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Red Foley -> Robbie Fulks

RED FOLEY
ROCKY BILL FORD
TENNESSEE ERNIE FORD
THE FOUR RAMBLERS
WALLY FOWLER & HIS GEORGIA CLODHOPPERS
 
CURLY FOX & TEXAS RUBY
CONNIE FRANCIS & HANK WILLIAMS JR.
LEFTY FRIZZELL
ROBBIE FULKS

 
RED FOLEY B.A.C.M. 064 Tater Pie ● CD $14.98
20 track collection including a couple of his earliest recordings from 1933 and 1934 with the rest covering the period 1941 through 1952.
RED FOLEY: Be Honest With Me/ Cincinnati Danciní Pig/ Dixie/ Donít Let The Stars Get In Your Eyes/ Echoes Of My Old Plantation Home/ I Donít Care Anymore/ I Gotta Have You/ I Want To Be With You Always/ Is It True?/ Iíll Be True To You My Darling/ Iím Throwing Rice/ Iím Waltzing With A Broken Heart/ Just A Man And His Dog/ My Heart Cries For You/ Pals Of The Saddle/ Single life Is Good Enough For Me/ Somebodyís Cryiní/ Someday, Somewhere Sweetheart/ Sugar Foot Rag Square Dance/ Tater Pie/ Too Many Blues

 
RED FOLEY B.A.C.M. 095 Yodeling Radio Joe ● CD $14.98
28 radio transcriptions recorded in the mid 40s with The Mountain Rangers.
RED FOLEY: An Old Fashioned Shack/ Back Home In The Blue Ridge Mountains/ Chiquita/ Crawdad Hole/ Dear Old Western Skies/ Down A Covered Wagon Trail/ Feelin‘ Low And Lonely/ Get On Board Little Children/ Going Down The River/ Goodbye Maggie/ Guns & Guitars/ Home On The Range/ I Won‘t Need My Six Gun In Heaven/ I‘ll Go Ridin‘ Down That Texas Trail/ I‘m Always Running After Rainbows/ Lonely World/ Mexicali Rose/ Pals Of The Saddle/ Quilting Party/ Sitting Round The Old Fireside/ Take Me Back To Renfro Valley/ Timber Winds/ Wagon Train/ When The Corn‘s Laid By/ When The Work‘s All Done This Fall/ Yellow Rose Of Texas/ Yodeling Radio Joe/ You‘re Still My Blue Bonnet Girl

 
RED FOLEY B.A.C.M. 192 Sings Gospel ● CD $14.98
B.A.C.M.'s third collection of recordings by this outstanding country performer is devoted to his gospel recordings. Red was possibly the most popular country gospel performer of the 50s and 60s and had the first million selling country gospel song with his version of Peace In the Valley (not included here). This set features 24 tracks recorded between 1950 and 1955 and most tracks feature accompaniments by various vocal groups including The Foggy River Boys, The Jordanaires and The Anita Kerr Singers. There are also several duets including a terrific version of Have A Little Talk With Jesus where he is joined by the great black gospel singer Sister Rosetta Tharpe. Other songs include My God Is Real/ Let's Go To Church/ Robe Of Calvary/ Weapon Of Prayer/ Will The Circle Be Unbroken/ I Hear A Choir/ Just A Closer Walk With Thee and others.

 
RED FOLEY Bear Family 16759 Old Shep - The Red Foley Recordings, 1933-1950 ● CD $189.98
6-CD box set with 96 page hardcover book. This set contains the complete commercial recordings of Red Foley from 1933-50 (with the exception of his sacred and children's recordings), including 18 previously unissued performances. This also contains the ARC, Decca and the commercially never available World Transcriptions. Featured are his recordings with the Cumberland Ridge Runners, duets with Lulu Belle and Ernest Tubb, and of course, his greatest early hits, such as Chattanoogie Shoe Shine Boy/ Smoke On The Water/ Old Shep/ New Jolie Blonde/ 'Tennessee Saturday Night and Sugarfot Rag.. 164 song - many making their first appearance on CD. Book includes essay by Carey Ginell along with discography and many rare photos and other illustartions.

