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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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Duck BakerSpinning Song – Duck Baker Plays The Music Of Herbie Nichols (180 gram red vinyl presing) ... LP
Avant/Triple Point, 1996. New Copy (reissue)... $24.99
Guitarist Duck Baker takes on the music of Herbie Nichols – the sometime-overlooked modernist of the postwar years, a player that some folks rank right up there with Thelonious Monk – later given his due with a run of revival projects like this! Nichols' music sounds very different here – less of the sharp percussive angles that a piano might create – and almost more warmly chromatic, through the acoustic guitar readings of the tunes by Baker – himself a very creative player, and really setting himself apart from some of his contemporaries with this project. The album's got equal appeal to both fans of Herbie's mid-century modernism, and the decades of creative acoustic guitar solo material that came before Baker's rise – work by John Fahey, Robbie Basho, and others. Titles include "117th Street", "Portrait Of Ucha", "House Party Starting", "Nick At T's", and "Spinning Song". (Jazz, Folk/Country) LP, Vinyl record album

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Bob Gibson & Hamilton CampHomemade Music ... LP
Mountain Railroad, 1978. Very Good+ ... $1.99
... LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear.)

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Bonnie GuitarAward Winner – Academy Of Country & Western Music ... LP
Dot, Late 60s. Very Good+ ... $2.99
... LP, Vinyl record album

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Homer & JethroHumorous Side Of Country Music ... LP
RCA, 1963. Near Mint- ... $5.99
... LP, Vinyl record album
(Stereo pressing with deep groove.)

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Cisco HoustonCisco Houston – Archive Of Folk Music ... LP
Everest, Mid 60s. Very Good+ ... $1.99
... LP, Vinyl record album

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MavericksMusic For All Occasions ... LP
MCA, 1995. Very Good+ Gatefold ... $11.99
... LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the printed inner sleeve. Cover has a cut corner and light wear.)

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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 ... Just Sold Out!
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! (Comedy/Spoken, 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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Susan ChristiePaint A Lady ... CD
B- Music/Finders Keepers, Late 60s. Used ... $19.99
The first-ever release of some incredible funky folk tunes from vocalist Susan Christie – originally recorded as demos in the years before her work at Columbia Records, and arguably even better than those classic singles! Backings here are by John Hill, who inflects Susan's folksy style with a heavier undercurrent – one that's subtly funky at the best moments, and which also pushes fuller strings and more baroque instrumentation into the mix – all in a way that almost sounds like David Axlerod might, had he started making folk records! Titles include the amazing 9 minute "Yesterday, Where's My Mind" – a funky mini-suite that's worth the price of the record alone – plus "Paint A Lady", "Rainy Day", "Ghost Riders In The Sky", "Echo In Your Mind", "When Love Comes", and "For The Love Of A Soldier". CD
(Out of print. Includes the original slipcase.)
Also available Paint A Lady ... LP 22.99
 
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Rex AllenRex Allen Sings Boney Kneed Hairy Legged Cowboy Songs ... LP
JMI, 1972. Near Mint- ... $9.99
Unusual later work from this early figure in country music! Titles include "Moonshine Steer", "Braggin Drunk From Wilcox", "The Fireman Cowboy", "Tyin Knots In The Devil's Tail", "When The Work's All Done This Fall", and "Windy Bill". LP, Vinyl record album
(Bear Family pressing, from 1978.)

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✨✧ Terry AllenPedal Steal & Four Corners (LP/3CDs/book – with download) ... LP
Paradise Of Bachelors, Late 80s/Early 90s. New Copy LP, 3CD & Book ... $26.99 32.99
Terry Allen has always been one of the most enigmatic figures in Texas music – but the work included here might well be some of his most compelling – even if it is a bit far from the straighter country of his start! Allen's always been a very narrative songwriter – and here, he takes that form one further – in a series of radio plays and longer audio narratives, most of which intersperse sung passages with spoken bits, sound effects, and beautiful music as well! These aren't any sort of sleepy, too-prosaic works – but instead, the sort of material that's always had us link Allen's music with the books of Barry Gifford or Barry Hannah – instantly evocative, and with a vision for storytelling that's completely captivating – a journey begun on his Juarez album, and really extended here. The special package features the first vinyl appearance of a few of these pieces – and 3CDs of music that contain the complete "Pedal Steel", "Torso Hell", "Bleeder", "Dugout", and "Reunion (A Return To Juarez)". Also features a great 28 page booklet on all the material! LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes download!)

