Day, The Browns' The Three Bells, George Jones' White Lightnin', Buck Owens' Under Your Spell Again, Johnny Cash's Don't Take Your Guns To Town/ I Got Stripes, and Five Feet High And Rising; just that batch right there might qualify for best Country Music year ever, but there's still 20+ more great songs to go! Other gems include Jimmie Skinner with Dark Hollow, Carl Belew's heartbroken Am I That Easy To Forget, Stonewall Jackson's victorious Waterloo, Webb Pierce's rousing I Ain't Never, and so on. Great sound and thorough notes as usual, this one's a keeper. (JM)
ROY ACUFF: So Many Times/ EDDY ARNOLD: Tennessee Stud/ CARL BELEW: Am I That Easy To Forget/ THE BROWNS: The Three Bells/ JOHNNY CASH: Don't Take Your Guns To Town/ Five Feet High And Rising/ I Got Stripes/ WILMA LEE & STONEY COOPER: There's A Big Wheel/ LESTER FLATT & EARL SCRUGGS: Cabin On The Hill/ LEFTY FRIZZELL: Long Black Veil/ DON GIBSON: Don't Tell Me Your Troubles/ Who Cares (For Me)?/ BILLY GRAMMER: Gotta Travel On/ JOHNNY HORTON: The Battle Of New Orleans/ When It's Springtime In Alaska (It's Forty Below)/ STONEWALL JACKSON: Smoke Along The Track/ Waterloo/ GEORGE JONES: White Lightnin'/ THE LOUVIN BROTHERS: Knoxville Girl/ FRANKIE MILLER: Blackland Farmer/ BILL MONROE: Dark As The Night, Blue As The Day/ BUCK OWENS: Under Your Spell Again/ WEBB PIERCE: I Ain't Never/ RAY PRICE: Heartaches By The Number/ The Same Old Me/ JIM REEVES: Home/ MARTY ROBBINS: El Paso/ JIMMIE SKINNER: Dark Hollow/ HANK SNOW: The Last Ride/ KITTY WELLS: Amigo's Guitar/ MAC WISEMAN: Jimmy Brown The Newsboy/ FARON YOUNG: Country Girl

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Bear Family BCD 16965 Dim Lights, Thick Smoke And Hillbilly Music, 1960 ● CD $24.98
The last volume, to date has 32 great sides from 1960 by Johnny Horton, George Jones, Johnny Cash, Hank Snow, Stonewall Jackson, Flatt & Scruggs, Carl Smith, Roy Drusky, Wynn Stewart, Roger Miller, Hank Thompson and many more.
BILL ANDERSON: The Tip Of My Fingers/ JOHNNY CASH: Smiling Bill McCall/ COWBOY COPAS: Alabam/ FLOYD CRAMER: Last Date/ SKEETER DAVIS: (I Can't Help You) I'm Falling Too/ ROY DRUSKY: Another/ LESTER FLATT & EARL SCRUGGS: Crying My Heart Out Over You/ DON GIBSON: (I'd Be) A Legend In My Time/ Just One Time/ CLAUDE GRAY: Family Bible/ JOHNNY HORTON: North To Alaska/ FERLIN HUSKY: Wings Of A Dove/ STONEWALL JACKSON: Why I'm Walkin'/ GEORGE JONES: The Window Up Above/ HANK LOCKLIN: Please Help Me, I'm Falling/ JOHN D. LOUDERMILK: Tobacco Road/ BOB LUMAN: Let's Think About Living/ LORETTA LYNN: I'm A Honky Tonk Girl/ ROGER MILLER: You Don't Want My Love/ GEORGE MORGAN: You're The Only Good Thing (That's Happened To Me)/ BUCK OWENS: Above And Beyond/ Excuse Me (I Think I've Got A Heartache)/ WEBB PIERCE: No Love Have I/ RAY PRICE: One More Time/ JIM REEVES: He'll Have To Go/ MARTY ROBBINS: Big Iron/ CHARLIE RYAN & THE TIMBERLINE RIDERS: Hot Rod Lincoln/ CARL SMITH: Cut Across Shorty/ HANK SNOW: Miller's Cave/ WYNN STEWART: Wishful Thinking/ HANK THOMPSON: A Six Pack To Go/ FARON YOUNG: Riverboat

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Cactus CDABB 1 Abbott Records Hillbilly ● CD $15.98
31 tracks, 79 mins, recommended
Fabor Robinson & Sid Abbott's Abbott label, founded in 1951, helped launch the career of such important country stars as Johnny Horton, Jim Reeves and Floyd Cramer. This fine collection of recordings made between 1951 and '57 has cuts by Horton and Reeves but mostly features lesser known but fine artists like Smiley Burnette, Billy Barton, Buddy DeVal, Myrna Lorrie, Carolyn Bradshaw (her Flower Of the Rio is particularly fine), Wink Lewis, Danny Dixon, Bob Stegall and others. It also includes early country sides by rockabilly hero Rudy Grayzell and one of the earliest solo sides by Dorsey Burnette - the forgettable Jungle Magic. (FS)
BILLY BARTON: What's The Matter With Me/ HILLBILLY BARTON: Strange Affection/ BILLY BARTON & WANDA WAYNE: That Word Called Love/ CAROLYN BRADSHAW: A Man On The Loose/ Baby Then You're Catchin On/ Flower Of The Rio/ DORSEY BURNETTE: Jungle Magic/ SMILEY BURNETTE: Chuggin' On Down "66"/ Lazy Locomotive/ That Long White Line/ ALVADEAN COKER: SugarDoll/ SANDY COKER: Toss Over/ T. TOMMY CUTRER: Mexico Gal/ BOB DAVIS: My Gal Comes From Heaven/ BUDDY DEVAL: Mate Of The Wind/ DANNY DIXON: Sweater Girl/ FREDDIE FRANK: 12,000 Texas Longhorns/ RUDY GRAYZELL: Bonita Chiquita/ I'm Gone Again/ HERB HENSON: The Birds & The Bees/ Out Of Line/ JOHNNY HORTON: Rhythm In My Baby's Walk/ Bawlin' Baby/ CURTIS KIRK: Oh, So Lonesome Blues/ WINK LEWIS: Sahw Bessie/ MYRNA LORRIE: Listen To My Heart Strings/ You Bet I Kissed Him/ Are You mine/ I'm Your Man/ JIM REEVES: My Rambling Heart/ BOB STEGALL: Strong Coffee

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Cactus CAPCD 4 Capitol Hillbilly, Vol. 4 ● CD $15.98
32 tracks, 73 mins, highly recommended
Another terrific selection mixing familiar artists with obscure names including Ramblin' Jimmie Dolan, Lee Bonds (the outstanding Done Gone Crazy), Boots Faye & Idaho Call, Texas Bill Strength (a fine cover of Johnny Cash's Cry Cry Cry), Wynn Stewart, Jack Guthrie, Werly Fairburn (a fine cover of Al Terry's great Good Deal Lucille), Billy Strange, Bob Atcher, Cliffie Stone (not much of a vocal but fine guitar from Jimmy Bryant), Ann Jones, Leon Payne, etc. (FS)
ROY ACUFF: Rushing Around/ BOB ATCHER: Smoke Comes Out My Chimney/ FRED BAKER: I Gotta Do What I Gotta Do/ LEE BONDS: Done Gone Crazy/ HYLO BROWN: The Wrong Kind Of Love/ CARL BUTLER: Plastic Heart/ JOE CARSON: Take Me In Your Arms/ TOMMY COLLINS: All Of The Monkey's Ain't In The Zoo/ RAMBLIN' JIMMIE DOLAN: Hot Rod Mama/ WERLY FAIRBURN: Good Deal Lucille/ BOOTS FAYE & IDAHO CALL: Grinnin' Like A Possum/ JACK GUTHRIE: When The Cactus Is In Bloom/ JIMMY HEAP: Cat'N Around/ ANN JONES: Doin' Fine/ JIMMY LEE: Knocking On Your Front Door/ IRA & CHARLEY LOUVIN: Plenty Of Everything But You/ SKEETS MCDONALD: Remember You're Mine/ MERRILL MOORE: Snatchin' & Grabbin'/ ROD MORRIS: Cold Cold Cornbread/ GENE OQUINN: I Get The Blues/ LEON PAYNE: Poke Salad Green/ OLE RASMUSSEN: Sleepy Eyed John/ AL ROGERS: All Alone All Alone/ JIMMIE SKINNER: Your Flyin' Days Are Through/ WYNN STEWART: Why Do I Love You So/ CLIFFIE STONE: Jump Rope Boogie/ BILLY STRANGE: Catsup & Honey/ TEXAS BILL STRENGTH: Cry Cry Cry/ HANK THOMPSON: Hangover Tavern/ MERLE TRAVIS: Turn My Picture Upside Down/ BOOTS WOODALL: I Might Have Been/ FARON YOUNG: It's A Great Life

