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ROY ACUFF JSP JSPCD 7799 King Of The Hillbillies ● CD $28.98
First in a series of box sets documenting the career of this great country music pioneer in chronological order. This first volume features 100 tracks recorded between 1936 and 1944. It includes the first recording of what was to become his trademark song - the Carter Family's Wabash Cannonball with vocals by the mysterious Sam "Dynamite" Hatcher who also played harmonica with the group. Acuff's group was one that helped popularize the sound of the Dobro and these sides feature two of the best - Clell Sumney and Beecher "Pete" Kirby. Sumney (later known as Cousin Jody) appears on the earlier sessions (1936-1938) and Kirby who appears on the sessions from 1939 on also turns in some fine work. Roy's material included traditional songs, Carter Family songs honky tonk, pop songs and gospel and includes many songs that have become country standards like Great Speckle Bird/ Freight Train Blues/ You're The Only Star In My Blue Heaven/ Beautiful Brown Eyes/ Drifting Too Far From The Shore/ Streamlined Cannonball/ Fire Ball Mail/ Night Train To Memphis and others. A number of tracks are making their first appearance on CD here and there are brief notes and full discographical info.
ROY ACUFF: All Night Long/ Answer To Sparkling Blue Eyes/ Are You Thinking Of Me Darling?/ Automobile Of Life, The/ Be Honest With Me/ Beautiful Brown Eyes/ Beneath That Lonely Mound Of Clay/ Blue Eyed Darling/ Blue Ridge Sweetheart/ Blues In My Mind/ Bonnie Blue Eyes/ Branded Wherever I Go/ Broken Heart, The/ Brother Take Warning/ Charmin' Baby/ Come Back Little Pal/ Do You Wonder Why/ Doin' It the Old Fashioned Way/ Don't Make Me Go To Bed And I'll Be Good/ Drifting Too Far From the Shore/ Eyes Are Watching You/ Farther Along/ Fire Ball Mail/ Fly, Birdie, Fly/ Freight Train Clues/ Gonna Have a Big Time Tonight/ Gonna Raise a Ruckus Tonight/ Good-Bye Brownie/ Great Judgement Morning, The/ Great Shining Light, The/ Great Speckle Bird/ Great Speckle Bird No.2/ Haven Of Dreams/ Honky Tonk Mammas/ I Called And Nobody Answered/ I Know We're Saying Goodbye/ I'll Forgive You But I Can't Forget/ I'll Reap My Harvest In Heaven/ I'm Building a Home/ Ida Red/ It Won't Be Long (Till I'll Be Leaving)/ Just Inside the Pearly Gates/ Just To Ease My Worried Mind/ Living On the Mountain, Baby Mine/ Lonesome Old River Blues/ Lonesome Valley/ Low And Lonely/ Lying Woman Blues/ Mother's Prayers Guide Me/ Mule Skinner Blues (Blue Yodel #8)/ My Gal Sal/ My Mountain Home Sweet Home/ New Greenback Dollar/ Night Train To Memphis/ No Letter In the Mail/ Not a Word From Home/ Old Age Pension Check/ Old Fashioned Love/ Old Three Room Shack, An/ One Old Shirt/ Precious Jewel, The/ Prodigal Son, The/ Red Lips - Kiss My Blues Away/ Rising Sun, The/ Sad Memories/ Sailing Along/ She No Longer Belongs To Me/ Shout, Oh Lulu/ Singing My Way To Glory/ Smoky Mountain Moon/ Smoky Mountain Rag/ Steamboat Whistle Blues/ Steel Guitar Blues/ Steel Guitar Chimes/ Streamlined Cannon Ball, The/ Stuck Up Blues/ Tell Mother I'll Be There/ That Beautiful Picture/ They Can Only Fill One Grave/ Things That Might Have Been/ Trouble, Trouble/ Vagabond's Dream, A/ Wabash Blues/ Wabash Cannon Ball/ Walkin' In My Sleep/ Weary River/ What Good Will It Do/ What Would You Do With Gabriel's Trumpet/ When I Lay My Burden Down/ When Lulu's Gone/ Will the Circle Be Unbroken/ Worried Mind/ Would You Care/ Wreck On the Highway/ Write Me Sweetheart/ Yes Sir, That's My Baby/ You Are My Love/ You're My Darling/ You're the Only Star (In My Blue Heaven)/ You've Got To See Mama Every Night (Or You Can't See Mama At All)

 
CHET ATKINS JSP JSPCD 7794 The Early Years, 1946-1957 ● CD $28.98
5 CDs, 159 tracks, 6 hours 31 min., highly recommended
Two things are certain: Chet Atkins was one hell of a guitar player, and his recordings grew less interesting after 1954, when he stopped writing material and started relying on songwriters such as Chopin and Bach, neither of whom could write a country song to save his life. But then RCA had that effect on everyone. And since it was none other than Atkins who oversaw Elvis Presley's initial RCA sessions, he owns part of that legacy. Sure, Elvis hit right away with the great Heartbreak Hotel, but he never recorded anything as wild and free as some of the sides he cut at Sun. But I digress. This excellent box set captures the absolutely incredible guitar playing of Chet Atkins as he moved from no one to one of the most sought after session men on the planet. His work from 1946-49 shows Atkins fondness for Django-like jazz guitar as well as straight ahead country music. He's accompanied by Jethro and Homer, Helen Carter, Buck Lambert, Anita Carter, Jack Shook, and others. The four tracks on disc 4 featuring guitar duets with Chet and Hank Snow rank with the finest cuts here. But often it is just Chet by himself that impresses the most. He is said to have been an early user of multi-tracking in part because it was difficult to find session players who could follow him. The sound here is uniformly wonderful, although the notes are nothing to scream about. A more easily affordable way to bury yourself in early Chet if the Bear box is more than too much. (JC)
CHET ATKINS: (I Know My Baby Loves Me) In Her Own Peculiar Way/ (I May Be Color Blind But) I Know When I'm Blue/ A Gay Ranchero/ Adelita/ Ain'tcha Tired Of Makin' Me Blue/ Alabama Jubilee/ Alice Blue Gown/ Alice Blue Gown/ Arkansas Traveler/ Avalon/ Ballin' The Jack/ Barber Shop Rag/ Barnyard Shuffle/ Beautiful Ohio/ Beautiful Ohio/ Birth Of The Blues/ Black Mountain Rag/ Black Mountain Rag/ Blue Gypsy/ Blue Gypsy/ Blues In The Night/ Boogie Man Boogie/ Brown Eyes/ Bug Dance/ Canned Heat/ Caravan/ Cecilia/ Centipede Boogie/ Cherry Pink And Apple Blossom White Dance With Me Henry/ Chinatown, My Chinatown/ City Slicker/ Confusin'/ Corinne, Corinna/ Country Gentlemen/ Crazy Rhythm/ Crazy Rhythm/ Dance Of The Golden Rod/ Dance Of The Goldenrod/ Darktown Strutters Ball/ Darling, Je Vous Aime Beaucoup/ Dill Pickle Rag/ Dizzy Strings/ Don't Hand Me That Line/ Downhill Drag/ Dream Train/ Frankie And Johnnie/ Galloping On The Guitar/ Gavotte In D/ Georgia Camp Meeting/ Get Up And Go/ Get Up And Go/ Glow Worm/ Gone, Gone, Gone/ Good-Bye Blues/ Guitar Blues (Picking The Blues)/ Guitar Polka/ Guitar Waltz/ Guitars On Parade/ Hangover Blues/ Have You Ever Been Lonely/ Heartaches/ Hello Ma Baby/ Hello Ma Baby/ Hey Mr Guitar/ High Rockin' Swing/ Honey/ Honeysuckle Rose/ Hybrid Corn/ I Was Bitten By The Same Bug Twice/ I'm Gonna Get Tight/ I'm Pickin' The Blues/ I've Been Working On The Guitar/ Imagination/ In The Mood/ In The Mood/ Indian Love Call/ Indian Love Call/ Indiana/ Intermezzo/ Jitterbug Waltz/ Kentucky Derby/ La Golondrina/ Little Rock Getaway/ Liza/ Londonderry Air/ Lover Come Back To Me/ Main Street Breakdown/ Malaguena/ Meet Mister Callaghan/ Memphis Blues/ Memphis Blues/ Minuet/ Minute Waltz/ Mister Misery/ Mister Sandman/ Money, Marbles And Chalk/ Mountain Melody/ Music In My Heart/ My Crazy Heart/ My Guitar Is My Sweetheart/ New Spanish Two Step/ Nobody's Sweetheart/ Ochi Chornya/ Oh By Jingo/ Oh By Jingo/ Old Man River/ One Man Boogie/ One More Chance/ Pagan Love Song/ Peeping Tom/ Petite Waltz/ Pig Leaf Rag/ Poor People Of Paris/ Rainbow/ Red Wing/ Rubber Doll Rag/ Rustic Dance/ San Antonio Rose/ Save Your Money/ Schon Rosmarien/ Set A Spell/ Shine On Harvest Moon/ Silver Bell/ Simple Simon/ Somebody Stole My Gal/ South/ Spanish FandangoMidnight/ St Louis Blues/ St Louis Blues/ Standing Room Only/ Stephen Foster Medley/ Sunrise Serenade/ Swedish Rhapsody/ Sweet Bunch Of Daisies/ Tellin' My Troubles To My Old Guitar/ Tenderly/ The Bells Of St Mary's/ The Birth Of The Blues/ The Lady Loves Me/ The Nashville Jump/ The Old Buck Dance/ The Old Spinning Wheel/ The Third Man Theme/ Third Man Theme/ Three O'Clock In The Morning/ Tip Toe Through The Tulips/ Tweedle Dee/ Twelfth Street Rag/ Unchained Melody/ Under The Double Eagle/ Under The Hickory Nut Tree/ Waltz In A-Flat/ Wednesday Night Waltz/ Wildwood Flower/ You're Always Brand New/ Your Mean Little Heart

