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Folk/Country — Recently Added

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!


Smithsonian Folkways, 1940s/1950s/1960s/1970s. New Copy 4CD
A fantastic little package – and one that may well have more meaning these days than ever before! The lavish set features a huge hardcover book – 124 pages of notes, photos, and other information – all put together in conjunction with a Smithsonian exhibition of the same name ... CD
Righteous (UK), 1950s. New Copy
CD...$3.99 13.99
Some of the best early heartbreaking country numbers you're likely to hear – the hugely underappreciated earlier records cut by singer Goldie Hill in the 50s – work the influenced some of the very best female honky tonk singers of 50s, 60s & 70s – but Goldie still doesn't get ... CD
Jalopy, Late 30s/Early 40s. New Copy (reissue)
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 ... LP, Vinyl record album
Modern Harmonic, Early 50s. New Copy 2LP Gatefold
Just when we thought we'd heard all the brilliance the Louvin Brothers had to give us – they return to the fold and treat us to this fantastic set of unreleased material! The tracks here are all demo recordings, recorded by the Brothers themselves – and even introduced by Ira at the ... LP, Vinyl record album
Cherry Tree (UK), Early 70s. New Copy 3CD
A trio of wonderful albums from this enigmatic group – boxed up in a single set, with bonus tracks too! First up is Hark The Village Wait – the fantastic debut of Steeleye Span – a legendary British group formed by bassist Ashley Hutchings after his departure from Fairport ... CD
Arhoolie, 1967. New Copy (reissue)
Fantastic early work from Del McCoury – a musician who's always been the real deal, whenever he was recording – but who sounds especially great hear on a spare set for Arhoolie Records! In truth, McCoury should have been born 20 years earlier – as work like this is right up there ... LP, Vinyl record album
Delmore, Early 70s. New Copy
A fantastic addition to the all-too-small catalog of recordings by Jay Bolotin – a Kentucky songwriter whose compositions were recorded by bigger names down in Nashville, even if Jay never fully got his due! Bolotin is hardly country, though – much more a songpoet, in the manner of ... CD

Bert Jansch

It Don't Bother Me
Transatlantic/Superior Viaduct, 1965. New Copy (reissue)
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, ... LP, Vinyl record album

Bert Jansch

Bert Jansch
Transatlantic/Superior Viaduct, 1965. New Copy (reissue)
Mindblowing music – an album of simple structure, but incredible power – and a record that prefaces so many other sounds to come! The set just features the young Bert Jansch on vocals and guitar – years before his presence in Pentangle – but working with such a complex ... LP, Vinyl record album

David Allen Coe

Tattoo/Family Album
Columbia/Bear Family (Germany), 1977/1978. New Copy
Two classics from one of the greatest talents in 70s country music! First up is Tattoo – a classic from the key late 70s years of David Allen Coe – a set recorded right after his Long Haired Redneck stretch, with an equally confident, put-together vibe! Coe's completely his own man ... CD
Reprise/BGO (UK), 1971. New Copy
A great step forward for Tom Paxton – his first album on the Reprise label, and a set that really pushes the best post-folk modes of the singer! Tom's in this very dark setting here – still singing and playing acoustic guitar, but draped with these mature elements from a well-chosen ... CD
Tompkins Square, Late 60s. New Copy
Sublime solo guitar work from Kinloch Nelson – a figure who's spent decades working as a musician and teacher in upstate New York, but who made these recordings when he was just a pretty young guy! The music here fits in perfectly with some of the archival releases on Tompkins Square – ... LP, Vinyl record album

Blaze Foley

Dawg Years
Fat Possum, Late 70s. New Copy
A straight-up incredible batch of recordings by the Austin singer-songwriter ghost of a legend that is Blaze Foley – a self-destructive character better known to the stars he influenced than he is to the masses (he is the "Drunken Angel" who Lucinda Williams wrote and sang about) ... LP, Vinyl record album
Mississippi, 1900s/1910s/1920s/1930s/1940s/1950s. New Copy
A great companion piece to the album I Don't Feel At Home In This World Anymore – and, like that one, a set that's made up of so many different and unusual strands of music – in the best Mississippi Records style! Much of this work hails from the 78rpm generation – and the music ... LP, Vinyl record album

Willie Nelson

Teatro
Modern Classics, 1998. New Copy 2LP Gatefold (reissue)
A legendary later album from the great Willie Nelson – but one that also really does a great job of linking back to his earliest years as well! The album offers up Willie in a wonderfully stripped-down setting – recorded live, in a shuttered California movie theater – with a nine ... LP, Vinyl record album

Susan Christie

Paint A Lady
Finders Keepers (UK), Late 60s. New Copy Gatefold
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 ... LP, Vinyl record album
Atlantic/Rhino, 1972. New Copy
Fantastic early work from John Prine – exactly the kind of sounds that made him so different from both the 60s generation of folksingers, and most of his hip 70s contemporaries too! In one breath, Prine manages to embrace musical worlds that run from New Orleans up through the Mississippi ... LP, Vinyl record album

