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NEWSLETTER #147
Country, Bluegrass & Old Timey
George Jones -> White Top Mountain Band

 

 
 

NEW COMPACT DISCS

 

BUELL KAZEE B.A.C.M. 214 Legendary Kentucky Ballad Singer, Vol. 2 ● CD $14.98
21 tracks, highly recommended
Complementing BACM 027 is another great selection of sides recorded between 1927 and 1929 by this fine and important mountain balladeer and banjo player. Kazee was the first to record a number of songs that have become old time and bluegrass standards and this disc includes the original recordings of songs like Rock Island/ Darling Cora/ Little Bessie and others. It also includes a superb unreleased version of Short Life Of Trouble originally recorded by Burnett & Rutherford. There are also several sentimental songs on which Buell accompanies himself on guitar, three fine sides with Buell and his banjo accompanied by guitar and steel guitar and two fascinating two part semi spoken word titles A Mountain Boy Makes His First Record with charming dialogue between Buell and Jack Kapp and Election Day In Kentucky. Excellent sound and brief notes by Brian Golbey. (FS)
BUELL KAZEE: A Mountain Boy Makes His First Record Pt. 1/ A Mountain Boy Makes His First Record Pt. 2/ A Short Life Of Trouble/ Darling Cora/ Election Day In Kentucky Pt. 1/ Election Day In Kentucky Pt. 2/ Gambling Blues/ I'm Rolling Along/ In The Shadow Of The Pines/ John Hardy/ Little Bessie/ My Mother/ Poor Boy Long Ways From Home/ Rock Island/ Roll On John/ Steel A Goin' Down/ The Hobo's Last Ride/ The Old Maid/ The Sporting Bachelors/ You Are False But I'll Forgive You/ You Taught Me How To Love You

 
SNEAKY PETE KLEINOW Sundazed 11179 The Shiloh Records Anthology ● CD $17.98
18 tracks recorded in the late 70s and early 80s for the Shiloh label by legendary steel guitarist Sleepy Pete Kleinow, who recently passed away. Kleinow appeared on the 1969 debut album of The Flying Burrito Brothers and since then with artists as diverse as The Rolling Stones, Booker T. & The MGs, Doug Sahm, Linda Ronstadt, Little Ricahrd and many more. Includes Beat The Heat/ Oklahoma Stomp/ Silverbird/ Louisiana/ Fly The Bright Sea and more. Includes one track (Faded Love) with The Flying Burrito Brothers.

 
GRADY MARTIN & HIS SLEW FOOT FIVE B.A.C.M. 222 Cornstalk Hop ● CD $14.98
A nice companion to the recent Rev-Ola release with 25 tracks featuring this great guitarist - this time, mostly instrumentals issued under his own name with his group The Slewfoot Five or as his Winging strings. Includes a handful of vocals from Red Foley, Buddy Hall and Dick Todd
GRADY MARTIN & HIS SLEWFOOT FIVE: A Pretty Girl Is Like A Melody/ Allegheny Moon/ Anniversary Song/ Beer Barrel Polka/ Bimbo/ Bully Of The Town/ Chicago/ Columbus Stockade Blues/ Cornstalk Hop/ Don't Take Your Love From Me/ Hot Lips/ Just Because/ Mexicali Rose/ My Window Faces The South/ Night And Day/ Oklahoma Hayseed/ Pork Chop Stomp/ Remember This/ September Song/ Singing The Blues Till My Daddy Comes Home/ Sioux City Sue/ Slip In And Slip Out/ Somebody Stole My Gal/ Star Dust/ Sweethearts Or Strangers/ The Velvet Glove/ When My Dreamboat Comes Home/ Wooly Boogie

 
FRANKIE MILLER Bear Family 16566 Blackland Farmer - The Complete Starday Records & More ● CD $67.98
Three CD set with 96 tracks by this outstanding Texas honky tonk singer best known for his big 1959 hit Blackland Farmer which was reissued in 1961 and became a hit again! It features all his recordings made for Starday between 1959 and 1964 including all his issued songs along with unissued songs, alternate takes and vocal/ guitar demos. In addition it includes live performances from the Big D. Jamboree, pre-Starday sides for the Cowtown Hoedown label as well as well as all his recordings - both issued and unissued for the United Artists and Stop labels. In addition there is a conversation between Frankie and one of the compilers of this set Hank Davis. Set is packaged in a triple digipac and includes a 100 page booklet with loads of vintage photographs and clippings, a newly researched biography and complete discography.