 
GENE AUTRY JSP JSPCD 77112 The Early Years Of One Of Country's Biggest Stars ● CD $28.98
Four CDs, 100 tracks, highly recommended
This set features all the issued recordings made by Gene Autry from his first session in October 1929 through April, 1931. Though Autry became best known as a singing movie cowboy, on these early recordings the influence of his idol Jimmie Rodgers is very strong featuring a selection of sentimental songs, blue yodels, blues, Gene Austin style ballads and the occasional risqué song. Autry was a warmer singer than Rodgers, but his records don't have much stylistic diversity since most of the tracks feature just Autry accompanied by his own guitar. About a third of the tracks benefit from the fine steel guitar, harmonica or jews harp playing of his long time associate Frankie Marvin and a handful of tracks feature an unknown mandolin player. There are a handful of covers of Rodgers' songs (Waiting For Train/ California Blues/ High Powered Mama, etc.) but most of rest are Autry's own. He recorded for a number of labels during this period and some of the songs appear than once in slightly differing versions. Sound quality is generally fine and there are informative notes by Pat Harrison. Real Autry fans will want Bear Family's magnificent box set (BCD 15944 - $239.98) with nine CDs and a hard cover which goes up to 1933 and includes a number of unissued songs and alternate takes but for the rest of us this modestly priced collection provides a fine introduction to this important artist. (FS)

 
THE BLUE SKY BOYS JSP JSPCD 7782 The Very Best Of Classic Country Remastered ● CD $28.98
Five CD box set, 121 tracks, highly recommended
Five CD set featuring 121 sides by one of the greatest of country brother duos Bill & Earl Bollick aka The Blue Sky Boys. With their sweet haunting voices and exquisite harmonies they sang a wide variety of traditional and more recent compositions accompanied by Bill's mandolin and Earl's guitar. They were a big influence on latter duos like The Bailes Brothers, Louvin Brothers, Armstrong Twins, Stanley Brothers, Everly Brothers and others. Many songs the Bolicks recorded have become country and bluegrass standards and even though they weren't always the first to record them, their versions became the defining release including songs like The Banks of the Ohio/ I'm Troubled/ The Knoxville Girl/ The Prisoner's Dream/ Katie Dear/ The Lightning Express/ Are You from Dixie/ I'm Just Here to Get My Baby Out of Jail/ Mary of the Wild Moor/ Short Life of Trouble/ Turn Your Radio On/ I'm S-A-V-E-D/ The Butcher's Boy/ Kentucky/ Beautiful Brown Eyes, and many others. The first three discs and half of the fourth which features their recordings from 1936 through 1940 feature the brothers by themselves. When they returned to recording in 1946 after a period in military service they added a discreet fiddle and string bass to their recordings. Sound quality is generally excellent and their informative notes by Pat Harrison and full discographical info. If you already have the more luxurious Bear Family box (BCD 15951 The Sunny Side Of Life - $149.98) then you already have everything here - otherwise this is a great and inexpensive way to get this great duos best recordings. (FS)

 
CLIFF CARLISLE JSP JSPCD 7732 A Country Legacy, 1930-1939 ● CD $28.98
Four CDS, 84 tracks, approx 4 hours, highly recommended with reservations
The reasons for my reservations is that while the music is wonderful this set seems to have been put together with less care than most of JSP's other boxes. Cliff Carlisle recorded more than 200 sides between 1930 and 1939 so why are there only 84 tracks here? Most JSP four CD sets have around 100. Further, half of these tracks are currently available on Arhoolie 7039 and B.A.C.M. and half the rest were on the out of print collection on Zircon Vert. In addition the titles are not presented in chronological order and there is no discographical information. Now to the music! Carlisle was a superb singer, a magnificent slide guitarist (playing a steel bodied National) and had a varied and consistently worthwhile repertoire which embraced traditional songs, blues, love songs, some wickedly raunchy risque songs, gospel songs, western and sentimental songs. Cliff was a master blue yodeler on a number of cuts here and on No Daddy Blues and Shanghai Rooster Yodel he does some original scat yodeling. Some tracks feature his early playing partner singer/ guitarist Wilbur Ball, others have his brother Bill or his son Tommy and some have a small string band with some lovely fiddle. Some of the gospel songs feature some great quartet singing which includes Cliff, Bill, Tommy and another Carlisle, Louis (another brother?) including a sublime version of Shine On Me. He does a great cover of the Darby & Tarleton classic Columbus Stockade Blues and the soon to become bluegrass standards Footprints In The Snow with Shannon Grayson on mandolin and Girl In The Blue Velvet Band. And for those of you who like double entendre there are such gems as Ash Can Blues/ That Nasty Swing/ Sal's Got A Meatskin and others. But it's all great. Sound quality is excellent, booklet notes are adequate. If you don't already have much Carlisle this is indispensible. (FS)
CLIFF CARLISLE: A Mean Mama Don't Worry Me/ A Stretch Of 28 Years/ A Wild Cat Woman And A Tom Cat Man/ Ash Can Blues/ Bamblin' Man/ Black Jack David/ Broken Heart/ Chicken Roost Blues/ Columbus Stockade Blues/ Cowboy Johnny's Last Ride/ Dang My Rowdy Soul/ Dear Old Daddy/ Desert Blues/ Far Beyond The Starry Sky/ Footprints In The Snow/ Georgia Moon/ Get Her By The TrailOn A Downhill Grade/ Girl In The Blue Velvet Band/ Goin' Down The Road Feelin' Bad/ Going Back To Alabama/ Going Down The Valley One By One/ Gonna Raise A Ruckus Tonight/ Goodbye Old Pal/ Guitar Blues/ Handsome Blues/ High Steppin' Mama/ Hobo Blues/ Hobo's Fate/ Home Of The Soul/ I Don't Mind/ I Want A Good Woman/ I'm Savin Saturday Night For You/ I'm Sorry Now/ It Ain't No Fault of mine/ It Takes An Old Hen To Deliver The Goods/ Lonely Orphan Child/ Lonesome For Caroline/ Memories That Haunt Me/ Memphis Yodel/ Mouse's Ear Blues/ My Lovin' Kathleen/ My Rockin' Mama/ My Rocky Mountain Sweetheart/ My Travellin' Night/ Nevada Johnny/ New Memories Of You That Haunt Me/ No Daddy Blues/ On The Banks Of The Rio Grande/ Onion Eating Mama/ Pan American Man/ Pay Day Fight/ Prepare Me O lord/ Ramblin Yodeler/ Ring Tail Tom/ Roll On, Roll On/ Rooster Blues/ Sal's Got A Meatskin/ Sally Let Your Bangs Hang Down/ Seven Years With The Wrong Woman/ Shanghai Rooster No 2/ Shanghai Rooster Yodel/ Shine On Me/ Shine Your Light For Others/ Shot The Innocent Man/ Sugar Cane Mama/ That Great Judgement Day/ That Nasty Swing/ The Blind Child's Prayer/ The Brakeman's Reply/ There Is No More That I Can Say/ Tom Cat Blues/ Trouble Minded Blues/ True And Trembling Brakeman/ Two Eyes In Tenessee/ Uncloudy Day/ Waiting For A Ride/ When It's Round Up Time In Heaven/ When It's Round Up Time In Texas/ When The Angels Carry Me Home/ When The Evening Sun Goes Down/ Where My Memory Lies/ Why Did It Have To Be Me?/ Wigglin' Man/ You'll Miss Me When I'm Gone ( Just Because )

 
CLIFF CARLISLE JSP JSPCD 7768 Volume 2: When I Feel Froggie I'm Gonna Hop ● CD $28.98
Second collection of sides by this superb early singer and slide guitarist features 97 tracks recorded between 1930 and 1941 drawn from 78s in the collection of Joe Bussard. Includes many tracks making their first appearance on CD.
CLIFF CARLISLE: A Little Bit Of Loviní From You/ A Little White Rose/ Alone And Lonesome/ Alone And Lonesome/ Birmingham Jail/ Birmingham Jail No. 2/ Blue Dreams/ Blue Eyes/ Blue Yodel No. 6/ Box Car Yodel/ Casey County Jail/ Childhood Dreams/ Childhood Dreams/ Crazy Blues/ Deep Sea Blues/ Desert Blues/ Dollarís All I Crave/ Donít Marry The Wrong Woman/ Down In The Jailhouse On My Knees/ Dream A Little Dream Of Me/ End Of Memory Lane/ Flag That Train/ Fussiní Mama/ Georgia Moon/ Go And Leave Me If You Wish To/ Going Back To Alabama/ Hen Pecked Man/ Hobo Jackís Last Ride/ Hobo Jackís Last Ride/ I Believe Iím Entitled To You/ In A Box Car Around The World/ Iím Glad Iím A Hobo/ Iím Lonely And Blue/ Jesus My All/ Just A Lonely Hobo/ Just A Lonely Hobo/ Just A Wayward Boy/ Just A song At Childhood/ Lonely/ Longing For You/ Look Out Iím Shifting Gears/ Looking For Tomorrow/ Louisiana Blues/ Memories That Make Me Cry/ My Little Sadie/ My Lonely Boyhood Days/ My Old Saddle Horse Is Missing/ My Two Time Mama/ Never No Moí Blues/ No Wedding Bells/ Nobody Wants Me/ On My Way To Lonesome Valley/ On The Lone Prairie/ Rambliní Jack/ Ramshackled Shack On The Hill/ Ridiní That lonesome Train/ Ridiní The Blinds To The Call Of The Pines/ Rocky Road/ Roll On Blue Moon/ She Waits For Me There/ Sheís Waiting For Me/ Shine On Harvest Moon/ Shuffliní Gal/ So Blue/ Sunshine And Daisies/ Sweet As The Roses Of Spring/ Sweet Nannie Lisle/ T For Texas/ That Good Old Utah Trail/ The Bunch Of Cactus On The Wall/ The Cowboy Song/ The Fatal Run/ The Flower Of The Valley/ The Gal I Left Behind/ The Little Dobie Shack/ The Plea Of A Mother/ The Poor Widow/ The Rustlerís Fate/ The Vacant Cabin Door/ The Written Letter/ Thereís A Lamp In The Window Tonight/ They Say It Is The End Of The Trail Old Paint/ Traveling Life Alone/ Two Little Sweethearts/ Valley Of Peace/ Virginia Blues/ When I Feel Froggie Iím Gonna Hop/ When Iím Dead And Gone/ When The Cactus Is In Bloom/ When The Old Cow Went Dry/ When You Wore A Tulip/ Where Southern Roses Climb/ Will You Meet Me Just Inside/ Wonít Somebody Pal With Me/ Wreck Of No. 52/ Your Saddle Is Empty Tonight/ Youíll Never Know

