Dim Lights, Thick Smoke and Hillbilly Music: 1969

Dim Lights, Thick Smoke and Hillbilly Music: 1969


The first song on the 1969 volume of Bear Family's Dim Lights, Thick Smoke and Hillbilly Music is "Kay," a song that explicitly references the ongoing conflict in Vietnam, while the second, Buck Owens' "Who's Gonna Mow Your Grass?," splits the difference between a harpsichord and a fuzz guitar. In other words, the '60s in all their…  See more details below


The first song on the 1969 volume of Bear Family's Dim Lights, Thick Smoke and Hillbilly Music is "Kay," a song that explicitly references the ongoing conflict in Vietnam, while the second, Buck Owens' "Who's Gonna Mow Your Grass?," splits the difference between a harpsichord and a fuzz guitar. In other words, the '60s in all their paisley splendor had arrived to the mainstream of country music but the upheaval is apparent in other places, yet in ways that aren't quite so splashy. Bobby Bare's mournful, symphonic cheating anthem "(Margie's At) The Lincoln Park Inn," is a Tom T. Hall tune, filled with telling details that capture not just a place, but a time. Hall's particular gift is naturally apparent on his own hit "Homecoming, " -- an oddly melancholy tale of an oblivious, absent country singer visiting his old, ailing father -- but such modern narratives are also evident on Roger Miller's version of Kris Kristofferson's "Me and Bobby McGee" and Johnny Cash's riotous take on Shel Silverstein's "A Boy Named Sue." These are balanced by hard honky tonk via Jerry Lee Lewis, Bare's jingoistic "God Bless America Again," Charlie Rich's soulful "Life's Little Ups and Downs," Glen Campbell's achingly symphonic country-pop, Merle Haggard's dogged, determined Bakersfield country, and the singles of Kenny Rogers & the First Edition, which attempt to polish and shoehorn all these trends into something pop and palatable. Looking back just a few years prior, it'd be hard to believe that country music would encompass so many sounds and sensibilities and that's why Dim Lights 1969 is such a thrilling compilation: the adventure is palpable in nearly every track.

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  1. Kay  - John Wesley Ryles
  2. Who's Gonna Mow Your Grass?  - Buck Owens
  3. (Margie's at) The Lincoln Park Inn  - Bobby Bare
  4. Drug Store Truck Drivin' Man  -  Byrds
  5. Workin' Man Blues  - Merle Haggard
  6. Woman of the World (Leave My World Alone)  - Loretta Lynn
  7. All I Have to Offer You (Is Me)  - Charley Pride
  8. Galveston  - Glen Campbell
  9. To Make Love Sweeter for You  - Jerry Lee Lewis
  10. A Boy Named Sue  - Johnny Cash
  11. Rings of Gold  - Dottie West
  12. Statue of a Fool  - Jack Greene
  13. Me and Bobbie McGee  - Roger Miller
  14. Sin City  -  Flying Burrito Brothers
  15. Homecoming  - Tom T. Hall
  16. I'll Share My World With You  - George Jones
  17. God Bless America Again  - Bobby Bare
  18. Wine Me Up  - Faron Young
  19. You Gave Me a Mountain  - Johnny Bush
  20. Just Someone I Used to Know  - Porter Wagoner
  21. Try a Little Kindness  - Glen Campbell
  22. She Even Woke Me Up to Say Goodbye  - Jerry Lee Lewis
  23. Okie From Muskogee  - Merle Haggard
  24. To See My Angel Cry  - Conway Twitty
  25. Bloody Merry Morning  - Willie Nelson
  26. Life's Little Up and Downs  - Charlie Rich
  27. Ruben James  -  Kenny Rogers & the First Edition
  28. Kay  - Billy Lee Riley

