Steppin' Out Kind

Steppin' Out Kind

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by Grandpa Jones
     
 
Although Louis Marshall Jones was only around 30-years-old when he cut his first acetate for Syd Nathan's fledgling Dayton, Ohio-based King Records in 1943, he was already known as Grandpa Jones, earning the nickname because he supposedly sounded like an old man when he spoke on the radio (over his half-century career, Jones grew into the physical aspect of the name,

Overview

Although Louis Marshall Jones was only around 30-years-old when he cut his first acetate for Syd Nathan's fledgling Dayton, Ohio-based King Records in 1943, he was already known as Grandpa Jones, earning the nickname because he supposedly sounded like an old man when he spoke on the radio (over his half-century career, Jones grew into the physical aspect of the name, as well). This interesting collection, Steppin' Out Kind, gathers the best of the surviving acetates Jones cut for Nathan during his initial nine-year run with King, and these sides will be revelatory for those who are only familiar with the latter-day Jones through his appearances on the Hee Haw television show in the early '70s. Most of what is here falls into a kind of stripped-down and swinging country boogie style, helped along by the presence of Jones' good friend Merle Travis (who plays jaw-dropping electric guitar on some half dozen cuts), the steel guitar lines of Billy Strickland, and the fiddle, mandolin, and bass playing of the versatile Ramona Riggins, who would eventually become Jones' wife. By the end of the '40s, Jones was featuring his own flailing banjo style more frequently, and he began to sound increasingly like the second coming of Uncle Dave Macon on songs like the breakneck "What'll I Do with the Baby-O" and Jones' signature tune, "Old Rattler." Check out cuts like "It's Raining Here This Morning" or "Grandpa's Boogie," though, to hear Jones' earlier, slicker sound, or his wacky, raucous take on "Mule Train" to get a sense of how much the Hee Haw banjo character was exactly that, a character, albeit one Jones nurtured and milked for well over fifty years.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/14/2006
Label:
Ace Records Uk
UPC:
0029667018326
catalogNumber:
1098
Rank:
152989

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Tracks

  1. It's Raining Here This Morning
  2. I'll Be Around If You Need Me
  3. Grandpa's Boogie
  4. Heart Stealin' Mama
  5. Eight More Miles to Louisville
  6. Alimony Trouble
  7. Five String Banjo Boogie
  8. Ridin' on That Train
  9. Darby's Ram
  10. Take It on out the Door
  11. The Feudin' Boogie
  12. Mule Train
  13. Move It on Over
  14. What'll I Do with the Baby-O
  15. Steppin' out Kind
  16. Don't Sweet Talk Me
  17. Send in Your Name and Address
  18. That Depot in the Sky
  19. Old Rattler
  20. You'll Make Our Shack a Mansion
  21. Get Back on the Glory Road
  22. There's a Grave in the Wave of the Ocean
  23. Maybe You Will Miss Me When I'm Gone
  24. There's a Hole in the Ground
  25. When Mussolini Laid His Pistol Down
  26. Two-Time Annie

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Grandpa Jones   Primary Artist
Merle Travis   Guitar

Technical Credits

Grandpa Jones   Composer
Merle Travis   Composer
Henry Bernard   Composer
Fred Glickman   Composer
Hy Heath   Composer
John Lange   Composer
Tony Rounce   Liner Notes,Cover Photo
Alton Delmore   Composer
Rex Griffin   Composer
Syd Nathan   Composer
Louis Innis   Composer
Charles Schroeder   Composer
Carl Stutz   Composer
Roy Starkey   Composer
Louis Jones   Arranger,Composer
Traditional   Composer
Mya Simille   Composer
Charles Ancliffe   Composer

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