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GILLIAN WELCH
KEVIN WELCH
CHUCK WELLS
KITTY WELLS
DOTTIE WEST
SPEEDY WEST
TABBY WEST
JOHNNY WESTERN
ONIE WHEELER
THE WHIPPOORWILLS
CLARENCE WHITE
HOWARD WHITE
ROLAND WHITE
SLIM WHITMAN
THE WILBURN BROTHERS
JESS WILLARD
SLIM WILLETT
CURLEY WILLIAMS & HIS GEORGIA PEACH PICKERS
LEONA WILLIAMS & MERLE HAGGARD
TEX WILLIAMS
 

GILLIAN WELCH Acony 101 Revival ● CD $16.98
10 Tracks, 42 Mins, highly recommended. It's like they opened a time capsule and discovered a great country recording by an unknown artist. Gillian Welch has the song writing style, the sound and even the look of a woman who came out of the hills of depression-era rural America. She wrote or co-wrote all of the tracks here (David Rawlings deserves mention for his co-writing, harmonizing and guitar playing). Speaking of the song-writing, you won't find any filler here and four of the songs are stand-outs. T-Bone Burnett does an exemplary job as producer and the players include guitar great James Burton. Looking for a rising star? Well, here you go. (RS)

 
GILLIAN WELCH Acony 102 Hell Among The Yearlings ● CD $16.98
Second album from this talented new performer whose music is steeped in the mountain music of the past. She's a very soulful and distinctive singer who together with David Rawlings writes original songs that sound like they could have been written 50 years ago without sounding anachronistic - great tunes and lyrics. Arrangements are mostly stripped down acoustic with guitars and occasional banjo. Songs include Caleb Meyer/ The Devil Had A Hold Of Me/ Mt Morphine/ Miner's Refrain/ I'm Not Afraid To Die/ Whiskey Girl, etc.

 
KEVIN WELCH Dead Reckoning 0003 Life Down Here On Earth ● CD $15.98
 

 
CHUCK WELLS Cattle 318 The Complete Hillbilly Collection, 1949-1954 CD $18.98
The complete recordings of this obscure but enjoyable singer from Alabama.
CHUCK WELLS: Carefree Kisses/ Cold Hands And Warm Heart/ Crying Tears/ Footlose And Fancy Free/ Heavenly Road/ I Saw The Lord/ I'm Not Ashamed/ I'm Setting You Free/ If You Could Be Just Mine/ Is This The Day?/ Just Lookin' Around/ Someone Cares/ The Barroom Girl/ The Marryin' Preacher/ Three Memories/ Undecided Gal

 
KITTY WELLS B.A.C.M. 181 I'll Be All Smiles Tonight ● CD $14.98
26 tracks, 67 mins, highly recommended
Great collection of early sides by one of the finest and most popular female country artists of all times. 26 tracks recorded between 1950 and 1953 leaving out the hits but including some of her lesser known but superb sides. The earliest five sides from 1950 were from when she was still working with Johnnie & Jack (she was married to Johnnie WrighT) and feature her accompanied by The Tennessee Mountain Boys. A great collection of honky tonk including Love Or Hate/ make Up Your Mind/ Things That Might Have Been/ I Heard The Jukebox Playing/ Searching For A Soldier's Grave/ There's Poison In Your Heart/ The Life They Live In Songs/ he's Married To Me/ Goodbye Mr Brown, etc. (FS)
KITTY WELLS: A Wedding Ring Ago/ Cheatin's A Sin/ Crying Steel Guitar Waltz/ Divided By Two/ Don't Wait The Last Minute To Pray/ Goodbye Mr. Brown/ He's Married To Me/ Hey Joe/ I Don't Want Your Money I Want Your Time/ I Heard The Juke Box Playing/ I Hope My Divorce Is Never Granted/ I'd Rather Stay Home/ I'll Be All Smiles Tonight/ I'm In Love With You/ I'm Too Lonely To Smile/ Love Or Hate/ Make Up Your Mind/ My Mother/ Searching For A Soldier's Grave/ The Honky Tonk Waltz/ The Life They Live In Songs/ There's Poison In Your Heart/ They Can't Take Your Love/ Things That Might Have Been/ You Said You Could Do Without Me/ You're Not Easy To Forget

