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October 2011 Newsletter

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October 2011 Newsletter

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Yesterday & Today Records

P.O. BOX 54

Miranda NSW 2228

(02)95311710

steve@yesterdayandtoday.com.au

www.yesterdayandtoday.com.au

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Postage:

Australia Post have had several recent increases. I have mixed feelings about the post office. They offer a world quality service in terms of efficiency and reliability but have many less that wondrous options when it comes to business requirements. One is that they are the only postal authority in the world which charges on both weight and thickness.  As you will know I send out things in a padded envelope. Two cds side by side fit through their “slot”, and go at a lower rate. More than that do not and so we have to pay a lot more. The more you send the less it should be per unit, but not with Australia post. So rates now are: 1 cd $2 2 cds $3 

3 or 4 $7. Sometimes you can get five sent for this. Anyway, we can assure you the best option will be chosen.

 

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This has been a little while coming but delays have been due to something very favourable. My beautiful daughter and her husband welcomed their first into the world and yes I am a grandfather for the first time. Leo was born 7th October and weighed 8lb 5 oz. So apologies for the delay. Sure you will understand!! Again a whopper newsletter follows. Some of the favourites are back with new albums and the BEAR FAMILY releases are some of the best in recent memory with the first Bill Anderson box set ready to roll. Read on. Thank you.

NEW RELEASES

 

Georgette Jones “Strong Enough to Cry” $28

Second album from Georgette is literally hot off the presses and have only had time for a fleeting play. Her first was a gem and this may be even better. Twelve new tracks and no overly familiar covers. Produced by Justin Trevino, the obvious highlight is a wonderful duet with Amber Digby on “Run Woman Run”. There are some great country songs especially “A Day Late and a Diamond Short” a classic tale of a woman scorned. How could it have taken her so long to have become a recording artist? On the best label around at the moment, “Heart of Texas”

 

Justin Trevino “Two of the Usual”$28 This is on its way at the moment. Probably the most talented man in the music industry with his vocal, songwriting and production skills elevating the Heart of Texas label to where it is today. 12 new songs.

 

Kimberly Murray “Another Day of Lonely” $28 Just in and another gem on the Heart of Texas label. Includes a duet with Tony Booth as well as a concluding gospel number with Mona McCall, Justin Trevino and Amber Digby. Her first “Once Upon a Time in a Honky Tonk” was a gem and this will be also. Included are duets with Tony Booth and Jan Howard as well as vocal collaborations with: Dawn Sears, Amber Digby, Darrell McCall and Cody McCall.

 

Merle Haggard “Working in Tennessee” $28 It seems major labels are in the past now as he releases cds on his Hag label. The cover has him looking like he is carved out of granite. There are some surprises, not all that great. I mean, do we want to hear another version of “Jackson” even if it does feature his wife, Teresa? On the other hand the gnarled bitter and twisted Haggard appears on the ballad“What I Hate” and that is riveting, and for mine the album’s best track. “The title track is one of the swing numbers that Merle favours. Given a very “black” style vocal it features great instrumentation from his Strangers, especially Scott Joss on fiddle, and Redd Volkaeart on guitar. Lots of instrumental breaks. A few subtle digs at the Nashville establishment find their way in, of course. This slips nicely to “Down on the Houseboat” a reflection of his time on such at Lake Shasta. A nice subdued version of “Cocaine Blues” follows. “Too Much Boogie Woogie” is Merle’s comment on modern country. Humorous number includes the line “Too Much Boogie Woogie....and not enough Connie Smith”....that Connie Smith bit changes each verse. Great ditty! “Truck Driver’s Blues” is not the old Swing song but a new version of Merle’s song of the same name. He also includes a new version of “Working Man’s Blues”. Can’t figure except to update it a little (“9 kids & a wife”) and it is a duet with Willie so maybe that is excusable and Willie does perform a great guitar solo and enables Merle to do his version of the Von Trapp singers with his son, Ben, appearing on the final verse. Vocally he is still at the top of his game.  Still a must have...he is still the king.

 

Johnny Bush “Who’ll Buy My Memories” $28

The Country Caruso maybe taking that name to heart as two added tracks "Drinking Champagne" and "I've Come Back To Say I Love You One More Time" were recorded with the Houston Symphony Orchestra. Excellent value with around an hour playing time sees Johnny singing some new as well as redoing some classics. He does a great Bill Anderson song “Death in the Family” as well as a classic drinking song in “My Next Bottle of Wine”.  The title track is of course a Willie Nelson standard. His voice sounds great and Justin Trevino is simply the best producer around.

 

Weldon Henson “One Heart’s Gone” $28 Third album by Weldon who reminds of Dwight Yoakam with a top neo honky tonk style. You only have to look at the song titles to know he is the real deal “Loserville”, “I Don’t Take Cheatin’ Lightly Anymore”, “Turn to the Bottle” etc. He embraces the tried and true themes of real country music and has a tremendous affinity for it. Produced by Texas steel guitar wiz Tommy Detamore.

 

Jake Hooker “One man World” $30 The Bakersfield influence is strong but Jake is a man for all seasons and there is great variety with all the classic themes being explored. None better than Harlan Howard’s classic cheating song, “I Wish I Felt This Way at Home”. His own songs fit in superbly with covers, which tend to be less known. Cindy Walker’s “Born to Love You” is a song I first encountered on a Mike Nesmith album and Jake nails it superbly. “The Ledge” is a Jake Hooker original, a classic song of life as a rodeo man. So good it could be lifted from an early Chris Ledoux album. Jake’s “Welcome to my Lonely World” is just like a Ray Price classic. Great artist.

 

Bobby Flores “Fast Company” $28  Bobby Flores is the classic sideman. Equally adept as a singer, fiddler and guitar player too. This is his latest album on his own Yellow Rose label and whilst he sticks to covers they are generally not that well known, though Y & T veterans will recognise “I Guess I Had it Coming” as an early Johnny Paycheck song. Bobby is a throwback to the Nashville sound and perhaps the two best known songs, “Lonely Street’ and Ted Daffan’s “Born to Lose” are given maybe the best ever versions. Stunning vocals.

 

Leona Williams “Grass Roots” $28

New album by Leona has a bluegrass edge..hence the title. It features 12 songs, 10 of them Leona originals and 3 of these co-written by the legendary Dave Kirby who was married to Leona at the time of his death. One, “My Heart Has Finally Said Goodbye” has a rather prophetic title. A nice ballad, this features great dobro work courtesy of Dean Holman. “Taste of Life” features the Whites, whilst “The Legend” has Leona sharing the spotlight with Vince Gill. Nice driving song. Other guests include Mac Wiseman and Rodney Dillard. On one of the two non originals, Bill Monroe’s

Molly & the Tenbrooks” she is joined by Barbara Fairchild, Pam Tillis, Melody Hart and Rhonda Vincent. This was also done by the great Rose Maddox on her classic bluegrass album and Leona has managed to pull this album off with such aplomb that it should be favourably compared with the wondrous Rose!

 

Norma Jean “Heaven Help the Working Girl” $28

Hank Snow “Songs of Tragedy/ When Tragedy Struck”  $28

Two new releases from the Omni label with Norma Jean featuring another 30 songs that are a mixture of hits and rarities which are making their cd  debut, such as “The Shirt”. One of country music’s finest female vocalists. It goes nicely with Norma Jean’s previous Omni release.

Hank Snow is with Porter Wagoner (and maybe Ferlin Husky) the greatest proponent of the songs of tragedy and whilst it may seem a tad on the maudlin side (like saying Everest is a bit of a hill) they are hard to beat. Songs of animals and the unfortunate, who are always in the wrong place at the wrong time. I mean just when they get chased into the street, a speeding car happens to be along at the precise moment. 25 songs on the Hank set.

 

Willie Nelson “Before His Time / Angel Eyes” 2 on 1 $30 Rather strange mix as the first wasn’t really a true album. It was released by RCA to take advantage of Willie’s popularity. It does include the song I feel is Willie’s best, “Little Things”. The jewel is the second album. Only ever released on cd in Japan and then for a very short time, this is his Columbia duet album with guitarist Jackie King. It has a jazzy feel but is one of Willie’s most original. Take “Tumbling Tumbleweeds” for example. It starts as you may expect but then Jackie comes in and the middle features an extended jam and some keen guitar interplay. That is a feature of th album and you can tell Willie is having a great time.

 

Bonnie Lou “Friction Heat 1953-1958” $25 The King label is one of the great country music independent labels and like many King artists Bonnie would record black artists songs and adapt them country style with somewhat of a rockabilly tinge. Great value with 32 tracks including her biggest “Daddyo”. Her hillbilly tinged “Seven Lonely Days” is introduced with an unusual male chorus. “Just Out of Reach” has a classic delivery.

 

Hank 3 “Ghost to a Ghost/ Guttertown” 2cd and two separate albums. $28 It is apparent that Hank3 is a tad weird. He released 5 albums in total recently but these are the only “country omes”. The others are something that we think is called “thrash metal”. It is something that you would imagine no one would want to listen to, certainly no one who reads this. The first of these 2 has a straight country leaning and the second a distinct Cajun feel. The notes, which are hard to find in a pocket near the left cd do not give much information except who played. The first cd is similar style to the country albums we have had from Hank III/3...his current preferred name. As we may expect there are  lot of references to going to “hades” and a lifestyle that seems to indicate he seriously expects himself not to be a survivor. He is now 38 so he has certainly done better than his grandfather. Some of this is going to be a tad weird than many will like but by the same token there is more than enough for those who have taken the previous albums on board. He also has a style of language that Fred Nile would not enjoy. For some reason the usual “contains explicit language” sticker is not included. Trust me it does need to be!! You only have to look at the title of Track 10! “The Devil’s Movin’ In“ Is perhaps the most traditional track performed by Hank but “Ray Lawrence Jnr” is the most traditional track overall. Apparently Ray, who duets with Hank3, was homeless when Hank 3 grabbed him to do that song. I have played it several times and honestly have found it hard to be convinced it isn’t John Prine doing an uncredited vocal. Uncanny!! The second cajunish cd features very traditional Cajun style “Gutterstomp” could be from the 50s with some excellent accordion from Rory Hoffman. That cd starts with a weirdish mood track which is ultimately effective.....just crickets and other swap insects. Overall it is a weird cd. Even the most resolute fan will skip tracks...they will rejoice in some and think some is a load of excrement and by gosh I think they’d be right. Don’t be put off though.

 

Hank Williams “The Legend Begins” $58 3cds This is a brand new release on Time Life with newly discovered unreleased recordings from 1938 and 1940. 6 tracks which have never seen the light of day before. It also includes 49 “Health and Happiness” show recordings, which are all out of print although previously available on Mercury as a double cd. They have however been remastered from a better source for improved audio quality. Also added is the complete unedited March of Dimes Show from January 1951. Previously snippets in poor sound were available. Nicely packaged.

 

For those who may have missed it, I have  1 copy of the Hank Williams “Complete Mothers Choice Shows” for $200, normally $280.

 

Tom Russell “Mesabi” $28 Tom Russell may be the best of the post Dylan singer-songwriters, with story songs to rival the best. The title refers to the Mesabi Range, an area in the north of USA known for its iron ore. Tom sings of growing up and realising his destiny at early age. But it was hear he first heard the “Troubadour Kid”, indeed Dylan himself, who was raised in nearby Hibbing, Minnesota. One thing that you learn quickly about Tom is that you are going to get a lesson in many things when you listen to one of his albums.  There are a couple of very pointed barns towards the Disney organisation. “Farewell Never Never Land” is a song about child actor Bobby Driscoll; who I know best as Jim Hawkins in “Treasure Island” (with the amazing Robert Newton as Long John Silver) but this is about his Peter Pan role, well his voice over anyway, which the pundits tell us he is best known for (but not to me!). Sadly he went from child prodigy to drug addict with predictable ending. Kind of like a later version of “Haley’s Comet”, Tom’s wonderful story of the decline of Bill Haley. Probably just the theme more than anything. “In the Lonesome Death of Ukulele Ike” he sings about Cliff Edwards, who sang “When You Wish Upon a Star” (as Jiminy Cricket). He changes his geography with a couple of songs about the Mexican border towns he used to frequent. “Goodnight Juarez” laments the fact the drug trade has turned them upside down. On the similarly themed “And God Created Border Towns” he is abetted by the great Sir Douglas keyboard man, Augie Meyers. A great album. One thing, Tom does “A Hard Rain’s Gonna Fall” as a bonus track. Now, on the surface that would sound great but he is joined by Lucinda Williams who was able to destroy “Ballad of Lucy Jordan” on the wonderful Shel Silverstein tribute album and her funereal delivery does the same for “Hard Rain”. She defines the Emperor’s New Clothes syndrome. Apart from that, this album is superb.

 

Connie Smith “Long Line of Heartaches” $28 Connie Smith is one of the greatest female vocalists ever and has delivered a classic country album, steeped in tradition. You would never hear these modern Nashville bimbettes sing a cheating song and if they did they would not do so with the passion and style that Connie gives us. “That Makes Two Of Us” was previously done by Patty Loveless, who has certainly taken a few Connie influences on the way. It also includes a brand new Dallas Frazier song, an artist whose songs have been featured on Connie’s albums more than any other. Five songs were written by Connie & her husband, Marty Stuart and fit superbly with tales of cheating and lost love that pervade the album. Great sense of tradition throughout and Connie is just wonderful. Maybe as a statement to us all the album closes with “Take My Hand” , a gospel song of the type Connie has mesmerised us with over the years. Her three daughters sing with her on a gentle closing track on a fabulous country album, and I do mean  real country album.

 

Moe Bandy “Honky Tonk Amnesia” $30 For some reason this has been out of print for the best part of a year. It is back, at least temporarily. It is a glorious look at the early recordings of one of the true honky tonk singers. “I Just Started Hatin’ Cheatin’ Songs Today”, “Hank Williams You Wrote My Life”, “Bandy the Rodeo Clown” & all the classics...20 in all make this a must.

 

Suzy Bogguss “American Folk Songbook” $28

Suzy Bogguss/Gretchen Peters/ Matreca Berg “Live at Green’s Grocery” DVD $28

Suzy sings the Burl Ives’ songbook?. Well not quite! Some of my favourite songs from singers such as Linda Ronstadt (to whom Suzy is probably best comparable) were folk standards such as “I Ride an Old Paint” and “I Never Will Marry”, as the unadorned arrangements give them full reign voice wise. With Suzy it works a treat.  The oldest is most likely “Johnny Has Gone for a Soldier”  which dates back to the American Revolution. She also does a Carter Family (“Wildwood Flower”), a Stephen Foster (“Beautiful Dreamer”) and a couple of Woody Guthries. It wouldn’t be complete without a murder ballad or two and “Banks of the Ohio” is sung superbly. 17 tracks in all.

          The Dvd is recorded “in the round” style where the singers exchange songs and tell a few tales as well. Suzy features “Outbound Plane” , Matreca, “Strawberry Wine” ( a big hit for Deanna Carter) and Gretchen does “You Don’t Even Know Who I Am” (a hit for Patty Loveless). The dvd has 11 songs in all and runs for over an hour.

 

International Submarine Band & Jon Corneal “Back at Home” & “The Orange Blossom Special” 2 0n 1 $30 The International Submarine Band of course was the place where Gram Parsons first came to light as a major country rock superstar. Corneal headed the group on their post Gram outing, “Back at Home”. Stylistically he is similar and there are some classics on the second album. Most notably “Honky Tonk Life”. Classic country theme in which the singer points out all aspects of his life which he is going to change, but you know it ain’t a gonna happen. 68 minutes all up.

 

Ray Wylie Hubbard “And the Cowboy Twinkies” $25 Whilst usually lumped as a Jerry Jeff spinoff (at least in his early days) Ray Wylie has a place in Texas country music based on this album. It has a delightful country song amongst the outlaw style material. That is “”He’s the One (Who made Me Number 2), ” which was covered by Australian girl Jane Saunders on her first album. First time on cd. Fans of Guy Clark will also find this a must.

 

Cornell Hurd Band “Big State Long Road”$28 Cornell is a wonderful live artist, funny, irreverent and with a great bank of ruffians who are tight as they can be. This focuses on Cornell the writer, who is responsible for all 17. Many have a humorous edge. If you are a serious person, avoid Cornell. I have always said the Cornell Hurd band is like a less serious Asleep at the Wheel. They are regulars at prime Austin venues, Broken Spoke & Jovitas where Cornell is the multi award winner of the best live performer award.

 

Merle Haggard “That’s the Way Love Goes”/ “It’s All in the Game” 2 on 1 $30  I loved Merle’s Epic label recordings. They were on cd but they were deleted and went for big bucks. Now, arguably the best of his Epic albums, “It’s All in the Game”, with the excellent “”That’s the Way Love Goes” are issued on the one. The latter contained his only Grammy winner, the Lefty Frizzell, Whitey Shafer title song. “It’s All in the Game” is the gem. It starts with the jaunty “Let’s Chase Each Other Round the Room Tonight” and is followed by the first of two great duets with Janie Fricke, “A Place to Fall Apart”. The other, “Natural High” is just as good. They have such a great connection you’d wish for a full album. Freddy Power’s “This Little Hotel Room” is so s o like Randy Travis’ song “No Place Like Home” that I wonder if Freddy sued. “All I Want to Do IS Sing My Song” is a reflective little number and to add to the seemingly endless variety he does a great take on “Thank Heavens for Little Girls”. Two great albums but the second of the two is one of me 3 favourite Haggard albums, and darn isn’t there a lot to pick from!!

 

George Jones “Who’s Gonna Fill Their Shoes”/ “Wine Coloured Roses” 2 on 1 $30 Two more incredibly rare albums that were around in the early days of cd but not for long. The title track of the first meant a lot back then but means ten times more nowadays. Great duet with Lynn Anderson on “If You Can Touch Her at All”. The second album features a great duet with Patti Page on “You Never Looked That Good When You Were Mine” which was done by John Anderson as “She Never Looked That Good When She was Mine”. Includes old faves such as “Ol’ Frank” and “The Corvette Song”. Most of the tracks are not on other albums s great albums they are, there is very little hit content.

 

Merle Haggard “Land of Many Churches” $30 Out of print for many years and now remastered and reissued on BGO, UK. 24 gospel tracks recorded at several locations with some featuring Mother Maybelle and the Carter Sisters. Bonnie Owens is featured on 2 tracks, “Turn Your Radio On” and “Where Could I Go”. Some less known numbers are included and you are almost there!!

 

Jessi Colter “I’m Jessi Colter/ Jessi/ Diamond in the Rough” 3 on 2  $30 Recently Manly Rugby League media manager Peter Peters was sacked for caliing a journalist a “good sort”. Well, he may have been in a similar position if he had met Jessi as she is a stunner. Very little of Jessi’s work has been on cd so this release is very timely, These were originally on Capitol. The first contains her biggest hit, “I’m Not Lisa” (A US top 5 pop hit as well as a country #1) but also her best known and most covered song, “Storms Never Last”. She continued to record mainly her own songs and although Waylon co--produced he tended to let Jessi have the spotlight. Great to have.

 

 Mickey Newbury “An American Trilogy” 4cds $55

1)Looks Like Rain 2)Frisco Mabel Joy 3)Heaven Help the Child 4)Rare & previously unreleased songs. Nice compact box which has  24 page booklet and boasts remastered sound from original recording source. The rarities disc features demo versions plus previously unissued radio performances. With most of his recordings being out of print and previously being handled by family members, who did not really do a good job (or any job I am told) this will be welcome.

 

 

Anthony Wilson  “My Friend The Jukebox” $28 (review courtesy of the Swedish Cowboy). All songs are very good covers, the singer has a mature nice voice and the backing and the backing band is the usual Heart of Texas players with Jim Loessberg producing, engineering and mastering. He also plays steel guitar and drums. In other words this is exactly my style. 12 songs. Very much for fans of the likes of George Jones & Johnny Paycheck.

 

 

Will Banister “Turned Her on to Country” $28 Another new artist which received Country Music People magazines “Album of the Month”. Al loriginals and very much in a traditional style. Kind of like major label stuff of the early 90s when everything was grand.

 

 

George Jones “Country Church Time / More songs of Depression & Despair” $30 This is a rather unusual collection. It is a straight reissue of his first Mercury album, augmented by another 12 tracks loosely titled “More Songs of Depression & Despair”. The early gospel album mainly stays free from the standards and varies from sombre to upbeat clap hands style. Despite the title the second half of the collection is mainly honky tonk.

 

 

OTHERS ON HAND

 

1.Billy Yates  “Just Be You”  $25 one of Nashville’s finest

2.Laura Cantrell “Kitty Wells Dresses/ Songs of the Queen of Country Music” $25 Great style and comparisons to teh likes of Amber Digby are certainly not far wrong,

3. Amber Digby Live at Swiss Alp Hall $28 Speak of the devil! Amber’s live album shows what a wonderful entertainer as well as singer she is. 26 tracks and a tad under 80 minutes. Several duets with Justin Trevino and her band, led by husband Randy Lindley is superb. Het best album. Wonderful!

4. Gene Watson & Rhonda Vincent “Your Money & My Good Looks” $28 One of the best with one of the best. Superb country duet cd.

5. Kitty Wells “Country Hit Parade/ Winner of Your Heart” $30 Two great Kitty Wells albums on the one cd

 

6.Wilburn Brothers “In Harmony” box set $45 3 cds containing the following albums plus bonus tracks (52 tracks all up):

  1. Big Hits
  2. Side By Side
  3. Wilburn Brothers (Teddy & Doyle)
  4. Livin’ in God’s Country

 

 

7. George Jones “Ragged But Right: The Starday Years Plus” $40 3cds and 86 tracks.

8. Rick Trevino In My Dreams/ Whole Town Blue $25

9. Josh Turner Live at the Ryman $30 Only 2 copies left. This was a Cracker Barrel Store exclusive but is not out of print. This deep voiced country singer expands his album material with exceptional Haggard cover.

10.W C Edgar “Old School Survivor” $28 Old scholl honky tonk and well in line for album of the year. Do Not miss it!!

11. Chet Atkins & Jerry Reed “Me & Jerry Me & Chet” $30 Two albums on 1. Great fun had by both
12. Curly Putnam “Write Em Sad Sing em Lonesome” $30 You have never heard “Green Green Grass of Home” til lyou hear it by the man who wrote it.

13. Georgette Jones “Slightly Used Woman” $28 Her first

14. Kate & Anna McGarrigle “Tell My Sisters” 2cds remastered Warner Brothers albums + more. 45 tracks

13. Wanda Jackson “Love Me Forever/ Blues in My Heart” $30 two Capitol label country albums on the one.

14. Webb Pierce “Fallen Angel/ Cross Country” 2 Decca albums on the one cd. Not on the Bear Family box set. $30

15. Johnny Rodriguez “Introducing/ All I ever Meant to do was Sing” $30 Great honky tonk style on his early Mercury albums.

16. Kenny Seratt” Best Volume 1” $28 One of the best singers in the Lefty Frizzell/Haggard style who is criminally largely unknown. Of course not to Y & T readers.

 17. Lonnie Spiker “Coming to a Honky tonk Near You” $28  Hard country Jones/ Paycheck style!!

18. Mel Street “Mel Steet / Country soul” His two Polydor albums on the one cd. One of the best ever. $30

19. Gene Watson “Memories to Burn/ Starting New Memories” $30

Two epics on Epic including “Carmen”!! What a ainger.

20. Merle Haggard “Out Among the Stars/  A Friend in California” Two of Haggard’s hard to get gems on the one cd.

21. Cal Smith “ My Kind of Country / I Just Came Home to Count the memories” $30 Two of Cal’s hard to get albums on the one.

 

DUE SOON ....VERY SOON.

 

John Prine “ The Singing Mailman Delivers” 2cds $28  This is something that fans of the great man will want the second that it lobs in and I will be first in line. John’s first album came out on Atlantic in 1971. This predates that album and features demo performances of John as well as early live performances of many of the songs that would appear on his early albums. Some are in their formative versions. “Sam Stone” is perhaps the greatest story of a soldier’s inability to re-adapt to civilian life and it appears here as “Great Society Conflict Veteran’s Blues”. It includes an unreleased song “A Smile, A Jewel and a Hoax” as well as a Hank Williams’ medley on the live cd. Prine was already a local star in Chicago. “Star” may not be the correct word but he had a loyal following and was playing 3 nights a week whilst delivering mail during the day. It will be in before the end of the month. Don’t miss it.

 

 

Amber Digby & Midnight Flyer “Live at Swiss Alp Hall” DVD $30

Finally in at the production company. Will be here before the end of the month. It has been so long coming but I am sure the wait will be worth it. Amber sings with such a great passion that it will translate even better when watching. It has been such a long time coming that I would ask those who have ordered it previously to re-order. All good things come to those who wait.

 

 

BEAR FAMILY UPDATE

 

ALREADY IN

 

Brenda Lee Rocks $32 Pound for pound may be the most boisterous female vocalist of all time. Her debut single featured as its a side “Jambalaya” a wild country take on the Hank William’s classic but it was the b-side “Bigelow 6-200” that saw her gain status as a rockabilly legend. Driven by the wild guitar of Grady Martin it was hard to believe she was only 11. 36 tracks includes her wonderful seasonal “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree”, one of the most popular standards of all time.

 

Eddy Arnold “Tears Broke Out on Me” $32

Most of the tracks on this never even appeared on lp and six songs have been completely unissued until this set which contains 33 tracks and has a running time just a tad under 80 minutes. One of the unissued songs is “Rhinestones”, which was also recorded (excellently) by Faron Young. It is great to hear Eddy’s version. Better still is “Worst Night of My Life”. A great unissued version, this is even better than the hit version. Many songs are heard in stereo for the first time. The backing is superb. Chet Atkins is often the session leader but so were Hank Garland and Grady Martin. These are classics of the Nashville Sound Era. All country and sounding superb. They are NOT on the Bear Family boxes. Only 6 were on his lps even.

 

Little Richard “Rocks” $32 31 tracks of some of the most intense and influential rock and roll of all time from the eccentric Richard Penniman. Earliest tracks date from 1951 and 1953 “Little Richard Boogie” highlights his piano pounding. His 1955-58 period saw an amazing number of hits, mostly originals and oft-covered, with Richard’s own being the defining versions.

 

Johnny Tillotson “The Outtakes” 2cds $58

Anyone who had the Johnny Tillotson cd on Ace, “All the Early Hits & More” would have been knocked out by a bonus track included at the end. It was  “Poetry in Motion” and in it Johnny cracks up after the spectacular sax intro of Boot Randolph. So good was it that a set of outtakes and alternate versions would have great appeal and we are not disappointed. The two cds and 60 page book are housed in a box resembling an old recording tape box. 58 tracks with the earlier having a slightly more pop leaning to his later more country oriented tracks. His version of “Lonesome Town”, a big hit for Ricky Nelson, is every bit as good, if not better, a great . Similarly he recorded a great version of Willie’s

“Funny How Time Slips Away”. He also hit big with a version of “Send Me the Pillow You Dream On”. Many of the versions in this set are in stereo for the first time and sound like they were recorded yesterday.

 

Sonny Burns  “A Real Cool Cat” $32  31 Starday tracks including some with George Jones. Seen by Starday as the bigger star and talent of the two, Sonny was plagued by an addiction to the bottle which ultimately ended his career and life. George Jones got his big break when Sonny failed to show to accompany him on “Why Baby Why” 36 tracks and 80 minutes.

 

Carl Story “Bluegrass, Gospel & Mountain Music 1952-1969” BOX set. 4cd + 112 page hard cover book. $180

Features Carl’s Mercury, Columbia and Starday recordings 134 tracks. Many of what became gospel standards had their earliest and definitive versions done by Carl Story. Interesting to hear “Mocking Banjo”, their take on Arthur Smith’s “Feudin’ Banjos” as Story’s version was that used as the model for “Duellin’ Banjos”, the unlikely hit from “Deliverance”. Features a book written by Colin Escott and has discography by bluegrass wiz Neil Rosenberg. Incidentally, the box features a great picture of a vintage record store. Highly rated with the best Monroe/Flatt & Scruggs & Stanley Brothers/

 

George & Earl “Better Stop Look & Listen” $32  29 trcaks recorded for MGM & Mercury. George McCormack & Earl Aycock are considered one of the classic 50s duo teams 40 page booklet, George was later leader of th Wagonmasters, Porter’s group. If classic duets of the Johnnie  &Jack, Wilburns are for you, so is this, 100% guaranteed.

 

Bobby Lord “Everybodys Rockin’ But Me” $32 24 Columbia tracks which feature some great rockabilly..none better than “No More No More No More” and the title track. But he also covered straight country and had his own tv show. Perhaps he is known for singing the theme song to the Disney serial “Swamp Fox”, included here.

 

Stickbuddy Jamboree $32  30 tracks. 52 page booklet Recorded for Delta Records. Straight hillbilly recordings many previously unissued. Some great names...not necessarily known!! Includes Emmitt Hawkins, Country Cowboys, Marcellas “Mac” Quinn & His Dubs etc

 

“You Oughta See My Fanny Dance: Previously Unissued Western Swing 1935-1942” $32 31 tracks and over 80 minutes with a very comprehensive 50 page booklet. The recordings were originally all done for Columbia under the auspices of Art Satherley and feature some of the giants such as Ocie Stockard, Roy Newman, Adolph Hofner & even Bob wills as well as 6 excellent tracks from Slim Harbert. 

 

Prisonaires “Only Believe” $32

Johnny who?? No not Johnny Cash but Johnny Bragg, the lead vocalist of the Prisonaires, who were inmates of the Tennessee State Penitentiary and were the equal of the likes of The Platters. This cd has 11 tracks from a previously unissued concert recorded in 1961. The sound is great; certainly not a record company recording but fine sounding nonetheless. Gospel standards such as “In the Garden” and “SupperTime” are mixed with songs such as “Caldonia” and “Bony Moroney” (given a very eccentric reading). Of course Johnny Bragg’s original “Just Walkin’ in the Rain”, the song that was Johnnie Ray’s huge hit, is included and it is apparent internment has not hurt Johnny’s vocal chords one bit. The concert section even has a message from Warden Lynn Bomar which leads into another Johnny Bragg original “A Prisoner’s Prayer”. Also includes Johnny Bragg’s vocals as part of The Marigolds and the Solotones. One of the greatest singers ever. Who knows where his standing would have been had he not been imprisoned in 1943 at the age of 17.

 

Lee Emerson  “Its so Easy” $32 35 tracks and 80 minutes. Maybe best known as writer of Marty Robbins’ huge hit “Ruby Ann” followed by the man shot dead by Sgt Barry Sadler he also recorded for Columbia and Mercury and the balance of tracks consist of songwriting demos.

 

Warner Mack Baby Squeeze Me $32 38 tracks including many previously unissued. Over 80 minutes plus a 44 page booklet. His impossible to get Decca Sides (6 singles=12 tracks) are augmented by 16 previously unissued Decca tracks as well as Top Rank And Delta. Backed by the “A”team; Grady Martin, Bob Moore, Owen Bradley etc,

 

Diddy Wah Diddy: It Ain’t a Town, Ain’t a City: Rock & Roll from Jackson Mississippi $32 Best known as the centre for civil rights movement this features tracks recorded by Delta Records in the late 50s. Includes 66 page book. Nicely presented a la Bear Family’s Canadian Rockabilly cds.