 
RED FOLEY Bronco Buster 9014 Hillbilly Fever In The Ozarks ● CD $19.98
20 tracks, 44min., highly recommended
All of the songs on this CD were recorded as transcriptions for Radiozark in 1954 to 1955 and they're great. Supported by his crack band of Tommy Jackson on fiddle, Grady Martin on guitar, steel guitarist Bud Isaacs, guitarist Jimmy Selph and Bobby Moore on bass; Foley swings through some of his hits (Sugarfoot Rag, Birmingham Bounce and Tennessee Saturday Night) and covers some country standards (including Western Swing numbers by Bob Wills, Spade Cooley and Foy Willing). This release offers Foley's great vocals without any schlocky over-produced songs.... it's a treat. (RS)
RED FOLEY: Birmingham Bounce/ Easy to Please/ Freight Train Blues/ Hillbilly Fever/ Home in San Antone/ Honey Be My Honey Bee/ I'll Be There (If You Ever Want Me)/ Never Trust a Woman/ Please Don't Leave Me/ San Antonio Rose./ Shame on You/ Skinnie Minnie (Fishtail)/ Sugar Moon/ Sugarfoot Rag/ Tennessee Border/ Tennessee Polka/ Tennessee Saturday Night/ Texarkana Baby/ Texas Blues/ Why Don't You Haul off and Love Me

 
RED FOLEY & THE MOUNTAIN RANGERS Cattle 280 Judy Martin Presents Red Foley & The Mountain Rangers ● CD $18.98
24 tracks from extremely rare radio transcriptions including several duets with his wife Judy Martin who comitted suicide in 1951.
RED FOLEY: Ain't Gonna Study War No Name/ Billy Boy/ Bluebonnet Girl/ Don't Say A Word/ Down Hoosier Way/ Headin' Back To Old Wyoming/ Headin' Back To Texas/ Hit The Trail/ Just Come On Back/ Little Darlin' Let Me Pin A Rose On You/ Melody Of The Plains/ Methodist Pie/ Nobody's Darlin'/ Old Shep/ Play Me An Old Fashioned Waltz/ Poor Little Me/ Roamin' Around The Range/ Rollin' Along/ Running After Rainbows/ Shortenin' Bread/ Swing Low, Sweet Chariot/ The Last Letter/ There's An Empty Cot In The Bunkhouse Tonight/ Whatcha Gonna Do

 
RED FOLEY MCA MCAD 10084 Country Music Hall Of Fame Series ● CD $7.98
Available again at a budget price. Like Tubb, Foley's legacy consisted of an awful double set of re-recordings of old hits cut before Foley's death in 1968. This collection presents all sides of Foley, starting with his 1944 cover of Bob Wills's Hang Your Head In Shame through 1945's Old Shep, and Tim Spencer's elegant ballad Careless Kisses. Two of his best and most successful hillbilly boogies, Tennessee Saturday Night (1947) and Chattanoogie Shoe Shine Boy (1950) are both here, as are three of his most powerful gospel performances, Just A Closer Walk With Thee, When God Dips His Love In My Heart and Peace In The Valley, the song he sang at Hank Williams's funeral. Alabama Jubilee shows off his pop singing skills, and his blues singing shines on Deep Blues and the long-underrated Boudleaux Bryant-Chet Atkins blues Midnight (a 1952 #1 for Red) featuring Chet and Grady on lead guitars. His vocal version of Hank Garland's instrumental Sugarfoot Rag features Garland soloing on guitar. Two duets round things out. As Far As I'm Concerned paired him with daughter Betty while One By One paired him with Kitty Wells in one of the first hit male-female superstar duets. The notes by John Rumble are surprisingly good. (RK)

