May 31, 2015

The Bluegrass 45 (ブルーグラス45)

Rebel Records SLP-1502

Format: Vinyl, LP
Country: US
Released: 1971
Genre: Folk, World, & Country
Style: Bluegrass
A1 Bridge Over Troubled Waters
A2 Black Mountain Rag
A3 That's The Time
A4 Hamabe
A5 I'm Comin' Home
A6 Along The Way
B1 Place In The Sun
B2 Fuji Mountain Breakdown
B3 Bring Me Back To My Hom
B4 Wild And Reckless Hobo
B5 Sakura
B6 Meet Me In Heaven
Josh Otsuka (ジョッシュ大塚 guitar/vocals) Akira Otsuka (大塚章 mandolin/vocals) Toshio "Speedy" Watanabe (渡辺敏雄 bass) Saburo "Sab" Watanabe (渡辺三郎 banjo/autoharp) Gakusei "Reo" Ryo (寥学誠 fiddle/percussion)
Cover Photo: Tsutomu Otsuka (大塚努) at Cofee House "Lost City", Kobe, Japan 1971
Liner Notes and Photos: R. Bucke

May 28, 2015

The Original And Great Carter Family

RCA Camden CAL-586
Format: Vinyl, LP, Album, Mono
Country: US
Released: 1962
Genre: Folk, World, & Country
Style: Country
A1 Diamonds In The Rough (3:20)
A2 God Gave Noah The Rainbow Sign (3:00)
A3 Forsaken Love (2:55)
A4 The Grave On The Green Hillside (2:40)
A5 I'm Thinking Tonight Of My Blue Eyes (2:55)
A6 Little Moses (3:10)
B1 Lula Walls (2:50)
B2 On The Rock Where Moses Stood (3:05)
B3 Sweet Fern (2:50)
B4 Wabash Cannon Ball (2:55)
B5 Kitty Waltz (3:02)
B6 Wildwood Flower (3:05)
Maybelle Carter (vocals/guitar/autoharp) Sara Carter (vocals/guitar/autoharp) A.P. Carter (vocals)
Illustration: H. Garrido
Contains recordings originally issued on 78rpm records. Release in 1962, Pickwick International. Track durations as printed on label.

YouTube  The Original And Great Carter Family (Full LP Album 35:36)

May 26, 2015

More Clawhammer Banjo Songs & Tunes from the Mountains

County Records County–717

Format: Vinyl, LP
Country: US
Released: 1969
Genre: Folk, World, & Country
Style: Country
A1 Jake Gillie: Oscar Wright
A2 Roustabout: Fred Cockerham
A3 Big Eyed Rabbit: Matokie Slaughter
A4 Shady Grove: Sidna & Fulton Myers
A5 Sandy River: Oscar Wright
A6 Little Birdie: Gaither Carlton
A7 John Brown's Dream: Tommy Jarrell
A8 Johnny's Gone To War: Matokie Slaughter
B1 Cripple Creek: Tommy Jarrell
B2 Twin Sisters: Sidna Myers
B3 Elkhorn Ridge: Oscar Wright
B4 Sally Ann: Sidna & Fulton Myers
B5 Stillhouse: Matokie Slaughter
B6 Omie Let Your Bangs Hang Down: Gaither Carlton
B7 Cousin Sally Brown: Willard Watson
Liner Notes – Charles Faurot
Producer – Charles Faurot

May 25, 2015

Accent: Music and Dance of the Georgia Sea Islands (1962)

A segment on the Georgia Sea Island Singers shot at St. Simons Island – featuring Bessie Jones, John Davis, Peter Davis, Willis Proctor, Mable Hillery, Emma Lee Ramsey, Joe Dixon, Joe Armstrong, and others unidentified, and guest host Alan Lomax – from the short-lived CBS educational program "Accent," hosted by poet John Ciardi, 1962.

May 24, 2015

Easter Brothers & the Green Valley Quartet

County Records County-716

Released: November 1968
Format: LP
Country: US
Genre: Folk, World, & Country
Style: Bluegrass
A1 I want my light to shine
A2 The sunny banks of sweet deliverance
A3 I've been touched
A4 It's all right now
A5 That's all there is to it
A6 Won't somebody show me the way
B1 I heard the string band play
B2 Love without fear
B3 I feel better every day
B4 A time of sorrow
B5 Mother I thank you for the bible you gave
B6 Glory bound train
Russell Easter (guitar/vocals) James Easter (guitar/vocals) Edd Easter (mandolin/vocals) Johnny Taylor (banjo) Wayburn Johnson (fiddle) Russell Easter Jr. (dobro) Ronald Thomas (bass)
Recorded on August 1968, Mt Airy, NC.

