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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. New Copy 3 CDs & Book
CD...$52.99 102.99
A fittingly elegiac set devoted to folk hero Woody Guthrie from Smithsonian Folkways! This 2012 set celebrates the long-departed icon's 100th birthday, and it's a real treasure – with 57 tracks on 3CDs (21 of which are previously unreleased performances) – and it comes in a beautiful, ... CD

Guy Davis

Dreams About Life
Folkways, 1978. New Copy Gatefold
The first album from obscure folk singer Guy Davis – a set that's got a much earthier feel than you'd expect from its late 70s release! Most tracks just feature Davis on vocals and acoustic guitar – singing in a style that's slightly blues-inflected in the vocals, but with playful ... CD
Starday/Be! (Germany), Mid 50s. New Copy 10CD
CD...$198.99 199.99
An amazing look at a very underground strain of music during the postwar years – the now-legendary "custom" series at Starday Records – a system by which individuals could send in their own music and get them pressed up on a limited run! Other labels offered such a service, ... CD
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
Modern Harmonic, 1950s/Early 60s. New Copy 2LP Gatefold
Fantastic sounds from deep deep in the country music underground of the postwar years – not the hits of the big artists helping to define the sound in the era of full length LPs – but the lesser-known singers who were lucky enough to be able to record a single 45! Yet although these ... LP, Vinyl record album
Columbia/Omni (Australia), 1961. New Copy
A very unusual record from a time when America was starting to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Civil War – a moment that yielded a surprisingly large number of war-themed recordings, although done with a vibe that was pure 60s overall! Marijohn Wilkin is a folk singer by trade, but ... CD
Columbia/BGO (UK), Early 70s. New Copy 2CD
Four albums from the surprisingly strong second chapter in the career of Ray Price – that time when he'd moved from being a hero of the honky tonks to maybe taking over some of the territory previously held by Jim Reeves and Eddy Arnold! The maturing Price here still has that great voice ... CD
Columbia/BGO (UK), 1970. New Copy
CD...$8.99 14.99
A pair of early 70s albums from Tom Rush – back to back on a single CD! First up is the self-titled Tom Rush album for Columbia – maybe the biggest album ever from Tom Rush – a set that pushes the singer strongly past his more folksy roots, and seems to set him up for a bigger ... CD
Starday/Gusto, Early 60s. New Copy
Joe Maphis was definitely the king of the strings back in the day – a guitarist who was so tight, he had to play a double-necked electric just to give his fingers enough to do – something that wouldn't come into vogue much later, until the 70s arena rock guitarists started to showcase ... CD

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
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
Takoma/4 Men With Beards, 1967. New Copy (reissue)
John Fahey just got deeper and deeper with each new record of his early years – and this sublime sixth set is a unique blend of his amazing work on guitar, his timeless sense of music, and his growing ear for odd elements and atmospherics that make his records far more than just the usual ... 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

Louvin Brothers

Close Harmony (8CD set)
Bear Family (Germany), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy 8 CDs & Book
CD...$165.99 229.99
Whoa! An incredible, gargantuan 8 CD box set of the Louvin Brothers complete catalog for the Capitol, Apollo, Decca, and MGM labels in the late 50s and early 60s! Ira and Charlie are probably the greatest country harmony duo of all time – and the set is way too huge to even think about ... CD

