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TIM & MOLLIE O'BRIEN Sugar Hill 3766 Take Me Back ● CD $15.98

TIM & MOLLIE O'BRIEN Sugar Hill 3825 Away Out On The Mountain ● CD $15.98

MARK O'CONNOR Rounder 0090 Markology ● CD $16.98

MARK O'CONNOR Rounder 0137 Soppin' The Gravy ● CD $16.98

MARK O'CONNOR Rounder 11507 Retrospective ● CD $16.98
Sampler of Rounder recordings made by Mark between 1974 and 1982 with David Grisman, Tony Rice, Sam Bush, Dan Crary, John Hartford, Norman Blake and others. 18 selections, CD-only.

W. LEE "PAPPY" O'DANIEL Origin Jazz Library 1003 Western Swing Chronicles, Vol. 4 ● CD $13.98
This CD features two bands fronted by O'Daniel - The Light Crust Doughboys (recorded between 1933 and 35) and The Hillbilly Boys (1935-38). Groups feature western swing's first female vocalist "Texas Rose" plus vocalist Leon Huff, fiddlers Kenneth Pitts and Carroll Hubbard, steel guitarist Leon McAuliffe and others.

MOLLY O'DAY Bear Family BCD 15565 Molly O'Day And The Cumberland Mountain Folks ● CD $41.98
36 tracks, 104 mins, highly recommended
Another fine double CD reminder from Bear Family of what country music was like before the lure of mainstream popularity and riches tore its heart out. Between 1946 and 1951 Miss O'Day recorded 36 songs for Columbia Records, about equally divided between her solo singing and duets with her husband, Lynn Davis. The earlier sides feature the lovely Dobro playing of George "Speedy" Krise which is replaced by the splendid steel guitar of Jimmie Selph or Cousin Jodey. She was, among her other plentiful musical virtues, one of the first performers to recognize and take advantage of the song-writing talents of the then up-and-coming Hank Williams. As a result, her material, as well as its presentation, are often superior. Tracks here include The Tramp On The Street/ When God Comes and Gathers His Jewels/ The Drunken Driver/ Matthew Twenty-Four/ I Heard My Mother Weeping/ Teardrops Falling in the Snow, and the delightful Heaven's Radio. A plethora of plaintive country gospel and occasional secular song presented with Bear Family's justly-respected flair for completeness. Excellent note and lots of vintage pictures. Not to be missed. (DH)

DOYE O'DELL B.A.C.M. 172 If Tears Were Gold ● CD $14.98
27 tracks, 67 minutes, highly recommended
A Texas native whose primary audience was rural central and southern Californians, Doye O'Dell was essentially a West Coast Red Foley. His recording career spanning the late '40s into the mid-'50s, O'Dell sang in a peppy, upbeat style that was well suited for radio and the era's juke boxes. As on the best West Coast country records, the vocals were bracketed with hot fiddle, steel and guitar leads. None of the musicians are identified, but fiddler Harold Hensley is a likely participant. Sharp-eared listeners can probably spot Jack Rivers, Jimmy Bryant and Speedy West on some tracks. This B.A.C.M collection complements an earlier Cattle anthology, emphasizing O'Dell's '50s material, including ten tracks from an elusive 1956 dime-store LP. Seven cuts are from O'Dell's 1947-48 Exclusive 78s, three come from Mercury and the remaining seven are Intro sides from 1951-53. Sound is above average for B.A.C.M. Bryan Chalker's notes read like an essay question on an ill-prepared history student's exam, but so what? The music smokes, and that's what matters. (DS)
DOYE O'DELL: According To The Evidence/ Bow Your Head And Pray/ Candy Man/ Diesel Smoke/ Horses Women And Wine/ I Signed On The Dotted Line/ I Want More Mustard On My Hot Dog/ If Tears Were Gold/ It Makes No Difference Now/ It Won't Be Texas To You/ Left My Gal In The Mountains/ Mabel, Mabel/ Man Behind The Throttle/ My Little Red Wagon/ Oklahoma Hills/ Old Boy/ Old Shep/ Ole Tex Kringle/ Peekin' Peekin' Peekin'/ Pretty Woman For The Boss/ Red River Valley/ San Antonio Rose/ That's Just My Hand You're Holding Not My Heart/ There's A Shamrock Growing In Texas/ Two Eyes Two Lips But No Heart/ When My Sunshine Goes Walking In The Rain/ You're The Only Star In My Blue Heaven

