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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!


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
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
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

Robbie Basho

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
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
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 (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
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
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
Eleven Light City (UK), 1950s/Early 60s. New Copy
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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
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
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
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
Bear Family (Germany), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy
A nicely focused little collection on the great Ferlin Husky – one that brings together some of his more upbeat tunes from the early generation of rock and roll – although the music is still pretty darn country overall! Or rather, hillbilly – said in the most respectful way of ... CD
Bear Family (Germany), 1950s. New Copy
Sublime sounds from the great Bonnie Guitar – a really unique artist who was part jazz singer, part California country – and very much at home on these rare early singles! Most of the music was recorded in 50s Los Angeles – and has a way of mixing country twang with hipper, more ... 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
Bear Family (Germany), Early 50s. New Copy 4CD
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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

Lucinda Williams

Happy Woman Blues
Folkways, 1980. New Copy (reissue)
Lucinda Williams second album for Folkways – and the first to feature her own material – introducing one of the best Americana singer songwriters of the past few decades! Happy Woman Blues has an apt title, and although there's plenty of heartache in her radiating from her vocal chords ... LP, Vinyl record album
Folkways, 1958. New Copy (reissue)
A seminal album from Elizabeth Cotten – not just a backwoods lady with a guitar, but a self-taught player with a completely unique style that went on to shape generations of musicians in the 60s! This 1958 Folkways album was the first to bring Cotten's talents to a wider audience – and ... 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

John Prine

Sweet Revenge
Atlantic/Rhino, 1973. New Copy (reissue)
One of the undisputed 70s classics from John Prine – a set mostly recorded down in Nashville, but at a level that still keeps Prine's wit and Chicago sensibilities firmly intact! The instrumentation here is a bit augmented from before – with help from the great Reggie Young on guitar, ... 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

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
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
A record that's as evocative as its title – a perfect showcase for the very unique talents of guitarist Glenn Jones – a player one might link to a tradition that includes John Fahey and Robbie Basho, save for the very individual style that Jones brings to his music! There's almost as ... LP, Vinyl record album
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
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

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), 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

John Renbourn

Live In Kyoto 1978
Drag City, 1978. New Copy
A long lost live recording of the great English folk guitarist and singer – recorded at a coffee house in Kyoto, Japan on May 30, 1978 – and such a lovely, soul-stirring set it is! John is in impeccable form on acoustic guitar, voice and even the good-natured banter between songs ... 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

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
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
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

Johnny Paycheck (aka Danny Young)

Shakin The Blues
Decca/Bear Family (Germany), Early 60s. New Copy
Johnny Paycheck has worn many hats over his decades in country music – but maybe one of the coolest was his early career as singer Donny Young – featured here in a host of excellent recordings done before his classic sides on the Little Darlin label! The work here is totally great ... CD

Ed Bruce

Puzzles
RCA/Bear Family (Germany), Late 60s. New Copy
Ed Bruce is a singer with a long run in country music – partly as a songwriter who gave some big names big hits – and he also started out as a young rockabilly talent at Sun Records too! Yet this collection captures Bruce at the start of his country career – and features mid 60s ... CD
Mercury/Bear Family (Germany), 1970/1971. New Copy
A great double-header – two of Tom T Hall's classic early albums for Mercury Records, back to back on a single CD! I Witness Life is a record with a title that really sums up all the genius that Tom T Hall had to offer the world of country music at the start of the 70s – as his ... 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
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
Mercury/Bear Family (Germany), 1969/1970. New Copy
Two of the first albums ever recorded by the mighty Tom T Hall – both of them completely sublime! Ballad Of Forty Dollars is a record named after Tom T Hall's big hit single of the late 60s, and is a set that's the summation of all the great work he'd been doing as a songwriter on the ... CD
 
Updated March 20, 2019


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