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March 2011 Newsletter

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March 2011

Newsletter

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Yesterday & Today Records

P.O. Box 54

Miranda NSW 2228

Phone: (02)95311710

Email: steve@yesterdayandtoday.com.au

Web : www.yesterdayandtoday.com.au

Post: 1cd $2/2cds $3/3-4 cds $6.50DVD $2.50

 

2010 ALBUMS OF THE YEAR

1. Joey & Rory – Album #2   $30

2. Shane Worley – Honky Tonk History $30

3. Dale Watson – Carryin’ On ****In bargain bin!!

4. Marti Brom – Not for Nothing $28

5. Justin Trevino & Amber Digby Keeping Up Appearances ***$20

6. Lonnie Spiker – Coming to a Honky Tonk Near You $30

7. Miss Leslie – Wrong Is What I Do Best $30

8. Tony Booth – Other Side of Life $30

9. Amber Digby - Another Way to Live*******$20

10. Brennan Leigh – The Box  $30

 

REISSUE OF THE YEAR – A tie!!

**A Girl Called Johnny Cash. If you are a fan of Stoney Edwards, one of the greatest country singers ever…no exception, or if you don’t know who Stoney Edwards is, but love Merle Haggard then you NEED this album. It contains 10 Stoney Edwards tracks, 9 of which are released for the first time. All the Stoney songs has him singing songs about other artists. The first, “The Night the Ernest Tubb Show Came to Town” reminds of that great Johnny Cash song, “The Night Hank Williams Came to Town” BUT that appeared many years after Stoney recorded his…how could it be. Stoney also  sings: NOTE…there are 8 other great non Stoney tracks too.

  • The Carter Family
  • Cash
  • Roy Acuff, King of country Music
  • The Jimmie Rodgers Blues
  • Bob Wills, The Fiddlin’ Man
  • Hag sang Me a Song
  • Red Foley
  • Bill Monroe – Daddy Bluegrass
  • Hank & Lefty Raised My Country Soul (this was a hit of course) but the other 9 ONLY appear on this cd

 

**Silver Meteor – A progressive Country Anthology This is the greatest country rock anthology ever. The original album was based around the Warner Brothers album Clarence White (Byrds) recorded when he was killed by a drunken driver. That original 12 track cd has been expanded to a massive 26 tracks and whilst not all the artists are well known it is uniformly great. So for anyone who likes country rock this would be an absolute pleasure for you. I had a ridiculously warped record for years and put up with is solely as it was that good.

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The greatest pure honky tonker of the last 20 years DALE WATSON, returning to Australia in April.

Melbourne

April 19th Cherry Bar, AC-DC Lane in Melbourne

April 20th Cherry Bar, AC-DC Lane in Melbourne

April 21st San Remo Hotel, Phillip Island

Sydney

April 22nd Bald Faced Stag Hotel, Leichhardt. Note 6pm start. No support act.

Byron Bay Blues Festival

April 23rd 1.30pm Main Stage

April 24th 3.30pm Main Stage


I hear a rumour that Bob “Don’t Call Me Zimmo” Dylan will be backed by Asleep at the Wheel, so look out for some possible Asleep at the Wheel shows around this time as well.

 

YESTERDAY & TODAY RECORDS BOOK OF LISTS

As a special treat I have asked two great friends to get busy and give me some lists of their favourite albums so I can pass it on. The first comes from Ben Nestrell, the Swedish Cowboy, who has the motto a pickled herring a day keeps the doctor away. Ben is one of the most anal people I know, but in the nicest way. He can analyse a cd like no one else I know. But also has superb taste. Second, is that rascal from Warren, Russell Cleaver, who has similar tastes to my own and can spin a yarn better than anyone I know. So hear they go. IF YOU ARE SIMILARLY INCLINED AND WOULD LIKE TO SUBMIT A LIST PLEASE DO SO. It can be anything…best/worst/favourite/least favourite/whatever.. I would like to see it. Scrawled on a bit of paper, typed or emailed it doesn’t matter.

 

Ben's All Time Best Country Albums 
1 Darrell McCall: Lily Dale (Columbia)
2 Red Steagall: Lone Star Beer And Bob Wills Music (ABC)
3 Red Steagall: Party Dolls And Wine (Capitol)
4 Jerry Jaramillo: Favorites (Little Richie Records)
5 The Country Drifters: Country The West Coast Way (Trio Club)
6 Darrell McCall & Johnny Bush: Hot Texas Country
7 Justin Trevino: Texas Honkytonk
8 Dale Watson: Cheatin' Heart Attack (Hightone)
9 Vernon Sandusky: Same
10 Norman Wade: Close Every Honky Tonk (Artic)
11 Arkey Blue: The Best Of
12 Conrad Pierce: It's Hard to Be A Cowboy These Days (Phoenix)
13 Jerry Jaramillo: same (LRJ)
14 Dale Watson: Blessed Or Damned (Hightone)
15 Red Steagall If You've Got The Time, I've Got The Song (Capitol)
16 Wild Bill Emerson: Harlan County (E&R)
17 Heather Myles: Highways & Honky Tonks
18 David Oxford: same
19 Carmol Taylor: Song Writer (Electra)
20 Clyde Brewer's Original River road Boys: Texas Swing Houston Scene (Texas Ranger)
21 Clyde Brewer & Bob White and The Original River Road Boys: The Texas Touch (Longhorn)
22 River Road Boys: Country Music High (Longhorn)
23 Darrell McCall: Pictures Can't Talk back
24 Kathy Robertson: At The Cantina
25 Dale Watson: I Hate These Songs (Hightone)
26 Darrell McCall: A Way To Survive (ARTAP)
27 David Jones: Bridges
28 Darrell McCall: All She Did Was Fall In Love
29 Norman Wade: Pure Country (Ritason)
30 Jimmy Windrow: A Bigger Man's Shoes
31 Bill Arwood: Walk Away (Bob Grady Records)
32 Red Steagall: Somewhere My Love (Capitol)
33 Stephanie Davis: River Of No Return
34 Billy Keeble: Unchained Country
35 Johnny Bush: Talk To My Heart
36 John Fitzwater: In A Country State Of Mind (Award)
37 Roger Martin: Almost Gone (Premier One)
38 Curtis Potter, Ray Sanders & Darrell McCall: Texas Dance Hall Music (Hillside)
39 Dean Dobbins: Me And The Boys (DDB Records)
40 David Price: A Texas Songwriter (BGM)

 

Many of these are on LP only but you can use this as a guide. Some of the best cds are in these very pages. One thing has always puzzled me…Note Ben’s list “Jerry Jaramillo” now, that name…Spanish of course pronounce the “J” as an “H” so is it pronounced “Herry Haramillo”….I wonder???

I will publish the next 40 in Ben’s list next newsletter.  Note: Ben did this list quite a while ago and acknowledges it is inaccurate as it doesn’t include the likes of Justin Trevino. Amber Digby & Miss Leslie…all top 20

 

Ben’s All Time Top Country Song (Major Labels)

 1. Alan Jackson: Here in the real world
2. Randy Travis: 1982
3. George Jones: He stopped loving her today
4. Red Stegall: Jerry’s Bar An’ Grill
5. Vernon Oxford: Baby sister
6. Vern Gosdin: If you’re gonna do me wrong (do it right)
7. David Allan Coe: Tennessee whiskey
8. Red Stegall: Lone Star Beer and Bob Wills music
9. Rosie Flores: He cares
10. Reba & Ronnie Dunn: Oklahoma wind
11. Keith Whitley: On the other hand
12. Mark Chesnutt: Too cold at home
13. Emmylou Harris: Roses in the snow
14. David Allan Coe: Pouring water on a drowning man
15. Dwight Yoakam: It won’t hurt
16. Alvin Crow: A fiddler’s lady
17. Emmylou Harris: Blue Kentucky girl
18. George Jones: Pyramid of cans
19. Tammy Wynette: Stand by your man
20. Dolly Parton: False eyelashes

Some very interesting choices.

 

Russell’s Ten Must Have Items

  1. Wynn Stewart – Best of the Challenge Masters
  2. Hank Williams – The Complete (Mercury label box)
  3. Merle Haggard – Hag (Bear Family box set)
  4. Louvin Brothers – Close Harmony (box set)
  5. George Jones – A Good Year For the Roses (Bear Family Box sets)
  6. Buck Owens – Open Up Your Heart (Bear Family Box)
  7. Arnold Sanford – That’s Why I Sing This way (best indie ever!)
  8. Vern Gosdin – Chiselled in Stone
  9. Willie Nelson – Shotgun Willie
  10. Johnny Paycheck – The Little Darlin’ Years.

 

Russell’s Greatest other Independent Artists (alphabetical order)

  1. Arkey Blue
  2. Marti Brom
  3. Ron Gaddis
  4. James Hand
  5. Cornell Hurd Band
  6. Larry Jackson
  7. David Jones
  8. Vernon Oxford (has been major as well)
  9. Norman Wade
  10. Chris Wall / Dale Watson just to keep it at 10!!

 

LISTS WANTED

I would also like to invite suggestions for the TEN greatest country artists ever and FIVE worst. My own thought on the former is that Johnny Cash must rate as the greatest country artist ever. I say this for longevity and influence. Anyone who has watched the Bear Family dvds will know that he was the STAR back in 1958 and remained at the top for over 40 years. Maybe you could say George Jones was there for 50 years and Hank Williams out-influenced them both. BUT PLEASE DON’T KEEP IT TO YOURSELF…DROP ME A LINE. Of course many of you know which artist I think is the worst.

 

ALL THE LATEST

The Great Recession Orchestra “Have You Ever Heard of Milton Brown” $28 Some things are meant to be played loud and this is one. It has a real ambiance. Now, when it comes to tributes there is one thing I hate and that is over familiarity of material. There have been umpteen Bob Wills tributes and you can guarantee that all are gonna have that horrid “Roly Poly” on them…heck, I even hate Bob’s version now!! But when an artist has a massive volume of work….I mean Bob’s work plus the Tiffany Transcriptions would extend to 40 cds…maybe more….and what do we get, basically the same 10-12 songs every time. Similarly I was disappointed with Lacy J Dalton’s Hank Williams tribute cd last year. Same thing. The songs you have heard a hundred times. So what I like about this it has a great freshness about it. Aficionados will know that Milton was a little jazzier than Bob and that is well handled by the G.R.O. There 12 official members, including one Bubba, but I reckon he may have the name by default as seemingly a couple more could gladly claim that moniker. The instrumental star is J D Smith on fiddle, who rips lines off like Ali’s jab. He is ably assisted by Warren “Bubba” Stephens on guitar and  Ray Austin on steel and dobro. I really love the slower “Yes Sir” with its great “Fever” style bass line (a la Peggy Lee). Another error with tributes is that the proponents tend to overdo the faster stuff but there is a fine balance here. This contrasts with the upbeat “You’re Bound to Look Like a Monkey”, with some great guitar solos. Even the better known tracks have a freshness. Finally, let me say this is one of the nicest cd packages I have seen. A triple fold cover featuring a new illustration of Milton Brown, has good notes and tells you who plays everything, though a song by song rundown of the lead vocalists may have been good. “Sitting on Top of the World” is nice and bluesy. As I said turn it up!!!

 

DVD TruCountry Season 2 $48  3DVDS…12 episodes. The first dvd set was a monster and the second is just as good. This is a US cable Tv show which was produced by everyone’s favourite Heather Myles. It is extremely well recorded.  It has clarity and sound to match the great Austin City Limits, which has set the standard for many years. The artists who appear on these dvds ate the ones WE treasure. No Johnny come lately Nashville major label bum with swivel hips and minimalist talent, these are the real deal. A full list of artists on Season Two follows:

  1. Tony Booth
  2. Georgette Jones on two of the shows. Will surprise & enchant!
  3. Bobby Flores
  4. Jake Hooker
  5. Kimberly Murray
  6. James Hand
  7. Jett Williams
  8. Curtis Potter
  9. Heather Myles
  10. Bob Gothar
  11. Justin Trevino (including a couple of gospel numbers)
  12. Amber Digby
  13. Mona McCall
  14. Darrell McCall
  15. Bode Barker (no cd but you will say “we want one”!

So around 6 hours of pure excellence.

 

We still have SEASON ONE which is equally as good and it has Miss Leslie and Leona Williams (no Tony Booth/Georgette or Jett). Also 6 hours $48. Many know I am not a fan of dvds…well not as much as the cds, but this is absolutely rivetting,

 

Other DVDS….There is not much released country wise I’m afraid but these are all in stock and recommended.

 

** DVD David Allan Coe “At Billy Bobs” $30  This is a two fold dvd. There are 20 songs in the show, but then we get a long interview with the man, which will have you shaking your head, laughing, cussing and all those groovy things. The show is great and the opener “Heaven Only Knows” has to be seen to believed. Just Coe and his electric guitar (played as though acoustic) it is a wonderful tale which could have been off Bruce Springsteen’s “Nebraska” album. Love it all , but if you are offended by four letter words better not get it…as DAC likes to cuss…and often.

 

**DVD David Frizzell and Friends “This Is Our Time” $30 This live dvd has Leftys younger brother singing with a great array of our favourites. He does Lefty’s “If You’ve Got the Money” with Haggard, “Soemthing About You” with Lacy J, “Long Black Veil” with the great Gene Watson and so on. Would love to see a full duet cd with his younger brother Allen Frizzell.

 

**DVD Gary P Nunn – “Texas Roadhouse Presents” $35 Texas honky tonk show from a true legend of Texas Country music.

 

**DVD T G Sheppard “Partners in Rhyme: T G Sheppard Sings Duets with Country Music Legends” $35 2cds plus DVD. Has behind the scenes and special features as well. Guests include Oak Ridge Boys, Haggard, Jones,

Skaggs, Willie, Ray Stevesn etc. Has proved to be very popular.

 

**DVD Statler Brothers Farewell Concert $30 30 tracks of songs and  anecdotes. Goes in and out of print quite regularly, so now, at least for a while is in print.

 

**DVD Texas Tornados “Live at Austin City Limits” $30 My favourite music DVD with Doug Sahm, FreddyFender, Flaco Jiminez and Augie Meyers being in superb form. The visuals and sound are irst class and the time runs at around 80 minutes. All do leads and all display great instrumental dexterity. Flaco of course is the master of the button accordion but Augie plays the traditional piano style accordion as a fine counterpoint. Flaco does some wonderful traditional numbers and Doug does fine renditions of Sir Douglas Quintet favourites “She’s About a Mover” and “Mendocino”. Freddy shows great guitar and vocal skill. 10  out of 10.

 

**DVD Timejumpers “Jumpin Time” $35 Every Monday night at the Station Inn in Nashville, a group of pickers and singers get together to play some wonderful music. This is a 2 hour dvd with 26 songs plus behind the scenes that will have you thinking you were there. It has swing, shuffle, honky tonk and even a little bluegrass. Former Waylon steel guitarist John Hughey, has passed on since this recording but what a wonderful legacy to his talent. They have a fine bunch of soloists and vocals are handed around. Featured is Dawn Sears & husband Kenny, who is a great fiddler and a fine counterpoint to Aubrey Haynie. Best vocalist for mine is Carolyn Martin, a great singer with a fine personality. The Station Inn used to be a bit out of the way, but is now surrounded by highrise buildings in what has become a “trendy” area. But no guessing why the place is packed to the rafters every week. They are thatgood.

 

Kenny Seratt “The Best of Kenny Seratt Volume 2” $30 The best of Kenny Seratt Volume 1 was our best selling cd of the last 2 years and this is bound to do similarly well because it is  that darn good. This is a mix of new recordings plus Hillside recordings. Kenny has a classic Lefty/Merle/ Stoney drawl which handles the ballads and uptempo songs with equal aplomb. Marty Robbins’ “Cigaretes & Coffee Blues” is a ripping toe tapper with some great steel guitar (is it Buddy Emmons?) and piano (assumably Hargus “Pig” Robbins). The old and new recordings are virtually indiscernible. His new duet with Leona Williams “Just Between the Two of Us” is stunning as is their other duet “The Shoe Goes on the Other Foot”, a great “if you cheat then so will I” classic. “Brothers Strangers & Friends” is another duet with the wonderful Curtis Potter. Great contrast of voices. “I’m An Old Man” is  a medium pace num,ber that sounds like something George Jones would have cut. 15 tracks and none are anything but grand. Kenny is up there with the best. An absolute stunning cd and though I don’t like to say this, if you are Merle Haggard fand you 100% NEED this. Fabulous.

 

Johnny Bush & Darrell McCall – Hot Texas Country $28 Just back on a very limited basis. Two of the greatest Ray Price inspired vocalists on the one album. How good can it get!! Answer: about as good as this. Please refer to Swedish Cowboy list for its lofty position.

 

Marty Robbins “I Walk Alone/ It’s a Sin” $32

Johnny Paycheck “Someone to Give My Love To” $32

Johnny Rodriguez “Introducing/ All I Ever Wanted To Do was Sing” $32

Cal Smith – “My Kind of country/ Just Came Home to Count the Memories” $32

 Hux Records in the UK have had some great cd releases. They may not have a chronology about them, but they are great and that is not a thing you would want to argue about. None of these have been on cd before.

The Marty Robbins date from 1968 & 1969 and feature Marty in a relaxed setting and at the piano on some tracks. “I Walk Alone” was one of his biggest hits whilst the second album featured his own version of “You Gave Me a Mountain”, which the words oft covered only begins to state how it is.

The Paycheck cd consists of his second & third Epic albums when he was still the hardest of the hard country singers and the model for George Jones future style. His first Epic album “She’s All I Got” has already appeared on cd. He covers a gamut of styles including covers of George Harrison’s “Something and Neil Diamond’s “Song Sung Blue” but it is his own songs and on things such as “It’s Only a Matter of Wine” where he shines

Johnny Rodriguez has bee shamefully ignored in the reissue market but this reissue of his first two Mercury albums changes all that. He hit the ground running with “Pass Me By If you’re Only Passing Through”, a top ten (and written by Tom T Hall’s brother, Hillman). Rodriguez wrote the title track of the second album with Tom T himself. As was often the case he chose a standard and sang it half in English and half in Spanish. This is great Haggard influenced honky tonk.

Cal Smith made his name as a storyteller and singer of songs with a message. Always flinched at the cover of “My Kind of Country” with Cal having the deepest drag on a cigarette or is it a thin cigar….don’t worry it is the content that counts & these two albums from 1975 & 1977 are both gems.

 

Jody Nix “Twin Fiddles Turn Me One” $30 Jody is the son of Hoyle Nix, a one time member of Bob Wills’ group and on the Wills’ album “For the Last Time” is actually responsible for the hollers as Bob was too ill to do that himself. But, this isn’t actually a swing album, more in the shuffle side of things, but he also delves into honky tonk territory with gems such “It’s the Cheatin’ She Loves”, what a great country song. Of course there is a little swing such as the easy going “She’s Killin’ me”. He does a great cover of Marty Robbins’ “Ever Since My Baby Went Away”. The reactivated Hillside Records has its home in Florida but has its heart in Texas and they will give Heart of Texas label a run for its money. I have always liked Jody and have had several discs over the years. They were hampered a little by the over familiarity of the material. Definitely not a problem. A little like Jake Hooker in spots, and you know that is a great recommendation.

 

Conway Twitty “Sings/ Look Into My Teardrops” $30

Conway Twitty “Country/Here’s Conway Twitty” $30

Conway’s first 4 Decca albums, sees his transition from rock & roller/pop singer on MGM, all with a healthy touch of country mind you to a full on country artist on Decca and an eventual country superstar.

We also have “I Love You More Today/ To See an Angel Cry” $30

Conway Twitty “Ballads” (Bear Family) $32

 

Carolina Chocolate Drops “Genuine Negro Jig” $30 This won a Grammy for best folk album, but is classic old timey music as you may expect from the likes of the Old Crow Medicine Show, but the Carolina Chocolate Drops are African American as the title may indicate. Back in the early days country music was not the sole domain of the white population & in this regard I point you to the box sets section, notably “From Where I Stand: The Black Experience in Country Music” which explores the early black string bands.  In this regard the recent Bear Family release “Black, White & Bluegrass” by Allerton & Alton ($32) The cd features 27 tracks of classic country duet singing from the forties including 3 radio shows where they do a great version of the brother duet classic “Kentucky”, taken at a much slower pace than you may have heard.