 
THE CARTER FAMILY JSP 4201 The Acme Sessions, 1952/56 ● CD $16.98
Two CDs, 58 tracks, recommended
A.P., Sara and Maybelle Carter went their separate ways after their last recording session for Bluebird in 1941. In 1952 entrepreneur Clifford Spurlock persuaded A.P. and Sara to come out of retirement and together with their son and daughter Joe & Janette recorded for Spurlock's Acme label in 1952 and 1956 as the Carter Family. Meanwhile Maybelle was pursuing her own career with her daughters. On these recordings the group mostly revisit their old repertoire with an emphasis on gospel songs along with a few songs not recorded before like Railroading On The Great Divide and The Titanic. After a tentative beginning the group really hits it's stride and, though Maybelle's groundbreaking guitar work is missed, the group manage to recapture the feel of the original group with Sara's effective mournful lead vocals and nice harmonies from the rest of the group. In spite of their date these recordings are quite rare and recording quality on some tracks is mediocre, most notably the first session. Includes Pretty Raindrops/ Live On Down The Line/ Storms Are On The Ocean/ Keep On The Sunny Side/ Gently Lead Me/ My Wildwood Rose/ Little Moses/ My Dixie Darling/ Wade In The Water/ Curtians Of The Night/ Worried Man Blues/ Waves On The Sea/ two More Years (And I'll Be Free), etc. Includes notes by Pat Harrison. (FS)
THE CARTER FAMILY: Anchored In Love/ Angel Band/ Beautiful Home/ Beautiful Isle O'er The Sea/ Broken Engagement/ Climbing Zion's Hill/ Curtains Of Night/ Fate Of George Allen On Engine 143/ Gently Lead Me/ Gold Watch And Chain/ Grave On The Green Hillside/ Hill Lone And Grey/ Homestead On The Farm/ I Shall Not Be Moved/ I'll Be Satisfied/ I'm Thinking Tonight Of My Blue Eyes/ I'm Thinking Tonight Of My Blue Eyes/ Jesus Hold My Hand/ Keep On The Sunny Side/ Keep On The Sunny Side/ Little Moses/ Live On Down The Line/ Longing For Home/ Meeting In The Air/ Midnight On The Stormy Deep/ Motherless Children/ Mrs Jimmie Rodgers Visits The Carter Family - Part 1/ Mrs Jimmie Rodgers Visits The Carter Family - Part 2/ My Dixie Darling/ My Wildwood Rose/ No More Goodbyes (at Home With Our Saviour Above)/ On The Rock Where Moses Stood/ On The Sea Of Galilee/ Pretty Raindrops/ Railroading On The Great Divide/ Railroading On The Great Divide/ Redemption Song/ Room In Heaven For Me/ Ship Ahoy/ Ship Ahoy/ Soldier's Beyond The Blue/ Sow 'em On The Mountain/ Storms Are On The Ocean/ Sweet Fern/ The Last Letter/ The Titanic/ There's A Bright Side Somewhere/ Two More Years (and I'll Be Free)/ Wabash Cannonball/ Wade In The Water/ Waves On The Sea/ Wayworn Traveller/ Western Hobo/ When The Sunset Turns The Ocean Blue To Gold/ Wildwood Flower/ Wildwood Flower/ Wildwood Flower/ Worried Man Blues

 
THE CARTER FAMILY JSP JSPCD 7701 1927-1934 ● CD $28.98
Another wonderful budget box set from JSP - this time focusing on the early recordings of the first family in country music - The Carter Family. Five CDs with 126 tracks featuring nearly everything they recorded between 1927 and 1934 including many of their most timeless recordings that have been recorded by generations of singers like Single Girl, Married Girl/ Keep On The Sunny Side/ Will You Miss Me When I'm Gone/ Wildwood Flower/ Bring Back My Blue Eyed Boy To Me/ Engine One-Forty-Three/ Wabash Cannonball/ Worried Man Blues/ My Little Home In Tennessee/ Give Me Roses While I Live/ I'll Be All Smiles Tonight/ East Virginia Blues and loads more that are an integral part of America's musical heritage. Excellent sound and brief notes.
THE CARTER FAMILY: 'Mid The Green Fields Of Virginia/ A Distant Land To Roam/ Amber Tresses/ Anchored In Love/ Are You Tired Of Me, My Darling/ Away Out On The Old Saint Sabbath/ Birds Were Singing Of You, The/ Bring Back My Blue-Eyed Boy To Me/ Broken Hearted Love/ Bury Me Under The Weeping Willow/ Can't Feel At Home/ Carter's Blues/ Chewing Gum/ Cowboy Jack/ Cowboy's Wild Song To His Herd/ Cyclone Of Rye Cove, The/ Darling Daisies/ Darling Nellie Across The Sea/ Diamonds In The Rough/ Don't Forget This Song/ Dying Soldier/ East Virginia Blues, The/ Engine One-Forty-Three/ Faded Coat Of Blue/ Foggy Mountain Top, The/ Fond Affection/ Forsaken Love/ Give Me Roses While I Live/ God Gave Noah The Rainbow Sign/ Gold Watch And Chain/ Happiest Days Of All/ Happy Or Lonesome/ Hello Central! Give Me Heaven/ Home By The Sea/ Homestead On The Farm, The/ I Ain't Goin' To Work Tomorrow/ I Have An Aged Mother/ I Have No-One To Love Me (But The Sailor On The Deep BLue Sea)/ I Loved You Better Than You Knew/ I Never Loved But One/ I Will Never Marry/ I Wouldn't Mind Dying/ I'll Be All Smiles Tonight/ I'll Be Home Some Day/ I'm Thinking Tonight Of My Blue Eyes/ I'm Working On A Building/ If One Won't, Another One Will/ It'll Aggravate Your Soul/ Jimmie Brown The Newsboy/ Jimmie Rodgers Visits The Carter Family/ John Hardy Was A Desperate Little Man/ Keep On The Sunny Side/ Kitty Waltz/ Let The Church Roll On/ Little Darling, Pal Of Mine/ Little Log Cabin By The Sea/ Little Moses/ Lonesome For You/ Lonesome Pine Special/ Lonesome Valley/ Longing For Old Virginia/ Lovers Return/ Lulu Wall/ March Winds Gonna Blow My Blues All Away/ Meet Me By The Moonlight, Alone/ Motherless Children/ My Clinch Mountain Home/ My Heart's Tonight In Texas/ My Little Home In Tennessee/ My Old Cottage Home/ No More The Moon Shines On Lorena/ No Telephone In Heaven/ On A Hill Lone And Gray/ On My Way To Canaan's Land/ On The Rock Where Moses Stood/ On The Sea Of Galilee/ One Little Word/ Over The Garden Wall/ Picture On The Wall/ Poor Orphan Child, The/ River Of Jordan/ Room In Heaven For Me/ Sailor Boy/ See That My Grave Is Kept Green/ Single Girl, Married Girl/ Sow 'Em On The Mountain/ Sunshine In The Mountain/ Sweet As The Flowers In Maytime/ Sweet Fern/ Tell Me That You Love Me/ The Cannonball/ The Carter Family And Jimmie Rodgers In Texas/ The Church In The Wildwood/ The Evening Bells Are Ringing/ The Grave On The Green Hillside/ The Little Log Hut In The Lane/ The Lover's Farewell/ The Mountains Of Tennessee/ The Spirit Of Love Watches Over Me/ The Storms Are On The Ocean/ The Sun Of The Soul/ The Winding Stream/ There'll Be Joy, Joy, Joy/ There's No Hiding Place Down Here/ There's Someone Awaiting For Me/ This Is Like Heaven To Me/ Two Sweethearts/ Wabash Cannonball/ Wandering Boy, The/ We Will March Through The Streets Of The City/ Weary Prodigal Son/ Western Hobo/ When I'm Gone/ When The Roses Bloom In Dixieland/ When The Springtime Comes Again/ When The World's On Fire/ Where Shall I Be?/ Where We'll Never Grow Old/ Why There's A Tear In My Eye/ Wildwood Flower/ Will My Mother Know Me There?/ Will The Roses Bloom In Heaven/ Will You Miss Me When I'm Gone/ Wonderful City, The/ Worried Man Blues/ You've Been Fooling Me, Baby

