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A. Hansen "Welshhillbilly" (Neyland,Wales,U.K.)
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Chat Chat Chatanooga
Chat Chat Chatanooga
Offered by BACM Records
Price: 10.00

4.0 out of 5 stars Never Quite A Star., 7 Jun 2014
This review is from: Chat Chat Chatanooga (Audio CD)
I knew of Tabby West from some You Tube clips of fifties country t.v. shows from California.She always struck me as a vary talented lady.On the early tracks,she is clearly trying to copy the style of Kitty Wells,but without the magic.A couple of duets with Texas Bill Strength,including a superb cover of the Billy Gray/Wanda Jackson hit"You Can't Have My Love" follow.The last dozen tracks are more pop influenced.She is very comfortable with this style,and is in especially fine voice.
Listening to this c.d.,it is not hard to see why she didn't become a big star.She didn't have a recognisable style,and she was never able to find that special song to give her national popularity.All in all,a very pleasant listening experience.


Nobody But You
Nobody But You
Price: 4.53

4.0 out of 5 stars Curiosity Value., 7 Jun 2014
This review is from: Nobody But You (Audio CD)
BACM,specialise in exhuming the music of artists almost no one has ever heard of,and long may it continue.Bonnie fits that category nicely.I purchased this blind,not really knowing what to expect.There are quite a few covers here,along with some fairly ordinary originals.Like many of her ilk,she didn't have a great voice,but more than makes up for it with her exuberance,and interpretation.We are told she had a large local following,and I can believe this.I suspect she was a very good live act.If your curiosity gets the better of you,give this a listen


Country Music Ladies Of The 60s
Country Music Ladies Of The 60s
Offered by BACM Records
Price: 10.00

5.0 out of 5 stars I Love These Gals., 7 Jun 2014
I am someone who is forever seeking out tracks from obscure girl hillbilly singers of the fifties,so this c.d. Is heaven sent for me.It starts with four tracks from Louise Duncan,someone I had never heard of.A nice slice of California country,and my personal favourite of this collection.Next,the only slightly better known,Alvadean Coker,who was a stablemate with Jim Reeves on the Abbot label.She sings two lovely country songs,and two rockabilly numbers.Margie Bowes follows.Included is her only hit"Poor Old Heartsick Me",with three other decent songs.Harvie June Van was completely unknown to me,I enjoyed her selection.Helen Carter,has always been the sister in the background,while Anita,and June took the plaudits.She sings four unadulterated hillbilly songs.Carolyn Bradshaw's only hit"Marriage Of Mexican Joe",is not included.She belts out four uptempo numbers,something in which she seemed to specialise in.Canadian Myrna Lorrie,who is only given two tracks,is always a delight to hear.She enjoyed a long career,and her contribution rounds off this selection nicely.
I don't suppose this release will find much of a market,but to me at least,it provided some wonderful entertainment.


The Birth of the Bakersfield Sound: A Honky Tonk Attitude
The Birth of the Bakersfield Sound: A Honky Tonk Attitude
by Lawton Jiles
Edition: Paperback
Price: 9.87

5.0 out of 5 stars The Best On This Subject I Have Read., 19 April 2014
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I am a huge fan of the Bakersfield Sound.It was very much the music of my youth.Buck,Merle,Wynn,Tommy,Skeets,and Bonnie.Their stories have been well documented.I wanted to find out more about the lesser known characters of that era,and this book doesn't disappoint.You will read,and learn about Bill Woods,Jelly Sanders,Lewis Talley,Fuzzy Owen,Cliff Crofford,Ken Nelson,and many others from a man who was very much part of the scene when it happened.I would highly recommend this book to anyone with an interest in the genre.


1 Classic Album & Singles Collection
1 Classic Album & Singles Collection
Offered by jim-exselecky
Price: 9.11

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I Didn't See This One Coming., 27 Mar 2014
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A 4c.d.,104 track set of a largely forgotten singer,or at best remembered for one 1952 hit"Don't Let The Stars Get In Your Eyes".Skeets enjoyed an 18 year career,recording for Fortune,Capitol,and Columbia.Almost everything he recorded between 1949-1962 is included here in near chronological order.He charted just five times,and a few of those are strangely missing.

