Dolly Parton- 9 to 5 and Odd Jobs

Whew! Glad to have this month and Oktoberfest over.  This was $3.50. My folks had it when I was a kid so I recognized the cover.

This album was released in 1980 and coincided with the release of the movie, 9 to 5, starring Dolly Parton along with Lily Tomlin, Jane Fonda, and Dabney Coleman.  The underlying theme of this album was working and the album marked a return to a pop-country sound after a few more polished efforts.  The album went to #1 on the country charts and spawned three hit singles including the title track which was also nominated for an Academy Award for best song (it would lose to “Fame”).

Pretty good album but I am done writing for this month so here is Merle Travis’ classic “Dark As A Dungeon”.

Good album.  Satisfactory.  See you next month.

Hank Thompson-The New Roving Gambler

This little gem was $2.50, way worth the price…nay, a grand bargain I say for a Hank Thompson record.  Also , this is the last regular record I am posting on thsi site for the next two weeks as things are about to get real German for Oktoberfest.

It seems that I probably would have mentioned this on the last Thompson post, but did I mention that Thompson’s Nudie suit is in the Musical Instrument Museum in Phoenix?

This is a compilation record from Hilltop, released in 1968, I believe (some sources point to 1966).  It is made up of earlier songs and is not doubt a budget label release.  Pretty decent stuff.  Some of his bigger numbers, including “Oklahoma Hill” are on this.

But it is the title track which got my attention.  I was quite familiar with the folk versions of this tune, including Rambin’ Jack Elliot’s.  Thompson put his own style on this track and the story plays out in full as compared o the other versions.  Pretty good rendition.  That’s why its our sample.

Good record. Satisfactory.

Ernest Tubb- Ernest Tubb’s Record Shop

This was $2.  Big Tubb fan myself.  Part of me recalls going to his record store in Nashville, Tennessee during a summer trip as a youngster.  But I am not too sure if I am confusing reality with Coal Miner’s Daughter.

Regardless which narrative is true, Tubb’s Record Shop, located on 417 Broadway in Nashville, has been a fixture since 1947.  In its heyday, the store expanded to other Nashville locations as well as out of State but with the general decline in in person music sales, I believe this is the only store left.  Tubb used to host a Midnight Jamboree on Saturday nights in his store.  This was also shown in the movie referenced above.  It is the second longest running radio show.  It also has been moved out of the store.  It is still free however. At the time of writing this, frequent blog subject Connie Smith was the guest host.

Link to Record Store

Anyway, this album came out in 1960.  Pretty good collection of country songs.  I am pretty lazy today so I have linked the Allmusic review which also points out the contribution of the Texas Troubadors as well as the sessionmen on the record.  Easy way out?  Sure.  It is close enough to the weekend so keeping it brief.

Link to Allmusic review

For a sample, I went with “Pick Me Up On Your Way Down”.

Good little album.  Satisfactory.

Hank Snow- The Southern Cannonball

This was $4.  It is Saturday.  Yay!! Also last post of the month although I seem to think I missed a week somewhere.  A quick check of the schedule tells me this can not be.

Wrapping up another month of the show with Mr Hank Snow. I am running out of new pictures of him to post. This record was released in 1961.  It was a RCA/Camden compilation effort.  It is ok.  I felt a lot of the songs were derivative from other works (“I’m Moving In”, “Boogie Woogie Flying Cloud” for example).  The biggest hit from this was “Let Me Go Lover” which went to #1 in 1954.

For a sample, I was drawn to “When Mexican Joe Met Jolie Blon”.  I also really liked “Trouble, Trouble, Trouble”.  It is a kind of talking blues number kind of like Woody Guthrie’s style.  I have never heard Snow perform a number like this.

Criticism aside, of course I am goint to like one of Snow’s records.  Satisfactory.  See, I learned something from last month.  Put the easy posts at the end of the month.

Don Gibson- I Love You So Much It Hurts

This was one dollar.  Bought it for the songs on it, most notably ” Born To Lose”, “Sweet Dreams”, and “The Streets Of Laredo”. I also think when I bought it, I was confusing folk singer and reporter Bob Gibson(a major influence on Phil Ochs) with Don Gibson of this album. 