DOYE O'DELL Cattle 250 Bath Tub Blues ● CD $18.98
27 track compilation from this fine western flavored singer best known for his 1948 hit Dear Okie (included here). All tracks were recorded between 1947 and 1949 and include sidemen like Speedy West, Jack Rivers, Jimmy Bryant, Jerry Byrd plus some fine and hot fiddle, accordion and trumpet work from unidentified musicians.
DOYE O'DELL: A Million Memories/ Bath Tub Blues/ Blue Christmas/ Dear Mr. Santa/ Dear Okie/ Don't Call Me Daddy/ Give Me Texas/ I'm Not Foolin' Now/ If You Want Some Lovin'/ In The Little Shirt My Mother Made For Me/ Lookin' Poor But Feelin' Rich/ Mosey On/ Mother The Queen Of My Heart/ Okies In California/ Please My Little Darlin'/ Red Head Polka/ Ring Around The Moon/ Sally Sue From Salisaw/ She Left Me When My Dreamboat Started Leakin'/ Shut Up And Drink Your Beer/ Sitting Alone At The Table/ Tennessee/ The Roving Gambler/ Up The River/ Wearing My Heart On My Sleeve/ Who Do You Spend Your Dreams With?/ Without Your Wedding Ring.

GENE O'QUIN Bear Family BCD 16194 Boogie Woogie Fever ● CD $21.98
30 tracks from the early/mid 50s by fine honky tonk singer from Texas who settled in California where he recorded for Intro and Capitol accompanied by the likes of Speedy West, Jimmy Bryant, Merle Travis, Harold Hensley and others.

THE OFFENDERS Bear Family BCD 16124 Re-Union : Can't Get The Hell Out Of Texas ● CD $21.98
New recordings by all star group including Willie Nelson, Jimmy Day, Johnny Bush & David Zettner.

OLD & IN THE WAY Acoustic Disc 19 That High Lonesome Sound ● CD $15.98
14 previously unissued recordings from the famed 1975 session uniting David Grisman, Jerry Garcia, Vassar Clements, Peter Rowan & John Kahn.

THE ORIGINAL BEVERLY HILL BILLIES B.A.C.M. 022 The Original Beverly Hill Billies ● CD $14.98
24 tracks recorded between 1930 and '37 by this smooth Western flavored group from California. This group's style is very syrupy and bland and although they were a reputed influence on the Sons Of The Pioneers the Sons sound like wild men in comparison.
THE ORIGINAL BEVERLY HILLBILLIES: At The End Of The Lane/ Back In The Hills Of Colorado/ Back In The Old Sunday School/ Big Corral/ Git Along Little Dogies/ Lonesome Valley/ Mellow Mountain Moon/ My Little Cow Pony And I/ My Old Iowa Home/ My Pretty Quadroon/ On The Texas Prairie/ Peek A Boo/ Prairie Skies/ Ridge Runnin' Roan/ Rosalie/ She Sleeps Beneath The Daisies/ Singing My Hillbilly Song/ Strawberry Roan/ The Old Arapahoe Trail/ When I Was A Boy From The Mountains/ When It's Harvest Time/ When The Bloom Is On The Sage/ When The Wild Flowers Are In Bloom/ Wonder Valley

JIMMIE OSBORNE B.A.C.M. 054 Hills Of Roan County ● CD $14.98
25 tracks recorded between 1947 and 1953 by this popular singer from Kentucky who committed suicide in 1957. He had a few hits including the tragic Death Of Little Kathy Fiscus based on a true story. It includes one of his other hits My Heart Echoes (1948) plus Forever And A Day/ God Has Taken My Flower/ Helpless Heart/ Hills Of Roan County/ I hate To Be Jealous/ I'm Gonna Strut My Stuff/ I'm Scared To Go Home, etc.
JIMMIE OSBORNE: Door To My Heart Is Wide Open/ Forever And A Day/ Give Back My Ring And Picture/ God Has Taken My Flower/ Helpless Heart/ He‘ll Come Like A Thief In The Night/ Hills Of Roan County/ How My Hearts Can You Break/ I Hate To Be Jealous/ I‘m Gonna Strut My Stuff/ I‘m Just A Habit With You/ I‘m Scared To Go Home/ I‘ve Just Placed A Vacant Sign Upon Your Heart/ Mama Don‘t Agree/ Moon Is Weeping Over You/ My Heart Echoes/ My Main Trial Is Yet To Come/ Nag Nag Nag/ No Bitter Tears/ Tears Of St Anne/ The Death Of Little Kathy Fiscus/ This Evil Life Don‘t Pay/ We Can‘t Take It With Us To Our Grave/ What A Price To Pay For Love/ You Get The Roses I Get The Thorns