 
EDDIE MILLER & HIS OKLAHOMANS B.A.C.M. 219 Release Me ● CD $14.98
27 tracks, highly recommended
Fine collection of sides by this fairly obscure but important artist from Oklahoma. Miller was co-composer of several songs that have become country standards like Release Me/ There She Goes/ Thanks A Lot and others. he was also an important figure on the Nashville scene having founded the Acadamy Of Country Music and co-founded the Nashville Songwriters Association International. The material here, recorded here between 1947 and 1956 is a mix of western swing and honky tonk with engaging vocals from Miller plus occasional vocal contributions from Tiny Colbert, Bob Gene and Jimmy McGraw and fine instrumental work from a varied assortment of musicians. It includes his original 1949 recording of Release Me along with its slightly risque flip Motel Time plus I Love You Honey/ Nothin' To Lose But the Blues/ Cab DRiver's Blues/Knowin' You Don't Care/ Those Tantalising Blues/ I Like What You've Got/ Married Man's Lies/ Patty Cake Man/Ghost Town, etc. The last four sides from 1956 are pretty much straight rock 'n' roll. Excellent sound and fine notes from Kevin Coffey. (FS)
EDDIE MILLER & HIS OKLAHOMANS: Annie, The She Buckaroo/ Baby Boy's Prayer/ Behind Closed Doors/ Bus Station Stomp (instr.)/ Cab Driver's Blues/ Don't Break My Heart Anymore/ Ghost Town/ Hidin' Out/ Honey Baby (I Was Wrong)/ I Like What You've Got/ I Love You Honey/ Knowin' You Don't Care/ Lo And Behold/ Married Man's Lies/ Motel Time/ No Stars In My Heaven/ Nothin' (instr.)/ Nothin' To Lose But The Blues/ Nothing But Troubles/ Patty Cake Man/ Please Don't Laugh/ Pull Down The Night Shades/ Release Me (And Let Me Love Again)/ Slow Down Baby/ Those Tantalising Blues/ Unwanted/ You Walked Away

 
THE MORRIS BROTHERS B.A.C.M. 220 Salty Dog Blues ● CD $14.98
24 tracks, recommended
24 tracks recorded between 1938 and 1945 by this fine brother duo (Zeke & Wiley Morris) from North Carolina. Unlike other brothers there was not a whole lot of close harmony - the emphasis was mostly on the solemn lead vocals of younger brother Wiley who also played guitar - Zeke provided occasional harmony vocal plus guitar and mandolin accompaniment and three tracks feature added fiddle. One track features lead vocal by "Little Eunice" - presumably a young child and is pretty terrible. Their material is a mix of ballads, sentimental songs, old time songs and blues and includes two version of their most popular song Salty Dog Blues. (FS)
THE MORRIS BROTHERS: Answer To Blue Eyes/ Blessed Jesus Hold My Hand/ Darling Think Of What You Have Done/ Does Jesus Care/ Don't Say Goodbye If You Love Me/ Farewell Kentucky/ Gabriel's Trumpet/ Great Speckled Bird/ He'll Set Your Fields On Fire/ I Love The Silver In Your Hair/ I Will Meet My Precious Mother/ If You Love Your Mother/ It's Blues/ Just How Pretty You Smile/ Let Me Be Your Salty Dog/ Little Nellie/ Old Covered Bridge/ Riding To See The Sun Go Down/ Salty Dog Blues/ Somebody Loves You Darlin'/ Telephone To Glory/ The Story Of Charlie Lawson/ The Tragic Romance/ Wabash Cannon Ball

 
THE PERRY COUNTY MUSIC MAKERS Spring Fed 33009 Sunset Memories ● CD $15.98
A delightful collection of old time singing and playing by trio of performers from Tennessee featuring the unique and distinctive sound of Nonnie Presson on zither.

