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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/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
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
Omni/Iron Mountain Analog Research (Australia), 1950s/1960s/Early 70s. New Copy Gatefold
A beautiful entry in this long-running series – a continuing testament to the darker sides of American life that formed the subject matter for so much of postwar country music! The package brings together some great tunes by bigger names of the time – not entirely hits, but the kind of ... LP, Vinyl record album
King, 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
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
Tompkins Square, Late 60s/Late 70s/Early 80s. New Copy 5CD
Unheard music from guitar genius Robbie Basho – a selection of tracks that were never issued at the time, all rescued from Basho's archive of over 100 reel to reel tapes! Robbie gave us some groundbreaking records on Takoma, Vanguard, and Blue Thumb – which established him as one of ... 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
Bear Family (Germany), 1940s/1950s/1960s/Early 70s. New Copy 10CD
CD...$189.99 249.99
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
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/Iron Mountain Analog Research (Australia), 1950s/1960s/Early 70s. New Copy Gatefold
Those hillbillies get no end of hell – but maybe that's what they should expect, what with all the cheatin, drinkin, and carryin on! This set follows in the same tradition as all the rest of the fantastic series – looking at themes of loss and remorse in midcentury country music – ... LP, Vinyl record album
Capitol, 1968. New Copy 2CD
A sublime album from the great Bobbie Gentry – and maybe her strongest full-length set recorded during the classic Capitol years! The title's "sweete" is a hillbilly play on the word "suite" – and the album definitely works as an extended suite of tracks – ... CD
Sundown/Light In The Attic, 1969. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)
Damn! Here's a record we wish we'd been treasuring for years and years, but it came into our lives more than 40 years after it was recorded, released and largely forgotten – a masterpiece of funky country rock & soul from Jim Ford! '69's Harlan County is a record that brings so many ... LP, Vinyl record album
Vanguard/Alternative Fox (UK), 1963. New Copy (reissue)
Mindblowing minimalism from the legendary Sandy Bull – an artist who might have had acoustic roots in folk music, but who was instantly turning his music into something else – drawing on modal styles of Eastern music, European generations of expression on guitar, jazz-based ... 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
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
Jasmine (UK), Early 60s. New Copy
Two fantastic early albums from The Browns – one of the greatest country harmony acts of all time! First up is Our Favorite Folk Songs – a set that maybe has a bit more of a stripped-down vibe than some of the other records by The Browns – stronger acoustic guitar, which is ... CD

Karen Dalton

1966
Delmore, 1966. New Copy
The third in a series of unearthed archival release of treasures by 60s folk singer, guitarist and banjo player Karen Dalton from Delmore Recordings – and it's also the third completely beautiful and revelatory Karen Dalton release from Delmore Recordings! For years, Dalton was best known by ... CD
Bear Family (Germany), Late 20s. New Copy
A fantastic look at the legendary Bristol recording sessions from the late 20s – a set of recordings that are often billed as the "big bang" of country music – given that they helped discover Jimmie Rogers and the Carter Family – and began a huge wave of old time ... CD
Paramount/Bear Family (Germany), 1973. New Copy
CD...$8.99 16.99
A heck of a great record from Jim Ford – an early 70s country outsider whose early work hardly got any circulation at the time – but who's managed to go on to become the stuff of legend over the years! This set's got Jim at his best – maybe sounding even more country than on his ... CD

Caroline Peyton

Mock Up
Asterisk/Bar-B-Q, Early 70s. New Copy
CD...$7.99 14.98
A wild set of early 70s leftfield folk from Caroline Peyton – a freewheeling batch of tunes that's a little bit more out there than the warmer, sunshine folk soul of the later Intuition album – but a unique gem that's a great showcase for Caroline's stunning voice, and the songwriting ... CD

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
Numero, Mid 60s/1970s/Early 80s. New Copy
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 ... CD
Stag O Lee (Germany), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy
The weirder side of the western music spectrum in the postwar years – not straight country tunes, but instead a whole host of songs and styles that change things up, and definitely live up to the "noir" and "jukebox" spirit in the title! CD brings together tracks from ... CD
Capitol, 1968. New Copy 2LP Gatefold
A sublime album from the great Bobbie Gentry – and maybe her strongest full-length set recorded during the classic Capitol years! The title's "sweete" is a hillbilly play on the word "suite" – and the album definitely works as an extended suite of tracks – ... LP, Vinyl record album
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
Hi Records/Fat Possum, Late 60s. New Copy
An overlooked gem by the great Charlie Rich – an album recorded for Hi Records in the years before he broke big on Columbia in the late 60s – but at a level that certainly points the way towards his country fame to come! And yet, as with most of the best music by Rich – like his ... CD

