Texas Troubadors “Buddy's Boogie (intro)” from Almost to Tulsa (Bear Family www.bear-family.de 2008)Buy it!
John Prine “Your Flag Decal Won't Get You Into Heaven Anymore” from In Person and On Stage (Oh Boy! unk 2010) —Pretty much everything you'd look for in a John Prine concert, with special guests.Buy it!
Peter Cooper and Lloyd Green “Mama, Bake a Pie” from The Lloyd Green Album (Red Beet www.redbeetrecords.com 2010) N —Released at the same time as The Master Sessions, featuring Lloyd and Mike Auldridge on dobro, it was like Sophie's choice here.Buy it!
Gene Autry “Mexicali Rose” from The Essential Gene Autry (Columbia Legacy 2005) —Gene Autry recorded “Mexicali Rose” 75 years ago this week on December 24, 1935.Buy it!
Marty Robbins “Tennessee Toddy” from Country, 1951-1958 (Bear Family www.bear-family.de 1991) —Marty Robbins released “Tennessee Toddy” 55 years ago tomorrow on December 19, 1955 on the Columbia label. It was backed with “Mean Mama Blues”.Buy it!
Merle Haggard “Bad Actor” from I Am What I Am (Hag Records 2010) —Merle Haggard just keeps writing and recording great songs and his latest release is no exception.Buy it!
Emmylou Harris and The Hot Band “Luxury Liner” from Luxury Liner (Remastered) (Warner 2004) —England’s gift to country guitar, Albert Lee (stretching out his Telecaster on this cut), was born on December 21, 1943 in Leominster, Herefordshire, England and will be 67 years old on Tuesday.Buy it!
Uncle Dave Macon “She's Got the Money, Too” from Go Long Mule (County Records 2007) —Recorded 80 years ago in 1930 on Okeh.Buy it!
Bill Monroe and His Blue Grass Boys “Devil's Dream” from Live at Mechanic's Hall (Acoustic Disc www.acousticdisc.com 2004) —From a live recording in 1963.Buy it!
The Infamous Stringdusters “Taking a Chance on the Truth” from Things That Fly (Sugar Hill Records www.sugarhillrecords.com 2010) —The third release by a talented group of friends and second-generation Nashville pickers. A listener called and asked if it was Jerry Douglas playing dobro on this cut--nope, Andy Hall can really play that ol' hound dog!Buy it!
Nitty Gritty Dirt Band “Clinch Mountain Backstep” from Uncle Charlie & His Dog Teddy (Capitol Records 2003) —Banjo picker and multi-instrumentalist John McEuen was born on December 19, 1945 in Long Beach, CA and will be 65 years old tomorrow. The NGDB covers a Stanley Brothers song here.Buy it!
Country All-Stars “Do Something” from Jazz from the Hills (Bear Family www.bear-family.de 1994) R —Originally recorded in 1952 for the RCA label.Buy it!
The Lucky Stars “Rarin' To Go” from Stay Out Late With The Lucky Stars CD ALBUM (Fate Records 2005) —Not a new release, just new to my ears this year. They're working on a new album that should see the light of day in 2011.Buy it!
The Soggy Bottom Boys “In the Jailhouse Now” from O Brother, Where Art Thou? (Soundtrack from the Motion Picture) (MERCURY NASHVILLE 2000) —Mercury Records’ “O Brother, Where Art Thou” soundtrack debuted on the charts 10 years ago this week on Christmas Eve 2000. By 2007 it had been certified platinum eight times over.Buy it!
Elizabeth Cook and Dwight Yoakum “I'll Never Know” from Welder (Thirty One Tigers 2010) —The latest release from Elizabeth Cook and husband Tim Carroll. We were pleased to host them on The Back Country from our performance studio earlier this year.Buy it!
Hank Williams “Cold, Cold Heart” from The Original Singles Collection . . . Plus (Polygram Records 1990) —HANK WILLIAMS recorded “Cold, Cold Heart” 60 years ago this week on December 21, 1950.Buy it!