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✨✧ Daniel BachmanJesus I'm A Sinner ... LP
Tompkins Square, 2013. Near Mint- ... $14.99
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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Billy BrownDid We Have A Party – Honky Tonk Heroes ... CD
Bear Family (Germany), Late 50s. New Copy ... About July 1, 2019 (delayed)
A wealth of work from the great Billy Brown – a singer who's maybe a bit less-remembered than some of his late 50s contemporaries – but one who's a hell of a rocker, and a great country vocalist too! The volume may be one of the best-placed in this excellent Honky Tonk Heroes series from Bear Family – as it really uncovers all the greatness of Billy Brown that we might have missed otherwise – as the singer takes off on a whopping 30 tracks, packaged with full notes on his career and the individual sessions too. The bulk of the music is from the late 50s, but the set also includes a few gems from later years – and titles include "Flip Out", "Run Em Off", "Next", "Did We Have A Party", "Jealous Stars", "Tight Wad", "Trusting Heart", "Rich In Love", "Drunk Drunk Again", "The Last Letter", and "Lost Weekend". CD

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Cliff BrunerCliff Bruner & His Texas Wanderers (5CD set) ... CD
Bear Family (Germany), Late 30s/1940s. New Copy 5CD ... $109.99 149.99
A mindblowing set of work from Cliff Bruner – a western swing pioneer who never gets the same attention as Bob Wills – but who sounds equally great to our ears with the music on this set! The package is a great antidote to some of those cheaply-packaged collections from the 78rpm era of early country – and presents Bruner at his best, with excellent sound, and a hugely detailed set of notes that support 117 tracks from Cliff's years at Decca, Mercury, and AYO – a long legacy of music that really captures the mid-south sound during some key transformative years! The Bruner band may well be jazzier than that of Bob Wills – but also hits strong with great fiddle work from the leader, and a succession of great sidemen who include Moon Mullican, Link Davis, and Bob Dunn. The set's a great testament to the genius of Bear Family – and was the first to really open up our ears to the genius of Cliff Bruner's music! CD

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Tim BuckleyLook At The Fool ... LP
DiscReet, 1973. Very Good+ ... $11.99
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.)

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Sandy BullFantasias For Guitar & Banjo ... LP
Vanguard, 1963. Very Good ... $19.99
Mindblowing minimalism from the legendary Sandy Bull – an artist who might have had acoustic roots in folk music, but who was instantly turning his music into something else – drawing on modal styles of Eastern music, European generations of expression on guitar, jazz-based improvisation – and maybe even prefiguring work to come from composers like Terry Riley and La Monte Young! This album's one of Bull's first, and it's pure genius right from the start – with a side-long performance on the incredible "Blend", which features slight drums from jazz musician Billy Higgins – which Sandy extrapolates these long passages on acoustic guitar. Side two features the fantastic "Carmina Burana Fantay" on banjo – a kind of trans-historical performance that's right up there with John Fahey's best of the decade – alongside equally mindblowing "Non Nobis Domine" and "Little Maggie" – and the closing electric guitar genius of "Gospel Tune". LP, Vinyl record album
(60s Vanguard Stereolab pressing. Cover has light wear.)

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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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Jumpin Bill CarlisleBusy Body Boogie – Gonna Shake This Shack Tonight ... CD
Mercury/Bear Family (Germany), 1950s. New Copy ... $13.99 18.99
Overlooked genius from Jumpin Bill Carlisle – one of those postwar hillbilly figures who should have gotten some credit for helping bring rock and roll into the world! Bill's style is upbeat, romping, and plenty jumping – as you can probably see by the way that Carlisle jumped straight up in the air when playing – music that's rooted in country styles, but which has a very quick tempo and lots of wit in the songwriting – acoustic and electric guitar lines dancing around with plenty of bass kicking things up at the bottom – and Bill's work was often strongly supported by brother Cliff Carlisle, a great player on both dobro and steel guitar. CD features a massive 34 tracks in all – most of Bill's Mercury singles from the 50s, plus some Columbia Records material too – titles that include "Honey Love", "Busy Body Boogie", "Shake A Leg", "Doggie Joe", "Woman Driver", "A Mouse Been Messing Around", "Monkey Business", "Air Brakes", "Down Boy", "Tiny Space Man", "Knot Hole", "T'Ain't Nice", "Too Old To Cut The Mustard", and "Money Tree". CD

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Leon ChappelAutomatic Mama ... CD
Capitol/Bear Family (Germany), Early 50s. New Copy ... Just Sold Out!
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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