The Back Country (Music)
With Jeff Corbin
Sat Jan 1st 2011 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
Roger Miller “When a House is not a Home” from King of the Road - The Genius of Roger Miller (Box Set) (Polygram 1995) —This is from a live radio transcript circa 1960.Buy it!
Willie Nelson and Shirley Collie “Columbus Stockade Blues” from The Early Years: The Complete Liberty Recordings (Emi Capitol 1999) —Among those musicians leaving this mortal coil last year was Shirley Collie Nelson (3/16/31-1/27/10), second wife of Willie Nelson, at the age of 79. Here she duets with Willie on a jazzy version of Columbus Stockade Blues, recorded in 1962 before theirBuy it!
Patsy Cline “I Fall to Pieces” from The Patsy Cline Collection (MCA 1991) —Originally recorded in 1960 on Decca. Garland Perry “HANK” COCHRAN (8/2/35-7/15/10) died last year at the age of 74. A member of the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame who wrote or co-wrote many country classics, and who gave Willie Nelson a job in 1960Buy it!
The Rockhouse Ramblers “What the People's Wants” from Lies and Damn Lies CD ALBUM (self 2010) L —Recorded six years ago and released just this year, St. Louis' Rockhouse Ramblers make my Top Ten list.Buy it!
Watermelon Slim “Soft Lights and Hard Country Music” from Ringers (Northern Blues www.northernblues.com 2010) —American historian, activist and professor, HOWARD ZINN (8/24/22-1/27/10) died at the age of 87. He was the author of the seminal, People’s History of the United States and WATERMELON SLIM, aka Bill Homans, was an erstwhile graduate student of ProfessorBuy it!
Noel Boggs “Boggs' Boogie” from Steelin' It (Proper 2008) —Originally recorded in 1947 on the Capitol label. James Otis “JIMMY’ WYBLE (1/25/22-1/16/10) died in 2010 at the age of 87. He made a mark in both jazz—he recorded and played with Barney Kessell and Benny Goodman’s and Red Norvo’s bands—and Western swinBuy it!
Harry Choates “Harry Choates Special” from Fiddle King of Cajun Swing CD ALBUM (Arhoolie 1993) —Originally recorded ca. 1946 for the Gold Star label. HARRY CHOATES, the “Fiddle King of Cajun Swing” was born on December 26, 1922 in Rayne, LA. While he produced some wonderful music that borrowed from and in turn influenced other genres, he was a hopBuy it!
Johnny Gimble and Dale Watson “I Needed You” from Celebrating with Friends (CMH 2010) —Johnny Gimble makes my Top Ten list with this fine 2010 release. DALE WATSON comes back to St. Louis on Sunday, January 23rd for an 8PM show at Off Broadway.Buy it!
Don Curtis “I Saw the Light” from Steel, Myself and I (self-produced 2000) L —The St. Louis musical community, KDHX and steel guitar players everywhere were saddened by the death of DON E. CURTIS (3/22/57-9/29/10) at the age of 53. He will be missed.Buy it!
Jimmy Dean “There'll Be No Teardrops” from Mr. Country Music (Harmony 1968) —Country singer and sausage magnate JIMMY Ray DEAN (8/10/28-6/13/10) died at the age of 87. Here he covers Hank with a decidedly Nashville Sound approach.Buy it!
Wayne "The Train" Hancock “I''m So Lonesome I Could Cry” from none-live at kdhx 10.18.08 (self 2008) —WAYNE “The Train” HANCOCK will be back in St. Louis on Saturday, February 19th for an eight o’clock show. We’ll see if we can get him into our performance studio again, as we did back in 2008 for this fine cover of a Hank Williams song.Buy it!
John Hartford and Norman Blake “My Rag” from Morning Bugle (Rounder 1995) —Originally recorded in 1972 on Warner. John Cowan Harford, aka JOHN HARTFORD, was born on December 30, 1937 in New York, NY. He may have lived in the Nashville area for most of his adult life but here in St. Louis we still consider John as one of our owBuy it!
The Dillards “The Whole World 'Round” from There Is a Time (1963-70) (Vanguard 1991) —Originally recorded on Elektra in 1970. MITCH JAYNE (7/5/28-8/2/10) of the Dillards died earlier this year. He was also an author, school teacher and Ozark folklorist. He co-wrote this song about the need for “elbow room” with Joe Stuart.Buy it!
Eric Brace & Peter Cooper “I Wish We Had Our Time Again” from Master Sessions (Red Beet www.redbeetrecords.com 2010) —One written by John Hartford, and here performed from another Top Ten release (how could it be otherwise with Mike Auldridge on resophonic guitar and Lloyd Green on pedal steel?).Buy it!
Roy Acuff and His Smoky Mountain Boys “Wreck On the Highway” from King of Country Music (Proper 2004) —Originally recorded in 1942 on Okeh. Beecher R. “PETE” KIRBY, aka Bashful Brother Oswald was born on December 26, 1911 in Sevierville, TN. He joined Roy Acuff’s Smoky Mountain Boys shortly after they became members of the Grand Ole Opry and stayed for mBuy it!
The Delmore Brothers “Field Hand Man” from Freight Train Boogie (Ace 1993) —Originally recorded for the King label in 1951. Country Music Hall of Famer and one half of the Delmore Brothers, older sibling Will ALTON DELMORE was born on Christmas Day 1908 in Elkmont, AL. The brothers first recorded in 1931 and were stars of the OBuy it!
Marty Stuart & His Fabulous Superlatives “Hard Workin' Man” from Ghost Train (SUGAR HILL ww.sugarhillrecords.com 2010) —Another recording which easily made my Top Ten list. Marty said he had to run this song by Merle Haggard before recording it.Buy it!
The SteelDrivers “Good Corn Liquor” from Reckless (Rounder Records www.rounderrecords.com 2010) —The Steeldrivers round out my list of Top Ten releases for 2010. Here's to more great music in 2011!Buy it!
Solomon Burke “That's How I Got to Memphis” from Nashville (Shout! Factory Records 2006) —SOLOMON BURKE (3/21/40-10/10/10), “The Bishop”, died at the age of 70. He had an interest in country music as far back as 1969 when he recorded one of Hank’s songs and here gives a fine interpretation of this Tom T. Hall classic.Buy it!
The Seldom Scene “Keep Me from Blowin' Away” from Different Roads (Rebel Records www.rebelrecords.com 2007) —Originally recorded in 1973. MIKE AULDRIDGE, dobro great with the Seldom Scene, Chesapeake and others, was born on December 30, 1938 in Washington, DC, and was 72 years old last Thursday.Buy it!
Emmylou Harris and The Hot Band “Till I Can Gain Control Again” from Elite Hotel (Warner 1975) —Former KDHX operations manager, one of our founders and co-host of Songwriter’s Showcase, Larry Weir died on January 13, 2010 at the age of 57. He frequently closed his show with this Emmylou Harris cover of Rodney Crowell’s great composition.Buy it!
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