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FIDDLIN' DOC ROBERTS Document DOCD 8042 Complete Recordings, Vol. 1 : 1925-1928 ● CD $15.98
First of three volumes devoted to the recordings of one of the most extensively recorded Southern fiddlers of the 20s and 30s. Roberts, from Kentucky recorded more than 60 sides, usually in the company of a guitar player. Some great performances of tunes like Martha Campbell/ Dixie (Way Down South In Dixie)/ In The Shadow Of The Pine/ Black Eyed Suzie/ Cripple Creek/ Smokey Row/ Shippin' Sport where he displays a lovely smooth long-bow style. Unfortunately quite a few of the cuts are from very worn 78s - a real shame as there is some glorious music here. (FS)

FIDDLIN' DOC ROBERTS Document DOCD 8043 Complete Recordings, Vol. 2 : 1928-1930 ● CD $15.98

KENNY ROBERTS Bear Family BCD 15908 Jumpin' & Yodelin' ● CD $21.98

ECK ROBERTSON County 3515 Old Time Texas Fiddler, Vintage Recordings 1922-29 ● CD $15.98
16 tracks, 47 mins, highly recommended
Eck Robertson is best known for an historical footnote - he was the first person to make a country music record, with his recording of Arkansas Traveler in 1922. That tune, along with 15 other cuts are included here and find Robertson playing solo, in duets with a 2nd fiddle, guitar, or piano, and with his small family string band. Robertson, who honed his chops playing in fiddle contests over the south recorded many classic fiddle tunes like Turkey in the Straw/ Sally Goodin' and Ragtime Annie during his 1922 sessions. These recordings proved enormously popular and led to a flood of similar material from other artists. 1929 found Robertson back in the studio to record additional material of a more varied nature, including a Celtic ballad that Robertson sung with his wife, The Island Unknown. It's clear from these recordings that Robertson was very talented and despite their age, these recordings are of much more than mere historical interest. Sound quality is quite good considering the technology at the time. (DP)

TEXAS JIM ROBERTSON Cattle CCD 228 The Golden Age Of Texas Jim Robertson ● CD $18.98
Collection of 24 sides from the 40s by this popular deep voiced vocalist including tracks with sidemen like Roy Wiggins, Vaughn Horton, Chet Atkins, Jethro Burns and others.

THE CARSON ROBISON TRIO B.A.C.M. 053 Old Kentucky Cabin ● CD $14.98
22 track collection of sides recorded in 1930 and '31 by this group which included Robison, Frank Luther and Phil Crow. They perform a wide range of material (old time country, novelty songs, sentimental songs, western songs, etc) accompanying themselves on guitar, accordion, jews harp, etc with occasional added instrumentation including John Call/ tenor banjo, Roy Smeck/ steel guitar & banjo, Frank Novak/ clarinet and sax and others. Songs include Abraham/ Carry Me Back To The Mountains/ Dance At Jones Place/ Old Kentucky Cabin/ Somewhere In Old Wyoming/ Frankie & Johnny/ Just Break The News To Mother, etc.
CARSON ROBISON TRIO: Abraham/ Carry Me Back To The Mountains/ Dance At Jones Place/ Do You Still Remember/ Down On The Old Plantation/ Frankie & Johnny/ I‘m Getting Ready To Go/ Just Break The News To Mother/ Ma & Pa (send Their Sweetest Love)/ My Heart Is Where The Mohawk Flows Tonight/ Oklahoma Charlie/ Old Kentucky Cabin/ Poor Man‘s Heaven/ Railroad Boomer/ Rocky Mountain Lullaby/ Silvery Arizona Moon/ Sleepy Hollow/ Somewhere In Old Wyoming/ Southern Moon/ That Silver Haired Daddy Of Mine/ The Little Old Church In The Valley/ When It‘s Nightime In Nevada

