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!


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
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
Starday/Modern Harmonic, 1964. New Copy (reissue)
There were very few steel guitar greats who could strongly lead the pack – and back in the postwar years, the mighty Leon McAuliff was definitely one of them! Leon first cut his teeth working with Bob Wills – where his sound was a key element of the Texas Playboys' success – but ... LP, Vinyl record album
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
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 ... CD
Atlantic/Rhino, 1972. New Copy
Fantastic early work from John Prine – exactly the kind of sounds that made him so different from both the 60s generation of folksingers, and most of his hip 70s contemporaries too! In one breath, Prine manages to embrace musical worlds that run from New Orleans up through the Mississippi ... LP, Vinyl record album
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
Stamford Audio (UK), Early 60s. New Copy 2LP Gatefold
Some of the earliest material you'll ever hear from the legendary Bert Jansch – rare live recordings from his home turf of Glasgow – recorded in the years before his groundbreaking albums, and with a very similar feel! Jansch is already incredible here on guitar – graced of those ... LP, Vinyl record album
Transatlantic/Cherry Tree (UK), Late 60s. New Copy 2 CDs
Beautiful work from Ralph McTell – a British singer with roots in folk music, but an artist who was already finding his own territory by the time of these albums! Unlike other British folkies of the time, who seemed to be heading towards more ancient territory, and were often trying to sound ... 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
Mississippi, 1900s/1910s/1920s/1930s/1940s/1950s. New Copy
A great companion piece to the album I Don't Feel At Home In This World Anymore – and, like that one, a set that's made up of so many different and unusual strands of music – in the best Mississippi Records style! Much of this work hails from the 78rpm generation – and the music ... LP, Vinyl record album
Honky Tonk Heroes
Fat Possum, 1973. New Copy (reissue)
Textbook 70s country badassery from Waylon Jennings! This is one of the most defining moments of the outlaw era, the record which pretty much drew a line in the sand between Waylon Jennings and the Nashville establishment. Billy Joe Shaver's pen and Waylon's authoritative voice marks this as one ... LP, Vinyl record album
Monument/Omni (Australia), 1960s. New Copy
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 ... 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
Rural Routes, Late 40s/Early 50s. New Copy
A fantastic rare slice of work from the legendary Hank Williams – very stripped-down recordings that are pulled from home demos and radio appearances – and which stand strongly next to Hank's more famous singles of the time! The presentation of the music is surprisingly strong – ... LP, Vinyl record album
Trailer Park, 1950s/1960s/Early 70s. New Copy Gatefold
A great collection of work from one of our favorite genres of country music – the trucker song, that fantastic genre that began in the late 30s, then really exploded once the 60s moved in! Most of the cuts here are from that later stretch – a time when Starday and a whole host of other ... 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/Gusto, Late 40s. New Copy
Some definite gems from the Blue Sky Boys – a duo who recorded early in the country music years of King Records, and who never stayed together long enough to earn the fame of labelmates like The Stanleys or Delmore Brothers! The Boys – Bill and Earl Bolick – have a sound that's ... CD
 
Updated February 24, 2018


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