American Music: The Hightone Records Story [Box Set]

American Music: The Hightone Records Story [Box Set]


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Few if any other record labels have been as steadfastly dedicated to the propagation of American roots music as HighTone, the Oakland, CA based company launched in 1983 by Bruce Bromberg and Larry Sloven. Emerging during a period when MTV was just taking hold, and when radio and clubs concentrated on flashy, synthetic, post-punk and dance music, HighTone's founders shrugged, ignored the trends, and went about signing up one great Americana artist after another. The label couldn't have gotten off to a better start: Robert Cray's Bad Influence was a colossal achievement that almost single-handedly served notice that the blues was back in town (not that it had ever left), only under new management. Following its success, HighTone subsequently diversified, unleashing not only superb albums of modern blues but also no-nonsense folk, rock, country, and numerous subgenres thereof -- all of it, essentially, non-trendy, organic music created by both established and young upstarts. This four-CD/one-DVD collection is HighTone's well-deserved pat on its own back. The audio portion is sectioned into the four umbrellas of blues, rock, country and singer/songwriter/folk, under which a wildly diverse array of artists is showcased. Not all of the names here boast star quality while others do, but what they all share is a naturalness and directness -- not to mention honest-to-goodness songwriting, playing, and singing talent -- not often reflected in the sales charts or mainstream media. Rockabilly hero Billy Lee Riley, legendary folkie Ramblin' Jack Elliott (heard here with Tom Waits singing "Louise"), Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown (rightly placed in the country section) and Joe Louis Walker may not, on the surface, seem to have much in common. Nor would Rosie Flores, surf god Dick Dale, Dave Alvin, or Buddy Miller (who is represented on the rock, country and singer/songwriter discs). But they do: they've all recorded for HighTone. The DVD gathers up music videos from the likes of Joe Ely, Big Sandy & His Fly-Rite Boys, and several others.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/12/2006
Label: Hightone Records
UPC: 0012928819527
catalogNumber: 8195
Rank: 130850


Disc 1

  1. Phone Booth
  2. Stoned, Cold, & Blue
  3. Tore Up
  4. Smoking Gun
  5. 747
  6. Don't Be Afraid of the Dark
  7. I Want To (Do Everything for You)
  8. I'll Get to Heaven on My Own
  9. Moaning and Groaning
  10. They Call Me Sundown
  11. Sugar Bee
  12. The Devil's Livin' There
  13. Going Down South
  14. It's a Minor Thing
  15. Fast Food Slow Death
  16. Eyesight to the Blind
  17. Miss Ida B.
  18. How Could You Do It
  19. September 11th Blues

Disc 2

  1. American Music
  2. Lord of the Highway
  3. Flattop Joint
  4. Blue Collar Blues
  5. Lickin' Stick
  6. California Sun
  7. Sparkling City
  8. I Ain't Lyin'
  9. Lonely Guy
  10. Telewacker
  11. Bullet from a Gun
  12. Open the Door to Your Heart
  13. The Honky Tonk Wine
  14. Saturday Jump
  15. Hot Rodder's Lament
  16. Rockabilly Funeral
  17. Fourth of July
  18. Hollywood Bed
  19. Little Bitty Kiss
  20. Jug Hustler Blues
  21. Eye of Destruction

Disc 3

  1. Let's Start a Rumor Today
  2. Rainin' Rainin' Rainin'
  3. Goodbye Lonesome, Hello Baby Doll
  4. The Garage Sale
  5. Stay out of My Arms
  6. Room 309
  7. Honky Tonk Queen
  8. Ramblin' Fever
  9. I'm Pretending
  10. Corpus Christi Bay
  11. Wine Don't Lie
  12. The Greatest Story Ever Told
  13. Comin' on Thru
  14. Little Ole You
  15. Sting in This Ole Bee
  16. Here I Am in Dallas
  17. Truck Drivin' Man
  18. It Stops with Me
  19. Dark End of the Hallway
  20. Walk Away If You Want To
  21. Birth of the Blues

