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XA huge range -- from pre-war string bands, to hillbilly music, Bakersfield country, bluegrass, Nashville hits, jug bands, Folkways records, and work from the acoustic underground!

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Duck BakerLes Blues Du Richmond – Demos & Outtakes 1973 to 1979 (2018 Record Store Day Release) ... LP
Tompkins Square, Mid 70s. New Copy ... $18.99
A brilliant slice of early work from guitarist Duck Baker – an artist who's blossomed strongly in the jazz world in recent decades, but who here is maybe closer to the roots of earlier music – and works with this fantastic interweaving of blues, folk, swing, and early jazz modes! The style's very fitting for the overdue-issue of these early tapes on Tompkins Square – and might have even gotten Duck Baker a record on Takoma back in the 70s – and it's no surprise that the second half of the material was recorded by Stefan Grossman in the late 70s, as it shares some resonance with his own work of the time. The first 6 tracks are from demo recordings that Baker made in Richmond, the remaining are handled by Grossman – and apart from guest violin and bass on one track, all others are guitar instrumentals by Duck – and include "Homage To Leadbelly", "Doing the Raccoon", "Allah, Perhaps" "Wolverine Blues", "Les Blues De Richmond", "Fire Down There", "That Rhythm Man", "Little Boy", "The Humors of Whisky", "Sandy River Belle", and "Swedish Jig". (Jazz, Folk/Country) LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition vinyl version is a Record Store Day 2018 exclusive!)
Also available Les Blues Du Richmond – Demos & Outtakes 1973 to 1979 ... CD 15.99

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Duck BakerLes Blues Du Richmond – Demos & Outtakes 1973 to 1979 ... CD
Tompkins Square, Mid 70s. New Copy ... $15.99 16.99
A brilliant slice of early work from guitarist Duck Baker – an artist who's blossomed strongly in the jazz world in recent decades, but who here is maybe closer to the roots of earlier music – and works with this fantastic interweaving of blues, folk, swing, and early jazz modes! The style's very fitting for the overdue-issue of these early tapes on Tompkins Square – and might have even gotten Duck Baker a record on Takoma back in the 70s – and it's no surprise that the second half of the material was recorded by Stefan Grossman in the late 70s, as it shares some resonance with his own work of the time. The first 6 tracks are from demo recordings that Baker made in Richmond, the remaining are handled by Grossman – and apart from guest violin and bass on one track, all others are guitar instrumentals by Duck – and include "Homage To Leadbelly", "Doing the Raccoon", "Allah, Perhaps" "Wolverine Blues", "Les Blues De Richmond", "Fire Down There", "That Rhythm Man", "Little Boy", "The Humors of Whisky", "Sandy River Belle", and "Swedish Jig". (Jazz, Folk/Country) CD
Also available Les Blues Du Richmond – Demos & Outtakes 1973 to 1979 (2018 Record Store Day Release) ... LP 18.99

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Tia BlakeParis & Montreal Demos – 1973 to 1976 (10 inch EP) (2018 Record Store Day Release) ... LP
Yep Roc, Mid 70s. New Copy ... $15.99
Beautiful blue-tinged work from Tia Blake – a folk singer at heart, but one who's also got this chilling sound that sometimes hits us in the same way as Nico's music during her early solo years! The tracks here were all recorded after Tia's one and only full album – and come as a much-needed addition to her too-small catalog. And even though these songs are demos, they have the same feel as Tina's only "studio" work from before – with titles that "My Father Is A Lonely Man", "White Bird", "Country Boy", "Wish I Was A Single Girl Again (Rehearsal)", "Child Ballad #95", and "Betty & Dupree". LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition of 500!)