 

Stonewall Jackson “ Life of a Poor Boy” $28 Great new 30 Columbia track cd on Onmi with only a minimal duplication of anything else on the market, including the Bear Family box set. The scary “Drinking & Driving” is a great message song…”ifferin’ you want to live”…that’s hillbilly talk. You also get the similar “Blues Plus Booze (Means I Lose). Many of Stonewall’s songs were pure honky tonk but with redeemin values and a careful guarded waring to not be so tempted, such as “The Neon Light Don’t Care Who They Burn”. These are some of the rare singles and album tracks that are featured on this cd which also has a 28 page book.

The World Is a Monster (Omni) $28  Great 32 track from the Columbia vaults 1948-1958. Lonesome jivin’ & blue hillbillies. 32 of the grimiest and delicious slabs of hillbilly misery & mayhem.

****DUE SOON On Omni****                                                                         

Grandpa Jones “Makes the Rafters Ring/ Yodelling Hits” $28 These are his Monument label abums on cd for the first time. They are augmented with some singles plus a few tracks from his third Monument album “Sings Real Folk Songs” plus some singles.

 

Dottsy “Meet me in Texas” Heart of Texas $30 Full name Dottsy Brodt but billed as just ”Dottsy” when she recorded two albums on RCA and charted with several Top 10 singles . Definitely first in a while. Produced by Justin Trevino it also features Justin on the duet “We Talk about the Weather”.

 

Jack Greene “Precious Memories/Treasured Friends” $30 All new duet album, well 9 duets and 3 solo tracks. The duets are with George Jones (the track that was on Ray Charles “Friendship” album “Two Old Cats Like Us”), Lorrie Morgan (“You Don’t Know Me”), Merle Haggard (“The Last Letter”) Vince Gill (“There’s a Whole Lot About a Woman”), Charley Pride (“Lord I Need Somebody Bad Tonight”), Larry Gatlin (“Bitter They Are”),  Little Jimmy Dickens & Heather Cornelius (“You are My Treasure”) plus Jeannie Seely & Riders in the Sky.

 

Whitey Morgan  “Whitey Morgan & the 78s” $28 Wayne the Train style honky tonk for the masses. Also have the earlier album “Honky Tonks & Cheap Motels” $30

 

Curly Putman “Write ‘em Sad & Sing ‘Em Lonesome” $28 The first cd ever from one of the most successful songwriters in country music. Although 80 he is in fine voice, certainly he never would have reached the vocal heights of George Jones, but has maintained a charm that shines through and is probably comparable to the voice George now has. Three duets with Deborah Allen, Dolly Parton and Sarah Johns. It is the amazing version of “Green Green Grass of Home” that is the star, the kind of things that gives goosebumps. It is handled with an earnest approach that the many others versions seem to lack and when you know you are referring to Tom Jones & Porter Wagoner that is indeed something. Sadly, the album came about as result of the passing of Curly’s grandson who died from Ewing’s sarcoma, a horrible and crippling form of cancer. The duet with Sarah Johns, a great looking sort who had an excellent Heather Myles style, is a beauty. He may not be quite as “curly” but the result is more than worthwhile, and to think he wrote all those songs!

 

Others:

**Bare, Bobby – Singin’ in the Kitchen/This I Believe (gospel) $28 2on1

**Berry, Benny – Give Me a Good Country Song $30

**Berry, Benny – Things I want to sing about $30

**Big Bopper: Hello Baby Complete Recordings (Bear Family) $32

**Camp, Shawn  1994

**Jackson, Wanda  The Party Ain’t Over $28

**Jones, Georgette – Slightly Used woman $30

**Myles, Heather – In the Wind $30

**Nunn, Gary P – Taking Texas to the Country

**Penny, Mike & Moonshiners – Don’t Start Breathin’ Down my neck $30

**Robbins, Marty    Have I Told You Lately That I Love You/ I’ve Got a

     Woman’s Love 2 on1 $30

**Seratt, Kenny – Best Of Volume 1 $30 (read review above Vol 2)

**Swan, Billy  Do With Me What you Will $28 Brand new album of mainly   home demos.

**Wagoner, Porter – What Ain’t to Be Just Might Happen/ Sings His Own

     $28 2 on 1 cd

**Wagoner, Porter – Cold Hard Facts of Life (Bear 3cd set $90) has 6 lps worth: 1)Cold Hard Facts2) Soul of a Convict 3)Confessions of a Broken Man 4)Skid Roe Joe 5)Bottom of the Bottle 6)Carroll County Accident

**Wagoner, Porter Cold Hard Facts of Life/Soul of a Convict 2on1 $28

**Walker, Wayne How Do You Think I feel $32

**Watson, Gene – Matters of the Heart $30 20 track MCA compilation

**Wilson, Jason lee  Big Gun (rockabily0 $30

**Shane Worley. $30 We have small quantities of all his great albums. Don’t miss out

  1. Heartaches & lies
  2. Shotgun House
  3. What’s Goin’ On
  4. Rosie’s On a Roll
  5. Feelin’ Haggard (Merle Haggard Tribute)
  6. Mister Purified Country

 

DUE SOON

 

**Amber Digby “Live at Swiss Alp Dance Hall” TBA… cd and DVD (hell’s bells that would be great) But no info yet, so please stand by. The excitement is mounting……..Cd supposed to be end of March and dvd in mid April….Most I think will need a dvd!!

 

**Joe Paul Nichols  Friends in High Places $30 14 duets look at the line up:

 1.  When My Blue Moon Turns To Gold with Moe Bandy     

 2.  There’s A Little Bit Of Everything In Texas with Johnny Bush     

 3.  Have I Told You Lately That I Love You with Norma Jean     

 4.  Gotta Travel On with Jan Howard     

 5.  Houston’ s Just Another Name For Blue with Chuck Hancock     

 6.  Waltz Of The Angels with Darrell McCall     
 7.  I Won’t Take Less Than Your Love with Frankie Miller     
 8.  Let’s Fall In Love Again with Barbara Fairchild     

 9.  Old Fashioned Love with Dawn Sears    
 10.  I Miss My Mind The Most with Curtis Potter     
 11.  Cherokee Maiden with Kenny Seratt     
 12.  Nobody’s Darlin’ But Mine with Melba Montgomery     
 13.  Someone To Care with Amber Digby     

14.    Louisiana Man with Jimmy C. Newman  

 

**George Hamilton IV “In the Heart of Texas” $30 including duets with Darrell McCall (on his biggest hit “Abilene”,) Justin Trevino and Tony Booth.

 

**Ken Mellons – “Rural Route” His still great voice shines on this latest bluegrass style  offering.

 

Bear Family Feature

 

Latest Releases

Bear Family are releasing quite a lot early in the year, so will be combining orders with their February, early and mid March releases all together. ****IMPORTANT***** Whilst we try and get enough to cover orders that are not as yet received it isn’t always possible so to be 100% sure, please ensure we have your order by Friday 25th  March.

 

So here is a run down.

 

Bristol Sessions: Big Bang of Country Music 5cd + 120 pge hardcover book. This is 12”x 12” size box. 124 tracks 6hours 25 minutes. $210  Johnny Cash has called this “The single most important event in the history of country music” when Ralph Peer travelled to Bristol Tennessee to make the first major label recordings of country artists. The spiel indicates there were “Ballad singers, street evangelists, string bands, gospel quartets, harmonica virtuosos, holiness preachers, blues guitarists and rural storytellers. Of course The Carter Family and Jimmie Rodgers went on to the loftiest of heights but other artists provided much of the colour that was to be the basis of the history of country music as we know it. There are even alternate takes and of course Bear Family sound. Other artists include Ernest V Stoneman, Blind Alfred Reed, Johnson Brothers, Ernest Phipps, Uncle Eck Dunford, Henry Whitter, the Stamps Quartet, Smith Brothers, Palmer Sisters, Shortbuckle Roark & Family and many more with varying levels of rusticity in their names.

 

Sun Ballads (1953-1957) 3cd digipak, 78 tracks, 3 hours 24 minutes. $90 This is in the form of the Porter Wagoner “Cold Hard Facts of Life” set with fold out paper sleeve. Whilst primarily known as a rockabilly & blues label Sun rockers also sang some ballads. Notable among those present here are Conway Twitty, Johnny Cash, Carl Mann, Jerry Lee Lewis and just about all the names that became legends along with Edwin Bruce (yes he dropped the “win” bit and achieved biggest fame as singer/actor Ed Bruce), Ray Smith, Miller Sisters and arguably the greatest ballad put out on Sun, The Prisonaires “Just Walking in the Rain”, which of course became a smash for Johnnie Ray, though anyone who has heard the original would say emphatically it wasn’t bettered. The Prisonaires simply present one of the greatest vocals ever. Written by Johnny Bragg the Prisonaires were a bad lot, and were actual inmates. Includes a track by track commentary by Canadian Country authority Hank Davis.

 

George Hamilton IV “My North Country Home”  3 cd digipak 82 tracks 4hours. $90 Includes 68 page book and concentrates on his fascination with Canadian songwriters such as Gordon Lightfoot, Dick Damron, Ian Tyson, Ray Griff, Joni Mitchell, Leonard Cohen etc. Between 1965 and 1975 George recorded 6 albums of Canadian recordings and all are included here with extras.  Notes say he recorded 16 Gordon Lightfoot songs, more than any other artist. Now Tony Rice may have something to say about that claim but George was up there and had the good sense to do stunning versions of Lightfoot’s fabulous “Did She Mention My Name” and “Second Cup of Coffee”, which are my too favourite Lightfoot songs. The third cd sees George singing entirely about Canadian places…”Farewell to Nova Scotia”, “Squid Jiggin’ Grounds”, “Cape Breton Lullaby” etc.  A must for George Hamilton IV fans and much on cd for the first time.

 

George McCormick & Earl Aycock “Better Stop Look & Listen: Gonna Shake This Shack Tonight 29 tracks 66minutes $32 Better known as just “George & Earl” and are considered as some of the greatest country male duet singers ever, right up there with both the Louvin Brothers & the Everly Brothers. They were heavily influenced as well by Hank Williams and 3 songs had been written in anticipation of Hank recording them. They also adapted their sound to the rockabilly era and this cd features many of their uptempo numbers. The title track and “Going Steady With the Blues” are their best known tracks.

 

Bonnie Guitar “By the Fireside: Velvet Lounge” 15 tracks 33 minutes of previously unreleased Bonnie Guitar featuring production skills, and also some of the songs, of Don Robertson, one of Nashville’s most talented writers and musicians; Floyd Cramer’s piano style came directly from that of Don. This featured Bonnie singing with just one guitar accompanying her a la the Johnny Mathis album “Open Fire – Twin Guitars” (yeah…but Bonnie had only one of them). NONE of these songs are on her other Bear Family cd, “Dark Moon” which is still very popular. Tracks include: “I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry”,  “Slowly”, “I Don’t Hurt Anymore”, “I Almost Lost My Mind” etc. Along with Patsy Cline, Bonnie is country music’s ultimate stylist.

 

Jerry Lee Lewis “Old Time Religion: Rare Recordings of Jerry Lee Lewis In Church: Preachin’, Shoutin’ and Singin’”  20 tracks, 36 page booklet, 65 minutes. $32 If I recall correctly this came out on one set of the Jerry Lee Lewis LP boxes but wasn’t on the cd boxes. It was to me the quintessential Jerry Lee gospel, extremely well recorded and live where he really shines. BUT most of his live recordings were rock & roll, this is the only one devoted to gospel. He informs us he was saved 3 days 2 hours and 21 minutes ago (not that time exactly but similarly precise). It was also recorded in church with his road band led by Kenny Lovelace on guitar and fiddle. This is the country side of Jerry Lee and a must have item. It also reminds us what a great singer Jerry Lee is especially on defining versions of country gospel classics such as “I’ll Fly Away”, “The Old Rugged Cross” etc. And there is a certain tongue in cheek that only Jerry Lee can pull off. Yes please!!

 

Bobby Lord “Everybody’s Rockin’ But Me: Gonna Shake This Shack Nonight”  24 tracks 57 minutes. $32 One of the great singers on Columbia label who was perhaps overshadowed by Marty Robbins to whom he is sometimes compared. But even Marty, as good as his early uptempo recordings were in defining the country side of rockabilly was not able to out distance Bobby who had gem after gem, with many appearing on CBS rockabilly compilations. The best included “No More, No More, No More” (really wild!!) and “Beautiful Baby”. Mind you it didn’t hurt that he was backed by the likes of Chet Atkins & Hank Garland.  A rare look at mid 50s country is provided with a complete session from 1956…the same that featured “Beautiful Baby”.

 

Acadian All Star Special: The Pioneering Cajun Recordings of J D Miller  3cds 78 tracks 3 hours 29 minutes plus 80 page hardcover book. This is the 12”x12” size package.  Typical of Bear’s resolve to only bring out boxes when they know they have everything is this box, complied by Cajun music expert, Lyle Ferbache and literally years in the making. Included are Jimmy C Newman’s first recordings plus Terry Clement’s original version of “Diggy Liggy Lo” and Papa Cairo’s “Big Texas” (presented here in both English & French) which Hank Williams adapted to “Jambalaya”. Plenty of Sonniers, Choates and Thibideaux’s. Anyone with any passion for Cajun music needs this set.,

 

Dick Damron “More than Countrified: The Early Recordings of Dick Damron 1959-1976”  3cd digipak, 86 tracks, 3 hours 25 minutes $90 He was a country singer who started out singing rockabilly and  became one of Canada’s best. He also was a great songwriter and had man ysongs recorded south of the border (I say Canadian border, that is) with the biggest being “Countryfied”. In the seventies he made some outlaw recordings in Nashviile which stand up to the best Waylon and co had to offer. He even did some fine rodeo songs.

 

Charlie Phillips “Sugartime”  35 tracks 72 page book 86 minutes $32 West Texas singer who was a contemporary of Buddy Holly and features Buddy on Charlies’ “Sugartime”, an oft covered song in pop and country. Includes previously unreleased recordings with the Texas Playboys as well as an unreleased song called “You’re my LSD”…what was he thinking!!

 

That’ll Flat Git It Volume 27 Sage and Sand Records  34 tracks 74 minutes $32 The latest offering in this fabulous rockabilly series has some of the greatest recordings of that sub genre including Dwight “Whitey” Pullen who is dynamite on “Walk My Baby Back Home” plus the somewhat mysterious Lonnie Barron, who was murdered in rather bizarre circumstances…read all about it., Other known artists include Jimmy Patton, Don Deal. Eddie Dean, Tex Atchison, who had been a member of the Prairie Ramblers, Rusty York and Donnie Bowser who actually sang rockabilly from a wheelchair. Just a superb series.

 

Glen Reeves “Johnny on the Spot; Gonna Shake This Shack Tonight” 25 tracks 1 hour, 44page book. He recorded “Heartbreak Hotel” first, and for a treat the original demo version is included here  and appeared on a number of labels singing rockin’ country, some in a rockabilly style. 

 

Jimmy Spellman: “Doggonit:Gonna Shake This Shack Tonight” 28 tracks 58 minutes 40 page book $32 An inductee in the rockabilly hall of fame with the title track. He was the first to record for Lee Hazelwood’s Viv label which was where Lee recorded Duane Eddy & Sanford Clark, as well as Al Casey, a cross genre guitarist of the highest order who is featured on guitar on these.

 

Odd Couples: What Were They Thinking??  20 tracks 58 minutes 48 page book $32 The title may need a bit of explanation as Bear Family collects a series of duets where the two participants seem somewhat mismatched but manage to pull it off nonetheless. Mind you I don’t know what Tennessee Ernie & Ella Mae Morse are doing here as they both were two of the most versatile vocalists ever and their pairing was a natural. Probably more than you could say of Perry Como with the Sons of the Pioneers or Don Gibson with Los Indios Tabajeras or Sister Rosetta Tharpe with Red Foley (Sister Rosetta cooks on guitar). Interesting the Sons of Pioneers also duet with South Pacific legend Ezip Pinza. A quirky but I am sure satisfying cd.

 

Clyde Stacy “Hoy Hoy: Gonna Shake This Shack Tonight” 22 tracks 53 minutes 28 page booklet $32. The title track is a classic of the rockabilly sub genre. Pure energy. It was also done admirably by the fabulous Collins Kids but Clyde’s version is better. “So Young” sounds like a slow rockabilly Mel Street song replete I might add with sexy female vocals. He basically stayed in his home Texas, hence he was not so widely known.

 

Big Joe Turner “Rocks”  28 tracks $32 one of the pioneers of the R&B oriented rock and roll. Hits include “Shake Rattle & Roll”, “Honey Hush”, “Lipstick Powder & Paint”….love the “Is you Is or Is you Ain’t” line.”Corrinne Corinna” and the oft covered “Boogie Woogie Country Girl”

 

Billy Red Love “Gee I Wish: The Sun Years Plus”  26 tracks, 73 minutes 48 page booklet. R & B oriented boogie woogie & blues piano player features Sun label tracks recorded between 1951 & 1954.

 

Velvet Lounge Series

Ann-Margret & Al Hirt “Beauty & the Beat $32 15 trcaks 24pg book 40 minutes. Ann-MArgret with trumpeter (“Java”) Al Hirt.

 

Eartha Kitt & Shorty Rogers “St Louis Blues” 12 tracks 35 minutes 32 page booklet. Eartha and the guy who played trumpet in the Warner Brothers Cartoon gem “Three Little Pigs”….which featured Stan Freberg on vocals….how do I know this?? I just do!

 

A BEGINNER’s GUIDE TO BEAR FAMILY MUST HAVE CDS

(more next newsletter) special price on these $25 order by 25th March to be 100% sure of getting them.

1. Eddy Arnold – Thereby Hangs a Tale/Cattle Call

2. Charline Arthur – Welcome to the Club

3. Browns – A country Music Odyssey 36 tracks

3a) Johnny Burnette Rock & roll Trio – Rockabilly boogie

4. David Allan Coe – Unchained/Son of the South Plus

5. Jimmy Dean – Bog Bad John

6. Don Gibson – A Legend in My Time

7. Bonnie Guitar – Dark Moon

8. Merle Haggard – Same Train Different Time

9. Roy Hall – Roy Rocks

10.Tom T Hall – Ballad of 40 Dollars/ Homecoming

11.Tom T Hall – I Witness Life/100 Children

12.George Hamilton – To You & Yours: The Drugstore’s Rockin’

13.Johnny & Jack – For Old Times Sake

14.George Jones & Gene Pitney – George Jones & Gene Pitney

15.Pee Wee King – Blue Suede Shoes: Gonna Shake This Shack Tonight

16.Peter LaFarge – As Long as the Grass Shall Grow/On the Warpath

17.John D Loudermilk – Blue Train

18.Bob Luman – Rocks

19.Skeets McDonald – Heartbreakin’ Mama: Gonna Shake This Shack Tonight

20.Maddox Bros & Rose – Ugly & Slouchy: Gonna Shake This Shack Tonight

21.Ned Miller – From a Jack to a King

22.Roger Miller – King of the Road

23.Billy Joe Shaver – Honky Tonk Heroes

24.Carl Smith – Hey Joe: Gonna Shake This Shack Tonight

25.Warren Smith – Classic Recordings 1956-1959

26.Hank Snow – The Goldrush Is Over: Gonna Shake This Shack Tonight

27.Hank Thompson – A Six Pack to Go: Gonna Shake This Shack Tonight

28.Ernest Tubb – Thirty Days: Gonna Shake This Shack Tonight

29.Leroy Van Dyke – Walk on By

30.Malcolm Yelvington – It’s Me Baby: The Sun Years Plus

Rarities:Out of print gems, that are just about impossible to get. Some of the very greatest albums we have ever had. Most, one copy only. Please be quick or face disappointment!

 

Anderson, Bill   Greatest Hits (Varese) $40 This is out of print and stands as the best cd by Bill  with the classics “Mama Sang a Song” & “Golden Guitar” hard to get. Of course all original versions.

Arwood, Bill Collector’s Series (Bob Grady Records) $40 Bob Grady Records is as close as royalty as you can get. They define classic independent country music at its best. No swivel hips with questionable talent these guys sing about the goods things in life…well in the fantasy world of great country music anyway… drinking & cheating & lying and combinations of all three. This is a collection of Bill’s singles which were popular in Europe. 15 pure honky tonk tracks, for fans of Vernon Oxford, Norman Wade & George Jones.

Atkins, Chet/Jerry Reed    Sneakin’ Around $30 Great album that followed on Chet’s equally great effort with Mark Knopfler & earlier albums with Les Paul & Merle Travis. Lots of good time humour and some great guitar.

Ball, David     Steppin’ Out  $35 This was going to  precede “Thinkin’ Problem” and in their  wisdom RCA didn’t release it. A pity as it  is very good with originals & covers. A must for David Ball fans, and isn’t that just about everyone?? Note we have previously had this listed as just “DAVID BALL”. Same album but this is an even rarer version. Only one I”ve seen with this title.