 
ROCKY BILL FORD B.A.C.M. 193 His Complete Recordings ● CD $14.98
27 tracks, recommended
Fine collection of sides recorded between 1951 and 1955 by this obscure but excellent Texas singer and songwriter. Accompanied by fine small groups he performs a mix of honky tonk ballads and up tempo number plus the occasional blues or novelty songs. It includes his original versions of Beer Drinking Blues and Blowing Suds Off My Beer subsequently covered by Big Bill Lister. Also includes Was I Dreaming/ I'll Try All My Life/ What Would You Do/ In All My Dreams/ There She Goes/ You Married For Money, etc. Excellent sound and informative notes from Dave Sax. (FS)

 
TENNESSEE ERNIE FORD Bear Family BCD 15487 Sixteen Tons ● CD $21.98
25 outstanding country, folk and country boogie numbers Ernie recorded for Capitol from 1949 to 1958x, including the original Sixteen Tons, Anticipation Blues, Rock City Boogie (with the Dinning Sisters), Shot Gun Boogie, Catfish Boogie, Hey Good Lookin' (with Helen O'Connell), Hambone (with Bucky Tibbs) My Hobby, Smoky Mountain Boogie, Milk 'Em In The Morning Blues Hey! Mr. Cotton Picker and Tailor Made Woman with ragtime pianist Joe Fingers Carr as well as numbers like The Ballad of Davy Crockett, Cry of the Wild Goose Mule Train and later sides including his classic performance of Merle Travis's Sixteen Tons, that topped both the country and pop charts in 1956. Earlier sides feature the incredible guitar/steel guitar team of Jimmy Bryant and Speedy West goosing things along. Later sides featured Jack Fascinato's small band that accompanied him on his NBC TV show. Superb sound and complete discographical data and notes by Cary Ginell included.

 
TENNESSEE ERNIE FORD Capitol 54319 Vintage Collection ● CD $7.98
20 tracks collection of hits and rarities - Milk 'Em In The Morning Blues/ Smokey Mountain Boogie/ Mule Train/ I'll Never Be Free (with Kay Starr)/ I Ain't A-Gonna Let It Happen No More/ Streamlined Cannon Ball (with The Dinning Sisters)/ Hambone (with Becky Tibbs)/ Snow Shoe Thompson/ Kiss Me Big/ First Born, etc.

 
TENNESSEE ERNIE FORD & GUESTS Country Routes 36 The Tennessee Ernie Ford Shows, 1953 CD $16.98
39 tracks, 73 mins, highly recommended
Terrific collection of sides drawn from radio shows hosted by the old pea-picker in 1953 with Cliffie Stone's band including Billy Liebert/ accordion, Speedy West/ pedal steel, Harold Hensley/ fiddle and clarinet, Billy Strange/ acoustic guitar and others. There are songs by Ernie as well as his female guests like Judy Hayden, Bucky Tibbs, Lou Dinning and others as well instrumentals by the band featuring leads by West or Hensley. Includes Rock City Boogie/ Tennessee Local/ baby Blues/ Speeding West/ I Don't Know/ Song Of the Wanderer/ Mule Shoe Rag/ Tennessee Wagoner/ Trouble In Mind/ San Antonio Rose and many more. Excellent sound and informative notes by Bruce Bastin. (FS)

 
TENNESSEE ERNIE FORD Jasmine 3501 The Real Thing ● CD $11.98
31 tracks drawn from transcriptions of Ernie's early 50s radio show. He performs a mixture of country favorites, western songs, traditional songs and pop tunes - Floatin' Down To Cotton Town/ Cimarron/ Red Sails In The Sunset/ Jealous Heart/ Pretty Little Pink/ When The Red, Red Robin Comes Bob, Bob Bobbin Along/ San fernando Valley/ Cinnamon Sinner/ Sunbonnet Sue, etc. Ernie is accompanied by the cream of West Coast session musicians including Speedy West, Billy Strange, Jimmy Bryant, Harold hensley and Libert. Speedy gets a couple of instrumental tracks to himself.