Dave Ray

Snaker's Here!
Elektra/Wounded Bird, New Copy
A mid 1960s recording from Dave Ray, a white blues singer and blues guitar player. He accompanies himself on a 12 string guitar and Tony Glover plays mouth harp on a couple of the songs. The songs are very much in the tradition of Lead Belly and Robert Johnson and they are surprisingly good. There ... CD

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
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
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
Atco/Morello (UK), Late 60s/1970s. New Copy 5 CDs
Five full albums from Jerry Jeff Walker – presented here in a box set with original album art too! First up is Mr Bojangles – a fantastic early moment from Jerry Jeff Walker – a set that contains the huge "Mr Bojangles", but also features lots of the other sorts of ... CD
Decca (UK), 1970. New Copy (reissue)
A really great record from the legendary Davy Graham – and one of his few to be recorded with wife Holly Gwyn! Holly's an American singer, and one who's maybe got a bit more of a folk blues approach than Davy – and their balance together is mighty nice – lots of that fantastic ... LP, Vinyl record album

Molly O'Day & The Cumberland Mountain Folks

Molly O'Day & The Cumberland Mountain Folks
Bear Family (Germany), Late 40s/Early 50s. New Copy 2CD
Very nice late 40s female country vocals from Molly O' Day! Molly only recorded for a handful of years for Columbia Records, and most of that output is collected on this fine 2 CD set from Bear Family featuring close to 40 tracks. Molly had the way down home twang and soulful wail of the first ... 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
Decca/Bear Family (Germany), Late 40s/Early 50s. New Copy
Rare hillbilly grooves from Decca Records – the kind of killer pre-country material that was not only a huge influence on rock and roll, but which will also show you that Elvis and Sun Records weren't the only people who'd figured out this kind of groove back in the 50s! The tracks are all ... 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
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
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
RCA/BGO (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy 2CD
Four full albums from this legendary pair – packed together in a single 2CD set! First up is Just Between You & Me – a fantastic early album in the pairing of Porter Wagoner and Dolly Parton – a duo who really took the country duo style into fantastic territory with records ... CD
Epic/BGO (UK), 1980s/Early 90s. New Copy 2CD
Four later albums from the great George Jones – packed together in a 2CD set! First up is Still The Same Ole Me – and on the set, George Jones is still definitely the same old me – even if his voice has aged and changed over the years! The album's got some great songs that ... CD
RCA/BGO (UK), Early 70s. New Copy 2CD
Four classic RCA albums from the team of Porter Wagoner & Dolly Parton – all brought together in a single set! Once More is a pivotal moment in the duo career of Porter Wagoner and Dolly Parton – both solo singers who'd worked together on earlier records, but really seemed to hit ... CD
Ace (UK), Late 60s/1970s. New Copy
Merle Haggard isn't just one of the greatest country singers of all time – he's also a hell of a songwriter, too – one who emerged fully-formed into the glory of his Capitol Records years – releasing album after album that were full of amazing original compositions! Merle's own ... CD
Jasmine (UK), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy
A massive look at the work of guitarist James Burton – a musician who only cut a few records under his own name, but who was hugely important for his session contributions to both rock and country music in the 50s and 60s! Burton's one of those guys for whom the term "picker" was ... CD
Bear Family (Germany), Late 40s/Early 50s. New Copy
Country music talent Eddie Hill is maybe best known to the world as the guy who gave the Louvin Brothers their first work, or as a big force on the Grand Old Opry – but he's also a hell of a guitarist who cut some fantastic sides during the postwar years – records that ring out with all ... CD

Buck Griffin

Let's Elope Baby
MGM/Bear Family (Germany), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy
Overlooked Texas genius from Buck Griffin – a singer who first recorded for the famous Lin label, then got a shot at the bigtime on MGM! Buck's maybe the epitome of a local vocal star – a singer who was on the radio daily, and who was able to absorb the best of the bigger early 50s ... 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

Guy Davis

Dreams About Life
Folkways, 1978. New Copy Gatefold
The first album from obscure folk singer Guy Davis – a set that's got a much earthier feel than you'd expect from its late 70s release! Most tracks just feature Davis on vocals and acoustic guitar – singing in a style that's slightly blues-inflected in the vocals, but with playful ... CD
 
Updated January 21, 2021


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