The Soundtrack To Garth Cartwright's Book: More Miles Than Money

The Soundtrack To Garth Cartwright's Book: More Miles Than Money

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The Soundtrack To Garth Cartwright's Book: More Miles Than Money

Researched and written between 2006 and 2008, Garth Cartwright's book More Miles Than Money: Journeys Through American Music details his travels through the United States during that period. Cartwright sought out music in, as he writes in his introductory note to this compilation, "honky-tonks, juke joints and barrios," and this two-CD collection is a sort of audio companion piece to the book. It offers a very wide range of American roots music from the 1930s through the early 2000s, from rural blues and country to deep soul, electric blues, and mariachi. With artists like the Impressions, Hank Williams, Memphis Minnie, Jimmie Rodgers, Sonny Boy Williamson, Charles Wright, Lydia Mendoza, and Townes Van Zandt, it's hard not to achieve a respectable level of quality (though the decision to include Selena is open to question). At the same time, it covers so much ground that it's hard to imagine too many listeners heavily digging the program from beginning to end, and it must certainly help to be reading or have read the book, even though Cartwright and Tony Rounce supply thorough track-by-track annotation. Whatever your background, the chief attractions might be the lesser-noted cuts and performers, like the Goodees' little-known late-'60s white soul single "Didn't Know Love Was So Good," the young Jimmy Castor's 1966 single "Hey Leroy (Your Mama's Calling You)," or Sam the Sham & the Pharaohs' obscure swamp rock novelty "I Couldn't Spell !!*@!" These are the kinds of items, and from the era, in which the Ace label specializes. But there are plenty of more modern cuts from indie, blues, honky tonk, and roots rock artists, as well as a some Native American music, with Pipestone's "Crazy Love Life" powwow being one of the most interesting tracks. It's still a little more like hearing an eclectic radio program of roots music than a tight thematic compilation, so listeners are advised to have a very broad palette or be familiar with Cartwright's context to take full advantage of the contents.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/07/2010
Label: Ace Records Uk
UPC: 0029667041423
catalogNumber: 6704142
Rank: 246552

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Technical Credits

Furry Lewis   Composer
Lydia Mendoza   Composer
Jimmie Rodgers   Composer
Steve Cropper   Composer
Curtis Mayfield   Composer
Otis Redding   Composer
Marlena Shaw   Composer
Bobby Rush   Composer
Charles Wright   Composer
Pete Astudillo   Composer
Billy Joe Shaver   Composer
Mable John   Composer
Jimmy Castor   Composer
Junior Kimbrough   Composer
Alejandro Escovedo   Composer
Isaac Hayes   Composer
Son House   Composer
Harlan Howard   Composer
Johnnie Pruitt   Composer
Chris Strachwitz   Cover Photo
Mike Sullivan   Composer
Townes Van Zandt   Composer
Hank Williams   Composer
Sonny Boy Williamson [II]   Composer
Dale Watson   Composer
Robert Miller   Composer
Howe Gelb   Composer
Tony Rounce   Liner Notes,Memorabilia
Dave Crawford   Composer
Wesley Wilson   Composer
Diana Jones   Composer
Mick Patrick   Memorabilia
Wayne Carson Thompson   Composer
Shari-Lea Verga   Composer
Roosevelt Jamison   Composer
Traditional   Composer
Garth Cartwright   Liner Notes,Memorabilia
Kell Robertson   Composer
George Brock   Composer
Minnie Lawlers   Composer
Herman Cody   Composer
David Edwards   Composer
Selena Perez   Composer
Robert Burnside   Arranger
Richard Evans   Composer
Lillie John   Composer
John Higginhotham   Composer
Joe Banks   Composer
Jerome Barney   Composer
James Ford   Composer
Vincent Aguilar   Composer
Theodore Taylor   Composer

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