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Bonny Prince BillyWolf Of The Cosmos ... LP
Drag City, 2017. New Copy ... $18.99
Bonny Prince Billy's covers one of the finer and most haunting folk-ish albums of the immediate post millennium – Norwegian singer Susanna's wonderful Sonata Mix Dwarf Cosmos, which came out on Rune Gramophon around a decade earlier – wonderfully recasting the cosmic folk vibe of the Susanna's original material in his own rustic-cosmic light! His voice is fragile and wonderful here, playing with frequent collaborator Emett Kelly on bass and guitar, Cheyenne Mize on violin and slide ukulele and Chris Rodahaffer on banjo and guitar. It's a worthy tribute to a wonderful album that's always deserved more attention, seek it out while you're at it! Includes "Intruder", "Born In The Desert", "Hangout", "People Living", "Stay", "For You", "Bewtter Days", "Traveling", "Demon Dance", "Home Recording", "We Offer" and "Lily". (Rock, Folk/Country) LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ VariousLost Train Blues – John & Alan Lomax & The Early Folk Music Collections At The Library Of Congress ... LP
Jalopy, Late 30s/Early 40s. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
A beautiful excavation of the Library of Congress recordings – one that pulls together a great range of depression-era songs that really capture the changing culture and continuing struggles of the time! There's a range of different styles at play here, but the overall focus is on acoustic music – with strong folk and string-based instrumentation on most numbers – and especially strong, charismatic singers who can really burst out, even though the recording conditions weren't always optimal! Most artists are very obscure – recorded in the field by Alan and John Lomax, and other members of their team – and titles include "The Moonshiner" by Dawson Henson, "Longest Train I Ever Saw" by Jesse Wadley, "WPA Song" by Clyde Kingfish Smith, "Battle In The Horseshoe" by JW Russell, "Travelin To That New Buryin Ground" by Hammer Clarence Banks, and "Roosevelt & Hitler" by Buster Buzz Ezell. LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes a nice booklet of notes – in a classic Folkways style!)

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✨✧ VariousMemphis Rockabillies, Hillbillies, & Honky Tonkers Vol 6 ... CD
Stomper Time (UK), Mid 60s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Memphis sounds that go way past the usual – not some of the oft-reissued rockabilly of the late 50s, but instead some really rare work from the following decade – when a host of small indie labels were still going strong, and turning out a huge array of Tennessee talent! The groove here is maybe that post-rockabilly moment when some artists when back to hillibilly styles – the kind of harder-edge cuts that weren't hitting the charts as much as the lush production of big label country tunes – but which showed that the honky tonk spirit was still alive and well! There's definitely more of a country vibe here than previous volumes in this series – but one that really feels more like mid 50s pre-rock material than you'd guess from the time these tracks were recorded. 40 titles in all – with great notes too – and titles include "Too Many Bubbles" by Jay Chevalier, "Everytime I See You" by Sylvia Mobley, "Gonna Be No 1" by Kenny Owens, "Take Me Back To Memphis" by Slim Rhodes, "Midnight Blues" by Charlie Fritts, "You're The Most Hard To Please Woman" by John Temple, "Troy's Boogie" by Troy Collier, and "Where Were You" by Amos Wren. (Rock, Folk/Country) CD

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✨✧ VariousStax Country ... CD
Stax/Craft, Mid 70s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A surprising side of the legendary Stax Records – especially if you only know the Memphis powerhouse as an outlet for funk and soul! There was always a bit of crossover between country and soul – even in the early days, a label like King Records could easily handle both – or a company like Atlantic could find a way to make its soul singers handle country tunes with ease. Yet the approach here is pure country – tracks recorded during the final few years of Stax – at a time when the company was both growing strongly, thanks to the fame of Isaac Hayes and others – and also trying out new ideas to round out the strength of their operation. Given their proximity to Nashville, and the fact that Memphis studios like Sun or Ardent had handled country-styled sounds – the move seemed to be a good one, and definitely comes across here in the quality of the tracks! The music has a nice left-of-Nashville vibe – almost like some of the growing wave from Austin soon to come, but also a bit like the cooler indie 45 country market of the 70s – which is finally getting its due these days. Either way, the sounds here are way past the hits, and way past the more standard modes of the time – and show that Stax Records could bring as much of a magic touch to country as they could to other sounds they recorded. Titles include "Hippie From The Hills" by Roland Eaton, "The River's Too Wide" by Karen Casey, "That Glass" by Eddie Bond, "Sweet Country Music" by Becki Bluefield, "My Girl" by Danny Bryan, "Satisfied Woman" by Paige O'Brian, "All The Love You'll Ever Need" by Cliff Cochran, "A Mom & A Dad For Christmas" by Lee Denson, and "Truck Driver's Heaven" by Roger Hallmark. CD

