Charlie Gillett's Radio Picks: Honky Tonk, Vol. 2

Charlie Gillett's Radio Picks: Honky Tonk, Vol. 2


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Charlie Gillett was a British popular music historian who documented his obsessions in print and on the radio, notably on a program called Honky Tonk that ran between 1972 and 1978. There, Gillett played a variety of his favorite American roots music along with newer practitioners of the form, ranging from singers from the U.S. to pub rock pioneers in the U.K. Ace's 2014 compilation Charlie Gillett's Radio Picks: Honky Tonk, Vol. 2 selects 25 highlights that played on the show sometime between 1977 and 1978, which means this could stretch as far back as 1953 for some jumping juke joint blues from Sun artist Little Junior but also finds space for a demo from Elvis Costello ("Wave a White Flag," whose casual, albeit ironic, violence is somewhat startling to modern ears), an early cut by Jona Lewie, and a bit of bluebeat from Rico. By mixing up so many different eras and by balancing pretty big hits (Billy Swan's "I Can Help," Marty Robbins' "El Paso," Leroy Van Dyke's "Walk on By," Irma Thomas' "Ruler of My Heart") with genre classics, cult favorites, and genuine obscurities, this compilation not only represents the birth of what would later be dubbed Americana but it preserves a vibrant era when DJs were allowed to play around with time, space, and genre, thereby shaping the way listeners perceived music. The compilation is instructive in this fashion but, more importantly, it's just a hell of a good time.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/04/2014
Label: Imports
UPC: 0029667062626
catalogNumber: 1079911
Rank: 82345

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Technical Credits

Kokomo Arnold   Composer
Don Gibson   Composer
Tom T. Hall   Composer
Marty Robbins   Composer
Chuck Berry   Composer
Elvis Costello   Composer
Doug Sahm   Composer
Dave Bartholomew   Composer
Jona Lewie   Composer
Billy Swan   Composer
Jerry Williams   Composer
Charlie Whitehead   Composer
Jerry Ross   Composer
Paul Kelly   Composer
Richard Adler   Composer
Roger Armstrong   Illustrations,Track Annotations,Introduction
Will Birch   Track Annotations
Ike Turner   Composer
Ben Mandelson   Track Annotations
Cosimo Matassa   Composer
Dr. John   Composer
Tony Rounce   Illustrations,Track Annotations
Ted Carroll   Track Annotations
Sam Phillips   Composer
Colin Irwin   Track Annotations
Lowman Pauling   Composer
Herman Parker   Composer
Clarence Reid   Composer
Billy "The Kid" Emerson   Composer
Pearl King   Composer
Naomi Neville   Composer
Willie Clarke   Composer
Bob Dunham   Track Annotations
Kendall Hayes   Composer
Peter Silverton   Track Annotations,Introduction
Wade Hemsworth   Composer
Bob Fisher   Track Annotations
John Broven   Track Annotations
Emmanuel Rodríguez   Composer
Andra Nelki   Cover Photo
Henry Byrd   Composer

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