Shaun Horton's Del Rio Ramblers “Feelin' Blue” from Go Away Hound Dog (Raucous Records 2010) N —I didn't get this cd into my hands until a couple of weeks ago, otherwise it may have made my Top Ten. Hardcore honky tonk out of the UK.Buy it!
Lefty Frizzell “I Love You a Thousand Ways” from LIfe's Like Poetry (Bear Family www.bear-family.de 1992) —LEFTY FRIZZELL debuted on the Grand Ole Opry 60 years ago this week on December 20, 1950. This track was recorded by Lefty earlier that year and became one of his best-known works.Buy it!
David Ball & The Pioneer Playboys “Smilin' in the Mornin'” from Sparkle City (Red Dirt 2010) N —Honky tonk and such from the surviving member of popular 1970s Austin group, Uncle Walt's Band.Buy it!
The Carlisles “No Help Wanted” from Busy Body Boogie SINGLE (Bear Family www.bear-family.de 2005) —Recorded in 1953 on the Mercury label.Buy it!
Little Jimmy Dickens “Hillbilly Fever” from I'm Little But I'm Loud (Razor and Tie 1996) —Recorded 60 years ago in 1950 on Columbia.Buy it!
Johnny Horton “The Battle of New Orleans” from Honky Tonk Man: The Essential Johnny Horton, 1956-1960 (Columbia 1996) —Recorded in 1959 for Columbia.Buy it!
Freddie Hart “Easy Lovin'” (CAPITOL 1971)Buy it!
Hayes Carll “King of the Road” from The Imus Ranch Record II (New West 2010) N —One of a couple of 2010 releases featuring various artists, and proceeds support a worthwhile cause.Buy it!
Bill Kirchen “Husbands and Wives” from Word to the Wise CD ALBUM (Proper 2010) —Chris O'Connell shares the harmony duet on this Roger Miller song. A fine new release with lots of special guests, from a modern-day master of the Telecaster.Buy it!
Eleven Hundred Springs “I'll Get On To Getting Over You Tomorrow” from This Crazy Life CD ALBUM (Smith 2010) —"I'm just another boxcar in the Great American Trainwreck". Maybe the best lyric I heard in 2010, surely a song for our times.Buy it!
Amber Digby and Justin Trevino “Right Combination” from Keeping Up Appearances (Heart of Texas 2010) —A fine collection of standard country duets, rendered true by two of Texas' best.Buy it!
BR5-49 “Lower Broad Street Blues” from Dog Days (Dualtone Music Group, Inc. 2006) —BR5-49 co-founder Charles Lynn “CHUCK” MEAD was born on December 22, 1960 in Nevada, MO and will be 50 years old on Wednesday. Yes, we pronounce it "ne VAY duh" in these parts. Chuck co-wrote this one with Guy Clark.Buy it!
Gary Bennett “Even If It's Wrong” from My Ol' Guitar (Raucous Records 2010) N —Former BR5-49 front man Gary Bennett has a new release out, co-produced by Fabulous Superlative Cousin Kenny Vaughn.Buy it!
The Texas Sapphires “Nashville Moon” from As He Wanders... (self-produced 2010) —The sophomore release by this young Texas outfit. The pride of Florissant, MO (and bassman for Dale Watson) Billy Dee (Donahue) sits in on this track.Buy it!
Gretchen Wilson “Don't Come Home A Drinkin' (With Lovin' on Your Mind)” from Coal Miner's Daughter: A Tribute to Loretta Lynn (Sony 2010) N —The other various artists new release I liked in 2010. Includes tracks by The White Stripes, Carrie Underwood, Lucinda Williams, Steve Earle & Allison Moorer and more.Buy it!
Jimmy Bryant “Georgia Boogie (outro)” from Frettin' Fingers: The Lightning Guitar of Jimmy Bryant (Sundazed 1995)Buy it!
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