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✨✧ Marisa AndersonCloud Corner ... CD
Thrill Jockey, 2018. New Copy ... $13.99 15.99
Completely captivating work from Marisa Anderson – an instrumentalist who could easily match the groundbreaking sound of Takoma Records in the 60s with her work on albums like this! Marisa's a guitarist at heart – and mostly plays electric and acoustic on the record, using the instrument in this spare, open sort of way – far from American roots, but also very American at the same time – informed by all the modern changes on the instrument in the hands of the acoustic underground in recent decades, but delivered with a very down-to-earth approach that's extremely beautiful. Anderson plays a few other instruments over the course of the record – including a bit of Wurlitzer electric piano – bu the guitar dominates, in a wonderful way – on titles that include "Lift", "Sanctuary", "Surfacing", "Cloud Corner", "Sun Song", "Lament", "Slow Ascent", and "Pulse". CD
Also available Cloud Corner (colored vinyl pressing) ... LP 18.99

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✨✧ Marisa AndersonCloud Corner (colored vinyl pressing) ... LP
Thrill Jockey, 2018. New Copy ... $18.99 20.99
Completely captivating work from Marisa Anderson – an instrumentalist who could easily match the groundbreaking sound of Takoma Records in the 60s with her work on albums like this! Marisa's a guitarist at heart – and mostly plays electric and acoustic on the record, using the instrument in this spare, open sort of way – far from American roots, but also very American at the same time – informed by all the modern changes on the instrument in the hands of the acoustic underground in recent decades, but delivered with a very down-to-earth approach that's extremely beautiful. Anderson plays a few other instruments over the course of the record – including a bit of Wurlitzer electric piano – bu the guitar dominates, in a wonderful way – on titles that include "Lift", "Sanctuary", "Surfacing", "Cloud Corner", "Sun Song", "Lament", "Slow Ascent", and "Pulse". LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition colored vinyl!)
Also available Cloud Corner ... CD 13.99

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Robbie BashoGrail & The Lotus ... LP
Takoma, 1966. Very Good+ (reissue)... $16.99
Mindblowing early work from Robbie Basho – maybe one of the best Takoma albums of the 60s – and that's saying a lot, given that the label also issued important music from John Fahey! Yet on this set, Basho's as revelatory as Fahey at his best – but in a completely different way – more informed by Eastern thought than American roots, yet able to spin out his ideas on these completely hypnotic acoustic guitar passages that are still as mesmerizing all these many years later as they were when recorded in Berkley studios in 1966. Titles include "Oriental Love Song", "The Dharma Prince", "The Grail& The Lotus", "Golden Shamrock", and "Street Dakini". LP, Vinyl record album

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Robbie BashoLive In Forli – Italy 1982 ... LP
ESP, 1982. New Copy ... $23.99
A breathtakingly beautiful recording of the legendary Robbie Basho – and a much-needed addition to his too-small catalog of albums! Make no mistake, Basho has given us some key records over the years – but his genius was so deep, and his life was so short, it always feels like there needs to be more added to the mix – which is why this album is so important. The set captures Basho at a time when he was working in relative obscurity, but maybe even more amazing than on his early years recording for Takoma Records – a more sophisticated guitar player, working with mindblowing dexterity, while still also following his own spirit in sound – a mix of underground American acoustic modes, with influences from Indian music and classical guitar – yet delivered with a personal style that's completely his own. Robbie vocalizes a bit, but the main focus is on his guitar – and the set includes a number of quite long tracks, and also some spoken introductions by Basho for more tunes, which are very illuminating too. Titles include "California Raga", "German Chocolate Cake", "Redwood Ramble", "Song Of The Stallion", "Grail & The Lotus", "Cathedral Et Fleur De Lis", and "Pavan India". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Dave BixbyOde To Quetzalcoatl ... LP
Guerssen (Spain), 1969. New Copy (reissue)... $25.99
One of the darkest albums we've ever heard – even if it is part of the spiritual redemption of singer/songwriter Dave Bixby! The album's mostly a solo outing – Bixby on vocals and acoustic guitar, recorded in a spare echoey space that really underscores the sadness in the songs – kind of a dark-toned, sonic texture that holds the whole thing together, and makes even the most subtle moments ring out with brooding intensity. And the echo's used in a way that's very unique for the time – almost more like some of the early 80s UK experiments – such as work by Durutti Column – although the quality here is quite different in Bixby's hands! Titles include "Drug Song", "Free Indeed", "Morning Sun", "Prayer", "666", "Open Doors", "Peace", and "Secret Forest". (Rock, Folk/Country) LP, Vinyl record album

