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June 2009 Newsletter
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Yesterday & Today Records
PO Box 54
NSW 2228 Phone (02) 95311710
It has been a while between drinks but all has been pretty good on this end. Had my first overseas buying trip in nearly 9 years and actually got to Nashville this time round. Let me say it was just wonderful. Music City USA is a great place. The people are friendly and there is a down home quality. The Country Music Hall of Fame has so much class. There is currently a Hank Williams exhibit but the whole place is just brilliant. Nothing hokey just brilliant fun all the way. Then I was lucky enough to be able to see the “Always Patsy Cline” show at the Ryman Auditorium. What a building!! It is hard to believe that there was a time in the 70s it was going to be demolished. Starring Mandy Barnett in the title role and the hilarious Tere Myers it is rivetting. Mandy is so good as Patsy that for the show’s duration she ceased to exist. That was Patsy Cline on stage or so it seemed. Every subtle movement and vocal inflection was how you would have imagined Patsy. And Mandy like Patsy is all woman!! The other highlight was seeing Hugh Moffatt in the round at the Bluebird Café. The Bluebird has the word SHH!! plastered around and as strange as it may seem everybody there actually does listen. What next! That is something a lot of people in Australia would not believe.
Post 1 cd $2/2cds $3/3-4 cds $6
Tennessee Ernie Ford “6000 Sunset Boulevard” $32
One of my very favourite ever cds is the “Capitol Collectors Tennessee Ernie Ford”. I love it for many reasons; firstly there is Tennessee Ernie’s amazing voice. Deep and mellow with a wonderful ability to make even the most mundane song exciting. Then there is the seemingly infinite variety of the material. Country boogies though broadway shows, all given his distinctive treatment. No one has ever been groovier than Tennessee Ernie. The massive hit “Sixteen Tons” is based around Ern’s finger snapping arrangement which lifts it to a new direction. In an appearance on Ernie’s tv show of the 50s, Ernie had a great conversation with Merle Travis, the author of the great song. Said Ern, “I was going nowhere till that song came along”. Replied Merle, “That song was going nowhere till you found you”. Merle of course was being typically humble but Ernie single-handedly took it to a new dimension. We do have a couple (see rarities section below) but they will go quickly.
This cd comes on the back of a new book written by Ernie’s eldest son which reveals throughout his career Ernie was a deeply troubled chronic alcoholic; a man who had the public face of good-natured joviality (you’d almost say Dick Clark was a grouch by comparison) but was different to what we imagined. Even harder to imagine after listening to this brilliant cd which on first playing was elevated to a position equal with the Capitol Collectors Series cd. These were recorded for radio shows, similar if you like to the Hank Williams ones. But there was an amazing looseness that even Hank could not emulate. Every one of the musicians is a star but initial praise must go to Billy Strange on rhythm guitar and George Bruns on bass. They lay down a rhythm which is unrelenting and lets the soloists take their turn without the songs missing a beat. Stars of this outing are Speedy West on steel guitar and even more so Billy Liebert on accordion and occasional piano. Liebert is everywhere and he seemingly doesn’t play the same solo twice. West is similarly entrancing and it is hard to believe there is only one steel guitar playing. Joining them is Harold Hensley on fiddle and on “Sophisticated Swing” he plays a clarinet that is right out there.
The notion of variety is something that never had any limits when Ern was at the mike. Here he does country covers such as “Won’t You Ride in my Little Red Wagon”, songs from Broadway shows such as Pajama Game (many may know the Pointer Sisters version of “Steam Heat” which Ernie prforms here), and old vaudeville numbers such as “Nobody” (When life seems full of clouds an' rain and I am filled with naught but pain,who soothes my thumpin' bumpin' brain ? Nobody). There are a few instrumentals and even a couple of quartet & trio vocals (Liebert, Strange, West & Hensley). Ernie’s version of “Georgia on My Mind” instantly is elevated to that of Ray Charles and Willie Nelson; maybe Willie had this set in mind when he recorded his “Stardust” album. There are 23 tracks and many are quite short but I could not imagine anyone not loving this and then some. Tennessee Ernie, assuming that is his stage persona (compared to Ernest Jennings Ford…his off stage persona) may be the most consummate entertainer in any genre of music. Incidentally the recording quality of this could not be equalled if it was done today.
**Boyd, Jimmy and his Playmates with Frankie Laine, Rosemary
Clooney & Gayla peevey 30 tracks from his early period $32
**Bush, Johnny – Lillie’s White Lies $30 What a singer and what a title song. Many know I consider Martin Delray’s version of the title song as perhaps the greatest song deserving of a number one hit never to be even released to radio. Damn!! But Johnny almost gets there. Well, I played it 3 times in a row before I got to the second track so I guess he does get there. The song selection is just great. “One Shot at a Time”, from indie hero Curt Ryle is classic honky tonk. “You’re Turning Down the Flame” is a great song written by Johnny himself (in cahoots with Lee Emerson who had the ignominy of being shot by Sergeant Barry Sadler, who served a whole month in the clink despite being convicted of his manslaughter). “Mind Breakin’ Blues” is another great Bush song. 15 tracks in all and produced by Justin Trevino. The album was recorded in both Nashville and in Justin’s Brady, Texas studio….the Nashville sessions feature Don Helms on steel guitar, assumably on the 2 Hank Williams songs featured on the album. One of Johnny’s best but as with Martin Delray I still think it should be spelt “Lily’s White Lies”. But I’m not going to lose any sleep over it.
**Richie Furay Band – “Alive” Late 2008 release 2cds $35 which includes a great Buffalo Springfield medley as well as some great new versions of Poco songs (Furay was a founding member of both). This has been a return to the country rock style which he does so well. He had been taking a hiatus of sorts from that style; he has recorded 2 religious album but these recordings show why he has a place in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.
**Wayne “The Train” “Viper of melody’ $30 The great Wayne the Train Hancock’s fabulous new Bloodshot label cd is as always with “The Professor” Lloyd Maines as producer. This is recorded live in the studio with his current touring band and they are all superb. Anthony Locke (called in as “Tony” when he does his great solos) is a steel guitar player of the highest order. Infinitely interesting with solos that are seemingly all different. Slap bassist Huckleberry Johnson gives a hound dog of a performance (get it!) and “Throwin’ Away My Money” has a wonderful solo which could be right out of the Maddox Brothers and Rose, whilst lead guitarist Izak “Izzy” Zaidman can be jazzy or bluesy depending on the mood. Wayne The Train is as always on his game. “Working at Working” is not an entirely new song but could be aimed right at today’s troubled times. Mind you this could almost be lifted straight off a Hank Williams’ album but Wayne even manages a Jimmie Rodgers’ flourish at the end. “Freight Train Boogie” isn’t the Delmore Brothers song but a new Wayne the Train composition which more than stands up to the original. I hope he comes to Australia again. His Sydney show of a few years ago was equal to the best offered by Dale Watson and that is a recommendation and a half!!
**Joni Harms – That’s Faith (Gospel) $30 Joni’s all new gospel album. It is a mix of originals and mainly traditional covers. “Joseph Built the Cradle” is a great Joni original with some fine dobro playing by Pat Severs. Dolly Parton’s “God’s Coloring Book” is made Joni’s own. For the uninitiated Joni sings in a style reminiscent of a female Michael Martin. She uses a similar band with Hoot Hester on fiddle. “The Place Where I Worship” invokes the spirit of the Sons of the Pioneers, who of course did an early version of this classic. Dispense with the thankfully short opener (38 seconds) and you have a great album. Nice cover.
**Cornell Hurd Band “American Shadows: The Songs of Moon Mullican” $30 Our Austin hero with 18 songs (always great value) associated with the great Aubrey “Moon” Mullican, who played a mean piano (he was perhaps the main influence of Jerry Lee Lewis) Floyd Domino and Miss Debbie are great guests on piano; T Jarrod Bonta is also featured. Guests include Justin Trevino (“Jole Blon”) and Bill Kirchen on the blokey front and Chris O’Connell & Maryanne Price on the chickey front. The best remembered songs are all here in great CHB renditions, notably “I’ll Sail My Ship Alone”, the oft-covered “Cherokee Boogie” and “Pipeliner’s Blues”. They also feature some rarer songs such as “A Million Regrets” and “Heartless Lover”. Sadly this will be the last album to feature Cornell’s guitarist supreme, Paul Skelton.
**Dottie Jack – With Every Heartbeat $30 Over the years an underlying fact of the many many great independent cds we have carried is that most have been by men. There have been the occasional fine female album but that has seemingly changed for the better in recent times. Erin Hay, a resurgent Leona Williams, the sensational Amber Digby, the wondrous Miss Leslie (who has the honour of 2008 album of the year for “Between the whiskey and the Wine”..don’t miss it) and now Dottie Jack. Dotty has a sound which is firmly rooted in classic country of the 60s a la Connie Smith, Norma Jean, Jeannie Seely and co. It is hard to listen to this and think it is contemporary despite the great recording. The production is superb but pays more than a nod to yesterday. “Once a Day”, is given a slightly more uptempo version than we may be used to but is just grand, especially when Amber Digby joins in on harmony. “Two Separate Bar Stools” is first class honky tonk…almost a Patsy Cline feel to this one. Maybe it is just a testament to how well Dottie sells a song. Of a similar feel is Warner Mack’s “Talkin to the Wall”. Jim Loessberg is certainly a great producer as well as being superb on steel guitar and bass (though probably not at the same time). Mind you he has some good men to work with in Bobby Flores, Jake Hooker and Dave Biller. A wonderful 5 star album. Amber and Leslie had better watch out. Just superb.
**Josh Logan – I Am What I Am $30 great new cd from the man who carries the spirit of the great Mel Street. He had a major label album many years ago, “Somebody Paints the Wall”, which falls in the ultra rare classics category. Josh knows how to read a lyric and “This Thing Called Recession” is a great ditty but Josh is the consummate balladeer as evidenced by his superb take on “I Would Have Loved You All Night Long”, which has appeared on albums by both Keith Whitley & Ron Williams but Josh nails it better than either. If I had to make a criticism of this album it would be too much reliance on the songs of producer Del Gray; he does 5 and they are the weakest on the album, though Josh is such a great vocalist many would not notice. I’d say only 2 of those 5 are rank and the opener “I Am What I Am” is one. Best track is “Change My Mind” a great song co-written by the wonderful Jamey Johnson. A wonderful singer with some wonderful moments but somebody please introduce him to Justin Trevino.
**Joey Martin– “Strong Enough to Cry” $30 This is going to be in very short supply. It is a pre “Joey & Rory” album by Joey (Martin) and is produced by Rory. It was actually going to be released in 2005 on Giantslayer Records but the company folded before it was released and a few were pressed. This is what we have now. “Like a Rodeo” is a duet with Paul Overstreet (though harmonies by would be a more appropriate tag) and the title song may even be better (hard to believe) than anything on Joey & Rory. Her versatility is shown with a lovely reading of the traditional “Old Paint” Supply of this is extremely uncertain so do not dally. Of course we still have supplies of the Joey & Rory album just in case someone hasn’t got this gem. “Joey & Rory – The Life of a Song” $30. Two essential albums.
**Willie Nelson– Willie & the Wheel (with Asleep at the Wheel) $30
I like this yet I have reservations. Just to illustrate, Bear Family have issued 2 very comprehensive Bob Wills collection and Collectors Choice have issued what I consider the best in “The Tiffany Transcriptions” set. Add up the songs and I reckon it would be at least 400. Yet most Wills’ tributes have the same damn core songs. Why has no one ever done “Drop Us Off at Bob’s Place Driver” which is one of the catchiest good time songs ever? Now, Willie & the Wheel is not just Bob Wills songs but there are versions of “Right & Wrong” and “Bring It On Down to My Place” and also Hank Penny’s “Won’t You Ride in My Little Red Wagon” should also be put out to pasture as should “Shame on You”. So this cd is maybe not all it should be, but there are some great moments nonetheless. They do things very jazzily and the package is beautiful to behold. There is also a deluxe version for $40 which includes movie style placards for the group plus an additional track.
