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All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
Honky tonk arose in the years following World War II and reflected a hard turn in country music toward, on the one hand, the personal tale, and on the other, a shared everyman isolation in a culture full of rapid change. Ironically, as the larger culture made everyone a generic cipher before all else, honky tonk viewed everyone as a uniquely damaged angel full of very real problems. It represented the first truly modern push in country music, and its poster boy was, of course, 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 -- all but one of those are included ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
Honky tonk arose in the years following World War II and reflected a hard turn in country music toward, on the one hand, the personal tale, and on the other, a shared everyman isolation in a culture full of rapid change. Ironically, as the larger culture made everyone a generic cipher before all else, honky tonk viewed everyone as a uniquely damaged angel full of very real problems. It represented the first truly modern push in country music, and its poster boy was, of course, 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 -- all but one of those are included in this collection, 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. This set covers his fruitful association with Decca Records, which began in 1951 and stretched all the way until 1972, although the sequence here breaks off in 1956. Included are his first big hit, "Wondering," a reworking of a popular Cajun waltz from the 1930s, and his fine remake of Jimmie Rodgers' timeless "In the Jailhouse Now." Pierce recorded into the 1980s, but his musical legacy rests on his 1950s sides with Decca, and the absolute high points are all present in this compilation, making it a very adequate introduction to the King of Honky Tonk.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/17/2007
  • Label: Asv Living Era
  • UPC: 743625566222
  • Catalog Number: 5662

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Webb Pierce Primary Artist
Chet Atkins Electric Guitar, Rhythm Guitar
Floyd Cramer Piano
Hank Garland Electric Guitar
The Jordanaires Background Vocals
Jimmy Day Steel Guitar
Grady Martin Guitar, Electric Guitar
Shot Jackson Steel Guitar
Johnnie Wright Guitar
Harold Bradley Bass Guitar, Rhythm Guitar
Owen Bradley Organ, Piano
Billy Byrd Electric Guitar, Rhythm Guitar
Lightnin' Chance Double Bass
Ray Edenton Guitar, Rhythm Guitar
Bob Foster Steel Guitar
Buddy Harman Drums
Ernie Newton Double Bass
Farris Coursey Drums
Tommy Hill Guitar
Bud Isaacs Pedal Steel Guitar
Doyle Wilburn Rhythm Guitar, Background Vocals, Double Bass
Teddy Wilburn Acoustic Guitar
Ray Crisp Violin
Sonny Burnette Steel Guitar
Allen Dale Potter Violin
Jack Kay Violin
Buddy Attaway Electric Guitar, Background Vocals
Billy Robinson Steel Guitar
Teddy & Doyle Wilburn Double Bass
Bud Issacs Steel Guitar
Allen Jay Potter Violin
Bob L. Moore Steel Guitar
Allen Day Potter Violin
Tommy Jackson Jr. Violin
Technical Credits
Marty Robbins Composer
Red Sovine Composer
Mel Tillis Composer
Cindy Walker Composer
Billy Cox Composer
A. Greisham Composer
Webb Pierce Composer
John "Buster" Coward Composer
Danny Dill Composer
Merle Kilgore Composer
Doyle Wilburn Sound Effects
Martin Haskell Remastering
Tex Grimsley Composer
Mark Ranshaw Artwork
Frankie Bailes Composer
Myra Freeman Composer
Joe Warner Composer
Ted Jarrett Composer
Frank Miller Composer
Russ Hull Composer
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