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Hillbilly Blues: 1928-1946

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All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
Country music began life as the white man's version of the blues. Termed "hillbilly music" until the early '50s, country embraced blues' form and themes, a template it continues to follow today, albeit dressed up in slicker clothes. It's still all about the hazards of love and the struggle to survive and find a good time in a world growing increasingly difficult. Hillbilly Blues kicks off with the classic Jimmie Rodgers recording of "Blue Yodel" and continues on through some two-dozen early blues tracks, including the gently swinging "That's All" by Merle Travis, a not-yet-quite-bluegrass "Blue Yodel # 4" by Bill Monroe and the odd-sounding vocal and guitar combination of...
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All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
Country music began life as the white man's version of the blues. Termed "hillbilly music" until the early '50s, country embraced blues' form and themes, a template it continues to follow today, albeit dressed up in slicker clothes. It's still all about the hazards of love and the struggle to survive and find a good time in a world growing increasingly difficult. Hillbilly Blues kicks off with the classic Jimmie Rodgers recording of "Blue Yodel" and continues on through some two-dozen early blues tracks, including the gently swinging "That's All" by Merle Travis, a not-yet-quite-bluegrass "Blue Yodel # 4" by Bill Monroe and the odd-sounding vocal and guitar combination of Darby & Tarlton. An early Chet Atkins instrumental, "Guitar Blues," reveals the accomplished style and skill that defined his whole career as a guitarist. Remastered from old 78s, the sound quality is surprisingly good. This is recommended for those interested in the roots of country.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/6/2001
  • Label: Fremeaux & Assoc. Fr
  • EAN: 3448960206525
  • Catalog Number: 65

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 T for Texas (Blue Yodel No. 1) - Jimmie Rodgers (3:26)
  2. 2 Heavy Hearted Blues - Darby & Tarlton (3:16)
  3. 3 Freight Train Ramble - Darby & Tarlton (3:07)
  4. 4 Arabella Blues - Jimmie Davis (2:21)
  5. 5 Sewing Machine Blues - Jimmie Davis (3:22)
  6. 6 Lonesome Jailhouse Blues - The Delmore Brothers (2:58)
  7. 7 Chain Gang Blues - Riley Puckett (3:01)
  8. 8 Easy Rider Blues - Jimmie Davis (2:58)
  9. 9 New Deal Blues - Allen Brothers (2:48)
  10. 10 Somebody's Been Using That Thing - Milton Brown (2:54)
  11. 11 Texas Hambone Blues - Milton Brown (2:46)
  12. 12 No Huggin' or Kissin' - Hartman's Heartbreakers (2:41)
  13. 13 Grandma and Grandpa - Hartman's Heartbreakers (3:08)
  14. 14 Swing Blues No. 1 - Bob Wills (2:37)
  15. 15 Mean Old Lonesome Blues - Buddy Jones (3:09)
  16. 16 Married Man Blues - Helen Hunt (2:42)
  17. 17 I'll Keep My Old Guitar - Adolph Hofner (2:34)
  18. 18 Gettin' Tired @@Rambling Rangers (2:31)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Someday Baby - The Shelton Brothers (3:01)
  2. 2 Worried Man's Blues - Sunshine Boys (2:41)
  3. 3 Honey What You Gonna Do? - Bob Wills (2:45)
  4. 4 Mean Mama Blues - Ernest Tubb (2:58)
  5. 5 What's the Matter With Deep Elm? - Sunshine Boys (2:44)
  6. 6 Lay Me Down Beside My Darling - Moon Mullican (2:41)
  7. 7 Midnight Special - Les Paul (2:13)
  8. 8 Milk Cow Blues - Johnnie Lee Wills (2:52)