 
KITTY WELLS Bear Family BCD 15638 The Queen Of Country ● CD $99.98
4 CDs, 114 songs, 4 hours, 53 min. essential
The long-awaited CD follow-up to Bear's previous Kitty LP box is here, with an additional year of recording added, taking the set through the year 1958, It begins with her eight RCA recordings from 1949-1950 RCA sides and through all the Deccas including the classic It Wasn't God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels, along with other hits Paying For That Back Street Affair, Release Me Makin' Believe, and her hit duets with Red Foley like One By One, Make Believe, As Long As I Love and You And Me. Several more solo hits cut in 1958 are added, among them, Jealousy, Mommy For A Day, All The Time and the complete sessions for her excellent Dust on the Bible gospel LP. A new improved LP size booklet features the usual rare photos (some in color), an improved discography and completely revised biographical essay by Charles Wolfe, who wrote the booklet for the original (still available) LP box set. (RK)

 
KITTY WELLS MCA 10081 Country Music Hall Of Fame Series ● CD $7.98
Miss Kitty won a well-deserved special Grammy for her groundbreaking work, which established that women could become country superstars as well. But if you can't afford the Bear Family Decca Box, these 16 songs cover most, but not all, the high points her own career from 1952 to 1965 starting, not surprisingly with It Wasn't God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels, the 1952 hit answer to Hank Thompson's Wild Side of Life, that launched her. Several other early and rare songs included here weren't hits, but are excellent nonetheless, including her 1952 cover of Faron Young's Gotham recording I Heard the Juke Box Playing, Icicles Hanging From Your Heart I'd Rather Stay Home and My Cold, Cold Heart Is Melted Now, her answer to Hank Williams' Cold, Cold Heart. Obvious hits include Release Me, Making Believe, I Gave My Wedding Dress Away, Searching, her hit cover of Don Gibson's I Can't Stop Loving You, (which reached a higher spot on the charts than Gibson's), Mommy For A Day, Amigo's Guitar, Heartbreak, USA, Will Your Lawyer Talk to God, Password and her final Top 20 hit, A Woman Half My Age, from 1966. Complete discographical information and fine Ronnie Pugh liner notes round it out. (RK)

 
KITTY WELLS Tee-Vee TVCD 6023 20 Greatest Hits ● CD $11.98
Re-recordings of many of Kitty's most famous songs made in the 80s - It wasn't God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels/ Mommy For A Day/ I Gave My Wedding Dress Away/ She's No Angel/ Making , etc. Good performances but a far cry from the originals.

 
DOTTIE WEST Buddah 99828 RCA Country Legends ● CD $8.98
 

 
SPEEDY WEST Bronco Buster 9054 The Steel Guitar Transcriptions of Speedy West ● CD $18.98
A collection of 22 sides recorded by this legendary steel guitarist for radio transcriptions in 1954. These were previously issued on a limited edition album on the Danny label in the 1970 and has been newly remastered for CD. Includes Blue Steel Blues/ Panhandle Rag/ Missouri Waltz/ I Love You So Much It Hurts/ Farewell Blues/ Honeysuckle Rose/ Dragging The Steel/ Lover/ Marie, etc.
SPEEDY WEST: At Sundown/ Birth Of The Blues/ Blue Steel Blues/ Bye Bye Blues/ Don't Sing Aloha When I Go/ Dragging The Steel/ Farewell Blues/ Honeysuckle Rose/ How Come You Do Me Like You Do?/ I Love You So Much It Hurts/ Indian Love Call/ Kentucky Waltz./ Lover/ Marie/ Missouri Waltz/ Moonlight And Roses/ Panhandle Rag/ Sentimental Journey/ Steeling The Blues/ Tennessee Border/ Texas Playboy Rag/ Two Of A Kind

 
SPEEDY WEST Jasmine 3515 There's Gonna Be A Party ... - Featuring Jimmy Bryant ● CD $11.98
Great collection of 29 tunes recorded live on Tennessee Ernie Ford's early 50s radio program featuring the West Coast wizard of the steel guitar displaying his brand of pyrotechnics on a selection of originals (Speedin' West/ This Ain't The Blues/ Railroadin'/ Hop, Skip & Jump, etc), jazz and pop standards (Lover/ Birth Of The BluesLet The Rest Of The World Go By/ I'm Confessin', etc) and country favorites (Blue Bonnet Rag/ I Love You So Much It Hurts/Texas Playboy Rag and more. On five tracks he is joined on electric by his frequent collaborator JImmy Bryant who also does a fine solo version of Limehouse Blues and picks up fiddle to do a fiddle duet with Harold Hensley on Arkansas Traveler. All tracks feature accompanied by the housa band. Sound quality is excellent and there are often umrous introductions from Ern.

