Dim Lights, Thick Smoke and Hillbilly Music: 1958

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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Bear Family continues its stellar series of hony tonk classics, Dim Lights, Thick Smoke and Hillbilly Music, with 1958 being the year in review this time out. The inestimable Colin Escott is the series' reissue producer, and he introduces the set with an excellent liner essay; painstakingly researched discographical information is painstakingly provided by Richard Weize and his staff. As always, the packaging, a single disc packed in a hardback bound digipack with 72 pages of text and photos with interviews, studio reminiscences, and more, is outdone only by the music itself. The '50s in general were great years for country music, but the mid- to late entries in the decade ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Bear Family continues its stellar series of hony tonk classics, Dim Lights, Thick Smoke and Hillbilly Music, with 1958 being the year in review this time out. The inestimable Colin Escott is the series' reissue producer, and he introduces the set with an excellent liner essay; painstakingly researched discographical information is painstakingly provided by Richard Weize and his staff. As always, the packaging, a single disc packed in a hardback bound digipack with 72 pages of text and photos with interviews, studio reminiscences, and more, is outdone only by the music itself. The '50s in general were great years for country music, but the mid- to late entries in the decade were stratospheric as traditional country gave way to hillbilly boogie, rockabilly, and hard-edged honky tonk. This collection boasts Ray Price's "Invitation to the Blues" and "City Lights"; Faron Young's "Alone with You"; Webb Pierce's "Tupelo County Jail"; Kitty Wells' "I Can't Stop Loving You"; the Louvin Brothers' "My Baby's Gone"; Don Gibson's "Oh Lonesome Me" and "Blue Blue Day"; Lefty Frizell's "Cigarette and Coffee Blues;" Jerry Lee Lewis' reading of "You Win Again"; Johnny Cash's "Ballad of a Teenage Queen," and 19 more. There isn't a weak moment here, but there is a great surprise in the inclusion of "Country Music Is Here to Stay" by Simon Crum (better known as Ferlin Husky). While every volume in this series is well worth owning, those from 1955 on are indispensable.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 12/7/2010
  • Label: Bear Family
  • UPC: 790051696320
  • Catalog Number: 16963

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Oh Lonesome Me - Don Gibson (2:33)
  2. 2 I Can't Stop Loving You - Kitty Wells (2:16)
  3. 3 Ballad of a Teenage Queen - Johnny Cash (2:15)
  4. 4 Blue Boy - Jim Reeves (2:13)
  5. 5 My Baby's Gone - The Louvin Brothers (2:47)
  6. 6 Once More - Roy Acuff & His Smokey Mountain Boys (2:35)
  7. 7 Stop the World (and Let Me Off) - Johnnie & Jack (2:08)
  8. 8 Color of the Blues - George Jones (2:53)
  9. 9 Have Blues Will Travel - Eddie Noack (2:34)
  10. 10 Send Me the Pillow You Dream On - Hank Locklin (2:32)
  11. 11 Just Married - Marty Robbins (2:10)
  12. 12 Cigarettes and Coffee Blues - Lefty Frizzell (2:38)
  13. 13 Invitation To the Blues - Ray Price (2:50)
  14. 14 Half a Mind - Ernest Tubb (2:31)
  15. 15 Big River - The Tennessee Two (2:34)
  16. 16 Life To Go - Stonewall Jackson (2:31)
  17. 17 Blue, Blue Day - Don Gibson (1:58)
  18. 18 Treasure of Love - George Jones (2:22)
  19. 19 It's a Little More Like Heaven - Hank Locklin (2:38)
  20. 20 You Win Again - Jerry Lee Lewis (2:59)
  21. 21 Talk To Me Lonesome Heart - James O'Gwynn (2:35)
  22. 22 Tupelo County Jail - Webb Pierce (2:07)
  23. 23 City Lights - Ray Price (2:59)
  24. 24 Alone With You - Faron Young (2:00)
  25. 25 Billy Bayou - Jim Reeves (2:08)
  26. 26 Ain't I the Lucky One - Marty Robbins (2:18)
  27. 27 Pick Me Up On Your Way Down - Charlie Walker (2:28)
  28. 28 Guess Things Happen That Way - Johnny Cash (1:53)
  29. 29 Country Music is Here To Stay - Simon Crum (3:13)
  30. 30 We Need a Whole Lot More of Jesus (and a Lot Less Rock and Roll) - Raney Family (2:16)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Buddy Emmons Steel Guitar
Johnny Cash Guitar, Vocals
Floyd Cramer Piano
Lefty Frizzell Guitar, Vocals
