The Texas Troubadors “Almost To Tulsa” from Almost To Tulsa: The Instrumentals (Bear Family 2008)Buy it!
Merle Haggard “Workin' Man Blues (Re-Recorded)” from Down Every Road 3 (CAPITOL NASHVILLE) —Originally recorded in 1969 on Capitol.Buy it!
Marty Stuart and His Fabulous Superlatives “Hard Workin' Man” from Ghost Train (SUGAR HILL ww.sugarhillrecords.com 2010) N Buy it!
Kris Kristofferson “Me and Bobby McGee” from The Essential Kris Kristofferson (Columbia/ Legacy 2004) —Originally on Monument, same year as Workin' Man Blues. "Freedom's just another word for nothin' left to lose."Buy it!
Charlie Louvin “Ira” from Charlie Louvin (Tompkins Square 2007) R Buy it!
Brennen Leigh “Are You Stringing Me Along” from The Box (self 2010) N Buy it!
The Flyin' A's “Why Can't I Stop Loving You” from 'Til They Shut It Down (Flyin' A Records 2011) N Buy it!
Doc Watson “There's More Pretty Girls Than One” from Elementary Dr. Watson (Tomato 2002) —Originally released in 1972.Buy it!
Doc Watson “The Train That Carried My Girl From Town” from The Essential Doc Watson (Vanguard www.vanguardrecords.com 1986) —An All-Star recording that includes Grady Martin, Don Stover, Tommy Jackson, Buddy Spicher, Shot Jackson, Floyd Cramer, Junior Huskey and Buddy Harman. Originally recorded ca. 1973.Buy it!
Doc Watson and David Grisman “Fiddle Tune Medley” from Doc and Dawg (Acoustic Disc www.acousticdisc.com 1997) —The medley consists of East Tennessee Blues, Tennessee Wagoner and Beaumont Rag.Buy it!
Tommy Jarrell “Cluck Old Hen” from The Legacy of Tommy Jarrell, Vol. 1: Sail Away Ladies (County 1999) —Originally recorded ca. 1962.Buy it!
Roy Acuff and His Smokey Mountain Boys “One Old Shirt” from King of Country Music (Proper 2004) —On the Vocalion label.Buy it!
John Duffey “She's More To Be Pitied” from Always In Style (SUGAR HILL ww.sugarhillrecords.com 2006)Buy it!
Joe Diffie “'Til Death” from Homecoming: The Bluegrass Album (Rounder www.rounder.com 2010) N Buy it!
Kris Kristofferson “Why Me” from The Essential Kris Kristofferson (Columbia/ Legacy 2004) R Buy it!
Roy Acuff and His Smokey Mountain Boys “Honky Tonk Mamas” from King of Country Music (Proper 2004) —Another one from 1938.Buy it!
Rodney Crowell “She's Crazy for Leavin'” from The Essential Rodney Crowell (Legacy 2004) —This originally appeared on Rodney's 1988 smash album, "Diamonds and Dirt", which yielded a record five #1 songs. Co-written by Guy Clark.Buy it!
Rodney Crowell “'Til I Gain Control Again” from The Rodney Crowell Collection (Rhino/Warner Bros. 1989) —One of his very best compositions, IMHO, originally released in 1981.Buy it!
Emmylou Harris and The Hot Band “Amarillo” from Elite Hotel (Warner 1975) —Rodney co-wrote this one with Emmylou. He was her first vocal partner after the death of Gram Parsons.Buy it!
Merle Travis “Threee Times Seven” from Capitol Classics (EMI 1993) —Another one Cliffie wrote, recorded in 1947 on Capitol.Buy it!
Hardrock Gunter “After Hours Guitar” from Country Guitar: America's Foremost Guitar Stylists (Nashville/Starday 1965)Buy it!
Hank Garland “The Third Man Theme” from Hank Garland & His Sugar Footers (Bear Family 1992) —Originally recorded in 1950 on Decca, this is a great version of the theme from Orson Welles' great example of film noir.Buy it!
Chet Atkins and Jerry Reed “Jerry's Breakdown” from Me and Chet (BMG 1998)Buy it!
Johnny Cash “Jim, I Wore a Tie Today” from Personal File (Columbia / Legacy 2006) —Recorded in 1973, released in 2006. A sublime matchup of great singer and great song, written by the incomparable Cindy Walker.Buy it!
Johnny Cash “Wanted Man” from Johnny Cash at San Quentin (Columbia 2000) —Recorded in 1969 on Columbia.Buy it!
Hank Williams and His Drifting Cowboys “My Sweet Love Ain't Around” from The Original Singles Collection Plus (MERCURY NASHVILLE 1991) —For the MGM label in 1948.Buy it!
Webb Pierce “In the Jailhouse Now” from King of the Honky-Tonk: Decca Masters, 1952-1959 (Country Music Foundation 2000) —Recorded for the Decca label late in 1954, this Jimmie Rodgers song was crazy popular the next year as it stayed at #1 for 21 straight weeks.Buy it!
The Everly Brothers “Bye, Bye, Love” from Heartaches and Harmonies (Rhino 1994)Buy it!
Dwight Yoakam “I'm a Honky Tonk Man” from Guitars, Cadillacs, Etc., Etc. (Warner 1986) —25 years ago this week Dwight released his first album for Warner, and the opening track announces that he's a honky tonk man. A Johnny Horton song.Buy it!
The Davis Sisters “I Forgot More Than You'll Ever Know (Original)” from Memories (Bear Family 1993) —From the RCA label in 1953.Buy it!
Bob Dunn's Vagabonds “You'll Pay Some Day” from Western Swing Chronicles, Volume 5 (Origin Jazz Library 2011) N —Originally recorded in 1939 for Decca, this song was written by Moon Mullican and features Moon on the recording.Buy it!
Jimmy Bryant “Georgia Boogie (outro)” from Frettin' Fingers: The Lightning Guitar of Jimmy Bryant (Sundazed 1995)Buy it!
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