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JOHN STARLING
FRANKIE STARR
JODY STECHER & KATE BRISLIN
RAFE STEFANI
GARY STEWART
JOHN STEWART
WYNN STEWART
LOWE STOKES
BILLY STONE
ERNEST V. STONEMAN
HE STONEMAN FAMILY
CARL STORY
THE STRANGE CREEK SINGERS
MEL STREET
TEXAS BILL STRENGTH
THE STRIPLING BROTHERS
DAVE STUCKEY & THE RHYTHM BAND
JIMMY SWAN
THE SWINGIN' HAYMAKERS

 

JOHN STARLING Sugar Hill 3714 Long Time Gone ● CD $12.98

 
FRANKIE STARR Bear Family BCD 15990 Elevator Boogie ● CD $21.98
25 tracks, (Marty Robbins) fans only
I imagine in the greater scheme of things, few collectors give a hoot for Frankie Starr, except for those studying the vital music scene around Phoenix, Arizona. All but five numbers here are dreadfully dull 1950-1966 songs that taken as a whole, explain pretty clearly why Starr never made it. Consider My Woman Ain't Pretty (But She Don't Swear None) (no, I didn't make up that title). This ballad sings praises of an unattractive but honest woman who . . . you guessed it--don't swear none! About a minute of listening to this will make the average listener swear lots (oops! pardon my grammar ) and the rest of Starr's performances will simply bore everyone to tears. The main reason anyone will care at all about this utter waste of time are the final four songs, from 1948, likely the first demos ever made by a very young Marty Robbins. Starr met and befriended in Phoenix. In the notes, Starr is justifiably critical of how Robbins later "repaid" his early generosity. Marty's demos, done with acoustic guitar, show an unsure Eddy Arnold influence that he'd leave behind in just a couple years. (RK)

 
JODY STECHER & KATE BRISLIN Appleseed 1043 Songs Of The Carter Family ● CD $15.98
The newest by this outstanding duo featuring them performing lovely versions of 12 songs originally recorded by The Carter Family including Away Out On The Old Saint Sabbath/ Meet Me In The Moonlight/ Sow 'Em On The Mountain/ Bye & Bye/ Dark & Stormy Weather/ Don't Forget This Song and others.

 
RAFE STEFANI County 2728 Hell & Scissors ● CD $15.98
Talented young fiddler performing traditional tunes with accompaniments from various musicians on guitar, banjo, uilleann pipes, etc.

 
GARY STEWART Hightone HCD 8014 Brand New ● CD $15.98
Welcome back Gary! After too long an absence one of the great country singers of the 70s is back with a wonderful new album which will surely renew his career in the 80s. Gary is singing as good as ever with that hard edged soulful style that other singers aspire to rarely achieve. On this new album, produced by Roy Dea, who produced most of Gary's 70s hits he sings 10 new songs. Most of the songs were written by Gary himself in collaboration with hsi wife Mary Lou or Dean Dillon. Fine songs they are too - some like Brand New Whiskey and Rainin' Rainin' Rainin' have that catchy lilt that finds you humming the songs after only one hearing. There are tough rockers like Son Of A Honky Tonk Woman and Lucretia, tender honky tonk ballads like I Owe It All To My Heart and An Empty Glas, the whimsical I Get Drunk and a dynamic blues Murdered By Love. All of it is good and Gary is accompanied by a top notch band of Nashville musicians. If this record doesn't take Gary back to the top there just isn't any justice! (FS)

 
JOHN STEWART Bear Family BCD 15468 California Bloodlines/Willard (Minus 2) ● CD $21.98
 

 
JOHN STEWART Bear Family BCD 15518 The Complete Phoenix Concerts ● CD $21.98
 

 
JOHN STEWART Bear Family BCD 15519 Canyons In The Rain/ Wingless Angels ● CD $21.98
Two RCA albums from 1973 and '75 on one CD. 20 page booklet with lyrics to all the songs.

 
WYNN STEWART Bear Family BCD 15886 Wishful Thinking ● CD $209.98
Long awaited 10 CD set featuring all the recordings (279 songs) of this brilliant and influential singer and songwriter recorded for various labels between 1954 and 1985. It includes 70 unissued songs, alternates and demos including a whole album from 1969 that was never issued. Comes with usual high quality LP sized booklet which includes firts detailed biography of his life, a discography and previously unpublished photos.

