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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!


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
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
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
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), 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Sony, Mid 70s. New Copy 2CD
A totally wonderful collection of groundbreaking 70s country – lots of it quite successful in its day, but also the start of a new wave of styles that really helped to shake up the Nashville scene! In fact, part of the shake up here is a strong influence from Texas, particularly Austin ... CD
Columbia/Morello (UK), Late 60s. New Copy 2CD
A quartet of albums from the great Marty Robbins – all of which really shows his maturing transformation in the second half of the 60s! The two noteworthy ones here are The Drifter and Saddle Tramp – both of which are still in the cowboy mode that Robbins used to great fame at the ... 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
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
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
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
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
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
Blue Hills
Mississippi, 2010. New Copy
The Hurley machine keeps heaving forward – stepping out here in a set of contemporary recordings, but with sounds that are as timeless as anything else we've heard from him before! The album begins with a haunting number that features just vocals and electric piano – but played in ways ... LP, Vinyl record album
Capitol/Omnivore, Late 60s. New Copy 2CD
Buck Owens at the height of his powers – stepping out here on a huge amount of singles cut for Capitol Records in a stretch when the country legend could do no wrong! Buck had already been burning strongly for the label in the years before these sides, but during the last few years of the ... CD
Deeper Woods
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, ... CD
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
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
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
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
Reno & Smiley & The Tennessee Cutups – 1959 to 1963 (4CD set)
King/Gusto, Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy 4CD
A treasure trove of work from the glory days of Reno & Smiley – and their tight little Tennessee Cutups combo! By this point in their career, the group's talents were in full flourish – amazing harmonies that took the earlier Delmore Brothers mode and brought in a huge amount of ... CD
King/Gusto, 1960s/Early 70s. New Copy 4CD
A huge look at the final years of the legendary bluegrass team of Don Reno & Red Smiley – and the almost-lost recordings of the following work that Don Reno recorded with guitarist Bill Harrell! By the time of these tracks, Reno's fame had risen strongly as a genius on the banjo – ... 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
Epic/Morello (UK), 1967/1968. New Copy
A pair of early gems from Tammy Wynette – back to back on a single CD! On Your Good Girl's Gonna Go Bad, Tammy does her fragile, sadness soaked magic on many tunes that had already done the rounds with Ray Price, Loretta Lynn, Buck Owens and others – and makes them all her own – ... 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
RCA/BGO (UK), 1967/1968/1969. New Copy 2CD
The early genius of Jerry Reed in all of its glory – served up here on a quartet of RCA albums that are all totally great! Reed's already very much his own man at this point in his career – a hell of a guitarist, a wonderfully witty songwriter, and a confident vocalist who sometimes ... 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
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
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
Barbara Dane & The Chambers Brothers
Folkways, 1966. New Copy (reissue)
One of the coolest albums ever from this hip female folk singer – thanks to key work by The Chambers Brothers – whose vocals come in alongside Barbara Dane's, and really send the whole thing home! Dane's one of those rare singers who can take on rootsy modes without ever making us feel ... LP, Vinyl record album
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
Real Gone, Early 60s. New Copy 2LP Gatefold
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 – ... LP, Vinyl record album
 
Updated July 21, 2018


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