Night Train to Nashville: Music City Rhythm & Blues 1945-1970

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Barnes & Noble - David McGee
For those unaware of Nashville's rich history as a hotbed of R&B back in the day, this two-disc set from the Country Music Hall of Fame label will be an enlightening adventure. And even for those in the know, Night Train to Nashville's 37 tracks will not only evoke fond memories but also make a welcome addition to the archives, given that this music has never before been collected on one set, with some of it impossible to find anywhere in the CD era and for much of the vinyl era as well. Disc 1 features the earliest tracks in the time frame, including Louis Jordan–like jump blues such as Rudy Green & His Orchestra's "Buzzard Pie"; Kid King's Combo's raucous ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - David McGee
For those unaware of Nashville's rich history as a hotbed of R&B back in the day, this two-disc set from the Country Music Hall of Fame label will be an enlightening adventure. And even for those in the know, Night Train to Nashville's 37 tracks will not only evoke fond memories but also make a welcome addition to the archives, given that this music has never before been collected on one set, with some of it impossible to find anywhere in the CD era and for much of the vinyl era as well. Disc 1 features the earliest tracks in the time frame, including Louis Jordan–like jump blues such as Rudy Green & His Orchestra's "Buzzard Pie"; Kid King's Combo's raucous "Skip's Boogie"; Christine Kottrell's mesmerizing slow blues lament from 1952, "Sittin' Here Drinking"; and the red-hot 1958 workout "Rockin' the Joint" from Esquerita, a major influence on Little Richard. Disc 2 cooks mightily on the strength of more familiar material by top-drawer artists: Arthur Alexander's "Anna" later covered by the Beatles, Bobby Hebb's enduring "Sunny," Joe Simon's "The Chokin' Kind," Joe Tex's impassioned "I Want to Do Everything for You," and Robert Knight's original, timeless "Everlasting Love," among others. And that's not to mention two of the greatest R&B/blues singers of any era: Etta James, screeching ferociously through a bristling live take of "What'd I Say," and Ruth Brown, also caught live, storming through a righteous, spiteful version of "Mama, He Treats Your Daughter Mean." Not the least of this set's virtues is its history lesson, which illustrates the evolution of postwar R&B into modern soul. Mark it essential, because it is.
All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Issued to coincide with the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum's historic exhibit of the same name, this two-CD set is a treasure-trove of hits, misses, rarities, and smoking grooves. Certainly Nash Vegas is the capital of country music, but in its day it also boasted a wealth of stomping rhythm and blues music that flourished in the city for the better part of three decades, until the bulldozers of "urban renewal" destroyed much of its cultural base and forced it from its terrain. With 35 tracks, plus a pair of bonus tracks that are commercials, this set is an affordable, indispensable introduction to a nearly forgotten part of American musical history. The labels represented here are a cross-section of the great regional independents that were so numerous n the '40s, '50s and '60s. Imprints such as Do-Ra-Mi, who recorded Audrey Bryant, Excello, Champion, Sun, Hickory, Bullet, Dial, A-Bet, Elf, and Sound Stage recorded both luminaries and nobodies. Here are early sides by Hank Crawford when he was in a jump band, the wild and wooly Esquerita, Joe Tex, Arthur Alexander, Roscoe Shelton, Joe Simon, Etta James, Johnny Adams, and Christine Kittrell. And there are cuts by cats like Johnny Jones, Nashville's premier blues guitar slinger, Audrey Bryant, the city's Sarah Vaughan, and others who scored big on Nashville radio and jukeboxes, such as Peggy Scott and Jo Jo Benson, Clifford Curry, and Robert Knight. While some of these names might not mean much to causal listeners of old rhythm and blues and soul, connoisseurs will be delighted to find these sides, many of them on CD for the first time. However, the appeal of this collection should not be limited to aficionados, as virtually every track is crackling with energy, verve, and raw immediate soul. Sound is better than decent, the selection is impeccable, and the track notes by Michael Gray are top-notch.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/24/2004
  • Label: Lost Highway
  • UPC: 602498618240
  • Catalog Number: 000210002
  • Sales rank: 92,231

