More Than Countryfied: The Early Recordings of Dick Damron, 1959-1976

More Than Countryfied: The Early Recordings of Dick Damron, 1959-1976

by Dick Damron
     
 

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George Hamilton IV once called Dick Damron "Canada's Willie Nelson," a phrase too catchy to not stick. Hamilton is onto something -- Damron attempted to play the game and eventually gained fame by going outlaw in the '70s -- yet the moniker doesn't quite fit comfortably, because Damron was a bit too much of a rockabilly cat at the outset, never sliding into the jazzy…  See more details below

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George Hamilton IV once called Dick Damron "Canada's Willie Nelson," a phrase too catchy to not stick. Hamilton is onto something -- Damron attempted to play the game and eventually gained fame by going outlaw in the '70s -- yet the moniker doesn't quite fit comfortably, because Damron was a bit too much of a rockabilly cat at the outset, never sliding into the jazzy changes that distinguished "Crazy" and "Night Life." Instead, Damron just was one of those muted mavericks on the fringes, carving out a career by working steadily in places that wouldn't quite make him a star, which included areas of his native Canada. Bear Family's triple-disc 2011 set More Than Countryfied -- its title an explicit admission that this is more than his breakthrough 1970 single -- gathers up everything he cut between 1956 and 1976, seemingly containing an emphasis on his tunes about Canada, but that's only because 1867-1967: Canadian Souvenir Album, his 1967 album of Canadian country released in time for the country's centennial, creates the greatest impact and provides a pivotal point in Damron's career. Prior to that, he was an enjoyable journeyman, but 1867-1967 gave him focus, pushing him toward storytelling and a layered blend of folk and country. Damron never lost that narrative knack, and he began to push deeper into progressive country, taking in elements of folk and rock as he got deeper into the '70s. If Damron didn't blaze a musically progressive path so much as he followed a wayward trail, he nevertheless was distinguished by his concentration on Canada, and the music collected on this fine three-disc set is some of the best country music to come out of the Great White North in the '60s and '70s.

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Product Details

Release Date:
03/28/2011
Label:
Imports
UPC:
4000127163905
catalogNumber:
2716390
Rank:
319705

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Tracks

Disc 1

  1. Gonna Have a Party
  2. Rockin' Baby
  3. That's What I Call Livin'
  4. Julie I Love You So
  5. Black Maria
  6. I Guess That's Life
  7. Little Sandy
  8. Nothin' Else
  9. The Same Old Thing Again
  10. Time Like This
  11. Pretty Moon
  12. Hitch Hikin'
  13. Strangers Again
  14. Stop Feeling Sorry for Yourself
  15. Hello Heartaches
  16. Double Trouble
  17. Reflections of a Fool
  18. Autumn in Her Eyes
  19. The Cumberland
  20. The Night the Dice Grew Cold
  21. A Thing Called Happiness
  22. The Hard Knocks in Life
  23. The Canadian Pioneers
  24. This Big Land
  25. Blood in the Morning Sun
  26. The Little Log Church
  27. The Golden Spike
  28. Canadas Golden West
  29. The Land of Davis Thompson
  30. Cross Country
  31. The City of Gold
  32. The Ballad of Louis Riel

Disc 2

  1. A Whole Lot Different
  2. Walk Out of My World
  3. My Heart Doesn't Sing
  4. Sentimental Memories
  5. Countryfied
  6. No One Knows It Better Than a Clown
  7. Rise 'n' Shine
  8. When Our Love Was Young
  9. The Long Green Line
  10. Jackson Country
  11. Going Home to the Country
  12. Walk a Country Mile
  13. Jimmy Justice
  14. Somewhere There's a Mountain
  15. Lonesome City
  16. Mirrors of My Mind
  17. Sweet Dreams of Yesterday
  18. California Girl
  19. Sharing the Good Life
  20. Rise 'n' Shine
  21. The Final Hour
  22. Cold Grey Winds of Autum
  23. One More Pretty Girl
  24. The End

Disc 3

  1. The Prophet
  2. All That I Was Living For
  3. Bittersweet Songs
  4. Things That Might Have Been
  5. The Cowboy and the Lady
  6. I Remember Love
  7. Knowin' That She's Leavin'
  8. Eastbound Highway
  9. Goin' Home Again
  10. Mama Was a Christian Lady
  11. Mother, Love and Country
  12. Backstage Ladies
  13. On the Road
  14. Half a Jug of Wine
  15. Good Ole Fashion Memories
  16. Soldier of Fortune
  17. Freedom and Time
  18. After All
  19. Lady-O
  20. One Night Stand
  21. Waylon's T-Shirt
  22. North Country Blues
  23. Susan Flowers
  24. You Can't Call It Country
  25. Charing Cross Cowboys
  26. Alberta Skyline
  27. Country Wine
  28. Just Another Old Rodeo Song
  29. If You Need Me Lord
  30. One More Day Away

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Dick Damron   Primary Artist,Rhythm Guitar,Harp,Vocals
Leroy Anderson   Banjo
John Arpin   Piano
Pete Drake   Steel Guitar
Harden Trio   Choir, Chorus
Sandy Posey   Choir, Chorus
Pete Bordonali   Guitar
Briscoe   Steel Guitar
Kenny Buttrey   Drums
Cherney   Fiddle
Billy Linneman   Bass
Bob Lucier   Steel Guitar
Hargus "Pig" Robbins   Piano
Steve Schaffer   Bass
Dale Sellers   Guitar
Red Shea   Guitar
Jerry Shook   Guitar
Henry Strzelecki   Bass
Ollie Strong   Steel Guitar
Joe Zinkan   Bass
Barry Keene   Drums
Tommy Hill   Guitar
Willie Cantu   Drums
Jerry Reed Hubbard   Guitar
Fred Carter   Guitar
Priscilla Mitchell   Choir, Chorus
Tony Migliore   Piano
Harold Weakley   Drums
William Paul Ackerman   Drums
Keith Bickerton   Guitar
Martha Damron   Piano
Roger Dye   Bass
Harold Lee "Curly" Chalker   Steel Guitar
Harald Rugg   Dobro,Steel Guitar
Roy Huskey   Bass
Kelton D. "Kelso" Herston   Guitar
Jerry D. Smith   Piano
Herman Bland "Pete" Wade   Guitar
Keith McKay   Guitar
Meroniuk   Steel Guitar
Gary Gast   Guitar
Roy Norman   Bass
Richard Chernesky   Guitar
Pat Sugura   Drums
Lloyd Marshall   Drums
James David Wolfe   Drums
Jack Wensley   Bass
Dan Damron   Guitar
Bill Gibbs   Bass

Technical Credits

Pete Drake   Producer
Tommy Hill   Producer
Deke Dickerson   Liner Notes
Gary Buck   Producer
Dick Damron   Composer,Producer,Illustrations
Ray Griff   Composer,Producer
Richard Weize   Reissue Producer
Nellie Smith   Composer
Steve Karliski   Composer
Andreas Merck   Photo Scanning
Keith Bickerton   Composer
Joe Kozak   Producer
Joe Bob Barnhill   Producer
Gary Walker   Producer
Leona Buttram   Composer
Larry Delaney   Illustrations
Este   Photo Restoration

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