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Cactus CAPCD 6 Capitol Hillbilly, Vol. 6 ● CD $15.98
32 tracks, recommended
Not one of my favorite releases in this series due to an overabundance of dispensable novelty numbers - the tracks by Ferlin Huskey and Ramblin Jimmie Dolan are particularly wretched. Still about half the tracks are excellent with some fine sides from Merle Travis (the great Louisiana Boogie), Gene O'Quin, Hylo Brown (a fine bluegrass version of the old favorite The Prisoner's Song), Werly Fairburn, Jess Willard, Hank Thomspon, Skeets McDonald, Faron Young, Jenks (Tex) Carman (the always welcome Dixie Cannon Ball) and others. (FS)
JOE ALLISON: Let Me Give You A Clue/ THE AMBER SISTERS: Look What Followed Me Home/ HYLO BROWN: The Prisoner's Song/ JENKS (TEX) CARMAN: Dixie Cannon Ball/ LEON CHAPPEL: Booger Blues/ DUB DICKERSON: Mama Laid The Law Down/ RAMBLIN' JIMMIE DOLAN: Rfd Blues/ WERLY FAIRBURN: Prison Cell Of Love/ THE FARMER BOYS: You're A Humdinger/ BOOTS FAYE & IDAHO CALL: Stranded (on The Sea Of Life)/ TENNESSEE ERNIE FORD & BUCKY TIBBS: Hambone/ TENNESSEE ERNIE FORD & ELLA MAE MORSE: I'm Hog Tied Over You/ JOE 'RED' HAYES: Every Little Bit/ JIMMY HEAP: Ethyl In My Gas Tank/ COUSIN HERB HENSON: Laugh, Laugh, Laugh/ ROY HOGSED: Free Samples/ FERLIN HUSKEY: I'll Baby Sit With You/ SKEETS MCDONALD: I Got A New Field To Plow/ ROD MORRIS: I've Got News For You/ GENE O'QUINN: I Believe In Lovin'/ You're Gonna Be Sorry/ OWEN PERRY: You Plus Me (equals Love)/ OLE RASMUSSEN: Did The Man In The Moon Come From Texas/ JEAN SHEPARD: Twice The Lovin' (in Half The Time)/ DEUCE SPRIGGINS: Hungover/ BILLY STRANGE: Kiss, Kiss, Kiss/ The Almanac Song/ HANK THOMPSON: How Cold Hearted Can You Get/ MERLE TRAVIS: Louisiana Boogie/ Love Must Be Ketchin'/ JESS WILLARD: Buy Me A Bottle Of Beer/ FARON YOUNG: Go Back You Fool

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Cactus COLCD 6 Columbia Hillbilly, Vol. 6 ● CD $15.98
31 tracks, 78 mins, highly recommended
Another splendid collection of uptempo honky tonk hillbilly from the Columbia catalog recorded in the early and mid 50s. Hit makers like Roy Acuff, "Little" Jimmy Dickens, Carl Smith, Ray Price and others rub shoulders with lesser known but very fine artists like Dusty Owens, The Masters Family (the excellent Southbound Passenger Train from this fine gorup best known for the gospel recordings), Billy Brown, Neil Burris (the fine Hank Williams flavored That's The Time For Love), Charlie Adams (the whimsical Gee, But It's Dry In Texas - possible the only country song with the word "filibuster" in it!), Johnny Ragsdale, Johnny Hicks (a version of the old jazz/ blues song A Good Man Is Hard To Find), Neal Jones and others. Fine music, excellent sound, no notes. (FS)
ROY ACUFF: Fire Ball Mail/ CHARLIE ADAMS: Gee, But It's Dry In Texas/ JOHNNY BOND: Wildcat Boogie/ BILLY BROWN: Don't Hold Back/ VIN BRUCE: Fille De La Ville (Girl Of The Town)/ NEAL BURRIS: That's The Time For Love/ JUNE CARTER: Baby I Tried/ ROY DRUSKY: Come On Back & Love Me/ JOHNNY HICKS: A Good Man Is Hard To Find/ THE JACOBY BROS: Laredo/ NEAL JONES: High Steppin' Baby/ OAKIE JONES: I'll Bet It's 'Cause (I Love You So)/ FRED KIRBY: Lost (Deep In The Bottom Of The Sea)/ BOBBY LORD: I Can't Do Without You Anymore/ ROSE MADDOX: I'm A Little Red Caboose/ THE MADDOX BROS. & ROSE: You Won't Believe This/ JOE MAPHIS & ROSE LEE: You Ain't Got The Sense You Were Borned With/ THE MASTERS FAMILY: Southbound Passenger Train/ SMILEY MAXEDON: Too Late To Cry Over You/ LEON MCAULIFFE: I'm Going Back To Birmingham/ DUSTY OWENS: Hello Operator/ ZAG PENNELL: Some Kinna/ POLLY POSSUM: Lordy, Oh Lord/ RAY PRICE: You Always Get By/ JOHNNY RAGSDALE: I'm Taking My Marbles Home/ CARL SMITH: Back Up Buddy/ Time's A'Wastin'/ THE TUNESMITHS: Outlaw/ ONIE WHEELER: Onie's Bop

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Cactus DECCD 6 Decca Hillbilly, Vol. 6 ● CD $15.98
30 tracks, 78 mins, recommended
Another fine uptempo collection of honky tonk country recorded for Decca in the early/ mid 50s. This one includes Mervin Shiner's fine cover of Lefty's If You've Got The Money I've Got The Time and Kitty Wells' "answer song" I Don't Want Your Money, I Want Your Time. Another fine cover is Jimmie Logsden's superb rendition. Red Foley is featured on his big hit Birmingham Bounce and, in the same rockin' vein, is Hardrock Gunter's Dixieland Boogie. Other artists include The Wilburn Brothers, Jimmie Skinner (an interesting take on the John Henry story), Lonzo & Oscar, Wayne Raney (the great Four Aces & A Queen), Tex Williams (the humorous and clever Money), Benny Martin, Justin Tubb & Goldie Hill, Lawton Williams, Tabby West, Ted Rains and others. (FS)
JIM EANES: Little Brown Hand/ CHARLIE "PEANUT" FAIRCLOTH: Coffee, Cigarettes & Tears/ RED FOLEY: Birmingham Bounce/ HANK GARLAND: I'm Moving On/ Seventh & Union/ HARDROCK GUNTER: Dixieland Boogie/ GOLDIE HILL: I'm Yvonne (Of The Bayou)/ AUTRY INMAN: Who Do You Love/ JACK & DANIEL: Don't Make Love In A Buggy/ HANK LOCKLIN: Lessons In Love/ JIMMY LOGSDON: Where The Old Red River Flows/ LONZO & OSCAR: Baby Me, Baby/ Goodbye Little Darlin' No. 2/ BENNY MARTIN: Border Baby/ WEBB PIERCE: Drifting Texas Sand/ TED RAINS: There's Nothing I Won't Do/ WAYNE RANEY: Four Aces & A Queen/ MERVIN SHINER: If You've Got The Money I've Got The Time/ JIMMY SKINNER: John Henry & The Water Boy/ RED SOVINE: Hold Everything/ Why Baby Why/ JUSTIN TUBB: Somebody Ughed On You/ Sure Fire Kisses/ KITTY WELLS: I Don't Want Your Money, I Want Your Time/ TABBY WEST: Crew Cut & Baby Blue Eyes/ THE WILBURN BROTHERS: Deep Elem Blues/ I'm Settin' You Free/ LAWTON WILLIAMS: Texas Vs. Alaska/ TEX WILLIAMS: Money/ BOB WILLS: It's The Bottle Talking

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Cactus CAPCD 7 Capitol Hillbilly, Vol. 7 ● CD $15.98
32 tracks, 77 mins, recommended
Like Volume 6 this one has a few too many novelty songs for comfort but there are some real winners here from Mac Wiseman, Skeets McDonald, Hank Thompson, Jack Guthrie, Gene O' Quinn, The Louvin Brothers, Chester Smith & Hazel Houser (fabulous old time gospel singing), Roy Acuff, Boots & Idaho, Jimmie Skinner and Jimmy Bryant & Speedy West that make this set wortwhile.Other artists include Ramblin' Jimmie Dolan, Deuce Spriggins, Jerry Reed, Billy Strange, Cliffie Stone, Martha Carson, Merle Travis and more. (FS)
ROY ACUFF: Tied Down/ Whoa Mule/ THE AMBER SISTERS: So Tired Of Your Runnin' round/ FRED BAKER: Is I Is Or Is I Ain't?/ BOOTS & IDAHO: Cryin' My Heart Out/ HYLO BROWN: There's More Pretty Girls Than One/ JIMMY BRYANT & SPEEDY WEST: Pickin' Peppers)/ MARTHA CARSON: Lazarus/ LEON CHAPPEL: I'm Getting' Mighty Tired/ DUB DICKERSON: Count Me In/ RAMBLIN' JIMMIE DOLAN: Juke Box Boogie/ THE FARMER BOYS: Flip Flop/ TENNESSEE ERNIE FORD: Hey, Mr. Cotton Picker/ JACK GUTHRIE: Out Of Sight, Out Of Mind/ COUSIN HERB HENSON: I've Never Heard/ FERLIN HUSKEY: How Much Are You Mine/ ANN JONES & SMOKEY ROGERS: Bloodshot Eyes/ THE LOUVIN BROTHERS: I Wish You Knew/ SKEETS MCDONALD: Scoot, Git & Begone/ MERRILL MOORE: Hard Top Race/ GENE O'QUINN: I Specialize In Love/ JERRY REED: I'm A Lover, Not A Fighter/ JIMMIE SKINNER: By Degrees/ CHESTER SMITH & HAZEL HOUSER: All The Way With Jesus/ THE SMITH BROTHERS: God's Rocket Ship/ DEUCE SPRIGGINS: Calm, Cool & Collected/ CLIFFIE STONE: Tater Pie/ BILLY STRANGE: Crazy Quilt Rag/ Let Me In There, Baby/ HANK THOMPSON: New Rovin' Gambler/ MERLE TRAVIS: Jolie Fille (pretty Girl)/ JESS WILLARD: Cadillac Blues