 
WEBB PIERCE Bear Family BCD 16790 Gonna Shake This Shack Tonight - High Geared Daddy ● CD $21.98
32 more fine up tempo country sides - this time from the great Webb Pierce. It includes rare recordings made for Four Star and Webb's own Pacemaker label as well as classic Decca favorites. Includes High Geared Daddy/ Georgia Rag/ Have You Ever Had That Feeling/ I'm Gonna See My Baby/ In The Jailhouse Now/ Why Baby Why/ I'm Tired/ Who Wouldn't LOve You/ The New Raunchy/ Tupelo County Jail and more.

 
THE PINE RIDGE BOYS B.A.C.M. 216 Mississippi River Blues ● CD $14.98
The Pine Ridge Boys (Doug Spivey & Marvin Taylor) were one of the many male country vocal duets to arise in the 30s. Taylor was from Georgia and Spivey from Tennessee. They recorded three sessions for Victor between 1939 and 1941 accompanying themselves on guitar and mostly recorded covers of other artists' songs. Unlike some of their contemporaries they were a pretty drab duo but do have the distinction of being the first to record one of the most popular country of all time You Are My Sunshine (includes here). Other songs include Farther Along/ Just Tell Me That You LOve Me Yet/ When Mother Prayed For Me/ Old Shep/ This Means Our Last Goodbye/ Crooning Bachelor/ Put Your Arms Around Me Honey/ Little Darling I'll Be Yours, etc.
THE PINE RIDGE BOYS: Answer To You Are My Sunshine/ Crooning Bachelor/ Farther Along/ I Won't Care/ Just Tell Me That You Love Me Yet/ Little Darling I'll Be Yours/ Lonesome For You Annabelle/ Mississippi River Blues/ No Matter What Happens/ Old Shep/ Put Your Arms Around Me Honey/ Railroad Boomer/ The Clouds Will Soon Roll By/ The Convict And The Rose/ There's A Mother Always Waiting You At Home/ This Means Our Last Goodbye/ When Mother Prayed For Me/ When You Have No One To Love You/ Where The Old Red River Flows/ Whitehouse Blues/ Wind/ You Are My Sunshine/ You'll Be Sorry Dear You'll Pay

 
TEXAS JIM ROBERTSON B.A.C.M. 213 Vol. 2 - Put Your Arms Around Me ● CD $14.98
Second collection of songs by this Texas born but New York based western singer with a style reminiscent of Tex Ritter. 17 tracks are from commercial recordings with a small group including You'll Never Be Blue In A Blue Uniform/ Gotta Git A Gittar/ Low In The Lehigh Valley/ I'll Walk This Weary Road Alone/ One Kind Word/ Why Don't You Marry The Girl, etc. The remaining 8 tracks are from radio transcriptions featuring Jim with his own guitar accompaniment only and includes Yellow Rose Of Texas/ Night Herding Song/ Empty Cot In The Bunkhouse Tonight/ Hobo Bill's Last Ride, etc.
TEXAS JIM ROBERTSON: Answer To A Rainbow At Midnight/ Bite Your Tongue And Say You're Sorry/ Climbin' Up The Golden Stairs/ Daddy When Is Mommy Coming Home/ Empty Cot In The Bunkhouse Tonight/ Gotta Git A Gittar/ Hobo Bill's Last Ride/ I Want No More Of Army Life/ I'll Walk This Weary Road Alone/ I'm Back To Where I Started/ It Hurts To See You With Somebody Else/ Life Gits Tee-Jus, Don't It/ Low In The Lehigh Valley/ Night Herding Song/ One Kind Word/ Put Your Arms Around Me/ Sam Bass/ Saving Up Coupons (To Get One Of Those)/ Taffy/ The Zebra Dunn/ Why Don't You Marry The Girl/ Yellow Rose Of Texas/ Yesterday's Kisses/ You'll Never Be Blue In A Blue Uniform/ Your Sweetheart Waits For You Jack