Bandy, Moe   No Regrets  $35 very rare Curb album from 1988. In includes Moe’s version of “Nobody Gets Off in This Town” which preceded a version included on Garth Brooks’ debut album.

Bandy, Moe 20 Great Songs of the American Cowboy $35 This is the original 1990 version. 10 track versions pop up every now and then but this is the full 20 tracker

Bellamy Brothers Rebels Without a Clue $30 Their MCA album from 1988 was their best with the title track, “Fountain of Middle Age”,“The Courthouse” & “Andy Griffith Show” being just some of the classics. This is perhaps the only album they made like this…where every track hits the mark.

Berry, Benny Some Things Never Change $40 Hawk Records from Northern Ireland was the company that released Oklahoman Benny’s first 4 albums. Everyone who was a Merle Haggard fan loved Benny. He had a similar timbre in his voice and was ably backed by a team led by Mike Headrick, a picture of whom is hung on the Swedish Cowboy’s wall and to whom the (highly religious) Swedish Cowboy says a prayer of thanks every night, Includes his great cover of the Mel McDaniel song “God Made Love” and a top remake of Stoney Edwards “Pickin’ Wildflowers”. His own songs are just as good.

Bogguss, Suzy/Chet Atkins  Simpatico  $20 Extra special price. One of Chet’s last albums and one of Suzy’s best, if not the best. A must have. Highlight’s are many But personally can’t go past the fabulous Johnny Cash song “I Still Miss Someone” and Elton John’s “Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word”. Wonderful song with Chet showing why he is so revered, great guitar “Two Shades of Blue” may be better with a hint of accordion.

Boone, Larry One Way to Go $28 Great ballad singer.

Boone, Larry            Swingin’ Doors, Sawdust Floors $30

Boone, Larry            Down That River Road $35  All 3 are  as good as it gets. A great songwriter & singer he reminds of George Strait in the late 80s! Superb, Mrs Johnson. The first listed was his first CBS album & may be the best value in the entire newsletter. The last includes his “Everybody Wants to be Hank Williams” with the almost scary refrain …”but nobody  wants to die”. All rate enormously.

Brown, Roger – Rodeo Boogie  $35 Had a wonderful 5 tracker on MCA which had superstar written all over it but MCA never went on with it. This is his one full length album, a combination of swing a la Junior Brown I guess and honky tonk with a real Texas feel. Still hoping for another.

Browne, Jann Tell Me Why $35 1990 gem long OOP As well as being a cracker singer she is a great writer with the highlight being“Louisville”. Emmylou guests.

Browne, Jann It Only Hurts When I Laugh $25 Her 2 Curb albums (this and the one previous) were both crackers but she was and is a west coast artist with an affinity for the music of Buck Owens and I guess she was hard to promote out of Nashville. Emphatically great and Heather Myles fans would adore Jann.

Burton, Charlie  Rustic Fixer Upper $20 A favourite of Yesterday and Today Records fans of the quirky. Great track “Livin’ on Borrowed Time (Livin’ On Borrowed Money)” is typical Charlie with a great country backing and witty lyrics “one day we’re gonna look back & laugh, but now it ain’t funny” and “Suzy needs a new pair of shoes, shucks I can’t afford the laces”. A favourite.

Cartwright, Lionel   Lionel Cartwright $30 Was nominated as one of 1989’s 3 best new artists along w. Clint Black and Garth Brooks. He loses absolutely nothing in comparison. Whilst a stunning songwriter Paul Overstreet’s “Like Father Like Son” is a knockout.

Cash, Tommy Let An Old Racehorse Run $28 12 track  indie on Playback inc 2 duets with Jeannie  C Riley, who we are told turned Tommy’s life around (along with the lord). Don’t you just love liner notes!!

Cash, Tommy Classics $25 15 tracks on his own label  has Johnny cash on 4 tracks plus Connie Smith, Tom T Hall, George Jones, Hoyt Axton etc. These are different to the duets on the following album.

Cash, Tommy 50th Anniversary Album $30. This is the gem which features George Jones, Johnny Cash, Connie Smith & Tom T Hall. The three gents combine with Tommy on the patriotic “Thoughts on the Flag”.

Coe, David Allan       1990 Songs for Sale. $45  20 new original recordings (not re-recordings of hits) was first on the DAC label. All great Coe songs such as “A Marriage Made in Heaven Went to Hell”, “The Devil was to Blame”, “Tennessee Waltz With Me” plus the great tale of luck “The Penny” etc. Easily up there with the best of Coe and impossible to get…what more can you say.

Conlee, John Fellow Travellers (16th Avenue) $35 This gem had a short release as the label went out of business. Big voice  of Conlee is unmistakeable and great songs on this Bud Logan produced gem.

Craddock, Billy “Crash” Back on Track” $35 This 1989 album on Atlantic is perhaps the best straight country album of his career, which started in the 50s. At one time he headed a show in Sydney with underlings such as the Everly Brothers. He was as big as it gets.

Craft, Paul Brother Jukebox $35 Apart from being a great writer…yes he did write the title song (covered with equal aplomb by Mark Chesnutt & Keith Whitley) he also wrote “Hank Williams You Wrote My Life” (Paul’s version is on this album) and  “Drop Kick Me Jesus” (not here). What we get is 17 tracks. Many have a humorous quality. “Take Another Swing At Me” has a note which tells us “the coffee cup was thrown from a distance of about 3 feet and missed me by 4” Highlight is a wonderful song “My Own sweet Time” featuring a vocal trio of Craft, John Starling and Claire Lynch. 20 pages booklet with all lyrics.

Cryner, Bobbie Bobbie Cryner $35 I always say this gem  is the best album by a female we have  ever had & (until Miss Leslie came along) the only time I have heard a female sing like George Jones. Very much like Melba Montgomery to these ears. Wonderfully produced by Carl Jackson, it also includes a great duet with Dwight Yoakam on the classic “I Don’t Care”, a classic for Webb Pierce.

Curtis, Sonny No Stranger to the Rain $30 Sonny Curtis was an original Cricket…yes with Buddy Holly….see next album for more info on that….who is also a great songwriter and singer. As a writer he wrote the title track, of course a massive hit (biggest in fact) for Keith Whitley, part of the 5 in a row #1 singles Keith had and also CMA Song of the Year, when such an accolade really meant something. He also wrote “I Fought the Law” (on next album) plus several hits for Buddy Holly. Also a fine singer. This was a UK only release from1990.

Curtis, Sonny The Elektra Years Volume 1 $40 Typing the name “Curtis” just reminded me the great King Curtis Iaukea passed away at the end of last year. How could it not have been the lead news story. BUT, back to Sonny. He had several albums on Elektra and as mentioned was a member of the Crickets. He was an original who left and then returned. As such “The Real Buddy Holly Story” is worth the price alone. On it he sings about the fallacies (many in fact) that were on the Buddy Holly Movie, which starred Gary Busey. We also get Sonny’s rendition of “I Fought the Law” as well as “Walk Right Back” which he also wrote. He is equally fine singer/songwriter/guitarist.

Dalton, Lacy J – Survivor $40  This rates as her very best album which is really 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” makes reference to both Waylon & Janis Joplin. A magical album. As good as it gets.

Dalton, Lacy J Crazy Love $30 Stunning album which features a great version of Van Morrison title but the highlight is “Little Boy Blue” one of the best things you’ll ever hear, a touching ode to her son.

Daniels, Clint Clint Daniels $35 This was typical of the mid to late 90s. Great albums which were shelved whilst the overall standard went down. This was eagerly awaited and would have been on Arista. Alas it was never released. A great bunch of musos and all bar three songs were by Clint. When I tell you the other songs were by Larry Cordle & Dean Dillon you know it is special. This has both back and front covers, something that is exceedingly hard to get.

Davies, Gail – The Other Side of Love $30 one of our favourites and certainly in the very top echelon of Nashville female writers and singers. Wrote 8 of the songs on this self produced capitol album. Vince Gill guests.  

Davis, Joey   “Love Songs, Waltz’s True Stories & Lies” $40 The spelling may be a bit out but 17  superb honky tonk tracks are as good as it can go. “Barroom Hall of Fame” may be the best Everybody loves this album.

Delray, Martin What Kind of Man $28 Second of only 2 albums by a man whose real name is Mike Martin and is now a top tennis coach. Great deep voice and also a great guitar player. Stunning version of Steve Earle’s “Sometimes She Forgets”. This should be in every collection.

Dillon, Dean  I’ve Learned to Live $48 second of his Capitol albums. Impossible to find. Inc. his version of the song he wrote withVern Gosdin, “Back in the Swing of Things” as well as “Changes Going On”which hit for Alabama. Still more, a great duet with Tanya Tucker. Terrific album. Very hard to get.

Draper, Rusty Greatest Hits $28 Out of Print 18 tracker which was out on Collectors Choice, an excellent label which is now in limbo, having been bought out by a major player. All the hits inc. “Whispering Shifting Sands”

Dunn, Holly   Across the Rio Grande $38

Dunn, Holly   Holly Dunn $38

Dunn, Holly   Cornerstone $38  Holly Dunn’s first 3 albums on the MTM label were definitely her best with the  self titled one containing her biggest hit in “Daddy’s Hands”, the second “Cornerstone’ maybe her best with 2 stunning tracks in “Strangers again” & a delightful version of Jim Croce’s “Lovers’ Cross’ whilst the final MTM album had her delightful version of the title song, also done by Reba, but Holly wins!! All 3 albums are delightful.       

Earle, Steve  The Hard Way $28 and still in the Long box. Includes “Billy Austin” a wonderful tale of a condemned man. Followed his “Copperhead Road” album.

Edwards, Stoney Just For Old Times Sake $55 Stoney was part African American and part native American and sang with a Lefty Frizzell influenced voice that was the equal of that other Lefty influenced character…one Merle Haggard. This was his last album, sadly. But it was as good as his wonderful Capitol albums. Stunning and not a track undeserving of the highest accolades. Many of the songs were by the producer Billy Joe Kirk. The best news from last year was Bear Family’s “A Girl called Johnny Cash” which unveiled 10 previously unissued Stoney recordings. Just like a gift from heaven.

Freberg, Stan  Capitol Collectors Series $20 21 tracks. The sound and presentation is stunning. Collects the best of Stan’s musical parody

tracks plus his “Green Christmas” tracks.

Frickie, Janie Labor of Love $28 This 1989 CBS releasewas one  of her best two with the highlight being stunning version of Steve Earle’s best song, “My Old Friend the Blues”.

Frickie, Janie Saddle the Wind $30 Ironically her best two albums were ones in which she changed the spelling of her true name “Fricke” to reflect the pronunciation.  This even starts with a stunning swing

number in “Sugar Moon”.

Frizzell, Allen  A Piece of My Heart $65 Wow, double wow and triple wow. Allen is the younger brother of both Lefty and David Frizzell and I always thought he was a better singer than David. He was married to David’s duet partner, Shelly West, and that relationship broke up when Allen & Shelley did. This album was only ever released in Europe, Netherlands I believe but was recorded in Nashville, and it is interesting to note vocal harmonies by Eddie London & Keith Palmer. I only have a copy of this only and to be honest I never thought I’d get a real one again. Without doubt a must have item if the wonderful Lefty drawl is your forte.

Gaddis, Ron Chip Off the Old Block $40 Ron was for many years the bandleader for George Jones and he was the guy who duetted with George on live versions of “No Show Jones”. He was also the first husband of Lorrie Morgan; now that is a lot of water under the bridge story. Obviously there was no lasting acrimony as Lorrie joins him on “All Day All Night Thing”, a great song. The all out honky tonker “I Fell Off the Wagon” features his former boss, The Possum himself and Porter Wagoner joins on “When the Shiny Silver Eagle meets the Great Speckled Bird”. As you might expect there is more than a little George Jones influence. Hard to believe this is Ron’s lone album, A superb one too.

Grand, Gil      Famous Last Words Never actuallyreleased. $20 has partial graphics & have just acquired the only one I have ever had with full graphics $35

Green, Lloyd Ten Shades $30  Album that was released on cd in 1993, although recorded in 1976. Great support from Johnny Gimble, Charlie MccOy and co. A must for steel guitar fans & I can assure you very hard to get.

Greene, Jack The Jolly Green Giant $38 20 MCA & Decca tracks long deleted. Only time the originals have been on cd. Inc. 3 duets with Jeannie Seely. This came out on the Edsel label out of the UK. Good notes by John Lomax III

Haggard, Merle  Capitol Collectors Series $25 20 tracks.The best single cd of Merle at his best.As a guide the Capitol Collectors series of releases were simply the best sounding and compiled of any label,

Haggard, Merle My Farewell to Elvis $35  Long out of print cd which has Merle singing 9 Elvis classics, sandwiched between “From Graceland to the Promised Land” and a short tribute by Merle to Elvis.

Haggard, Merle  Chill Factor $20 Original album which had one of Merle’s last number ones in “Twinkle Twinkle Lucky Star”

Haggard, Merle His Greatest And Best $25 MCA collection which is very well compiled and features his great tribute to Tommy Collins, “Leonard”, one of his best ever songs IMO!

Hardwick, Billy Too Country $25 A great singer and writer’s only album. Like Dean Dillon somewhat vocally and does a stunning version of Dillon’s “You Sure Got This Ol’ Redneck Feelin’ Blue”. For those of us hoping for a follow up album I think we can now stop holding out breathh A+

Harms, Joni  Hometown Girl $35 Joni’s original Capitol album. Very hard to get. Joni has carved out a career for herself singing western oriented songs and this hold sup remarkably well, perhaps as production by Jimmy Bowen and song choice are both first class.

Hobbs, Becky All Keyed Up $25 Best ever female honky tonk album, with the best track being “Jones on the Jukebox”. Becky is the consummate show gal. Whilst known for her rompers the ballad “She Broke Her Promise” is superb as well. Originally on the MTM label

Homer & Jethro  America’s Song Butchers: The Weird  World of Homer & Jethro. $35 Great humour and equally fine musicianship.  Apparently they were originally billed by their real names till some guy forgot whothey were & on the spur of a moment said…”Here are Homer & Jethro” and it stuck. They created a niche with their parodying of hit songs which featured equally fine musicianship, especially Jethro Burns on mandolin  20 track on Razor & Tie. OOP

Honeys Capitol Collectors Series $40 Not a  country one but a classic of female pop mixed with surf elements as Marilyn Rovell married Brian Wilson of the Beach Boys. 20 great tracks. Very influential. Again, a gem on the Capitol Collectors series.

Horton, Steven Wayne Steven Wayne Horton $28 Capitol album from

1989 was sadly his one & only. What you  get is a great upbeat album a la Marty Stuart “Hillbilly Rock” but better. 

House, James James House $35  Debut album was well received in all quarters but didn’t do much chart wise…hence he only had a 2 album run on MCa plus an album later on Epic…believe me the MCA were better. Still sounds good especially the first single “Don’t Quit Me Now” and the upbeat “Lucinda”.

House, James  Hard Times for an Honest Man $40 His second MCA album was even better than his first self titled album & is  very very hard to get.

Husky, Ferlin Capitol Collectors Series $38 This is a wonderful cd. The entire Capitol  Collectors Series is a must and though repeating myself represents an artist’s best output. 20 tracks

Jackson, Stonewall & Friends A Tribute $35 23 track tribute with a virtual who’s who guests list…just to rattle off some: Grandpa Jones, Little Jimmy Dickens, The Whites, Riders in the Sky, Hal Ketchum, John Conlee, Joe Diffie, Porter Wagoner, Paulette Carlson, Alison Krauss, Connie Smith…come to think of it may be easier to mention who is not there!!!

Jackson, Larry The Blue Highway $45 Hard to believe he only had two albums. The superb songs are matched by the superb production and voice. Not a honky tonk album but essentially one of losing in love and Larry sounds very convincing. The title track is a stopper..

Jenkins The Jenkins $35 Record companies are in general a brainless bunch as proved by the fact this album didn’t get a release. It is  a gem and featured a mother & two  daughters. Sound is superb with a  reminder of the Judds & McCarters.            

Johnson, Johnnie & Kentucky Headhunters That’ll Work $28 This was just

a one off unfortunately as Chuck Berry’s  piano player worked very well with the Kentucky Headhunters, who had an  amazing rhythm section, which is why they could fit inside the country genre.

Jones, David  Bridges $30 Was his only album and again hard to believe. Hard core honky tonk which features the fabulous Manuel Brothers, Abe & Joe, who of course toured with that Merle Haggard bloke. Unrelenting superb honky tonk highlighted by the upbeat “I Found a Honky tonk Angel” and the pseudo tearjerker “The Tears Outweigh the Whiskey”:

Jones, George Friends in High Places $30 All duets including Emmylou Harris, Randy Travis, Vern Gosdin (wow!!), Buck Owens, Ricky Van Shelton and more, but hard to beat “IF I Could Bottle This Up” with Shelby Lynne.

Jones, George Wine Colored Roses $45 1986 album  is very very hard to find on cd and includes classic Jones on “The Right Left Hand” q surprise duet with Patti Page.. “You Never Looked That Good When You Were Mine” and “Ol’ Frank”

Jones, George Alone Again/Grand Tour $40 2 on 1.  “Alone Again” is only available here  & is rated one of his very best albums.

Jones, George One Woman Man $35/$30 Personal favourite.“Place in the Country” is one of his best unknown songs. Right up there with “He Stopped Lovin’ Her Today” & with the  delicious irony he only gets his wish when he is buried! Also includes his hit “Yabba Dabba Do” which is an amazing song about a guy getting tanked (something on which George had done a lot of research ) drinking out of an Elvis decanter of Jim Beam and from a Fred Flintstone glass, which previously held jelly beans. Now if you think that sounds bizarre you are right but George pulls it off. Because Hanna Barbera made Epic change the title to “The King Is Gone”  I offer 2 copies…$35 with “Yabba Dabba Do” and $30 with “The King is Gone”….same song, just an enforced change on the latter.

Jones, George You Oughta Be Here With Me $38 This was the last album he did for Epic & it may be his best. Superb songs & he is in absolutely wonderful voice. “Hell Stays Open All Night Long” is about a guy driven away from a relationship. “I Sleep Just Like a Baby” is wickedly witty with the refrain…”I wake Up every Hour & I Cry”. I thought George perhaps in the overall schme of things has done too many novelty songs. Not so here…these are the wittiest of the lot.

Jones, Geo./Melba Montgomery  Vintage Collection $55 20 classics!! Out of print and has all the wonderful United Artists’ label duets.His best duet partner.

Jones, George The Rock: Stone Cold Country 2001 Radio Special $35 these are one offs and a must for fans of George, with conversations with the great man and the likes of Alan Jackson and Brad Paisley.

Jones, George Who’ Gonna Fill their Shoes $100  Have only had one copy on cd before and this one in mint condition. Includes duets with Lacy J Dalton & Lynn Anderson plus a great song selection…love “The One I Loved Back Then (The Corvette Song)”

Jones, George  The Battle/Memories of Us $35 Out of print two on one cd on Koch. Albums date from 1976 and 1975 respectively.

Jones, George/Tammy Wynette “We Love to Sing About Jesus” $30 Out of print gospel album from George and Tammy

Keeble, Billy  Keepin’ It Country $25  One of the great independent artists, which is highlighted by a duet with an equally fine artist in Curt Ryle.

Kane, Keiran Find My Way Home $20 Rare post O’Kanes album.

 

Kemp, Wayne One Song at a Time $30 One of the best  honky tonk writers is a shamefully  under-recorded singer as well.

Kendalls 20 Favorites $35 The Kendalls made one album for Epic where they went and  re-recorded their hits. The result was even better than the originals with  the highlight being Royce’s lead on  “Pittsburgh Stealers”.

Logan, Josh   Somebody Paints the Wall $50 sung in he style, sound  & spirit of Mel Street.

Logan, Josh   Something Strange $40 Bob Grady label…just when you think you’d never hear of Josh again he pops up on Bob Grady’s wonderful label with a couple of wonderful Mel Street covers, best being “Hell Yes I Cheated”…the way Josh sings the refrain….”And I’d Do it Again” would have Mel smiling down from above (or may that would be up from somewhere else!)

Logan, Josh  Gentle Rain $30 Another unexpected and out of print honky tonk delight…drinking and especially cheating.

Lyda, Jacob Three Times the Charm $30 Great indie album with the great indie producer  Mike Headrick in tow.

McCarters     The Gift $30 Impossible to get debut.

