Saturday, March 1, 2014

TENNESSEE WIG WALK


Here we have a Double Helping of King Sized Country. "All Time Country and Western Hits", Volume 1 and 2, on the classic King Label. Contains two dozen recordings by Cowboy Copas, Grandpa Jones, Jimmy Dean, Reno and Smiley, and many others. Originally Issued on Vinyl Lps in the 1950s, these are taken from two long out of print CDs which have not been available in nearly 20 years. Hope y'all enjoy it!

TRACKLISTING:

VOLUME ONE:
Kentucky Waltz - Cowboy Copas
I'll Sail My Ship Alone - Moon Mullican
Tennessee Tango - York Brothers
Signed, Sealed and Delivered - Cowboy Copas
Tennessee Wig-Walk - Bonnie Lou
Old Rattler - Grandpa Jones
Tennessee Waltz - Cowboy Copas
Blues Stay Away from Me - Delmore Brothers
New Pretty Blonde (New Jole Blon) - Moon Mullican
Filipino Baby - Cowboy Copas
I'm the Talk of the Town - Reno & Smiley
Why Don't You Haul Off and Love Me - Wayne Raney.

VOLUME TWO:
Bumming Around - Jimmy Dean
Next Sunday Darling Is My Birthday - Stanley Brothers
High Geared Daddy - Webb Pierce
Just Out of Reach (Of My Two Open Arms) - Stewart Family
On Top of Old Smoky - Minnie Pearl
Shenandoah Waltz - Clyde Moody
Money, Marbles and Chalk - Reno & Smiley
Wise Guys - Ferlin Husky
Slow Poke - Hawkshaw Hawkins
Sweeter Than the Flowers - Moon Mullican
The Death of Little Kathy Fiscus - Jimmy Osborne
Lonesome Wind Blues - Wayne Raney.

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Thursday, January 23, 2014

THAT'S ONCE

Today at MR. MEADOWLARK'S MUSIC AND MEMORIES, we present this superb album from 1956 "American Folk Tales and Songs" with Jean Ritchie and Paul Clayton Singing, and Richard Chase Telling Tales.

On this album, The New England Yankee (Clayton) and the Southern Mountain Woman (Ritchie), each champions of the folk movement in their own right - paired for this unique recording of folk tales and songs. Heard here in duet and solo, the songs are tied together with folk tales recited by Richard Chase.

Hope y'all enjoy it!

TRACKLISTING: The Gambling Suitor (Jean Ritchie & Paul Clayton)/That's Once (Richard Chase)/The Bashful Courtship (Jean Ritchie)/The Split Dog (Richard Chase)/Locks And Bolts (Paul Clayton)/The Snakebit Hoehandle (Richard Chase)/The Old Grey Goose Is Dead (Jean Ritchie)/The Big Toe (Richard Chase)/The Deaf Woman's Courtship (Jean Ritchie & Paul Clayton)/Wondrous Love (Jean Ritchie)/The Devil's Questions (Jean Ritchie & Paul Clayton)/The Man in the Kraut Tub (Richard Chase)/The Swapping Song (Paul Clayton)/The Hickory Toothpick (Richard Chase)/The Riddle Song (Jean Ritchie & Paul Clayton).

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Tuesday, December 17, 2013

THE SNAKES CRAWL AT NIGHT

Today at MR. MEADOWLARK'S MUSIC AND MEMORIES, it's another TWO-FER TUESDAY.

This time, we present THE BEST OF CHARLEY PRIDE, Volumes 1 and 2. Gathered here are 22 of the very best cuts from the first 6 years (1965-1971) of his recording career. I feel this is some of the best and most compelling Traditional Country Music recorded during this particular era, and I hope y'all enjoy these as I do!







