Hello, I'm Red Simpson

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Red Simpson never drove a truck but he sang plenty of songs about big rigs. No less than 27 of the 165 songs on Bear Family's 2012 box Hello, I'm Red Simpson -- a five-disc set containing all of his Capitol recordings, along with his early singles and a wisely curated selection of latter-day recordings stretching into the early '80s plus several unreleased acoustic songwriter demos -- contain the word "truck" in their titles, and that count excludes tunes with "Wheels" or "Road" in the titles, or other truck-driving classics like "Give Me Forty Acres" and "Nitro Express." Simpson certainly didn't spark the truck-driving country phenomenon of the '60s -- in fact,...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Red Simpson never drove a truck but he sang plenty of songs about big rigs. No less than 27 of the 165 songs on Bear Family's 2012 box Hello, I'm Red Simpson -- a five-disc set containing all of his Capitol recordings, along with his early singles and a wisely curated selection of latter-day recordings stretching into the early '80s plus several unreleased acoustic songwriter demos -- contain the word "truck" in their titles, and that count excludes tunes with "Wheels" or "Road" in the titles, or other truck-driving classics like "Give Me Forty Acres" and "Nitro Express." Simpson certainly didn't spark the truck-driving country phenomenon of the '60s -- in fact, he received his recording contract with Capitol solely because its president, Ken Nelson, wanted to cash in on the craze, figuring Red Simpson looked the part of a weathered long-distance trucker -- but he wound up defining it, his electrified Bakersfield twang sounding tougher and more road-ready than the steady-rolling rhythms of Dave Dudley or Dick Curless. Simpson's records were designed for the long haul -- they felt like the open road -- but it wasn't just sonics that made Red superior to other truck-driving singers: he was a sharp songwriter, author of such West Coast country classics as "Close Up the Honky Tonks," "Gonna Have Love," "You Don't Have Very Far to Go," and "Sam's Place," a skill that came in handy when he was tasked with cutting collections of songs about truckers or policemen, as he did on his Man Behind the Badge album. On the surface, all these songs about trucks and patrolmen seem like nothing more than novelties, and while Red certainly had a taste for the silly -- stretching all the way back to his second single "The Big Bank Robbery," a lark written in the style of Dallas Frazier -- Simpson's eye for small, telling details meant he found songs where others couldn't. A great deal of the pleasure of Hello, I'm Red Simpson is hearing these tales of the road, running all the way down to crafting an entertaining truck-driving Christmas album, something only a master craftsman could do. Simpson's sturdy workmanship wasn't limited to his writing; his deceptively casual delivery camouflaged how reliably sturdy his music and singing were, how he managed to hit a sweet spot with ease. Simpson wound up being limited by commercial constraints -- a reason he cut so many songs about trucks is that they were the only thing of his that sold, and when they stopped shifting units, he left Capitol and whiled away the rest of the '70s and early '80s re-recording hits and a few new songs for tiny budget labels. Bear Family chose to include only his newly composed tunes and covers from this period -- but that is no reflection of the quality of his music, which was consistently and thoroughly satisfying. And that's why the five discs of Hello, I'm Red Simpson are by no means overkill: through its seven hours there are no dead spots, the music is always moving forward, always the perfect soundtrack for long treks on the wide-open highway.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/10/2012