Disc 4

  1. Dallas
  2. Blue Blvd
  3. West Texas Plains
  4. Link of Chain
  5. Gallo de Cielo
  6. By Way of Sorrow
  7. Louise
  8. The Wild Ox Moan
  9. No Love Today
  10. The Walls of Red Wing
  11. Beyond the Blues
  12. All My Tears
  13. Padre Prays for Rain
  14. Midnight and Lonesome
  15. Gone in Pawn
  16. Since You Went Away
  17. En La Central de Colima
  18. Tonight We Ride

Disc 5

  1. My Baby Thinks She's French
  2. Rainin' Rainin' Rainin'
  3. Just Can't Cry No More
  4. Why Did She Stay with Him
  5. Blue Highway
  6. King of California
  7. Rum and Rodeo
  8. South of Round Rock, Texas
  9. My Sinful Days Are Over
  10. The Rose of the San Joaquin
  11. You Can't Wrap Your Arms Around a Memory
  12. You Can Say That Again
  13. Lovin' the Bottle
  14. An Empty Glass
  15. Honky Tonk Moon
  16. Barn Burning

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Billy C. Wirtz   Piano,Vocals
Robert Cray   Guitar,Vocals
Henry Gray   Piano,Vocals
Frankie Lee   Vocals
Roy Rogers   national steel guitar
Chris Smither   Acoustic Guitar,Vocals
Joe Louis Walker   Guitar,Vocals
Laurie Lewis   Fiddle,Guitar,Vocals
Bobby Durham   Vocals,Background Vocals
Rosie Flores   Acoustic Guitar,Vocals
Chris Gaffney   Accordion,Vocals
Jimmie Dale Gilmore   Acoustic Guitar,Vocals
Nanci Griffith   Vocal Harmony
Jim Lauderdale   Background Vocals,Vocal Harmony
Johnny Rodriguez   Vocals
Gary Stewart   Vocals
Hank Thompson   Vocals
Steve Young   Background Vocals
Iris DeMent   Vocal Harmony
Geoff Muldaur   Guitar,Vocals
Tom Russell   Acoustic Guitar,Accordion,Vocals
Phil Alvin   Guitar,Rhythm Guitar,Vocals
Sonny Burgess   Guitar,Vocals
Dick Dale   Guitar,Vocals
Steve Earle   Mandolin
Joe Ely   Guitar,Vocals
John Prine   Guitar,Vocals
Tom Waits   Guitar,Vocals
Travis Wammack   Guitar
Mitch Watkins   Keyboards
Chris Hunter   Percussion,Drums
Gene Taylor   Piano
Ponty Bone   Accordion
Tony Black   Keyboards
James Burton   Guitar
Memphis Horns   Track Performer
Ted Taylor   Background Vocals
Dewey Terry   Piano
Phil Madeira   Accordion,Harmonium
Frank Black   Vocals
Joe Terry   Keyboards,Vocals
Louisiana Red   Guitar,Vocals
Billy Joe Shaver   Vocals
Heather Myles   Vocals
R.L. Burnside   Guitar,Vocals
Bill Kirchen   Guitar,Electric Guitar,Vocals
Larry Taylor   Bass
Kim Wilson   Harmonica,Vocals
Dale Daniel   Drums
Warren Haynes   Slide Guitar
Julie Miller   Vocals
Bobby Horton   Guitar,Vocals
Jeff Berman   Percussion
C.C. Adcock   Guitar
Eric Ajaye   Bass
Dick Bachman   Steel Guitar
Leroy Ball   Bass
Bill Bateman   Drums
John Bazz   Bass
Franchot Blake   Drums
