Country: The American Tradition

Country: The American Tradition


Even when isolated from the gargantuan 26-disc box set Sony Music 100 Years: Soundtrack for a Century, the 51-track Country: The American Tradition is impressive. Columbia was one of the biggest labels in the early days of the record industry, as is evident from the beginning of this collection, which features cuts by See more details below


Even when isolated from the gargantuan 26-disc box set Sony Music 100 Years: Soundtrack for a Century, the 51-track Country: The American Tradition is impressive. Columbia was one of the biggest labels in the early days of the record industry, as is evident from the beginning of this collection, which features cuts by Fiddlin' John Carson, Charlie Poole, Gid Tanner & His Skillet Lickers, and the Carter Family. What's more impressive is that the label -- and later, its subsidiaries -- captured the sound of each era. A glance at the featured artists -- Gene Autry, Bob Wills, Bill Monroe, Johnny Cash, the Byrds, Tammy Wynette, Willie Nelson, George Jones, Mary-Chapin Carpenter, and the Dixie Chicks are among them -- gives a sense of not only how the label developed, but how country music did as well. Some major artists are missing -- they didn't sign everyone, after all -- as are some trends, but the overall effect is overwhelming. This set traces the history of country music in the 20th century, offering a terrific educational experience while also being entertaining. It's a feat that's difficult to pull off, let alone by concentrating on one group of labels, which is why it's all the more impressive.

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Disc 1

  1. Little Old Log Cabin in the Lane
  2. Cindy in the Meadows
  3. Don't Let Your Deal Go Down Blues
  4. Soldier's Joy  -  Gid Tanner & His Skillet Lickers
  5. Lafayette (Allons a Lafayette)
  6. Lovesick Blues
  7. Hobo's Lullaby
  8. Can the Circle Be Unbroken (Bye and Bye)
  9. I Want to Be a Cowboy's Sweetheart
  10. Great Speckled Bird  -  Roy Acuff & His Smokey Mountain Boys
  11. A Beautiful Life
  12. Song of the Bandit  -  Sons of the Pioneers
  13. Orange Blossom Special  -  Roy Hall & his Blue Ridge Entertainers
  14. Back in the Saddle Again
  15. New San Antonio Rose  -  Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys
  16. Born to Lose
  17. Pistol Packin' Mama  -  Dexter and His Troopers
  18. Blue Moon of Kentucky  -  Bill Monroe & His Bluegrass Boys
  19. Slipping Around
  20. The Fields Have Turned Brown
  21. Hillbilly Fever
  22. Always Late (With Your Kisses)
  23. Loose Talk
  24. Crazy Arms
  25. Hop, Skip and Jump
  26. The Battle of New Orleans
  27. El Paso

Disc 2

  1. Big Bad John
  2. Ring of Fire  - Johnny Cash
  3. Flowers on the Wall
  4. Foggy Mountain Breakdown  -  Flatt & Scruggs
  5. Almost Persuaded  - David Houston
  6. Hickory Wind
  7. Stand by Your Man
  8. Rose Garden  - Lynn Anderson
  9. Loving Her Was Easier (Than Anything I'll Ever Do Again)
  10. Behind Closed Doors
  11. Would You Lay With Me (In a Field of Stone)
  12. Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain
  13. Golden Ring
  14. Take This Job and Shove It
  15. The Devil Went Down to Georgia
  16. He Stopped Loving Her Today
  17. Seven Year Ache
  18. Crying My Heart Out over You
  19. Pancho and Lefty
  20. I Couldn't Leave You If I Tried
  21. He Thinks He'll Keep Her
  22. How Can I Help You Say Goodbye
  23. Third Rock from the Sun
  24. Wide Open Spaces