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Cactus COLCD 7 Columbia Hillbilly, Vol. 7 ● CD $15.98
30 tracks, 77 mins, recommended
Another fine collection of 50s honky tonk from Columbia mixing familiar names ("Little" Jimmy Dickens, Ray Price, George Morgan, Lefty Frizzell, etc) with fine obscure performers (Polly Possum & Joe Wolverton, Earl peterson, Ray Smith, Oakie Jones, etc.) Among the highlights are the great opening cut So Little Time by Lee Emerson, two superb cuts by bluegrass giant Carl Story - one sacred and one secular, Paint, Powder & perfume by superb Texas honky tonker Frankie Miller and the splendid My Mama Siad from Cajun born singer who also recorded Cajun. There are several forgettable novelty numbers but most of it is very worthwhile. (FS)
JESSE ASHLOCK: Knuckle Head/ JOHNNY BOND: Keep Your Cotton Pickin' Hands Off My Gal/ Six Of One, Half-A-Dozen Of The Other/ VIN BRUCE: My Mama Said/ NEAL BURRIS: My Heart Needs Your Heart/ CARL BUTLER: I Know What It Means To Be Lonesome/ TED DAFFAN: Take That Leash Off Of Me/ LITTLE JIMMY DICKENS: I'm Coming Over Tonight/ Stinky Passed The Hat Around/ LEE EMERSON: So Little Time/ LEFTY FRIZZELL: If You Can Spare The Time/ Shine, Shave, Shower/ DON GIBSON: Sample Kisses/ OAKIE JONES: Send Me A Penny Post Card/ JIMMIE LAWSON: Tennessee Blues/ ROSE MADDOX: False Hearted/ THE MADDOX BROS. & ROSE: No More Time/ LEON MCAULIFFE: This Side Of Town/ FRANKIE MILLER: Paint, Powder & Perfume/ GEORGE MORGAN: Look What Followed Me Home Last Night/ EARL PETERSON: Boogie Blues/ POLLY POSSUM &JOE WOLVERTON: Between You & The Birds/ RAY PRICE: Who Stole That Train/ HERBY REMINGTON: Julida Polka/ BONNIE SLOAN: Hogtied & Branded/ RAY SMITH: No Trespassing/ CARL STORY: Have You Come To Say Goodbye/ It's A Lonesome Road/ BILLY WALKER: It's Doggone Tough On Me/ ONIE WHEELER: Cut It Out

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Cactus DECCD 7 Decca Hillbilly, Vol. 7 ● CD $15.98
30 tracks, 73 mins, highly recommended
A very fine collection which in addition to the usual honky tonk and western swing includes some great bluegrass from Bill Monroe, his brilliant but underrated brother Charlie and Jimmy Martin. This set includes Hank Penny's great original 1950 version of Bloodshot Eyes which was a hit a year later for the wonderful blues shouter Wynonie Harris. Returning the complement Roberta Lee & Hardrock Gunter do an entertaining, if somewhat sanitized, version of the Dominoes R&B hit Sixty Minute Man. Other artists include Red Foley, Webb Pierce (a fine version of Jimmie Rodgers' California Blues), Goldie Hill, Red Sovine, Wayne Raney (always fine!), Grady Martin, Carl Below, Jimmie Logsdon, Spade Cooley (the fine instrumental Horse Hair Boogie). Usual fine sound and no notes. (FS)
CARL BELEW: I Wish I'd Never/ SPADE COOLEY: Horse Hair Boogie/ RED FOLEY: Playin' Dominoes & Shootin' Dice/ GOLDIE HILL: Ain't Gonna Wash My Face/ ROBERTA LEE & HARDROCK GUNTER: Sixty Minute Man/ JIMMIE LOGSDON: As Long As We're Together/ Pa-Paya-Mama/ GRADY MARTIN: Diesel Smoke, Dangerous Curves/ JIMMY MARTIN: Dog Bite Your hide/ I'm The Boss/ BILL MONROE: Lonesome Truck Drivers Blues/ CHARLIE MONROE: Find 'Em, Fool 'Em & Leave 'Em Alone/ Weep & Cry/ HANK PENNY: Bloodshot Eyes/ WEBB PIERCE: California Blues (Blue Yodel #4)/ WAYNE RANEY: I Ain't Got Time/ MIMI ROMAN: Wrap It Up & Save It/ MERVIN SHINER: Anticipation Blues/ Landslide Of Love/ RED SOVINE: Poor Man's Riches/ You Used To Be My Baby/ MERLE "RED" TAYLOR: Gimmie A Little Sugar/ MITCHELL TOROK: I Wish I Was A Little Bit Younger/ JUSTIN TUBB: I Gotta Go Get My Baby/ T. TEXAS TYLER: Much More Than The Rest/ River Girl/ THE WILBURN BROTHERS: Look Around/ TEX WILLIAMS: Sidetracked/ BOBBY WRIGHT: My Mama Didn't Raise No Foolish Children/ You'd Better Not Do That

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Cactus RCACD 7 RCA Hillbilly, Vol. 7 ● CD $15.98
32 up tempo hillbilly tracks from the RCA label. Like the later Capitol volumes this includes heavy dose of novelty numbers like Catch 'Em Young, Treat 'Em Rough, Tell 'Em Nothin' from feminist Hank Penny, From Paree To TennesseeCaffeine & Nicotine by Eddie Hill, I Pulled A Boo Boo by Jimmy Martin and more. Other artists featured include JOhnny Lee Wills, Eddy Arnold, Hawkshaw Hawkins, Hank Snow, Homer & Jethro, Jimmy Murphy, Merv Shiner, Anita Carter, Eddie Marshall, Billy McGhee, etc.
EDDY ARNOLD: A Full Time Job/ CHARLINE ARTHUR: Soft Hearted Gal/ BILL BOYD: Come & Get It/ Mean Mean Mean/ ANITA CARTER: Right Way, Wrong Way/ THE COUNTRY PARDNERS: Ever-Ready Kisses/ THE DAVIS SISTERS: Gotta Git A-Goin'/ CURTIS GORDON: Caffeine & Nicotine/ HAWKSHAW HAWKINS: Car Hoppin' Mama/ EDDIE HILL: Slender Tender & Sweet/ Whittlin' On A Piece Of Wood/ HOMER & JETHRO: Alabama Jubilee/ JOHNNIE & JACK: So Lovely Baby/ GRANDPA JONES: Old Rattler's Son/ PEE WEE KING: Texas Toni Lee/ LONE PINE with BETTY CODY: Tom-Tom Yodel/ EDDIE MARSHALL: The Tom Cat Blues/ JIMMY MARTIN: I Pulled A Boo Boo/ KEN MARVIN: I Ain't Gonna Do Nothin'/ JIMMY MURPHY: Educated Fool/ BILLY McGHEE: Gamble Your Kisses With Somebody New/ HANK PENNY: Catch 'Em Young, Treat 'Em Rough, Tell 'Em Nothin'/ No Muss-No Fuss/ HAL "LONE" PINE: Don't Stop, I Like It/ From Paree To Tennessee/ MERV SHINER: Mister Sandman/ HANK SNOW: Ladies Man/ JIMMIE RODGERS SNOW: How Do You Think I Feel/ The Flame Of Love/ JACK TURNER: Gambler's Guitar/ BOBBY WILLIAMSON: My Gal Come From Heaven/ JOHNNIE LEE WILLS: Blackberry Boogie

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Cactus CAPCD 8 Capitol Hillbilly, Vol. 8 ● CD $15.98
32 tracks, 79 mins, recommended
32 more fine uptempo sides from the Capitol catalog. This one doesn't have as many novelty songs as the past couple of volumes. It opens with the classic Oakie Boogie by Jack Guthrie plus more fine country boogie from Aubrey Gass, Tennessee Ernie Ford and Deuce Spriggins. Other artiusts include Rod Morris, Hylo Brown, Roy Hogsed, Skeets McDonald (the fine Baby, I'm Hurtin), Joe Allison, Jimmie Dolan, Ferlin Huskey (two songs including Hank's Song - a song composed of Hank Williams song titles!), Jimmy Skinner (the splendid I Got A Lot Of Love Baby), Chester Smith (the great handclapping gospel song Bend Down), Tommy Collins, Jimmy Bryant & Speedy West (the dazzling Frettin' Fingers) and others.
ROY ACUFF: Night Train To Memphis/ Sunshine Special/ JOE ALLISON: A Brand New Broom/ What Happened To Our Summer Love/ FRED BAKER: I'll Make Up/ BOOTS & IDAHO: That's My Heart Talkin'/ HYLO BROWN: John Henry/ JIMMY BRYANT & SPEEDY WEST: Frettin' Fingers/ MARTHA CARSON: Singin' On The Other Side/ LEON CHAPPELL: I'm A Do-Rite Daddy/ TOMMY COLLINS: I'll Be Gone/ JIMMIE DOLAN: I Ain't Gonna Bring My Bacon Home To You/ Wine, Women & Pink Elephants/ TENNESSEE ERNIE FORD: Catfish Boogie/ AUBREY GASS: Dear John/ K. C. Boogie/ JACK GUTHRIE: Oakie Boogie/ ROY HOGSED: Put Some Sugar In Your Shoes/ JACK HUNT: They Tell Me It's Wrong/ FERLIN HUSKEY: Hank's Song/ I Wouldn't Treat A Dog Like You're Treatin' Me/ THE LOUVIN BROTHERS: Childish Love/ SKEETS MCDONALD: Baby I'm Hurtin'/ ROD MORRIS: I'm Comin' Over Tonight/ OLE RASMUSSEN: Straighten Out Your Troubles (With The Lord)/ JERRY REED: Honey Chile/ JIMMIE SKINNER: I Got A Lot Of Love Baby/ CHESTER SMITH: Bend Down/ THE SMITH BROTHERS: I'm Gonna Shout/ DEUCE SPRIGGENS: Empty Hands, Empty Heart, Empty Pockets/ The Player Piano Boogie/ JESS WILLARD: Gonna Take That Fast Train

