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COUNTRY, BLUEGRASS & OLD-TIMEY

Dwight Yoakam -> Faron Young

DWIGHT YOAKAM
THE YORK BROTHERS
CHIP YOUNG
FARON YOUNG
 

 

DWIGHT YOAKAM Reprise 25372 Guitars, Cadillacs, Etc. Etc. ● CD $11.98
1986 album by one of the brightest talents to emerge on the country scene in the 80s. This album features the 6 songs that were on Dwight's self produced mini LP of a year earlier plus four extra songs. Dwight is a wonderful singer with a powerful nasal twang and is a brilliant songwriter whose songs range from some beautiful honky tonk ballads like It Won't Hurt and my favorite South Of Cincinnati to upbeat rockers like I'll Be Gone and the splendid song about mining Miner's Prayer dedicated to the memory of Dwight's grandfather. Dwight is backed by a solid no nonsense band featuring some fine fiddle by Brantley Kearns, pedal steel by Jay Dee Maness and kicking drums by Jeff Donavan. Along with the fine original songs are some powerful interpretations of some classic old songs like Honky Tonk Man and Heartaches By the Number. (FS)

 
DWIGHT YOAKAM Reprise 25567 Hillbilly Deluxe ● CD $9.98
A great follow up album to Dwight's killer Guitar, Cadillacs, Etc.. this new one features 7 new songs by Dwight and all of them are very fine, particularly the tragic Johnson's Love, the powerful Readin', Rightin', Rt 23 and the rockin' drinking song This Drinking Will Kill Me but all are excellent. There are three covers including dynamite versions of Stonewall Jackson's Smoke Along The Track and Elvis's Little Sister . Musical arrangements are superb with hot guitar by album's producer Pete Anderson and tremendous fiddle by Brantley Kearns. There are occasional guest musicians including steel guitarist Tom Brumley who worked for many years with Buck Owens. Highly recommended. (FS)

 
DWIGHT YOAKAM Reprise 25749 Buenas Noches From A Lonely Room ● CD $11.98
A vast improvement over the slightly phony-sounding "Hillbilly Deluxe". Dwight's vocals are better, his original material is his best ever. What I Don't Know and One More Name tackle cheating with nary a hint of BS. His wit and flair for imagery shines on I Got You and the brilliantly executed mini-tragedy I Sang Dixie. Even Hold On To God sounds like some ageless southern hymn. Lazy Lester's I Hear You Knockin' probably came from his producer Pete Anderson, a blues fan. Hank Locklin's Send Me The Pillow That You Dream On is a restrained, dignified duet with Lone Justice's Maria McKee. The showpiece, of course, is Streets Of Bakersfield, a memorable duet with musical mentor Buck Owens, spoiled only by inappropriate accordion and mandolin. For God's sake, this is BUCK OWENS! Where's the Telecasters? No matter, this is Dwight's best since his first one. (RK)

 
DWIGHT YOAKAM Reprise 45241 This Time ● CD $11.98
11 tracks, 42 min., recommended. 1993 album. L.A. cowboy Yoakam has a voice that is more distinctive than great, an unerring ear for taking country traditions that border on rock and reshaping them into his own statements. The songs are, if a bit familiar, also instantly catchy and inviting. Most of all, Yoakam has in Pete Anderson a priceless producer- arranger-music director-guitarist-bandleader who carefully crafts every song into something that sounds like a major statement. And it's good, too. Anderson's Luther- Perkins-meets-Duane-Eddy approach to guitar holds the music together and makes it even more distinctive, although the band, with fiddles, pedal steel and riveting drumwork, is equally excellent. From the hard rocking Wild Ride, through heart tuggers like Home for Sale and that sense of desperate loneliness in A Thousand Miles from Nowhere, Yoakam, Anderson and band are a cut above most the country-rock crowd, and at least a couple of thousand miles from Nashville. (LK)

 
THE YORK BROTHERS B.A.C.M. 160 Going Back To The Sunny South ● CD $14.98
27 tracks, 75 mins, recommended
Complementing Collector 2861 abd Cattle 251 this is another fine collection of early sides by this Detroit based duo featuring sides recorded between 1939 and 1942 mostly for the Mellow label and its predecessors Universal and Hot Wax along with two sides from Decca. The earliest seven sides here features the duo Leslie & George accompanying themselves on acoustic guitars - subsequently Leslie switched to electric guitar which allowed him to provide some nice fills and they were subsequently joined by bassist Jonnie Laneder who helps provide a richer sound. Quite a few of the songs are rather similar sounding "heart songs" with some bluesy titles providing some welcome variety and their fine Home In Old Tennessee has a nice traditional feel. Good sound and informative notes by dave Sax. (FS)
THE YORK BROTHERS: A Merry Christmas To The Boys Over There/ Blue Skies Turned To Gray [sic]/ Conscription Blues/ Gambler's Blues/ Going Back To The Sunny South/ Going Home/ Going To The Shindig/ Goodbye And Luck To You/ Got To Get Rid Of My Worried Mind/ Hillbilly Rose/ Home In Tennessee/ I Don't Want No Part Of You/ I'll Be Happy Again/ I'm Saying Goodbye/ If I Would Never Lose You/ It Makes Me Jealous Hearted/ Just Wanting You/ Kentucky's Calling Me/ Life Can Never Be The Same/ Long Gone/ Maybe Then You'll Care/ Mother's Sunny Smile/ My Little Honeysuckle Rose/ Not Over Thirty-five/ Sweetheart Darling/ That Nagging Young Husey [sic]/ We're Gonna Catch That Train