TRACKLISTING:
Just Between You And Me/Does My Ring Hurt Your Finger?/Kaw-Liga/The Snakes Crawl At Night/All I Have To Offer You Is Me/The Easy Part's Over/The Day The World Stood Still/I Know One/Gone, On The Other Hand/Before I Met You/Too Hard To Say I'm Sorry/Let The Chips Fall/A Place For The Lonesome/I'd Rather Love You/Is Anybody Goin' To San Antone?/Kiss An Angel Good Mornin'(In My World) You Don't Belong/(There's Still) Someone I Can't Forget/I'm Just Me/Let Me Live/(I'm So) Afraid Of Losing You Again/You'll Still Be The One.

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Monday, November 18, 2013

TENNESSEE BORDER

Today at MR. MEADOWLARK'S MUSIC AND MEMORIES, we present this superb album by the great RED FOLEY.

Red was already firmly established as one of the all-time Country greats by the time this album was released in 1961. I have always enjoyed this album and I hope y'all will enjoy it too!

TRACKLISTING
Methodist Pie/Two Different Worlds/Georgia Town Blues/Trouble In Mind/Brother Bill/Foggy River/Company's Comin/Bothered By The Blues/Why Don't You Haul Off And Love Me/You're Nobody 'Til Somebody Loves You/Tennessee Border/The End of the World.


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Thursday, October 24, 2013

RUBY

Here we have a gem of an album from the mid-1960s for the Rural Rhythm label. Ernie & Mack with the Bluegrass Cut-Ups, featuring the legendary Clarence Jackson on Dobro Guitar. I have no information on any of these musicians except for Clarence Jackson. Clarence Jackson was a Dobro Player, D.J., Record Producer, and part owner of radio station WBER in Moncks Corner, South Carolina. He produced a number of albums for Rural Rhythm in the 1960s, and these were recorded in the studios of the Radio Station he was part owner of. The sessions took place at night after the station had gone off the air. In any case, I know that I really enjoy the renditions of the bluegrass standards that are on this album, and hope you enjoy them too.


TRACKLISTING:
Uncle Pen/When My Blue Moon Turns To Gold Again/East Virginia Blues/Ruby/Broken Vows/Cindy Worried Man's Blues/Knoxville Girl/Careless Love/I Wonder How The Old Folks Are At Home/I'll Go Stepping Too/I've Gotta Travel On/The Weeping Willow/Gonna Raise A Ruckus Tonight/You Left Me Alone/Mule Skinner Blues/Nine Pound Hammer/Rolling In My Sweet Baby's Arms/Carolina Mountain Home/Take My Ring From Your Finger/Stepping Stones/Why Do You Wonder/Sweetheart You Done Me Wrong.

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Tuesday, October 22, 2013

ABILENE


Today at MR. MEADOWLARK'S MUSIC AND MEMORIES, we present "COUNTRY SUNRISE" and "COUNTRY SUNSET", a superb, 40-song compilation that was put out by Ronco in 1981 and sold over Television.

40 Country Classics from the likes of Willie Nelson, Jim Reeves, Don Williams, Tom T. Hall, Patsy Cline, and Loretta Lynn, just to name a few. Hope y'all enjoy this album as I have.

TRACKLISTING:

I Love A Rainy Night (Eddie Rabbitt)/Blue Bayou (Linda Ronstadt)/There Ain't No Good Chain Gang (Waylon Jennings & Johnny Cash)/Applejack (Dolly Parton)/I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry (Boxcar Willie)/Girls, Women, and Ladies (Ed Bruce)/Enough Of Each Other (Janie Fricke)/Kaw-Liga (Hank Williams, Jr.)/Dear John (Jean Shepard)/Something's Burning (Kenny Rogers)/The Boxer (Emmylou Harris)/Somewhere Over The Rainbow (Jerry Lee Lewis)/Any Which Way You Can (Glen Campbell)/What The World Needs Now (Billie Jo Spears)/You Light Up My Life (Roy Drusky)/Sometimes When We Touch (Marty Robbins)/True Love Ways (Mickey Gilley)/He's Out Of My Life (Barbara Mandrell)/Just Good Old Boys (Ronnie Prophet)/Help Yourself To Me (Larry Gatlin)/Mamas Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up To Be Cowboys (Willie Nelson)/She Never Knew Me (Don Williams)/Miss The Mississippi (Crystal Gayle)/Mr. Bojangles (Tom T. Hall)/He'll Have To Go (Jim Reeves)/Sweet Dreams (Patsy Cline)/Lay Lady Lay (Pete Drake)/I Wouldn't Want To Live If You Didn't Love Me (Earl Powers)/Dallas (Joe Ely)/Do I Have To Draw A Picture (Billy Swan)/The Last Time (Bobby Bare)/Maybelline (George Jones & Johnny PayCheck)/Drivin' My Life Away (Eddie Rabbitt)/Coal Miner's Daughter (Loretta Lynn)/Abilene (George Hamilton IV)/Teddy Bear (Merle Kilgore)/I Washed My Hands in Muddy Water (Stonewall Jackson)/Your Cheatin' Heart (Hank Williams' Drifting Cowboys)/Faded Love (Blair Kennedy)/Blue, Blue Day (Don Gibson).

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Tuesday, October 15, 2013

I'LL STILL WRITE YOUR NAME IN THE SAND

Today at MR. MEADOWLARK'S MUSIC AND MEMORIES, we present another album by Buddy Starcher, "JUST BUDDY AND HIS GUITAR"

Recorded in 1968 for the BLUEBONNET label, it features, just as the title suggests, Buddy Starcher pickin' his guitar and singing a number of old-time songs. The sounds of yesteryear, uncluttered with the unfamiliar sounds of the electronic age.

Hope y'all enjoy it!

TRACKLISTING:
A Few Little Things/Running Away From The Blues/Any Time But Now, Any Place But Here/The Wreck of Number Nine/Just Pickin' (Medley)/Yes, I Love You/A Face I See At Evening/I'll Still Write Your Name In The Sand/Midnight Special/I'll Forget The Faded Roses/Sailor's Plea/The Answer To "Would You Care?"/Midnight On The Stormy Deep/Why I'm Always Happy.

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Monday, October 14, 2013

SNIPER'S HILL

Today at MR. MEADOWLARK'S MUSIC AND MEMORIES we present a gem of an album, "HISTORY REPEATS ITSELF" by BUDDY STARCHER.

Recorded in 1966, the title song, HISTORY REPEATS ITSELF, rose to #1 on the Country Music Charts, earning Starcher, who was 60 years old at the time, the distinction of being the oldest recording artist ever to have a #1 hit record, a record that he would hold until 1974, when, at the age of 61, HANK SNOW hit #1 with his song, "HELLO LOVE".

The whole album is made up of Recitations. The title cut, co-written by Buddy Starcher & Minnie Pearl, explores the similarities between U.S. Presidents Lincoln & Kennedy. The rest of the recitations on the album are of a social commentary type, mostly from a conservative viewpoint. I hope y'all enjoy it!

TRACKLISTING: History Repeats Itself/The Great Decade of the Sixties/Eve Of My Multiplication/Sniper's Hill/Last Supper/I'm In A Jam, Jim/History Repeats Itself Part II/A Taxpayer's Letter/Day Of Decision/Judge, What About Me?/The Fall of a Nation/Brave Men Not Afraid.

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Saturday, October 12, 2013

SHUT THE DOOR, THEY'RE COMING THROUGH THE WINDOW

Today at MR. MEADOWLARK'S MUSIC AND MEMORIES, we conclude our series on Lulu Belle and Scotty with this album, "COMEDY SONGS OF LULU BELLE & SCOTTY - TENDER MEMORIES RECALLED VOLUME 3".

This album contains 14 old-time comedy songs culled from the duo's 1961 syndicated radio program, "BREAKFAST IN THE BLUE RIDGE".

Hope y'all enjoy it!