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Clarence White   Guitar,Vocals
Chet Atkins   Guitar
Bobby Bare   Leader,Vocals
Glen Campbell   Guitar,Vocals
Johnny Cash   Guitar,Vocals
Floyd Cramer   Piano
Don Gibson   Guitar,Vocals
Jack Greene   Vocals
Merle Haggard   Vocals
Tom T. Hall   Vocals
Chris Hillman   Mandolin,Vocals
George Jones   Vocals
Loretta Lynn   Vocals
Willie Nelson   Guitar,Leader,Vocals
Buck Owens   Guitar,Leader,Vocals
Dolly Parton   Vocals
Charley Pride   Vocals
Charlie Rich   Piano,Vocals
Conway Twitty   Vocals
Dottie West   Leader,Vocals
Tammy Wynette   Vocal Harmony
Faron Young   Vocals
Jordanaires   Choir, Chorus
Jerry Lee Lewis   Piano,Leader,Vocals
Gram Parsons   Rhythm Guitar,Vocals
Carl Perkins   Electric Guitar
Roger Miller   Vocals
Gene Parsons   Banjo,Harmonica,Drums,Vocals
James Burton   Guitar,Leader
Lloyd Green   Steel Guitar,Leader
Johnny Bush   Vocals
Jimmy Day   Bass
First Edition   Vocals
Billy Grammer   Guitar,Leader
Martin Katahn   Violin
John Wesley Ryles   Vocals
Sneaky Pete Kleinow   Pedal Steel Guitar
Byron Bach   Cello
Earl Ball   Piano
Earl Poole Ball   Electric Harpsichord
Chuck Berghofer   Bass
George Binkley   Violin
Larry Butler   Piano
Jerry Carrigan   Drums
Marvin Chantry   Viola
Stephen Clapp   Violin
Sammy Creason   Drums
Glen D. Hardin   Piano
Jay Dawson   French Horn
DeLory   Conductor
James Luther Dickinson   Keyboards
Ray Edenton   Guitar,Rhythm Guitar
Dolores Edgin   Choir, Chorus
Jack Eubanks   Electric Guitar
Rita Figlio   Choir, Chorus
Charlie Freeman   Guitar
Dennis Good   Trombone
Marshall Grant   Bass
Hoyt Hawkins   Choir, Chorus
John Hughey   Steel Guitar
Kenny Rogers   Vocals
Millie Kirkham   Choir, Chorus
Sheldon Kurland   Violin
Billy Linneman   Bass
Kenneth Lovelace   Fiddle
Tommy McClure   Bass
Roger McGuinn   Guitar,Vocals,Vocal Harmony
Laverna Moore   Choir, Chorus
Wayne Moss   Guitar,Electric Guitar,Leader
Roy Nichols   Electric Guitar
Billy Lee Riley   Guitar,Vocals
Hargus "Pig" Robbins   Organ,Piano
Billy Sanford   Electric Guitar
Mike Settle   Vocals
Jerry Shook   Guitar
Henry Strzelecki   Bass
Lewis Talley   Guitar
Don Tweedy   Conductor
David Vanderkooi   Cello
Porter Wagoner   Vocals
Duane West   Choir, Chorus
Jerry Wiggins   Drums
Dave Zettner   Guitar
W.S. Holland   Drums
Roy Huskey   Bass
Glenn Baxter   Trumpet
Howard Carpenter   Viola
William Whitney Pursell   Piano
Bob Moore   Bass
Akira Nagai   Violin
Hugh Gordon Stoker   Choir, Chorus
Solie Isaac Fott   Violin
Jerry Reed Hubbard   Guitar,Electric Guitar
Joe E. Lewis   Choir, Chorus
Gene Mullins   Trombone
Jerry Glenn Kennedy   Guitar,Leader
Neal Matthews   Choir, Chorus
Harold E. Cruthirds   Cello
Stephanie Woolf   Violin
William Paul Ackerman   Drums
Chris Ehtridge   Bass,Piano,Vocals
Mack Magaha   Fiddle
George W. McCormick   Rhythm Guitar
Jerr Haynie   French Horn
Bill Walker   Organ,Vibes
Bob Wooton   Electric Guitar
Norman D. Hamlett   Steel Guitar
June Evelyn Page   Choir, Chorus
James Beck Gordon   Drums
Bill West   Steel Guitar
Albert "Al Bruno" Bruneau   Guitar
Jerry "Chip Young" Stembridge   Guitar,Rhythm Guitar
Pete Rodis Drake   Steel Guitar
Kenneth Buttery   Drums
Willard Price   Bass
Ned Gail Davis   Steel Guitar
Doyle Floyd Hendricks   Guitar
Thomas Grady Martin   Guitar,Electric Guitar,Leader
Robert L. Becker   Viola
William McElhiney   Trumpet
Brenton Bolden Banks   Violin
John York   Electric Bass,Vocals
Bob L. Moore   Bass
Lillian Vann Hunt   Violin
Harald Rugg   Steel Guitar
William Fitzpatrick   Violin
Harold Ray Bradley   Guitar,6-string bass
Carol Walker   Violin
Herman Bland "Pete" Wade   Electric Guitar
Murrey M. "Buddy" Harman   Drums
Richard Morris   Percussion
Ronald Tutt   Drums
Jo Lennon Parker   Violin
Hurshel Wayne Wiginton   Choir, Chorus
James J. Doster   Trombone
Raymond C. Walker   Choir, Chorus
Robert D. "Bob" Morris   Bass
Glenn Huggins   Choir, Chorus
Raymond C. Walker   Choir, Chorus
Eddie Hoh   Drums
Billy English   Drums
Jean Bare   Choir, Chorus
Charles W. Trent   Electric Banjo
Tommy Markhan   Percussion,Drums
Terry Williams   Vocals