Denny "Cletus" Blakely   Bass,Background Vocals
Billy Block   Tambourine
Peter Boe   Keyboards
Hank Bones   Bass,Percussion,Vocal Harmony
Gary Brandin   Steel Guitar
Thom Bresh   Electric Guitar
Bruce Bromberg   Spoken Word
Augie Brown   Guitar,Background Vocals
Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown   Guitar,Violin,Vocals
Sarah Brown   Bass
Bruno   Rhythm Guitar
Stephen Bruton   Guitar,Electric Guitar
Steve Burke   Piano
Tommy Burroughs   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Fred Burton   Rhythm Guitar
Larry Campbell   Bouzouki,Fiddle
Buddy Cannon   Background Vocals
Chico Chism   Drums
Dave Cochran   Bass
Nick Connolly   Organ,Piano
Richard Cousins   Bass
Glen D. Hardin   Piano
Bart Davenport   Acoustic Guitar,Vocals
Ruth Davies   Bass
Quentin Dennard   Drums
Kelvin Dixon   Drums
Floyd Domino   Piano
Nathaniel Dove   Keyboards
Stuart Duncan   Fiddle,Mandolin
Ron Eglit   Bass
Gene Elders   Fiddle
Don Falzone   Bass
Kevin Fitzpatrick   Percussion,Drums
Harold Floyd   Bass
Bill Joe Foster   Vocals
Danny Frankel   Drums
Sonny Garrish   Dobro,Steel Guitar
Donny Gerrard   Background Vocals
Nina Gerber   Guitar
Gene Glover   Drums
Brian Godchaux   Fiddle,Mandolin,Vocal Harmony
Joe Goldmark   Pedal Steel Guitar,Vocals
Bob Gothar   Guitar
Jon Dee Graham   Lap Steel Guitar
Jeff Griffin   Drums
David Grissom   Guitar
Mark Hallman   Bass
Andrew Hardin   Acoustic Guitar,Percussion,Background Vocals,Vocal Harmony
Norman Harris   Organ,Piano
Lloyd Herrman   Drums
Wally Hersom   Upright Bass
David Hidalgo   Guitar
Byron House   Bass
Carla Hunter   Background Vocals
Richard Innes   Drums
Wayne Jackson   Trombone,Trumpet
Roland Janes   Guitar
John Kahn   Bass
Ira Kamin   Organ
Brantley Kearns   Fiddle,Vocals,Background Vocals
Jerry Kennedy   Guitar
Gordon Kennedy   Background Vocals
John Kent   Drums
Ashley Kingman   Electric Guitar
Mark Korpi   Electric Guitar
Karen Kraft   Background Vocals
Jerry Kroon   Percussion,Drums
Chris Lawrence   Electric Guitar,Steel Guitar
Greg Leisz   Acoustic Guitar,Dobro,Pedal Steel Guitar,Electric Guitar,Vocals,Lap Steel Guitar
Carl Leyland   Piano,Vocals
Donald Lindley   Percussion,Drums
Eddie Long   Steel Guitar
Andrew Love   Tenor Saxophone
Lloyd Maines   Acoustic Guitar,Steel Guitar,Slide Guitar
JayDee Mannes   Steel Guitar
David Mansfield   Fiddle,Mandolin,Slide Guitar
Chris Maresh   Bass,Upright Bass
Gurf Morlix   Bass
Bill Marshall   Drums
Scott Mathews   Percussion,Drums
Dan Matrazzo   Piano
Xan McCurdy   Electric Guitar
Mike McLean   Drums,Vocals
Hart McNee   Alto Saxophone
Buddy Miller   Bass,Guitar,Harmonium,Vocals,Melodica,Mando-Guitar
