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November 2009 Newsletter

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November 09

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Yesterday & Today Records

PO Box 54

Miranda

NSW 2228

Phone/fax: (02)95311710

Email:steve@yesterdayandtoday.com.au

Web: www.yesterdayandtoday.com.au

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Loudon Wainwright III “High Wide & Handsome – The Charlie Poole Project” 2cds $35.

 

If you have any passion at all for bluegrass or old timey music then this will be (hands down) your album of the year. Loudon Wainwright is an artist I have long admired since I heard a song called “Samson and the Warden” (a wonderfully witty tale of a guy who doesn’t mind being in gaol so long as the warden doesn’t cut his hair) on an ABC radio show called “Room to Move” many years ago. A few years later he had his one and only “hit” with the novelty “Dead Skunk”. Now Loudon pundits will compare the instrumentation on this album with that on that song, and if a real pundit with that of his “The Swimming Song”. The backing is restrained. Banjo (Poole’s own instrument of choice), with guitar, some great mandolin (from Chris Thile) some fiddle (multi instrumentalist David Mansfield), some piano and harmonica and on a couple of tracks some horns. Now, Charlie Poole to the uninitiated was a major star in the very early days of country music. He is said to have pursued a musical career so he wouldn’t have to work and at the same time he could ensure his primary source of income, bootleg liquor, was properly distilled.

 

He was no writer and adapted songs he had heard to his style. Unlike A P Carter, who copywrited many of the songs he adapted Poole was too busy pursuing his boozy lifestyle to take the time to do so. Had he done so he would no doubt have been remembered as widely as Carter. This album features mainly songs that he recorded but also has some songs written by Wainwright that seamlessly blend with the “originals”. The title song is such an example where Loudon seemingly captures Poole’s lifestyle to a “t”:

“Song, wine & women are my 3 favourites,

Beer, gin and whiskey that’s 5,6 and 4

Saturday night I like eatin’ and dancing

And I sleep all day Sunday so I’m ready for more”.

 

“Took My Gal Out Walkin” actually features a snippet of Poole and it is amazing how authentic the instrumentation on this album is compared to the original. “Bill Mason’s Bride” is a railway song with a difference. Bill and his wife Maggie had barely said their vows when the call of duty sees him go off to take the Midnight Express on its run. Maggie waits patiently by the window and fortunately hears some drunks tampering with the tracks (“and sir if she hadn’t have done so she would have been a widow I guess”). She goes down the track, still in her wedding dress, and with a lantern flags down the train down and saves the life of her new husband. “Mother’s Farewell Kiss” is pure music hall. “The Man in the Moon” is a new song, sung by Maggie Roche, from what would have been Mrs Poole’s perspective. “No Knees” is a Wainwright original about the effects of booze. “I guess it was my drinking, drinking day and night,now I’ve stopped but it’s too late and that just ain’t fair”. “Old and Only in the Way” is a sad song, beautifully sung (mind you it is something that is clearly not going to trouble Charlie…getting old that is). “Ragtime Annie” is an instrumental in the style of Poole’s North Carolina Ramblers and features some inspired mandolin playing from Chris Thile. “The Deal” (better known as “Don’t Let Your Deal Go Down’) is perhaps the best known song here. A couple of W C Handy blues, “Didn’t he Ramble” and “Ramblin’ Blues” are given the Poole treatment. “Charlie’s Last Song” is another original and the title is self explanatory about the man who could “drink you all under the table and could sing all night”. I think it captures the essence of the man perfectly. Whilst the music world is filled with tragic figures it seems that Charlie may have been the happiest of those if there was such a thing. It is filled with some wonderfully witty lines about how his bootlegging meant he could afford to buy a great banjo…”you couldn’t do that working at the mill” we are told. Last year there was a wonderful tribute to Blind Alfred Reed and this album fits nicely along side that. And the presentation is indeed beautiful. It has a 72 page book which is in 3 parts. The first deals with the life of Charlie Poole, the second with this project which is rivetting and the third has the complete lyrics to the songs. Read my opening sentence and if you can relate to it then this album is for you.

 

 

Vern Gosdin – “The Late & Great Voice” $28

This is new album of all new material but despite the title seemingly dates back to the time of “The Voice” his wonderful mid 90s album which even rivalled “Chiselled in Stone”.  The exciting thing is that this is right up there with these classics. Vern has been some renowned as a lover of the opposite sex and at various times had a “protégée”. It seems his protégée on this project is Jollie Hollie, who doesn’t appear to participate in the recording but contributes 4 songs, all of which are just fine. The other 6 are solo writes by Vern. The band features both Sonny Garrish and Mike Douchette on steel as well as brilliant multi instrumentalist Aubrey Haney. The opening track, Hollie’s “The Ride” is a nice mid paced number but pales compared to “Lips Speak Up”, which may be the only song ever addressed by a singer to his lips. Great reading and vocal from Vern. His own “Where Do We Take It From Here” is about the gradual decline of a relationship, something Vern could seemingly write the book about. “Thank Your Mama” is Vern’s version of a truckin’ song, of sorts anyway. “After Losing You” is one of the classic tear in your beer ballads that Vern does better than anyone else, yes including Jones!! “Two Broken Hearts” is a similarly styled tear jerker. “Yard Sale”, despite a jaunty steel guitar line is also a sad song, in which the final threads of a relationship are manifested in the American equivalent of the garage sale. All the songs are great and Vern’s voice is just wonderful. Now, people are gonna ask is it as good as “Chiselled in Stone”?? All I can say is “Chiselled in Stone” is Tiger Woods, “The Voice” is Phil Mickelson and this is very much Ernie Els or Padraig Harrington. In other words an absolute must!!

 

 

Ron Williams “The Longer You’re Gone” $30

Ron Williams’ previous album was our hands down album of the year a couple of years ago and this is at least as good, maybe better. Ron is as fine a vocalist as I’ve heard with nuances and style reminiscent of Merle Haggard, Keith Whitley and Randy Travis. As a former stepson of Merle Haggard the resemblance is not surprising but Ron is his own man. His mother, the fabulous Leona Williams, is another major influencing with Ron balancing the traditional and contemporary just perfectly. He pays no heed (thankfully) to the pure pop that masquerades as country in Nashville nowadays. It is along similar style lines to the early Mark Chesnutt albums such as “Too Cold at Home”. This is especially so on the great Becky Hobbs ballad “She Broke Her Promise”, a sad song which carries the hallmark of great writing in that the message doesn’t seem contrived. Ron has the good sense to do 4 Becky Hobbs songs as well a trio of Bill Anderson song including the unlikely titled “The F Words”, but fear not Whispering Bill has not started to cuss! The words are “Forgive and Forget”, a lively number about pride going before a fall. Bill’s opening “The Longer You’ve Gone” is a fine ballad that will instantly rocket to the top of everybody’s favourites. The instrumentation is perfect with restrained steel guitar from Scott Sanders and fine piano and acoustic guitar from Gary Prim and Mark Casstevens respectively. And lo & behold that is Janie Fricke joining him on the chorus. Goosebumps!! “Where the Tall Grass Grows” is a song that has been recorded by the two best ever in Vern Gosdin & George Jones. Well, you might accurately say the “three” best as Ron’s version loses nothing at all in comparison. A wonderful album that is a complete treasure. Even the Swedish Cowboy is calling for excommunication from the true country fan’s club if someone doesn’t rate this with the best they have ever heard.

 

Johnny Bush & Johnny Rodriguez “Texas Legends” $30 Indeed!! Johnny Bush the ultimate Ray Price style vocalist and Rodriguez the man so greatly influenced by Merle Haggard. “Troubles” is  a great ballad by Tommy Alverson. Johnny takes the first two verses and Rodriguez the next two and they join in the chorus. Goosebump stuff. Two great vocalists still at the height of their game. The Spanish flavoured “The Rio Grande Runs Red” is a wonderful western styled song and after trading verses Rodriguez finishes it off brilliantly with a verse in Spanish. Ed Bruce’s “Old Wore Our Cowboys” starts out with Rodriguez and is a perfect vehicle for the two. They trade lines on this highly conversational song. “If Cheaters Never Win”, a Haggard & Leona Williams song is taken by Bush whilst the Tex Mex romp “Vamoose Vamonos” features Rodriguez and Bush in tandem again. Very Much like a Texas Tornados track which was co-written by Bill Green. Whilst production credit is given to Bush, you can guarantee Bill Green had more than a passing role in the project. He has a studio at San Antonio, where this was recorded and is an exceptional recording artist in his own right. A new song “What Do I Do With Me Now” is a showcase for Green’s acoustic guitar and has some fabulous steel guitar playing by Dicky Overbey. Rodriguez takes it as a solo and by gum it is superb. For whatever reason the last four (of 11) songs only feature Bush on lead and whilst all great what happened to Johnny?? Did he have to tend to the goats? So we have 7/11 of a duet album and those 7 are just sublime; the 4 final tracks are nothing short of great either but Rodriguez is back on the recording scene and from all the evidence is as good as ever!!

 

Tony Booth “The Essential Tony Booth” $30 This is a collection of Tony’ s Capitol recordings from the 70s and they are superb. They were recorded at Buck Owens’ Bakersfield studio and is very much in a Ray Price shuffles style. “The Key’s in the Mailbox” was his biggest hit and despite its oft covered history Tony’s is the best version. “Close Up the Honky Tonks” is a song recorded by and associated with Gram Parsons. Tony loses nothing and I wonder who did it first. “Congratulations, You’re Absolutely Right” is a great song. Tony lists a whole bunch of things his girl may think about him…..you think he is going to put her down but changes the tone with the refrain, which is the title of the song. The musicianship is superb. You’d have to think it the Buckaroos. Enough said. Similarly grand is “Old Faithful”, again you think the singer is headed in a different  direction to what he does. Great vocal. “Down at the Corner Bar” is pure honky tonk but “The Devil Made me Do It” is even better.  A great cd from go to whoa!!

We also have Tony’s 2008 album “Is This All There Is To a Honky Tonk”.

He is a fine style of a guy now featuring a very smart grey beard. And the music is just as grand…with a voice like Tony’s and production by Justin Trevino you would not expect any less.

 

Kentucky Headhunters – Live Agora Ballroom Cleveland Ohio May 13, 1990 $30 Believe it on not this is out to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the release of “Pickin’ on Nashville” and this 67 minute live album, which is superbly recorded captures them at their peak. Musically they are brilliant with the rhythm section of Fred Young (the coon skin capped drummer) and bassist Doug Phelps laying down the tightest of rhythms. Only the Mavericks at their peak could compare. That certainly puts them in a class of their own in southern country rock area. Guitarist Greg Martin is a great lead guitarist and Richard Young (who with Doug Phelps) provides the lead vocals is an equally fine rhythm guitarist almost playing dual lead on tracks such as “Oh Lonesome Me”. They so a few additions to the songs found on their first 2 albums. Doug Sahm’s classic “She’s About a Mover” is at a shade under 8 minutes long the album’s longest track and allows some great interplay. The blues classic “Crossroads” is boogied up big time. Great stuff!! “Take Me Back” segues into Stephen Foster’s “Old Kentucky Home”. The concluding track is “Spirtit in the Sky” and honestly it loses nothing in comparison to the Norman Greenbaum original. Not for the fainthearted this is a must for those who treasured the original albums. Personally I reckon it is better, but then again great rockabilly is hard to beat and that is what in essence they do although a boogie-ised version of it. Come to think of it they combine rockabilly and blues better than anyone else, that is if there is anyone else!!

 

Chip Taylor “Yonkers NY” 2 cd deluxe package $30 This is a very inspired set. It is beautifully presented and then some. It comes as bound book style package which has 2 cds. Chip Taylor has a firm fan base and this please them all. The first cd has the same songs as the second but the first includes all the anecdotes that Chip’s fans will treasure. The second is the songs without the anecdotes. It is an autobiographical and tells of the Voigt family growing up in New York. Chip “Wesley Voigt” Taylor is brother of actor Jon Voight and tells us “Jonny go on put yourself in the movies, put yourself in the movies I suppose, you won’t comeback till you’re up on the screen with the Hoffmans or Pacinos”.  There are some funny bits especially in “Bastard Brothers” in which he tells how he received a ukulele for a Christmas present at the behest of his brothers who wanted something less painful than the fiddle he had played up until that time. “Hey Jonny” is about Chip and Jon going to see “Blackboard Jungle” and Chip claims to have said to Jon that “Rock Around the Clock” would be the first song to fail first time round and become a huge hit. The rest is history as the say..we know it became one of the biggest hits of all time. This is a great album. Nostalgic yet pure Chip Taylor. He is one of the best. He has the was of grabbing you with the first line of a song and keeping you there till the last.

 

Stephen Stills “Live at Shepherd’s Bush” CD + DVD $35 Rhino Records out out some great stuff and have been updating the catalogues of Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young in great style. Stills was the dominant member of the trio and also of Buffalo Springfield. This 2008 recording consists of an acoustic set which concludes with his ode to Judy Collins, “Suite Judy Blue Eyes”, plus “4+20” from the “Déjà vu” album, “Johnny’s Garden”, from the “Manassas Album” and “Change Partners” from his own solo debut. There is also a version of Dylan’s “Girl from the North Country”. The electric set includes 3 Buffalo Springfield songs including his most famous “For What It’s Worth”. The album concludes with “Love the One You’re With”. Stills also covers Joe Walsh’s “Rocky Mountain Way” which has almost been in as many music soundtracks as “Bad to the Bone”!! Has many anecdotes along the way. First solo Stills dvd.

 

Lyle Lovett “Natural Forces” $28  Lyle has made a “Step Inside This House” (his late 90s album of covers) style album as he covers songs of some well known and less well known Texas writers. But, he also includes 4 originals which open the album. He is aided and abetted on this album by Sam Bush and Stuart Duncan. The covers include songs by David Ball, Eric Taylor and Vince Bell as well as Townes Van Zandt. In the very obscure category is Tommy Elskes’ “Bohemia”.

 

Terri Clark “ The Long Way Home” $30 All new album from Big Terri which is only released in Canada. A rather unusual cover picture has her looking like a scary version of Demi Moore. Tracks are:

Gypsy Boots/ If You Want a Fire/ A Million Years to Run/ What Happens in Vegas (Follows You Home)/ Merry Go Round/ The One You Love (with Vince Gill)/ Poor Girl’s Dream/ If I Could Be You/ Tough With Me/ You Tell Me (with Johnny Reid)/ Gypsy Boots (Acoustic demo version).

Also have another Canadian only album “Road Rage: Terri Clark Live” featuring 13 tracks. $30

 

Dan Fogelberg “Love in Time” $30 Fogelberg always looked so darn healthy it is hard to believe he has been gone a couple of years. This is all new 11 tracks (including 9 never before released originals) which include things he never had the opportunity of completing.