**Joe Paul Nichols – The Price is Right: My Tribute to Ray Price $30 Joe Paul, not to be confused with just plain old Joe Nichols, has produced around 20 albums all of which are very very good. He has cut some classic gospel but this time pays homage to Ray Price, and is ably abetted by the great Texas musicians in Dicky Overby on steel guitar, Jake Hooker on bass, Floyd Domino on piano and Bobby Flores on fiddle. Time to salivate and rightly so. In addition, the album is superbly produced by the great Justin Trevino. Joe Paul concentrates on Ray’s shuffle songs and of note is his superb version of two Price originals in “Your Old Love Letters” and “Twenty Fourth Hour”. Generally he sticks to lesser known songs though his version of “Heartaches by the Number” is still nice to hear. Look out for a forthcoming biography on Price by Ray Waddell, who says Price’s health is due to the fact he never smoked…..
cigarettes that is!
**David Peterson – “Comin’ on Strong” $30 A graduate from bluegrass (but this is a non bluegrass album) where some of the best voices have come; he still performs in that vein where he is backed by his group 1946 who maintain the spirit of that music form a la Bill Monroe from that era. This is his first country album and a gem. 18 tracks and that rascal from Warren reckons it could be album of the year before the 2nd track had finished. For starters there are 3 excellent steel guitarists in Buddy Emmons, John Hughey (one of his last ever sessions) and Paul Franklin. Peterson has a traditional voice but the production reminds of Vince Gill’s classic “The Key” if that had been made in the 60s; modern but with a liberal nod to the classic Nashville sound. The title cut was from Little David Wilkins, who I guess would have fitted in shape wise with Mr Peterson. “Come Back to Me” is an emotional ballad in which his voice is heard at its expressive best. 18 tracks of mainly well chosen covers but he concludes with is own “Neck Ties”. Not to be missed. Superb.
**Ruthie & the Wranglers “Americana Express” $30 Ruthie’s first album in a while…ditto for the Wranglers I guess! Certainly Ruthie doesn’t let ego get in the way and lets other band members take lead vocals here and there. “In the Tank” features bassist Greg Hardin and Ruthie with the song coming like a cross between “Six Days on the Road” and one from the Rocky Horror Show. “I Got a Rocket in My Pocket” is full on rockabilly. The orininator, Jimmie Lodgson, (who recorded both in his own name and that of Jimmy Lloyd) is a cousin of Ruthie. Nice piano solo from band member Bill Starks. “If I Could Turn Back Time” is not the Cher song (that is a relief as I have yet to hear a Dianne Warren song I like), but ain’t much to write home about just the same. Not as frantic as some of her previous releases with the more typical rockabilly songs being the best, though “All the Honky Tonks Are Closing Down” is darn fine.
**Dale Watson – The truckin’ Sessions Vol 2” $30 Our hero is back with a follow up to his late 90s album. 14 new tracks. He’s a little greyer and I do believe even a little better. His touring band plays on this album but better still is augmented by the wonderful Red Volkaert who is great on guitar (as is Dale himself as anyone who has seen him live would attest).
Dale has revisited several tracks (from his Hightone albums) and the updated versions are just grand but the new songs are great. Volkaert is a great addition on guitar and Don Raby on fiddle is superb as well. “Hero” is about the bane of truck drivers everywhere; the driver who jumps in front of the truck, not realising the time it takes them to stop. The hero “Drops it in low, but for their sake not mine”. “10-4” is a great (mainly) instrumental track. “Drag ‘N Fly”. “I Got to Drive” is about the joys of truck driving. A hero…a true star!!
**Gene Watson – Reflections/Should I Come Home 2on 1 $34 Two of his early Capitol albums on cd for the first time.
**Dallas Wayne – I’ll take the Fifth $30 New cd 13 tracker which sees some re-recordings of some of the tracks he recorded originally in Finland but then with a rock band. This is now real real country and includes a duet with the very talented Sunny Sweeney. Dallas nails a ballad as good as George Jones in his hey day. All the songs are originals as well, though they are so crafted many will be surprised. His original Finnish recordings (he moved there for work commitments of his wife) were fine but the Finnish musicians didn’t really appreciate the subleties of country music and this has been remedied here. The opener, “All Dressed Up(With No Place to Go)” is a new one which is driven by the fiddle of Bobby Flores, the piano of Joel Guzman and the the steel of Tommy Detamore, who also produced the album. “Not a Dry Eye in the House” was recorded on one of his more recent Hightone albums but this version is better. It is slowed slightly to the previous version and Detamore’s steel guitar plaing is superb. “I’ll Take the Fifth” is classic honky tonk and a great play on words as you would probably gather. One of the finest of the “Finnish” years is “I Never Did Like Planes” one of 4 co-writes with Robbie Fulks. As always great word play. “God Only Knows” (certainly not the Beach Boys song) is a classic country shuffle.
So many great albums by our all time heroes!! How great it is!!
**Hank Williams– The Unreleased Recordings Gospel Keepsakes $30 Second in the Mothers Best Flour series. Note: some of these are on the first box set and some aren’t. This cd does gather them (the gospel songs that is) together in a very nice package though and there are new notes. Also to answer a common question, there is no sign of a second box as yet.
** Yates, Billy – Favourites $30 21 track hits package with a new duet version of the song he wrote, “Choices”, with its hitmaker, George Jones.
Pam Gadd “Benefit of Doubt” $30 New cd of Pam Gadd is very special in that it is a virtual reunion of “Wild Rose” that wonderful all girl group which made but 3 albums on Capitol Records. All were uniformly excellent I might add. Since then Pam has operated in the bluegrass field, in a similar way to the likes of Rhonda Vincent and Alecia Nugent as well as being the duet partner of Porter Wagoner; a very nice tribute “Farewell Wagonmaster” concludes this cd. She is great when duetting with Marty Raybon (ex Shenandoah) on a terrific version of the Loretta & Conway classic “After the Fire Is Gone”. She reprises two Wild Rose numbers and is joined by Wanda Vick and Nancy Gardner of Wild Rose.
Other guests include Dale Ann Bradley, Bryan Sutton and Dolly Parton. Currently touring in Europe, these are in essence the last of this title available until such time as she does a repress. Everything she has done has been of the highest quality and this is arguably her best yet.!
**GeorgeJones “A Picture of Me (Without You)/Nothing Ever Hurt Me (Half As Bad as Losing You”. $28 New two-fer on Collector’s Choice stable mate label “American Beat”, after being out of print for a near a decade after a short release on Razor and Tie label. The first was George’s Epic label debut and features some of the saddest songs he had ever recorded on one album. When singing of failed romances no one comes close to the Possum. Also, the song quality on this set is very high. “Second Handed Flowers” is a great Tom T Hall story song. The final track is a Peanut Montgomery composition. Peanut is the man that legend tells us had a shot fired at him (from point blank range) by George, who thankfully missed. The second album on this disc is the second cd George had Billy Sherrill as producer. Considering it was done by a teenage Tanya Tucker a year prior to George doing it, “What’s Your Mama’s Name” must be considered a rather unusual choice. He mustn’t have scared Peanut too much as he contributes 3 songs all up including “My Loving Wife” whilst “Wine , You’ve Used Me Long Enough” may be a hint of things to come as a man loses his woman to the thing she can’t compete with, alcohol. “What My Woman Can’t Do” written by George, Billy Sherrill and Peanut Montgomery may be the best track on the album and that is amongst a bunch of great songs. 2 of his best ever.
Also by George on American Beat:
**George Jones & Tammy Wynette “We Go Together/Let’s Build a World Together” 2 on 1 $25 Great version of “Something to Brag About”
**George Jones & Tammy Wynette “Golden Ring” $20
**George Jones “The Grand Tour” $20 in which George does a couple of songs in memory of his friend Mel Street.
Great new label COW ISLAND. Lots of classy hillbilly come rockabilly come honky tonk on a label out of Boston.
**Dixons – Still Your Fool $30 This would please all fans of Dwight Yoakam’s early days. Most of the songs are by Jeffro Mowrer, the lead vocalist. “Still Your Fool” is a classic. Jeffro’s great vocal is augmented by some great steel guitar from Gerald Menke who is particularly strong throughout. Many of the songs sound like country classics but in essence 2 only are of vintage nature with a drawling version of Ernest tubb’s “Thanks a Lot” just shading Wayne Walker’s “I’ve Got a New Heartache”.
**Arty Hill & the Long Gone Daddys – Bar of Gold $30 The influence of Buck Owens can never be underestimated and the uptempo songs show that Arty is a huge Buck fan. The thing that sticks out though is the sheer quality of the songs all of which are group originals. “Hall of Fame of Nothing” is a ballad by a guy who sees himself as the ultimate loser. The title track is a honky tonk tour de force which is right out if the Buck school with great harmonies a la the Buckaroos. Drummer Jack O’Dell has a strange voice but is great on his own two songs especially the witty “I Might Have Been a Lawyer (But I Couldn’t Pass the Bar)”, which has some great word play. “Don’t Take It Out on Tina” is the ultimate in catchy. Great backbeat. “Hankin’ Around” has some semi Hank Williams references.
**Arty Hill & the Long Gone Daddys – Back on the Rail $30 Latest from this great singer. There have been a few personnel changes but the material and performances are as strong as ever. “I Left Highland Town” shows another another rside as it is a nice acoustic ballad but Arty generally rips and doesit so well. Carries the personal endorsement of Jason Ringenberg.
**L’il Mo & Monicats – On the Moon $30 On first listen comparisons may be made to Rosie Flores but I honestly believe Monica Passin is better in every way. Apparently she has a regular New York City gig and often plays with Lenny Kaye. There is great variety on this with the opener “I Could Get Used To This” being near rockabilly as is “Rockin’ Chair on the Moon”, an early Bill Haley song followed by a sparse ballad “The Boy Who Loves the Blues” and a tex-Mex ditty “Dance Crazed”. “Why Don’t You Live With Me” is a slow blues with jazzy overtones. “I Really Love (To Really Love You”) has a poppy Mamas and Papas feel (almost). “I’ve Got a New Heartache” and “He’s a Handful” both have a great upbeat country arrangement. “Dreamy” sounds like Rickie Lee Jones with some seductive acoustic guitar from Hank Bones. Lots of variety. Nice production. And certainly an attractive package with very a very nicely air-brushed cover.
**Starline Rhythm Boys – Live at Charlies (superb) $30 This is one of the great live country albums and hard as it may seem is up there with Cornell Hurd’s “Live at the Broken Spoke.”. It is that good. There is also great value with the cd running it at just under 75 minutes. They mainly stick to covers in this live show but the group originals (mainly by slap bassist Billy Bratcher and guitarist Al Lemery fit in brilliantly (notably “Drunk Tank”), as do modern country songs such as Mike Henderson’s “One Foot in the Honky Tonk”. High Noon’s guitarist Sean Mencher is excellent on “Dark Hollow”. I always thought them better than the Derailers when the Derailers had Tony Villenueva. As I have always said the test of a live album is whether you wish you were there and the answer here is decidedly in the affirmative.
**Josie Kreuzer – “Hot Rod Girl” $30 Of all the female rockabilly cds this stands as the best and hard as it may seem to those unfamiliar with this statuesque lady, she is better than Marti Brom! Josie sings in a spirit of the likes of Wanda Jackson and Janis Martin but also writes songs that are of high calibre. She wrote 10 of the 12 tracks and the covers would really be obscurities to most people (“Ain’t Got a Thing” and “You’re Doing Me Right”). Josie is the real deal. If you don’t have it already, don’t miss out this time around.
**Jann Browne – Buckin’ Around: ATribute to the Legendary Buck Owens $30 Back in stock. Jann has returned to the strengths of her first 2 Curb albums which are both classics. Great selection which doesn’t stick to all the predictable tracks. In addition she has a great bunch of backing musicians notably Jay Dee Manness on steel guitar and Scott Joss on fiddle. The harmonies show they really did their homework. Jann had 2 great early 90s albums on Curb which are both out of print. They fit in so well with this gem.
**Dale Watson – “One More Once More” $32 (his swing album) Released only in Holland. Dale is the consummate vocalist. Whether a standard such as “It Happened in Monterey” or a country track, Dale shows he is also the crooner we always thought he was.