CARSON ROBISON B.A.C.M. 104 Transatlantic Traveler ● CD $14.98
B.A.C.M.'s third collection of sides by one of the most prolific early country performers features 20 tracks recorded between 1926 and 1939 - half of them recorded in England. Robison is featured in the company of Frank Luther, Vernon Dalhart, the Roy Smeck Trio and others.
CARSON ROBISON: Cowboy Blues/ Cross Eyed Sue/ Don't Let My Spurs Get Rusty While I'm Gone/ Engineer's Child/ Far Away In Hawaii/ Honeymoon Express/ I Know There Is Someone Waiting/ I'm Alone Because I Love You/ Meet Me Tonight In The Valley/ Naw! I Don't Wanta Be Rich/ No Christmas Time For Poor Little Nell/ Runaway Train/ Settin' By The Fire/ Shine On Harvest Moon/ Silver Haired Daddy Of Mine/ There's A Hole In The Old Oaken Bucket/ Utah Trail/ Wednesday Night Waltz/ Where Will You Be On Next New Years Day/ Why Ain't I Got No Sweetheart

CARSON ROBISON B.A.C.M. 177 The Later Years ● CD $14.98
21 tracks, 66 minutes, good
With a recording career that spanned from Edison cylinders to a rock-and-roll single, Carson Robison was country music's first professional songsmith. His ear finely tuned to mainstream Midwestern values, this Kansas native penned hundreds of clever, melodic songs from his New York office: topical ballads for Vernon Dalhart; sagas of rubes taken in by big city ways; cowboy and rural nostalgia; and peppy gospel numbers. Following a successful string of jingoistic World War II anthems for Bluebird, Robison signed with M-G-M and remained there until his 1957 death. This B.A.C.M. collection focuses on Robison's 1947-53 output, mostly reflective novelties like his hit recitation Life Gets Tee-Jus, Don't It? Communists were a popular Robison target; Joe Stalin gets his due in The Devil Calls a Meeting, while another anti-Communist track, Seein' Red is a straight, ominous recitation without music. The majority of these M-G-Ms is disposable whimsy, really more suitable for radio broadcasts than frequent home or jukebox play. In fact, The Denver Dragon is a two-part kid disc that plays like a radio sketch. Only a few cuts here offer any musical substance, most notably Wind in the Mountains, a 1947 side that recalls Wayne Raney's Lonesome Wind Blues. That Horse Named Pete has a great chordal guitar break that's almost certainly played by Carl Kress. All in all, this is a fascinating slice of Americana, but it won't hold up to repeat plays - unless you're a mobile d.j. working the nursing home circuit. (DS)
CARSON ROBISON: Ain't No Name As Purty As Arkansas/ Devil Calls A Meeting/ Don't Make Sense Does It/ I'm No Communist/ Life Gets Tee-Jus Don't It/ Life Is A Beautiful Thing/ Little Darlin' Waltz/ More And More Tee-Jus Ain't It/ Our Silver Anniversary/ Predictions For A Hundred Years From Now/ Seein' Red/ Six PM/ Spring Spring Beautiful Spring Pts 1 & 2/ That Horse Named Pete/ The Charms Of The City Ain't For Me/ The Denver Dragon Pts. 1 & 2/ Too Big For His Britches/ Trail Drive/ Why I'm In The Shape I'm In/ Will Someone Please Tell Me Who To Vote For/ Wind In The Mountains

CARSON J. ROBISON Cattle 265 A Real Hillbilly Legend ● CD $18.98
25 tracks recorded between 1928 and 1951 by this popular and prolific country music pioneer. Includes duets with Vernon Dalhart and Frank Luther.
CARSON J. ROBISON: 1942 Turkey In The Straw/ A Hundred Years From Now/ Birmingham Jail/ Hand Me Down My Walking Cane/ Hirohito's Letter To Hitler/ Hitler's Last Letter To Hirohito/ Hitler's Reply To Mussolini/ In The Cumberland Mountains/ Just Wait And See/ Ma And Pa (send Their Sweetest Love)/ Mussolini's Letter To Hitler/ Plumb Agrravatin' Ain't It/ Ramblin' Cowboy/ Remember Pearl Harbor/ Remember This Song/ Shady Valley Waltz/ Someday You Gotta Make Up Your Mind/ Sunday Drivers/ Texas Dan/ There's No More Feudin' In The Mountains/ Twenty-one Years/ We're Gonna Have To Slap The Dirty Little Jap (and Uncle Sam's The Guy Who/ When The Harvest Moon Is Shining, Mollie Dear./ You're As Welcome As The Flowers In May