 

Others in stock

1)Girl Called Johnny Cash  $32 One of the best ever Bear Family cds with singers singing songs about “other artists”. Highlight is 10 unreleased songs by the Lefty & Haggard like Stoney Edwards

2) Porter Wagoner Cold Hard Facts  6 of his classic RCA thematic albums on 3 cds $90. Compact quad fold digipak with 60 page book. One of Bear’s most essential.

3) Jerry Lee Lewis “Old Time Religion” $32 20 wonderful gospel songs from a previously unissued Mercury session. Classic performances are made even better with Jerry’s between song dialogue.

3) Shit Happens: $35 Yep, that is the correct title. Porter’s Skid Row Joe character is featured on the cover and includes a 68 page book with caricature illustrations of all the songs. The only place to get the only official release of Ferlin Husky’s “Drunken Driver”!

What more could you want. 25 great tracks that support the notion you sometimes can’t avoid having a bad day.

4)Ray Peterson  “Tell Laura i Love Her” $32 31 track retrospective with great tracks such as “Corinna Corrina” and the melodramatic “Give Us Your Blessings” defining teen angst.

5) Sid King & Five Strings “Gonna Shake This Shack Tonight” $32 They used the title of Sid’s song to cover the series on Bear Family. Great hillbilly come rockabilly with Sid King (Erwin’s) lead vocals complimented by the bass vocals of fellow Stringer Mel Robinson. Great.

6) Lee Roy Van Dyke  “Auctioneer” $32 Love the tv show “Bargain Hunt” especially the auctioneer with the broad Scottish accent who seems to be heavily influenced by Lee Roy’s great song. This is the original on Dot and also includes his wonderful rockabilly tracks such as “Leather Jacket”

7) Ronny Hawkins “Ballads of” 30 tracks including his big hit “Down in the Alley”.  $32

8) Jack Scott “Rocks” $32 26 tracks

9) Jack Scott “Ballads of” $32 25 tracks

One of my favourite vocalists of all time (see “Capitol Collectors Series cd in the “Rarities Section”) with great voice and ability to be as adept at uptempo songs as ballads. Many tracks feature the delightfully eccentric of the Chantones, his wonderful Jordinaires style vocal group.

10) Roy Hall “Rocks” $32 27 hillbilly pounders from the man who created “Whole Lotta Shakin’ Going On”. Great hillbilly singer.

11) Wanda Jackson “Ballads of “$32 Just 30 of the best country ballads you would ever hear.

12.) Eat to the Beat : Dirtiest of Them Dirty Blues $35 28 tracks which range from mildly suggestive to positively ribald. 90 page book. Very popular!!

 

BEAR FAMILY NOVEMBER RELEASES.

Some of these are going to be in tremendous demand so please order now. They are only charged when sent but to ensure everyone is catered for it would be appreciated if you could place your order. We will have these immediately  they are released. Again please order now. We don’t want anyone to miss out!

 

a) George Jones “Heartbreak Hotel: Gonna Shake This Shack Tonight” $32  George’s version of “Heartbreak Hotel” is a stunner and will knock your socks off if you haven’t heard it. It and “One Woman Man” (yes the Johnny Horton track which he re-did on the album of the same name) were released on the Dixie label and not under George’s name. I am not sure if they were released as “Thumper Jones”...his rockabilly alias..but I think they may have even been anonymous. This has 35 tracks on it. Over 82 minutes. Includes “tall Tall Trees”, later recorded by Alan Jackson, plus a song wriiten by the Big Bopper...”White Lightning”

 

b) Tommy Collins “Black Cat: Gonna Shake This Shack Tonight” $32 30 tracks and 72 minutes from one of the legends of the Bakersfield sound, including his ultra rare first single, “Campus Boogie” as well as the classic almost rockabilly “Black Cat”.

 

c) Wynn Stewart “Come on:Gonna Shake this Shack Tonight” $32 May be the best of the co-creators of the Bakersfield Sound. Has 31 tracks and around 75 minutes, featuring his country boogie, and uptempo tracks often with a rockabilly bent. Has two duets with Jan Howard and Eddie Cochran even plays on one track. Highlighst are many but when you hear “Playboy” Wynn was in a class of his own. Even Buck never came close!!

 

d) Jim Ford “Demolition Expert Rare Acoustic demos” $32 I know at least 1 who will be awaiting this cd from a country soul legend. Features29 previously unissued acoustic recordings. 

 

Country & Western Hit ParadeDim Lights, Tick Smoke & Hillbilly Music Music $35 ea. 1961 /1962/1963/1964/1965

Each features hard cover bound book with 72 pages as well as 80 minutes of classic country from each year. Each set has a highlighted bonus track, which wasn’t a hit per se but relates to the main set of songs

e) 1961  31 tracks  (bonus: Gloria Lambert “Each Time I Hear Don’y Worry”...answer to Marty Robbins’ “Don’t Worry”

f) 1962 31 tracks (bonus: Lucky Starr “I’ve Been Everywhere”...of course written By Aussie Geoff Mack and a hit for Hank Snow, included here. An exceptional year with 2 of my faves being Rex Alan “Don’t Go Near the Indians” and Billy Walker’s “Charlie’s Shoes”.

g) 1963 32 tracks (bonus: Billy Grammer “I Wanna Go Home” answer to “Detroit City”...also included here.

h) 1964 31 tracks (bonus: Peter Lafarge “Ballad of Ira Hayes”. Includes Connie Smith’s first “Once a Day”)

i) 1965 31 tracks (bonus Leon Payne’s “Things Have Gone to Pieces”)

 

j) Chuck Berry “Rocks” $32 A case maybe of not what to include but what to leave out. But the result is 32 tracks and over 80 minutes by arguably the most influential rock and roller of them all. 52 page book. Would love to see someone do a full Chuck Berry covers album country style. I mean how great is Ernest tubb’s cover of Chuck’s “Thirty Days”.  It is said Chuck’s “Johnny B Goode” guitar lick is the most imitated in rock & roll history.

 

 

k) *************Bill Anderson “The First 10 Years” 4 cds + large Hard Cover book $180***************

I expect this to be one of the most popular sets ever. 126 tracks and 5 ½ hours. It includes everything from Bill’s first 8 Decca Albums plus 7 singles and 3 completely unissued tracks as well as early TNT label singles. Bill has been very co-operative in making this available and given Bear Family full access to his private archives. He has released 12 early demos of some of his most enduring hit songs .Includes 5 early duets with Jan Howard including the number one “For Loving You” as well as his duet with Dolly Parton “If It’s All the Same to You”. Many of his  country standards are included such as “City Lights”, “Bright Lights & Country Music”, “Once a Day” etc. A must for any true fan of country music.

 

l) Various:” Teenagers & Youth in Music 1951-1960 $32  The fifties was the era of the B Movie and a familiar theme was troubled youth. This features songs about teens and the 34 tracks feature both familiar (Nat King Cole “Too Young”/ Johnny Cash “Ballad of A Teenage Queen”/ Mark Dinning “Teen Angel”) to out and out rarities such as Juanita Rogers “A Teenager’s Letter of Promises” and Bob McFadden’s “The Beat Generation”

 

m) Slim Harpo “Rocks” $32  31 tracks Includes the much covered swamp rocker “Rainin’ in my Heart” (not to be confused with the similarly titled Buddy Holly Song)  as well as “Shake Your Hips” and “I’m a King Bee”. 32 page book. Many feature his rocking harmonica.

 

 

INDEPENDENTS FEATURE.

These are all on non aligned labels. Most are out of print.

 

Nonaligned/independent means they are not on a major label. Over the years that has taken on a greater significance. Late 80s and early 90s the major labels were as strong as they ever were as far as country music goes. Great artists were everywhere. The Highwaymen were all on major labels...individually & collectively. Randy Travis was at the top of his game and new traditionalists abounded. Artists such as Ricky Van Shelton, George Jones, Dwight Yoakam etc were pumping out great albums. It didn’t matter that Merle Haggard wasn’t putting out many albums as there were so many strong alternatives. Artists such as Martin Delray, Bobbie Cryner, Suzy Bogguss, The McCarters, Scott McQuaig, Josh Logan etc were fabulous. Great voices and great songs and true to the traditions. But three things changed that. Well, 3 people anyway. Garth Brooks, Billy Ray Cyrus and Shania Twain. All of a sudden country music was big...bigger than big.

 

Garth’s self titled debut was a fine album and his second was eagerly awaited. But it was nary 30 seconds in that the rock guitars came smashing in. Whatever it was he had appeal. He began putting on shows using all manner of pyrotechnics and generally carrying on. People must have found it appealing. I went to his Sydney Show and found it self indulgent crap. But the appeal to the masses manifested itself in sales. It was apparent that less country sold more. The record companies and their many hangers-on began to see big bucks in what was previously a steady but nonetheless small part of their business.

 

Next came Cyrus. Cyrus the Virus. Or so it seems. His appeal was physical ; the song ridiculous but the single and the album began setting records that were amazing. It was the first ever single in Australia to go triple platinum and was a number one around the world. Ditto the album. It actually had some good songs on it, none better than “Where Am I Gonna Live”, which was surprisingly written by Cyrus himself and showed him to be something other than the mullet haired buffoon many branded him as. Hands up!!

 

Third was Shania Twain. She hit it big twice, firstly with “The Woman in Me” closely followed by the exponentially bigger “Come on Over”, which has the record of being the highest selling album ever by a female. That is ever!  Her appeal was a mix of looks and catchy pop songs. I don’t think anyone in Australia knew she was branded with that “dreadful” term “country” in the USA.

 

But what followed saw the death of country music as we know it. “Murder on Music Row” was a song recorded by George Strait & Alan Jackson (written by Larry Cordle) and it accurately told the story. The stupidity of those involved in the Country Music Industry was such that they actually promoted the very thing that portrayed them as mental incompetents.

 

On the home front we had our first country music radio station in Sydney. 2SM was once Sydney’s best station and market leader. Its decreasing audience meant they needed to try something and they did; well they thought they did I guess. Charged with leadership was Mark Spurway and there was a big promotion at the Opera House. A nanosecond conversation after shaking Spurway’s hand (like a jellyfish) it was apparent that his knowledge of country music could be written on half a postage stamp. Their intentions were to market the station based on the words of US consultants, something “this” consultant accurately told him would not work. And guess what? It didn’t. Soon Spurway was on his bike and the format changed. I don’t think even they knew what it changed to, but in no time we were back to country again. First time round it was “Sydney’s Coolest Country”. The second it became “Sydney’s hottest country”. The honcho this time was Trevor Smith who had a strong history in rock music but alas his knowledge of country barely covered the second half of space on that postage stamp belonging to Spurway.

 

Sorry? Pitiful? All words that could be accurately used. But this small picture so reflected the big picture. Artists who weren’t instantly successful were dropped and looks became all important. Hell, where would Carl Butler have been if looks were all they depended on!!

 

Looks, catchy songs and rock and roll with 3 second fiddle solos to keep it country. Did it work? No. The result is that as far as charting country music goes,  nothing, save perhaps the work of a couple of artists, is worth listening to.

 

Now, why this long preamble? Well, partially it is frustration. It is trying to get someone who is fixed in their ways to change. You won’t believe those who actually watch CMT with the aim of trying to find something good. I tell them they should go for the likes of Amber Digby, Miss Leslie, Justin Trevino etc but they say “I haven’t see them on CMT”. That is why they are good. They are not  on CMT. Anyway for those who lament the lack of what there was at the beginning of the 90s then this list and the following “rarities” section are for you.

 

All great. All vetted. All a must. So please if you haven’t tried any of these then rest assured you will not be disappointed.

 

 

Abernathy, Mack          Different Situations $18

Abernathy, Mack          Fire on the Line $18

Allcorn, Joey                 All Alone Again   $20

Allcorn, Joey                 Fifty Years Too Late $20

Allen, Lance                           Right About Now $18

Bella, Mike                    Big in Vegas $20

Bella, Mike                    Forever & Ever $20

Berry, Benny                 Things I Want to Sing About $20

Berry, Benny                 Give Me a Good Country Song $20

Blue, Arkey                             Best $20

Blue, Arkey                             There’s Still a Lot of country Music in Texas $20

Blue, Arkey                             True Blue $20

Booth, Tony                  he Other Side of Love $20

Burns, Brian                  Highways, Heartaches And Honky Tonk $20

Burns, Brian                  Angels & Outlaws $18

Burns, Brian                  Eagle & the Snake: Songs of Texians $18

Burns, Brian                  Border Radio $20

Burns, Brian                  Heavy Weather $18

Campbell, Scotty                   Damned If I Recall $20 Great!

Canfield, Clay               The Commanche Sessions $18 Western flavour

Cartwright, Lionel        Miles & Years $20

Casello, Chris                Done Moved On $18 rockabilly & honky tonk

Christian, T Jae             Old Porch Swing $20

Cook, Troy Jnr               Introducing $18 (Mike Headrick produced. Now

                                      leader of David Ball’s band.

Cowboys & Indians      The Western Life $20

Dickinson, Kim             Smokey Mountain Queen $18 (Headrick prod.)

Digby, Amber               Music from the Honky Tonks $20

Doolin, Len                    Once in a Lifetime $18 Heartaches&HonkyTonks

Flores, Bobby                Eleven Roses $20

Fowler, Kevin               Beer, Bait& Ammo $20

Hand, James                 Shadows Where the Music Was $20

Hard Hat Dave              And the Honky Tonk Knights $20

                                      One of personal faves & a must if you like

                                      Confederate Railroad & who doesn’t!!

Hatchet                         Honky Tonk Nightime Man $18 good.

Hay, Erin                       Honky tonk Heaven $20

Hay, Erin                       The Circle $20

Heybale                         Continental Club Live $15

Highfill, George            Music Born in Bakersfield $18

Highfill, George            George Arlis Highfill $22

Hisey, Scott                            Dead Man Walkin’ $18

Holiday, Jolie                Lucky Enough $18

Hollister, Doug             There Is a Time $18

Hooker, Jake                 You Had a Call $20

Hudgins, Lucas            The World Left Is Mine $18

Hunter, Billy D              Inside Out $15

Hunter, Billy D              Country souvenirs $15

Hurd, Cornell Band       Honky tonk Mayhem $20

Hurd, Cornell Band       Live at the Broken Spoke $20

Hurd, Cornell Band       Live at Jovitas $20

Hurd, Cornell Band       Beyond the Purple Hills $18

Hurd, Cornell Band       Bad Year for Love $18

Intveld, James             Somewhere Down the Road $20

Jenkins, Jody                Under a Texas Moon $20

Keeble, Billy                  Unchained Country $20

Kershaw, Sammy                   Business is Pleasure $20

Kimmel, Dan                 These Four walls $18

Lyda. Jacob                   Back in the Swing $20 (Mike Headrick. Tops)

McCall, Darrell              Lily Dale $20

McCAll, Darrell/Johnny Bush  Hot Texas Country $20

Manchaca, Carl             That Song $18

Marshall, LLayne          One Down One Left $20

Martin, Glynn                Uncle Sam Mr Jukebox & My Ex Wife $20

Martin, Glynn                Moving On with $20 a lot like Don Williams

Martin, Tony                 Stronger Than That $20 Haggard like

Mason, Michael             For All Its Worth $18

Mills, Big John              Honky Tonks & Neon Lights $20

Mizzell, Robert              Place Beyond the Sun $18

Miss Leslie                    Between the Whiskey & the Wine $20

                                      She sings like a female George Jones.

Morris, Lamar               Walls of memories $18

Nichols, Joe Paul          The Way It Was $20

Nichols, Joe Paul          #20 $20

Nichols, Joe Paul          How Big Is God $20 (gospel)

Nichols, Joe Paul          Friends in High Places $20

Norris, Keith                           Along for the Ride $18

Nunn, Gary P                Greatest Hits Vol 2 $20

Olsen, Troy                             Living in Your World $18

Oxford, Vernon             100% Country $20

Owens, Dave                Everybody Loves Somebody $18

Pace, Paul                     Paul Pace $20

Papa Tops West Coast  Turnaround  GHVOL 2 $20 (truckin’)

Potter, Curtis                Down in Texas Today $20

Potter, Curtis                The Potter’s Touch $20

Potter/Booth/ McCall  The Survivors $20 for Ray Price fans!

Reefer, Sean                 And Resin Valley Boys $20

Roberts, Dan                 Viva La Cowboy $18 Western inspired

Roberts, Dan                 Cowhand dot com $18

Roddy, Ted                             Teartime $20

Sandefur, Brandon       Walkin’ Backwards $18

Serratt, Kenny              Best Vol 2 $20 for Haggard/ Lefty fans

Sims, Wade                   BigTomato Two Step $18

Spinks, Kelly                 Kelly Spinks $22

Stanley, Nathan           My Kind of Country $18

Stone, R B                     American Music $20

Trevino, Justin              The Scene of the Crying $20

Trevino, Justin              Travelin’ Singin’ Man $20

Two Tons of Steel         King os a One Horse Town $18

Warren, Van                  Daddy’s Fiddle $20

Watson, Aaron              The Honky Tonk Kid $18

Wayne, Billy                  Tribute to Texas $18

Weems, Shayne           The perfect Place $18

West, Elbert                  Livin’ the Life $18

White, James M            Broken Spoke Legend $15

Williams, Leona            Melted Down Memories $20

Williamson, John                   John Williamson $20

Williamson, John                   Whiskey & the Highway $20 Georgian artist

                                      who has devised the genre honky tonk folk

Worley, Shane              Shotgun House $20

Worley, Shane              Rosie’s on a Roll $20

Worley, Shane              Heartaches & Lies $20

Worley, Shane              What’s Goin On $20

 

Rarities Section

It is superfluous to use it here because they all are but if you see the abbreviation OOP in the rest of the newsletter it means OUT OF PRINT, in other words no longer available. These are very hard to find BUT most significantly all great. They are here because of that.

 

Ace in the Hole Band “Ace in the Hole Band” $25 Early nineties “solo” cd from George Strait’s touring band. Includes guets vocals by Mel Tillis & Darrell McCall.

Anthony, Rayburn  Country Music Fan $40 Excellent 1993 cd on the Swedish CMC label with 22 tracks and recordings dating from late 60s through to the release. Includes a mix of Rayburn’s originals (19) and covers (3) which never seem overly familiar at all.  Great vocalist and participants include Melba Montgomery.

Atkins, Chet/Jerry Reed    Sneakin’ Around $25 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.

Axton, Hoyt  “Spin of the Wheel” $25 Hoyt became known as an actor later in his career and this was his last album(1990) and is the best he ever did. Includes an unusual arrangement of “Heartbreak Hotel” written by his mother, Mae B Axton14 songs in all.

Ball, David     David Ball  $25 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??

 

Bandy,Moe Unquestionably one of the most popular artists we have ever sold. His “Honky Tonk Amnesia” cd is finally back in stock in the regular section after having been unavailable for best part of 12 months. His other cds are just about all out of print and we only have one copy of each of these, so it is a case of jump on or jump off…when you miss out.

Act Naturally $28 (1992 Intersound)

Following the Feeling $35 (Sony Australia) Australian record companies rate, in my book, as the worst in the world. So this was more a fluke release but great one.

Gospel Favourites $25 (1995 Intersound)

Hank Williams You Wrote My Life/ Cowboys Ain’t Supposed to Cry  $45 (Koch 2003 2 on 1 out of print)

I Just Started Hatin’ Cheatin’ Songs Today/ It Was Always So Easy (To Find an Unhappy Woman) $60 (Westside UK 2002) Was only out a very very short time as the label went broke. Try and find one….you won’t. First 2 albums

Many Mansions $30 (Curb) 1989

No Regrets $35 (Curb) 1988

 

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. It has humour coupled with great music. A stunner.

 

Berry, Benny            Standing Here Alone $48

Berry, Benny            Some Things Never Change $45

Berry, Benny            Mama’s Rockin’ Chair $40

Berry, Benny            When the Trains Still Ran Through Dixie $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. Benny also is the recipient of our greatest EVER independent artist award. Others may disagree but they are entitled to be wrong. Every one of these is nothing less than brilliant, especially for fans of Merle Haggard. Note: The last newsletter had these in it as well but those copies went in an absolute thrice. These are one I was fortunate to acquire in very recent times.

 

Beverly Hillbillies Original TV Cast Album $28 (Columbia Legacy) The Beverly Hillbillies is without doubt the funniest tv show of its time and there are not many that could rate with it for all time. This sees the cast member’s singing a bunch of songs especially written for them. Of course Max Baer Jnr as Jethro Bodine stands unopposed as the favourite and not surprisingly the two tracks featuring Max/Jethro are the best. “A Long Talk With That Boy” and “Jethro’s a Powerful Man” are prime examples of Jethro’s wonderfully humorous idiocy.

 

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   Swingin’ Doors & Sawdust Floors $35  As good as it gets. A great songwriter & singer he reminds of George Strait in the late 80s! This was his second cd and includes two songs written by Larry that are synonymous with other artists. “Beyond the Blue Neon” is of course the title song of George Starit’s best ever album whilst “Old Coyote Town” is a Don Williams’ specialty. Two great Texas songs (both originals)…the honky tonker ”Ten Times Texas” and “Under a Lone Star Moon” (the great ballad) complete this gem.

 

Boone, Larry  “One Way to Go” $28  He had two albums on Columbia. This, his first is stunning. Great ballad oriented album with the highlight being the superb “It Wouldn’t Kill Me”, a Larry Boone original. But he shows himself as a great interpreter as well with a stunning version of “All I Have to Offer You IS Me”. Pure unadulterated country. A word of advice, avoid his following album on Columbia, “Get in Line”. This one however grab gleefully!!

 

Boxcar Willie    Just Train Songs $38 Great singer but  if you try & buy his albums you will find they all have the same songs on them This has 25 songs recorded specifically for this album. Great stuffAppropriately on Gem Records. All songs have a railway theme if you hadn’t already guessed!!

 

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 $25 1990 gem long OOP As well as being a cracker singer she is a great writer with the highlight being“Louisville”. Emmylou guests. Heather Myles fans would love this firecracker singer.

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.

 

Bruce, Ed  “Best of Ed Bruce” Varese $48 One of the greatest singers and writers of his day. Perhaps best known as writer of “Mammas Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to be Cowboys” he had 6 Top ten charting tracks plus one #1 in “You’re the Best Break This Old Heart ever Had”.. All the other Top 10s are here and there are 18 tracks in all. Only place you’ll find these.

 

Bush, Johnny “Texas Legend Series Vol 2 Greatest Hit 1968-1972” $50  This is a wonderful cd that has the best ever drinking song on it. The 24 tracks are from the RCA archives and Johnny is in superb voice. Johnny’s biggest ever hit was his top 10 version of Marty Robbins’ “You Gave Me a Mountain” and followed his version of Willie Nelson’s “Undo the Right”. BUT it is the hard core honky tonk that really scores. “Jim, Jack & Rose” is all about Jim Beam, Jack Daniels and sweet Gypsy Rose but it is on “Bottle Bottle” where Johnny hits his mark. Although recorded earlier by Jim Ed Brown, Johnny’s version is superior in every way and the song is so damn clever. You think he is singing to his girl but he is singing to the amber bottle. “Gasping for air I come up from your lips, amazed at the beauty at my finger tips, Awed by the softness and warmth of your touch…bottle Bottle…why do I live you so much!!

 

Cartwright, Lionel   Lionel Cartwright $25 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!!

 

Chesnutt, Mark “Doing My Country Thing” $45  this 10 track cd collects Chesnutt’s pre-MCA recordings for the Axbar label. This is now out of print, Chesnutt not only comes from Beaumont Texas, the home of George Jones, but also carries on the Jones’ tradition and is the best country vocalist of those who emerged in the 90s. This cd shows he hit the ground running. It is full of great honky tonk such as “Since I Drank My Way to Houston” and he also explores classic country themes in “Rodeo Cowboys”. Not to be missed if you have any of his MCA albums of which “Too Cold at Home” and “Longnecks & Short Stories” are the best…but they are all good.

 

Coe, David Allan 1990 Songs for Sale. $48 20 new original recordings (not re-recordings of hits...all new songs) 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??

 

Conlee, John Fellow Travellers (16th Avenue) $30 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 album. I always reckon the song “Hopelessly Yours” is one of his best but don’t you think it would be even better if it was about a tropical disease. The theme of the song could be an old girl friend calling him and enquiring about how he is going to which he replies “Hopelessly, Yaws!.” Well, it was a thought anyway.

Conlee, John “Blue Highway” Pair Records $35  This compilation of MCA tracks has some hits including the wonderfully quirky “I Don’t Remember Loving You” and the title song but also has some great album tracks such as “Arthur & Alice” that are simply not available elsewhere, making it a must have item.

 

Crickets T-Shirt $30 Great late 80s album featuring Gordon Payne (a close compatriot of Waylon Jennings) on vocals & guitar with original Crickets alumni Jerry Allison and Joe Maudlin. Great commercial sound…in the sense it is catchy as well as being excellent. Don’t confuse that with the “commercial’ as used to describe today’s country music…which in reality is best described as brain dead. Highly sought due to the presence of Paul McCartney. Nice semi rockabilly meets country feel. 

 

Cryner, Bobbie Bobbie Cryner $30 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. Still as good as it gets. No matter what the upper limit is this gets full marks.

 

Curless, Dick – The Drag ‘em off the Interstate Sock It To Em Hits of Dick Curless $38 Razor & Tie’s great 21 track best of highlighting the deep deep voice of the king of the truckers. Of course it includes his them song “Tombstone Every Mile” but I love the track from one of the all time great albums “Live at Wheeling Truck Driver’s Jamboree” and that is “Chick Inspector”. It also has the song “Outskirts of Town” from the same live album in which Dick cracks up at Curly Chalker’s wonderful steel guitar playing.

 

Curtis, Sonny  The Elektra Years Volume 1 $35 14 tracks which appeared briefly on the UK Rollercoaster label. Highlight is the “Real Buddy Holly” story and I had to be pulled up over some factual errors I made last time so will tread cautiously. Sonny was a guitar player who occasionally played with Buddy Holly prior to his achieving fame and after Buddy was tragically killed fronted the Crickets. It came about because of factual errors made in the Buddy Holly movie starring the crazed Gary Busey. 14 tracks all up.

Curtis, Sonny No Stranger to the Rain $30. 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” plus several hits for Buddy Holly. Also a fine singer. This was a UK only release from1990. We also have a World Wide Music (Denmark)

 

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. Billy Joe Walker’s guitar playing on “Cold Friends” is stunning.

Dalton, Lacy J “Crazy Love”  $35 This was the followup album to “Survivor” and ranks right up there with it. It includes the all time great song of parental love, “Little Boy Blue”. The title track is the Van Morrison classic.

Dalton, Lacy J “Anthology” $40 Renaissance Records 21 tracker which includes a mix of CBS and Universal/Capitol tracks. Her version of “Working Class Man” leaves that version by the raucous Scot singer for dead.

 

Davies, Gail – The Other Side of Love $30 of our favourites and certainly in the very top echelon of Nashville female writers and singers. Wrote 8 of the songs on the self produced apitol 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 Get Rhythm $48 This is absolutely one of the best albums we have ever had and whilst the title track features Johnny Cash joining Martin in a sensational duet, I have no reservations in saying Martin’s version of the Wood Newton song “Lillie’s White Lies” is the best album track on any album we have ever had. The fact the rest of the album is nothing less than great makes this a must have. Trivia: Martin’s real name is Mike Martin and he is a professional tennis coach. We still await his third album. Recently I had the pleasure of seeing Wood Newton perform at the Bluebird Café. It was one of their famous “in the round” songwriter’s nights and included Jerry Salley, who was very good but Wood absolutely stole the show. Not only did he do “Lillie’s White Lies” and put a wonderful spin on it, and also dedicated it to me(!) he also did the song which was a hit for David Ball, “Riding With Private Malone”. His preamble was so wonderfully filled with emotion that there was not a soul in the Bluebird who was not similarly touched. He is also a man of many talents. His photograph adorns the Townes Van Zandt “Flying Shoes” album cover. I am trying to talk him into releasing a cd with them on.

Delray, Martin What Kind of Man $25 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 with Vern 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.

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 “Across the Rio Grande” , also done by Reba, but Holly wins!! All 3 albums are delightful.       

 

Eddy, Duane That Classic Twang $40

Eddy, Duane The Twang’s the Thang/ Songs of Our Heritage $40 Bear Family had the rights to the Jamie catalogue (Eddy’s original recording label) and these two are acknowledged as the best sounding Duane Eddy albums. The former features 15 songs in true stereo for the first time. Now out of print.,   

 

Edwards, Stoney “Old Folks Stick Together” $35 Razor & Tie. A stunning compilation of his Capitol tracks including “A Two Dollar Tou”…the closest he ever got to a hit “Hank & Lefty Raised My Country Sou, his stunning take on “Mississippi You’ve Been on My Mind”l etc. What a voice! Lefty, Hag and Stoney!!

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.

                                   

Flatt, Lester Anthology $45 2cds This was issued by RCA Japan and features 40 of Lester’s excellent immediately post Flatt & Scruggs work. As with most Japanese releases it was a once only run. If you want an alternate you have to go to the complete Bear Family box set.

 

Ford, Tennessee Ernie  “Capitol Collectors Series” $38  Wonderful 29 tracker with great liner notes and sound quality. I have said it before, this series (ie Capitol Collectors) is all out of print but always represented the best sampling of an artists work. They have the ones you want to hear and also include stunning obscure tracks such as Ern’s take on an R & B number “I Don’t Know”.

 

Frickie, Janie Labor of Love $28 This 1989 CBS release was one  of her best two with the highlight being stunning version of Steve Earle’s best song, “My Old Friend the Blues”. Ironically she didn’t have great success with this album but in essence her albums where she changed her name to the phonetic spelling (Frickie not Fricke)were by far her very best.

 

Frizzell, Lefty “That’s the Way Loves Goes:The Final Recordings of Lefty Frizzell” $45 We used to say you can also get these tracks on the Bear Family box set but that is also out of print. Lefty’s voice was in amazing shape here.

Hard to believe his original version of the standard “I Never Go Around Mirrors” never even made the Top 20. Also includes his original “That’s the Way Love Goes” which provided Merle Haggard with his only ever Grammy.

 

Gaddis, Ron Chip Off the Old Block $45 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.

George, Sonny Truckin’ Country $30 14 original song from a great deep voiced artist in a similar style to his classic live album(“Inside Tennessee State Women’s  Prison”). A great cd. I have found Sonny has equal appeal to both country and rockabilly fans...somewhat like Junior Brown I guess. A new album would be well worth the wait.

Glaser, Tompall & the Glaser Brothers Best $30 The Collectors Choice label has been sold and the new owners immediately went about deleting everything including this 24 tracker which has wonderful track after wonderful track on it. One copy and can’t see myself getting again soon.

 

Gosdin, Vern Alone $35  This is the album which followed his majestic “Chiselled in Stone”. This is mainly ballads, that reflect the break up of a relationship, something of which Vern is said to have had a lot of practice, I guess that has had a lot to do with his continual promotion of young protégés! It may be the greatest crying in your beer album ever!!

