High Geared Daddy

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All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
Honky tonk represented the first truly modern push in country music, and its poster boy was, of course, the haunted and tragic Hank Williams, but it could easily be argued that Webb Pierce, with his Nudie suits and big cars, his 96 charting singles (13 reached the top spot on the charts), and his love/hate relationship with the Nashville music establishment, did even more to present an identifiable and long-term face for honky tonk and the modernization of country. Pierce was also a prescient and astute businessman, establishing his own record label, Pacemaker Records, as early as 1950, and also set up a prosperous publishing company, Cedarwood Publishing, and purchased ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
Honky tonk represented the first truly modern push in country music, and its poster boy was, of course, the haunted and tragic Hank Williams, but it could easily be argued that Webb Pierce, with his Nudie suits and big cars, his 96 charting singles (13 reached the top spot on the charts), and his love/hate relationship with the Nashville music establishment, did even more to present an identifiable and long-term face for honky tonk and the modernization of country. Pierce was also a prescient and astute businessman, establishing his own record label, Pacemaker Records, as early as 1950, and also set up a prosperous publishing company, Cedarwood Publishing, and purchased several radio stations as well, creating what was essentially a one-man music conglomerate that still stands as a viable template for contemporary artists. He also bought most of the songs he is supposed to have written, was a constant and ardent opportunist, and in general pissed off a lot of people, which is no doubt why his considerable legacy doesn't always get the respect it deserves with the country music establishment. The heart of that legacy is presented here in this generous 32-track anthology that covers the years 1949 to 1959 and includes Pierce's key sides for the Fourstars, Pacemaker, and Decca imprints (Pierce would record with Decca all the way into the 1970s, but his most memorable work with the label arguably took place in the late 1950s). Included are his canny remakes of Roy Acuff's "Freight Train Blues" and Jimmie Rodgers' "In the Jailhouse Now," two songs that Pierce made his own, his 1956 duet with Red Sovine on George Jones' "Why Baby Why," and both the country swing version of "Hayride Boogie" from 1950 and the rockabilly makeover he performed on the tune to turn it into 1956's "Teenage Boogie." For all his flash, bluster, and swagger, Pierce always knew what he was doing artistically, particularly if it was certain to generate some cash, and his awareness of the media in everything he did marks him as perhaps the first true modern country star. Nashville may not always give him his due, but the fact remains that without Webb Pierce and the calculated and deliberate ruckus he raised, country music would be a good deal duller.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/25/2008
  • Label: Imports
  • EAN: 4000127167903
  • Catalog Number: 2716790
  • Sales rank: 168,681

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 High Geared Daddy - Webb Pierce & His Southern Valley Boys (2:40)
  2. 2 New Panhandle Rag - Webb Pierce & His Southern Valley Boys (2:47)
  3. 3 Heebie Jeebie Blues - Webb Pierce & His Southern Valley Boys (2:11)
  4. 4 Georgia Rag - Webb Pierce & His Southern Valley Boys (2:55)
  5. 5 Freight Train Blues (3:05)
  6. 6 Hayride Boogie - Webb Pierce & His Rainbow Boys (2:41)
  7. 7 Have You Ever Had the Feeling - Webb Pierce & His Southern Valley Boys (2:37)
  8. 8 Drifting Texas Sand (2:43)
  9. 9 You Scared the Love Right out of Me (2:31)
  10. 10 I'm Gonna See My Baby (2:31)
  11. 11 I Just Can't Be True (2:21)
  12. 12 California Blues (3:03)
  13. 13 In the Jailhouse Now (2:04)
  14. 14 Sneakin' All Around (2:15)
  15. 15 Love, Love, Love (2:51)
  16. 16 Why Baby Why (2:31)
  17. 17 Any Old Time (2:06)
  18. 18 Teen Age Boogie (2:15)
  19. 19 I'm Tired (1:57)
  20. 20 Honky Tonk Song (2:04)
  21. 21 Bye Bye Love (2:09)
  22. 22 Who Wouldn't Love You (2:24)
  23. 23 New Panhandle Rag (1:57)
  24. 24 Holiday for Love (2:17)
  25. 25 The New Raunchy (1:59)
  26. 26 English Sweetheart (2:05)
  27. 27 You'll Come Back (2:05)
  28. 28 Tupelo County Jail (2:04)
  29. 29 After the Boy Gets the Girl (2:20)
  30. 30 Pick Me Up on Your Way Down (2:37)
  31. 31 I Ain't Never (1:54)
  32. 32 Teenage Boogie (2:16)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Webb Pierce Primary Artist, Guitar, Vocals
Floyd Cramer Piano
Hank Garland Guitar, Electric Guitar
Red Sovine Vocals
Mel Tillis Guitar
The Jordanaires Choir, Chorus
Jimmy Day Steel Guitar
Don Helms Steel Guitar
Grady Martin Guitar, Electric Guitar
Bill Phillips Guitar, Vocal Harmony
Shot Jackson Steel Guitar
Harold Bradley Guitar, Rhythm Guitar
Owen Bradley Organ, Piano, Leader
Billy Byrd Rhythm Guitar
Lightnin' Chance Bass
Ray Edenton Guitar, Rhythm Guitar
Buddy Harman Drums, Wood Block
John Hill Fiddle
Millie Kirkham Vocal Harmony
Farris Coursey Drums
Henry Newton "Tommy" Vaden Fiddle
Morris Palmer Drums
James "Jimmie" Selph Guitar
Tillman Franks Bass
Doyle Wilburn Rhythm Guitar, Slap Bass, Vocal Harmony
Teddy Wilburn Rhythm Guitar, Slap Bass, Vocal Harmony
Thomas Lee Jackson Jr. Fiddle
Elbert R. "Dutch" McMillan Saxophone
Sonny Burnette Steel Guitar
Allen Dale Potter Fiddle
Jack Kay Fiddle
Buddy Attaway Electric Guitar, yodeling, Vocal Harmony
Don Winters Vocals
Billy Robinson Steel Guitar
Lonnie Melvin Tillis Vocals
Technical Credits
Ray Price Composer
Mel Tillis Composer
Leon McAuliffe Composer
Owen Bradley Producer
Felice Bryant Composer
Boudleaux Bryant Composer
Hoyt Hawkins Contributor
Harlan Howard Composer
Hugh Jarrett Contributor
Webb Pierce Composer, Producer
Wayne Walker Composer
Bill Carey Composer
Carl Fisher Composer
Rich Kienzle Biographical Notes
Sid Manker Composer
Bobby "BW" Wells Composer
Hugh Gordon Stoker Contributor
John "Buster" Coward Composer
Bill Justice Composer
Neal Matthews Jr. Contributor
Jurgen Crasser Mastering
Stefan Kohne Reissue Producer
Linda Baggett Composer
Darrell Edward Composer
Ted Jarrett Composer
Sven T. Uhrmann Illustrations
Cliff Hayes Composer
Erich H├╝lsenbeck Photo Scanning
Andreas Merck Photo Scanning
Buddy Attaway Composer
Buck Peddy Composer
Paul Cohen Producer
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