**Songs of the Year $30 Classic songs with different artists doing new versions eg Randy Travis’ delightful “Chiseled in Stone’
** Cowboy Slim Rinehardt– King of Border Radio $30 Classic vintage performances from this early cowboy singer who became know across much of the states with the powerful Mexican border radio singnal beaming across much the country (as was done with the Carter Family). Standards, both pop and country, are given fine renditions though the traditional cowboy tunes are where Slim really shines. But I bet he wouldn’t do a song called “Return of the Gay Cabellero” if the album was made today. 24 tracks plus his opening and closing radio theme.
No doubt one of the greatest TV shows of all time is the Beverly
Hillbillies and lo & behold who were on the other day but none
other than Lester & Earl with Jethro playing the role of Mr
Starmaker and directing “Mrs Flatt”, a lady with very Jane Mansfield like curves. Hilarious stuff. The continuing Flaft And Scruggs TV DVDS are great with many special guests and Lester Flatt is the consummate host.
Country Joe McDonald
On my recent US trip I called by to see Country Joe and pick up some of the cds he has put out on his own label in the last couple or so years. He is rather a serious camper, which was a little bit different to what I expected but the cds are real good.
**War War War Live!! $28 This is a new version of his classic Vanguard album which featured the poems of Robert W Service set to Joe’s music. Robert W Service was a Canadian poet who many will know provided the material for Hank Snow’s “Songs of the Yukon” album. This is better. The songs are haunting and varied (Hank Snow’s album was perhaps a little one paced). Country Joe has always been identified with war, especially the Vietnam variety and that war was at its height when the original of this album came out in 1971. It featured Joe adding music to Canadian Service's book of poetry "Rhymes of a Red Cross Man", written after he had experienced the horrors of war whilst serving as an ambulanceman in France during World War I. Joe has not just done a straight presentation of the poems. "Foreword" is the only actually fully spoken song, and it is given a very dark arrangement. "Young Fellow My Lad" is given a jaunty accompaniment by Joe which defies the message contained therein. Similarly "The Twins" about two brothers John & James is about the treachery of war. Every song is nothing less than great but at the top of the pile is "Jean Desprez". Although a few seconds shy of ten minutes it is one of the most rivetting performances you could ever heard. Joe's narrative is superb. You hang on every word. Joe had tried unsuccessfully to get the masters from Vanguard records so did this new recording which is faithful to the original. By the way Joe has terrific diction so nothing is lost on this album.
** The Vietnam Experience $20 Joe was the leader of Country Joe & the Fish, a 60s San Francisco based group who had an anti Vietnam theme to many of their songs. This reprises some of them, including the famed “I feel Like I’m Fixing to Die Rag” as well as new songs such as “Agent Orange Song’ which has a hard hitting message. There is also a new version of his great “Kiss My Ass”, which was and probably still is part of Joe’s great live show. Other songs include “Secret Agent”, “Vietnam Veteran Still Alive” and “Vietnam Never Again” There are 10 songs plus 2 instrumentals which serve as the soundtrack to an unmade movie. The first is long but very engrossing.
**www.countryjoe.com $20 Limited edition numbered 20 tracker with both vocals and instrumental tracks. Joe is a great acoustic guitarist. All new songs and an interesting cover of Haggard’s “Rainbow Stew”. Joe is a folky despite the name. A great bargain. On the war front is “Charlie Don’t Surf”, which I guess is an ode to the complacency that a lot of Americans felt in fighting the Vietnam war. Some of Joe’s acoustic guitar and harmonica work reminds of Bob Dylan.
**The Borderline London 2cds $28 His complete stage show. Some great anecdotes but be warned he likes to drop the magic word a bit. Performs songs from his solo career and from that of Country Joe & the Fish. Some of the Country Joe & the Fish tunes work really well. “Here I Go Again” has a great melody. The spoken introductions are rivetting.
**Hoyle Brothers – Don’t Leave yet $30 Excellent honky tonk group’s 3rd album.
**Daryle Singletary – Rockin’ in the Country $30 superb vocalist and the first new album in a few years.
**Rhonda Vincent – Destination Life $30
**Waylon Jennings “Waylon Jennings Sings Hank Williams” $30 Out of print for years. A must for fans of both men.
**Nanci Griffith – Loving Kind $30 New album will please fans of her earlier work.
**Hank Williams Jnr “27 Rose Avenue” $30 First in a while!!
**Joey Allcorn – All Alone Again $30 new indie cd. The first was a gem and a must for fans of HankIII
Bear Family News and New Releases
Two George Jones are better than one!!!
The first George Jones Musicor box was delayed as they had to go and reprint the book that accompanies it. Good news is that Vol 2 is due beginning of June so we will be combining this with our current order to get both Musicor boxes in the one order. Furthermore the book is now a soft cover not a hard cover so it means it is $30 less than we first thought. So the two new George Jones boxes are:
George Jones **Walk Through This World With Me 5 cds + book $180 MUSICOR BOX #1
This first of two Musicor label boxes. This features 142 songs plus 2 sessions as George, the producers and the musicians run though various takes of “Love Bug”, “Along Came You” and “I Made Her That Way”. What makes these sets so great is many fold but initially most have not been on cd before. There are 12 duets with the fabulous Melba Montgomery, one of the best vocalists in country music history and to many sadly unknown. There are ballads, uptempo numbers, gospel, great covers and originals. George was of course more of a writer then than he was in later times and was able to supplement his own efforts with the best Nashville written material. Classic songs abound such as “Even the Bad Times Are Good”, “My Favorite Lies”, of course the title song and variants such as a country cover of the Eddie Fontaine rockabilly classic “Nothing Shakin’ But the leaves on the Trees”. Includes 10 previously unreleased songs. Quality musicians such as Bob Moore and Lloyd Green provide superb backing. Not to be missed.
George Jones**Good Year for the Roses 4cds + book $150. MUSICOR BOX #2
The second box is named after perhaps the second best song George ever recorded (assuming every one would go for “He Stopped Loving Her Today” as number one). This has 131 tracks including 20 previously unreleased songs. It includes duets with Johnny Paycheck (“Your Angel Steps Out of Heaven”), some with Brenda Carter (including the original version of “Milwaukee Here I Come” which was covered by John Prine on “In Spite of Ourselves” ) and the first 6 recordings with Tammy Wynette. It includes track after track of classics such as “Even the Loser Likes to Dream”, great word plays such a “I Don’t Have Sense Enough (to Come in Out of the Pain”), a surprising number of covers of songs associated with other country greats (“Saginaw Michigan”, “Hello Darlin” and “even “Okie from Muskogee”) plus tales of lost love and the barroom (“Heartaches or Hangovers”, “Divorce or Destroy” etc). George may have had more success in a few more years from these but these are as fine a bunch of recordings that he ever did and whilst I may be going against popular opinion I may even suggest the title song as his finest ever recording. Regardless these 2 box sets are absolute must haves!!
We always say that Bear Family box sets represent great value for money. To get the best George Jones at around a dollar a track is tantamount to theft!!
His Musicor duet recordings with Gene Pitney are not in these box sets. They are on the cd “George Jones & Gene Pitney” BCD 15790 for $32.
Also by George on Bear Family.
“She Thinks I Still Care: The Complete United Artists Recordings” 5cds + book $210 Also includes fabulous duets with Melba Montgomery.
**Davis, Link –Big mamou $35 Classic cajun flavoured rock & roll & rockabilly. 64 page booklet. Famed for the classic “Big Mamou” he was on a number of different labels and this cd features recordings from Okeh (Columbia) and Starday. Includes 7 previously unissued tracks.
**McAuliffe, Leon – Tulsa Straight Ahead $32 31 tracks from the former Bob Wills man and great artist (both vocal & instrumentalist) in his own right!! Includes the great McAuliffe favourite “The Three Bears”. It includes 4 previously unreleased tracks, one of which is a version of perhaps his signature tune “Take It Away Leon”, or certainly the one named after Wills’ famous catchcry.
**Maynard, ken – The Lonestar Trail $32 the first singing movie cowboy. Only 8 tracks but a whopping booklet makes it a must have package. In fact the booklet is 80 pages long. Some of the photo inclusions are remarkable. There is an early school report which shows he only had one day absent (and no days “tardy”) but it also indicates he was poor at music but then again was excellent at USA History. The amazing thing is that 5 of the tracks are previously unreleased. Running time is under 26 minutes and whilst Red Pete may not approve he would no doubt give a thumbs up that the authors refer to Bob Dylan’s “Basement Tapes”. Many great items of memorabilia are reproduced in the booklet.
**Shit Happens $38…All the songs of bad luck and misery, Tear jerkers to beat all tear jerkers.
**Songs of Love loss & Longing $35 …a companion volume! Features songs about the love that lingers but only on a one sided way…or so it seems. “Just Get Over it!!!” are certainly words the proponents here don’t understand.
**Wagoner, Porter – Cold Hard Facts of Life $100 6 lps worth on 3 cds all his classic themed album such as “Soul of a Convict” and “Confessions of a Broken Man”.
**Williams, Hank – “Rockin Chair Money” $32 Beautifully presented package of Hank’s up tempo pre rock and roll rock & rollers!! These are all the original recordings apart from a version of “Roly Poly” which features an overdub by musicians who include Grady Martin and Floyd Cramer and 6 other Williams’ demos which were subsequently overdubbed and are also included here including a version of Hank Thompson’s “Swing Wide Your Gate of Love” and Jimmy Work’s “Tennessee Border”. Great 43 page booklet (the 44th attaches it to the digipak cover,)
**Jimmy Dell “Cool It Baby” $32 Famed in rockabilly circles for the fabulous “I’ve Got a Dollar” he is also remembered as a partner of Duane Eddy and the very first Duane Eddy single (with Jimmy), “Soda Fountain Girl” is included here. 10 of the 20 tracks mark their first ever issue on this. Al Casey is featured on some of the tracks on this cd.
**Charlie Rich – “Rocks” $35 Great continuing series and this looks at Charlie’s Sun, Smash & RCA rockers, something decidedly different to his Epic recordings of the 70s. 31 tracks and 75 minutes playing time. Gems include “Mohair Sam”, “Charlie’s Boogie”, of course “Lonely Weekends”, “Rebound”, “Big Boss Man” etc. Some show an inkling of what he did on “Pictures & Paintings” the fabulous album recorded right at the end of his career.
**Amos Milburn Rocks $35 31 tracks and over 80 minutes from late 40s to 1957. A must for fans of the likes of Fats Domino,
**Frankie Lymon & Teenagers Rocks $35 33 tracks 75 minutes.
** Piano Red (aka Dr Feelgood) Rocks 33 tracks and 78 minutes.
**George Hamilton IV – “The Drugstore’s Rockin’ : To You and Yours”
$32 32 tracks. Before he appeared in the movie “Hooteanny” singing “Abilene” George was promoted as a teen idol and had some great rockabilly tracks with none better than “Everybody’s Body” an out and out classic of the genre, but he also featured many tales of angst such as “Why Don’t They Understand” and the fabulous “Rose & a Baby Ruth”, which I only found out years after first hearing it was a famous US candy bar. This also includes his early pop country classics such as the aforementioned “Abilene” and “You Nearly Lose Your Mind”. It is not surprising given the writer credits that George reminds a lot of John D Loudermilk, and believe me that is good. This is great for those who don’t want the large Bear Family box.
**Billy the Kid Emerson “Red Hot” $32 33 tracks and over 80 minutes recording. The title track was a hit for Billy Lee Riley and Bob Luman among others but Sun owner Sam Phillips always had a soft spot for the originator. Includes recordings from Sun Vee Jay and Chess labels.
FUTURE BEAR RELEASES
These are a while down the track but will include:
**Sons of Pioneers Way Out there 6cds + 160 page book
**Justin Tubb – Gonna Shake This Shack Tonight
**Johnny Horton – Gonna Shake This Shack Tonight
**Pat Boone – Rocks
**5 more in the Sweet Soul Music series 1966-70 inc.
A great little label with some great cds. Most have not been on cd before. In the near future they will be doing a Johnny Paycheck “Little Darlin’” compilation which I am told will largely avoid the tracks which are on the landmark “Real Mr Heartache” album on CMF….now deleted and which sells for a lot more than I have on the 1 solitary copy ( in rarities). It is said to be going to include some rather rare archival material released by
label owner Aubrey Mayhew in the days before his death in March.