Gosdin, Vern The Voice $38/35 His mid nineties album which showed there was still a lot of life in the old boy….maybe due to that ever present (and ever changing!!) protégé. The opening track “Chip Off the Chip of the Old Block” is a great career summary and has been done with great aplomb by Ron Gaddis. Equally great is the Vern co-write “Back in the Swing of Things”, which has been widely recorded but Vern’s version is probably the best…heck it is the best!! There are two versions of this, both the same except the original has the red (blood red of course!) cd case. The $35 is just standard jewel case. Grab the original if you can.

 

Grand, Gil Famous Last Words Never actually released. $20 has partial graphics.

 

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 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!

Haggard, Merle “I’m Always on a Mountain When I Fall” $55 This is the very rare long out of print cd version of his 1978 MCA album, the label he went to when he completed his tenure at Capitol. Includes the great Dave Kirby concert favourite, “There Ain’t No Good Chain Gang” plus an excellent song from his then new bride Leona Williamsm “Mama I’ve Got to Go to Memphis”. There is a small punch hole on the booklet.

Haggard, Merle “5:01 Blues” Epic $40 Last album for the label and never reissued, so don’t miss out, One of his best as well It probably also has his last top 10 single in “A Better Love Next Time’. As well he does a sterling job on the song associated with (but not written by) Don Gibson, “Sea of Heartache”. One of his best albums, 21 years old and only available here!!

 

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 breath A+ Consistently rated in fans favourite cds. Apparently walked in the record company and they signed him on the spot.

 

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. $30 Great humour and equally fine musicianship.  Apparently they were originally billed by their real names till some guy forgot who they 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

 

House, James James House $30  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 $35 His second MCA album was even better than his first self titled album & is  very very hard to get.

 

Husky, Ferlin “Capitol Collectors Series” $40 Great 20 tracker and the only omission of note is “Drunken Driver’ but that was nore quirky than “hit” I guess. “Gone” is one of the all time classics as is “Wings of a Dove” and the great “Fallen Star” (that’s what you are!!). Maybe one day Bear Family will do a box. 

 

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!!! Now out of print. Special mention to the track featuring Connie Smith, “Standing Invitation”…what a singer.

 

Jackson, Larry The Blue Highway $40 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. I have mentioned this before but speaking to someone who knew Larry, I enquired “Do you think he’ll have a third album”, to which the replied “Only if he wins the lottery, but now he can’t afford to buy a ticket!”

 

Jansen, Frank You’re a Phone Call I Need to Make $45

Jansen, Frank My Way or the Highway $40

Staggeringly  great albums , the first on the wonderful Bob Grady label with production from Mike Headrick (I told you before the Swedish Cowboy will NOT go to bed at night unless he has said a prayer of thanks under the mounted 8 x 10 signed Mike Headrick photograph that hangs proudly in his living room, just above the cartons of pickled herrings) . I know there are several who rate the title song of the first as one of the greatest album tracks ever, and I am not going to argue. Most of the tracks on the first are by Bob Grady whilst Frank proves himself a writer of the highest standard on the second. Stunning. His third “Lolene” is also featured in this newsletter and all three are a must.

 

Jenkins The Jenkins ****special****$22 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 & McCartersOn Capitol Records, this unreleased album was produced by Rodney Crowell.

 

.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”. As a guide this is how things happen in the independent world of country music. They bring out an album but it doesn’t get the exposure, I tried to tell somebody once that he was privileged to own a David Jones album because there simply weren’t many of them. Try as I might I could not convince him that Jones was not as well known as Merle Haggard or George Jones…”but he is as good”…no argument there…a classic case of “there but for the grace of God go I”.

 

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 $25 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”. Now on a two fer cd (see recent releases, so reduced for those purists.

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 of title on the latter. Again the purists copy is a little more.

Jones, George You Oughta Be Here With Me $35 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 scheme of things has done too many novelty songs. Not so here…these are the wittiest of the lot.

Jones, George The Rock: Stone Cold Country 2001 Radio Special $25 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  The Battle/Memories of Us $35 Out of print two on one cd on Koch. Albums date from 1976 and 1975 respectively.

Jones, George Cup of Loneliness: The Classic Mercury Years 2cds $50

Jones, George Don’t Stop the Music $45 Two out of print albums both out of print with very little duplication. The second actually is chronologically the first with Starday recordings leading on to Mercury. There was a close link between the labels with both featuring George’s rawest hard core honky tonk. 22 tracks on “Don’t Stop the Music” and 48 on the double cd. Great Pappy Daily production.

Jones, George “Live at Dancetown” Ace Records UK Out of print $45 This classic 1965 album is superbly recorded and features the Jones Boys under Don Adams (not Maxwell Smart guy). It has George doing a wide variety of songs including a sensational version of his own “Window Up Above” as well as some eccentric things such as “Bony Maronie” which actually works very well. He does a stunning version of Melba Montgomery’s “We Must Have Been Out of Our Minds” with Do nAdama. But the dialogue is a real hoot as George declares “We are just gonna have a small liquor mission…I mean intermission”. Reckon he probably got it right the first time!!

Jones, George “She Thinks I Still Care: The United Artists Years” 2cds $35Long out of print Razor & Tie set. Only other place to get these tracks is on the Bear Family United Artists box. 40 tracks are on this including some with the glorious Melba Montgomery.

Jones, George &Melba Montgomery “Vintage Collection’ Capitol $58

This is a wonderful 20 tracker which can be found across 3 Bear Family box sets. This is the convenient way of getting these gems on this out of print masterpiece. Includes the unparalleled “We Must Have Been Out of Our Minds” and “Let’s Invite Them Over”, the only songs ever written about wife swapping…well one of the  few anyway.

Jones, George Sings Like the Dickens $28  Out of print tribute to Little Jimmy on the Razor & Tie label

 

Kane, Keiran Find My Way Home $22 Rare post O’Kanes album recorded on the Atlantic label.

 

Kelley, Noah Red Roses After the Rain $18 (Asylum) Never out, which is a pity as it was very good Produced by Kyle Lehning too. 10 tracks. Advance cd with no graphics

 

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 $38 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 $55 One off major label on Curb and released 1988. Find a copy now? Yeah, try it. A gem of an album which sees Josh as the embodiment of the spirit of Mel Street…has there ever been a better proponent of the cheating song…a staple of country music. Simply put NO! The title song is also covered by George Jones on the wonderful “You Oughtta Be Here With Me”…get them both…they are that good.

Logan, Josh  Gentle Rain $40 Another unexpected and out of print honky tonk gem. Rather obscure label to begin with.

 

Louvin Brothers “When I Stop Dreaming: The Best’ razor & Tie $28 You would think this would be around for ever but it is not, Great sound on this Razor & tie gem and extremely well put together. The complete recordings on the Bear Family box is possibly the only better way to go.

 

Lyda, Jacob My Dreams Just Came True $38 1995 Bob Grady label

Lyda, Jacob Here We Go Again $35 1997 Bob Grady Label

Lyda, Jacob Three Times the Charm $30 Country Discovery Records.

These are the first 3 records of this great singer. We have his fourth “Back in the Swing” for $20. He emerged as one of the bets indie singers anywhere. He was only in his teens when he recorded the first, All songs produced by Mike Headrick. The highlight of the first in the stunning honky tonker “It Must Have Been Something I Drank”as well as the great play on words “Hall Of Shame”. Please do yourself a favour and grab the lot. He is that good.

 

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  As as ad precursor to the review, Mel passed away recently from cancer.  There is no better  song than “You Can’t Play the Blues in  An Air conditioned Room”!!!!

McDaniel, Mel Country Pride $30 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.       

McDaniel, Mel Now You’re Talking $38 1988 capitol album produced by Jerry Kennedy. All good songs including the top 10 “Real Good Feel Good Song” and one you will get the gist of by the title “Sunday Morning Preachers”. Very hard to get this one.

 

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 $20. Both the full 40 tracks. A far cry from today’s diva…this is real! So good in fact that I would defy anyone to readily pick the artist. This is how we like it. All I can say is what happened??

 

McQuaig, Scott Scott McQuaig $30 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.

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Mack, Bill “Radio’s Midnight Cowboy Sings His Songs” $45  Thiis is a very rare cd now. Bill Mack is an institution on Texas radio and is also a songwriter and singer of the highest order. His best known hit up until the 90s was “Drinking Champagne”, a hit for both Cal Smith &George Strait but then in the 90s a Texas teen called Lee Ann Rimes came along and recorded “Blue”, a song I instantly loathed as everyone who wouldn’t know what country music was told us how great it was. Lee Ann is still trying to pretend she is a country artist but I would suggest she have a decent feed as a more pressing priority. Bill does his own version of “Blue”, more specifically the late 50s original version is included. All the other songs are recorded for this cd which is a classic indie release.

 

Martin, Mario Keep it on the Country Side $45 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??) As a footnote I would compare him to Scotty McCreery, the winner of American Idol, who I predicted as the winner from his audition. As good as Scotty is, he will not match this album, given the nature of the type of music they record now. And it is superbly produced by James Stroud to boot.

 

Martin, Tony I’ll Meet You in Texas $30 Bob Grady Records Wonderful Merle Haggard inspired gem produced by Mike Headrick. Don’t miss out on this out of print gem, which is certainly not short on the honky tonk side of things.

 

Mata, Billy “Made in Texas” $35 This is the debut from San Antonio’s top country artist. Has a little Tex mex flavour and the track “If This Was Texas” is an all time favourite of both myself and the Cosmic Cowboy with perhaps the most compulsively catchy refrain you will ever hear. 14 tracks including some covers. Nice album on the BGM label….BG=Bill Green…we  don’t have any of his but a fine artists in his own right.

 

Mellons, Ken “Sweet”  $35  This was his third album and first for an independent. Very hard to get now and out of print. A superb voice; we always compared him to Vern Gosdin. His major label albusm were marred a little by the label’s insistence of putting radio friendly tracks on between the ballads. This is not necessary here and so is better again. His version of “Paint me  Birmingham” outshone that of Tracy Lawrence whilst “Institutre of Honky tonks” shows he is a fien honky tonker as well.

 

Mensy, Tim “Stone By Stone” $28 1990 release by a stunning vocalist, guitarist and songwriter, responsible fopr all tracks 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.

 

Milsap, Ronnie “Night things” $35 Ronnie Milsap made his name as a

crossover artist. This album which was on cd for a very very short time proves

he could be as pure as it gets. In fact his version of “Borrowed Angel” is every bit

as good as that of Mel Street. I know it is hard to believe but true. Also includes a

gem from the pen of Hugh Moffatt, “Just in Case”. A classic country song. This is

one of the most pleasant surprise albums I have ever experienced.

 

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”. It features collaborations between Katy and Tom Russell...the perfect foils for each other.

 

Morgan, George Room Full of Roses: the George Morgan  Collection Razor & Tie OOP $35Has a rare duet with Lorrie. Out of print 19 tracker on the Razor & Tie label and only alternate to the huge Bear Family box. Razor & Tie were a great label.

 

Morse, Ella Mae Capitol Collectors Series  $28 Mixed her styles from big band to country. This is another in the great Capitol Collector series.

 

Mowrey, Dude “Honky Tonk” $30 Capitol  Another early 90s album. Produced by Jimmy Bowen this albums is marked by the great songs. Highlight are two great songs by Curtis Wright, “Cowboys Don’t Cry” and “If I Ever Love Again”. Made one more album which is best left alone as much as this one should be grabbed.

 

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. Have two copies with  one autographed by Leon “To Ted”…you can be Ted by default. Favourite tracks? Start at the beginning and stop at the end. BUT, if pushed “Mama Did Raise One Fool After All” and “Under Neon Light”, the duet with Bill Arwood are superb.

 

Nelson, Willie A Horse Called Music $35

Nelson, Willie Born For Trouble $35

Nelson, Willie  Promiseland $35

Nelson, Willie Island in the Sea $25

Nelson, Willie Who’ll Buy My Memories: The IRS Tapes $48 single cd

Nelson, Willie Who’ll Buy My Memories: The IRS Tapes $35 2cds

 Four 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 opener 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. The following “Born for Trouble’ also starts out with a jaunty Beth Nielsen Chapman song “Ain’t necessarily So” and actually has none of Willie’s own songs on it. But they are a great bunch and there are two more by Neilsen-Chapman plus the super “I Don’t Have a Reason to Go to California Anymore” by Hank Cochran & Billy Don Burns’. Promiseland features “Living in the Promiseland” the excellent David Lynn Jones’ song and Willie’s guitar playing is prominently featured throughout. “Island in the Sea” was on cd for a very short time.

As far as the IRS Tapes go, Willie had two versions out,…we have one of each. The first was a single cd that was offered only as a phone order. When CBS released it they made it a double cd…unnecessary as it fitted easily on one cd. BUT what they did change was the slogan on Willie’s t-shirt. Well they didn’t change it they airbrushed it away. The slogan was very appropriate considering Willie’s laid back persona; “Shit Happens”…so (shock horror) this may be considered the raunchy cover. BTW both versions are out of print. So the question is do you want “Shit Happens” or don’t you??

  

Newbury, Mickey An American Treasure $35 2cds This is a 2 disc audio biography that you might hear on a radio show, with a narrator describing, interviewing, and playing snippets of songs. Running time is well over 2 hours.

 

Newton-John, Olivia  48 Original Tracks 1971-75 $35 2cds  This was Olivia’s country period. Some may scorn but I like it. You have to admire someone who took “Banks of the Ohio” a classic country murder ballad to the top of the charts. And as Benny Hill as Dickey Di-Do would say “Cuter than a crocus on a compost heap”.

 

Norma Jean Best of Norma Jean $48 The purists rate Norma as one of the greatest ever country singer and this album on Collectors choice is out of print. Actually most Collectors Choice albums will go that way as the label has been taken over and very few will stay in print. This was also listed in the last news and that copy went first day. We were very lucky to get one more.

 

O’Kanes         O’Kanes $40

O’Kanes         Tired of the Running $30

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

3 out of Buck’s 3 comeback albums which one connoisseur told me were as good as anything Buck ever did,  the third being hardest to get with appearances by Ringo Starr and Emmylou Harris.

 

Oxford, David  David Oxford $70 Note: This is a newly acquired copy. It was listed last newsletter but that copy sold immediately. Read the review as it appeared last time. The person who purchased the copy I had last time reckoned I underrated the album…..maybe true…it is that good.

There has only been one and there appears to be little chance of another, but despite hope being minimal there is still some hope.This is superb with a mix of honky tonk, cryin’ in beer ballads and just plain great songs “”1-800 Wine” is pure honky tonk whilst the Cosmic Cowboy, a sentimental old fluff if ever there was one, closes his annual community radio father’s day show with Oxford’s “Don’t Tell the Babies”. As far as production goes this is stunning. The great Bobby Flores is present throughout. And Michael Morales who apparently performed strictly in a Spanish market is great on acoustic guitar. David had talks with major labels apparently but was disillusioned when he was told he didn’t have the right image. Damn, why didn’t he get angry and produce a box set. Even that would not be enough. A gem gem gem!!

 

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 great and includes Curtis Potter as a guest on 2 tracks. “Swing & Other Things” is a great 21  tracker which sources the songs from country, jazz & pop sources. The final cd is very rare but has a small sticker mark on the front cover.

 

Petty Booka “Fujiyama Mama” $28  Classic example of Japanese country at its best by Petty and her sister Booka who actually live in Hawaii so we get an Hawaiian feel to the album. There is a country side and a bluegrass side and highlight of the album may be their delicious version of the Junior Brown classic “My Baby Don’t Dance to Nothing But Ernest Tubb”. Halellujah!!

 

Price, Ray Heart of Country Music $60 This 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 Happens to the Best $28 Pair 16 tracks that are certainly not the usual ones on a Ray price compilation cd.

 

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.

 

Reynolds, Lawrence “He Comes From Alabama”  $35 The master of the lugubrious country George Jones inspired ballad. Yes, the same guy who had a pop his with “Jesus is a Soul Man’ 16 tracks. Take my word, if a George Jones fan and you pass this you really are not a George Jones fan.

 

Rich, Charlie Pictures & paintings $35 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! Great album which sounds even better. Sadly he passed away soon after but at the very top of his game.

 

Ritter, Tex     Capitol Collectors Series $38 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

 

Robertson, Kathy At the Cantina $38 guests including Bonnie Owens and Leona Williams who feature on “Leona”. Also has Chris Gaffney & Katy Moffatt & Rosie Flores & Big Sandy. Kathy first appeared on the Town South of Bakersfield cd. Her albums are next to impossible to find now. Always great.

Robertson, Kathy    To Roy Nichols With Love $40 Guests include Merle Haggard, Katy Moffatt, James Intveld and Rick Shea. Great fun albums which are now out of print.

 

Rodriguez, Johnny Gracias $40 1988 Capitoil alum One of country music’s finest vocalist and his last major label album.

Rodriguez, Johnny Funny Things Happen to Lovin’ People Like Me $35  Rare 1995 indie. Graet song “Empty Arms Hotel”. 10 in all.

 

Rogers, Roy  Tribute $30 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. This is the original trifold digipak version which is very attractive packaging.

 

Ryle, Curt  Life Time Guarantee $35 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.

Ryle, Curt Your Old Used to be $35 Great but hard to find 2nd. With many honky tonk gems this is as good as the previous. “Son of a Honky Tonk Woman”, “Bottom of the Fifth”…they are all great.

 

Sahm, Doug  SDQ 98 $45 This is perhaps Doug’s best ever album; well certainly right up there with his “Return of Wayne Douglas”. Trouble is it wasn’t round for very long at all as the Watermelon label folded soon after this was released. Doug does a stunning version of the Tom Russell song “St Olav’s Gate”, a cajunish “Louis Riel” and a surprisingly straight “Ballad of Davy Crockett”. All with a rather understated feel which works wonderfully well.

 

Sanford, Arnold   That’s Why I Sing This Way $60 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 $38 Fabulous 23 tracker with a mix of upbeat and ballads. Even has 4 unreleased tracks. As far as the ballads go none is better than “What in the World’s Come Over You” and “Burning Bridges”. A very much underappreciated artist. Everyone should have this cd in their collection,.

 

Seals, Dan Rage On $25 Capitol  This Capitol label cd is easily the late Dan Seals’ best album. The title track or rather “They Rage On” is a classic. “Five Generations of Rock Country Wilsons” was also covered by George Jones. Produced by Kyle Lehning.

 

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.

 

Seekers – “Capitol Collectors Series” $25  This is here for 2 reasons. The first is the sound. Despite being a US pressing the quality of this vastly exceeds anything that has ever been put out in Australia. Secondly the selection is beyond reproach, 25 tracks including several with added studio talk included. Also has Bruce Woodley’s co-write wit hPaul Simon…”Red Rubber Ball”, a hit for Bobby Vee among others.

 

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.

 

Shearer, Charlie “Breakin’ Out”  $30 A gem again with production by the very talented Curt Ryle and also wrote quite a few of the songs. So good in fact that Mike Headrick would be proud of this one!!

 

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.

 

Sinatra, Nancy & Lee Hazelwood “Fairytales & Fantasies: The Best”  Rhino Records OOP $60 This goes for a motza. All the duets from the somewhat dizzy duo. Lee’s deep voice was the perfect foil for Nancy especially on gems such as “Some Velvet Morning” and “Ladybird” both written by Lee, but of course their biggest was the oft covered, but never as well, “Jackson”.

 

Smith, Sammi Best $25 Now out of print. A book of Top 50 0country singles published about 6-7 years ago in Nashville rated Sammi’s “Help Me Make It through the Night” as the  best ever country single.

 

Smith, Russell  This Little Town $35Great solo album Amazing Rhythm Aces vocalist. All great and what a voice. The Cosmic Cowboy recently saw the Aces on tour and reports Russel lis stil las good as ever,

 

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. One fellow described how Bobby had a “slight” mental problem.. “he done climbed over the White House fence..he was gonna visit him a President”

 

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

Now out of print. This 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.Great defining album.

 

Stevens, Ray I Never Made a Record I Didn’t Like $30  1988 MCA release. Ray Stevens hard to get album with the rather hilarious “The Day I Tried to Teach Charlene McKenzie being the highlight.

 

Swan, Billy Like Elvis Used to Do $30 A great album and as great concept. Billy takes 14 Elvis songs and does every one differently to how the King did them. Personal favourite is “Blue Moon of Kentucky” in which Billy merges “Blue Moon” with the Bill Monroe song. Very clever.

 

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, Hank Here’s to Country Music $25 hard to find mid 80s album on Step One produced by Ray Pennington & Curtis Potter. Some Calssics.

Thompson, Hank  Songs for Rounders/ Dance Ranch $60 Out of print 2 fer on Koch. Firstly the only other way to get these albums is on the Hank Thompson Bear Family box. Secondly “Songs for Rounders” was one of the  first country thematic albums that came out without as eye to the charts. That is how they did things in those days. These were all tunes of the honky tonk and are also superbly recorded. In fact this was country music’s first ever stereo album. Hank was a little daring recording “Cocaine Blues” before the likes of Johnny Cash… I mean it is a politically correct age!!As good now as ever. One of the greatest country albums ever. So i nefefct the great “Dance Ranch” album is a classic bonus!!

 

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    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 $40

Wade, Norman Old Time Country Music $38

Wade, Norman Close Every Honky tonk $30

The indie champion of all time?? Pretty much. His “post Hank”, Hank Style is unbelievableHard core…everything else is for sissies. “I’ve Got Hank to Thank” says it al.

 

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

 

Walker, Billy “Greatest Hits on Monument” $28  15 tracks which are onlty on this out of print Sony Special products cd. Great stuff from the Tall Texan.

 

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.

Wall, Chris Tainted Angel $30

Wall, Chris Cowboy Nation $28 Last chance…don’t miss out.

Wall, Chris, Honky Tonk Heart $40  His debut. Includes his original version of “Trashy Women”…I like his usage of the word “tad”….as in “I like my women just a tad on the trashy side”. Best track though is the fabulous “He Lives My Dream”.

Wall, Chris Just Another Place $28  The Cosmic Cowboy reckons this one is his best.

 

Watson, Gene Back in the Fire $50  He only made 2 albums for Warner Brothers and this first one is in my opinion his best album. There are wonderful ballads such as “The Great Divide” one of the best vocals you will ever hear plus shuffling gems such as “Dreams of a Draemer” and the lively ‘Ain’t No Fun to be Alone in San Antone”. “The Jukebox Played Along” is taken at a slightly slower pace but is a gem also. Ten tracks and not one less than the highest standard.

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 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 A Way to Survive $35 Step One This is perhaps the hardest to get of the excellent Step One cds. Includes some great new recordings of classics along with new songs. In the former department “Class reunion” is superb. Gene rings every bit of emotion from it.

Watson, Gene “Little By Little” $30 MCA Straight reissue of his 1983 MCA album. Best track is perhaps “Leavin’s Been Comin’ for a Long Long Time”. That is one of several songs written by Dave Kirby.

 

Wayne, Dallas & the Dimlights “Buckle Up Baby” Amigo Records $30

Dallas, the deep voiced honky tonk favourite was a resident in Finland for man years and despite being American worked with an all Finnish band in a very honky tonk style. All these are right up there with his excellent Hightone albums. Best track for mine “Crank the Hank”.

 

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.

Whitley, Keith Tribute $25 A gem put out by hisl label 5 or so years after he so tragically died. BUT for the Whitley fans it is not just other artists interpreting Whitley (all quite superbly I may add, especially Alan Jackson, Joe Diffie and Mark Chesnutt) but also includes 4 great previously unissued Whitley songs including a superb duet with Lorrie Morgan on “I Just Want You”…..a must.

 

Wild Rose      Listen to your Heart $28

Wild Rose       Straight & narrow $28

Wild Rose     Breaking New Ground $28 The three (of only 3) great albums  by talented  gal group led by Pam Gadd & Wanda Vick

Williams, Hank    Rare Demos First to Last $25 CMF Just Hank & his  guitar

 

Various

Big Rig Hits Volume 1 1939-1969 $35 This is a superb cd, of course out of print put out by the Country Music Hall of fAme in association with Diesel Only Records. It starts with what is acknowledged as the firs ttrue truck driving song with Cliff Bruner’s  “Truck Driver’s Blues”, which incidentally features Moon Mullican on vocals.Great & rare tracks galore. 20 all together. Love the Town Hall Party staple Doye O’Dell version of “Diesel Smoke, Dangerous Curves”. Extremely well compiled.

 

Heart of Texas Country $35 Great 21 tracker with all new songs recorded for this album. Great bunch includes Justin Trevino, Ron Williams (“Truckloads & Trainloads”), Leona Williams, Dave Kirby, Big Bill Lister etc.

 

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.

 

Rig Rock Deluxe: A Musical Tribute to the American Truckdriver $30  On Diesel Only label…see “Truck Driver’s Boogie” below. 16 excellent tracks which team classic artists of yesteryear with their contemporaries. Hard to tell the differenece between Red Simpson an Junior Brown on “Nitro Express”. “Will there Be Big Rigs in Heaven” has a kind of ominous sound for Buck Owens. Love “Mama Was a Rock Papa Was a Rolling Stone” featuring BR549 & Kaye Adams. Great cd.

 

Town South of Bakersfield Volume 1 & 2 $28

The town they are referring to is of course Los Angeles and all the artists on this cd 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 this album. 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.

 

Truck Drivers Boogie: Big Rig Hits 1939-1969 $35 Diesel Only Records through Koch….only collection embracing the history y of the truck driving song from the early “Truck Driver’s Blues” by Cliff Bruner with moon Mullican on vocals. Greats include Terry Fell (“Truck Drivin’ Man”), Dave Dudley, Del Reeves, Red Simpson, Kay Adams etc. Compiled in junction eith the Country Music Foundation.

 

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.

 

CD BOX SETS

 

Roy Acuff “King of the Hillbillies” $28 4cds in jewel cases and slip box with 100 tracks. These are remastered from the Joe Bussard collection and represent his first 100 sides with great contributions on dobro and slide from Clell Sumney aka Cousin Jody.

 

Atkins, Chet “The Early Years 1946-1957” $30 5cds in jewel cases and slip cse. Whopping 159 tracks from the Joe Bussard collection. Includes notes & discography

 

Atkins, Chet        “The RCA Years” RCA US $22 Hard to get now. Great intro with book in long style box.

 

Gene Autry “Sing Cowboy Sing:TheGene Autry Collection” Rhino 3cds $48

Nicely presented box, as are all of Rhino’s boxes. The book replicates many movie posters within its 64 colourful pages and features notes from Riders in the Sky leader Ranger Doug, also a major country music historian. 84 tracks which date from 1940 and many are from his Melody Ranch shows. This is long box style with separate book and cds. OOP.

 

Garth Brooks “The Limited Series” 5 cds + dvd sealed Capitol $45 Contains the albums Sevens/ Scarecrow/ Double Live plus a cd “The Lost Sessions” and a 90 minute + dvd. Also has 68 page book. This is long box style with separate book and cds.

 

Jimmy Buffett “Boats, Beaches, Bars And Ballads” 4cds + book $30 Great set. The box doesn’t have the paper inserts which keep the cds inplace but the 4cds and book are pristine. Real bargain. 72 tracks.

 

Glen Campbell “The Legacy 1961-2002” Capitol 4cds 80 tracks $58 This now out of print set is beautifully presented in long book format with excellent 36 page colour book. I would say he was underrated but only to those who didn’t really know him that well. To his legacy of fans he was certainly not underrated. His interpretations of Jimmy Webb songs did more for Jimmy Webb’s standing as a songwriter than anyone else.

 

Cash, Johnny “The Essential” This is the longbox style 3cd set from 1992 $25, issued as part of the Columbia Country Classics series. Only one small thing NO BOX, so just 3cds in jewel cases plus 32 page long book. Well compiled and doesn’t have the usual tracks...I mean where else would you get the great “Oney” followed by the equally great “One Piece at a Time”. 75 tracks in all.

 

Harry Chapin “Story of a Life” 3cd box Rhino $48 47 tracks which also features some alternate versions so as to appeal to the Cosmic Cowboys of the world who have all of Harry’s albums. Highlight for mine is the wonderful “Taxi’  and its sequel, which surprisingly is called “Sequel”. Great stuff.

 

Ray Charles “Complete Country & Western Recordings 1959-1986” 4cds plus hard cover bound book. $80 Great packaging. The 4 jewel case cds and bound book fit in a solid box. 92 tracks. Very hard to get and out of print. Rhino have released many great sets and this is one of the  best.

 

Charlie Daniels “The Roots Remain”  3cd box set Columbia $48 45 tracks in book style box form the master of southern country rock. “Devil Went Down to Georgia” is one of the most identifiable tracks of all time and Charlie’s style of redneck right-wingedness . Includes his great version of “Layla”.

 

Sandy Denny “Who Knows Where the time Goes” Hannibal 3cd + book $40 Nice 12 x 12” box/book featuring the best of Sandy Denny, ex Fairport Convention thrush. Greatest released and unreleased recordings, live recordings, outtakes and demos 1967-1977 43 tracks

 

Narvel Felts “Limited Club Edition” 2cds 44 tracks in long trifold box. Nice photos.

 

Flatt & Scruggs & Stanley Brothers “Selected Cuts 1952-1959” JSP 4cd box 100 tracks annotated with discography. 2cds of each

 

Vince Gill “These Days” 4cds 1)Workin on a Big Chill (the Rockin’ Record) 2)The Reason Why (the Groovy Record) 3)Some Things Never Get Old (The Country & Western Record) 4)Little Brother (The Acoustic Record). 43 tracks in all. $45  Autographed copy (on second press imitation cloth cover) $38 (not autographed but on first press real cloth cover.)

 

George Jones “Essential: The Spirit of Country Music” 2cds sealed long box style with book. Great set from 1994.

 

Merle Haggard “Untamed Hawk: The Early Recordings of Merle Haggard” BEAR FAMILY. 5cd + 52 pg 12”x12” book $110  As new and is there a better place to start?? Absolutely not!!

 

Merle Haggard “Down Every Road” 4cds + book Sealed Capitol $70 100 tracks 1962-1994. Great set in the long box style. Basically 3 cds of Capitol and a fourth cd of MCA & Epic label. Great book. Also unsealed copy $55

 

Merle Haggard  “The Original Outlaw” Time Life sealed 3cd set book style packaging with great book $30. Lots of rare photos. Excellent 60 tracks across all labels’ Same series as George Jones & Stanley Bros.

Tom T Hall “Storyteller, Poet & Philosopher” 2cds Mercury $35 Excellently compiled 2cds 50 track. A couple of marks on box but book and cds pristine. 32 page book in long box style with cds on built in tray. Always liked the story of Tom Hall and the record company said that doesn’t sound quite right...lets chuck a “T” in there. OOP.

 

George Hamilton IV "To You & Yours from Me & Mine" 6cd + 88pg hard cover book BEAR FAMILY $120 believe this was the first Bear Family box to incorporate the hard cover book..  The contents are as new. Totally pristine but there are a few marks on the box which are symptomatic of it maybe having been dropped at some stage. The box itself is still very good but the book and cds are absolutely as new. George began his career on ABC singing pop oriented country and enjoyed considerable chart success. When he moved to RCA he developed a very engaging country style with tinges of folk. Though the album in which he went for the Bakersfield sound was truly great. 175 tracks. What a deal!!!

