The Texas Troubadors “Buddy's Boogie (intro)” from Almost To Tulsa (Bear Family www.bear-family.de 2008)Buy it!
Sol Hoopii and His Novelty Quartette “Oh Lady Be Good!” from Steelin' It: The Steel Guitar Story (Proper 2008) —From the Brunswick label in 1934, one written by the Gershwin brothers.Buy it!
Jerry Byrd “Beautiful Kahana” from Master of the Steel Guitar, Vol. One (Sony BMG 2005) —From Jerry's beatiful Byrd of Paradise album released 50 years ago in 1961.Buy it!
Eddy Arnold And His Tennessee Plowboys “It Makes No Difference Now” from Eddy's Song (Proper 2005) —From 1949, Little Roy Wiggins' "ting-a-ling" steel guitar accompanied red-hot singer Eddy Arnold until Eddy went cosmopolitan on us.Buy it!
Amber Digby and Midnight Flyer “Here I Am Again” from LIVE at Swiss Alp Hall (Heart of Texas 2011) N —Dicky Overbey is Amber's stepfather and one of the newest inductees into the ISG Hall of Fame. One written by Shel Silverstein.Buy it!
Bill Mounce and Sons of the South “What's Bob Done” from Western Swing Chronicles, Volume 5 (Origin Jazz Library 2010) —A Bob Dunn composition recorded 70 years ago in 1941 on the Bluebird Label.Buy it!
Peter Cooper and Lloyd Green “Gospel Song” from The Lloyd Green Album (Red Beet www.redbeetrecords.com 2010) —"There's gonna be some wreckage when your dreams and your habits collide".Buy it!
Bobby Caldwell and Julian Tharpe “Seven Come Eleven” from Bobby Caldwell And His Friends Of Steel Volume 1 (self 1995) L —The late Bobby Caldwell was the leader of the house band at the convention for many, many years and was a suberb accompaniest for all of these great steel players, as this 1973 recording attests. We miss you, Bobby.Buy it!
The Country Boys “Country Boy Bounce” from Amazing Steel Guitar: The Buddy Emmons Collection (Razor & Tie 1997) —This song was recorded 55 years ago in 1956 but not released until the cd version of this Buddy Emmons classic release. Amazing Steel Guitar was released this week in 1963.Buy it!
Don Curtis “A Way to Survive” from Etched In Steel (scotty's music scottysmusic.com 1999) L —We also miss our friend, Don Curtis, for many years a fixture at the convention, at Scotty's Music and in various musical groups in the area. We miss you too, Don.Buy it!
Merle Haggard & The Strangers “Holding Things Together” from Down Every Road, Volume 3 (Capitol 1996 1996) —From the Epic label in 1983. Norm Hamlett replaced Ralph Mooney ion steel guitar n The Strangers by 1966 and has remained a Stranger ever since.Buy it!
The Time Jumpers “My Weakness Is Too Stong” from Jumpin' Time CD ALBUM (CROSSWIND 2006) —An instrumental featuring the late "Papa" John Hughey.Buy it!
Buck Owens and his Buckaroos “Bud's Bounce” from The Instrumental Hits of... (Sundazed 1995) —Performing a Bud Isaacs composition for the Capitol label in 1964, with Tom Brumley on the steel.Buy it!
Johnny Gimble and Dale Watson “I Needed You” from Celebrating with Friends (CMH 2010) —Maurice Anderson plays pedal steel on this Gimble composition. This is a fine album featuring numerous guest stars and Johnny sounds as swingful as ever in his eighties.Buy it!
Spade Cooley and His Orchestra “Oklahoma Stomp” from Spadella! The Essential Spade Cooley (Legacy/Columbia 1994) —From the Capitol label featuring the wonderful Joaquin Murphey on steel guitar (even though I misspoke and called him Joaquin Andujar--youneverknow).Buy it!
Waylon Jennings and the Waylors “Rainy Day Woman” from Waylon Live: The Expanded Edition (BMG 2003) —From 1974 on the RCA label, the great Ralph Mooney putting that steel guitar way out in front on this one.Buy it!
