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Folk/Country

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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Andy Cahan/Laura Fishleder/Lisa OrnsteinShip In The Clouds – Old Time Instrumental Music ... LP
Folkways, 1978. Very Good ... $6.99
... LP, Vinyl record album
(Missing booklet. Cover has half split seams and a library sticker. Labels have library stickers.)

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June Carter CashKeep On The Sunny Side – June Carter Cash – Her Life In Music ... CD
Columbia/Legacy, 1950s/1960s/1970s/1980s/1990s. Used 2 CDs ... $6.99
... CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Tommy CollinsThis Is Tommy Collins/Words & Music Country Style ... CD
Capitol/Rural Routes, Mid 50s. Used ... $8.99
Two full albums from the many who was an important influence on California country giants Merle Haggard and Buck Owens! The first album is pure genius from the young Tommy Collins – an early figure on the Bakersfield scene, and an artist who almost single-handedly shaped the sound of the west coast scene with his Capitol Records material included here! Collins had a wonderful way of updating older hillbilly modes – traces of Texas and Arkansas, moved over to postwar Cali – where things got tightened up, became a bit more confident, and were given a razor-sharp sound by the excellent Capitol production. Every tune here is a classic – and many have a sense of double-entendre that rivals the hippest R&B work of the period, but with a very different sound overall – on titles that include "You Better Not Do That", "How Do I Say Goodbye", "It Tickles", "You Gotta Have A License", "Smooth Sailin", and "Whatcha Gonna Do Now". Words & Music Country Style features the wit, wisdom, and wild twang of the great Tommy Collins – brought together in a killer collection of early work for Capitol! The music here is the ultimate peak of the hillbilly generation – not the codified country of the Nashville scene to come, but much more rough-edged and wooley – with more than a few elements that could influence the sound of rock and roll as well! Titles include "The Feet Of The Traveler", "How Do I Say Goodbye", "Think It Over Boys", "Are You Ready To Go", and "All Of The Monkeys Ain't In The Zoo". CD

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Du-TelsNo Knowledge of Music Required ... CD
Shimmy Disc, 2000. Used ... $5.99
... CD

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JontefKlezmer Music & Yiddish Songs ... CD
ARC, 1995. Used ... $3.99
(Global Grooves, Folk/Country) CD
(Out of print.)

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Laurel River Valley BoysMusic For Moonshiners ... LP
Judson, 1950s. Very Good ... $8.99
... LP, Vinyl record album

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Wall MatthewsSpine River – The Guitar Music Of Wall Matthews 1967 to 1981 ... LP
Tompkins Square, New Copy ... On April 10, 2020
... LP, Vinyl record album

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Andy Owens ProjectReal Music ... CD
Real Records, 1993. Used ... $1.99
... CD
(Out of print, some writing in pen on traycard artwork.)

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Charley PridePride Of Country Music ... LP
RCA, 1967. Sealed ... $9.99
Great work from the young Charlie Pride – on titles that include "In The Middle Of Nowhere", "A Good Womans' Love", "Touch My Heart", "Take Me Home", and "Spell Of The Freight Train". LP, Vinyl record album
(Sealed 60s pressing!)

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Tony SchwartzMusic In The Streets – A Fascinating Collection Of Music & Musicians Recorded On The Streets On New York City ... CD
Folkways, 1957. New Copy ... $12.99 16.99
A vivid audio document of New York City in the late 50s – put together by creative sound recorder Tony Schwartz! The set's one of a few amazing albums put together by Schwartz – who spent a lot of time on the streets with his microphones and recorder, then really got creative putting the whole thing together in the studio – so that there's some good structure, and almost a sense of narrative to the record – yet in a way that also preserves all of the vivid, spontaneous aspects of the "on the street" recordings. Schwartz narrates a bit, includes some interviews, background sounds from certain areas of the city, and a range of performances in styles that run from jazz to folk to gospel and beyond! (Spoken Word, Folk/Country) CD
(Special limited CD – pressed up for us by the Smithsonian Folkways label. Comes with original cover artwork, and the CD also features a PDF file with the original liner notes and other materials from the original record release.)

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Sturgill SimpsonMetamodern Sounds In Country Music ... CD
High Top Mountain, 2014. Used ... $4.99
... CD

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Hendrik Susan & His Boere OrkesSouth African Folk Music (10 inch LP) ... LP
London (UK), Early 50s. Very Good- ... $9.99
... LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover is discolored from age with some splitting in the top seam.)

