Dim Lights, Thick Smoke and Hillbilly Music: 1948

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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Germany's Bear Family is well known for its stellar box set reissues of country, rock, and rhythm & blues recordings, as well as for single titles by deserving if not necessarily remembered American artists. Their mastering, production, and packaging set the industry standard for excellence. The six-volume Dim Lights, Thick Smoke series was released on CD in December of 2008 and covered the years 1945-1950, a strange and wonderful time in country music history born from of the end of the War Department's restrictions on shellac and the end of the recording ban, all near the end of the second world war. These discs all contain either 27 or 28 tracks, and are lavishly ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Germany's Bear Family is well known for its stellar box set reissues of country, rock, and rhythm & blues recordings, as well as for single titles by deserving if not necessarily remembered American artists. Their mastering, production, and packaging set the industry standard for excellence. The six-volume Dim Lights, Thick Smoke series was released on CD in December of 2008 and covered the years 1945-1950, a strange and wonderful time in country music history born from of the end of the War Department's restrictions on shellac and the end of the recording ban, all near the end of the second world war. These discs all contain either 27 or 28 tracks, and are lavishly annotated with historical essays and track by track annotation by the esteemed Colin Escott, and contain with photographs of performers and record sleeves where available. 1948 was a real transitional year in country music. This was the beginning of the period where Western swing had begun to fade, hillbilly boogie took to the center, and honky tonk as a style began to emerge. This volume in the Dim Lights, Thick Smoke series offers the first proof of that from the singles of the period. Performers like Bob Wills and Spade Cooley, who had been so prevalent on the first three volumes, are all but absent here "Bubbles in My Beer" is included. We also see the emergence of Hawkshaw Hawkins, Johnny Bond, and Leon Payne as real players on the scene here. This is the year Payne's version of "Lost Highway" charted, and the original reading of "Bartender's Blues" by Bond became ubiquitous on jukeboxes. Jimmy Work's "Tennessee Border," Jimmie Skinner's "Muleskinner's Blues," and T. Texas Tyler's "Deck of Cards," are indicative of the music being made and sold during the year. There are 28 tracks in all, and while the material here concentrates on uptempo numbers, there are a number of fine ballads as well, such as Eddie Hill's "You'll Call My Name," to select just one.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/26/2013
  • Label: Imports
  • EAN: 4000127169532
  • Catalog Number: 2716953
  • Sales rank: 92,755

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Tennessee Saturday Night - Red Foley (2:40)
  2. 2 Lost Highway - Leon Payne (2:43)
  3. 3 Waltz of the Wind - Roy Acuff (2:36)
  4. 4 New Muleskinner Blues - The Maddox Brothers & Rose (3:10)
  5. 5 Someday You'll Call My Name - Eddie Hill (2:59)
  6. 6 Bartender's Blues - Johnny Bond (2:22)
  7. 7 Anytime - Eddy Arnold (2:56)
  8. 8 Little Cabin Home on the Hill - Bill Monroe (3:02)
  9. 9 Breeze - Cowboy Copas (2:53)
  10. 10 Wedding Bells - Bill Carlisle (3:10)
  11. 11 Dog House Boogie - Hawkshaw Hawkins (2:42)
  12. 12 Tennessee Waltz - Pee Wee King (3:00)
  13. 13 Dear Okie - Doye O'Dell (2:45)
  14. 14 Sweeter Than the Flowers - Moon Mullican (2:59)
  15. 15 Lost John Boogie - Wayne Raney (2:40)
  16. 16 Doin' My Time - Jimmie Skinner (3:19)
  17. 17 I Hear a Sweet Voice Calling - Bill Monroe (3:01)
  18. 18 Molly and Tenbrook - The Stanley Brothers (2:36)
  19. 19 A Mansion on the Hill - Hank Williams (2:36)
  20. 20 Tennessee Border - Jimmy Work (2:58)
  21. 21 Deck of Cards - T. Texas Tyler (3:16)
  22. 22 I Love You So Much It Hurts - Floyd Tillman (2:46)
  23. 23 Merle's Boogie Woogie - Merle Travis (3:05)
  24. 24 One Has My Name (The Other Has My Heart) - Jimmy Wakely (2:49)
  25. 25 Life Gits Tee-Jus, Don't It? - Carson Robison (2:53)
  26. 26 Bubbles in My Beer - Bob Wills (2:19)
  27. 27 Bouquet of Roses - Eddy Arnold (2:36)
  28. 28 I'm My Own Grandpa - Lonzo & Oscar (3:16)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Lester Flatt Guitar, Vocals
Bill Monroe Mandolin, Leader, Vocals, Tenor (Vocal)