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Lester Flatt   Guitar
Flatt & Scruggs   Track Performer
Josh Graves   Dobro
Bill Monroe   Mandolin,Vocals
Earl Scruggs   Banjo
Ricky Skaggs   Fiddle,Mandolin,Vocals,Track Performer
Stanley Brothers   Track Performer
Ralph Stanley   Banjo,Vocals
Clarence White   Guitar
Roy Acuff   Fiddle,Vocals,Track Performer
Lynn Anderson   Vocals,Track Performer
Gene Autry   Guitar,Vocals,Track Performer
Carter Family   Track Performer
Johnny Cash   Vocals,Track Performer
Rosanne Cash   Track Performer
Floyd Cramer   Piano
Rodney Crowell   Guitar,Track Performer
Little Jimmy Dickens   Guitar,Vocals,Track Performer
Joe Diffie   Vocals,Background Vocals,Track Performer
Ray Flacke   Guitar
Lefty Frizzell   Vocals,Track Performer
Johnny Gimble   Fiddle,Mandolin
Merle Haggard   Guitar,Track Performer
John Hartford   Fiddle
Chris Hillman   Bass,Vocals
Johnny Horton   Guitar,Vocals,Track Performer
David Houston   Vocals,Track Performer
George Jones   Vocals,Track Performer
Kris Kristofferson   Vocals,Track Performer
Patty Loveless   Vocals,Track Performer
Joe Maphis   Guitar
Skeets McDonald   Bass
Patsy Montana   Vocals,Track Performer
Willie Nelson   Guitar,Vocals,Track Performer
Johnny Paycheck   Guitar,Vocals,Track Performer
Ray Price   Guitar,Vocals,Track Performer
Charlie Rich   Vocals,Track Performer
Marty Robbins   Guitar,Vocals,Track Performer
Carl Smith   Guitar,Vocals,Track Performer
Sons of the Pioneers   Track Performer
Gid Tanner   Fiddle,Track Performer
Floyd Tillman   Guitar,Vocals,Track Performer
Paul Warren   Fiddle
Tammy Wynette   Vocals,Track Performer
Chuck Wagon Gang   Track Performer
Byrds   Track Performer
Collins Kids   Track Performer
Gram Parsons   Guitar,Vocals
Eddie Lang   Guitar
Matt Rollings   Piano
Wayne Johnson   Clarinet,Saxophone
Larry Collins   Guitar,Vocals
Sonny Curtis   Guitar
Pete Drake   Steel Guitar
Donnie Fritts   Background Vocals
Chris Gantry   Guitar
Steve Gibson   Guitar
Lloyd Green   Steel Guitar
Roy Hall   Guitar
Billy Swan   Background Vocals
Buck White   Piano
Leon McAuliffe   Steel Guitar
Lew DeWitt   Tenor (Vocal)
Glen Duncan   Fiddle
Jimmy Day   Steel Guitar
Grady Martin   Guitar
Bill Pursell   Piano
Chubby Wise   Fiddle
Bobby Wood   Keyboards,Background Vocals
Johnny Bond   Guitar
Riley Puckett   Guitar,Vocals,Track Performer
Fiddlin' John Carson   Fiddle,Vocals
Emmett Miller   Track Performer
Goebel Reeves   Guitar,Vocals,Track Performer
North Carolina Ramblers   Track Performer
Mother Maybelle Carter   Guitar,Vocals
Dexter   Guitar,Vocals
Dixie Chicks   Track Performer
Hugh & Karl Farr   Fiddle,Guitar
Red Jones   Bass
Jesse Ashlock   Fiddle
Earl Ball   Piano
Eddie Bayers   Drums
Barry Beckett   Keyboards
Benmont Tench   Hammond Organ
Bruce Bouton   Steel Guitar
Harold Bradley   Banjo
Cleoma Breaux   Guitar
Statler Brothers   Track Performer
Dennis Burnside   Piano
Rosemary Butler   Background Vocals
Jerry Carrigan   Drums
Mary Chapin Carpenter   Acoustic Guitar
A.P. Carter   Vocals
Sara Carter   Autoharp,Vocals
Mark Casstevens   Guitar
Curly Chalker   Steel Guitar
Charlie Daniels   Fiddle,Vocals
Jack Clement   Guitar
Jon Corneal   Drums
Billy Crain   Guitar
Tom Crain   Guitar
Walt Cunningham   Keyboards
Glen D. Hardin   Piano
Joel "Taz" DiGregorio   Keyboards
Hank DeVito   Steel Guitar
Jimmy Dean   Vocals,Track Performer
Jimmy Dorsey   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone
Stuart Duncan   Fiddle
Tommy Duncan   Vocals
Bobby Dyson   Bass
Ray Edenton   Guitar
Fred Edwards   Drums
Bobby Emmons   Keyboards
Joseph Falcon   Accordion,Vocals,Track Performer
Paul Franklin   Steel Guitar
Sonny Garrish   Steel Guitar
Vince Gill   Background Vocals
Bob Glaub   Bass
Emory Gordy   Bass
Marshall Grant   Bass
Buddy Harman   Drums
Bobby Hicks   Fiddle
Tommy Jackson   Fiddle
John Jennings   Guitar,Background Vocals
Kevin Kelley   Drums
Jerry Kennedy   Guitar
Buddy Killen   Bass
Millie Kirkham   Background Vocals
Jerry Kroon   Drums