 
FIDDLIN' ARTHUR SMITH B.A.C.M. 215 Give Me Old Time Music ● CD $14.98
24 tracks, highly recommended
Terrific collection of sides by this superb and extremely influential fiddler and singer whose style and repertoire have have been much covered. The first 17 tracks are from commercial recordings made between 1935 and 1940 and find him in the company of musicians like The Delmore Brothers, Howdy Forrester, Billy Byrd, Clyde Moody and others on a selection of songs and tunes including Spring Street Waltz/ There's More Pretty Girls Than One (and it's answer song)// Beautiful Memories/ Give Me Old Time Music (a secular reworking of Give Me That Old Time Religion)/ Smith's Waltz/ Hen Pecked Husband Blues/ That's The Love I Have For You and others. The remaining seven sides are from 1946 MacGregor radio transcriptions featuring Arthur accompanied by Jimmy Wakely and his band (he appeared frequently on Wakeley's shows and performed in many of Wakely's western movies) and includes Orange Blossom Special/ It's Hard To Please Your Mind/ Beautiful Brown Eyes, etc. For more by this great and important performer be sure to check out County 3526 ("Fiddlin' Arthur Smith & His Dixieliners" - $15.98) (FS)
FIDDLIN' ARTHUR SMITH: Across The Blue Ridge Mountains/ Answer To There's More Pretty Girls Than One/ Beautiful Memories/ Beautiful, Beautiful Brown Eyes/ Farmer's Daughter/ Give Me Old Time Music/ Hen Pecked Husband Blues/ Her Little Brown Hand/ I Miss You Since You've Been Gone/ I Wish I'd Never Learned To Love You/ I'm Lonesome I Guess/ It's A Weary World/ It's Hard To Please Your Mind/ Love Letters/ Orange Blossom Special/ Smith's Breakdown/ Smith's Waltz/ Spring Street Waltz/ Sweet Heaven/ That's The Love I Have For You/ The Crazy Blues/ There's More Pretty Girls Than One/ Walking In My Sleep/ Why Should I Wonder

 
HANK SNOW Bear Family BCD 16813 Gonna Shake This Shack Tonight - The Goldrush Is Over ● CD $21.98
Another volume in Bear Family's great "Gonna Shake This Shack Tonight" features 30 up-tempo tracks recorded between 1945 and 1962 by one of RCA's most prolific performers.
HANK SNOW: (Now And Then There's) A Fool Such As I/ Ben Dewberry's Final Run/ Blue Ranger/ Can't Have You Blues/ Confused With The Blues/ Conscience I'm Guilty/ Dog Bone/ Don't Hang Around Me Anymore/ Golden Rocket/ Goldrush Is Over/ Honeymoon On A Rocketship/ Hula Rock/ I Don't Hurt Anymore/ I'm Here To Get My Baby Out Of Jail/ I'm Movin' On/ I've Been Everywhere/ Lady's Man/ Loose Talk/ Miller's Cave/ Music Makin' Mama From Memphis/ New Blue Velvet Band/ On A Tennessee Saturday Night/ One More Ride/ Reindeer Boogie/ Rhumba Boogie/ Southern Cannonball/ Squid Jiggin' Ground/ Tangled Mind/ Unwanted Sign Upon Your Heart/ Wreck Of The Old 97

 
HANK SNOW Jasmine 3556 Plays Guitar ● CD $11.98
Deleted a few years and now reissued by popular demand. A 26 track collection focusing on Hank's fine acoustic guitar picking. 12 of the tracks are all instrumental while the rest are vocals with prominent guitar breaks. Includes Hilo March/ Birth Of The Blues/ Over The Waves/ I Was Sorta Wonderin'/ Caribbean/ Among My Souvenirs/ Golden River/ Tangled Mind/ Texas Plains, etc.

 
RALPH STANLEY Rebel 7517 Mountain Preacher's Child ● CD $9.98
14 tracks, highly recommended
A budget priced collection featuring 14 gospel bluegrass tracks drawn from albums recorded for Rebel by Ralph & The Clinch Mountain Boys between 1975 and 1985. Ralph and his group recorded some of the finest ever bluegrass gospel as this superb collection shows. The earliest cut here Looking For The Stone from 1975 features him with Keith Whitley on lead vocals while the remainder feature leads by Charlie Sizemore who also provides rhythm guitar along with Junior Blankenship/ guitar, Curly Ray Cline/ fiddle and Jack Cooke/ bass. Four tracks feature spine chilling acapella vocals including the title song. If you don't have any of Ralph's great bluegrass gospel recordings, this is as good a place as any to start. (FS)