Connie Smith

Born To Sing (4CD set)
RCA/Bear Family (Germany), Mid 60s. New Copy 4CD
CD...$92.99 139.99
The first fantastic chapter in the career of Connie Smith – all her RCA recordings from her first few years on the label – work that sees Connie as being maybe one of the most important female singers in a new generation of country music – and maybe one of the few who could ever ... CD
Transatlantic/Cherry Tree (UK), Late 60s. New Copy 6CD
A treasure trove of greatness from British folk rock legend John Renbourn – all of his late 60s solo work, done before moving on to greater fame in Pentangle! First up is There You Go – a rare one from singer Dorris Henderson and future Pentangle founder John Rensbourn! Florida born, ... CD
Paradise Of Bachelors, Late 80s/Early 90s. New Copy LP, 3CD & Book
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 ... LP, Vinyl record album
Capitol/Omnivore, Early 70s. New Copy 2CD
The final chapter of Buck Owens' singles run at Capitol Records – and a set that's maybe the most interesting of the bunch! After bursting out as an instant success back in the 60s, Buck was struggling a bit on the charts during the following decade – despite, or maybe because of, some ... CD
King/Gusto, Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy 4CD
Our favorite years of the Stanley Brothers – material recorded after they'd left the bigger labels, and really started to hit their stride for the smaller indies King and Starday Records! Both companies were completely faithful to the growing sound of bluegrass, and really let the brothers ... CD
King/Gusto, Early 60s. New Copy 4CD
Fantastic work from The Stanley Brothers – the second half of their later recordings for King Records – from a time when their talents were completely sublime! The voice of Ralph might best be known to some from the earlier Columbia and Mercury sides – but his approach here in ... CD
RCA/BGO (UK), Early 70s. New Copy 2CD
Four albums from a time when Jerry Reed was really on fire – great little gems that work together as a collected set! First up is the self-titled Jerry Reed – a set with a title and cover that are a bit understated, but a groove that's got the Alabama wild man completely at home! As ... 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
RCA/Ace (UK), Early 60s. New Copy 2CD
A great look at a really lost legacy in music from Charlie Rich – obscure sides recorded for RCA Records in the early 60s – done after his initial rush of genius on Sun Records, and before his later commercial success on Epic! Charlie's got one of the all-time great voices in pop music ... 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
Tompkins Square, 2019. New Copy
Hard to believe this excellent series is hitting its ninth volume – and this time around, Ryley Walker is at the helm – making excellent musical choices that really keep things fresh! As with previous volumes, the focus is on the most creative talents of the acoustic underground – ... LP, Vinyl record album
Takoma/4 Men With Beards, 1966. New Copy (reissue)
An explosive album from the mighty John Fahey – and maybe the record in which he starts to really break from tradition – and strongly foreground all the new changes he wanted to bring to acoustic music! There's still a strong Americanist vibe going on here, but Fahey's also stretching ... LP, Vinyl record album
Omni (Australia), 1950s/1960s/Early 70s. New Copy
A fantastic collection of offbeat country music songs from the postwar years – tunes that begin during the Korean War, end during Vietnam, and embrace a lot of Cold War anxiety in between! As with other titles from this great label – like the Hillbillies In Hell series – there's ... CD
Omni (Australia), 1950s/1960s/Early 70s. New Copy
Tortured souls and troubled hearts – served up here in a dark set of narratives from the classic years of country music! As with previous volumes in this excellent series, the package goes way beyond the big hits, to turn up lots of great songs from the shadowy corners of country – ... CD
Omni (Australia), 1950s/1960s/Early 70s. New Copy
Great work from a series that never gets old – and which, if anything, seems to keep digging deeper and deeper with each new volume! If you know that, as the Louvin Brothers tell us, Satan Is Real – then you'll find plenty to spook your soul here – and we don't just mean the ... CD
Omni/Iron Mountain Analog Research (Australia), 1950s/1960s/Early 70s. New Copy
This great series just keeps on getting better and better – as the hillbillies rise from hell, and take their message into the musical mainstream! Previous volumes have dealt with themes of sin and redemption in country music – and this time around, the scope seems pushed even farther ... CD
Omni (Australia), 1950s/1960s/Early 70s. New Copy
Heavenly voices, turning towards hell – in a host of rare country music tracks that deal with the devil and the world down under! The set's the third volume in this wonderful series, and may well be the deepest-digging so far – and stands as a demonstration that, if you're going to ... CD
Takoma/4 Men With Beards, 1968. New Copy Gatefold
A tremendous early statement from the great guitarist John Fahey – and a record that has all his best ideas coming into really sharp focus! Fahey was a very collaborative person right from the start – even as a record collector, before his own recordings – and that spirit is felt ... LP, Vinyl record album