McCarters     Better Be Home Soon  $20. Hard to believe they only ever had 2  albums. This billed as “Jennifer MCarter & the McCarters” features a stunning  take on the Crowded House song. Has slight bluegrass leanings & great songs.

McDaniel, Mel  Rockabilly Boy $35  There is no better  song than “You Can’t Play the Blues in  An Air conditioned Room”!!!!

McDaniel, Mel Country Pride $35 Great album on the defunct DPI label from 1991, and I believe the flast album of new material for Mel. Great album including Mae Axton’s “If I Live to Be A Hundred I’ll Die Young” and the fabulous “Annual Blount County Snuff Dipper’s Ball” Not a Tom T Hall song but sounds like it could be, doesn’t it.       

McEntire, Reba Oklahoma Girl 2cds 40 Mercury tracks.Double cd case with attractive slip sleeve & book $28 (on sale****) Her best & most country.  Have one without slip case $18. Both the full 40 tracks. A far cry from today’s diva…this is real!

McQuaig, Scott Scott McQuaig $35 Haven’t given up hope of a second but won’t hold my breath. And whilst Scott wrote 5 songs on this album, all of which are great his version  of “My Friend the Bottle”  is as good as that other ode to the inanimate object, Johnny Bush’s version of “Bottle Bottle”.  Certainly vintage George Strait fans will (pardon the pun), lap this up.

McRight, Alecia For Love’s Sake $25 rare independent album from the wonderful Alecia Nugent. Not sure if “Nugent” is married/single/ married again or divorced name but this is a great album prod. by Carl Jackson.

Martin, Mario Keep it on the Country Side $55 This along with the above Mel McDaniel cd was on the now defunct DPI label…now defunct is probably incorrect as it was defunct back then. Produced by James Stroud the amazing thing is that Mario was only 17 at the time. I still think about how this could be his only album. A 17 year old is so darn convincing when he sings honky tonk songs. How could that be.. I don’t know. Still as stunning and as perpelexing (in the sense of where is he now??)

Martin, Sonny I’ve Always Been Country $38 Great indie with the saddest song ever on it. “Rock A Bye Baby” makes Little Jimmy Dickens’“Raggedy Ann” seem jolly! Great deep voice to boot.

Mensy, Tim “Stone By Stone” $28 1990 release by a stunning vocalist, guitarist and songwriter, responsible fopr all trcaks on this Epic label gem

Miller, Roger Best of Volume One: Country Tunesmith $48 This gem focusses on Roger’s own versions of songs that were hits for others. As such the 20 tracks are ultra rare & essential. They include “Tall TallTrees”, “Don’t We All Have the Right”,  “Husbands & Wives”, “Half a Mind” etc. Not hits for Roger which makes it even better & rarer..

Miller, Roger Best Of Volume Two: King of the Road  $30. Best single cd of his hits. Long OOP. Great companion to the previous cd.

Moffatt, Katy Greatest Show on Earth $22 Taken of the market a Ringling Bros objected to the title. Superb album & purists will  need this version. It was later reissued as “Evangeline Hotel”.

Montgomery, Melba/ Norma Jean First Ladies of country 22 tracks $28 Only place you’ll get Melba doing “No Charge”.

Moore, Lattie I’m Not Broke But Badly Bent: Best of King-Starday recordings 1953-63 $40 29 great tracks on defunct Westside label Great honky tonker

Morgan, George Room Full of Roses: the George Morgan  Collection Razor & Tie OOP $30 Has a rare duet with Lorrie.

Morse, Ella Mae Capitol Collectors Series  XXSALEXX $25 Mixed her styles from big band to country

Mowrey, Dude  Honky Tonk $28  another fresh face who made two albums. This one from 1991, produced by Jimmy Bowen is a stunner and hard to find. Highlight is the Curtis Wright song “If I Ever Love Again”

Nelson, Leo  Under Neon Lights $55 Want to know my all time favourite independent, yeah not  one of but the top spot?? This is it. Great album produced by Bob Grady with assist from the great Mike Headrick. 12 great tracks  with a duet with Bill Arwood on the title track.I think on reflection a 3 way tie with Ron Sweet and Arnold Sanford is in order. Alas both Ron & Arnold have gone and heaven knows where Leo is?? To me the jewel is how easy Leo sings. Marsha Britton contributes harmony vocals.

Nelson, Willie A Horse Called Music $35

Nelson, Willie  Promiseland $35

Two of Willie’s very best CBS albums. The former is one I remember selling to a customer who swore he never liked Willie, would never buy a Willie cd. Well guess what he bought this and changed his mind on the spot. “Nothing I Can Do About It now”, the jaunty openere from Beth Nielsen Chapmen and “If I Were a Painting” co written by Skip Ewing could not be more different style wise but are equally stunning.

O’Kanes         O’Kanes $45

O’kanes         Tired of the Running $35

O’kanes         Imagine That $20 Superb duo of Jamie O’Hara & Keiran

Kane. Wonderful songs with a touch of  bluegrass. The debut self titled is almost impossible to get.

Owens, Buck Hot Dog $30

Owens, Buck Kickin’ In $30

Owens, Buck  Act Naturally $40 His 3 comeback albumsthe latter is very hard to get as it features the likes of Emmylou, & Ringo (who did vocal on the Beatles’ version of ‘Act Naturally’ & duets here)

Paycheck, Johnny   Survivor  $30 His last hurrah, out of print

w. the highlight “I Can’t Quit Drinking”. Also issued as “I’m a Survivor” ($25)

Pennington,R/Buddy Emmons     Swinging by Request $35

                                                            Going Out Swingin’ $35

Ray Pennington was honcho of Step One Records, a Nashville independent label which had a wonderful roster. He was also a fine Ray price inspired vocalist & as many steel players would say BuddyEmmons is the best ever. The Step One  House band, so to speak, was none too shabby with Rob Hajacos on fiddle, Bobby All on acoustic guitar and Bunky Keels on piano. This has 21 tracks & Clinton Gregory is an excellent vocalist on 2 tracks. They are a mix of vocal & instrumentals, with “Little Brown Jug” featuring some extraordinary steel from

Mr Emmons. The second cd is equally greta and includes Curtis Potter as a guest on 2 tracks.

Price, Ray Portrait of a Singer $50

Price, Ray Step One Records Hall of Fame Series  $40

Price, Ray Heart of Country Music $60 Now Ray’s albums on Step One were all special. The first and third were double records. The first of these has Ray covering what could mainly be construed as pop songs, whilst I have it on good authority the 3rd is Ray’s personal favourite of all the albums he made and why wouldn’t it be as he interprets 20 country classics Ray Price style, which means as good as you are ever gonna hear them Even then it is impossible not to go past his version of “Is Anybody Going to San Antone” as one of the greatest songs you have ever heard. The “Hall of Fame “ cd is actually new recordings so not sure how the name came about but the recordings are stunners all.

Price, Ray Touch My Heart/Burning Memories $30  Out of print 2 on1 cd from the Koch label,

Reeves, Del   Silver Anniversary Album $30 Now you are  probably not gonna believe me when I tell you how good this is and the opening track is Achy Breaky Heart. Well he takes the mickey out of it nicely as he imitates Roy Acuff, Johnny Cash & Walter Brennan doing it. That is the only novelty and he is very good all round. Stunning is “I’m Really Gone’ which was also done by Charlie Sizemore. On the defunct Playback label.

Reeves, Jim Live at the Opry $25 The Country Music Hall of Fame label and only time this 20 tracker has been on cd. Now out of print.

Rhodes, Kimmie       West Texas Heaven $22 In the top 2-3 female folk-country  albums ever & has duets with Willie, Waylon & Townes Van Zandt. A steal.

Rich, Charlie Pictures & paintings $38 His wonderful last album on Warner Brothers is just as much jazz and blues as country. Shown

with a lighted cigarette we wonder if it  was perhaps lit with the same lighter he  set fire to the envelope with when he announced John Denver as Male Vocalist of the year in the early 70s!

Ritter, Tex     Capitol Collectors Series $35 25 tracks in this great series. Has all you need if you  only want one disk! Blood on the Saddle/

Deck of Cards/ Hillbilly Heaven/ Just  Beyond the Moon. Brilliant selections

Rogers, Roy  Tribute $25 Roy’s final hurrah was indeed a fitting one with great duets and Roy was in fine voice. He yodelled surprisingly well especially on the opening “That’s How the West was Swung” in which he was joined by the Kentucky Headhunters. Equally fine is “Little Joe the Wrangler” with Emmylou and another yodelling gem, “When Payday Rolls Around” with Ricky Van Sheltoin.

Ryle, Curt  Life Time Guarantee $30 With Mike Headrick in charge you know this is going to be good and you are not disappointed. Curt is responsible for most songs including “Mirrors Don’t Lie’ which was also recorded by Gene Watson. But Curt’s own verision loses nothing in comparison.

Sahm, Doug Texas Rock For Country Rollers $40 (by Sir Doug and the Texas Tornados)

Sahm, Doug Get a Life $40 The first was originally out in 1976 and is one of Doug’s most country albums with superb versions of “Wolverton Mountain” and his own “Cowboy Peyton Place” But even they can’t compare with the wonderful “You Can’t Hide a Redneck Under Neath that Hippy Hair”…not for the faint of heart.

The second is the European issue of the SDQ 98 album which is probably his most country. It is largely unplugged and was only around for a very short while as the label went out of business (Watermelon). Wonderful version of Tom Russell’s “St Olav’s Gate” and great fun on “Balald of Davy Crockett”.

Sanford, Arnold   That’s Why I Sing This Way $55 Many rate this the best indie ever and they are certainly on the right track. The first 10 songs are from the great Max D Barnes, including the title cut which was also recorded by Daryle Singletary and as good as it was it was no match for  Arnold’s original version. 12 tks in all. Simply stunning crying in your beer album. Hell…it is probably the best ever. “Not Enough Jack Daniels in This World” has you believing Arnold truly lived the life he sings about and sadly he has passed on so this stand alone cd is it, unless a miracle happens.

Scott, Jack    Capitol Collectors series $35. 23 Capitol  tracks including the hit “What in the  World’s Come Over You” Also has 4 previously unissued tracks. All great! He is one of the great country-pop vocalists of all time.

Sears, Dawn What a Woman Wants to Hear $20 WB 1990 album Great traditional feel. She appears on the dvd of the Timejumpers and her solo career was probably curtailed by being a member of Vince Gill’s touring band for a while.

Shafer, Sanger D “Whitey” I Never Go Around Mirrors $35 10 tracker

by the writer of many of Lefty Frizzell  hits who also sounds a lot like Lefty. He of course was responsible for the title song and does a top version of “Does Fort Worth Ever Cross Your Mind”. The rest are great honkytonkers that should be as well known as these two.

Shafer, Sanger D “Whitey”  So Good So Long $35 The opener “All My Ex’s Live in Texas”, written by Whitey is of course a classic but to me the jewel is “Heaven Was a Drink of Wine”, which was done superbly by Hank Cochran on an lp called “With a Little Help From My Friends”. Well friends, Whitey does even better. An absolute drinking song classic “…tonight I went to hell …and heaven was a drink of wine”. Can’t get better honky tonk singing than this.

Simpson, Red  The Man Behind the Badge/ Roll Truck Roll $30 Great UK two on one cd with two classic albums on one cd…the former has the original version of “Highway Patrol”, since covered of course by Junior Brown.

Smith, Russell  This Little Town $30 Great solo album Amazing Rhythm Aces vocalist. All great and what a voice.

Springfield, Bobby Lee       All Fired Up $35 Great honky tonk with

rockabilly feel. Includes the original“Hank Drank”. Bound to be an only album, which is a shame.

Stanley, Ralph Saturday Night And Sunday Morning 2cds $38

Stanley, Ralph Clinch Mountain Country 2cds $38  Both are now out of print. Also check out “Clinch Mountain Sweethearts” in the bluegrass section to get the great trifecta. The first of these 2 has 31 tracks..one cd of religious and one cd of non religious songs. Guest include Dwight Yoakam (on quite a few tracks), George Jones, Alison Krauss, Vince Gill, Ricky Skaggs, Emmylou, Bill Monroe etc.

The second has 36 tracks and features all these (except Bill Monroe) as well as vern Gosdin, Junior Brown, BR549, Porter Wagoner, Joe Diffie and many more. Great defining albums that are a must have.

Starr, Lucille   The French Song $30 Expanded 17 tracker, now out of print. And yes these are all original recordings.

Sweet, Ron  Ten in Tennessee $55 Fabulous indie. He has a classic country drawl deliver which is especially fabulous on “I Play Haggard”, a great song in which he uses titles of well known Haggard songs to spell out the message. He also can handle the uptempo songs such as the title song and wraps his voice wonderfully around Vern Gosdin’s “Baby That’s Cold”. Magic.

Thompson, Hank     Capitol Collectors Series $25 20 great Capitol tks including “Blackboard of My Heart”, which rarely pops up. Again, you can do worse than aspire to get every cd issued in this series.

Thompson, Jeff Jeff Thompson $40 No, not Thommo, but a fine singer who was going to have the first album release on the Arista country label but the album never came out. Has  a style reminiscent of Ricky Van Shelton  with a great deep voice. Does a superb version of “The Greatest Man I Never  Knew”, a hit for Reba, but Jeff wins  hands down!! Equally grand is the wonderful “It’s a Good Thing I Don’t Love You Anymore”, with a superb lyric and  the upbeat “Today is Elvis’ Birthday”.

Thornton, Marsha    Marsha Thornton $38 Includes the  original and easily best version of “Bottle of Wine & Patsy Cline” One of the last albums produced by Owen Bradley &  yes Patsy fans love it.

Thornton, Marsha    Maybe the Moon Will Shine. Second of only 2 is equally good. Gets away from Patsy influence. $25

Tubb, Ernest Live 1965 $28 OOP on Rhino 1965 was a vintage year for live recording and this captures ET at the Texas Troubadours at their absolute peak. His band included both Jack Greene & Cal Smith.

Wade, Norman For A Minute There $40Think Vernon Oxford meets George Joneswith a bit of Hank Thrown in. This one was his second & last cd on the Bob Grady label and what can I say is stunning. We sold  them by the bucket & every one loved  them. His “new’ album which was due out “next month” (about 10 years ago) is still coming!! Hopefully.

Wagoner, Porter     Greatest Hits $28 Great compilation on Pair label (all original RCA recordings) Top selection includes “Rubber Room”. 20 tracks

Wall, Chris No Sweat $28 Great Texas artist’s album from way back in 1991, on the Tried & True label through Ryko, Great Texas honky tonk again everyone who hears…does like.

Watson, Gene Back in the Fire $45 Great singer as he is & no correspondence will be entered into  on that fact, this is his best album, a Warners album from 1989 with the bestversion ever of “Dreams of a Dreamer”, which was also done by Darrell McCall so there is plenty competition plus arguably  Gene’s  best ever ballad “The Great Divide”

Watson, Gene  The Good Old days $30 Step One with a superb selection excellently produced by Ray Pennington who also contributed 4 Songs. Like all Step One releases this is out of print.

Watson, Gene Jesus Is All I Need $30 Great 1997 gospel album on the defunct Step One. Good thing about this is that he really only does 3 standards, the rest are less known, with several from the pen of Bobbie Bost.

Watson, Gene In Other Words $40. This was a hard to get (even at the time) cd on the Broadland label. All10 songs are on this album only and include “Old Porch Swing”, “Class Reunion” (also done by Oak Ridge Boys & John Conlee)  and the rather upbeat “She’s no Lady”

Watson, Gene Unchartered Mind $30 Step One gem, which includes Gene’s version of the Curt Ryle gem “Mirrors Don’t Lie”and if you don’t think Gene is one of the greatest ever country vocalists you will change your mind when you hear his version of “You Gave Me a Mountain”. Wow!!

Watson, Gene At Last $25 His second and last Warner Brothers album from 1991. The title track is a classic and anyone who has heard Etta James version may say Etta who after hearing Gene’s. Great selection with highlights many, but the witty “You Can’t Get Arrested in Nashville” and “This Country’s Bigger Than Texas” stand out for mine.

West, Speedy/Jimmy Bryant For the Last time $25 (Step One label)

 

Whitley, Keith I Wonder Do You Think of Me $35. The album he had just finished  when he died. One of the greatest ever country vocalists. Deep rich voice with  his own nuances. Pity the wonderful honky tonk songs were lived out so tragically with his alcohol overdose. He was seemingly taking over from Randy Travis as country’s premier vocalist and had the unheard of 5 number one country singles in a row.

Whitley, Keith Kentucky Bluebird $35 15 tracks not on his other albums. Augmented with some historical and rare clips.

Wild Rose      Listen to your Heart $28

Wild Rose     Breaking New Ground $28 two great albums  by talented  gal group led by Pam Gadd & Wanda Vick

Williams, Hank    Rare Demos First to Last $25 CMF

Williams, Hank   The Health & Happiness Shows 2cds $35

Williams, Hank Live at the Grand Ol Opry 2cd book cover $28

Only place to get these. They are not on the box set.

 

Young, Faron  Live Fast Love Hard: Original Capitol Classics 1952-1962 $28 Country Music Foundation label

Young, Faron & Ray Price  Memories That Last $28 Great cd which was on the great Step One label. Excellently produced by Ray Pennington, who actually duets with Faron on one of the tracks, seems Ray Price’s master vocal had a tape glitch. Fine stuff

Various

Are You From Dixie Great Country Brother Teams of the 1930s $30

Ragged But Right Great Country String Bands of the 1930s $28

Something Got a Hold on Me: A Traesury of Sacred Music $25 These were part of the short-lived RCA Heritage Series and they were all superb. I have all three myself and if you want 1930s country in its best sound these are they. The first features the Blue Sky Boys version of the oft covered title song as well as their wonderfully sad original of “I’m Here to Get My Baby Out of Jail”. Also includes likes of the Dixon Brothers, Allen Brothers, Monroe Brothers, Delmore Brothers etc.

The second features Riley Puckett on the title song, and gems from the Prairie Ramblers, JE Mainers etc, but possible star is Gid Tanner with original version, as we know it, of “Ida Red” and “Soldier’s Joy”.

The third is my favourite though all are equally essential. It has the original versions of classic gospel songs that have been performed over and over but never as heartfelt as here. On that front Grady & Hazel Cole’s “Tramp on your Street” will bring goosebumps. A P carter takes a rare lead on “Something Got a Hold on Me” and the Dixon Brothers may have been grammatically incorrect but who cares as they nail “I Didn’t  Hear Nobody Pray”.  Again, the sound on all three is stunning.

Beverly Hillbillies Soundtrack       Classic country songs presented by likes of Ricky VanShelton, Doug Supernaw,  Lorrie Morgan, Joe Diffie etc. Tops $22

Mamas Hungry Eyes Tribute to Merle Haggard with John Anderson, Alan Jackson, Clint Black,  Vince Gill, Lorrie Morgan etc $25 Vince’s version of “The Farmer’s Daughter” may be his best ever vocal.

Next of Kin Soundtrack $70 No, not a mistake. Check out the Swedish Cowboy’s favourite songs list at the beginning of this newsletter and you will see one of his selection is George Jones “Pyramid of Cans” ONLY on this. What a drinking song it is…”I drink from cans & stack ‘em…in a pyramid so high as a monument to how I feel since she told me goodbye”. Sheer poetry. The rest is great with Ricky Van Shelton shining on the ballad “Hillbilly Heart” and the Sweethearts of the Rodeo wonderful on the rockabilly “Paralysed”. But George…how great and again I bow to the Swedish Cowboy’s good taste.

Red Hot & Country  $22 An Aids benefit project with gem after  gem, though easy to pick the best as a wonderful mix of Carl Perkins, Duane Eddy & the Mavericks on “Matchbox”. Johnny Cash does a superb take on the  Bob Dylan song “Forever Young” and Mark Chesnutt is superb on the Haggard (via Tommy Collins) gem “Goodbye  Comes Hard to Me” 17 great tracks.

Town South of Bakersfield Volume 1 & 2 $28

Town South of Bakersfield Volume 3 $25

The town they are referring to is of course Los Angeles and all the artists on these two cds got their start playing in LA, mainly at the Palomino Club. Sadly the Pal as it was known closed in 1995 supposedly due to fire regulations which, having had the pleasure of being there once was probably true. It now apparently is a banquet hall specialising in Eastern cuisine. Was always a rather dodgy area. But through those doors came the greatest country artists and the last lot lose nothing in comparison to the greats. All the tracks on these are unique to these albums. It is the unknowns that rule for me. Whilst Vol 1 has Jim Lauderdale, Jann  Browne, Lucinda Williams, Jeffrey Steele etc it is Re Winkler (pronounced Ray Winkler) with Anne Harvey and Ree Van Vleck who rule on the Buck Owens song. “Mister Love”. Similarly Volume 2 boasts Dwight!, Billy Swan, Rosie Flores with Albert Lee, George Highfill etc it is the Eddys “Big Big Love” that rules.