 
SPEEDY WEST Jasmine 3537 Travelin' From Georgia To West Of Samoa ● CD $11.98
23 track compilation - most with Jimmy Bryant. Includes his hit Stratosphere Boogie plus Georgia Steel Guitar/ Red Headed Polka/ Hub Cap Roll/ Roadside Rag/ Serenade To A Frog/ Sunset/ Swinging On the Strings/ West Of Samoa, etc.

 
SPEEDY WEST Sundazed 9008 Guitar Spectacular CD $12.98
12 tracks of steel guitar wizardry original issued in 1962 by this giant of the instrument whose playing had graced hundreds of West Coast country recordings in the 40s and 50s. He is joined by guitarists Billy Strange and Roy Lanham, drummer earl Palmer and others. All original tunes including Space Man In orbit/ Lazy Summer Evening/ Afternoon Of A Swan/ Double Or Nothing/ Reflections From the Moon, etc.

 
SPEEDY WEST & JIMMY BRYANT Bear Family BCD 15956 Two Of A Kind ● CD $99.98
4 CD set with book. 112 tracks including the duos complete recordings for Capitol from 1950 through 1956, Speedy's later solo LPs and a whole disc featuring them accompanying singers like Tennessee Ernie Ford, Spike Jones, Jean Shepard, Ella Mae Morse and others

 
SPEEDY WEST & JIMMY BRYANT Cattle 339 Speedy West Meets Jimmy Bryant In Hollywood ● CD $18.98
30 hot guitar and steel guitar instrumentals drawn from radio transcriptions featuring two of the greatest instrumentalists on the West Coast performing alone and together.
JIMMY BRYANT: Bryant's Boogie/ Limehouse Blues/ Midnight Ramble/ Old Joe Clarke/ Red Head Polka/ Country Capers/ T-bone Rag/ Whistle Stop/ SPEEDY WEST: Blue Bonnet Rag/ Bustin' Thru/ Hop, Skip And Jump/ I'm Confessin' (that I Love You)/ Let The Rest Of The World Go By/ Moon Of Manakoora/ My Little Grass Shack In Kealakeku, Hawaii/ My Tane/ On The Alamo/ Our Paradise/ Paradise Island/ Railroadin'/ Roadside Rag/ Skiddle-dee-boo/ Speedin' West/ Steel Guitar Jubilee/ Steel Guitar Rag/ Sunset/ Swingin' On The Strings/ Tag Along/ This Ain't The Blues/ Yours

 
TABBY WEST B.A.C.M. 260 Chat Chat Chatanooga ● CD $14.98
Fine female honky tonk singer who started her career as a pop singer under her real name of Phyllis Spain but turned to country after she started doing demos of country songs and was encouraged to record on her own by Owen Bradley. This 24 track collection features most of her recordings made between 1952 and 1958 including her fine cover of Back Street Affair plus I Was The Bridesmaid/ Sea Of Sorrow/ Forbidden FRuit/ I Love You Too Much To Leave You/ They Accused Me/ Here's To Love/ SEnd Somebody Like Joe, etc.
TABBY WEST: A Back Street Affair/ A Cold One Way Street/ Careless Darlin'/ Chat Chat Chatanooga/ Crew Cut And Baby Blue Eyes/ Forbidden Fruit/ Here's To Love/ Hillbilly Blues/ I Can't Stop Loving You/ I Love Everybody/ I Love You Too Much To Leave You/ I Was The Bridesmaid/ Inchin' Up/ Let's Make Love Or Go Home One/ My Daddy Left My Mommy Again/ Oh Mama If Only I'd Listened To You/ Our Love Isn't Legal/ Pretty Little Dedon/ Sea Of Sorrow/ Send Me Somebody Like Joe/ Texas Millionaire/ They Accused Me/ You Can't Have My Love/ You Gave Me A Hard Way To Go