 

Larry Gatlin and the Gatlin Brothers “Pilgrimage” $30 I always liked the Gatlin Brothers since I heard Bill Monroe’s “Bill Monroe & Friends” albums. For those unfamiliar with this album it features Monroe doing duets and each participant has a spoken intro before their song begins. Most were cheesy (with Barbara Mandrell the cheesiest) as you could get but the Gatlins said something like “We’d charge a whole bunch of folks a whole bunch of money just to walk across the street but we’d play here for nothing”. Now I thought that a refreshing piece of honesty. So it is not surprising that the key track on this album is “Johnny Cash Is Dead (and His House Burned Down)”.  Larry tells us “I got nothing against those young country stars but I could use more fiddles and steel guitars”. It is probably a bit hackneyed…you know the “Who’s Gonna Fill Their Shoes”/”Murder on Music Row” bit but you can thump these fools who nowadays run the record companies in Nashville and you still aren’t going to understand that peddling poop has its limitations. This is not the only Johnny Cash reference though as there are narratives between the songs and Johnny Cash, the Pilgrim features prominently. But Gatlin tackles the theme again on “Say Nashville, Whadda Ya Say” is Larry’s own attempt to sing about reactivating his career. He does a new version of his “Sweet Becky Walker” which was the first song to chart for him in 1973. Gatlin tells a good tale in “Penny Annie” about the girl who dances innocently at the state fair but sadly takes to dancing in bars and taking drugs. “Black Gold” is about a guy whose family breaks down because he is always out pursuing black gold….Texas tea!! Several tracks have a religious connotation most notably on “He Brought Her Back”. “I’ve Done Enough Dyin’ Today” is sung as a duet to Lari White, about the shakiness of a relationship and is the other reprise of an earlier song. “Handsome Young Gringo” was inspired by (but is unlike) “El Paso”. All in all an album with a lot of variety even if the focus is going to be firmly with the Johnny Cash inspired single; Johnny Cash’s house incidentally was purchased by Barry Gibb shortly before it burnt down. “L’homme de noir et mort et sa maison est enflamme descendre” is the new version by Charles Aznavour,

 

David Frizzell “The Very Best” $28  These are 1oo% the originals for the first time ever on a Frizzell cd and follows on the “Very Best of David Frizzell and Shelley West” which was released earlier this year (we still have it). One of the cleverest and witty songs (both the idea itself and the song) is “I’m Gonna Hire a Wino To Decorate Our Home”, which was written by Dewayne Blackwell (who is also writer of David Allan Coe’s similarly fantastic “Love Is A Never Ending War”, one That many many not know in Rex Allen Jnr’s “Cowboy in a Three Piece Business Suit” as well as 2 everyone will know in “Mr Blue” and “Friends in Low Places”). But there are some absolute rarities such as “Lefty” his duet with Merle Haggard and “We Won’t be Hearing ‘Always Late’ Anymore” which is the only recording of Lefty, David and younger brother (but superbly talented vocalist) Allen together. Includes his other big hits , “Lost My Baby Blues” and “Where are You Spending Your Nights These Days”. 15 songs, all of them original and all pretty darn great.

********NOTE: In when you get this “The Very Best of Shelley West” $28. Shelley’s otherwise impossible to find Warners Brothers solo material.******

 

 

Teri Joyce: Kitchen Radio$30  This lady has written songs for the likes of Marti Brom and if Marti Brom had been the singer this would have been the album of the year. Teri herself doesn’t not have as strong a voice but the songs are superb. A country singer with a not so great voice can get away with it if the songs are good…here they are great. The reverse is true; no matter how great a singer they can’t get away singing bad songs. Randy Travis would be lousy if you gave him the James Blundell songbook. Teri is joined by Roger Wallace on what is one of the best Carl & Pearl Butler style cheating songs I’ve ever heard, “Fifteen Minutes of Shame”. All the great aspects are there…the sneaking around, the looking over the shoulders, the ecstasy of the meeting and the after guilt. Wallace joins her on two other songs which are equally as good. “Let’s Stop Singing This Old Song” is a medium pacer with references to George & Tammy. “It Can’t Be True” is about a too good to be true relationship. Nice guitar from Dave Biller.  “She’s Everbody’s Darling” is superb. All about a girl who in the barroom is “everybody’s darling” but when the night has ended is sadly “still nobody’s love”. Some brilliant mandolin (uncredited) and great acoustic guitar interaction on a great track.  My good friend, the Swedish Cowboy couldn’t have been happier. He is happier than the time he sold his pickled fish franchise in Stockholm to McDonalds….and yes friends only in Stockholm can you buy a “McHerring”. 14 great songs in all. Production by Justin  Trevino. What more could you want??

 

Jake Hooker “Lost Along the Way” $30 Jake Hooker is as good as they get. His previous albums have been nothing less than superb as he preserves the Ray Price tradition (unlike Johnny Bush who also does that Jake is a rather young guy). Firstly you only have to look at who is on this album to know it is going to be  great. Bob Moore, who has played bass on more classic country albums than anyone else, the peerless Hargus Robbins on piano. Pete Wade on guitar and then the wonderful Bobby Flores on fiddle and Amber Digby on harmony. Oh yes, I nearly forgot Paul Franklin on steel. How good is he when he doesn’t have to operate under the constraints of a major label recording. There are shuffles, a little swing (Ray Pennington’s “Drowning My Troubles Till They’ve Learned How to Swim” features guest appearances from Leon Rausch and Jody Nix) and some nice ballads such as “Don’t Give Up On Me” which sounds like Ray Price as his best. This has everything. “Rodeo Man” is a great rodeo song (well it could have been about something else) with a similar melody to “Six Days on the Road”. The album is all great covers but they are never overly familiar. Tom T Hall’s “Another Town” would be well known to Tom T aficionados but that is probably all. Justin Tubb is one of the greatest songwriter’s ever with criminally little of his own great recordings on cd. His “Mine Is a Lonely Life” may be the best song on the album. But rest assured if you don’t love this there is something wrong.           

 

Bobby Marquez “Bobby Marquez” $30  Okay folks, it is Texas month. This young guy appears on the Heart of Texas label “Ernest Tubb Midnight Jamboree” dvd. Bobby is a 90s sounding major label artist. He would fit in nicely with the Mark Chesnutts of the world. “Just Look at Me” had been recorded by George Strait and that song’s co-writer, Gerald Smith, has his name on 5 songs, 3 of which are in cahoots with Bobby himself. Also contributing is Karen Staley, a fine writer who herself had a major label release on Capitol Records.  The song she wrote with Bobby, “That’s Life” has classic written all over it. The Tex-Mex flavoured “Neon Tan” is very much in the style of Johnny Rodriguez. A great barroom honky tonker!! Great album.

 

Two Tons of Steel “Not That Lucky” $30 Their original name, Dead Crickets” was deemed inappropriate so they became “Two Tons of Steel” and are as good as it gets as far as honky tonk flavoured rockabilly goes. Production by Lloyd Maines is as always spot on. There must be an endless supply of slap bass players in Texas. Formerly Ric Ramirez of Wayne Hancock fame was the resident bass player. That job has now passed to Chris Dodds who is equally as good and even manages to replicate the descending lines on the upbeat opener “Cryin’ Eyes”. They do mainly original material but do a wonderful job on Fred Eaglesmith’s “Alcohol & Pills”, a great if arguably not so factual song (after all I wouldn’t have thought Janis Joplin’s biggest problem was either). But great references to Hank Williams and Elvis Presley abound. It is taken at a bit quicker pace than Eaglesmith’s original or Audrey’s Auld’s cover. The most pure country track is “Bottom of the Bottle” (not the Porter Wagoner track). This one is written by Tom Gillam who contributes a cameo vocal. Another nice cd.

 

Roy Orbison Sings 2cd $35  You wouldn’t believe the number of calls I still get over this which has just come in print again after being out of print for a few years. You see one or two radio stations play Roy Orbison’s “Danny Boy” on their midnight to dawn programmes and  they get people ringing up asking for it. I fall in the “fobber” category. They fob the callers off by referring them to me. I am not looking forward to the expected Frank Kelly “Christmas Countdown” calls which I will inevitably get. Now I like Roy’s “Danny Boy” much more than that even if it doesn’t compare with that of the great Frank Hyde. This cd features 3 Roy Orbison albums: Roy Orbison Sings/ Memphis (the one with Danny Boy)/ Milestones. 3 pretty good Big O MGM albums which are not available elsewhere.

 

Patty Loveless “Mountain Soul II” $30 Patty Loveless has it all. Style, voice and taste. She has won countless awards and this well may be in line as the Americana album of the year. Again produced by her bass playing husband Emory Gordy Jnr and again full of classic pure country. The same bunch who appeared on the first “Mountain Soul” album are here again, and  this album also features vocals contributions from Emmylou Harris, Vince Gill and Jon Randall (who has reverted to using his full name Jon Randall Stewart). Harlan Howard’s “Busted” was changed a little when a hit for John Conlee. Now it reverts to its “16 Tons” like message of the hardships of trying to eke out a living by mining coal. She does a great version of the “Bramble and the Rose”, arguably its best. Mike Henderson’s “Prisoner’s Tears” is given a new meaning under Patty’s direction. She also updates several songs she has previously recorded including “Half Over You” which was on her first MCA album way back when. Her Epic label albums aimed for a bit more crossover and her new recording of “Blue Memories” which transforms it into a bluegrass song is worth the price of admission in itself. The album closes with just a faint organ accompaniment with Patty joined by Emmylou Harris on “Diamond in My Crown”.  Great great great!!

 

Nitty Gritty Dirt Band “Speed of Life” $30 The first thing I like is the natty packaging in a mini lp style cover. There have been some changes. Jimmy Ibbitson is no longer a member and Jimmie Fadden, the harmonica man has gone back to singing, to partially offset this loss. The material is strong with Jeff Hanna, the main man of the group being ably assisted in the songwriting department by Matreca Berg, who also happens to be his wife. They do two nifty covers which they convert to their style. The first is Stealer’s Wheel “Stuck in the Middle With You” and the second is Canned Heat’s classic “Going Up the Country”, which, as does many of the songs, features the excellent harmonica work of Jimmie Fadden, who with John McEuen does much to give the group its vocal identity. “Jimmy Martin” is of course an ode to the King of Bluegrass. Nice stuff all the way.

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Gene Watson “Taste of the Truth” $30 His second for Shanachie label shows him to be still as good as any. Gene has some fine guests on here such as Rhonda Vincent (who duets on the excellent “Staying Together”, a sad song in which the parents stay together for the sake of the children), Alison Krauss (“Use Me Again”) and Trace Adkins (who could do with some of the songs on his own albums; indeed the duet with Gene “We’ve Got a Pulse” is probably a tad ironic in that whilst it purports to promote real country music it too has somewhat of a throwaway quality to it). His forte is the big ballad and there are some great offerings here. The title track by Rebecca Lynn Howard is about a broken romance, something that is a pet subject in a Gene Watson song. He opts mainly for new material by great writers such as Tim Mensy, Shawn Camp and Harley Allen, as well as a reasonably obscure Hank Cochran song in “I Know an Ending”. A great singer who you can get with the assurance of total quality.

NOTE: We also have these UK 2 on 1 releases of his Capitol recordings:

**Love in the Hot Afternoon/Paper Rosie  $34

**Because You Believed in Me/Beautiful Country $34

**Reflections/Should I Come Home $34

 

James Hand “Shadow on the Ground” $30 Like Claude Diamond you ask how someone so great could be unknown for so long. James may be the Texas version of George Jones. “The Pain of Losing You” could not have been done any better. Don’t Want Me To” has a bluesy opening then romps along very nicely and despite a little pre-playing cringe his version of “Mona Lisa” actually owes nothing to either Conway Twitty or Nat King Cole. But it is his tales of honky tonk misadventures that he well and truly comes into his own. Rack him up alongside George Jones; you won’t be disappointed!

 

 

Shane Worley –Mister Purified Country $30 Ok, see who has done their homework over the years. Who is the independent producer we love above all others? The answer is Mike Headrick of course and this latest offering from the very much Haggard influenced Worley is a beauty. The notes tell us the opener, “Two Beers Ago” was written with the great vern Gosdin in mind, but Shane will have you almost irreverently asking Vern who?? Shane has written 4 songs for the album, as has Mike Headrick. Of these “The Right to Be Wrong” was recorded by that exceptional artist, Leo Nelson. “What Have You Got Planned Tonight Diana” was written by Dave “Is Anybody Going to San Antone” Kirby, whilst Lawrence Reynolds superb and then some “Them Old Hank Williams Songs” enforces my view that this is ALL KILLER NO FILLER!!

 

Weldon Henson – “Trying To Get By” $30

Weldon Henson – “Trouble for Me” $30

Weldon Henson is going to have tremendous appeal to fans of Dale Watson. He even has a Dale kinda scowl/stare look on the cover. Kudos to his songwriting as all have been written by Weldon (a name you can’t help think goes hand in hand with Waylon!!) . Ricky Davis, former steel man with Dale is just great. I left you with the Swedish Cowboy’s review of the debut album and thus think it only appropriate to do the same for the second. So here goes…and I might say again he could be the new Dale Watson!!:
” Here come 12 new original songs written by the singer. He reminds me of the great Dale Watson when he first came along.; the style is very similar. It will take some time to get used to all the new songs, but I think this is a great new find, and that in a few years he could be a shining star on the indie label circuit. A very good second album; slightly better than his first one!”

 

**Lorrie Morgan – Moment in Time $28  Brand new album from the lovely Lorrie. It is a great covers album. Guests include Tracy Lawrence on the Loretta/Conway classic “After the Fire Is Gone”. Just great in fact. Raul Malo lends a hand on the Freddie Hart classic “Easy Lovin’ ”.  She mixes things nicely with a fine version of “Alright I’ll Sign the Papers” which has been done by everyone from Jean Shepard to the great Justin Trevino. 14 tracks which cover a couple of pop hits but mainly stick to country covers and thankfully not all the predictable ones.

 

 

Also in stock

**Joey Allcorn – “All Alone Again” $30 This is gonna be in a photo finish for album of the year and I think he has the bob in the right place at the moment. Very much in the style of Wayne The Train and Hank III but I believe he has a slight edge over those 2 very learned gentlemen due the sheer quality of the material. We also have his first (“Fifty Years Too Late” albeit in short supply).

 

**Jann Browne “Buckin’ Around: A Tribute to the Legendary Buck Owens” $30 Tiny but saucy LA artist. Loved by all!!

 

**Ed Bruce – “the Tennessean/Cowboys & Dreamers” $34 Two fer from the Uk from 1977 and 1978 which feature this superb deep voiced singer at his absolute peak.

 

**Sonny Burgess “Have You Got a Song Like These’ $30 Great Texan who shows he is equally adept at the honky tonkers and ballads where he reminds of the great and incarcerated Doug Supernaw.

 

**Johnny Bush – “Lillie’s White Lies” $30 I would rate Wodd Newton’s title song as one of the best songs of the 90s and Johnny’s version is right up there with that of the great Martin Delray. One of Johnny’s best.

