Buck Owens was an American musician, singer, songwriter and band leader. His instruments of choice were guitar, the fiddle and peddle steel guitar. His country style was based on simple storylines, infectious choruses, twangy electric guitar, and an insistent rhythm supplied by a drum track placed forward in the mix. Beginning in 1969, he co-hosted the TV series Hee Haw with Roy Clark. Buck left the cast in 1986. He is a member of the Country Music Hall Of Fame and the Nashville Songwriters Hall Of Fame. The Warner Bros. Recordings came to fruition after his best friend Don Rich died in a motorcycle accident in 1974. Andy Wickham of Warner Bros. Signed him away from Capitol. All 41 of Buck’s Warner recordings are represented on these two discs. Originally issued on CD in limited quantities on Rhino’s Handmade label, this two disc set is available again at a great price.
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You probably couldn’t find 16 more hallowed recordings in all of country music than the ones contained right here: Wildwood Flower; Keep on the Sunny Side; Bury Me Beneath the Weeping Willow; My Clinch Mountain Home; Worried Man Blues; I’m Thinking Tonight of My Blue Eyes; Jimmie Brown the Newsboy; Wabash Cannonball , and more.
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Digitally re-mastered two CD set containing a trio of duet albums from country legends George Jones and Tammy Wynette originally released in 1972, 1973 and 1976. All three made the Top 5 US Country charts, with Golden Ring being a #1 album. The singles ‘We’re Gonna Hold On’ and ‘Golden Ring’ were #1 singles on the Billboard country charts. Married at the time of these recordings, Jones and Wynette divorced in 1976, but continued to work professionally together.
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The multiple GRAMMY, CMA and Dove Award winners are married both on stage and off in this tender work that they have waited their whole professional careers to craft in perfect harmony together. Skaggs & White previously won a CMA (Country Music Assoc.) Award for Vocal Duo of the Year and are poised for lightning to strike again with this new album, Hearts Like Ours.
Country fans will rejoice in hearing Forever s Not Long Enough, co-written by Hall of Fame songwriter Bob DiPiero. In this up-tempo tune, Skaggs is back on his red telecaster electric guitar, putting down amazing licks and his signature clear, strong vocals along with tight harmony by White. In Reasons To Hang On, a new song co-written by Leslie Satcher, hit-maker for George Strait, Vince Gill and Reba McEntire, one finds a simple country faith that s really anything but simple, driven by mandolin and guitar to make a full country sound. A soothing steel intro opens When I m Good And Gone, co-written with heartfelt sincerity by country music artist Buddy Jewell after his father s passing. The tune If I Needed You special to Skaggs & White, sung to each other on their wedding day, showcases true love along with Hearts Like Ours, written by another country couple, Marty Stuart and Connie Smith.
With throwback sounds for today s country audience, fans will appreciate the mix of mandolin, fiddle, steel, guitars and drums, bringing the best sounds of yesterday and today together. Hearts Like Ours captures a modern take on a classic country feel and is destined to be a highlight in country music this year.
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UK collection from the Country legend, a chronological run-through of the A-sides of Kitty Wells’ single release from 1949 to 1957. With all of the key Country storytelling traits intact, from boozing reprobates to God-fearing repenting, this release contains some truly heartbreaking lyrics delivered in Kitty Wells’ plaintive vocal style. Perfectly moribund with the glorious ‘I Gave My Wedding Dress Away’ and ‘I Hope My Divorce Is Never Granted’ (where the spoken passage alone is melancholy personified) with ‘A Wedding Ring Ago’ completing a relationship counseling trio. Includes some spectacular duets with Red Foley, the legendary Roy Acuff, Carol Sue Wright and Webb Pierce and Kitty at her most impressive. Righteous.
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Two LPs on One CD. One of the Classic Honky-Tonk Performers of the 1950’s & Early 1960’s, Faron Young Made Some of the Rowdiest, Most Energetic Country Records of the Decade.
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As one of the best-known honky tonkers to appear in the wake of Hank Williams’s death, Faron Young was a popular presence on Nashville’s music scene for more than four decades. The Singing Sheriff produced a string of Top Ten hits, placed over eighty songs on the country music charts, and founded the long-running country music periodical Music City News in 1963. Flamboyant, impulsive, and generous, he helped and encouraged a new generation of talented songwriter-performers that included Willie Nelson and Bill Anderson. In 2000, four years after his untimely death, Faron was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame.
Presenting the first detailed portrayal of this lively and unpredictable country music star, Diane Diekman masterfully draws on extensive interviews with Young’s family, band members, and colleagues. Impeccably researched, Diekman’s narrative also weaves anecdotes from Louisiana Hayride and other old radio shows with ones from Young’s business associates, including Ralph Emery. Her unique insider’s look into Young’s career adds to an understanding of the burgeoning country music entertainment industry during the key years from 1950 to 1980, when the music expanded beyond its original rural roots and blossomed into a national (ultimately, international) enterprise. Echoing Young’s characteristic ability to entertain and surprise fans, Diekman combines an account of his public career with a revealing, intimate portrait of his personal life.
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Merle Haggard’s 1969 classic double LP played a pivotal role in bringing the music of Jimmie Rodgers to a new audience. In it, he was true to the spirit of Rodgers, but brought a new twist to the legacy. This CD not only includes all of the original two LPs, but two additional Rodgers songs that Merle recorded later. James Burton’s dobro is stellar throughout.
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