 
TENNESSEE ERNIE FORD Jasmine 3553 His Greatest Hits, Vol. 1 ● CD $11.98
25 tracks, highly recommended
Great collection of early sides by this distinctive performer featuring 25 tracks recorded between 1949 and 1951. Although less than half were actualy chart hits just about every track is a winner. The set includes three fine duets with Kay Starr as well as a fine version of Blues Stay Away From Me with additional vocals from merle Travis and Eddie Kirk. Lots of stellar studio musicians on these sessions like Speedy West, Billy Liebert, Harold hensley, Merle Travis, Jimmy Bryant and others. Includes Shot Gun Boogie/ Tailor Made Woman/ I Got The Milk 'Em In The Mornin', Feed 'Em In The Evenin' Blues/ Ain't Nobody's Business But My Own/ I Ain't Gonna Let It Happen No More/ Mister And Mississippi/ The Cry Of The Wild Goose/ Tennessee Border/ Stack-O-Lee/ Smoky Mountain Boogie and more. Excellent sound and better than usual notes from Paul Pelletier. (FS)

   
TENNESSEE ERNIE FORD Sundazed 11204 6000 Sunset Boulevard - His Legendary 1953 Radio Shows ● CD $16.98
23 tracks, 48 mins, recommended
Tennessee Ernie Ford was a lot more than "16 Tons" and long before he was putting out Christmas records every five minutes, ole' Tennessee Ernie was a red-hot Country radio star. This fine collection compiles some of the best of his radio sessions, recorded in Hollywood, Ca. in 1953. Between April through June of '53, Tennessee Ernie and a band of hot pickers like Billy Strange, and Speedy West, recorded a staggering 1,300 songs to fill up 260 radio shows, averaging about 50 songs recorded a day! This captures an artist and crew at the top of their game, not to mention quite a slice of American pop culture history. With so many tracks to sift through to fill up this CD, you can bet what made the cut is pretty great. It's My Lazy Day/ Sweet Mama, Tree Top Tall/ In a Little Red Barn/ Paper Doll/ Up A Lazy River, etc, a lot of the material was nostalgic already at this point, but all is delivered with flair and fun. Sundazed has done a beautiful job on this, with fantastic sound, deep notes, and even a little Tennessee Ernie Ford fold-out poster. Basically your Tennessee Ernie Ford collection should be a greatest hits set and this CD right here, and that should be all you need. (JM)

 
THE FOUR RAMBLERS B.A.C.M. 195 Legendary Irish Quartet ● CD $14.98
Here's something a little different from the folks at B.A.C.M. The Four Ramblers were an Irish quartet from the early 50s who mostly performed popular Irish songs. However they were not totally irrelevant to country music as they provided music for early 50s British radio series "Riders Of The Range" - a western series produced by Charles Chilton, best known as producer of the legendary British science fiction series "Journey Into Space" which kept me glued to the radio set when I was just a nipper. The group performed in a smooth harmony style influenced by The Sons Of The Pioneers and although only a few songs here are actual western songs (Buffalo Jail/ Great Grandad/ Five Hundred Cattle Gone Astray) they bring the same approach to many of Irish songs here which include Mountains Of Mourne/ Hannigan's Hooley/ Phil The Fluter's Ball/ Eileen Oge The Pride Of Petravor, etc.

 
WALLY FOWLER & HIS GEORGIA CLODHOPPERSRS B.A.C.M. 133 That's The Last Straw CD $14.98
Before Georgia born Wally Fowler totally switched to religious country music he had a five piece band in the 40s called "The Georgia Clodhoppers", which at various times included musicians like Chet Atkins, Billy Byrd, Zeke Turner and Jerry Byrd. Fowler is a good singer and there are some fine accompaniments. Most of the songs are originals and includes his version of I'm Sending You Red Roses which he had written some years earlier and had been a big hit for JImmy Wakely.
WALLY FOWLER: Brown Eyes Crying In The Rain/ Empty Arms & A Heart Full Of Sorrow/ Hold That Temper Down/ I Can‘t Go On Living This Way/ I Miss A Little Miss In Mississippi/ If I Had My Life To Live Over/ It‘s Too Late For Tears/ I‘ll Be Waiting At The Gate/ I‘m Sending You Red Roses/ Just 13 Steps Away/ Love Me Or Leave Me Alone/ Mother‘s Prayer/ Mountain Boogie/ Propaganda Papa/ Say You‘ll Be Mine/ Shut Off From The World/ St. Joe Blues/ Texas Red/ That‘s The Last Straw/ Wastin‘ My Time On You/ When My Dreams Come True/ You Can‘t Conceal A Broken Heart

