John Schneider- Quiet Man

This was $2.40 at a discount.  I used to like getting celebrity records on this site but that was when I was unemployed and had all day to write post.  Those days have past.

John Schneider, born in Mount Kisco, NY in 1960, is best known for his portrayal of Beauregard “Bo” Duke from the Dukes of Hazard.  As a child from the 80’s, this was my favorite TV show.  Like most kids my age, I had a crush on Daisy Duke as well as hated shows when Bo and Luke’s cousins took over during contract disputes (or going on the NASCAR circuit as the show stated). Along with playing Chips, me and my pal used to play Dukes of Hazard but for some reason, I always had to be Luke (since my friend argued that his name was Jon, I was always Paunch in Chips). Back to Schneider, it should be noted that he had a re-occurring role as Superman’s adoptive father in Smallvile.

Not sure of those were simpler times or if we just turned an eye to casual racism.  Well my bet is on the latter but I do not want to turn this into a big debate.  I will say this: Sorrell Booke and James Best, who played Boss Hogg and Roscoe P Coltrane, were good friends and were allowed to ad-lib on set.  Best also taught acting classes later in his career and one of his students was a young Quentin Tarantino.  It was at Best’s classes where Tarantino met collaborators who would work on his films.

Schneider was able to parlay his popularity on Dukes to a successful music career.  He recorded ten albums (including a Christmas album with Dukes’ co-star Tom Wopat) with four Country #1 singles to his credit.  This was Schneider’s third album, released on the Scotti Brothers label in 1983.  It did not chart.

Decent album but I would have probably liked it more if I was a girl in the 80’s.  There are some decent moments.  As a whole, I really do not like much 80’s country so I am a bit biased to start with this. 

For a sample, I went with the old Johnny Burnette classic “Dreamin” which was released as a single.  It charted at #32 on the country chart.

Meh.  As stated above, do not like 80’s country and I am pretty much over the Dukes.  Not 10 anymore. I mean it sounds just as good as anything else from that decade, it is just not my proverbial cup of tea.

Jerry Reed- When You’re Hot, You’re Hot

This was a pretty massive record for Jerry Reed so buying t for $2.40 was a no brainer.  I originally planned on putting this album on the blog earlier but I think I was too country heavy the month I originally selected it so it fell into the unused pile.  This month, I found myself tired of listening to records so I picked this one from the pile to save me some time as I already had the songs downloaded.

The 70’s were a great time for Mr Reed, starring with Burt Reynolds in movies and releasing over twenty albums.  This was his biggest success, released in 1971 and reaching #2 on the Country charts, #45 overall.  The title track was the single from the album but was a massive hit, staying #1 on the Country chart for five weeks as well as cracking the overall Top 40 at #9.  Reed would win a Grammy for his efforts.  It was also referenced in his appearance on Scooby Doo which I am sure I posted on a prior Reed post.

The cover boasts the inclusion of the hit single “Amos Moses” which was also on his earlier album Georgia Sunshine.  It was a decent hit for Reed but not as big as the title track. The back cover describes it as a slow starter but that the label has always had faith in Reed.  It was also used in Grand Theft Auto’s San Andrea soundtrack.

Overall, this is a good little album.  The two fore-mentioned tracks alone make it worth buying.  There is also a lot of good country tunes as well as decent covers of Dylans’ “Don’t Think Twice It’s All Right” and Mel Tillis’ “Ruby, Don’t Take You Love To Town”.

For a sample, I went with “Big Daddy” which showcases a little of Reed’s guitar prowess (at least I am guessing it is Reed. Why wouldn’t it be?).

Great little record.  Satisfactory.

Ray Price- Sings Heart Songs

Woo hoo!! Friday.  Here is a subject I have completely exhausted on this blog.  That is because he is one of my favorites.  This was $4 and despite the cover being beat, was actually in decent shape.  I like the title.  Sounds like it was written by Thor.

This was Ray Price’s first album, released in 1957.  Pretty good little way to start one’s career.  I don’t think it made a whole lot of noise chart wise. but Price did have a slew of top singles including “Crazy Arms” under his belt when this was released.

A lot of good songs but of course, I am drawn to my favorites and Price’s version of “Faded Love” is no exception.  Therefore here it is as a sample.

Great album- Top Rated.