 
DARBY & TARLETON/ CHRIS BOUCHILLON JSP JSPCD 7746 Darby & Tarleton/ Chris Bouchillon ● CD $28.98
Four CDs, 88 tracks, essential
The first three CDs of this superb set features the complete recordings of Thomas Darby and Jimmy Tarlton. This duo were the originators of the oft recorded and incredibly popular Columbus Stockade Blues; their recordings for Columbia, Victor, and A.R.C. from 1927 to 1933 made them among the most popular of the traditional country acts recording at that time, and their influence since then has been immense. Jimmy Tarlton is credited with introducing the steel guitar to hillbilly music and was a great yodeler; his style seems derived in about equal parts from Hawaiian steel guitar styles and those of black country blues artists. Tom Darby was rhythm guitarist and an appealing singer whose lead vocals featured his melancholy delivery of the duo's repertoire, which consisted of sentimental parlor songs from before the turn of the century, traditional Appalachian folk ballads, and rags and blues from the black tradition. Selections include, in addition to the classic Columbus Stockade Blues/ After The Ball/ Traveling Yodel Blues/ Frankie Dean (their take on the Frankie and Johnny saga)/ Weaver's Blues/ My Blue Heaven(!), and many more. The fourth disc is devoted to Chris Bouchillon whose principal contribution to country music was to be the first artist to record in the "talking blues" style and the most influential. Talking blues consists of spoken humorous lyrics against a bluesy guitar accompaniment. The success of his original version of Talking Blues recorded in 1926 (it sold over 90,000 copies) led many other artists to record in this style. It later became a staple of folk music after Woody Guthrie started performing numbers in this style in the the 1940s. Most of the songs here are done in the "talking blues" style and although there is not a lot of variety they are very entertaining. A few cuts feature Chris singing in a Jimmie Rodgers style which shows why his original A&R man Frank Walker encouraged him to concentrate on talking. A great and important release. (FS)

 
THE DELMORE BROTHERS JSP JSPCD 7727 Classic Cuts, 1933-1941 ● CD $28.98
4 CDs, 87 tracks, essential
It's no wonder that the Delmore Brothers are so revered by country music fans - the music they made was just so appealing with Alton and Rabon's wonderful close and distinctive harmonies and their terrific intertwining guitar work featuring Alton on lead and and Rabon on tenor guitar. Although their late 40s and early 50s King sides are featured on a number of releases this is the first in depth look at their earliest recordings with many tracks making their first appearance on CD. Unlike many other brother groups that relied on traditional and old popular songs for their repertoire most of the Delmores songs were originals - mostly composed by Alton and includes a mix of ballads, blues, gospel, novelty songs and more. Most of the tracks are just the duo and their guitars and Alton lets loose with some hot guitar solos on some of them. A few tracks feature the great fiddler Arthur Smith, a few are with a small group and there are three tracks feature a fine and unknown steel guitar - his playing on Scatterbrain Mama is particularly fine. Among the songs here are such timeless classics as Blue Railroad Train/ Gonna Lay Down My Old Guitar/ Don't You See That Train, and Brown's Ferry Blues. The Delmores were very popular and influential and many of their songs frequently recorded by bluegrass and traditional country acts today. Sound quality is generally excellent - notes by Pat Harrison gives us the basic facts on the duos career but not much more. (FS)
THE DELMORE BROTHERS: 15 Miles from Birmingham/ Alabama Lullaby/ Are You Marching With the Savior/ Baby Girl/ Back to Birmingham/ Better Range Is Home/ Blind Child/ Blow Yo' Whistle, Freight Train/ Blue Railroad Train/ Broken Hearted Lover/ Brown's Ferry Blues/ Brown's Ferry Blues, Pt. 2/ Budded Rose/ Bury Me out on the Prairie/ Cannon Ball/ Careless Love (Bring My Baby Back)/ Don't Let My Ramblin' Bother Your Mind/ Don't You See That Train/ Down South/ Dying Truckdriver/ Eastern Gate/ False Hearted Girl/ Frozen Girl/ Fugitive's Lament/ Girls Don't Worry My Mind/ Go Easy Mabel/ God Put a Rainbow in the Clouds/ Gonna Lay Down My Old Guitar/ Goodbye Booze/ Gospel Cannonball/ Happy Hickey -- The Hobo/ Happy on the Mississippi Shore/ Heavenly Light Is Shining on Me/ Hi De Ho Baby Mine/ Honey I'm Ramblin' Away/ I Ain't Got Nowhere to Travel/ I Got the Kansas City Blues/ I Long to See My Mother/ I Need the Prayers of Those I Love/ I Now Have a Bugle to Play/ I'm Going Away/ I'm Gonna Change My Way/ I'm Mississippi Bound/ I'm Worried Now/ I've Got the Big River Blues/ I've Got the Railroad Blues/ In That Vine Covered Chapel in the Valley/ In the Blue Hills of Virginia/ It's Takin' Me Down/ Just the Same Sweet Thing to Me/ Lead Me/ Lonesome Jailhouse Blues/ Lonesome Yodel Blues/ Lonesome Yodel Blues [Blue Yodel No. 2]/ Lorena, The Slave/ Lover's Warning/ Make Room in the Lifeboat for Me/ My Smokey Mountain Gal/ Nashville Blues/ No Drunkard Can Enter There/ No One/ Old Mountain Dew/ Over the Hills/ Promise Me You'll Always Be Faithful/ Put Me on the Train to Carolina/ Rainin' on the Mountain/ Scatterbrain Mama/ See That Coon in a Hickory Tree/ Silver Dollar/ Singing My Troubles Away/ Smokey Mountain Bill and His Song/ Southern Moon/ Storms Are on the Ocean/ Take Away This Lonesome Day/ Take Me Back to the Range/ That Yodelin' Gal -- Miss Julie/ There's Trouble on My Mind Today/ They Say It Is Sinful to Flirt/ Till the Roses Bloom Again/ Wabash Blues/ Weary Lonesome Blues/ When It's Summertime in a Southern Clime/ When It's Time for the Whip-Poor-Will to Sing/ When We Held Our Hymn Books Together/ Where Is My Sailor Boy/ Will You Be Lonesome Too?/ Wonderful There

 
THE DELMORE BROTHERS JSP JSPCD 7765 Volume 2 - The Later Years, 1933-1952 ● CD $28.98
Four CD box set, 97 tracks, essential
Complementing JSP 7727 this is another fabulous collection of singing and musicianship from this fabulous duo from Alabama. The first two dics, like JSP 7727, features recordings made between 1933 and 1941 and between the two sets cover most of, if not all, their recordings from this period. Most of these are new to CD. The second two discs features 48 of their classic King recordings cut between 1943 and 1952 and though many of these have been reissued before, it's great to have them together here along with the earlier sides. Many of 78s used here are from the collection of Joe Bussard and sound quality is generally excellent with brief, but informative, notes by Pat Harrison. (FS)
THE DELMORE BROTHERS: Ainít It Hard To Love/ Alcatraz Island Blues/ Baby Youíre Throwing Me Down/ Barnyard Boogie/ Be My Little Pet/ Blues Stay Away From Me/ Brother Take Warning/ Brownís Ferry Blues/ Brownís Ferry Blues No.3/ Bury Me Under The Weeping Willow/ By The Banks Of The Rio Grande/ Calling To That Other Shore/ Carry Me Back To Alabama/ Donít Forget Me/ Donít Forget Me Darling/ Donít Let Me Be In The Way/ Down Home Boogie/ Everybody Loves Her/ Fast Express/ Fifty Miles To Travel/ Freight Train Boogie/ Gamblerís Yodel/ Gathering Flowers From The Hillside/ Goiní Back To Georgia/ Goiní Back To The Blue Ridge Mountains/ Gonna Lay Down My Old Guitar No.2/ Good Time Saturday Night/ Harmonica Blues/ Heart Of Sorrow/ Hey, Hey Iím Memphis Bound/ Hillbilly Boogie/ Home On The River/ I Ainít Gonna Stay Here Long/ I Believe It For My Mother Told Me So/ I Donít Know Why I Love Her/ I Found An Angel/ I Guess Iíve Got To Be Going/ I Know Iíll Be Happy In Heaven/ I Let The Freight Train Carry Me On/ I Loved You Better Than You Know/ I Wonder Where My Darling Is Tonight/ Iíll Never Fall In Love Again/ Iím Alabama Bound/ Iím Going Back To Alabama/ Iím Leaviní You/ Iím Leaviní You/ Iím Lonesome Without You/ Iím Sorry I Caused You To Cry/ Just The Same Sweet Thing To Me/ Kentucky Mountain/ Last Night I Was Your Only Darling/ Leaviní On That Train/ Lonely Moon/ Lonesome Day/ Look Up, Look Down That Lonesome Road/ Memories Of My Carolina Girl/ Midnight Special/ Midnight Train/ Mississippi Shore/ Mobile Boogie/ My Homeís Across The Blue Ridge Mountains/ New False Hearted Girl/ Nothing But The Blues/ Now Iím Free/ Peach Tree Streeet Boogie/ Please Be My Sunshine/ Precious Jewel/ Prisonerís Farewell/ Quit Treatiní Me Mean/ Rambliní Minded Blues/ Remember I Feel Lonesome Too/ Rounderís Blues/ Shame On Me/ She Left Me Standing On The Mountain/ She Wonít Be My Little Darling/ Some Of These Days Youíre Gonna Be Sad/ Somebody Elseís Darling/ Stop That Boogie/ Sweet, Sweet Thing/ Tennessee Choo Choo/ Thatís How I Feel So Goodbye/ The Farmerís Girl/ The Fast Old Shovel/ The Girl By The River/ The Only Star/ The Storms Are On The Ocean/ The Trail Of Time/ The Wabash Cannonball Blues/ The Wrath Of God/ Thereís A Lonesome Road/ Thereís Sumpiní About Love/ Trouble Ainít Nothiní But The Blues/ Used Car Blues/ Waitiní For That Train/ Whoís Gonna Be Lonesome For Me/ Why Did You Leave Me Dear/ Wonderful There

