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Western Swing Collections


VARIOUS ARTISTS Proper BOX 6 Doughboys, Playboys & Cowboys ● CD $26.98
4 CD box set featuring a 99 track historical retrospective of western swing from 1932 to 1947 including tracks by all the major performers along with lots of lesser known artists - see below for detailed listing. Comes with 44 page booklet with detailed notes, photos and full discographical information.
SHELLY LEE ALLEY & HIS ALLEY CATS: Women Women Women/ JESSE ASHLOCK: Betty Ann/ DOUG BINE & HIS DIXIE RAMBLERS: Rambler's Stomp/ BILL BOYD & COWBOY RAMBLERS: Boyd's Blues/ BILL BOYD & HIS COUNTRY RAMBLERS: Barn Dance Rag/ DERWOOD BROWN & HIS MUSICAL BROWNIES: Bring It On Down To My House/ MILTON BROWN & HIS MUSICAL BROWNIES: Brownie's Stomp/ Down By The O-h-i-o/ My Galveston Gal/ Oh You Pretty Woman/ The Eyes Of Texas/ The Yellow Rose Of Texas/ Who's Sorry Now/ BROWN'S MUSICAL BROWNIES: I'm Confessin' (that I Love You)/ CLIFF BRUNER: That's What I Like About The South/ CLIF BRUNER & HIS BOYS: San Antonio Rose/ CLIFF BRUNER & HIS BOYS: Draftboard Blues/ Truck Driver's Blues/ CLIFF BRUNER'S TEXAS WANDERERS: Corrine Corrina/ Kangaroo Blues/ One Sweet Letter From You/ CLAUDE CASEY & HIS PINE STATE PLAYBOYS: Pine State Honky Tonk/ DON CHURCHILL & TEXAS MAVERICKS: One Year Ago Tonight/ ZEKE CLEMENTS & HIS WESTERN SWING GANG: Oklahoma Blues/ SPADE COOLEY & HIS ORCHESTRA: Forgive Me One More Time/ Oklahoma Stomp/ Shame On You/ THE CRYSTAL SPRING RAMBLERS: Fort Worth Stomp/ TED DAFFAN'S TEXANS: Blue Steel Blues/ AL DEXTER & HIS TROOPERS: Pistol Packin' Mama/ THE FORT WORTH DOUGHBOYS: Nancy Jane/ Sunbonnet Sue/ PORKY FREEMAN: Boogie Woogie Boy/ THE HI-FLYERS: Whatcha Gonna Do/ ADOLPH HOFNER & HIS TEXANS: Better Quit It Now/ ADOLPH HOFNER & HIS SAN ANTONIANS: Cotton Eyed Joe/ ADOLPH HOFNER & HIS TEXANS: I'll Keep My Old Guitar/ JERRY IRBY & HIS TEXAS RANCHERS: Nails In My Coffin/ THE JEWEL COWBOYS: My Untrue Cowgirl/ BUDDY JONES: Mean Old Lonesome Blues/ Rockin' Rollin' Mama/ Streamlined Mama/ The Women ('bout To Make A Wreck Out Of Me)/ THE LIGHT CRUST DOUGHBOYS: Blue Guitars/ Good Gracious Gracie/ Just Once Too Often/ Let's Make Believe We're Sweethearts/ Mean Mean Mama (from Meana)/ Pussy Pussy Pussy/ LOUISE MASSEY & HER WESTERNERS: Billy Boy/ THE MODERN MOUNTAINEERS: Dirty Dog Blues/ Loud Mouth/ Mississippi Sandman/ PATSY MONTANA & PRAIRIE RAMBLERS: I Want To Be A Cowboy's Sweetheart/ ROY NEWMAN & HIS BOYS: Sadie Green (the Vamp Of New Orleans)/ THE NITE OWLS: Married Man Blues/ W. LEE O'DANIEL & HIS HILLBILLY BOYS: Dirty Hangover Blues/ Lonesome Road Blues/ There'll Be Some Changes Made/ HANK PENNY: Steel Guitar Stomp/ Wildcat Mama/ Cowboy's Swing/ Mississippi Muddle/ THE PORT ARTHUR JUBILEERS: Jones Stomp/ Pussywillow/ THE RANGE RIDERS: Range Rider Stomp/ JIMMIE REVARD & HIS OKLAHOMA PLAYBOYS: Big Daddy Blues/ Dirty Dog/ Lose Your Blues & Laugh At Life/ THE RICE BROTHERS GANG: King Cotton Stomp/ BOB SKYLES & SKYROCKETS: Hot Tamale Pete/ THE SONS OF THE PIONEERS: Hold That Critter Down/ THE SONS OF THE WEST: Sally'g Got A Wooden Leg/ THE SUNSHINE BOYS: Gonna Get Tight/ What's The Matter With Deep Elem/ HANK THOMPSON: Humpty Dumpty Heart/ THE TUNE WRANGLERS: Buster's Crawdad Song/ Chicken Reel Stomp/ El Rancho Grande/ Red's Tight Like That/ Texas Sand/ JOHNNY TYLER & RIDERS OF THE RIO GRANDE: Oakie Boogie/ THE WASHBOARD WONDERS: Feather Your Nest/ TEX WILLIAMS & HIS WESTERN CARAVAN: I Got Texas In My Soul/ Smoke Smoke Smoke (that Cigarette)/ JOHNNIE LEE WILLS & HIS BOYS: Square Dance Boogie/ BOB WILLS & TEXAS PLAYBOYS: Bob Wills Special/ Lil Liza Jane/ Liza Pull Down The Shades/ Never No More Blues/ New San Antonio Rose/ Osage Stomp/ Stay A Little Longer/ Too Busy/ Who Walks In When I Walk Out/ LUKE WILLS' RHYTHM BUSTERS: Bob Wills Two Step/ SMOKEY WOOD & THE WOOD CHIPS: Keep On Truckin'/ Moonlight In Oklahoma