 
JOHNNY WESTERN Bear Family BCD 15429 Gunfight At O.K. Corral ● CD $21.98
CD reissue of Americana 0001 - a selection of 20 western songs - mostly theme songs of famous cowboy movies or T.V. series - with Billy Strange, Harold Bradley & Jack Clement - Ghost Riders in the Sky/ The Gunfighter/ Ringo/ Cross The Brazos at Waco/ Bonanza/ Rawhide/ High Noon/ Hannah Lee/ Ballad of Boot Hill/ Wyatt Earp, etc ( FS

 
JOHNNY WESTERN Bear Family BCD 15552 Heroes And Cowboys ● CD $79.98
3 CDs, 74 tracks, approx. 3 hr. 25 min. good
Big-voiced Johnny Western is a favorite of Bear Family head Richard Weize and popular in Europe. In the states, though he recorded for years, he was mainly known as the vocalist on the theme for the CBS TV western "Have Gun Will Travel". The set begins with his first 3 singles for the J-O-C-O label of Minnesota and then picks up his complete 1959-1963 Columbia recordings including the HGWT theme The Ballad of Paladin, which series star Richard Boone insisted Western record, along with two 1962 songs recorded with Johnny Cash's Tennesee Three. Also covered are his four Philips recordings, his four Hep sides, three sessions for JRC and 18 performances done in 1960 for Armed Forces recruiting transcriptions . The only LP not on this set is Western's 1984 Gunfight At OK Corral album, available on BCD 15429. Dale Vinicur provides complete notes, the usual rare photos are everywhere and the excellent discography was compiled by John L. Smith and Richard Weize. (RK)

 
ONIE WHEELER Bear Family BCD 15542 Onie's Bop ● CD $21.98
If you like good hillbilly music you'll love this. I'd rank Onie's singing right up there with the very greatest stars - Hank, Lefty, Webb, etc. His deep, rich baritone never fails to please and he has a fabulous "break" in his voice that's really effective. Most of the 31 tunes start off with the classic fiddle introductions common in the honky tonk style and they just get better from there. All of the tunes here were done for Sun, Columbia and Okeh from 1953-1957 and I'll be hogtied if I can find a bad one among 'em. I could go on about this forever but why bother since Colin Escott has already written a 24 page booklet for inclusion. This is essential. Jump Right Out Of This Jukebox/ A Beggar For Your Love/ Walkin' Shoes/ Run 'em Off/ Love Me Like You Used To Do/ A Million Years In Glory , etc. (AE)

 
THE WHIPPOORWILLS Cattle 298 In Hollywood In 1951 ● CD $18.98
27 RadiOzark transcriptions recorded in Springfield, Missouri in 1951 featuring the brilliant guitarist Roy Lanham with group vocals as well as solo vocals from Dusty Rhoads and Sweet Georgia Brown.
THE WHIPPOORWILLS: Besame Mucho (inst.)/ Blue Skies/ Bye Bye Blackbird/ Caravan (inst.)/ Cimarron/ Dark Eyes (inst.)/ I Get The Blues When It Rains/ I Hear You Knockin'/ I'm On My Journey Home/ It Had To Be You (inst.)/ Lay Your Little Head On My Shoulder/ Lover (inst.)/ Peachy Pie/ Playboy Of The Alley/ Prairie Echoes/ Sentimental Journey/ Seven Come Eleven (inst.)/ Slow Poke/ Sometimes I'm Happy/ Sweet Georgia Brown (inst.)/ Take Time To Pray/ Taxes/ Trouble, Trouble/ Tweedle-o-twill/ Vaya Con Dios (god Be With You)/ Waitin' For My Gal To Come Back/ Whispering Wind

 
CLARENCE WHITE Big Beat 227 Tuff & Stringy: Sessions, 1966-1968 ● CD $18.98
A collection of 26 rarities from this brilliant and influential guitarist whose work has inspired musicians in both the country and rok fields. This collections features his session work on country and fol-rock recordings in the mid 60s and includes super rare singles, demos and his first recordings as a soloist. It includes performances with Gary Paxton, The Spencers, Wayne Moore and others and includes two recently discovered demos of the Kentucky Colonels going electric that are probably the earliest examples of Clarence playing electric.
RICHARD ARLEN: I'm Tied Down To You/ LEON COPELAND: Gotta Go See The World/ DARRELL COTTON: Don't Pity Me/ If We Could Read/ If We Could Read/ GIB & JAN: She's Gone/ THE GREAT LOVE TRIP: Why Can't We Be/ JAN & CLARENCE: Nature's Child/ THE KENTUCKY COLONELS: Everybody Has One But You/ Made Of Stone/ WAYNE MOORE: Guitar Pickin' Man/ Hey Juliana/ Rocks In My Head/ GARY PAXTON: Mother In Law/ DENNIS PAYNE: I'll Live Today/ JACK REEVES: Not Enough Of Me To Go Round/ THE SANLAND BROTHERS: Vaccination For The Blues/ THE SPENCERS: Make Up Your Mind/ CLARENCE WHITE: Adam And Eve/ Buckaroo/ Grandma Funderbunks Music Box/ Hong Kong Hillbilly/ Last Date/ Riff Raff/ Tango For A Sad Mood/ Tuff And Stringy