 

**Sam Baker “Cotton” $30  His third album.

 

**Henson Cargill – A Very Well Travelled Man $28

    Henson Cargill – On the Road $28 Two great releases on the Omni Label the first has 27 Monument and CBS songs recorded between 1967-1970 and the second may be even better with his Mega Records concept album themed around the Great Depression. It has 26 tracks in all rounded out by rare singles.

 

**Anita Carter “Songbird” $28 28 track compilation most not on the Bear Family releases.

 

**Tommy Cash – “Rise & Shine/Six White Horses” $28 Another excellent Omni label release with 30 tracks that show him to be the consummate storyteller. “Six White Horses” is all about the Kennedys and Martin Luther King.

 

**Dead! The Grim Reapers’s Greatest Hits $32 UK compilation of 24 tragic tales in which there are many rather untimely demises. Has a lot of country but also some pop. Mind you none are better than Ferlin Husky’s “Drunken Driver” and Jack Kittel’s “Psycho” which both mark their official cd debut on this disc.

 

** John Fogerty “Blue Ridge Rangers Ride Again” $35 cd + dvd.. Let me say that my comment that Australian releases come shabbily packaged is more than vindicated with this which comes in a beautiful gatefold digipak. Whilst Springsteen is featured on “When Will I Be Loved” but personally hands down best track is John Denver’s “Back Home Again” which Fogerty does as a very laid back number and it shines.

 

**Tennessee Ernie Ford “6000 Sunset Boulevard” $32 From his radio shows with Speedy West and co. The sound is simply superb and rates as the best ever Tennessee Ernie album!

 

**Pam Gadd – Benefit of the Doubt $30 Wow a reunion of sorts of the fabulous Wild Rose. Please check our rarities. If you haven’t a Wild Rose album let me tell you the yare more than the equal of Sweethearts of the Rodeo and the Dixie Chicks.

 

**Lorne Greene – The Man” $28 Fabulous 28 tracker on Moni which has his narrations and songs. “Ringo” was a big hit but there were many of its absolute equal.

 

**George Hamilton IV  - To You & Yours $32 Bear Family 32 trcaker featuring his rare ABC recordings including the classic “A Rose & Baby Ruth”.

 

 

**Hillside Records Country Song Roundup” $30 Amazing 21 tracker which includes brilliant vocalists Kenny Serratt, Curtis Potter, Darrell McCall, Ray Sanders, Jerry Inman etc plus new recordings from Justin Trevino

 

**Johnny Horton “Take Me Like I Am” $32 (Bear Family) The only single cd of his pre Columbia songs and it’s a goodun with 33 tracks.

 

**Hoyle Brothers “Don’t Leave Yet’ Great indie honky tonk album

 

**Lucas Hudgins “The World left Is Mine” Super  Texas indie with a great traditional honky tonk style; produced by Dave Biller.

 

**Dottie Jack “With Every Heartbeat” $30 Honestly as godo a female album as we have ever had and enshrined in the Y & T Hall of Fame alongside Miss Leslie, Amber Digby and Heather Myles. Great sound with similar players to Jake Hooker’s album. “Nobody’s Business” is a duet with the brilliant Curtis Potter. We also heve her two earlier albums:

“Texan in a Stetson” and I Can’t See Texas From Here” .

 

 

**Charlie Louvin “Less & less and I Don’t Love You Anymore/Lonesome Is Me” $34 Two post Louvin Brothers Capitol albums on cd for the first time.

 

**Joey Martin – Strong Enough to Cry $30 Great solo album from the female half of Joey & Rory. Farmer John reckons he will drive his tractor though my living room if I don’t mention again how good it is. Hard to get as it was originally not released because the label went bust.

 

**Miss Leslie “Between the Whiskey & the Wine” $30 2008 lay down winner of Album of the Year award. The ONLY album by a female sung entirely in a George Jones style. She nails it baby!!

 

**Dee Mullins – The Continuing Story $28. How good is the Omni label!! 27 tracks which were on the Plantation label.

 

**Joe Paul Nichols – The Price Is Right $30. One of the favourtite indie artists in a great tribute to Ray Price. Extra points in that he doesn’t just stick with the tried and true songs.

 

**Johnny Paycheck – “Nowhere to Run: The Little Darlin’ Years 1966-1970” $28 29 tracker on Omni. Licensed from Aubrey Mayhew, the label owner of Lil Darlin. We have always used “The Real Mr Heartache” as the album of albums to illustrate quality reissues. This has very minimal duplication with that gem and is just as essential. No-one sings hard country better than that era Paycheck…not even Jones!!

 

**Webb Pierce “High Geared Daddy” $32 Bear Family 32 tracker

 

**Plantation Gold 2cds 58 tracks $35 Omni again. All from the label that gave us Jeannie C Riley’s “Harper Valley PTA”. Lots of variety, honky tonky, tear jerkers, novelties, instrumentals and more.

 

Kimmie Rhodes & Willie Nelson – Picture in a Frame $30 All duets with the Tom Waits title song having a lovely melody.

 

**Charlie Rich – Rocks $35 Bear Family

 

**Leon Russell – Best of Hank Wilson $30  Leon’s country alter ego with 19 tracks from his 4 albums of country plus an additional 3 new tracks.

 

**Tom Russell – “Blood & Candle Smoke” $30 Alternate country’s greatest storyteller. Hard to believe he is not better known.

 

**Hank Stone – Somewhere in Texas $30 Honky tonker

 

**Leslie Thom – High Maintenance $30 excellent indie female country singer supreme.

 

**Justin Tubb – Pepepr Hot Baby $32 Great 32 tracker of his early years on Bear Family. One of country music’s very very best songwriters and singers.

 

**Porter Wagoner “The Cold Hard Facts of Life” Bear FAnily $100 3 cds featuring 6 of his classic themed late 60s albums in one set

**Porter Family “ Cold Hard Facts of Life/Soul of a Convict” $28 On Omni. Both are on the previous album but if you can’t afford the impost of a Bear Family set this is fine. Mind you the Bear Family set is a must/

 

**Aaron Watson “ Deep in the Heart of Texas” $30 Great cd + dvd package of energetic young Texas honky tonker.

 

**Dale Watson – “Truckin’ Sessions 2” $30

 

**Billy Yates “Bill’s Barber Shop” Latest solo album from one of Nashville’s best.

**Billy Yates – Favourites $30 21 track retrospective including new duet with George Jones version of his superb “Choices”.

 

**Songs of Couch & Consulatation sung by Katie Lee. Two classic 50s albums which proably could be best described as small group swing variants of “They’re Coming to Take Me Away”. Reminds of Dorothy Shay stuff. Lot of fun but only minimal country in the style.

 

Due soon: Some will even be in when you get this.

 

HIGHLIGHT ALBUMS

**Hank Williams – Revealed:The Unreleased Recordings $80 Second box set has 3 cds and is nicely packaged. This is the previously unissued (at least legally) Mother’s Choice Flour Shows and features a healthy selection of gospel songs plus new versions of Hank Classics (including a couple of Luke the Drifter  performances) as well as some previously not recorded performances such as “Deck of Cards” and some tracks featuring the Drifting Cowboys.  Definite for the many Hank fans in the world.

 

**Tom T Hall & Earl Scruggs “The Storyteller and the Banjo Man” $28 Sure to be highly sought with Tom T guesting as a duet partner with the great Earl. Guests are many and include then husband & wife Rodney Crowell and Rosanne Cash plus Jerry Douglas and the great Byron Berline on fiddle.

ALSO DUE OR IN WHEN YOU GET THIS

**Starline Rhythm Boys “Masquerade for a Heartache”. New album by these great honky tonkers.

 

**Arty Hill and the Long Gone Daddys “Montgomery on My Mind” $28 Hank tribute!

 

**Ethyl & the Regulars – Fill ‘ Er Up $30 Texas all male group (Americans use the term “ethyl” for a form of petrol/gasoline which contains ethyl alcohol, but you knew that anyway!! Appropriately they get billed as high octane rockabilly & hillbilly boogie!! 16 tracks

 

**Mel Street – Mel Street/Country Soul $34 Mel is one of country music’s greatest ever vocalists and uncontested king of the cheating song. Despite having a short career which was tragically ended by this suicide he would bounce from label to label. He did however manage to stay on Polydor for two albums which are included here. None of this has been on cd before. How good could it get? Not much better.

 

**Vernon Wray – “Wasted” $32 Now this is a real rarity and a real treasure. Vernon is the son of Link Wray and Link is featured throughout the album on dobro, mandolin and guitar. Vernon has a deep voice and reminds me of Kris Kristofferson (though a better vocalist) with a touch of Johnny Cash and occasionally Tony Joe White thrown in for good measure. All the songs are excellent and it is hard to believe this treasure, reissued for the first time is a must have item. It comes in a Japanese style mini lp format (ie looks like a record shrunk to cd size…very attractive). Have played and played it. Best track may be “God is Colour Blind”. Superb presentation. Fabulous album.

 

**Spooner Oldham – Pot Luck/ Spare Change $35 2 on 1 limited edition. This also comes in the mini lp format and has both albums on the one cd but in fairness a few tracks are repeated on both. In addition you get an extra mini lp cover for the “Spare Change” album so you can swap the cd from one to the other. Its is almost the musical version of dressing Barbie and just as much fun too. Musicians include Oldham himself on keyboards, Richard Bennett on guitar and Emory Gordy Jnr on bass. These are from the early 80s and Spooner reminds a little of Neil Young, a fair bit of Jimmy Webb and a little bit of Randy Newman (though he is a much better vocalist…hell who isn’t!). He often writes in collaboration with Dan Penn and  his songs have a similar laid back approach even though both have written some R&B and soul hits. Again there is the comparison with Jimmy Webb (after all he wrote  “Up Up An Away”). “The Lord Loves a Rolling Stone” was recorded by Roger McGuinn simply as “Stone” and is a cracker. Similarly songs such a “1980” and “Life’s Little Package of Puzzles” are entrancing. What would have been the first side of the first lp is all vocals and as good as you’d ever hear. The rest features a mix of instrumentals (which sound a bit like a stripped down Procol Harum) & vocals. Beautifully presented and very very limited.

 

**Heather Myles – “In the Wind” $28 Heather is the female honky tonker to die for and has been one of our favourite artists ever since hearing “Rum & Rodeo” from her debut way back when. This is all new and includes members of the old Dwight Yoakam band such as Skip Edwards.

Track listing is as follows:

  1. When Did You Stop Loving me
  2. Broke and Broken Hearted
  3. Shoulder to Cry On
  4. Don’t Call Me
  5. Pretty Poison
  6. Mama’s a Star
  7. Smokin’ Drinkin’ Dancin’ Again
  8. Vaya Con Dios
  9. In the Wind
  10. Walk on By
  11. Right or Wrong
  12. My Baby’s Good to Me!

Christmas has definitely come early for us fans!!

 

**Darrell McCall – Keeping With Tradition $30. Firmly entrenched in the Yesterday & Today Hall of Fame is the rich voice of Darrell McCall. 12 new songs which are mostly covers but if I said the best known one is Hank Thompson’s “Most of All” then you would know it is as far from hackneyed as you can get. On Heart of Texas label and features the brilliant array of Texas talent none better then our hero Justin Trevino.

 

** James McMurtry – Live I nEurope $30

 

 

BEAR FAMILY NEWS

Quiet time at the end of the year for this great label so after giving you a run down of their November releases I will give you a bit of an overview.

November Releases

 

LET US KNOW ASAP IF YOU WOULD LIKE A COPY OF ANY BEAR FAMILY CD. PLEASE CALL AFTER HOURS OR ON WEEKENDS BUT WE WILL BE PLACING OUR FINAL BEAR FAMILY ORDER FOR THE YEAR ON MONDAY NOVEMBER 16th. WE CARRY SOME IN STOCK BUT PLEASE CALL IF WANTING ANY TITLE TO ENSURE DELIVERY.

 

Firstly the  Roy Rogers & Sons of Pioneers “Way Out There – Complete Recordings 1934-1943” proved to be more than worth the wait (it had been 10 years in the making). The sound was glorious. And the book was a dream. There is  a track by track breakdown by Doug Green (aka Ranger Doug) an expert on the subject of the western song and this is followed by a glorious section of movie stills, poster reproduction and more. Beautiful. The cover featuring Roy with Trigger rearing on his hind legs is a classic. One of the best ever Bear Family sets. $240

 

NOVEMBER RELEASES

**Dim Lights Thick Smoke & Hillbilly Music 1951

**Dim Lights Thick Smoke & Hillbilly Music 1952

**Dim Lights Thick Smoke & Hillbilly Music 1953

**Dim Lights Thick Smoke & Hillbilly Music  1954

**Dim Lights Thick Smoke & Hillbilly Music  1955

These great collections are hard book style bound releases with a 72 page book in each one and a look at the country music releases that came out in that year. They are $38 each, but bear in mind the package. They are extremely attractively produced. And with their superb remastered sound and a selection of both rare and hit songs of the year have a little something for everyone. Remember these are the originals!!

1951 29 tracks beginning with Tennessee Ernie’s “Shotgun Boogie” through Zeb Turner (“Chew Tobaaco Rag”) through Carl Smith (“Let Mother Nature Have Its Way”) and Bill Monroe (“Uncle Pen”).

1952 26 tracks including Hank Thompson’s great “Wild Side of Life” and Miss Kitty Wells’ equally as good answer song “It Wasn’t God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels” and then there is Big Bill Lister’s original version of

“There’s a Tear in My Beer” and Little Jimmy Dickens anti-red sentiment in “They Locked God Outside the Iron Curtain”.

1953 28 tracks including Jack Cardwell’s “Death of Hank Williams”, Joe Maphis original version “Dim Lights, Thick Smoke & Loud Loud Music”,

Carl Smith’s “Hey Joe” and Jean Shepard & Ferlin Husky’s “Dear John Letter”.

1954 28 tracks including Little Jimmy’s “Take Me As I Am Or let Me Go”, Eddy Arnold’s “I Really Don’t Want to Know”, Terry Fell’s original “Truck Drivin’ Man” and Ray Price’s classic “I’ll Be There If You Ever Want Me”.

1955 31 tracks including Fess Parker “Ballad of Davy Crockett”, Jimmy Work’s “Makin’ Believe” , Porter Wagoner’s “A Satisfied Mind” and the biggest hit of the decade Tennessee Ernie’s “Sixteen Tons”

Bear in mind (get it!!) there are obscurities on each and the sound is superb.

 

**JOHN WAYNE in Music and Poster Art 10cds+dvd+464 page hard cover book. Holy hernia, Batman!! $360 The soundtracks of all the John Wayne Westerns plus a dvd with behind the scenes snippets and more plus the 464 page book which features a biography plus replications of hundreds of movie posters and lobby cards. A little different from most of the things  that Bear Family release.


