Wizards of Country Guitar: Selected Sides 1935-1955

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All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
The invention and introduction of electrically amplified instruments -- most notably the guitar and steel guitar -- began slowly transforming every branch of pop music beginning in the mid- to late '30s, shifting emphasis in bands from an ensemble approach to one that allowed for sharper sound definition and easily heard instrumental solos, all of which made the world, at least the recorded version of it, more defined and, well, louder. For the Western swing, honky tonk, and country genres, the change came when steel player Bob Dunn went electric with his group Musical Brownies in 1935. This fascinating four-disc, 100-track set attempts to put Dunn and his followers in ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
The invention and introduction of electrically amplified instruments -- most notably the guitar and steel guitar -- began slowly transforming every branch of pop music beginning in the mid- to late '30s, shifting emphasis in bands from an ensemble approach to one that allowed for sharper sound definition and easily heard instrumental solos, all of which made the world, at least the recorded version of it, more defined and, well, louder. For the Western swing, honky tonk, and country genres, the change came when steel player Bob Dunn went electric with his group Musical Brownies in 1935. This fascinating four-disc, 100-track set attempts to put Dunn and his followers in perspective as the move to amplified instruments began to sweep through pop and country, and devotes a disc each to classic tracks by Dunn, Billy Briggs, and Lefty Perkins and closes out with a disc featuring electric guitarist Jimmy Bryant and steel guitarist Speedy West searing through studio sessions. It's an illuminating collection full of stinging guitar lines and gracefully skewed arrangements that shows once and for all that rock & roll didn't invent the electric guitar.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/14/2011
  • Label: Jsp Records
  • UPC: 788065714420
  • Catalog Number: 77144
  • Sales rank: 154,262

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Chinatown My Chinatown - Bob Dunn (3:00)
  2. 2 Some of These Days - Bob Dunn (2:45)
  3. 3 The Sheik of Araby - Bob Dunn (2:42)
  4. 4 St. Louis Blues - Bob Dunn (3:11)
  5. 5 Somebody's Been Using That Thing - Bob Dunn (2:53)
  6. 6 Cheesy Breeze - Bob Dunn (2:47)
  7. 7 Fan It - Bob Dunn (2:53)
  8. 8 Taking Off - Bob Dunn (2:52)
  9. 9 Kangaroo Blues - Bob Dunn (2:53)
  10. 10 Draggin' the Bow - Bob Dunn (2:22)
  11. 11 Little White Lies - Bob Dunn (2:46)
  12. 12 Ease My Worried Mind - Bob Dunn (3:06)
  13. 13 Truck Driver's Blues - Bob Dunn (2:55)
  14. 14 I'll Get Mine by and Bye, No. 2 - Bob Dunn (3:09)
  15. 15 Out Where West Winds Blow - Bob Dunn (2:24)
  16. 16 Jitterbug Jive - Bob Dunn (2:53)
  17. 17 Mary Jane - Bob Dunn (2:32)
  18. 18 Takin' Off - Bob Dunn (2:33)
  19. 19 Mama's Gone, Goodbye - Bob Dunn (2:45)