 
CLARENCE WHITE Sierra 26023 33 Acoustic Guitar Instrumentasl ● CD $15.98
A remarkable collection of guitar instrumentals featuring this dazzling and innovative flatpicker recorded at his home on a portable tape recorder in 1962 with Roger Bush on rhythm guitar. Calrence was at the time a member of the fledgling Kentucky Colonels and was later to bring his guitar prowess to bear in his work with The Byrds. Here he works his way through a collection of traditional and old time country tunes like Wildwood Flower/ Black Mountain Rag/ He Will Set Your Fields On Fire/ Cripple Creek/ I Am A Pilgrim/ False Hearted Lover/ Sally Goodin and lots more. Sound is occasionally a bit distorted but Clarence's talent comes through loud and clear.

 
HOWARD WHITE Bear Family BCD 15575 Nashville Sideman With Friends  ● CD $21.98
White, veteran road steel guitarist for a number of musicians including Cowboy Copas and Hank Snow, was author of the enormously entertaining 1990 memoir "Every Highway Out of Nashville" about his days on the road. This 14 song collection includes his complete four-song 1953 Hickory Records session which demonstrates the clear influence of White's idol, non-pedal steel virtuoso Jerry Byrd. The remaining 10 numbers were recorded in 1976 for a White instrumental dobro LP of Western Swing and honky tonk standards It includes such country standards as Jealous Heart/ Midnight/ Columbus Stockade Blues and Blue Eyes Crying In The Rain along with Bob Wills chestnuts like Deep Water/ San Antonio Rose/ Roly Poly and Rose of Old Pawnee. The performances are flat since these kinds of songs don't work well on acoustic instruments. Dale Vinicur's liner notes, though well-written, are badly focused and occasionally incorrect. At one point she says that by 1976 the "Nashville Sound" had been evolving for nearly 40 years, which makes little sense since the term is accepted as applying to the pop-oriented country records recorded in the late fifties. Vinicur says little about White's career, padding out the notes with biographies of the studio musicians who worked on the 1976 album. Why? (RK)

 
ROLAND WHITE Sugar Hill 3826 Trying To Get To You ● CD $11.98
 

 
SLIM WHITMAN Bear Family BCD 15768 Rose Marie - His Recordings, 1949-1959 ● CD $145.98
6 CD's, 163 songs, recommended
15 years ago everyone was either goofing on Slim Whitman's yodeling and sentimental numbers--or buying up the LP's marketed on TV. With that in mind, a Whitman box set might seem a little much for most people. Bear Family, however, did this one as much for the European market as the U.S., since Whitman has a strong following over there. Comprehensive as always, this collection starts at the beginning with Whitman's musically satisfying but unsuccessful 1949-1950 RCA sides. Based at the Louisiana Hayride, Whitman's career turned completely around when Lew Chudd of Imperial Records signed him in 1951. The set assembles all the 1951-1959 Imperials, ones that distinguished him from the raw-voiced honkytonkers of the moment. 1952 brought his first hit with the unusual Love Song of the Waterfall and through 1956, he found a formula that, like that of Sonny James in the 1960's, relied heavily on covers of pop standards, in Slim's case, Indian Love Call, which scored with pop fans and earned him a Gold Record. Followups like Secret Love, Rose-Marie, Singing Hills and the 1955 rendition of Cattle Call all established him. In England, his first tour in 1956 brought him stardom in Europe that continues today. Done with Whitman's cooperation, the package features never before seen photos and an outstanding essay by Kevin Coffey, whose normal forte is Texas Honky Tonk and Western Swing. For hardcore Whitmanphiles this is heaven. For those who can take him (like myself) in more limited doses, act accordingly. (RK)

 
SLIM WHITMAN BGO BGOCD 469 Yodeling/ Country Songs - City Hits ● CD $18.98
Two Imperial LPs on one CD by this distinctive country vocalist. "Yodelling" from 1963 includes Chimebells/ Cowboy's Heaven/ Mockin' Bird Hill/ Over The Hill and others, "Country Songs" is from '64 and includes It Keep Right On A-Hurtin'/ Ramblin' Rose/ Born To Lose/ I Can't Stop Lovin' You/ Bouquest Of Roses, etc.