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Cactus RCACD 8 RCA Hillbilly, Vol. 8 ● CD $15.98
32 tracks, 77 mins, highly recommended
This volume has a lot of great cuts starting off the set with Jack Turner's great country cover of Big Mama THornton's Hound Dog with hot accompaniment from Chet Atkins, Homer & Jethro and Jerry Byrd and the backing group appears as The Country All Stars on the fine Do SOmething. Porter Wagoner is here with two cuts including a great version of Hank's Settin' The Woods On Fire, Hank Snow's 1951 One More Ride was not a hit but should have been - a great songs with fine vocals, strong fiddle by Tommy Waden and some of Hank's acoutic guitar licks. Pee Wee King is here with two hard driving cuts with hot guitar and we have a couple of outstanding bluegrass cuts from The Lonesome Pine Fiddlers and Jimmy Martin (his classic Chalk Up Another One). Other artists include Bobby Williamson, Hank Penny, Tommy Sands (fine uptempo honky tonk from future teen idol), Carson Robison (the fine Rotation BLues - a topical song about Korea), Jimmy Murphy (always excellent), Homer & Jethro, Grandpa Jones (two great sides), Johnny Lee Wills, Myrna LOrrie and others. Definitely one of the better ones in the series. (FS)
EDDY ARNOLD: I'm Gonna Lock My Heart/ ELTON BRITT: Rotation Blues/ COUNTRY ALL-STARS: Do Something/ CURTIS GORDON: Rocky Road Of Love/ HOMER & JETHRO: Child Psychology/ The West Virginny Hills/ GRANDPA JONES: T.V. Blues/ The Closer To The Bone/ PEE WEE KING: Going Back To A.L.A./ The Ghost & Honest Joe/ THE LONESOME PINE FIDDLERS: Honky Tonk Blues/ MYRNA LORRIE: That's What Sweethearts Do/ JIMMY MARTIN: Chalk Up Another One/ JOYCE MOORE: You Can't Kiss Me Too Soon/ JIMMY MURPHY: Ramblin' Heart/ NITA, RITA & RUBY: But I Love You Just The Same/ MINNIE PEARL: Me/ HANK PENNY: Taxes Taxes/ Fan It/ DAVE RICH: Ain't It Fine/ I'm Glad/ TEXAS JIM ROBERTSON: Jaw, Jaw, Yap, Yap, Yap!/ TOMMY SANDS: A Dime & A Dollar/ Love Pains/ HANK SNOW: One More Ride/ JACK TURNER: Hound Dog/ PORTER WAGONER: Hey Maw!/ Settin' The Woods On Fire/ TEX WILLIAMS: Sinful/ BOBBY WILLIAMSON: Steady Diet/ JOHNNIE LEE WILLS: Oo Oooh Daddy/ FLOYD WILSON: Baby, Baby Baby

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Cactus 055 MGM Hillbilly, Vol. 5 - Cryin' In Your Beer Honky-Tonk ● CD $15.98
31 tracks, 77 mins, very highly recommended
Maybe it's because MGM was the home of country music's greatest honky tonk singer but this collection of honky tonk ballads is one of Cactus's best. The influence of Hank can be heard in several of the artists here and I suspect that members of the Drifting Cowboys appear on some of the sides here. Whatever, this collection has some truly great tearjerkers including sides by Bob Gallion, George McCormick, Jimmie Williams, Red Sovine, Charlie Carson, Jimmy Swan (an exceptional singer!), and others. Most Cactus CDs have a few duds but this one is superb from start to finish. (FS)
TOM ANDERSON: My Heart Couldn't See/ THE ANDREWS BROTHERS: Sundown/ AL BRITT: Blue Water/ CHARLIE CARSON: The Ache In My Heart/ VIC CLAIBORNE: No Letter Today/ PAUL DAVIS: I Must Turn My Face To The Wall/ What A Fool I've Been/ BUD DECKELMAN: I Love You/ I'd Only Be Acting A Fool/ DAVE DENNY: Cry Fool Cry/ RUSTY GABBARD: It Hurts Too Much To Cry/ BOB GALLION: Out Of A Honky Tonk/ Your Wild Life's Gonna Get You Down/ BUD HOBBS: Last Dance Tonight/ BOB JENNINGS: I'd Be The Last To Know/ MARY ANN JOHNSON: Blue Teardrops/ Lend Me Your Handkerchief/ JOE CANNONBALL LEWIS: Only In Dreams/ GEORGE MCCORMICK: I Guess You Don't Care/ MARVIN RAINWATER: I Feel Like Leaving Town/ JESSE ROGERS: I Never Knew I Needed You/ You're Sorry For Yourself/ RED SOVINE: A Quarter's Worth Of Heartaches/ JIMMY SWAN: The Way That You're Living/ Why Did You Change Your Mind/ FRED WAMBLE: Since My True Love Said Goodbye/ TED WEST: An Angel's Face (& A Devil's Heart)/ JIMMIE WILLIAMS: These Blues Over You/ Throwing My Life Away/ BILLY JACK WILLS: Four Beers & Forty Tears/ SKEETS YANEY: If It Was A Teardrop

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Cactus 063B MGM Hillbilly, Vol. 6 ● CD $15.98
31 tracks, highly recommended
The sixth volume brings us back to mostly uptempo numbers starting off in fine form with the risque country boogie Keep You Motor Hot by Sam Nichols and continuing with more fine sides from Sheb Wooley, Benny Martin (the excellent Midnight Flyer with fine fiddle and harmonica), Jimmy Williams (hot bluegrass gospel), Joe "Cannonball" Lewis, Zeke Clements (the bluesy Louisiana with hot guitar), Ernie Lee, Arthur Smith (a humorous song about green stamps), Jimmie Allen, Smiley Wilson, Tom Anderson, George McCormick, Skeets Yaney and others. Many tracks are making their first appearance on CD.
JIMMIE ALLEN: I Was A Fool To Fool Around/ The Pain Of Love/ You Upset My Apple Cart/ TOM ANDERSON: My Worried, Troubled Mind/ Our Love Goes On Just Like A Ballgame/ The Moon & I/ THE ANDREWS BROTHERS: I Got Shook/ JACK BOLES: Rockin' Chair Blues/ Runnin' Round/ ZEKE CLEMENTS: Louisiana/ PAUL DAVIS: That Ain't Hard To Take/ BOB GALLION: Baby Love Me/ BUD HOBBS: Louisiana Swing/ ERNIE LEE: How Come You Never Answer/ JOE (CANNONBALL) LEWIS: I Wonder If I Can Lose The Blues/ BENNY MARTIN: Midnight Flyer/ GEORGE MCCORMICK: The Blues Moved In This Morning/ DON MEEHAN: Im Gonna Tell Your Conscience On You/ SAM NICHOLS: Keep Your Motor Hot/ Who Puts The Cat Out/ JINNIE RODGERS: Everything You Do To Me/ AL ROGERS: I'm Getting' Nowhere Fast/ ARTHUR SMITH: Stamps/ JIMMIE WILLIAMS: Don't Come Knockin' At My Door/ JIMMY WILLIAMS: Alpha & Omega/ BOB WILLS: The End Of The Line/ HAPPY WILSON: The Haunted House Boogie/ SMILEY WILSON: Mister Big/ SHEB WOOLEY: Country Kisses/ Hoot Owl Boogie/ SKEETS YANEY: Paper To Burn

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Cactus 105 High On The Hog, Vol. 5 ● CD $15.98
32 tracks, 76 mins, recommended Another fine collection of country drawn from small labels in the 50s and early 60s. Among the better known names here are Alabama singer Jack Cardwell who does two songs about Alabama governor Big Jimy Wilson who was one of the first Southern governors to embrace civil right. There are also sides by Dewey Groom (a 60s remake of his earlier Butane Blues), singer & ssession guitarist Jimmie Widener and the popular Marvin Rainwater with a track on the Brave label (his own label?). Other artists include Dewey Long, Ken Adams (the fine acoustic Tow The Mark), Mack McCray, Al Oster (a singer from the Canadian Yukon), Sammy Julian (a Johnny Cash imitator), Charlie Brown, Jim Minor, The Runabouts, Cousin Zeke (the risque Get Your Finger Out Of It), Little Leon Payne (any connection to THE Leon Payne?), Johnny Diamond and others. Perhaps not quite as strong as earlier volumes but worthwhile, nevertheless. (FS)
KEN ADAMS: Tow The Mark/ SHARY BLAKE: Two Weeks Notice/ CHARLIE BROWN: $50 Fine!/ JACK CARDWELL: Ballad Of Big Jim Folsom/ Big Jim Folsom/ EVERETT CENNA: Another In my Life/ LEON COLLARD: Silver Queen/ COUSIN ZEKE: Get Your Finger Out Of It/ JIMMIE DAWSON: Hot Tamale Wagon/ If I Can't Have You/ JOHNNY DIAMOND: Cry Baby Cry/ DEWEY GROOM: Butane Blues/ BOBBY HODGE: Don't Call The Law/ CURLY HOWARD: Little Ole Heart/ SAMMY JULIAN: The Man That Plays The Lead Guitar/ DEWEY LONG: One More Time/ BOBBY MC: Lonely World Of Hurt/ MACK MCCRAY: Shorts Crazy/ OAKIE MCDONALD: Take Your Heart/ DOUG MCGINNIS: Wrong Number/ JIM MINOR: Aggravatin' Waitin'/ AL OSTER: Northland/ LITTLE LEON PAYNE: Hard Row To Hoe/ MARVIN RAINWATER: It Wasn't Enough/ HOOT ROBERTS: Hey Sheriff/ CHUCK ROGERS: Out Of Gasoline/ THE RUNABOUTS: Train/ HAROLD STORIE: Loved & Lost/ CLEVE WARNOCK: Boy & A Guitar/ JIMMIE WIDENER: Rollin' Tide/ JIMMIE WILLIAMS: Hey, Hey Little Dreamboat/ NORMAN WOOD: Black Lake Boogie

