Thirty Days – Gonna Shake This Shack Tonight

Thirty Days – Gonna Shake This Shack Tonight

A fresh slant on the king and originator of honky tonk music, a full CD of his up-tempo recordings, including era-defining hits like Walking The Floor Over You, You Nearly Lose Your Mind, and Drivin’ Nails In My Coffin. The next best thing to a night at a Texas honky tonk circa 1950 minus the guns and cigarette smoke. These recordings ooze character and believability. Tubb’s voice wavers off-key here and there, but the gritty realism and human warmth more than compensate. Ernest Tubb made records that could only be Ernest Tubb records. The contrast with the cookie-cutter similarity and artificial perfection of today’s country music could not be more obvious. Includes a 32-page booklet.

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Ernest Tubb: The Texas Troubadour

In this definitive biography of Ernest Tubb, Ronnie Pugh brings one of country music’s greatest performers back to center stage. Tracing a career that began in the 1930s and continued until just a few years before Tubb’s death in 1984, Pugh presents not only the long and legendary life of the Texas Troubadour but also an unparalleled view of the world of country music in which Ernest Tubb played an essential part.
Tubb began his career as an imitator of Jimmie Rodgers, but stormed the country music scene in the 1940s with a new honky tonk sound and a string of hits that included “Walking the Floor Over You.” His innovations marked an important transition in country music to a style and lyric in tune with modern American working people, or at least that offered the real-life themes of hard drinking, divorce, tough times, and ruined lives—changes that helped define the music we recognize today as “country.” A member of the Grand Ole Opry until 1982, Tubb hosted a live radio broadcast from the Ernest Tubb Record Shop in Nashville for years and became one of the first country music stars to host his own television show in the mid-1960s. Always popular and on the road much of the time even after his prime hit-making years had ended, he was well-known for promoting the careers of many new performers on the rise.
Delving into fan club journals, songbooks, newspaper broadcast logs, record company files, and hundreds of interviews, Ronnie Pugh draws a picture of Tubb—exploring both his personal and professional life—that is unprecedented in its intimacy, detail, and vitality. We get a close-up view of Tubb riding the crest of his popularity, setting the pace for Nashville, facing the onslaught of Elvis Presley and rock ’n roll, and surviving as a country music legend. Richly illustrated with almost a hundred photographs, many of which are rare unpublished shots from private collections, Ernest Tubb also contains a detailed and complete sessionography, a resource that will be of continuing importance for serious record collectors.
A biography that has been long awaited from Ronnie Pugh, unquestionably the leading authority on Ernest Tubb, this book will delight readers from among the fans of country music, those interested in the history of country music or American popular music and culture generally, and, of course, Ernest Tubb fans.

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4 Responses to Thirty Days – Gonna Shake This Shack Tonight

  • DJ Joe Sixpack says:
    5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Classic vintage honky-tonk, from the father of the genre, January 23, 2008
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    This review is from: Thirty Days – Gonna Shake This Shack Tonight (Audio CD)
    It’s nice to have a compact, high-quality single disc collection full of some of Ernest Tubb’s best material. Bear Family has also published several gigantic multi-CD box sets devoted to Tubb’s entire career, so you know that this single-disc set is totally gonna rock. Great sound quality and the usual Bear Family mark of excellence. Highly recommended. (DJ Joe Sixpack, Slipcue)

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  • JKS says:
    1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Great ET collection!!, September 18, 2011
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    This review is from: Thirty Days – Gonna Shake This Shack Tonight (Audio CD)
    Thirty Days is the one of ET’s greatest fast numbers! It kick’s off this well rounded collection drawn from the Decca label known for quality country output starting in the late 40’s and throughout the 50’s. Bear Family never fails to curate excellent collections! The notes as usual are informative and interesting too.

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  • C. M Mills says:
    8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
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    Unbiased and well balanced….two thumbs up, August 22, 1998
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    This review is from: Ernest Tubb: The Texas Troubadour (Paperback)
    Mr. Pugh’s “Ernest Tubb: The Texas Troubador” offers a well balanced context of Tubb’s life. The good times, hard times, his strengths, and weaknesses. My father, the late Vernon “Toby” Reese was one of the orignal members of Tubb’s band in the 40’s. I can recall his stories about Tubb when I was a child. Mr. Pughs book is right on target.

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  • Anonymous says:
    6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    This Is The ultimate book on The Great Ernest Tubb, December 2, 1997
    By A Customer
    I have personally known the Tubb family and most of this I already knew so it was fun seeing what would be in the book and what would be left out and he left nothing out of the book. It gave you a very honet portait of this legendary man. It did not give a sugar coated picture. It was very informative and honest. Although I never got to meet the man just knowing what I know of him and his family. I’am sure that he would be proud of this book.

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