 Volume 3 boasts Dale Watson, Wylie & the Wild West Show actor Harry Dean Stanton etc it is Patty Booker’s “99” that rules. As with all in this section they are out of print.

White Country Blues 1926-1938 A Lighter Shade of Blue $30 2cds 48 tracks of white country blues starting with Frank Hutchison and including the Carlisle Brothers, Charlie Poole, Roy Acuff (with the great Clell Summey aka Cousin Jody on slide). Great notes.

 

$5 CDs

Ackles, David                        American Gothic

Acuff, Roy                             King of Country Music 25 tks

Anderson, John                    Solid Ground

Asleep at Wheel                   Tribute to Music of Bob Wills Dance mix cd

Austin’s Bridge                     Times Like These

Autry, Gene                          Essential 1933-46 (CBS Legacy) 18 tks

Bakker, Tammy Sue           There Is a Medicine (gospel) yep!

Ball, David                             Amigo …a classic

Bentley, Dierks                    Dierks Bentley

Bentley, Dierks                    Up on the Ridge

Berg, Matreca                      Sunday Morning to Saturday Night

Bonamy, James                   Roots & wings (“Daddy Never Had a Chance in

                                                Hell”…what a gem)

Boone, Larry                                    Get in Line

Brooklyn Cowboys              Doin’ Time on Planet Earth

Breese, Rob/Doug Rowe   Anytime Now

Brokop, Lisa                         Lisa Brokop

Brooks & Dunn                     Steers & Stripes

Brooks & Dunn                     If You See her

Burgess, Sonny                    Sonny Burgess (Rounder) 1996 album

Buttercup                              Evil for You

Campbell, Glen                     Old Home Town

Campbell, Stacy Dean        Lonesome Wins Again

Carpenter, Mary Chapin     Come On Come On

Cash, Johnny                        Very Best of Johnny Cash Live (14 tks)

Cash, Laura                           Awake But Dreaming

Charles, Ray                         Super Hits (reissue of “Friendship” album)

Clark, Roy                             Hymns from an Old Country Church

Clark, Terri                           Terri Clark

Clark, Terri                           How I Feel

Cochran, Tammy                 Tammy Cochran

Cochran, Tammy                 Life Happened

Corbin, Easton                      Easton Corbin

Coster, Stan                          I Wouldn’t Be Dead for Quids

Cyrus, BillyRay                     Some Gave All

Dalhart Imperials                Finally

Dallas, Rex                            Heartland

Davis, Jimmie                       Midnight Blues 1929-1933

Dean, Eddie                          Very Best (Varese)

Domino Kings                       Life & 20

England, Ty                           Two Ways to Fall

Everett, Jace                        Red Revelations

Fairchild, Shelley                 Ride

Faucett, Dawnett                Taking My Time

Frizzell, David                       David Frizzell 2001

Gentry, Bobbie                     Best (20 tks)

Golden Smog                        On Golden Smog

Golden, William Lee            The Artist (inc. 30 min. interview)

Goldens                                 Rush for Gold

Greig, Ricky Lynn                Ricky Lynn Greig

Griggs, Andy                         You Won’t ever Be Lonely

Guthrie, Woody                   Dust Bowl Ballads

Hank Flamingo                     Hank Flamingo (Trent Summar & co-horts)

Hellecasters                         Essential Listening

Henderson, Michael            Country Music Made Me Do It

Hildebrand, Diane               Early Morning Blues & Greens

House, Gerry                        Bull (A Nashville DJ who also sings. Some great

                                                songs with a touch of humour.  Worth twice

                                                this just for the Dwight parody “My Jeans are

                                                Too Tight”!!!)

Howard, Rebecca Lynn      Forgive

Ingram, Jack                        Big Dreams & High Hopes

Jackson, Alan                       A Lot About Living

Jackson, Alan                       Don’t Rock the Jukebox

Jackson, Alan                       High Mileage

Jackson, Alan                       Everything I Love

Jackson, Alan                       Here in the Real World

Jackson, Alan                       Who I Am

Jaron & the Long Road       Getting Dressed in the Dark

Jeffries, Herb                       The Bronze Buckaroo Rides Again

Jones, Kacey                        Sings Mickey Newbury

Jones, Rickie Lee                 Naked Songs Live & Acoustic

Judd, Wynona                      Wynona (her great debut)

Judd, Wynona                      Revelations

Kane, Ray                              Wa’ahilka (Hawaiian guitar)

Keith, Toby                           Greatest Hits Vol 1

Kelley, Irene                        Thunderbird
Kershaw, Sammy                Labor of Love

Kershaw, Sammy                Maybe  Not Tonight

Lawrence, Tracy                 Time Marches On

Lee, Robin                             Very Best

Lee, Johnny                          Greatest Hits

Leigh, Danni                          29 Nights (the female Dwight)

Lewis, Jerry lee                   The Platinum Collection

Little Big Town                     The Reason Why

Mccoy, Neal                          Greatest Hits

McCready, Mindy                 Ten Thousand Angels

Malo, Raul                             Lucky One

Mattea, Kathy                      Lonesome Standard Time

Mellons, ken                         Ken Mellons

Messina, JoDee                    Unmistakeable Love

Milsap, Ronnie                      True Believer

Mitchell, Waddie/Don Edwards Bard & the Balladeer

Moffatt, Katy                        Child Bride

Montgomery Gentry           You Do Your Thing

Montgomery, John Mich.    John Michael Montgomery (Grundy County)

Montgomery, John Mich.    Life’s a Dance

Montgomery, John Mich.  Letters from Home

Moore, Justin                        Justin Moore

Moorer, Alison                      Getting Started

Morgan, Lorrie                     Watch Me

Morgan, Lorrie                     Greater Need

Morgan, Lorrie                     Shakin’ Things Up

Morris, Gary                         Hits

Mowrey, Dude                      Dude Mowrey

Neville, Aaron                       Grand Tour  (NAILS the George Jones gem)

Newton, Juice                      American Girl  (not a compilation)

Norwood, Daron                  Daron Norwood…whatever happened to…

Parker, Ed                             Still a Lot of Good Miles Left in Me

Parks, John Andrew           John Andrew Parks

Parsons, Gordon                 Legendary

Parr, Paul                              Saints & Sinners

Perkins, Al                            Big Dog (steel player)

Peterson, Michael               Being Human (his 2nd album)

Pirates of the Mississippi   A Streetcar Man Named Desire

Poole, Reg                             Way it Used To be Before GST

Preacher Jack                      Pictures fRom Life’s Othe rSide

Previn, Dory                         Dory Previn

Previn, Dory                         We’re Children of Coincidence and Harop Marx

Randall, Jon                          Willin’

Randolph, J R                        Goin’ Strong

Rankin Family                       Fare Thee Well Love

Raven, Eddy                          Live at Billy Bobs

Reed, Jerry                           Let’s Git It On

Rogers, Kenny                     Back Home Again

Rusby, Kate                          the Girl Who Couldn’t Fly

Sawyer Brown                     Greatest Hits

Ryan, Tim                              Tim Ryan

Scott, Ray                             My Kind of Music (title track worth $20 alone)

Seals, Brady                         Play time

Sears, Dawn                         Nothing But Good

Snider, Todd                         Songs from the Daily Planet

Springer, Roger                   Roger Sringer Band (writing on cover)

Sugarland                              The Incredible Machine

Thomson, Cyndi                   My world

Tillis, Pam                             Homeward Lookin’ Angel

Tobin, Karen                         Carolina Smokey Moon

Trailer Choir                         Tailgate

Travis, Randy                       Full Circle

Travis, Randy                       Storms of Life

Trit, Travis                            T R O U B L E

Trevino, Rick                        Rick Trevino

Trooper, Greg                      Make It Through This World

Turner, Josh                         Everything Is Fine

Wayne, Jimmy                     Sara Smile

Wilkinsons                            Highway

Williams, Don                       Great Country  (13 Capitol label tracks)

Womack, Lee Ann               Lee Ann Womack

Woodruff, Bob                     Dreams & Saturday Night

Wright, Chely                       Single White Female

Wright, Curtis                       Curtis Wright

Wills, Bob                              Essential 1935-1947(CBS Legacy) 20 tks

Wills, Bob                              Anthology Dicsc 2 (Rhino) 16 tks

Womack, Lee Ann               Lee Ann Womack

Yarbrough, Glen                  Yarbrough Country/Let Me Choose Life

Various

*Alligator Stomp Vol 2        Cajun & Zydeco Classics (Rhino)

*Come Together                  America Salutes the Beatles

*Music Inspired By Into the West TV series

*Peace in the Valley           Gospel (Books & Dunn/Jackson/ Arista label)

 

$10 Cds (3 for $25)

Adkins, Trace                       Definitive Greatest Hits 2cds

Anderson, John                    Seminole Wind

Anderson, John                    Greatest Hits Vol 2 (WB)

Area Code 615                      Area Code 615/Trip in the Country

Baker, Sam                           Cotton

Barnett, Mandy                    Mandy Barnett

Barnett, Mandy                    I’ve Got a Right to Cry  (both stunning)

Bellamy Brothers                Jesus is Coming (inc. Old hippy 3)

Bibb, Eric                               Natural Light

Bibb, Eric/Leon                    A Family Affair

Black, Clint                            Killin’ Time (a 1989 classic. Must have)

Bogguss, Suzy                      Greatest Hits (Capitol)

Bogguss, Suzy                      Aces

Brooks  &Dunn                     Greatest Hits Collection  (faux leather cover)

Brown, Gregg                       If I had Know:Essential Recordings cd+dvd

Brown,Marty                        High & Dry (MCA debut is stunner)

Browns Ferry Four              24 Sacred Songs

Byrom, Jim                           Whiskey Uniform

Cari Lee & Saddle-ites        Red Barn Baby

Carlisle, Cliff                         Rough & Rowdy Hillbilly of the 1930s

Carlson, Paulette                 It’s About Time

Carpenter, Mary Chapin     State of the Heart (with “This Shirt”!)

Carpenter, Mary Chapin     Shooting Straight in the Dark

Carter, Carlene                    I Fell in Love

Carter Family                       Country Music Hall of Fame (MCA)

Cash, Johnny                        Hymns By 1 bonus tk 

Cash, Johnny                        American V

Cash, Johnny                        American Recordings

Chapman, Marshall             Big Lonesome

Chesney, Kenny                   Hemingway’s Highway

Chesney, Kenny                   In My Wildest Dreams

Chesney, Kenny                   Me & You

Chesney, Kenny                   Be As You Are (Songs from an Old Blue Chair)

Chesnutt, Mark                    Too Cold at Home

Chesnutt, Mark                    Greatest Hits

Chesnutt, Mark                    Longnecks & Short Stories

Chesnutt, Mark                    Almost Goodbye

Chesnutt, Mark                    Thank God for Believers

Collie, Mark                           Born & Raised in Black & white

Collie, Mark                           Mark Collie

Confederate Railroad         Notorious (“Elvis & Andy”)

Conley, Earl Thomas           Treadin’ Water

Cook, Elizabeth                    Hey Y’All

Daniel, Davis                        I Know a Place

Dement, Iris                         My Life

Dement, Iris                         The Way I Should

Derailers                               Genuine

Desert Rose Band               Pages of Life (Chris Hillman/Herb Pederson)A+

Domino, Fats                        swings

Doobie Brothers                  World Gone Crazy 2010 cd+dvd

Dunn, Holly                           Milestones: Greatest Hits

Eberhardt, Cliff                    500 Miles:The Blue Rock Sessions

Eberhardt, Cliff                    School for Love

Elliott, Ronny                        Poisonville

Escovedo, Alejandro           Street Songs of Love

Evans, Sara                           Three Chords & the Truth  ***This is 5 star!

Farrar, Jay/Ben.Gibbard   One Fast Move Or I’m Gone

Faithfull, Marianne              Faithless (her superb country album)

Foster, Radney                    Del Rio Texas 1959

Frizzell, David                       Very Best …all his original hits inc. the superb

                                                “I’m Gonna Hire a Wino To Decorate Our Home”

Gibson, Nate                         & Gashouse Gang Sing All the Way Home

Gill, Vince                              The Key  ….a must have item

Gill, Vince                              I Still believe in You

Gill, Vince                              When I Call Your Name

Gill, Vince                              Souvenirs

Gill, Vince                              Next Big Thing

Gill, Vince                              Pocket Full of Gold

Gill, Vince                              Let’s Make Sure We Say Goodbye

Gill, Vince                              I Never Knew Lonely (RCA album)

Gilmore, Jimmie Dale         Spinning Around the Sun

Greenwood, Lee                  Perfect Ten (10 duets with female partners inc

                                                Tanya Tucker, Suzy Bogguss, Lacy J etc. Tops)

Griffith, Nanci                      Other Voices Other Rooms

Griffith, Nanci                      Wings to Fly & a place to Be (GH)

Griffith, Nanci                      Loving Kind Radio Special

Guthrie, Sara Lee/Johnny Irion Exploration (Arlo’s daughter)

Haggard, Merle                    1996

Haggard, Merle                    If I Could Only Fly

Haggard, Merle                    Roots Vol 1

Hampton, R W                      The One That I Never CouldRide

Hampton, R X                       From Austin to Boston (Great western singer)

Hardin, Tim                           Best Of (original “If I Were a Carpneter” etc

Harris, Emmylou                 White Shoes

Harris, Emmylou                 Heartaches & Highways: Very best

Harris, Emmylou                 Ballad of Sally Rose

Heads, Hands & Feet          Old Soldiers Never Die (Albert Lee)

Hensley, Trey                       It is What it is

Hill, Brenn                             Equine (great western stuff!!)

Hinojosa, Tish                      Culture Swing

Hinojosa, Tish                      Best of Watermelon Years

Honky Tonk Hangovers      Giant Country

Houser, Randy                     They Call Me Cadillac …good as Jamey Johnson

Jennings, Waylon                This Time

Jennings, Waylon                Essential

Jennings, Waylon                Never Say Die Live

Jennings, Waylon                New Classic Waylon

Jennings, Waylon                The Eagle

Jones, David Lynn               Mixed Emotions

Jones, George                      Live on Louisiana Hayride

                                                the sorry plonkers in Australia didn’t release)

Kendall, Jeannie                  All the Girls I Am

Kendalls                                 So Many Hits

Kimes, Royal Wade             Hangin’ Round the Moon

Kirchen, Bill                          Word to the Wise

Kristofferson, Kris              Essential 2cds

Ledoux, Chris                       Anthology Vol 1 (20 tracks)

Ledoux, Chris                       Ultimate Colelction 2cds

London, Eddie                       Do It Right (Merle Haggard style. Great!)

Loveless, Patty                    Honky Tonk Angel

Loveless, Patty                    On Down the Line

Loveless, Patty                    The Trouble With the Truth

Loveless, Patty                    Only What I Feel

Loveless, Patty                    On Your Way Home (cd + dvd)

Loveless, Patty                    When Fallen Angels Fly

Loveless, Patty                    Mountain Soul

Loveless, Patty                    Long Stretch of Lonesome

Loveless, Patty                    Greatest Hits (MCA)

                                                Unquestionably the most consistent female

                                                vocalist of the past 25 years. Some of the very

                                                best albums in that period.

McEntire, Reba                     Reba # 1s

McEntire, Reba                     All the Women I Am (latest now billed as just

                                                “Reba”)

Marshall, Adam                    The Last Marshall

Mavericks                              Music for all Occasions

Mitchell Trio                          That’s the way It’s Gonna be/Violets of Dawn

Mitchell Trio                          Slightly Irreverent/Typical American Boys

Mitchell, Joni             Blue (classic)

Moody, Ruth                         The Garden   (of wailin’ Jennys)

Moorer, Alison                      Alabama Song (what an album)

Murphey, Michael                Cosmic Cowboy Souvenir (pre Martin)

Nelson, Willie                       Yesterday’s Wine (classic concept album)

Nelson, Willie                       Gospel Favourites (reissue of “Family Bible”)

Nichols, Joe                          Man With a Memory

O’Connell, Maura                 Stories

O’Connell, Maura                 Naked with Friends

O’Connell, Maura                 Blue is the Colour of Hope

Oak Ridge Boys                    Boys are Back (2010)

Ozark Mth Daredevils         Concert Classics

Peterson, Michael               Michael Peterson (with one of the greatest ever

                                                songs “When the Bartender Cries”)

Pirates of Mississippi          Best

Rhodes, Kimmie                   Rich from the Journey

Richey, Kim                           Wreck Your Wheels (2010)

Richman, Jonathan             Jonathan Goes Country!

Ringer, Jim                            Band of Jesse James: The Best

Robbins, Marty                     The Early Years 18 tracks

Robison, Charlie                   Life of the Party

Ruthie & Wranglers            Life’s Savings

Russell, Johnny                    Actin’ Naturally

Russell, Johnny                    Greatest Hits

Russell, Tom                         The Long Way Around

Russell, Tom                         Box of Visions

Sanders, Ray                        Funny How Time Slips Away

Seals, Dan                             In a Quiet Room

Shaver, Billy Joe                  Tramp on Your Street

Shelton, Blake                      Barn & Grill

Shocked, Michelle                Short Sharp Shocked

Shocked, Michelle                Arkansas Traveller

Simpson, Red                       Truck Drivin’ Fool

Skaggs, Ricky                       Life is a Journey

Skaggs, Ricky                       My Father’s Son

Snow, Hank                          I’m Movin’ On (20 great tracks RCA USA)

Sonnier, Jo-El                       Have a Little Faith

Sonnier, Jo_El                      Tears of Joy

Steagall, Red                        Wagon Tracks

Stone, Doug                          From the Heart

Stone, Doug                          More Love 
Strait, George                      Ocean Front Property

Stuckey, Nat/Connie Smith  God Will (gospel album delight)

Supernaw, Doug                  Red & the Rio Grande

Swift, Taylor                         Speak Now

Taylor, Chip                          Red Dog Tracks (w. Carrie Rodriguez)

Taylor, Chip                          New Bye Bye (2010) (w. Carrie Rodriguez)

Thomas, B J                          Most of All/ Billy Joe Thomas 2 on 1

Tom, Leslie                           High Maintenance

Tomblin, Lucky Band          Honky Tonk Merry Go Round (Redd Volkaeart)

Tomblin, Lucky Band          Ina aHonky Tonk Mood

Travis, Merle                        Legend of

Travis, Merle                        Country Routes

Travis, Randy                       Passing through

Tritt, Travis                           Greatest Hits from the Beginning

Tucker, Tanya                      Greatest Hits 1990-1992

Turner, Josh                         Haywire (deluxe edition)

Turner, Josh                         Your Man

Van Shelton, Ricky              Loving proof

Van Shelton, Ricky              Wild Eyed Dream

Van Shelton, Ricky              Greatest Hits Plus

Wagoner, Porter                 The Versatile

Wagoner, Porter                 The Best I’ve Been

Walker, Clay                         Hypnotise the Moon

Walker, Clay                         Rumor Has It

Walker, Clay                         If I Could Make a Living

Walker, Clay                         LiveLove Laugh

Walker, Clay                         Clay Walker

Wayne, Dallas                      Big thinking

Wayne, Dallas                      I’m Your Biggest Fan

Weavers                                Rarities (from the Vanguard Vaults)

Weems, Shayne                   Perfect Place

Welch, Kevin                         Patch of Blue Sky (2010)

Wells, Kitty                           Country Music Hall of Fame

West, Shelley                       Very Best Of

White, James M                   Broken Spoke Legend

Willett, Slim                          Boppin’ Hillbilly Series

Williams, Hank                     Alone & Forsaken

Williams, Hank Jnr              127 Rose Avenue

Williams, Hank Jnr              Essential (MGM)

Williams, Lucinda                Sweet Old World

Williams, Tex                        Vintage Collection (Capitol stuff)

Wilson, Gretchen                 I Got Your Country Right Here

Wolf, Kate                             The Wind Blows Wild

Wright, Curtis                       Curtis Wright

Wrights                                  Red and Yellow, Blue & Green

Wylie & the wild West        Hang-n’Rattle (2010)

Yates, Billy                            If I Could Go Back (…just get it..A++)

Yates, Billy                            Billy Yates (Choices/ Flowers)

Yoakam, Dwight                  This Time (his best)

Yoakam, Dwight                  Just lookin’ for a Hit

Yoakam, Dwight                  Under the Covers

Yoakam, Dwight                  Last Chance for a Thousand Year

 

Various

As Good as it Gets: Skiffle Vol 1 2cds

As Good as it Gets: Skiffle Vol 2 2cds

Avalon Blues: A Tribute to Mississippi John Hurt

Bread & Roses: Festival of Acoustic Music (2lps on 1 cd)

Capitol Country Classics   1940s 26tks

Capitol Country Classics   1950s 26tks

Capitol Country Classics   1970s 26tks  Great UK series EMI UK

Classic Sounds of New Orleans (Smithsonian Folkways)

Common Thread                  Songs of the Eagles (Clint Black, John

                                                Anderson, Jackson, Bogguss, Gill etc)

Country Inspiration 2cds Time Life 30 track gospel with not the usual   songs or artists.