Charlie Rich

Charlie Rocks
Sun/Bear Family (Germany), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy
Charlie Rich rocks – and in ways you might never expect, if you only know his later country pop hits – because the singer was one of the rising stars on Sun Records during the early days, and has a voice and talent that might even go head to head with the young Elvis Presley! Charlie's ... CD
Capricorn/Bear Family (Germany), Mid 70s. New Copy
You've heard plenty about Billy Joe Shaver over the years, and this is the place to start – a set that brings together two of his albums for Capricorn Records, plus a single for MGM too! First up is When I Get Wings – a fantastic early album from Billy Joe Shaver – the kind of ... CD

Onie Wheeler

Onie's Bop
Columbia/Bear Family (Germany), Mid 50s. New Copy
Onie Wheeler may not be one of the biggest names in 50s country, but he's a heck of a singer who does a fantastic job of bridging hillbilly and early rock modes – as you'll hear in this overstuffed collection of his rare singles for Columbia, Okeh, and Sun Records! The package has Onie ... CD
Columbia/Bear Family (Germany), 1966. New Copy
Two 60s gems back to back – from a time when the world was rediscovering the talents of the original Carter Family! First up is An Historic Reunion – a record that definitely deserves its title – a fantastic reunion of two key members of the Carter Family trio – back ... CD
Bear Family (Germany), Early 50s. New Copy 4CD
CD...$112.99 129.99
A totally wonderful package – and one that will have you throwing away all the Vietnam Rock compilations you have in your collection! This set unearths a massive amount of music that was created during the Korean war – filled with themes of sadness and loss that most folks wouldn't ... CD
Modern Harmonic, Early 50s. New Copy 2CD
Just when we thought we'd heard all the brilliance the Louvin Brothers had to give us – they return to the fold and treat us to this fantastic set of unreleased material! The tracks here are all demo recordings, recorded by the Brothers themselves – and even introduced by Ira at the ... CD
Monument/Be With (UK), 1976. New Copy (reissue)
Fantastic work from Larry Jon Wilson – a singer who can be heartbreaking one minute, funky the next – all with a top-shelf sort of vibe that should have made him huge! We'd put Wilson in the company of genre-bending, not-really-country artists like Kris Kristofferson, Townes Van Zandt, ... LP, Vinyl record album
Monument/Be With (UK), 1975. New Copy (reissue)
Genius work from Larry Jon Wilson – one of those 70s artists who were always a bit hard to peg, and who never got full appreciation until many years later! Larry wasn't one of those guys working off in the "private press" underground – as this set was done for Monument ... LP, Vinyl record album
Delmore, Early 70s. New Copy
A fantastic addition to the all-too-small catalog of recordings by Jay Bolotin – a Kentucky songwriter whose compositions were recorded by bigger names down in Nashville, even if Jay never fully got his due! Bolotin is hardly country, though – much more a songpoet, in the manner of ... LP, Vinyl record album

Davis Sisters

Memories
Bear Family (Germany), Early 50s. New Copy 2CD
Boy, were we happy to see this one! In the early 50s Skeeter and Betty Jack Davis recorded maybe the greatest female country tunes of the time, and pre-rock boogies that would influence THAT little movement, including the great "I Forgot More Than You'll Ever Know", and "Rock-A-Bye-B ... CD
Lespedeza/Omnivore, 1974. New Copy (reissue)
The beautiful debut of Uncle Walt's Band – a 70s group who never moved past underground status, but who had an undeniable impact at the time – so much so that this self-produced record was issued in a number of different formats over the years! The group's maybe best known for their ... LP, Vinyl record album

On Big Shoulders

On Big Shoulders
Allograph, 2018. New Copy
A stellar collective from Chicago's folk and roots community comes together as On Big Shoulders – leaning on the city's underacknowledged roots music legacy on one shoulder and nudging the door open to the scene's future with the other – and distill a near century of diverse musical ... LP, Vinyl record album
Folkways, 1957. New Copy (reissue)
A great overview of overlooked banjo work from the postwar years – the king of lightning-fast performance that was made famous by Earl Scruggs, but which is served up here by a host of lesser-known talents from the time! Think of the set as a more underground take on the Flatt & Scruggs ... LP, Vinyl record album

Pete Seeger

Goofing-Off Suite
Folkways, 1955. New Copy (reissue)
Pete Seeger's billed as "Peter Seeger" on the cover – maybe out of some fake sense of seriousness, given that the record features a few songs by Beethoven, Bach, and other composers! But don't worry at all, as Pete's very much as down home as usual – playing here mostly solo ... LP, Vinyl record album

Woody Guthrie

Struggle
Folkways, 1946/1976. New Copy (reissue)
Folk legend Woody Guthrie was no stranger to struggle – which is the subject highlighted in most of these tunes – pulled together in the shape of this album, which offered a great counterpoint to the Bicentennial madness in America when it was released in 1976! The titles of the songs ... LP, Vinyl record album