**Lorne Greene “The Man” $28 More tracks and a better selection than the long deleted Razor & Tie album. Includes the classic hit “Ringo” as well as 27 other tracks. Lorne, a Canadian, had a voice ideally suited to presenting this material, which is mainly spoken but with occasional lapses into actual song. “An Old Tin Cup (And a Battered Old Coffee Pot)”
is an ode to a miner who failed in his quest to find the gold that would put him on easy street. The tracks “I’m a Gun’ and “Gunslinger’s Prayer” are self explanatory but works of art when Lorne wraps his tonsils around them.
**Tommy Cash “Rise & Shine/Six White Horses” $28 Contains 2 full albums plus 8 songs from the concept album, “The American way of Life”. 30 tracks in all. “Six White Horses” is a tribute to the Kennedys and Martin Luther King. Includes songs about drug addiction (“Carried Away”), the plight of the working man (“Rise & Shine”) and domestic violence (“The Honest Truth”). Don’t sell Tommy short as he is a great artist in his own right.
**Dee Mullins “The Continuing Story” $28 The “Continuing Story of the Harper Valley PTA” was his sole charting hit which was recorded for Shelby Singleton’s Plantation Records label. The 27 tracks consist of his one album plus singles. His style was a tad reminiscent of George Jones but anyone on Shelby Singelton’s label was going to struggle for recognition. This is the cd that may change all that.
**Pete Seeger “Rainbow Race/Now/Young Vs Old” 2cds $35 3 albums plus rare 45s, one of which is an unissued version of “I Feel Like I’m Fixing to Die Rag” . Many of the songs have an anti war sentiment such as “Uncle Ho”. There is also his tremendously witty paean to aging “Get Up and Go” (“Up every morning I dust off my wits, open the paper and read the obits….if I’m not there I know I’m not dead so I eat a good breakfast and go back to bed”…….”I huff to the store and puff my way back but never you laugh I don’t mind at all I’d rather be huffing than not puff at all”.
**Plantation Gold – The Mad Genius of Shelby Singelton Jnr and Plantation Records” 2cds 58 tracks $35 For years I had a guy ring me up and want Harlow Willcox’s “Groovy Grubworm”. What? (you say). It was kind of a Bill Black’s Combo style instrumental, inane but at the same time annoyingly memorable. Anyone with that persistence has probably been arrested by now but if not there is someone who will be ecstatic that “Groovy Grubworm” is (believe it or not) finally on cd. It seems almost an unintentional accident that “Harper Valley PTA” by Jeannie C Riley, the huge crossover was a number one hit on both the Billboard pop and country charts. Without a doubt a country song (the next time it was achieved by a female was Dolly Parton’s “9 to 5” , which is decidedly pop). It also saw a swag of cover songs, surprisingly on the same label including “Harper Valley CIA” and the above mentioned Dee Mullins cover. But there were some tracks on the label and consequently cd which are just grand albeit a tad left of centre. Tokyo Matsu, a Japanese female vocalist who ended up at Branson may have been the first Japanese artist to record on an American label. She proves herself on a great version of “Mum & Dad’s Waltz” though the compiler should have included the superb “Diggy Liggy Lo”. But that is a minor criticism. There are rare tracks by Lawton Williams (composer of “Fraulein” & “Geisha Girl”…maybe the latter was written with a young Tokyo Matsu in mind??). Many of the tracks have a novelty edge such as Rod Hart’s great “C B Savage” or “Hello I’m Johnny Credit” by Johnny Credit. Then there are a handful of tracks by “Little” David Wilkins (who certainly wasn’t…little that is). There is the delightfully named “Four on the Floor and a Fifth Under the Seat’ by Trooper Jim Foster and who can forget T Tommy Cutrer who was announcer at the Grand Ol Opry with his narration about “The school Bus”. You can almost guess what is gonna transpire. There are also contributions by Webb Pierce, Teresa Brewer, and many others with great performances which belie their less than “footnote” status. How can this cd not be loved? I ask you!
**Anita Carter “Songbird” $28 28 tracks including songs with the latter day Carter Family (which included Carlene) plus duets with Waylon Jennings, Hank Snow and Johnny Cash who was quoted as saying she was the greatest female country singer. It was her wonderful voice featured on many Cash recordings; it just soared. No duplication with “Ring of Fire” her cd on Bear Family and even if you have the Bear Family box set most of these tracks are not on it.
**Biff Rose – Biff Rose $28 Said to be a major influence on David Bowie a la “Hunky Dory” and “Ziggy Stardust” period
**Porter Wagoner ‘ “The Cold Hard Facts of Life/Soul of a Convict”. Though both are on the 3 cds Bear Family box this is augmented by 4 singles not on the Bear set and there are those who would find $28 for this much more favourable than a $100 for the Bear Family set despite its amazing quality.
**Hoyt Axton ‘My Griffin is Gone” $28 Greatly expanded version of the popular singer songwriter’s 1969 album including 8 previously unreleased tracks. 24 tracks in all.
**John D Loudermilk “The Open Mind of John D Loudermilk” $28 27 tracks of his best singer songwriter material.
**Porter Wagoner “The Rubber Room” $28 Superb collection of his most eccentric material.
**Henson Cargill A Very Well Travelled Man” $28 Includes the huge hit “Skip a Rope” and a stack more.
Sale Section Many are 1 only items so please do not dally.
Blue Sky Boys The Sunny Side of Life 5cd + 80 page hard cover book on Bear Family. As new
maybe played once. Normally $210, this
one is only $150. The equal in influence
and main influence of Louvin Brothers.
Boots, Buckles & Spurs 3cds 50 tracks in long book style box put out by Sony to celebrate 50 years of the National Finals Rodeo. Thus all tracks have a rodeo or cowboy theme. There are some rarities such as Hag’s “An American Cowboy” and David Allan Coe’s version of “Ride ‘em Cowboy”. $35.
Brooks, Garth The Limited Series $40 ss has
Sevens/ Scarecrow/Double Live/ The
Lost Sessions/All Access dvd 1 only
Brown, Milton Daddy of Western Swing 4cd Proper
$30 102 tracks
Can’t You Hear Me Calling
Bluegrass: 80 Years of American Music.
4cds 109 tracks Sony music. Very nice
set which starts with Gid Tanner & the
Skillet Lickers and Charlie Poole & goes
to the likes of Mark O’Connor & Ricky
Skaggs. There is a liberal selection from the greats such as Flatt & Scruggs,
Stanley Brothers, Bill Monroe etc plus
Osborne Bros, Molly O’Day etc. $60
Includes 60 page book.
Cash, Johnny At Folsom Prison 2cds + dvd $40
This is a proper box set. Long style
box with large 40 page book. It has
been released in regular jewel box
in Australia. This is the real deal!!
Cash, Johnny Original Album Classics 5cd $40
UK release of his early Columbia
Albums in mini lp style covers. Has
Fabulous/Hymns/Songs of Our Soil/
Ride This Train/Orange Blossom Special
Cash, Johnny Come Along & Ride This Train 4cd + book on Bear Family. SS(still sealed)
Normally $125. One only $100. The
equivalent of 8 lps most only on cd in
this box set.
Fire/Fury Records Story Long style box on Capricorn label.
Has 51 tracks on 2 cds and 16 page book. Artists include Elmore James,
Wilbert Harrison,original “Kansas City”,
Titus Turner, Buster Brown, King Curtis
Plus a bunch of unknown (to me) such as Dr Horse, Wild Jimmy Spruill etc.$40
Jennings, Waylon Collectors Edition 3cds in Collectors tin
Jewel/Paula Story Long Style box on Capricorn 43 tracks &
About 145 minutes and includes some
unreleased Lightnin’ Hopkins plus
Frank Frost, John Lee Hooker etc $40
Jones, George Collectors Edition 3cd in tin $25
Jones, Spike Strictly for Music Lovers 4cds 95 track
Judds Judds Collection 3 cds in bound book
Style box. One of the spokes is broken so one cd tends to come loose. All in
great shape apart from that. 35 page
book. Nice denim style box. Approx 55
Let Me Be Your Sidetrack: The Influence Of Jimmie Rodgers
Bear Family 6 cds 159 tracks of all the
Cover versions. Also a 188 page book.
One only $100 SS(normally $160)
Orbison, Roy The Definitive 107 songs on 4cds in
long style box with 96 page book. Have
2 copies. One as new $50. Includes Monument, MGM etc. Nice linen bound box. Quite a few previously unissued tracks.
Rock & Skiffle 4cds 100 tracks Skiffle & early UK style
Rock & Roll. $35
Williams, Hank The Unreleased Recordings SS 3cds box
+ book. A must $60. The famous
Mother’s Best Flour shows. Has score
Mark on bar code. 54 tracks. Time/Life.
Licensed from the Estate of Hank.
Williams, Hank Hillbilly Hero 4cds 80 tracks + 6 full
Health & Happiness Shows $35
Williams, Hank Jnr Bocephus Box 3cds 70 tracks WB
in long style box with 20 page book $50
Williams, Hank III Collectors Edition. His first 3 albums in
A collectors tin. 4cds in all (“Lovesick,
Broke & Driftin’”, “Risin’ Outlaw” &
“Straight to Hell” which is 2cd $30
Wills, Bob Tiffany Transcriptions. New remasters
On Collectors Choice. The best Wills
by far. 150 tracks 10cds + booklet.
Normally $210 now $140. A blinkin’
must. I was asked a rather strange
question the other day and that was
what is best value the $30 Milton
Brown or this. I said they were both
great value & exceptional but if pushed
this is the best value in the whole list!
There are some great titles here and they are only one of each. Many are out of print. I have indicated weight in brackets after each book. All new or as new.
“Bill Monroe Reader: Edited by Tom Ewing” 301 pages hardback 750 grams. $35 A series of collected articles by everyone from John Hartford to Newsweek magazine. Small text, lots of content.
“Bluegrass Reader” edited Thomas Goldsmith Hardcover 356 pages (650 grams) This is a collection of 64 stories on bluegrass from scholars such as Neil Rosenberg to performers such as Marty Stuart. It covers all the greats and each article is work in itself. $35
“Can’t You Hear Me Calling: The Life of Bill Monroe, Father of Bluegrass” by Richard D Smith hard cover 366 pages 655 grams. A must have book for fans of bluegrass music. $35
“Complete Beatles Chronicle” Mark Lewisohn very large size 370 page hard cover book…well over a kg…probably closer to 2. $40. For starters the pictures are superb, I certainly have not seen a lot of them before. The book traces the day to day activities from1957 to the end of their lives as the Beatles in the early 70s. The detail in the latter years is truly amazing. Fascinating to the ‘nth’ degree. There are reproductions of many recording notes by George Martin and inter office EMI memos.
“Country Music Humorists and Comedians” Loyal Jones Large hardcover 430 pg. 1kg+. A very comprehensive coverage of those who employed humour as a large part of their act. Such greats as Lonzo & Oscar, Stringbean, Grandpa Jones, Rod Brasfield, Archie Campbell and even artists such as Statler Brothers and Jim Stafford. $40 Many bios are unique to this great book.
“Gone Country: Portraits of country Music’s New Stars” Basically a lot of the newer artists taken in poses you wouldn’t see. I must admit thinking of Tanya Tucker’s pix… holy crap where did she get them!! Good thing it avoids the artists any self respecting fan would hate. 208 page large size hard cover $18 900grams There is a fascinating picture of a masked (a la Orion) Hank Williams III.
