The Back Country (Music)
With Jeff Corbin
Sat Dec 7th 2013 3.00pm–5.00pm
Time zone: central
Jean Ritchie and Doc Watson “Pretty Polly” from Jean Ritchie and Doc Watson at Folk City (Smithsonian/Folkways Recordings www.folkways.si.edu 1992) —A very happy birthday to Miss Jean Ritchie tomorrow on her 91st birthday.Buy it!
A Country Band “Blue Diamond Mines” from Music by A Country Band (Golden Eagle 1970) —Jean Ritchie recorded this song under the name "Than Hall" to disguise her political interests from her apolitical mother. This group featured Edwardsville native and world class resophonic guitarist, Orville Johnson.Buy it!
Bill Kirchen “Swing Fever” from Seeds and Stems (Proper 2013) N —Bill's latest release goes back to a trio format with drummer Jack O'Dell and bassist Maurice Cridlin. The latter was at Bill's Off Broadway show earlier this year.Buy it!
Kelli Jones-Savoy and Emma Young “No Letter Today” from Joel Savoy's Honky Tonk Merry-Go-Round (Valcour www.valcourrecords.com 2013) —A great song done duet style, this album contains a lot of good music.Buy it!
Floyd Tillman “Slippin' Around” from The Best Of Floyd Tillman (Collector's Choice 1996) —Recorded for Columbia in 1949, this is generally considered the first "cheating" song in country music. Jimmy Wakely and Margaret Whiting had a big hit with it.Buy it!
Floyd Tillman “This Cold War with You” from The Best Of Floyd Tillman (Collector's Choice 1996) —Between his songwriting and his vocal style, Floyd Tillman created an indelible mark on country music.Buy it!
Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard and Ray Price “I Love You So Much” from Last of the Breed (Lost Highway 2007) —Another classic from Floyd's pen. Another measure of Floyd's songwriting greatness? These three legends chose four of his songs for this album, twice that of any other gifted country songwriters.Buy it!
The Carper Family “I Gotta Have My Baby Back” from Old-Fashioned Gal (self 2013) —Yet another Floyd classic. Emily Gimble plays piano on this cut. She's a third-generation player, the granddaughter of fiddle great, Johnny, and daughter of bassist, Dick.Buy it!
David Houston “Almost Persuaded” from Columbia Country Classics, Vol. 4 - The Nashville Sound (CBS 1990) —This 1966 Columbia recording stayed on the charts for 25 weeks, 9 of them at #1.Buy it!
Mandy Barnett “Blue Blue Day” from I Can’t Stop Loving You: The Songs of Don Gibson (Rounder Records www.rounder.com 2013) N —This is one of those recordings available through Cracker Barrel stores.Buy it!
Ray Price and the Cherokee Cowboys “I've Got a New Heartache” from The Essential Ray Price 1951-62 (Sony 1991) —A classic shuffle from the pen of Wayne Walker, recorded for Columbia in 1956. It's great to have Ray Price out of the hospital and back home on his ranch.Buy it!
Richard Smith and Julie Adams “Blackberry Blossom” from Living Out a Dream (Contrast Records 2001) —Richard is a terrific guitarist who now calls Nashville home. He was at the Focal Point last night. His wife, Julie Adams is a cellist and this is from their first album together.Buy it!
The Carolina Chocolate Drops “Jackson” from We Walk the LIne: A Celebration of the Music of Johnny Cash (Legacy 2012) —A spirited version of this classic. I was sorry to learn that founding member Dom Flemons is leaving the Drops soon, leaving only Rhiannon Giddens as an original.Buy it!
The Henhouse Prowlers “Why is the Night So Long?” from Breaking Ground (Henhouse Prowlers www.henhouseprowlers.com 2013) N —The HP just completed a tour of parts of Africa as part of a State Department program.Buy it!
John Anderson “Half A Mind” from The Big E: A Salute to Steel Guitarist Buddy Emmons (MPI 2013) N —Buddy played pedal steel on Ernest Tubb's version of this Roger Miller classic.Buy it!
The Five And Dimers “Ten Miles to Tulsa” from Quarter of a Tank (The Five and Dimers New 2011) L —The Five and Dimers are part of the bill at Off Broadway on Saturday, December 28th, along with Whitey Morgan & the 78s.Buy it!
Sara and the Tall Boys “The Mess You Made of Me” from Live in Chicago (self 2012) —Sara and the Tall Boys just finished a set at Blues City Deli. Sara and Tall Boy and husband, Ian Crossman now call Nashville home.Buy it!
Buck Owens and his Buckaroos “Steel Guitar Rag” from The Instrumental Hits of Buck Owens and his Buckaroos (Sundazed 1995) —Tom Brumley's version of the steel guitar national anthem, recorded for the Capitol label in 1965.Buy it!
The Wilhelms “Left Behind and Gone for Good” from Film at 11 (Perdition 2013) N L —One written by John Wendland and John takes the lead vocal. John is host of Memphis to Manchester, heard every Thursday from 7-10AM on KDHX.Buy it!
Rough Shop “Drink Up and Go Home” from Here Today (Perdition Records 2008) L —Mix Anne Tkach and Spencer Marquart with John Wendland and Andy Ploof, add egg nog and guests and you have Rough Shop's annual holiday party December 13 and 14 at Focal Point.Buy it!
The Dock Ellis Band “Drinkin' to Forget” from Bad Songs And Waltzes (self-released 2013) N L —These drinking songs are making me thirsty. Think I'll cue up Jimmy Bryant and go have a malt beverage. Cheers!Buy it!
Jimmy Bryant “Georgia Boogie (outro)” from Frettin' Fingers: The Lightning Guitar of Jimmy Bryant (Sundazed 1995)Buy it!