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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!


Vanguard/Real Gone, Early 70s. New Copy 2LP
A never-issued album from the guitar genius Robbie Basho – material recorded at the same Vanguard Records sessions that produced his monumental albums Voice Of The Eagle and Zarthus, and every bit as great as the work that appeared on those records – and as the tracks on Basho's Takoma ... LP, Vinyl record album

Cleveland Crochet & The Sugar Bees

Hillbilly Ramblers & Sugar Bees
Bear Family (Germany), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy
The complete history of an overlooked hero of cajun music – and a musician who's also quite a rocker as well – fiddler Cleveland Crochet, who cut some fantastic work for a handful of small Louisiana labels in the late 50s and early 60s – often with a great swampy blend of cajun ... CD
Columbia/Legacy, 1975. New Copy
Willie's finest hour! The Nashville establishment was as horrid in the 70s as it is today, with glitzy, soulless, committee-thought pop garbage ruling the scene – so Willie, who had ironically been a hit songwriter for a decade packed it up for Austin and churned out the spare, haunting and ... CD
Raccoon/Future Days, 1972. New Copy Gatefold
CD...$5.99 14.99
Raw & rambling folk sounds from Michael Hurly – recorded in early '72 – some of his better material of the era, living up to if not surpassing his Armchair Boogie of a couple years earlier! Michael's in seemingly amiable spirit here on some tunes, and standing on shakier ground or ... CD
Raccoon/Future Days, 1969. New Copy Gatefold
A great record from folk rock oddball Michael Hurley – with spare, ragged little solo guitar & vocal tunes that greatly showcase both Hurley's easygoing, slowly rolling along vocals, as well has his piercing, high emphatic howls– plus more fleshed out tunes with the band, full of ... CD
Starday/Nashville, Early 60s. New Copy
An instrumental classic from the glory days of Starday Records – a set that features singing steel guitar and dobro from the team of Shot Jackson and Buddy Emmons! Shot's on the front cover, without Buddy – and the liner notes of these old albums never tell us too much about the ... CD
Starday/Gusto, Early 60s. New Copy
Joe Maphis was definitely the king of the strings back in the day – a guitarist who was so tight, he had to play a double-necked electric just to give his fingers enough to do – something that wouldn't come into vogue much later, until the 70s arena rock guitarists started to showcase ... CD
Starday/Nashville, 1960s. New Copy
Those are the Truckstoppers on the cover – a set of lovely ladies that the Pure Oil company sent around to truckstops in the 60s – which, along with the music here, reminds us that the decade was a perfect time for the marriage of the truck driver and country music! The set brings ... CD
Starday/Nashville, 1960s. New Copy
Nobody put together a truck driving country record better than the Starday/Nashville label in the 60s – and this sweet little set is a perfect tribute to their talents! The set's full of cool, groovy, truck-themed tunes from the indie underground of the time – not the polished pop work ... CD

Various

Truck Stop
Starday/Nashville, 1960s. New Copy
That's a mighty classy truck stop on the cover of this album – and the set's a mighty classy batch of trucker-themed tunes from the catalog of Starday Records! These aren't the shlocky truck country tunes of the 70s, but instead some great material from the postwar years – a time when ... CD
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
Penthouse/Empire, 2021. New Copy
... LP, Vinyl record album
Asylum/Rhino, 1979. New Copy (reissue)
John Prine's got a slightly more stylish look on the cover here, and the record's got a slightly more stylish sound as well – production by Knox and Jerry Phillips (sons of Sun Records' Sam Phillips) – who set up Prine's amazing vocals and songs with a bit of a Tennessee vibe – ... LP, Vinyl record album
Atlantic/Rhino, 1976. New Copy
The compilation that capped off a younger John Prine's early years at Atlantic Records – and if it might have come off as a bit prematurely titled at at time given the treasure trove of "best of" level material Prine would record for decades to come, there's no question after all ... LP, Vinyl record album

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 ... LP, Vinyl record album
Takoma/4 Men With Beards, 1968. New Copy Gatefold
A tremendous early statement from the great guitarist John Fahey – and a record that has all his best ideas coming into really sharp focus! Fahey was a very collaborative person right from the start – even as a record collector, before his own recordings – and that spirit is felt ... LP, Vinyl record album
BMG, 1951. New Copy 2CD
A key slice of work from the too-short career of the legendary Hank Williams – recordings he did for a regular radio show sponsored by Mother's Best Flour in Nashville during the year 1951 – a time when Hank was riding high with his talents, before leaving our planet all too soon! The ... CD
BMG, 1951. New Copy 2CD
A key slice of work from the too-short career of the legendary Hank Williams – recordings he did for a regular radio show sponsored by Mother's Best Flour in Nashville during the year 1951 – a time when Hank was riding high with his talents, before leaving our planet all too soon! The ... CD
BMG, 1951. New Copy 2CD
A key slice of work from the too-short career of the legendary Hank Williams – recordings he did for a regular radio show sponsored by Mother's Best Flour in Nashville during the year 1951 – a time when Hank was riding high with his talents, before leaving our planet all too soon! The ... CD
Round Bale, 2021. New Copy
Recent work from underground hero Russell Hoke, but sounds that are every bit as timeless as his earlier records – done in a stripped-down style that has Hoke playing borrowed guitar and banjo, and recording onto an old cellphone – which makes the whole thing feel like it came out of ... LP, Vinyl record album