May 22, 2015

Good Deal! Doc Watson In Nashville

Vanguard VSD-79276

Format: Vinyl, LP
Country: US
Released: 1968
Genre: Folk, World, & Country
Style: Country, Bluegrass
A1 Alabama Jubilee (George Cobb, Jack Yellen) – 2:12
A2 Streamline Cannonball (Roy Acuff) – 2:28
A3 Peach Picking Time In Georgia (Jimmie Rodgers) – 2:59
A4 June Apple (Traditional) – 2:12
A5 I'm Thinking Tonight Of My Blue Eyes (A. P. Carter) – 3:28
A6 Memphis Blues (W. C. Handy, George Norton) – 2:45
A7 The Train That Carried My Girl From Town (Traditional) – 3:47
B1 Old Camp Meeting Time (Dave Bennett, Chauncy Gray, Fred Hamm, Bert Lown) – 2:44
B2 Bye Bye Blues (Traditional) – 2:50
B3 Shady Grove (Traditional) – 2:59
B4 Blackberry Rag (Watson) – 2:40
B5 The Girl In The Blue Velvet Band (Cliff Carlisle, Mel Foree) – 3:24
B6 Rainbow (Traditional) – 2:34
B7 Step It Up And Go (Blind Boy Fuller) – 1:55
Doc Watson (guitar/banjo/vocals) Merle Watson (guitar) Junior Huskey (bass) Floyd Cramer (piano) Buddy Harman (drums) Shot Jackson (dobro) Grady Martin (guitar/spanish dobro) Buddy Spicher (fiddle) Tommy Jackson (fiddle) Don Stover (banjo)

May 21, 2015

Folk Songs from the Blue Grass: Earl Taylor & his Stoney Mountain Boys

United Artists Records UAL-3049

Format: Vinyl, LP, Album, Mono
Country: US
Released: 1959
Genre: Folk, World, & Country
Style: Bluegrass
A1 Cripple Creek (2:00)
A2 Ruby (3:25)
A3 White Dove (3:40)
A4 Ho, Honey, Ho (2:30)
A5 Foggy Mountain Special (2:40)
A6 In The Pines (2:20)
A7 John Henry (2:30)
A8 Mama Blues (2:10)
A9 Little Maggie 2:10
B1 Flint Hill Special (2:30)
B2 The Children Are Cryin' (2:05)
B3 Lee Highway Blues (2:00)
B4 The Prisoner's Song (3:30)
B5 Race Between A Locomotive And A Model T (2:00)
B6 Pretty Polly (2:45)
B7 Rabbit On A Log (2:15)
B8 Molly And Ten Brooks (2:50)
Earl Taylor (mandolin/vocals) Sam Hutchins (guitar/banjo/vocals) Walter Hensley (banjo) Curtis Cody (fiddle) Vernon McIntyre (bass)
Liner Notes: Alan Lomax, Cover Art: Ike Millman
Issued with a 2 p. sheet of notes and lyrics by Alan Lomax. Reissued 1968 by King Records Japan (SR 209)

May 20, 2015

Bill Clifton Meets the Country Gentlemen

King Records SLH-42

Format: Vinyl, LP, Album
Country: JP
Released: 1966
Genre: Folk, World, & Country
Style: Bluegrass
A1 Saturday Night (2:36)
A2 Gonna Lay Down My Old Guitar (2:25)
A3 Take Me Back (2:07)
A4 Lamp In The Window (2:24)
A5 I'll Be Satisfied (2:25)
A6 My Cindy Girl (1:33)
A7 When I Lay My Burdens Down (2:22)
B1 Dixie Ramble (1:43)
B2 Going Back To Dixie (3:36)
B3 Lonely Little Cabin (2:22)
B4 Old Rueben (3:28)
B5 At My Window (3:50)
B6 Big Bill (1:49)
B7 Mother Still Prays For You (4:02)
Bill Clifton (guitar/vocals) Charlie Waller (guitar/vocals) John Duffey (mandolin/vocals) Eddie Adcock (banjo/vocals) Tom Gray (bass) Paul & Roy Justice (fiddles) Mike Seeger (Autoharp/banjo/vocals)