 

Emmylou Harris “Portraits” 3cds $48 out of print WB box with 24 page book and 61 tracks. Her best period for sure.

 

Emmylou Harris “ Songbird:Rare Tracks & Forgotten Gems” 4cds + dvd Rhino $80 This is out of print, so don’t miss out. It is stunningly grand. 78 tracks including 12 previously unreleased plus a 200 page cloth both hard cover book. The book is one of 2..the other containing the cds & dvd. These go in a cloth covered slip case. Nice? It is a thousand times more than that. Remastered. We had 2 of these last newsletter and they went very very quickly. This is newly acquired but will be last one for  a while. Seriously stunning. Don’t miss it. Again, this is the ONLY copy and it will be more IF and when we get another.

 

Sonny James "Young Love:Complete Recordings 1952-62" 6cds + 68pg bk BEAR FAMILY $120 Sonny James started out as a hillbilly singer and fiddler but found a niche as a pop country (or was it country pop) singer of the highest order whilst on the Capitol label. Loved all his stuff especially the great version oif the old song “The Cat Came Back”.

 

George Jones “The Hits Then ‘Til Now” Time Life 3cd book style box $30 Great presentation and 48 page book with essay by Colin Escott. Wonderful cross label collection. 60 tracks.

 

Judds “The Collection” 3cds 44 tks 32 pg book. In nice denim bound long book style box. $28

 

Loretta Lynn “Honky tonk Girl” MCA 3 cds book style. 70 tracks 48 pg book. Few minor marks on box. Book and cds as new.

 

Roger Miller “King of the Road” 3cd set Mercury  70 tracks plus comprehensive 36 page book in book style box. Truly a must have item as most of Roger’s catalog is out of print. I still probably think the cd in the rarities which has all of Roger’s self penned hits is the priority but this is extraordinary value. Have 3 copies 2 x $30 Cds and book fine but outer box has a few knocks. $48 like brand new. Essential...Gollly it is!

 

Bill Monroe “And the Bluegrass Boys 1945-1949”: 2 cds $22 Longbox style with 36 page book which gives a track by track rundown of each track. Apart from the first session this features his time with Flatt & Scruggs.

 

Bill Monroe “And the Bluegrass Boys 1950-58” JSP 4cds jewel case in outer box $30 97 tracks with notes, discography

 

Willie Nelson “Revolutions of Time..The Journey 1975-1993” 3cds 60 tracks from his time at Columbia $40. Nice 32 page book is interesting in that it mainly features quotes about Willie. Good one.

 

Willie Nelson “One Hell of a Ride” $50 4cds in book style long packaging. Excellent label spanning box with 100 page book and 100 tracks. Starts & ends with “When I Sang My Last Hillbilly Song”, the first recorded in 1954 and the second especially for this set in 2007.

 

Willie Nelson “The Complete Atlantic Sessions” $45 3cds + book in great leatherlook box. Consists of his 2 Atlantic albums “Shotgun Willie” (with 12 bonus tracks), “Phases & Stages” (with 10 bonus tracks) plus a third cd “Live at the Texas Opry House”. Willie’s guitar playing on the medley “Bloody Mary Morning/Take Me Back to Tulsa” has to be heard to be believed. Even after hearing it I don’t believe it!! Put out by Rhino this is now out of print. A stunner.

 

Buck Owens “The Collection” Rhino cds sealed $55  This is a must have item if you don’t want the Bear Family boxes. The 62 tracks over 3cds even include later duets with Emmylou Harris, Dwight Yoakam & Ringo Starr. Of course all the Capitol classics are there too. Wonderful large book with mainly coloured photos. This is OUT OF PRINT so don’t miss it.

 

Dolly Parton “Original Album Classics” $35 5cds UK with “Just Because I’m a Woman”/Coat of Many Colours/ My Tennessee Mountain Home/ Jolene/ 9 to 5....well 4 classics + 9to5http://media.dailytelegraph.com.au/files/998138-dally-m-voting-updated.xls

 

Elvis Presley “Complete 50’s Masters” 5cds $45 Small box. 5 jewel case size. 5 cds in slip case. Sealed

 

Elvis Presley “Complete 50’s Masters” 5cds $60 Large style box with big book. Hard to get. Same musical content as first.  Includes bonus stamps and more.

 

Elvis Presley “Today, Tomorrow & Forever” $55  4cds 100 track box that features entirely previously unreleased recordings covering the gamut of styles that the King Recorded under. Book Style hard cover. Track by track commentary. Includes a newly discovered duet with Ann Murray.

 

Elvis Presley “Walk a Mile in My Shoes: Essential 70s Masters” 5cds $58 Book style presentation. Including large book. 120 tracks Sealed. I consider his version of “Until It’s Time for You to Go” to be one of his very best of any era. Sealed.  

 

Jim Reeves & Friends "Radio Days Vol 2" 4cd + 24 pg book $48 BEAR FAMILY The cds feature Jim along with guests on his radio show. These include Louvin Brothers, Faron Young, Carl Butler, a very young Johnny Rivers, Jimmy Dean, Jordanaires and of course Jim himself. 115 tracks. Cheap as chips!!

 

Charlie Rich "Lonely Weekend: The Sun Years 1958-1962" 3cd+44pg book $60 BEAR FAMILY You have to love Charlie Rich. He was one of the biggest cross genre stars. Country/Soul/Rock & Roll/ Blues/Jazz...and so he continued to the end of his career on the wonderful "Pictures & Paintings" album. This is the beginning of his career before his massive pop hits ("Behind Closed Doors" being the biggest). Always a bit of a rebel he is infamous for getting his cigarette lighter and burning the card announcing John Denver as male vocalist of the year. I'd have to say in retrospect a tad unkind as John Denver actually made some fine music. What, would you imagine, Charlie doing if having to announce the winner in 2011!! They’s have to call the Fire Department. This is as new. As with all Bear Family sets it is 12”x12” box & book.

 

Jimmie Rodgers “The Singing Brakeman” BEAR FAMILY $50 5cds (no book just box & cds)  The complete recordings of this most influential artist. Couple of small marks on box but cds all in great shape.

 

Linda Ronstadt “Box Set” 4cd + Book. Long style box $60 Where do you put Linda Ronstadt?? Figuratively speaking that is as she has tried her hand at most styles of music but has done a lot of great country stuff, especially for Capitol. This has 86 tracks and around 5 hours. Very nice presentation and out of print.

 

Stanley Brothers “Definitive Collection 1947-1966” $30 3 cds Time Life Sealed. 60 tracks in book style bound box with book attached. The book is stunning with 40 page ultra glossy page book with many pictures in colour. These are very good sets. Time Life have license for a specific period and then have to delete them Great cross label collection.

 

Statler Brothers “Anniversary Celebration” 3cds longbox style with 36 pg book and 62 tracks $48 Great set with essay by Colin Escott.

 

George Strait “Strait Out of the Box” 4cds + 72 pg book $40 72 tracks of George at his best. Great set from 1995. This was George’s greatest period. A must have cd.

 

Mitchell Torok "Mexican Joe in the Caribbean" 4cd + 24 pg book BEAR FAMILY $60 Bear Family have not only produced box sets of the most famous artists they have also put out box sets for artists such as Mitchell Torok who wrote "Mexican Joe" a number one hit for Jim Reeves and also the much covered "Caribbean" which he himself hit the big time with. 111 tracks.

 

Ernest Tubb "Walking the Floor Over You" 8cd+ 40pg book BEAR FAMILY

$120 One of country music's biggest stars, The Texas Troubadour enjoyed a long career and this begins with his Jimmie Rodgers inspired recordings for Victor and then goes into his trademark honky tonk recordings on Decca. 12” x 12” box.

 

Tanya Tucker “Tanya Tucker” Capitol 4cd 58 tracks with 48 page book. Large book style set. $48 small saw mark on bottom indicating deletion. Now out of print. Includes a bunch of unreleased stuff, This 90s box featured Tanya’s Capitol recordings and they mark her best period for sure.

 

Conway Twitty “The Conway Twitty Collection” MCA 4cds 88 tracks 80 pg book in long box style $60. Great set as new. From 1994 and out of print.

 

Porter Wagoner "Thin Man from the West Plains" 4cd + 36 pg book $80 BEAR FAMILY One of the most enduring artists in the history of country music and one of the best. This is the first of the Porter sets on Bear Family and covers the period 1952-1962.12 x 12 book.

 

Hank Williams “Complete Recordings” 10cd + 2 books + postcards. $170. All as new. Small excellent repair job on one split seam of box. Great price for a great set.

 

Hank Williams Jnr “Living proof: The MGM Recordings 1963-1975” 3cds + 24 pg book $55 This 82 track set traces Hank’s development from the traditional artist through to his epic “Hank Williams & Friends” album which heralded his outlaw period. Great tracks abound. Long out of print. I have another copy with the 3cds and book but no box for $35

 

Bob Wills & the Texas Playboys “Encore” 3cds box + book $48 40 pg book This is Bob’s Liberty recordings and was vastly superior to the Decca and Kapp which preceded it. It firstly marked a reunion with Tommy Duncan who proved to be still in fine voice and undoubtedly the finest vocalist Wills used. The arrangements were also fine. The first 2 cds represent these 1960 and 1961 sessions. They were actually the first stereo recordings of many of Wills’ songs. The set then jumps  to the 70s when he recorded “For the Last Time” with Merle Haggard guesting on vocals. Sadly Wills’ own participation in that last set was minimal as he had suffered a stroke and is limited to a few of his famous hollers. One thing gets my goat, as I have mentioned before, and that is people who say I like Bob Wills’ music except for his hollers. I say...you don’t like Bob Wills’ music as it is such an intrinsic part of it. That aside these are 3 great cds with over 2 ½ hrs.

 

Wills, Bob & Texas Payboys “King of Western Swing: Complete Published Sides 1935-1940” 100 tracks $25  From the Joe Bussard collection. Includes notes & discography.

 

Tammy Wynette “Tears of Fire: The 25th Anniversary Collection” Columbia 3cds 24 pg book $45 Excellent 67 track set with 24 page book. Nice long box style with separate book.

 

VARIOUS

Bear Family "Bristol Sessions: Big Bang of Country Music 1927-28" 5 cds + 120 pg hard cover book $160 (Regular $210)  The recording trip made by Victor Records to Bristol, Tennessee in July-August 1927 was a defining moment in country music. Producer Ralph Peer found two acts that acquired national and international fame: Jimmie Rodgers and the Carter Family. But more than a hundred other recordings were made at the Bristol sessions of 1927 and '28. There were ballad singers, street evangelists, string bands, gospel quartets, harmonica virtuosos, Holiness preachers, blues guitarists and rural storytellers. A snapshot of rural American music was caught in an era of rapid change: pictures of a past almost beyond recall, but preserved for ever in these magnificent recordings. The five CDs in this set gather every surviving recording from these sessions, including alternative takes. The accompanying 120-page, LP-sized hardcover book contains newly researched essays on the background to the sessions and on the individual artists, with many rare and unpublished photographs. Also included are complete song lyrics and a detailed discography, illustrated with reproductions of the original recording sheets. 123 tracks

 

Bear Family "Next Stop Is Vietnam:The War on Record" 13cds + 300+page book! $260 (regular $390) BEAR FAMILY This is 13cds + cd rom (14 discs in all...the cd rom contains the lyrics). The title is from Country Joe McDonald's wonderful Vietnam protest song, "I Feel-Like-I'm-Fixin'-to-Die-Rag", which elevated Joe's status in the music world when he acted as a filler at Woodstock. Joe provides some of the liner notes. Main notes are by Doug Bradley, Craig Werner, Lois Vietri and Hugo Keesing. Each of the individual tracks is extensively written about and fully relates how it fits in with the black time in history that was the Vietnam War. The songs are a cross genre selection but mainly country. I can find one notable absentee..."50,000 Names" a song by Jamie O'Hara (also covered by George Jones) which is extremely poignant but there are very few absentees overall. The presentation is stunning. There is an outer slip case with the contents being the massive 304 page 12x12" hardcover

book and another book containing the discs. Weighs aound 4 kgs!!

 

“Best of Broadside 1962-1998” Smithsonian Folkways. 5 cds with 89 tracks. One of the best ever presented boxes and a unique package. An outer slip case contains a ring bound book, around 160 pages. Each of the songs is given a separate entry with biography on the group and details of the tracks. Some of the artists in this set include Bob Dylan (both in his own right and under the alias of “Blind Boy Grunt”), Janis Ian (under her own name and appropriate alias “Blind Girl Grunt”), Phil Ochs, Pete Seeger, Peter Lafarge, Tom Paxton, Malvina Reynolds, Richard Farina etc. Broadsides are classified as “topical songs” but may be called “protest songs”. Each entry includes song lyrics and discographical details. An essential set in my mind for anyone who likes any of the artists mentioned above

$50 A few marks on outer slip box or

$60 Outer box as new   Both inner books as new.

 

Bullet Records Story 3cds $35 First independent label in Nashville during the late 40s. This featured a mix of blues and country. Small Proper size box with just under 3 hrs. Includes booklet,

 

“From Where I Stand: The Black Experience in Country Music” WB 3cds out of print $45 Styled to resemble a paperback novel. It begins with the early stringband era, including selections from the original Grand Ole Opry Star, Deford Bailey. Nice book. Progresses through to Charley Pride, Big Al Downing, Stoney Edwards,  OB McClinton etc.

 

“Respect: A Century of Women in Music” Rhino 5cds set with 90 pg book, and spectacular suede like box including postcards etc $60. There are country tracks scattered throughout. The five cds are as follows:

1)Broadway Blues & Truth (inc. Ethel Merman, Carter Family, Bessie Smith, Helen Kane, Fanny Brice, Aunty Molly Jackson etc)

2)Torch, Twang And Swing (Ella/Lena/Billie plus Etta James/ Patsy Montana/Patti Page/ Kitty Wells/ Coon Creek Girls/ Patsy Cline etc

3)Shoop Shoop, Motown Get Down Sister Peggy Lee, Wanda Jackson, Nina Simone, Aretha Franklin, Supremes, Lesley Gore, Brenda Lee etc

4)Rock to Electric Shock Linda Ronstadt, Emmylou, Joan Baez, Joan Armatrading, Rickie Lee Jones, Loretta Lynn etc

5(Hip Hop, Pop & Passion Bangles, Kate Bush, Bonnie Raitt, Tori Amos etc

 

Richer Tradition: Country Blues & String Band Music 1923-1942: 100 Rare Sides remastered.  $30 JSP 4cd box, notes + discography. 4 jewel case cds in outer box $

 

Rounder Records Story 4cds 87tks 96 pg book. $35 Excellent small size box with some blues, folk and jazz included with the mainly country & bluegrass set. Nicely presented.

 

NON COUNTRY

 

Aerosmith “Pandora’s Box” 3cd Sony Legacy $38 Sealed long box style box set of the US rock group which features Steven Tyler of American Idol fame as the leader

 

Baez, Joan “Rare Live & Classic” 3cds 32 pg book longbox style.60 tracks, many unavailable elsewhere. $48  Includes her sining Leroy Van Dyke’s “The Auctionaeer” would you believe!!

 

Band & Friends “Last Waltz” Rhino 4cds + 80 pg book $45 54 tracks with a great cross section of artists from rock (Dylan, Van Morrison,Neil Young) through country (Emmylou Harris) to blues (Muddy Waters, Paul Butterfield). This is the expanded version of the epic ‘retirement’ party for the Band.

 

Band “Across the Great Divide” 3cds 66 tracks 52 pg book $50. Nice rustic look to box and book. OOP Long style box

 

Beach Boys “Pet Sounds Sessions” 4cds 90 tracks 2 books $50 OOP. One all text 128 page small size. One large 40 pg. Nice cloth covered longbox style.

 

Bee Gees “Mythology” 4cds in book style cover 64 pg book $50 (with lots of artists talking about the Bee Gees contributions to music incl. Col Joye). Each cd featured one of the members...Barry (21 tks) Robin (21tks including “Saved by the Bell) Maurice (20 tracks) and tragic younger brother Andy gets the 4th cd with 19 tracks. Great set even if like me you hate their disco stuff. Still much more than enough to keep me happy.

 

Tony Bennett “Forty Years: The Artistry Of Tony Bennett” $30 4cd with 87 tracks 64 page booklet Small size box and booklet. Was one of the first to score a pop hit with a Hank Williams song, a #1 for 6 weeks in 1951.

 

Berry,Chuck “The Chess Years” $50 Nice 12 x 12 box and book now OOP. All Chuck’s best & more.

 

James Brown “Star Time” 4cd $55 64 pg book. Long box style 71 tracks. Book and cds as new. Small mark or two on box

 

Chicago “Group Portrait” 4cds 63 tracks long box style 52 page book $48

 

Nat King Cole “Nat King Cole’ 4cds + 60 page book. 100 tracks. Longbox style $48

 

Sam Cooke With the Soul Stirrers “ Complete Specialty Recordings” 3cds $48  84 tracks featuring Sam Cooke on lead vocals singing in a purely gospel style. Many consider these early recordings to be his best work. Small style box with 3 jewel case cds and 36 page booklet.

 

Alice Cooper “Life & Times” Rhino 4cd box sealed 81 tracks 80 page book. $50  A must for Vince Furnier fans.

 

Crosby, Stills, Nash “Crosby Stills & Nash” $55 4cds 12x12 box with 36 page book featuring writings of former Rolling Stone magazine reviewer Chet Flippo and featuring a Family Tree from Pete Frame, noted compiler of same. 78 tracks. This is now out of print. It features group tracks (including C,S,N & Y) and solo tracks (including Stills in Manassas)

 

Sammy Davis “The Sammy Davis Story. Yes I Can!” Rhino 4cd box now OOP. Longbox style. 91 tracks 100pg book as new. Great set. $58

 

Bob Dylan Theme Time Radio Vol 1 $22

Bob Dylan Theme Time Radio Vol 2 $22

Bob Dylan Theme Time Radio Vol 4 $22

Each 4 cds in a bookstyle box, collecting songs Dylan played on his syndicated radio show. Each cd in each set runs just about 75 minutes i.e. around 5 hours per set with song titloes grouped under themes.

 

”Dylan” 3cds in attractive cloth bound box. $38 Cds still sealed. Includes 40 page book plus 10 card collector set covering various parts of his career. 51 tracks. Bob Dylan that is!!

Emerson Lake & Palmer “Return of the Manticore” 4cd + 36 page book in long box style set $48. ELP were the founders so to speak of the progressive rock movement in the UK. This is their best set. 40 tracks. Despite a heavy rock leaning they also did some nice acoustic ballads which highlighted the wonderful voice of Greg LAke

 

Dan Fogelberg “Portrait: The Music of Dan Fogelberg 1972-1997” 4cds $60 Epic...very hard to get. Consists of cds in quadfold sleeve with separate 72 page book. The cds are fine but the spindles in the case are missing a few spokes so have to be careful cds can slip out. Keeping it all together is nice Rustic style slip case. Again, this is very hard to get.

 

Marvin Gaye “The Master 1961-1984” 89 tracks 4cd $40 Motown in nice book style box.

 

Jimi Hendrix “The Jimi Hendrix Experience” 4cds in velvet box, collecting all manner of unreleased and alternate tracks, plus 80 page book. Sealed $58 Out of print. Highly sought.

 

Janis Joplin “Janis” 3cds + 48 page book.$35 Book style tri fold cover 49 tracks by rock’s premier blues vocalist...of the female variety.

 

Janis Joplin “Box of Pearls” 5cd $45 4 of her original albums remastered with bonus tracks plus a 5th cd of rarities. Now, should I have put this in the “country” section? After all she was the one to hit biggest withg “Me & Bobby McGee”. No, I think this is the right spot!!

 

B B King “King of the Blues” MCA 4cd 72 pg book with fold out pages. Long box style 77 tracks 1949-1991 $50 Nice set.

 

Tom Lehrer “The Remains Of Tom Lehrer” 3cds + hard cover book. Rhino OOP Jewel case cds + book in solid box. 74 tracks $58 Tom Lehrer is till kicking but was America’s best satirist, apart from Stan Freberg...guess they are on par. The comments made by Lehrer in his songs are as pertinent today (and funny) as they were back then. This is very hard to get

 

Lynyrd Skynyrd “Lynyrd Skynyrd” $30 3cds, 47 tracks + 60 page box in new shape but like the Johnny Cash Essential 3cds no box. Great deal. Nice long style book.

 

Monthy Python Flying Circus “The Monty Python CD Collection” 6cds + 32 page book $60 The complete recordings Great but a few minor marks on box.

 

Moody Blues “Time Traveller” 5 cds $55 48 page book Nice book style box

 

Ozzie Osbourne “Prince of Darkness” 4cds + 60 page book $35. Book style cover 52 tracks

 

Charlie Patton “B D Blues” 2cds $25 Book cover style which features the artwork of Robert Crumb. 36 tracks

 

Frank Sinatra “Concepts” 16 cds + hardbound book $140 2000 issue with all Frank’s special albums in one box. Goes for minimum $250 0n Amazon. Not the small size box with the albums in it. This is the longbox style. Actually a clothbound slipoase with the book and two smaller wallets containing the  cds. Spectacularly packaged. The 100 pagebook is also nicely bound. A must for collectors of the Chairman of the Board.

 

Frank Sinatra “The Voice: The Columbia Years 1943-1952” 4cd + book $45 96 tracks The set of recordings which preceded his tenure with Capitol Records shows him emerging from the band era to be arguably the greatest pop vocalist ever.

 

Mel Torme “Collection 1944-1985” Rhino OOP 4cd box 92 tracks large 64 pg book $55 Also is only place you will get his rare pop hit “Cast Your Fate to the Wind”.

 

Stevie Ray Vaughan “SRV” 3cd + dvd = book. Long book style. $48 Now out of print. The book has come adrift from the box but is otherwise in fine shape. Texas blues guitar superhero??? That is Stevie Ray. Includes some previously unreleased recordings from his second last show. One of the (too) many rock, pop and country singers to die in a small plane crash.

 

Velvet Underground “Peel slowly & See” 5cd 76 tracks  longbox with real peelable banana on cover....well it isn’t a real banana but it is peelable in honour of the art of Andy Warhol which appeared on the original album cover.

 

Who “Thirty Years of Maximum R & B” 5 cds (regular 4cds + bonus cd) 68 page book. Long box style $50  99 tracks altogether.88 pg book $55 OOP

 

Stevie Wonder “At the Close of a Century” 4cds 70 tracks 96 page book

Sealed box on Motown label. A real bargain price.

 

Various

 

American Comedy Box 1915-1994 Rhino 4cds 48 tracks $50 Unique 3D cover. Book is in form of a newspaper. Everything from Moran & Mack (“Two Black Crows”) through Abbott & Costello “Who’s on First” right up until Steven Wright & Robin Williams.

 

Atlantic R & B 1947-1974 8cds $90  Rhino Records set . 203 tracks on 8 jewel case cds in outer case decorated with the Atlantic logo. Hard to beat. Includes Clyde McPhatter, Coasters, Ray Charles, Lavern Baker, Ruth Brown, Wilson Pickett, Ben E King etc etc. Sealed.

 

Capitol Records Fiftieth anniversary 8cd box $55 Capitol USA  Each cd is in a separate jewel case and each has its own theme. The cds al lslip into a solid cardboard box. Very nice. The details about the cds are as follows:

  1. Birth of a Dream: Capitol’s Early Years 25 tracks
  2. When AM Was King 1955-1974  24 tracks
  3. Classic Rock Roots 18 tracks
  4. Memories Are Made of This Pt. 1 50s & 60s 22 tracks
  5. Memories Are Made of This Pt  2 60s and Beyond 20 tracks
  6. Rockin’ the Tower 18 tracks
  7. R & B Legacy 18 tracks
  8. Traditions in Country Music  18 tracks

 

Chasing the Sun Greatest Songs of Summer $30 Time Life Last 2 copies. Is a great package in a box resembling an Esky. Inside are 3 cds + a dvd “Liquid Stage: The Lure of Surfing”. The first cd is a stunner with the best cd of surfing songs you could ever hear in great sound. Highlights are many but Jack Nitzsche’s “The Lonely Surfer” and other classics such as the Ventures “Walk Don’t Run”, Surfaris “Wipe Out” and the Astronauts “Baja” have never sounded this good. All originals. The other 2 similarly themed cds are just as good. 59 tracks.

 

“Doo Wop Box” Rhino sealed 4cds 101 tracks $60 OOP and hard to get. Includes large book..but as sealed not sure how many pages.

 

“Great Speeches of the Twentieth Century Rhino 4cd box $48 + book. The title says it all. You get Kennedy, Churchill, baseball etc. A long set. But the highlight, the indescribably brilliant moving highlight is Martin Luther king’s FULL version of his famous speech. The greatest speech ever given and then some. Everything else pales. It runs over 15 minutes and is eloquent and wonderful to hear. A pity we usually only just hear those famous 4 words...I Have a Dream.

 

“Have a Nice Decade: The &0s Pop Culture Box”  $70 Rhino OOP and very hard to get. 7 cds 92 pg book 160 tracks which give an encapsulated history of the 70s

 

“Hotter in Hawaii:Early hits from a Unique Musical Style” 4cds JSP UK $25 104 tracks. 4 jewel case cds in slip jacket. Holy hilo this is great!!

 

“Monterey International Pop Festival June 16-17-18 1967” 4cds Rhino $50 This was the epic rock concert before Woodstock came along. This is the small cd box with of course Eric Burdon and the Animals. He was late rto sing about it is the song “Monterey’....well say no more. Great set,

 

Verve Story 1944-1994 58 tracks 4 cd 36pg book in small box. $30 All the vocal and instrumental greats from the landmark jazz label.

 

Woodstock Three Days of Peace and Music 25th Anniversary Collection 4cds expanded version $45, doubling the original 3lp/2cd edition. In 12 x 12 box with 24 page book.

 

PROPER BOXES $20 last copies of each.

 

4 cds with booklet 32-48pg some more some less and around 75 minutes per cd, or 5hrs per box

 

Acuff, Roy                                         King of Country Music

Brown, Milton                                   Daddy of Western Swing

Carter Family                                   Country Folk

Crosby,Bing                                      It’s Easy to Remember

Fitzgerald, Ella                                 Dearly Beloved

Foley, Red                                         Hillbilly Fever

Haley, Bill                                          From Western Swing to Rock

Holiday, Billie                                   The Lady Sings

Hoosier Hotshots                            Everybody Stomp

Jones, Spike                                     Strictly for Music Lovers

Jordan, Louis                                    Jivin’ with Jordan

Paul, Les & Mary Ford                    In Perfect Harmony

Poole, Charlie                                   The Essential

Smith, Bessie                                   Chattanooga Girl

Tharpe, Sister Rosetta                   The Original Soul Sister

Walker, T Bone                                The Original Source

Williams, Hank                                 Hillbilly Hero

 

VARIOUS

Blazing Bluegrass (feat. Flatt & Scruggs, Bill Monroe, Stanley Bros, 

                                   Jimmy Skinner, Bailey Bros, Reno & Smiley etc)

Bluegrass Bonanza (feat. Bill Monroe, Stanley Bros, Flatt & Scruggs,

                                    Delmore Bros, Uncle Dave Macon & many others)

Boppin’ Hillbilly to Red Hot Rockabilly

Classic Rockabilly

Doughboys, Playboys & Cowboys: The Golden Years of Western Swing

Hittin’ on All Six: A History of the Jazz Guitar

Hollywood Hillbilly Cowboys (these are 4 jewel case cds + book)

Roots of Bob Dylan (3cd+dvd)

Squeeze me: The Jazz & Swing Accordion Story

Steelin’ It: The Steel Guitar Story

Stompin’ Singers & Western Swingers: More from the Golden Years of

                                                                        Western Swing

With My Little Ukulele in My Hand

 

BOOKS

 

“Baby Let’s Play House” Elvis Presley and the Women Who Loved Him” Alanna Nash hardcover 684 pg $20 Rated as one of the best ever books on the King....and with all his conquests you’d expect a book this big!

 

“Behind the Grand Ol Opry Curtain” Tales of Romance & Tragedy” Robert K Oermann 403 ph hardcover $28  Oermann is probably Nashville’s foremost writers and this collections of short stories & anecdotes is entrancing. Put it down (if you can) and read it at leisure. Probably the best book of its kind. 

 

“Beth Lomax Hawes: A Memoir” 180 pg softcover $10  Biography of the sister of Alan Lomax and a member of America’s first family of field recording.

 

“Cash Sotheby’s Auctions Catalog” $60 This is a must for Cash fans and I can promise you chances of getting another of these is remote. It is a large soft cover book printed on the highest quality glossy paper giving a summary of every item that was featured in the Sotheby’s auction in September 2004. Every item has a summary and estimate. Also included are the results of the auction. It was a case of every item fetching more than the pre-auction estimate.

 

“Chely Wright: Like Me. Confessions of a Heartland Country Singer” Chely Wright 313 pg softcover $15 Was girlfriend of Brad Paisley until she found she really did like her bread buttered on the other side.

 

“Country Music Goes to War” Edited by Charles K Wolfe 250pg softcover $18 The book is a collection from various writers about various wars. It begins with the American Civil War, an essay co-written by Australia’s Andrew Smith. Great line from an obscure song by Johnny Slate on Dot, “I Don’t Believe Old Dixie Ever Died”. It continues through to the Iraq War. Of course World War II and the Cold War get a good coverage.

 

“Country Music in Australia Volume 2” Eric Watson 246 pg softcover $12 Engaging if somewhat blinkered look about the 50s and 60s (mainly) Australian country music scene.

 

“Country Music Originals: The Legends & the Lost” by Tony Russell 260 pages hard cover $28 Tony Russell may be the foremost authority on old timey music and this book is a beauty with over 100 biographical pieces on artists who maybe be as well known as Goebel Reeves, Bradley Kincaid or Carson Robison or as obscure as Hoy Ming, Claude Casey or Snuffy Jenkins. Each piece has recommendations as to where you will find their best recordings and is also illustrated with period advertisements etc. A fascinating book that is basically the only one of its kind.

 

“Country Reader: 25 Years of the Journal of Country Music” Edited by Paul Kingsbury with foreword by Chet Flippo 327 pg soft cover $20 Features the best of country music writers and articles that appeared in the influential “Journal of Country Music”...the Journal as it is called. Includes the great article “The Grand Tour” by Nick Tosches about the one and only George Jones.

 

“Fortunate Son: The Unlikely Rise of Keith Urban” Jeff Apter 312pg softcover $5

 

“Good Natured Riot: Birth of the Grand Ole Opry” by Charles K Wolfe 312 pg hardcover $25 The late Charles Wolfe has painted a fascinating picture of the early days of this Nashville institution and read in conjunction with Tony Russell’s book (above) this takes on even greater fascination. Great period photographs.

 

“He Stopped Loving Her Today:George Jones, Billy Sherrill and the Pretty Much Totally True Story of the Making of the Greatest Country Record of All Time” Jack Isenhour soft cover $12 196 pg  Certainly no false modesty exhibited in the title! This is an advance (with photos) of a book that will be published later this year. Billy Sherrill “would somehow coax the performance of a lifetime out of the mercurial Jones” (with his dual addictions to alcohol & drugs).  

