Folk/Country — All Formats

From the acoustic underground to the sounds of Nashville and Bakersfield -- with some great bits from the 78 RPM era too!


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Stefan GrossmanFlowers On The Wall – The Unique Art Of Stefan Grossman ... CD
Transatlantic/El (UK), Early 70s. New Copy ... $3.99
Beautiful post folk era work from acoustic guitar genius Stefan Grossman – a thick compilation of tracks from the Ragtime Cowboy Jew and Those Pleasant Days LPs, and more from his early 70s Transatlantic Records efforts – stacked together on great CD! Flowers On The Wall has a pretty wide stylistic breadth, with some rags and acoustic blues type tunes that Grossman is best known for, plus some surprisingly adventurous originals that really blend some of the more interesting singer-songwriter idiosyncracies of the era. Plus Grossman's playing is absolutely impeccable! 20 tracks in all: "Morning Comes", "The Birthday Song (People Get Ready)", "Odyssey", "Orphan Sunday", "Matesa", "Make Believe Stunt", "Waterfalls", "Prairie Song", "Sond Techniques Recording Blues", "Lena Anne", "Song For A Brother", "Flowers On The Wall" and more. CD
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Johnny CashMan In Black – Live In Denmark 1971 ... CD
Columbia, 1971. New Copy ... $13.99 14.98
A stellar concert from The Man In Black – and a set we'd rank right up there with the prison-based live that Johnny Cash recorded in the 60s! The material here is handled wonderfully – and recorded equally well, too – and in addition to a number of very strong performances by Johnny alone, the set also features some guest appearances that include solo numbers by Carl Perkins, The Carter Family, and The Statler Brothers – as well as Cash performances with most of them, and a few duets with June Carter Cash! Titles include Johnny on versions of "Sunday Mornin Comin Down", "I Walk The Line", "Guess Things Happen That Way", "Man In Black", and "Me & Bobby McGee"; duets with June on "Help Me Make It Through The Night", "Darlin Companion", and "If I Were A Carpenter"; "Matchbox" and "Blue Suede Shoes" by Carl Perkins; "Flowers On The Wall" and "Bed Of Roses" by The Statler Brothers; "Song To Mama" by The Carter Family; and variations of Johnny with other acts on "Rock Of Ages", "No Need To Worry", and "Children Go Where I Send Thee". CD

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Don CooperBless The Children ... CD
Roulette/Wounded Bird, 1970. New Copy ... $3.99 11.98
A folk funk classic from Don Cooper – a folksy player at heart, but one who always manages to bring a gentle groove to his music! The set's got a spare sound that's totally great – vocals and guitar from Don, plus second guitar from Elliot Randall – and support from other light instrumentation on flute and violin, used in ways to bring a lyrical sweetness to the tunes that we really love – not exactly in Nick Drake territory, but a similar sort of sweetening! Rhythms are often more heavy on the acoustic basslines than the drums, which gives them a bottom-up sort of groove – warm and mellow, but with wonderfully funky moments. Titles include "Bless The Children", "Mad George", "Tell Me About Her", "Willy Jean", "Sad-Eyed Queen Of The Mountain", "Brotherlove", "A New Gun", "Only A Dream", and "Tin Cans & Alleyways". CD

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✨✧ Ferlin HuskyGonna Shake This Shack Tonight ... CD
Bear Family (Germany), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy ... $19.99 28.98
A nicely focused little collection on the great Ferlin Husky – one that brings together some of his more upbeat tunes from the early generation of rock and roll – although the music is still pretty darn country overall! Or rather, hillbilly – said in the most respectful way of the time – as the cuts often have some bumping basslines that are clearly borrowed a bit from rockabilly, and have that wonderfully full Capitol Records production style of the late 50s – which can illuminate even a casual moment in a tune, and make Ferlin's wit and personality really come through in the vocals! The CD's one of the best collections we've ever seen to focus on this side of Husky's great, and overlooked talent – and titles include "I Feel Better All Over", "Slow Down Brother", "Cross Eyed Gal From The Ozarks", "Detour", "Prize Possession", "Black Sheep", "Eli The Camel", "Excuse Me Stranger", "Wang Dang Doo", "I Will", and "Muki Ruki". CD

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Incredible String BandBig Huge ... LP
Elektra, Late 60s. Near Mint- ... $19.99
Half of the fourth album from The Incredible String Band and their most sprawling work to date – which was originally split into separate LPs for the US release – this being The Big Huge portion! Multi-instrumentalists Mike Heron & Robin Williamson began using studio multi-tracking to incredible effect on their previous LP, and continue on that path here, though accompanied by frequent collaborator Licorice (who earlier sang with the group, but contributes Irish harp & percussion here) plus violin and percussion by Rose – and the album as in turns their most ambitious. Titles include "Maya", "Greatest Friend", "Lordly Nightshade", "The Son Of Noah's Brother", "Cousin Catepillar", "The Circle Is Unbroken" and more. LP, Vinyl record album
(Tan label pressing.)