 
LOWE STOKES Document 8045 In Chronological Order, Vol. 1 : 1927-1930 ● CD $15.98
22 tracks, 66 mins, highly recommended
 First of two volumes featuring the recordings issued by this wonderful Georgia fiddler under his own name - he recorded more extensively as a sideman. Stokes was a versatile musician and played beautifully in a number of styles from the expected mountain breakdowns to Tin Pan Alley songs to jazz to blues. A number of tracks feature the dual fiddles of Stokes with Clayton McMichen or Bert Layne and on one session all three play together! Other musicians featured include guitarists like Hoke Rice, Perry Bechtel, Riley Puckett and Claude Davis and Arthur Tanner appears on some tracks playing banjo or banjo-mandolin. There are vocals from McMichen, Rice, Dan Hornsby and others. An exciting and varied collection with excellent sound and high quality notes from Tony Russell. (FS)

 
BILLY STONE Bear Family BCD 15736 West Texas Sky ● CD $21.98

 
ERNEST V. STONEMAN 5-String Produtions 1 The Unsung Father Of Country Music, 1925-1934 ● CD $34.98
Two CD set, 46 tracks, essential
Ernest V. Stoneman was one of the best, most prolific and most popular pre war country performers but comparitively little of his output has been issued on CD so this collection is particularly welcome. 46 tracks featuring traditional ballads, breakdowns, Tin-Pan Alley songs, sentimental favorites, humorous ditties, two part skits and gospel songs recorded between 1925 and 1934. The singing is fine and includes several duets with his wife Hattie (including the delightful Mountaineer's Courtship which first appeared on Harry Smith's seminal "Anthology Of American Folk Music") and group vocals on the religious songs. There are solo songs with Ernest accompanying himself on harmonica and autoharp as well as string band sides featuring superb accompanying musicians like Earl Sweet or Bolen Frost on banjo and Kahle Brewer or Eck Dunford on fiddle. The set includes his 1925 hit version of The Titanic as well as many other songs and tunes that have become country and bluegrass standards. In addition to his prolific musical output Stoneman was prolific in other ways and fathered 23 children though only 13 lived to be adults but a number of these became musicians and as The Stoneman Family became quite popular in the 50s, 60s and 70s. One of his daughters provides the introduction to the 44 page hard cover booklet that accompanies this splendid set. Sound quality is superb and the booklet has extensive biographical notes, rare photos and memorabilia and full discographical details and a discussion of each performance. (FS)
ERNEST V. STONEMAN: A Message From Home Sweet Home/ All I Got's Gone/ All I've Got's Gone/ Are You Washed In The Blood?/ Burial Of Wild Bill, The/ Flop Eared Mule/ Goodbye, Dear Old Step Stone (1927)/ Goodbye, Dear Old Stepstone (1928)/ He Is Coming After Me/ Hop Light Ladies/ I Am Resolved/ I Know My Name Is There/ John Hardy/ Lightning Express, The/ Long Eared Mule/ Mountaineer's Courtship/ New River Train/ Nine Pound Hammer/ No More Good-byes/ Old Joe Clark/ Old Time Corn Shuckin' Part 1/ Old Time Corn Shuckin' Part 2/ Once I Had A Fortune/ Possum Trot School Exhibition Part 1/ Possum Trot School Exhibition Part 2/ Ramblin' Reckless Hobo/ Religious Critic, The/ Say, Darling, Say/ Sourwood Mountain/ Sweeping Through The Gates/ The Face That Never Returned/ The Fate Of Talmadge Osbourne/ The Old Hickory Cane/ The Orphan Girl/ The Raging Sea, How It Roars/ The Railroad Flagman's Sweetheart/ The Resurrection/ The Road To Washington/ The Spanish Merchant's Daughter/ There's A Light Lit Up In Galilee/ Titanic, The/ Too Late/ West Virginia Highway/ When The Snowflakes Fall Again/ Wreck Of The Old '97, The/ Wreck On The C&o, The

 
ERNEST V. STONEMAN County 3510 Edison Recordings - 1928 ● CD $15.98

 
THE STONEMAN FAMILY King 4119 28 Big Ones ● CD $10.98
28 tracks of old style country music by this country group whose origins date back to the 20s - 100 Years Ago/ When The Snowflakes Fall Again/ In The Sweet Bye And Bye/ Family Life/ Somebody's Waiting For Me/ That Pal Of Mine, etc.

 
CARL STORY King 9100 The Late & Great Carl Story ● CD $9.98
14 tracks from the 60s by this great bluegrass gospel singer who died in 1995.