 

“Hot Burritos: The True Story of the Flying Burrito Brothers” John Einarson with Chris Hillman. Soft Cover 336 pages. $25 Comprehensive no nonsense book (Death did not stalk Gram Parsons...Gram Parsons stalked death) about the influential country rock pioneers and its rather quirky members.

 

“It Shined: The Saga of the Ozark Mountain Daredevils” Michael Supe Granda 494 soft cover $18 The full story on the influential country rock group who actually came from a more traditional background than it would seem on the surface.

 

“Meeting Jimmie Rodgers: How America’s Original Roots Music Hero Changed the Pop Sounds of a Century” buy Barry Mazor $22 375 pg hardcover With glowing endorsements of Nolan Porterfield who wrote the epic “Life and Times of Jimmie Rodgers” this focuses on the music. MAzor is one of Nashville’s very best writers and this is the type of book you can’t put down. Interesting that Bonnie & Clyde were big Rodgers fans! Anyone would have thought they were fans of Flatt & Scruggs (that’s a joke, Joyce!) Great bit on the Fendermen who took their version of “Muleskinner Blues” to Top5 on the Billboard charts...and they didn’t even have bass & drums. Mazor also talks about Rodgers’ influence in Australia on the likes of Tex Morton, Buddy Williams etc.

 

“Music City Reader: Great Writing on Country & Bluegrass 2005” Edited by Randy Rudder Softcover 224 pg $10 Lots of articles by fine writers. Good bit on death of Jimmy Martin and another “Tribute to Texas Songwriters”.

 

“Pickin’ on Peachtree: A History of Country Music in Atlanta Georgia” by Wayne W Daniel 298 pg softcover $25 Traces Atlanta’s emergence in the 1920s as a major force in country music and speculates with a little luck it could have become what Nashville is today. Has interesting bit on the famed Georgia “Old Time Fiddlers Conventions” (note the superb song about same on the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band “Stars & Stripes Forever” cd...one of the few where John McEuen takes a lead vocal. It is almost like reading this book.

 

“Protest Singer: An Intimate Portrait of Pete Seeger” Alec Wilkinson 160 pg. Hard cover small size $10 Famed folksinger and famed red flagger. Hero of Pete the Red of Quaker’s Hill.

 

“Redneck Woman: Stories from My Life” Gretchen Wilson with Allen Rucker 202 pg hardcover with dvd-rom $12 autographed by Gretchen.

 

“Restless Giant: The Life & Times of Jean Aberbach & Hill & Range Songs” Bar Biszick-Lockwood 320 pg softcover $15  Entrenched as part of the careers of Elvis Presley, Sons of the Pioneers, Hank Snow and giants in the publishing industry

 

“River of No Return: Tennessee Ernie Ford” by Jeffrey Buckner Ford $25 258 pg hardcover Although he had the persona of the eternally happy easy going guy Ern had plenty of demons, including the one of the liquid variety. Great book about this great personality who had one of the biggest hits of the 50s in “Sixteen Tons” given its characteristic finger clicking opening by Ern himself and left on in error. Must have worked as a million copies were sold in its first 3 weeks of release!!

 

“Roseanne Cash Composed: A Memoir” 244pg hardcover $18 Yep, she had a famous daddy and tales of him and her own stories and relationships with teh likes of her step sister, Carlene Carter make for interesting reading.

 

“Shania Twain: The Biography” Robin Eggar 370 pg softcover $5

 

“Sign of Life:The Story of Family, Tragedy & Healing” Hilary Williams with M B Roberts hardcover 230 pg $12 Sister of Holly Williams and daughter of Hank Jnr (step sister of Hank III) who almost died in a serious accident. Also has much on Hank Jnr and then Shelton (Hank III...a troubled youth if ever ther was one!)

 

“The Three of Us: Growing Up With Tammy & George” Georgette Jones (with Patsi Bale Cox) 290 pg hardcover $28 The title says it all. She does not hold back in her criticism of George Richey, the man to whom Tammy was married at the time of her death. This bit is very eye opening.

 

“Twenty Thousand Roads: The Ballad of Gram Parsons and His Cosmic American Music” by David N Meyer 566 pg hardcover $30 The music, the life, the influence, the connections, associations etc. Not to be missed by Parsons’ fans. Also a must for Emmylou Harris fans.

 

“Uncloudy Days: the Gospel Music Encyclopedia” 515 pg softcover by Bil (with one “l”) Carpenter $12 Mainly covers the black gospel music scene with many entries including the greats...Mahalia Jackson, Sister Rosetta Tharpe etc but also has some white artists if you could call Jimmy and Tammy Faye Bakker “artists”, but then again it must have been divine intervention when Tammy Faye first applied her mascara to obtain that look.

 

“Willie Nelson: An Epic Life” by Joe Patoski 567 pg hard cover $22  what can you say, the best ever book about one of country music’s best and certainly most interesting characters. Does anyone come close on the second part?

 

“Words & Music of Dolly Parton: The Praeger Singer Songwriter Collection” Nancy Cardwell. 178 pg hardcover $30  The first book which focuses on Dolly’s music; the songs and songwriting. Check out Amazon where the lowest price is $44.95. This is a great book so don’t miss it.  

 

“Worlds of Sound: The Story of Smithsonian Folkways” by Richard Carlin. 278 pg lge hardcover book. $30 The label started by Moses Asch, originally a Polish immigrant. Whilst best remembered for his folk recordings of the likes of Woody Guthrie and Leadbelly he also documented the protest song more so than any other label with its series of  songs originally published in the pages of Broadside magazine. Full of great photographs and anecdotes galore.

 

OTHERS

“100 Best Selling Albums of the 70s” 222 pages softcover $10

 

“101 Albums That Changed Popular Music” Chris Smith 280 pg softcover $12 Starts with a great timeline on the recording of music and covers all fields.

 

“Anyway. Anyhow, Anywhere: Complete chronicle of the Who1958-1978” Andy Neil & Matt Kent large softcover 320 pages Huge volume.

 

“Bob Dylan The Illustrated Biography” 223pg large hardcover $15                 

 

“Bob Dylan The Essential Interviews” edited by Jonathan Cott 445 pg hard cover $20 From a radio interview in 1962 through to a Los Angeles interview in 2004, they are all here from straight to riddle like answers. More the straight than possibly you would imagine. Includes the famous “Playboy Interview”.

 

“Brief History of Album Covers” Jason Draper 385 pg softcover $15 Lots of classic covers reproduced and the stories behind them.

 

“Bruce Springsteen: The Pocket Essential” Peter Basham $5 160 page paperback. Album by album reviews and more. 

 

“Elton John: The Illustrated Biography” 215pg $10 Large size hard cover book

 

“Elvis Presley: The Illustrated Biography’ 224pg $10 Large size hard cover book.

 

“Fleetwood Mac: Complete Guide to Their Music” Rijkky Rooksby $8 125 paperback From blues group to the world’s biggest pop group with a changing personnel. The author examines every song on every album. Best for mine is Lindsay Buckingham’s wonderful acoustic guitar ditty “Never Going Back Again”.

 

“Got a Revolution: The Turbulent Flight of Jefferson Airplane” Jeff  Tamarkin 404 pg softcover $10  The San Francisco rock scene in general but mainly Jefferson Airplane

 

“I’ll Sleep When I’m Dead: The Dirty Life & Times of Warren Zevon” Crystal Zevon hardcover 452 pg $20 Great anecdotal book with many fascinating insights into Californian music in the 60s and beyond

 

“Long Way Til lYou Drop: A Humorous Look Behind the Scenes of the Great Tour, “Long Way to the Top” $8 Tony Barber 288 pg Not the tv Tony Barber, but Tony “Someday” Barber, founding member of the Aztecs.

 

“Nearest Faraway Place:Brian Wilson, The Beach Boys and the Southern California Experience” Timothy White Hardback 416 pg $22 The definitive book on the Beach Boys.

 

“Piaf: A Biography” 256 pg paperback Monique Lang $18  large size extremely well illustrated biography about France’s most influential singer, “The Little Sparrow”.

 

“Read the Beatles: Classic and New Writings on teh Beatles, their Legacy and Why They Still Matter” edited by June Skinner Sawyers 364 pg $12 A must for Beatles’ fans. They still are the best!!

 

“Signed Sealed & Delivered: The Soulful Journey of Stevie Wonder” Mark Ribowsky337 pg hardcover $20 2010 epic on Wonder and his influence on American Music.

 

“Tom Waits on Tom Waits: Interviews & Encounters” Edited by Paul Maher Jr 466 softcover $25 Everything you ever wanted to know about Tom. Articles, interviews, reviews. Is there anything better than “Tom Traubert’s Blues.

 

“Will You Take Me As I Am: Joni Mitchell’s Blue Period” $18 Michelle Mercer 240 pg hardcover The album by Ms Mitchell “Blue” is considered by many to be the best female folk (in the rock era) album. Personally I think her “Ladies of the Canyon” is better, but whatever this gives a good picture of the often tightly wound Canadian chanteuse and her influence.

 

“Woodstock Revisited” Edited by Susan Reynolds $5 240 pg softcover 50 stories by those who were there.

 

“X-Rated: The 200 Rudest Songs Ever” Howard Johnson 224 pg $5 softcover  Not surprisingly David Allan Coe gets a mention!!

 

CDS $15 & Up

 

Adkins, Trace                                   Proud to be Here (deluxe ed) $18 14tks

Allen, Deborah                                 Anthology $25 (very hard to get)

Allen, Deborah                                 Hear Me Now $18

Arthur, Charlene                              Welcome to the Club (Bear) $20

Auld, Audrey                         Come Find Me $15 (2011)

Baillie, Matt                                       Matt Baillie $15

Ball, David                                         Heartaches by the Number $20

Ballew, Michael                                You Better Hold On (Bear) $18

Ballew, Michael                                Daddy Don’t Live in Heaven (Bear) $18

Ballew, Michael                                I Love Texas (Bear) $20

Ballew, Michael                                No Pain $18

Ballew, Michael                                Rodeo Cool $18

Bandy, Moe                                       Picture in a Frame $18

Bandy, Moe                                       Once More $15

Bandy, Moe                                       Greatest Hits (Curb) $18

Bare, Bobby                                      Singin’ in the Kitchen 2on1 $20

Bare, Bobby                                      Bare Tracks:The Columbia Yrs (Koch) $18

Barmby, Shane                                Jukebox Symphony $15

Beddingfield, Eric Lee                     This Life Ain’t for Everybody $18 New

                                                            artist who reminds of Travis Tritt. Very

                                                            good voice includes duet with George

                                                            Jones...”The Gospel According to Jones”.

Bellamy Brothers                            25 Year Collection 2cds $20 40 tracks

Bellamy Brothers                            Anthology Vol 1 cd + dvd $20

Big Sandy                                          Fly Right With $18

Big Sandy                                          Feelin’ Kinda Lucky $18

Big Sandy                                          Swingin’ West

Blackie & Rodeo Kings                    Kings & Queens $18

Bogguss, Suzy                                  Live at Cafe Milano $18

Bond, Johnny                                    Put Me to Bed (Bear) $20

Boorer, Boz                                      Miss Pearl $20 (rockabilly)

Boxmasters                                      Boxmasters $20 2cd box (1ofcovers)

Brennan, Walter                              Old Shep $18 (“Dutchman’s Gold”)

Bromberg, David                             Use Me $20

Brown, Junior                                   Live at Continental Club $18

Brown, Zac                                       Pass the Jar $20 (2cd + dvd)

Browns                                              Complete Hits $20 (Note: Collectors

                                                            Choice label now gone. Be quick)

Bruce, Ed                                           This Old Hat $18

Bryan, Luke                                      Tailgates & Tan Lines $15

Burton, Charlie & Hiccups              Green Cheese $20

Bush, Johnny                                    Talk to My Heart $15

Bush, Johnny                                    Sings Bob Wills $15

Byrds                                                 Sweethearts of Rodeo (expanded) $15

Byrnes, David Adam                       Premium Country $15

Campbell, Glen                                 Ghost on the Canvas $20 2011 The

                                                            Cosmic Cowboy is a regular concert

                                                            goer and one of his favourite artists

                                                            is Glen Campbell. He recalled the last

                                                            time he saw Glen he seemed to have a

                                                            bit of difficulty knowing what side to exit

                                                            from the stage and said he appeared to

                                                            have some real problem which now sees

                                                            him suffering from Alzheimers. He is still

                                                            able to make great music but that is very

                                                            sad. He has been often underrated, he is

                                                            one of the true greats and interpreters of

                                                            all time as well as being a studio guitar

                                                            king pin. Tri fold digipak makes for top

                                                            presentation. 16 tracks/

Carson, Joe                                       Hillbilly Band from Mars $20 (Bear)

Carter, Anita                                     Ring of Fire (Bear) $20

Cash, Johnny                                    Readers Digest 3cds $25 very good

Cash, Johnny                                    Bootleg Vol 2 2 cds sealed $15 57 tracks

Cash, Johnny                                    Sunday Morning Coming Down $18

Cash, Johnny                                    Mystery of Life $18

Cash, Johnny                                    American VI Ain’t No Grave $15

Cash, Johnny                                    At Madison Square Garden $18

Cash, Johnny                                    At San Quentin $18 deluxe 2cd/dvd

Cash, Johnny                                    At Folsom $18 deluxe 2cd/dvd

                                                            These last 3 represent the greatest live

                                                            Albums in country music history!!

Cash, Johnny                                    Johnny 99 $18

Cassidy, Jason                                 My Redemption $18

Chance, Jeff                                      Picture on the Wall $18

Chance, Jeff                                      Walk Softly on the Bridges $18

                                                            Great artist. Only 2cds on Mercury.

Chapel, Leon                         Automatic Mama (Bear) $20

Chappelear, Leon                            Western Swing Chronicles$18

                                                            Leon Chappelear real name Leon Chapel

Charles, Ray                                     Friendship $18 (expanded/remastered)

Chesnutt, Mark                                Saving he Honky Tonk $20

Church, Eric                                      Chief $15

Clark, Gene                                       Silverado 1975 $18 (now OOP)

Clark, Guy                                         The Essential (RCA) $18

Clark, Guy                                         Songs & Stories $20 A special evening of

                                                            performance and narrative. Fact: Claimed                                                        by Texans as their leading songwriter he

                                                            has been a Nashville resident since 1971.

                                                            The stories are entrancing as the songs.

Cleaves, Slaid                                   Sorrow & Smoke: Live at the Horseshoe

                                                            Lounge 2cds + coaster!! $22

Cletro, Eddie                                     Flying saucer Boogie $20 (Bear)

Cochran, Hank/Billy Don Burns   Legend & the Outlaw $20

Cochran, Hank                                 Heart of Hank $20 (monument album

                                                            reissue now OOP)

Coe, David Allan                               Mysterious Rhinestone Cowboy/ Once

                                                            Upon a Time (Bear) $20

Coe, David Allan                               Human Emotions/Spectrun VII $20 Bear

Coe, David Allan                               Unchained/Son of South $20 (Bear)

Coe, David Allan                               Longhaired Redneck/ Rides Again $20

Coe, David Allan                               Invictus Means Unconquered/ Tennessee

                                                            Whiskey $20 (Bear)

Coe, David Allan                               Tattoo/Family Album $20 (Bear)

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

                                                            Say $20 (Bear)

Coe, David Allan                               Johnny Cash Is a Friend of Mine $15

Coe, David Allan                               Ghost of Hank Williams $15

Coe, David Allan                               Recommended for Airplay $20 Few

                                                            got the humour in the title. Coe put out

                                                            2 X-rated albums which were very

                                                            smutty. They carried a disclaimer “NOT

                                                            Recommended for Airplay”. Years later

                                                            he brought out this album with a revised

                                                            set of radio friendly lyrics but essentially

                                                            using the melodies that existed on the

                                                            other ones. Great touch!!

Colter, Jessi                                      An Outlaw A Lady Best Of $18

Confederate Railroad                     Confederate Railroad $15 hall of fame

Cooder, Ry                                        Pull Up Some Dust $18

Country AllStars                              Jazz from the Hills $20 (Bear) Chet!

Corndawg, Johnny                          Down on the Bikini Line $18

Crowell, Rodney                              Houston Kid $15

Crowell, Rodney                              Diamonds & Dirt exp. $18

Dancehall Racketeers                    Yarraville Sessions $18 Andy Baylor

Deal, Kevin                                        Seven $15

Delmore Brothers                           Freight Train Boogie (Ace UK) $20

Dickerson, Dub                                Boppin’ in the Dark $20 (Bear)

Dixon Brothers                                How Can a Broke Man Be Happy $18

                                                            **a very prophetic title!!

Dolan, Jimmie                                  Juke Box Boogie (Bear) $20

Drive By Truckers                           Ugly Buildings Whores & Politicians $18

Duncan, Johnny                               Again $20 indie

Eaglesmith, Fred                             Dusty $18

Eaglesmith, Fred                             Cha Cha Cha $18

Earle, Steve                                      Ain’t Ever Satisfied 2cds $18 inc rare

Earle, Steve                                      Train a Coming $15

Edwards, Don                                   Last of the Troubadours 2cds $18

Edwards, Jonathan                         My Love will Keep $20 2011

Ellis, Robert                                      Photographs $15 (Bloodshot) Not really

                                                            Bloodshot style as he reminds of classic

                                                            70s soft rock album a la James Taylor,

                                                            Neil Young even with a little vintage Van

                                                            Morrison a la “Astral Weeks”. Great cd.

Ely, Joe                                              Live Chicago 1987 $18

Fiery Blue                                          Our Secret $15 nice acoustic duet

Flores, Rosie                         Rockabilly Filly $18

Foley, Blaze                                      ittin’ by the Road $20

Foley, Blaze                                      Cold Cold World $20

Foley, Red                                         Best 1944-1958 (Edsel) $15

Ford, Tennessee Ernie                   16 Tons of Boogie Best (Rhino) $18]

Ford, Tennessee Ernie                   6000 Sunset Blvd $18

Fowler, Kevin                                   Bring it On $15

Frizzell, David/Shelley West         Greatest Hits Alone & Together $15

Frizzell, David                                   Sings Lefty’s Greatest Hits $18

Frizzell, Lefty                                   Country Favorites/ Saginaw Michigan

                                                            2 on 1 $20

Gaffney, Chris                                  Loser’s Paradise $15

Gauthier, Mary                                 Drag Queens in Limousines $18

Gilmore, Jimmie Dale & Wronglers Heirloom Music $18 (2011 covers A+)

Gimble, Johnny                                Celebrating With Friends $20 inc. Hag &

                                                            Dale Watson, Vince Gill, Willie etc

Gimble, Johnny                                Still fiddlin’ Around $20 (MCA) Rare

Glaser, Tompall                               The Outlaw $20 (Bear)

Glaser, Tompall                               The Rogue $20 (bear)

Glaser, Tompall                               My Notorious Youth (Bear) $20

Gosdin, Vern                                     Nickels, Dime & Love $20

Gosdin, Vern                                     Chiselled in Stone $20

Gosdin, Vern                                     Out of My Mind $18

Gosdin, Vern                                     Ten Years of Graetest Hits $18

Gosdin, Vern                                     Late & Great Voice $20

Gosdin, Vern                                     Truly Great Hits $20

Gosdin, Vern                                     Rough Around the Edges $20

Green, Pat/ Cory Morrow             Songs We Wish We’d Written $18

Greenway, John                              Talking Blues $18 (Folkways)

Griffith, Nanci                                  Lonestar State of Mind $18

Griffith, Nanci                                  Poet in My Window $15

Griffith, Nanci                                  There’s a Light Beyond These Woods $15

Gunter, Hardrock                            I’ll Give ‘Em Rhythm $20

Haggard, Merle/Leona Williams Old Loves Never Die (Bear) $20

Haggard, Merle                                Bluegrass Sessions $18

Haggard, Merle                                Going where the Lonely Go $20

Haggard, Merle                                Portrait/Keep Movin’ On $20

Haggard, Merle                                30th Album/ A Working Man Can’t get

                                                            Anywhere Today $20

Haggard, Merle                                Kern River/Chill Factor $20 Note OOP

Haggard, Merle                                Anthology 1963-1977 2cd $25 Razor &

                                                            Tie OOP. Excellent set. Great sound.

Haigh, Justin                         People Like Me $20 Great honky tonk

Hall, Tom T                                        Ballad of 40 Dollars/ Homecoming $20

Hall, Tom T                                        I Witness Life/ 100 Children $20 Bear

Hancock, Wayne                             Thunderstorms & Neon Signs $20

Hancock, Wayne                             That’s What Daddy Wants $20

Harris, Emmylou                             Cimarron $25 OOP Australian version

Harris, Emmylou                             White Shoes $15

Harris, Emmylou                             Bluebird $20

Harris, Emmylou                             Angel Band $15

Harris, Emmylou                             Brand New Dance $18

Harris, Emmylou                             Cowgirl’s Prayer $15

Harris, Emmylou                             Hard Bargain cd +dvd $20 sealed US ed.

Hearne, Bill & Bonnie                      Watching Life Though a Windshield $18

Hiatt, John                                        Dirty Jeans & Mudslide Hymns $18

High Noon                                         Stranger Things $18

Hill, Byron                                         Best of the First Twenty Years $15 2cds

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

Hogsed, Roy                                     Cocaine Blues $20 Bear

Howard, Harlan                               Country Music Hall of Fame $18 Inc                                                                    “Sunday Morning Christian”

Intveld, James                                 James Intveld $20 (Bear Family)

Jackson, Stonewall                         Life of a Poor Boy $18 30 tracks

Jackson, Wanda                              Queen of Rockabilly Ace Uk $20

Jackson, Wanda                              Heartache $15

Jackson, Wanda                              Heart Trouble $18

Jackson, Wanda                              The Party Ain’t Over $18

Jackson, Wanda                              Ultimate Collection $22 2cds 51 tracks

                                                            Great UK set with original Capitol label

                                                            tracks...country & rock & roll.

James, Sonny                                   Complete Columbia & Monument Hits $18

Jennings, Waylon                            Are You Ready for the Country/ What

                                                            Goes Around Comes Around 2on1 $20

Jennings, Waylon                            Closing in on the Fire $15

Jennings, Waylon                            Dreaming My Dreams $15

Jennings, Waylon                            Eagle $15

Jennings, Waylon                            Honky Tonk Heroes $15

Jennings, Waylon                            Love of the Common People $15

Jennings, Waylon                            Love of the Common People/ Hanging                                                   On 2 0n 1 $20 Now OOP

Jennings, Waylon                            Only Daddy that’ll Walk the Line 2cds

                                                            40 tracks $20

Jennings, Waylon                            Never Say Die Live $15

Jennings, Waylon                            Old Waylon Sings Old Hank $20

Jennings, Waylon                            This Time $15

Jennings, Waylon                            Too Dumb For New York City $15

Jennings, Waylon                            Right for the Time $15

Jennings, Waylon                            Waymore’s Blues Pt II $15

Jennings, Waylon                            the Outlaws $15 expanded w. Willie etc

]imenez, Flaco                                 Partners $18 w. Dwight/ Emmylou, Ry

                                                            Cooder, Linda Ronstadt etc

Joey & Rory                                      Life of A Song $20

Joey & Rory                                      Album # 2 $20 Great! 2010 album of year

Johnson, Jamey                               The Dollar $18

Johnson, Jamey                               That Lonesome Song $18

Jones, George                                  Bradley Barn session $18

Jones, George                                  Best Vol 1: Hardcore Honky tonk $15

Jones, George                                  New Favorites $18

Jones, George                                  Grand Tour $18

Jones, George                                  In a Gospel Way $18

Jones, George                                  with Gene Pitney $20 (Bear) duets

Jones, George                                  Kickin’ Out the Footlights $18 w. Hag

Jones, George                                  Jones by George 2cds $18

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

Jones, Grandpa                                Country Music Hall of Fame $18

                                                            Inc his great Cash parody “Don’t Bring

                                                            Your Banjo Home” $18

Jones, Grandpa                                Makes the Rafters ring/ Yodelling Hits

                                                            2 on 1 $20

Joss, Scott                                        A New Reason to Care $20 (awesome

                                                            Honky tonk singer who was fiddler in

                                                            Dwight’s band & now with Haggard)

Kane, Candye                                   Superhero $18

Kane, Candye                                   Sister Vagabond $20

Kentucky Headhunters                  Dixie Lullabies $18 new 2011 14tks inc.

                                                            Les Paul tribute.

King, Pee Wee                                  Blue Suede Shoes $20 (Bear)

Kirchen, Bill                                      Hot Rod Lincoln Live! $20

Kristofferson, Kris                          Border Lord/ Jesus was a Capricorn $20

Kristofferson, Kris                          Live at the Philharmonic $20 78 mins

Kristofferson, Kris                          Third World Warrior/ Repossessed $20

Laine, Frankie                                  Balladeer/ Wanderlust 2on1 $20 OOP

Laine, Frankie                                  On the Trail $20 (Bear)

Lambert, Miranda                            Kerosene $20 (***Autographed***)

Lawrence, Tracy                             The Singer $18

London, Eddie                                   Eddie London $18 very Haggard-like

Loudermilk, John D             Blue Train $20 (Bear)

Louvin, Charlie                                 Battle Rages On $18

Louvin, Charlie                                 Sound of Days to Come $20

Loveless, Lydia                                Indestructible Machine $15 (Bloodshot)

Loveless, Patty                                Bluegrass & White Snow $20 Christmas

Lynn, Loretta                                    Definitive $15

McClintock, Harry                            Haywire Mac (Folkways) $20

McClinton, Delbert                           Acquired Taste $15

McDaniel, Mel                                   Reloaded $18

Macon, Uncle Dave                          Country Music Hall of Fame $18

Maddox Brothers & Rose               Ugly & Slouchy $20 (Bear)

Maddox., Rose/ John Jorgenson Moon is Rising $18

Malo/Flynn/Ickes/Pomeroy        Nashville Acoustic Sessions $18

Malone, J D & Experts                    Avalon cd + dvd $18

Maphis, Joe & Rose Lee                  Cold Heart of Steel $18 Vocals!

Martin, Dean                         Hits Again/Houston $18 only 1 copy

                                                            & out of print. See also $10 bin for more.

Martin, Janis                                     Female Elvis $20 (Bear)

Martin, Leland                                  I’ll Pick the Guitar You Drive the Truck 15

Mellons, Ken                                     Best $20 Strange in that he had 2 cds on

                                                            Epic & this was the 3rd but there were no

                                                            tracks from first two on it. Go figure. But

                                                            as with all his recordings, just great.

Miller, Ned                                         From a Jack to a King (Bear) $20

Milsap, Ronnie                                  Country Again $18 (2011)

Milsap, Ronnie                                  40 #1 Hits $18 2cds

Milsap, Ronnie                                  Ultimate $15 22 tracks

Milsap, Ronnie                                  Essential 2cds $18

Milsap, Ronnie                                  Essential 1995 RCA $15 v.good mix.

Moffatt, Hugh/Katy                        Dance Me Outside $15

Moffatt, Hugh                                   The Way Love Goes $18 17 tracks

Molnar, Brian & Broken Hearts    Of the Fall $15 (Americana..good)

Montgomery, Melba                        Things That Keep You Going $20

Morgan, Lynette & Backwater Boys Insomnia Blues $18 rockabilly!

Morgan, Whitey                               And the 78s $18 (Bloodshot) Highlight

                                                            Dale Watson’s great song about

                                                            Billy Joe Shaver “Where Do You Want It”

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

Morrison, Van                                   Pay the Devil cd + dvd $22 his country cd

Morrison, Van                                   Pay the Devil cd $15

Morrow, Cory                                   The Man That I’ve Been $15

Morrow, Cory                                   Outside the Lines $15

Murphey, Michael Martin               Tall Grass & Cool Water:Cowboy SongsVI                                                         $18 (inc James Gang Trilogy)

Myles, Heather                                Just Like Old Times $20

Myles, Heather                                Untamed $20

Myles, Heather                                Highways & Honky Tonks $18 (Haggard)

Myles, Heather                                Sweet Talk & Good Lies $15

Nelson, Rick & Stone Canyon Band Essential 23 tracks $18

Nelson, Rick                                      Bright Lights & Country Music/ Country

                                                            Fever Ace UK 2 on 1 $20

Nelson, Willie                                   Just One Love $20 (w. Kimmie Rhodes)

Nelson, Willie                                   The LibertyRecordings  2cds $20

Nitty Gritty Dirt Band                     Will the Circle Be Unbroken $20 2cds

Nitty Gritty Dirt Band                     Will the Circle Be Unbroken III 2cd $18

O’Kanes                                             The Only Years $15

O’Quinn, Gene                                  Boogie Woogie Fever $20 (Bear) sounds

                                                            identical to Wayne the Train

Overstreet, Paul                              Songwriter’s Project $20

Overstreet, Paul                              Time $18

Overstreet, Paul                              Something for the Road $18

Overstreet, Tommy                        Best $15 (Varese)

Owen, Jake                                       Barefoot Blue Jean Night $15

Owens, Buck                                    Under Your Spell Again $18

                                                            Rare Japanese issue

Owens,Buck/Susan Raye              Very Best  $20 (Varese)

Owens, Buck                                    Bound for Bakersfield $18 his pre

                                                            Capitol recordings. For the first

                                                            time complete. Inc his original

                                                            version of “Hot Dog” & alt version.

Paisley, Brad                                    This is Country Music $15

Parsons, Gram                                 International Submarine Band $18

Parton, Dolly                                    Heartsongs: Live from Home $18

Paycheck, Johnny                           Soul & Edge $18  23 tracks

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

Paycheck, Johnny                           The Beginning $15

Penny, Mike& Moonshiners           Don’t Start Breathin’ Down My Neck $18

Perry, Keith                                      Keith Perry $18 Great Keith Whitley voice

Pierce, Webb                                    Fallen Angel/ Cross Country $20

Pierce, Webb                                    High Geared Daddy $20 (Bear)

Poco                                                   The Forgotten Trail 2cds 38tk 36pg $25

Presley, Elvis                                    The Complete Gospel Recordings $35 

                                                            3cds 87 tracks

Prine, John                                        The Missing Years $15 (a true bargain)

Prine, John                                        In Spite of Ourselves $20 (duets)

Prine, John                                        John Prine $18

Prine, John                                        Lost Dogs & Mixed Blessing $18

Prine, John                                        Souvenirs $18

Prine, John                                        Aimless Love $18

Rabbitt, Eddie                                   Ten Rounds $18 Great 1991 Capitol cd

Rainwater, Marvin                           Whole Lotta Woman $20 (Bear)

Raney, Wayne                                  That Real Hot Boogie Boy (Ace UK) $20

Rascal Flatts                                     Nothing Like This $15

Reed, Jerry                                       Essential $18 all the hits

Rhodes, Kimmie                               West Texas Heaven $20 a classic

Rhodes, Kimmie                               Rich from the Journey $18

Riders in the Sky                             Best of the West $20

Riders in the Sky                             Best of the West Rides Again $20 2 cds

                                                            from Rounder with best tracks from their

                                                            time on the label. 23 on 1st 25 on 2nd.