  • Label: Imports
  • EAN: 4000127169440
  • Catalog Number: 16944
  • Sales rank: 166,115

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Sweet Love (2:09)
  2. 2 Dolly Blues (2:15)
  3. 3 Big Bank Robbery (2:34)
  4. 4 Big Bank Robbery, Pt. 2 (2:41)
  5. 5 One Day With My Baby (2:00)
  6. 6 Dippy Daddle Love (2:02)
  7. 7 Jeannie with the Light Brown Cadillac (2:20)
  8. 8 George For a Day (2:31)
  9. 9 I've Just Lost You (2:50)
  10. 10 Ukulele Bailey (2:14)
  11. 11 Truck Drivin' Man (2:20)
  12. 12 Truck Driver's Blues (3:12)
  13. 13 Six Days On the Road (2:17)
  14. 14 Give Me Forty Acres (2:38)
  15. 15 Nitro Express (2:37)
  16. 16 My Baby's Waitin' (2:13)
  17. 17 Motivatin' Man (2:02)
  18. 18 Highway Man (2:36)
  19. 19 Big Mack (2:08)
  20. 20 Happy Go Lucky Truck Driver (2:19)
  21. 21 Runaway Truck (2:14)
  22. 22 Roll Truck Roll (2:50)
  23. 23 The Highway Patrol (2:19)
  24. 24 The City Police (2:32)
  25. 25 Sidewalk Patrol (2:33)
  26. 26 Rules of the Road (3:00)
  27. 27 Dreams Are Made For Fools (2:46)
  28. 28 I Fell In Love With You (2:42)
  29. 29 I'm Gonna Write Momma For Money (2:47)
  30. 30 I'm Actin' Like My Old Self Again (2:49)
  31. 31 I Just Cry a Little (2:44)
  32. 32 It's My Last Night In Town (2:27)
  33. 33 There Ain't Nothin' Happenin' To Me (2:27)
  34. 34 The Big Bank Robbery (2:14)
Disc 2
  1. 1 You're Under Arrest (2:15)
  2. 2 County Sheriff (2:28)
  3. 3 Workin' For the Highway Patrol (2:22)
  4. 4 Johnny Law (2:23)
  5. 5 Sheriff Sam (2:22)
  6. 6 Bad Man Highway Patrol (2:39)
  7. 7 I'm Turnin' In My Star (3:09)
  8. 8 25 Years On Patrol (2:53)
  9. 9 Diesel Smoke, Dangerous Curves (2:37)
  10. 10 Black Smoke a-Blowin' Over 18 Wheels (That's Home Sweet Home) (2:25)
  11. 11 Truck Daddy (2:45)
  12. 12 I'll Be Goin' Home To Momma (2:41)
  13. 13 A Tombstone Every Mile (2:32)
  14. 14 Piggyback Blues (2:24)
  15. 15 Take Me Home (2:34)
  16. 16 Born To Be a Trucker (3:25)
  17. 17 Jacknife (2:41)
  18. 18 Truck Drivin' Fool (2:32)
  19. 19 Sleeper, Five-By-Two (3:28)
  20. 20 Old Sam (3:04)
  21. 21 He Reminds Me a Whole Lot of Me (2:41)
  22. 22 Party Girl (2:20)
  23. 23 Mini-Skirt Minnie (2:07)
  24. 24 Honky Tonk Women (2:43)
  25. 25 The Lonely Old House (2:36)
  26. 26 Happy Travelin' Man (2:51)
  27. 27 I'm a Truck (3:10)
  28. 28 Where Love Used To Be (2:53)
  29. 29 Knights of the Road (2:14)
  30. 30 Drugstore Truck Driver (2:20)
  31. 31 Road Rhythm (2:29)
  32. 32 Motel Joe (2:02)
Disc 3
  1. 1 Good Old Truckin' Girl (1:50)
  2. 2 Truckin' Man (1:47)
  3. 3 Just Kept On Truckin' (2:30)
  4. 4 Gas, Food and Lodging (2:49)
  5. 5 Lady of the Road (2:26)
  6. 6 Country Western Truck Drivin' Singer (2:25)
  7. 7 You're the First (2:09)
  8. 8 Truckin' On Down the Road (2:12)
  9. 9 Ole Ben (2:49)
  10. 10 Hold on Ma'am (You Got Yourself a Honker) (2:01)
  11. 11 Fur Coats and Fancy Clothes (1:48)
  12. 12 Certainly (2:38)
  13. 13 The Ballad of Billy Jones (2:13)
  14. 14 Those Forgotten Trains (2:13)
  15. 15 You're All Over My Mind (2:49)