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Carl StoryGospel Revival ... LP
Starday, Early 60s. Very Good+ ... $2.99
Carl sings here with The Rambling Mountaineers – at a level that rivals the Stanley Brothers or other bluegrass greats! LP, Vinyl record album
(Heavy original yellow label pressing. Bottom cover seam has a small bit of splitting – but this is a great copy overall.)

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VariousAll Time Country & Western Hits ... LP
King, 1950s. Very Good+ ... $6.99
A cool collection of vintage country on King Records – with work by Moon Mullican, Wayne Raney, Delmore Brothers, Cowbow Copas, Bonnie Lou, and the York Brothers! LP, Vinyl record album
(Heavy black label King pressing, with deep groove! Cover is nice overall – but has a bit of splitting on the bottom, and a set of initials near the top.)

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✨✧ VariousBristol Sessions 1927/1928 – The Big Bang Of Country Music (5CD set) ... CD
Bear Family (Germany), 1927/1928. New Copy 5CD & hardcover book ... $111.99 129.98
A seminal moment in country music history – a series of recording sessions in late 20s Tennessee that went onto spawn generations of sounds and styles to come! The "big bang" in the title is very well-placed – as these sessions were a huge success right from the start, and marked the beginning of decades of country music to come – an explosion of records and talent that all came from this one magical moment! The Bristol sessions not only mark the initial recordings of both The Carter Family and Jimmie Rodgers – but also include a huge amount of other talents from Kentucky, Tennessee, Virginia, and elsewhere – all of whom traveled to the city to participate in the dates, and help ignite the spark of country music. Producer Ralph Peer had an amazing ear for talent and styles – and he pulls together a range of regional modes, and launches them forward with an energy that really helps put these sounds in the spotlight. Other artists include Blind Alfred Reed, Uncle Eck Dunford, BF Shelton, Ernest V Stoneman, Henry Whittier, Johnson Brothers, Blue Ridge Corn Shuckers, Alfred G Kranes, El Watson, Ernest Phipps, and others – and the set features every single surviving recording from these legendary sessions, including alternate takes – along with a heavy 120 page hardcover book that's oversized, features lots of photos and notes on the recordings, plus new essays as well. A big set that's more than worth the price tag – given the historical importance and high quality of the music within! CD

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✨✧ VariousHillbillies – They Tried To Rock Vol 1 ... CD
Bear Family (Germany), Mid 50s. New Copy ... $19.99 26.98
They tried to rock – and rock they did – in this very cool assortment of rockabilly numbers cut by cats who were better-known as mainstream country artists – all of whom were trying on a new set of sounds during the early years of rock and roll! Some of the singers here were older established acts, and others were younger talents who hadn't yet decided on a direction – and together, they all make some mad musical moments here – tracks that have firm country roots, but lots of surprising rockabilly inflections – not the kind of sounds you might normally expect from artists like Webb Pierce, Lefty Frizell, George Jones, or Eddy Arnold. The package is a treasure in the best Bear Family mode – with copious notes and images that really get at the uniqueness of the work – and a 31 track package filled with great titles that include "Teenage Boogie" by Webb Pierce, "I Gotta Know" by Wanda Jackson, "Blue Suede Shoes" by Pee Wee King, "Little Lovin'" by Mimi Moman, "Ten Cats Down" by The Miller Sisters, "Hey Little Dreamboat" by Rose Maddox, "Go, Boy, Go" by Carl Smith, "Maybelline" by Carl Perkins, "Hep Cat Baby" by Eddy Arnold, "Let The Teardrops Fall" by Patsy Cline, "Red Hen Rock" by The Louvin Brothers, "You're Humbuggin Me" by Lefty Frizzell, "I'm Comin Home" by Johnny Horton, "One Night" by Kirk Hansard, and "Goodnight Sweetheart Goodnight" by Johnnie & Jack. CD