“Hayloft Gang:The Story of the National Barn Dance” Edited by Chad Berry 220 pages paperback 460 grams. The National Barn Dance was Chicago’s answer to the Grand ol Opry. Broadcasting from WLS Chicago it reached large areas of the US. Artists included Rex Allen, Red Foley, Patsy Montans, The Hoosier Hot shots, Bradley Kincaid, Gene Autry etc $25
“Joel Whitburn’s Top Country Singles 5th Edition 1944-2001” A Billboard publication. 595 pages hardback well over 1 kg. Book is as new but 2 loose pages (a Barbara Mandrell stalker perhaps…both pages are here just loose…otherwise the book is as new). The comprehensive artist by artist guide covering all charting Billboard singles. Top 5 charting artists are Eddy Arnold/George Jones/Johnny Cash/Conway Twitty and Merle Haggard whilst it may surprise some that Bryan White is 218….10,218 would seem more appropriate. The appendices give a great run down on such things as the all time #1 hits (#1 being Hank Snow’s “I’m Moving On” with “Sixteen Tons” being a lowly 49th….it was a bigger pop hit!!
$40. A great book.
“Johnny Cash: The Life of an American Icon” by Stephen Miller. There have been a lot of works on Cash and this is no doubt the best 406 pages hard cover, which is no longer available and this is new. 900 grams. Very comprehensive with emphasis on both the music and the lifestyle of perhaps country music’s greatest ever star. Others have maybe had more influence but nobody had such enduring star quality (maybe because they didn’t live that long!!). Amazon have this listed at US$70 so this is a bargain at $40.
“Legends of the Chelsea Hotel” Ed Hamilton Subtitled “Living With artists and outlaws in New York’s Rebel Mecca” paperback 321 pages315 grams. Sid & Nancy, The Ramones, Dylan, Kerouac etc. $12
“Live Fast Love Hard: the Faron Young Story” by Diane Diekman. Hardcover 260 pages 630 grams $28 A great insight into one of the wild men of country music from his early days through success, through to his tragic self inflicted demise and then elevation to the Hall of Fame.
“Lonesome Cowgirls and Honky Tonk Angels: The Women of Barn Dance Radio” by Kristine McCusker. Paperback 181 pages. (345 grams) Features in depth studies of Linda Parker/ Girls of the Golden West/ Lily May Ledford/ Minnie Pearl/ Rose Lee Maphis. $15
“Music of Bill Monroe” Neil V Rosenberg & Charles K Wolfe. 350 page large size hard Well over 1kg. $40 A complete discography with copious notes about the 1000 plus songs recorded by Bill Monroe. Love the remarks about the intros on the “Bill Monroe & Friends” album….”Some sound genuine and sincere whilst others are full of obsequious Music Row gush”….and that is why we love them so much.
A must have book for many.
“My House of Memories: For the Record” by Tom Carter. The definitive Merle Haggard bio leaves no stone unturned. Covers his misspent youth, his addictions and of course his music. Hardback (600 grams) 260 pages. $28
“Ragged But Right: The Life & Times of George Jones” by Dolly Carlisle. Hardback (650 grams) 250 pages long out of print. Pithy story and lots of rare photographs….you should check out the hairdo on George in the pic. Taken at his taping of Hollywood Squares. $28
“Sing it Pretty: Bess Lomax Hawes: A Memoir” A memebre of America’s first family of folk music, she is the sister of Alan Lomax and daughter of John Lomax. Unlike her brother & father she also made her musical mark as a member of the Almanac Singers. Great discussion on classic American folk music.182 page paperback 380 grams $15
“Sing me Back Home:Love Death and Country Music” by Dana Jennings. 257 page hardback405 grams $25 “The obsessions of America as a whole: drinking and Cheating, God & Death, envy of the new neighbours and yearning for home” (and not the crap Martina McBride & Kenny Chesney sing about….the previous statement was from the author, whilst this was from yours truly”)
“Trace Adkins: A Personal Stand” 245 pages hardcover. 380 grams. A surprisingly funny and frank book. Funny in the extreme are his coverage of his performance at a soccer function and scary is his survival after one of his wives shot him through the heart. $15
“Working Girl Blues: the Life & Music of Hazel Dickens” by Bill C Malone with Hazel Dickens. Paperback 105 pages
245 grams. $10
DVDS Virtually no country genre bluegrass dvds have been released.
**Brozman, Bob – Live in Germany $20
**Cash, Johnny – Christmas Special 1976 $12
**Cash, Johnny – Christmas Special 1977 $12
**Cash, Johnny – Live at Montreux $10
**Country Style USA Season 2 (Bear) $20 3 ½ hrs!! includes Hank Snow, Johnny Cash, Ray Price, Flatt & Scruggs, Faron Young, Pee wee King etc
**Grand Ol Opry At Carnegie Hall $18
**Haggard, Merle – legendary performances $18
**Haggard, Merle – Live Austin City Limits (1985) $20
**Haggard, Merle – Live Austin City Limits (1978) $18
**Jennings, Waylon – Live at Austin city Limits (1984) $18
**Jones, Norah – Live Austin City Limits (2007) $10
**Krauss, Alison - Live from the Tracking room $18
**Last of the Breed Willie Nelson/Merle Haggard/Ray Price $20
1 hour 53 minutes live plus interviews etc.
**Locorriere, Dennis – Live in Concert 2 hrs $20
**Luman, Bob- At Town hall Party (Bear) $20
**McEntire, Reba – Video Gold 1 $18
**McEntire, Reba - Video Gold 2 $18 18 songs each volume.
**McClinton, Delbert – Live at Austin City Limits (1982) $18
**Milsap, Ronnie – Live 90 minutes $20
**Sheppard, T G – Partners in Rhyme 2dvds + cd Duets $22
**Tritt, Travis – Celebration:A Musical Tribute to the Spirit of the American veteran $18
**Tritt, Travis – Live & Kickin’ $18
**Welch, Gillian – Revelator Collection $15
** Wynette, tammy – Legendary performances $18
**Flatlanders – Live Austin City Limits $15
**Tom Petty & Heartbreakers “Runnin’ Down a Dream” box 3dvds + cd + book + movie card reproductions. First 2 dvds are the Peter Bogdanovich movie 4hrs directors cut with Jackson Browen, Jeff Lynne etc and the third the 30th Anniversary Concert from Florida. 6 hours dvd plus 9 trcak rare & unreleased cd. $38
**Vincent, Rhonda – Ragin Live $22
**Wilco Live: Ashes of American Flags $18 Wilco’s First Long form concert film with performances from Tipitina’s New Orleans, Cain’s Ballroom in Oklahoma etc. Sealed
Advances (promo copy cds with none or only some graphics) **indicates
Blue Highway Through the Window of a Train $8**
Boxmasters Modbilly 2cds $8
Buckwheat Zydeco Lay Your Burden Down $8 **
Church, Eric Carolina $8
Clevland, Ashley God Don’t never Change $8
Dailey & Vincent Brothers from Different Mothers $5
Greencards Fascination $8
Joey & Rory Life of a Song $8
Keith, Toby That Don’t Make Me a Bad Guy **$15
Great promo package.
Krauss, Alison A Hundred Miles of More $10 DVD
Malo, Raul Lucky One **$10
Steve The Crow **$8
Milsap, Ronnie Then Sing My Soul 2cds ** $12
New Found road Same Old Place $5
Paisley, Dan The Room Over Mine **$8
Road Hammers Blood Sweat & Steel **$10 Jason McCoy
Scaggs, Boz Speak Low **$8
Skaggs, Ricky Live at Charleston Music hall ** $8
Travis, Randy Round the bend** cd + dvd $15
Bellamy Brothers Rebels Without a Clue $28 Their best!
Beverly Hillbillies soundtrack $25
Bogguss, Suzy/Chet Atkins Simpatico $35 just wonderful.
Boone, Larry One Way to go $25
Boone, larry Swinging Doors & Sawdust Floors $35
Brown, Jim Ed/Helen Cornelius Anthology $25 20 tracks
Cash, Tommy 25th anniversary Album $30 with J R Cash
George Jones, Tom T Hall, Connie Smith
Conlee, John Fellow Travellers $35
Conlee, John Blue Highway $30
Cryner, Bobbie Bobbie Cryner $40 None better.
Dalton, Lacy J Survivor $40 As fine a female album
as we have ever had and easily her best.
Guy Clark’s “Old Friends” is amazing.
Davies, Gail Pretty Words $20
Davis, Jimmie Country Music Hall of Fame $30
Delray, martin What Kind of Man $30
Dunn, Holly Across the Rio Grande $35 A gem on MTM. Out of print since 80s when
label went belly up. Her best.
Edwards, Stoney Just for Old Times Sake $60 rare indie
Ethel & the Shameless Hussies Born to Burn $30 feat. Kacey Jones
Ford, Tennessee Ernie Capitol Collectors Series $35 Just superb
Great sound and 29 tracks.
Fricke, Janie Labor of Love $22
Fricke, Janie After Midnight $25
Gosdin, Vern Alone $35 Followed “Chiselled in Stone”
And nearly as good. Maybe the
cryingest album ever made.
Greene, jack The Jolly Green Giant $30 ss
Out of print 20 tracker on Edsel
Haggard, Merle His Greatest & best $28 15 track
MCA album. Long OOP
Haggard, Merle Capitol Collectors Series $25 The
best single cd of his work.
Haggard, Merle Chill Factor $30
Hall, Tom T Songs from Sop Choppy $25
Harris, Emmylou Last Date $35
Harris, Emmylou Cimarron $40 These are the 2 reissues
On Eminent which went belly up. Whilst
“last Date” has subsequently been
reissued that didn’t have the 2extra tks
that this one does nor the delightful slip
jacket. “Cimarron” also has bonus trk &
House, James James House $35
House, James Hard Times for an Honest Man $35
2 gems on MCA.
Husky, Ferlin Capitol Collectors Series $35. As always
this series is the best representation of
an artist. This is great sound & 20 tracks.
Jenkins The Jenkins cd+dvd $35. This was never
Issued. Mother & 2 daughetrs and nearly
all original material. Reminds of
McCarters, Sweethearts of Rodeo, Judds
Etc….the best of all those artists. This is
the very special promotional package in
a postcard format booklet. Rare as.
Jones, George/Melba Montgomery Vintage Collection $50 George’s
best duet partner. 20 tracks.
Jones, George You Oughta be Here With Me $35 I have
probably been one of the biggest critics
of George’s CBS albums. They always seemed too much filler & novelty songs.
On the other hand this is all great. The title song is by Roger Miller from the “Big River”. The closest to a novelty is “Sleep Just Like a Baby” ( I wake up every hour & I Cry”) but that is clever word play and not dopeyness.
Jones, George Live at Dancetown USA $45 On Ace UK
Long out of print.
Kane, Keiran Find My Way Home $30 Atlantic
Kemp, Wayne One Song at a Time $30 Great writer &
singer of honky tonk songs. Begins with
the smash “The Fireman”.
Lauderdale, Jim Planet of Love $22 OOP WB debut
Louvin, Charlie 50 Years of Making Music $30 with
guests Waylon & Willie (I rate the
duet on “This Darn Pen” to maybe
be the best of Willie’s career), Tanya
Tucker, George Jones etc.
Lyda, Jacob Here We Go Again $28 Great indie
McCarters Better be Home Soon $25
McDaniel, Mel Rockabilly Boy $35 A gem!!
McEntire, Reba Oklahoma Girl 2cds Mercury label 40
Tracks. $35 Tops!!
McQuaig, scott Scott McQuaig $28 one album only
Mensy, Tim Stone By Stone $25 OOP 1990 gem
Moffatt, Katy Greatest Show on Earth $25 Original
issue & title of “Evangeline Hotel”. Was withdrawn after protest of copyright
infringement by Barnum & bailey.
Montgomery, Melba & Norma Jean $28 10 melba & 12 Norma jean tracks
with the Melba including “No Charge”
Morse, Ella Mae Capitol Collectors Series $35
Mowrey, Dude Honky Tonk $30
Nelson, Willie Born for Trouble $38
Nelson, Willie The promiseland $30
Newbury, Mickey Ina a new Age $35
O’kanes Tired of the Running” $40 Their out of
Print 2nd & best album with amazing
instrumental work by Jay Spell,
Paycheck, Johnny The Real Mr Heartache $60 The CMF
Collection of his Little Darlin’ label
recordings are as good as it gets.