Russ Kunkel   Drums
Mike Leech   Bass
Lloyd Maines   Steel Guitar
Jay Dee Maness   Steel Guitar
George Marinelli   Guitar
James Marshall   Drums
Brent Mason   Electric Guitar
Bill McElhiney   Trumpet
Jerry McGee   Guitar
Roger McGuinn   Guitar,Vocals
Clayton McMichen   Fiddle
Robert McNally   Saxophone
Chips Moman   Guitar
Greg Morrow   Drums
Wayne Moss   Guitar
Tiny Mott   Saxophone
Andy Newmark   Drums
Ernie Newton   Bass
Mark O'Connor   Fiddle
Jody Payne   Guitar
Luther Perkins   Guitar
Charlie Poole   Banjo,Vocals,Track Performer
Norbert Putnam   Bass
Michael Rhodes   Bass
Tom Roady   Percussion
Hargus "Pig" Robbins   Piano
Dick Roberts   Steel Guitar
Billy Sanford   Guitar
Arthur Schutt   Piano
Leonard Seago   Vocals
Eldon Shamblin   Guitar
Jerry Shook   Guitar
Jimmy Smith   Guitar
Preston Smith   Background Vocals
Ralph Smith   Piano
Steuart Smith   Guitar
Bee Spears   Bass
Carter Stanley   Guitar,Vocals
Henry Strzelecki   Bass
Stricklin   Piano
Tanya Tucker   Track Performer
Pete Wade   Guitar
Billy Joe Walker   Acoustic Guitar
Cheryl Warren   Background Vocals
Biff Watson   Guitar
Howard Watts   Bass
Sharon White   Background Vocals
Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys   Fiddle,Track Performer
Lonnie Wilson   Percussion,Drums
Glenn Worf   Bass
Paul Worley   Guitar
Bob Wray   Bass
Reggie Young   Guitar
Joe Zinkan   Bass
W.S. Holland   Drums
Buddy Buller   Guitar
Woody Carter   Fiddle
Freddy Courtney   Accordion
Ted Daffan   Steel Guitar,Track Performer
Louis Dunn   Drums
Lowell Frisby   Bass
Salty Holmes   Guitar
Chick Hurt   Mandola
Son Lansford   Bass
Charlie McCoy   Harmonica
Fate Norris   Banjo
Jack Pruett   Guitar
Darold Raley   Fiddle
Leo Raley   Mandolin
Dick Reinhart   Guitar
Posey Rorer   Fiddle
Gerald Tomlinson   Guitar
Bob Moore   Bass
Sam Pruett   Guitar
Lee Bogan   Background Vocals
Blackie Crawford   Guitar
Karl Garvin   Trumpet
Charlie Hayward   Bass
John Barlow Jarvis   Piano
Tubby Lewis   Trumpet
Pee Wee Reid   Bass
Tex Atchison   Fiddle
Samantha Bumgarner   Fiddle,Vocals,Track Performer
Anna Carter   Alto
Lorrie Collins   Guitar,Vocals
Larrie Londin   Drums
Bob Nolan   Vocals
Lloyd Perryman   Bass,Vocals
Prairie Ramblers   Track Performer
Don Reid   Tenor (Vocal)
Harold Reid   Bass
Floyd Robinson   Guitar,Vocal Harmony
Paul Sells   Accordion
Leonard Slye   Guitar,Vocals
Bill Monroe & His Bluegrass Boys   Track Performer
Charlie Daniels Band   Track Performer
Dexter and His Troopers   Track Performer
Jess Easterday   Guitar
Jake Tullock   Bass
Fred Whiting   Bass
Leo McConville   Trumpet
Clell Summey   Steel Guitar
Norman Woodlieff   Guitar
"Papa" John Gordy   Piano
Marion Z. "Pee Wee" Adams   Drums
Jabbo Arrington   Guitar
Martie Seidel   Fiddle,Mandolin,Vocals
Red Taylor   Fiddle
Natalie Maines   Vocals
Tommy Nash   Guitar
Bobby Charles   Bass
Joe Chernay   Bass
Emily Robison   Banjo,Dobro,Guitar,Vocals
Joe Osborn   Bass
Jack "Happy Jack" Taylor   Bass
Lester Woodie   Fiddle
Darrell "Pee Wee" Lambert   Mandolin,Vocals
Roy Acuff & His Smokey Mountain Boys   Track Performer
Roy Hall & his Blue Ridge Entertainers   Track Performer
Sons of the Bandit   Track Performer
Victor Battista   Bass
David Parker "Dad" Carter   Tenor (Vocal)
Eva Davis   Banjo
Phil Baisley   Baritone
Clato Buchanan   Banjo
Bob Hopson   Guitar
Johnny Johnson   Bass
Coy Crank   Steel Guitar
Ernest "Jim" Carter   Bass
Lewis E. "Louie" Tierney   Saxophone
Joe Callahan   Guitar
Johny Christopher   Guitar,Background Vocals
Carter Cotner   Fiddle
Williams "Smokey" Dacus   Drums
Dan Fitch   Voices
Craig "Flash" Fletcher   Background Vocals
Wilmot "Holly" Hollinger   Trumpet
Lindley "Spike" Jones   Drums
Rose Carter Karnes   Soprano
Stan Kind   Drums
Tommy Mahness   Fiddle
Hale Owens   Drums
Mickey Ralphael   Harmonica
Tanya Rucker   Vocals
Johnny Seibert   Steel Guitar
J.D. Standbee   Steel Guitar
Evrett Stover   Trumpet
Clifton Howard "Van Howard" Vandevender   Guitar,Vocal Harmony
Madge Suttee   Piano