Bert Jansch & John Renbourn

Bert & John
Transatlantic/Music On Vinyl (Netherlands), 1966. New Copy
A hell of a collaboration between British legends Bert Jansch and John Renbourn – both working here together to completely redefine the sound of their music for the generation to come! This one album may well hold all the sense of subtle power and possibility that was about to flower in the ... CD

Buddy Emmons/Jay Dee Maness/Red Rhodes/Sneaky Pete/Rusty Young

Suite Steel – The Pedal Steel Guitar Album
Elektra/Wounded Bird, 1970. New Copy
A mighty sweet album of steel guitar instrumentals – a special Elektra Records session that features five of the greatest talents on the instrument at the start of the 70s – both longtime stalwarts, and key up-and-comers! Sneaky Pete Kleinow joins here with Buddy Emmons, Jay Dee Maness ... CD
Numero, 1970s/Early 80s. New Copy
CD...$7.99 18.98
Troubadour folk from the 70s and into the early 80s – collected from rare privately issued records – the third set in the Wayfaring Strangers series from Numero! Lonesome Heroes is the male companion set to the equally excellent Ladies Of The Canyon compilation – and it features ... CD
Numero, Mid 60s/1970s/Early 80s. New Copy 2LP
A wonderful collection of obscure solo acoustic guitar tunes from the mid 60s up to the dawn of the 80s – beautiful work from a slew of players we've never heard of – but we'd put right up there with Fahey and Basho in the way they reach from the back porch to the cosmos with just their ... LP, Vinyl record album
Takoma, 1963/1967. New Copy
Some of the first material that John Fahey ever issued on album – presented here in two different variations of the original recording! The original Death Chants, Breakdowns, & Military Waltzes was an early Takoma Records release – and like many of them, had a title and a ... CD
Takoma, 1971. New Copy
John Fahey rewrites the sound of America – here in a wonderful set that stands as one of the real highlights from his Takoma Records years! Tracks are a mix of public domain material from America's past, mixed with plenty of Fahey originals – and all material receives both fantastic ... CD

Red Sovine

Teddy Bear
Gusto, 1976. New Copy
The biggest classic ever from Red Sovine – a landmark record from the CB Radio years of trucker country music! Red Sovine had cut many records for King and Starday before Teddy Bear, but the set's a perfect summation of the more sentimental style he brought to his music – which often ... CD

Wayne Raney

Songs Of The Hills
King, Late 40s/Early 50s. New Copy
Not the usual sounds you might expect from postwar country music – as Wayne Raney's an unusual star from the King Records roster – one who could play harmonica as well as sing, and who definitely brought a strong boogie current to his hillbilly material! The album's a heavyweight ... CD
Bear Family (Germany), Late 30s/1940s/Early 50s. New Copy 9CDs & DVD
CD...$299.99 399.99
Seminal work by one of the first big figures in country music – the great Roy Acuff, whose early material was the second force putting the sound on the map after the work of Jimmie Rodgers! Roy was one of the greatest stars of the early years – a hell of a singer, an important composer ... CD
Capitol/Bear Family (Germany), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy 8CDs
CD...$184.99 199.99
The last years of Buck Owens on Capitol Records – and some pretty great years at that! The set brings together a huge amount of material from a time when Buck was still going strong – getting completely on-fire backing from The Buckaroos, really reaching for some great fresh material, ... CD
RCA/Bear Family (Germany), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy 5CD
CD...$99.99 199.99
An incredible slice of work from the great Connie Smith – a country singer who rose to fame in the same generation that gave the world Tammy Wynette and Loretta Lynn, but who may well be better than both of them combined! We're not sure why Connie never full gets her due, as the work here is ... CD
Atlantic, 1970s. New Copy 7CD
A fantastic run of records – music that firmly established John Prine as one of the most inventive singer/songwriters of the 70s! Prine rose up out of the Chicago folk scene of the 60s – but he soon became something different than just a folk or country singer – even though he ... CD
Monument/Iron Mountain Analog Research (Australia), 1960s. New Copy Gatefold
Fantastic sounds from one of the most troubled decades in modern American history – a moment so rocky, its changes and politics even touched the world of country music! While you might think of country as being just a flag-waving, gun-toting version of society, these rare gems show a ... LP, Vinyl record album