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Porter Wagoner & Dolly PartonJust Between You & Me/Always Always/Porter Wayne & Dolly Rebecca/Love & Music ... CD
RCA/BGO (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy 2CD ... $14.99
Four full albums from this legendary pair – packed together in a single 2CD set! First up is Just Between You & Me – a fantastic early album in the pairing of Porter Wagoner and Dolly Parton – a duo who really took the country duo style into fantastic territory with records like this! Dolly actually wrote a number of the album's best cuts, and her strong vocals really seem to push Porter even more than on his own records – an odd pairing, but one that works beautifully throughout! Titles include the heartbreaking alcoholic tale "Mommie Ain't That Daddy" – plus "Because One Of Us Is Wrong", "The Last Thing On My Mind", "Two Sides To Every Story", and "Put It Off Until Tomorrow". Always Always is a gem through and through – the kind of record that really stands testament to the strength of the pair! Porter Wagoner and Dolly Parton were always way more than just another country duo coming together as a gimmick – as both singers have so much to offer, they really make a hell of a lot of magic when they work together on albums like this! The set kicks off with the totally great rave up "Milwaukee, Here I Come" – and segues nicely into classic honky tonk duets mode, the polished Nashville Sound, and oddball Porter recitations – on gems that include "Yours Love", "Malena", "Why Don't You Haul Off And Love Me", "Always, Always", "No Reason To Hurry Home", "The House Where Love Lives", "Good As Gold", and "Anything's Better Than Nothing". Porter Wayne & Dolly Rebecca is an album that continues one of the best themes of the Parton/Wagoner pairing – its way of using Dolly's youthful songwriting as a great way to help keep Porter's music relevant – in a record of heartbreaking tunes that go way way past the usual country duo style! Titles include "Run That By Me One More Time", "Tomorrow Is Forever", "Silver Sandals", "Mendy Never Sleeps", "We Can't Let This Happen To Us", "No Love Left", and "I'm Wasting Your Time & You're Wasting Mine". Love & Music is a record that has the Porter Wagoner/Dolly Parton team still sounding great in an RCA 60s sort of way – maybe modes that the pair could continue to do so well, even though some of their labelmates were moving off into other directions. There's loads of great cuts on the record by both Porter and Dolly – and they trade leads and come together vocally in ways that are still head and shoulders above most other country music male/female pairs – on "Sounds Of The Night", "Laugh The Years Away", "If Teardrops Were Pennies", "Love Is Out Tonight", "You", "There'll Always Be Music", and "In The Presence Of You". CD

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✨✧ Kitty WellsQueen Of Country Music ... LP
Decca, 1962. Very Good+ ... $5.99
Titles include "A Fallen Star", "Your Old Love Letter", "Heart Over Mind", "What Am I Living For", "Slowly", "Pick Me Up On Your Way Down", and "Am I That Easy To Forget". LP, Vinyl record album
 
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✨✧ George JonesRace Is On – 10 Big Hits ... LP
Music O Disc, 1969. Near Mint- ... $5.99
... LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear.)

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Bobby OsborneSelfishness In Man ... CD
Original Music Showcase, 2000. Used ... $1.99
... CD
(Punch through barcode.)
 
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Daniel BachmanJesus I'm A Sinner ... LP
Tompkins Square, 2013. Near Mint- ... $9.99
Mindbending work from guitarist Daniel Bachman – a player who may well be the John Fahey of the contemporary acoustic generation! Daniel works here mostly in a solo mode – with just a bit of banjo and fiddle at two points on the record – but his richly chromatic approach to the strings of the guitar unlock a whole world of color and sound – a mode that, at one level is rooted in older acoustic traditions – but at another is richly inventive, especially in the way that Bachman unlocks some metallic elements in the strings that bring a sharp edge to his music. Titles include "Jesus I'm A Sinner", "Variation On The Goose Chase", "Blenheim", "Leaving Istanbul 4am", and "Under The Shade Of The Trees". LP, Vinyl record album