 
THE DELMORE BROTHERS JSP JSPCD 7784 Volume 3 - More From The 1930s, 1940s and 1950s ● CD $28.98
Four CDs, 100 tracks, essential
Another fabulous collection of country music featuring the talents of the brother Alton and Rabon Delmore including songs issued under their own name as well as collaborations with other great country performers. The first disc is devoted to tracks issued by the Delmores under their own name, filling in gaps in the first two box sets (7727 and 7765 - $19.98 each) with classic sides like their 1938 recording of the gorgeous I Got The Kansas City Blues, their fabulous take on the "John Henry" saga Take It To the Captain with great guitar and harmonica from Wayne Raney as well as a coupl eof delightful novelty items with Grandpa Jones. The second disc is devoted to the great and influential Tennessee fiddler and vocalist Fiddlin' Arthur Smith. Smith started his career in the 20s working with the McGee Brothers and met up with the Delmores in the mid 30s who helped get him recorded and between 1935 and 1940 recorded around 80 sides - many with the Delmores providing guitar accompaniment and vocal harmonies as they do on the 25 tracks here cut between 1935 and 1938. The third disc is all gospel featuring 17 tracks by The Brown's Ferry Four - a group featuring The Delmores with Grandpa Jones, Red Foley, Merle Travis and others doing exquisite harmonies on songs liemRockin' On The Waves/ I'll Fly Away/ Hallelujah Morning/ Over In Gloryland and others. The last 8 tracks are by a similar group called the Harlan County Four with the Delmores joined by Ulysses "Red" Turner and Zeke Turner. The fourth disc features the great singer and harmonica player Wayne Raney who the Delmore worked with extensively in the 40s and early 50s and although the Delmores are not present on every track there is wonderful singing and playing throughout on songs like Fox Chase/ Fast Train Through Arkansas/ Lost John Boogie/ Del Rio Boogie/ I Love My Little Yo Yo/ Real Hot Boogie/ I Ain't Nothin' But A Tom Cat's Kitten, etc. Half a dozen cuts cuts feature second harmonica player Lonnie Glosson for some lovely duet harmonica work. Like the previous volumes this set is a delight from beginning to end with excellent sound and informative notes by Pat Harrison. (FS)

 
FRANK HUTCHISON/ KELLY HARRELL & MORE JSP JSPCD 7743 Worried Blues ● CD $28.98
4 CDS, 99 tracks, highly recommended
Another wonderful collection of old time country music from JSP featuring artists based in Virginia. The first disc and part of the second features the complete recordings of the brilliant singer/ guitarist and harmonica player Frank Hutchison. Hutchison was a great singer and a superb guitarist recorded between 1926 and 1929 with a varied repertoire ranging from blues with slide guitar to old time ballads to an instrumental version of It's Long Way To Tipperary. The rest of disc 2 and all of disc 3 features the complete recordings of Kelly Harrell who played no instruments but was a fine and engaging singer who concentrated on traditional style ballads including a number that have become old time standards. Some of his accompaniments are rather "square" but other feature fine old time musicians. His recording of The Cuckoo Is A Fine Bird is a real gem complete with cuckoo sound effects. The fourth disc includes two fine string bands. There 12 tracks by the Tenneva Ramblers (The Grant Brothers) from the Tennessee/ Virginia border region recorded in 1927/28. For a while the group backed Jimmie Rodgers but, unlike Rodgers, nothing more was heard from them after these sessions. The Blue Ridge Highballers, led by fiddler Charley La Parde, are featured on 12 fine songs and tunes. Sound quality varies but is generally excellent and there are informative notes by Pat Harrison. (FS)
THE BLUE RIDGE HIGHBALLERS: Darling Child/ Darneo/ Flop Eared Mule/ Fourteen Days In Georgia/ Going Down To Lynchburg Town/ Green Mountain Polka/ Round Town Girls/ Sandy River Belle/ Skidd More/ Soldier‘s Joy/ Under The Double Eagle/ Wish To The Lord I Had Never Been Born/ KELLY HARRELL: All My Sins Are Taken Away/ Be At Home Soon Tonight, My Dear Boy/ Beneath The Weeping Willow Tree/ Blue Eyed Ella/ Bright Sherman Valley/ Broken Engagement/ Butcher‘s Boy/ Butcher‘s Boy/ Bye And Bye You Will Soon Forget Me/ Cave Love Has Gained The Day/ Charles Giteau/ Charley, He‘s A Good Old Man/ Hand Me Down My Walking Cane/ Henry Clay Beattie/ I Have No Loving Mother Now/ I Heard Somebody Call My Name/ I Love My Sweetheart The Best/ I Want A Nice Little Fellow/ I Was Born About 10,000 Years Ago/ I Was Born In Pennsylvania/ I Wish I Was A Single Girl Again/ I Wish I Was A Single Girl Again/ In The Shadow Of The Pine/ I‘m Going Back To North Carolina/ I‘m Nobody‘s Darling On Earth/ My Horses Ain‘t Hungry/ My Name Is John Jo Hannah/ New River Train/ New River Train/ O! Molly Dear Go Ask Your Mother/ Oh, My Pretty Monkey/ Peg And Awl/ Rovin‘ Gambler/ Rovin‘ Gambler/ Row Us Over The Tide/ Seven Long Years I‘ve Been Married/ She Has Gone And Left Me/ She Just Kept Kissing On/ The Cuckoo She‘s A Fine Bird/ The Dying Hobo/ The Henpecked Man/ The Wreck On The Southern Old 97/ Wild Bill Jones/ FRANK HUTCHISON: Alabama Girl, Ain‘t You Comin‘ Out Tonight?/ All Night Long/ Back In My Home Town/ C&o Excursion/ Cannonball Blues/ Coney Isle/ Cumberland Gap/ Hell Bound Train/ Hutchison‘s Rag/ Johnny And Jane:1/ Johnny And Jane:2/ K C. Blues/ Lightning Express/ Logan County Blues/ Long Way To Tipperary/ Old Rachel/ Railroad Bill/ Stackalee (instrumental Version)/ Stackalee (vocal Version)/ The Boston Burglar/ The Burglar Man/ The Chevrolet Six/ The Deal/ The Last Scene Of The Titanic/ The Miner‘s Blues/ The West Virginia Rag/ The Wild Horse/ Train That Carried The Girl From Town/ Train That Carried The Girl From Town/ Wild Hogs In The Red Brush/ Worried Blues/ Worried Blues/ THE TENNEVA RAMBLERS: Darling Where Have You Been So Long/ Goodbye My Honey I‘m Gone/ If I Die A Railroad Man/ I‘m Goin‘ To Georgia/ Johnson Boy/ Miss Lisa, Poor Girl/ Seven Long Years In Prison/ Sweet Heaven When I Die/ Tell It To Me/ The Curtains Of Night/ The Longest Train I Ever Saw/ When A Man Is Married

 
UNCLE DAVE MACON JSP JSPCD 7729 Classic Sides, 1924-1938 ● CD $28.98
4 CD box, 100 tracks, essential ... but
A wonderful retrospective of recordings from the unlikely first star of the Grand Old Opry, Uncle Dave Macon. Born in 1870 in Tennessee, he was a wagoner until until age 50, when his prowess with banjo and his earthy humour and showmanship led him first to vaudeville and then to radio success. Uncle Dave had a vast repertoire including traditional ballads, string band numbers, minstrel songs, gospel songs and some wonderful topical numbers all of it suffused with Uncle Dave's irrepressible good humor and enthusiasm featuring spoken asides and chuckles that are a delight. About half the tracks are just Dave and his banjo or with Sam McGhee/ guitar and the rest feature various accompaniments including some truly wonderful sides with vocal and instrumental accompaniments from Sam & Kirk McGhee and Mazy Todd that were issued as by Uncle Dave Macon & His Fruit Jar Drinkers or (for the gospel songs) as The Dixie Sacred Singers. There are also tracks with fiddle Sid Harkreader and with The Delmore Brothers. Sound is generally excellent though the earliest acoustically recorded sides which are particularly hard to master sound a bit thin. Each CD comes with a four page booklet with notes by Pat Harrison and discographical information. The reason for the "but" at the beginning of this review is that at Bear Family has a box set of Uncle Dave (Bear Family BCD 15978 - "Keep My Skillet Good And Greasy"  - $279.98) that is the definitive reissue and includes ALL of Uncle Dave's recording, has better sound, includes a 176 page hard cover book and also includes a DVD. It is a lot more expensive than this set but will be the one to get if you can afford it - otherwise this set will give you a superb cross section of his music. (FS)