VARIOUS ARTISTS Krazy Kat 20 Nite Spot Blues - Hot Western Swing From The Southwest ● CD $16.98
28 rare and unissued sides cut between 1929 and 1941 by groups from Texas, Oklahoma & Louisiana.Comes with 28 page booklet with extensive notes by western swing expert Kevin Coffey and rare photos.
THE ALABAMA BOYS: Blues/ Frankie & Johnny/ Mama Don't Allow/ SHELLY LEE ALLEY & HIS ALLEY CATS: I'm Still in Love with You/ Let Me Bring it to Your Door/ THE BLUE RIDGE PLAYBOYS: Keep Your Nose Out of Daddy's Business/ Swing Baby Swing/ BILL BOYD'S COWBOY RAMBLERS: Must I Hesitate (The Hesitation Blues)/ BOB DUNN'S VAGABONDS: Mama's Gone Goodbye/ JIMMY HART & HIS MERRYMAKERS: Cheatin' On Me/ ADOLPH HOFNER & HIS TEXANS: Come On And Swing Me/ LEON'S LONE STAR COWBOYS: Ben Wheeler Stomp/ Goin' Up to Dallas/ THE LIGHT CRUST DOUGHBOYS: Bugle Call Rag/ Sluefoot on the Levee/ Tea for Two/ DICKIE MCBRIDE AND THE VILLAGE BOYS: Tell Me Dear (Don't You Care)/ THE MODERN MOUNTAINEERS: Never Slept Last Night/ LEW PRESTON & HIS MEN OF THE RANGE: Soldier Boy Stomp/ ROSS RHYTHM RASCALS: Boojie Woo Blues/ There's Gonna be No Me to Welcome You/ LEON "PAPPY" SELPH & HIS BLUE RIDGE PLAYBOYS: Polecat Stomp/ OCIE STOCKARD & HIS WANDERERS: Jitterbug Katy/ THE TEXAS WANDERERS: Jo Jo/ Waitin' at the End of the Road/ THE THREE VIRGINIANS: June Tenth Blues/ THE UNIVERSAL COWBOYS: Nite Spot Blues/ THE WANDERERS: Wanderer's Stomp