Ritter, Tex                                         High Noon (Bear) $20

Robbins, Marty                                 Essential 2cds $15

Rodriguez, Johnny                          You Can Say That Again $18 (Hightone)

Rodriguez, Johnny                          Greatest Hits (Mercury) $20

Rodriguez, Johnny                          Super Hits $20 (Epic) These 2 are the

                                                            only places you will find tracks from

                                                            either of these labels & both OOP.

Rodriguez, Johnny                          Run for the Border $18

Russell, Tom                                     Hurricane Season $18 one of his best

Ryan, Tim                                          Tried, True & Tested $15 (WB Western)

Sadler, Sgt Barry                             Ballads of the Green Berets $20

Scott, Jack                                        I Remember Hank Williams/ What in

                                                            The World’s Come Over You 2on1 UK $22

Seay, Johnny                                    Blue Moon of Kentucky $20 (Bear)

Seely, Jeannie                                  Vintage Country $18

Seely, Jeannie                                  Personal $20 (23 tracks)

Shaver, Billy Joe                              Honky Tonk Heroes (Bear) $20

Shaver, Billy Joe                              Tramp on your Street $15

Shaver, Billy Joe                              Highway of Life $18

Shelton, Blake                                  Loaded:Best $15

Shelton, Blake                                  Pure BS Deluxe Edition $15

Shepherd, Ashton                            Where Country Grows $18

Silverstein, Shel                               Freakin’ at the Freaker’s Ball $20

Smith, Arthur “Guitar”                   Here Comes the Boogie Man $18

Smith, Carl                                        Sixties’ Hits of $20

Smith, Carl                                        Happy Birthday My Darling $2’

Smith, Cal                                          Cal Smith $20 1998 First generation

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

Smith, Connie                                   Essential $20 ...it is totally essential!

Smith, Connie                                   Best $18 (Dominion label)

Smith, Mindy                         Stupid Love $15

Snider, Todd                                     Live: The Storyteller $20 2cds

Snow, Hank                                      Essential $15 20 RCA

Souther, J D                                      Natural History $20  2011!

Springer, Roger Band                     Roger Springer Band $15 Includes

                                                            “Daddy Never Had a Chance in Hell”!!

Statler Brothers “Legendary” 3cds Readers Digest $28 Don’t let the fact this was put out by Readers Digest turn you off. This is a great 60 track set which sounds absolutely fabulous. It does say remastered and I believe it. Superb sound. It starts with their monstrous pop hit “Flowers on the Wall” which no one bothered to tell us was country when it topped the charts. It ends with “Small Small World”, a clever and sunny song which should have been a huge hit. It is excellently compiled. For someone who doesn’t have much on the Statlers (*As they were briefly known) this is a must. Ten out of ten...at least.

Statler Brothers                              Live & Sold Out $20

Statler Brothers                              Home $20

Statler Brothers                              Radio Gospel Favourites $20

Statler Brothers                              Music Memories & You $20

Statler Brothers                              Words & Music $20 DO NOT DALLY as

                                                            all the Statler Brothers cds are OOP.

Stewart, Gary                                  Battleground $15 (hightone)

Stewart, Gary                                  Essential $18 20 RCA

Stewart, Wynn                                 Very Best $20

Stockard, Ocie                                 Western Swing Chronicles $18

Strait, George                                  Twang $18

Stuart, Marty                                    The Pilgrim $15 (inc. Jones/Emmylou)

Stuart, Marty                                    Country Music cd +dvd $20

Swan, Billy                                        Do With Me what You Will:The Home De

                                                            Demos $18

Sweeney, Sunny                              Concrete $20 All new album which somes

                                                            w. an advisory message “Lyrics about

                                                            drinking, cheating, lying and beer”. Great

                                                            new album on Republic with classic song

                                                            after song: “Drink Myself Single”,

                                                            “Staying’s Worse Than Leaving” etc.

Sweetback Sisters                          Looking for a Hit $20

38 Special                                          Live from Texas $18 (southern rock)

Talley, James                                   Woody Guthrie and Songs of My

                                                            Oklahoma Home $18 2on1

Taylor, Chip                                      Unglorious Hallelujah $18 2cds   

Taylor, Chip                                      Yonkers NY 2cd book cover $18

Taylor, Jackson                               Live, Locked & Loaded $18

Taylor, Jackson                               Gypsies & Drifters $20 great album

Temple, Owen                                  Mountain Home $15

Texas Tornados                               4 Aces $18 Great cd. In the title song

                                                            Doug sings about his friend Zimmy!!

Thompson, Hank                             Best Of Dot Label $18 (Varese) OOP

Thompson, Hank                             Hank the Hired Hand $18 2cds one of

                                                            Capitol GH & one of great interview.

Tillis, Mel                                           Greatest Hits $18 (w. Coca Cola Cowboy)

Tillis, Mel                                           Best $15

Tillman, Floyd                                   Crazy Cajun Recordings $18 26 tks

Tillotson, Johnny                             25 All Time Greatest Hits $20

Travis, Randy                                   Anthology:Train of Memories 2cds Rhino

                                                            Superbly presented 44 tks $25 OOP

Turner, Josh                                     Long Black Train $18

Twitty, Conway                                Number 1 Hits Collection 2cds $20 33tks

Twitty, Conway                                25 # 1s $15

Twitty, Conway                                Sings/ Look Into My Teardrops $20 2on1

Twitty, Conway                                Country/Here’s Conway Twitty $20 2on1

Two Tons of Steel                            Live at Gruehne Hall $22 cd+dvd Great

Tyson, Ian                                         Cowboyography $20 His best album.

Tyson, Ian                                         Old Corrals, Sagebrush & Other Cowboy

                                                            Culture Classics $20 (Bear)

Van Dyke, Leroy                              Walk on By $20 (Bear)

Wagoneers                                       Good Fortune $20 (1989 original)Monty

                                                            Warden & pals. A great cd especially if

                                                            You like Mavericks, Prairie Oyster etc.

Wagoneers                                       Essential $20 24tks all new 2011!

Wagoner, Porter/Dolly Parton    Essential $20 20 RCA and it is (essential)

Walker, Wayne                                How Do You think I Feel: The Singer &

                                                            The Songs $20

Walser, Don                                      Here’s To Country Music $15

Walser, Don                                      Archive Series Vol 2 $18

Watson, Dale                                    Carryin’ On $18

Watson, Dale                                    Cheatin’ Heart Attack $20

Watson, Dale                                    Blessed or Damned $20 his 3 Hightones

Watson, Dale                                    I Hate these Songs $20

Watson, Dale                                    Whiskey or God $18

Watson, Dale                                    From the Cradle to the Grave $18

Watson, Doc                                     Doc & Merle’s Guitar Album $18

Watson, Gene                                  Taste of the Truth $20

Watson, Gene                                  Sings $15 Singer’s singer. One of best

Watson, Gene                                  Greatest Hits $15 (Capitol)

Watson, Gene                                  Best Of (MCA) $18

Watson, Gene                                  Greatest Hits (MCA) $18 no duplicates

Watson, Gene                                  Love in the Hot Afternoon/Paper Rosie

                                                            Great 2 on 1 $22 Capitol classics

Watson, Gene                                  Then & Now $15

Welch, Gillian                                   Harrow & the Harvest $18 US edition w.

                                                            special coaster insert.

Weller, Freddy                                 Very Best $18 OOP Collectors Choice gem

West/Bryant                                    Swinging on the Strings: Best V 2 $18

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

White, Joy Lynn                               One More Time $15 2005 indie cd

Whitley, Keith                                  Wherever You are Tonight $20

Whitley, Keith                                  Don’t Close Your Eyes $20

Whitley, Keith                                  Greatest Hits (inc Tell Lorrie I Love Her

                                                            + duet “Till a Tear Becomes a Rose” $18

Whitley, Keith                                  L A to Miami $18

Whitley, Keith                                  Sad Songs & Waltzes $20

Willard, Jess                                     Honky Tonk Hardwood Floor (Bear) $20

Williams, Don                                   Volume One & Volume Two $22 His first

                                                            2 albums on 1 cd Now OOP UK Edsel

Williams, Hank Jnr                          Standing in the Shadows $20 MGM  20tk

Williams, Hank Jnr                          Volume One Roots & Branches $18 20tks

Williams, Hank 1/2/3                     Men With Broken Hearts $15

Wills, Bob                                          Swing Hi Swing Lo $18 Best Tiffany 27tks

Wills, Bob                                          Boot Heel Drag: THE MGM Years 2cd $20

Wills, Mark                                        Looking for America $15

Wilson, Jason Lee                            Big Gun $18 rockabilly

Wiseman, Mac                                  Story $18 CMH  20 tracks

Woodys                                             Telluride to Tennessee $20

Wynette, Tammy                            Definitive Collection $18 Great UK

                                                            27 tracker.

Yates, Billy                                        If I Could Go Back $18

Yates, Billy                                        That’s Why I Run $18

Yates, Billy                                        Harmony Man $15

Yates, Billy                                        Anywhere But Nashville $15

Yates, Billy                                        Country $15

Yoakam, Dwight                              Guitars Cadillacs dlx 2cd version $20

Young, Chris                                     Neon $15

Young, Neil                                       Old Ways (w. Waylon/Willie) $15

 

Various Artists

 

TRIBUTE ALBUMS

Always Lift Him Up                          Tribute to Blind Alfred Reed $20

                                                            Great cd with Connie Smith/ Kathy                                                                     Mattea/Tim O’Brien/Little Jimmy Dickens                                                        Excellent cover of 19 of the 20 songs he                                                       ever recorded.

Beautiful Dreamer                          Tribute to Stephen Foster $20 A must!

                                                            Raul Malo/ Alison Krauss/ John Prine/                                                  Suzy Bogguss/David Ball etc 18 tks       

Broken Hearts & Dirty Windows John Prine Tribute  $18 old Crow

                                                            Medicine Show/Sara Watkins etc. $15

Pearls in the Snow                          Tribute to Kinky Friedman $20

                                                            One of the best with Willie/Delbert/                                                                  Dwight/rare appearance of Tompall

                                                            Glaser/ Guy Clark. One of the best!

Pilgrim                                               Tribute to Kris Kristofferson $18

                                                            Emmylou/ Jessi Colter/ Shawn Camp/

                                                            Rodney Crowell/ Todd Snider etc

Touch My Heart                               Tribute to Johnny Paycheck $18 16tks

                                                            Dallas Wayne (stunning)/ George Jones/

                                                            Gail Davies/ Billy Yates etc

Treasures Left Behind                    Tribute to Kate Wolf $18 with Dave                                                                    Alvin/ Emmylou/ Nanci Griffith/ Lucinda

                                                            even Eric Bogle! Red House label!

Tribute to Tradition             $18 Dixie Chicks/ Randy Travis/ Doug

                                                            Stone/ Wade Hayes/ Collin Raye etc

Twistable Turnable Man                 Tribute to Shel Silverstein $20 2010

                                                            gem with Prine, Nanci Griffith but star

                                                            is Ray Price on “Me & Jimmie Rodgers”

                                                            one of the best tracks you’ll ever hear!!!

 

THE REST

1861 Project                         New Civil War album w. John Anderson

                                                            Marty Stuart etc $18

And the Answer Is                          60s Country (Bear) $18

Bear Essentials                                Bear Family 30th Anniversary $18 OOP

Beverly Hillbillies soundtrack       Great New artists do classics.$18 tops

Big D Jamboree                               Vols 1 & 2 $22 Great package.

Columbia Records                           Hilbilly Volume 6 31 tracks $18 with Carl

                                                            Smith & June Carter (Times a Wastin’)/

                                                            Onie Wheeler/Ray Price/Ted Daffan/

                                                            Charlie Adams/Roy Drusky etc

Cowboy Poetry Classics                 Smithsonian Folkways 24tracks $15

Decca Hillbilly                                   Volume 6 $18 30 tracks Wil;burns/ Lonzo

                                                            & Oscar/ Kitty Wells/ Tex Williams/

                                                            Benny Martin/ Justin Tubb etc

Decca Hillbilly                                   Volume 7 $18 30 tracks Carl Belew/

                                                            Jimmy Martin/ wayne Raney/ etc

Do Re Mi                                            Songs of Rags & Riches $20 Smithsonian

                                                            Folkways 27 tracks

Get With the Beat                            Marvel Masters $20 27 track from the

                                                            Marvel label on Cowboy Carl/Ryko

Gals of the Big D Jamboree           $18 29 tracks inc. Charlene Arthur, Helen

                                                            Hall, Abbie Neal etc

 

Good For What Ails You: Music of the Medicine Shows 1926-1937 $30 2cds + 76 page booklet. Classic old timey recordings with great sound and extremely comprehensive book.

 

Guys of the Big D Jamboree         $18 30 tracks inc, Gene O’Quinn, Lefty

                                                            Riley Crabtrre etc

King Hillbilly Bop & Boogie Ace UK 26 tracks $20

MGM Hillbilly                                     Vol 2 $18 32 tracks inc Arthur Smith/

                                                            Jesse Rogers/ Bob Gallion/ Jerry Irby

MGM Hillbilly                                     Vol 5 $18 31 tks inc Red Sovine, Bud

                                                            Hobbs, Bud Deckelman, Skeets Yaney etc

MGM Hillbilly                                     Vol 6 $18 31 tks inc. Sheb Wooley, Joe

                                                            “Cannonba’’” Lewis, Jack Boles etc.

My Rifle My Pony & me                   Movie & Tv Soundtracks $20 (Bear)

Old Faithfull                                      Songs From the Saddle Jasmine 27 tks

                                                            $18 27 cowboy classics

Plantation Gold                                2cds 58 tracks inc. Only place you will

                                                            get all of Jeannie C Rley’s originals.

Silver Meteor                                    A Progressive Country Anthology $18

                                                            26 tracks & a must for Gram Parsons fans

                                                            Perhaps best country rock comp.ever

 

Stuff That Dreams Are Made Of: Super Rarities and Unissued Gems of the 1920s and 1930s $30 2cds book style with 20 pg booklet. Cover art by Robert Crumb

 

Twisted Tales from the Vinyl Wastelands Series $20 each only 1 copy

                                                            Volume One “Hog tied & Country Fried”

                                                            Volume Two “Demented Rock & Roll”

                                                            Volume Three “Beatin’ on the Bars”

                                                            Volume Four “Hippie in a Blunder”

                                                            Volume Five “Last Kiss of the Drunken

                                                            Driver”

                                                            Volume Six “Stange Happenings at the

                                                            Boonies”

                                                            Volume Eight “Please Don’t Go Topless

                                                            Mother”

                                                            For fans of that one off gem from a few

                                                            years ago, “God Less America” These are

                                                            a few more editions of similar ilk. Each

                                                            has a theme. Fans will recognise the

                                                            Troy Hess title track on Volume 8. Vol 3

                                                            is a “prison” song cd. Vol 1 is about all

                                                            sorts of prejudices. Vol 8 has a bit of

                                                            everything!  

Wandering Eyes                              Tales of Forbidden Love $18 Must have

                                                            Tribute of sorts to Mel Street. As such a

                                                            must for fans of Mel.

Wanderin’ Star                                 Bear Family $20 More in the series.

                                                            Lee Marvin’s title song only on this.

White Mansions                               plus Legend of Jesse James $25 2cds

                                                            Waylon/Emmylou/ Cash etc. OOP

                                               

 

 

$5 CDS. Some great titles. Do not dally. First in first served. If sending an order through the post list alternates, please.

 

Adamson, Stuart                 Weekends Were Made for Living

Adkins, Trace                       Comin’ on Strong

Adkins, Trace                       Chrome

Adkins, Trace                       More

Adkins, Trace                       Big time

Adkins, Trace                       Dreamin’ Out Loud

Alger, Pat                              Grace & Grace Notes

Allan, Gary                            It Would Be You

Allan, Gary                            Smoke rings in the Dark

Allan, Gary                            Used Heart for Sale

Allan, Gary                            See If I Care

Allan, Gary                            Living Hard

Anderson, John                    Solid Ground

Anderson, John                    Greatest Hits (BNA)

Anderson, John                    Greatest Hits Vol II (WB)
Armstrong, Tom                  Sings Heart Songs

Auld, Audrey                         Losing Faith

Axton, Hoyt                          Snowblind Friend

Backsliders                           Throwin’ Rocks at the Moon

Baillie & Boys                       Turn the Tide

Baillie & Boys                       Lights of Home

Baillie, Kathy                        Love’s Funny That Way

Ball, David                             Play

Bates, Jeff                            One Day Closer

Bates, Jeff                            Leave the Lights On

Bates, Jeff                            Rainbow Man

Bell, Vince                             One Man’s Music (Texas country)

Bellamy brothers                Let your Love Flow

Berg, Matreca                      The Speed of Grace

Berg, Matreca                      Sunday Morning to Saturday Night

Berg, Matreca                      Lying to the Moon & Other Stories

Big Sandy & Flyrite Trio     On the Go ***highlight album*** Big Sandy

                                                (Robert Williams) plays great 50s style

                                                hillbilly/rockabilly with great appeal. 4 bonus

                                                tracks inc. witty “Jake’s Barber Shop”

Black, Clint                            Killin’ Time (Haggard inspired gem)

Bogguss, Suzy                      Greatest Hits

Bogguss, Suzy                      Suzy Bogguss

Bogguss, Suzy                      Something Up My Sleeve

Bogguss, Suzy                      Aces

Bogguss, Suzy                      Nobody Love Nobody Gets Hurt

Boyd, Bobby                         Honky Tonk Tree .Great indie. A lot like

                                                Lee roy Parnell in spots. Wonderful duet

                                                w. Willie nelson on title track

Brady, Mike                          Country to Country

Brandt, Paul Calm Before the Storm

Brokop, Lisa Lisa Brokop

Brown, Julie                          Trapped in the Body of a White Girl

Brown, T Graham                Wine Into Water

Brown, T Graham                Next Right thing

Brown, Marty                       Here’s to the Honky Tonk (Hightone)

Brown, Roger                       And Swing City        

Buckley, Jimmy                   Country Favourites (Irish)

Burch, Paul                           East to West

Burgess, Sonny                    Hittin’ That Jug (Best) Sun artist

Burke, Solomon                   Nashville

Burnette, Billy                      Memphis in Manhattan

Buttercup                              Evil for You

Byrd, Tracy                           Big Love

Byrd, Tracy                           Tracy Byrd

Byrd, Tracy                           Love Lessons

Byrd, Tracy                           It’s About time

Camp, Shawn                       Shawn Camp

Campbell, Glen                     Most (20 tracks)

Campbell, Glen                     Arkansas (21 tracks)

Campbell, Stacy Dean        Lonesome Wins Again

Campbell, Stacy Dean        Hurt City
Cannon, Melanie                  And Wheels Turn

Canova, Judy                        Ozark Nightingale

Carpenter, Mary Chapin     Age of Miracles

Carpenter, Mary Chapin     Come On Come On

Carpenter, Mary Chapin     Party Doll & Other Favorites

Carpenter, Mary Chapin     Shooting Straight in the Dark

Carpenter, Mary Chapin     Stones in the Road

Carpenter, Mary Chapin     State of the Heart

Carpenter, Mary Chapin     Time*sex*love

Carpenter, Mary Chapin     Place in the World

Carson, Jeff                          Jeff Carson

Carter’s Chord                      Wild Together

Cassar-Daly, Troy               Born to Survive Best Of cd+dvd

Chapman, Cee Cee              Cee Cee Chapman

Chapman, Marshall             Me I’m Feeling Fine

Chapman, Marshall             Big Lonesome

Charles, Ray & Friends       Super Hits (it is the Friendship album)

Cheevers, Bob                      Tall Texas Tales

Cherry, Don                          Best of: The Columbia & Monument Sides                                                          Pop country singer who recorded with Willie.

                                                20 tracker now OOP on Collectors Choice

Chesney, Kenny                   In My Wildest Dreams

Chesney, Kenny                   When the Sun Goes Down

Chesney, Kenny                   Me & You

Chesney, Kenny                   Live:Live Those Songs Again

Clark, Terri                           Terri Clark

Clark, Terri                           Fearless

Cochran, Tammy                 Tammy Cochran

Cochran, Tammy                 Life Happened

Coe, David Allan                   Would You Lay With Me

Collie, Mark                           Mark Collie

Collie, Mark                           Unleashed

Comeaux, Amie                    Moving Out (wonderful talent sadly killed in

                                                auto accident when 17.

Confederate Railroad         Notorious

Conway, Lee                         Country Classics

Conwell, Tommy                  Rumble./Guitar Trouble

Cooley, Spade                      Shame on You (water damaged book) 25tks

Cowsill, Susan                      Lighthouse

Crowell, Rodney                  Fate’s Right Hand

Curtis& Luckey                     The Hard Way

Daniel, Davis                        I Know a Place

Daniel, Davis                        Davis Daniel

Davidson, Clay                     Unconditional

Davis, Jimmie                       Louisiana (water dam. Booklet)

Dean, Eddie                          On the Banks Sunny San Juan water dam. Book

Dennis, Wesley                    Wesley Dennis

Derailers                               Here Come

Derailers                               Genuine

Desert Rose Band               Pages of Life (Chris & Herb)

Dodd, Deryl                          One Ride in Vegas

Dodd, Deryl                          Deryl Dodd

Dodd, Deryl                          Pearl Snaps

Earle, Steve                          Early Tracks

Emilio                                     Life Is Good

Emilio                                     It’s on the House

Emmanuel, Tommy             Little by Little (Favoured) 2cds

 England, Tyler                     Highways & Dance Halls

Evans, Sara                           No Place That Far

Evans, Sara                           Real Fine Place (Y & T award for most idiotic

album cover ever)

Everly Brothers                   Both Sides of An Evening

Ewing, Skip                           Naturally

Fairchild, Shelley                 Ride

Fields, Judy                           Eyes of Love

Flood                                      The Flood

Forester sisters                   More Than I Am

Fowlker, Kevin                     High on the Hog  Classic Texas honky tonk gem

Fricke, Janie                         Bouncin’ Back   Very hard to get 1999 release

                                                on JMF Records out of Texas. 12 tracks

Frizzell, David                       2001

Gauthier, Mary                     Mercy Now

Gauthier, Mary                     The Foundling

Gentry, Bobbie                     Best

Gentry, Bobbie                     Bobbie Gentry’s Greatest Hits

Gibson, Bob                          Ski Songs

Gibson, Scott                        Just Keep Drivin’

Gilmore, Jimmie Dale         Spinning Round the Sun

Golden, William Lee            The Artist (songs about artists Oak Ridge Boys)

Goldens                                 Rush for Gold

Golightly, Holly & Brokeoffs No Help Coming

Gray, Damon                        Looking for Trouble

Gray, Doug                           Soul of the South (from Marshal lTucker Band)

Great Depression Orchestra  Tribute to Milton Brown & Musical Brownies

Greene, Marlin                     Tip Toe past the Dragon  

Gregg, Ricky Lynn               Ricky Lynn Gregg

Gregory, Clinton                  Master of Illusion

Gregory, Clinton                  Clinton Gregory

Gregory, Clinton                  Freeborn Man

Gripka, Israel Nash            Barn Doors & Concrete Floors

Guthrie, Sarah Lee              Exploration (w. Johnny Irion) Arlo’s daughter!

Haggard, Merle                    Roots

Haggard, Merle                    I Am What I Am

Haggard, Merle                    Chicago Wind

Haggard, Merle                    Natural High

Haggard, Merle                    Most of Merle Haggard

Haggard, Merle                    24 at #1

Haggard, Merle                    I Love Dixie Blues

Haggard, Merle                    If I Could Only Fly

Haggard, Noel                      One Lifetime

Hampton, R W                      The One That I Never Could Ride (Western)

Harms, Joni                          After All

Harris, Emmylou                 profile Best Of

Hayes, Wade                        Highways & Heartaches

Hayes, Wade                        Old Enough to Know Better

Hayes, Wade                        On a Good Night

Henderson, Mike                 Country Music Made Me Do It

Highwaymen                        2

Highwaymen                        Road Goes On Forever

Hill, Brenn                             Equine (fine western singer)
Hill, Byron                             Gravity

Hill, Byron                             Stay a While

Hill, Byron                             Radio Songs  (**recommend all of Byrons)

Hillbilly Idol                           Hillbilly Idol (This is a group not a solo guy and

                                                BR549 fans will lap it up. They are better than

                                                BR549 in that all 15 tracks are group originals.

Hinojosa, Tish                      Best of Watermelon Years

Hinson, Unknown                The Future is Unknown (Great 50s style)

House, James                       Days Gone By

Howard, Rebecca Lynn      Rebecca Lynn Howard

Hunley, Con                          First Time from Studio B

Hunley, Con                          Shoot from the Heart

Hunter, Jesse                       A Man Like Me (lot like Waylon)

I See hawks in LA                Shoulda Been Gold 2001-2009 17 tks. Funny

                                                name but so is “Flying burrito Brothers” who

                                                they would resemble most.

Ingram, Jack                        Big Dreams & High Hopes

Isbell, Jason                         400 Unit

Jackson, Alan                       High Mileage

Jackson, Alan                       Let it Be Christmas

Jackson, Alan                       Drive

Jackson, Alan                       What I Do

Jackson, Alan                       Everything I Love

James, Brett                         Brett James

Jaron                                      And the Long Road to Love

Jayhawks                              Hollywood Town Hall

Jeffries, Herb                       Bronze Buckaroo Rides Again (Western)

Johnson, Neil Scott             Tricked Out Country

Jones, David Lynn               Mixed Emotion

Jones, David Lynn               Play By Ear

Jones, George                      Collection (MCA)     

Jones, George                      Hits (Bandit Records 2011) 24 tracks

Jones, George                      16 biggest Hits

Jones, George                      Legendary Country Singer (25 tracks Time Life)

                                                Perhaps the best bargain you will ever get

Jones, Kacey                        Sings Mickey Newbury

Judd, Wynonna                    Wynonna Judd

Judd, Wynonna                    Tell Me Why

Kane, Ray                              Wa’ahila (Hawaiian guitar)

Kane, Keiran                         Blue Chair

Kane, Keiran                         Six Months No Sun

Kane, Keiran                         Dead Reckoning

Kaset, Angela                       Live fRom Bluebird (Something in Red)

Keen, Robert Earl                Live From Austin

Keith, Toby                           Greatest Hits Vol 2

Kelley, Irene                        Simple Path

Kelley, Irene                        Thunderbird

Kendalls                                 Make a Dance

Kendalls                                 Love is a Long Hard Road

Kennedy, Ray                       Guitar man (No Way Jose!)

Kenendy, Ray                       One Way to Go

Kentucky Headhunters      Big Boss Man

Kershaw, Rusty                   a Cajun in the Blues Country

Ketchum, Hal                        Sure Love

Ketchum, Hal                        I Saw the light

Ketchum, Hal                        Every Little Word

Kimes, Royal Wade             Hangin’ Round the Moon (Western)

Kimes, Royal Wade             Another Man’s Sky (WB debut cd great!)

King, Matt                              Hard Country

Kirwan, Dominic                  Try a Little Kindness

Knight, Chris                         A Pretty Good Guy

Knight, Chris                         Chris Knight

Landsborough, Charlie       Still Can’t Say Goodbye

Lauderdale, Jim                   Point of No Return

Lawrence, Tracy                 Live

Lawrence, Tracy                 Alibis

Lawrence, Tracy                 Sticks & Stones

Lawrence, Tracy                 Coast is Clear

Lawrence, Tracy                 Time Marches on

Lawrence, Tracy                 For the Love

Lawrence, Tracy                 I See Now

Ledoux, Chris                       Under this Old Hat

Ledoux, Chris                       Western underghround

Lee, Phil                                 So Long It’s Been Good to Know You

Lee, Robin                             Best

Lefebvre, John                     John Lefebvre 2cds Americana

Leigh, Danni              29 Nights

Lightfoot, Gordon                Gord’s Gold (GH)

Little Big Town                     The Reason Why

Los Lonely Boys                   Rockpango

Loveless, Patty                    Long Stretch of Lonesome

Loveless, Patty                    Greatest Hits (MCA)

Loveless, Patty                    Trouble With the Truth      

Loveless, Patty                    When Fallen Angels Fly

Loveless, Patty                    Only What I Feel

Loveless, Patty                    Dreamin’ My Dreams

Lovett, Lyle                           And His Large Band

Lovett, Lyle                           Live in Texas

Lund, Corb                             Losin’ Lately Gambler

Lund, Corb                             A Selection of Songs From

Lynam, Ray & Hillbillies      Showband legends

Lynn Marie                            Squeezebox

Lynne, Shelby                       Indentity Crisis

Lynne, Shelby                       Just a Little Lovin’

McBride, Frankie                 Showband Legend (Irish)

McBride, Martina                 Emotion

McBride, Martina                 Martina

McLean, Don                         Headroom

McLean, Don                         Best of (20 trcaks...originals)

McCoy, Jason                        Honky Tonk Sonatas

McCoy, Neal                          Very Best (Rhino 20 track)

McCoy, Neal                          Greatest Hits

Marshall, Adam                    The Last Marshall

Martin, Brad                         Wings of a Honky Tonk Angel

Martin, Leland                      Simply Traditional (great cd)

Martinez, John Arthur        Lone Starry Night

Mattea, Kathy                      The Innocent Kind

Mattea, Kathy                      Lonesome Standard Time

Mavericks                              Mavericks (1st album)

Mavericks                              Trampoline

Mavericks                              Music for All Ocacsions

Mavericks                              What a Crying Shame

Mavericks                              Super Colossal Smash Hits

Mellons, Ken                         Ken Mellons

Mellons, Ken                         Where Forever Begins (V.Gosdin like)

Mensy, Tim                           This Ol’ Heart

Mitchell Trio                          Alive (w. John Denver)

Molly& Heymakers Molly & Heymakers (great “Mountain of Love”)

Montgomery, John Michael What I Do the Best

Montgomery, John Michael Life’s a Dance

Montgomery, John Michael Leave a Mark

Montgomery, John Michael John Michael Montgomery (Grundy Auction)

Montgomery Gentry           Best 1999-2005

Montgomery Gentry           You Do Your thing

Moody, Ruth                         The Garden   (Wailin’ Jennys)

Moorer, Alison                      Show (cd + dvd)

Morgan, Craig                       Craig Morgan

Morgan, Lorrie                     To Get to You: Greatest Hits

Morgan, Lorrie                     My Heart

Morlix, Gurf                          Birth to Boneyard

Morrell, Tom                         Wolf Tracks (Shanachie)

Morris, Gary                         Hits

Morrison-Williams               Morrison-Williams (from Perfect Stranger)

Murphey, Michael Martin   Horse Legends

Murphey, Michael Martin   Rangeland Rebel

Murphey, Michael Martin   Wildfire: Best 1968-1984

Murphey, Michael Martin   Cowboy Songs III

Murray, Anne                       Greatest Hits

Nelson, Willie                       Six Hours in Pedernales (with Curtis Potter)

Nelson, Willie                       What a Wonderful World

Nelson, Willie                       Clean Shirt (with Waylon)

Nelson, Willie                       Always on My Mind

Nelson, Willie                       Here We Go Again (w Wynton Marsalis)

Nelson, Willie                       Live & Kickin’

Nelson, Willie                       Milk Cow Blues

Neville, Aaron                       Tattooed Heart

Neville, Aaron                       I Know I’ve Been Changed

Newton, Juice                      American Girl

Nichols, Joe                          Early Years (aka Joe Nichols)

Nichols, Joe                          Revelation

Nichols, Joe                          Real Things

Norwood, Daron                  Daron Norwood

Orbison, Roy                         Mystery Girl

Orbison, Roy             Best Loved Standards

Ortega, Lindi             Little Red Books

Osborne, Joan                      Pretty Little Stranger

Oslin, KT                                This Woman

Osmond, Marie                     I Only Wanted You

Paisley, Brad                        Who Needs Pictures

Paisley, Brad                        Part II

Parnell, Lee                          Every Night’s a Saturday Night

Parnell, Lee Roy                  We All Get Lucky Sometime

Parton, Dolly                        Ultimate 20 track

Parton, Dolly                        From the Heart

Paul, Ellis                               The Day After Everything Changed

Peters, Gretchen                 Burnt Toast Offerings

Peters, Gretchen                 Halcyon

Peterson, Michael               Michael Peterson (When the Bartender Cries)

Pinson, Bobby                      Man Like Me

Post, Kenny                          Hey Driver

Prairie Oyster                      What Is This Country

Price, Ray                             Legendary Country Singer (25 tracks Time Life)

                                                Perhaps the best bargain you will ever get.

