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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!


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
RCA/Friday Music, 1967. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)
Not the first album ever cut by Willie Nelson – despite the title – but an excellent showcase for his early talents on RCA! The album's a lot more understated than some of Willie's later work, but it's completely charming all the way through – filled with superb songs that really ... LP, Vinyl record album
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

Tennessee Ernie Ford with Billy Strange & Glen Campbell

Classic Trio Albums 1964 & 1975 (Country Hits Feelin Blue/Ernie Sings & Glen Picks)
Capitol/Bear Family (Germany), 1964/1975. New Copy
Two of the most unusual albums ever recorded by Tennessee Ernie Ford – both small group sessions, with a very different sound than his other material for Capitol Records! First up is Country Hits Feelin Blue – one of the coolest albums ever from the great Tennessee Ernie Ford – a ... 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
RCA/BGO (UK), Early 80s. New Copy 2CD
A quartet of early 80s albums from Waylon Jennings – brought together here in a single set! First up is It's Only Rock & Roll – a set that still has Waylon working with a really great ear for the best sort of songwriters on the scene, and throwing in a few of his own gems too! The ... CD

Buck Owens

Sweet Rosie Jones
Capitol/Omnivore, 1968. New Copy
Buck Owens and his Buckaroos at the top of their game – one of the sharpest country music acts at the end of the 60s, and still as brilliant here as they were when they first burst on the scene! In fact, the quality of Buck's work is often so strong, it's easy to miss – maybe in part ... 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
King, Late 50s. New Copy (reissue)
LP...$9.99 12.98
King Records gems from the great Cowboy Copas – a singer who's a lot more country than western – despite his name and hat on the cover! The music here is the kind that really set the scene for crossover country in the 60s – tunes of heartbreak and loss, sometimes swinging ... LP, Vinyl record album

Emma Tricca

Minor White
Bird/Finders Keepers (UK), 2009. New Copy
CD...$6.99 16.99
The Minor White album from a major talent in the contemporary underground folk scene – the debut from England via Italy's Emma Tricca – one of the better modern albums from the Bird/Twisted Nerve/Finders Keepers family we've heard! There is a familiar, easy going grace and unfussy ... CD

Charlie Louvin

Cash On The Barrelhead
Gusto, Early 80s. New Copy
Really wonderful later work from the great Charlie Louvin – done years after the breakout of the famous Louvin Brothers duo, and after his brother Ira had passed on – a set of indie recordings that are mostly from the early 80s, and which show Charlie in pretty great formation on his ... 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

Dave Dudley

Six Days On The Road
Starday, Early 60s. New Copy
About as close as you'll get to a debut album from the great Dave Dudley – as the set takes his classic title track, mixes it with a few other indie singles – and adds in a few other truck-themed tunes from the Starday catalog for good measure! Dudley's got one of our favorite voices ... CD

Red Sovine

Anytime
Starday, Mid 60s. New Copy
Great work from the mighty Red Sovine – an artist who's maybe best known for his recitation-heavy records of the 70s, but who could also be a hell of a country singer on early material like this! Make no mistake, there's still plenty of the tearjerking material that Red would lean on more ... CD

T Texas Tyler

Remember Me
Starday/Nashville, Early 60s. New Copy
T Texas Tyler is one of those country artists who kind of slipped under the wire – a great singer, and one with a heck of a lot of character – but also one who never fully got his due back in the day! This early 60s set is a great one – and captures Tyler with the kind of ... CD

Hawkshaw Hawkins

His Everlasting Hits
Starday/Nashville, Early 60s. New Copy
The great Hawkshaw Hawkins was taken from us all too soon – a singer who died in the same plane crash that took the lives of Patsy Cline and Cowboy Copas – and like both of those artists, he was just on the cusp of his career at the time, still with plenty of greatness to offer! That's ... CD

Grandpa Jones

Mountain Dew
King/Starday, Early 60s. New Copy
Think what you want about Grandpa Jones from his later appearances on TV – at this point in his career, the man's a hell of a banjo player, and a really great singer too – one who's able to mix wit with deft instrumentation, all at a time when he was really growing into the character he' ... 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
Takoma, 1967. New Copy
Brilliant work from the young John Fahey – a record that instantly captures its time-bending feel with its title, and which more than delivers on its promise with the music! The songs here are hardly real "plantation favorites", but Fahey evokes this antebellum sensibility with his ... 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
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
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
Ace (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy 2LP
A fabulous look at a new wave of music that hit the American scene at the end of the 60s – sophisticated songs with a deep sense of narrative that went way beyond the usual – first sprung by the world of country music, but with an influence that went on to touch all other styles too! ... LP, Vinyl record album
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
Bullet/Doghouse & Bone (France), Early 50s. New Copy
Tani Allen may not be the biggest name in postwar music, but he recorded some great 78rpm singles for the Bullet Records label in Nashville – all of which are included on this set! Tani hails from Chattanooga, ran his own music store, and comes across here with a laidback style that's maybe ... 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

Buck Owens & The Buckaroos

Monsters' Holiday (green vinyl pressing)
Capitol/Sundazed, 1974. New Copy (reissue)
There's some creepy guys on the cover – but apart from the title track, most of the record is pure Buck Owens at his best – and not the sort of Halloween album you might think! Buck is at the height of his Capitol powers here – able to turn out the sort of short, catchy tunes ... 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

Susan Christie

Paint A Lady
Finders Keepers (UK), Late 60s. New Copy Gatefold
The first-ever release of some incredible funky folk tunes from vocalist Susan Christie – originally recorded as demos in the years before her work at Columbia Records, and arguably even better than those classic singles! Backings here are by John Hill, who inflects Susan's folksy style with ... 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

Robbie Basho

Venus In Cancer
Blue Thumb/Traffic, 1969. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)
One of the wildest albums ever from the great Robbie Basho – as you might guess from the cover! Basho first made waves with his solo guitar work (and a bit of vocalizations) for the Takoma label, during the early years of John Fahey – but as the 60s ended, Robbie had more of a ... 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
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

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

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
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

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
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
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
Hi Records/Fat Possum, Late 60s. New Copy (reissue)
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 ... 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
Ace (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy
A fabulous look at a new wave of music that hit the American scene at the end of the 60s – sophisticated songs with a deep sense of narrative that went way beyond the usual – first sprung by the world of country music, but with an influence that went on to touch all other styles too! ... CD
RCA/Morello (UK), Early 70s. New Copy 2CD
Four fantastic early 70s albums from Waylon Jennings – all brought together in a single set! First up is Singer Of Sad Songs – a real career-changing record from Waylon Jennings – a set that's a few years before his big burst of fame, but which already shows him exploring the ... CD
 
Updated November 28, 2021


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