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Country Stars 55495 Lost Highway - A Tribute to Hank Williams ● CD $10.98
24 Tracks, 61 Mins, highly recommended
A great collection of not only classic Country cover versions of Hank Williams songs, but Jazz, R&B, and Pop versions as well. When Tony Bennett covered Cold, Cold Heart in 1951, it was a big deal; not only did it go all the way to #1 on the Pop charts, it opened up Hank Williams and Country music to a whole different type of music listener, exposing both to levels of society that had largely before held their noses up at so called Hillbilly music. In 2011, Hank Williams is a pillar of the American songbook, but it wasn't always that way. This collection features all kinds of great artists exploring his songs and spreading the word on one of America's greatest songwriters. With so many great tracks, here's a just a sample of what you will get: Lovesick Blues by Patsy Cline, My Bucket's Got A Hole In It by Maddox Brothers and Rose, Take These Chains From My Heart by Dean Martin, Kaw-Liga by Johnny & The Hurricanes, Jambalaya (On The Bayou) (live) by Fats Domino, and so on. Most of the artists here are big names, but one of my favorites on this one has to be the obscure version of Moanin' The Blues by Outpost Scotty & His Bar-X Boys, just for its pure Honky-Tonk flavor. Aside from the Fats track, all recordings seem to be done in the 1950's - 1960s, but the limited liner notes don't provide much in discographal info, a minor complaint on a fantastic collection. (JM)

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Country Stars 55532 Will There Always Be Yodelers In Heaven ● CD $10.98
24 tracks, 67 min., very highly recommended
A lot of country fans will be surprised at the number of major artists who pressed into service the vocal register-shifting technique known as yodeling. For a time, the record buying public had a real appetite for yodeling, but that hunger has fallen off sharply over the last 60 or so years. This collection opens with the extremely influential Jimmie Rodgers, singing The Yodeling Ranger. There and else where it is hard to miss the connection between the blues and the country yodel. Other practitioners represented include Rosalie Allen, Sons Of The Pioneers, Hank Williams, Ernest Tubb, Bill Monroe & HIs Blue Grass Boys, Bob Wills And His Texas Playboys, The Delmore Brothers, Roy Rogers, Gene Autry, Hank Snow, Slim Whitman, Roy Acuff The Carter Family, and more. Sometimes the yodel expresses joy, sometimes sorrow. For single disc collections, it doesn't get much better. (JC)
ROY ACUFF: Mule Skinner Blues/ ROSALIE ALLEN: Wide Rolling Plains/ EDDY ARNOLD: Cattle Call/ GENE AUTRY: A Yodeling Hobo/ ELTON BRITT: Give Me a Pinto Pal/ CLIFF CARLISLE: That Nasty Swing/ WILF CARTER: A Little Old Log Shack I Can Always Call My Home/ THE CARTER FAMILY: My Clinch Mountain Home/ THE DELMORE BROTHERS: Lonesome Yodel Blues/ RED FOLEY: Yodeling Radio Joe/ TENNESSEE ERNIE FORD: Anticipation Blues/ THE GIRLS OF THE GOLDEN WEST: Will There Be Any Yodelers in Heaven?/ REX GRIFFIN: You Got to Go to Work/ BILL MONROE & HIS BLUEGRASS BOYS: Blue Yodel, No. 4/ PATSY MONTANA: I Want to Be a Cowboy's Sweetheart/ JIMMIE RODGERS: The Yodeling Ranger/ ROY ROGERS: Cowboy Night Herd Song/ HANK SNOW: Lonesome Blue Yodel/ THE SONS OF THE PIONEERS: The Devil's Great Grand Son/ ERNEST TUBB: Married Man Blues/ RAY WHITLEY: Blue Yodel Blues/ SLIM WHITMAN: I'm Casting My Lasso Towards the Sky/ HANK WILLIAMS: Long Gone Lonesome Blues/ BOB WILLS AND HIS TEXAS PLAYBOYS: Blue Yodel, No. 1

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Jasmine 3540 Country Brothers - The Brother Bands Of Country Music ● CD $11.98
23 tracks, 64 min., highly recommended
With 23 artists out of 24 tracks, this collection is a fine introduction to the brother acts that populated country music in the 1930s and '40s and beyond. Only J.E. Mainer's Mountaineers rate two cuts. The wildly influential Delmore Brothers are represented by what sounds like an relatively early recording (The Nashville Blues). Other bands of brothers include Bailes, Louvin, York, Maddox (and Rose), Stanley, Carlisle, and Blue Sky. Perhaps less well known are the Morris Brothers, the Callahan Brothers, the Cartwright Brothers, the Shelton Brothers, the Rouse Brothers, the Monroe Brothers, and the Allen Brothers. The Farr Brothers (who made names in the Sons Of The Pioneers) offer one of the only swing-inspired performances with Alabamy Stomp, and an excellent performance it is. And one can hear a little of Bob Dylan's vocal debt in the Bailey Brothers' Alabama. But generally the emphasis is on vocal harmony, and few if any can top the Louvin Brothers on that score. Decent notes but no recording dates or session details. Still, the variety here makes this an absolute winner. (JC)
THE ALLEN BROTHERS: Roll Down The Line/ THE BAILES BROTHERS: That Beautiful Picture/ THE BAILEY BROTHERS: Alabama/ THE BLUE SKY BOYS: Sold Down The River/ THE BUCHANAN BROTHERS: The Silver Meteor/ THE CALLAHAN BROTHERS: Somebody's Been Using That Thing/ THE CARLISLE BROTHERS: Chicken Roost Blues/ THE CARTWRIGHT BROTHERS: The Dying Ranger/ THE DELMORE BROTHERS: The Nashville Blues/ THE DIXON BROTHERS: The Intoxicated Rat/ THE FARR BROTHERS: Alabamy Stomp/ THE LONE STAR COWBOYS (BOB & JOE ATTLESEY): Just Because/ THE LOUVIN BROTHERS: Seven Year Blues/ THE MADDOX BROTHERS & ROSE: The Meanest Man In Town/ J.E. MAINER'S MOUNTAINEERS: Johnson's Old Grey Mule/ Seven And A Half/ SAM & KIRK MCGEE: C-H-I-C-K-E-N/ THE MONROE BROTHERS: In My Dear Old Southern Home/ THE MORRIS BROTHERS: Salty Dog Blues/ THE ROUSE BROTHERS: Orange Blossom Special/ THE SHELTON BROTHERS: Hang Out The Front Door Key/ THE STANLEY BROTHERS: The Rambler's Blues/ THE YORK BROTHERS: My Tears Will Never Make You Change