Jerry Miller   Guitar
Mike Montgomery   Violin
Greg Morrow   Percussion,Drums
Bobby Murray   Guitar
Marty Muse   Pedal Steel Guitar
Mark Naftalin   Piano
Michael Neuble   Drums
Henry Oden   Bass
Riley Osbourne   Keyboards
Danny Ott   Guitar
Larry Paxton   Bass,Electric Bass,Acoustic Bass
Herb Pedersen   Background Vocals
Perkins   Steel Guitar
Pinetop Perkins   Piano,Vocals
Jimmy Pettit   Bass
Prairie Prince   Percussion,Drums
Lorne Rall   Bass,Vocals
Michael Ramos   Organ
Bo Ramsey   Guitar,Vocals
Warren Rand   Alto Saxophone
Marty Rifkin   Steel Guitar
Billy Lee Riley   Guitar,Harmonica,Vocals
Hargus "Pig" Robbins   Piano
Ted Roddy   Harmonica,Vocals
Tammy Rogers   Fiddle
Tom Rozum   Guitar,Mandolin,Vocals,Mandola
Otis Rush   Guitar,Vocals
Jeff Rymes   Guitar,Vocals
Jimmy Sanchez   Drums
Dale Sellers   Electric Guitar
Johnny Shines   Guitar,Vocals
Larry Sloven   Spoken Word
Rick Solem   Keyboards
Lee Spath   Drums
Rev. Ron Stallings   Tenor Saxophone
Jimi Stewart   Piano,Keyboards
Mike Therieau   Bass
Paul Thomas   Bass
D. Clinton Thompson   Guitar,Rhythm Guitar,Vocals
Larry Thompson   Drums
Jon Tiven   Organ,Guitar
Bobby Trimble   Drums
Johnny Tucker   Drums
Steve VanGelder   Fiddle
Mike Vannice   Keyboards,Tenor Saxophone
Redd Volkaert   Guitar,Electric Guitar,Vocals
Pete Wade   Guitar
Dusty Wakeman   Bass,Upright Bass
Dennis Walker   Bass
Phillip Walker   Guitar,Rhythm Guitar,Vocals
Luther Wamble   Guitar
Johnny "Guitar" Watson   Guitar
Dallas Wayne   Acoustic Guitar,Rhythm Guitar,Vocals
Randy Weeks   Guitar,Vocals
Lou Whitney   Bass,Vocals
Robert Pete Williams   Acoustic Guitar,Vocals
John Wilmeth   Trumpet
Dale Wilson   Rhythm Guitar
Dino Zimmerman   Guitar
Rusty Zinn   Guitar
Teddy Morgan   Guitar,Vocals
Dale Watson   Guitar,Vocals
Glenn Fukunaga   Upright Bass
Adrian Demain   Guitar,Rhythm Guitar
Jeff Donavan   Drums
Tom Hambridge   Drums
Lee Jeffriess   Steel Guitar
David Morgan   Background Vocals
Bill Rich   Bass
John Schreiner   Piano,Accordion
Eddy Shaver   Guitar
Jimmie Wood   Guitar
James Armstrong   Guitar,Vocals
Eric Danheim   Electric Guitar,spanish guitar,Guitar (Baritone)
Deke Dickerson   Acoustic Guitar,Vocals
John Ludwick   Vocal Harmony
Casper Rawls   Guitar
Russell Scott   Upright Bass
Sally Tiven   Bass Guitar
Dave Wesselowski   Bass
Rory McLeod   Upright Bass
Johnny Castle   Bass,Vocals
Ricky Landeros   Baritone Saxophone
Jack O'Dell   Drums,Vocals
Karen Peris   Vocals
Brannen Temple   Drums
Dave Smith   Bass
Rick Shea   Mandolin,Steel Guitar,Vocals
Rev. Brady Blade   Drums
Gregory Boaz   Bass
Llew Matthews   Keyboards
Ramon Vazquez   Bajo Sexto