As good as Jones and maybe then some.
Paycheck, Johnny Survivor $28 Great indie cd
Poe, Michelle Just One of the Boys $30 Great Album
which never saw a release. Tops
Price, Ray sometimes a Rose $25
Rabbitt, Eddie Radio Romance $22
Rabbitt, Eddie Jersey Boy $22
Rausch, Leon Close to You $28
Rhodes, Kimmie West Texas Heaven $35 This may be the
best female country folk album ever and
that is really something. Includes duets Willie, Waylon & Townes Van Zandt. Hard
to believe totally out of print.
Ritter, Tex Capitol Collectors Series $38 Has the
tracks you want to hears such as his
“Deck of Cards” plus “Blood on the
Saddle” & the latter hit “Just Beyond the
Moon”, 25 tracks and superb sound.
Robertson, Kathy Hillbilly down: To Roy Nichols with Love
Vol II $30 with guests includes james
Intveld & Rick Shea.
Sahm, Doug SDQ 98 $48 on the defunct Watermelon
label. This & next are Doug’s best
Sahm, Doug Return of Wayne Douglas $30 Just a gem
Fro mstart to finish. Out of print.
Sandefur, Brandon Brandon Sandefur $30 great indie cd.
Schneider, John You Ain’t Seen the Last of me $30
Seals, Dan Rage On $25 Another recent departee.
Seely, Jeannie Greatest Hits on Monument $28
Shafer, Sanger D So Good So Long $28
Shafer, Whitey I Neve rGo Round Mirrors $30
Shaver, Billy Joe Restless Wind 1973-1988 $30
Simpson, red Best of the Country Music Truck Driving S
Springfield, Bobby lee All Fired Up $30
Stewart, Wynn The Very Best Of $30 18 tks OOP Varese
Thompson, hank Capitol collectors Series $28
Thompson, Jeff Jeff Thompson $40 Great album
Supposed to be first on arista but was
Thornton, Marsha Maybe the Moon Will Shine $30
Tubb, Ernest Live 1965 $30 A gem…lots of tracks &
they couldn’t get the sound any better if
they did it today even.
Wagoneers Stout & High $30
Wagoneers Good Fortune $30
West, speedy & Jimmy Bryant Last recordings $30
Whitley, Keith Kentucky Bluebird $35
Whitley, keith I Wonder Do You think of Me $35 a gem
Whitley, Keith Tribute $28
Wild Rose Straight & Narrow $28
Williams, Tex Vintage collection $30 All his great
Capitol recordings including the labels
1st million seller in “Smoke! Smoke!
Smoke! That Cigarette”.
Young, Steve Solo Live $28 on OOP Watermelon cd
Are You from Dixie:Great Country Brother teams of the thirties $30
Blue Sky boys, Delmores, Allen Brothers, Monroe Bros etc 18 tks
Rig Rock deluxe :A Musical Salute to the American Truckdriver. $25 with
Buck, Junior Brown, Steve Earle, Kay Adams, Bill Kirchen etc.
Alternate Country CDS
Allen, Terry Juarez $18
Allen, Terry Pedal Steal $18
Allen, Terry Lubbock on Everything $25 SS gem!
Biram, scott H Something’s Wrong/Lost Forever $18
Bottle Rockets Brand new Year $18
Brace, Eric & peter Cooper You Don’t Have to Like Both of Them $10
Bromberg, David Sideman Serenade $20
Brown, Greg Yellow dog $20
(Aka Mr iris Dement The Evening Call $20
A great artist with a Down in There $20
big output of quality songs Honey in the Lion’s Head 420
These all still sealed.) Slant 6 Mind $20
One Night $20
The Live One
Milk of the Moon $20
Over & Under $20
44 & 66 $20
Brown, Greg Covenant $20
Calexico Garden Ruin $20
Doe, John & Sadies Country Club $18
Eaglesmith, Fred Tinderbox $20
Earle, Justin Townes Midnight at the movies $18
Easton, Tim Porcupine $18
Gibbs, Otis Grandpa walked a Picket Line $18
Griffin, Patty A Kiss in Time $20 cd + dvd
Griffin, Patty Living With Ghosts $18
Halford, Jeffrey & healers Broken Chord $18
Hearne, Bill Heartaches & Honky Tonks $20
Hogan, Kelly & Pine Valley Cosmonauts: beneath the
Country Underdog $15
Jayhawks Sound of Lies $18 SS
Kane/Welch/Kaplin Kane Welch Kaplin $18
Kaplansky, Lucy Flesh & Bone $20 SS
Kaplansky, Lucy Over the Hills $20 SS
Kaplansky, Lucy The Tide $20 SS
Kaplansky, Lucy Every Single Day $20 SS
Keen, Robery Earl jnr Wester Textures $22 SS a gem
Krenz, Celeste & Rebecca Folsom Girls Like us $18
Lambchop The Decline of C & W Civilization $18
Lee, Phil So Long It’s Been Good to Know You $18
Merritt, Tift Tambourine $10
Miller, Buddy & Julie Written in Chalk $15 This is truly a great
cd cover. Naturally the US cover goes to
great lengths & this succeeds. Lovely
leather like textures. Will have you
wondering if it really is leather. Guests
inc. Emmylou & Patty Griffin
Morris, R B & Regulars Knoxville Sessions $18
Peyroux, madeleine Half the perfect World $10
Russell, Tom Modern Art $20
Sexsmith, Ron Other Songs $10
Sexsmith, Ron Ron Sexsmith $10
Taylor, Chip/Carrie Rodriguez Red Dog Tracks $18
Uncle Tupelo No Depression $20 SS
Undone: A Musicfest Tributre to Robert Earl Keen 2cds with
Likes of Cory Morrow, Jason Boland, Doug Moreland and Robert Earl Keen hisself! $20
Aldean, Jason Wide Open $20
Allan, Gary Greatest Hits $15
Anderson, John Easy Money $10
Arnold, Eddy Essential $18
Asleep at Wheel Tribute to Music of Bob Wills $18
Asleep at Wheel Tribute to Music of Bob Wills $18
Same but theDance mix version.
Atkins, Chet Tennessee Guitar Man $18
Atkins, Chet Essential $18
Atkins, Rodney It’s America $15
Autry, Gene 20 Greatest Movie Hits $18
Bagby, Larry Player with a Heart $18
Ball, David Thinking Problem $18
Ballew, Michael Daddy Don’t Live in Heaven $20
Bare, Bobby 20 Greatest Hits $18
Barnett, Mandy Mandy Barnett $10
Barnett, Mandy Platinum Collection $18 20 tks
Bentley, Dierks feel That Fire $18
Berg, Matreca Lying to the moon $18
Big & Rich Super Galactic 2 cd + dvd $18
Big Sandy & Fly Rite Boys Feelin’ Kinda Lucky $20 SS
Bogguss, Suzy Somewhere Between $20
Boland, Jason Comal County Blue $18
Boxmasters Modbilly 2cds $20 Latest from
Billy Bob Thornton 1 cd of
Originals & one classic covers.
His most country & best yet.
Bowden, Richard Rising Over Texas $18 (Pinkard &)
Boyd, Bill Saturday Night Rag 1934-36$18
Brannon, Janie Honky Tonk Memories $20
Bright, Jeff She’s a Nail in My Heart $20 exc.
Brody, Dean Dean Brody $20
Brooks, Garth The Hits $25
Brooks, Garth No Fences $18 (2 on 1 edition)
Brooks, Garth Ropin’ the Wind $10
Brooks, Garth The Chase $10
Brooks, Garth Fresh Horses $10
Brooks, Garth In Pieces $10
Brown, Jim Ed & Browns Essential $20
Browne, Jann Count Me In $15
Burrito Deluxe Whole Enchilada $18
Burrito Deluxe Disciples of the Truth $15
Burrito Deluxe Disciples of the Truth $20 cd +
dvd expanded version.
Bush, Johnny Sings Bob Wills $20
Bush, Johnny Lost Highway Saloon $20
Byrd, Jason Just a Southern Thing $20
Carswell, Neil Keep You Guessing $18
Carpenter, Mary-Chapin State of the Heart $18 This is a
great cd with “This Shirt”
Carpenter, Mary-Chapin Come On Come On $18 (I feel
Carpenter, Mary-Chapin Shooting Staright in Dark $18
(Down at the Twist & Shout)
Carroll, Jason Michael Growing Up is getting Old $18
Carter Family Can the Circle Be unbroken $15
Cash, Johnny The Definitive $18 19 Mercury
Chambers, Bill Sleeping With the Blues $10
Church, Eric Carolina $18
Clark, Mickey Winding Highways $10
Colter, Jessi Out of the Ashes $20
Conlee, John Best $18
Connors, Stompin’ Tom Bud the Spud $18
Cook, Elizabeth Balls $18
Cooper, Peter Easy Chair $20
Craig, Charlie The Hitmaker $20
Cramer, Floyd RCA Country legends $15
Cramer, Floyd Essential $20
Crowell, Rodney The Collection $10
Crowell, Rodney Fates Right Hand $15
Cryner, Bobbie Girl of Your Dreams $10 (with
Cryner, Bobbi Girl of Your Dreams $18
Curless, Dick Travelling through $18
Dale, Cathy I Believe in me $20
Darling, sarah Every Monday Morning
Davies,Gail Live and Unplugeed at the Station
Dee, Ruby &Snakehandlers Miles from Home
$22 Great west coast rockabilly
Dement, Iris the Way I Should $20
Dennis, Wesley Wesley Dennis $15
Digby, Amber Passion, Pride & What Might Have
Ducas, George George Ducas $15
Edwards, Don Best $18
Emmons, Buddy Steel Guitar Jazz $28 out of print
Fender, Freddy La Musica de Baldemar Huerta $20
Firefall Greatest Hits (Rhino) $20
Flores, Rosie Speed of Sound $10
Flores, Rosie Dance Hall Dreams $20
Flying Burrito Bros Last of Red Hot Burritos $20
Ford, Tennessee Ernie Vintage Collections $18
Foster, Radney Del Rio Texas 1959 $18
Friedman, Kinky From one Good American to
Gattis Bones Gattis Bones $18 (Keith Gattis)
Gibson, Don RCA Country legends $15
Gibson, Don Rockin’ Rollin’ (Bear) $25
Gill, Vince Souvenirs $15
Gill, Vince I Still believe in You $10
Golden, Chris Centerstage $15 (of Goldens)
Goodman, Steve Best of Asylum Years #1 $18
Goodman, Steve Best of Asylum Years #2 $18
Goose Crk Symphony Oso Special $15
Green, Pat What I’m For $15
Griffith, Nanci Complete MCA Studio recordings
Griffith, Nanci The MCA Years A Retrospective
Griffith, Nanci Other Voices Other Rooms $20
Haddock, Durwood I Done the Boogie Too Long $18
Haggard, merle From the King to the Barroom $22
24 track UK MCA compilation
Haggard, Merle Anthology 1963-1977 2cds Razor
& Tie OOP $30
Hall, Tom T Sings Miss Dixie & Tom T $22
Hancock, wayne Wild Free & reckless $20
Hancock, wayne Tulsa $20
Hancock, Wayne That’s What Daddy wants $20
Hanley, geary The Comeback Trail $20
Hanley, geary Nashville $20
Hard Hat Dave And Honky tonk knight $18 A+++
Hardwick, Billy Jnr To oCountry $25 a gem
Henson, Weldon Trying to get by $18
Heybale Last Country Album $20
(inc. Redd Volkaert)
Hicks, Dan & Hot Licks Beatin’ the Heat $18
Highway 101 Bing Bang Boom $18
Highway 101 Highway 101 $18
Hill, Byron Ramblings $20 Superb.
Great voice & songs many
Hill, Byron Stay A While $20
cowritten with Mike Dekle.