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Jasmine 3595/6 Hillbilly Bop, Boogie & The Honky Tonk Blues, Vol. 4 ● CD $18.98
Two CDs, 48 tracks, 112 mins, highly recommended
The fourth in this great series (previous volumes are Jasmine 3560/61 - 1948->1950, Jasmine 3562/3 - 1951->1953 and Jasmine 3583/4 - 1954-1955 : $18.98 each)) covers the years 1956 and '57 and is devoted to West Coast artists. The recordings are drawn from tiny labels like Fable, Rodeo and High Time - some done as custom pressings for the artists. Apart from a handful of artists most of the performers are biographical blanks but most are very good with solid honky tonk vocals and strong backing with sawing fiddles and soaring steel guitar. Among the artists featured are Chuck Ray & His Gang, Jack Morris, Roy Counts (his I'm Tired is a real beauty), Jack Turner & His OKlahoma Playboys, Glen Rice, Ramblin' Everitt & Swannie River, The Nettles Sisters with The Rodeo Tune Wranglers, Whitey Knight, Kenny Brown & The Arkansas Ramblers, George Rich (superb honky tonker), Tex Holland (a fine version of Jimmie Rodgers' T For Texas with some nice yodeling), Norma McCall, Alden Holloway & His Prairie Ramblers (great bluegrass style harmonies) and others. Most of the tracks appear on CD for the first time. Sound quality is superb and there are informative notes by hillbilly expert Al Turner. (FS)
LES "CARROT TOP" ANDERSON: Thirty Two Riverside Drive/ BILL BROCK: Let's Make New Memories/ KENNY BROWN & THE ARKANSAS RAMBLERS: Throw A Little Wood On The Fire/ KENNY BROWN AND THE ARKANSAS RAMBLERS: Passing Fancy/ PHIL BROWN WITH BILL WOOD'S BAND: You're A Luxury/ WES BUCHANAN: Give Some Love My Way/ ROY COUNTS: I'm Tired/ I Ain't Got No Blues/ JOHNNY DECHAINE & THE CARA SISTERS: Come On Home/ 'RAMBLIN' EVERETT: Music by SANDY STANTON & HIS FABLE RECORDING STARS -Cincinnatti Woman/ RAMBLIN' EVERETT & SWANNIE RIVER: Forever In Dreams/ JOHNNY GITTAR & HIS TARGITS: San Antonio Boogie/ GLEN GOFF & EDWARD DAVIDSON: Livin' For Your Lovin'/ JOHNNY HENDERSON: Any Old Port In A Storm/ BUD HOBBS & HIS TRAIL HERDERS: Mean, Mean, Mean/ You're Just What The Doctor Ordered/ TEX HOLLAND: T For Texas/ ALDEN HOLLOWAY & HIS PRAIRIE RAMBLERS: Red Rose Of Arkansas/ Woodpecker Love/ ROY KELLY & THE WESTERNAIRS: Dragen-It Boogie/ WHITEY KNIGHT: From An Angel To A Devil/ Another Brew Bartender/ LUCKY LEE: Mistreaded Blues/ BILLIE LUKE AND HIS SOUTHERN SERENADERS: Be On The Lookout/ BILLY MACKLIN: Knock On Wood/ NORMA MCCALL WITH SMILEY DAVIS' BAND: The Next Time I See You/ JODY MCGEARY & HIS SOUTHLAND PLAYBOYS: That's When You're Gonna Be Sorry/ GENE MCGOWN: Knee Deep In The Blues/ DICK MILLER: Walkin' The Floor Over You/ Haven't I Seen You Somewhere Before/ JACK MORRIS: Cooing To The Wrong Pigeon/ Four Wheel Bungalow/ Glad I'm Lookin' Back On You/ My Pony Wants To Go/ White Line/ THE NETTLES SISTERS WITH THE RODEO TUNE WRAN: Real Gone Jive/ PAULINE PARKER AND MARILYN KAYE & THE TEXARKANA: Love Fever/ CHUCK RAY & HIS GANG: I May Not Be Able But I'm Willin' To Try/ GLEN RICE: What Makes My Woman So Mean/ GEORGE RICH: Drivin' Away My Blues/ SAGE BRUSH WILLIE & HIS CACTUS BOYS: Black Berry Boogie/ JIMMY SNYDER & WESTERN BAND: Don't Slam The Door/ MORRIS TAYLOR & HIS SIERRA MELODY GANG: Look-A-What (My Baby's Done Done To Me)/ JACK TUCKER & HIS OKLA. PLAYBOYS: Let Me Practice With You/ EARNEY VANDAGRIFF: You Can't Come In/ SANDY WALKER & HIS COUNTRY BOYS: Beatin' 'Round The Bush/ DUSTY WARD: If You Two Time Me/ DALLAS WILSON AND HIS WESTERN TROUBADORS: Hi-Steppin' Daddy

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Jasmine 3600/1 Westerns: Music And Songs From Classic Westerns ● CD $18.98
2 CDs, 62 tracks. 141 mins, highly recommended
We've all been there: you are watching some old western and you hear a song that you would love to have -- whether it was an epic Western theme, or a plaintive Cowboy ballad; you hear it, love it, and have no idea where to find a copy of it. Well, Jasmine records have helped remedy that situation to a large degree with this fine collection. Almost two and a half hours of music from some of the greatest American westerns. Movies like "High Noon", "Destry Rides Again," "Shane," "My Darling Clementine," "Rawhide," "Rio Grande," "Stagecoach," "3:10 To Yuma, and so many more. Stand out tracks like Dean Martin & Ricky Nelson doing My Rifle, My Pony and Me from Rio Bravo, Tex Ritter with Wichita from the movie of the same name, plus a whole lot of Sons Of The Pioneers. Not to mention the great Marlene Dietrich on several tracks, the sultry Julie London, and a girl named Marilyn Monroe, who doesn't sing quite as good as she looks, but she could still handle a western ballad or two just fine. Fans of classic Country music and classic Western movies should find this essential. (JM)

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS JSP JSPCD 77131 Classic Field Recordings - Landmark Country Sessions ● CD $28.98
Four CDs, 100 tracks, highly recommended
The title of this fine four CD set is a bit misleading as "field recordings' generally refers to non commercial recordings made by institutions - the tracks here are all commercial tracks recorded for Bluebird in locations away from their head office in North & South Carolina, Louisiana, Illinois & Texas. Most of the tracks here were cut between 1936 and 1940 with one session by singer/ guitarist Louisiana Lou from 1933. The heyday of the exciting string bands is in the past and here we mostly have solo artists, duets and trios along with some larger groups. Among the highlights are 12 tracks by the superb Georgia singer/ guitarist Johnny Barfield who was the first country singer to record a song with the words "boogie woogie" in the title and his recording of this bluesy gem was so popular that he recorded The New Boogie Woogie six months later. Other fine songs by him include his reworking of Railroad Bill called Ain't That Right and a cover of Rex Griffin's Everybody's Trying To be My Baby which is best known from the Carl Perkins 1956 reworking. The four tracks by The Tennessee Ramblers are early examples of western swing and a couple of their tracks feature fine trumpet by Jack Gillette. There are two charming sides by The Pine Valley Boys featuring the vocal and guitar of Ernie Cornlison with steel guitar by Jerry Byrd (as Gerry Byrd) - the first recordings of this steel guitar legend. There are eight very fine and varied sides by J.H. Howell - vocal duets, vocal trios and a couple of harmonica solos. Other artists includes George Wade & His Caro-Ginians, Smith's Carolina Crackerjacks (fine old-timey gospel with an early appearance of Arthur "Guitar Boogie" Smith on mandolin), Grady & Hazel Cole, The Hill Brothers with Willie Simmons (wonderful old time gospel with autoharp and guitar), The Blind Fiddler (not in the country discography!), Jack Pierce (white blues influenced by Blind lemon Jefferson), The Rouse Brothers (their frequently reissued original recording of Orange Blossom Special and their previously unreissued version of Will The Circle Be Unbroken) and others. Sound is excellent and there are informative notes by Pat Harrison (FS)
JOHNNY BARFIELD: Ain't I Right?/ Boogie Woogie/ Desert Lullaby/ Don't Take My Memories/ Everybody's Trying To Be My Baby/ Heartaches And Tears/ It AIn't No Good/ Long Tongue Woman/ Love Me Only/ My Poodle Doodle Dog/ That Little Shirt My Mother Made For Me/ The New 'Boogie Woogie'/ DEWEY & GASSIE BASSETT: Back Water Blues/ Blue Moon/ No Deep True Love/ One Year Ago Today/ The Great Final Agreement/ There's A Grave In The Wilderness/ LESTER "PETE" BIVENS: Back In My Home Town/ Big Fat Girl/ Home With Mother And Dad In The West/ Knocking On The Hen House Door/ Married Life Blues/ Minor Blues/ THE BLIND FIDDLER: Maggie/ Slim Girl/ GRADY & HAZEL COLE: Forbidden Love/ Precious Thoughs Of Mother/ Shattered Love/ What A Change One Day Can Make/ WALTER CROUCH & THE WILKS RAMBLERS: Cheasapeake Bay/ Fourteen Days In Georgia/ I Want My Baby Back/ GWEN FOSTER: How Many Biscuits Can I Eat?/ Side-Line Blues/ THE FOUR PICKELD PEPPERS: Bungalow Big Enough For Two/ I'll Remember You, Love In My Prayers/ I'm Not Angry With You Darling/ When I Was A Baby/ THE HAPPY VALLEY BOYS: Homecoming Time In Happy Valley/ I'll Never Leave Old Dixieland Again/ THE HILL BROTHERS WITH WILLIE SIMMONS: I Am On My Way To Heaven/ I'm Glad I Counted The Cost/ Just Over In The Glory Land/ HINSON, PITTS & COLEY: Farmer Grey/ Whoa, Mule, Whoa/ J.H. HOWELL: Burning Of Cleveland School/ Girl That Worries My Mind/ Howell's Railroad/ Lonesome Life Of Worry/ Lost John/ Mollie Married A Travelin' Man/ My Sweetheart Has Gone And Left Me/ Rock City Blues/ WALTER HURDT: Fiddle And Guitar Running Wild/ Fox Hunter's Luck/ JULIAN JOHNSON & LEON HYATT: Little Paper Boy/ T.B. Killed My Daddy/ LOUISIANA LOU: A Package Of Love Letters/ Go 'Long Mule/ Sinful To Flirt/ The Export Gal/ With My Banjo On My Knee/ THE MCCLENDON BROTHERS: Goodbye Baby, Goodbye/ Love Hunting Blues/ Free As I Can Be/ Gamblin' On The Sabbath/ Heaven Bound Gold/ Keep Your Love Letter, I'll Keep Mine/ My Little Mountain Lady Queen Of Alabam/ Red Roses, Sweet Biolets So Blues/ The Story Of Love Divine/ JACK PIERCE: Rabbit Blues/ Soap Box Blue/ THE PINE RIDGE BOYS: Farther Along/ You Are My Sunshine/ PETE PYLE: It's So Hard To Be Just A Pal To You/ Little Blue Eyed Blonde, Goodbye/ THE ROUSE BROTHERS: My Family Circle (Will The Circle Be Unbroken)/ Orange Blossom Special/ ROY SHAFFER: Bury Me Out On The Prairie/ Coupon Song/ Cowboy Jack/ Disappointed In Love (I Wish I Had Never Met Sunshine)/ Rocking Alone In An Old Rocking Chair/ The Answer To 'Disappointed In Love'/ SMITH'S CAROLINA CRACKERJACKS: There Are No Disappointments In Heaven/ Your Soul Never Dies/ THE SOUTHERN MELODY BOYS: Down In Baltimore/ I'll Remember You, Love, In My Prayer/ If You See My Saviour/ Sweet Lucust Blossom/ Tribulation Days/ Wind The Little Ball Of Yarn/ THE TENNESSEE RAMBLERS: All My Natural Life/ Don't Put A Tax On Beautiful Girls/ Four Or Five Times/ I'll Keep On Loving You/ GEORGE WADE & THE CARO-GINIANS: He Turned Around And Went The Other Way/ Long And Bony