Kenny Bell   Rhythm Guitar
Joel Jose Guzman   Accordion,Keyboards,Vocals,Melodica
Gary Hogue   Steel Guitar
Derrick McLaughin   Background Vocals
Bryan Owings   Drums
Herman Pruitt   Vocals
Raúl Rodríguez   Tuba
Preston Rumbaugh   Upright Bass
Jerry Sheff   Bass
David Thomasson   Saxophone
Dennis Vanderhoof   Drums,Vocal Harmony
Freddy Willis   Vocals
Robert Hamilton   Drums
Shelby Kennedy   Background Vocals
Kim Lenz   Rhythm Guitar,Vocals
Bob Corritore   Harmonica
Eduardo López   Accordion
Brendan Ryan   Upright Bass
Billy "Dee" Donahue   Bass
Jimmy Nueble   Bass
Billy Wilson   Accordion,Steel Guitar
Rick Plant   Bass
Clarence Brewer   Vocals,Slide Guitar
Bobby Lloyd Hicks   Drums,Vocals
Johnny Dilks   Rhythm Guitar,Vocals
Whit Smith   Guitar,Vocals
Elana Fremerman   Violin
Jimmy Corbitt   Vocals
Matt Radford   Upright Bass
Brent Harding   Vocals,Upright Bass
John H.R. Mills   Saxophone
Keith Christopher   Bass,Background Vocals
Little Willie G.   Vocals
Craig Packham   Percussion,Drums
Paul Wooton   Electric Guitar,Vocal Harmony
Mike Barfield   Acoustic Guitar,Vocals
Malcolm Chapman   Guitar
Todd Sickafoose   Upright Bass
Calvin Jackson   Drums
Fiddlin' Red Herron   Bass,Vocal Harmony
Dave Alvin & the Guilty Men   Guitar,Vocals
Rhys Henson   Trumpet
Trish Klein   Guitar,Vocals
Brian Nevill   Drums
Brian Sebastian   Drums,Cabasa
Jeff Roberts   Bass
Israel Villanueva   Electric Bass
Jake Erwin   Upright Bass
Rigoberto "Tito" González   Bajo Sexto
Pat Campbell   Drums
Rev. Charles Williams   Organ,Piano
Allison Russell   Vocals
James Corbitt   Vocals
Jonathan Doyle   Clarinet
Roey Shemesh   Upright Bass
David Briggs   Piano,Keyboards,Musical Direction
Mark Wilson Jordan   Keyboards
Jim Murphy   Steel Guitar
Ronnie Tutt   Drums
Seth Kauffman   Vocals
Joel Penner   Bass
Gallier   Drums,Rhythm Guitar,Vocals
Bobby Adams   Vocals
Johnny Rapp   Guitar
Johnny Blondel   Trombone
Doug Blumer   Vocal Harmony
Daniel Burnside   Bass,Guitar
Joseph Burnside   Bass,Guitar
Billy Floyd   Guitar
Justice Ford   Trombone
David "Cad" Kadison   Baritone Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Kenton Loewen   Percussion
Billy McBay   Fiddle
Mersa   Chromatic Harmonica
J.D. Pendley   Guitar
Plaza Monumental Juarez Bull Ring Band   Horn
Rodney Pyeatt   Electric Guitar
Richie Rebuth   Guitar,Rhythm Guitar
Kerry Rojas   Acoustic Guitar
David Sowers   Bass,Vocals
Theresa Spanke Durham   Background Vocals
James "Broadway" Thomas   Bass
George Uptmor   Fiddle
Isaias "Chay" Vazquez   Guitar,Vocals
Salvador "Chava" Yslas   Bass
Bob Jones   Drums
Doug Hinman   Drums
Steve Potts   Drums

