Heart Breakin' Mama: Gonna Shake This Shack Tonight

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All Music Guide - John Bush
Skeets McDonald was an easygoing singer whose loose manner made him equally talented at country boogie during the early '50s as well as rock & roll later that decade. Still, although he was a talented vocalist in similar company to Lefty Frizzell and Hank Williams, he only had one big hit, "Don't Let the Stars Get in Your Eyes." Much of the problem lay in the fact that his songwriting, often a pale imitation of Hank Williams, was no equal for his excellent singing. He appears with a volume in Gonna Shake This Shack Tonight, Bear Family's series of single-disc compilations focusing on honky tonk. Packed with 33 tracks, Heart Breakin' Mama begins with "The Southland Boogie"...
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All Music Guide - John Bush
Skeets McDonald was an easygoing singer whose loose manner made him equally talented at country boogie during the early '50s as well as rock & roll later that decade. Still, although he was a talented vocalist in similar company to Lefty Frizzell and Hank Williams, he only had one big hit, "Don't Let the Stars Get in Your Eyes." Much of the problem lay in the fact that his songwriting, often a pale imitation of Hank Williams, was no equal for his excellent singing. He appears with a volume in Gonna Shake This Shack Tonight, Bear Family's series of single-disc compilations focusing on honky tonk. Packed with 33 tracks, Heart Breakin' Mama begins with "The Southland Boogie" and "The Tattooed Lady," a great pair of sides recorded in 1950 while McDonald was briefly based in Detroit. "Don't Let the Stars Get in Your Eyes" appears early on it was a hit in 1952, as do some other highlights from his first days with Capitol, like a duet with trad-popper Helen O'Connell on "Hi Diddle Dee My Way." By the mid-'50s, McDonald was doing a great approximation of rockabilly, despite the fact that he was twice the age of Elvis Presley. His novelty songwriting worked well in that context, and he also recorded great songs from Harlan Howard "You Oughta See Grandma Rock" and Tommy Collins "You Talk About Me, I'll Talk About You". They were a far cry from earlier McDonald originals like "I Got a New Field to Plow" and "Your Love Is Like a Faucet." Overall, most listeners who aren't fanatics will find it difficult to shell out the high price for this compilation; for better and worse, Skeets McDonald was the epitome of the country singer whose work stays at the same steady level, never rising or lowering
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/28/2008
  • Label: Bear Family
  • UPC: 790051698621
  • Catalog Number: 16986
  • Sales rank: 381,437

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Skeets McDonald Primary Artist, Guitar, Leader, Vocals, Bandleader
Floyd Cramer Piano
Joe Maphis Fiddle
Johnny Paycheck Vocals, Vocal Harmony
Eddie Cochran Guitar
Helen O'Connell Vocals
Jimmy Day Steel Guitar
Grady Martin Guitar, Leader, Bandleader
Cliffie Stone Bass
Billy Strange Guitar
Bill Woods Piano, Leader
Harold Bradley Guitar
David Cavanaugh Leader
Buddy Harman Drums
Roy Harte Drums
Jules Jacobs Saxophone
Ralph Mooney Steel Guitar
Roy Nichols Guitar
Hargus "Pig" Robbins Piano
Meyer Rubin Bass
Wynn Stewart Guitar
Lewis Talley Guitar
Joe Zinkan Bass
Harold Hensley Fiddle
Eddie Kirk Guitar
Jelly Sanders Fiddle
Wesley Webb West Steel Guitar
Thomas Lee Jackson Jr. Fiddle
Ivy J. "Jimmy" Bryant Guitar
John W. Greubel Drums
William Edward "Billy" Liebert Piano, Accordion
Joyce "Red" Murrell Bass
William Everett Strange Guitar
Marion Z. "Pee Wee" Adams Drums
Alfred E. Kern Drums
Milton Curtis "Muddy" Berry Drums
Herman "The Hermit" Snyder Bass
Charlie Owen Bass, Guitar
Dave Cavanaugh Bandleader
Walter L. "Hank Sugarfoot" Garland Guitar
Alvis E. Owens Guitar
Donald Robertson Piano
Douglas Briley Guitar
Wesley Webb West Steel Guitar
Walter L. Garland Guitar
Otis William Maphis Fiddle
Milton Curtis Berry Drums
Marion Z. Adams Drums
Lewis Augustus Talley Guitar
Johnnie White Steel Guitar, Vocals
J. R. Sanders Fiddle
Ivy J. Bryant Guitar
Edward M. "Eddie" Kirk Guitar
Charles O. Butler Saxophone
Charles Lee Owen Guitar
Benny Walker Vocals, Vocal Harmony
James Clayton Day Steel Guitar
Technical Credits
Skeets McDonald Composer
Roy Drusky Composer
Roy Hall Composer
Tommy Collins Composer
Leon Payne Composer
Ernest Tubb Composer
Jimmy Wakely Composer
Johnny Bond Composer
Harlan Howard Composer
Frank Jones Producer, Audio Production
Don Law Producer, Audio Production
Ralph Mooney Composer
Ken Nelson Producer, Audio Production
Fred Rose Composer
Mark Wilder Metal Transfers
Dick Reinhart Composer
Deke Dickerson Liner Notes, Biographical Information
Dave Dexter Jr. Producer, Audio Production
Cliff Crofford Composer
Slim Willet Composer
John Schmidt Contributor
R.A. Andreas Illustrations
Dave Sax Illustrations
Stefan Kohne Reissue Producer
Vic McAlpin Composer
Ace Dinning Composer
Ted Edlin Composer
Erich H├╝lsenbeck Photo Scanning
Bob Jones Mastering, Metal Transfers
Andreas Merck Photo Scanning
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