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Bobby BareMe & McDill/Sleeper Wherever I Fall/Bare/Down & Dirty ... CD
Columbia/BGO (UK), Late 70s. New Copy 2CD ... $14.99
Four late 70s albums from Bobby Bare – all brought together in a single set! First up is Me & McGill – a really special sort of album from the great Bobby Bare – a set that's a collaborative effort with songwriter Bob McDill, as you can probably guess from the title! Bob gives Bobby tunes that are nicely different than some of the mid 70s material he was recording for RCA – maybe a bit more down to earth, with less easy attempts at wit – and at a level that show a maturing Bare, in styles that are similar to some of the shifts that Merle Haggard was taking at the time. Titles include "If You Think I'm Crazy Now", "Look Who I'm Cheating On Tonight", "The Woman In Every Man's Life", "Tired Of The Road Joe", "You Made A Believer Out Of Me", and "Till I Get On Feet". Sleeper Wherever I Fall is Bobby Bare's first album for Columbia Records – a bit of a return to straighter material than some of his concept records for RCA from a few years back – material that really helps the maturing singer find a way towards some of the adult territory that some of his contemporaries were handling at the time – but all without ever sounding too commercial or mainstream, maybe a shift towards territory of some of the non-outlaw material of David Allen Coe. Titles include "Hot Afternoon", "Goin Up's Easy Goin Down's Hard", "Sleep Tight Good Night Man", "What Did It Get Me", "The Last Time", and "Rodeo Queen". Bare is a record that reunites Bobby with songwriter Shel Silverstein – the talent who really helped him reignite his music at the start of the 70s! The songs here are maybe a bit less concept, or joke-oriented than some of Silverstein's more famous material – a great reminder that Shel can be a hell of a songwriter in more conventional modes – and a few tracks on the record are by other writers too. Throughout it all, that great Bobby Bare vocal approach really makes the best of the songs – titles that include "This Guitar Is For Sale", "Too Many Nights Alone", "Greasy Grit Gravy", "Sing For The Song", and "Yard Full Of Rusty Cars". Down & Dirty is a strong live set from Bobby Bare – a singer we mostly associate with studio work, but who's clearly at home here in front of a crowd! There's maybe some slightly more rockish phrasing in some of the instrumentation – but the live presentation keeps things from ever sounding commercially overdone – and the songs are a mix of material from the kinds of singers who always bring out the best in Bobby Bare – a fair bit from Shel Silverstein, plus more from Bob McDill, Townes Van Zandt, and Kris Kristofferson. Titles include "Some Days Are Diamonds", "Numbers", "Tequila Sheila", "I Can't Watch The Movie Anymore", "Qualudes Again", "Down To My Last Come & Get Me", and "Good For Nothing Blues". CD

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Robbie BashoVenus In Cancer ... LP
Blue Thumb, 1969. Very Good+ Gatefold ... $34.99
One of the wildest albums ever from the great Robbie Basho – as you might guess from the cover! Basho first made waves with his solo guitar work (and a bit of vocalizations) for the Takoma label, during the early years of John Fahey – but as the 60s ended, Robbie had more of a spiritual awakening – which really changed up certain aspects of his music. The set's still got some beautiful long-spun guitar passages – acoustic work that makes Basho maybe an even closer tie to Sandy Bull than Fahey – but Robbie also sings a bit too, in this weirdly trilling voice that almost feels as if it's been pulled from some 15th century pagan culture, but infused with a new missionary spirit. Most of the set is instrumental, but these vocal moments are wonderfully haunting too – and titles include "Venus In Cancer", "Eagle Sails The Blue Diamond Waters", "Kowaka D'Amour", "Song For The Queen", "Cathedrals Et Fleur De Lis", and "Wine Song (Sweet Wine Of Love)". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing. Cover has a tiny bit of splitting on the bottom seam, but is nice overall.)

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Tim BuckleyLook At The Fool ... LP
DiscReet, 1973. Very Good ... $9.99
The last album that Tim Buckley ever gave the world – and a great leaping-off point for speculation about what he might have done, had he not left the planet too soon! Tim's actually beginning to explore a bit of funk in his music here – still using that amazing voice with all of its range from the early Elektra years – but often set to backings that feature heavy drums from Earl Palmer, tight bass from Chuck Rainey, and keyboards from Mike Melvoin – all cats who can be tight, but never slick – and whose groove is more than loose enough to let Buckley direct the whole proceedings. Given that Tim has an occasional raw rasp, and a very offbeat way with his lyrics, the mix of elements is actually not that far from the funk of Betty Davis on her first two albums – with a similar shrug towards any easy genre categorizations. Titles include "Freeway Blues", "Look At The Fool", "Tijuana Moon", "Mexicali Voodoo", "Down In The Street", "Wanda Lou", and "Bring It On Up". (Rock, Folk/Country) LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cut corner, some edge wear, and seam splits.)