NOTE: WE WILL ONLY BE BRINGING THIS SET IN ON A PER ORDER BASIS. PLEASE, LET US KNOW ASAP IF YOU WOULD LIKE A COPY. PLEASE CALL AFTER HOURS OR ON WEEKENDS BUT WE WILL BE PLACING OUR FINAL BEAR FAMILY ORDER FOR THE YEAR ON MONDAY NOVEMBER 16th.

 

**Browns A Country Music Odyssey: Favourite Songs of Maxine Brown.

$32 36 tracks. The Bear Family set “The Three Bells” ($270) is the best sounding set I have heard on Bear Family. Simply stunning. This is a single cd which is selected by Maxine Brown. It doesn’t stick to the hits although there are plenty there. So if you have the big box you probably won’t need it; if you don’t it comes with out highest recommendation!.

 

**Charlie Rich – Ballads $35 digipak presentation of 33 Rich songs.He came into his own in the 70s but this is from an earlier period and has the songs he recorded for Sun, Smash & RCA. He was adept on the piano as well as  be the supreme stylist. “How Blue Can You Be” is  perhaps as great summary of the cd.

 

 

Bear Family have been in business for 34 years now and their reputation as the best reissuer of classic out of print material is unsurpassed. They have had many huge boxes with the 16cd Jim Reeves running to $500. But what I have attempted to do is rate some of the smaller box sets. Well, 5 cds isn’t exactly small but it is the upper limit of those I will feature here.

 

Best “SMALL” Bear Family Box sets

 

1)Marty Robbins – “Under Western Skies” 4cds (97 tracks) plus 60 page book $150 which has all the lyrics. Marty is perhaps the greatest interpreter off western songs. He hit big with “El Paso” in an era when the average radio hit was under 3 minutes. “El Paso” went for nearly 5 and spent 7 weeks at the top of the country charts and 2 at # 1 on the pop charts. To me the highlight is the 3 ½ minutes or so “Mr Shorty”. A fantastic narrative which grabs the listener from the first line and gets them rivetted to the end. An amazing song from a wonderfully versatile artist. Western songs were only one string in his bow.

 

2)Vernon Oxford – “Keeper of the Flame” 5 cds (142 tracks) plus 32 page book $180. He was considered too country for country back when country was still country!! He only ever made the Top 20 once!! That was with “Redneck!” which anyone who has any idea of the material of Vernon would not rate in the top 10. Personal favourite is the wonderful “Surprise Birthday Party”. The singer sees his wife going round to his best friend’s place and figures they are getting together to plan his “surprise party”. Not even when they meet in bars and motels does he suspect otherwise. A delicious irony and a great Hank Williams’ influenced vocalist.

 

3)Rose Maddox – The One Rose 4cds(112 tracks) + book $150. If she isn’t the most versatile female vocalist in history I don’t know who is. She could sing honky tonk, bluegrass, gospel and hard country with equal aplomb. This has her entire Capitol albums in it (including the Bluegrass album featuring Bill Monroe) and some great duets with buck Owens none better than “Mental Cruelty”.

 

4)Johnny Horton  - 1956-1960 4cds (123 tracks) + 124pg book. His Columbia years are often categorised on the strength of his big hit “Battle of New Orleans” (10 wks @ #1 on the country charts and 7 on the pop chart) and the historically themed songs that followed but he was as adept at singing everything from rockabilly to pop without ever losing his country music identity.

5) Connie Smith – Born to Sing 4cd (127 songs) + 56pg book $150

6) Johnny Cash – Come Along & Ride This Train equal to 8 lps!! $120 4cd

7)Marvin Rainwater – Classic 4cds(120 tracks) + book $150 Could handle the ballads (Gonna Find Me a Bluebird) and stompers (I Dig You Baby)

8) Jean Shepard – Melody Ranch Girl 5 cds(151 tracks)+ book $180

9)Webb Pierce – Wondering Boy 51-58 4cds 113 tracks + book $120

10)Hank Snow – Singing Ranger #2 4cds (112 tracks) + book $120

 

That is only the tip of the iceberg. Things such as the Charlie Walker box, the Kitty Wells, the second Porter Wagoner box with all those great concept albums on it, the Bobby Bare, the first two Flatt & Scruggs boxes, the Faron Young, the second Dick Curless, the Wilma Lee and Stoney Cooper….I thought making it only the “small sets” was gonna make it easy. Boy was I wrong!! And of course BOTH George Jones Musicor sets.

 

Individual cds. Too many to pick just 10.

 

Personal Favourites

  1. David Allan Coe – Son of the South $32
  2. Don Gibson – Legend in My Time $32
  3. Sh** Happens $35
  4. Johnny Burnette – Rockanilly Boogie $32
  5. Merle Haggard – Come Along & Ride This Train $32
  6. Johnny & Jack – “For Old Time’s Sake” $32
  7. John D Loudermilk “Blue Train” $32
  8. Maddox Brothers & Rose “Ugly & Slouchy” $32
  9. Peter LaFarge – On the Warpath $32
  10. Ned Miller – From a Jack to a King $32

 

Gonna Shake This Shack Tonight Series Essentials (all $32) Alphabetical

1.    Patsy Cline – Stop Look & Listen

2.    Little Jimmy Dickens – I’m Little But I’m Loud

3.    Red Foley – Sugar foot Rag

4.    Lefty Frizzell – Steppin’ Out

5.    Pee Wee King – Blue Suede Shoes

6.    Skeets McDonald – Heart Breakin’ Mama

7.    Jimmie Skinner – One Dead Man Ago

8.    Hank Snow – The Goldrush is Over

9.    Hank Thompson – A Six Pack to Go

10. Ernest Tubb – Thirty Days (his version of the Chuck Berry song)

11. Faron Young – Hi Tone Papa

12.  Hank Williams – Rockin’ Chair Money

 

That’ll Flat Git It Series (Rockabilly) The Best ten!

  1. Vol 2 Decca
  2. Vol 3 Capitol
  3. Vol 5 Dot
  4. Vol 6 Decca
  5. Vol 7 MGM
  6. Vol 12 Imperial
  7. Vol 13 ABC
  8. Vol 22 Columbia
  9. Vol 23 Columbia
  10. Vol 25 Columbia

 

Best SINGLE BEAR FAMILY SET

**The Louvin Brothers – Close Harmony 8 cd + book $270 Sound and song content could not be beaten. If I had to play 1 song to a newbie to illustrate how good Bear Family quality is I’d play “Kentucky” from this box.

 

THAT IS THE END OF THE BEAR FAMILY SECTION FOR NOW. BUT TO ENSURE YOU GET WHAT YOU WANT IN BEAR FAMILY PLEASE CONTACT US BY MONDAY 16th. DO NOT HESITATE TO CALL A.H. or anytime on week end. THANK YOU!

 

RARITIES

Atkins, Chet/Jerry Reed    Sneakin’ around $35 The fabulous 1992

                                                album in which the two great guitarists

                                                offer plenty of banter & super picking.

Axton, Hoyt                          Spin of the Wheel (DPI).  Perhaps his

                                                last album and one of the best with 9

                                                originals, 2 covers of his mother’s

                                                songs (inc. a great version of “Heart-

                                                Break Hotel”) + 3 other covers $25

Austin, Chad                         All My Dreams $25 It some times happens

                                                that a record company sends out some

                                                advance copies of an album and yet never      

                                                releases the thing. This is from 1999 and is

                                                very good on the Asylum/Elektra label.

                                                Other artists on this list who are in the same

                                                boat are Radney Foster, Michelle Poe &

                                                Jeff Thompson all of them musts.

Ball, David                             David Ball $30 Pre “Thinkin’ Problem” album

                                                that was supposedly released in the early 90s

                                                but it never came out. Some nice swing!!

Barker, Aaron                      w. Curtis Wayne “Straight from Horse’s

                                                Mouth” $22 BSI label. Both

                                                are famed songwriters as well as

                                                great singers. 12 tracks inc. the 2 big

                                                Barker tracks “Baby Blue” and “Love

                                                Without End Amen” plus the Curtis

                                                Wayne monsters “Love Bug” and “Next

                                                In Line” (both co-writes with Wayne

                                                Kemp). Also includes co-writes with

                                                Dean Dillon & Whitey Shafer. 10/10!!

Barnes, Max D                      Max D Barnes was one of Nashville's greatest songwriters and often co-wrote with the likes of Vern Gosdin. Whether by coincidence or design he is vocally reminiscent of Vern. This is just about impossible to find and this copy is as new, absolute pristine condition. 15 tracks. $40

                                                Almost impossible to get a copy.

Bogguss, Suzy/Chet Atkins Simpatico Liberty (1994) $30 A classic with great interplay especially on “Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word” and the delightful “Two Shades of Blue”. It has a great down home feel esp. when Chet & Suzy share a duet. Equally

                                                Loved by Chet & Suzy fans.

Larry Boone                          Swingin’ Doors Sawdust Floors $30

                                                Down That River Road $35

                                                One Way to Go $25

First 2 on Mercury & last on Columbia. First is very muchGeorge Strait style with original versionof “Beyond the Blue Neon”. Second has

                                                “Everybody Wants to Be Hank Williams”

a classic and the 3rd has a great ballad selection, “It wouldn’t Kill Me” was covered by others But Larry is best. All great esp. if you like Strait & Ricky Van Shelton.

Browne, Jann                       It Only Hurts When I Laugh $30

                                                Perky west coast gal who had 2 albums

                                                on Curb which are both superb. This

                                                1991 features great covers & Browne

                                                originals. If you like Heather Myles then

                                                Jann is a must. They go quickly.

Cartwright, Lionel               Lionel Carwright $28 Classic album from

                                                1989 which saw Lionel line up against Clint

                                                Black & Garth Brooks as best new artist of the

                                                Year. Superb w. Paul Overstreet song “Like

                                                Father Like Son”.

Cash, Tommy                       25th Anniversary Album $30 Features George

                                                Jones, Connie Smith, Tom T Hall and Tommy’s

                                                Brother…now what’s his name again??

Conlee, John                         Fellow Travellers $30 His 1989 16th Avenue

                                                label album was only out a short while when

                                                the label went broke. Does a great version of

                                                “Hopelessly Yours” as distinct from that song

                                                about a tropical disease, “Hopelessly Yaws”.

Cryner, Bobbie                     Bobbie Cryner $35  Until Miss Leslie’s 2008 album of the year this was the only time I had heard a  gal sing like George Jones. This is

                                                the best ever female country

                                                album released during my years in

                                                business. Dwight duets “I Don’t Care”. If you

                                                get it and don’t love it send it back & I will

                                                eat it. Traditionally sound as well as being

                                                relevant to modern country. Unbeatable.

Dalton, Lacy J                       Survivor  $45 an amazing album; easily

                                                her best & that is saying something given

                                                the overall quality. Her version of Guy

                                                Clark’s “Old Friends” ranks as one of the

                                                best recordings ever!!! “Hard Luck Ace”

                                                manages to tie in Waylon Jennings with

                                                Janis Joplin.

Dalton, Lacy J                       Crazy Love $30 Lacy’s follow up to the above

                                                gem had a great version of Van Morrison’s

                                                classic as the title song but the highlight was

                                                unquestionably “Little Boy Blue” a superb

                                                ballad written about her son. Goose bumps!

Dalton, Lacy J                       Lacy J $25 She was at her artistic peak!!

Davis, Joey                           Love Songs Waltz’s (sic) True Stories & Lies

                                                $35 Rated an all time indie top 10 with 17

                                                superb tracks. From 1989. Pure honky tonk &

                                                gem after gem.

Delray, Martin                      What Kind of Man $30 1992 Atlantic

                                                Now a professional tennis coach. The fact that

                                                country music could think they could let this

wonderful vocalist walk away is nuts is scary. Check out Hugh Moffatt’s “Life of a Minor Poet” for a rare appearance. Wonderful.

Emmons, Buddy                   Steel Guitar Jazz $25 Originally released on

                                                Mercury in 1968 and a limited cd reissue OOP

Ethel & Shameless Hussies Born To Burn $25 Great early album by Kacey

                                                Jones.

Ford, Tennessee Ernie       Capitol Collectors Series $35

                                                This series is simply the best offering

                                                by all the artists who are featured

                                                on it. This 29 track Ernie cd features

                                                all the country boogies, the big hits

                                                (“Sixteen Tons” “River of No Return”

                                                “Mule Train” etc) plus some great duets

                                                w. Kay Starr, Ella Mae Morse etc and the

                                                gospel “His Hands”. Brilliant variety.

Freberg, Stan                       Capitol Collectors Series $35 We will try &

                                                include all in this series where possible. The

                                                best Freberg compilation includes his classic

                                                takes on “A Dear John Letter” (including that

                                                great line “Make it more country…a little more

                                                husky on the ferlin”). 21 super tracks.

Frickie, Janie                      Labor of Love $28

                                                After Midnight $25

 Her 3 albums where she adapted the

                                                phoenetic spelling of her real name

                                                “Fricke” were her best. “Labor of Love”

                                                saw her include songs  from Steve Earle

                                                & Katy Moffatt & is not to be missed.

George, Sonny                     Truckin’ Country $30 14 original songs

                                                from a great deep voiced artist in a

                                                similar style to his classic live album

                                                (“Inside Tennessee State Women’s

                                                Prison”). A great cd.

Gosdin, Vern                         Alone $35 The album that followed the epic

                                                “Chiselled in Stone” may be one of the saddest

                                                albums about a deteriorating relationship since

                                                Willie’s epic “Phases & Stages”. Wundabar!!

Gosdin, Vern                         Nickels Dimes & Love $28 Great album with

                                                The highlight being the duet with Janie Frickie

                                                on “Two Good People (With a Love Gone Bad)”

                                                No-one sings of heartache better than Vern!!

Gosdin, Vern                         Greatest Hits Newly recorded  $25 Another

                                                Out of print gem!!

Grand, Gil                              Famous Last Words $25 (never released!!)

Greene, Jack                                    The Jolly Greene Giant $30 Issued on Edsel but

                                                deleted 10 years, it is the only cd of his original

                                                Decca & MCA recordings (Any others are not

                                                original but re-recordings). 20 tracks inc. 3 w.

                                                Jeannie Seely.

Haggard, Merle                    Capitol Collectors Series Simply the best single cd anthology of Haggard’s best work with all the classics and more $25 Best sound.

Hardwick, Billy Jnr              Too Country $28 Only album and a true

                                                gem. With a voice a tad like Dean Dillon

                                                he wrote 8 of the 10 songs and all have

                                                instant classic. Whenever I played this

                                                someone bought it. It is that good.

Hobbs, Becky                       All Keyed Up $30 Wrote every song on

                                                the album in which “Jones on the

                                                Jukebox” (a co-write with Mack Vickery

                                                and Don Goodman) is the classic all time

                                                female honky tonk track.

Honeys                                  Capitol Collectors Series $40 This is the group

                                                which features Brian Wilson’s future wife

                                                Marilyn Rovell and is produced by Brian Wilson

                                                who uses his Spector influence to produce a

                                                Ronettes’ style. “Raindrops” is a superb take on

                                                the Spector sounds and includes great original

                                                songs and select covers. Very rare!!