Bert Jansch

Rosemary Lane
Reprise/Superior Viaduct, 1971. New Copy (reissue)
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 ... LP, Vinyl record album
Takoma/4 Men With Beards, 1967. New Copy (reissue)
The landmark 1967 Takoma version of Blind Joe Death – essentially a revised version of his debut LP – and a hugely influential record! Fahey's bluesy undercurrents showcase his love of early recorded music , but the Fahey's style is purely original. He's got these magical tones that ... LP, Vinyl record album
Omnivore, 1969. New Copy
Late 60s live version of classic story song – this telling running more than 30 minutes long – vinyl for the first time ever! LP, Vinyl record album
Thrill Jockey, 2018. New Copy
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Omni (Australia), 1950s/1960s/Early 70s. New Copy
A fantastic little set that looks at themes of hard work and labor in postwar country music – territory that certainly opened up with the success of the Merle Travis tune "Sixteen Tons" – and which took very different forms in country music than the same topic in folk and ... CD
Bear Family (Germany), 2019. New Copy
Nate Gibson wrote the book on Starday Records – literally, a fantastic book on the history of the important rock and country music label – and here, he adds to the legacy of Starday by pulling together a host of older artists who recorded for the company, and taking them back in the ... CD

Tom Brumley & The Buckaroos

Steelin The Show
Capitol/Omnivore, Late 60s. New Copy
Smoking steel guitar from Tom Brumley – the musician who gave the Buckaroos group such a great song when they were working behind country legend Buck Owens! This may be one of the few albums to ever have Tom's name as the lead artist – and it hand-picks some of the best cuts from the ... CD
RCA/BGO (UK), 1971/1972. New Copy 2CD
Four albums from the breakout years of Jerry Reed – all collected here in a single CD set! First up is When You're Hot – the record that firmly catapulted Jerry Reed to the top – a set that draws on all his years of lyrical wit and razor-sharp guitar work – served up with ... CD
RCA/BGO (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy 2CD
A really wonderful collection of work from the great Jerry Reed – some more obscure albums than his bigger hits, which makes for a really fresh selection of music throughout! Explores Guitar Country is maybe one of the rootsier efforts during the early RCA years of Jerry Reed – a set ... CD
BGO (UK), 1969/1972/1973. New Copy 2 CDs
Charlie McCoy famously played harmonica on some of Bob Dylan's Nashville sessions, and about a few hundred other recordings too – and here, he's in a country music mode all the way through – blowing these wonderful solos over music city backings in the best Monument Records mode! Like ... CD

Bert Jansch

Jack Orion
Transatlantic/Superior Viaduct, 1966. New Copy (reissue)
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 ... LP, Vinyl record album

David Allen Coe

Human Emotions/Spectrum VII
Columbia/Bear Family (Germany), 1978/1979. New Copy
Back to back David Allen Coe – two Columbia classics on a single CD! Human Emotions is one of those amazing 70s albums from David Allan Coe – from a time when he could mix his rough and rowdy roots with a new sort of sensitivity – all without making either side of his spectrum ... CD
Columbia/Bear Family (Germany), 1979/1980. New Copy
Two records that top most of what mainstream country had to offer at the end of the 70s – back to back on a single CD! Compass Point is a record that celebrates ten years of freedom for David Allan Coe – a decade since he was released from prison – and a set that was also ... CD
ABC/Bear Family (Germany), 1977. New Copy
Forget any of the hoke you might expect from the term "outlaw" used in country music – as records like this really help get at the genius shift that took place at the time! First up is the album Tompall & His Outlaw Band – seminal 70s sounds from the great Tompall Glaser ... CD

John D Loudermilk

It's My Time
RCA/Bear Family (Germany), Mid 60s. New Copy
Overlooked gems from the most interesting years of John D Loudermilk – a singer who's a bit hard to describe, partly because he fits between so many different genres! Loudermilk got his start penning teen pop songs at the end of the 50s – but by the time of these mid 60s recordings for ... CD
RCA/Bear Family (Germany), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy
A killer collection that really gets right to the heart of the genius of the young Don Gibson – a singer who was raised up during the early years of rock (as you might guess form his hair on the cover) – but who was steadfastly country in his delivery, as part of a legacy that went on ... CD
Tompkins Square, Late 60s. New Copy
Sublime solo guitar work from Kinloch Nelson – a figure who's spent decades working as a musician and teacher in upstate New York, but who made these recordings when he was just a pretty young guy! The music here fits in perfectly with some of the archival releases on Tompkins Square – ... CD
Transatlantic/Cherry Tree (UK), Late 60s. New Copy 2 CDs
Beautiful work from Ralph McTell – a British singer with roots in folk music, but an artist who was already finding his own territory by the time of these albums! Unlike other British folkies of the time, who seemed to be heading towards more ancient territory, and were often trying to sound ... CD
 
Updated May 24, 2019


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