Hinojosa, Tish Best of Live $18
Hinjosa, Tish Destiny’s Gate $18
Hollister, Doug There is a Time $20
Hunter, Billy D Inside Out $20
Husky, ferlin First Generation $18
Intveld, James Have Faith $20
Jackson, Wanda Rockin’ (Bear) $25
Jackson, Wanda Ballads of (Bear) $25
Jackson, Wanda Very Best of Country Yrs (Ace UK)
Jennings, Shooter Bad Magick: $10
Jennings, Shooter Electric Rodeo $5
Jennings, Shooter The wolf $5
Jiminez, Flaco Flaco Jiminez $15
Joey & Rory The Life of a Song $20 (1 only)
Johnson, Jamey That Lonesome Song $20
Jones, George Burn Your Playhouse Down $15
Jones/Wynette One $15
Jones, Kacey Donald Trump’s Hair $18 (also
Inc “whatever Happened to
Kenny Rogers Face”.) 15 in all
Keith, Toby Greatest Hits Volume 1 $18
Keith, Toby 35 Biggest Hits $28 2cds\
Kentucky Headhunters Electric Barnyard $18
Knight, Chris Heart of Stone $10
Lady Antebellum Lady Antebellum $18
Lawrence, Tracy The Rock 2009 gospel !$20
Lee, Brenda Queen of Rock & Roll $25
Ace Uk 28 tracks
Leigh, danni 29 Nights $10
Little Willies Little Willies $10
Louvin, Charlie Sings Murder Ballads & Disaster
Loveless, Patty Bluegrass & White Snow $18
Loveless, Patty On Your way Home cd+dvd $18
McBride, Martina Shine $20
McBride, martina Timeless $10
McCall, Darrell Lilydale $20
McCalister, Don Jnr Brand new Ways $18
McClinton, Delbert The Definitive $20
McCoy, neal Greatest Hits $5
McCue, Annie Koala Motel $2
McDaniel, Luke Is jeff Daniels $20 hillbilly & r-a-b
McDaniel, mel Reloaded $20 inc. “Plastic Girl”
McDonald, Skeets Heart Breakin’ Mama (Bear) $22
Mcentire, Reba 50 Greatest Hits 3cds in a leather
Look box…you will sniff it to
See…it looks that good $40
Mcentire, Reba Duets $20
Mcentire, Reba What Am I Gonna Do About You
Mcentire, Reba Live $18
Mcentire, Reba Last One to Know $15
Mcentire, Reba Just a Little love $15
Mcentire, Reba My Kind of Country $15
Mcentire, Reba For My Broken Heart $10
Mcentire, Reba Sweet Sixteen $10
Malo, Raul Lucky One $20
Marshall Tucker Band Love Songs $15
Martin, Leland I’ll Pick the Guitar $20 A++
Martin, Leland The early Years $20
Martin, Stan Love Ain’t That Tough $20
Masters, Ronnie A Country Afternoon $20
Mattea, Kathy Coal $20
Maynard, Jimmy Jimmy Maynard $18
Miller, Darnell Timeless $20
Miller, Darnell Certified Country $18
Milsap, Ronnie Then Sings My Soul 24 Favourite
Hymns & Gospel Songs 2cds $22
Moffatt, Hugh Life of a Minor Poet $20 Inc.
a duet with Martin Delray.
Moffatt, Hugh & Katy Dance me Outside $20
Moffatt, Katy Child Bride $20
Moffatt, Katy Up Close & Personal $20
Moffatt, Katy Hearts Gone Wild $15
Molly & haymakers Molly & Heymakers $10 great!!
Montana, Patsy The Cowboy’s sweetheart $18
Moorer , Alison Alabama Song $15
Morgan, Lorrie Leave the Light On $15
Morgan, Lorrie Something in Red $15
Morgan, Lorrie & Sammy Kershaw I finally Found Someone
$18…heard some good Lorrie
Morrison, Van/ Linda Gail You Win Again $20 country duets
Murphey, Michael Martin Cowboy Christmas Ball cd+dvd $20
Dvd is certainly not strictly Christmas
Murphy, David lee We Can’t All be Angels $10
Murray, Kimberley Once Upon a Time in a Honky Tonk $20
Myles, Heather Live in Newland $20
Nelson, Ricky Ricky Rocks (Bear) $25
Nelson, Willie Naked Willie $18. Great new cd of
Old RCA recordings stripped of all
the excesses. When out some of
willie’s best work was lost in the
arrangements. This stripped down
version works well.
Nelson/Marsalis Two Men With the Blues $20 Ace!!
Nelson, Willie Country Favorites Willie Nelson
Nesmith, Michael 16 Original Classics $20
Newton, Wood Just for the Love of It $20
Nichols, Joe Revelation $5
O’kanes The Only Years $20
O’Kanes Imagine That $20
O’keefe, Danny In Time $18 (2008 cd)
Orion The Best:The Man Who Would
Be King $20
Osmond, Marie Who’s Sorry Now/This is the Way
That I feel 2on 1 $22
Osmond, Marie Paper Roses/ In My Little Corner
Of the World $22 2 on 1
Overstreet, Paul A Songwriter’s Project Vol 1 $20
Overstreet, Paul Love is Strong $10
Owen, Jake Easy Does It $18
Owen, Randy One on One $10
Paisley, Brad play $10
Parr, Paul Saints & Sinners $20
Parton, Dolly Backwards Barbie $18 3 extra songs
Parton, stella Testimony $20
Paul, les/Mary Ford Best of Capitol Masters $18
Penn, Dan Junkyard Junky $20
Perfect Stranger You Have the Right to Remain
Silent $18. Great…we need them!!
Perry, keith Inspirational Favourites $20
Gospel Keith Whitley style
Peters, Vanessa Sweetheart Keep Your Chin Up$15
Peterson, Michael In Black $20
Price, Ray Essential 2cds $28
Price, Ray revival of Old time Singing $28
OOP Gospel on Step One
Pride, Charley Pride & Joy:Gospel $18
Pride, Charley Ultimate Hits Collection $18 2cd
Prine, John John Prine Christmas $15
Prine, John In Spite of Ourselves $20
Prine, John The Missing Years $20
Prine, John Fair & Square $20
Prine, John Standard Songs for Average People $20
With Mac Wiseman
Prine, John Fair & Square $20
Rabbitt, Eddie Jersey Boy $18
Reeves, Jim Legends of Country Music 3cds $25 Great
Sounding and presented UK compilation
With 60 tracks.
Reynolds, Lawrence He Comes From Alabama $20
One of the best indies we have ever
had and many may remove the
“one of” from that assessment.
Richman, Jonathan Jonathan Goes Country $20
Robbins, Marty Rockin’ Rolllin’ (Bear) $22
Robison, Bruce Wrapped $5
Robison, Charlie Beautiful Day $20 (2009)
Royal, Billy Joe The Royal Treatment $15
Russell, Johnny Acting Naturally $20
Russell, Johnny Almost Live $20
Sanders, Ray Texas Dance Hall Music $20
Sanders, Ray Country $20
Scott, Jack Rocks (Bear) $25
Scott, Ray Crazy Like me $20
Sears, Dawn What a Woman Wants to Hear $20
Shepherd, Thom Turning Point $20
Skaggs, Ricky Solid Ground/Life is a Journey $20
Smith, Connie Essential $20
Snow, Hank Wandering On: Best of Yodelling Ranger
Snow, Hank South of the Border (Bear) $25
Snow, Hank On the Tracks $25 (Bear)
Snow, Len 80 Proof $20
Snow, Mitch Ballads Blues & Texas Treats $20 superb
Snow, Mitch Let Me be Everything to You $20 Great!!
Sovine, Red Greatest Hits (Varese) $20
Sprague, Chris Diesel Made for Two $20 (great truckin’
album by a Deke Dickerson co-hort)
Stewart, Gary Essential $20
Street, Mel 20 Super Hits $20 As good as it gets.
Stuart, Marty Country Music cd + dvd (rare) $22
Stuart, Marty The Pilgrim $20
Sublette, Ned Cowboy Rhumba $5
Sweethearts of the Rodeo Buffalo Zone $18
Sweethearts of the Rodeo Sisters $18
Sweethearts of the Rodeo One Time One Night $20
Swift, Taylor Taylor Swift $20 deluxe cd + dvd
+ 3D cover
Tailgate South Tailgate South $18
Taylor-Good, karen Song Guru $18
Texas Troubadours The Instrumentals (Bear) $22
Thompson, Hank A Six Pack to Go $18
Thompson, Hank Country Music Hall of Fame $20
Thompson, Hank Treasures $20
Time Jumpers Jumpin’ Time 2cds $20
Tippin, Aaron In Overdrive $20 Great new cd
of all truckin’ songs.
Travis, Randy Heroes & Friends $18
Travis, Randy Full Circle $10
Tritt, Travis It’s All About to Change $10
Tucker, Tanya what Do I Do With Me $10
Turner, Josh Live at the Ryman $22 A+++
Includes great Haggard cover
Turner, Josh Long Black Train $20 outstanding.
Twitty, Conway Lost in the feeling $10
Tyson, Ian Yellowhead to Yellowstone & Other
Love Stories $20 (latest)
Tyson, Ian Old Corrals & Sagebrush $20 (Bear)
Van Shelton, Ricky Making Plans $20
Van Shelton, Ricky Loving proof $20
Van Shelton, Ricky III $18
Van Zandt, Townes Best $18
Van zandt, Townes Live & Obscure $18
Volkaert, Redd For the ladies $18
Volkaert, Redd Reddhead $20
Volkaert, Redd Telewhacker $18
Wagoner, Porter Best Gran Ol Opry Gospel 2008
2 cds $18
Walker, jerry jeff Ultimate Colllection $20
Walker, Jerry Jeff Gypsy Songman $18
Wallace, Jerry Best $20
Walser, Don Texas Tophand $15
Watson, Dale` Live in London England $20
Watson, Dale Blessed or Damned $20
Watson, Dale I hate These songs $20
Watson, dale Dreamland $20
Watson, Dale Whiskey or God $20
Watson, Dale Every Song I Write is For you
Watson, Dale From the Cradle to the Grave $20
Weiss, Larry Cuts & Scratches $18
Watson, gene In a perfect World $20
West, Dottie RCA Country legends $18
West, Sleepy/Jimmy Bryant Statosphere Boogie $20
Wheeler, Onie Onie’s Bop $22
Whitman, Slim Legends of Country Music 3cds $25 Great
Sounding and presented UK compilation
With 60 tracks.
Williams, Hank Legends of Country Music 3cds $25 Great
Sounding and presented UK compilation
With 60 tracks.
Williams, Hank III Damn Right Rebel Proud $20
Williams, Leona New Patches $20
Willis, Kelly Well Travelled Love $20
Wills, Bob Radio Days $18
Womack, Lee Ann Call Me Crazy $18
Wynonna Sing Chapter One $18 new cd
Yates, Billy Billy Yates $20
Yates, Billy Country $20
Yoakam, Dwight firstname.lastname@example.org $18
Young, Big Bob Hard way to Make a Dollar $18
Young, Steve Stories Around the Horseshoe bend $20
Live with fascinating intros & anecdotes.