Loretta Lynn- Woman of The World/ To Make A Man

Welcome to yet another month of Donkey Show despite the fact that June started 5 days prior.  Since the last post I wrote, I begrudgingly bought about 50 or so records from the Half Price Books at Veteran’s Memorial, quite fittingly on Memorial Day during the 20% off sale.  They have the most discount records but low and behold, they are mostly priced in the $2. range as opposed to the $1 range they were two years ago.  The moral of this story is that I just have too many records.  Anyway, I got this one earlier this year for , with no discount.

Loretta Lynn is a favorite of this site and as you may have heard, is recovering from a stroke suffered last month.  She has been moved into a rehab facility and is doing well according to her website.  Some shows in the interim have been postponed.  Not sure what is happening with the Houston show this August.  Lynn also has a new record coming out this fall as well.

This gem was released in 1969, was Lynn’s 13th album.  It went to #2 on the Country Charts and #148 on the overall charts.  The title tracks also served as the two singles reaching #1 and #3 on the Country single charts respectively.

This album also contained a cover of “Stand By Your Man” which of course for done by Lynn’s biggest rival at the time, Tammy Wynette.  And for this reason, I am using this as a sample.

Pretty good album.  That is the beauty of the old country records.  You pretty much know what you are getting into.  Satisfactory record.  Here is hoping to a good recovery to one of the true Queens of Country.  As a side note, I will be performing my tribute to her and some of the other big women of early country at Dan Electro’s Talent Show this month of the 25th.  It is similar to the country act I did at the Maple Leaf in March but less focused on the Hanks and more female-centric.  More details to follow.

Jerry Reed- Sings Jim Croce

Last post of technically the month although we are 3 days deep into June.  I got this as I like Jerry Reed and who doesn’t like Jim Croce.  I thought the two would go well together. It was high end at $5.

Jim Croce (1943-1973)was an ultra-talented singer song writer from Philadelphia who died too young in a plane crash in Natchitoches, Louisiana at age 40.  A funny story about Croce, his parents gave him $500 as a wedding gift with the stipulation that he use it to record an album.  His folks thought this would get music out of his system after it failed and he would pursue college (at least that is what wikipedia states).  Well, it did not fail.  And from that start, Croce’s career grew.  At the time of his untimely death, he was disillusioned with the music industry and was looking to get out (which again, if you trust wikipedia, which on Saturday, you will have to do).

Jerry Reed has always had a story telling quality to his good songs although it is slightly different from Croce’s.  However, Reed is able to take Croce’s catalog and really do it justice. The record, released in 1980 had the blessing of Croce’s wife, Ingrid, who really carried Croce’s torch after his death to keep his memory alive.

Pretty standard collection of Croce songs and all of the real big hits are here.  Besides masterfully running thru the catalog, Reed is also able to add some country twang to these tracks.  Real good album.  Could say more but it is Saturday. For a sample, I went with what I felt was my favorite song on the album, “One Less Set of Footprints”.

Top Rated Record.

Barbara Mandrell- The Midnight Oil

This was one dollar.  Back to reasonable prices this week.  I got it for the country music. This and one more post and I am done for the week.  Trying to gun thru this but I am getting a lot of red marks for misspelling. Apparently from a story I read over the week, the current White House also struggles with spelling.

This was a young Barbara Mandrell’s third studio record and the most successful one she released for Columbia, coming out in 1973.  It would go to # 8 on the US Country charts.

The record is a bit strange for me as it is clearly before her breakout success in the late 70’s. Produced  by the legendary Billy Sherill, the record (and her time with Columbia) is more country-soul. a sound more in tune with the late 60′ country, and one that I do not associate with Mandrell. Columbia continued to press Sherill as to why he was sticking with an artist who wasn’t selling records.  This question became moot when Mandrell jumped labels in 1975 and developed a more pop-country sound, which would ultimately make her a great success. That being said, it is a good album and she was clearly a rising star in country at the time.  The record yielded five singles, the most successful being the title track.

For a sample, I went with one of those singles, “Tonight My Baby’s Coming Home”.

Despite not being representative of Mandrell’s sound, this is still a pretty good album and shows the beginning of her rise in Country.  Satisfactory.

The Charleston Trio- On Tour

Welcome to another week of the Show. This one was a pricey selection at $5.00.  It did have a lot of songs on it that a knew and liked.  

