Roughneck Blues 1949-1956

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All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
Strictly speaking, this isn't a Grady Martin CD so much as it's a compilation of recordings on which his guitar work as a session player figures prominently, although he's credited as the leader of the featured or backup group on a few of the cuts. Still, on most of these 32 tracks from 1949 to 1956 he was a hired hand, lending his licks to a wealth of hillbilly and rockabilly performers, including stars like Brenda Lee, Little Jimmy Dickens, Red Foley, Burl Ives, Johnny Horton, Wayne Raney, and a pre-fame Buddy Holly. There's even a bit of blues via his help on sides by Cecil Gant, as well as appearances on singles of various styles by a whole bunch of singers known...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
Strictly speaking, this isn't a Grady Martin CD so much as it's a compilation of recordings on which his guitar work as a session player figures prominently, although he's credited as the leader of the featured or backup group on a few of the cuts. Still, on most of these 32 tracks from 1949 to 1956 he was a hired hand, lending his licks to a wealth of hillbilly and rockabilly performers, including stars like Brenda Lee, Little Jimmy Dickens, Red Foley, Burl Ives, Johnny Horton, Wayne Raney, and a pre-fame Buddy Holly. There's even a bit of blues via his help on sides by Cecil Gant, as well as appearances on singles of various styles by a whole bunch of singers known only to collectors. Should you be interested in this material mostly for Martin's contributions, his guitar riffs are certainly excellent whether he's playing country boogie or moving into rock & roll, sometimes reeling off some scorching solos, at others offering more subordinate, sturdy work in service of the particular song. If you've got a wide taste for hillbilly and rockabilly of the period, however, it's a good listen no matter whether you're investigating it for Martin's participation or not. There's much energetic, good-humored music here from the time that country music was becoming more electrified and turning into different forms, including a couple acknowledged classics in Red Foley's "Chattanoogie Shoe Shine Boy" and the Johnny Burnette Trio's "The Train Kept A-Rollin'" though, as the liner notes acknowledge, Paul Burlison has accepted credit for playing on this particular rockabilly gem. Other significant pleasures include Holly's early efforts "Rock Around with Ollie Vee" and "Modern Don Juan"; Lee's fine rockabilly number "Bigelow 6-200"; the unhinged rockabilly of Don Woody's "Bird Dog" not the same song as the Everly Brothers' hit, the best little-known track here; and Ives' nervy novelty "Diesel Smoke, Dangerous Curves," which is about as raucous as he ever got on record. Even some of the more generic hillbilly
ockabilly sides here, and there are a good number of those, pass by enjoyably enough due to both Martin's guitar playing and the overall ebullience of the performances. The only thing this comp can be criticized for is the absence of original release
ecording dates and labels, though Dave Penny's liner notes are good.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/27/2007
  • Label: Rev-Ola Bandstand
  • EAN: 5013929482623
  • Catalog Number: 26
  • Sales rank: 58,326

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 San Antonio Rose - Grady Martin & The Slew Foot Five (3:01)
  2. 2 My Window Faces the South - Grady Martin & His Winging Strings (2:37)
  3. 3 A-Sleeping at the Foot of the Bed (2:42)
  4. 4 Chattanoogie Shoe Shine Boy - Red Foley (2:45)
  5. 5 Diesel Smoke, Dangerous Curves - Grady Martin & The Slew Foot Five (2:24)
  6. 6 (Now and Then There's) A Fool Such as I - Grady Martin & The Slew Foot Five (2:35)
  7. 7 Hillbilly Fever (2:54)
  8. 8 Birmingham Bounce - Red Foley (3:01)
  9. 9 Don't You Worry (2:23)
  10. 10 It Ain't Gonna Be Like That (2:39)
  11. 11 I'm a Big Boy Now (2:23)
  12. 12 My Girl and His Girl (2:35)
  13. 13 Roughneck Blues - Al Terry (2:32)
  14. 14 Bird Dog (2:21)
  15. 15 Juke Joint Johnny (2:28)
  16. 16 I'm a One-Woman Man (1:58)
  17. 17 Baby's Gone (1:55)
  18. 18 Shake Baby Shake (2:05)
  19. 19 All I Can Do Is Cry (2:05)
  20. 20 It Would Be a Doggone Lie (2:04)
  21. 21 I'm Hungry for Your Lovin' (2:09)
  22. 22 Three Alley Cats - Roy Hall (2:28)
  23. 23 Rock Billy Boogie - Johnny Burnette (2:32)
  24. 24 Crazy, Crazy Lovin' - Johnny Carroll & His Hot Rocks (2:16)
  25. 25 You're Barking Up the Wrong Tree (2:17)
  26. 26 Bigelo 6-200 - Brenda Lee (2:13)
  27. 27 Everybody's Rockin' But Me - Bobby Lord (2:09)
  28. 28 I'm Coming Home (2:04)
  29. 29 Rock Around with Ollie Vee - Buddy Holly (2:16)
  30. 30 Modern Don Juan - Buddy Holly (2:36)
  31. 31 The Train Kept A-Rollin' (2:14)
  32. 32 When My Dreamboat Comes Home - Grady Martin & The Slew Foot Five (2:04)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Grady Martin Primary Artist
Technical Credits
Tiny Bradshaw Composer
Norman Blake Recreation
Johnny Horton Composer
Hank Ballard Composer
Sonny Curtis Composer
Hardrock Gunter Composer
Roy Hall Composer
Cecil Gant Composer
Justin Tubb Composer
Lattie Moore Composer
Dorsey Burnette Composer
Henry Jerome Composer
Johnny Burnette Composer
Cliff Friend Composer
George Hawkins Composer
Jerry Livingston Composer
Mitchell Parish Composer
Dave Penny Producer, Liner Notes, Annotation
Wayne Walker Composer
Bob Wills Composer
Gary Walker Composer
Joe Foster Producer, Recreation
Don Guess Composer
Autry Inman Composer
Tillman Franks Composer
Hubert Long Composer
Jack Stapp Composer
Harry Stone Composer
Bob Moore & His Orchestra Author, Photo Courtesy
Don Woody Composer
Abner Silver Composer
Lois Mann Composer
Jimmy Rule Composer
Bill Trader Composer
Vernon Claud Composer
George Vaughn Composer
Happy Wilson Composer
Andy Morten Artwork
Dave Franklin Composer
Luther Patrick Composer
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