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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!


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
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
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
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
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
MGM/Bear Family (Germany), 1959. New Copy (reissue)
A legendary full length album from Hank Williams – one that was noteworthy not just because it was issued after his early death, but also because the set contained a fair bit of material not written by Hank himself! Williams' compositions became some of the cornerstones of the country music ... LP, Vinyl record album
Omni (Australia), Late 50s/1960s/Early 70s. New Copy
A really great little collection – one that looks at the deeper, darker strands in country music during the 60s – that moody space that lie behind the Rubber Room of Porter Wagoner, and which may not have gotten much chart play at the time, but which makes for one of the most ... CD
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
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
RCA, 1967. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)
Not the first album ever cut by Willie Nelson – despite the title – but an excellent showcase for his early talents on RCA! The album's a lot more understated than some of Willie's later work, but it's completely charming all the way through – filled with superb songs that really ... 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Real Gone, Early 60s. New Copy
Fantastic early work from Willie Nelson – material that was originally recorded as demo tapes for the music company of Ray Price – the country singer who hit big with a few of Willie's key young compositions! Yet the sound here is all Willie Nelson, all the way through – ... CD
Charisma/Earth, 1974. New Copy (reissue)
The LA Turnaround from Brit folk tunesmith Bert Jansch – one of the few records he made for Charisma in the mid 70s – this one fresh from the break up of the seminal Pentangle! The UK folk sound is as notable in Bert's voice as any other aspect of this warm, wonderful set – but ... LP, Vinyl record album
Yep Roc, Mid 70s. New Copy
Beautiful blue-tinged work from Tia Blake – a folk singer at heart, but one who's also got this chilling sound that sometimes hits us in the same way as Nico's music during her early solo years! The tracks here were all recorded after Tia's one and only full album – and come as a much-n ... LP, Vinyl record album
Charisma/Earth, 1977. New Copy
The third Bert Jansch album for Charisma in the early-to-mid 70s – in more of a laidback, UK folk style than the Cali flavored previous couple of LPs – and a record that's just as wonderful, and possibly the best of the three! The warmth that made his other work for Charisma so ... CD
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
Takoma/Craft, 1960s/Early 70s. New Copy 2LP Gatefold
A fantastic introduction to the world of acoustic sounds that were brewing deep in the American underground of the 60s – far from the scenes of standard folk, jazz, and rock – where some true pioneers would make music that would only get full appreciation in decades to come! This ... LP, Vinyl record album
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
Mississippi, Mid 70s. New Copy
Remarkable work from Malvina Reynolds – the legendary folk activist whose career didn't take off until she was in her 70s – but which quickly became the stuff of legend among the left! Malvina only gave us a handful of records from those late years, but fortunately we've also got this ... 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
Reno & Smiley – The Early Years – 1951 to 1959 (4CD set)
King/Gusto, 1950s. New Copy 4CDs
A long-overdue look at the early recordings by the team of Don Reno and Red Smiley – a pair of King Records artists in the 50s who were as important to the rising sophistication of bluegrass as The Stanley Brothers or Bill Monroe! The pair could harmonize in a way that was every bit as sweet ... CD
Starday/Gusto, Late 50s. New Copy
CD...$2.99 11.99
The Lonesome Pine Fiddlers may not have been one of the biggest groups in the big bluegrass explosion of the postwar years – but they were certainly one of the tightest, as you'll hear on this great collection of tracks recorded for the Starday label! The instrumentation is really center ... CD
Transatlantic/BGO (UK), Early 70s. New Copy 2CD
Four fantastic albums from John James – an overlooked acoustic guitarist from the same British scene that gave us John Renbourn and Bert Jansch – but one who never fully got his due! James is featured here on four albums for the Transatlantic label from the early 70s – mostly ... 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
Changing Horses
Elektra/BGO (UK), 1969. New Copy
A really beautiful album from Incredible String Band – a set that maybe lives up to the "changing horses" title just a bit, but which still really follows in the great legacy of the band's earlier albums too! There's maybe a very slight addition of electricity in a few spots – ... CD
Bear Family (Germany), Late 40s/1950s. New Copy 20CD
CD...$199.99 299.99
An amazing document of one of the most important radio shows of the postwar years – the legendary Louisiana Hayride, a weekly live performance broadcast that was maybe only second to the Grand Ole Opry! Yet unlike the Opry, the Hayride also had a wider range of talent – as has been ... 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
Southern Routes, 1950s/Early 60s. New Copy
CD...$7.99 13.99
A really wonderful collection of work by the great Ray Price – a very well-chosen selection of tracks that focuses strongly on his excellent early days, and avoids some of the softer sounds of later years! The Ray heard here is the kind of the honky tonks – working in a midtempo groove ... CD
Rounder, 1960s/1970s. Very Good+
A collection of village music of the Bhojpuri-speaking area of India. LP, Vinyl record album
In The Morning
Rebel, 1973. Very Good+
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Sings Hank Williams
County, 1977. Very Good+
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Out Of Hand
RCA, 1975. Very Good
A booze-heavy 70s country classic – worth it alone for the hit track "She's Actin Single (I'm Drinkin Doubles)", but also featuring plenty of other great numbers that include "Back Slider's Wine", "Drinkin Thing", "Draggin Shackles", and "Out Of ... LP, Vinyl record album
25 Years
Rebel, 1982. Very Good+ 2LP Gatefold
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Columbia, 1975. Very Good
... LP, Vinyl record album
Don Brown & The Ozark Mountain Trio
DB, Very Good
... LP, Vinyl record album
MCA, 1985. Very Good+
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London, 1960s. Very Good
... LP, Vinyl record album
Silver Reflections
Rebel, 1988. Very Good+
... LP, Vinyl record album
From The Heart
Rosewood, 1986. Very Good+
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Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys For The Last Time
United Artists, 1973. Very Good+ 2LP
A very cool late recording from Bob Wills – with some excellent guest vocals from Merle Haggard! LP, Vinyl record album
Ronnie Milsap
Warner, 1971. Very Good
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Warner/Mississippi, New Copy
A huge overview of one of the most obscure strands of country music you'll ever hope to hear – not just an Australian take on the genre, but one that's served up here exclusively by artists of aboriginal origins! The style's definitely country, but neither country soul, nor familiar sounds ... LP, Vinyl record album
 
Updated November 14, 2018


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