This set kicks off with the only album he recorded during his lifetime.What a joy it is to listen to.Uncluttered,but notable for the superb musicianship.On one track"Hawaiin Sea Breeze",a young Buck Owens plays ukulele!.The rest of the disc consists of his Fortune recordings made with Johnny Whites Rhythym Riders.Skeets is not always singing lead vocals on these.Included is "The Tattooed Lady",an amusing innuendo laced song which has to be heard..The next two c.d's cover his period with Capitol when he veered between hIllbilly,blues,pop,and rockabilly."You Oughta See Grandma Rock" has to be heard to be believed,especially as it was written by Harlan Howard.Eddie Cochran plays the manic lead guitar on that one.Also here are his two forgettable duets with pop diva Helen O'Connell.A strange pairing indeed.C.d.4 is the one that shows the man at his peak.By this time he was recording for Columbia.Shuffles were in fashion,and Skeets sounds like a man born to sing them.On some tracks we find the shufflemeister himself,Ray Price singing harmony,and on others Johnny Paycheck.Honky Tonk at its very best.

It seems churlish to criticise such a wonderful,unexpected collection,but there is a downside.No sessionography,or even composer credits,always a black mark for any reissue label.

Skeets died in 1968,aged 53.This set will help you discover,or reacquaint yourself with the music of this very versatile artist.


Lucky
Lucky
Offered by Country Sounds
Price: 15.00

4.0 out of 5 stars Good,but nothing to remember., 1 Feb 2014
This review is from: Lucky (Audio CD)
I am sure Miss Leslie,is a better live act than a recorded one.On this album,we have some pretty good songs,all of which are excellently produced,with superb musicianship.Trouble is,it is all a little one paced,with nothing that could be described as memorable.It all makes for good,but unexceptional listening.I would not hesitate to delve into her past catalogue,just to see how her other material compares.


Buck 'Em: The Autobiography of Buck Owens
Buck 'Em: The Autobiography of Buck Owens
by Randy Poe
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 16.06

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars In His Own Words., 26 Dec 2013
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Having read,reviewed,and thoroughly enjoyed Eileen Sisk's tabloidesque assasination of Buck the bad man's character,i wondered how different the great man's version would be.Whereas Sink's unauthorised book relied entirely on interviews from his contempories,this one comes staight from the man himself.Compiled fom over 100 hours of audiotape laid down by Buck to chronicle his life, with very little input from anyone else,you wonder if both books are about the same subject.
What i like about this book is the amount of information you get about his music,band members,and other Bakersfield characters.Plenty of stories about life on the road, as well as his successful business vetures.He seems to talk honestly,and openly,and in great detail about all aspects of his career.To be fair to the man, he talks quite frankly about his numerous infidelities,and his weakness for women,something Sisk spent too much time on.He talks very fondly of his band members,and as you would expect there is special praise for the outstanding Don Rich,and the part he played in Buck's life.The day of his death makes for some very sad reading.In fact,he hardly has a bad word to say about anyone.
Read this book.If you have read the Sisk book first,you will probably remain undecided about Buck the person,but very much more enlightened about his music as a result of reading this one.If you are only going to buy one biography,choose this one.


A Few Old Memories
A Few Old Memories
Price: 16.75

5.0 out of 5 stars A Treasure., 23 Oct 2013
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This review is from: A Few Old Memories (Audio CD)
It has taken me 25 years to discover this album,a serendipitous moment if ever there was one.Taken from five albums,these tracks represent the best of Hazel Dickens.Her hard upbringing,and left wing views have been well chronicled.She sings of hard times,and growing old.Don't expect cheerful,and uplifting songs here.Instead you will be left with singing,melodies,and especially words that will implant themselves permanantly in your brain.Her strident untrained Appalachian singing,reflects both weariness,and determination.Every word has been lived.This lady was a treasure.


Bakersfield
Bakersfield
Offered by Fulfillment Express
Price: 9.25

13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Proper Country Music., 5 Aug 2013
This review is from: Bakersfield (Audio CD)
Just when you think there is nothing contempory worth buying,Vince brings out an album which marks the zenith of a wonderful career.Five songs associated with Buck,and five from Merle.Superlative musicianship led by the steel guitar of maestro Paul Franklin.Reviving music that is almost fifty years old doesn't always work,but these versions, while sticking pretty close to the originals manage to sound completely fresh,and modern.This is country music heaven.There will not be a better country album released this year.This will be on my c.d. player for months to come.Don't miss out on this one.


200 Country Classics
200 Country Classics
Price: 3.49

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bargain., 7 April 2013
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To save you working it out,it's just 1.7p per track.What you get are a lot of familiar tracks,that have done the rounds on a multitude of mixed artist albums,and a lot of tracks by artists only their mothers have heard of,or people,who are at best obscure.No thought at all has gone into this compilation,and yet it turns out by complete acccident to be a musical triumph.Well over eight hours of country music delights spanning more than four decades.No excuse for not downloading this one.


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