Dim Lights, Thick Smoke and Hillbilly Music: 1950

Dim Lights, Thick Smoke and Hillbilly Music: 1950


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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 final volume in the Dim Lights, Thick Smoke series covers the year 1950. As reflected in the track choices here, hillbilly boogie is in its full maturity, and the serious roots of hard honky tonk music are entering the jukebox and radio eras. There are some killer holdovers from the prime of Western swing, such as Moon Mullican and Bob Wills (whose classic "Faded Love" is included). But more the norm are performers like Hank Penny (with "Bloodshot Eyes"), Little Jimmy Dickens ("Hillbilly Fever"), Lefty Frizzell ("If You've Got the Money, I've Got the Time") , Ernest Tubb ("Letters Have No Arms"), Jimmie Skinner("You Don't Know My Mind"), Carl Smith ("I Overlooked an Orchid While Looking for a Rose"), Hank Williams ("Long Gone Lonesome Blues"), and Webb Pierce. The latter's killer "Drifting Texas Sand" is one of the real high points here. Floyd Tillman's "I've Got the Craziest Feeling," and Red Foley's "Sugarfoot Rag" also lend to the overall wealth of this collection. But the true stellar moment is one of the earliest rock & roll tunes in Hardrock Gunter's "Birmingham Bounce,"(complete with a wah-wah sounding steel guitar!) that kicks the pants off Bill Haley's "Shake, Rattle & Roll," and predates Chuck Berry by a few years -- though to be fair, this sounds like a hillbilly version of the music played by Louis Jordan. In any case, this final volume is a fitting send-off to one of the most successfully curated of the bunch.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/11/2011
Label: Bear Family
UPC: 4000127169556
catalogNumber: 16955
Rank: 96906

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Lester Flatt   Guitar
Bill Monroe   Mandolin
Earl Scruggs   Banjo
Ralph Stanley   Banjo,Tenor (Vocal)
Gene Autry   Vocals
Little Jimmy Dickens   Guitar,Vocals
Red Foley   Guitar,Vocals
Tennessee Ernie Ford   Vocals
Lefty Frizzell   Guitar,Vocals
Hank Garland   Guitar,Soloist
Johnny Gimble   Fiddle,Mandolin
Skeets McDonald   Guitar,Vocals
Moon Mullican   Piano,Leader,Vocals
Floyd Tillman   Guitar,Vocals
Johnnie Lee Wills   Leader
Kay Starr   Vocals
Hardrock Gunter   Guitar,Vocals
Noel Boggs   Steel Guitar
Stuart Hamblen   Vocals
Don Helms   Steel Guitar
Grady Martin   Guitar,Electric Guitar
Hank Penny   Guitar,Leader,Vocals
Ernest Tubb   Vocals
Johnny Bond   Guitar
Shot Jackson   Steel Guitar
Jimmie Skinner   Guitar,Vocals
Harold Bradley   Guitar
Billy Byrd   Guitar
Jerry Carter   Accordion
Vassar Clements   Fiddle
Keith Coleman   Fiddle
Benny Gill   Violin
Rudy Lyle   Banjo
Jimmy Martin   Guitar
Bob McNett   Electric Guitar
Ernest Ernie Newton   Bass
Ernie Newton   Bass
Webb Pierce   Guitar,Vocals
Tommy Perkins   Drums
Curly Seckler   Mandolin
Eldon Shamblin   Electric Guitar
Ralph Smith   Piano
Carter Stanley   Guitar,Vocals
Rocky Stone   Fiddle
Howard Watts   String Bass
Hank Williams   Guitar,Vocals
Billy Jack Wills   Vocals
Joe Holley   Fiddle
Woody Carter   Fiddle
Farris Coursey   Drums
Jimmie Curtis   Steel Guitar
Ted Daffan   Steel Guitar,Leader
Lowell Frisby   Bass
Dale Potter   Fiddle
Norman Stevens   Guitar
Pee Wee Stewart   Fiddle
Bobby Williamson   Bass
J.D. Standlee   Steel Guitar
Joel Price   String Bass
Jack Shook   Rhythm Guitar
Merle "Red" Taylor   Fiddle
Henry Newton "Tommy" Vaden   Fiddle
Billy Bowman   Steel Guitar,Vocals
Don Harlan   Clarinet
Harold Hensley   Fiddle
Eddie Kirk   Guitar
William Miller   Violin
Wesley Webb West   Steel Guitar
Jimmie Widener   Vocals,Tenor Banjo
Tex Atchison   Fiddle
Carl Cotner   Fiddle,Leader
Glynn Duncan   Bass
Tillman Franks   Bass
Dickie Harrell   Drums
Allen Massey   Guitar
John Russell Morgan   Bass
Floyd Robinson   Rhythm Guitar,Vocal Harmony
Paul Sells   Accordion
Mancel Tierney   Piano
Joseph Hale III Talbot   Steel Guitar
Clarence E. Snow   Guitar,Leader,Vocals
Ivy J. "Jimmy" Bryant   Guitar
Ted Crabtree   Steel Guitar
William Edward "Billy" Liebert   Piano,Accordion
Johnny Strawn   Fiddle
Chuck Adams   Bass
Johnny Sapp   Bass
Milton Curtis "Muddy" Berry   Drums
Luther Roundtree   Guitar
Lester Woodie   Fiddle
Darrell "Pee Wee" Lambert   Mandolin,Baritone (Vocal)
Robert Arrington   Electric Guitar,Rhythm Guitar
Henry Boatman   Fiddle
Arkie Shibley   Guitar,Vocals
Teddy K. Wilds   Vocals
Edward Austin Strode   Piano
Earl E. Finley   Guitar
Joseph Donald Mutto   Drums
Lucky Moore   Guitar
Ray "Curly" Lunsford   Mandolin
Joe Bardelli   Piano
Clarence Cagle   Piano
Buster Magness   Steel Guitar
Dick Morgan   Guitar
Jack Peltier   Drums
Buddy Attaway   Guitar
Jerry Elliott   Rhythm Guitar,Vocals
Leo Herbert Raley   Mandolin
Charles Hurta   Fiddle
Benny Sims   Fiddle
Gerald M. Rivers   Fiddle
Jackie Hays   Banjo
Carl "The Truth" Smith   Guitar,Leader,Vocals
Coy Crank   Steel Guitar
Howard Davis   Drums
Myrl "Rusty" McDonald   Vocals,Tenor Banjo
Luther Jay "Luke" Wills   Bass,Tenor Banjo
Jimmy Simmons   Bass
Billy Robinson   Steel Guitar
Leon Huff   Choir, Chorus
Dorothy Borchers   Organ
William Owen Bradley   Organ,Piano
Jimmy Brown   Fiddle
Hazel Dooley   Guitar
Troy Jack Drake   Bass
Clarence Hartman   Bass
Louise Helsing   Fiddle
Maurice Cameron Hill   Guitar
Frank Kinman   Guitar
Clarence McGarr   Mandolin
Jim O'Day   Bass
Floyd "Ole" Rasmussen   Guitar,Leader
Clifford G. Snyder   Bass,Leader
Gene Thomas   Guitar
William A. Tonneson   Steel Guitar
Benny Walker   Vocal Harmony
Madge Suttee   Piano

