Dim Lights, Thick Smoke and Hillbilly Music: 1947

Dim Lights, Thick Smoke and Hillbilly Music: 1947



Germany's Bear Family is well known for its stellar box set reissues of country, rock, and rhythm & blues recordings, as well as for single titles by deserving if not necessarily remembered American artists. Their mastering, production, and packaging set the industry standard for excellence. The six-volume Dim Lights, Thick Smoke series was released on CD in December of 2008 and covered the years 1945-1950, a strange and wonderful time in country music history born from of the end of the War Department's restrictions on shellac and the end of the recording ban, all near the end of the second world war. These discs all contain either 27 or 28 tracks, and are lavishly annotated with historical essays and track by track annotation by the esteemed Colin Escott, and contain with photographs of performers and record sleeves where available. The third volume in this series covers the year 1947, and offers a portrait of a year rife with hillbilly boogie classics. The South and the Southwest must have been feeling heady in the post war years, because the music here -- even in the ballads -- reflects a sense of well being, fun, and even hedonism. The set opens with Tex Williams' nugget "Smoke! Smoke! Smoke! That Cigarette!" Despite the fact that the Commander Cody version has transplanted it in popular culture memory, it doesn't touch the original for its stellar musicianship, dry-drawl delivery, and knee-slapping humor. It cooks as a transitional piece of Western swing to hillbilly boogie, and it's easy to hear rock & roll's roots in this music. Other harder-driven tunes are Maddox Brothers & Rose's "Milk Cow Boogie," Hank Williams' "Move It on Over," Jack Guthrie's "Oakie Boogie," and Merle Travis' "So Round, So Firm, So Fully Packed." That said, there are a number of fine ballads in the set as well, such as Cowboy Copas' "Signed Sealed and Delivered," and Eddy Arnold's "I'll Hold You in My Heart 'Til I Can Hold You in My Arms." Another smoking number is the wild, raw, and outrageous "Keep Them Cold Icy Fingers off of Me," by Fairley Holden. The sound quality here is wonderfully warm, full, and present. This collection adds immeasurably to the series.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/28/2008
Label: Bear Family Germany
UPC: 4000127169525
catalogNumber: 2716952

