The Back Country (Music)
With Jeff Corbin
Sat Nov 23rd 2013 3.00pm–5.00pm
R=listener request. N=music new at the station. L=local music. Your purchases using the Buy it! links
Time zone: central
Johnny Cash “Six White Horses” from Bootleg Vol. II (Sony 2011) R —A listener requested this last week in memory of the 50th anniversary of the assassination of JFK. This is from a demo recorded in 1969.Buy it!
Johnny Cash “Ring of Fire” from The Essential Johnny Cash, 1955-1983, Volume 2 (Sony 1992) R —One written by Merle Kilgore and June Carter, recorded for Columbia 50 years ago in 1963. Johnny took this to the top of the charts, in part, with a great horn section.Buy it!
Duane Eddy and Dan Dugmore “Mansion On The Hill” from The Big E: A Salute To Steel Guitarist Buddy Emmons (Warner 2013) —A great instrumental version of one of Hank's best songs, in my opinion.Buy it!
Webb Pierce “Slowly” from King of the Honky-Tonk: Original Decca Masters, 1952-1959 (Country Music Foundation 2000) —Recorded 60 years ago this week on November 29, 1953, featuring the first recording in country music history with a pedal steel guitar, courtesy of Bud Isaacs and his Paul Bigsby model.Buy it!
Moe Bandy “Honky Tonk Amnesia” from Honky Tonk Amnesia: The Hard Country Sound of Moe Bandy (Razor and Tie 2000) —Recorded for the GRC label in 1974, one co-written by Doodle Owens and Whitey Shafer.Buy it!
Loretta Lynn “I'm a Honky Tonk Girl” from Honky Tonk Girl - The Loretta Lynn Collection (Box Set) (MCA 1994) —Originally recorded in 1960 for the Zero label out of Vancouver, BC, Canada, this was Loretta's first hit. Congratulations to Loretta for receiving the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest honor a citizen can receive.Buy it!
Loretta Lynn “Wine, Women and Song” from Honky Tonk Girl - The Loretta Lynn Collection (Box Set) (MCA 1994) —Recorded for the Decca label in 1964.Buy it!
Willie Nelson and Loretta Lynn “Somewhere Between” from To All the Girls... (Legacy 2013) N —A couple of country's greatest stars covering a third country great's song--from the pen of Merle Haggard.Buy it!
The Cactus Blossoms “Stoplight Kisses” from The Cactus Blossoms (self 2013) —The Cactus Blossoms are a rare flower--a traditional country band out of Minnesota. They're with The Tillers and Pokey LaFarge at the Casa Loma Ballroom on December 20th.Buy it!
Pokey LaFarge “The Devil Ain't Lazy” from Pokey LaFarge (Third Man www.thirdmanrecords.com 2013) N L —This old Western swing favorite appears on Pokey's debut album on Jack White's Third Man label.Buy it!
Sam Bush “Mr. President (Have Pity On the Working Man)” from Sail Away: The Songs Of Randy Newman (Sugar Hill Records www.sugarhillrecords.com 2006) —One from the fertile pen and imagination of Randy Newman.Buy it!
The Sheppard Brothers “The Steppin' Out Kind” from Guitar Rags and a Too Fast Past, Vol 1 (Bear Family www.bear-family.de 1994) —Recorded 70 years ago in 1943 for the King label. Grandpa Jones was the other half of the Sheppard Brothers.Buy it!
Chet Atkins and Merle Travis “I'll See You in My Dreams” from The Atkins-Travis Traveling Show (RCA 1974) —How could this not win the Grammy for Instrumental Album? Jerry Reed co-produced the album and he plays on several cuts.Buy it!
Chet Atkins and Jerry Reed “Limehouse Blues” from Me And Chet / Me And Jerry (BMG 1998) —RCA released these as two separate albums in 1972 and 15 years ago they were reissued on one compact disc.Buy it!
Charlie Robison “The Girls from Texas” from High Life (Thirty Tigers 2013) N —Miss Leslie, Brennen Leigh, Amber Digby, Carper Family, Penny Ney, Amanda Cevallos, Emily Herring et. al: If this is the way the girls are in Texas I may have to reconsider my plans to visit y'all.Buy it!
Fiddle Fever “Ashokan Farewell” from Come to the Mountain: Old Time Music for Modern Times (Rounder 2004) —Fiddle Fever is Molly Mason, Matt Glaser and the author of this beautiful piece, Jay Unger. It's inclusion in Ken Burns' Civil War documentary has forever linked the two works.Buy it!
Kathy Mattea “Vacant Chair” from Songs of the Civil War (Sony 1991) —The vacant chair as symbol of the absence of a loved one from the table may antedate the Civil War but the war helped popularize it. Lt. John William Grout's death at Ball's Bluff inspired the song.Buy it!
Norman and Nancy Blake with Charlie Collins “The Fields Of November” from Old Ties (Rounder 2002) —The title track to Norman's 1974 album paints a musical landscape of the withered and fallow fields after the harvest. Happy Thanksgiving, everyone, I hope you're exactly where you want to be on Thanksgiving and that it's not working or shopping.Buy it!
Like everything else, times are approximate. Spinitron and this station are not liable for errors or omissions.