 
HANK THOMPSON Bear Family BCD 16803 Gonna Shake This Shack Tonight - A Six Pack To Go ● CD $21.98
33 of Hank's hottest honky tonkers from Capitol, including Rockin' In The Congo! Seven songs from his greatest LP, "Songs For Rounders!" Sidemen include hot shot country guitar country legends like Merle Travis and Joe Maphis. Hank's hits created the honky-tonk/western swing hybrid George Strait later rode to fame. Tracks include: How Cold Hearted Can You Get/ John Henry/ No Help Wanted/ If Lovin' You Is Wrong/ This Train/ The New Green Light/ Red Skin Girl/ Don't Flirt With Me/ Whoa Sailor/ The Grass Looks Greener Over Yonder and lots more.
HANK THOMPSON: A Fooler, A Faker/ A Six Pack To Go/ Cryin' In The Deep Blue Sea/ Deep Elem/ Don't Flirt With Me/ Drivin' Nails In My Coffin/ Drunkard's Blues (Bonus Track)/ Dry Bread/ How Cold Hearted Can You Get/ How Many Teardrops Will It Take/ I Cast A Lonesome Shadow/ I Left My Gal In The Mountains/ I Wasn't Even In The Running/ I'll Be A Bachelor Till I Die/ If I'm Not Too Late/ If Lovin' You Is Wrong/ It's Got To Be A Habit/ John Henry/ Klishama Klingo/ Lost John/ Nine Pound Hammer/ No Help Wanted/ Red Skin Girl/ Rockin' In The Congo/ Rovin' Gambler/ Shot-Gun Boogie/ The Grass Looks Greener Over Yonder/ The New Green Light/ This Train/ Three Times Seven/ Too In Love/ Whoa Sailor/ You Nearly Lose Your Mind

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS B.A.C.M. 221 South Of The Border ● CD $14.98
25 country songs from the late 30s to mid 50s with a Mexican flavor including El Rancho Del Rio by Jim Reeves, Border Town Fiesta by Buddy Walker, Panamama by hank Snow, I Want To Go To Mexico by Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys, Celito Lindo Huasteco by Los Rancheros, Son Of Mexico Joe by mary Joe Chelette, Goodbye To Old Mexico by Dwight Butcher & His Prairie Ramblers, La Paloma by Roy Smeck & The Island Quartet, Mexico Skies by Zeke Clements and more.
REX ALLEN: Ridin' Down To Mexico/ PANCHO BAIRD: Lady Of Spain/ JOHNNY BOND: Sunset Trail From Mexico/ CAROLYN BRADSHAW: Marriage Of Mexican Joe/ RUSS BROWN: We Met In Old Mexico/ LARRY BRYANT: Drinking Tequila & Mexican Beer/ DWIGHT BUTCHER: Goodbye To Old Mexico/ MARY JO CHELETTE: Son Of Mexican Joe/ ZEKE CLEMENTS: Mexico Skies/ THE COPPER KINGS: At The Fiesta/ T. TOMMY CUTRER: Mexico Gal/ WADE HOLMES: Rose Of Mexico/ EDDY HOWARD: In My Adobe Hacienda/ JOE MAIZE: El Rancho Grande/ ED MCNEELY: Mexican Joe/ MIGUEL ACEVES MEJIA: Penas Del Alma/ LOS RANCHEROS: Cielito Lindo Huasteco/ JIM REEVES: El Rancho Del Rio/ THE SHELTON BROTHERS: Aye Aye On Mexico's Beautiful Shores/ SHORTY, SUE & SALLY: A Gay Ranchero/ ROY SMECK: La Paloma/ HANK SNOW: Panamama/ HARRY TORRANI: Mexican Yodel/ BUDDY WALKER: Border Town Fiesta/ BOB WILLS: I Want To Go To Mexico

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Cattle 332 The Golden Age Of Country Music, 1939-1956 ● CD $18.98
25 track collection including 12 by the distinctive singer and guitarist Johnny Barfield plus Pappy "Gube" Beaver, Texas Ruby and Eddy Akridge.
EDDY AKRIDGE: Consolation Prize/ Handcuff Our Hearts/ The Higher You Fly The Harder You Fall/ What Can I Do/ JOHNNY BARFIELD: Ain't I Right/ Berry Pickin' Time/ Everybody's Tryin' To Be My Baby/ I Can't Help It, I Still Love You/ It Ain't No Good/ It's All Over Now, I'm Glad We're Through/ Long Tongue Woman/ My Poodle Doodle Dog/ Numbers Blues/ Please Pull Down Your Curtain/ Pretty Little Naponee/ That Little Shirt My Mother Made For Me/ PAPPY "GUBE" BEAVER: As Long As I Live/ Automobile Of Life/ Cruel Hearted Girl/ I'm Dying A Sinner's Death/ Somebody Said/ The Great Judgment Day/ The Straight And Narrow Way/ You Can Be A Millionaire With Me/ TEXAS RUBY: Have I Waited Too Long To Regret