Willie Nelson

Texas Willie
Sunset Blvd, Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy 2CD
Very early work from Willie Nelson – a set that doesn't have much in the way of notes, but which includes a huge amount of material we've never heard before – a total of 40 early tracks that show that Willie was a genius right from the start! The tunes are likely all originals from the ... CD
ESP, 1982. New Copy
A breathtakingly beautiful recording of the legendary Robbie Basho – and a much-needed addition to his too-small catalog of albums! Make no mistake, Basho has given us some key records over the years – but his genius was so deep, and his life was so short, it always feels like there ... LP, Vinyl record album
Asylum/Rhino, 1978. New Copy (reissue)
Great late 70s work from John Prine – a set that signals his shift to Asylum Records from Atlantic, but with a quality that's still got all the best open, honest touches that Prine brought to American music when he emerged from the Chicago scene! Production is by Steve Goodman – an old ... LP, Vinyl record album
King/Gusto, Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy 4CD
Our favorite years of the Stanley Brothers – material recorded after they'd left the bigger labels, and really started to hit their stride for the smaller indies King and Starday Records! Both companies were completely faithful to the growing sound of bluegrass, and really let the brothers ... CD

John Fahey

Blind Joe Death
Takoma, 1967. New Copy (reissue)
The seminal debut of the great John Fahey – posing here as Blind Joe Death – an acoustic guitarist whose bluesy undercurrents showcase Fahey's love of early recorded music! The style is pure Fahey throughout – those magical tones that cascade effortlessly off the heavily-plucked ... LP, Vinyl record album

Bert Jansch

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

Davy Graham

Midnight Man
Decca/East Central One (UK), 1966. New Copy (reissue)
A fantastic record from Davy Graham – an amazing guitarist, and a hell of a singer too – the sort of artist we'd rank right up there with Donovan, John Martyn, and maybe even Nick Drake! At times Graham channels Eastern musical styles in his guitar – almost a Peter Walker sort of ... LP, Vinyl record album

Davy Graham

Hat
Decca/East Central One (UK), 1969. New Copy (reissue)
Prepare to discover your new favorite artist – a tremendously hip cat who never got his due – and who should be held as high on these shores as British talents like Nick Drake, Bert Jansch, or John Martyn! Like all of those three, Davy Graham is a complete original – a guy with ... LP, Vinyl record album
Omni (Australia), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy Gatefold
An amazing set of offbeat numbers from the darker side of country music in the 60s – tracks that really show the changing currents of the scene, and which open up even more that quality of heartbreak that was always present in the music! Some of the songs here deal more honestly with ... LP, Vinyl record album
Takoma/4 Men With Beards, 1967. New Copy (reissue)
John Fahey just got deeper and deeper with each new record of his early years – and this sublime sixth set is a unique blend of his amazing work on guitar, his timeless sense of music, and his growing ear for odd elements and atmospherics that make his records far more than just the usual ... LP, Vinyl record album
Bear Family (Germany), Late 40s/Early 50s. New Copy
The great Cliffie Stone was a key figure in the rise of country music on the west coast in the postwar years – a figure who linked together the music industry in Hollywood and the new talents coming up in Bakersfield – with a blend of sounds and styles that very much fit that mode! ... CD
JMI/BGO (UK), Early 70s. New Copy 2CD
The first three albums from Don Williams – brought together here in a single set! First up is Don Williams Vol 1 – well-crafted work from Don Williams – an artist who began as a songwriter, but really hit his stride on this debut album! Williams has a gentle, easygoing vocal ... CD
Omni (Australia), 1950s/1960s/Early 70s. New Copy
A hell of a cool little set – one that begins with obscure country songs about drug use, then moves onto a whole host of songs with themes of suicide, insanity, damnation, and redemption! The music is every bit as great as you'd guess from the title and cover – and the folks at Omni, ... CD
RCA/BGO (UK), Mid 60s. New Copy 2CD
Four gems from the early RCA years of Bobby Bare – plus bonus tracks too! First up is Detroit City – a classic early album from the great Bobby Bare – proof that the man had plenty of charms in the years before he started working with hip singer/songwriter material! The set ... CD
London/East Central One (UK), 1968. New Copy (reissue)
Mindblowing work from an artist we totally totally love – a really unique British singer and guitarist, and one who can effortlessly channel together so many different strands of music, and make them all come together like nobody else at all! Davy Graham draws here from Indian music, ... LP, Vinyl record album
Lightning Rod, Early 60s. New Copy
We're huge fans of the early work of Johnny Paycheck – his Little Darlin records are some of our favorite country albums of all time – and this set even predates those classic sides, as it features early demo recordings when Johnny still had his sights set on greater fame! At the time, ... LP, Vinyl record album
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
 
Updated September 22, 2021


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