  20. 20 Blue Skies - Bob Dunn (2:51)
  21. 21 What Difference Does It Make - Bob Dunn (3:21)
  22. 22 Texas Hambone Blues - Bob Dunn (2:45)
  23. 23 Washington and Lee Swing - Bob Dunn (2:41)
  24. 24 Easy Ridin' Papa - Bob Dunn (2:43)
  25. 25 When I Take My Sugar to Tea - Bob Dunn (2:29)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Bring It on Down to My House Honey - Lefty Perkins (2:51)
  2. 2 How Come You Do Me Like You Do - Lefty Perkins (2:28)
  3. 3 High Geared Daddy - Lefty Perkins (3:15)
  4. 4 Honky Tonk Blues - Lefty Perkins (3:07)
  5. 5 I Can't Give You Anything But Love - Lefty Perkins (2:59)
  6. 6 Confessin' (That I Love You) - Lefty Perkins (2:55)
  7. 7 There'll Be Some Changes Made - Lefty Perkins (3:08)
  8. 8 The One Rose - Lefty Perkins (3:04)
  9. 9 Long Long Ago - Lefty Perkins (3:03)
  10. 10 Everybody Loves My Marguerite - Lefty Perkins (2:52)
  11. 11 I Just Want Your Stingaree - Lefty Perkins (2:55)
  12. 12 Rose Room - Lefty Perkins (2:59)
  13. 13 Louise, Louise Blues - Lefty Perkins (2:37)
  14. 14 Cross Patch - Lefty Perkins (2:45)
  15. 15 Boyd's Tin Roof Blues - Billy Boyd & His Cowboy Ramblers (2:33)
  16. 16 Frosty Mornin' - Billy Boyd & His Cowboy Ramblers (2:38)
  17. 17 Goofus - Billy Boyd & His Cowboy Ramblers (2:34)
  18. 18 Beale Street Blues - Billy Boyd & His Cowboy Ramblers (2:35)
  19. 19 I've Got Those Oklahoma Blues - Billy Boyd & His Cowboy Ramblers (2:20)
  20. 20 Must I Hesitate? - Billy Boyd & His Cowboy Ramblers (2:31)
  21. 21 Lone Star - Billy Boyd & His Cowboy Ramblers (2:26)
  22. 22 River Blues - Billy Boyd & His Cowboy Ramblers (2:43)
  23. 23 Wah Hoo - Billy Boyd & His Cowboy Ramblers (3:18)
  24. 24 Cross Eyed Gal on the Hill - Billy Boyd & His Cowboy Ramblers (2:51)
  25. 25 Eyes of Texas - Billy Boyd & His Cowboy Ramblers (3:16)
Disc 3
  1. 1 Hi Flyer Stomp - The Hi-Flyers (2:45)
  2. 2 Joe Turner Blues - The Hi-Flyers (2:44)
  3. 3 Under the Double Eagle - The Hi-Flyers (2:40)
  4. 4 Old Tobacco Mill - The Hi-Flyers (2:34)
  5. 5 Static Stomp - The Hi-Flyers (2:22)
  6. 6 You're the One I Care For - The Hi-Flyers (2:30)
  7. 7 There's a Little Green Mill (By a Little Green Hill) - The Hi-Flyers (2:31)
  8. 8 The Five Piece Band - The Hi-Flyers (2:51)
  9. 9 There's Evil in You Chillun' - Billy Briggs (2:54)
  10. 10 Visions of the Past - Billy Briggs (3:03)
  11. 11 Mama Inez - Billy Briggs (2:36)
  12. 12 Am I Blue - Billy Briggs (2:40)
  13. 13 Spanish Cavalier - Billy Briggs (2:37)
  14. 14 Oh Monah! - Billy Briggs (2:51)
  15. 15 I'll Always Be in Love with You - Billy Briggs (3:15)
  16. 16 My Gal Don't Love Me Anymore - Billy Briggs (2:44)
  17. 17 Following You Around - Billy Briggs (3:00)
  18. 18 Thinking of You - Billy Briggs (3:00)
  19. 19 I Live in Memory of You - Billy Briggs (2:52)
  20. 20 My Prairie Queen - Billy Briggs (2:46)
  21. 21 Make a Wreath for Mary - Billy Briggs (2:34)
  22. 22 Panhandle Shuffle - Billy Briggs (2:29)
  23. 23 Sally's Got a Wooden Leg - Billy Briggs (2:46)
  24. 24 Pretty Baby Boogie - Billy Briggs' XIT Boys (2:32)