Husky, Ferlin                        Capitol Collectors Series $35 See the

                                                comments for Merle Haggard & Ernie

                                                Ford. This 20 tracker has the hits

                                                “Gone”, “A Fallen Star” & “Wings of a

                                                Dove”. Superb sound & notes too.

Jones, David                         Bridges $35 Truly fabulous independent album

                                                from 1994 on Lanor Records which has an

                                                an outlaw feel and brilliantly crafted honky

                                                tonk songs such as “The Tears OutWeigh the

                                                Whiskey”. Would be loved by Shaver fans.

Jones, David Lynn               Hard Times on Easy Street $40 Not to be

                                                confused with the previous guy. He has a

                                                Springsteen “Nebraska” style almost and his

                                                Superb “Living in the Promiseland” was the

                                                Title of one of Willie’s best albums.

Jones, George                      You Oughta Be Here With Me $38 In

                                                the overall scheme of things George

                                                has not made a lot of albums where

                                                every song is superb. To the contrary

                                                many albums are riddled with hokey

                                                novelties. Not this one though. From

                                                1990 I would rate it the strongest

                                                overall selection of songs George has

                                                ever had on one album. The title track

                                                was from Roger Miller’s superb “Big

                                                River’ whilst “I Sleep Just Like a Baby”

                                                is the closest it gets to a novelty but

                                                clever wordplay overrides. 10/10

Jones, George                      Friends in High Places $30 Duet album

                                                with all songs recorded specifically.

                                                Includes Ricky Van Shelton,

                                                Vern Gosdin, Randy Travis, Ricky

                                                Skaggs etc but the highlight is probably

                                                his duet with Shelby Lynne on the Paul

                                                Overstreet song “If I Could Bottle This

                                                Up”. She could have been anything..

Jones, George                      Live at Dancetown USA $45 Amazing

                                                album superbly recorded which was

                                                on Ace UK label but has been deleted

                                                10 years or so, 26 tracks and over an

                                                an hour running time and in great

                                                stereo sound. Like the Ernest Tubb

                                                below (also from 1965!) this is amazing

                                                and George runs through things he has

                                                written (“Window Up Above”/ “Ragged

                                                But Right”/ “Accidentally on Purpose”)

                                                as well as songs by Dickey Lee (“She

                                                Thinks I Still Care”) Harlan Howard,

                                                Melba Montgomery etc. Although not a

                                                regular “Jones boy” Buddy Emmons

                                                joins the band for this set. Also Don

                                                Adams (not Max Smart!) acts as the

                                                leader of the Jones’ Boys & duets with

                                                George on Melba Montgomery’s “We

                                                Must Have Been Out Of Our Mind” as

                                                well as a couple of his own leads.

                                                Just remembered the classic Jones’ line

                                                “We’re gonna take a short liquor-

                                                mission I mean intermission”!!

Judds                                      The Essential $30 Now this is special as it

                                                was only in print a short time but features

                                                a superb selection in amazing sound, both of

                                                which have never been replicated. And in

                                                addition there is a great picture inside in which

                                                Naomi looks just like a kewpie doll. Come to

                                                think of it her lips remind me of late Great

                                                Aunty Gert, but she just seemingly had a little

                                                trouble putting on lippie, whereas Naomi just

has a classic purse (of the lips that is).

Kane, Keiran                         Find My Way Home $30  rare post

                                                O’Kanes pre Kane-Welch album.

Kelley, Noah                         Roses after the Rain $30 I would like to think

                                                that whoever come up with the title realised

                                                the delicious irony but they probably didn’t

                                                have a clue. A fine female singer but the album

                                                never got released. This is a promo advance

                                                & the only way you will ever get it, Produced

                                                by Kyle Lehning too!!

Kemp, Wayne                       One Song at a Time $30 A rare album by this

                                                great honky tonk songwriter & singer inc.

                                                “The Fireman” and “Don’t Send Me No Angels”.

Logan, Josh                           Somebody Paints the Wall $48

                                                Superb 1988 Curb album. He embodies

                                                the spirit of the wondrous Mel Street.

                                                Amazingly good album.

McCarters                             The Gift $40  Wonderful debut inc. great

                                                Carl Jackson & Jennifer McCarter track

                                                “Letter from Home”.

McCarter, Jennifer  & McCarters Better Be Home Soon $25

                                                equally as good but the

                                                first is very very hard to get. Jennifer

                                                McCarter was given top billing on the

                                                second but the harmonies are the same

                                                & slight bluegrass tinged songs are ace!

McDaniel, Mel                       Rockabilly Boy $35 1989 Capitol gem

                                                with some superb tracks inc. “Reverend

                                                Luther & The Madam” and “You Can’t

                                                Play the Blues in an Air Conditioned

                                                Room”, a huge personal favourite.

McQuaig, Scott                     Scott McQuaig $25 Again an album with

                                                Jimmy Bowen hallmark and superb as

                                                you may expect. Where did he go??

                                                Dave Loggins “My Friend the Bottle” is

                                                a classic honky tonk song. .

Morse, Ella Mae                    Capitol Collectors Series $35 21 tracks

                                                with a big band R & B flavour but also

                                                country. Best ever “Cow Cow Boogie”

Newbury, Mickey                Lulled By the Moonlight $38 A 90s album of all

                                                new material. Don’t expect any new stuff

                                                soon as his estate is handled by his rather

                                                dysfunctional family.

O’Kanes                                 O’Kanes $40 Their stunning debut with classics

                                                “Oh Darlin’” and the bluegrass like romp “Oh

                                                Lonesome You”. Long long deleted.

O’Kanes                                 Tired of the Running $35  Second

                                                album from Keiran Kane & Jamie

                                                O’Hara is also hardest to get. Blind

                                                accordionist Jay Spell is superb.

O’Kanes                                 Imagine That $25 Third and final cd      

                                                from 1990.

Owens, Buck                        Hot Dog $35

                                                Kickin’ In $35 Buck Owens comeback albums

                                                both of which are out of print and very hard to

                                                find at all.

Pennington, Ray/Buddy Emmons Swingin’ By Request $35 Great cd

                                                Of western swing on Step One featuring the

                                                great Ray Price style vocals of Pennington

                                                & Buddy Emmons’ peerless steel guitar.

Poe, Michelle                        Just One of the Boys $30.  Hard to

                                                believe this perky blonde’s album

                                                was never released.

Rhodes, Kimmie                   West Texas Heavens $30 Hard to believe this

                                                gem is out of print. Beautiful production &

                                                great duets with Waylon, Willie & Townes Van

                                                Zandt

Robertson, Kathy                Hillbilly Down: To Roy Nichols With

                                                Love $30. Rather eccentric West Coast

                                                singer who has assembled a superb

                                                bunch including James Intveld, Rick

                                                Shea, Katy Moffatt & MerleHaggard!!

Rodriguez, Johnny              Gracias! $35 Fabulous album on Capitol.

                                                Released late 80s  and included his last

                                                charting single, “I Didn’t Every Chance That I

                                                Had”.

Sahm, Doug                          SDQ 98 $45 A blink & you will miss it

                                                gem as the record company went out

                                                of business shortly after release. It is

                                                right up there with his “Return of

                                                Wayne Douglas” cd and he keeps it

                                                pretty much country all the way. Great

                                                version Tom Russell’s “St Olav’s Gate”

                                                & “Ballad of Davy Crockett” Includes his

                                                great colleague Augie Meyers.

Sahm, Doug                          Return of Wayne Douglas $30 what a

                                                gem…what a man. His last.

Sahm, Doug                          Sir Doug and the Texas Tornados Texas

                                                Rock for Country Rollers $40 MCA This

                                                is another out of print gem and the second

                                                album to include the phrase Texas Tornado

                                                before the Texas Tornados were formed.

                                                Inc. gems such as their version of “Wolverton

                                                Mountain”, “Cowboy Peyton Place” , “Texas

                                                Ranger Man” plus the gem “You Can’t Hide a

                                                Redneck Underneath that Hippy Hair”, which is

                                                the ideal song to play loud just when that

                                                annoying neighbour who does shiftwork gets to

                                                bed.

Schneider, John                   You Ain’t Seen the Last of me $30

                                                As we say, looks like a pretty boy &

                                                sings with the best of them. Jimmy

                                                Bowen produced.

Scott, Jack                            Capitol Collectors Series $35 Wonderful

                                                23 tracker of his out of print Capitol recordings

                                                including the semi rockabilly “Lonesome Mary”

                                                but this period was mainly marked by his

                                                superb ballads such as “Burning Bridges” and

                                                (even better) “What in the World’s Come Over

                                                You”

Sears, Dawn                         What a woman Wants to Hear $20

                                                1991 gem. Great tracks all. Went on to

                                                be Vince Gill’s touring support.

Seekers                                 Capitol Collectors Series $25. I wonder how

                                                an Australian folk pop group could have the

                                                absolute best selection of their work on a US

                                                out of print compilation BUT IT IS TRUE! Best

                                                selection and sound and the notes even tell

                                                how Bruce Woodley came to write “Red Rubber

                                                Ball” with Paul Simon.

Shafer, Whitey                     So Good So Long $40

                                                Classic songwriter is also a classic

Lefty style vocalist. 15 tracks o n this. Includes

                                                his versions of “Does Fort Worth Ever Cross

                                                Your Mind” plus “I Never Go Round Mirrors”

the original version of “All My Ex’s Live in Texas”, “That’s the Way Love Goes” and the superb “Heaven Was a Drink of Wine” for starters!!

Shaver, Billy Joe                  “Old Five & Dimers Like me” $30

“Salt of the Earth” $30 One of his best and his

                                                first, both out of print on cd.

Smith, Russell                      This Little Town $35 Solo album from the

                                                voice of the Amazing Rhythm Aces. Great

                                                selection.

Spinks, Kelly             Thank God for Cowboys $30 OOP Texas fiddler

                                                Who is an equally fine songwriter.

Springfield, Bobby Lee       All Fired Up $35 An absolute rip

                                                snorter. Crazed man who apparently

                                                got arrested for climbing over the

                                                White House fence in order to visit the

                                                President, presumably Ronny Regan. But

                                                his honky tonk style which includes the

                                                original “Hank Drank” is grand. Also

                                                includes a brilliant version of Eddy

                                                Arnold’s “What’s He Doing in My World”

                                                with intro by Eddy hisself!!

Talley, James                       Blackjack Choir/Ain’t It Something $28

                                                OOP Bear Family 2 on 1 of his Capitol albums.

Thompson, Hank                 Capitol Collectors Series $30 Again the

                                                best sounding and best selection. 20 tracks

                                                include his gems “Wild Side of Life” with a

                                                nice bit of studio talk added in for good

                                                measure plus other gems such as “Six Pack to

                                                Go”, “Blackboard of My Heart’ etc. 20 in all.

Thompson, Jeff                    Jeff Thompson $40 This was going to

                                                be the first Arista country cd even

                                                before Alan Jackson’s “Here in the Real

                                                World” but it was never released which

                                                is hard to believe. Great voice and

                                                songs of which “The Greatest Man I

                                                Never Knew” precedes Reba’s by

                                                several years and absolutely kills it

                                                dead. Semi rockabilly feel on several of

                                                the uptempo songs. Great all the way.

Marsha Thornton                 Maybe the Moon Will Shine Tonight $30

                                                Excellent 2nd cd & better than the self

                                                titled first (which goes for nearly twice

                                                as much mainly due to its Patsy Cline

                                                stylings). Less Patsy & more Marsha!

Wagoneers                           Stout & High $25

Wagoneers                           Good Fortune $25

                                                1st & 2nd from 1988& 1989 by this great

                                                Texas group featuring Monte Warden.

                                                If you like the Mavericks up tempo stuff

                                                You will love these.

Whitley, Keith                      I Wonder Do You Think Of Me $35

                                                He had the world at his feet with a

                                                voice as good as anyone has ever had

                                                but a blood alcohol reading of .470 saw

him die as this album was completed. Still a landmark cd with honky tonk songs galore which were sadly not just part of the guise. If you fail to be moved by “Tennessee

                                                Courage” when you consider his history

                                                then there is something wrong.

Whitley, Keith                      Kentucky Bluebird $35

Whitley, Keith                      Tribute Album $28 Also has previously

                                                unissued recordings.

Wild Rose                              Straight & Narrow $25

                                                Breaking New Ground $28

                                                Listen to Your Heart $28

                                                Fantastic upbeat all gal group with Pam

                                                Gadd on lead vocals & Wanda Vick on

                                                guitar & just about everything else.

                                                Kind of a bluegrass supergroup playing

                                                hard core country….superbly.

Williams, Tex                        Vintage Collection  $35  20 tracks and

                                                includes what was Capitol Records first

                                                million seller (any genre) in “Smoke

                                                Smoke Smoke That Cigarette. Includes

                                                The Western Caravan many of whom

                                                had a co-existence with Spade Cooley.

Young, Steve                        Solo/Live. $30 1991 release on the defunct

                                                Watermelon label. Very hard to get.

Various artists

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Beverly Hillbillies s/t           The movie was only just. I mean how

                                                could anyone emulate TV’s funniest

                                                character, Max Baer Jnr’s Jethro Bodine

                                                or even come close for that matter. But

                                                the soundtrack was & still is a ripper

                                                with new artists (1993 vintage) doing

                                                classic country songs. Joe Diffie’s

                                                “White Lightning” and Lorrie Morgan’s

                                                “Crying Time” are just two of the best.

                                                Mind you I thought Erika Eleniak was

                                                terrific as Elly-Mae. $25

Mamas Hungry Eyes           A Tribute to Merle Haggard $25 OOP

                                                Major label tribute is grand. Clint Black sounds

                                                more like Merle than Merle on “I Take a Lot of

                                                Pride in What I Am” and it may seem like

                                                heresy but I reckon Vince Gill’s “Farmer’s       

                                                Daughter” is possibly better even than Merle’s.

                                                Also has Emmylou, Alan Jackson, Lorrie Morgan

                                                Randy Travis. John Anderson, Willie etc!!

Rig Rock Deluxe                   A Musical Salute to the American Truckdriver

                                                $28. 16 tracks with Buck Owens (“Will There

                                                Be Big Rigs in Heaven”), Junior Brown & Red

                                                Simpson together (Nitro Express), Shaver

                                                (Mother Trucker) Kay Adams with BR549(Mama

                                                Was a Rock) 16 gems!!

 

 

CDS

Allen, Jeff                              Raised on Getting By $15

Allen, Rex Jnr                       Very Best $18 (WB) Great singer.