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Collector 2879 Boogie Woogie Tennessee - Nashville Volume 1 ● CD $16.98
First of two volumes devoted to hillbilly boogie and boppin' country recorded in Tennessee in the late 40s and early/mid 50s - most of it making its first appearance on CD. This disc has 31 tracks - Dick Stratton & The Nite Owls, Andy Wilson, Buddy Allen & The Nite Owls, The Vaughn Brothers,  Smiley Wilson With Band and others. Superb sound and 16 page booklet has extensive notes, artists photos and label shots.
BUDDY ALLEN & THE NITE OWLS: Shine, Shave, Shower/ LITTLE JOE ARWOOD(BOB WOODS): Greasy Corner Boogie/ Wooden Leg Boogie/ LEE BOND WITH BAND: How About A Date/ Okee-Fen-O-Kee/ HELEN CARTER WITH BAND: Thereís A Right Way, A Wrong Way/ ALLEN FLATT & HIS BAND: Cheat Cheat Cheatiní/ Iím Moving On/ BILLY HARDISON & TENNESSEE RAMBLERS: Boogie Beat Rag/ BOB HARMON: Bobís Boogie/ Boogie Woogie Jubilee/ Bye Bye Blues Boogie/ RANDY HUGHES & HIS BAND: Itíll Feel So Good/ Tattoed Lady/ BIG JEFF & HIS RADIO PLAYBOYS: Iím In Love/ Move On Baby/ RICKY RIDDLE & HIS BAND: Boogie Woogie Tennessee/ Cold Icy Feet/ Iím So Lonesome/ DICK STRATTON & THE NITE OWLS: I Wouldnít Have You On A Christmas Tree/ If You Want My Loviní/ Love Love Love/ Poison Love/ Somebody Robbed My Beehive/ GEORGE TOON & TENNESSEE RAMBLERS: Mean Old Boogie/ GABE TUCKER & HIS MUSICAL RAMBLERS: Youíd Better Do Better Baby/ THE VAUGHN BROTHERS: Was It Worth It In The End/ BOB WILLIAMS & BAND: Hot Rod Race/ ANDY WILSON: Hillbilly Boogie/ Lonesome For My baby/ SMILEY WILSON WITH BAND: Barnyard Blues

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Collector 2880 Mason Dixie Boogie - Nashville Volume 1 ● CD $16.98
Another 31 fine sides.
BIG JEFF & THE RADIO PLAYBOYS: After We Are Through/ LEE BOND WITH BAND: For Sale,One Broken Heart/ Youíve Been Cryiní,Sweetheart/ CUZZIN(DAN MCNEW)CLEM & WILLIAM MOORE: Love Or Indigestion/ DON DAVIS & THE NITE OWLS: If You Did Half As Much Flirtiní/ BOB EATON & HIS LONE STAR BOYS: My Dreamboat Struck A Snag/ DINK EMBRY & THE KENTUCKY LADS: Mason Dixon Boogie/ ROY HALL WITH RHYTHM: Back Up And Push/ John Henry/ RANDY HUGHES: If I Loved A Liar,Iíd Hug Your Neck/ Iíd Rather Be A Rooster/ Sweetly,Neatly And So Completely/ When Elephants Start To Roost In Trees/ Roll On Freight Train/ JAM-UP & HONEY: Holdiní The Sack/ BOB JENNINGS: My Little Blue Eyes/ CHICKIE KING & HER HARVESTERS: Love-You,Love-You,Love-You/ REECE SHIPLEY: Middle Age Spread/ JIMMY SIMPSON: SittiníOn The Doorstep/ LONNIE SMITH: Galís Below The Mason Dixon Line/ Youíre My Honky Tonk Angel/ ROY SNEED & WILLIAM MOORE: Chattanooga Stomp/ DICK STRATTON & THE NITE OWLS: I Ainít Cryin Over You/ Sugar Coated Love/ GABE TUCKER & HIS MUSICAL RAMBLERS: Cracker Barrell Farmer/ Itíd Surprise You/ THE VAUGHN BROTHERS: Iíve Gone And Done It Again/ BOB WILLIAMS & HIS BAND: Our Last Goodby/ BOB WILLIAMS & THE NITE OWLS: So Donít You Weep/ ANDY WILSON: How Can I Ever Lose Something/ DEL WOOD WITH RHYTHM PLEASE: Donít Talk About Me