Link Davis

Big Mamou
Okeh/Bear Family (Germany), Mid 50s. New Copy
Link Davis is holding a saxophone on the cover, but he's also a hell of a fiddler too – and this huge collection of his music follows a strong shift in his style over the course of the 50s – from a rootsy cajun musician to one that's got more of a rocking vibe overall! The package ... CD
Stag O Lee (Germany), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy
A cool collection of really oddball numbers – unusual country, offbeat pop numbers, and a fair bit of cuts that have a popcorn groove somewhere down there at the bottom! These aren't the usual sorts of cuts you might expect – and instead, the collection's definitely on the hipper side ... CD
Epic/BGO (UK), Mid 70s. New Copy 2CD
Four great 70s albums from George Jones – all back to back in a single collection! First up is the self-titled George Jones – tremendous work from George Jones' 70s years at Epic Records – a record that maybe hides behind an understated title, but which offers all the power of ... CD
Columbia/BGO (UK), Late 70s. New Copy 2CD
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 ... CD
Columbia/BGO (UK), Late 70s/Early 80s. New Copy 2CD
Four full albums from the biggest years on record for Mickey Gilley – a time when he'd risen from an almost-accidental country singer, to become a great crossover talent who could still hold on to his roots! Gilley was a childhood relative and close associate of Jerry Lee Lewis – and ... CD
Ace (UK), Late 60s/1970s. New Copy
Merle Haggard isn't just one of the greatest country singers of all time – he's also a hell of a songwriter, too – one who emerged fully-formed into the glory of his Capitol Records years – releasing album after album that were full of amazing original compositions! Merle's own ... CD
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
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

Leon Chappel

Automatic Mama
Capitol/Bear Family (Germany), Early 50s. New Copy
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 ... CD
Bear Family (Germany), 1950s/Early 60s. New Copy
The legendary king of the honky tonks in all of his glory – served up here in a mighty nice package that brings together Columbia Records classics, overlooked gems, and even some rare material pulled from unreleased and transcription sessions! The package is way better and way different than ... CD
Bear Family (Germany), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy
Forget the novelty sound of the title, and get ready to discover a great country singer who should have been huge – the really wonderful Joe Carson, whose ability to inflect a tune reminds us of prime Lefty Frizzell or Webb Pierce at their best! These tracks are tight, focused, and never ... CD
Tompkins Square, 2019. New Copy
Hard to believe this excellent series is hitting its ninth volume – and this time around, Ryley Walker is at the helm – making excellent musical choices that really keep things fresh! As with previous volumes, the focus is on the most creative talents of the acoustic underground – ... CD
Bear Family (Germany), Mid 60s. New Copy
Some of the best-remembered work of Eddie Noack – a really unique country singer and songwriter, and one who wasn't afraid to dip into the darker corners of everyday life! The set's titled after the biggest track here – the chilling "Psycho", which is to Noack's career what ... CD
Bear Family (Germany), Late 40s/Early 50s. New Copy
Country music talent Eddie Hill is maybe best known to the world as the guy who gave the Louvin Brothers their first work, or as a big force on the Grand Old Opry – but he's also a hell of a guitarist who cut some fantastic sides during the postwar years – records that ring out with all ... CD
MGM/Bear Family (Germany), Mid 70s. New Copy
Two seminal 70s albums from Tompall Glaser – both recorded during the time he was one of the real outlaws working on the Nashville scene! On Sings The Songs Of Shel Silverstein, Tompall takes a page from the book of Bobby Bare – singing songs penned by the always-witty Shel, who'd made ... 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
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
 
Updated January 26, 2020


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