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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!


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
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
Lion, 1976. New Copy
A startlingly great mid 70s loner folk record by Scott Key – with some of the finest, most artful fingerstyle guitar we've heard on a self-recorded album from the period – and a really strong record that would be right at home on the Takoma label! Recorded in Colorado by Key himself, ... CD
Magic Landscape
Village Thing/Lion, 1972. New Copy
Tightly grooving folk rock from Hunt & Turner – far less hippy dippy than so many groups of the ilk, and focusing an really tight, guitar & melody driven sound! The instrumentation really pulls you into the vibe, not to take away from the appeal of the vocal performances, but they ... 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
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
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
Columbia/Morello (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy 2CD
Four fantastic albums from Charlie Walker – one of the lesser-remembered talents of the late 60s country scene, but a singer whose work on albums like these can match the best of the bunch! As you'd guess by some of the titles, the tunes are heavy on references to barrooms and drinking ... 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
Venus In Cancer
Blue Thumb/Traffic, 1969. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)
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 ... LP, Vinyl record album
Eleven Light City (UK), 1950s/Early 60s. New Copy
CD...$6.99 14.99
A great look at the vintage country work of Texas producer Pappy Daily – one of the key forces to get the genre going during the postwar years, even though he operated far from the hillbilly hotbeds of Nashville and southern California! The work here is a nice blend of country rockers, ... 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
Capitol, 1967. New Copy
A key late 60s country crossover set, but one that also inspired a fair bit of funk as well! The title cut's a well-known gem – one that's been covered instrumentally in some break-heavy versions, but which sounds even more amazing here in Bobbie's original version – one of the ... LP, Vinyl record album
To Satisfy You
Rounder/Ace (UK), 1981. New Copy
A different slice of music from Steve Young than you might know from his classic Seven Bridges Road – but a set that's equally great in its own sort of way! The album's from a time when Young was really stepping out of the shadows a bit – maybe feeling himself more as a singer, but ... CD
Bear Family (Germany), Late 20s/1930s. New Copy
Turns out, the idea of bitches and ho's didn't originate with hip hop – as the hillbilly cats of the 30s were already throwing around plenty of off-color references to the women in their life! Of course, the milieu was quite different – with backing by spare string bands, and lyrics ... 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
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
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
Eleven Light City (UK), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy
CD...$6.99 14.99
A well-chosen collection of work handled by country producer Don Law – a late 50s force who kept the honky tonk vibe alive and well on record! The names here are some of the biggest of the time – including a fair bit of Columbia Records artists – and the work together is a great ... CD
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
Lion, 1971. New Copy
A great British folk set from Steve Tilston – featuring all acoustic and all original material that gives it a pretty wonderful and timeless feel! Tilston has a warm voice and melodic style that's pretty darn great – which sounds to us like it'll have a pretty broadly reaching appeal. ... CD
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
Nashville/Starday, Mid 60s. New Copy
Chugging country guitar from Arthur "Guitar Boogie" Smith – one of the hottest country instrumentalists of the 50s! Smith's heard here in a nicely understated setting – a Starday session from the 60s, with a great back to basics vibe that really focuses on his tight work on ... 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
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
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
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
Relax Your Mind
Vanguard/Real Gone, 1965. New Copy
CD...$4.99 14.99
Jim Kweskin first rose to fame in a revival jug band on the New York scene – but here, he's working in a much more stripped-down mode that's maybe even more compelling than his previous records! The album bills Jim as a solo act, and mostly just features his lead work on vocals and guitar ... 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
Iron Mountain Analog Research/Omni (Australia), 1950s/1960s. New Copy Gatefold
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 ... LP, Vinyl record album
Mississippi, 1940s/1950s/1960s. New Copy 6 LPs
A stunning tribute to the great Alan Lomax – the legendary musicologist, historian, and recording engineer who captured so many wonderful American sounds in the 20th Century! Lomax's work has been crucial to both the Library Of Congress and Smithsonian/Folkways Records – yet there's ... LP, Vinyl record album
Thrill Jockey, 2010. New Copy (reissue)
Passionate, artful warmth and beauty from the late finger-style guitar great Jack Rose, who left us at far too early an age – a wonderful record that should have been only his first for the Thrill Jockey label! Rose works with and transcends prewar folk & blues traditions from Appalachia ... LP, Vinyl record album
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
Pye/BGO (UK), Late 60s. New Copy 2CD
Fantastic work from Sweeney's Men – a 60s Irish folk group, but one who were quite different than the more popular Dubliners or Clancy Brothers! These guys traveled in similar territory, but were maybe more akin to the modes of the coming acid folk generation – with some of the ... CD
Bear Family (Germany), 1968/1970. New Copy 3CD & 2 hardcover bo
CD...$89.99 129.99
Woody Guthrie left this planet all too soon – in 1967, after years of struggle with Huntington's Disease – but not before leaving behind generations of singers and musicians who were forever in debt to his work! Some of the best of those artists came together here – in two ... CD
More Big Folk Hits
Columbia, Mid 60s. Near Mint-
Titles include "Muleskinner", "Don't Think Twice It's All Right", "We Shall Overcome", "San Francisco Bay Blues", "Don't Let The Rain Come Down", "Battle Of New Orleans", and "Brother Where Are You". LP, Vinyl record album
Hold On To Me
Ovation, 1972. Near Mint- Gatefold
Titles include "We Are Ships", "Sailing Ship", "Jamaica", "Diamond Lil", "Every Day II", "Burgundy Wine", and "The Lover In Winter Plaineth For The Spring". LP, Vinyl record album
Ovation, 1974. Near Mint-
Titles include "Colors Of The Sun", "Crazy Mary", "Children's Blues", "Guilty Of Rock & Roll", "Mother Country", "I Have To Say I Love You In A Song", and "25th Of December". LP, Vinyl record album
Capitol/Rounder, 1956. Near Mint-
Probably the greatest record that the Louvin Brothers ever made – and a haunting batch of songs filled with death and disaster, sung in a crystalline harmony style by Ira and Charlie! Includes the oft-quoted "Kentucky", plus loads of other great ones, including "Take The News ... LP, Vinyl record album
Have Gun Will Travel
Columbia, Early 60s. Very Good+
... LP, Vinyl record album
Movin On
AFL CIO, Late 60s. Sealed
A great pro-labor soundtrack – put together by the AFL-CIO – with narration by Arthur Kennedy, and music by the New Lost City Ramblers and Bonnie Dobson! LP, Vinyl record album
Epic, Mid 60s. Near Mint-
A very cool take on the songs of Buck Owens – in an instrumental setting conducted by Frank Hunter, with great guitar from Billy Sherrill! LP, Vinyl record album
Country Routes (UK), 1952. Near Mint-
Rare radio work from the great Hank Thompson – from his best early years! LP, Vinyl record album
NQD, Late 70s. Sealed
Features Rodger King on vocals and dobro – with Josh Graves on more dobro and Kenny Baker on fiddle! LP, Vinyl record album
Bluegrass Memories
CMH, 1976. Very Good+
... LP, Vinyl record album
Visions
Dot, 1977. Very Good+
... LP, Vinyl record album
Today
Capitol, 1977. Near Mint-
Bob Wills has passed on, but the great group lives on – under the direction of Leon McAuliffe! LP, Vinyl record album
Bobbie Gentry & Glen Campbell
Capitol, Late 60s. Very Good+
... LP, Vinyl record album
 
Updated January 19, 2019


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