(Guitar Recorded Versions). He has been called the Father of Country Music, the Singing Brakeman, and America’s Blue Yodeler. Jimmie Rodgers, one of the first recording artists to sell a million records, combined country, blues, Tin Pan Alley and jazz to create the foundation of modern popular American music. Experience and enjoy the music of this legendary songwriter/musician with this terrific collection of 26 of his best songs: Any Old Time * Blue Yodel No. 1 (T for Texas) * Blue Yodel No. 3 (Evening Sun Yodel) * Blue Yodel No. 8 (Mule Skinner Blues) * The Brakeman’s Blues (Yodeling the Blues Away) * Dreaming with Tears in My Eyes * Frankie and Johnny * High Powered Mama * Mississippi Moon * My Old Pal * Pistol Packin’ Papa * Southern Cannonball * Yodeling Cowboy * and more. Includes a biography, a selected discography, rare photos, and analysis of his music.
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THEY’VE SOLD OVER 27 MILLION RECORDS. THEY’VE HIT THE TOP OF THE CHARTS OVER 18 TIMES. THEY’VE WON 13 CMA AWARDS AND 2 GRAMMYS. THEY’VE PERFORMED FOR HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF FANS. THEY’RE RELEASING A NEW 17 SONG HITS COLLECTION.Anyone who is still clueless about what a great singer Ronnie Dunn is need only grab this second greatest-hits package from Brooks & Dunn, a 17-song compilation that skims the commercial high points from the duo’s 1998-2004 period. Dunn, the quintessential balladeer, soars on honky-tonk laments and reminiscences like “Red Dirt Road” and “How Long Gone,” and on full-throated romantic plaints like “That’s What She Gets for Loving Me” and “It’s Getting Better All the Time.” His sidekick, the underrated guitarist, utility singer, and all-around dynamo Kix Brooks, also gets his moment to shine on a marvelous ’60s-style, 18-wheeler ditty called “Independent Trucker,” one of three new cuts included here. –Bob Allen
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Known as The Southern Gentleman, Sonny James was one of the most popular and successful country artists of them all during the decades following WWII, racking up more than 75 hits in a chart career that lasted three decades through to 1983. He scored no less than 23 US country No. 1s, beginning with the landmark success of Young Love, which also topped the US pop chart, and including an extraordinary run of big hits in late ’60s and early ’70s beyond the scope of this collection. He was one of the first country artists to embrace the influence of rock ‘n’ roll, helping to give his work a more contemporary flavour than many of his Nashville peers, and was one of the new breed of country stylist who brought the genre into the modern era. This great value 62-track collection comprises a substantial proportion of the A and B sides of the forty or so singles he released on Capitol, NRC, RCA and Dot during the first decade or so of his career, with at least one side of most releases included, and naturally features all his country and pop chart entries from that era, including, as well as Young Love, the Top 10 country hits That’s Me Without You, For Rent, You’re The Reason I’m In Love, First Date, First Kiss, First Love and Uh-Huh-mm. Best-known as he is for his later work, this provides an enlightening and entertaining scene-setter for his later career, as his style develops from his country roots towards the new sound that would characterise Nashville in subsequent years.
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The Lost Masters: Collection by Johnny Paycheck
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Produced 1996 by Little Darlin’ Record Company. CD has 24 songs.The years have been unkind to the former Donald Eugene Lytle, who seems destined to be remembered for his legendary travails with drugs, liquor, and the law rather than his vital musical contributions. By the time the first of these 24 songs was cut for Hilltop in 1964, Johnny Paycheck had already: run away from home at 15; hopped endless freight trains to sing in dive bars across the country; received a court martial from the navy for fracturing an officer’s skull; escaped twice from military prison; toured alongside George Jones, Ray Price, Porter Wagoner, and Faron Young; and been fired by all of them for excessive drinking and a hot temper. Impressive credentials indeed for a honky-tonk singer. He formed the Little Darlin’ label with producer Aubrey Mayhew in 1966 and created some of the world’s most impudent, painfully genuine honky-tonk, distinguished by Lloyd Green’s pedal-steel pyrotechnics and his own agony-ridden vocals. His emotive pronunciations will immediately call to mind George Jones, who he toured with on and off for six years (and who, according to the liner notes, actually copped his inimitable vocal style from Paycheck). Perhaps the most overlooked aspect of Paycheck’s talent is his songwriting, which shows a knack for turning a classic country phrase. He reprises hits he wrote for Tammy Wynette (“Apartment #9”) and Ray Price (“Touch My Heart”) and offers such startling titles as “(Pardon Me) I’ve Got Someone to Kill,” “It Won’t Be Long (And I’ll Be Hating You),” and “If I’m Gonna Sink (I Might as Well Go to the Bottom).” Play this at your next dinner party. –Marc Greilsamer
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Oddly enough for a band that started as an attraction at the Opryland theme park, Diamond Rio turned out to be more authentic and original than most any of their country contemporaries, eschewing session musicians to sing and play everything on just about every song they recorded. Add crisp, multi-part harmony arrangements and excellent songwriting to that streak of homegrown creativity and you had, along with Alabama, the biggest country group of the ‘90s, which The Definitive Hits Collection celebrates by living up to its name with all 31 of the 33 hits Diamond Rio notched during its unparalleled run on the Arista Nashville label. The 40-song set leads off “Meet in the Middle,” the only debut single EVER to hit #1 on the charts, and doesn’t let up with such chart-toppers as “How Your Love Makes Me Feel,” “One More Day,” “Beautiful Mess,” and “I Believe,” plus such favorites as “Love a Little Stronger,” “Walkin’ Away,” “You’re Gone,” and more. Notes by Bill Kopp round out the set, which is freshly remastered by Maria Triana at Battery Studios. By far the biggest and best Diamond Rio collection ever!
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From the time that Ford first stepped into Capitol’s recording studio in 1949, until he left the label in ’76, he recorded everything from swinging hillbilly boogies to American saga songs, pop standards and country favorites. This 20-track collection, focusing on his early days in the studio, assembles some of his biggest hits, but also a number of rarities and songs never reissued in the U.S. Highlights: “Smokey Mountain Boogie,” “I’ll Never Be Free” (with Kay Starr), “Hey, Good Lookin'” (with Helen O’Connell), “Sixteen Tons” and more.
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American legend Tennessee Ernie Ford is known for his unmistakable, booming voice and contagious personality as an artist, radio personality, actor and TV host. A beloved household name since the 1950s, Ford’s talent as a singer has garnered sales of over 90 million albums sold worldwide. Gospel music was one of his greatest career passions as seen on his prime-time variety tv program, evidenced by his chart-topping recording successes and captured on this timeless collection containing such classic songs as ‘Peace in the Valley,’ ‘How Great Thou Art,’ ‘Rock of Ages,’ ‘Precious Memories,’ ‘Blessed Assurance’ and many more.
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