Earl Scruggs Banjo
Ralph Stanley Banjo
Roy Acuff Vocals
Eddy Arnold Guitar, Leader, Vocals
Jethro Burns Guitar, Mandolin
Red Foley Guitar, Vocals
Hawkshaw Hawkins Guitar, Vocals
Moon Mullican Piano, Vocals
Floyd Tillman Guitar, Vocals
Merle Travis Guitar, Vocals
Pee Wee King Accordion, Leader
Noel Boggs Steel Guitar
Bill Carlisle Guitar, Vocals
Leon Payne Rhythm Guitar, Vocals
Chubby Wise Fiddle
Johnny Bond Vocals
T. Texas Tyler Vocals
Jimmie Skinner Guitar, Vocals
Ramona Jones Bass
Roy Ayres Steel Guitar
Paul Buskirk Mandolin
Johnny Cuviello Drums
Bud Duncan Pedal Steel Guitar
Charles Randolph Grean Bass
Homer Haynes Rhythm Guitar
Eddie Hill Guitar, Vocals
Millard Kelso Piano
Charlie Louvin Guitar
Cal Maddox Rhythm Guitar
Cliff Maddox Mandolin
Don Maddox Fiddle
Fred Maddox Bass
Rose Maddox Vocals
Roy Nichols Guitar
Wayne Raney Harmonica, Vocals
Fred Rose Piano
Billy Ross Steel Guitar
Eldon Shamblin Electric Guitar
Ralph Smith Piano
Carter Stanley Guitar
Marvin Taylor Electric Guitar
Howard Watts Bass, Baritone (Vocal)
Hank Williams Guitar, Vocals
Billy Jack Wills Bass
Jimmy Winkle Guitar
Joe Zinkan Bass
Joe Holley Fiddle
Dean McKinney Vocals
Evelyn McKinney Vocals
Ocie Stockard Banjo
Jerry Byrd Steel Guitar, Hawaiian Guitar
Woody Carter Fiddle
Farris Coursey Drums
Lowell Frisby Bass
Earl Joaquin Murphey Steel Guitar
Jack Shook Guitar
Art Wooten Fiddle
Harold McDonald Drums
Tex Atchison Fiddle
Alton Delmore Guitar, Vocal Harmony
Rabon Delmore Guitar (Tenor), Vocal Harmony
Lloyd "Lonzo" George Guitar, Leader, Vocals
Doye O'Dell Vocals
Paul Sells Accordion
Jimmy Work Guitar, Vocals
Jerry Adler Harmonica
Louis Innis Bass
Thomas Lee Jackson Jr. Violin
Loren Otis Shook Guitar
Jack Rhodes Bass, Guitar
Lloyd Copas Vocals
Adrian McDowell Fiddle
Darrell "Pee Wee" Lambert Mandolin, Vocals
James C. Grishaw Electric Guitar
Joe Biviano Accordion
Joel Duroe Drums
Ray "Curly" Lunsford Mandolin
Chuck Wiginton Bass, Guitar
Shorty Boyd Fiddle
Raymond Thomas Hagen Drums
Jo Depew Bass
Ossie J. Godson Piano
John Magness Fiddle
Idaho Slim Steel Guitar
John Alan Reinhardt Guitar, Leader
Leo Herbert Raley Mandolin
Herbert L. "Herb" Remington Steel Guitar
Beasley Smith Piano
Beecher "Pete" "Bashful Brother Oswald" Kirby Dobro, Vocal Harmony
Golden Stewart Guitar
Bobby Atcheson Fiddle
Thomas Elmer "Tommy" Duncan Vocals
Red Hayes Fiddle
Jack Kelly Piano
Buck Lambert Fiddle
William Owen Bradley Piano
Anthony J. Cianciola Accordion
Bobby Davis Guitar
John Gallaher Bass
Fred "Red" Herron Fiddle
Norman Luna Guitar, Vocal Harmony
Bronson Lee Reynolds Bass
Eugene Schuler Tenor Banjo, Electric Banjo
Esmer Skinner Banjo
Clifford G. Snyder Bass, Leader
Henry Ellis "Redd" Stewart Fiddle, Vocals
Oscar Sullivan Mandolin, Vocals
James V. Swinney Bass
Francis Tamburin Accordion
Ivan LeRoy Wiggins Steel Guitar
Dennis "Boots" Woodall Steel Guitar
Technical Credits
Lester Flatt Composer
Bill Monroe Composer
Hawkshaw Hawkins Composer
Floyd Tillman Composer
Merle Travis Composer
Carson Robison Composer
Pee Wee King Composer
Leon Payne Composer
Redd Stewart Composer
Cindy Walker Composer
T. Texas Tyler Arranger, Adaptation
Jimmie Skinner Composer
Eddie Dean Composer
Art Satherley Producer
Hal Blair Composer
Paul Cohen Producer
Tommy Duncan Composer
Colin Escott Liner Notes, Reissue Producer, Illustrations, Track Notes
Joe Goodwin Composer
Charles Randolph Grean Producer
Eddie Hill Composer
Bob Hilliard Composer
Ballard MacDonald Composer
Doug Pomeroy Metal Transfers
Wayne Raney Composer
Fred Rose Composer
Ervin T. Rouse Composer
Hank Williams Composer
Bob Wills Composer
Lee Gillette Producer
Michael Brooks Metal Transfers
Stephen H. Sholes Producer
Boots Woodall Composer
Jesse Kaye Producer
Claude Boone Composer
Alton Delmore Producer
Syd Nathan Producer
Doye O'Dell Composer
Jimmy Work Composer
R.A. Andreas Illustrations
Richard Weize Discographical Information
Dave Sax Illustrations, Discographical Information
Matt Cavaluzzo Metal Transfers
Jurgen Crasser Mastering
Kevin Coffey Illustrations, Discographical Information
W.S. Stevenson Composer
James F. Hanley Composer
Dwight Latham Composer
Herbert "Happy" Lawson Composer
Lois Mann Composer
Rudy Sooter Composer
Jean Branch Composer
Morry Burns Composer
Dearest Dean Composer
Billy Hughes Composer
Russ Wapensky Discographical Information
Andrew Brown Discographical Information
Andreas Merck Photo Scanning
Brenda Colladay Illustrations
Steve Nelson Composer
Vernon Deliplane Producer
Save Sax Metal Transfers
Moses Jaffe Composer
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