VARIOUS ARTISTS Krazy Kat 21 Playboy Boogie ● CD $16.98
Excellent 25 track collection of Western Swing, honky tonk and country boogie from Dallas, Texas based Star Talent label recorded between 1948 and 1951. Includes tracks by Buddy Walker, Boots & Buddies (with lead vocals by a young Gene O'Quin), Hoyle Nix, Aline McManus & Jack Padgett, The Seven Rowe Brothers, Buster Doss, Johnny Mathis, Stuffy Smith, Riley Crabtree, Ray Rogers, Hank Harrell, Freddie Burns, Slim Willet (his classic I'm A Tool Pusher From Snyder) and others. Includes 24 page booklet with extensive notes by Griffith Osborne.
JOHNNY BEE: Hang-over Blues/ BOOTS & BUDDIES: Next Sunday Darling Is My Birthday/ FREDDIE BURNS: Juke Box Boogie/ Two Piano Boogie/ SUNNY BURNS: Agreed To Disagree/ THE BURNS BROTHERS: I Can Sleep Again At Night/ RILEY CRABTREE: If My Tears Were Gold/ COWBOY DIXON: Everything's Gonna Be Changed/ BUSTER DOSS: Graveyard Boogie/ Playboy Boogie/ HANK HARRAL: A Smile Won't Hide A Broken Heart/ Dream Band Boogie/ Red Barn Boogie/ JOHNNY MATHIS: Tell Me Why/ ALINE MCMANUS & JACK PADGETT: Television Boogie/ TEX MELTON: It Won't Do Baby/ HOYLE NIX: I'm All Gone/ May You Never Break A Heart Like You Broke Mine/ You're Throwing Life Away/ JACK PADGETT: Boogie Woogie Gal/ RAY ROGERS: Mississippi Blues/ THE SEVEN ROWE BROTHERS: Polk County Two Step/ WAYNE SINGLETON: Mistreated Blues/ SNUFFY SMITH: Let Your Conscience Be Your Guide/ BUDDY WALKER: We've Lived A Lie/ WAYNE WALKER: Who's Kiddin' Who/ SLIM WILLET: I'm A Tool Pusher From Snyder/ I'm Going Strong

VARIOUS ARTISTS President PLCD 563 Roots Of Rock 'n Roll, Vol. 7 - Stompin' At The Honky Tonk ● CD $15.98
26 tracks of hot western swing from the 30s and 40s
TEX ATCHISON: Somebody's Rose/ MILTON BROWN & HIS MUSICAL BROWNIES: If You Can't Take Five Take Two/ CLIFF BRUNER & HIS BOYS: New Falling Rain Blues/ CLIFF BRUNER'S TEXAS WANDERERS: Sugar/ SPADE COOLEY & HIS ORCHESTRA: Oklahoma Stomp/ Three Way Boogie/ JIMMIE DAVIS: Mama's Getting Hot, Papa's Getting Cold/ BOB DUNN'S VAGABONDS: Stompin' At The Honky Tonk/ ADOLPH HOFNER & HIS SAN ANTONIANS: South Texas Swing/ DICKIE MCBRIDE & THE VILLAGE BOYS: Tulsa Twist/ THE MODERN MOUNTAINEERS: Who Calls You Sweet Mama Now/ Who's Cryin' Sweet Papa/ ROY NEWMAN & HIS BOYS: Sadie Green (The Vamp of New Orleans)/ PORT ARTHUR JUBILEERS: Jones Stomp/ JIMMIE REVARD & HIS OKLAHOMA PLAYBOYS: Daddy's Got The Deep Elm Blues/ THE RICE BROTHERS GANG: You Are My Sunshine/ TEX RITTER & THE SONS OF THE PIONEERS: Ay Viva Tequila/ THE SADDLE TRAMPS: Hot As I Am/ SONS OF THE PIONEERS: The Devil's Great Grandson/ THE SWEET VIOLET BOYS: I Love My Fruit/ THE SWIFT JEWEL COWBOYS: You Gotta Ho-De-Ho/ THE TEXAS WANDERERS: Rackin' It Back/ JIMMY WALKER: Detour/ LUKE WILLS: Bring It Down To My House Honey/ BOB WILLS & THE TEXAS PLAYBOYS: Cotton Eyed Joe/ SMOKEY WOOD & HIS WOOD CHIPS: Riding To Glory Now

VARIOUS ARTISTS Country Routes 25 Solid South - Western Swing On Los Angeles Radio ● CD $16.98
Great collection of western swing and honky tonk country country drawn from a variety of different radio shows broadcast in the L.A. area in the 50s. There are 8 tracks by Hank Penny from 1950 and '51 plus Jimmy Wakely (a rare hot track by him on the title tune), Spade Cooley (from his own radio show), The Prairie Ramblers, Merle Travis, Eddie Kirk, Les "Carrot Top" Anderson, Wesley Tuttle, Noel Boggs (who gets his own track and is featured with several of the other artists here), Skeets McDonald (a great version of the blues standard Trouble In Mind), Merle Tarvis, Tex Williams, Bob Wills and two previously unissued live sides by the great Lefty Frizzell, probably from 1958. Lefty Does Mom And Dad's Waltz with lovely fiddle from "Fiddlin' Kate" and Release Me. Sound quality from these rare acetates is sometimes rough but it's all listenable. (FS)
LES ANDERSON: New Panhandle Rag/ NOEL BOGGS: Alabamy Bound/ SPADE COOLEY: Bile That Cabbage Down/ Bubbling Over/ San Antonio Rose/ Steel Guitar Rag/ You've Got Me Wrapped Around Your Finger/ LEFTY FRIZZELL: Mom & Dad's Waltz/ Release Me/ EDDIE KIRK: Boogie On The Bayou/ SKEETS MCDONALD: Trouble In Mind/ HANK PENNY: Big-footed Sam/ Farewell Blues/ Flamin' Mamie/ I'm Moving On/ Ship Of Broken Dreams/ Steel Guitar Rag/ Tater Pie/ Taxes, Taxes/ Waiting Just For You/ Won't You Ride In My Little Red Wagon/ THE PRAIRIE RAMBLERS: Honey Be My Honey Bee/ MERLE TRAVIS: Kentucky/ Memphis Blues/ WESLEY TUTTLE: I Wonder Where You Are Tonight/ JIMMY WAKELY: Solid South/ TEX WILLIAMS: Ugly Duck/ BOB WILLS: Summit Ridge Drive

