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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

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
BGO (UK), Mid 70s. New Copy
Four albums that show the continuing evolution of Earl Scruggs in the 70s – with a sound that's very different than his earlier music, and maybe even sharper instrumentation overall! First up is I Saw The Light – a record made after the famous banjo pioneer split with Lester Flatt, and ... CD
Sun/Charly (UK), Late 50s. New Copy 8CD
A massive collection of early work from Johnny Cash – a set that features the bulk of his early work for Sun Records, plus rare material too – all in a book-style format with a nice set of notes and rare images! The music alone is great – as Johnny works here with his initial ... CD
Paradise Of Bachelors, Late 80s/Early 90s. New Copy LP, 3CD & Book
Terry Allen has always been one of the most enigmatic figures in Texas music – but the work included here might well be some of his most compelling – even if it is a bit far from the straighter country of his start! Allen's always been a very narrative songwriter – and here, he ... 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
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
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
RCA/BGO (UK), Early 70s. New Copy 2CD
A killer 2CD set – one that features 4 full albums from the country duo of Porter Wagoner and Dolly Parton! First up is We Found It – a gem of a record from the glory days of the Porter Wagoner/Dolly Parton partnership on record – a set that's overflowing with original material ... CD

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
Reprise/Pure Pleasure (UK), 1967. New Copy (reissue)
LP...$9.99 44.99
Arlo Guthrie may not be one of the best-remembered folkies of the 60s, but he sure made waves with this classic debut and the side-long title song! Arlo is the son of Woody Guthrie, and probably owes as much to Bob Dylan as Dylan does to Woody – but he was definitely on to something when he ... LP, Vinyl record album

Caroline Peyton

Intuition
Bar-B-Q/Asterisk, 1977. New Copy
CD...$7.99 14.98
A pretty amazing album from vocalist Caroline Peyton – a eclectic set from '77 that manages to cohesively blend pop, country, soul, folk and even a touch of disco-styled funk – but it all holds together masterfully thanks to credible craftsmanship and especially to Caroline's lovely ... CD
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
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
EMI/Virgin (UK), 1975. New Copy
A real shift in modes for the legendary Bert Jansch – as you might guess from the sunny Santa Barbara on the cover – which is a long way from the rainy roots of Bert's music in the UK! Jansch steps out here as maybe more of a singer than before, but still gets in plenty of his amazing ... CD
Vanguard/Real Gone, Early 70s. New Copy
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 ... 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
Bear Family (Germany), 1940s/1950s/1960s/Early 70s. New Copy 10CD
CD...$169.99 249.99
An amazing tribute to the Bakersfield scene – one that finally gives the California city the same sort of attention that we usually see in sets dedicated to Nashville! Bakersfield is well-known as the home of Merle Haggard and Buck Owens, but the city's got a long legacy of influencing ... 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
Bear Family/Decca (Germany), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy 4CD
CD...$99.99 149.99
The first-ever package to ever do justice to the influential talents of Bill Anderson – one of the more important songwriters of the 50s country scene – and a budding singer who helped introduce whole new modes of expression to the music! Bill's tunes were sung by many – and had ... CD
Dust To Digital, 1920s/1930s/1940s. New Copy 4CD
An amazing collection – and one that really lives up to the genius of the original Anthology Of American Folk Music put together by Harry Smith for Folkways Records! That groundbreaking set is the stuff of legend – a package that collected rare blues, folk, string band, hillbilly, and ... 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
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

Merle Haggard

Mama Tried
Capitol, 1968. New Copy
One of the highest moments of genius from the great Merle Haggard – a set that kicks off with the incredible title hit, then keeps on staying strong all the way through! Merle's still in his early Capitol themes here – with lots of songs about regret, loss, and times of mistakes – ... LP, Vinyl record album

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
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

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
Takoma/4 Men With Beards, 1966. New Copy (reissue)
An explosive album from the mighty John Fahey – and maybe the record in which he starts to really break from tradition – and strongly foreground all the new changes he wanted to bring to acoustic music! There's still a strong Americanist vibe going on here, but Fahey's also stretching ... 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
Deep deep country music, from the glory days of the genres – the kind of tracks that start in the territory of the Louvin Brothers' Satan Is Real, then take off into a whole host of different themes based on sinning, saving, and redemption! The vibe here is every bit as great as the previous ... CD
Columbia/Morello (UK), Mid 60s. New Copy 2CD
A trio of albums from the great Lefty Frizzell – plus lots of bonus tracks too! First up is Saginaw Michigan – Fantastic 60s work from the great Lefty Frizzell – issued at a time when he was back on the top of the charts with the fantastic title track, and able to really stretch ... CD