 
CARL STORY & HIS RAMBLING MOUNTAINEERS Starday 219 Mighty Close To Heaven ● CD $9.98
Carl Story is one of the giants of bluegrass gospel and this is a splendid collection of 12 songs from the early 60s on which Carl's distinctive vocals are joined by William Brewster/ 5 string banjo, Franklin Brewster/ mandolin, Tommy Jackson/ fiddle, Claude Boone/ bass & harmony vocals and Jack Linneman on dobro. Songs include Amazing Grace/ Row Us Over the Tide/ Rank Stranger/ Follow Him/ I'll Need The Prayers Of Those I Love/ Mighty Close To Heaven, etc. (FS)

 
THE STRANGE CREEK SINGERS Arhoolie 9003 The Strange Creek Singers ● CD $9.98
Reissue of Arhoolie 4004 featuring sides recorded between 1968 and 1970 by group which included Mike Seeger, Hazel Dickens, Alice Gerrard, Tracy Schwarz and Lamar Grier.

 
MEL STREET Deluxe 7824 Greatest Hits ● CD $9.98
20 tracks, 58 minutes, essential. The late Mel Street never seemed to hit the big time even though he scored a number of top 20 hits. Maybe he didn't fit in with the rhinestone cowboys and countrypolitan crooners in the 70's. If you aren't too familiar with Street let me tell you, the West Virginia boy could really sing! His style is firmly in the honky tonkin' style of George Jones and Conway Twitty and there are at least a dozen tunes here that stand right up there with the best of 'em. Even when he strays from the formula on something like the patriotic Country Pride or the country funk of Rub It In , he does a great job of it. I can't recommend this highly enough to fans of real C&W. Let me begin the litany- Lovin' On Back Streets/ Borrowed Angel/ Forbidden Angel/ The Town Where You Live/ I've Hurt Her More Than She Loves Me/ Lust Affair/ You Make Me Feel More Like A Man , etc. (AE)

 
TEXAS BILL STRENGTH B.A.C.M. 186 When Loves Comes Knockin' ● CD $14.98
25 tracks by this obscure artist who is best known for having recorded for Sam Phillips' immortal Sun label. This collection features recordings made for a variety of labels between 1950 and 1956. Strength is not a particularly expressive singer but has some good songs and fine arrangements.
TEXAS BILL STRENGTH: Alone/ Black Coffee Blues/ But Do You Think I'm Happy/ Cherry Pie/ Country Love/ Frown On The Face Of The Moon/ Gotta Lotta Love/ I Found My Love And Lost My Heart/ I Wanna Ride On Your Merry Go Round/ Is Someone Else The Lucky One Tonight/ It Ain't Much But It's Home/ It Could Be A Wonderful World/ It's A Shame/ Let's Make Love Or Go Home/ Little I And Big You/ North Wind/ Paper Boy Boogie/ Six Fools/ Turn Around/ When Love Comes Knockin'/ When The Bright Lights Grow Dim/ Where Did My Heart Go/ Who's The Lucky One/ Yellow Rose Of Texas/ You Can't Have My Love

 
THE STRIPLING BROTHERS Document DOCD 8007 Complete Recorded Works, Vol. 1 : 1928-1934 ● CD $15.98

 
THE STRIPLING BROTHERS Document DOCD 8008 Complete Recorded Works, Vol. 2 : 1934-1936 ● CD $15.98

 
JIMMY SWAN Bear Family BCD 15758 Hony Tonkin' In Mississippi ● CD $21.98
30 tracks, 78 minutes, good
Swan was a minor talent, a better songwriter than a singer. He recorded for Trumpet and MGM in the 50's with little success, then turned to deejaying and recording for small labels. Credit has to be given to his stubbornness in sticking to the classic, simple hillbilly style - he left Nashville when they threatened him with the dreaded Anita Kerr Singers. He was very influenced by Hank Williams, cutting a tribute record after Hank's death, and was allegedly taken on by MGM to help fill the gap after Hank's passing. If you like classic 50's country you'll probably like Jimmy Swan too. The sawing fiddle introductions and steel guitar moans more than make up for Swan's limited delivery. Juke Joint Mama/ The Last Letter/ Lonesome Daddy Blues/ Country Cattin'/ Mark Of Shame/ Lonesome Man, etc ( AE )

 
THE SWINGIN' HAYMAKERS Circle CCD 907 For Rent ● CD $15.98

 

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