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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!


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
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
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
RCA/Morello (UK), 1960s/Early 70s. New Copy 2CD
Four superb albums from the great Hank Snow – all very much set around the themes of trains, which also figured heavily in the classic work of Jimmie Rodgers! Two of the sets here are straight Jimmie Rodgers tributes – including one with a bit of narration telling Jimmie's story – ... 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Thrill Jockey, 2018. New Copy
Brilliant folk guitar and airy, lovely vocals from Sarah Louise! Deeper Woods is one of the finer modern folk rock records we've heard in a while – and really does run deeper, mixing acoustic and electric instrumentation in unique way – with Sarah singing and playing 12-string guitar, ... LP, Vinyl record album
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
Charisma/Earth, 1974. New Copy
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 ... CD
RCA/Morello (UK), Mid 60s. New Copy 2CD
A trio of early records from the great Bobby Bare – presented here in one 2CD set! First up is The Travelin Bare – on which the young Bobby Bare hits the road – taking on a whole host of travel-themed tunes on this gem of a record from 1964 – and although the approach is ... CD
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
Folkways, Late 50s/1960s/1970s/1980s/1990s/2000s. New Copy 2CD
She's got short blonde hair, in the manner of Doris Day in the 60s – but Barbara Dane is a much hipper singer – and one who can really live up to the promise made by the title of this collection! Dane emerged in the folk revival boom of the late 50s, but right from the start she was ... CD
Mississippi, Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy
Folk soul guitar player, singer, songwriter, storyteller and genuine character Abner Jay's brilliant home recordings – the first release of his "terrible comedy blues" in far too long – courtesy of the always deep digging Mississippi label! Abner takes on the topical issues ... LP, Vinyl record album
On The Waters Edge
Mississippi, Late 20s. New Copy
Bluesy material, but all sung in French – and recorded in Louisiana during the 78rpm era by Blind Uncle Gaspard and Delma Lachney! The music here is all from vintage 78s, and is a definite precursor to later cajun sounds – but done at a level that's more acoustic blues styled overall ... LP, Vinyl record album
Birthday Blues
Reprise/Superior Viaduct, 1969. New Copy (reissue)
One of the greatest albums ever from UK genius Bert Jansch – cut as a solo set at a time when his fame was rising with the group Pentangle, and somewhat overlooked at the time! Yet all these many years later, we'd rank this one right up alongside important records of the period by Nick Drake ... 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), 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
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
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
King/Gusto, Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy 2CD
CD...$9.99 13.98
All the instrumental tracks the Stanley Brothers recorded for King and Starday Records – packaged here in one nicely-priced set! The Stanley's are maybe best known for their incredible harmony vocals – which were some of the best of the postwar bluegrass generation – but their ... CD
Thrill Jockey, 2018. New Copy
Completely captivating work from Marisa Anderson – an instrumentalist who could easily match the groundbreaking sound of Takoma Records in the 60s with her work on albums like this! Marisa's a guitarist at heart – and mostly plays electric and acoustic on the record, using the ... LP, Vinyl record album
Liberty/Jackpot, 1962. New Copy (reissue)
Incredible early work from Willie Nelson – quite different from his outlaw material of the 70s, but equally compelling in its own sort of way! As you'd guess from the title and cover, the set came out at a time when Willie was a real up-and-coming songwriting in 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
Omni (Australia), Late 50s/1960s/Early 70s. New Copy
Over 20 years of work from one of the most enigmatic singers in the American underground – an artist who was part country, part folk – and managed to work very strongly in topical themes of the time! Red River Dave may not have cracked the charts or Nashville, but over the course of ... CD
Faro Annie
Reprise/Music On Vinyl (UK), 1972. New Copy
An album of understated brilliance from the great John Renbourn – a set that mostly just features John on vocals and guitar, working through tunes of a traditional nature – yet delivering a record that's full of tremendously powerful moments! There's none of the hoke here that you ... CD
Capitol/Omnivore, Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy 2CD
Buck Owens ruled country music in the 60s – especially on the west coast – and these seminal singles for Capitol Records are a great demonstration of his talent at its height! Buck was a hell of a talent right from the start – sharp, soulful, and graced with a good sense of wit ... CD
Takoma/Craft, 1960s/Early 70s. New Copy
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 ... CD
Niodrara/Tompkins Square, 1978. New Copy (reissue)
The only 70s album ever issued by guitarist Rick Deitrick – a set that was produced in a very small print run of copies – which were then sold at shows and in a few special record stores, and also left by Deitrick on woodland trails – in the hopes that hikers might stumble upon ... LP, Vinyl record album
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
King, Late 60s/1980. New Copy 3CD
CD...$9.99 13.98
A treasure trove of solo work from the great Ralph Stanley – a set that's heavy on King Records material right from the years after he parted ways with brother Carter and broke up The Stanley Brothers – and also featuring some really overlooked material for Gusto Records, which features ... CD
Starday/Gusto, Mid 60s. New Copy
Joe Maphis was a hell of a picker from the country scene of the postwar years – a guitarist so great, he could easily work a double-necked guitar faster than most of his single-necked contemporaries! Here, though, Joe shows off a really special side of his talents – some spiritual ... CD
Starday/Gusto, Late 50s. New Copy
CD...$5.99 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
Federal, Late 40s. New Copy
The earliest work of the team of Homer & Jethro – material recorded for King Records before their bigger 50s fame at RCA – and maybe with an even sharper feel overall! If you don't know the pair, you're in for a treat – as they were both fantastic musicians, Homer on guitar ... 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
Omnivore, 1996. New Copy
A pair of rare later moments from Sandy Bull – the revolutionary guitarist who made some amazing records in the 60s! Steel Tears is from the mid 90s – a record that has Sandy Bull very firmly established in the Nashville scene, after making his big early waves on the west coast. The ... CD
Transatlantic/Music On Vinyl (UK), 1965. New Copy
The first full album from acoustic genius John Renbourn – a set that would not only establish John's legacy for years to come, but also have a very strong impact upon the role of the guitar on the British scene too! The album's definitely in a mode that owes something to an American folk ... CD
Transatlantic/BGO (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy 2CD
A trio of tremendous albums by The Johnstons – all recorded right around the start of the 70s, at a time when the group was moving into some even more heady territory than before! The Johnstons got their start as a more traditional Irish folk group, but like most of their British Isles ... CD
Bluegrass Favorites
Crown/Big Beat (UK), 1963. New Copy
CD...$6.99 13.98
A bluegrass record with quite an unusual pedigree – one that really sets it apart from the rest! The album was issued briefly in the early 60s, on the mostly soul/blues label Crown Records from the west coast – where the young group would go onto later fame in a variety of different ... CD
Jack Orion
Transatlantic/Superior Viaduct, 1966. New Copy (reissue)
A huge leap forward for the mighty Bert Jansch – and a record that's somehow even more amazing than the ones that came before! Bert's maybe even more introspective here, but also on a personal journey that takes him down musical paths that seem broader than before – almost echoing a ... LP, Vinyl record album
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...$246.99 299.99
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
RCA/Morello (UK), 1979/1980. New Copy
It's the end of the 70s, but Tom T Hall's still going strong – as you'll hear here on this pair of albums for RCA! Old T's In Town has Tom spinning out the kind of tunes that nobody could do as well as him – some sorry songs, some message tunes – but all delivered with wink and ... CD
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
 
Updated September 24, 2018


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