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Lester Flatt   Guitar
Bill Monroe   Mandolin,Leader,Vocals
Earl Scruggs   Banjo
Carl Story   Vocals
Mac Wiseman   Bass
Roy Acuff   Vocals
Eddy Arnold   Guitar,Leader,Vocals
Chet Atkins   Guitar,Leader
Jethro Burns   Guitar,Mandolin
Red Foley   Bass,Guitar,Vocals
Hank Garland   Guitar
Hawkshaw Hawkins   Vocals
Moon Mullican   Piano,Vocals
Merle Travis   Electric Guitar,Vocals
Noel Boggs   Steel Guitar
Bill Carlisle   Vocals
Jack Guthrie   Vocals
Clyde Moody   Guitar,Vocals
Ernest Tubb   Guitar,Vocals
Charlie Monroe   Guitar,Leader,Vocals
Molly O'Day   Guitar,Vocals
Tex Williams   Leader,Vocals
Ramona Jones   Bass
Jesse Ashlock   Fiddle
Lester Barnard   Electric Guitar
Johnny Cuviello   Drums
Lynn Davis   Guitar,Vocals
Bud Duncan   Steel Guitar
Homer Haynes   Guitar,Rhythm Guitar
Millard Kelso   Piano
Ira Louvin   Mandolin
Cal Maddox   Rhythm Guitar
Don Maddox   Fiddle
Fred Maddox   Bass
Rose Maddox   Vocals
Edward Mitchell   Steel Guitar
Wayne Raney   Harmonica
Smokey Rogers   Guitar
Reginald W. Ward   Bass
Howard Watts   Bass
Hank Williams   Guitar,Vocals
Billy Jack Wills   Bass
Jimmy Winkle   Guitar
Robert Chubby Wise   Fiddle
Joe Zinkan   Bass
Joe Holley   Fiddle
Dean McKinney   Vocals
Evelyn McKinney   Vocals
John Bailes   Guitar,Tenor (Vocal)
Walter Bailes   Guitar,Vocals
Jerry Byrd   Hawaiian Guitar
Rex Call   Fiddle
Farris Coursey   Drums
John Weis   Guitar
Jack Shook   Guitar
Jimmie Widener   Banjo
Tex Atchison   Fiddle
Pat Brady   Bass
Ken Carson   Guitar
Alton Delmore   Guitar,Vocals
Rabon Delmore   Guitar,Vocals
Ernest Ferguson   Mandolin
Lloyd "Lonzo" George   Bass
Lonnie Glosson   Harmonica
Roy Lanham   Guitar,Electric Guitar
Red Murrell   Rhythm Guitar
Bob Nolan   Guitar
Lloyd Perryman   Guitar
Paul Sells   Accordion
Tim Spencer   Guitar
Deuce Spriggins   Bass
Louis Innis   Guitar,Rhythm Guitar
Thomas Lee Jackson   Fiddle,Violin
George Werth   Trumpet
Smoky Fields   Fiddle
Velma E. Williams Smith   Vocals
Harold Siegel   Bass
Johnny Sapp   Fiddle
Lloyd Copas   Guitar,Vocals
Adrian McDowell   Fiddle
Milton Curtis "Muddy" Berry   Drums
Roy Starkey   Bass
Acie Peveto   Steel Guitar
Billy Hughes   Vocals
Johnny Tyler   Rhythm Guitar
Ray "Kemo" Head   Steel Guitar
August Klein   Accordion
Matt Collins   Electric Guitar
Spike Featherstone   Harp,Vocals
Cactus Soldi   Fiddle
Hugh Farr   Fiddle,Mandolin,Leader
Harold Spierer   Piano
Cecil "Skeets" Williamson   Fiddle
Melvin Leon Short   Electric Guitar
James "Slim" Martin   Fiddle,Harmonica,Tenor Saxophone
Alan H. Barker   Bass
Larry DePaul   Accordion
Quilla Hugh Freeman   Guitar
Ossie J. Godson   Piano
Idaho Slim   Steel Guitar
Jack McTaggart   Trumpet
Herbert L. "Herb" Remington   Steel Guitar
Beasley Smith   Piano
Beecher "Pete" "Bashful Brother Oswald" Kirby   Steel Guitar,Vocal Harmony
George Warren Barnes   Guitar
Charles Hurta   Fiddle
Del Heck   Fiddle
George "Speedy" Krise   Dobro
Evelyn "Evy Lou" Thomas   Bass
Eddie McMullan   Steel Guitar
Agapito "Pete" Martinez   Steel Guitar
James "Jimmy" Riddle   Harmonica
Richard Prine   Drums
Thomas Elmer "Tommy" Duncan   Vocals
Tex Isley   Electric Guitar
Richard K. Hamilton   Guitar
George Chumura   Guitar
Don Linder   Trumpet
Smokey Lohman   Steel Guitar
Fairley Holden   Guitar,Vocals
William Owen Bradley   Piano
Troy Jack Drake   Bass
Jesse L. Easterday   Bass
Fred "Red" Herron   Fiddle
James Howard "Speedy" McNatt   Fiddle
Pioneers   Track Performer
Bronson Lee Reynolds   Bass
James Erwin Short   Rhythm Guitar
Clifford G. Snyder   Bass,Leader
John Y. Sullivan   Guitar
Oscar Sullivan   Mandolin
James V. Swinney   Bass
Francis Tamburin   Accordion
Ivan LeRoy Wiggins   Steel Guitar
Marshall Barnes   Guitar

Technical Credits

Kokomo Arnold   Composer
Bill Monroe   Composer
Eddy Arnold   Composer
Chet Atkins   Composer
Merle Travis   Composer
Zeb Turner   Composer
Bill Carlisle   Composer
Clyde Moody   Composer
Cliffie Stone   Composer
Cindy Walker   Composer
Chubby Wise   Composer
Johnny Bond   Composer
Charlie Monroe   Composer
Tex Williams   Composer
Art Satherley   Producer
Jenny Carson   Composer
Paul Cohen   Producer
Colin Escott   Liner Notes,Reissue Producer,Illustrations
Byron Gregory   Composer
Walt Heebner   Producer
Miller   Composer
Murray Nash   Producer
Doug Pomeroy   Metal Transfers
Fred Rose   Composer
Jim Scott   Composer
Hank Williams   Composer
Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys   Composer
Lee Gillette   Producer
John Bailes   Composer
Walter Bailes   Composer
Michael Brooks   Metal Transfers
Stephen H. Sholes   Producer
Eddie Kirk   Composer
Albert E. Brumley   Composer
Lonnie Glosson   Composer
Vaughn Horton   Composer
John Lair   Composer
Syd Nathan   Composer,Producer
Tim Spencer   Composer
R.A. Andreas   Illustrations
Steve Hathaway   Illustrations
Dave Sax   Illustrations,Metal Transfers
Matt Cavaluzzo   Metal Transfers
Kevin Coffey   Illustrations
Lois Mann   Composer
Harry McAuliffe   Composer
Grady Cole   Composer
Hazel Cole   Composer
Lloyd Copas   Composer
Thomas Dilbeck   Composer
Billy Hughes   Composer
Johnny Tyler   Composer
Ivan M. Tribe   Illustrations
Andreas Merck   Photo Scanning
Brenda Colladay   Illustrations
Bobby Gregory   Composer
Turner   Illustrations
Robert Nabor   Composer
Johnnie Bailes   Composer
Hal Horton   Composer
Tommy Dilbeck   Composer

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