The Texas Troubadors “Rhodes Bud Boogie” from Almost To Tulsa: The Instrumentals (Bear Family www.bear-family.de 2008) —From the Decca label in the mid-60s, Leon Rhodes and Buddy Charleton work out here.Buy it!
Speedy West and Jimmy Bryant “Blue Bonnet Rag” from Stratospher Boogie: The Flaming Guitars of Speedy West & Jimmy Bryant (Razor & Tie 1995) —One written by Leon McAuliffe and recorded for Capitol in 1954. Is Speedy's pedal steel style instantly recognizable or what?Buy it!
Jimmie Rodgers “Jimmie's Mean Mama Blues” from RCA Country Legends (BMG Heritage 2002) —From the Victor label in 1930.Buy it!
Bill Monroe and His Blue Grass Boys “In the Pines” from The Very Best of Bill Monroe and His Blue Grass Boys (MCA NASHVILLE 2002) —Recorded for Decca in 1952 and co-written by Jimmie Davis.Buy it!
The Carter Family “Worried Man Blues (Remastered)” from Wildwood Flower: 25 Country Classics (ASV 2000) —Another one from the Victor label in 1930.Buy it!
Hank Williams and The Drifting Cowboys “Long Gone Lonesome Blues” from The Original Singles Collection Plus (MERCURY NASHVILLE 1991) —Recorded in 1950 for MGM.Buy it!
Gene Autry “T.B. Blues (Remastered)” from The Essential Gene Autry (Columbia Legacy 2005) —One written by Jimmie Rodgers about the disease that killed him. Gene recorded this 80 years ago in 1931 for the Perfect label.Buy it!
The Delmore Brothers “Blues Stay Away from Me” from 24 Great Country Songs (King 2000) —The Delmore Brothers composed blues-oriented songs frequently, this being one of their more famous ones. The two songs that follow were also written by the Delmore Brothers.Buy it!
Lonnie Johnson “Trouble Ain't Nothin But the Blues” from The Original Guitar Wizard (Proper 2004) —OK, jazz and blues guitar great Lonnie Johnson was not a country artist, but he was a labelmate at King with the Delmore Brothers and Syd Nathan loved for his artists to record out of their genre. From 1949.Buy it!
The Wrongers with Jimmie Dale Gilmore “Brown's Ferry Blues” from Heirloom Music (Neanderthal Records 2011) N Buy it!
Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys “Blue Prelude” from San Antonio Rose (Bear Family www.bear-family.de 2000) —One of Bob's rarely heard, it was recorded in 1939.Buy it!
Milton Brown and his Musical Brownies “Just Sitting On Top of the World” from Daddy of Western Swing (Proper 2003) —The old standard recorded in 1934 on the Bluebird label.Buy it!
Cliff Bruner and his Texas Wanderers “San Antonio Blues” from Western Swing Chronicles, Volume 5 (Origin Jazz Library 2010) —Link Davis on the vocal from the 1949 recording on the Ayo label. His vocal styling on this song is right out of T-Bone Walker. Of course, the great Bob Dunn is on the steel.Buy it!
Vassar Clements and Bob Brosman “Keep Your Lamp Trimmed And Burning” from Livin' With the Blues (Acoustic Disc www.acousticdisc.com 2004) —A wonderful instrumental version of the Blind Willie Johnson tune.Buy it!
Merle Haggard “White Man Singing the Blues” from Chicago Wind CD ALBUM (Capitol EMI 2005)Buy it!
Roy Orbison “Mean Woman Blues” from The Essential Roy Orbison (Monument 2006) R —From the Monument label in 1963, going out to my friend, Yvonne, who is closing her Open Studio in Grafton tomorrow with a music and food finale get together. She loves her some Roy.Buy it!
Willie Nelson and Keb Mo “Rainy Day Blues” from Milk Cow Blues (Island 2002)Buy it!
Gillian Welch and David Rawlings “Make Me a Pallet on Your Floor” from Soul Journey (Acony 2003) —Gillian and David will be at The Pageant next Saturday night for an 8 o'clock show.Buy it!
Jimmy Bryant “Georgia Boogie (outro)” from Frettin' Fingers: The Lightning Guitar of Jimmy Bryant (Sundazed 1995)Buy it!
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