May 17, 2015

Ernest East And The Pine Ridge Boys: Old-Time Mountain Music

County Records ‎County–718

Format: Vinyl, LP, Album
Country: US
Released: 1969
Genre: Folk, World, & Country
Style: Country
A1 Sally Ann
A2 Greenback Dollar
A3 Richmond
A4 Fortune
A5 Roll On Buddy
A6 Mississippi Sawyer
B1 Suzanna Gal
B2 Hand Me Down My Walking Cane
B3 Pig In A Pen
B4 June Apple
B5 Knoxville Girl
B6 Hell Among The Round Peakers
Gilmer Woodruff (banjo) Ernest East (fiddle) Mac East (guitar) Scotty East (guitar/vocals)
Producer: Charles Faurot, Richard Nevins
Liner Notes: Richard Nevins

May 15, 2015

A Tribute to B.B. King

Here's a video which was recently donated to the Blues Hall of Fame in Memphis paying tribute to the King of the Blues. Special thanks to all the great musicians who shared their love and respect for B.B. King and to Bruce Greenaway, Gary Vaughan and Joe Rosen for their amazing contributions to this video.

May 14, 2015

Mountain Music Bluegrass Style

Folkways Records ‎FA-2318

Format: Vinyl, LP, Mono, Compilation
Country: US
Released: 1959
A1 Katy Hill: Tex Logan (1:46)
A2 Short Life Of Trouble: Earl Taylor And The Stoney Mountain Boys (2:43)
A3 Katy Cline: Don Stover, Mitchell B. Lilly & Don Chubby Anthony (2:38)
A4 The Philadelphia Lawyer: Bob Baker & The Pike County Boys (3:23)
A5 Natchez Under The Hill: Tex Logan (2:20)
A6 Ain't Nobody Gonna Miss Me When I'm Gone: Don Stover, Mitchell B. Lilly & Don Chubby Anthony (2:16)
A7 Old Joe Clark: Bob Yellin, Mike Seeger & Eric Weissberg (2:04)
A8 Little Willie: Bob Baker And The Pike County Boys (3:03)
A9 White House Blues: Earl Taylor & The Stoney Mountain Boys (1:57)
B1 Nine Pound Hammer: Smiley Hobbs (2:25)
B2 Cricket On The Hearth: Don Chubby Anthony & Don Stover (2:15)
B3 All The Good Times Have Past And Gone: Earl Taylor & The Stoney Mountain Boys (2:55)
B4 New River Train: Don Chubby Anthony, Mike Seeger & Bob Yellin (2:58)
B5 Leather Britches: Smiley Hobbs (1:20)
B6 Fox Chase: Earl Taylor & The Stoney Mountain Boys (1:58)
B7 Feast Here Tonight: Bob Baker & The Pike County Boys (2:37)
B8 Bile 'Em Cabbage Down: Don Stover, Mitchell B. Lilly & Don Chubby Anthony (2:11)
B9 Rocky Run: Jerry Stuart, Pete Kuykendall, Smiley Hobbs & Tom Gray (2:45)
B10 Snow Dove: Bob Baker & The Pike County Boys (3:19)
Recorded, Edited, Liner Notes and Annotated by Mike Seeger
Unforgettable performances by Don Stover, Earl Taylor, Chubby Anthony, Tex Logan and many others. Traditional bluegrass played by some of the genre's most talented and committed musicians. For over 30 years, Mountain Music Bluegrass Style remains a superb anthology. "Listeners who value spirit over polish...will find many of these selections to be as exciting and powerful as they were over 30 years ago." — Bluegrass Unlimited

May 13, 2015

Blue Sky Boys: The Original and Great

RCA Camden‎– CAL 797

Format: Vinyl, LP, Album
Country: US
Released: 1964
A1 Are You From Dixie (2:37)
A2 Down On The Banks Of The Ohio (3:16)
A3 Asleep In The Briny Deep (2:56)
A4 Story Of The Knoxville Girl (3:30)
A5 Katie Dear (2:58)
A6 The Butcher's Boy 3:10
B1 In The Hills Of Roane County (3:19)
B2 Sunny Side Of Life (2:35)
B3 Mary Of The Wild Moor (2:55)
B4 Fair Eyed Ellen (2:50)
B5 The Lightning Express (2:55)
B6 Short Life Of Trouble (3:05)
Earl Bolick (guitar/vocals) Bill Bolick (mandolin/vocals)

May 12, 2015

Emmylou Harris: I Really Don't Listen To New Country Music Anymore

“I have to plead ignorance. I really don't listen to current country,” says Harris over the phone to Australia, where she will be performing a series of dates in June. “I'm not making a statement, it's just that my mind is elsewhere and my ears are elsewhere.” (via the Guardian by Martin Farrer: Read full article...)