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Tim BuckleyGreetings From LA ... LP
Warner/Straight, 1972. Near Mint- Gatefold ... $19.99
A later effort from Tim Buckley with a bigger sound and more of a straight ahead approach – with a big nod in the groove direction and some R&B creeping in! In lesser hands, Greetings From LA could be considered more of a "commercial" album than the unpredictable stylistic variances of Tim's earlier records, but his vocals and depth of passion keeps it a riveting experience. Rolling boogie piano, some vamping organ, groovy strings, and even some female chorus backing vocals bring elements of 70s soul and juke joint sounds into the mix – while Buckley's emoting is on par with earlier work – even if some of the lyrics are kind of on the bawdy side. Includes "Move With Me", "Get On Top", "Sweet Surrender", "Night Hawkin'", "Devil Eyes", "Hong Kong Bar" and "Make It Right". (Rock, Folk/Country) LP, Vinyl record album
(US pressing, with postcard intact, but starting to disconnect.)

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Tim BuckleySefronia ... LP
DiscReet, 1973. Near Mint- ... $16.99
A great later album from Tim Buckley – one that really shows him evolving his style in the last few years before his tragic early departure from this planet! Tim's working in a style here that's oddly heavier and with more bluesy overtones than some of his classic 60s albums for Elektra – almost reaching for a stronger style that competes with other singer-songwriters who were beating his action at the time! We're not saying that the album's slick or overly commercial – just recorded with a fuller sound, and less of the light jazz-tinged folk styles used in earlier years. A few of the tunes are done in the older Buckley mode, but others have strings, backing vocals, and other larger arrangements. Titles include "Quicksand", "I Know I'd Recognize Your Face", "Martha", "Peanut Man", "Dolphins", "Honey Man", "Because Of You", and "Sefronia – The King's Chain". (Rock, Folk/Country) LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear and a cut corner.)

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Sandy BullSteel Tears/Endventions & Tributes (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Omnivore, 1996. New Copy ... $15.99 16.99
A pair of rare later moments from Sandy Bull – the revolutionary guitarist who made some amazing records in the 60s! Steel Tears is from the mid 90s – a record that has Sandy Bull very firmly established in the Nashville scene, after making his big early waves on the west coast. The record is completely different than before – not long instrumental songs with plenty of effects, and instead these shorter, tighter tunes that feature lead vocals from Sandy alongside his guitar, banjo, and pedal steel. Most of the tracks have a small group of friends – and there's a nicely intimate feel to the record, which keeps these straighter country songs from ever sounding too commercial. Titles include "Arabalabama", "I Don't Care", "Can I Get A Witness", "Sideshow", "Steel Tears", and "It Should Be Easier Now". Endventions & Tributes is an album of previously-unreleased tracks – material that sometimes recalls the sound of Sandy Bull's earlier years, with some elements of Eastern music and trippier guitar coming into the mix. Titles include "Nagra Sarod (take 1)", "Rhumba", "Strat 1", "Love Is Forever", "Jesse James Jam", "Sandy's Last Word", and "Nagra Guitar (take 1)". CD
 
 
 



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