 
UNCLE DAVE MACON JSP JSPCD 7769 Volume 2: Classic Cuts, 1924-1938 ● CD $28.98
4 CDs, 100 tracks, highly recommended, but ...
Complementing JSP 7729 this is the second volume devoted to this magnificent old time performer and features all the rest of Uncle Dave's commercially issued recordings. Uncle Dave was so good that if you can afford it then you should get the Bear Family box set (BCD 15978 - $279.98) which has everything that is on the JSP set plus unissued test pressings, home recordings, a DVD featuring the 1940 movie "Grand Ole Opry" with two songs by Dave and a 176 page hard cover book with newly researched biography, rare photos and full discographical info. If you can't afford it the two sets on JSP make for a great alternative featuring Uncle Dave's vast repertoire of traditional ballads, string band numbers, minstrel songs, gospel songs and some wonderful topical numbers all of it suffused with Uncle Dave's irrepressible good humor and enthusiasm featuring spoken asides and chuckles that are a delight. About half the tracks are just Dave and his banjo or with Sam McGhee/ guitar and the rest feature various accompaniments including some truly wonderful sides with vocal and instrumental accompaniments from Sam & Kirk McGhee and Mazy Todd that were issued as by Uncle Dave Macon & His Fruit Jar Drinkers or (for the gospel songs) as The Dixie Sacred Singers. There are also tracks with fiddler Sid Harkreader. Rounding out this set are 19 tracks featuring Sam McGhee or the McGhee Brothers who were long time close associates of Dave. Note that a number of tracks feature derogatory racial epithets which seem particularly prevalent on disc 2. (FS)
UNCLE DAVE MACON: From Earth to Heaven/ On the Dixie Bee Line (In That Henry Ford of Mine)/ Whoop 'Em Up Cindy/ All Go Hungry Hash House/ All in Down and Out Blues/ Arcade Blues/ Are You Washed in the Blood of the Lamb/ Bake That Chicken Pie/ Bible's True/ Buddy Won't You Roll Down the Line/ Bum Hotel/ Carve That Possum/ Comin' Round the Mountain/ Country Ham and Red Gravy/ Cross-Eyed Butcher and the Cacklin' Hen/ Cumberland Mountain Deer Race/ Darling Zelma Lee/ Death of John Henry (Steel Driving Man)/ Deliverance Will Come/ Diamond in the Rough/ Down by the River/ Farm Relief/ For Goodness Sakes Don't Say I Told You So/ Gal That Got Stuck on Everything She Said/ Gayest Old Dude That's Out/ Go Along Mule/ Going Across the Sea/ Governor Al Smith/ Grey Cat on the Tennessee Farm/ He's Up With the Angels Now/ Hold Onto the Sleigh/ Hold That Woodpile Down/ Honest Confession Is Good for the Soul/ Hop High Ladies, The Cake's All Dough/ I'll Keep My Skillet Good and Greasy/ I'll Never Go There Any More (The Bowery)/ I'll Tickle Nancy/ I'm A-Goin' Away in the Morn/ I'm the Child to Fight/ I's Gwine Back to Dixie/ I've Got the Morning Blues/ Jordan Is a Hard Road to Travel/ Keep My Skillet Good and Greasy/ Kissin' on the Sly/ Late Last Night When My Willie Comes Home/ Life and Death of Jesse James/ Man That Rode the Mule Around the World/ Maple on the Hill/ Molly Married a Traveling Man/ More Like Your Dad Every Day/ My Daughter Wished to Marry/ Mysteries of the World/ New Ford Car/ Oh Baby, You Done Me Wrong/ Old Dan Tucker/ Old Man's Drunk Again/ Old Ship of Zion/ Old Ties/ Only as Far as the Gate Dear Ma/ Over the Mountain/ Over the Road I'm Bound to Go/ Peek-A-Boo/ Poor Sinners, Fare You Well/ Rabbit in the Pea Patch/ Rise When the Rooster Crows/ Rock About My Saro Jane/ Run/ Sail Away Ladies/ Sassy Sam/ Shall We Gather at the River/ She's Got the Money Too/ Sho' Fly, Don't Bother Me/ Since Baby's Learned to Talk/ Sleepy Lou/ Sourwood Mountain Medley/ Station Will Be Changed After a While/ Stop That Knocking at My Door/ Summertime on the Beeno Line/ Susie Lee/ Tell Her to Come Back Home/ Tennessee Jubilee/ Tennessee Red Fox Chase/ Tom and Jerry/ Two in One, Chewing Gum/ Uncle Dave's Beloved Solo/ Uncle Dave's Travels, Pt. 1 (Misery in Arkansas)/ Uncle Dave's Travels, Pt. 2 (Around Louisville, Kentucky)/ Uncle Dave's Travels, Pt. 3 (In and Around Nashville)/ Uncle Dave's Travels, Pt. 4 (Visit at the Old Maid's)/ Walk Tom Wilson, Walk/ Walking in the Sunlight/ Watermelon Smilin' on the Vine/ Way Down the Old Plank Road/ We Are Up Against It Now/ When Reubin Comes to Town/ When the Harvest Days Are Over/ Worthy of Estimation/ Wouldn't Give Me Sugar in My Coffee/ Wreck of the Tennessee Gravy Train/ You've Been a Friend to Me

 
J.E. MAINER JSP JSPCD 77118 1935-1939 The Early Recordings Of One Of The Most Influential Figures In Appalachian Music ● CD $28.98
Four CD set with 100 tracks featuring recordings made between 1935 and 1939 by country music pioneers J.E. Mainer and his brother Wade along with associated artists Daddy John Love, The Dixie Reelers and The Morris Brothers. This is the first of two projected volumes featuring these important country musicians. Although J.E. is prominently featured on the cover there are an equal number of songs by his brother Wade with singer/ guitarist Zeke Morris. J.E.' group, Mainer's Mountaineers line up using fiddle, banjo, mandolin, guitar and string bass were an important precursor to the bluegrass style and many of the songs J.E. and Wade popularized have become bluegrass staples.

 
BILL MONROE JSP JSPCD 7712 All The Classic Sides, 1937-1949 ● CD $28.98
This is essentially a condensed version of Bear Family 16399 leaving out the alternate takes and the stupendous book and much cheaper. The first two CDs feature all 60 duets recorded for Bluebird between 1936 and 1938 by Bill and his brother Charlie. The other two CDs feature all 16 of his seminal recordings from 1940 and '41 with his first band called The Bluegrass boys plus all his classic Columbia sessions from 1945-49 with sidemen like Lester Flatt, Earl Scruggs, Chubby Wise and other great musicians.
BILL MONROE: All The Good Times Are Passed And Gone/ Along About Daybreak/ Am I Ready To Go/ Back Up And Push/ Beautiful Life, A/ Blue Grass Breakdown/ Blue Grass Special/ Blue Grass Stomp/ Blue Moon Of Kentucky/ Blue Yodel #4/ Blue Yodel #7/ Can't You Hear Me Calling/ Coupon Song, The/ Cryin' Holy Unto The Lord/ Darling Corey/ Do You Call That Religion?/ Dog House Blues/ Don't Forget Me/ Dreamed I Searched Heaven For You/ Drifting Too Far From The Shore/ Footprints In The Snow/ Forgotten Soldier Boy, The/ God Holds The Future In His Hands/ Goodbye Maggie/ Goodbye Old Pal/ Have A Feast Here Tonight/ He Will Set Your Fields On Fire/ Heavy Traffic Ahead/ Honky Tonk Swing/ How Will I Explain About You/ I Am Going That Way/ I Am Thinking Tonight Of The Old Folks/ I Have Found The Way/ I Hear A Sweet Voice Calling/ I Wonder If You Feel The Way I Do/ I'll Live On/ I'm Going/ I'm Going Back To Old Kentucky/ I'm Travelin' On And On/ I've Still Got Ninety Nine/ In My Dear Old Southern Home/ In The Pines/ It's Mighty Dark To Travel/ Just A Song Of Old Kentucky/ Kate Cline/ Katy Hill/ Kentucky Waltz/ Let Us Be Lovers Again/ Little Cabin On The Hill/ Little Community Church/ Little Joe/ Little Red Shoes/ Mansions For Me/ Molly And Tenbrooks/ Mother's Only Sleeping/ Mule Skinner Blues/ My Last Moving Day/ My Long Journey Home/ My Rose Of Old Kentucky/ My Savior's Train/ New River Train/ Nine Pound Hammer Is Too Heavy/ No Letter In The Mail/ Oh Hide You In The Blood/ Old Cross Road, The/ Old Cross Roads, The/ Old Man's Story, The/ On My/ On My Way To Glory/ On Some Foggy Mountain Top/ On That Gospel Ship/ On The Banks Of The Ohio/ Orange Blosoom Special/ Pearly Gates/ Remember The Cross/ Rocky Road Blues/ Roll In My Sweet Baby's Arms/ Roll On Buddy/ Rollin' On/ Saints Go Marching In/ Shake My Mother's Hand For Me/ Shine Hallelujah Shine/ Sinner You Better Get Ready/ Six Months Ain't Long/ Six White Horses/ Some Glad Day/ Summertime Is Past And Gone/ Sweetheart You Done Me Wrong/ Tennessee Blues/ That Home Above/ The Girl In The Blue Velvet Band/ This World Is Not My Home/ Toy Heart/ Travelin' This Lonesome Road/ True Life Blues/ Watermelon Hangin' On The Vine/ Way Back Home/ We Read Of A Place That's Called Heaven/ Weeping Willow Tree/ Were You There/ What Is Home Without Love/ What Would The Profit Be/ What Would You Give In Exchange (Part 2)/ What Would You Give In Exchange (Part 3)/ What Would You Give In Exchange (Part 4)/ What Would You Give In Exchange?/ When Our Lord Shall Come Again/ When You Are Lonely/ Where Is My Sailor Boy/ Wicked Path Of Sin/ Will The Circle Be Unbroken/ Will You Be Loving Another Man/ You've Got To Walk That Lonesome Valley