Technical Credits

Earl Scruggs   Composer
Carl Story   Composer
Lefty Frizzell   Composer
Hank Garland   Composer
Skeets McDonald   Composer
Carl Smith   Composer
Floyd Tillman   Composer
Johnnie Lee Wills   Composer
Hardrock Gunter   Composer
Barry Mann   Composer
Stuart Hamblen   Composer
Hank Penny   Composer
Ernest Tubb   Composer
Cindy Walker   Composer
Jimmie Skinner   Composer
Art Satherley   Producer
Bennie Benjamin   Composer
Henry Bernard   Composer
Paul Cohen   Producer
Colin Escott   Liner Notes,Reissue Producer,Illustrations,Track Notes
Henry Glover   Producer
William D. Holford   Engineer
Don Law   Producer
Webb Pierce   Arranger
Doug Pomeroy   Metal Transfers
Fred Rose   Producer
Carter Stanley   Composer
George David Weiss   Composer
Hank Williams   Composer
Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys   Composer
Lee Gillette   Producer
Michael Brooks   Metal Transfers
Ted Daffan   Composer
Jesse Kaye   Producer
Tex Atchison   Composer
John "Buster" Coward   Composer
Jack Stapp   Composer
Harry Stone   Composer
Clarence E. Snow   Composer
R.A. Andreas   Illustrations
Richard Weize   Discographical Information
Dave Sax   Illustrations,Discographical Information,Metal Transfers
Matt Cavaluzzo   Metal Transfers
Kevin Coffey   Illustrations,Discographical Information
Lois Mann   Composer
Henry Thurston   Composer
Morry Burns   Composer
George Vaughn   Composer
Russ Wapensky   Discographical Information
Andrew Brown   Discographical Information
Arbie Gibson   Composer
Andreas Merck   Photo Scanning
Jim Beck   Composer
Brenda Colladay   Illustrations
Billy Starr   Composer
Thurston   Composer
Shirley Lyn   Composer
Bernard   Composer
Ruth Hall   Composer
G. Wilson   Composer
James B. Smith   Composer
Anderson   Composer

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