JESSE ROGERS Cattle 259 Wedding Bells ● CD $18.98
26 track collection recorded in the 30s, 40s and 50s by the cousin of Jimmie Rodgers. Includes his only hit - the title song from 1949.

JIMMIE RODGERS JSP 7704 Recordings, 1927-1933 ● CD $28.98
5 CDs, 109 tracks, essential
Jimmie Rodgers was one of the most influential of all country musicians - he was the first big country recording star, and without him the music today would be much different. Gene Autry, Jimmie Davis, Hank Snow, and Ernest Tubb began their careers as Rodgers imitators, and he influenced Bill Monroe, Bob Wills, Doc Watson, Merle Haggard, Lefty Frizzell and many others in style and repertoire. Jimmie's genius lay in his ability to combine disparate familiar musical elements into something uniquely his. His droll, languid vocals owed much to the country blues of his native Mississippi, but also contained elements of "classic" blues vocal style, along with hints of vaudeville and Tin Pan Alley. He also recorded with Hawaiian guitarists, Louis Armstrong, The Carter Family, fiddler Clayton McMichen, Louisville Jug Band, and sweet jazz bands. And most of it worked. Jimmie was fond of parlor ballads about home and mother, and ersatz cowboy songs such as Prairie Lullaby/ Yodeling Cowboy/ Cowhand's Last Ride/ When The Cactus Is In Bloom. His trademark blue yodels were unique; many, such as Blue Yodel #8 (Muleskinner Blues)/ #3 ("She's long, she's tall, she's 6 feet from the ground...") or Last Blue Yodel ("These women make a fool out of me...") have entered the fabric of American music. Jimmie's railroading career was reflected in Waiting For A Train/ Hobo Bill's Last Ride/ Train Whistle Blues/ Southern Cannonball. His versions of Frankie And Johnny/ He's In The Jailhouse Now can be traced back to blues songs. Mother, The Queen Of My Heart is the quintessential mother song; its sentimentality is so cloying that it is perfect in a way. All these classics and more are here. If you can afford it the way to go is Bear Family's glorious six CD set (BCD 15540 - $109.98) which not only includes everything here but also some alternate takes, an unissued song, his movie soundtrack and overdubbed versions of some of the songs as well as a gorgeous 60 page LP sized book with notes by Rodgers biographer Nolan Porterfield and load of photos and other memorabilia. If that is too much this set is a more than satisfactory alternative. (RP/FS)

JIMMIE RODGERS RCA 67500 The Essential Jimmie Rodgers ● CD $11.98
20 songs.
JIMMIE RODGERS: Away Out On The Mountain/ Blue Yodel No. 1 (T For Texas)/ Blue Yodel No. 2 (Lovin' Gal Lucille)/ Blue Yodel No. 4 (California Blues)/ Blue Yodel No. 8 (Mule Skinner Blues)/ Brakeman's Blues (Yodeling The Blues Away), The/ Daddy And Home/ Dear Old Sunny South By The Sea/ Frankie And Johnnie/ I'm Lonely And Blue/ In The Jailhouse Now/ Memphis Yodel/ My Little Old Home Down In New Orleans/ My Old Pal/ Never No Mo' Blues/ Pistol Packin' Papa/ Sailor's Pleas, The/ Sleep Baby, Sleep/ T.B. Blues/ Waiting For A Train