 
BILL MONROE JSP JSPCD 77119 And His Bluegrass Blues, 1950-1958 ● CD $28.98
Four CDs, 97 tracks, essential
The second volume of the classic recordings of the Father Of Bluegrass and his incredible band The Bluegrass Boys. This features all the recordings he made from the time he joined Decca in 1950 until 1958. The classic Flatt- Scruggs- Chubby Wise band had by now disbanded, and Monroe had left Columbia for Decca, but his influence on the music he had fathered was far from over. If anything, the period covered here had consequences as far reaching in the history of bluegrass as the previous eras, for it was at this time that the Bluegrass Boys became the training grounds for such future greats as Jimmy Martin, Vassar Clements, Sonny Osborne, Bobby Hicks, Kenny Baker, and countless others, including such unheralded geniuses as fiddler Red Taylor, banjoist Don Stover, and fiddler Tex Logan. Also included here are the only five selections Carter Stanley recorded with the Bluegrass Boys, including the magnificent Get Down On Your Knees And Pray. There is also the Bluegrass Boy-less session run by Owen Bradley in an attempt to "modernize" Monroe's sound, as well as the eight sides cut in an abortive way to record a Jimmy Rodgers tribute album. Also included here are the original recordings of such classics as Wheel Hoss/ Roanoke/ Uncle Pen/ You'll Find Her Name Written There/ Scotland Big Mon/ Rawhide, and countless others. In addition, this collection illustrates fully how Monroe's music changed to fit the talents and needs of the many musicians who passed through the band during this fertile period. This is very similar in content to Bear Family BCD 15423 ("Blue Moon Of Kentucky" - $84.98) but without the unissued songs, alternate takes or massive booklet. (RP/ FS)
BILL MONROE & THE BLUEGRASS BOYS: Alabama Waltz/ Angels Rock Me To Sleep/ Beautiful Life, A/ Blue Grass Ramble/ Blue Moon Of Kentucky/ Boat Of Love/ Brakeman's Blues/ Brand New Shoes/ Cabin Of Love/ Changing Partners/ Cheyenne/ Christmas Time's A-Coming/ Close By/ Come Back To Me In My Dreams/ Country Waltz/ Cry Cry Darlin'/ Fallen Star, A/ First Whipoorwill, The/ Footprints In The Snow/ Four Walls/ Get Down On Your Knees And Pray/ Get Up John/ Good Woman's Love, A/ Goodbye Old Pal/ Gotta Travel On/ Happy On My Way/ He Will Set Your Fields On Fire/ Highway Of Sorrow/ House Of Gold/ I Am A Pilgrim/ I Believed In You Darling/ I Hope You Have Learned/ I Saw The Light/ I'll Meet You In Church Sunday Morning/ I'll Meet You In The Morning/ I'm Blue, I'm Lonesome/ I'm On My Way To The Old Home/ I'm Sittin On Top Of The World/ I'm Working On A Building/ I've Found A Hiding Place/ In Despair/ In The Pines/ Jesus Hold My Hand/ Kentucky Waltz/ Let The Light Shine Down On Me/ Letter From My Darling/ Life's Railway To Heaven/ Little Girl And The Dreadful Snake, The/ Lonesome Road To Travel, A/ Lonesome Truck Driver's Blues/ Lord Build Me A Cabin In Glory/ Lord Lead Me On/ Lord Protect My Soul/ Memories Of You/ Memories of Mother and Dad/ Mighty Pretty Waltz, A/ Molly And Tenbrooks/ My Little Georgia Rose/ My Little Georgia Rose/ New John Henry Blues/ New Mule Skinner Blues/ No One But My Darlin'/ Old Fiddler, The/ On And On/ On The Old Kentucky Shore/ Out In The Cold World/ Panhandle Country/ Pike County Breakdown/ Poison Love/ Precious Memories/ Prisoner's Song/ Put My Little Shoes Away/ Raw Hide/ River Of Death/ Roane County Prison/ Roanoke/ Rotation Blues/ Sailor's Plea/ Sally Jo/ Scotland/ Sitting Alone In The Moonlight/ Sugar Coated Love/ Swing Low Sweet Chariot/ Travelin' Blues/ Uncle Pen/ Voice From On High, A/ Wait A Little Longer Please Jesus/ Walking In Jerusalem/ Wayfaring Stranger/ Wheel Hoss/ When The Cactus Is In Bloom/ When The Golden Leaves Begin To Fall/ White House Blues/ Wishing Waltz/ Y'All Come/ You'll Find Her Name Written There/ You're Drifting Away

 
CHARLIE POOLE JSP JSPCD 7734 With The North Carolina Ramblers And The Highlanders ● CD $28.98
4 CDs, 96 tracks, essential
Although there are some flaws in this collection it is still an absolutely indispensible set featuring recordings by one of the finest and most popular string bands of the late 20s led by singer and banjo player Charlie Poole. Poole had a distinctive vocal style and played banjo in a precise three finger style that owed more to minstrel shows and ragtime than to the more raucous style of other old time banjo players and was to prove an influence on later generations of banjo player and was a forerunner of Scruggs style bluegrass banjo. The group usually worked as a trio and Poole was joined by fine fiddlers Poser Rorer, Lonnie Austin or Odell Smith and except for the groups first session in July 25th which featured guitarist Norman Woodlieff their regular guitarist was Roy Harvey and the group adopted the name the North Carolina Ramblers. The sound of the group was a joy - more melodic and nuanced than many of their contemporaries and their material included traditional ballads (some with their origins in English and Irish songs), minstrel songs, old popular songs, sentimental songs and more. Their first session yielded their wonderful Don't Led You Deal Go Down which sold over 100,000 copies and put their name on the map. Roy Harvey also recorded as leader of the North Carolina Ramblers sometimes with Poole on banjo and at other times with Bob Hoke on banjo-mandolin and many of these tracks are featured here though one six track session from February 1928 is misidentified as by Poole and The North Carolina Ramblers when he isn't present at all. Many of the groups songs became old time and later bluegrass standards and includes such gems as The Girl I Left In Sunny Tennessee/ White House Blues/ Sweet Sunny South/ He Rambled/ Coon From Tennessee/ If I Lose, I Don't Care/ Take A Drink On Me/ Baltimore Fire/ If The River Was Whiskey (a great variation on Hesitatin' Blues)/ Hungry Hash House and many more. It also includes the delightful four part musical/ comedy skit A Trip To New York issued as by The Alleghany Highlanders and a couple of banjo solos by Poole accompanied by Roy Harvey's sister Lucy Terry. Sound quality is generally excellent though a few tracks are from worn 78s. The only real drawback is that it doesn't quite include everything Poole recorded as a couple of 78s are not included though they are in the hands of collectors and could have been used if a little more effort had been taken by JSP. It's also puzzling that they didn't include a couple of unissued tracks that have been reissued on LP and CD. Still apart from those minor omissions this is a truly stellar and inspiring collection of old time country music. (FS)
CHARLIE POOLE: A Home Without Babies/ A Letter To My Mother/ A Letter To My Mother/ A Trip To New York Part 1/ A Trip To New York Part 2/ A Trip To New York Part 3/ A Trip To New York Part 4/ A Young Boy Left His Home One Day/ As We Parted At The Gate/ Baltimore Fire/ Bill Mason/ Bill Mason/ Blue Eyes/ Budded Rose/ Budded Roses/ Can I Sleep In Your Barn Tonight Mister/ Don't Let Your Deal Go Down/ Don't Let Your Deal Go Down Blues/ Falling By The Wayside/ Flop Eared Mule/ Flyin' Clouds/ Forks Of Sandy/ From Tennessee/ George Collins/ Give My Love To Nell/ Goodbye Booze/ Goodbye Mary Dear/ Goodbye Sweet Liza Jane/ He Rambled/ Home Without Love/ Honeysuckle/ Hungry Hash House/ Husband And Wife Were Angry One Night/ I Cannot Call Her Mother/ I Once Loved A Sailor/ I'll Be There Mary Dear/ I'm Glad I'm Married/ If I Lose, I Don't Care/ If The River Was Whiskey/ It's Movin' Day/ Jealous Mary/ Just Keep Waiting Till The Good Time Comes/ Kitty Blye/ Leaving Dear Old Ireland/ Leaving Home/ Look Before You Leap/ Lynchburg Town/ May I Sleep In Your Barn/ Milwaukee Blues/ Monkey On A String/ Mountain Reel/ My Gypsy Girl/ My Mother And My Sweetheart/ My Wife Went Away And Left Me/ Old And Only In The Way/ On The Streets Of Glory/ Pearl Bryant/ Please Papa Come Home/ Poor Little Joe/ Ragtime Annie/ Ramblin' Blues/ Richmond Square/ San Antonio/ She Is Only A Bird In A Gilded Cage/ Shootin' Creek/ Southern Medley/ Sunset March/ Sweet Sefrain/ Sweet Sixteen/ Sweet Sunny South/ Sweet Sunny South/ Take A Drink On Me/ Take Back The Ring/ Take Me Back To Home And Mother/ Tennessee Blues/ The Bluefield Murder/ The Brave Engineer/ The Girl I Left In Sunny Tennessee/ The Highwayman/ The Letter That Never Came/ The Man That Rode The Mule Around The World/ The Old Clay Pipe/ The Only Girl I Ever Loved/ There'll Come A Time/ There'll Come A Time/ There's A Mother Old And Gray Who Needs Me Now/ Too Young To Marry/ Took My Gal A Walkin'/ Under The Double Eagle/ We Will Outshine The Sun/ What Is Home Without Babies/ White House Blues/ Wild Horse/ Wreck Of The Virginian No.3/ You Ain't Talkin' To Me

 
JIMMIE RODGERS JSP 7704 Classic 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 - $139.98) 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: A Drunkard's Child/ Anniversary Blue Yodel/ Any Old Time/ Away Out On The Mountain/ Ben Dewberry's Final Run/ Blue Yodel/ Blue Yodel #10/ Blue Yodel #11/ Blue Yodel #12/ Blue Yodel #2/ Blue Yodel #3/ Blue Yodel #4/ Blue Yodel #5/ Blue Yodel #6/ Blue Yodel #8/ Blue Yodel #9/ Daddy And Home/ Dear Old Sunny South By The Sea/ Desert Blues/ Down The Old Road To Home/ Dreaming With Tears In My Eyes/ Everyboy Does It In Hawaii/ For the Sake Of Days Gone By/ Frankie And Johnnie/ Gambling Bar Room Blues/ Gambling Polka Dot Blues/ High Powered Mama/ Hobo Bill's Last Ride/ Hobo's Meditation/ Home Call/ I'm Free (From The Chain Gang Now)/ I'm Lonely And Blue/ I'm Lonesome Too/ I'm Sorry We Met/ I've Only Loved Three Women/ I've Ranged, I've Roamed, I've Traveled/ In The Hills Of Tennessee/ In The Jailhouse Now/ In The Jailhouse Now #2/ Jimmie Rodgers Visits The Carter Family/ Jimmie Rodges's Last Blue Yodel/ Jimmie The Kid/ Jimmie's Mean Mama Blues/ Let Me Be Your Sidetrack/ Long Tall Mama Blues/ Looking For A New Mama/ Lullaby Yodel/ Memphis Yodel/ Miss The Mississippi & You/ Mississipi Delta Blues/ Mississippi Moon/ Mississippi River Blues/ Moonlight And Skies/ Mother Was A Lady/ Mother, The Queen Of My Heart/ My Blue Eyed Jane/ My Carolina Sunshine Girl/ My Good Gal's Gone Blues/ My Little Lady/ My Little Old Home Down In New Orleans/ My Old Pal/ My Rough And Rowdy Ways/ Never No Mo' Blues/ Ninety Nine Years Blues/ No Hard Times/ Nobody Knows But Me/ Old Love Leters/ Old Pal Of My Heart/ Peach Pickin' Time In Georgia/ Pistol Packin' Papa/ Prairie Lullaby/ Rock All Our Babies To Sleep/ Roll Along Kentucky Moon/ She Was Happy Till She Met You/ Sleep, Baby Sleep/ Somewhere Down Below The Mason Dixon Line/ Southern Cannon Ball/ Sweet Mama Hurry Home/ TB Blues/ Take Me Back Again/ Texas Blues/ That's Why I'm Blue/ The Brakeman's Blues/ The Carter Family And Jimmie Rodgers In Texas/ The Cowhand's Last Ride/ The Land Of My Boyhood Dreams/ The Mystery Of Number Five/ The One Rose/ The Sailor's Plea/ The Soldier's Sweetheart/ The Wonderful City/ The Yodeling Ranger/ Those Gambler's Blues/ Train Whistle Blues/ Travelin' Blues/ Treasures Untold/ Tuck Away My Lonesome Blues/ Waiting For A Train/ What Is It?/ When The Cactus Is In Bloom/ Whippin' That Old TB/ Whisper Your Mother's Name/ Why Did You Give Me Your Love/ Why Should I Be Lonely/ Why There's A Tear In My Eye/ Years Ago/ Yodeling Cowboy/ Yodeling My Way Back Home/ You And My Old Guitar