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May 11, 2015

A Collection Of Mountain Blues: Original Recordings By Great Old-Time Bands

County Records County–511

Format: Vinyl, LP, Compilation
Country: US
Released: 1966
Genre: Blues, Folk, World, & Country
Style: Country Blues, Country, Folk
A1 Railroad Blues: Sam McGee (guitar/vocals)
A2 Left All Alone Again Blues: Lowe Stokes & His North Georgians (two fiddles/guitar)
A3 Careless Love: Jimmie Tarlton (guitar/vocals)
A4 Leake County Blues: Leake County Revelers (fiddle/guitar/banjo-mandolin)
A5 Farm Girl Blues: Carolina Tar Heels, Dock Walsh (banjo/vocals) Galey Foster (guitar/harmonica/vocals)
A6 Down South Blues: Dock Boggs (banjo/vocals)
B1 Cannon Ball Blues: Frank Hutchison (guitar/vocals)
B2 Carroll County Blues: Narmour & Smith (fiddle/guitar)
B3 Brown Skin Blues: Dick Justice (guitar/vocals)
B4 Curley Headed Woman: R. D. Burnett (banjo/vocals) Leonard Rutherford (fiddle)
B5 Cumberland Blues: Doc Roberts (fiddle with guitar acc.)
B6 Johnson City Blues: Clarence Greene (guitar/vocals)
Anthology of 1928-1935 recordings in the blues tradition by white country artists.

May 9, 2015

March Winds: Bill Clifton And His Dixie Mountain Boys

Carter Family Memorial Album: Starday Records‎– SLP 146 (1961)

Bill Clifton (guitaer/vocals) Smiley Hobbs (banjo) Junior Huskey (bass) Buddy Spicher (fiddle) Mike Seeger (banjo/vocals)

    Suns gonna shine in my back door some day
    Suns gonna shine in my back door some day
    Suns gonna shine in my back door some day
    March winds gonna blow my blues all away

Low down fireman dirty engineer
Low down fireman dirty engineer
Low down fireman dirty engineer
Stole my gal left me standing here

My momma told long years ago
Never to marry no girls that I know
Spend all your money and wear out your clothes
What will become of you God only knows

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May 8, 2015

The Skillet Lickers: Old Time Tunes recorded 1927-1931

County Records County‎– 506

Format: Vinyl, LP
Country: US
Genre: Folk, World, & Country
Style: Country
County Records County‎– 506
A1 Molly Put The Kettle On
A2 Sal's Gone To The Cider Mill
A3 Big Ball In Town
A4 Leather Breeches
A5 A Corn Licker Still In Georgia
A6 Devilish Mary
B1 Soldier's Joy
B2 Four Cent Cotton
B3 Cacklin' Hen & Rooster Too
B4 In The Woodpile
B5 Rock That Cradle Lucy
B6 Cotton Eyed Joe
Bert Layne, Clayton McMichen, Gid Tanner, Lowe Stokes (fiddles) Riley Puckett (guitar/vocals) Fate Norris (banjo)
Recorded 1927-1931

May 6, 2015

Wreck of the Southern Old 97: Ernest Thompson

Sung by Ernest Thompson in 1924. From the original 78rpm disk, Columbia 130-D.

The wreck of the Southern Old 97 at
Stillhouse Trestle near Danville, 1903
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia: Wreck of the Old 97 served as inspiration for balladeers, the most famous being the ballad first recorded commercially by Virginia musicians G. B. Grayson and Henry Whitter. Vernon Dalhart's version was released in 1924 (Victor Record No.19427), sometimes cited as the first million-selling country music release in the American record industry. Since then, "Wreck of the Old 97" has been recorded by numerous artists, including The Statler Brothers (feat. Johnny Cash), Charlie Louvin of The Louvin Brothers, Pink Anderson, Lowgold, David Holt, Flatt and Scruggs, Woody Guthrie, Pete Seeger, Johnny Cash, Chuck Ragan, Hank Williams III, Patrick Sky, Nine Pound Hammer, Boxcar Willie, Lonnie Donegan, The Seekers, Ernest Stoneman & Kahle Brewer, Carolyn Hester and Hank Snow. The music was often accompanied by a banjo and a fiddle, while the lyrics were either sung, crooned, yodeled, whistled, hummed, recited, or chanted. The song rivaled that of "Casey Jones" for being the number one railroading song of all time.