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Collector 4518 Rockin' With A Boppin' Feel ● CD $16.98
30 tracks, highly recommended
Although this is in Collector's 4500 series this is actually a collection of uptempo country from the 50s and early 60s - most of it new to CD. Not country boogie but fine raw down home country from some extremely obscure but very good artists. Includes Johnny Shack & Polly Polson, Johnny Price (vocally like Johnny Cash but with a fine acoustic/ bluegrass flavor), Arv Jenkins,The Country Four, The Walder Brothers (their Hard Working Dairy Farmer is a real gem), Artie Davis, Sam Barrett & The Sooner State Playboys and more. Excellent sound and booklet full of label shots. (FS)
DALE ALLEN & THE REBEL ROUSERS: On The Spot/ L.C. ANGEL & COYE FARMER & THE BLUE MOUNTAIN: Walking Out/ SAM BARRETT & THE SOONER STATE PLAYBOYS: This Same Old Heart/ DONALD BEAL & CAROLINA WRANGLERS: Thatís Whatís Making You Cry/ LEE BELL: Beatiníout The Boogie/ THE COUNTRY FOUR: Guitar Jump/ ARTIE DAVIS: Hawaiian Boogie/ JOHNNY DECHAINE & CARA SISTERS & THE WONDERS: Come On Home/ ERNIE ELLIOTT: Lonesome Over You/ MELVIN EPPERSON: The Blue-Eyed Baby Of Mine/ GENE & ROBBIN: The Angels Are Crying/ J.D. JARVIS: I Know My Lord/ ARV JENKINS: Runniní Wild/ KOONIE KERRY & THE KUT UPS: Listen To The Gossip/ LEE KYLE: Jealous Woman/ CURTIS LAMAR: Mean Eye Cat/ BILL MUNDY: Whirlwind/ BILLY NIX: My Babyís Coming Home/ JOHNNY PRICE: Delta Queen/ GIL RICHMOND & EARL KING: Doing Things/ JIMMY ROBB & THE COUNTRY GENTLEMEN: Gotta Shake A Leg/ TOMMY SCOTT: Everybody ‘s Going To The Medicine Show/ JOHNNY SHACK & POLLY POLSON: When He Comes Home From Alaska/ LOUIS & AUDREY STAMEY: War Dance/ JIMMY STEVENS & THE HIGHLIGHTS COMBO: Alone With You/ THE STRINGMATES: When The Sun Goes Down/ JACK TOOMBS: Pin Ball Fever/ RALPH VIAR: When The Money Runs Out/ THE WALDEN BROTHERS WITH FRANK-CHARLIE-JACK: Hard Working Dairy Farmer/ BILLY WILSON & THE COUNTRY BOYS: Thou Shalt Not