Technical Credits

Roy Acuff   Composer
Rodney Crowell   Producer
Joe Diffie   Producer
Jools Holland   Composer
Joe South   Composer
Lew DeWitt   Composer
Bill C. Malone   Essay
Carl Butler   Composer
Billy Altman   Annotation
John Boylan   Producer
Tony Brown   Producer
Mary Chapin Carpenter   Composer,Producer
Roy Carter   Composer
June Carter Cash   Composer
Blake Chancey   Producer
Charlie Daniels   Composer
Tom Crain   Composer
Chris Difford   Composer
Fred Edwards   Composer
Fred Foster   Producer
Emory Gordy   Producer,String Arrangements
John Jennings   Producer
Frank Jones   Producer
Kathryn King   Editorial Production
Don Law   Producer
James Marshall   Composer
Bill McElhiney   String Arrangements
Billy Sherrill   Producer
Johnny Slate   Producer
Guy Smith   Composer
Carter Stanley   Composer
Gary Usher   Producer
Townes Van Zandt   Composer
Mark Wilder   Mastering
Marijohn Wilkin   Composer
Paul Worley   Producer
Charlie Hayward   Composer
David McGee   Essay
Vaughn Horton   Composer
Merle Kilgore   Composer
Nedra Olds-Neal   Producer
Janet Boye   Art Direction
Randall Martin   Label Design
M. Christian   Composer
Charlie Sarrica   Graphic Design
Sandy Lorenzo   Marketing
Rosemary Mulligan   Marketing
Don Schlitz   Composer
Gladys Stacey   Composer
Louise Certain   Composer
Taz DeGregorio   Composer
George Vaughn   Composer
Artie Yeranian   Graphic Design
Seth Foster   Mastering
Traditional   Composer
Ron Juliano   Graphic Design
John Greenebaum   Composer
Dianne Spoto Shattuck   Marketing
Marni Elliott   Marketing
Marguerite Hisen   Marketing
Michelle Kerrigan   Marketing
Arnold Levin   Art Direction
Doug McKeown   Marketing
Darren Salmeiri   Copy Coordination
Jeff Jones   Executive Producer
Susan Gibson   Composer
Burton Collins   Composer
Karen Good Taylor   Composer

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