Technical Credits

Bobby Bare   Composer
Merle Haggard   Composer
Tom T. Hall   Composer
Chris Hillman   Composer
Kris Kristofferson   Composer
Willie Nelson   Composer
Mickey Newbury   Composer
Buck Owens   Composer
Marty Robbins   Composer
Conway Twitty   Composer
Faron Young   Composer
Shel Silverstein   Composer
Flying Burrito Brothers   Producer
Gram Parsons   Composer
Mike Post   Arranger
Pete Drake   Producer
Chester B. Atkins   Producer
Jimmy Bowen   Producer
Owen Bradley   Producer
Jack Clement   Composer,Producer
Glen D. Hardin   Arranger
DeLory   Producer,Orchestral Arrangements
Colin Escott   Liner Notes,Reissue Producer,Illustrations
Bob Ferguson   Producer
Fred Foster   Composer
Dallas Frazier   Composer
Doug Gilmore   Composer
Bob Johnston   Producer
Jerry Kennedy   Composer,Producer
Henry Lewy   Producer
Larry Marks   Producer
Roger McGuinn   Composer
Ken Nelson   Producer
George Richey   Producer
Billy Sherrill   Producer
Mort Thomasson   Engineer
Don Tweedy   Arranger
D. Bergen White   Arranger
L.E. White   Composer
Ben Wilson   Composer
Tommy Hill   Producer
Bobby Austin   Composer
Jan Crutchfield   Composer
Jerry Glenn Kennedy   Producer
Leverett   Illustrations
R.A. Andreas   Illustrations
Eddie Burris   Composer
Jurgen Crasser   Mastering
Margaret Ann Rich   Composer
Eddie Crandall   Composer
Alex Harvey   Composer
Hank Mills   Composer
Andreas Merck   Photo Scanning
Boyce Hawkins   Composer
Curt Sapaugh   Composer
Harold W. "Pappy" Daily   Producer
Gene Thomas   Composer
Danny Davis   Producer
Carlton Haney   Composer
Sharon Higgins   Composer
Glen Sutton   Composer
A. L. "Doodle" Owens   Composer
Jim Webb   Composer
Brenda Collins   Illustrations
Charles Felton Jarvis   Producer

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