The Back Country (Music)
Sat Mar 23rd 2013 3.00pm–5.00pm
Time zone: central
Rhonda Vincent and the Rage “The Martha White Theme” from Ragin Live' CD ALBUM (Rounder Records www.rounderrecords.com 2005) L —This is Hound Dog Brown, filling in for Jeff Corbin today. Thanks, Jeff, fer invitin' me!Buy it!
Nitty Gritty Dirt Band “Life's Railway To Heaven (with Johnny Cash)” from Will The Circle Be Unbroken Vol. 2 (Capitol Records 1989) —Johnny Cash backed up by Earl Scruggs on banjo, and the Carter ladies - June, Anita and Helen - on backup vocals.Buy it!
Dave Isbell & The Mission City Playboys “No Longer Afraid” from The Sarg Records Anthology (Bear Family Records www.bear-family.de) —This fine box set compiles material released on the tiny Sarg Records label in South Texas from 1954 to 1964, and is an excellent time capsule of music from this era and locale.Buy it!
Neal Merritt & The Bandits “I gave you a ring” from The Sarg Records Anthology (Bear Family Records www.bear-family.de) —The orginal records pressed by the Sarg label were in low volumes, so these records arouse intense interest by collectors. Texas Public Television did a fascinating documentary film on the Sarg Records story. I'm playing two more cuts from this later inBuy it!
Zoe Muth & the Lost High Rollers “Middle of nowhere.” from Zoe Muth and the Lost High Rollers (Continental Song City 2012) —Poignant lyrics, superb vocal delivery, and not-one-note-wasted by her backing musicians make this a jaw-dropping cut by Zoe. She was in town last year for Twangfest, and has moved from Seattle to Austin Tx...I wish her success in this move!Buy it!
Al Dexter & His Troopers “There'll come a time” from Stompin' Singers And Western Swingers (Proper Records) —Here are two western swing cuts which feature fine muted trumpet playing, which, for me, is the icing on the cake of old school western swing. This cut is from 1942.Buy it!
Tommy Duncan with the Ranger Trio “Nancy Jane” from Stompin' Singers And Western Swingers (Proper Records) —One more western swing with good muted trumpet treatment. Tommy Duncan was Bob Wills lead vocalist for about 15 years, until Bob got mad at him and fired him. This cut is from 1951.Buy it!
Commander Cody And His Lost Planet Airmen “Wine do yer stuff” from Lost in the Ozone (MCA Records 1971) —At their core, the old Commander Cody band was a top flight western swing, country, and jump blues outfit, and remains one of my all time faves for a damgood time! ; - ) They were the first band that hippies and rednecks could listen to and enjoy togetherBuy it!
Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys “Twin Guitar Special” from Take Me Back To Tulsa (Proper Records 2013) —Here are two cuts featuring the steel guitar talents of the mighty Leon McAuliffe, this one from 1941.Buy it!
George Jones “Still Doin' Time” from 50 Years Of Hits (Bandit Records. 2004) —Gabriel, the MAN, rules the night airwaves in St. Louis every Sunday at midnight to 3 a.m. Monday morning, playing the blues, Holy Blues, and country classics, just like he's been doing for 61 years. This George Jones cut is one of Gabriel's favorites.Buy it!
Peck Touchton & the Sunset Wranglers “I'm just a standby” from The Sarg Records Anthology (Bear Family Records www.bear-family.de) —Here are two more picks from the Sarg Records box set. Sarg Records was a mom-and-pop record store, run by Charlie Fitch and his wife, in Luling TX. Charlie was a B-17 tail gunner in WWII, so everyone called him Sarg(e).Buy it!
Al Parsons & The Country Store Boys “Darling, I still dream of you” from The Sarg Records Anthology (Bear Family Records www.bear-family.de) —Sarg Records had a common problem facing small indie record labels - no distribution network. As a result of this and other factors, they only had a few "local hits", and nothing ever was picked up by major labels.Buy it!
Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder “Loving you too well” from Music to My Ears (Skaggs Family Records www.skaggsfamilyrecords.com 2012) R —And, this is a recent release by Ricky Skaggs, this cut in fast 3/4 time.Buy it!
Jimmy Bryant “Jelly beans daddy” from Swinging Hollywood Hillbilly Cowboys (Proper Records) —From 1949, this is an early recording showing off Jimmy Bryant's guitar talent. Jimmy took up guitar in 1945 while recuperating from wounds received in WWII, and four years later, he's making records!Buy it!
Luke Wills' Rhythm Busters “Four or five times” from Swinging Hollywood Hillbilly Cowboys (Proper Records) —From 1947, with Luke Wills as bandleader. He was another of Bob Wills' younger brothers.Buy it!