 
ERNEST TUBB JSP JSPCD 77107 The Early Years, 1936-1945 ● CD $28.98
Four CD set with 103 tracks devoted to the early years of this great country legend. It includes all his commercial recordings from 1936 to 1945 including the original hit versions of Walking The Floor Over You/ Blue Eyed Elaine/ Tomorrow Never Comes/ Try Me One More Time/ Soldier's Last Letter and many more and also includes all the World Transcriptions from 1944 and '45 which frequently duplicate songs he recorded for Decca. One can trace the development of E.T's sound from his first recordings where he emulated his idol Jimmie Rodgers with just his own limited guitar accompaniment to tracks with second acoustic guitar and the gradual addition of additional instruments like electric guitar, steel guitar, fiddle and bass. Musicians joining him include Jimmie Short, Fay "Smitty" Smith, Wesley Tuttle, Johnny Sapp, Melvin "Leon" Short and others.
ERNEST TUBB: The Passing of Jimmie Rodgers/ The Last Thoughts of Jimmie Rodgers/ Married Man Blues/ Mean Old Bed Bug Blues/ My Mother Is Lonely/ The Right Train to Heaven/ The T.B. Is Whipping Me/ Since That Black Cat Crossed My Path/ Blue Eyed Elaine/ I'll Never Cry Over You/ I'll Get Along Somehow/ You Broke a Heart/ I Ain't Gonna Love You Anymore/ I'm Glad I Met You After All/ I Cared for You More Than I Knew/ You'll Love Me Too Late/ I've Really Learned a Lot/ Swell San Angelo/ I Know What It Means to Be Lonely/ Please Remember Me/ My Rainbow Trail/ Last Night I Dreamed/ I'm Missing You/ My Baby and My Wife/ Walking the Floor Over You/ When the World Has Turned You Down/ Our Baby's Book/ I'll Always Be Glad to Take You Back/ Mean Mama Blues/ I Wonder Why You Said Goodbye/ I Ain't Goin' Honky Tonkin' Any More/ I Hate to See You Go/ Time After Time/ First Year Blues/ There's Nothing More to Say/ Wasting My Life Away/ You May Have Your Picture/ That Same Old Story/ Try Me One More Time/ You Nearly Lose Your Mind/ That's When It's Comin' Home to You/ I'm Wondering How/ Tomorrow Never Comes/ Soldier's Last Letter/ Careless Darlin'/ Yesterday's Tears/ Those Simple Things Are Worth a Million Now/ Answer to "Walking the Floor Over You"/ You Won't Ever Forget Me/ Keep My Mem'ry in Your Heart/ I Lost My Ace of Hearts/ Though the Days Were Only Seven/ With Tears in My Eyes/ Are You Waiting Just for Me/ I'll Get Along Somehow/ Blue Eyed Elaine/ You'll Love Me Too Late/ I'll Never Lose You Though You're Gone/ I'm Too Blue to Worry Over You/ There's Nothing More to Say/ I Hate to See You Go/ I'll Always Be Glad to Have You Back/ Too Late to Worry, Too Blue to Cry/ I'm Wondering How/ Last Night I Dreamed/ This Time We're Really Through/ You May Have Your Picture/ I Ain't Goin' Honky Tonkin' Anymore/ Walking the Floor Over You/ Have You Changed Your Mind/ Just Rollin' On/ You Nearly Lose Your Mind/ I'll Never Cry Over You/ Our Baby's Book/ When the World Has Turned You Down/ Wonder Why You Said Goodbye/ I'm Glad I Met You After All/ That's All She Wrote/ I Ain't Gonna Love You Anymore/ I Don't Want You After All/ Just Crying to Myself/ Try Me One More Time/ I've Lived a Lie/ Wondering If You're Wondering Too/ When Love Turns to Hate/ There's a New Moon Over My Shoulder/ Daisy May/ I Hung My Head and Cried/ There's Nothin' on My Mind/ Too Late to Worry, Too Blue to Cry/ Love Gone Cold/ You Brought Sorrow to My Heart/ Home in San Antone/ Darling What More Can I Do?/ Blue Bonnet Lane/ I Believe I'm Entitled to You/ You're Going to Be Sorry/ My Confession/ That's Why I'm Crying Over You/ Gone and Left Me Blues/ When the Tumbleweeds Come Tumbling Down Again/ I'll Be True While You're Gone/ The End of the World

 
BOB WILLS JSP JSPCD 7770 King Of Western Swing, Vol. 1 ● CD $28.98
The first in a series of four CD sets to reissue all the issued recordings by Bob Wills. This first volume starts with his first two sides from 1932 as a member of The Fort Worth Doughboys then proceeds to the first session with his Texas Playboys in September, 1935 continuing through to a session in April, 1940. It also includes his fiddle/ guitar duet from 1935 with Sleepy Johnson. Lots of great musicians in his band like Jesse Ashlock, Leon McAuliffe, Al Stricklin, Johnnie Lee Wills, Cecil Brower, Smoky Dacus and others along with the great vocals of Tommy Duncan. It includes the first recordings of such classic tunes as Osage Stomp/ Maiden's Prayer/ Four Or Five Times/ Steel Guitar Rag/ Sunbonnet Sue/ I'm A Ding Dong Daddy (From Dumas)/ San Antonio Rose/ Ida Red/ My Window Faces The South and lots more - 100 tracks in all. All tracks are from the collection of famed collector Joe Bussard and this set does not include any of the unissued songs or alternate takes featured on the massive Bear Family set (Bear Family 15933 - San Antonio Rose - 11 CDs plus DVD covering everything through 1945 - $299.98) but is an inexpensive way to get all those key early recordings of this country pioneer.
THE FORT WORTH DOUGHBOYS: Nancy Jane/ Sunbonnet Sue/ BOB WILLS & HIS TEXAS PLAYBOYS: Alexander's Ragtime Band/ Back Home Again In Indiana/ Basin Street Blues/ Beaumont Rag/ Black And Blue Rag/ Black Rider/ Bleeding Hearted Blues/ Blue Prelude/ Blue River/ Bluin' The Blues/ Bring It On Down To My House/ Carolina In The Morning/ Corrine Corrina/ Dedicated To You/ Don't Let The Deal Go Down/ Dreamy Eyes Waltz/ Drunkard's Blues/ Empty Bed Blues/ Everybody Does It In Hawaii/ Fan It/ Four Or Five Times/ Gambling Polka Dot Blues/ Get Along Home Cindy/ Get With It/ Good Old Oklahoma/ I Ain't Got Nobody/ I Can't Be Satisfied/ I Can't Give You Anything But Love/ I Don't Lov'a Nobody/ I Wish I Could Shimmy Like My Sister Kate/ I Wonder If You Feel The Way I Do/ I'm A Ding Dong Daddy From Dumas/ Ida Red/ If I Could Bring Back My Buddy/ Keep Knocking (But You Can't Come In)/ Let Me Call You Sweetheart (I'm In Love With You)/ Little Girl, Go Ask Your Mama/ Little Red Head/ Liza Pull Down The Shades/ Lone Star Rag/ Loveless Love/ Maiden's Prayer/ Mean Mama Blues/ Mexicali Rose/ Moonlight And Roses (Bring Mem'ries Of You)/ My Window Faces The South/ Never No More Blues/ Never No More Hard Times Blues/ No Matter How She Done It/ No Wonder/ Oh Lady Be Good/ Oh You Beautiful Doll/ Oklahoma Rag/ Old Fashioned Love/ Oozlin' Daddy Blues/ Osage Stomp/ Playboy Stomp/ Pray For The Lights To Go Out/ Prosperity Special/ Red Hot Gal Of Mine/ Right Or Wrong/ Rosetta/ San Antonio Rose/ She's Killing Me/ Silver Bells/ Sittin' On Top Of The World/ Sophisticated Hula/ Spanish Two Step/ St. Louis Blues/ Steel Guitar Rag/ Steel Guitar Stomp/ Sugar Blues/ Sunbonnet Sue/ Swing Blues #1/ Swing Blues #2/ That Brownskin Gal/ That's What I Like ‘Bout The South/ The Convict And The Rose/ The New St. Louis Blues/ The Waltz You Saved For Me/ There's Going To Be A Party(For The Old Folks)/ Tie Me To Your Apron Strings Again/ Too Busy/ Trouble In Mind/ Tulsa Stomp/ Twinkle Twinkle Little Star/ Wang Wang Blues/ Way Down Upon The Swanee River/ Weary Of The Same Old Stuff/ What's The Matter With The Mill/ White Heat/ Who Walks In When I Walk Out/ Whoa Babe/ Yearning (Just For You)/ You Don't Love Me (But I'll Always Care)/ You're Okay/ BOB WILLS & SLEEPY JOHNSON: Harmony/ Smith's Reel

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