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS T-Bird 0010 Rare Bluegrass From Nashville - The 1960s ● CD $18.98
28 tracks, 68 mins, very good
A collection of sides recorded for the Spar and Sur-Speed labels in the mid 60s. The most familiar name here is Carl Story with his fine band The Rambling Mountaineers on 10 tunes from 1966. Although best known as a bluegrass gospel pioneer the tracks here find him performing a fine selection of secular material including original songs like Action Speaks Louder Than Words and Who's That Man I Saw You With and instrumentals - mostly old favorites like Blackberry Blossom and Orange Blossom Special

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS T-Bird 016 Early Country And Western From Bullet Records, Nashville ● CD $18.98
28 tracks, highly recommended
Superb collection of country sides recorded for the important Bullet label from the mid 40s to early 50s. Although a fair number of these tracks have been reissued before most of those were on the now deleted box set "Tennessee Jive" on Bear Family and even if you have that set there are a number of fine sides not available on that set and if you don't have that set then most of this will be new to you. There are four tracks by the outstanding blind singer and songwriter Leon Payne including his original recordings of Lost Highway and They'll Never Take Her Love From Me, later recorded by Hank Williams. The Bullet label gave a start to a number of important country artists and this collection includes the earliest recordings of Ray Price (relatively undistinguished), Sheb Wooley, Pee Wee King and Chet Atkins (doing a vocal on Brown Eyes A' Cryin' In The Rain). Other artists include Calvin Tubb (Ernest's brother who sings in a very similar style), Pete Pyle (the splendid Talking The Blues, Butterball Paige, Johnnie Lee Wills (four cuts of fine wetsrn swing from Bob's brother), Bill Nettles, Clyde Moody and others. Sound is fine and there informative notes by Fred James. For more Bullet hillbilly be sure to check out T-Bird 024 which focuses on the hillbilly boogie tracks from the label. (FS)

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Tee-Vee 0768 Road Music Two ● CD $9.98
20 tracks, 55 mins, fans only
Gusto's "Road Music Vol. 1" was a huge seller and a pretty fine collection of truck driving classics. The label presents this as the long awaited sequel, a present for the fans of the first one. Far than a present, though, this is a pretty mediocre cash in that is only for hardcore trucker fans at most. You get strong artists like David Allen Coe, Red Sovine, etc, with some of their lesser tracks, or weak artists like David Frizzell and Charlie Craig doing what they do. A few good tracks like Roving Gambler by Billy Walker, and Trucker's Rag by Moon Mullican help out the compilation, but can't really save it. Only for the most hardcore truck driving song collectors. (JM)
BETTY AMOS: 18 Wheels A Rolling/ DAVID ALLAN COE: White Line Fever/ CHARLIE CRAIG: I Married Your Sister/ Only Light On The Road/ JOHNNY DOLLAR: Truck Driver's Lament/ DAVID FRIZZELL: California Turn Arounds/ Home, Home On The Road/ TINY HARRIS: King Of The Highway/ MIKE LUNSFORD: Movin' On/ FRANKIE MILLER: Truck Driving Buddy/ MOORE & NAPIER: This Truck And Me/ GEORGE MORGAN: Man Behind The Wheel/ MOON MULLICAN: Trucker's Rag/ SANDY POSEY: 18 Wheels Hummin' Home Sweet Home/ BILLY JOE ROYAL: Lay Me Down A Truck Driving Man/ RED SIMPSON: Don't Fall Asleep At The Wheel/ RED SOVINE: 10 Days Out, 2 Days In/ Woman Behind The Man Behind The Wheel/ BILLY WALKER: Roving Gambler/ COLEMAN WILSON: Radar Blues

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS TeeVee 772 Nashville Steel Guitar - 20 Greatest ● CD $7.98
20 tracks, 51 min., recommended
World-class steel guitarists Roy Wiggins, Buddy Emmons, Leon McAuliffe, Jimmy Day, Jim Baker, Shot Jackson, Ray Pennington, and the Nashville Rhythm Section make this budget release a worthwhile acquisition. Western swing fans will remember McAuliffe from his days with Bob Wills And The Texas Playboys ("Take it away, Leon"), and his 5 tracks are easily the best performances here. Day played with Webb Pierce, T. Texas Tyler, Jim Reeves, and others. Shot Jackson worked with the Bailes Brothers, Kitty Wells, Jimmie Osborne, among others. You get the idea. These guys are good. Not sure about including Little Drummer Boy and Silver Bells by Wiggins and Baker, since Christmas music is usually best served up with its own kind sometime between Halloween and New Year's Eve, but perhaps it could be argued that it works along side the NRS's Amazing Grace and What A Friend We Have In Jesus. And then again, perhaps not. Solid if unspectacular. (JC)

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Tompkins Square 2479 Bloody War; Songs, 1924-1939 ● CD $15.98
15 tracks, 45 mins, essential
For as long as rich old men have been sending poor young men off to die in battle, there have been artists chronicling the experience. This collection take the unique approach of featuring songs recorded from the end of the First World War up to the precipice of the second. This provides us with a tapestry of String Band, Country, Folk and Blues covering the subject from the Civil War through WW1, with compositions going as far back as 1865. No doubt, this is stirring stuff, bloody and heartbreaking, but with an occasional biting humor. You won't be getting any "Yankee Doodle Dandy" or the like here; this is the real deal for sure. For example, you get tracks like Bloody War by Jimmy Yates' Boll Weevils from 1928 about the misfortunes of a "simple country boy" and his bloody misadventures in the First World War, The Old Vacant Chair by The Dixon Brothers in 1936, which tells of the loss, on either side, of important family members, or The Faded Coat Of Blue by Buell Kazee in 1928 about a fallen Union soldier, later done by the Carter Family. Copious notes and fantastic graphics included with the CD tell the story much better than I can in a short review, let me just say that this is a wonderful collection that was truly a moving experience listening to, and I strongly recommend picking this up especially for those history buffs like me out there. (JM)

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Trailer-Park 004 Twisted Tales From The Vinyl Wastelands, Vol. 4 ● CD $15.98
31 songs + 2 spoken interludes, highly recommended
Our wild and crazy friends at the trailer park are at it again. This time they have turned their attention to the "hippy revolution" of the 1960s with 31 (mostly country) songs dealing with hippies and all that word implies including long hair, love-ins, marijuana, LSD, protesting and more. If you though that Merle Haggard's Okie From Muskogie was pretty scathing stuff, wait until you hear Place For Them Called Hell by Smokey Harless. No collection of hippie songs would be complete without Red RIver Dave's amazing account of the Manson murders - The California Hippie Murders and we also get Hippie In A Blunder by Johnny Bucket, Barber Hair Blues by Wayne Satkamp and Chesney Carroll's tongue in cheek response to Merle Hippie From Mississippi. Autry Inman is here with two ultra patriotic songs The Ballad Of two Brothers and Vietnam Blues, Don Hinson pokes fun at The Protest Singer, Don Bowman fills us in on The San Francisco Scene and Lester Flatt Can't Tell The Boys From The Girls. More songs - serious and comical from Guy Drake, Wild Bill Cooksy, Ben Colder, Wendell Austin and more. The only slightly out of place song is The Evil Dope by Phil Phillips which is about drug use in the hood but it's such an all time classic that if you don't already have it is worth the price of admission. No notes but you'd probably be too stoned to read 'em anyway! (FS)
WENDELL AUSTIN: LSD/ MOE AVERICK: Middle Age Hippie Blues/ JIMMY D. BENNETT: Sapadelic/ DON BOWMAN: The San Francisco Scene/ JOHNNY BUCKETT: Hippie In A Blunder/ CHESNEY CARROLL: Hippie From Mississippi/ LINDA CASSADY: Is Santa Claus A Hippy/ WILD BILL COOKSY: Mississippi Hippie/ FREDDY COUNTRYMAN: Cocaine Blues/ GUY DRAKE: The Marching Hippies/ LESTER FLATT: I Can't Tell The Boys From The Girls/ BUD FREEMAN: Because Of LSD/ SMOKEY HARLESS: Place For Them Called Hell/ DON HINSON: The Protest Singer/ HOMER & JETHRO: Hill Billy Hippie/ AUTRY INMAN: Ballad Of Two Brothers/ Vietnam Blues/ INTRO: The Hippie Revolt/ BUCK JONES: A Box Of Grass/ LARRY KIRBY: Country Western Hippy/ STU MITCHELL: Acid/ BEN OLDER: The Love-In/ PHIL PHILLIPS: The Evil Dope/ JOHNNY PRICE: Marijuana, The Devil Flower/ LEON RAUSCH: Hanoi Jane/ BILLY RAY: The Story Of Suzie/ RED RIVER DAVE: California Hippie Murders!/ WAYNE SATKAMP: Barber Hair Blues/ ALVIE SELF: Hippieville/ SKIT: What The Bible Says About Drug Addiction/ HARRY SNYDER: The Needle/ BILL WOODS: The Story Of Suzy/ VIC WOODWARD & CLAUDIA: Hippie Yippie