TRACKLISTING:
When Paw Was Courtin' Maw/How Many Biscuits Can You Eat?/Shut The Door, They're Coming Through The Window/I Ain't Gonna Take It Settin' Down/Sassafras Tea/When Grandpa Got His Whiskers Caught In The Zipper Of His Shirt/When The Pussywillow Whispers To The Catnip/Great Granddad and Great Grandma/Down By The Railroad Track/I Wish I Was A Single Girl Again/Crawdad Song/Whoa Mule/Store Bought Teeth/Frankfurter Sandwiches.

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Friday, October 11, 2013

HOMECOMING TIME IN HAPPY VALLEY

Today at MR. MEADOWLARK'S MUSIC AND MEMORIES we continue our series on LULU BELLE & SCOTTY. This time we present "TENDER MEMORIES RECALLED: VOLUME 2" another superb album of radio transcriptions.

The radio programs from which these songs were extracted were recorded in 1961, a time of intense change in the world. The musical worldview expressed by Lulu Belle & Scotty, however, held fast to an earlier time in our history, when life was stable, predictable, and safe. Listeners surely derived comfort from this worldview, which recalled an almost mythic time of mothers' prayers, innocent courtships, children's cradles, and rural church homecomings, replete with "singing and sweet communion." "Tender Memories" indeed.
These programs, typical of the thousands broadcast by Lulu Belle & Scotty throughout their illustrious, 25 year career over Chicago's WLS and Cincinnati's WLW, were made three years after the duo retired from show business. Consequently, the performances represent the team at its best: their voices were in top form, their harmonies state-of-the-art, and their deliveries were that of relaxed, seasoned professionals having a good time, making minor fluffs, kidding one another, and telling corny jokes. Moreover, the selection of songs on this album is representative of the duo's repertoire - pop, folk, and folk-like tunes, consisting of nostalgic "heart" (or what Lulu called "memory") songs, comedy number, and religious standards. I hope y'all enjoy this album as I do!

TRACKLISTING: It's A Good Day In Carolina/Homecoming Time In Happy Valley/That Do Make It Nice/If I Could Hear My Mother Pray Again/Punkin' Juice Perfume/The Old Red Cradle/Uncle Eph/My Mother's Old Sunbonnet/I Met Her In Omaha/The Empty Christmas Stocking/No Hiding Place Down There/What Is A Home Without Love?/Big Sandy.

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Thursday, October 10, 2013

BROWN MOUNTAIN LIGHT

Today at MR. MEADOWLARK'S MUSIC AND MEMORIES we continue our series on LULU BELLE & SCOTTY.

This Album, "TENDER MEMORIES RECALLED" is a superb album of songs taken from radio transcriptions of their syndicated radio program "BREAKFAST IN THE BLUE RIDGE". The series was recorded in Chicago in 1961 and was not a very big success at the time.

In the 1980s, a Radio Personality by the name of Marshall Dial hosted a program over KMIS Radio in Portageville, Missouri, titled "The Stories They Tell", where he interviewed various people. Dial had been a big fan of Lulu Belle & Scotty during their heyday in the 1930s and '40s, and managed to do an interview with Lulu Belle (Who by that time, for some unknown reason, insisted on being called "Lula Belle"). The two developed a friendship. Once, while Dial was visiting Lulu Belle at her home in North Carolina, she asked him to throw out an old box of reel-to-reel tapes. He saw the tapes were still in good condition and asked if he could listen to them. Upon listening to them, he discovered the tapes contained episodes of "BREAKFAST IN THE BLUE RIDGE". He soon struck a deal with Lulu Belle to release selections from these broadcasts on a series of albums, this posting is the first album of that series.

Hope y'all enjoy it!

TRACKLISTING:
Old Pappy Time/On And On With You/Tying The Leaves/These Things I Promise You/Black and White Rag/Does The Spearmint Lose Its Flavor?/You Go To Your Church (And I'll Go To Mine)/Brown Mountain Light/Woman-Man/Yodel Blues/Just For Old Time's Sake/They'll Welcome Me Back Home/Napanee/Do You Ever Think Of Me?.

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