Technical Credits

Robert Cray   Composer
Henry Gray   Composer
Chris Smither   Composer
Joe Louis Walker   Composer
Laurie Lewis   Composer
Marty Brown   Composer
Rosie Flores   Composer
Jimmie Dale Gilmore   Composer
Merle Haggard   Composer
Johnny Horton   Composer
Fred Koller   Composer
Jim Lauderdale   Composer
Hank Thompson   Composer
Mel Tillis   Composer
Ian Tyson   Composer
Elizabeth Cotten   Composer
Butch Hancock   Composer
Geoff Muldaur   Arranger
Tom Russell   Composer,Liner Notes
Darrell Banks   Composer
Peter Case   Composer
Bob Dylan   Composer
Joe Ely   Composer
Joe Tex   Composer
Tom Waits   Composer
Bob Neuwirth   Composer
Skeletons   Engineer
Heather Myles   Composer
R.L. Burnside   Composer
Julie Miller   Composer
Tom Anderson   Engineer
Ralph Bass   Composer
Michael Becker   Engineer
Gary Brandin   Composer
Kathleen Brennan   Composer
Bruce Bromberg   Executive Producer
Lew Brown   Composer
Tim Coats   Engineer
Richard Cousins   Composer
Bill Dashiell   Engineer
Buddy DeSylva   Composer
Dean Dillon   Composer
Michael Dumas   Engineer
Little Johnny Fader   Engineer
Terry Fell   Composer
Ed Fournier   Engineer
Hoyt Garrick   Composer
Henry Glover   Composer
Cornelius Green   Composer
Mark Hallman   Engineer
Ray Henderson   Composer
Wally Hersom   Engineer
Lee Hildebrand   Liner Notes
Jay Hudson   Engineer
Ike Turner   Composer
Roland Janes   Engineer
Robert Earl Keen   Composer
Samuel Lehmer   Engineer
Carl Leyland   Composer
Ronnie Light   Engineer
Mark Linett   Engineer
Gurf Morlix   Engineer
Joe Marquez   Engineer
Scott Mathews   Composer
Dave McNair   Engineer
Buddy Miller   Composer,Engineer,Contributor
Rice Miller   Composer
Lamar Morris   Composer
G. Nicholson   Composer
Jeff Powell   Engineer
Romeo Prado   Arranger
Ted Roddy   Composer
Jeff Rymes   Composer
Johnny Shines   Composer
Eddie Shuler   Composer
Larry Sloven   Executive Producer
Don Smith   Composer
Mary Lou Stewart   Composer
Allen Sudduth   Engineer
Stuart Sullivan   Engineer
Jerry Thompson   Engineer
Jon Tiven   Engineer
James Tuttle   Engineer
Mike Vannice   Composer
Redd Volkaert   Composer
Dusty Wakeman   Engineer
Dennis Walker   Composer
Wayne Walker   Composer
Lou Whitney   Composer,Engineer
Michael Woody   Composer
Teddy Morgan   Composer
Dale Watson   Composer
Robert Lily   Composer
James Armstrong   Composer
Dave Biller   Composer
Deke Dickerson   Composer
Tillman Franks   Composer
Vera Hall   Composer
Haskell Robert Sadler   Composer
Mark Keaton   Engineer
Llew Matthews   Arranger
Brent Sigmeth   Engineer
Joel Jose Guzman   Composer
Kathy Marcus   Art Direction
Marc L'Esperance   Engineer
Wayne Durham   Composer
Liam Watson   Engineer
Mark Neill   Engineer
Ronny Hughes   Composer
Kim Lenz   Composer
Lance Strode   Composer
Ruby Pickens Tartt   Composer
Bobby Cyrus   Composer
Lee Emerson   Composer
Ronny Weiser   Engineer
Clarence Brewer   Composer
Johnny Dilks   Composer
Whit Smith   Composer
Sam Gray   Composer
John H.R. Mills   Horn Arrangements
Clark Rigsby   Engineer
Kevin Ink   Engineer
Kent Stump   Engineer
Dave Alvin & the Guilty Men   Arranger,Liner Notes
Matthew Block   Engineer
Joe Nelson   Composer
Bill Harris Quintet   Engineer
George W. Clinton   Engineer
Allison Russell   Composer
Seth Kauffman   Composer,Engineer,Instrumentation
Phil Green and His Basin Street Band   Engineer
David Garrell   Engineer
Claudio Lieva   Engineer
Bill Vinisky   Engineer
Patrick Gallagher   Composer
Tom Size   Engineer
Bob Dawson   Engineer

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