Allen, Rex Snr & Jnr            Singing Cowboys

Amazing Rhythm Aces       their Very Best $20 (Varese)

Amazing Rhythm Aces       Too Stuffed to Jump $15

Amazing Rhythm Aces       Stacked Deck $15

Anderson, Bill                       Definitive Collection $20

Anderson, John                    Greatest Hits $15 (his WB originals)

Anderson, John                    John Anderson $18 (debut WB album)

Asleep at the Wheel            Remembers the Alamo $18

Asleep at the Wheel            Ride With Bob $15

Asleep at the Wheel            Willie & the Wheel (with Willie Nelson) $18

Atkins,Chet/Tommy Emannuel Day the Finger Pickers $18

Axton, Hoyt                          My Griffin is Gone  (24 tracks) $18

Ball, David                             Thinking Problem $18

Ball, David                             Starlight Lounge $18

Banford, Kevin                     King of the Thrift Store Cowboys $20

Barmby, Shane                    Let’s Talk about Us $20 *great Jerry Lee style

Bell, Knut                               Honkatonkarockabilly $20 great

Bella, Mike                            Lost in the Shuffle $18

Bellamy Brothers                Jesus is Coming $18 (with Old Hippy 3)

Big Sandy & FlyRite Trio     On the Go $20 classic pre Hightone album

Black, Clint                            Killing Time $18 All time classic
Blue Line Riders                   Blue Line Riders $18

Bogguss, Suzy                      Somewhere Between $20

Bogguss, Suzy                      Swing! $18

Bogguss, Suzy                      One Sweet Night DVD $25 This 40 minute

                                                Dvd was made in celebration of the release of

                                                her album “Sweet Danger:” and  features

                                                songs, interviews etc.

Booker, Patty                       Fire & Brimstone $20

Brenda/Dolly/Kris & Willie The Winning Hand $20 A great cd that is very

                                                hard to get. It features Brenda Lee, Dolly 

                                                Parton, Kris Kristofferson & Willie Nelson doing

                                                20 songs in which they do solos and team with

                                                each other in duets. Features Kris’s original

                                                version of the oft sung “Here Comes That

                                                Rainbow Again”, Dolly does a song she wrote

                                                with Buck Owens (“Little Things”) and as far

                                                as duets go the wonderful “Ping Pong” with

                                                Dolly & Kris is unforgettable. Come to think of

                                                it their version of “Put It Off Until Tomorrow” is

                                                pretty darn special too. Great cd.

Bright, jeff                            She’s a Nail in My Heart $18

Britt, Catherine                    Little Wildflower $15 I only just found out that

                                                the great track about Emmylou appears as a

                                                hidden track on this. It was on the Joey & Rory

                                                album and was a co-write. Now I ask why

would you keep the best track hidden? Methinks someone is lacking.

Brooks, Garth                      No Fences $18 The out of print cd with his                                                        1st two albums on it

Brooks & Dunn                     Greatest Hits $20 (with the leatherlook cover)

Brown, Junior                       Down Home Chrome $20 54 minutes + of Junior

                                                on his DSD mastered album. Great Brown

                                                humour and superb guit-steel playing/

Brown, Junior                       Live at the Continental Club $20

Brown, Zac                           The Foundation $18

Browns                                  Their complete Hits $20 (Collectors Choice)

Browns                                  Family Bible $20 32 tracks!!

Burgess, Sonny                    Stronger $18

Burgess, Sonny                    When in Texas $18 (not the Sun artist)

Burleson, Ed                         Perfect World $18

Burleson, Ed                         Cold Hard Truth $18

Burnett, T Bone                   T Bone Burnett $20 (him & Jerry Douglas)

Burnette, Johnny                 Rockabilly Boogie $22 (Bear Family)

Burns, Brian                         Highways Heartaches & Honky tonks $20

Bush, Johnny                        Talk to Your Heart $18

Bush, Johnny                        Lost Highway Saloon $20

Bush, Johnny                        Sings Bob Wills $18

Butler, Carl                           I Wouldn’t Change You If I Could $20 Bear

Butler, Carl & Pearl Family Affair (best) $20 superb!!

Butler, Carl & Pearl Don’t Let Me Cross Over $18
Buttercup                              evil for You $18

Byrds                                     Sweetheart of the Rodeo $18

Camp, Shawn                       Lucky Silver Dollar $18

Camp, Shawn                       Fireball $18

Campbell, Scotty                 Smokin’ & Drinkin’ $20

Campbell, Scotty                 Damned If I Recall $20

Campbell, Stacy Dean        Lonesome Wins Again $18

Campbell, Stacy Dean        Ashes of an Old Love $20

Carrington, Rodney Make it Christmas $18

Carroll, Jason Michael        Growing Up Is Getting Old $15

Carter, Carlene                    Musical Shapes/Blue Nun 2on 1 $20

                                                Inc. “Too Drunk to remember”. Great album.

Carter Family                       Country Music Hall of Fame $18

Carter, June                          Keep on the Sunny Side: Her Life in Music $28

                                                Great 2cd hardbound book style set which has

                                                40 songs including early solo stuff such as the

                                                great “Jukebox Blues”, duets with then

                                                husband Carl Smith (Love o Crazy Love) plus

                                                the Carter Family with Mother Maybelle.

Cartwright, Lionel               Miles & Years $20

Casello, Chris                        Done Moved On $20

Cash, Johnny                        America $15

Cash, Johnny                        I Walk the Line/Little Fauss/Big Halsy $20 Bear

Cash, Johnny                        Ultimate Gospel $20 24 tracks

Cash, Johnny                        At Folsom (expanded) $15

Cash, Johnny                        Definitive Collection $18

Cash, Johnny                        Travelling Cash $20 (Bear Family)

Cassidy, Eva                         Eva by Heart $18

Chaffin, Ernie                       Laughin’ & Jokin’ $20

Chesney, Kenny                   Greatest Hits Vol 2 $18

Chesnutt, Mark                    Too Cold at Home $18 ALL TIME Y&T Top 10!

Chesnutt, Mark                    Greatest Hits $18

Christian, T Jae                    Put me Down easy Lord $20

Clark, Guy                             Dublin Blues $20

Clark, Guy                             The Dark $20

Clark, Guy                             Somedays theSong Writes You $20

Clark, Guy                             Cold Dog Soup $20

Clark, Guy                             Best of the Sugar Hill Years $20

Clark, Sanford                      Shades $20 (Bear)

Coe, David Allan                   A Matter of Life & Death (Bear) $22

Coe, David Allan                   Castles in Sand/Hello in There $22 (Bear)

Coe, David Allan                   Human emotions/Spectrum VII (Bear)

Coe, David Allan                   Compass Point/I’ve Got something to Say

                                                (Bear) $22

Coe, David Allan                   Nothing Sacred $15

Coe, David Allan                   Underground $15

Collie, Mark                           Hardin County Line $20 (superb debut)

Confederate Railroad         self titled  $18 ALL TIME Y & T Top 10!

Confederate Railroad         Very Best $18

Conway, Mic                         National Junk Band $18 (bit of

                                                everything from the singer with

                                                “Captain Matchbox Whoopee Band”

Cook, Elizabeth                    Balls $18

Cooper, Wilma Lee/Stoney  24 All Time Greatest Hits $22

Cooper, Wilma Lee/Stoney  Walking My Lord Up Calvary Hill $18

Cowan, John                         Comfort & Joy (Christmas) $15

Cowan, Mike                         Easy Chair $18

Crady, Jeremy                     Smoke Wagon Serenade $18

Crow, Alvin                            Texas Classic $20

Cryner, Bobbie                     Girl of My Dreams $18

Dale,Kenny                           Most $18

Dalton, Lacy J                       Greatest Hits $18 (Columbia)

Dalton, Lacy J                       Best (Capitol) w. Black Coffee $20

Davis, Link                            Big Mamou $22 (Bear Family cajun pioneer)

Dean, Lonnie                        w. Will Taylor Texsa Honky Tonk Shuffles

Dekle, Mike                           Tributes $20

Dekle, Mike                           Fine Tuned $20

Dement, Iris                         Lifelinen$20 (gospel)

Diamond Rio                         Star Still Shines: Diamond Rio Christmas $15

Diffie, Joe                              A Thousand Winding Roads $18

Diffie, Joe                              Greatest Hits $18

Dillon, Dean                          Out of My ever Lovin’ Mind $18

Dixons                                    Still Your Fool $20 great Dwightish indie.

Duncan, Johnny                   It Couldn’t Have Been Any better $20 (Best of)

Dunn, Holly                           Blue Rose of Texas $20 (great cd long OOP)

Durante, Jimmy                   Songs for Sunday $15

Earle, Steve                          w. Guy Clark & Townes “Together” $18

Edgar, W C                            Alcohol of Fame $20

Edwards, Don                       West of yesterday $20 Best album from the

                                                best singer of western songs since Marty

                                                Robbins. Includes the wonderful “Freedom

                                                Song” & an amazing version of Cindy walker’s

                                                “Jim, I Wore a Tie Today” which even bests

                                                that of Johnny Cash & The Highwaymen.

Edwards, Don                       Kin to the Wind (Marty Robbins Tribute) $18

Edwards, Don                       Best $18

Edwards, Don                       Going Back to Texas $18

Edwards, Don                       Moonlight & Skies $18

Edwards, Don                       Last of thee Troubadours 2cds $20

Evans, John                           Biggest Fool in Town $18

Evans, Sara                           Three Chords & Truth $20 (a classic)

Everett, Mark                       Guardians of the Grain $18 good indie

Fawcett, Dawnett               Taking My Time $18 Classic on Step One with

                                                Buddy Emmons, Brent Mason etc. Prod. by Ray

                                                Pennington. 12 songs w. “Cheap Perfume” an

                                                absolute stand out.

Fender, Freddy                    Collection $15

Fender, Freddy                    La Musicuca De Baldemar Huerta $20 Spanish!

Flores, Rosie             Rosie Flores $20 Great debut

Flores, Rosie             w. Ray Campi Little bit of Heartache $18

Fowler, Kevin                       High on the Hog $15

Fowler, Kevin                       Loose Loud & Crazy

Frizzell, David                       16 Super Hits $15 (re-recorded)

Gill, Vince                              The Key $20 (second only to Vern Gosdin’s

                                                “Chiselled in Stone” 2nd best country cd ever)

Glaser, Tompall                   The Rogue $20 (Bear)

Glenn, Glen                           Rocks $25 (Bear Family)

Goodman, Steve                  Steve Goodman $15

Goodman, Steve                  Somebody Else’s Troubles $15

Gordon, Robert                    w. Chris Spedding $18 It’s Now or never

Gosdin, Vern                         Till the End $20

Gosdin, Vern                         The Gospel Album $18

Gosdin, Vern                         Chiselled in Stone $20 ***Best country cd EVER

Griffith, Andy                       American Originals $18 Includes songs such as

                                                “The Fishin’ Hole” (theme from the “Andy

                                                Griffith Show”) plus his classic comedy routines

                                                “What It Was Was Football”, “Romeo & Juliet”

                                                18 tracks in all.

Griffith, Jeff                          If It Ain’t One Thing It’s Another $18

Griffith, Nanci                      Other Voices Other Rooms $20 A classic

Griffith, Nanci                      Other Voices Too $20 Classic follow up

Griffith, Nanci                      MCA Years: A Retrospective $20

Griffith, Nanci                      Poet in My Window $20

Guy, Charles Lee III           The Prisoner’s Dream $20 (Bear Family)

Haddock, Durwood             I Done the Boogie Too long $15

Haddock, Durwood             Honky tonk Crazy $15

Haggard, Merle                    I’m a Lonesome Fugitive/Mama Tried $20

Haggard, Merle                    From the King to Barroom $20 UK 24 MCA track

Haggard, Merle                    Big City $18 (expanded)

Haggard, Merle                    20 Hits Volume 2 $18 (great re-recordings)

Hall, Tom T                            Ultimate Collection $20

Hancock, Wayne                 Wild Free & Reckless $20

Hancock, Wayne                 That’s What Daddy Wants $20

Hand, James                         The truth Will Set You Free $20

Hanley, Geary                      The Comeback $20

Hard Hat Dave                     and the Honky Tonk Knights $20 Great!

Harms, Joni                          After All $18

Harris, D B                            Can I Return These Flowers $18

Harris, Emmylou                 Elite Hotel $20 (expanded/remastered)

Harris, Emmylou                 Roses in the Snow  $20 (“ ditto)

Harris, Emmylou                 Pieces of the Sky  $20  (“ ditto)

Harris, Emmylou                 Blue Kentucky Girl $20 (“ditto)

Harris, Emmylou                 Luxury Liner $20       (“ditto)

Harris, Emmylou                 w. Linda & Dolly  Trio $18

Harris, Kevin                        Where Am I Going $18

Hatchet                                  Honk Tonk Nightime Man $15

Hawkins, Dale                      Rocks $25 (Bear Family)

Hayden, Rodney                  Down the Road $15

Hayden, Rodney                  The Real Thing $18

Heap, Jimmy                        Release me $20 (Bear Family)

Helm, Levon                          Electric Dirt $20

Highway 101                        Highway 101 $18 Their debut!

Highway 101                        Greatest Hits $18

Hill, Byron                             Ramblings $18 (great writer & singer)

Hill, Arty                                Back on the Rail $20

Hill, Arty                                Bar of Gold $20

Hill, Eddy                               Hot Guitar $20 (Bear Family)

Hillman, Chris                       Like a Hurricane $18

Hobbs, Becky                       Best of the buckaroo Pt I $20   21 fab. Tracks

Holister, Doug                      There Is a Time $18

Horton, Johnny                    Spectacular (expanded) $18

Howard, Harlan                   Country Music Hall of Fame 1997 $18

Howard, Randy                    Best $20 (the outlaw guy with “I Don’t know”)

Hoyle Brothers                    One More Draw $18

Hoyle Brothers                    Back to the Door

Hunter, Billy D                     Inside Out $20

Hunter, Billy D                      Country Souvenirs $20

Hurd, Cornell                        Cool & Unusual Punishment $20

Hurd, Cornell                        Texas Fruit Shack $20

Hurd, Cornell                        At Large $20

Hurd, Cornell                        Live at Jovitas $20

Hurd, Cornell                        Song of South Austin $20

Ingram, Jack                        Big Dreams & High Hopes $18

Intveld, James                     Have Faith $20

Jackson, Alan                       Greatest Hits $18

Jackson, Alan                       Greatest Hits II 2cds $20

Jackson, Alan                       Crackerbarrel exclusive $22 This is a comp.

                                                Cd which is only available at Crackerbarrel

                                                and has 2 previously unreleased tracks among

                                                the 12: "That's What I'd Be Like Without 

                                                You" and "Nothing Sure Looked Good On You".

Jackson, Carl                        Nashville Country (w. Emmylou) $18

James, Frank                        Al lOver Again $18

James, Sonny                       Complete Columbia & Monument Singles $20

James, Winston                   Hotter than the Flame $20

Jennings, Waylon                Right for the Time $20 (one of his best)

Jennings, Waylon                Essential $18 (RCA 1 cd)

Jennings, Waylon                Essential 2cds $25

Jennings, Waylon                The Eagle $20 (inc. great “Reno & me”)

Jennings, Waylon                Too Dumb for NYC Too Ugly for LA $20

Jones, George                      Golden Ring (with Wynette Pugh) $20

Jones, George                      Grand Tour $18

Jones ,George                      Crackerbarrel exclusive $22 This is a comp.