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VariousJoe Bussard Presents The Year of Jubilo – 78rpm Recordings Of Songs From The Civil War ... CD
Dust To Digital, 1920s. New Copy ... $12.99
A very unusual strand of music from the early years of the 78rpm format – and one that sheds a huge amount of light on other styles to come! As the title implies, most of these cuts are recordings of songs that were popular during the Civil War – done in the "old time" music style that was a precursor of later country and hillbilly records – but often with acoustic, rootsy elements that echo some of the country blues of the period too – that strange criss-crossing of cultures on the guitar, banjo, and fiddle that's been one of the strongest contributions from the archival work of legendary 78 collector Joe Bussard! The records here all come from Joe's collection – and like his previous projects with the Dust To Digital label, the presentation is wonderful – extremely thoughtful, and handled with great detail in the notes – at a level that makes these tunes way more than what you might expect – the kind of revelatory project that's always got us digging the Dust To Digital releases. Tracks include "Lorena" by Blue Mountain Singers, "Pass Around The Bottle" by Ernest Stoneman, "Rebels Hornpipe" by Cherry Lane Express, "The Poor Old Slave" by The Stoneman Family, "The Year Of Jubilo" by Chubby Parker, "The Faded Coat Of Blue" by Buell Kazee, "Dixie Division" by Fiddlin John Carson, and "Old Master's Runaway" by McGee Brothers & Todd. CD

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VariousJukebox At The Last Chance Saloon – 23 Instrumental Gems From Twangy Stringbenders & Duelling Banjos To Aching Steel Guitars ... CD
Righteous (UK), Late 50s. New Copy ... $3.99
Fantastic hillbilly instrumentals, from boozy weepers, to chugging string burners, rollicking pianos to crying steel guitar – featuring late 50s numbers by well known artists and obscure slingers alike! Some of the tunes are by folks we know pretty well, like proto rocker Hardrock Gunter, and the legendary Stanley Brothers, but there's loads of stuff here that's new to our old school honky tonk hungry ears, and titles include "Country Guitar" by Eddie Eddings, "Guitar Cannonball" by Jackie Phelps, "Country Rockin' And Flyin'" by Buddy Dee, "Missouri Drag" by Bill Wimberly, "Fire On The Strings" by Joe Maphis, "Waltz Of The Jambalaya" by Link Davis, "Fling Ding" by The Stanley Brothers and more. 23 tracks in all. CD

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Clancy Brothers & Tommy MakemRising Of The Moon – Irish Songs Of Rebellion ... LP
Tradition, 1960s. Very Good+ ... Just Sold Out!
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✨✧ Ralph StanleyRalph Stanley & The Clinch Mountain Boys – The Complete Jessup Recordings ... CD
Real Gone, Early 70s. New Copy 2 CDs ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Excellent and overlooked material from the great Ralph Stanley – working here as a solo act in the time after the wonderful Stanley Brothers recordings on Starday/King – in a set of small label recordings that are every bit as great as those 60s classics! The material here is very spare, stripped down, and traditional – with a young Ricky Skaggs and Keith Whitley stepping in as part of the Clinch Mountain Boys, and Ralph himself singing with that incredible style that's easily made him one of the greatest talents ever in bluegrass – a cat who can put over a message or a story with undeniable charm, but all with an effortless approach that's still mindblowing after all these years. Stanley also plays banjo in the lead, alongside acoustic guitar, mandolin, fiddle, and bass – and the 2CD set brings together tracks from the albums Ralph Stanley & The Clinch Mountain Boys Featuring Keith Whitley & Ricky Skaggs, Sing Michigan Bluegrass, and Gospel Echoes Of The Stanley Brothers. 34 tracks in all – with titles that include "Master's Bouquet", "Wings of Angels", "We'll Be Sweethearts In Heaven", "Loving You Too Well", "I Long To See The Old Folks", "Little Glass Of Wine", "Another Song Another Drink", and "River Underground". CD

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✨✧ VariousPopsters – They Tried To Rock Vol 3 ... CD
Bear Family (Germany), Mid 50s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A very cool collection from the early years of rock and roll – featuring work by an assortment of mainstream pop artists who were very quick to jump on the bandwagon of the new music! The styles here aren't just boring pop attempts to rehash rock, but also show a strong current of R&B at play as well – the kind of sounds that jump blues and other postwar styles had already brought to the mainstream – served up almost in a post-swing mode, with a cool mix of jazzy inflections and electrified instrumentation that's almost a precursor for the sound of popcorn soul! Most tracks are in an upbeat, swinging mode – one that's equally pleasing if you like crossover country from the time, or some of the more playful modes from pop singers too – all with a much wider range than you'd expect from the title and cover. As with other volumes, the notes are great, as is the track selection – and this third volume features 33 titles that include "Every Night" by Peggy Lee, "Bo Diddley" by Joe Reisman, "Fool Fool Fool" by Kay Starr, "Get A Job" by The Mills Brothers, "Juke Box Baby" by Perry Como, "Rock The Joint" by Lola Ameche, "Rockin Shoes" by Ames Brothers, "Baby Don't Do It" by Jaye P Morgan, "Honolulu Rock A Rolla" by Eartha Kitt, "Money Honey" by Ella Mae Morse, and "Rock & Roll Party" by Big Dave & His Orchestra. CD

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