 
THE YORK BROTHERS Cattle 251 Hamtrammck Mama ● CD $18.98
27 track collection of sides recorded between 1939 and 1950 by this fine brother duo based out of Detroit. As far as I can tell there is no duplication with Collector 2861. It includes three versions of their most famous song Hamtramck Mama - two from around 1939 just featuring the two of them and then a 1946 version for Bullet with a small group. Lots of fine stuff - often with a bluesy boogie flavor featuring fine lead guitar from Leslie York.
THE YORK BROTHERS: Blues Why Don't You Leave Me Alone/ Detroit Hula Girl/ Got Ramblin' And Gamblin' On My Mind/ Gravy Train/ Hail, Hail Ol' Glory/ Hamtramck Mama (no. 2)/ Hamtramck Mama (no. 3)/ Hamtramck Mama (no.1)/ Highland Park Girl/ I Got My Eyes On You/ I'm Not Fooling/ It Taint No Good/ Kill Her With Kindness/ Memories Of You/ Mine In Dreams/ Motor City Boogie/ My Tears Will Never Make You Change/ Naggin' Young Woman/ New Trail To Mexico/ Riding And Singing My Song/ Road Of Sadness/ Rose Of The Rio Grande/ Speak To Me Little Darling/ Yesterday's Love/ York Brotherss Blues/ You Took My Sunshine With You/ You'll Pay For It All

 
THE YORK BROTHERS Collector 2861 Detroit In The 40s & The 50s ● CD $16.98
First in a series of four discs to reissue recordings from the poorly documented Detroit scene. This features a selection of sides by the fine and bluesy York Brothers including their original recording from 1939 of the classic Hamtramck Mama. Most of the early sides are from obscure Detroit labels like Universal, Hot Wax and mellow and sound is pretty rough - later sides are from better recorded issues on bigger labels and sound is better.

 
CHIP YOUNG Music Mill 70009 Having Thumb Fun With My Friends ● CD $7.98
Originally on the Belle Meade label.

 
FARON YOUNG Bear Family BCD 15493 The Capitol Years ● CD $94.98
It was 1952 when Capitol Records' A & R man Ken Nelson, visiting Shreveport, signed Faron after hearing him filling in for Webb Pierce on Webb's KWKH radio show. During the next decade he had 42 chart hits, 25 of them Top Ten and several of them standards: Goin' Steady, If You Ain't Lovin', Live Fast, Love Hard, Die Young, Don Gibson's Sweet Dreams and the hit version of Willie's Hello Walls. All those are here, a total of 157 songs on five CD's. Though he started out solidly in the Hank Williams style, he eventually developed his own sound. Though his primary focus remained hard country, he recorded a bit of gospel and in 1958 an entire pop LP, "The Object Of My Affection". Much of the time, the material is pretty pedestrian, though it has its moments. Everything is beautifully presented, though unlike most Bear box sets, on this one, the songs aren't in chronological order. The chronological arrangement usually makes it easier to run through the material and the discography at the same time. I hope this is a one-time experiment. The 48 page booklet with rare photos was written by Colin Escott from Otto Kitsinger's research and includes a complete discography. (RK)

 
FARON YOUNG Capitol (UK) 96855 This Is Faron Young/ Hello Walls ● CD $11.98
24 tracks, 53 mins, highly recommended. Two LPs from 1959 and '61 respectively. "This" features many of Faron's great early hits like Live Fast, Love Hard & Die Young/ Goin' Steady/ Sweet Dreams/ It's A Great Life (If You Don't Weaken)/ I've Five Dollars & It's Saturday Night and others. This is great honky tonk country with Faron's expressive vocals accompanied by top West Coast musicians like Speedy West on steel. "Walls" includes the title song, an early classic from the pen of Willie Nelson and a #1 country hit for Faron. There are some other hits from the early 60s here along with fine non-hits. Arrangements are a little poppier than the early sides but continue to feature fine singing from Faron. (FS)

 
FARON YOUNG Country Stars CTS 55413 The Radio Shows, Vol 1 ● CD $11.98
22 tracks, 52 min; good From a series of live radio shows in Nashville in 1965, this album features Faron and his group The Country Deputy Band (honest!) performing straightahead country versions of mostly other people's hits of the day, including He'll Have To Go/ Unmitigated Gall/ Detroit City/ The Race Is On/ Open Up Your Heart and Think Of Me When You're Lonely (both with second vocalist Darrell McCall) and 16 more. The Country Deputies are a good band, and Faron's goofy phrasing has yet to get out of hand; consequently, this is an enjoyable, if slightly predictable, album. (RP)

 
FARON YOUNG & OTHERS Collectables 5330 Hi-Tone Poppa ● CD $11.98
14 tracks, 34 mins, recommended CD issue of Krazy Kat 830. A great collection of country recorded for Webb Pierce's Pacemaker label in 1950 and '51 and subsequently leased to Ivin Ballen's Gotham label. There are six tracks by Faron Young from 3 different sessions - his first recordings. Two the lively title song and the hot Hot Rod Shotgun Boogie, No 2 were originally issued as by Tillman Franks & His Rainbow Boys. There are four tracks by a very young Claude King doing his best to sound like Ernest Tubb and two fine tracks by Teddy Wilburn of the Wilburn Brothers. The album is rounded out with two tracks by the fine and obscure Tex Grimsley. Accompaniments are consistently fine - often by members of Webb Pierce's band. Good sound and there are extensive notes by Phil Tricker which are in very tiny print. (FS)

 

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