                                                Cd which is only available at Crackerbarrel

                                                and has 2 previously unreleased tracks among

                                                the 12

Jones, George                      Burn Your Playhouse Down (Duets) $20

Jones, George                      The Rock: StoneCold Country $18

Jones, George                      Bradley Barn Sessions $20

Jones, George                      Hits I Missed & One I didn’t $20

Jones, George                      Gospel Collection 2cds $20

Jones, George                      It Don’t Get Any Better Than This $18

Jones, George/Tammy W.We Go Together/Let’s Build World Together 20

Joy, Homer                           Someday I’ll be Country $20

Judd, Cletus T                       Polyrically Incorrect $18

Keith,Toby                            Blue Moon $15

Keith,Toby                            Toby Keith $15

Keith,Toby                            Shock ‘n Y’all $18

Keith,Toby                            Unleashed $18

Keith,Toby                            How Do You Like me Now $18

Kelley, Irene                        Simple Path $20 (a classic)

Kimmel, Dan                         These Four Walls $20

Kohrs, Randy                        Now Its Empty $20 superb Hard country

Kreuzer, Josie                      Hot Rod Girl $20

Langston, Grant                   Stand Up Man $18 (good)

Larsen, Blaine                      In My High School $18

Larsen, Blaine                      Rockin’ You Tonight $18

Larson, Nicolette                 All Dressed Up & Nowhere to Go $15

Lawrence, Tracy                 The Rock $20

Lawrence, Tracy                 Strong $18

Lawrence, Tracy                 I See It Now $18

Lawrence, Tracy                 Tracy Lawrence $18

Lee, Jimmy                           Knocking on Your Front Door $20 (Bear Family)

Lewis, Jerry  Lee                  Killer Rocks On/Boogie Woogie Country man 20

Lewis, Jerry  Lee                  Definitive $18

Lewis, Jerry  Lee                  Last Man Standing $20 (bound book version)

Lewis, Jerry  Lee                  Rockin’ My Life Away $20 (WB country)

L’il Mo & Monicats                On the Moon $20

L’il Mo & Monicats                Lil mo & the Monicats $20

Lodgsdon, Jimmie               I’ve Got a Rocket in  My Pocket $20 (Bear Fam.)

                                                Recorded rockabilly as Jimmy Lloyd (also

                                                here) plus some great Hank Williams tributes.

Loggins, dave                       Country Suite $18

Loggins, Dave                       David Loggins $18

Loggins, Dave                       Apprentice in a Musical Workshop $20

Loggins, Dave                       One way Ticket to Paradise $18

Louvin, Charlie                     Live in Holland $20 Great 19 tracker on a tour

                                                he made with Charles Whitstein to reactivate

                                                the Louvin Brothers sound so includes a healthy

                                                number of Louvin songs but also a superb

                                                version of the Aaron Barker song “This Darn

                                                Pen”)

Louvin, Charlie                     Greatest Hits $20 (solo Capitol)

Louvin Brothers                   Ira & Charlie $15

Louvin Brothers                   Tribute to Delmore Brothers $20

Louvin Brothers                   20 Greatest Gospel Hits $20

Loveless, Patty                    Honky Tonk Angel $18 Out of print which shows

                                                she hit the ground running. Includes the classic

                                                vocal on “Don’t Toss Us Away” plus “Chains”

                                                “Timber I’m Falling in Love” etc.

Loveless, Patty                    Definitive $20

Loveless, Patty                    On Your Way Home $18 cd + dvd

Loveless, Patty                    Bluegrass and White Snow $20 her great

                                                Christmas album in “Mountain Soul” style.

Lund, Corb                            

Lynn, Loretta                        Very Best $20 24 tracks

McCall, Darrell                      Old Memories & Wine $20

McClinton, Delbert               Room to Breathe $18

McClinton, Delbert               Nothing Personal $18

McClinton, Delbert               Cost of Living $18

McDonald, Country Joe      War War War $18 (Robert Service poems)

McDonald, Country Joe      Vietnam experience $18

McDowell, Ronnie                Unchained Melody $15 Hard to get now. This

                                                has duets with Jerry Lee, Jack Scott, Bobby

                                                Vinton but the best is with Wayne Newton!!

McEntire, Reba                     Keep on Loving You $18

McEntire, Reba                     Heart to Heart $20 V. hard to get Mercury label

McEntire, Reba                     50 Greatest Hits $38 3 cds in great leather

                                                leather look cover.

McGhee, Wes                       Road Goes on Forver (GH) $18

McNeil, Hannah                    Hannah McNeil $18

Mack, Warner                      The Bridge Washed Out Best $20

Maddox, Rose                       This Is Rose Maddox $18

Maddox Bros & Rose           Introduction $18

Maddox Bros & Rose           America’s Most Colourful Hillbilly band $20

Manders, Mark David          People & places $18

Marshall, Llayne                  One Down One Left $20

Martin, Glynn                        Moving On $20  

Martin, Leland                      Truckers for Troops $20 2009 cd. Great voice.

                                                Inc “When Haggard Sings the Fightin Side”

Martin, Leland                      Simply Traditional $18

Martin, Leland                      Leland Martin $18

Martin, Leland                      I’ll Pick the Guitar $20

Martin, Roger                       Back from the Dead $18

Martin, Stan                          Cigarettes & Cheap Whiskey $20

Martin, Stan                          Love Ain’t That Tough $18

Martin, Tony                         I’ll Meet You in Texas $20 (Mike Headrick)

Mattea, Kathy                      Kathy Mattea $15

Mattea, Kathy                      Walk the Way the Wind Blows $15

Mattea, Kathy                      Untasted Honey $18 (w “18 Wheels and a

                                                Dozen Roses”)

Mattea, Kathy                      Coal $20

Mavericks                              super Colossal Smash Hits of 90s $18

Maynard, Ken                       Lonestar Trail $22 (Bear Family)

Miller, Darnell                       Timeless $18

Miller, Darnell                       Certified Country $18

Miller, Frankie                      The Family man $20

Miller, Frankie                      Sugar Coated Baby $20 (Bear Family)

Miller, Roger                         Classics $20

Moffatt, Hugh                       The Way Love Is $18 OOP 2 on 1

Moffatt, Katy                        Midnight Radio $20

Moffatt, Katy                        Evangeline Hotel $20

Moody, Clint                          Back to the Basics $18
Moore, Justin                        Justin Moore $18

Morrell, Tom                         How the West Was Swung 2 & 3 $20

Morrell, Tom                         How the West Was Swung VIII $20

Morrell, Tom                         How the West Was Swung XV $20

Morrison, Van                       Pay the Devil $20 (country album)

Murphey, Michael Martin Rangeland Rebel $18

Murphey, Michael Martin Cowboy Songs V $15

Murphey, Michael Martin Cowboy Christmas Gift Set cd + 1 ½ hr dvd $18

Murphey, Michael MartinLand of Enchantment OOP $22

Murphy, David Lee              We Can’t All Be angels $15

Murphy, Jimmy                    Legendary Starday/REM Sessions $20

Myles, Heather                    Highways & Honky Tonks $18

Nelson, Willie                       45 Original tracks $25 2cds Liberty

Nelson, Willie                       Red Headed Stranger $20 expanded

Nelson, Willie                       Just One Love $20 w. duets w. kimmie Rhodes

Nelson, Willie                       Willie & family Live 2cds $20

Nelson, Willie                       Phases & Stages $18 Willie’s only 2 on

                                                Atlantic are great. This IMO is his best

                                                as he examines the fall (and fall) of a

                                                relationship (something he has had

                                                plenty of practice with). The title recurs

                                                throughout the album as a link between

                                                the songs. Always liked “Red Headed

                                                Stranger” but this leaves it for dead!

Nelson, Willie                       Gospel Favourites $18 (Aka Family Bible)

Nelson, Willie                       Shotgun Willie $18 Brilliant too and it

                                                has that brilliant song “Sad Songs & Waltzes”.

Nelson/Russell                    One for the Road $20 (Willie & Leon)

Nichols, Joe Paul                 Just a Closer Walk With Thee $20

Nitty Gritty Dirt Band         Twenty Years of Dirt: The Best $18

Nitty Gritty Dirt Band         More Great Dirt $18

Nitty Gritty Dirt Band         Will the Circle Be Unbroken Vol 3 2cd $20

Norma Jean                          I Guess That Comes from Being Poor $20

Notorious Cherry Bombs   Notorious Cherry Bombs $18 Vince Gill

                                                with Rodney Crowell. Both take leads. The

                                                witty “It’s Hard To Kiss the Lips at Night

                                                That Chew Your Ass Out All Day Long” is

                                                one of many great tracks.

Nunn, Gary P                        Something for theTrail $20

O’Hara, Jamie                      Beautiful Obsession $18

O’Kanes                                 The Only Years $18

Olsen, Troy                           Living in Your World 18

Orbison, Roy/Sonny James The RCA Sessions (Bear Family) $20

Overstreet, Paul                  Songwriters Project $18

Paisley, Brad                        Tennessee Saturday Nigh $18

Papa Tops West Coast Turnaround Greatest Hits Vol II $20 Great!!

Parker, Billy                         Swingin’ With Bob $18

Parr, Paul                              Saints & Sinners $18

Parsons, Gram                     Sacred Hearts & Fallen Angels Rhino 2cd with

                                                Book. Great presentation $28

Parton, Dolly                        Dolly! 4cd career spanning box $55

Parton, Dolly                        Golden Streets of Glory $15 GOSPEL

Paul, Billy                              Texas Rose (Bear) $20

Penn, Dan                             Junkyard Junky $20 (great laid back)

Perkins, Carl                         Up Through the Years $20 (Bear Family)

Perkins, Carl                         Rocks $25 (Bear Family)

Perry, Keith                          Keith Perry (lot like K. Whitley) $18
Perry, Keith                          Inspirational favourites $18 GOSPEL

Peterson, David                   Comin’ on Strong $20 well in line as 2009

                                                Album of the Year with 17 classic country

                                                covers plus one original.

Powers, Freddy                   Silver Eagle $20 (Haggard)

Prairie Oyster                      Everybody Knows $20

Prairie Oyter                        Blue Plate Special $20

Prairie Oyster                      Only One Moon $18

Preacher Jack                      Pictures From Life’s Other Side $18

Preston, Dibbs                     And Detonators $18

Prine, John                            John Prine $20 (debut with Hello in there)

Prine, John                            Lost Dogs & Mixed Blessings $20

Prine, John                            Missing Years $20

Prine, John                            Standard Songs for average people $20

Prine, John                            Sweet Revenge $20 (one of his classics with

                                                “Christmas in Prison”, “Grandpa Was a

                                                Carpenter”, “Blue Umbrella”, “Dear Abby” etc.

Prine, John                            Souvenirs $20

Pullens, Leroy                      I’m a Nut (Bear Family) $18 like Roger Miller

Quantrell, Rooster              And Border Raiders $20 Western swing

Rabbitt, Eddie                       Ten Rounds $18

Rabbitt, Eddie                       Jersey Boy $18

Raven, Eddy                          Temporary Sanity $18

Raye, Collin                           Extremes $18 (this is a superb album; the best

                                                Of his by a mile and almost on par with The Key

                                                Too Cold at Home etc. A fine mix of uptempo &

                                                ballads  with “Little Rock” (about a recovering

                                                alcoholic) and “A Bible and a Bus Ticket Home”

                                                being as good as anything ever recorded.

Reed, Jerry                           Let’s Git It On $18 (his last ever album…)

Reefer, Sean                                    Texas Hill Country $20

Reynolds, Lawrence           He Comes From Alabama $20 (0ne of the

                                                best ever independents if you like G. Jones)

Richman, Jonathan             Goes Country $20

Robbins, Marty                     Gunfighter Ballads & Trail Songs $18 (exp)

Robbins, Marty                     The Drifter $20 (western songs. 10/10) \

Robbins, Marty                     What God Has Done $18 GOSPEL

Roberts, Dan                        Viva La Cowboy $18

Roberts, Dan                        Beyond the Brand $18

Roberts, Kenny                    Jumpin’ & Yodellin’ $20 (Bear Family)

Roddy, Ted                            With the Teardrop Troubadours $18

Rodgers, Jimmie                  Essential $20 (great)

Ronstadt, Linda                    w. Emmylou Western Wall $20 great!

Ronstadt, Linda                    Simple Dream $15

                                                Nice Asylum label cd. Who can forget that

                                                great revelation on the Johnny Cash TV show

                                                dvd that Linda doesn’t wear panties. Kind of

                                                makes you think of that Aussie starlet who

                                                wears them but from what we’ve heard you’d

                                                wonder why!!

Run C & W                             2on1 Into the Twangy First Century/ Row v

                                                Wade $20 Features Russell Smith

Russell, Johnny                    Actin’ Naturally $18

Ryan, Rob                              Highway Man $18

Sadler, Barry                        Ballads of the Green Berets $20

St Germain, Ray                  There’s No Love Like Our Love $18

Sanders, ray                         Texas Dance Hall Style $20

Schneider, John                   Greatest Hits $18

Seals, Brady                         Play Time (2009) $20

Sears, Dawn                         What a Woman Wants to Hear $20 (A++++)

Self, Mack                             Easy to Love $20 (Bear Family)

Setzer, Brian                        Dig That Crazy Christmas $18

Shaver, Billy Joe                  Billy & the Kid $15

Shaver, Billy Joe                  Highway of Life $20

Shaver, Billy Joe                  Freedom’s Child $20

Shaver, Billy Joe                  Greatest Hits $20

Shaver, Billy Joe                  Tramp on the street $20

Shaver, Billy Joe                  The Earth Rolls On $20

Shearer, Charlie                  Breakin’ Out $20

Singletary, Daryl                 Rockin’ in the country $20

Skaggs, Ricky                       16 Biggest Hits $18

Skaggs, Ricky                       Family & Friends $18

Skaggs, Ricky                       Solid Ground/Life Is a Journey $20

Skaggs, Ricky                       Comin’ Home to Stay $18

Skaggs, Ricky                       Highways & Heartaches $18

Skaggs, Ricky                       My Father’s Son $18

Smith, Cal                              Country Bumpkin $25 (one only. It is a

                                                reissue of the Step One album “Stories of Life”)

Snow, Hank                          Wandrin’ On: Best Of Yodellin’ Ranger (Bear)22

Snow, Mitch                          Ballads Blues & Texas Treats $15 FABULOUS

Sprague, Carl T                    Cowtrails, Lonhorns (Bear Family) $20

Sprague, Chris                     Diesel Made for Two $18 Truckin’

Springer, Roger                   Roger Springer Band $20 Great album and the

                                                song “Daddy Never Had a Chance in Hell” is in

                                                our all time top 5!!

