On Branded Man, Merle Haggard finally set his reputation as the mournful wandering outlaw of popular music in stone, and truly settled in as the incalculably influential artist that he is to this day. The pangs of despair of a still proud man that peppered his earlier output come out full-blown on ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Lime green label pressing. Cover has some surface wear and a small split on the spine.)
A pair of late 70s Tom T Hall albums – back to back on a single CD! New Train Same Rider is a set that has Tom T Hall maybe bringing a bit more sentiment to the mix than before – hitting some of those tunes that are still as reflective as his other work, but maybe a bit less pointedly ... read moreCD
It's the end of the 70s, but Tom T Hall's still going strong – as you'll hear here on this pair of albums for RCA! Old T's In Town has Tom spinning out the kind of tunes that nobody could do as well as him – some sorry songs, some message tunes – but all delivered with wink and ... read moreCD
A pair of unusual albums from Nashville legend Tom T Hall – back to back on a single CD! Tom T Hall in Concert was recorded in 1983, but has all the charm of some of his earlier albums – partly because it features some songs that go all the way back to the early Mercury Records years, ... read moreCD
A great two-fer – a pair of albums from the very cool Judy Henske – back to back on a single CD! First up is the self-titled Elektra debut from Judy Henske – an enigmatic 60s figure with a style that lie somewhere between jazz, blues, and folk! Given the mix, Henske was a ... read moreCD
Pretty great later work from Dan Hicks & The Hot Licks – not the immediately-retro style of their earlier albums, but instead this wonderful blend of so many different jazz and acoustic elements – set forward with a style that's wonderfully groovy overall! There's a hip, scatting ... (Rock, Folk/Country)read moreCD
A really beautiful album from Incredible String Band – a set that maybe lives up to the "changing horses" title just a bit, but which still really follows in the great legacy of the band's earlier albums too! There's maybe a very slight addition of electricity in a few spots – ... read moreCD
One of the fantastic early Capitol albums from the young Wanda Jackson – music cut when she was much more of a rockabilly artist than a country singer – with a raw vibe that maybe set a whole new standard for female work in postwar pop music! Jackson's as bold here as any of her male ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A pair of obscure albums by Wanda Jackson – back to back on a single CD! Wonderful Wanda is a great little country album from Wanda Jackson – not the raw rockabilly of her first years at Capitol Records, but a more mature mode that has the singer taking on some material that really ... read moreCD
Continuing genius from the great Bert Jansch – the singer/songwriter's second album, and one of his most sublime records ever! The album's got an up-close, personal vibe – mostly just Bert's vocals and acoustic guitar, a bit like the earliest albums by Bob Dylan – and like Dylan, ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Bert Jansch —
Jack Orion ... LP Transatlantic/Superior Viaduct, 1966. New Copy (reissue)...
Just Sold Out!
A huge leap forward for the mighty Bert Jansch – and a record that's somehow even more amazing than the ones that came before! Bert's maybe even more introspective here, but also on a personal journey that takes him down musical paths that seem broader than before – almost echoing a ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Bert Jansch —
Rosemary Lane ... LP Reprise/Superior Viaduct, 1971. New Copy (reissue)...
Just Sold Out!
Tremendous work from Bert Jansch – an album that shows how much he'd evolved in just a few short years – both as a singer and as a musician, and as a completely unique talent on his own! The record has an instantly timeless feel – that mix of ancient inspiration and new freedoms ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Some of the earliest material you'll ever hear from the legendary Bert Jansch – rare live recordings from his home turf of Glasgow – recorded in the years before his groundbreaking albums, and with a very similar feel! Jansch is already incredible here on guitar – graced of those ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Waylon's close runner-up to Honky Tonk Heroes in overall quality, and one of the greatest outlaw albums ever! As with close buddy Willie Nelson's albums from the period, Dreaming My Dreams showed just how great he could be after wrestling full creative control from the label. The firm, proud ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Textbook 70s country badassery from Waylon Jennings! This is one of the most defining moments of the outlaw era, the record which pretty much drew a line in the sand between Waylon Jennings and the Nashville establishment. Billy Joe Shaver's pen and Waylon's authoritative voice marks this as one ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A great early 70s effort from Waylon and probably his very best album to the point in his career – clearly paving the way for his outlaw years to come! The Taker/Tulsa prominently features songs that were cut in fairly stripped down settings, the kind that Waylon always preferred ... read moreCD
Titles include "We're Gonna Go Fishin", "Bummin Around", "They'll Never Take Her Love From Me", "Too Close To Her", "I Love You Because", "Heading Down The Wrong Highway", and "A Little Bit Lonesome". LP, Vinyl record album
They're called the Lonesome Pine Fiddlers, but the group's got some equally strong banjo as well – an instrument that trades lines back and forth with the fiddle in the wonderful kind of interplay that makes pure bluegrass so great! This set brings together some excellent Starday sides by ... read moreCD
The Lonesome Pine Fiddlers may not have been one of the biggest groups in the big bluegrass explosion of the postwar years – but they were certainly one of the tightest, as you'll hear on this great collection of tracks recorded for the Starday label! The instrumentation is really center ... read moreCD
A cool set of stripped down versions of John D Loudermilk tunes that he cut for Warner Bros in the early 70s – including some of his greatest songs! Other versions of many of these tunes were recorded for earlier LPs on RCA with bigger, weirder arrangements – but they're still plenty ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(White label promo. Cover has a split bottom seam & some wear.)
Sublime sounds from the legendary Louvin Brothers – heard here on a collection of tracks recorded before their more famous years at Capitol Records – for labels that include Decca, Apollo, and MGM! Yet even at this early point, the brothers are fantastic – graced with a harmony ... read moreCD
Beautiful instrumental material from the team of Ryley Walker and Bill MacKay – a recently-recorded acoustic set, but one that feels as if it could have been pulled from the archives of Takoma Records in the 60s! Both Ryley and Bill play acoustic guitars – criss-crossing in these ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Mike Marshall & Darol Anger —
Chiaroscuro ... CD Windham Hill/Adventure Music, 1985. New Copy ...
An overlooked gem from that moment when the acoustic underground of the 70s was sometimes getting lost amidst the new age deluge of the 80s – even though all of the best musicians still their best talents intact! Mike Marshall is one of those musicians – working here on mandolin and ... (Jazz, Folk/Country)read moreCD
(Great version – with much better mastering than the previous CD issue!)
The trio's no bigger than any other group of its size – just three members overall – yet their sound definitely earns the "big" tag in the title, as it offers up some wonderfully warm interplay between a host of acoustic stringed instruments! Mike Marshall plays his familiar ... read moreCD
There were very few steel guitar greats who could strongly lead the pack – and back in the postwar years, the mighty Leon McAuliff was definitely one of them! Leon first cut his teeth working with Bob Wills – where his sound was a key element of the Texas Playboys' success – but ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album