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Jasmine 3586 Old Faithful: Songs From The Saddle ● CD $11.98
27 track collection featuring songs about cowboys and their horses featuring artists from the USA, Canada and Australia. It includes the famous rodeo trilogy Aristocrat/ Rocky Ned and Mandrake by real life rodeo man from Australia Tex Morton. Also includes sides by Wilf Carter, Buddy Williams, Roy Rogers,  Hank Snow, Gene Autry,The Tumbleweeds,Rex Allen Sr. and others.
REX ALLEN SR: Albino, Pink Eyed Stallion/ Old Faithful/ BOB ATCHER: Strawberry Roan/ GENE AUTRY: Take Me Back To My Boots And Saddle/ OMAR BLONDAHL (SAGEBRUSH SAM): Concerning Charlie Horse/ Concerning The Return Of Charlie Horse/ ELTON BRITT: Give Me A Pinto Pal/ WILF CARTER (MONTANA SLIM): Fate Of Old Strawberry Roan/ Itís Great To Be Back In The Saddle/ SMOKY DAWSON (THE COWBOY FOLK SINGER): Smoky That Wild Stallion/ THE HILLBILLIES: Yip Neddy/ JUNE HOLMS (THE YODELLING COWGIRL): My Pinto Pony & I/ TIM MCNAMARA (THE COWBOY TROUBADOUR): Snowy River Riders/ TEX MORTON (THE YODELLING BOUNDARY RIDER): Aristocrat/ Mandrake/ Old Boko And Me/ Rocky Ned (The Outlaw)/ TEXAS JIM ROBERTSON: My Ponyís Hair Turned Grey/ CARSON ROBISON: Thereís A Bridle Hanging On The Wall/ ROY ROGERS: A Cowboy Needs A Horse/ Rock Me To Sleep In My Saddle/ HANK SNOW (AS HANK, THE SINGING RANGER): Ridiní Along Singing A Song/ THE SONS OF THE PIONEERS: Riders In The Sky/ THE TUMBLEWEEDS: The Bushmanís Rodeo/ BUDDY WILLIAMS (THE YODELLING JACKAROO): Iíd Rather Have A Pony Than A Girl/ Music In My Ponyís Feet/ LES WILSON: Old Faithful And I

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Jin 9082 Swamp Gold Country, Volume 1 ● CD $15.98
20 tracks, highly recommended
Terrific collection of Louisiana country music - mostly recorded for Floyd Soileau's Jin and Swallow labels between 1959 and 2002. This is not slick, over-arranged Nashville country but funky, stripped down music, sometimes with a strong Cajun flavor. Among the highlights are two wonderful tracks by Swamp Pop giant Johnnie Allan sung in English and Cajun French including his 1980 regional hit version of The Stanley Brothers Could You Love Me One More Time. There are three tracks from 1980 by the brilliant and underrated honky tonk singer Norman Wade including a tribute to his biggest influence in the terrific Hank Williams Blues. Other artists includes Johnny Webb, the great Cajun performer Adam Hebert, Tommy Warren, Don Rich, Moe-D with Terry Beard (an out and out Merle Haggard imitator), Vin Bruce, Jim Olivier and others. A few of the tracks are bland but most of this is high qaulity soulful stuff. (FS)
JOHNNIE ALLAN: Could You Love Me One More Time/ Letís Go Get Drunk/ YOUNGER BAND: Our Last Dance/ ROD BERNARD: Teach Me to Forget/ DEWAYNE BOWMAN: Weíre Drinking on Leroy/ VIN BRUCE: Secret Meeting Place/ ADAM HEBERT: Tomorrow Iíll Be Gone/ POPE HUVAL: Mansion on the Hill/ MOE-D: Bottom of the Glass/ Daddy I Still Love You/ I Dreamed of Momma/ JIM OLIVIER: I Love My Saturday Night/ DON RICH: Back in His Arms Again/ AL TERRY: Roughneck Blues/ NORMAN WADE: Baby Sister/ Close Every Honky Tonk in Town/ Hank Williams Blues/ TOMMY WARREN: Offshore Blues/ JOHNNY WEBB: Cry, Cry, Cry/ Hopeless Love Affair

 
THE WHITETOP MOUNTAIN BAND Arhoolie 522 Bull Plus 10% ● CD $12.98
19 tracks, 60 min., highly recommended
Among Virginia's Appalachian mountain peaks, Whitetop is the second highest. The musical community living around there carries on a traditional string band sound that goes back at least to the 1920s and arguably a whole lot farther. The old-timey Whitetop Mountain Band consists of leader Thornton Spencer on fiddle, his wife Emily on banjo, their multi-instrumentalist daughter Martha, string bassist Michelle Lyle, and guitarist Spencer Pennington. This album was recorded live at the Blue Ridge Music Center in Galax, Virginia, presumably in 2006. Among the high points of this mix of traditional selections and original compositions is the sassy Emily Spencer co-penned You Can't Tame Me and an equally entertaining version of Walking In My Sleep. This is vital, energetic music to dance by, to be sure, but it isn't bad for just sitting and listening either, if you can manage to sit still, that is. (JC)

 

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