May 5, 2015

The Carter Family On Border Radio

John EdwardsMemorial Foundation JEMF-101

Format: Vinyl, LP, Compilation, Mono
Country: US
Released: 1972
Recorded: 1939
Genre: Folk, World, & Country
Style: Country
A1 Keep On The Sunny Side / When Our Lord Shall Come Again
A2 Who's That Knocking
A3 Old Ladie's Home
A4 One Little Word
A5 Chinese Breakdown
A6 I Wouldn't Mind Dying
A7 The Last Letter
A8 I Can Not Be Your Sweetheart
A9 Honey Babe
A10 I'm Sitting On Top Of The World
A11 Broken Engagement
A12 There'll Be Joy Joy Joy
B1 Cyclone Of Rye Cove
B2 Why There's A Tear In My Eye
B3 Goin' Back To Texas
B4 Diamonds In The Rough
B5 Del Rio
B6 Broken Down Tramp
B7 Just A Few More Days
B8 Soldier's Sweetheart
B9 Bonnie Blue Eyes
B10 What Would You Give In Exchange For Your Soul
B11 Keep On The Sunny Side / Announcer / Alabama Gals
Maybelle Carter (vocals/guitar) Sara Carter (vocals/guitar/autoharp) A.P. Carter (vocals)
Recorded at Don and Dode Baxter's studio, San Antonio, TX., 1939
Consolidated Radio Corp. of Mexico 2A/B (TD 16")

May 4, 2015

Ernest V. Stoneman And His Dixie Mountaineers 1927-1928

Historical Records – HLP 8004

Format: Vinyl, LP
Country: US
Genre: Folk, World, & Country
Style: Country, Bluegrass
A1 Once I Had A Fortune (3:40)
A2 Kitty Wells (3:47)
A3 Hop High Ladies (4:03)
A4 Unlucky Road To Washington (3:17)
A5 East Bound Train (3:10)
B1 Old Maid And The Burglar (3:25)
B2 There'll Come A Time 3:15
B3 Careless Love (3:30)
B4 It's Sinful To Flirt (3:32)
B5 Sally Goodin (3:38)
Ernest V. Stoneman (Vocals/guitar/harmonica) Bolin Frost and George Stoneman (banjo) Kahle Brewer(fiddle)

May 3, 2015

Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard: Smoke and Joke in the Studio

Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard have teamed up over the years, from their 1983 classic "Pancho and Lefty" to their Last of the Breed album and tour with Ray Price, but as Haggard has said, they only do it when the material is right. The duo linked, though, once they heard "Django and Jimmie," a tribute to Nelson and Haggard's respective heroes, Django Reinhardt and Jimmie Rodgers (written by Jimmy Melton and Jeff Prince). "It pulled my heard right out," says Haggard. "I thought, 'That's a pretty good song.'" It became the genesis of their new album, out June 2nd. In honor of Nelson's 82nd birthday, enjoy this 10-minute video – filmed at Austin's Arlyn Studios – which gives a rare glimpse into Haggard and Nelson working in the studio, full of weed and jokes. ("Can I borrow some money to get home?" Haggard asks Nelson.) "It’s almost surreal," says producer Buddy Cannon, of being part of it. (via Rolling Stone, Read more...)

May 1, 2015

Darby & Tarlton: Jimmy Tarlton & Tom Darby

Old Timey Records LP-112

Format: Vinyl, LP, Compilation
Country: US
Genre: Blues, Folk, World, & Country
Style: Country Blues, Country
A1 Birmingham Jail #2
A2 Ooze Up To Me
A3 The Weaver's Blues
A4 Birmingham Rag
A5 Gamblin' Jim
A6 Dixie Mail
A7 Lonesome In The Pines
B1 Birmingham Town
B2 Heavy Hearted Blues
B3 Lonesome Railroad
B4 Down In Florida On A Hog
B5 The Rainbow Division
B6 Mexican Rag
B7 Low Bonnie
Tom Darby (guitar/vocals) Jimmy Tarlton (steel guitar/vocals)
Editor: Chris Strachwitz
Recordings from 1927-1932, USA.