VARIOUS ARTISTS Country Routes 22 Sunshine State Swing, 1944-49 ● CD $16.98
Fine collection of western swing broadcast over Los Angeles radio stations in the mid-late 40s. Among the artists featured are Spade Cooley & His Roundup Gang, T. Texas Tyler, Freddy Tavres, Hank Penny, Merle Travis, Jack Rivers & His Saddle Pals, Tex Williams & His Western Caravan, Harold Hensley, Red Rowe and others. Sidemen include the cream of West Coast musicians like Jimmy Wyble, Noel Boggs, Porky Freeman, Speedy West, Merle Travis, Joaquin Murphy and others. Sound quality on some of these rare transcriptions is pretty rough but there's some fine and historically valuable music here.
RUE BARCLAY: Guitar Boogie/ JOHNNY BOND: Gals Don't Mean A Thing/ Tomorrow Never Comes/ SPADE COOLEY: Devil's Dream/ Fireball Mail/ Flying Home/ It's Dark Outside/ One Sweet Letter From You/ Riverside Drive/ Shame On You/ South/ Steel Guitar Rag/ You Don't Love Me But I'll Always Care/ PORKY FREEMAN: The Grass Looks Greener Over Yonder/ HAROLD HENSLEY: Texas Set-up/ LES PAUL: Midnight Special/ HANK PENNY: Still Water Runs The Deepest/ We Met Too Late/ JACK RIVERS: Little Rock Getaway/ RED ROWE: Be Honest With Me/ THE SUNSHINE BOYS: Noah/ FREDDIE TRAVARES: Coquette/ MERLE TRAVIS: John Henry/ T. TEXAS TYLER: Between Memphis & New Orleans/ My Bucket's Got A Hole In It/ Remember Me/ TEX WILLIAMS: Don't Telephone Don't Telegraph

VARIOUS ARTISTS Krazy Kat 15 Swinging West - 1940s Western Swing From Southern California ● CD $16.98
27 tracks drawn from various small labels.
CAROLINA COTTON (MUSIC BY THE BROOME BROS): You've Got Me Wrapped Around Your Finger/ ZEKE CLEMENTS: It's My Life/ Oklahoma Blues/ RODY ERIKSON: Don't Get Around Much Anymore/ Saturday Dance/ BOOTS FAYE ACC. BY THE SUN VALLEY COWBOYS: You're Writing Love Letters To Me/ PAUL HOWARD: I've Been Lonesome Since You Went Away/ LEODIE JACKSON: Steeling The Blues/ BRAD KING: You Ain't Got My Number Anymore/ RED MURRELL: Get That Chip Off Your Shoulder/ Wake Up Babe/ COWBOY SAM NICHOLS: I'm Tellin' You/ DOYE O'DELL: Lookin' Poor But Feelin' Rich/ JACK RIVERS: Sargent's Stomp/ RED ROWE: Pretty Little Mona/ Shaggy Dog Blues/ TOMMY SARGENT'S RANGE BOYS: Idaho Call/ Steel Guitar Boogie/ WALT SHRUM: You Two-timed Me One Time Too Often/ RUDY SOOTER: Easy Payment Blues/ DUSTY TAYLOR: Ranger Boogie/ RAY WADE: I Don't Care Anymore/ JIMMY WAKELY: If You Don't Go Right, Don't Go Wrong/ JIMMY WALKER: Hide Your Face/ Tear Stains On My Letter/ PAUL WESTMORELAND: From Now On/ TEX WILLIAMS: Tell Me Why

