An unusual bit of female folk from mid 70s California – not really country, but far from the sound of the LA scene too – a distinction that's probably made even stronger by the small studio recording of the record in San Jose! Kathy Heideman sings straight at some times, but has these ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Marian Henderson —
Cameo ... LP Coral, 1970. Very Good ...
John Hulburt —
Opus III ... CD Clarence/Tompkins Square, 1972. New Copy ...
A beautiful solo set from John Hulburt – a little-known Chicago guitarist in the early 70s, and almost our city's answer to the beauty of John Fahey at his best! Hulburt's music is a bit more straightforward, and his tunes a little shorter – but the overall sense of conception is ... read moreCD
Titles include "Hang Your Head In Shame", "That Silver Haired Daddy Of Mine", "Farther & Farther Apart", "Never Have Never Will", "Rockin Alone In An Old Rockin Chair", and "Honky Tonkin Party Girl". LP, Vinyl record album
A nicely subtle album from the Incredible String Band – a set that maybe doesn't have the same sort of fanfare as their earliest albums, but which also has the group really honing their sound! Make no mistake, there's nothing commercial or pop-oriented going on – it's just that Mike ... read moreCD
Incredible String Band —
U ... CD Elektra/BGO (UK), 1970. Used 2CD ...
A wonderfully expansive album from The Incredible String Band – initially performed as a stage project with the Stone Monkey dance troupe, and featuring the ISB at their most evocative and creative! Some tunes have a darker, sinister undercurrent – that link between the band and the ... read moreCD
Incredible String Band —
U ... LP Elektra, 1970. Very Good 2LP Gatefold ...
A wonderfully expansive album from The Incredible String Band – initially performed as a stage project with the Stone Monkey dance troupe, and featuring the ISB at their most evocative and creative! Some tunes have a darker, sinister undercurrent – that link between the band and the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Butterfly label pressing. Cover has split top seams.)
Wanda Jackson may look nice and sweet on the cover, but she's a raw rocker throughout on this classic Capitol album from early in her career – cut at a time when Jackson was drinking a brew that was equal part R&B, hillbilly, and early rock influences – all fused together in a ... read moreCD
Sonny James —
Honey ... LP Capitol, Late 50s. Very Good ...
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(Original turquoise label pressing. Cover has a small bit of tape on one seam, but is nice overall.)
Early greatness from Waylon – with titles that include "Leavin Town", "Anita You're Dreaming", "Doesn't Anybody Know My Name", "I Wonder Just Where I Went Wrong", "Time Will Tell The Story", "Baby Don't Be Looking In My Mind", and ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A late 60s Waylon Jennings album cut with Oklahoma husbands & wives quartet The Kimberlys – almost certainly a record that Outlaws-era Waylon would have looked back on in pure disgust – but ultimate a really sweet set of late 60s folksy sunshine pop grandeur mixed with Waylon's down ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Southern hillbilly soul from Fern Jones – a minister, church singer and songwriter with a real feel for the secular shake of 50s Sun Records, honky tonk, and shout blues – a pure evangelical with a worldly groove! Fern worked the gospel circuit of tent and church shows for many, many ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A really early record by a young, fresh-faced George Jones – his full length debut, actually – released in 1957 by Starday, not too long after his debut appearance at the Grand Ole Opry! George had been recording some artistically promising, if underselling singles for a couple years ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Great Musicor work from George Jones – with production by Pappy Dailey, and titles that include "If My Heart Had Windows", "Wrong Side Of The World", "Say It's Not You", "Possom Hollow", "Between My House & Town", and the slightly-outdated ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Rare rockers from Bob King – a Canadian country singer from the 50s, but one who was equally comfortable with rockabilly as well! Bob's got a great crossover sound here – almost a Tennessee sort of style that blends together hillbilly roots with more electrified 50s modes – all ... read moreCD
Righteous earth mama vibes from our hometown sweetheart Bonnie Koloc. Bonnie was part of the original folk cabaret scene around old town here in Chicago, and this is her first album, with her gutsy, folky vocals and songwriting underpinned by a groovy rock-inflected backing band, that features ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Mike Marshall & Caterina Lichtenberg —
JS Bach ... CD Adventure Music, 2015. New Copy ...
The music of Bach, given a wonderfully warm approach here – as performed in a set of duets between Caterina Lichtenberg on mandolin and Mike Marshall on mandocello! The album's got the acoustic beauty of some of Marshall's other excellent albums for the Adventure Music label – right ... read moreCD
Rural solo vocal folk songs, rustic wisdom, carnival barking and bawdy storytelling from mustachioed raconteur Hamper McBee – recorded at his home on Monteagle, Tennessee in November of '77 and January of '78! A bunch of the material on this essential Drag City compilation was originally ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The birth of a legend – and the birth of modern bluegrass too – served up here in a set of seminal recordings from the great Bill Monroe – all of which helped to take the music from the hill country out to the wider American mainstream! And by "mainstream", don't think ... read moreCD
Willie Nelson without the long hair – really sounding great on a set of early recordings for RCA! That amazing voice is already very firmly in place – that sharp, raspy tone that was an instant original in country music – especially when singing Nelson's own words, which really ... read moreCD
Seminal sounds from the great Willie Nelson – and a full collection of all the work that set him onto the path of his later outlaw years fame! The Nelson heard here is a man really finding himself – moving past some earlier roles as a songwriter for others, and some early forays with ... read moreCD
A truly great later Willie Nelson record – revisiting some of his classics, though this time with the beautifully moody, warm and lived-in production of Daniel Lanois and backing vocals by Emmylou Harris. It's among Nelson's finest full lengths ever, and among our favorite Lanois productions ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(First time on vinyl, remastered and sounding better than ever – on 2LP gold colored vinyl in a tip-on gatefold sleeve.)
A winning late career reunion of Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard – 2 of the greatest living legends from the golden age country music – the last of their line, still touring hard and releasing vital records like this one! With their place in American musical history so firmly set for ... read moreCD
The reapin's never done when Eddie Noack's around – as he's left behind so many great records over the years, you could spend a good season just trying to harvest them all! This collection may well be the richest batch of Noack's music we've ever come across – a package that includes ... read moreCD
Easily the greatest album ever recorded by the legendary Phil Ochs – a masterpiece of politics and power, filled with themes that still resonate strongly 40 years later! From the very first note of the set, Ochs expresses himself with a confidence, intelligence, and clear-headed vision that ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Phil Ochs really opens up his sound on this one – working with larger arrangements that make the album sound quite different than the stark, angry folk of his Elektra albums – in a way that creates an even more complicated approach to Ochs' themes cynicism and bitterness. Arrangements ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Well, the title song of this one is worth the price alone. That cut, "Before You Go", alternates seamlessly back and forth between a weepy honky-tonk and a full out Bakersfield rocker. Other great cuts like "Betcha Didn't Know", "Gonna Have Love", "Number One ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cutout hole, and residue spot from an old sticker.)
Buck's follow up to his smash Bakersfield sound classic "No one But You/Before You Go" LP. And while the songwriting isn't as strong as that release, it does still have the beautiful stylistic flourishes that the Buckaroos had mastered at this point: Bucks proud vocal stylings, twanging ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Early pre-Decca work by Webb Pierce – with titles that include "Lucy Lee", "The Darkest Hour", "It's All Between The Lines", "I'm Happy That You Hurt Me", and "High Geared Daddy". LP, Vinyl record album
(Black label King pressing. Cover has a small bit of seam splitting, and some clear tape on the top seam.)