 
CURLY FOX & TEXAS RUBY Bronco Buster 9016 A Memorial To Curly Fox & Texas Ruby ● CD $19.98
Rare recordings from the 40s plus radio transcriptions - some from the Grand Ole Opry.
CURLY FOX & TEXAS RUBY: Ain't You Sorry That You Lied/ Blue Love (in My Heart)/ Casey Jones (the Brave Engineer)./ Even Though I'll Shed a Million CURLY/ Have You Got Someone Else on the String/ Hometown Blues (Inst.)/ I Don't Love Nobody/ I'll Take Back All I've Said about You/ Just One Little Kiss/ Listen to the Mocking Bird (Inst.)/ Nobody Else but You/ Rock My Cradle (Once Again)/ The Letter That Broke My Heart/ The Old Home/ We Live in Two Different Worlds/ Whoa Mule/ Would it Make Any Difference to You/ You'll Remember and Be Blue/ with Tears in My Eyes

 
CONNIE FRANCIS & HANK WILLIAMS JR. Bear Family BCD 15737 Country Classics ● CD $21.98
14 tracks 35:34 masochists only
Believe it or not, there was a time in 1964 when Hank, Jr. didn't have any rowdy friends. Back then, MGM was willing to pair him with nearly anyone (except Eric Burdon and the Animals) to try and sell him as a pop-country idol. So he and Connie, she of such memorable and profound opuses as Lipstick on Your Collar and Stupid Cupid, are paired to knock off a bunch of syrupy duets on country standards ranging from Bye, Bye, Love, Singing the Blues, (with harmonica!), If You've Got The Money, No Letter Today, Wabash Cannon Ball (really!) and nine more. There are even two takes of Muleskinner Blues (with new lyrics). The string-heavy schlock accompaniment was typical of Nashville back then, and even annotator William Ruhlmann is hard pressed to say much positive about the collaboration (his diplomacy is admirable). Here's a suggestion: If YOU'VE got some rowdy friends at your house who've overstayed their welcome and you'd like 'em out, crank up either take of Muleskinner or Wolverton Mountain on the CD player (or set it on repeat) and watch 'em flee! What about a Hank and Connie reunion? Can you imagine a collaboration on Born to Boogie? Ecstasy! (RK)

 
LEFTY FRIZZELL Collectables 7532 Country Favorites/ Saginaw, Michigan ● CD $13.98
Reissue of two albums from 60s by this great artist. "Favorites" features songs from the 50s including a number of hits and "Saginaw" features 60s sides including the big title hit  - 22 songs in all.
LEFTY FRIZZELL: A King Without A Queen/ Bring Your Sweet Self Back/ Don't Let Her See Me Cry/ From An Angel To A Devil/ Give Me More, More, More/ Hello To Him/ I Love You Mostly/ I Was Coming Home To You/ I'm Not The Man I'm Supposed To Be/ James River/ Lonely Heart/ My Baby's Just Like Money/ Run 'em Off/ Saginaw, Michigan/ Stranger/ Sweet Lies/ There's No Food In This House/ Through The Eyes Of A Fool/ Two Hearts Broken Now/ What Good Did You Get/ When It Rains The Blues/ You're Just Mine