Stancil, Rick                          Rick Stancil $18 ( “Damn Good Drinkin’ Song)

Steagall, Red                        Here We Go Again $20 (with guests)

Stewart, Gary                      The Essential $18

Stone, Doug                          The First Christmas $20 (this is the best

                                                modern Christmas album. Great songs which

                                                avoid the usual & “Three Little Pennies” is a

                                                guaranteed goose bumper)

Stone, Doug                          Doug Stone $18 (w. “Better off In a Pine Box”)

Stone, Hank                          San Antone $20

Stone, Hank                          In a Texas Honky tonk $20

Strait, George                      Beyond the Blue Neon $18 (the 3rd best ever

                                                Country cd)

Street, mel                            20 Greatest Hits $20

Street, Mel                            20 Super Hits $20  (different to previous cd)

                                                No duplication with the new release 2 on 1

Stuart, Marty                        The Pilgrim $20 (with George & Emmylou duet)

Stuart, Marty                        Country Music $20 (cd + dvd)

Stuckey, Nat                         Pop a Top $20

Stuckey, Nat/Connie Smith God Will (gospel) $15

Swan. Billy                            Greatest Hits $20

Talley, James                       Got No Milk, No Money etc 2cd version $20

Taylor, Chip                          This Side of the Big River $18

Texas Tornados                   Best $18

Texas Tornados                   Zone of Our Own $18

Thompson, Hank                 Country Music Hall of Fame $20 (MCA)

Tillman, Floyd                       Best $20

Tillman, Floyd                       Crazy Cajun Recordings $20

Tillman, Floyd                       The influence $20 (duets)

Trailblazers                          Vintage Australian Hillbilly Music 1957-59 $18

Trailer Choir                         Off the Hillbilly Hook $18

Travis, Randy                       Around the Bend $18

Travis, Randy                       Trail of memories: Anthology 2cds $30 Superb

                                                Set o nRhino with 44 tracks. Great book etc.

Travis, Randy                       Songs of the Season $20 Randy’s Christmas cd.

Travis, Randy                       Always & Forever  $15

Travis, Randy                       Heroes & Friends $15

Travis, Randy                       Storms of Life $15

Trevino, Justin                     Travelling Singin’ Man $20

Tritt, Travis                           Country Club $18 (his first an a superb debut)

Tritt, Travis                           The Rockin’ Side  $20 16 of his upbeat songs.

Tritt, Travis                           The Lovin’ Side $20 16 of his great ballads.

Tritt, Travis                           Greatest Hits $18

Tucker, Tanya                      My Turn $20 Great 2009 Pete Anderson prod.

Tyson, Ian                             Yellowhead to Yellowstone $20

Tyson, Ian                             Old Corrals & Sagebrush $22 (OOP Bear Family

                                                with 69 minutes of music)

Van Shelton, Ricky              Wild Eyed Dream $18

Van Shelton, Ricky              Loving Proof $20

Van Shelton, Ricky              RVS III $18

Vaughan, Carl                       Six feet Deep in the Heart of Texas $20

Wagoner, Porter                 and Dolly “Essential” $20

Wagoner, Porter                 Gospel 2007 $18

Wagoner, Porter                 Gran Old Gospel 2008 2cds $20

Wagoner, Porter                 Gospel 2006 $18

Wagoner, Porter                 Grand Old Gospel (w. Blackwoods) V1 $20

Wagoner, Porter                 Grand Old Gospel (w. Blackwoods) V2 $20

Walker, Billy                         The Columbia Years $20

Walker, Clay                         Greatest Hits $15

Walker, Jerry Jeff               Best of the Vanguard Years $20

Wallace, Jerry                      Best $20

Watson, Dale                        People I’ve Known Places I’ve Been $20

Watson, Dale                        Truckin’ Songs $20

Watson, Dale                        Every Song I Write I Write for You $18

Watson, Dale                        I Hate These Songs $20

Watson, Dale                        Blessed or Damned $20

Watson, Doc                         Southbound $20

Watson, Gene                      In a Perfect World $20

Watson, Gene                      Jesus Is All I Need $20
Wayne, Dallas                      I’m Your Biggest Fan $18

Weems, Shayne                   The Perfect World $20

Weller, Freddy                     Very Best $20 great!! $20

West, Speedy & Jimmy Bryant  Stratosphere Boogie $20

West, Speedy & Jimmy Bryant  Swingin’ on the Strings $20

White, James M                   Broken Spoke Legend $18

Whitley, Keith                      Essential $20 Great series. Best single cd of his.

Whitley, Keith                      Don’t Close Your Eyes $20

Whitley, Keith                      wherever You Are Tonight $18

Whitman, Slim                      Legends of Country Music 3cds 60 tracks $28

Williams ,Don                       Definitive $20

Williams, Hank                     Long Gone Daddy 2cds $18

Williams, Hank                     I Saw the Light $18

Williams, Hank                     The Complete 10cds 225 recordings with

                                                53 previously unissued. This is sealed and

                                                is one of the early numbered editions which

                                                didn’t make it past the release date. This is

                                                00879/10,000. Also includes 2 books with over

                                                150 pages. $240-

Williams, Hank                     Legend of 2cd $25 Selections of Colin Escott’s

                                                Award winning book read by Sammy Kershaw

                                                interspersed with songs some unreleased.

Williams, Hank                     Legends of Country Music 3cd UK 60 tracks $25

Williams, Hank Jnr              127 Rose Avenue $18

Williams, Hank Jnr              Born to Boogie $15

Williams, Hank Jnr              Whiskey Bent & Hell Bound $18

Williams, Hank Jnr              Wham Bam Sam $15

Williams, Hank Jnr              New South $18

Williams, Hank Jnr              Pure Hank $15

Williams, Hank Jnr              Out of Left Field $15

Williams, Hank Jnr              Strong Stuff $15

Williams, Hank III               Damn Right Devil Proud $18

Williams, Hank III               Collectors Edition $35 Beautifully presented in

                                                a tin box his: Risin’ Outlaw/ Lovesick Broke &

                                                Driftin/ Straight to Hell (2cds)….So that is

                                                4 cds for $35 in their original packaging.

Williams, Holly                     Here With Me $15

Williams, Leona                   Sings Merle Haggard $20

Williamson, John                 John Williamson $20 From Georgia; he can’t do

                                                anything about his name!

Yates, Billy                            Country $20

Yoakam, Dwight                  Guitars, Cadillacs etc DELUXE 2cd version $22

                                                Has the original classic (in remastered sound)

                                                but also has 10 demos he did as far back as

                                                1981 as well as a second disc recorded Live

                                                at LA’s famed Roxy club with his wonderful

                                                Pete Anderson led band. SUPERB packaging!

Yoakam, Dwight                  Buenos Noches from a Lonely Room $15

Yoakam, Dwight                  Last Chance for a Thousand Years $18

Yoakam, Dwight                  dwightyoakam@acousticnet.com $15

Young, Chris                         The Man I Want to be $15

 

VA

Caught in the Webb Tribute to webb Pierce $20

Elko: A Cowboy Gathering 2cds $18 Cowboy Festival

                                                Songs + poetry.         

Essential Guide to Country 3cd 47 tracks $18

From Where I Stand:The Black Experience in Country Music $60 3cds out of print. The 3 cds are divided into: The Stringbean Era/ The Soul Country Years and Forward with Pride (Charley + O B McClinton, Stoney Edwards, Linda Martell, Big Al Downing etc 60 page book.

Happy Birthday Buck $20

Hixville 2cds $25

Horse Whisperer Soundtrack $15

Jole Blon $25 (Bear Family) 100 pg book

Keep Your soul: A Tribute to Doug Sahm $20

Pearls in the Snow: Kinky Friedman Tribute $20

Points West: New Horizons in Country Music $18 Great early Hightone compilation with many tracks only on this such as Bobby Durham’s version of “Playboy” but the highlight is Buddy Miller’s “The Garage Sale”. I reckon most of his recordings are “Emperor’s New Clothes’ fodder but this is jus tsuperb.

Should Have been Hits: Little Darlin’ compilation 20 tracks $18

Totally Essential Rockabilly cds $30

Tribute to Tradition $20

Tulare Dust:Tribute to Merle Haggard $18

Unbroken Circle: Tribute to the Carter Family $18

 

Bluegrass

Berline, Byron                      Fiddle & a Song $20

Blake, Norman, Slow Train to Georgia $20

Blake, Norman                     Old Ties $20

Blue Rose                              Blue Rose $20 (all gal bluegrass

                                                supergroup w. Laurie Lewis, Sally Van

                                                Meter, Cathy Fink etc)

Bradley, Dale Ann               Don’t Turn Your Back $20

Brown, Alison                       The Company You keep $18

Cordle, Larry                        Murder on Music Row $20

Cowan, John                         8745 Feet Live at Telluride $15

Country Gentlemen             Live in Japan $20

Country Gentlemen             Early Classics 1963-69 $20

Daughters of Bluegrass     The Here & Now $18

Douglas, jerry                      Glide $18

Earle, Steve                          Train a Comin’ $20 Great

Flatt & Scruggs                    Father’s Table Grace $18

Flatt & Scruggs                    You Can feel It in Your soul $18 GOSPEL

Fogelberg, Dan                    High Country Snows $18

Front Porch String Band    Front Porch String Band $20 (Claire Lynch)

Gadd, Pam                            The Long Road $18

Gold Heart                            My sisters & me $18

Grisman, David                    Life of Sorry $20

Grisman, David                    Dawgnation 420

Hartford, John                     Live From Mountain Stage $18

Hayden, Charlie                   Family & Friends: Ramblin’ Boy $20

Hayseed Dixie                      No Covers $18

Jackson, Carl                        Songs of the South $18

Jim & Jesse                           First Sounds: Capitol Years $18

Johnson Mountain Boys     At the Old Schoolhouse $20

Krauss, Alison                      Lonely Runs Both Ways $20

Krauss, Alison                      So Long So Wrong $20

Lewis, laurie                         True Stories $18

Lynch, Claire             New Day $18

Lynch, Claire             Lovelight $18

Lynch, Claire             Whatcha Gonna Do $20

McCoury, Del                        By Request $20

McCoury, Del                        Living on the Mountain $20

McCoury, Del                        My Dixie Home $20

McCoury, Del                        Cold Hard Facts        $20

McCoury, del             Blue Side of Town $20

Malo, Raul &                          Pat Flynn/Rob Ickes/Dave Pomeroy

                                                The Nashville Acoustic Sessions $20

Monroe, Bill                           Live at Mechanics Hall $20

Nugent, Alecia                      Hillbilly goddess $20

O’Connell, Maura                 Naked With Friends $18

Osborne Brothers               Bluegrass Collection $20

Reid, Lou &  Carolina           My Own set of Rules $18

Rice, Tony                             Bluegrass Guitar collection $20

Rice/Rice/Hillman/Pederson  Out of Woodwork $20

Rice/Rice/Hillman/Pederson  Running Wild $20

Rickman, Brandon               Young Man Old Soul $18

Sisk, Junior                           Ramblers Choice $18

Sizemore,Charlie                 Gravel Road $18

Skaggs, Ricky                       Solo: Songs My Dad Loved $20

                                                His latest. Ricky plays all instruments.

Skaggs, Ricky                       Songs of Bill Monroe (same as Big Mon)

Skaggs, Ricky                       Ancient tones $20

Skaggs, Ricky/Keith Whitley Second generation Bluegrass $20

Stanley Brothers                 Essential Gospel Masters $20

Stanley Brothers                 On the Radio $20

Stanley, Ralph                      Classic Bluegrass $20

Starling, John                       Slidin’ Home $18

Tashian, Barry/Holly          Long Short story $20

Vincent, Rhonda                  Destination Life $20

Vincent, Rhonda                  Dreams Come True $20

Vincent, Rhonda                  My Blue Tears $20

Williams, Robin & Linda      Buena Vista $20

Wood, Steve                         Short Life & Its Troubles $18 (nice Aussie

                                                Bluegrass from the guy from the Whiteliners)

 

VA

Country Bluegrass Homecoming Vol 1 $20 Bill Gaither & friends including George Jones & Vince Gill

Country Bluegrass Homecoming Vol 2 $20 same deal as one . booth have 20 tracks

Essential Bluegrass Anthology 2cds 50 tracks $18

Sinners Prayer: A Collection of past & Present Classic Songs from Rounder Artists 22 tracks $15

 

 

FOLK

Andersen, Eric                     Violets of Dawn: Best of Vanguard $20

Campbell, Dick                     Blue Winds Only Know $5

Cockburn, Bruce                  Charity of Night $5

Collins, Shirley                     & Albion County Band $18

Elliott, Ramblin’ Jack          I Stand Alone $18

Farina, Mimi & Richard       Pack Up Your Sorrows:Best Vanguard $20

Gibson, Bob                          Living Legend Years $18

Gibson, Bob                          Uptown Saturday Night $18

Gibson/Camp                       Homemade Music $18

Guthrie/Seeger                   Precious Friend 2cd $30 (Arlo & Pete)

McDonald, Country Joe      Country Joe.com $15 20 tracks

Mitchell, Joni             Song to a Seagull $18

Mitchell, Joni             Clouds $18

Mitchell, Joni             Miles of Aisles $18

Mitchell, Joni             For the Roses $18

                                                NOTE: These are all US HDCD remasters

                                                for superb sound.

Pacheco & Alexander         Pacheco & Alexander $28 This is a rare

                                                Japan only release of Pacheco’s early

                                                recordings in duet partnership with

                                                Sharon Alexander. 1 only.

Paxton, Tom                         Ain’t That News $18

Paxton, Tom                         6 $18

Paxton, Tom                         Things I Notice Now $18

Paxton, Tom                         Outward Bound $18

Reynolds, Malvina               Malvina Reynolds $18 24 tracks

Reynolds, Malvina               Sings the Truth 29 tracks $18 no double up.

Rush, Tom                             Blues Songs & Ballads $20 70 min + Fantasy

Seeger, Pete                                    Americas Favourite Ballads Vol 4 $18

Seeger, Pete                                    Americas Favourite Ballads Vol 5 $18

Seeger, Pete                                    If I Had a Song: Songs Of Pete Seeger Vol 2 $18

Stewart, Al                            1966-70  2cds $20

Van Zandt, Townes             Live at the Old Quarter $20 2cds

Wainwright III, Loudon     Grown Man $18

Wainwright III, Loudon     Last Man on Earth $18

Wainwright III, Loudon     Strange  Weirdos Soundtrack $18

Wainwright III, Loudon     Little Ship $18

Wainwright III, Loudon     Social studies 420

Wainwright III, Loudon     Album 1 $18

 

VA

Best Of Folk:  4cds 80 tracker $40 Some rarities such as the great Mr Fox plus Richard Digance. Matt McGinn, Gerry Rafferty, Gryphon, Humblebums, Decameron, Dubliners etc.

Modern Folk: 20 tracker $18

This Is Folk  3cds box $30 52 track UK artists including Davy F+Graham, Fairport Convention, Pentangle, Steeleye Span, Bert JAnsch, Dransfield, Eliza Carthy, John Martyn, John Renbourn  etc.

 

 

 

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