JOHNNY RODRIGUEZ Hightone 8073 You Can Say That Again ● CD $14.98
12 tracks, 40 minutes, recommended Here's a pleasant surprise! Johnny Rodriguez made a name for himself in the 70's as the first Latino country star, singing songs like Pass Me By (If You're Only Passing Through) in both English and Spanish. He promptly vanished from the scene, but now is back with a strong new album on the Hightone label. His sound is intact and no wonder, with many of the same musicians backing him up, like Jerry Kennedy on guitar (he also co-produced) and Hargus Robbins on keyboards. If anything the arrangements are even more tasteful, leaner, and pure country. Rodriguez sounds great on Lucinda Williams' Big Red Sun, Robert Earl Keen's Corpus Christi Bay, and Dave Alvin's Every Night About This Time. There's Still a Lot of Love in San Antone is another stand out that recalls Rodriguez's best 70's work. It's great to have Johnny Rodriguez back, sounding better than ever! (DP)

ROY ROGERS B.A.C.M. 047 Hazy Mountains ● CD $14.98
A varied collection of sides by this popular singing cowboy from the 40s including tracks with his wife Dale Evans and with Foy Willing's Riders Of The Purple Sage.
ROY ROGERS: A Four Legged Friend/ Ah Ha San Antone/ Buffalo Billy/ Down By The Old Alamo/ Egbert The Easter Egg/ Hazy Mountains/ I Met A Miss In Texas/ In The Garden/ Kiwi Bird (Kee Wee Bird)/ Lucky Leather Breeches/ Me And My Teddy Bear/ Oh Dem Golden Slippers/ Peter Cottontail/ Pliney Jane/ Punky Punkin/ The Kid With The Rip In His Pants/ The Old Rugged Cross/ The Story Of Bucky And Dan/ Theres A Cloud In My Valley Of Sunshine/ Think Of Me/ Wonderful Christmas Night/ Youve Got A Rope Around My Heart

ROY ROGERS Cattle 209 The First Classic Recordings ● CD $19.98
21 tracks recorded between 1938 and '42 - Listen To The Rhythm Of The Range/ When The Sun Is Setting On The Prairie/ I've Learned A Lot About Women/ I've Sold My Saddle For An Old Guitar, etc.
ROY ROGERS: Born To The Saddle/ Colorado Sunset/ Dust/ Headin' For Texas And Home/ I Hope I'm Not Dreaming Again/ I Know I Shouldn't Worry, But I Do/ I've Learned A Lot About Women/ I've Sold My Saddle For An Old Guitar/ Listen To The Rhythm Of The Range/ Little Old Church On The Hilltop/ Ridiin' Ropin' (no. 1)/ Ridin' Down The Trail/ Rusty Spurs/ She's All Wet Now/ Somebody's Smile/ That Pioneer Mother Of Mine (no. 2)/ There's A Ranch In The Rockies/ When A Cowboy Sings A Song/ When I Camped Under The Stars/ When Mother Nature Sings Her Lullaby./ When The Sun Is Setting On The Prairie

ROY ROGERS Curb 77392 Best Of Roy Rogers ● CD $10.98
12 tracks from the 70s - Lovenworth/ Happy Anniversary/ Candy Kisses/ Send Me The Pillow You Dream On/ You And Me Against The World/ Lay Some Happiness On Me, etc.