 
LEFTY FRIZZELL Columbia-Legacy C2K 64880 Look What Thoughts Will Do - The Essential Lefty Frizzel ● CD $21.98
2 CDs, 34 songs, 87 mins, essential
For those unfamiliar with Lefty or unwilling to spring for the pricey Bear Family box, this is the next best thing since it covers his best for Columbia from 1950 through 1965. You get the original I Love You A Thousand Ways and If You've Got the Money I've Got The Time to the original Look What Thoughts Will Do, Always Late and two songs from Lefty's Jimmie Rodgers tribute album. There are also lesser known but no less potent fare like I'm An Old, Old Man and Run 'Em Off, which later wound up in Merle Haggard's repertoire. Also here is Lefty's brilliant, prescient 1956 honky tonk warning Just Can't Live That Fast (Any More) (19 years ago, he boozed himself into a fatal stroke), Rarities include an engaging duet with Johnny Bond on Sick, Sober And Sorry. From 1958 comes his definitive interpretation of Marty Robbins' Cigarettes and Coffee Blues and his final big hit, Saginaw, Michigan. Seven tunes, among them Don't Think It Ain't Been Fun Dear (Cuz It Ain't), You Want Everything But Me, You Can Go On Your Way Now, All of Me Loves All of You were released only on the Bear Family box, making their first U.S. appearance. The packaging is fine, though I can't figure why Legacy didn't feel a Frizzell collection didn't merit substantive, factual notes. Patrick Carr's appreciation isn't really enough. If the Bear Family box would bust your budget, this and the Varese set are an attractive alternative. (RK)
LEFTY FRIZZELL: All Of Me Loves All Of You/ Always Give Me More, More, More/ Always Late/ Bring Your Sweet Self Back To Me/ Cigarettes And Coffee Blues/ Don't Let Her See Me Cry/ Don't Stay Away/ Don't Think It Ain't Been Fun, Dear/ Forbidden Lovers/ Forever And Always/ How Long Will It Take/ I Love You A Thousand Ways/ I Love You Mostly/ I Want To Be With You/ I'll Try/ I'm An Old, Old Man/ If You've Got The Money/ It Get Late So Early/ Just Can't Live That Fast/ Look What Thoughts Will Do/ Lost Love Blues/ Mom And Dad's Waltz/ My Rough And Rowdy Ways/ Run 'Em Off/ Saginaw, Michigan/ She's Gone, Gone, Gone/ Shine, Shave, Shower/ Sick, Sober And Sorry/ The Long Black Veil/ Travelin' Blues/ Treat Her Right/ You Can Go On Your Way Now/ You Want Everything But Me/ You're Humbuggin' Me

 
LEFTY FRIZZELL Proper BOX 119 Give Me More, More, More ● CD $26.98
Four CD, 86 track retrospective featuring all the recordings made between 1950 and 1956 one of the greatest and most influential country singers of the era. Lefty was a great singer and songwriter and this set includes all his early groundbreaking hits - If You've Got The Money, I've Got The Time/ I Love You A Thousand Ways/ I Want To Be With You Always/ Give Me , More, More (Of Your Kisses)/ Don't Stay Away (Till Love Grows Cold)/ I'm An Old, Old Man (Trying To Loive While I Can)/ Run 'Em Off and more. The set also includes 12 songs from radio transcriptions made for the Navy in the 50s and includes a 48 page booklet with extensive notes, photos and full discographical info.

 
LEFTY FRIZZELL Sony Music Special Products 30823 Pure Country ● CD $7.98
10 of lefty most popular Columbia sides - If You've Got The Money I've Got The Time/ Cigarettes & Coffee Blues/ Saginaw, Michigan/ The Long Black Veil/ An Article From Life, etc.

 
LEFTY FRIZZELL Tee Vee 6007 20 Greatest Hits ● CD $11.98
20 tracks, 55 min., recommended. Excellent budget collection of Lefty's finest recordings, formerly on Columbia LP 15595. If You've Got the Money / Look What Thoughts Will Do /Mom & Dad's Waltz / Forever/ Release Me / Long Black Veil/ Always Late With Your Kisses/ Travelin' Blues/ Don't Stay Away/ She's Gone, Gone, Gone/ The Waltz Of The Angels/ California Blues, etc.

 
ROBBIE FULKS Bloodshot 011 Country Love Songs ● CD $14.98
 

 

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