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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!


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
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

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
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
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

Fairport Convention

Liege & Lief (with bonus tracks)
Island (UK), 1970. New Copy
A record that really has Fairport Convention knocking it out of the park – making a bold turn towards British traditional music, but in a way that imbues these relics with a whole new life of their own! The album came at a key turning point – after an accident that took one of their ... CD

Fairport Convention

First Album (with bonus tracks)
Polydor/Universal (UK), 1968. New Copy
CD...$8.99 11.98
The brilliant first album from Fairport Convention – working here in a sound that's much less fully-formed than in later years, but in a really great way! So many things are different here – the guitars are maybe harder and more electric, the vocals of a young Ian Matthews (as Ian ... CD
Island (UK), 1969. New Copy
CD...$8.99 11.98
A pivotal album from Fairport Convention – hardly the "holiday" you might expect from the title, and instead a set that has the group really reaching out for some new ideas and styles in their music! Sandy Denny is firmly in place here – taking the lead on most numbers – ... CD
Island (UK), 1969. New Copy
CD...$8.99 11.98
The record where it all really came together for Fairport Convention – the point at which the already-great group really stepped forward to become something totally unique! By this point all the key elements are firmly in place – sublime vocals from the great Sandy Denny, amazing ... 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
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
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

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
RCA/Bear Family (Germany), Early 60s. New Copy 4CD
CD...$92.99 129.99
The great start of the legendary Bobby Bare – a singer who'd move onto rich new territory in the 70s, but who was also pretty darn fantastic in his early years too! Bobby's a hell of a singer – and here, he makes some real magic with songs that run the gamut – in a package that ... CD
Bear Family (Germany), Early 50s. New Copy 4CD
CD...$74.99 129.99
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
BMG (Italy), 1949. New Copy 3LP
A really great side of work from the great Hank Williams – one that not only adds to the too-small catalog of studio recordings he made before his early death, but which also shows just how much the young Hank lived in the everyday lives of his fans! Williams sold plenty of records back in ... LP, Vinyl record album
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

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
Bear Family (Germany), 1970s/1980s. New Copy 3CD
A fantastic collection of work from one of the coolest, hippest female singers of the 70s and 80s – but an artist who doesn't always get her due! Leona Williams is best known for her association with Merle Haggard – both on and off stage – but she's also a wonderful talent in her ... CD
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
New Voice/Real Gone, 1966. New Copy (reissue)
A really unique record from Norma Tanega – a singer with roots in folk, but who works here in a mode that's very much her own! Norma sings and plays acoustic guitar as pictured on the cover – but the song styles and production are often very different than you might expect – ... LP, Vinyl record album
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
Bear Family (Germany), 1974/1975. New Copy
Two great outlaw country records on a single CD! David Allan Coe might be the scariest outlaw ever – If Waylon and Hag knew that the gates of hell were about to crack open and beckon them in they might have been as ornery as Coe. This Bear Family collection assembles the full Mysterious ... CD
Stag O Lee (Germany), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy
A host of great songs about the devil – served up here in an array of raw styles from the glory days of the indie single! Long before metal rockers and other groups brought a love of Satan into the musical mainstream, there were a host of other artists who were singing about the dark prince ... 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
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
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
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
Starday/Bear Family (Germany), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy
A much-needed look at the early years of Roger Miller – the chart-topping country star of the mid 60s, best known for a few key hits – but actually a well-traveled journeyman who spent cut many records before hitting the big time! Most of the work here is from the prime years of ... CD

John D Loudermilk

Blue Train
RCA/Bear Family (Germany), Early 60s. New Copy
Great early work from John D Loudermilk – an artist who's maybe best remembered as the songwriter behind a big string of 60s hits for others, but who's also a heck of a great singer on his own! Loudermilk has this quality that's somewhat knowing, and maybe a bit sharper than the rest – ... 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

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
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
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
Ace (UK), 1965. New Copy
Fantastic work from the young George Jones – working here at the height of his powers, and in a raw live setting that's a nice change from some of the polish of his studio recordings of the 60s! George's voice is great – already hitting that wider range that marked his Musicor material ... CD
Vanguard (UK), 1963/1964. New Copy
Beautiful work from Hedy West – a folk singer with a voice that cuts through to the quick – none of the sweetness of some of the poppier acts of the 60s, and none of the softness that you might get from commercial efforts – and instead a sound that's straight from the hills, and a ... CD
Takoma (UK), 1979. New Copy
A fantastic late 70s album from guitar genius John Fahey – his first after a number of years away from the recording studio – and a real back to basics effort overall! There's none of the "orchestra" trappings of other 70s records – nor some of Fahey's more longer-form ... CD

Fairport Convention

Full House (with bonus tracks)
Island (UK), 1970. New Copy
CD...$8.99 11.98
A full house, and a strong change for Fairport Convention – working here without founder Ashley Hutchings or vocalist Sandy Denny – but finding their way forward through the new strengths of Richard Thompson! Thompson contributed more songs to this album than before, and also joins the ... CD
Mercury, Early 60s. Very Good+
... LP, Vinyl record album

Faron Young

That Young Feelin'
Mercury, 1977. Sealed
... LP, Vinyl record album
Rounder, Late 30s. Near Mint-
... LP, Vinyl record album

Sidney Brown & Shorty LeBlanc

Best Of The Two Cajun Greats
Swallow, 1950s/1960s. Very Good+
... LP, Vinyl record album
Jambalaya (France), Early 70s. Near Mint-
Steel guitarist Leon McAuliffe leads the old group of Bob Wills – and does a pretty great job as well! Includes vocals by McAuliffe and Leon Rausch. LP, Vinyl record album

Nanci Griffith

Once In A Very Blue Moon
Philo, 1986. Near Mint-
... LP, Vinyl record album
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
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
 
Updated September 17, 2019


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