  16. 16 Jericho Jones (3:33)
  17. 17 Milesaver Man (2:43)
  18. 18 Awful Lot To Learn About Truck Drivin' (2:53)
  19. 19 You Still Got a Hold On Me (3:06)
  20. 20 Gas, Food and Lodging (2:50)
  21. 21 Feelin' Like Tarzan (2:37)
  22. 22 Truckin' Trees For Christmas (2:20)
  23. 23 Blue Blue Christmas (For This Truck Drivin' Man) (3:42)
  24. 24 Christmas Wheels (2:23)
  25. 25 The Old Christmas Truck (3:20)
  26. 26 Toys For Tots (2:44)
  27. 27 Santa's Comin' In a Big Ol' Truck (2:41)
  28. 28 Dad Will Be Home For Christmas (3:23)
  29. 29 Little Toy Trucks (2:27)
  30. 30 Gone Home For Christmas (2:35)
  31. 31 Out On the Road For Christmas (2:37)
Disc 4
  1. 1 Bill Woods From Bakersfield (2:35)
  2. 2 Bull-Shippers (2:23)
  3. 3 I'm a Pretty Good Man (2:30)
  4. 4 Blackboard of My Heart (2:43)
  5. 5 Honky Tonk Ladies Loverman (2:38)
  6. 6 Squirmin' (3:35)
  7. 7 Yip Yip (2:15)
  8. 8 If the World Ran Out of Diesel (2:03)
  9. 9 Gordon's Grocery Store (2:11)
  10. 10 Truck Drivin' Man and Wife (2:20)
  11. 11 Your Truck Drivin' Man's Comin' Home (2:27)
  12. 12 Streakin' the Opryland Park (3:05)
  13. 13 Love Has Never Done a Lot For Me (2:48)
  14. 14 Bull-Shippers (2:21)
  15. 15 Message From Home (3:24)
  16. 16 Inflation (2:24)
  17. 17 It Ain't Even Halloween (2:37)
  18. 18 Truck Driver's Heaven (3:09)
  19. 19 The Flying Saucer Man and the Truck Driver (2:52)
  20. 20 I Miss You a Little (2:49)
  21. 21 Longest Run (1:34)
  22. 22 Benny and Me (2:25)
  23. 23 Sam's Place (1:54)
  24. 24 Take Me Into Your World (2:42)
  25. 25 The World Keeps Turning Around (2:14)
  26. 26 We're Back To Strangers Again (2:51)
  27. 27 Gonna Have Love (1:40)
  28. 28 Ain't It Something (2:28)
  29. 29 Close All the Honky Tonks (2:55)
  30. 30 We Split the Blanket (1:54)
  31. 31 I Had a Girl Like Her One Time (2:29)
  32. 32 Kansas City Romeo (2:26)
Disc 5
  1. 1 Just Call Me Texas (2:18)
  2. 2 Trophies (2:46)
  3. 3 Buffalo Beauty (2:13)
  4. 4 Don't Touch My Hat (2:40)
  5. 5 Lady Lookin' For Love (1:59)
  6. 6 Me and Ole Cb (2:55)
  7. 7 Looking At the World Through a Windshield (2:15)
  8. 8 I'll Have Another Cup of Coffee (Then I'll Go) (2:08)
  9. 9 Movin' On (2:30)
  10. 10 18 Wheels Hummin' Home Sweet Home (2:54)
  11. 11 Truck Drivin' Son of a Gun (2:07)
  12. 12 Drivin' My Life Away (3:19)
  13. 13 Dear Mr. President (2:34)
  14. 14 Ronnie, Baby (2:59)
  15. 15 Lucky Ole Colorado (4:02)
  16. 16 Time Changes Everything (2:23)
  17. 17 The Flying Saucer Man and the Truck Driver (2:55)
  18. 18 Lady of the Road (2:26)
  19. 19 A Little Bit of Her (2:25)
  20. 20 You Put My World Back Together (1:58)
  21. 21 Living For You (2:25)
  22. 22 World Full of Love (2:06)
  23. 23 You're a Better Man Than Me (3:09)
  24. 24 Poco (2:32)
  25. 25 The Lonely G.I. (2:43)
  26. 26 Ship of Love (1:55)
  27. 27 I Ain't Found Me One (1:19)
  28. 28 Play the Guitar Softly (1:48)
  29. 29 Honky Tonks and Heartaches (1:54)
  30. 30 Walkin' Out Backwards (1:51)
  31. 31 If I Have To Live Without You (2:09)
  32. 32 I'm Gettin' Over a Heartache (2:39)
  33. 33 Here Again, Gone Again (1:36)
  34. 34 I Don't Think I Will (1:26)
  35. 35 Here Today Gone Tomorrow Daddy (1:56)
  36. 36 She Belongs To You (1:20)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Red Simpson Primary Artist, Guitar, Leader, Vocals
Bobby Durham Guitar, Rhythm Guitar
Al Casey Guitar
Bill Woods Guitar
Earl Ball Piano
Eddie Bayers Drums
Gene Breeden Bass, Guitar, Steel Guitar