I know nothing about the Charleston Trio other than they were probably a marketing tool rather than a proper band.  They may or may not have provided backup vocals to the likes of Marty Robbins, Johnny Cash, Hank Snow, George Jones, Roy Orbison, and Patsy Cline.  I believe the group consisted of the Glaser Brothers from Nebraska (Tompall, Chuck, and Jim) who moved to Nashville in 1958.  They really shook the town getting involved in publishing, recording, and singing. Sometime in the mid 60’s the group worked under the moniker, Tompall Glaser and his Brothers.  I believe they disbanded as a vocal group in the early 70’s to focus on solo endeavors. Of the brothers, Tompall was probably the most successful in the genre of Outlaw Country.  This of course is really speculation but I think it is accurate.

This may have been the group’s third record, released some time in the mid-sixties, I am guessing.  On the International Award Series, this album does not sound even remotely live.  Yet it has the On Tour moniker.  Really good selection of songs although it has more of a folksy vibe as compared to the country style the half baked biographies seem to claim..  A lot of good songs including “Drill Ye Tarriers Drill”, “Casey Jones”, “The Wayfaring Stranger”, and “Greensleeves”.

For a sample, I went with “Billy Boy” for certain reasons that will not be disclosed here.  I also went with “Casey Jones” as well.  

Eh decent enough record but highly overpriced for me.  And the cover versions of the songs that I really like tend to lean a bit on the bland side. But the vocals are quite good. I imagine their country recordings are much better. I went back and forth on this and finally decided to go Satisfactory.

VA- Cotton Eyed Joe & Other Texas Dance Hall Favorites

This was $4.  I got it for good ol’ Cotton Eyed Joe, which is sort of a rite of passage in Texas.  I am reminded of the words of a friend of mine, Cullen, who told me if you are going to pay music in Texas, got to know “Cotton Eyed Joe” and “Jole Blon”, which is also on this record.

This record was released in 1979 by producer/ engineer David Stalling’s Delta Records.  The label, based in Nacogdoches, I believe put out records by various country musicians as well as other genres.  This album was recorded at ACA Studios in Houston and features Ex-Texas Playboys Herb Remington on steel guitar and Bob White on fiddle.  Eddie Nation, from Houston, handles the lead guitar.  Apparently, he also played on some of Freddy Fender’s albums.

This record is what the title implies, a collection of Texas dance hall favorites.  No vocals on here. Instead, it is all instrumentals.  A lot of classics on here besides the two mentioned above, including ” Faded Love” Whiskey River”, “San Antonio Rose”, “Waltz Across Texas”, and “Maiden’s Prayer”.  Probably would have liked some vocals on this, but the songs are quite technically good country playing.  Decent album.

For a sample, as I always go with the same tunes, here is “Cotton Eyed Joe” along with “Faded Love”.

Good Record. Satisfactory.

Loretta Lynn- One’s On The Way

This was $4.00.  A bit later in years than I like my country, being from the seventies and all, but there were a couple songs I liked on this.  Kind of all over the place with these posts this month.  At first I complain about doing these too much in advance and not being able to keep posts fresh.  Then I complain about having to write these on the fly.

This was the first of three albums that Loretta Lynn put out in 1972.  That is what makes singers like Lynn an icon.  Country music changes but her sound remains constant.  This record went to #3 on the Billboard country chart, and the lead single, written by creepy child author, Shel Silverstein, spent two weeks at #1.  According to Bill Monroe, the song helped Lynn become “the spokeswoman for every woman who had gotten married too early, pregnant too often and felt trapped by the tedium and drudgery of her life”.

Pretty good album, again, considering the era in which it came out.  I really enjoyed it.  A lot of good songs including covers of “Blueberry Hill” and “He’s All I Got”.  This album could easily been weighed down with string sections.  Instead, steel guitars do reign supreme on this.

For a sample, I went with the title track and the dark “I’m Losing My Mind” which is pretty racy for Lynn.  Not that she did not already flirt with adult themes in her work.

Good album.  Again, I was surprised by it. Satisfactory.

Webb Pierce- I’ve Got A New Heartache

Well, you had to know this was coming.  I could not have an anniversary celebration without this frequent guest, my favorite of the country singers, Webb Pierce.  This was $3.20.

This record, released in 1963, was Pierce’s 12th or so.   A lot of good country standards on here including works written by Don Gibson, Mel Tillis, and Hank Cochran.  This album is pure Webb, for whom after 5 or 6 posts, have little more to write about.  At the very least, this makes for a short post.

For a sample, I wanted to go with one of my favorites “Walk On By”.  I also decide to go with “What Good Will It Do”.

Short post today indeed.  Satisfactory. I think this took three minutes tops.  Must be among one of my quickest posts.