 
SLIM WHITMAN Capitol 54321B Vintage Collection ● CD $8.98
15 tracks from this unique and very popular performer including two tracks previously unissued in the USA - Love Song Of The Waterfall/ Song Of The Old Waterfall/ My Heart Is Broken In Three/ There's A Rainbow In Every Teardrop/ Rose Marie/ I Talk To The Waves/ Rainbows Are Back In Style/ It's A Sin To Tell A Lie, etc.

 
SLIM WHITMAN EMI Gold 34214 The Collection ● CD $11.98
Budget two CD import with 58 songs from this popular and distinctive vocalist. Slim is particularly popular in England and this includes all his U.K. hits though, curiously, they decided to use a remake of his most popular song Rose Marie Also includes China Doll/ Walk Through This World With Me/ White Cliffs Of Dover/ Flower Of Love/ My Buddy/ Love Song Of The Waterfall/ Cool Water/ Indian Love Call/ Faded Love, etc.

 
SLIM WHITMAN Jasmine 3549 The Man With The Singing Guitar, Vol. 1 ● CD $11.98
23 tracks from the early 50s by this distinctive performer including his first hit from 1952 Love Song Of The Waterfall. Plus By The Waves Of The Minnetonka/ Bandera Waltz/ An Amateur In Love/ Birmingham Jail/ Danny Boy/ Cold Empty Arms/ Love Song Of The Waterfall/ There's A Rainbow In Every Teardrop and others.

 
THE WILBURN BROTHERS B.A.C.M. 254 The Knoxville Girl ● CD $14.98
26 tracks, 64 mins, highly recommended
In spite of their numerous hits The Wilburn Brothers have been poorly served on reissues so this collection of 26 tracks recorded between 1955 and 1958 is most welcome. Like The Louvin Brothers the Wilburns music is based on the great brother duet sounds of the 30s and 40s but updated for a later generation. Later recordings found them moving in a pop direction but on these sides there sound is "pure" with their fine harmonies joined by guitar, steel guitar, piano and fiddles and on a couple of tracks some very effective autoharp playing. It includes some of their early hits like I'm So In Love With You/ Go Away With Me/ Which One Is To Blame and their superb rendition of the traditional ballad Knoxville Girl. They also do a splendid version of Deep Elem Blues and excellent covers of Bob Wills' Time Changes Everything and Hank Williams' You Win Again. A most worthwhile collection. (FS)
THE WILBURN BROTHERS: Always Alone/ Boys Faithful Friend/ Cry Cry Darling/ Deep Elem Blues/ Don't Sweetheart Me/ Go Away With Me/ Great Big Love/ I Close My Eyes/ I Got Over The Blues/ I Know You Don't Love Me Anymore/ I Want To Live And Love/ I'll Sail My Ship Alone/ I'm Settin' You Free/ I'm So In Love With You/ If It's Wrong To Love You/ Look Around Take A Look At Me/ Mixed Up Medley/ My Heart Or My Mind/ Nothing At All/ One Has My Name The Other Has My Heart/ Sugartime/ That's When I Miss You/ The Knoxville Girl/ Time Changes Everything/ Which One Is To Blame/ You Win Again

 
THE WILBURN BROTHERS King 746 The Wonderful Wilburn Brothers ● CD $9.98
Reissue of album originally issued in 1961 featuring the first recordings by this popular duo made for Four Star in the late 40s and early 50s before their big successes for Decca. Some of these recordings were originally issued as by The Wilburn Family. Not as polished as their successful Decca recordings these tracks are mixture of old timey brother duets, blues, old time gospel and honky tonk country and is more interesting than a lot of their more commercial recordings. The liner notes by an unnamed bard have to be read to be believed!