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Nashville Jumps - Cecil Gant (2:54)
  2. 2 Buzzard Pie - Rudy Green Orchestra (2:40)
  3. 3 Skip's Boogie - Kid King's Combo (2:53)
  4. 4 L & N Special (2:30)
  5. 5 Sittin' Here Drinking (3:28)
  6. 6 Just Walkin in the Rain (2:42)
  7. 7 If You and I Could Be Sweethearts - The Varieteers (2:17)
  8. 8 Baby Let's Play House (2:44)
  9. 9 Christene - Little Hank & The Ryhthm Kings (2:44)
  10. 10 It's Love Baby - Louis Brooks & Hi Toppers (2:38)
  11. 11 Rollin' Stone (2:51)
  12. 12 You Can Make It If You Try (2:07)
  13. 13 Rockin' the Joint (2:00)
  14. 14 Let's Trade a Little - Audrey Bryant (2:04)
  15. 15 Say You Really Care (2:24)
  16. 16 Somebody, Somewhere (2:34)
  17. 17 Pipe Dreams - Jimmy Beck & His Orchestra (2:14)
  18. 18 Wlac Commercial (0:27)
  19. 19 White Rose - Earl Gaines (2:02)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Wlac Air Check/Monkey Doin' Woman (3:11)
  2. 2 What'd I Say ] - Shy Guy Douglas (3:15)
  3. 3 Really Part 1 - Etta James (2:10)
  4. 4 Just Like Him - Johnny Jones & The Imperial 7 (2:33)
  5. 5 Anna - Frank Howard & The Commanders (2:48)
  6. 6 Snap Your Fingers - Arthur Alexander (2:58)
  7. 7 Mama, He Treats Your Daughter Mean (Single - Joe A. Henderson (2:56)
  8. 8 Something Tells Me - Ruth Brown (2:23)
  9. 9 Sunny - Sam Baker (2:47)
  10. 10 I Want to Do Everything for You - Bobby Hebb (2:07)
  11. 11 Bigger and Better - The Hytones (2:22)
  12. 12 Since I Met You Baby - The Hytones (2:40)
  13. 13 The Chokin' Kind (2:40)
  14. 14 The She Shot a Hole in My Soul - Clifford Curry (2:24)
  15. 15 Gotta Get Yourself Together (2:30)
  16. 16 Soul Shake - The Valentines (2:24)
  17. 17 Reconsider Me - Jo Jo Benson (3:48)
  18. 18 Everlasting Love (2:59)
  19. 19 Everlasting Love - Robert Knight (2:59)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Andy Davis Group Member
Earl Gaines Group Member
Dr. Morgan Babb Vocals, DJ
Louis Brooks Saxophone, Group Member
Ollie E. Brown Group Member
James Clemmons Group Member
Paul Easley Group Member
James Moon Group Member
Charles Myers Group Member
Mike Smyth Vinyl Disks
David Sherry Vinyl Disks
Johnny Jones & the King Casuals Bass Guitar
Frank Howard Vinyl Disks
Stanley Hemphill Group Member
Buford Majors Group Member
Clifford McCray Group Member
Lovell "Knott" Phillips Group Member
James Stuart Group Member
Technical Credits
Etta James Contributor
Floyd Cramer Contributor
Hank Garland Contributor
Arthur Alexander Composer
Ray Charles Composer
Esquerita Composer, Contributor
Joe Tex Composer, Contributor
Gene Allison Contributor
Mac Gayden Composer, Contributor
Arthur Neal Gunter Composer
Cecil Gant Composer, Contributor
Grady Martin Composer
Bobby Hebb Composer, Contributor
Buzz Cason Composer, Contributor
Ted Adams Contributor
Bill Allen Contributor
Johnny Bragg Composer
Louis Brooks Back Cover
Freeman Brown Artwork
Boudleaux Bryant Contributor
Lightnin' Chance Contributor
Shy Guy Douglas Composer
Charles Grant Contributor
Rudy Green Composer
Robert Holmes Composer
Harlan Howard Composer
Buddy Killen Producer
Joseph M. Palmaccio Mastering
Hargus "Pig" Robbins Contributor
Alex Zanetis Composer
Clifford Curry Contributor
Farris Coursey Contributor
Roscoe Shelton Composer
Daniel Cooper Producer
Michael Gray Producer, Liner Notes
Margaret Lewis Composer
Don Whitehead Contributor
Jimmy Sweeney Contributor
Kira Florita Art Direction, Licensing
Wade Conklin Contributor
Ron Wynn Liner Notes
Ralph Nelson Composer
John Richbourg Contributor
Robert Riley Songwriter, Composer
Ernie Young Contributor
Edward Brooks Composer
Ted Jarrett Composer, Contributor
Christine Kittrell Composer, Contributor
Earl Gaines Band Contributor
Johnny Jones & the King Casuals Artwork
Frank Howard Artwork
Charlie Singleton Composer
Louis Brooks & His Hi-Toppers Contributor
Herschel Carter Artwork
Jack Charamella Contributor
Charlie Fite Artwork
Herman Grizzard Contributor
Elek Horvath Licensing
Frank Howard & The Commanders Artwork
Ted Swinney Contributor
Gene Nobles Author
Jim Bulleit Composer
Robert Knight Contributor
Johnny Wallace Composer
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  • Posted February 7, 2011

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    Nashville Soul? You Bet!

    This 2-CD set, which spans 25 years, is ample proof that Nashville was quite a maven for blues and R&B performers, as well as country singers. Assembled by The Country Music Hall Of Fame, "Night Train To Nashville" is a wonderful trip down the so-called "chitlin' circuit", featuring many performers most of us don't know in addition to a few we may recognize. The early material is mostly straight blues, which is very good, from Rudy Green ("Buzzard Pie") to The Prisonaires, an accepella group who really were prisoners. There's a Little Richard wannabe named Esquerita, who actually could pass for the real thing---and then, there's Little Richard himself doing an uproarious radio commercial. Some of these songs most of us know but by other artists; such as Robert Knight's "Everlasting Love" which was covered by Gloria Estefan and Arthur Alexander's "Anna" which was covered by The Beatles. There's a raucuous live version of Etta James' cover of Ray Charles' "What I'd Say". However, my favorite song is R&B maven Ruth Brown tearing into "Mama, He Treats Your Daughter Mean" featuring a bevvy of Nashville musicians (one of which is Ray Stevens, long before he was singing against Obamacare). It's a delightful collection of songs from a time when segregation was almost everywhere but so was the tremendous talent.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Hop on this train!!!

    This is one fantasic R & B cd. I could and will listen to this great compilation all day. If you love boogie and great R&B, you can not live without this set. Each track is a new gift that I had never heard before and I am so glad I ordered this cd.

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