SMOKEY ROGERS Bronco Buster 9020 Western Swing Masterpieces ● CD $18.98
20 tracks, 55 minutes, (patient) fans only
His years working for Spade Cooley and Tex Williams notwithstanding, Smokey Rogers' best-known achievement was writing the ballad Gone, which Ferlin Husky first recorded in 1952 without success and remade in 1956 as a song that became a classic. Rogers still managed to pursue a solo career even while working with Williams's Western Caravan. He recorded for Capitol, for 4 Star (as Buck Rogers and his Texans) and Coral into the 1950s, the quality of his material was mixed. A lot of the material is weak, featuring Rogers' California hillbilly vocals with Cooleyesque Western swing backing, most of it from Tex Williams's Western Caravan, with Johnny Weis on lead guitar. Otherwise, this is not a Masterpiece of anything but bad 1940's novelty tunes. Too much of Rogers' material was tepid, and this weaker fare dominates this set. The better numbers are the Capitol Spanish Fandango, a song on which Rogers shares composer credits with Bob Wills (who cut it for MGM in 1947) and Ten More Miles. These Capitol sides, as well as the 4 Star Turn My Picture Upside Down, I Can't Help The Way You Feel and Huggin' and Chalkin', a 1947 pop hit for Hoagy Carmichael. From Coral in the 1950s comes Trouble Then Satisfaction, featuring a bluesy vocal from Jimmy Widener, along with the Rogers-sung Oh, How I Cry About You. Both of those are at least tolerable. As for Sui Sin Fa, a stereotypic pop novelty about Orientals, the only thing that saves it from being offensive are its incredibly stupid lyrics. Bronco Buster also omitted outstanding exceptions to that rule like Rogers' Coral recordings of Tulsa Trot and Panhandle Rag, with Joaquin Murphey on steel. It's also somewhat amusing compiler Dagmar Binge and the German fans who helped her can't tell the physical difference between Smokey and Tex Williams. One page of the booklet clearly shows Rogers with Tex Williams; on the facing page is a photo labeled Smokey Rogers that's obviously Tex Williams. Hmmm... (RK)
SMOKEY ROGERS: (Tho I Tried) I Can't Forget You/ Blues in My Mind/ Catch Me Cheatin'/ Don't Try to Pretend (Vocal with Trio)./ Drinkin' and A-thinkin'/ Huggin' and Chalkin'/ I Ain't Gonna Cry No More/ I Can't Help the Way You Feel/ Livin', Laugin', Lovin'/ Oh, How I Cry about You/ Possum Song/ Spanish Fandango/ Sui Sin Fa/ Ten More Miles/ Texas Tornado/ The Texas Song/ Trouble Then Satisfaction (Vocal Jimmy Widener)/ Turn My Picture Upside Down/ What it Means to Be Blue/ Why, Oh Why, Did I Ever Leave Wyoming

PETER ROWAN Sugar Hill 3722 Walls Of Time ● CD $15.98

PETER ROWAN Sugar Hill 3749 First Whippoorwill ● CD $15.98

PETER ROWAN Sugar Hill 3762 New Moon Rising ● CD $15.98

PETER ROWAN Sugar Hill 3781 Dust Bowl Children ● CD $15.98

PETER ROWAN Sugar Hill 3791 All On A Rising Day ● CD $15.98

PETER ROWAN Sugar Hill 3807 Awake Me In The New World ● CD $15.98

PETER ROWAN & THE ROWAN BROTHERS Sugar Hill 3823 Tree On A Hill ● CD $15.98

TOM RUSSELL Hightone HCD 8066 The Rose Of The San Joaquin ● CD $15.98

TOM RUSSELL Hightone 8081 The Long Way Around ● CD $15.98
17 tracks, 67 min., highly recommended On this collection,  most numbers are "updated" rerecordings, most are acoustic, and most are duets performed with other Americana luminaries like Nanci Griffith, Iris DeMent, and Katy Moffatt. Eight tracks are studio recordings, and nine were recorded live in 1996 at the Off Broadway in St. Louis, Missouri. All numbers are either written or co-written by Russell. Among them are St. Olav's Gate, Big Water (one of the new songs), U. S. Steel, The Angel of Lyon, The Eyes of Roberto Duran, Haley's Comet, and Box of Visions. Insightful songwriting and committed singing from one of the great folk talents of the waning days of the 20th Century. Certainly a disc that's worth the price of admission from various points of view, but I would be remiss if I did not mention just one more of those reasons: the outstanding guitar work of Russell's accompanist Andrew Hardin. (DH)

TOM RUSSELL HMG 2501 Song Of The West - The Cowboy Collection ● CD $15.98
15 cowboy songs - mostly originals - Rambler, Gambler/ Dance Hall Girls/ Hallie Lonnigan/ Gallo del Cielo/ The Ballad Of William Sycamore/ Claude Dallas/ El lano Estacado/ Prairie In The Sky, etc.


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