Youngers Heritage $18
Always Lift Him Up: A Tribute to Blind Alfred Reed $20
**superb with Kathy Mattea, Connie Smith etc
Beautiful Dreamer: The Songs of Stephen Foster $20
Caught in the Webb $20
Country’s 20 Classic Gospel Songs of the Century $20
Honky Tonkin’ Rhythm 2cds of 50s country boppers 54 tks $25
I Ain’t Gonna Work Tomorrow: Songs of the Carter Family $18
Keep Your Soul A Tribute to Doug Sahm $20
She was Country When Country Wasn’t Cool $10
Song of America: 3cd 50 tracker which covers or attempts to cover key periods in American History $35 Lots of graet artists including Suzy Bogguss/BR549/mavericks with Thad Cockrell (well mostly great), Martha Wainwright/Tim O’Brien/Janis Ian/ Jim Lauderdale etc. Look it up under “31 Tigers Records”
Touch My Heart Johnny paycheck Tribute $20
Auldridge, Mike Treasures Untold $20
Bellville Outfit Time to Stand $18
Blake, Norman Old Ties $20
Boone Creek (Skaggs) One Way Track $18
Country gentlemen Live in Japan $20
Cordle, Larry Murder on Music Row $18
Cordle, Larry Against the Grain $20
Dailey & Vincent Brothers from Different Mothers $18
Darby & Tarlton On the Banks of a Lonely River $18
Friessen, Casey OOG
Dry Branch Fire Squad Echoes of the Mountains $20 A++
Earle, Steve/Del McCoury The Mountain $20
Flatt & Scruggs Foggy Mountain Jubilee $20
Fleck, Bela Throw Down Your Heart $20
Furtado, Tony Live Gypsy $18
Garrett, Jeremy I Am a Stranger $18
Grisman, David Life of Sorrow $20
Grisman, David Dawg Tales: Tribute to $20
Grisman, David Dawgnation $20
Haden, Charlie Family & Friends $20 Ace++
Hedge, Christopher w. Grisman Atrocious Saint $18
Kohrs, Randy A Crack in My Armour $20
Krauss, Alison A Hundred Miles or More $20
Krauss, Alison A Hundred Miles or More Radio Special
1 hour radio special $25
Lawson, Doyle Lonely Street $18
Lewis, Alurie Live $20
Lynch, Claire Friends for a Lifetime $18
McCoury, Del The Cold Hard Facts $20
Mccoury, del A deeper Shade of blue $20
Mccoury, Del Blue Side of Town $20
Molsky, Bruce Soon Be Time $18
Monroe, Bill The Gospel Spirit $20 16 tks
Murphey, Michael Martin Bluegrass Buckaroo $20
Newfound Road Same Old Place $18 Rounder!!!
Nugent, Alicia Hillbilly Goddess $20
O’Brien, Tim Chameleon $18
Old & In the Gray Old & in the Gray $20
Osborne, Bobby Bluegrass & Beyond $18
Parmley, David Three Silver Dollars (+continental divide)
Scruggs, Earl With Family & Friends $20 (Ryman 2008)
Seldom Scene 15th anniversary $22 (w. Emmylou etc)
Stanley Brothers Hymns & Sacred Songs $18
Stanley Brothers An Evening Long ago $18
Stanley Brothers Essential Gospel Masters $18
Stanley, Ralph I’ll Answer the call $15
Stanley, Ralph Pray for the Boys $15
Stanley, Ralph Short Life of Trouble $15
Stanley, Ralph Mountain Preacher’s Child $15
Story, Carl Lonesome Hearted Blues $20 (Bear)
Sutton, Bryan Not Too Far from the Tree $18
IIIrd Tyme Out Erase the Miles $18
IIIRd Tyme Out Round III at the Mac $20
Trischka, Tony New Deal $18
Trischka, Tony Hill Country $18
Tyminski, Dan Carry Me Across $18
Ulisse, Donna When I Look back $20
Vincent, Rhonda All American Bluegrass Girl $20
Vincent, Rhonda Back Home Again $20
Vincent, Rhonda My Blue Tears $20
Vincent, Rhonda Storm Stll Rages $20
Watkins, sara Sara Watkins $18 (Nickel Creek)
Whites Give a Little Back $20
Whitley/Skaggs Second Generation Bluegrass $20
Wilders On the Wings of a Dove $20
Wilders Throw Down $20
Wilders Spring a Leak $20
Fabulous indie group who play a
great uptempo old timey bluegrass
Comparisons to Old Crow Medicine
Show..they really are good.
Williams, Robin & Linda Visions of Love $18
Classic Bluegrass Vol 2 $20 (Smithsonian Folkways)
Classic Old time Fiddle $20 “ “
Country Bluegrass Homecoming Vol 1 20 tks $20 (Bill Gaither & friends)
Country Bluegrass Homecoming Vol 2 20 tks $20 “ “ “
Virginia Roots: The 1929 Richmond Sessions 2cds 48 page book
33 tracks $28
Andersen, Eric Violets of Dawn: Best of Vanguard $20
Bragg, Billy The Internationale cd + dvd $15
Campbell, Dick Blue Winds Only Know $15 A+
Cockburn, Bruce The Charity of Night $18
Collins, Judy Forver an Athology 2cds 35 tracks $25
Elliott, Ramblin’ I Stand Alone $20
Gibson, Bob The Perfect High $20 *
Gibson, Bob Uptown Saturday Night $18
Gibson, Bob The Living Legend Years $18
Gibson, Bob Funky in the Country $18
Gibson, Bob/Hamilton Camp Homemade Music $18
Released as limited editions through the late singer’s Bob Gibson’s legacy label. Great songs and performances. Gibson has many collaborations with and covers of Shel Silverstein. All good. Between 3-7
Silverstein songs per album. * is the one with 7. Great stuff.
Gorka, John Old Futures Gone $20
Hanly,Mick All I remember $10
Mclauchlan, Murray Greatest Hits $15 (Canadian)
Renbourn, John Live in America $18
Reynolds, Malvina Sings the truth $2029 tracks
Rush, Tom Blues, Songs & Ballads $20 23 songs
78 minutes originally on Fantasy label
Rush, Tom What I Know $20 Great 2009 album on Appleseed which shows Tom is still in
great voice and has excellent guests in
Emmylou, Nancy Griffith etc.
Seeger, Pete American Favorite Ballads box set,
139 tracks and 5 cds (each with its
own booklet) $65
Seeger, Pete We Shall Overcome: The Historic
Carnegie Hall Concert June 8 1963.
2cds 40 tracks inc. rare Dylan songs such
as “Who Killed Davey Moore”. Great
anecdotes and spoken intros complement
his great vocals.
Seeger, Pete At 89 $20 Grammy winner and he shows
his rivetting stage presence is still there.
Various/Pete Seeger Songs of Pete Seeger Vol 2 $20
With (apart from Pete) Steve Earle, Arlo Guthrie, Kate & Anna McGarrigle, Eric
Andersen etc 16 tracks
Snow, Michael Never Say No to a Jar $18
Sons of Champlin Hip L’il Dreams $10
Stewart, Al To Whom it May Concern $20 2cds
Wainwright, Loudon III Album I $15
Weavers Best of Vanguard Years $20
Wolf, Kate Looking Back at You $18
Wolf, kate Poet’s Heart $18
Yarbrough, Glenn Yarbrough Country/ let me Choose Life
2 on 1 $20
Classic Maritime Music Folkways 32 tracks 20
Irish Pirate Ballads & Other Songs of the Sea (Folkways) $20
Beausoleil Alligator Purse (Yep Roc) $18
Bibb, Eric Get Onboard (Telarc) $20
Bishop, Elvin Blues Rolls On (Delta Groove) $20
Blue, Barbara Live Volume 1 $18
Blue, Barbara Live Volume 2 $18 (Blue prod.)
Blue, Sugar Blue Blazes (Alligator) $18
Blue, Sugar In Your Eyes $18
Boyes, Fiona Live from Bluesville $18 (Vizztone
w Mookie Brill/Rich Delgrosso)
Brozman, Bob Post Industrial Blues $20 (Ruf)
Chenier, C J Desperate Kingdom of Love $18
Costello, Sean We Can Get Together $20
Del Junco, Carlos Steady Movin’ $20 (NorthernB)
Delta Highway The Devil Had a Woman (OLM)$18
Earl, Ronnie Surrounded By Love (Hep) $18
Earl, Ronnie Peace of Mind (Hep) $18
Edwards, Honeyboy Roamin’ & Ramblin’ (Earwig) $20
Fabulous Thunderbirds Powerful Stuff (Epic) $10
Foley, Sue Ten Days inNovember (Shanachie)
Foley, Sue Walk in the sun (antones)
Foley, Sue Big City Blues (Antones)
Foley, Sue Change (Ruf) all Sue Foleys $18
Ford, T Model Jack Daniel Time (Mudpuppy) $20
Geils, J Band Anthology:House Party 2 cds
Rhino $35 Out of print
Gov’t Mule Holy Haunted House 2cd $25
Gov’t Mule Live Roseland Ballroom $20
Gov’t Mule Dose $20
Gov’t Mule Mule on Easy Street $20
Gray, Henry Plays Chicago Blues $18(Hightone
Gross, Dave Crawling the Walls (Vizztone) $20
Haddix, Travis Moonchild Daylight at Midnight (earwig) $20
Haynes, Warren Live at Bonnaroo (ATO) $20
Healey, jeff Mess of Blues (Ruf) $20
Holmstrom, Rick Lookout (Hep) $18
Homemade Jamz Blues Band Pay me No Mind (Northern) $20
James, Chris & Patrick Rynn Stop & Think About It $20 EarW
James, Samuel Songs Famed for Sorrow & Joy
Jones, J W Blueslisted (Northern Blues) $20
Kaukonen, Jorma River of Time (Red House) $20
Los Straitjackets Further Adventures (yepRoc) $18
Lost Bayou Ramblers Vermilionaire (Bayou Perdu) $20
Lucky, Steve Some Like it Hot (Rumpus) $20
Mandeville, Liz Red Top (Earwig) $20
Mannish Boys Lowdown Feelin’ (Delta Groove)20
Moreland & Arbuckle 1861 (Northern Blues) $18
Morgan, Mike & Crawl Stronger Every Day (Severn) $18
Moss, Nick Live at Chans $20
Neville, Cyril Brand New Blues (MC) $20
Nighthawks American Landscape $20 PowerH.
Piazza, Rod Blues in the Dark (Hepcat) $18
Reed, Jimmy At Carnegie Hall (Shout) $20
Rishell, Paul/Annie Raines A Night in Woodstock $18
Rogers, Roy/Norton Buffalo R & B (Blind Pig) $20
Rogers, Roy Pleasure & Pain $20
Sicilia, Gina Hey Sugar $20
Smith, Willie Big Eyes Born in Arkansas (Big Eye) $20
Stubbs,Matthew Soul Bender (Vizztone) $20
Thackery,Jimmy Inside Tracks (Telarc) $20
Watermelon Slim No Paid Holidays $20
Wilson, Kim Smokin’ Joint (MC) $20
Wilson, Kim Lookin’ for Trouble (MC) $20
Willson, Michelle So emotional (Bulleseye) $18
These 2 have no back slick only cd + booklet
Roomful of Blues – Raison’ a ruckus $10
Rock & Pop Stuff
Beach Boys Pet Sounds Mono + stereo $10
Beach Boys Sunflower/Surfs Up
Brown, Joe On Stage $15
Buckley, Tim Goodbye & Hello $8
Cadillacs Rocks (Bear) $25
Costello, Elvis When I Was Cruel $8
Francis, Connie Rocks (Bear)
Gentle Giant Gentle Giant $18
Greene, Marlin Tiptoe Past the Dragon $18
Haley, Bill Rocks (Bear) $25
Krall, Diana Quiet Nights $15
Lehrer, Tom That Was the Year That was $18
Love Forever Changes 2cds Rhino $20
Love Love Story 2cds Rhino OOP $35
Lovin Spoonful French EP & Sp Collection 2cds 40 tks $28
Marillion Singles Collection $15
Nice, The Essential Collection 2cds $20
Peddlers Suite London $15
Phillips, Shawn Shawn $15
Pretenders Get Close $15 mini lp cd style cover + bonus tks
Pretenders Learning to Crawl $15 (as per previous cd)
Price, Alan Between Today & Yesterday $15
REM Around the Sun deluxe edition with 14 colour
Sloan, P F Here’s Where I Belong: The Dunhill Years $25
27 tks incl original “eve of Destruction”
Spirit The Archive:An Introduction $18
U2 No line on the Horizon $15
Vartan, Sylvie Irresistiblement 1965-1968 $18
Wainwright, Loudon III T Shirt/Final Exam 2cds $25
Walsh, Joe Look What I Did $28 2cds
Webb, Jimmy Land’s End $10
Webb, Jimmy Letters $10
Webb, Jimmy Suspending Disbelief $10
Wingfield, Pete 18 With a Bullet: The Island Recordings $15
Wray, Link Law of the jungle $18
Golden Age of American Popular Music Vol 2 (Ace UK) $25 28 tks
Golden Age of American Popular Music Jazz Hits (Ace UK) $25 28 tks
That’s it for now folks. I will have a very exciting announcement in a couple of weeks at least as far as those in Sydney and close environs are concerned so stay tuned.
All the best