 
JESS WILLARD Bear Family BCD 16256 Honky Tonk Hardwood Floor ● CD $21.98
 

 
SLIM WILLETT Collector 2857 Boppin' Hillbilly Series ● CD $17.98
30 tracks, 73 mins, recommended 30 tracks by this Texas performer including his original version of the classic song Don't Let The Star Get In Your Eyes and some intriguing songs about oil drilling (Tool Pusher/ Off Shore Drilling Rig/ Drill Bit Honky Tonk and others). Also includes Come Sundown/ Don't Waste Your Heart/ Crazy Crazy/ Haywire Jones/ Live While You're Young (Dream While Your Old) and others. Also includes four solo cuts by Slim's backing group Shorty Underwood & The Brushcutters. Sound on some cuts is pretty rough. (FS)

 
CURLEY WILLIAMS & HIS GEORGIA PEACH PICKERS Cattle 257 Swing And Boogie ● CD $18.98
26 tracks from the 40s and early 50s by this excellent western swing band including seven rare soundtracks from TV films.

 
LEONA WILLIAMS & MERLE HAGGARD Bear Family BCD 16411 Old Loves Never Die ● CD $21.98

 
TEX WILLIAMS B.A.C.M. 046 Hey Mr. Cotton Picker ● CD $14.98
22 tracks from the 40s by this popular western performers - includes guest appearance by Smokey Rogers and Jo Stafford.
TEX WILLIAMS: Big Bars Polka/ Blackstrap Molasses/ Bronco Busters Ball/ Castle Of My Dreams/ Chickashay Gal/ Cowboy Polka/ Don't Make Love To Mary/ Good Night Cincinnati, Good Morning Tennesse/ Hey Mr. Cotton Picker/ I Want To Be Near You/ Johnstown Polka/ Just A Pair Of Blue Eyes/ Never Trust A Travelling Salesman/ Only Politickin'/ Rose Of The Alamo/ Shame On You/ She Didn't Even Kiss Me Goodbye/ Sweet Little Boogalie/ The Urn On The Mantle/ Three Little Girls Dressed In Blue/ Tulsa Trot/ With Men Who Know Tobacco Best

 
TEX WILLIAMS B.A.C.M. 097 River Of No Return ● CD $14.98
25 tracks from the late 40s and early 50s by this fine West Coast singer with his group The Western Caravan. Includes commercial recordings and radio transcriptions. Includes duets with Roberta Lee and Rex Allen and a couple of cuts with Spade cooley's Orchestra. There are also several hot instrumentals.
TEX WILLIAMS: Air Mail Special (instr.)/ Between You & The Birds & The Bees & Cupid/ Cool Water/ Deck Of Cards/ Don't Call My Name (with Roberta Lee)/ Down In The Meadow/ Dusty Skies/ I Cried Myself To Sleep (with Spade Cooley's Orch.)/ If You'd Believe In Me/ Kansas City Rag/ Money/ My Adobe Hacienda/ My Confession/ Perdido (lost) (instr.)(/ River Of No Return/ Rocky Mountain Express/ Shrimp Boats (are Acomin')/ Sinful/ Stars And Stripes On Iwo Jima (with Spade Cooley's Orch.)/ Take The A Train (instr.)/ Ten Silver Dollars/ They Were Doing The Mambo/ This Ole House (with Rex Allen)/ Twelfth Street Rag (instr.)/ Two Texas Boys (with Rex Allen)

   
TEX WILLIAMS Country Routes RFD 17 On The Air, 1947-1949 ● CD $16.98
26 previously unissued tracks from radio transcriptions with vocals from Tex, Deuce Spriggens and Smokey Rogers and instrumental work from Joaquin Murphy, Johnny Weis and others.

 
TEX WILLIAMS & HIS WESTERN CARAVAN Country Routes 28 "Live" From The Palace Barn & Transcription Discs ● CD $16.98
31 tracks recorded live between 1946 and 1951 with Tex and the boys in fine form on a swinging selection of songs and instrumentals including The Big Print Giveth (a delightful and always timely song)/ Last Go Round/ Don't Come Home Cryin' To Me/ Steel Guitar Rag/ Irma/ Who Clipped Samson's Hair/ Red Ball Whistle/ Texas In My Soul/ Please Don't Leave Me/ What's The Matter With You/ Roly Poly and lots more. Musicians include Johnny Weis, Smokey Rogers, Deuce Spriggins, Cactus Soldi, Joaquin Murphey, Wayne Burdick and others. Good sound and informative notes from Kevin Coffey.

 

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