  9. 9 Fort Worth Jail - Ernest Tubb (1:41)
  10. 10 That's All - Merle Travis (2:47)
  11. 11 T. Texas' Blues - T. Texas Tyler (3:06)
  12. 12 Driftin' Texas Sand - John "Buster" Coward (2:29)
  13. 13 Going Back to the Blue Ridge Mountain - The Delmore Brothers (2:50)
  14. 14 The Clouds Rained Trouble Down - Jack Guthrie (2:28)
  15. 15 Guitar Blues - Chet Atkins (2:51)
  16. 16 California Blues - Bill Monroe (3:07)
  17. 17 Kansas City Blues - Gene Sullivan (2:57)
  18. 18 You Better Do It Now - Spade Cooley (2:38)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Lester Flatt Guitar
Bill Monroe Mandolin, Vocals
Earl Scruggs Banjo
Chet Atkins Guitar
Bill Boyd Guitar
Jimmie Davis Guitar, Steel Guitar, Vocals
The Delmore Brothers Track Performer
Moon Mullican Piano, Baritone Saxophone, Vocals
Jimmie Rodgers Guitar, Vocals
Merle Travis Guitar, Vocals
Johnnie Lee Wills Banjo, Leader
Les Paul Guitar, Vocals
Buddy Jones Guitar, Vocals
Wayne Johnson Saxophone
Leon McAuliffe Steel Guitar
Noel Boggs Steel Guitar
Jack Guthrie Guitar, Vocals
Cliffie Stone Baritone Saxophone
Ernest Tubb Guitar, Vocals
Chubby Wise Fiddle
Darby & Tarlton Track Performer
Allen Brothers Track Performer
T. Texas Tyler Track Performer
Hartman's Heartbreakers Band
Riley Puckett Guitar, Vocals
Adolph Hofner Guitar, Vocals
Milton Brown Vocals
Spade Cooley Fiddle, Leader
Cliff Bruner Fiddle
Herman Arnspiger Guitar
Jesse Ashlock Fiddle
Lester Barnard Jr. Guitar
Tom Darby Guitar, Vocals
Jack Drake Baritone Saxophone
Tommy Duncan Vocals
Bert Ferguson Piano
Dudly Frazier Baritone Saxophone
Homer Haynes Guitar
Emil Hofner Steel Guitar
Sleepy Johnson Guitar
Millard Kelso Piano
Jamie MacIntosh Trumpet
Robert McNally Saxophone
Charles Mitchell Guitar, Steel Guitar, Baritone Saxophone
Ernie Newton Baritone Saxophone
Cedric Rainwater Baritone Saxophone
Wayne Raney Harmonica
Smokey Rogers Guitar
Neal Ruff Clarinet
Leonard Seago Fiddle
Eldon Shamblin Guitar
Al Stricklin Piano
J.D. Sumner Fiddle, Guitar, Drums, Baritone Saxophone
Jimmie Tarlton Steel Guitar, Vocals
Bob Wills Fiddle, Leader
Ocie Stockard Banjo
Luke Wills Baritone Saxophone
Austin Allen Banjo
Derwood Brown Guitar, Vocals
Fred "Papa" Calhoun Piano
Wanna Coffman Baritone Saxophone
Pedro DePaul Accordion
Bob Dunne Steel Guitar
Son Lansford Baritone Saxophone
Luke Owens Steel Guitar
Gene Sullivan Guitar, Vocals
Gene Tomlins Drums
John Weis Guitar
Smokey Dacus Drums
Slim Harbert Guitar, Vocals
Don Harlan Clarinet
John "Buster" Coward Vocals
Vic Davis Piano
Alton Delmore Guitar, Vocals
Rabon Delmore Guitar, Vocals
Harley Huggins Guitar
Roy Lanham Guitar
Red Murrell Guitar
The Shelton Brothers Track Performer
Bob Shelton Fiddle, Guitar, Vocals
Joe Shelton Fiddle, Guitar, Vocals
Deuce Spriggins Baritone Saxophone
Wiley Walker Mandolin
Oscar Woods Steel Guitar
Sunshine Boys Band
Joaquin Murphy Steel Guitar
Louis Innis Guitar
Porky Freedman Guitar
Dutch McMillin Clarinet
Faye Smith Baritone Saxophone, Guitar (Baritone)
James "Jimmy" Atkins Fiddle, Vocals
Johnny Sapp Fiddle
Jimmie Short Guitar
Leon Short Guitar
Leon Chappelear Guitar
Roy Starkey Baritone Saxophone
The Nite Owls Band
Eddie Bennett Piano
Billy Hughes Fiddle
Warren Penniman Drums
Cotton Thompson Fiddle, Vocals
Lee Allen Guitar, Kazoo, Vocals
Ray DeGear Saxophone
Kemo Head Steel Guitar
Helen Hunt Vocals
Greenville King Saxophone
Rubby Lewis Trumpet
Betty Lou Vocals
Cactus Soldi Fiddle
Ed Schafer Guitar
Joe Ferguson Baritone Saxophone
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