This comprehensive collection of Jimmie Driftwood's songs is a living testimony to the heart of American country music. Driftwood - a prolific composer, teacher and singer, born at the turn of the last century - is not as well known an icon as say Hank Williams or Willie Nelson, but both must owe debts to his work. Some songs may be familiar, for example The Battle of New Orleans was reinterpreted in the 60's and a hit; but the joy of listening to Driftwood is discovering the purity of American folk songs sung with unimpeachable authenticity and timbre in a rich, throaty Arkansaw dialect.
Driftwood's legacy is to hand down the oral tradition of American folk music to other generations, and to tell stories of battles,("San Juan Hill") the cowboy life ("Tenessee Stud") and growing up ("I'm too young to marry")and too many other tales to list that make up the Pioneer American identity. All told with a voice and acoustic guitar, and occasionally a Jaw's Harp.
Apart for all that worthy stuff, the songs have hooks that don't let go and are full of humour and earthiness.
Please buy this compilation and keep it for your grandchildren to listen to.