VARIOUS ARTISTS Krazy Kat 27 Swinging West, Vol. 2 ● CD $16.98
Complementing Krazy Kat 15 this is another fine collection of Western Swing from California recorded in the mid/late 40s - mostly for small local labels. Decent sound and informative notes by Al Turner.
DON CHURCHILL: Texas Plains/ Yesterday/ RUFE DAVIS: Lula From Missoula/ DOC DENNING: After I've Spent/ RED EGNER: Brown Eyed Baby/ TERRY FELL: Stop Your Flirting/ PORKY FREEMAN: Electric Guitar Blues/ BILLY HUGHES: Beside The Alamo/ LEODIE JACKSON: Double Crossin' Mama/ MERL LINDSAY: Water Baby Blues/ CHARLIE LINVILLE: Texahoma Boogie/ Yes You Did/ MASTON'S MUSIC MAKERS: Slick Chick Boogie/ RED MURRELL: Little Darlin'/ Steel Guitar Rag/ SLUMBER NICHOLS: I Want To Be There/ THE PLAINSMEN: I Learned To Love You/ New San Antonio Rose/ SMOKEY ROGERS: Blues On My Mind/ Shame On You/ THE SADDLE TRAMPS: Make Up Your Mind/ DEUCE SPRIGGENS: I Been Down In Texas/ Peekin'-peekin'-peekin'/ What's The Matter/ DOUGLAS VENABLE: You Bought Sorrow/ JIMMY WAKELY: I've Got Nuggets

VARIOUS ARTISTS Fremeaux & Associates 032 Western Swing- Texas 1928-44 ● CD $37.98
2 CDs. 36 tracks, 99 min, recommended.
Excellent survey of the exciting music that emerged from Texas in the 30s, combining fiddle bands, big band jazz, blues, and pop. Most tracks are new to CD, although not that rare on LP. The big names are here, like Bob Wills, Milton Brown, Spade Cooley, and the Light Crust Doughboys, along with gems from lesser lights like Jimmy Revard, Cliff Bruner, Bill Boyd, Hank Penny, Ted Daffan, Emmett Miller (Lovesick Blues, of course), the Hi-Flyers, Sons of the West, Adolph Hofner, the Tune Wranglers, a.o. Sound is clean, if a mite thin, with some surface noise, but acceptable. And the joyousness of the music comes through loud and clear, on such cuts as the Hi-Flyers Juke Box Jump, Bruner's Truck Driver's Blues, or Everybody's Truckin', by the Modern Mountaineers, with stompin' good fun for all. (JM)
SHELLY LEE ALLEY & HIS ALLEY CATS: Try It Once Again/ BILL BOYD AND HIS COWBOY RAMBLERS: Boyd's Blues/ Show Me The Way To Go Home/ MILTON BROWN AND HIS MUSICAL BROWNIES: I'll Be Glad When You're Dead, You Rascal You/ Talking About You/ MILTON BROWN'S MUSICAL BROWNIES: Louise Louise Blues/ CLIFF BRUNER & HIS BOYS: Truck Driver's Blues/ CLIFF BRUNER'S TEXAS WANDERERS: Draft Board Blues/ Milk Cow Blues/ SPADE COOLEY: Shame On You/ THE CRYSTAL SPRING RAMBLERS: Fort Worth Stomp/ TED DAFFAN'S TEXANS: Blue Steel Blues/ THE HI-FLYERS: Juke Box Jump/ Whatcha Gonna Do/ ADOLPH HOFNER & HIS TEXANS: Brown Eyed Sweet/ BUDDY JONES: Settle Down Blues/ THE LIGHT CRUST DOUGHBOYS: Blue Guitars/ Just Once Too Often/ Pussy Pussy Pussy/ EMMETT MILLER & HIS GEORGIA CRACKERS: Lovesick Blues/ THE MODERN MOUNTAINEERS: Everybody's Truckin'/ Pipeliner's Blues/ W.LEE O'DANIEL AND HIS HILLBILLY BOYS: Dirty Hangover Blues/ Lonesome Road Blues/ HANK PENNY & HIS RADIO COWBOYS: Chill Tonic/ JIMMIE REVARD & HIS OKLAHOMA PLAYBOYS: Blues In The Bottle/ Oh! Swing It/ Ride 'Em Cowboy/ SONS OF THE WEST: Panhandle Shuffle/ Sally's Got A Wooden Leg/ THE TUNE WRANGLERS: Buster's Crawdad Song/ El Rancho Grande/ Red's Tight Like That/ BOB WILLS & HIS TEXAS PLAYBOYS: Little Liza Jane/ Twin Guitar Special/ Who Walks In When I Walk Out?


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