JIMMIE OSBORNE B.A.C.M. 128 Vol. 2 ● CD $14.98
25 tracks, 62 mins, highly recommended
Second Collection of sides by this superb but little known honky tonk singer whose career ended with his suicide in 1957. Jimmie had a fine twangy vocal style and was accompanied by excellent musicians with fine fiddle and steel guitar and occasional mandolin. These sides were recorded between 1947 and 1954 and include a number of interesting topical songs - a number of which were hits. Among the topical items his the grim My Saddest Mistake about a man who lets his young child play with a loaded gun with disasterous consequences. (FS)
JIMMIE OSBORNE: A Million People Have Died/ A Tennessee Ocean/ An Empty Old Cottage/ Blue Days & Lonely Nights/ Don‘t Slam The Door/ Forever Far Apart/ God Please Protect America/ I Did & I Does & I Do/ I Just Received Word Mom Is Dying Tonight/ It Just Tears Me All To Pieces/ It‘s Just A Habit With You/ It‘s Me Who Has To Suffer/ It‘s So Hard To Smile/ Love Me Or Leave Me/ Missing In Action/ My Saddest Mistake/ My Tissue Paper Heart/ Not Unloved Nor Unclaimed/ Old Family Bible/ Son Please Meet Me In Heaven/ Tell Me Daddy If You Know/ You All Come/ Your Lies Have Broken My Heart/ Your Lovin‘ & Huggin‘/ You‘re The Only Angel

THE OSBORNE BROTHERS Bear Family BCD 15598 Bluegrass, 1956-1968 ● CD $99.98
4 CDs, 114 tracks, 4 hrs 44 mins, essential
The Osborne Brothers were and are uniquely important among the groups that grew to prominence as bluegrass bandleaders after the first flush of success of Bill Monroe and the Stanley Brothers. Although solidly grounded in the traditional style pioneered by Monroe (Bobby is a fine mandolin player and is among the best lead and tenor singers in the music, and Sonny is an accomplished and innovative banjo player and harmony singer), it is for their stylistic innovations that they are most often noted today, innovations such as their "high lead" vocal harmony arrangements, an approach that allowed the group to feature Bobby's achingly pure tenor voice to best advantage. They also featured twin banjos on their recordings, and were the first prominent bluegrass band to perform and record with drums, which aroused the ire of many 60s bluegrass purists but which also helped to gain more consistent airplay for their recordings. They also often recorded with electric instruments, featuring the best sidemen in Nashville, including steel player Hal Rugg, pianist Hargus Robbins, guitarist Grady Martin, and others. The recordings here represent everything recorded by The Osbornes from 1956 to 1968 for MGM and Decca, plus cuts from an RCA Camdun album cut in 1967 to capitalize on the success of the bluegrass soundtrack of the movie "Bonnie and Clyde." All the classics are here, including the 16 tracks recorded for MGM with the great guitarist and lead singer Red Allen, plus their wonderful interpretations of mainstream country material such as Send Me The Pillow You Dream On, May You Never Be Alone Like Me, How's The World Treating You, and of course their biggest and most enduring hits Ruby, Are You Mad and Boudleaux and Felice Bryant's classic Rocky Top, the number with which they will always be most closely identified. Also included are many examples of their more traditional material that allowed them to continue to appeal to the more purist elements of their fan base. The Osbornes were always acutely aware of and anxious to succeed on mainstream country radio, particularly after fellow performers The Wilburn Brothers, Teddy and Doyle, who were also Nashville entrepreneurs, took control of their careers and helped them to secure a recording contract with Decca, for whom their biggest and most mainstream hits were recorded. The set includes a great 24-page booklet with many color photos and an informative text by bluegrass expert Neil V. Rosenberg and a discography by Eddie Stubbs. Another exemplary reissue by Bear Family. (RP)

THE OSBORNE BROTHERS Bear Family BCD 15748 Bluegrass, 1968-1974 ● CD $99.98

THE OSBORNE BROTHERS CMH 9008 From Rocky Top to Muddy Bottom ● CD $16.98
All tunes written by Boudleaux and Felice Bryant.

THE OSBORNE BROTHERS CMH 9011 Bluegrass Collection ● CD $16.98

THE OSBORNE BROTHERS Sugar Hill 2203 Once More Vol 1 & 2 ● CD $16.98


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