Pride, Charley                      Legendary Country Singer (25 tracks Time Life)

Pride, Charley                      RCA Country legends

Pride, Charley                      Tribute to Jim Reeves

Rabbitt, Eddie                       Greatest Country Hits

Ragnar                                   Honky Tonk Memories. He is a Dane and a great one at that. He came

to the great Mike Headrick and recorded this.

It is okay, but he does have a bit of accent. I

would recommend it for the fact he does covers

of Headrick classics “Helens Arms” “Coming Up

Zero”& “Right to Be Wrong”. 16 tks

Randall, Elliott & Deadmen Caffeine & Gasoline

Randall ,Jon                          Willin’

Raven, Eddy                          Best of Eddy Raven

Raven, Eddy                          Greatest Hits

Raybon, Marty                     This That and the Other (of Shenandoah)

Raye, Collin                           Never Going Back

Reed, Jerry                           Let’s Git it On

Reynolds, Billy Ray             Whole Lot of Memories (inc. Hag duet)

Richey, Kim                           Bitter Sweet

Riggir, Patsy                         Lay Down Beside Me

Rivera, Scarlet                     Scarlet Fever (fiddle player & singer who was

                                                featured on the Bob Dylan album “Desire”

Robertson, Jack                   Honky Tonk Daze (Step One)

Robbins, Marty                     The Early Years

Robbins, Marty                     Gunfighter Ballads & Trail Songs

Royal Crown Review           Caught in the Act

Ryan, Tim                              Idle Hands

Ryan, Tim                              Tim Ryan

Ryan, Tim                              Seasons of the Heart\

Sanders, Ed                          Beer Cans on the Moon

Sea, Johnny                          Day for Decision

Seals, Dan                             On Arrival

Sears, Dawn                         Nothin’ But Good

Shocked, Michelle                Arkansas Traveller

Singletary, Daryle               All Because of You

Skaggs, Ricky                       Favourite Country Songs
Smith, Valerie                      Patchwork Heart
                

Sonnier, Jo El Tears of Joy

Sons of Pioneers Symphonies of the Sage water. dam. booklet

Sons of Pioneers Teleways Transcriptions water. dam. booklet

Southern Pacific County Line (great country rock cd)

Spacke, Sissy                       Hangin’ Up My Heart. Sissy surprised everyone

                                                when she did the vocals in the Loretta Lynn bio

                                                “Coal Miner’s Daughter” and she made this fine                                              album as a result of that acclaim, even did a

                                                co-write wit hLoretta on “Smooth Talkin’ Daddy

                                                & guests inc. Rodney Crowell & Roseanne Cash.

Steel Magnolia                      Steel Magnolia

Stewart, Lisa                        Lisa Stewart
Stockton, Shane                  Stories I Could Tell (same team as M.Chesnutt)

Stone, Doug              More Love

Strait, George                      Greatest Hits

Strait, George                      Very Best 1981-1987

Strait, George                      Easy Come Easy Go

Strait, George                      Ten Strait Hits

Stuart, Marty                        This One’s Gonna Hurt Ya

Supernaw, Doug                  Deep Thoights from a Shallow Mind

Swift, Taylor                         Speak Now

Tillis, Mel                               All His Great Hits

Tillis, Mel                               Me & Pepper

Tillis, Mel                               Your Body Is an Outlaw

Tillis, Mel                               American Originals

Tillis, Pam                             Rhinestoned

Tillis, Pam                             Thunder & Roses

Tippin, Aaron                        Greatest Hits & Then Some

Tippin, Aaron                        A December to Remember

Tobin, Karen                         Carolina Smokey Moon

Tractors                                Tractors

Travis, Randy                       Storms of Life

Vandygriff, R W                   The Cowboy Ain’t Dead Yet

Van Ronk, Dave                   The Folkways Years (20 tracks)

Van Warmer, Randy           Beat of Love/Thing that You Dream 2 on 1

Wailin’ Jennys                      Bright Morning Stars

Walker, Clay                         If I Could Make a Livin’

Walker, Clay                         Clay Walker

Walker, Clay                         Rumor Has It

Walker, Clay                         Hypnotise the Moon

Walker, Jerry Jeff               Five Years Gone

Wariner, Steve                     Two Teardrops

Watson, B B                          Light at the End of the Tunnel  (“Hank Drank”)

Wayne, Jimmy                     Sara Smile

Webb, Jimmy & Webb Bros Cottonwood Farm

Williams, Don                       Love Stories

Wiggins, John & Audrey     John & Audrey Wiggins

Wilder, Webb                       Do odad

Wilkinsons                            Here & Now

Williams, Hank Jnr Almeria Club

Williams, Hank Jnr Five-O

Williams, Hank Jnr Pure Hank

Williams, Hank Jnr One Night Stands

Williams, Hank Jnr Family Tradition

Williams, Hank Jnr And Friends

Williams, Mason                   Of Time & Rivers Flowing

Willis, Kelly                           Kelly Willis

Willis, Kelly                           What I Deserve

Willmon, Trent                     Trent willmon

Wilson, Gretchen                 Here for the Party

Wilson, Sean/susan McCann 50 Great Songs from the King & Queen

                                                Of Irish Country (Irish)

Wilson, Sean             Five Little Fingers (Irish) 20 tracks

Womack, Lee Ann               Lee Ann Womack

Wood Brothers                    w. Alcohol of Fame

Wopat, Tom                          The Still of the Night

Worley, Darryl                     Have you Forgotten

Worley, Darryl                     I Miss My Friend

Worley, Darryl                     Hard Rain Don’t Last

Wright, Chely                       Wright in the Middle

Wrights                                  In the Summertime (covers album)

Yates, Lori                            Breaking Point (Canadian Artist)

 

Various Artists

TRIBUTES

Coal Miner’s Daughter        Tribute to Loretta Lynn (Stve Earle/ Lee Ann

                                                Womack/ Alan Jackson/Miranda Lambert etc)

Waylon: MusicInside          Collaboration Dedicated To Waylon Jennings

                                                w. Jamey Johnson, Shooter, Sunny Sweeney,

                                                Trace Adkins, Randy Houser & new Waylon

 

THE REST

Big River                                Australian Cast Album (Roger Miller gem)

Eight Seconds                       Soundtrack

Farm Aid                                Volume One Live 2cds 25 performances

Hitchhiker                             Exampler 2 13 tracks CBS artists

Honeymoon in Vegas          Soundtrack

Imus Ranch Record            New artists do old songs .Raul Malo “Life Has

                                                Its Little Ups &  Downs” hard to beat 13tks

John Laws Country              Collection # 3  20 tracks. Some gems.

King of the Hill                      Soundtrack Great w , Travis Tritt, Mavericks etc

                                                but you can’t beat Hank Hill’s “Teddy Bear’!!

Lilith Fair                               Celebration of Women in Music 2cds mix of folk

                                                country. Emmy does “Going Back to Harlan”

Other Side                             Music From East Nashville 2cds 31 tracks

Perfect World                      Soundtrack

Radiogram                            24 Songs that Inspired Teenage Gram Parsons

Rebels & Outlaws                Music from the Wild Side of Life 14 rebellious

                                                Tracks & inc. the picture of Cash giving the bird.

 

$10 CDS or 3 for $25

Allen, Rex                              Riding All Day: Life of a Cowboy

Anderson, Bill                       Songwriter
Arnold, Eddy                         Essential (great RCA 20 tracker)

Asleep at the Wheel            Willie & the Wheel (wit hWillie Nelson)

Asleep at the Wheel            Western Standard Time/Keepin’ Me Up 2on1

Atkins, Chet/Tommy Emmanuel Day Finger pickers Took Over the World

Axton,Hoyt                           Gotta Keep Rollin’ The Jeremiah Years 1979-81

Axton, Hoyt                          Joy to the World/ Country Anthem 2 on 1

Ball, David                             Thinking Problem (WB)
Ball, David                             Amigo (Dualtone) “Riding with Private Malone”

Ball, David                             Starlight Lounge

Bandy, Moe                           Crazy Cajun Recordings

Bare, Bobby                          All American Boy 21 Greatest Hits

Barnett, Mandy                    Mandy Barnett (Asylum) divine!!

Barnett, Mandy                    Winter Wonderland (Christmas)

One of our favourite female vocalists.!!

Barnhill, Joe                          Joe Barnhill

Beach Boys & Friends         Stars & Stripes Vol 1 (River North) w. Lorrie

Morgan, Willie Jnr Brown, Toby Keith etc

Begley, Philomena              Old Friends share Old Memories (w. Margo)

Bellamy Brothers                Redneck Girls Forever (Curb)

Bellamy Brothers                Sons of Beaches (Bellamy)

Bellamy Brothers                Crazy from the Heart

Bellamy Brothers                Lonely Planet

Berg, Matreca                      The Dreaming Fields (2011)

Berry, John                           Greatest Hits (Capitol)
Bill & Audrey             Looking Back to See

Bogguss, Suzy                      Swing (Compadre)

Bogguss, Suzy                      Somewhere Between (Capitol) Classic debut cd

Bogguss, Suzy                      Sweet Danger (LDR)

Britt, Catherine                    Dusty smiles & Heartbreak Cures

Brown, Junior                       Guit With It

Brown, Junior                       Twelve Shades

Brown, Junior                       Semi Crazy

Brown, Marty                       High & Dry (MCA)

Brown, Marty                       Wild Kentucky Skies (Hightone) Classic

singer with Hankish hillbilly bent.

Brown, Zac                           The Foundation       

Burgess, Sonny                    When in Texas ..the young Sonny not Sun artist

Burleson, Ed                         Perfect World (Tornado) Texas honky tonk

Burleson, Ed My                   Cold Hard Truth... 2 gems from Ed!

Burns, Billy Don                   Heroes, Friends & Other Troubled Souls (Rust)

Burns, Billy Don                   Train Called Lonesome

Byrd, Tracy                           Definitive Collection

Camp, Shawn                       Lucky Silver Dollar

Campbell, Glen                     Somebody to Love

Campbell, Glen                     Light Years

Carter Family                       Country Music Hall of Fame (MCA)

Cartwright, Lionel               I Watched it On the radio (MCA)
Cash, Johnny                        American Recordings (American)

Cash, Johnny                        VH1 Storytellers (with Willie) Just brilliant.

Cash, Johnny                        16 Biggest Hits (Sony)

Cash, Johnny                        16 Biggest Hits Vol II (Sony)

Cash, Roseanne                   Essential 2cds  26 tracks 2011

Chambers, Kasey                Little Bird (Sugar Hill US pressing)

Chesnutt, Mark                    Greatest Hits (MCA)

Chesnutt, Mark                    Almost Goodbye (MCA)

Chesnutt, Mark                    Longnecks & Short Stories (MCA)

Chesnutt, Mark                    Too Cold at Home (MCA)

Chesnutt, Mark                    Outlaw inc. great duet wit h Amber Digby

Chesnutt, Mark                    I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing (MCA)

Chesnutt, Mark                    Thank God For Believers (MCA)

Chieftains                              Down the Old Plank Road: Nashville Sessions

Clark, Guy                             Old #1/ Texas Cooking

Clement, Jack                       Guess Things Happen That Way Inc. last ever

                                                Johnny Cash recording. Stunningly great cd.

Cline, Patsy                           Legendary Country Singer 25 tks Time Life

                                                Best ever single cd of Patsy.

Clark, Gene & Carla Olson In Concert

Coe, David Allan                   Country & Western (western songs!!)

Coe, David Allan                   Truckin’ Outlaw

Coe, David Allan                   Lonesome Fugitive

Coe, David Allan                   Live

Coe, David Allan                   17 Greatest Hits

Collie, Mark                           Hardin County Line (MCA) A stunningly great

debut when everyting seemed to be grand!!

Right up there with Mark Chesnutt’s debut.

Collie, Mark                           Born & Raised in Black & White (MCA) “Ballad

                                                Of Thunder Road”

Confederate Railroad          Very Best (Rhino) 18 tracks

Conlee, John                         Live at Billy Bobs

Cooley, Spade                      Spadella

Crowell, Rodney                  Keys to the Highway (Lucky Dog)

Daniel, Davis                        Fightin’ Fire With Fire (Mercury) Brilliant debut

Davis, Mac                             Very Best & More (“Hard to Be Humble”

Dekle, Mike                           Sketches

Dekle, Mike                           Tributes   Stunning singer songwriter

Dement, Iris                         Lifeline

Diffie, Joe                              Greatest Hits (CBS)

Diffie, Joe                              Homecoming (Rounder)

Diffie, Joe                              Definitive (JLD)

Diffie, Joe                              A Thousand Winding Roads (his superb debut)

Dillard, Rodney                    I Wish Life Was Like Mayberry (of Dillards)

Dillingham, Craig                 Almost yesterday  (indie gem)

Dillon, Dean                          Hot Country & Singles (Atlantic)

Dillon, Dean                          Out of Your Everlovin’ Mind (Atlantic)

Duncan, Johnny                   Classic Country

Dunn, Ronnie                        Ronnie Dunn   2011 Solo Cd

Earle, Steve                          Copperhead Road

Earle, Steve                          The Hard Way

Earle, Steve                          Train a Comin’

Edwards, Don                       Kin to the Wind (Marty Robbins Tribute)
Edwards, Don                       Going Back to Texas (Warner Western)

Elliott, Ronny                        Poisonville

Ely, Joe                                  Best of Joe Ely (MCA)

Ely, Joe                                  Satisfied at Last 2011

Ely, Joe                                  Honky Tonk Masquerade  (MCA)

Evans, Sara                           Three Chords & The Truth (RCA) Fabulous first

Ewing, Skip                           Will to Love (MCA) Good as it gets

Faithfull, Marianne Faithless (Castle UK) Great country cd!

Flatlanders                            Hills & Valleys

Flavin,Mick/Begley.P          In Harmony (Irish)

Flying Burrito Brothers      Sons of Golden west

Foster & Lloyd                      Essential

Foster & Lloyd                      Foster & Lloyd

Foster & Lloyd                      Faster & Louder

Foster & Lloyd                      Version of the Truth

Frizzell, David                       My Life Is Just a Bridge

Frizzell, David                       Confidentially

Gatton, Danny                      88 Elomira Street

Gibson, Nate                         Sing All the Way Home

Gill, Vince                              I Still Believe in You (MCA)

Gill, Vince                              High Lonesome Sound (MCA)

Gill, Vince                              When I Call Your Name (MCA)

Gill, Vince                              Next Big Thing (MCA)

Gill, Vince                              When Love Finds YouMCA)

Gill, Vince                              The Key (one of the best COUNTRY cds ever)

Gill, Vince                              The Essential (pre MCA)

Gilmore, Jimmie Dale         After Awhile

Gilmore, Jimmie Dale         Come On Back

Gilmore, Jimmie Dale         Jimmie Dale Gilmore (Hightone) autographed

Gordon, Noah                       I need a Break (Fabulous one & only cd)

Gregg, Ricky Lynn               Careful What You wish For (hard to find 3rd cd)

Gregory, Clinton                  Music & me (Step One) Superb cd.

Griffith, Nanci                      Other Voices Other Rooms (Elektra)

Griffith, Nanci                      Hearts in Mind (Universal)

Griffith, Nanci                      Other Voices Too: Trip to Bountiful (Elektra)

Griffith, Nanci                      Wings to Fly: An Introduction (MCA)

Griffith, Nanci                      Flyer

Griffith, Nanci                      MCA Years: A retrospective

Griffith, Nanci                      Dustbowl Symphony Nanci’s greatest

                                                hits done with orchestra backing. This is

                                                one  of the best of that type ever. The

                                                orchestra enhances ever song beautifully

Haggard, Marty                   Borders & Boundaries (country w little gospel)

Haggard, Merle                    Chill Factor (original!)

Haggard, Merle                    Legendary Country Singer Time Life 25tks A1!!

Haggard, Merle                    Collection 2cd

Haggard, Merle/ Willie       Seashores of Old Mexico

Haggard, Merle                    Big City (Epic)

Haggard, Merle                    Unforgettable (EMI)

Hall, Tom t                            Nashville Storyteller  (20 RCA not Mercury tks)

Hand, James                         Evil Things

Harling, Keith                       Write it in Stone (MCA)

Harris, Emmylou                 Songs of the west

Harris, Emmylou                 Duets

Harris, Emmylou                 Cowgirl’s Prayer

Harris, Emmylou                 Luxury Liner

Harris, Emmylou                 At the Ryman

Harris, Emmylou                 Elite Hotel

Harris, Emmylou                 Qtr Moon in a Ten Cent Town

Harris, Emmylou                 Blue Kentucky Girl

Harris, Emmylou                 Singin’ with Emmylou Vol 1  20 duets (Raven)

Hart, Freddie                        Best (Capitol)

Hartford, John                     RCA Country Legends (also same in bluegrass

                                                but he is a bit of both “Corn Cob Blues” is a

                                                stunner. I won’t bore you again with my

                                                Record Fair story!!....Unless you ask)

Hawkins, Ted                       Songs from the Boarwalk

Headrick, Mike                     Moonshine (steel guitar w. Ralph Mooney)

Hillman, Chris/ Herb Pederson    At Edwards Barn

Hobart, Rex & Misery Boys Forever Always Ends

Horton, Johnny                    16 Biggest Hits (Coulubia)

Jackson, Alan                       Precious Memories (gospel))

Jackson, Alan                       34 Number Ones 2cds

Jackson, Alan                       Greatest Hits Vol 2 2cds

Jackson, Stonewall             Waterloo: 19 Great Country songs

James, Sonny                       Capitol Collectors Series

Jansen, Frank                       Lolene (see rarities...a great artist)

Jennings, Waylon                Never Say Die Live (Epic)

Jones, George                      Cold Hard Truth

Jones, George                      40 Years of Duets

Jones, George                      Anniversary Ten Years of Hits

Jones, George                      Walls Can Fall

Jones, George                      I Am What I Am

Jones, George                      Essential 2cd

Jones, George                      A Collection of My Best Recordings

Joss, Scott                            Souvenirs

Judds                          Reunion 2cds ...tissues required

Keith, Toby                           Bullets in the Gun  3D cover

Kentucky Headhunters      Electric Barnyard (Mercury)

Kentucky Headhunters      That’ss work (with Johnny Johnson)

Kentucky Headhunters      Rave On (Mercury)

Kentucky Headhunters      Stompin’Grounds (BNA)

Kershaw, Sammy                Better Than I Used to Be (BHR)

Kershaw, Sammy                Feelin’ Good Train

Ketchum, Hal                        Past the Point of Rescue

Kirchen, Bill                          Have Love will Travel

Koller, Fred                           No Song Left to Sell (with Shel Silverstein)

Lawrence, Eddy                   Used Parts

Lawrence, Tracy                 All wrapped Up for Christmas

Leigh, Danni                          A Shot of Whiskey & a Prayer

Lewis, Jerry Lee                  Platinum Collection (Elektra country)

Loveless, Patty                    Mountain Soul (Epic) …stunning album.

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

Loveless, Patty                    Strong Heart (Epic)

Lovett, Lyle                           Natural Forces

Lynne, Shelby                       Epic Recordings (from her first 3 albums)

McCann, Susan                     Diamonds & Dreams (Irish country)

McCann, Susan                     Twenty Country Classics

McCann, Susan                     Very Best

McCann, Susan                     Greatest Hits Volume 2

McCann, Susan                     Part of me

McClinton, Delbert               Nothing Personal

McLean, Don                         For the Memories Vol 1 & 2

McLean, Don                         Chain Lightning

McLean, Don                         Sings Marty Robbins

 

Martin, Dean             Dream With the Dean/ Everybody Loves

                                                Somebody

                                                The Door Is Still Open to My Heart/ I’m the

                                                One Who Still Loves You

                                                As I have mentioned the Collectors Choice label

                                                is getting seriously downsized with a lot of

                                                albums being deleted. These are Dean’s country

                                                (or country flavoured whatever) albums. The

                                                production by Jimmy Bowen is excellent & I like

                                                Dean’s Jerry Wallace double ‘Shutters & Boards

                                                &”In the Misty Moonlight” better than Jerry’s!!

 

Mattea, Kathy                      Coal (A stunner! …if you like “Mountain Soul”)

Mavericks                              Definitive Collection

Miller, Buddy                        Majestic Silver Strings cd + dvd

Mitchell, Chad Trio               That’s the Way It’s Gonna be/ Violets of Dawn

w. John Denver replacing Mitchell (in the clink)

Great stuff & a must if only for “Friendly

Liberal Neighbourhood Klu Klux Klan)

Moffatt, Katy                        Up Close and Personal (Fuel) Live..

Moore, Justin                        Outlaws Like Me

Moorer, Alison                      Definitive Collection

Morgan, Lorrie                     Moment in Time

Morgan, Lorrie                     Colour of Roses (Image)

Morton, Tex                          Essential (2 cds)

Mullins, Dee                          Continuing Story (Omni)

Murphey, Michael                Cosmic Cowboy Souvenir (Raven) pre Martin!!

Murray, Anne                       Harmony

Murray, Anne                       You Will

Murray, Anne                       Yes I Do

Murray, Anne                       As I Am (4 out of print Capitol albums)

Nelson, Willie                       Across the Borderline (lot of duets)

Nelson, Willie                       Sound in Your Mind (Sony)

Nelson, Willie                       Yesterday’s Wine (Justice)

Nelson, Willie                       You Don’t Know me: Songs of Cindy Walker

(Lost Highway) ..one of his best

Nelson, Willie                       Me & Paul (Sony)

Nelson, Willie                       Me & the drummer (Luck) with real dice!!

Nelson, Willie                       All Time Greatest Volume 1 (all RCA)

Nelson, Willie                       City of New Orleans (Columbia)

Nelson, Willie                       Spirit (Island)

Nelson, Willie                       Nite Life: Greatest Hits & Rare Tracks 1959-71

(Rhino)

Nelson, Willie                       Stardust expanded (Sony)

Nelson, Willie                       Run That By Me One More Time w. Ray Price

Nelson, Willie                       Take it to the Limit (with Waylon)

Nichols, Joe                          Greatest Hits (Universal)

Nitty Gritty Dirt Band         Stars & Stripes Forever 2 on 1

Nitty Gritty Dirt Band         Twenty Years of Dirt

Notorious Cherry Bombs Notorious Cherry Bombs (Universal) Rodney

Crowell& Vince Gill (“It’s Hard to Kiss the Lips

At Night That Chew Your Ass Out All Day Long”)

O’Hara, Jamie                      Rise Above It (RCA) ex O’Kanes

Orbison, Roy             Singles Collection (MGM)              

Overstreet, Paul                  Heroes

Overstreet, Paul                  Sowin’ Love

Overstreet, Paul                  Love is Strong

Overstreet, Paul                  Best of Paul Overstreet

Owens, Buck                        Very Best Vol 1  (Rhino)

Owens, Buck                        Collection 1959-90 Sampler (22tks)

Owens, Buck                        I Don’t Care

Owens, Buck                        Sings Tommy Collins

Owens, Buck                        I’ve Got A Tiger By the Tale

Owens, Buck                        Before You Go/ No one But You

Owens, Buck                        On the Bandstand

Palmer, Keith                       Keith Palmer (one off gem)

Parnell, Lee Roy                  Hits & Highways (Arista) …greatest hits + more

Parsons, Gram                     GP/Grievous Angel  2on 1

Parsons, Gram                     Warm Evenings, Pale Mornings (Raven  21 tks)

Parton, Dolly                        Hungry Again (Decca)

Parton, Dolly                        Trio (WB) with  Linda/Emmylou

Paycheck, Johnny               16 Biggest Hits (Epic)

Perkins, Carl                         Go Cat Go (BMG) Last album from 1996 is great

w. duets with Fogerty, Willie, Cash, McCartney+

Powers, Freddy                   Silver Eagle

Prairie Oyster                      Everybody Knows

Prairie Oyster                      Only One Moon

Price, Ray                             16 Biggest Hits

Rich, Charlie                         16 Biggest Hits (Epic)

Richman, Jonathan             Jonathan Goes Country (Rounder) Great/funny.

Riders in the Sky                 Public Cowboy # 1 Salute Gene Autry(Rounder)

Ringer, Jim                            Band of Jesse James: Best (Rounder)

Ronstadt, Linda                    Western Wall (with Emmylou)

Sahm, Doug                          He’s About a Groover 2cds           

Seals, Dan                             In a Quiet Room (Unlpugged)

Shelton, Blake                      The Dreamer (WB)

Shelton, Blake                      Barn& Grill (WB)

Shelton, Blake                      Pure BS (WB)

Singletary, Daryle               Ain’t It the truth (Giant)

Singletary, Daryle               Daryle Singletary)

Singletary, Daryle               That’s Why I Sing This Way

Skaggs, Ricky                       Life Is a Journey (Atlantic)

Skaggs, Ricky                       Solid Ground

Stampley, Tony                    Rebelultion  (great ala la Tritt/Confed.)

Stewart, Dave                      Blackbird Sessions

Stone, Billy                            West Texas Sky (Bear Family)

Stone, Doug                          Greatest Hits

Starit, George                      22 More Hits

Strait, George                      Latest Straitest Greatest Hits

Street, Mel                            Greatest Hits  (1st issue)
Stuart, Marty                        Tempted (MCA)

Stuart, Marty                        Let There Be Country (Lucky Dog)

Stuart, Marty                        Country Music (Columbia)

Stuart, Marty                        Badlands (Universal) songs of American Indian

Stuckey, Nat                         Pop a Top

Supernaw, Doug                  Fadin’ Renegade (Tack Records)

Supernaw, Doug                  You Still Got Me

Supernaw, Doug                  Red & the Rio Grande

Talley, James                       Nashville City Blues (CIM)

Tashian, Barry & Holly       Straw Into Gold (Rounder)

Tashian, Barry & Holly       Long Shot Story (Rock –a –Lot)

Texas Tornados                   Zone of Our Own (WB)

Thompson, Hank                 Seven Decades

Thompson, Hank                 Hank World

Toliver, Tony                        Tony Toliver (inc. duet with Haggard)

Travis, Merle                        Best: Sweet Temptation (Razor & Tie)

Travis, Randy                       Wind in the Wire (WB)

Travis, Randy                       Full Circle

Travis, Randy                       No Holding Back

Travis, Randy                       Heroes & Friends

Travis, Randy                       Always & Forever

Travis, Randy                       High Lonesome

Travis, Randy                       This Is me

Tucker, Tanya                      Greatest Hits 1990-1992 ((Liberty) great

Twitty, Conway                    Lost in the Feeling

Van Shelton, Ricky Loving Proof (Columbia)

Van Shelton, Ricky Wild Eyed Dream

Van Shelton, Ricky III

Vaughan, Carl                       Yours Forver

Vaughan, Carl                       Six Feet Deep in the Heart of Texas

Vaughan, Kenny                  V

Vincent, Rick                        Wanted Man   only cd by Californian. Tops
Wagoner, Porter                 The Best I’ve Been

Wainwright, Loudon III     Her Come the Choppers

Watson, Aaron                     Live CD + DVD Great young Texan

Wayne, Dallas                      Big Thinkin’

Wayne, Dallas                      Here I Am in Dallas

Wayne, Dallas                      I’m Your Biggest Fan  (great deep voice)

Welch, Gillian                       Revival (Almo)

Welch, Kevin             A Patch of Blue Sky

Wells, Kitty                           Country Music Hall of Fame (MCA)

Wells, Paul David                 Sounds Good to me ....better than good!!

West/Bryant                        Stratosphere Boogie Best Vol 1

West/Bryant                        Last Time (Step One)

White, Michael                     Familiar Ground  (awful cover picture but

                                                the truth is this is Keith Whitley style & with

                                                a very similar deep timbred voice!)

Whitley, Keith                      RCA Country Legend  (the man himself!)          

Wilder, Webb                       Town & Country/Acres of Suede 2cds

Williams, Don                       Flatlands

Williams, Don                       Borrowed Tales

Williams, Don                       Portrait

Williams, Don                       I Turn the Page

Williams, Don                       Silver Turns to Gold

Williams, Don                       Volume III

                                                These are all individual Don Williams albums

                                                not hits packages. Only 1 of each

Williams, Hank Jnr Greatest Hits Vol 3 (WB) “Tear in My Beer”

Williams, Hank Jnr Almeria Club, special ed.cloth bound book cover

Williams, Hank Jnr That’s How they Do It In Dixie: Essential (WB)

Willaims, Hank III               Straight to Hell 2cds

Williams, Jason                    Killer Instincts (appropriately titled as he is

                                                oft rumoured to be Jerry Lee Lewis’ son and he

                                                sings with same verve and style and humour)

Williams, Jett                       You Are on My Lonely Mind  Great cd includes

                                                a slowed down torchy version of “Tear in My

                                                Beer” (hence title  cut)

Williams, Lucinda                Sweet Old World (Elektra)

Williams, Ron                       Natural Thing

Wilson, Larry Jon                New Beginnings/ Let Me Sing My song to You

                                                2 on 1 with graet appeal to outlaw/ Tony Joe

                                                White fans everywhere.

Wolf, Kate                             The Wind Blows Wild

Wynette, Tammy                Without Walls

Yarbrough, Glenn                Each of Us Alone/Bend Down & Touch me

                                                Collectors Choice now OOP 2on 1 McKuen songs

Yates, Billy                            Billy Yates (w. “Choices”/”Flowers” etc) 10/10

Yoakam, Dwight                  Under the Covers

Yoakam, Dwight                  Hillbilly Deluxe

Yoakam, Dwight                  Buenos Noches from a Lonely Room

Yoakam, Dwight                  Just Looking for a Hit

Yoakam, Dwight                  Last Chance for a Thousand Years: Greatest

                                                Hits of the 90s!