Great American Train Songs   20 tracks CMH label!!

Greatest Hits of Hickory Records Vol II

Hank Williams Songbook  20 tracker Sony legacy series

Heartworn Highways

Hillbilly Boogie 20 tracker sony Legacy

Hillbilly Fever: Legends of the West Coast.

Imus Ranch Record II (w. Jamey Johnson, Levon Helm, etc)

Return of the Grievous Angel: Tribute to Gram Parsons inc Mavericks,

                                                  Emmylou, Steve Earle etc)

Spirit of the Hawaiian Slack steel Guitar

 

CDS $15 & up

Time-Life Feature  Put out by Time-Life these are excellent compilations; with career spanning coverage. All original with great sound and presentation. They are put out by the Country Music Hall of Fame in conjunction with Time Life. They are now out of print, so don’t miss out:

 

Legendary Country Singers series $18  25 tracks on each.

**Cline, Patsy

**Haggard, Merle 

**Jones, George

**Price, Ray

**Pride, Charley

**Wynette, Tammy ($20) only one copy of Tammy.

 

Legends of Country Music Box Sets $40  Each have 3 cds 60 tracks and cover different labels. They come with an excellent booklet.

 

The size is  approx 14 x 26cm or if you prefer 6 x 10”, with 36-40 lavishly illustrated glossy pages. Postage on one of these is $6.50.

 

**Merle Haggard – “The Original Outlaw” Some incredibly rare photographs and great notes by Robert price & Colin Escott( who is also complier). Some wonderful reproductions such as the excerpt from “The Bakersfield Californian” date December 26 th 1957. “haggard, his 17 year old wife and a third suspect were taken into custody during the early morning hours. It goes on to talk about prisoner A-45200….and he did turn 21 in prison, even if parole was not out of the question.

 

**George Jones “The Hits then Till Now” Intro by George hisself (that’s the country way of saying himself BTW). Have to again say the array of photographs reproduced are spectacular…did you know George’s dad was “George Washington Jones”?? This has even longer booket 44 pages. Incredible photo captioned “King & Queen of country Music” will show you dress sense is something that may have bypassed George. Notes by Colin Escott. Includes Starday, Mercury, United Artists, Musicor and more tracks.

 

**Jerry Lee Lewis – “Whole Lot of Shakin’ Going On: A Half Century of Hits” Notes by Colin Escott.  Actually has 66 tracks with the last 2 cds being virtually all country and the first mainly rock  &roll. It even includes an ultra rare pre-sun label 1952 recording of a Lefty Frizzell song “Don’t Stay Away Till Love Grows Cold” backed with an original “New Orleans Boogie”. Great notes illustrate how tough his life was. His elder brother was killed by a hit and run driver whilst his father was in gaol for bootlegging!! And many of Jerry Lee’s quotes will have you laughing out loud. Also included is a recording outtake of Jerry Lee discussing religion with Sam Philips in 1958!

 

**Stanley Brothers – “The Definitive Collection 1947-1966” again, the photographs reproduced are stunning. Features a forward by Ricky Skaggs and notes by bluegrass authority, Gary Reid, (no releation.) Covers, Columbia, Mercury, Starday/King & more right through to Rebel.

 

**Various – Four Decades of Folk Rock  whopping 64 page book. Not country of course but a great set. $45 (this one only)

 

Also on Time-Life **George Jones – 40 Years of Duets 20 tracks $15  Includes Jeanette Hicks, Virginia Spurlock, Margie Singleton, Patty Loveless, Lacy J Dalton, Alan Jackson and of course Tammy Wynette and Melba Montgomery.

 

**Loretta Lynn – All Time Gospel Favorites  20 tracks $18 Standards & originals.

THE REST

Aciff, Roy                                          End of the World (Hickory tracks) $20

Albert, Christine                              Texafrance $20 A fascinating & great

                                                            album in which Teaxs gal performs 11

                                                            songs in the folk country style in both   ]

                                                            English & French. There are several Edith

                                                            Piaf songs and Christine does them full

                                                            justice. Unique & stunning!

Allen, Rex                                          Voice of the West $18 (Bear Family)

Anderson, John                                I Just Came Home to Count the memories

                                                            Reissue of WB classic $18

Asleep at the Wheel                        Western Standard Time/ Keepin’ Me Up

                                                            Nights $18 2 on 1

Baillie & the Boys                            Lights of Home $18 Kathy Baillie’ crystal

                                                            clear voice is as good as that of Suzy

                                                            Bogguss & the material on this matches

                                                            the voice.

Ball, David                                         Sparkle City $20

Ball, David                                         Thinking problem $18

Ball, David                                         Heartaches by the number $20

Barker, Aaron/Curtis Wayne       Straight from the Horse’s Mouth $20

Bell, Delia                                          Delia Bell $20 produced by & featuring

                                                            Emmylou Harris. Great album

Berry, Benny                                    Give Me a Good Country Song $20 Only

                                                            1 copy at this price.

Bice, Steve                                        Sixty Minutes of Sin $20 gem

Bice, Steve                                        Sin Citizen Sessions $22 You’d have to

                                                            love a guy who wrote a song called
                                                            “Rubber Room” that is different to the

                                                            Porter one butjust as good. 17 tracks

Blue, Arkey                                       The Hills of Old Fredericksburg $20

Boland, Jason                                   High in the Rockies: A live Album $20

Bonanza                                            Bear Family Box 4cds complete in mint

                                                            condition but no box or book (nor special

                                                            gift from Hop Sing) $58 93 tracks

Booth, Tony                                      Essential $20 original Capitol recordings

Bosworth, Libbi                                Outskirts of You $22 Only album from

                                                            great Texas singer a la Marti Brom.

Brennan, Walter                              Old Shep $18 (formerly Dutchmans Gold)

Brooks, Kix                                       Kix Brooks $20 1989 original

Brown, Junior                                   Down Home chrome $18

Browne, Jann                                   Buckin’ around $20 …tribute to Buck

Browns                                              Complete Hits $20 (Collectors Choice)

Buffett, Jimmy                                 Living & Dying in ¾ Time $18

Burleson, Ed                                     Cold Hard Truth $20 autographed. Great

                                                            Texas dancehall honky tonk

Burnette, Johnny                             Ballads $22 (Bear)

Burns, Brian                                     Eagle & The Snake $18

Burns, Brian                                     Angels & Outlaws $20

Burns, Brian                                     Highways, Heartaches & Honky tonks$20

Butler, Carl & Pearl             Best of (inc. 5 tracks by Johnny & Jonie

                                                            Mosby) $20

Byrds                                                 Sweethearts of Rodeo $15 Gram parsons

Cargill, Henson                                 On The Road $18

Carter, Carlene                                Musical Shapes/Blue nun 2 on 1 $18

Carter Family                                   Sunshine in the Shadows 2cds 48 tks $18

Cartwright, Lionel                           I Watched It All on the Radio $15

Cash, Johnny                                    Rocakabilly Blues $18

Cash, Johnny                                    At Madison Square Garden $18)

Cash, Johnny                                    Sunday Morning Coming Down $18

Cash, Johnny                                    Johnny Cash Is Coming to Town/ Boom                                                             Chicka Boom $20 (Mercury 2 on 10 great

Cash, Johnny                                    Johnny 99  OOP $20

Cash, Johnny                                    Country Classics 3CD $25 Readers Digest

Cash/Nelson                         VH1 Storytellers Live $20 Sheer magic.

Cash, Tommy                                   Fade to Black $18 (2010)

Cash, Tommy                                   Very Best $18

Casello, Chris                                    Done Moved on $18 scorching rockabilly

Chapel, Leon                         Automatic Mama $18 (Bear Family)

Charles, Bobby                                 See You Later Alligator $20 (Bear Family)

Charles, Ray                                     Friendship $18 duets 2 bonus tks

Chieftains                                          Bells of Dublin $18 w. McGarrigles, Nanci

                                                            Griffith, Marianne Fathfull etc

Chieftains                                          The Long Black Veil $18

Chieftains                                          Another rCountry $20  

Clark, Gene/Carla Olson                In Concert 2cds $20 19 tks + 7 Gene solo

Clark, Gene                                       Silverado ‘ 75 $18

Clark, Sanford                                  Shades $15 (Bear Family)

Clark, Terri                                       Live $18

Cletro, Eddie                                     Flying Saucer Boogie $20 (Bear Family)

Collie, Mark                                       Hardin County Line $20 Fabulous 1990 cd

Comeaux, Amie                                Moving Out $18 Fine young singer who

                                                            was tragically killed in car accident.

Conlee, John                                     Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus $15 gospel

Cooper, Wilma Lee & Stoney        Songs of Inspiration  $15

Dadi. Marcel                                     Nashville Rendezvous $25 2cds with Chet

Dalton, Lacy J                                   Greatest Hits (CBS) w. 16th Avenue

Davis, Jimmy                                    Country Music Hall of Fame $18

Dean, Lonnie/Will Taylor               Texas Honky Tonk Shuffles $20

Dee, Billy                                           When the Vow Breaks $20 Dale Watson.

De Leon, Bianca                               Love, Guns & Money $18 Live from Austin

Delmore Brothers                           Freight Train Boogie (Ace) Uk $20

Dement, Iris                                     Infamous Angel $18

Dement, Iris                                     Lifeline $15

Diffie, Joe                                          Ultimate Collection $15 20 tks

Diffie, Joe                                          Homecoming $18 2010 bluegrass style

Digby, Amber                                   Another Way to Live $20

Digby, Amber                                   Here Comes the Teardrops $20

Digby, Amber                                   Passion, Pride & What Might Have Been

                                                            $20….you can’t get better than Amber.

Digby, Amber/Justin Trevino       Keeping Up Appearances $20

Dillard, Rodney                                I Wish Life Was Like Mayberry $18 The

                                                            Dillards had a continuing part on the

                                                            Andy Griffith Show as “The Darlings” &

                                                            Rodney makes an album about the values

                                                            & wisdom as displayed in that iconic TV

                                                            show. It is ostensibly bluegrass but Rod

is just as much country & does a fine    cover of Bellamys “Andy Griffith Show”.

Dillard/Haynes Band                      There Goes the Neighbourhood $20

                                                            Rodney Dillard & the great Bruce Haynes

Dobson, Bonnie                                Viva La Canadienen (Bear) $20 (folk)

Dodd, Landon                                   Call of the Wine $20 Brilliant

Dunn, Holly                                       Blue Rose of Texas $18

Dusty, Slim                                       Australia Is His Name $20 3cds OOP

Eaglesmith, Fred                             Tinderbox $20

Earle, Steve                                      Ain’t ever Satisfied 2cds $20

Earle, Steve                                      Guitar Town $15

Edwqards, Don                                Moonlight & Skies $18 classy

Edwards, Jonathan                         Honky Tonk Stardust Cowboy $15

Elliott, Ronny                                    Valentine Roadkill $15

Ely, Joe                                              Honky Tonk Masquerade $18
Ely, Joe                                              Dig All Night $15

Ely, Joe                                              Love & Danger $15

Ely, Joe                                              Twistin’ in the Wind $15

Ely, Joe                                              Live at Liberty Lunch $18

Ely, Joe                                              Letter to Laredo $18

Ewing, Skip                                       Naturally $18

Ewing, Skip                                       Will to Love $20

Fargo, Donna                                    Best $20 Possibly out of print

Firefall                                               Firefall $18 (great country rock)

Flatlanders                                        Hills & Valleys $18

Flores, Bobby                                   Direct from Blanco County $20

Flores, Bobby                                   Elevn Roses $20

Flores, Bobby                                   Neon Lights $20 \

Flores, Rosie                         Single Rose $18 live album which begins

                                                            w. the great “Palomino Days”.

Foley, Red                                         Best 1944-1958 $18 (edsel UK)

Ford, Tennessee Ernie                   Vintage Collection $18 Good .

Ford, Tennessee Ernie                   6000 Sunset Boulevarde $20  23 tks

                                                            in stunning sound from his radio show.

                                                            One of the best singers anywhere.

Foster & Lloyd                                  Faster & Louder Great album by

                                                            Radney & Bill. Lots of twangy Dwight

                                                            Style. Recommended.

Foster & Lloyd                                  Foster & Lloyd $20 Great 1987 debut OP

Frickie, Janie                                    After Midnight $18 completes 4 Frickies!

Gatlin, Larry                                     Pilgrimage $18 (with “Johnny Cash Is

                                                            Dead & the House Burned Down”)

Gauthier, Mary                                 Between Daylight & Dark $18

Gauthier, Mary                                 Drag Queens in Limousines $20

Gauthier, Mary                                 Filth & Fire $20

Gibson, Don                                      Legend in my Time (Bear) 1 only $18

Gosdin, Vern                                     Back in the Swing of Things $20 (reissue

                                                            of “The Voice”)

Gosdin, Vern                                     Never My Love $18

Gosdin, Vern                                     You’ve Got Somebody $18

Gosdin, Vern                                     Truly Great Hits $15

Gosdin, Vern                                     Late & Great Voice $18

Gosdin, Vern                                     10 Years of Greatest Hits $18

Green, Bill                                         Dang These Texas Honky Tonks $22

Greene, Lorne                                  The Man $20 28 tks

Griffith, Nanci                                  Best/Retrospective $15ea 2 different cds

                                                     same tracks…one US & one UK
Griffith, Nanci                                  Lonestar State of Mind  $18

Griffith, Nanci                                  Poet In My window $18

Griffith, Nanci                                  Loving Kind radio Special $20

Guthrie, Jack                                    Oklahoma Hills $20 (Bear Family)

Haddock, Durwood                         The Texas Honky Tonk Blues $18

                                                            Writer of “There She Goes” Honky tonk

Haggard, Marty                               Borders & Boundaries $18 a gem

Haggard, Merle                                I Am What I Am $20 (2010 gem)

Haggard, Merle                                Kern River/Chill Factor $20

Haggard, Merle                                I’m a Lonesome Fugitive/Branded Man20

Haggard, Merle                                Portrait of Merle Haggard/Keep Movin’

                                                            On $20

Hall, Tom t                                        Songs from SopChoppy $20

Hall, Tom t                                        Sings Miss Dixie & Tom T $20

Hancock, Wayne                             Thunderstorms & Neon Signs $20

Hand, James                                     Shadows Where the Magic Was $20

Hard Hat Dave                                 And the Honky Tonk Knights $20

Harris, D  B                                       Can I Return These Flowers $20

Harris, Emmylou                             Brand New Dance $18 

Harris, Emmylou                             Angel Band $18

Hayes, Wade                                    Place to Turn Around $20

Hill, Goldie                                         Don’t Send Me No More Roses $20

Hillman, Chris/ Herb Pederson    Edwards Barn $20 (only 1 at this price)

Holiday, Jolie                                    Lucky Enough $18

Hollister, Doug                                 There Is a Time $20

Hooker, Jake                                    Lost Along the way $20

Hudgins, Lucas                                 The World Left Is Mine $18

Hurd, Cornell                                    Beyond the Purple Hills $20

Hurd, Cornell                                    Live at Jovitas $20

Hurd, Cornell                                    A Bad Year for Love $20

Husky, Ferlin                                    Country Music Is Her to Stay $18

Intveld, James                                 Have Faith $18

Jackson, Alan                                   34 Number Ones $20          2cds

Jackson, Stonewall                         Best $20  24tks

Jackson, Wanda                              Heartache $18

James, Sonny                                   Complete Columbia & Monument Hits $18

James, Sonny                                   In Prison in Person/200 Years $20

                                                            The In prison album features the

                                                             prisoners playing & is superb.

James, Sonny                                   Capitol Collectors Series $15

Jennings, Waylon                            Cowboys Sisters Rascals & Dirt $18

Jennings, Waylon                            Old Waylon Sings Old Hank $20

Jennings, Waylon                            Love of Common People/ Hangin’ On

                                                            $20 2 on 1

Jiminez, Flaco                                   Partners $20 What a lineup. Flaco & likes

                                                            of Dwight, Emmylou, Linda, Ry Cooder!!

Johnnie & Jack                                 Best $18

Johnson, Jamey                               The Guitar Song 2cds $22

                                                            The saviour of country music. Like

                                                            the greatest stars in country he is also a

                                                            bad man!! Like them he is also great!!

Jones, George                                  We All Get together/ Let’s Build a World

                                                            Together 2 on 1 with Tammy $20

Jones, George                                  She Thinks I Still care 2cds OOP $30

                                                            United Artist Years

Jones, George                                  Anniversary: Ten Years of Hits $18

Jones, George                                  Homecoming in Heaven $20

Jones, George                                  In a Gospel way $18

Jones, George                                  I Am what I Am $18

Jones, George                                  Essential 2cds $15

Jones, George                                  The Grand Tour $15

Jones, George                                  And Friends $25 2 dvd + cd.

Jones, George/Merle Haggard     Kickin’ Out the Footlights $18  

Jones, George                                  A Collection of My Best Recollection $18

                                                            Only in Crackerbarrel stores w. 2 extra tk

Jones, George                                  Jones By George $20  2cds early years

Jones, George                                  Essential Spirit of Country $28 2cds

Jones, Grandpa                                Country Music Hall of Fame $18

Joss, Scott                                        A New Reason to Care $20 Scott was in

                                                            Dwight’s band and now is in Haggard’s

                                                            Band…looks good on his qv! He is also a

                                                            great honky tonk vocalist in his own right

                                                            with a stunning original voice. Was

                                                            produced by fellow Dwight band

                                                            men Pete Anderson & Taras Prodaniuk.

Kaplansky, Lucy                              The Tide $20

Kaplansky, Lucy                              Ten Year Night $20

Kaplansky, Lucy                              Flesh & Bone $20  Great folkie..all sealed.

Kershaw, Sammy                            Better Than I Used to Be $20 New 2010

                                                            album shows Sammy still at the top of

                                                            his game. Greatly produced by Buddy

                                                            Cannon. A great bonus is a duet with the

                                                            great Jamey Johnson on the Shel

                                                            Silverstein classic “Cover of the Rolling

Kirchen, Bill                                      King of Dieselbilly $20 Contains 2 long

                                                            versions of “Hot Rod Lincoln”, one solo &

                                                            one with Twangbangers.

Kristofferson, Kris                          Please Don’t Tell Me How the Story Ends

                                                            The Publishing Demos inc 60 pg book $22

Kristofferson, Kris                          Live at the Philharmonic $20 77 minutes

                                                            w. guest Willie Nelson. OOP

Kristofferson, Kris                          Surreal Thing/Easter Island $20 2 on 1

Kristofferson, Kris                          Repossessed/Third World Warrior $22

                                                            2cd set.

Kristofferson, Kris                          Who’s to Blame etc/To the Bone $20

Kristofferson, Kris                          Border lord/ Jesus Was a Capricorn $20

Kristofferson, Kris                          Kristofferson (expanded) $18

Lewis, Linda Gail                              Out of the shadows $20

Loudermilk, John D             It’s My Time $20 (Bear Family) w. his

                                                            own versions of “Tobacco Road” & “The

                                                            Lament of Cherokee Indian” 24tks

Louvin, Charlie                                 Greatest Hits $15 20 post Louvin inc.    