Shirley Collins & Davy Graham

Folk Roots New Routes
Decca/Fledgling (UK), 1964. New Copy
A fantastic combination – the amazing guitar work of the young Davy Graham and the sublime vocals of Shirley Collins – paired together here in a record that's a strong precursor to British acid folk in years to come! Collins is rooted in tradition – and had already dipped deep ... CD
Columbia/Bear Family (Germany), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy
The best side of the overlooked Billy Walker – his more rocking, hard-twanging numbers recorded for Columbia Records – all done at a time when the label was hitting big with other artists, even though Walker never fully got his due! Billy's maybe best known for a few western-themed ... CD
Bear Family (Germany), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy
A fantastic collection of early material by Patsy Cline – one that offers up a nice change from the usual greatest hits package, and really digs deep into some of the harder work of her early years! The set's heavy on original recordings done for the Four Star label before Patsy rose to fame ... CD

Marisa Anderson

Cloud Corner
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 ... CD

Davy Graham

Folk Blues & Beyond
Decca/East Central One (UK), 1964. New Copy
A hell of a record, and one that definitely lives up to its promise of folk, blues, and beyond – as Davy Graham here is as comfortable with influences from Jack Elliott and Leadbelly as he is with Chico Hamilton, Bobby Timmons, and Charles Mingus! The album's a very early instance of a ... CD

Davy Graham

Hat
Decca/East Central One (UK), 1969. New Copy
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 ... CD

Davy Graham

Midnight Man
Decca/East Central One (UK), 1966. New Copy
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 ... CD
Takoma, 1967/1968. New Copy
A great collection of tracks from three important early albums from Robbie Basho – all issued on Takoma Records, under the guidance of John Fahey – an early champion of Basho, who was an artist who was every bit a revolutionary acoustic player as his mentor! Basho a guitarist who's ... CD
Elektra/BGO (UK), Late 60s. New Copy 2CD
Important early work from The Incredible String Band – three albums in one great package! First up is the first album from the Incredible String Band – a real treasure from the trio of Clive Palmer, Mike Heron and Robin Williamson – who each sing and write, and bring unique charm ... CD
Bear Family (Germany), Late 40s/1950s/1960s/1970s. New Copy
CD...$9.99 14.99
Here's a state-based legacy we never really knew about – save maybe for the odd Bob Wills' song or two – a huge batch of postwar material laid out in tribute to the Sooner State – the nearby cousin of Texas that often gets short shrift in American pop culture! Turns out, there's ... CD
Bear Family (Germany), Late 40s/1950s/1960s/1970s. New Copy
CD...$9.99 14.99
A nice collection of work from Alabama – a state that sometimes gets short shrift in song, next to bigger neighbors Tennessee and Mississippi – but which has a surprisingly big legacy in this collection of songs! Like other excellent titles in this Bear Family postcard series, the work ... CD
Bear Family (Germany), Late 40s/1950s/1960s/1970s. New Copy
CD...$9.99 14.99
A great collection of Texas-themed tunes – tracks that run from the big boom of postwar music in the Lone Star state, through the strong underground country work of the Austin scene in the 70s! Most tracks have some sort of Texas-based theme or story in the lyrics – and the set does a ... CD
BGO (UK), Early 70s/Early 80s. New Copy 2CD
Four post-Flatts albums from the great Earl Scruggs – served up in a single set! First up is Nashville's Rock – a very unusual album from legendary bluegrass musician Earl Scruggs – a set that has him taking on a whole host of famous 60s rock tunes, and turning them into hip ... CD
Omnivore, Mid 60s. New Copy
CD...$9.99 16.99
Very early work from John Stewart – spare, stripped-down demo recordings done right before his groundbreaking albums on RCA – all served up in that special style that really made John a key bridge between folk and country at the end of the 60s! The music just features Stewart on vocals ... CD
Omni/Iron Mountain Analog Research (Australia), 1950s/1960s/Early 70s. New Copy Gatefold
... LP, Vinyl record album
 
Updated June 13, 2021


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