Dennis Burnside Keyboards
Mark Casstevens Guitar
Doug Clements Choir, Chorus
Glenn Keener Guitar
Melvin King Drums
Leo LeBlanc Steel Guitar
Jay Dee Maness Steel Guitar
Bob Morris Bass
Larry Muhoberac Keyboards, Leader
Roy Nichols Guitar
Bonnie Owens Vocals
Larry Sasser Steel Guitar
Donna Sheridan Choir, Chorus
Lewis Talley Bass
Karen Taylor Choir, Chorus
Don Turner Guitar
Scotty Turner Guitar
Paul Worley Guitar
Mark Yeary Piano, Keyboards
Billy Mize Guitar, Rhythm Guitar
Jerry Ward Bass
Doyle Holly Guitar
Jelly Sanders Fiddle, Guitar
Jim Alley Guitar
Dennis Payne Bass
Billy Walker Jr. Guitar
Ivy J. "Jimmy" Bryant Fiddle, Guitar
Mel King Drums
David Dixon Guitar, Drums
George French Jr. Piano
David Dison Guitar
Ronnie Tutt Drums
Helen Thompson Guitar
Gene Brown Steel Guitar
Tommy Ash Drums
Melvin Lee "Mel" King Drums
Oscar Whittington Fiddle
Ellis Miller Banjo, Bass
Joe Osborne Bass
Ron Stephens Steel Guitar
Al Henson Choir, Chorus
Eugene Moles Guitar
Larry Petree Steel Guitar
Sonny Garish Steel Guitar
Gene "Denver" Moles Guitar
The Keynotes Choral Group Background Vocals
Ray Salter Bass, Guitar
Mel Lawrence Bass
Lorraine Walden Vocals
Joe Lewellen Drums
Jimmy Gene Smith Guitar
Jeremiah Ott Bass
Jimmy Phillips Drums
Jack Jackson Bass
Gene "Geno Keys" Lanholm Piano
Ernie Kelly Piano
Danny Sneed Steel Guitar
Glen Ayers Drums
Dan Breeden Drums
Al Burno Guitar
Technical Credits
Dave Dudley Composer
Merle Haggard Composer
Buck Owens Composer
Eddie Rabbitt Composer
Hank Thompson Composer
Frank Morgan Composer
Tommy Collins Composer
Curtis Leach Composer
Ned Miller Composer
Red Simpson Composer, Producer, Illustrations
Eddie Dean Composer
Bill Woods Composer
Gene Breeden Composer, Producer
Tommy Duncan Composer
Terry Fell Composer
Archie Francis Composer
Lyle Gaston Composer
David Malloy Composer
Larry Muhoberac Arranger
Ken Nelson Composer, Producer
Don Rich Composer
Ray Rush Composer
Even Stevens Composer
Lewis Talley Producer
David Thompson Producer
Scotty Turner Composer
Ted Daffan Composer
Chick Rains Composer
Billy Mize Composer
Fuzzy Owen Producer
Doyle Holly Composer
Jim Alley Composer
Cliff Crofford Composer
Gene Moles Composer
Dennis Payne Composer
Steve Graham Composer
Richard Weize Tape Research
Mike Hoyer Composer
Jack Rivers Producer
Bob Stanton Composer
Roy Baham Composer
June Davis Composer
Dixie Deen Composer
Jim Fagan Composer
Hal Southern Composer
Christian Zwarg Mastering
Bill Smith Composer
Carl Montgomery Composer
Earl Green Composer
Alex Harvey Composer
Ed James Composer
Mohns Mohnssen Illustrations
Andreas Merck Photo Scanning
Carl Moore Composer
Dan Fulkerson Composer
Mitch Johnson Composer
Buddy Mize Composer
Randall Rogers Composer
Glen Goza Composer
Gene Keys Composer
Gene Brown Composer
Mychael Gerstenberger Artwork
Steve Stone Producer
Cal Martin Composer
Pete Beck Composer
Bill Brock Composer
Sam Malbuch Photo Restoration
Ray King Composer
Walt Woodward Composer
Scott B. Bomar Reissue Producer, Tape Research, Biographical Notes
Oran Reeves Composer
Norman "Smiley Monroe" Mongold Composer
Lorraine Walden Composer, Duet
Lloyd E. Martin Composer
Lillian Richardson Producer
John Greene Composer
John Cunningham Composer
Jimmy Simpson Composer
Jim Thornton Composer
Jerry Chestnut Composer
Jack Jackson Producer
Earle Greene Composer
Doc Cunningham Composer
David Bell Producer
Darrel Reed Composer
Glen Ayers Composer
Chris Roberts Composer
Bernadine Simpson Composer
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