                                                            3 duets w. Melba Montgomery

Louvin, Charlie                                 And Friends $15 (inc. “This Darn pen”)

Louvin, Charlie                                 Less & Less/ Lonesome Is Me $20

                                                            Capitol post Ira solo albums 2 on 1

Louvin, Charlie                                 The Battle Rages on $18 (2010)

Louvin Bros                                       20 Greatest Gospel Hits $15

Loveless, Patty                                Mountain Soul II $20

Lovett, Lyle                                       Step Inside This House 2cds 18

Lynn, Loretta                                    Definitive $20

Lynn, Loretta                                    Peace in the Valley $18

McDaniel, Mel                                   Reloaded $20 12 tracks, a mix of new &

                                                            re-recording, the quirky & then some

                                                            “Plastic Doll” makes this a must

Macon, Uncle Dave                          Country Music Hall of Fame $20 OOP

Maphis, Joe & Rose lee                   Cold Heart of steel $20

Marquez, Bobby                               Bobby Marquez $20

Martin, Tony                                     Stronger Than That $20

Mattea, Kathy                                  Coal $15 (cf Patty’s “Mountain Soul”)

Mavericks                                          Definitive Collection $20

Miller, Darnell                                   Timeless $18

Miller, Ned                                         From a jack to a King $20 (Bear) 1 only

Miller, Roger                                     King of the Road $18 (Bear) 1 only

Milsap, Ronnie                                  40 # 1 Hits 2cds  $20

Milsap, Ronnie                                  Ultimate Collection $15 22 tks

Milsap, Ronnie                                  Then Sings My Soul: 24 Favourite Hymns

                                                            & Gospel Songs $15 2cds

Moffatt, Katy                                    Katy/ Kissin’ in the California Sun 2 on 1

                                                            $22 UK release of ultra rare CBS albums

                                                            & with “Another Magic Moment in

                                                            Showbiz”, one of the best ever songs

                                                            about the wiles of being a performer.

Moffatt, Katy                                    Midnight Radio $15

Moffatt, Katy                                    Trilogy 2cds three albums Midnight Radio

                                                            Evangeline Hotel & Hearts Gone Wild $25

Monroe, Vaughn                              Very Best $20 all the originals

Morgan, Chad                                   Regal Zonophone Singles 3cds $18

Morgan, Lorrie                                 A Moment in Time $18 Is this the 10th                                                                or 12th….album silly not husbands!!       

Morgan, Lorrie                                 The Color of Roses 2cds w. bonus tks and

                                                            interviews. $20

Morgan, Lynette                              Insomnia Blues $20 (rockabilly)

Morrison, Van/ Linda Gail Lewis You Win Again $20

Mullican, Moon                                 I’l lSail My Ship Alone/ Mr Honky tonk Man $22  Two rare 60s albums on 1

Mullins, Dee                                      The Continuing Story $18 27 tks

Murphey, Michael Martin               Ultimate Collection $18 21 tracks

Myles, Heather                                Highways & Honky tonks $20

Nelson, Willie                                   Complete Liberty Recordings 2cd $25

                                                            45 tracks.

Nelson, Willie                                   Six Hours in Pedernales $20 with the

                                                            great Curtis Potter. On Step One.

Nelson, Willie                                   Just One Love $20 This OOP gem on

                                                            Justice is Willie’s 2nd best album IMO

                                                            (AINW) just behind “Phases & Stages”

                                                            & has 12 great tracks inc. 2 with Kimmie

                                                            Rhodes + one gem w. Grandpa Jones.

Nelson, Willie                                   Willie & Family Live 2cds $20 expanded

Nelson, Willie                                   Country Classics 3cd Readers Digest $20

Nelson, Willie                                   Rainbow Connection $18 Took a while

                                                            but now I love this. The title track & his

                                                            great version of “I’m My Own Grandpa”!!

Nichols, Joe                                      Real Things $18

Nichols, Joe Paul                             The Price Is Right $20 Ray Price tribute

Nichols, Joe Paul                             Tree of Life $20 mainly gospel.

Norma Jean                                      Guess That Comes from Being Poor $20

O’Hara, Jamie                                  Beautiful Obsession $20 hard to get 2nd.

Owens, Buck                                    Together Again/My Heart Skips a Beat 15

Owens, Buck                                    Sings Tommy Collins $15

Owens, Buck                                    I Don’t Care $15

Owens, Buck                                    I’ve Got a Tiger by the Tail $15

Owens, Buck                                    On the Bandstand $15

Owens, Buck                                    Collection 1959-90 sampler $15

Owens, Buck                                    Before You Go No One But You $15

SEE ALSO RARITIES & BOX SETS

Page, Patti                                        Mercury Years Volume 1 $20

Page, Patti                                        Mercury Years Volume 2 $20 long OOP

Paisley, Brad                                    Hits Alive $20 2 cds

Papa Tops West Coast Turnaround Greatest Hits Vol 2 $20 Truckin’

Parsons, Gram                                 Anthology:Sacred Hearts & Fallen Angels

                                                            2cds now deleted last copy $28

Parsons, Jeremy                             Doggonest Feelin’ $18 one of 2010 best.

                                                            In fact it is great.

Parton, Dolly                                    Fairest of Them All/ My Favourite

                                                            Songwriter Porter Wagoner $20 2on1

Parton, Dolly                                    Heartsongs $20 great 23 track live

Paycheck, Johnny                           The beginning Little Darlin’ Sound $15

Paycheck, Johnny                           Shakin’ the Blues (Bear Family) $20

Paycheck, Johnny                           The Soul & Edge: Best $20 23 tks

Pierce, Webb                                    High Geared Daddy $20 (Bear Family)

Potter, Curtis                                   The Survivors $20 w. Darrell McCall &

                                                            Tony Booth.

Powers, Freddy                               Silver Eagle $18

Prairie Oyster                                  Everybody Knows $20

Prairie Oyster                                  Blue Plate special $18!

Price, David                                      A Texas Songwrite r$20

Price, Ray                                         The Essential 1951-62 $18 20 tracks

Price, Ray                                         Faith $18 Gospel album

Prine, John                                        Missing Years $20

Prine, John                                        In Spite of Ourselves $20 duets

Prine, John                                        John Prine $18his debut)

Reefer, Sean                                                Texas Hill Country $20 like Hank III

                                                            & Wayne the Train….in fact great!!

Ritter, Tex                                         High Noon (Bear) $20

Rodriguez, Johnny                          Some of Mine Some of Theirs $20 His

                                                            glorious 2010 independent release is

                                                            stunning….as good as he has ever done.

Russell, Leon                                    Best of Hank Wilson $20 22 tks Great

Russell, Tom                                     Hurricane Season $18

Russell, Tom                                     Road to BAyamon $20

Sadler, SSgt Barry                          Ballads of the Green Berets $20 + bonus

                                                            (Note: this reissue has sold 75,000 +)

Sasaki, Hank                                    Songs from my Heart $20

Silverstein, Shel                               Freakin’ at the Freakers Ball $20 + bonus

Smith, Cal                                          Stories of Life $20 (Step One)

Smith, Carl                                        sixties Hits  24 tks $20

Smith, Carl                                        Essential 1950-56 $15 20 tks OOP

Smith, Connie                                   Essential $18 20 RCA gems.,

Smith, Connie                                   Love Never Fails $18 gospel album with

                                                            Barbara Fairchild & Sharon White

Snow, Hank                                      Country Music legends $18 2cds

Sousley, Rick                                    Patsy Proof. $20 Good cd wondrous title

                                                            song!!

Stanley, Nathan                               My Kind of Country $20 He is grandson of

                                                            Ralph & has an amazing number of guest

                                                            artists as he cover mainly standards, 21

                                                            songs with Vince Gill, John Anderson,
                                                            Patty Loveless, Ralph Stanley etc
Statlers                                              Radio Gospel Favourites $18

Statlers                                              Words & Music $20 hard to get

Stewart, Gary                                  Best of Hightone Years $15

Stewart, Wynn/Jan Howard         Very Best $20
Stone, Billy                                        West Texas Sky $18 (Bear Family)

Strait, George                                  50 # 1s $20 cds

Strait, George                                  Love Collection 2 cds $15

Strait, George                                  Beyond the Blue Neon $15(his best)

Strait, George                                  22 More Hits Strait $15

Strait, George                                  Twang $20 His latest & one of his best.

Street, Mel                                        20 Greatest Hits $20 (king of the

                                                            cheating song..daylight second)

Stringer, Jim                         Triskaidekaphilia $15

Stuart, Marty                                    The Pilgrim $20 His concept album is

                                                            OOP. It is his best & includes the only

                                                            recorded duet of Emmylou & George

                                                            Jones…which is as good as it sounds.

Swan, Billy                                        Greatest Hits $20  20 tks

Sweeney, Sunny                              Heartbreaker’s Hall of Fame $18

Taylor, Chip                                      Ungloious Hallelujah 2 cd  $18

Taylor, Chip                                      Yonkers NY 2cd book cover $20

Taylor, Jackson Band                     Live Locked & Loaded at Longhorns $20

Taylor, Jackson Band                     Dark Days $20 …hard rockin’!!

Taylor, Larry Joe                             Heart of the Matter $18 …the Texas

                                                            Jimmy Buffett

Taylor, Larry Joe                             From Port A to Port B $18

Texas Tornados                               Live from Austin City Limits $18

Texas Tornados                               zone of Our Own $15 18

Thompson, Hank                             Country Music Hall of Fame $15(MCA)

Thompson, Hank                             Best of Hank Thompson 1966-79 $18

Thompson, Hank                             Treasures $15nreleased Capitol tracks

Thompson, Hank                             Hank world $15 radio transcriptions 23tk

Thompson, Hank                             My Personal Favourites $15

Thompson, Hank                             Hank the Hired Hand 2cds $22

Tillman, Floyd                                   Country Music Hall of Fame OOP $18

Tillotson, Johnny                             All the Early Hits & More (Ace UK) $20

Travis, Merle                                    Merle Travis Story $20 CMH

Travis, Merle                                    Hoedown Shows $18 transcriptions 25tk

Trevino, Justin                                 Loud whiskey & Strong wine $20

Trooper, Greg                                  Upside Down Town $18  

Twitty, Conway                                25 Number One Hits $20

Twitty, Conway/ Loretta Lynn     Definitive Collection $20

Two Tons of Steel                            Vegas  $18

Two Tons of Steel                            Not That Lucky $18

Van Dyke, Leroy                              Leroy Van Dyke Show $15ltd ed.

Wagoner, Porter                             Essential $18 RCA                           

Wagoner, Porter                             The Rubber Room $18  29 tks

Wainwright, Loudon III                 Her Come the Choppers $18

Watson, Dale                                    Carryin’ On $18 (2010)

Watson, Dale                                    Whiskey or God $18

Watson, Dale                                    Blessed or Damned $20

Watson, Dale                                    Dreamland$18

Watson, Dale                                    From the Cradle to the Grave $18

Watson, Dale                                    I Hate These Songs $20

Watson, Doc                                     Good Deal! Doc Watson in Nashville $18

Watson, Gene                                  Sings $20

Watson, Gene                                  In a Perfect World $20

Watson, Gene                                  Taste of the truth $20

Watson, Gene                                  Then 7 Now $20

Weller, Freddy                                 Very Best $18 22 great tracks.

West, Hedy & Bill Clifton                Getting Folk Out of the country $20 Bear

West, Speedy/Jimmy Bryant       Stratosphere Boogie $15

Wheeler, Billy Edd                           Big Bag of Songs $18  28tks

Whiting, Margaret/ Jimmy Wakely Till we meet Again $15  32 tks

Whitley, Keith                                  Greatest Hits $20  (only place for

                                                            “Tell Lorrie I Love Her” + the

                                                            duet w. Lorrie “Til a Tear Becomes a

                                                            Rose”.

Whitley, Keith                                  Essential $20 inc. his first album “Hard

                                                            Act to Follow” in its entirety.

Whitley, Keith                                  LA to Miami $18 First cd from 1985!!

Wilder, Webb                                   Town & Country/ Acres of Suede $20

                                                            2 on 1

Williams, Hank III                           Rebel Within $18

Williams, Hank III                           Straight to Hel l2cds $15

Williams, Hank Jnr                          Roots & Branches Best $18 (MGM)

Williams, Hank Jnr                          Greatest Hits Volume III $15

Williams, Hank Jnr                          That’s How They Do It In Dixie: The

                                                            Essential Collection $18 NOTE: last 2

                                                            have “Tear in My Beer” on them

Williams/Hank/HankII/HankIII  Men With broken Hearts $18

Williams, Lucinda                            Ramblin’ $18

Williams, Lucnda                             Happy Woman Blues $18

                                                            Excellent firs t2 cds on Folkways

Williams, Ron                                   Natural Thing $20 one of our very

                                                            favourite vocalists. Son of Leona Williams

                                                            & ex step son of Merle Haggard.

Wills, Bob                                          Boot Heel Drag: The MGM Years 2cds

                                                            50 track now OOP $25

Wiseman, Mac                                  The Mac Wiseman Story $20 20 tks CMH

Wynette, Tammy                            Singing My Songs $18

Yates, Billy                                        Harmony Man $20

Yates, Billy                                        Country $18

Yoakam, Dwight                              Guitars, Cadillacs 2cds expanded $20

 

VARIOUS

**Beehives & Bumper Bullets      Country Girls of the 1960s $18 22 tks.

**Califia:Songs of Lee Hazelwood           ACE UK 25 tks $20

**Caught in the Webb                    Tribute to Webb Pierce $18 10/10!!!

                                                            You need this if you don’t have it!!

**Coalminer’s Daughter: A Tribute to Loretta Lynn $18 2010 with

                                                            title featuring Loretta, Miranda Lambert

                                                            & Sheryl Crow. Nice.

**Get with the Beat: Best of the Marvel Masters  $20 27 hillbilly tracks

**Gonna Shake This Shack Tonight $18 (Bear Family)

**Hank Williams: Songwriter to Legend (Bear Family) $15

**Hillbilly Bop & Boogie:King Federal Roots of Rockabilly $20 Ace(UK

**Hobo Bop                                      30 tracks with theme of Hobos. $18

**Livin’ Lovin’ Losin’                                   Tribute to the Luvin Brothers $18

**Man Who Robbed the Bank at Santa Fe $20 Bear FAmily 52 pg booklet

**Old Faithful: Songs from the Saddle 27 tracks $20

**Pearls in the Snow                      Songs of Kinky Friedman $20 One of the

                                                            best ever tributes with participants

                                                            reading like a who’s who with Dwight,

                                                            Willie, Marty Stuart, Lyle Lovett etc 17tk

**Radiogram: 24 Songs That Inspired the Teenage Gram Parsons $18

**Raise Your Window: A Cajun anthology 1928-1941 CMF OOP $20 20 tk

**Rio Bravo: Western & Other Movie & TV Themes $20 Bear Family

**Rounding Up the Girls: Great Female Vocals Volume One $18 23 tks

**Songs of the Year $20 Now OOP was sold only in Crackerbarrel. New artists redo hits none better than Randy Travis’ “Chiselled in Stone”.

**Touch My Heart                           Tribute to Johnny Paycheck $18  16 trks featuring Hank III/ Billy Yates/ Dallas Wayne/ George Jones etc

**Unbroken Circle: Musical Heritage of the Carter Family. $18 Great line up…Prine, Emmylou, Skaggs, Johnny Cash, Skaggs etc.

 

Bluegrass $15 & up

Auldridge, Mike                                Eight String Swing (Sugar Hill) $18

Blue Highway                                   Though the Window of a Train $15

Bluegrass Album Band                   This was a great collection on Rounder

                                                            which featured a core group of Tony Rice,

                                                            J D Crowe, Doyle Lawson, Bobby Hicks &

                                                            Todd Phillips

                                                            *The Bluegrass Album $18

                                                            *Bluegrass Album # 2 $18

                                                            *Bluegrass Album#3: The California

                                                            Connection (w.Jerry Douglas) $18

                                                            *Bluegrass Album #4 $18

                                                            *Bluegrass Album #6 $18

                                                            & Hicks/Phillips return

Bonham, Glen                                   Glen Bonham $18 Classic native

                                                            American singer who sings bluegrass

                                                            like George Jones might. Superb.

Cordle, Larry & Lonesome Standard Time

                                                            *Songs From the Workbench $18

Cordle, Larry/Glen Duncan           Lonesome Standard Time $18     

Crowe, J D                                         Flashback $18

Dailey & Vincent                              Sing the Statler Brothers $18 (only sold

                                                            in Crackerbarrel Stores) Great

Dailey & Vincent                              Dailey & Vincent (Rounder)

Dillards                                              Picklin’ & Fiddlin’/ Back Porch Bluegrass

                                                            2 classics on 1 cd $20

Dry Branch FireSquad                    Live at Newburyport Firehouse 2cd$20

Flatt & Scruggs                                Tis Sweet to Be Remembered 2 cd $22

Flatt & Scruggs                                Complete Mercury Recordings $18 2003

Flatt & Scruggs                                Complete Mercury Recordings $15 1992

Gadd, Pam                                        Benefit of Doubt $15

Fleck, Bela                                        Bluegrass Sessions $18

Grisman, David                                Dawgwood $18

Haden, Charlie                                 Rambling Boy $18  lots of guests 5 stars

Hartford, John                                 Gum Tree Canoe $18

Hartford, John                                 RCA Country Legends $18 17 great tracks

Johnson Mountain Boys                 Blue Diamond $18

Jones, Grandpa                                Country Music Hall of Fame $18

Kaukonen, Jorma                            Blue Country Heart $18

Kentucky Colonels                           Livin’ in the Past: Legendary Live $20

Kentucky Colonels                           Apaplachian Swing $20

Krauss, Alison                                  Too Late to Cry $18

Krauss, Alison                                  Live 2cds $18

Krauss, Alison                                  Everytime You Say Goodbye $18

McCoury, Del                                    Cold Hard Facts $18

Martin, Benny                                   The Fiddle Collection $20 28 tks CMH

Monroe, Bill                                       Cryin’ Holy Unto the Lord $15 gospel

Monroe, Bill                                       Live 1956-1969 $18 (Folkways)

Monroe, Bill                                       Live 1963-89 $20 (w. Doc Watson)

Monroe, Bill                                       Gotta Travel On  25 tks $15

Murphy, Jimmy                                Electricity $15 (w. Ricky Skaggs) A must

Nashville Bluegrass Band              The Boys Are Back in Town $18

Nashville Bluegrass Band              Twenty Year Blues $15

Nashville West                                 Nashville West $20 (w. Clarence White)

Nugent, Alecia                                  Hillbilly Goddess $20

Osborne, Bobby                               Memories: Celebrating Booby’s 60 Years

                                                            As a Professional Entertainer $18

Reno & Smiley                                  On Stage 1957-58 $18 (Copper creek)

Rice, Tony                                         Nightflyer  $15 singer songwriter coll.

Scruggs, Earl                                    With Family & Friends at the Ryman $18

Seckler, Curly                                   Down in Caroline $18

Seldom Scene                                   At the Scene $15

Seldom Scene                                   Act 1 $18

Seldom Scene                                   Live at the Cellar Door $18

Skaggs, Ricky/ Whites                   Salt of the Earth $20

Stanley, Ralph                                  Can’t You Hear the Mountains Calling

                                                            (w. Charlie Sizemore) $18           

Stanley, Ralph                                  Clinch Mountain Country 2cds SEE

                                                            RARITIES SECTION ABOVE.