Don Gibson Guitar, Leader, Vocals
Stonewall Jackson Guitar, Leader, Vocals
George Jones Vocals
Hank Locklin Guitar, Leader, Vocals
Benny Martin Fiddle
Ray Price Guitar, Leader, Vocals
Jim Reeves Guitar, Leader, Vocals
Marty Robbins Vocals
Mel Tillis Guitar
Kitty Wells Vocals
Faron Young Vocals
Ray Conniff Leader
The Jordanaires Choir, Chorus
Jerry Lee Lewis Piano, Vocals
Ed Shaughnessy Drums
Roger Miller Guitar, Vocal Harmony
Eddie Noack Guitar, Vocals
Billy Mure Guitar
Ernest Tubb Vocals
James O'Gwynn Guitar, Vocals
Johnnie Wright Guitar, Leader, Vocals
The Anita Kerr Singers Choir, Chorus
Don Arnone Guitar
Chester B. Atkins Guitar, Electric Guitar, Rhythm Guitar
Owen Bradley Piano, Leader
Don Carter Choir, Chorus
Jack Clement Acoustic Guitar, Guitar
Dorothy Dillard Choir, Chorus
Jack Drake Bass
Ray Edenton Guitar, Rhythm Guitar
Marshall Grant Bass
Hoyt Hawkins Choir, Chorus
Ferlin Husky Vocals
Roland Janes Guitar
Hugh Jarrett Choir, Chorus
Grover Lavender Fiddle
Ira Louvin Vocals
Charlie Louvin Guitar, Vocals
Webb Pierce Vocals
Luther Perkins Guitar, Electric Guitar
Wayne Raney Harmonica, Vocals
Herb Remington Steel Guitar
J.M. Van Eaton Drums
Paul Williams Vocal Harmony
Paul Yandell Guitar
Roy Huskey Jr. Bass
Jack Anglin Guitar, Vocals
Jerry Byrd Bass
Farris Coursey Drums
Marvin Hughes Piano
Ernie Hunter Fiddle
Sid Manker Bass
Dale Potter Fiddle
Asa Wilkerson Choir, Chorus
Hugh Gordon Stoker Choir, Chorus
Henry Newton "Tommy" Vaden Fiddle
Troy M. Hatcher Drums
Otis Jett Drums
Morris Palmer Drums
Harold Morrison Steel Guitar, Baritone (Vocal)
Lee Holt Choir, Chorus
Louis Innis Guitar
Thomas Lee Jackson Jr. Fiddle, Vocal Harmony
Loren Otis Shook Rhythm Guitar
William Guilford Wright Jr. Choir, Chorus
Marvin H. Hughes Piano
Jimmy Wilson Piano
Neal Matthews Jr. Choir, Chorus
Cyd Mosteller Soprano
Velma E. Williams Smith Guitar
Bill Abbott Choir, Chorus
Earl Caruthers Fiddle
Henry Dorrough Bass
Bill Kimbrough Drums
Sara Bruce Choir, Chorus
Nita Smith Choir, Chorus
Frank Juricek Steel Guitar
Walter L. "Hank Sugarfoot" Garland Guitar, Electric Guitar
Benny Morris Steel Guitar
Russell Lee "Rusty" Kershaw Electric Guitar
Basil "Sonny" Burnette Jr. Steel Guitar
Charles Eugene ONeal Steel Guitar
Jack Gregory Saxophone
Samuel K. "Sammy" Pruett Guitar
Jimmie Zack Guitar
Edwin Bruce Choir, Chorus
Earl Aycock Rhythm Guitar
Thomas Grady Martin Guitar, Electric Guitar, Leader
Fred Carroll Bass
Howard G. Johnson Rhythm Guitar
Joseph S. Zinkan Bass, Vocal Harmony
Floyd T. Lightnin' Chance Bass
Bob L. Moore Bass
Mildred Kirkham Choir, Chorus
James Clayton Day Steel Guitar
Donald H. "Don" Helms Steel Guitar
Harold Ray Bradley Guitar
Velma Williams Smith Guitar
Murrey M. "Buddy" Harman Jr. Drums
Anthony Mottola Guitar
Charles "Doc" Lewis Piano
Zyndall "Zeke" Raney Rhythm Guitar, Vocals
William L. "Billy" Byrd Electric Guitar
William Jackason "Jack" Evins Steel Guitar
William D. "Buddy" Killen Bass
Wanda Raney Vocals
Samuel Pruett Guitar
Jimmie Fox Headrick Guitar
James Edward "Jimmy" Selph Guitar
Ernest D. "Ernie" Hunter Fiddle
Charles L. Walker Guitar, Leader, Vocals
Technical Credits
Bill Anderson Composer
Johnny Cash Composer
Don Gibson Composer
George Jones Composer
Hank Locklin Composer
Marty Robbins Composer
Mel Tillis Composer
Faron Young Composer
Mitch Miller Producer
Roger Miller Composer
Roy Drusky Composer
Bill Justis Producer
Eddie Noack Composer
James O'Gwynn Composer
Carl Belew Composer
Melvin Endsley Composer
Chester B. Atkins Producer
Boudleaux Bryant Composer
Jack Clement Composer, Producer
Colin Escott Liner Notes, Reissue Producer, Illustrations
Harlan Howard Composer
Ferlin Husky Composer
Don Law Producer
Ken Nelson Producer
Webb Pierce Composer
Sam Phillips Producer
Wayne Raney Composer
J.P. Richardson Composer
Wayne Walker Composer
Hank Williams Composer
Paul Williams Composer
Lawton Williams Composer
R.A. Andreas Illustrations
Dave Sax Illustrations
W.S. Stevenson Composer
Jim Atkins Composer
Lester Vanadore Composer
Sven T. Uhrmann Illustrations
Christian Zwarg Mastering
Hazel Houser Composer
Hoyt Johnson Composer
Andreas Merck Photo Scanning
Dusty Owens Composer
Harold W. "Pappy" Daily Producer
Barry Devorzon Composer
Allen D. Allen Composer
Este Photo Restoration
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