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Trailer-Park 006 Twisted Tales From The Vinyl Wastelands, Vol. 6 ● CD $15.98
30 tracks, 79 mins, essential
Just when you think that all of the odd, wild and obscure nuggets have been unearthed from the Rock 'n' Roll and Country mine, you get a collection like this with all kinds of crazy diamonds. I personally think that there is a compound somewhere in the Ozark Mountains where they have a bunch of wild-eyed southern boys holed up, fed a steady diet of moonshine and cheeseburgers, with nothing but vintage Grand Ole' Opry broadcasts, Sun Records 45s, and Ed Wood movies for entertainment. At this compound they are given cheap guitars, stand-up basses, and two-piece drum kits and encouraged to record all these wild tracks, which are then made to look like rare old records that nobody has ever heard of... That's my conspiracy theory, and there are plenty more on this collection for you to enjoy. Tackling so many of the pressing issues of the day like: Puberty - (Cowboy) Jack Clement My Voice Is Changing; inter-racial adoption - Johnny Starr Little Brown Baby; government conspiracies - The Space Walkers - Swamp Gas; drug addiction - Margie Singleton - Jesus is My Pusher; and so on. Also possibly the most unsung issue, the one of women wearing other women's hair, thankfully tackled here by Bud & Darlene Chambers in The Wig Song, with the phenomenal line "When a woman wears another woman's hair, you can't hardly tell who they 'air" (sic). You get songs about John Wayne, the Devil, monsters, and even one Sitar Pickin' Man. There're also two great alligator songs: Bobby Hodge's Alligator Man, which celebrates the great alligator hunters of the south, and Johnny Ray Harris's Alligator Meat, which celebrates the fruits of that labor. Aside from Swamp Gas, and Hank Hill (from the show King Of The Hill) doing Red Sovine's Teddy Bear, I can't say as I have ever heard many of the tracks here--and this kinda stuff is what I love! I have made a point of hunting down collections like these for the last 20 years or so. If you like it weird, if obscure Rock 'n' Roll, and Country music, Wrastlin' and b-movies are what you call high-culture, then you won't want to miss this one. (JM)
GLENN BARBER: I Created A Monster/ BILLY BARTON: The Devil My Conscience & I/ TOMMY JIM BEAM: Bayou/ DON BOWMAN: Giddyup Do Nut/ TV Commercials/ BILL CARLISLE: Tiny Space Man/ BUD & DARLENE CHAMBERS: The Wig Song/ JACK CLEMENT: My Voice Is Changing/ JOHNNY RAY HARRIS: Alligator Meat/ LUM HATCHER: Behind The Fear/ White Lightning 'N Excess/ HANK HILL: Teddy Bear/ BOBBY HODGE: Alligator Man/ THE HOUSE BROTHERS: Rock 'Round The Old Corral/ LLOYD HUGO: Mother Trucker/ MERLE KILGORE: Lover's Hell/ LUKE THE DRIFTER JR: I Was With Red Foley/ PINKY PINKSTON: Blue Moon Of Kentucky/ JACKIE POWERS: Heeby Jeeby Blues/ LEROY PULLINS: Out In The Smokehouse Takin' A Bath/ VINCE ROBERTS: Stars Guitar/ JOHN TEXAS ROCKER: Teddy Bears' Epitaph/ MARGIE SINGLETON: Jesus Is My Pusher/ RED SOVINE: The Hero (John Wayne)/ THE SPACE WALKERS: Swamp Gas/ JOHNNY STARR: Little Brown Baby/ BOBBY WAYNE: TV Dream/ GEORGE WESTON: Dead Man/ FARON YOUNG: Dingaka (The Witch Doctor)/ BOBBY ZEHM: Sitar Pickin' Man

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Trailer-Park 008 Twisted Tales From The Vinyl Wastelands, Vol. 8 ● CD $15.98
30 tracks, 80 mins, highly recommended
If you don't have a good recipe for cooking up opossum, or a bail bondsman on speed-dial, then you might not quite understand this collection. Basically this is a gathering of unhinged, uninhibited, and often unlawful Country recordings, the likes of which you probably haven't ever quite experienced before. You get songs about being drunk - Drunk On The Street by Bo Ratliff, Drunk-Drunk-Again by Billy Brown; songs about mental problems - Insane by Katie Lee, unlucky love - Cousin Zeke's Lover Man Minus Sex Appeal; ghosts - Slim O'Mary's Ghost Of Henry Wells; more songs about getting drunk - Luke Gibbons' Queen Of Skid Row; and then a couple tragic tales of motherhood - The Hi-Fi Guys with Rock 'n Roll Killed My Mother, and the title track Please Don't Go Topless Mother by that talented little scamp Troy Hess. You also get a bonus drunk song with an unissued Phillips recording Drunk by J.W. Brown, possibly the oddest and best track on here. If you have some beer that needs crying into, or you need to kill some time waiting for your grandma to get out of prison, than this CD is certainly made for you; the rest of us are just witnesses. (JM)
HOUSTON BARKS: Stranger/ RUSS "BIG DADDY" BLACKWELL: The Little Monster/ BILLY BROWN: Drunk - Drunk Again/ J.W. BROWN: Drunk/ WAYLAND CHANDLER: Cold Cold Grave/ Just About Dawn/ LOY CLINGMAN: It's Nothing To Me/ COUSIN ZEKE: Lover Man Minus Sex Appeal/ TEX CRADDOCK: Carolina Beach/ DICK CURLESS: Chick Inspector/ LUKE GIBBONS: Prisoner's Promise/ Queen Of Skid Row/ LEON HART: Long White Line/ TROY HESS: Please Don't Go Topless Mother/ Wild Hog Boogie/ THE HI FI GUYS: Rock n Roll Killed My Mother/ HOWARD & THE TRUETONES: Harlan County/ GINNY KENNEDY: Miss Irene/ DUKE LARSON: Heartbreakin' Special/ KATIE LEE: Insane/ THE LUMBERJACK: Hell Bound Train/ DUDE MARTIN: On A Hill/ FILTHY MCNASTY: Ice Man/ SLIM O'MARY: Ghost Of Henry Wells/ BO RATLIFF: Drunk On The Street/ SIERRA RHYTHMS: Big Feet/ JOHNNY STARR: Fire Burns/ BOOTS TILL: Shadows Of The Prison Bars/ PATSY TIMMONS: Answer To Life To Go/ CHUCK WELLS: Down & Out

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Trikont 310 Flowers In The Wildwood - Women In Early Country Music ● CD $18.98
25 tracks, 70 mins, highly recommended
Available again at a lower price. Wonderful collection of country recordings made between 1923 and 1939. Most of these tracks are making their first appearance on CD. Among the artists featured a Lulu Belle & Scotty, The Dezurik Sisters (some of the most amazing yodelling you'll ever hear), The Aaron Sisters (a fascinating acapella trio recorded by Columbia in 1932), The Girls Of The Golden West, Moonshine Kate (fine Jimmie Rodgers style blues by Fiddlin' John Carson's daughter), Joe & Alma, Fred & Gertrude Gossett (a fine version of All The Good Times Are Past & Gone), The Leatherman Sisters (fine duet vocals and guitars on the gospel song Home-Coming Week), Mr. & Mrs J.W. Baker (fine group with guitar, fiddle, banjo & autoharp), The Carter Family ( a couple of their less familiar tracks), The Coon Creek Girls, The Wisdom Sisters and others. Sound quality is a bit rough on some cuts but is mostly excellent. Set comes with 28 page illustrated booklet with extensive notes in German and English including an interview with Carolyn Dezurik and biographical profiles of all the performers. (FS)
THE AARON SISTERS: She Came Rollin' Down the Mountain/ How'm I Doin'?/ MR. & MRS. J.W. BAKER: On the Banks of the Old Tennessee/ SAMANTHA BUMGARNER & EVA DAVIS: Big-Eyed Rabbit/ THE CARTER FAMILY: Just Another Broken Heart/ Walking in the King's Highway/ THE CHUCK WAGON GANG: We Are Climbing/ GRADY & HAZEL COLE: Brother, Be Ready for That Day/ THE COON CREEK GIRL: Flowers Blooming in the Wildwood/ Little Birdie/ THE DEZURIK SISTERS: Go to Sleep My Darling/ I Left Her Standing There/ THE GIRLS OF THE GOLDEN WEST: Round-Up Time in Texas/ FRED & GERTRUDE GOSSETT: All the Good Times Are Past and Gone/ AUNT MOLLY JACKSON: Kentucky Miner's Wife (Ragged Hungery Blues), Pt.1/ JOE & ALMA (THE KENTUCKY GIRLS): Lorena/ THE LEATHERMAN SISTERS: Home-Coming Week/ LOUISIANA LOU: With My Banjo on My Knee Blues/ LULU BELLE & SCOTT: Wish I Was a Single Girl Again/ PATSY MONTANA: My Poncho Pony/ MOONSHINE KATE: My Man's a Jolly Railroad Man/ WANDA & RUTH NEAL: Round Town Girls/ SOUTHLAND'S LADIES QUARTETTE: My Loved Ones Are Waiting for Me/ ROBA STANLEY: Single Life/ THE WISDOM SISTERS: Prayer

 

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