I Wouldn't Change You If I Could

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All Music Guide - Mark Deming
Hard acoustic country music doesn't get a lot better than the 30 sides cut by Carl Butler (with the Webster Brothers backing him up) on this collection of his superb OKeh and Columbia singles. The best material on this disc recalls Hank Williams at his peak, but stylistically Butler was more a contemporary of Williams than a follower, even if the first of these tunes was recorded a little more than a year after Hank's death, and though Butler wasn't a songwriter like Williams, he was arguably a better singer with a voice that split the difference between tough hillbilly twang and the smoother tones of a gifted crooner. The other musical reference point here is the Louvin ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Mark Deming
Hard acoustic country music doesn't get a lot better than the 30 sides cut by Carl Butler (with the Webster Brothers backing him up) on this collection of his superb OKeh and Columbia singles. The best material on this disc recalls Hank Williams at his peak, but stylistically Butler was more a contemporary of Williams than a follower, even if the first of these tunes was recorded a little more than a year after Hank's death, and though Butler wasn't a songwriter like Williams, he was arguably a better singer with a voice that split the difference between tough hillbilly twang and the smoother tones of a gifted crooner. The other musical reference point here is the Louvin Brothers, given Butler's sincere and impassioned handling of white gospel material (he also covers the Louvins' "Seven Year Blues" here), and though Butler's harmonies with Earl Webster lack the otherworldly beauty of the Louvin Brothers at their best, they're executed with easy skill and emotional power to spare. The cast of musicians tends to change from session to session beyond Butler, Earl Webster, and Audie Webster, but they're uniformly strong throughout, and the results are a joy to hear. It would be some time after these recordings before Butler would gain the chart success he richly deserved with "Honky Tonkitis" in 1961, but I Wouldn't Change You If I Could makes it clear these records didn't fail in the marketplace for a lack of talent or quality material. This is wonderful stuff that will bring a smile to any fan of classic old-school country of the 1950s, and the remastering and liner notes live up to Bear Family Records' typically high standards, adding to the value of an already strong release.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/17/2006
  • Label: Bear Family
  • UPC: 790051669928
  • Catalog Number: 16699

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Carl Butler and the Webster Brothers Primary Artist, Track Performer
Carl Butler Indexed Contributor
Hank Garland Guitar
Don Helms Steel Guitar
Grady Martin Guitar, Leader
Harold Bradley Guitar
Lightnin' Chance Bass
Buddy Harman Piano, Leader
Roy M. "Junior" Husky Bass
Ernest Ernie Newton Bass
Farris Coursey Drums
Dale Potter Fiddle
Jack Shook Guitar
Marvin H. Hughes Piano
Johnny Sibert Steel Guitar
Earl Webster Guitar, Leader, Vocals
Benny Sims Fiddle
Samuel K. "Sammy" Pruett Guitar
James Austin "Audie" Webster Mandolin, Vocals
Technical Credits
Lefty Frizzell Composer
Carl Butler Composer
Pearl Butler Composer
Jenny Carson Composer
Eddie Hill Composer
Don Law Producer
Ira Louvin Composer
Charlie Louvin Composer
Ray Wright Composer
Ronnie Pugh Liner Notes, Biographical Information
James Carson Composer
Autry Inman Composer
Johnnie Masters Composer
R.A. Andreas Illustrations
Richard Weize Producer, Tape Research
Tom James Composer
Jurgen Crasser Mastering
George Sherry Composer
Danny Wolfe Composer
James Brockman Composer
Buck Bryant Composer
Nat Vincent Composer
Bill Benson Composer
James C. Moore Composer
Sven T. Uhrmann Artwork
Jim Hess Composer
John Reedy Composer
Jerry Organ Composer
Andreas Merck Photo Scanning
James Kendis Composer
Ace Ball Composer
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