Yoakam, Dwight                  A Long Way Home

Yoakam, Dwight                  This Time

Yoakam, Dwight                  Guitars Cadillacs

Young, Steve                        Solo live/ Switchblades of Love 2 on 1

 

VARIOUS

 

TRIBUTES

Avalon Blues             Tribute to Mississippi John Hurt ((Vanguard)

Gillian Welch, Lucinda, Earle, Alvin etc

Badlands                   Tribute to Bruce Springwteen’s Nebraska   Hank III

                                    Johnny Cash/ Raul AMlo etc

Caught in the Webb  A Tribute to Webb Pierce  maybe the best tribute

                                    ever with a who’s who inc. Dale Watson/ George

                                    Jones/ Mandy Barnett/ Emmylou/ Dwight etc.

For Love of Harry    Everybody Sings Nilsson (Harry Nilsson Tribute)

                                    23 tracks rock & country. Best Joe Ely “Joy”

Frisco Mabel Joy      Revisited:A Mickey Newbury Tribute   Americana style

                                    With Kristofferson, Chuck Prophet etc

I Love                         Tribute to Tom T Hall’s Songs of Fox Hollow

                                    Peter Cooper, Buddy Miller, Elizabeth Cook etc.

Livin’ Lovin’ Losin’    Tribute to the Louvin Brothers  (a must. 100% must

It’s Now or Never    Tribute to Elvis    15 tracks with everyone from

                                    Dwight, Mavericks, Chris Isaak.

Tulare Dust               Tribute to Merle Haggard.  This is as godo as it gets

                                    w. Iris Dement/ Dwight/ Katy Moffatt/ Lucinds/

                                    Billy Joe Shaver/ Tom Russell/ Robert Earl Keen etc

Unbroken Circle       Tribute to Musical Heritage of the Carter Family

                                    Another Must with George Jones, J R Cash, John

                                    Prine, Del McCoury, Emmylou, Ricky Skaggs etc

 

REST

 

All the Kings Men                 Scotty Moore  &D J Fontana with Mavericks,                                                    Ronnie McDowell, Joe Ely, Steve Earle etc

Bristol Sessions Vol 1         RCA Country Legends

Bristol Sessions 1927-28   Bear Family  cd# 5 (from box set)

Classic Sounds of New Orleans  (Smithsonian Folkways  26 tracks

Cowboy Crooners                Sing Songs of the West 2cds 40 tracks Great

                                                selection on Collectors choice. Not the usual

                                                ones either.

Hawaiian Slack Key            Guitar Instrumental Collection (Dancing Cat)

Hillbilly Fever Vol 4 Legends of West Coast (Rhino) 18 tks

Hobo Bop                               30 tracks about Hobos, jumping the rail etc

John Laws Country Collection V 1 Much sought as it is the ONLY

                                                place to get “When I Dream” by Jack Clement.

Movin’ On                               Boppin’ Hillbilly Series 27 tracks on Collector

                                                Label. Lots of Country boogies.

Points West                          New Directions In Country Music (Hightone)

Great with the best Buddy Miller track ever in

“Garage Sale”, not on anything else.

Raise Your Window A Cajun Music Anthology 20 early tracks

                                                on Country Music Foundation label

Red Hot & Country Aids research project This has a great line up

Johnny Cash “Forever Young”, Mark Chesnutt’s

take on the obscure Haggard track “Goodbye

Comes Hard to Me” & Radney Foster’s “Close

Up the Honky Tonk” are superb but not a match

for the Mavericks with Carl Perkins & Duane

Eddy on “Matchbox....a steal!! 

 

Rig Rock Jukebox                A Collection of Diesel Only Records

                                                Similar label to Bloodshot with 16 tracks

                                                ...a lot of references to Hank!!

Rounding Up the Gals         Great  Female Vocals Vol 1 23 tracks on

                                                Jasmine label. Great lot of songs.

Songcatcher                         Soundtrack with Iris dement/ Emmylou/

                                                Dolly/ Alison Moorer/ Gillian Welch etc

Teddy Gentry’s                    Best New Nashville (Crackerbarrel exclusive)

                                                All the young guns who are too good for the

                                                major labels.

 

$5 Bluegrass cds

Adair, Tina                                        Just You Wait & See (Sugar Hill)

Anger, Darol/Mike Marshall          The Duo (Rounder)

Anger, Darol                                     Generation Nation (compass)

Bailey Bros & Happy Valley Boys Take Me Back to Happy Valley (Rounder

Barie, Jaon                                        The Past is present (Pinecastle)

Bearfoot                                            Doors & Windows Compass)

Benson, Wayne                                An Instrumental Anthology (Pinecastle)

Blaylock, Audie                                Cryin’ Heart Blues (Rural Rhythm)

Bluegrass Band                                Once Again from the Top v.1 Hay oller

Bluegrass Band                                Once Again from the Top v 2

Boxcars                                             Boxcars (Mountain Home)

Boys from Indiana                          Good Time Blues (Rebel)

Bradley, Dale Ann                           Old Southern Porches (Pinecastle)

Bush, Sam                                         Ice Caps (Sugar Hill)

Byrd, Robert                                     Mountain Fiddler (county)

Cherryholmes                                  III Don’t Believe (Skaggs)

Cherryholmes                                  IV Common Threads (Skaggs)

Cleveland, Michael                           Flamekeeper (Rounder)

Cleveland, Michael                           Fired Up (Rounder)

Clifton, Bill/ Jimmy Gaudreau      River of Memories

Crowe Brothers                               Brothers n’ Harmony (Rural Rhythm)

Crowe, Lawson, Williams              Old Friends Get Together Mountain Home

Cumberland River                            The Life We Live (Rural Rhythm)

Davis, David                         Two Dimes & a Nickel (Rebel)

Davis, Jason                                     Steppin’ Out (Pinecastle)

Dillard, Doug                                    Heartbreak Hotel/ What’s That 2on1

Douglas, Jerry & co                        Get Low Soundtrack

Eberhardt, Cliff                                School for Love (Red House)

Emerson, Bill & Sweet Dixie          Southern (Rural Rhythm)

Emerson& Taylor                            Appaloosa (Webco)

Emmitt, Drew                                   Across the Bridge (Compass)

Emmitt-Nershi Band                       New Country Blues (Sci-Fidelity)

Evans, Dave  & River Bend Best of the Vetco Years                            

Foggy Hogtown Boys                      Golden West (Rural Rhythm)

Gold Heart                                        My Sisters & Me (Rural Rhythm)

Greene, Richard                              Sales Tax Toddle (Rebel)              

Grim, Angelica                                 Look for me (Patuxtent)

Hanna & McEuen                              Hanna & McEuen (Nitty Gritty D. Bd sons)

Hassler, Carrie                                 And Hard Rain (Rural Rhythm)

Hicks, Bobby                                    Fiddle Patch (Rounder)

Hughes, Donna                                Hellos, Good byes &Butterflies (R’nder)

Hull, Sierra                                        Secrets (Rounder)

Hurst, Jim                                         A Box of chocolates (jim Hurst)

Ickes, Rob                                         Road Song (Reso Revolution)

Ickes/Leftwich/Pomeroy             Three Ring circus

Jackson, Carl                                    Songs of South         (Sugar Hill)

Jones, Chris & NightDrivers          Cloud of Dust (GSM)

Jones, Diana                                     Better Times Will Come (Proper)

Kallick, Kathy                                   Call me a Taxi (Sugar Hill)

Kane’s River                                     Kane’s River (Doobie Shea)

King Wilkie                                        Wilkie Family Singers (Cas Nueva)

Kohrs, Randy                                    Old Photograph (Rural Rhythm)

Kohrs, Randy                                    I’m Torn  (Lonesome Day)

Lauderdale, Jim                               Bluegrass Diaries (Yep Roc)

Leath, Nate                                       Rockville Pike (Pauxtent)

Lewis, Laurie/ Tom Rozum           Oak & the Laurel (Rounder)

Lonesome River Band                     No Turning Back (Rural Rhythm)

Lonesome River Band                     Best of Sugar Hill Years (S Hill)

Lost& Found                          Down on Sawmill Road (Rebel)

Lost& Found                          Love, Lost & Found (Rebel)

Lynch, Claire                                     Crowd Favorites ((Rounder)

Lynch, Claire                                     Whatcha Gonna Do (rounder)

Lynch, Claire                                     New Day (Rounder)

Lynn, Christie                                   Sings Country Gospel Bluegrass

                                                            (with Porter Wagoner...his protégé??)

McCutcheon, john                           Greatest Story Never Told  Red House  

McCutcheon, john                           Passage  (appalseed)

McKnight, Luke & Thunder            Rd leader of the Band (own label)

Marleys Ghost                                  Ghost Town (Sage Arts) Jack Clement prod.

Moneyland                                        Moneyland (McCoury)

Mullins, Joe/Radio Ramblers        Rambler’s Call

Mullins, Joe/Radio Ramblers        Hymns from  the Hills (w. Guests)

Munde. Alan                                      Festival Favorites (Rounder)

Murphey, Michael Martin               Buckaroo Bluegrass (Rural Rhythm)

Newfound Road                               Same Old Place (Rounder)

Newfound Road                               Live at the Down Home (Rounder)

Nickerson, Ross                               Let’s Kick It(Bones)

O’Brien, Molly/ Rich Moore           Saints & Sinners (Remington Road

O’Connell, Maura                             Walls & Windows (Sugar Hill)

Osborne, Bobby/ Jesse McReynolds Masters of Mandolin (Pinecastle)

Osborne, Bobby                               Try a Little Kindness (Rounder)

Osborne, Sonny                               Early Recordings 1952-3 vol 1 (Crosscut)

Osborne, Sonny                               Early Recordings 1952-3 vol 2 (Crosscut)

Osborne, Sonny                               Early Recordings 1952-3 vol 3 (Crosscut)

Paisley, Bob                                      Steeped in Tradition (Bran)

Palmer Divide                                   Radio Singles ((Purple Pig)

Powell, Dirk/Tim O’Brien              Songs from teh Mountain (Howdy Skies)

Price,James                                      Fiddlin’the Old Time Way (Rebel)

Red Stick Ramblers                         My Suitcase Is Always Packed (S. Hill)

Reid, Lou/Baucom, Terry              Carolina Blue (Webco)

Rice, Larry                                        Clouds Over Carolina (Rebel)

Rickman, Brandon                           Young Man Old Soul (Rural Rhythm)

Roys                                                   Lonesome Whistle (rural Rhythm)

Seckler, Curly                                   That Old Book of Mine (County)

Shelton, Allen                                   Shelton Special (Rounder)

Shelton, James Alan                       Guitar Tracks (Copper Creek)

Smith, Kenny & Amanda                Live & Learn (Rebel)

Special Concensus                           25th Anniversary (Pinecastle)

Stanley, Ralph                                  Early Classics: King Recordings (T-Life)

Steeldrivers                                      The Seeldrivers (Rounder)

Steffey, Adam                                  One More for the Road (Rounder)

Weissberg, Eric & Deliverance     Rural Free Delivery (Wounded Bird)

Wheeler                                             Bluegrass Gospel (MME)

Williams, Jeanette                          Thank You for Caring (w.guests)

Williams, Josh                                  Down Home (Rounder)

Williams, Robin & Linda                  In the Company of St Strangers S-Hill

Wise, Chubby                                   In Nashville (Pinecastle)

Wright, Lutther & Wrongs Guitar Pickin’ Matyrs Capitol)

 

Various

Best Loved Bluegrass         Twenty All Time Favourites (Rebel0

Bluegrass Tribute to Studio B (Tim Graves,Stacy Scruggs, Daryl Moseley)

Cold Mountain Soundtrack (Alison Krauss)

High on a Mounatin: Time Life Treasury of Bluegrass

I’ll Take Love                        From the Pen of Louisa Branscomb (w Claire

Lynch/Dale Ann Bradley/ The Whites/ Becky

Schlegel etc.

In Memory of a Friend Tribute to the Music of Randall Hylton (P’castle)

Nashville Harmonicas                     30 Harmonica Classics

O Brother, Where Art Thou           Soundtrack

 

BLUEGRASS CDS $10 or 3/$25

Allen, Red                              Lonesome & Blue: Complete County (Rebel)

Allen, Red                              Keep on going Rebel & Melodion

Allen, Red                              Folkways Years 1964-1983 (S-Folkways)

Baker, Kenny                       Frost on the Pumpkin (County)

Baker, Kenny/B.Hicks       Darkness on the Delta (County)             

Blaylock, Audie &Redline A Bill Monroe Celebration 2011(Rural Rhythm)

Bluegrass Album Band Volume 1 (Rounder) J d Crowe, Tony Rice,

Bluegrass Album Band Volume 3 (Rounder) Jerry Douglas, Bobby Hicks

Bluegrass Album Band Volume 6 (Rounder)

Blue Highway                       Fifteenth Anniversary (Rounder)

Blue Highway                       Marbletown (Rounder)

Blue Highway                       Through the Window of a Train (Rounder)

Blue Highway                       Blue Highway (Ceili)

Bonham, Glen                       Glen Bonham (sings like George Jones!!)

Bradley, Dale Ann               Don’t turn Your Back (Compass)

Bush, Sam                             Circles Round Me (latest)

Charles River Valley Boys  Bluegrass & Old Timey Music 30 tks (Fantasy)

Charles River Valley Boys Prestige/Folklore Years (Prestige)

Clements, Vassar                Full Circle (OMS) with great guests

Clements, Vassar                Vassar’s Jazz (Winter Harvest)

Cordle, Larry/ Glen Duncan Lonesome Standard Time (Sugar Hill)

Cordle, Larry                        Songs from Workbench (Shell Point)

Cox Family                            Everybody’s Reaching Out for Someone (R’der)

Cox Family                            Just When You’re Thinking It is Over (asylum)

Cox Family                            Beyond the City (Rounder)

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

Dry Branch Fire Squad Live at Newbury Fort Firehouse 2cd

Dry Branch Fire Squad 30th Anniversary (Rounder)

Haden, Charlie                     Family & Friends (Decca)

Hall, Andy                              Sound of the Slide Guitar (Sugar Hill)

Harrell, Michael Reno         Ways to Travel   Excellent folky style

Hartford, John                     RCA Country Legends (RCA)

Johnson,Mark/Emory Lester Acoustic Vision (Bangtown)

King, James                          Thirty Years of Farming (Rounder)

Krauss, Alison                      New Favourite (Rounder)

Krauss, Alison                      Too Late To Cry (Rounder)

Krauss, Alison/ Cox Family I Know Who Hold Tomorrow

Krauss, Alison                      Every Time You Say Goodbye (Rounder)

Lewis, Laurie                        The Golden West (Hightone)

Lewis/ Scruggs/Long         Lifteimes 2cds (Earl Scruggs’ latest)

Liliy Brothers & Don Stover 1952-53 (Rounder)

McReynolds, Jesse              Songs of grateful Dead (Woodstock)

McReynolds, Jesse              Dixie Road (OD)

Martin, Benny                       Big Tiger Roars Again Part 1  (OMS) both

Martin, Benny                       Big Tiger Roars Again Part 2 (OMS) great!

Martin, Benny                       Fiddle Collection Spec. Edition (CMH)

Martin, Steve                        The Crow (with guests)

Monroe, Bill                           An Introduction (25 tks MCA)

Murphy, Jimmy                    Electricity  (Sugar Hill)

Nashville Bluegrass Band  Twenty Year Blues (Sugar Hill)

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

O’Connor, Mark                    Thirty Year Retrospective 2cd (OMAC)

Osborne Brothers               Bluegrass Collection (CMH)

Parton, Dolly                        Halos & Horns (Sugar Hill)

Parton, Dolly                        Little Sparrow (Sugar Hill)

Reno & Smiley                      On Stage (County)

Rowan, Peter                       Best of Sugar Hill Years (Sugar Hill)

Scott, Darrell                        A Crooked Road 2cds (Full Light)

Scruggs, Earl                        Family & Friends (Rounder)

Skaggs, Ricky                       Solo, Songs My Dad Loved (Skaggs)

Skaggs, Ricky                       Instrumentals (Skaggs)

Stanley, Ralph                      A Mother’s Prayer (Rebel) 2011 gospel

Stanley, Ralph                      Shine On (rebel)

Sutton, Bryan                       Not too Far from the Tree (Sugar Hill)

Sutton, Bryan                       And Friends Almost Live (Sugar Hill)

IIIRd Tyme Out                   Russell Moore & Third Tyme Out

Travers, Fred                       Time After Time dobro (Pinecastle)

Tyminski, Dan                      Wheels

Troy, Billy                              Broken Moon 1. Whites/David Frizzell etc

Ulisse, Donna                       Walk this Mountain Down (Hadley)

Ulisse, Donna                       When I Look Back (Hadley)

Vincent, Rhonda                  New Dreams & Sunshine (Rebel)

Vincent, Rhonda                  Destination Life (Rounder)

Vincent, Rhonda                  A Dream Come True( Rebel)

Vincent, Rhonda                  Good Thing Going (Rounder)

Vincent, Rhonda                  Storm Stll Rages (Rounder)

Vincent, Rhonda                  Trouble Free (WB)

Vincent, Rhonda                  Ragin’ Live (Rounder)

Vincent, Rhonda                  Written in the Stars (WB)

Vincent, Rhonda                  Back Home Again (Rounder)

White, Roland                       Trying to Get to You (Sugar Hill)

White, Roland                       Wasn’t Born to Rock & Roll (Tompkins)

Whites                                   A Lifetime in the Making (Ceili)

Various

Arkansas Traveller             Music from Little House on the Prairie

Country Slide                        25 tracks Old timey great.

O Sister2                               Woman’s Bluegrass Collection

 

BLUEGRASS $15 & UP

Aldridge, Darin & Brooke   So Much in Between $15 duets 2011 Jerry

                                                Produced. Very nice duets.

Blake, Norman                     Far Away, Down on a Georgia Farm $20 (Shan.)

Blake, Norman                     Chattanooga Sugar Babe $20 (Shan.)

Blake, Norman/Nancy       While Passing Along This Way $20 Shan.

Boggs, Dock                         Legendary Singer & Banjo Player
                                                (Smithsonian Folkways) $18

Bradley, Dale Ann               Somewhere South of Crazy $18 2011 10/10

                                                How can I say this without being unkind? Dale

                                                Ann’s visits to Jenny Craig have paid off. She

                                                looks great on the cover & has never sounded

                                                better.

Cordle, Larry                        Murder on Music Row $20 (Shell Point)

Dailey& Vincent                   Sing the Statler Bros. $20 Crackerbarrel excl.

These guys are great. This is a knockout.

Dailey& Vincent                   Dailey & Vincent $15

Douglas, Jerry                      Southern Fillibuster: A Tribute to Tut Taylor 15

Flatt& Scruggs                     Complete Mercury Recordings (Mercury 03)$18

Flatt& Scruggs                     Complete Mercury Recordings (Mercury 92)$15

Fleck, Bela                            The Bluegrass Sessions $18

Greencards                           The Brick Album $18 (guests inc. V Gill)

Grisman, David                    Tone Poems (with Tony Rice) $20 40pg book

Grisman, David                    Tone Poems II (w. MartinTaylor) $20 40pg bk

Grisman, David                    Quintet Twenty Year Retrospective 3cds $30

Grisman, David                    Dawg Duos $20 (all Grisman on Acoustic Disc)

Grisman, David                    Life of Sorrow $18

Holcomb, Roscoe                 High Lonesome Sound $20 (Smithsonian)

Hull, Sierra                            Daybreak $20 (Rounder)

Kentucky Colonels               Living in the Past $20 (Sierra)

Lauderdale, Jim                   Rhyme & Reason $15 2011 (Sugar Hill)

McCoury, Del                        The Family (Ceili) $18

McCoury, Del                        Del & the Boys (Ceili) $18

McCoury, Del                        Cold Hard Facts (Rounder) $18

McCoury, Del                        A Deeper Shade of Blue (Rounder) $18

McCoury, Del                        My Dixie Home (Rebel) $15

Martin, Steve                        Rare Bird Alert $18 2011 w. Dixie Chicks etc

Mellons, Ken                         Rural Route $20 (Ken Mellons) 2011

Monroe, Bill                Live Recordings 1956-69 (Smith.Folkways)

Nashville West                     Nashville West $20 Clarence White (Sierra)

New Lost City Ramblers     American Moonshine & Prohibition $20

                                                Smithsonian Folkways. Classic

Nugent, Alecia                      Hillbilly Goddess (Rounder) Patty Loveless fans

Phipps Family                       Faith, Love & Tragedy $20 (Folkways) gem

Rice, Tony                             Sings Gordon Lightfoot (Rounder) $20

Rice, Tony                             Cold on the Shoulder (Rounder) $18

Rice, Tony                             Church Street Blues (Sugar Hill) $18

Rowan, Peter                       Bluegrass Boy (Sugar Hill) $15

Rowan, Peter                       First Whippoorwill (Sugar Hill) Monroe trib. $15

Seldom Scene                       At the Scene (Sugar Hill) $18

Sizemore, Charlie                Heartache Looking For a Home $20 (Rounder)

Sizemore,Charlie                 Good News (Rounder) Superb singer. $18

Sizemore,Charlie                 Story Is: Songs Of Tom T Hall $20 (Rebel)

Sizemore,Charlie                 Back Home (Rebel) $18

                                                Charlie Sizemore replaced Keith Whitley as

                                                Ralph Stanley Bank vocalist and has a similar

                                                Feel. A honky tonk vocalist at its best.

Skaggs, Ricky                       History of the Future (Skaggs) $15

Skaggs, Ricky                       Honouring the Fathers of Bluegrass (Skaggs)

Skaggs, Ricky/Tony Rice   Skaggs & Rice (Sugar Hill) $20

Skaggs, Ricky                       Country Hits Bluegrass Style $20 latest

Skaggs, Ricky                       Bluegrass Rules (Skaggs) $18

Skaggs, Ricky                       Soldier of the Cross $18 (gospel)

Skaggs, Ricky                       Songs Of Bill Monroe $18 .

Stanley, Ralph                      A Mother’s Prayer (Rebel) 2011 gospel

Stanley, Ralph                      Clinch Mountain Sweethearts $20 (Rebel)

All duets w. Iris Dement/ Pam Tillis etc)

Stanley Brothers                 On Radio (Rebel) $15

Stanley Brothers                 Earliest Recordings: Complete Rich-r-tone

$20 Revenent

Starling, John/Carl Jackson  Spring Training (w. Nash Ramblers) $20

                                                With Emmylou!

Stoneman, Scotty                1965: Live in LA w. Kentucky Colonels (Sierra)

Stoenmans                            107 Degrees & Getting Hotter $18 (19tks)

IIIrd Tyme Out                    Live at the Mac (Rounder) $15

Whites                                   Give a Little Back $20 (Step One)

Whites                                   Greatest Hits (MCA) $20 long out of print

Various

Gram Parson Notebook     Last Whippoorwill $20 Carl Jackson & Friends

have completed some partial Gram Parsons

                                                songs as well as redoing some favourites.

Inc. Woodys, Jim Lauderdale/ Skaggs etc.

Mamas Hand                         Bluegrass & Mountain Songs About Mama $15

O Sister                                  Women in Bluegrass Vol 1 $15

 

GOSPEL (all sorts)

There will be some overlapping in the general listings as well. Bg=bluegrass  C=country bg/c means bit of both

 

Blind Boys of Alabama     Take the High Road $15 c

Conlee, John                         Turn Your eyes Upon Jesus $15 c

Daniels, Charlie                    Songs from the Longleaf Pines $10 bg/c

Dillard, Rodney                    Don’t Wait for the Hearse to Take You to

                                                Church $18  bg/c

Glaser, Tompall                   Outlaw to the Cross $20 c

Holloway, Ken                      Ken Holloway $18 c great artist.

James, Joni                           One Hundred Voices $15 pop/country

Judds                                      Spiritual Reflections c $10

Lynn, Loretta                        All Time Gospel Favourites 2cds $18 c

Lynn, Loretta                        Peace in the Valley $15 c

Lynn, Loretta                        All Time Gospel Favourites 1cd $10 c

Monroe, Bill                           Cryin’ Holy Unto the Lord $10 bg

Mullins, Joe                           Hymns from the Hills $5 bg

Price, Ray                             Faith $15 c

Price, ray                              Songs of Inspiration $18 c (Varese)

Scott, Mike                            Take Me Lord & Use me $5 bg

Skaggs, Ricky                       Soldier of the Cross $18 bg

Skaggs, Ricky                       Mosaic $15 bg

Skaggs, Ricky/Whites        Salt of the Earth $18 bg/c

Stanley, Ralph                      A Mother’s Prayer $18 2011 bg

Stanley, Ralph/Joe Isaacs Gospel Gathering $15 bg

Stanley, Ralph                      Shine On $10 bg

Stanley Brothers                 Essential Gospel Masters $15 bg

Stanley, Ralph                      Almost Home $15 bg

Sullivan, Jerry & Tammy    Tomorrow $15 bg/c


Various

Bluegrass Gospel Songbook $15 (Rounder) 13 tks $10

Country Bluegrass Homecoming $15 bg/c $15

Country Bluegrass Homecoming V 2 $15 bg/c with guests each 20 tracks

 

DVDS

 

COUNTRY NEW

 

**Bill Anderson’s 50th Celebration.  5 dvds $110. Bill talks and sings with guests, Fascinating highly charismatic. This is part of the excellent Country Family Reunion series

 

** Jeff Bates: One Day Closer Live $8

 

**Last Train Home Live at Iota 100 minutes $10 Eric Brace

 

**Loretta Lynn From Her Many Years on the Wilburn Brothers Show 80 minutes 36 songs $25

 

**Barbrara Mandrell & the Mandrell Sisters Show $35 Time Life OOP 3dvd 270 minutes with guests including Johnny Cash & June Carter, Marty Robbins, Glen Campbell, John Schneider & Many more.

 

**Del Reeves Country Carnival Volume 1 $25 with Bobby Goldsboro, Bob Luman, Tom T Hall, Skeeter DAvius etc

 

**Second Fiddle to a Steel Guitar Time Life OOP $25 107 min colour movie with Carl & Pearl Butler, Faron Young, Webb Pierce, Billy Walker, Lefty Frizzell, Bill Monroe, Kitty Wells, Connie Smith etc. Loose plot, but who cares!

 

**Porter Wagoner Show 20 dvd set $350 The guest list reads like a 

 Who’s who of country music. Extremely well put together but you will    

 need two full days to get through them  eveni f you don’t sleep. If you  want to try before you buy I have an additional # 19 & #20 for $22 each

 

**Billy Walker’s Country Carnival Voluem 1 $25 Running time 130 minutes with guets including Ed Bruce, Jack Greene, Hank Snow, Little Jimmy Dickens, Jimmy C Newman and of course the Tal lTexan

 

**Wilburn Brothers Show 4 dvds $90 approx 8 hours including greats

such as Loretta KLynn, Ernest Tubb, Vernon Oxford, the Carter Family reunion with Maybelle & Sara.

 

VARIOUS

**Pure Country 2: The Gift  $28 George Strait with Katrina Elam...and what do you know the cast iucludes Bronson Pinchet (aka Belki and also

Serge from Beverly Hills Cop movies)

 

**Songwriters I have only 1 copy and due to copyright technicalities this is all I can get. $140 5dvds  This is superb. It features the following songwriters who talk about songs they have written and sing them. To hear the writer sing is fascinating. Includes:Bill Anderson/  Buddy Cannon/ Wayne Carson/ Jerry Chesnut (to hear Jerry do “Good Year for the Roses” is worth the price alone...what a character)/ Guy Clark claimed as a Texan but Nashville resident since 1971!/ Hank Cochran (not long before he passed away...very frail/ Larry Cordle/ Vince Gill (a bit out of place)/ Jna Howard/ Angela Kaset/ Dickey Lee/ Richard Leigh/ Curly Putnam/ Leslie Satcher/ Don Schlitz/ Tom Schuyler/ Jeannie Seely/ Whitey Shafer/ Sonny Throckmorton/ Norro Wilson. As a bonus ...yep a 6th dvd...is “The Door Is Always Open”, the Sue Brewer story (subject of the song “On Susan’s Floor” written by Shel Silverstein but recorded by Hank Jnr  and Gordon Lightfoot) who helped many a struggling writer, This is from the early 80s and is 90 minutes plus with great artists and songwriters (30 songs) inc. rare performances by Harlan Howard, Merle Kilgore And Mack Vickery.

 

TV SHOWs NEW

**“Adventures of Jim Bowie: Complete Firs tSeason”  5DVDs 38 episodes

with Scott Forbes as the fearless and mighty adventuring man. $30 16hrs.

**Real McCoys Best Volume 1 $5 69 minutes Walter Brennan!!

**Sergeant Preston of the Yukon Season 2 In Full Colour 10 hours 23 episodes in remastered quality $25

 

NON COUNTRY NEW

**Musicares Tribute to Neil Young $15 Over 70 mins. Lots of great artists

     but best is Wilco doing Buffalo Springfield song “Broken Arrow”.

    Though Jackson Browne “Don’t Let it Bring You Down” is not shabby.

**No Direction Home: Bob Dylan a Martin Scorcese picture 2 dvd $10

**Pink Floyd London 1966/67dvd + cd $10

 

COUNTRY AS NEW

**Jason Aldean “Wide Open” CD + DVD $10

**Garth Brooks The Entertainer  5dvds Tin box set $35 OOP

**Johnny Cash The Man His World His Music $10

**John Denver The Wildlife Concert” $15 113 minutes

**Merle Haggard “Poet of the Common Man” + “Live in Conert” $15 2 sh

**Highwaymen “CMT Presents American Revolutions” $10 79 minutes

**Highwymen: One the Road Again $15 17 tracks

**Alsion Krauss A HundredMiles or More Live from the TrackingRoom$15

**Jerry Lee Lewis “Last Man Standing”  $15

**Mavericks Live in Austin Texas $18 135 minutes +

**Willie Nelson “Some enchanted Evening” $10

**Willie Nelson “The Authorised Biography” $10

**Willie Nelson/Ray Price/ Merle Haggard “Last of the Breed” $18 2hrs

**Dolly Parton “Live& Well” $18

**Sugarland Blood, Love, Hope Lust & Steam $5

**Rhonda Vincent & Rage “RAgin Live” $18

**Texas Tornados Live From Austin City Limits $18  75 mins. Great

Tammy Wynette Essential Collection  $5

**Dwight Yoakam Live from Austin $15

 

VARIOUS

**Country Anthology Volume 1 25 American No 1 Hits $5

**Country Anthology Volume 2 25 American No 1 Hits  $5  video clips.

**Country Anthology Classics Vol 2 $5 25 clips

 

OTHER AS NEW

**Elvis Costello Club Date: Live in Memphis $15 165 minutes & 5 duets  with Emmylou Harris .

**Mac Arnold Return to the Blues 2dvds $10

 

TV AS NEW

**Bozo: The World’s Most Famous Clown 4dvd 12 hrs $15

 

 

Thanks for reading.

 

THERE WILL BE ONE MORE WALK IN SALE PRIOR CHRISTMAS. IT WILL BE END OF NOVEMBER BUT HAVEN’T DECIDED ON EXACT DATE AS YET. IF YOU WOULD LIKE INVITE, PLEASE LET ME KNOW.

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