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Glen CampbellGlen Travis Campbell/I Knew Jesus/I Remember Hank Williams ... CD
Capitol/BGO (UK), 1972/1973. New Copy 2CD ... $8.99 16.99
A trio of early 70s albums from Glen Campbell – all of them a lot more obscure than his hits! Glen Travis Campbell has a cover proclaiming that the set is "a new musical path" – and producer Jimmy Bowen works with bigger backings from Larry Muhuberac to use soaring strings next to the acoustic core, in ways that push Glen into some of the more soulful expressions he had to offer. The approach is a bit hard to describe, but it's different both from country roots, and from Jimmy Webb territory – that majestic Glen Campbell sound rising up nicely – on tunes that include "One Last Time", "I Will Never Pass This Way Again", "Sweet Fantasy", "Running Scared", "Just For What I Am", and "The Last Thing On My Mind". I Knew Jesus is a record that continues the further exploration of Glen Campbell's vocal range – with some mellow fluid moments that are awash in deeper trills, mixed with more upfront tunes that do a great job of unlocking more of the country currents in Glen's talents – a great shift, and one that would come on even more strongly in his mid 70s return to fame. The set includes a great version of the Kinky Friedman song "Sold American" – one we maybe like even better than Kinky's – plus "I Take It On Home", "I Want To Be With You Always", "Give Me Back That Old Familiar Feeling", "You're The One", and "On This Road". On the final album, Glen Campbell takes on the music of Hank Williams – but in a way that often has the sort of dreamy haze that goes with the "I Remember" in the title! The songs are all Hank's, but the presentation isn't gritty honky tonk – and instead uses fuller backings with Glen's lead vocals, almost as if the whole thing were done in the mid 60s by Chet Atkins at RCA! Jimmy Bowen's at the helm, but there's backup singers and fuller strings than before – which really changes up the Campbell takes on tunes that include "Cold Cold Heart", "Half As Much", "Your Cheatin Heart", "I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry", and "You Win Again". (Rock, Folk/Country) CD

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Maybelle CarterMother Maybelle Carter ... LP
Columbia, 1973. Very Good+ 2LP Gatefold ... $16.99
A fantastic later collection of work from Mother Maybelle Carter – an artist who first started out with the legendary Carter Family, then went on to help shape the sound of generations with her unique strumming style on the autoharp! This set features some of those musicians – in a lineup that includes Pete Drake on steel guitar, Kelso Herston on rhythm, Jimmy Colvard on flat top guitar, and Charlie McCoy on harmonica! LP, Vinyl record album

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Leon ChappelAutomatic Mama ... CD
Capitol/Bear Family (Germany), Early 50s. New Copy ... $13.99 24.99
Cool Capitol Records hillbilly sessions from Leon Chappel – but music that's done with a very different vibe than some of the other 50s work on the label! Most of the tunes here are pretty stripped-down – rootsy country, but with an ear for jazz, which comes through both in the phrasing of Leon, which almost has western swing echoes – and in some of the work on guitar, fiddle, or piano – instruments used in a setting that's spare enough to get plenty of space in the lineup! In fact, it's probably a bit misleading to say that Chappel has a western swing approach – although he is from Texas, and clearly drank deep in the well of the style - -but comes across with a much more stripped-down style that's mighty nice. The package features 26 tracks from early 50s sessions for Capitol, some unreleased – and titles include "True Detective", "Tell Me Mama", "You Hear Me Talkin", "Don't Dog Me Round", "Double Up & Catch Up", "A True Man's Hard To Find", "What Makes You Hesitate", and "Just A Blue-Eyed Blonde". CD

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Jessi Colter with Waylon JenningsCountry Star Is Born/Leather & Lace ... CD
RCA/BGO (UK), 1970/1981. New Copy ... $13.99
The first-ever album from Jessi Colter – paired here with a famous duet set with husband Waylon Jennings! First up is A Country Star Is Born – the fantastic debut of Jessi Colter – done at a time when the lady had already hitched up with Waylon Jennings at a personal level, and was also sharing some of his nascent outlaw qualities in her music! In fact, we might make an argument that this album predates some of Jennings' bigger outlaw moments – and also has a similar sort of quality in the early years – with qualities in Colter's voice that are very different than the Nashville mainstream, almost as if she's equally aware of phrasing from female folk singers – set to a very hip batch of tunes from Colter herself (as Miriam Eddy), Harlan Howard, Willie Nelson, and Mickey Newbury. The set includes a duet with Waylon Jennings on "I Ain't The One" – and other titles include "It's Not Easy", "He Called Me Baby", "Too Many Rivers", "Cry Softly", and "If She's Where You Like Livin". Leather & Lace is the first full album of duets between Jessi Colter and Waylon Jennings – two romantic partners who'd been crossing paths on records a few times during the 70s, and finally got the chance to step out in an album of their own! The approach is a bit like some of the other RCA pairings of stars during the 70s, in that sometimes Waylon is mostly in the lead, sometimes Jessi – but you can definitely hear the sympathy that both feel for each other, and the album's most special moments really come when they share the lead together. Titles include "Pastels & Harmony", "You Never Can Tell", "Rainy Seasons", "I'll Be Alright", "You're Not My Same Sweet Baby", "Storms Never Last", and "What's Happened To Blue Eyes". CD
 
 
 



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