Well,  Don Gibson,”The Poet of Sadness”, was born in 1928 in Shelby, NC. He was a talented song writer as well as country performer.  As a performer, he had a slew of hits from the late 50’s to early 70’s. As a songwriter, he is best known for writing “I Can’t Stop Loving You” which was a hit for many people, including Ray Charles, who almost made it his signature tune, behind “Georgia”. Don would die of natural causes in 2003.  They names a Theater/Venue after him in his home town.

Link to the Don Gibson Theater

This album, released in 1969 on RCA Camden, was pretty well into his career when it came out.  It contains Gibson’s version of “Sweet Dreams” which was an earlier hit for Patsy Cline.  It also has a bunch of other good numbers.  Decent album.

For a sample, I went not with one of Gibson’s originals, but with his interpretation of a country standard, covered by everyone; “Born To Lose” , written by Ted Daffan. Born in Beauregaurd Parrish, LA, Daffan spent some time in Texas, working at in instrument repair shop in Houston in the 1930’s.  Just throwing in some local color.  I probably highlighted this fact the last time I posed a Daffan number.  What can I say? I like to spotlight Houston.

Good Album.  Satisfactory.

VA- Round Up

Yesterday marked the passing of a legend of Pop/Country music, Glen Campbell.  Campbell had been suffering from Alzheimer’s since 2011 and finally succumbed to the disease at age 81.

Obit from New York Times

Obit from Rolling Stone

An interesting perspective from Collaborator Jim Webb

 

Campbell, born outside of Little Rock, Ark, in 193, picked up guitar at age 4 and was performing on radio by age 6.  He really cut his teeth in Los Angeles as a session musician and , what I find fascinating, he never learned to read music.  Despite this, his natural ability led him to become a member of “The Wrecking Crew” and by his count, appear on 586 recordings in 1963 alone.  His session work with the Beach Boys landed him a spot with the band when Brian Wilson stepped back from touring.

And finally, after putting out albums under his own name in the early 60’s, found success in 1967 with his version of “Gentle On My Mind”.  Of course bigger hits followed including a massively successful run of Jim Webb tunes which led to massive fame, tv shows, movies, record sales, marriages, divorces, alcoholism, drug addiction, recovery, and redemption. You know, the whole cycle.

How much appeal did Campbell have?  Well reading outside the attached articles, two things.  First, the massive amount of his records I see when I shop for used records.  This means that he sold a lot of albums. Second, the high number of appearances on country compilation albums, this being one of them (personally, I am not a great fan of country-pop, hence I do not have any of his albums.).  I had about 10 compilations to choose from with Campbell on them.

This collection, released by Capitol Records in 1969, features Campbell along with Bobbie Gentry, Al Martino, The Letterman, and Tennessee Ernie Ford.  Th e album features two songs from Campbell as well as one duet with Gentry from the album I featured on thus blog two years ago (for the record, it is “Little Green Apples” which I feel ranks among the worst songs ever written).  As further proof as Campbell’s legacy, the album features two songs of Webb’s, popularized by Campbell, “By the Time I get to Phoenix” and “Wichita Lineman”.  This was $1.  I probably bought it for Gentry’s cover of “Son of a Preacherman”, which is somewhat decent. Anyway, from this album, here is Campbell with Rod McKuen’s “The World I Used To Know”.

Rest In Peace Mr Campbell.

VA- Six Pack Vol1

There were many reasons I would buy this record.  It was only $1. It also contained two Willie Nelson songs as well as being produced(or compiled?) by the man himself.  Finally, it is a good little collection of outlaw / oddball country.  All these reasons aside, I got is as I never heard Ray Wylie Hubbard’s original version of “Up Against The WallRedneck Mother”.

Like most people in this state who spent time in bars, I was very familiar with Jeff Jeff Walker’s version (which was posted some time ago on this site).  So, when I saw the original on this, buying it was a done deal.  This record, released by Lone Star Records in association with Mercury, in 1978, also features Nelson, Cooder Browne, novelty country singer Don Bowman, Steve Fromholz, and the Geezinslaw Bros.  Apparently, Lone Star was Nelson’s own label.

For a sample, I really liked the instrumental, “Lonesome Rider” as performed by Cooder Browne, which is the name of the group and not a person.  I also wrongly thought that this was a Bob Wills’ standard. So I was wrong on two counts with this today. The band featured Larry Franklin on vocals and fiddle. who also recorded with Asleep At The Wheel. This is from the one album they released (on Lone Star).