  25. 25 Down in New Orleans - Billy Briggs' XIT Boys (2:47)
Disc 4
  1. 1 Cracker Jack - Jimmy Bryant (2:10)
  2. 2 Georgia Steel Guitar - Jimmy Bryant (1:57)
  3. 3 Midnight Ramble - Jimmy Bryant (1:55)
  4. 4 Serenade to a Frog - Jimmy Bryant (2:06)
  5. 5 Roadside Rag - Jimmy Bryant (2:19)
  6. 6 Truck Driver's Ride - Jimmy Bryant (2:12)
  7. 7 Hub Cap Roll - Jimmy Bryant (2:16)
  8. 8 Bryant's Bounce - Jimmy Bryant (2:21)
  9. 9 Hop Skip and Jump - Jimmy Bryant (2:22)
  10. 10 Old Joe Clark - Jimmy Bryant (2:22)
  11. 11 Blue Bonnet Rag - Jimmy Bryant (2:31)
  12. 12 Low Man on a Totem Pole - Jimmy Bryant (2:38)
  13. 13 Country Capers - Jimmy Bryant (2:13)
  14. 14 This Is Southland - Jimmy Bryant (2:36)
  15. 15 Arkansas Traveller - Jimmy Bryant (2:06)
  16. 16 Swingin' on the Strings - Jimmy Bryant (2:19)
  17. 17 Speedin' West - Jimmy Bryant (2:02)
  18. 18 Railroadin' - Jimmy Bryant (2:14)
  19. 19 West of Samoa - Jimmy Bryant (2:33)
  20. 20 Caffeine Patrol - Jimmy Bryant (1:51)
  21. 21 Flippin' the Lid - Jimmy Bryant (2:07)
  22. 22 This Ain't the Blues - Jimmy Bryant (2:09)
  23. 23 Stainless Steel - Jimmy Bryant (2:08)
  24. 24 Stealin' Moonlight - Jimmy Bryant (2:40)
  25. 25 Stratosphere Boogie - Jimmy Bryant (2:11)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Bill Boyd Guitar, Vocals
Moon Mullican Piano, Vocals
Floyd Tillman Vocals
Buddy Jones Vocals
Knocky Parker Piano, Accordion
Leon Payne Guitar, Vocals
Cliffie Stone Bass
Billy Strange Guitar
The Sons of the West Vocals
Milton Brown Vocals
Cliff Bruner Fiddle, Vocals
Jesse Ashlock Fiddle, Vocals
Billy Briggs Vocals
Roy Harte Drums
Cecil Brower Fiddle
Ocie Stockard Trombone, Vocals, Tenor Banjo
Derwood Brown Guitar, Vocals
George Bruns Bass
Hezzie Bryant String Bass
Wanna Coffman String Bass
Butch Gibson Clarinet
Ish Irwin String Bass
Walter Kirkes Tenor Banjo
Dickie McBride Guitar, Vocals
Marvin Montgomery Tenor Banjo
Bill Mounce String Bass
Kenneth Pitts Fiddle
Leo Raley Electronic Mandolin
Joe Thames Tenor Banjo
Harold Hensley Fiddle
Eddie Kirk Guitar
Billy Liebert Organ, Piano
Willie Wells Guitar
Jimmie Widener Guitar
Buck Buchanan Fiddle, Vocals
Freddie Dean Guitar
Jerry Irby Guitar, Vocals
Darrell Kirkpatrick Fiddle
Jimmie Meek String Bass
Loren Mitchell Piano
Buddy Ray Fiddle, Vocals
Elmer Scarborough Tenor Banjo, Guitar (Tenor)
Mancel Tierney Piano, Vocals
Pat Trotter Fiddle
Ivy J. "Jimmy" Bryant Guitar
Marion Z. "Pee Wee" Adams Drums
Milton Curtis "Muddy" Berry Drums
Johnny Borowski Fiddle, Ocarina
Johnny Thames Banjo, Tenor Banjo
Dickie Jones Fiddle
Jess Williams Bass, Guitar
Landon Beaver Piano
Red Greenhaw Guitar
Grady Hester Fiddle
Frederick "Fritz" Kehm Drums
Curly Perrin Guitar, Vocals
Jim Boyd Vocals, String Bass
Jack Hinson Piano
Lester Taylor Piano
Wesley Webb West Steel Guitar
Fred Calhoun Piano
Jimmy Meek Vocals, String Bass
Al Williams Bass
Zack Hurt Vocals, String Bass
Carroll Hubbard Fiddle
Slick Robertson Trombone, Tenor Banjo
Technical Credits
Jimmie Davis Composer
Pat Harrison Liner Notes, Annotation
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