Stanley, Ralph                                  Clinch Mountain Sweethearts $22 16 duet

                                                            Ralph + various including Iris Dement,

                                                            Melba Montgomery, Pam Tillis, Gillian

                                                            Welch, Lucinda, Gail Davies etc

Stanley, Ralph                                  Classic Bluegrass $18

Stanley, Ralph                                  Distant Land to Roam $15

Stanley, Ralph                                  Shine On $15

Stanley, Ralph                                  Almost Home $18

Stanley Brothers                             On Radio $18

Stanley Brothers                             Essential Gospel Masters $18

Stanley Brothers                             Earliest Recordings Rich-R-Tone $20

Stanley Brothers                             Angel Band: Classic Mercury $15

Stoneman, Scotty                            Live w. Kentucky Colonels $20

IIIrd Time Out                                 Erase the Miles $18

IIIrd Time Out                                 Puttin’ New Roots Down $18

IIIrd Time Out                                 Live at the mac $18

IIIrd Time Out                                 Grandpa’s Mandolin $18

White, Roland                                   I wasn’t Born to Rock & Roll $20

White ,Roland                                   Trying to Get to You $18
Whites                                               Lifetime in the Making $20

Whites                                               Greatest Hits (MCA) oop $20

Various

All Star Jam Live at Graves Mountain $18 25 tracks

As Good As It Gets: Bluegrass    2cd 52tracks $18

Dark as a Dungeon: Songs of the Mines (rebel) $18

Harlan County USA: Songs of the Coal Miners Struggle $18 ***(sadly very pertinent after the tragedy in New Zealand)

Legend Lives On: Tribute to Bill Monroe $18 2cds

O Sister 2: A Woman’s Blue grass Collection $15

Rounder Records Story  100page book 4 cds $48 box set

 

BLUEGRASS   $5

Big Country Bluegrass                    The Boys in Hats & Ties

Boxcars                                             Boxcars (Mountain Home)

Brand New Strings                          No Strings Attached

Lawson, Doyle & Quicksilver        Light on My Feet, Ready to Fly (2010)

Marley’s Ghost                                 Ghost town

O’Connell, Maura                             Walls & Windows

Reid, Lou & Terry Baucom Carolina Blue

Scott, Wayne                                    This Weary Way (Darrell’s dad! Great)

Spring Creek                         Way Up On a Mountain

Wheeler                                             Wheeler

Various

Cold Mountain Soundtrack

BLUEGRASS  $10   3/$25 

There are some never to be repeated bargains in this section. Mix with any other$10 items in newsletter

Allen, Red/Farnk Wakefield          Kitchen Tapes

Baugus, Riley                                   Long Steel Rail (Sugar Hill)

Berline/Crary/Hickman                Chambergrass

Blaylock, Audie                                Cryin’ Heart Blues (2010)

Blue Highway                                   Blue Highway

Blue Highway                                   Wondrous Love

Bluegrass Band                                Once Again from the Top Vol 1

Bluegrass Band                                Once Again from the Top Vol 2

Bradley, Dale Ann                           Don’t turn Your Back

Bush, Sam                                         Circles Around Me

Byrd, Robert                                     Mountain Fiddler

Cherryholmes                                  IV Common Threads

Clifton, Bill/ Jimmy Gaudreau      River of Memories

Cordle/Jackson/Salley                  Against the Grain  (Carl Jackson)

Cox Family                                        Just When we’re Thinkin’ Its Over

Cox Family                                        Beyond the City (Rounder)

Cox Family                                        Everybody’s Reachin Out etc (Rounder)

Crowe/Lawson/Williams              Old Friends Get Together (JD/Doyle/Paul)      (Mountain Home)

Crowe Brothers                               Brothers ‘n Harmony  

Daughters of Bluegrass                 Back to the Well

Dry Branch FireSquad                    Echoes of the Mountains  (Rounder)

Emerson, Bill & Sweet Dixie          Southern

Emerson & Taylor                           Appaloosa  (webco)

Golden West                                     Foggy Hogtown Boys

Gordons                                             Our Time  

Gordons                                             Time Will Tell Our Story  Great family

                                                            group inc. their son Noah Gordon.

Greene, Richard                              The Greene Fiddler

Gulley, Steve/Tim Stafford           Dogwood Winter

Hartford, John Stringband            Memories Of  (inc Hartford himself)

Ickes, Rob                                         Road Song 

King, James                                      Garden in the Sky (Rounder)

King, James                                      The Bluegrass Storyteller

Kohrs, Randy                                    Old Photograph (Rural Rhythm)

Kohrs, Randy                                    I’m Torn

Krauss, Alison                                  A Hundred Miles or More

Krauss, Alison                                  New favourite

Krauss, Alison                                  Raising Sand (withRobert Plant)

Lawson, Doyle                                 Best of Sugar Hill Years

Lonesome River Band                     Best of the Sugar Hill Years

Lulu belle & Scotty                          Sweethearts Still

Lulu belle & Scotty                          Sweethearts of country Music

Lynch, Claire                                     Whatcha Gonna Do

Monroe, Bill                                       16 Gems

Monroe, Bill                                       Country Music Hall of Fame

Monroe, Bill & Monroe Bros           Essential

Murphey, Michael Martin               Bluegrass Buckaroo

New Coon Creek Girls                     Everything You Do gospel

O’Brien, Molly/Rich Moore            Saints & sinners (2010)

O’Brien, Tim                                      Red on Blonde (Dylan tribute)

O’Brien, Tim                                      Chicken & Egg  

O’Brien, Tim                                      Traveler

O’Brien, Tim                                      Chameleon

O’Brien, Tim                                      Cornbread Nation

O’Connor, mark                               20 Year Retrospective 2cds

Osborne, Bobby/Jesse McReynolds  Masters of Mandolin

Ostroushko, Pete                            When the Last Morning Glory Blooms

Parmley & McCoury                        Families of Tradition

Rowan, Peter/Don Edwards         High Lonesome Cowboy

Rowan, Peter                                   Best of the Sugar Hill Years  

Scott, Darrell                                    A Crooked Road 2cds 2010  

Sheton, James Alan                        Guitar Tracks

Simpkins, Richie                              Dancing on the Fingerboard

Sisk, Junior & Ramblers choice    Heartaches & Dreams (2010)

Skaggs, Ricky                                   Best of the Sugar Hill Years

Skaggs, Ricky                                   1946-1947 Honouring Fathers of

                                                            Of Bluegrass

Skaggs, Ricky                                   Soldier of the Cross

Skaggs, Ricky                                   Bluegrass Rules

Skaggs, Ricky                                   Instrumentals

Smith, Kenny & Amanda                Live & Learn

Smith, Valerie/ Becky Buller        Here’s a Little Song

Stanley Brothers                             Complete Columbia Studio Recordngs

Stephenson, Larry                          20th Anniversary guests

Stephenson, Larry                          Thankful (gospel)

Sullivan, Jerry & tammy                At the Feet Of God

Travers, Fred                                   Time After Time dobro

Trischka, Tony                                 Territory(Smithsonian)

Ulisse, Donna                                   Walk This Mounatin Down

Ulisse, Donna                                   When I Look back

Vincent, Rhonda                              A Dream Come True (Rebel)

Vincent, Rhonda                              Back Home Again (Rounder)

Vincent, Rhonda                              Trouble Free (WB)

Vincent, Rhonda                              Destination Life (Rounder)

Vincent, Rhonda                              All American Bluegrass Girl (Rounder)

Vincent, Rhonda                              Ragin’ Live (rounder)

Vincent, Rhonda                              My Blue Tears (Rebel)

Vincent, Rhonda                              Good Thing Goin’ (Rounder)

                                                            Note: These will sell quickly.

Wakefield, Frank                             Ownself Blues
Williams, Robin/Linda                    Buena Vista

Williams, Robin/Linda                    Live    

Williams, Robin/Linda                    Good News

Williams, Robin/Linda                    Deeper Waters

Wise, Chubby                                   In Nashville  

Various

Face a Frowning world: An E C Ball Memorial Album (Tompkins sq.)

Legacy: A Tribte to the Firs tGeneration of Bluegrass (Sugar Hill)

BOOKS

Willie Nelson “The Tao of Willie”  $15 Willie’s great book of anecdotes and lots of wit & wisdom Willie style .See how he really thinks of the RS

 

Bill C Malone – Country Music USA 2010 3rd edition $30 1 only  whopping 664 pages

 

Charles C Wolfe “Good Natured Riot Birth of the Grand Ol Opry” $25 hardback.

 

Marshall Chapman They Came to Nashville $20 hardback interviews

 

Proper Box sets (last copies) All 4cd + book. Numbers in brackets will be (number of tracks/pages in book) so for example Charlie Poole, (80/24) means 80 tracks + 24 pg book.

**Acuff, Roy “King of Country Music” (100/40) Mr Roy as he was called was responsible more than anyone else post Carter family for bringing country music to the city. $25

**Blazing Bluegrass (103/52) $30 each cd is titled: Bill Monroe/ Flatt & Scruggs/ Stanley Brothers/ Best of the Rest

**Bluegrass Bonanza (109/40) Each cd gets a separate title from Stringbands 1927-38/Monroe Legacy 1936-45/Early Bluegrass 1944-50/ Classic Bluegrass 1946-50. $30

**Boppin’ Hillbilly to Red Hot Rockabilly (118/68) Explores how hillbilly became hillbilly boogie and then rockabilly. Darn good. $30

**Carter Family “Country Folk” (103/44) Unbeatable value. All the standard are her along with some great rarities. $30

**Crosby, Bing It’s easy to Remember  $20 (99/36)

**Domino, Fats “King of New Orleans Rock & Roll”  (86/48) This covers the 1949 (“The Fat Man”) through to 1957 and features all his famous Imperial trcaks, many produced by Dave Bartholomew.

**Foley, Red “Hillbilly Fever”  (100/44) $30 Great collection of his Decca recordings including his duets with the like of Ernest Tubb, where the contrasting voices work magically.

**Good News: 100 Gospel Greats (100/48)  Black gospel including the wondrous Mahalia Jackson & Sister Rosetta Tharpe. $25

**Guthrie, Woody  “Some Folk” (100/48) America’s greatest folk artist with untold influence on country music as well. His famous ballads of the Oklahoma Dust Bowl and how itinerant workers were so harshly treated has never bee bettered.

**Haley, Bill  From Western Swing to R-O-C-K (94/48) Believe it or not he was a superb yodeller taught by Kenny Roberts. This has some great examples leading to his electrified country boogie which saw him as the father (at least white father) of rock & roll. $30

**Hittin’ on All Six: History of Jazzz Guitar 94/52) From Django Reinhardt to Charlie Christian through lesser known. $25

**Hoosier Hotshots – “Everybody stomp” (100/36) The Spike Jones of country Music $25

**Little Walter (and the Kings of the Blues Harmonica))

“Blowin’ & Suckin’ (108/56) Walter was the king of blues harmonica but every other great blues harmonica player is also included.

**Louisiana Hayride Story (111/68) Has a cross section of this rival to the Grand Ol Opry with a similarly great line up. Some unknown or little known names and the out and out superstars including Mr Presley.

**Paul, Les & Mary Ford “In Perfect Harmony” (108/44) The last one I have and the last one I can get.they are all gone. $35 Don’t miss it!

**Poole, Charlie      Essential  (80/24) $25 So, we all know how he got his priorities set by singing so he could support his bootleg liquor business. He could have been the biggest except for these “slight” diversions.

**Presley, Elvis  “Tupelo Mississippi Flash” (115/52) Begins with one side of Louisiana Hayride shows. $30   Last ever copy

**Rare Rock & Roll Rampage (100/44) Ic. Likes of Freddie Bell, Boyd Bennett, Jimmy Cavello, Eddie Fontaine etc. $30

**Rock & Skiffle: Brit Beat beginnings (100/40) Naturally there is a nice selection of Lonnie Donegan, but also the kikes of Tommy Steel, Alma Cogan, Marion Ryan, Frankie Vaughan, Chris Barber etc…even some Winifred Atwell,

**Rockabilly (120/68…what a whopper) A classic compilation that features rare and ultra rare tracks and traverses the hillbilly boogie to the wildest rockabilly imaginable. Great $30

**Sons of the Pioneers “My Saddle Pals & I” (100/52) The original 1930s trio recordings (with backing by the incomparable Farr Brothers) through to the 50s. Includes standards, gospel & secular songs.

**Steelin’ It The Steel Guitar Story (100/56) Covers all arrays of steel guitar playing from Hawaiian, through western swing, and weren’t there some greats in that sub-genre, through to hard core honky tonk. Pedal & non pedal. A must have item for the steel guitar fan. $30

**Swinging Hollywood Hillbilly Cowboys (114/64) A great guide to the West Coast & Capitol records country music . $30

**Tharpe, Sister Rosetta “The Original Soul Sister” (81/40) Perhaps the most influential female blues performer ever with the ability to be jazzy or downright dirty (in the musical sense that is). Her amazing “Two Little Fishes & Five Loaves of Bread” may be the greatest thing you wil lever hear.!!

**Tubb, Ernest “Texas Troubadour” (100/48) $25 Classic country fro mone of Nashville’s best serving bastians.

**Walker, T-Bone “The Original Source” (90/44) $25 Unquestionanbly the most influential blues guitarist of all time

**Williams, Hank “Hillbilly Hero” (80+ 6 complete Health & Happines Shows /52) $30

**Wills, Bob “Take me Back to Tulsa” (109/52) Has 2cds of his Columbia/ 1 of his Tiffany transcriptions and 1 of the MGM. $30

**With My Little Ukulele in My Hand (104/48) Again has every style from Hawaiian (Sol Hoopi) through jazz 9Lyle Ritz and illustrates how widespread the popularity of the instrument was. Naturally it wouldn’t be complete without some Cliff “Ukulele” Ike Edwards or George Formby, who I adore.  $30

 

OTHER BOX SETS

JSP label

Another UK label covering a wide range of style: All feature regular jewel case cds in a slip case.  Well compiled for all who enjoy the historic perspective.

 

“Cajun Rare & Authentic” 4cds 100 tracks $35 Hackberry Ramblers/ Guidry Brothers, Thibodeaux Boys (must be a Thibodeaux in there somewhere to be authentic)/ Dixie Ramblers etc. Earliest tracks date from the 1920s.

 

Hoagy Carmichael – “First of the Singer Songwriters 1924-1946” Stardust/ Rockin’ Chair/ Georgia on My Mind/ Lazy Bones/ Two Sleepy People/ Lazy River,…some jazz, some pop…101 tracks. $35 whilst the stars sung his songs, he did them best himself….the full list of his songs will just amaze.

 

Carter Family “1927 -1934”  127 tracks. 5cds $20 One only!!

 

“Classic Field Recording: Landmark Country Sessions from a Lost Era” 100 tracks including 12 by Johnny Barfield, who was very popular in Australia. Great titles such as Julian Johnson & Leon Hyatt’s “T B Killed My Daddy” plus the Rouse Brothers with the original “Orange Blossom Special”……I don’t care if I do-die, do-die, do-die…maybe that was just an embellishment of Johnny Cash!!.

 

“Hotter Than Hawaii”  4cds…regular jewel case cds in clip case style box. Early hits from this unique musical style including the likes of Roy Smeck, Sol Hoopi, Ray Kinney & His Royal Hawaiians.  105 tracks. $30

 

Memphis Jug Band with Gus Cannon’s Jug Stompers 98 tracks 4cds $35

 

Jimmie Rodgers “Recordings 1927-1933” $35 5 cds 109 recordings including all the great blues yodels. Excellent value.

 

BEAR FAMILY  New (20% off)

 

1. Browns – The Three Bells Complete Recordings from 1954-1967

I rate this the best sounding box set on Bear Family. 8 cds plus a book.

$270 less 20% = $216

 

2. Cash, Johnny – “Come Along & Ride This Train” 4 cds  All his themed albums on one set. Basically equal to 8 lps and most are only available on this box. $120 less 20% =  $96

 

3. Jones, George “Walk Through this World With Me: The Musicor Recordings Part 1 1965-1971” 5cds + book $180 less 20% = $144

Jones, George – “Good Year for the Roses: The Musicor  Recordings 1965-1971 Part 2” 4cds + book $150 less 20% = $120

 

4. Oxford, Vernon “Keeper of the Flame” 5cd + book he was too country for country back when country was still country. One of the most popular artists we have ever had.  $180 less 20% = $144

 

5. Robbins, Marty “Under Western Skies” 4 cd + book All of Marty’s Western songs in one fabulous package. Includes all the lyrics. $150 less 20% = $120

 

6.Smith, Connie – Born to Sing 4cds + book The RCA recordings of connie Smith are as good as you could here. She hit the ground running with mentorship from the great Bill Anderson and became the best proponent of singing Bill’s songs. $150 less 20% = $120

 

Various

7.Next Stop Is Vietnam: The War on Record 1961-2008 13 cds plus 1 300 page book. Every song about the war and a cross section of styles.

$390 less 20% = $312

 

Used all in great shape. …save heaps.

1. Carter, Wilf “Cowboy Songs” 8cds + book  $140

2. Jim & Jesse “Bluegrass and More” 5cds + book $100

3. Reeves, Jim & Friends Radio Days 2 4cds + book $50

4. Rodgers, Jimmie- The Singing Brakeman 6 cds + book $130

 

THE REST

 

**Best of Broadside. Smithsonian Folkways $70 5 compacts discs and 89 songs which many would term protest songs. Includes cameos by Bob Dylan as his alter ego…Blind Boy Grunt and not to be outdone…Janis Ian as “Blind Boy Grunt”. Spectacular packaging, it was Grammy nominated as the best historical album and best notes. The notes are spectacular. There is at least a page of notes per song. Wonderfully presented in a spiral binder inside  a sturdy cover. Includes Pete Seeger, Phil Ochs, Peter LaFarge, Tom Paxton, Buffy Saint-Marie etc

 

**Eagles “Eagles Calatogue CD Album Box 7 original asylum albums:

  1. Eagles
  2. Desperado
  3. On the Border
  4. One of These Nights
  5. Hotel California
  6. The Long Run
  7. Eagles Live (2cds)
  8. Christmas single bonus

All in mini size lp covers. Great. $55

 

**Felts, Narvel Limietd Club Edition  2cds 44 tracks $20

 

**From Where I Stand: The Black Experience in Country Music  3cds $48 put out by the Country Music Association in association with WB records is now out of print. 60 page book. Each cd has a separate theme:

  1. The Stringband Era with Deford Bailey being the best known
  2. The Soul Country Years with likes of Big Al Downing, Ray Charles, Arthur Alexander
  3. Forward With Pride, which naturally features Charley Pride along with Stoney Edwards, O B McClinton, Ivory Joe Hunter etc.

 

**Holiday, Billie  Complete Decca Recordings $35 Nice Denim bound long box with 40 page booklet on the GRP label

 

**Jim & Jesse “ The Old Dominion Masters”  4cds in lp size box on Pinecastle  101 tracks  16 page lp size book $60

 

**Johnny Cash At San Quentin Legacy Edition. This is in a Longstyle box and comes with a separate 40 page booklet plus 2cds & A dvd. It was brought out in Australia in just a regular jewel case. Typical local shoddiness but this is a real box. $40

 

**Monroe, Bill Essential 1945-1949 On the Columbia Country Classics, this feature his pre Decca Recordings and the first recordings featuring Lester Flatt & Earl Scruggs,. 2cd longbox style package. 36 page book with complet discography.

 

**Judds The Judds Collection $35 3cds in great denim bound box 32 page book.

 

Nelson, Willie - One Hell of a Ride 4cds  $50 Great set with nice packaging qnd 100 tracks. It starts with his first song, “When I Sang My Last Hillbilly Song” which shows he hit the ground running…and kept going…though thank goodness he changed the title of “Crazy” from its original “Stupid”, it just doesn’t scan right does it.  As a bonus the set ends with a new version of “When I Sand My Last Hillbilly Song”  he recorded just for this. Just  great and then some.

 

**Owens, Buck Collection $48 3 cds plus spectacular 80 page book in mainly full colour. This is a must have item for any fan of Buck Owens. Done extremely well by fabulous US reissue specialist, Rhino records this is now out of print. All the big hits including the two that charted in Australia, “Made in Japan” and “Monster’s Holiday”.  62 tracks

 

**Rogers, Kenny “A Retrospective Through the Years” 4cds 80 tracks. Pre plastic lizard eyes Kenny when I always thought how distinguished he looked. Includes solo hits, duet hits, First Edition hits and more.. with 32 page book. Very nice and great value $40

 

**Ronstadt, Linda Box set $55 (original name!..must have taken them hours to come up with that)  4cds in nice long box style packaging with 64 page book with complet discography. 86 tracks including one cd of rarities.

 

Strait, George Strait Out of the Box $40 4cds Long box style with nice 72 page colour book. Quiet a few items only on this box.

 

**Twitty, Conway Collection $60 Great 89 tracker with a handful of MGM tracks plus a delightful  selection of Decca/MCA tracks including many duets with Loretta Lynn. Great book

 

**Williams, Hank Jnr The Complete Hits 45 tracks in long style box with 20 page booklet. All his warner brothers/Curb era hits and it does have “Tear in My Beer’…with is daddy

 

**Williams, Hank Jnr “Living Proof The MGM Recordings 963-1975” $50

Very hard to get. 82 tracks with 24 page book with full discography.

 

**Yoakam, Dwight Reprise Please Baby  $58 4cds 86 trcaks including one full cd of unissued recordings plus a smattering throughtout the other 3 cds as well.  56 page booklet with many rare photographs. Seemingly an actor as much as a singer now, and a surprisingly effective one, especially when playing a dastardly character which is usually the case. A must have for Dwight fans, and frankly, who isn’t??

 

Various

Decca Country Classics 1934-1973  60 tracker on 3cds with 2 hours 40 minutes of playing time. Suffice to say there are many rarities and a 36 page book which gives a track by track run down. $30

 

 

Finally, if anyone watches American Idol on Fox, there is a young guy on there who has the potential to be a great and already has one of the best voices I have ever heard. Reminds of Randy Travis. His name is Scotty McCreery and he has just turned 17. Scotty is a superb singer but is frankly clueless as to what to sing…copying Josh Turner is okay but he could mine the Keith Whitley catalogue & then he would shine even more.

 

Thanks for reading. If you would like help with any item, or would like some suggestions please do not hesitate to ask.

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