I also really liked the Geezinslaw Bros.’ “Who’s A Fool”.  Hailing from Austin Tx, the Bros are really the comedy/musical duo of Sammy Allred and Son Smith.  They were active musically from sometime in the 50’s up into 2005.

Finally, you got to go with the girl you brought to the dance so here is Ray Wylie Hubbard’s classic, “Up Against The Wall Redneck Mother”. Hubbard, born in Soper, OK in 1946 is still active today.

Good Little Record.  Satisfactory.

Faron Young- Country Dance Favorites

This was $1.  It had enough songs that I liked on it.

About the only scene I liked in the Hank William’s bio-pic I Saw The Light, featured Faron Young (1932-1996) and his girl friend at the time, Billie Jean Jones.  In the movie, Williams slickly peels Jones off Young.  I am not sure how accurate this is , but it is true that Young introduced Jones to Williams.  The two would later marry.  After William’s death, Jones would marry his pal Johnny Horton, who would also some years later, making her a widow twice in the span of less than 10 years.

Anyway, on a happier note, there is this record from Mercury and Shreveport, LA native Young from 1964.  It was one of his more popular albums at the time, reaching #7 on the country charts.  A good little collection of dance songs from big name writers such as Mel Tillis, Belew & Stevenson, Don Gibson, and Bob Wills,  Young puts his honky tonk sound into these classics.

There are a lot of songs that I like on here including “Release Me”, “Am I That Easy To Forget”, “She Still Thinks I Care”, “I Can’t Stop Loving You”, and “San Antonio Rose”.  However I decided to go with “Honky Tonk Song” and “Faded Love”. I have been on a kick for the latter song for some reason as of late.

Good little album.  Satisfactory.

Doug Kershaw- Alive & Picking

This gem of an album was only $1.00.  This is Doug Kershaw and his band, live at Great South East Music Hall in Atlanta, GA.

All the big hits are here including songs he did with his brother Rusty: “Diggy Liggy Lo”, “Cajun Joe”, “Louisiana Man”. “The Cajun Stripper”, and “Natural Man” among others.  Real high energy on this and a good live vibe as well as good translation of recorded material.  Can you tell I am trying to finish up this month?  If not, you will by tomorrow.

For a sample, I went with the Johnny Horton classic, ” The Battle of New Orleans”.

Great little record.  Satisfactory.

Al Dean- Mr Cotton Eyed Joe Plays For Urban Cowboys

If you would think about what are my most popular posts, they are not the big names or the popular records.  In contrast, they are the local and regional artists. The smaller a footprint one has on the web, the more hits my blog gets.  So among the top 5 posts was an album I had posted from this artist, Mr Cotton Eyed Joe himself, Al Dean. This was $4, by the way.

My earlier post on Dean.

I was saddened to hear that Dean had passed away from cancer in October of 2016 at the age of 85.  It was happy to hear though, that he was posthumously(just last month) inducted into the South Texas Music Hall of Fame.  There is an excellent story about Dean and this event from this blog below.

Blog post about Mr Cotton Eyed Joe

Yet another blog post.

As Dean’s bands have been family affairs, at times including his brothers, this album features his sons, and his wife Maxine.  This record , released by Kik-R Records from Houston, was obviously a marketing attempt to capitalize on the popularity of the movie, Urban Cowboy.  It is also my belief (which the blog above somewhat confirms), that Dean is responsible for the version of the song that most of us who grew up in this state remember. This is no small accomplishment and I can state without any sign of hyperbole, that this puts him in a signifcant place among Texas musicians.     They don’t play it anymore, but it was common place at sporting events, along with the crowd hollering “Bull Shit”.

Pretty good record.  All instrumentals though. If I knew this, I would have posted a few of the singing songs he did on the first record I posted, (Hell, if I knew he past, I would have posted “Roughneck Paycheck”, which was one of my favorites.  Anyway, this is a collection of popular country instrumentals.  I will have to note, however, that the hole on my copy is off center and as a result, the record’s sound is a tad off.  Other than that, great little album.

 

For a sample, I went with “Release Me”. I did not go with the namesake song (which is among one of my favorites) as I posted it from the last album.

Good little album. Satisfactory.  My respects to Mr Dean and his family.