Dim Lights, Thick Smoke and Hillbilly Music: 1968

Dim Lights, Thick Smoke and Hillbilly Music: 1968

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What happened in country music in 1968 was this: it got harder and leaner in some places and much softer in others, a schism Bear Family's wonderful 1968 volume in their ongoing Dim Lights, Thick Smoke & Hillbilly Music: Country & Western Music Hit Parade quite ably illustrate. It's not so easy to say that the West Coast preferred lean, electrified twang while Music City liked things a little more polished. The opening Waylon Jennings hit "Only Daddy That'll Walk the Line" -- nicely bookended on this 31-track collection by Jim Alley's barely known version -- shows how the Nashville crew were happy to deliver tough hard rockers, while the California contingent were eager to overload their arrangements with strings, echoed guitars, and effects, all showcased on the brilliant, near-psychedelic "Wichita Lineman" by Glen Campbell. These two singles were perhaps the strongest evidence of how all the rules were changing -- and that includes the incongruous inclusions from two Gram Parsons projects, the International Submarine Band and the Byrds, neither of which came close to the charts and neither of which fit in with the rest of the material here even if they did suggest where country music would eventually go -- but apart from the strangely defiant George Jones, who feels utterly divorced from the zeitgeist, there isn't a song here that doesn't reflect the shifting sensibilities of the '60s in some fashion. Traditionalists like Charlie Louvin and the Osborne Brothers open up their sound to accommodate the changing times; Johnny Cash's spiritual hoe-down "Daddy Sang Bass" carries an electric charge; Loretta Lynn and Jeannie C. Reilly tackle feminism with "Fist City" and "Harper Valley PTA," but so does Tammy Wynette, whose "D-I-V-O-R-C-E" captures the pain of a splintering marriage, while "Stand by Your Man" illustrates its flipside. But the songs that still sound vital belong to Merle Haggard, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Tom T. Hall, acts that bridge classic traditions -- whether it's honky tonk music or folk songs -- with a modern sensibility, and "Mama Tried," "Another Place, Another Time," and "Ballad of Forty Dollars" all feel rich, fully realized, and alive, songs that still speak to modern sensibilities decades after their initial release.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/24/2013
Label: Bear Family Germany
UPC: 5397102172632
catalogNumber: 0217263
Rank: 84437

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Doug Dillard   Banjo,Fiddle,Guitar,Vocals
Glen Campbell   Guitar,Vocals
Carter Family   Choir, Chorus
Johnny Cash   Guitar,Vocals
Floyd Cramer   Piano
Merle Haggard   Guitar,Leader,Vocals
Tom T. Hall   Vocals
John Hartford   Fiddle
Chris Hillman   Bass,Vocal Harmony
Waylon Jennings   Guitar,Leader,Vocals
George Jones   Vocals
Loretta Lynn   Vocals
Buck Owens   Guitar,Leader,Vocals
Dolly Parton   Vocals
Jeannie C. Riley   Vocals
Marty Robbins   Vocals
Conway Twitty   Vocals
Tammy Wynette   Vocals
Gene Clark   Guitar,Vocals
Jordanaires   Choir, Chorus
Jerry Lee Lewis   Piano,Leader,Vocals
Gram Parsons   Guitar,Rhythm Guitar,Vocals
Carl Perkins   Electric Guitar
Roger Miller   Vocals
James Burton   Electric Guitar
Pete Drake   Steel Guitar
Lloyd Green   Steel Guitar
Buck Trent   Electric Banjo
Jan Howard   Vocals
Grady Martin   Dobro
Henson Cargill   Vocals
Johnny Darrell   Vocals
Anita Carter   Choir, Chorus
Red Simpson   Guitar
Jimmy Bryant   Guitar
Anita Kerr Singers   Choir, Chorus
Don Beck   Mandolin
Harold Bradley   Electric Bass
Statler Brothers   Choir, Chorus
Bob Buchanan   Rhythm Guitar,Vocal Harmony
Roy Edward Burris   Drums
Larry Butler   Piano
Kenny Buttrey   Drums
Jerry Carrigan   Drums
Jon Corneal   Drums,Vocal Harmony
DeLory   Conductor
Bobby Dyson   Electric Bass
Ray Edenton   Guitar,Rhythm Guitar,Leader
Dolores Edgin   Choir, Chorus
Marshall Grant   Bass
Hoyt Hawkins   Choir, Chorus
John Hughey   Steel Guitar
Kevin Kelley   Drums
Jerry Kennedy   Guitar
Bernie Leadon   Guitar,Vocals
Charlie Louvin   Vocals
Kenneth Lovelace   Fiddle
Roger McGuinn   Guitar,Vocal Harmony
Wayne Moss   Electric Guitar,Leader
Weldon Myrick   Steel Guitar
Roy Nichols   Electric Guitar
John Nuese   Guitar
Sonny Osborne   Banjo,Vocals
Bonnie Owens   Vocal Harmony
June Page   Choir, Chorus
Luther Perkins   Electric Guitar
Norbert Putnam   Bass
Don Rich   Gut String Guitar
Hargus "Pig" Robbins   Piano
Jerry Shook   Guitar
Porter Wagoner   Vocals
Joe Zinkan   Bass
W.S. Holland   Drums
Roy Huskey   Bass
Leon Chase Copeland   Bass
Billy Mize   Vocal Harmony
Hugh Gordon Stoker   Choir, Chorus
Jerry Ward   Bass
Willie Cantu   Drums,Tambourine
Joe E. Lewis   Choir, Chorus
Tommy Markham   Percussion,Drums
Jim Alley   Vocals
Fred Carter   Electric Guitar
Harold Morrison   Banjo
Dale Sledd   Guitar,Vocals
Jerry Glenn Kennedy   Dobro,Guitar,Leader
Neal Matthews   Choir, Chorus
Ivy J. "Jimmy" Bryant   Guitar
Mack Magaha   Fiddle
George W. McCormick   Guitar
George French   Piano
Ronnie Blackwell   Electric Bass
Norman D. Hamlett   Steel Guitar
Harold R. "Ray Stevens" Ragsdale   Organ
Joseph T. Babcock   Choir, Chorus
June Evelyn Page   Choir, Chorus
David Briggs   Piano
J.R. Jelly Sanders   Guitar
Jerry "Chip Young" Stembridge   Guitar,Rhythm Guitar
Doyle Floyd Hendricks   Bass
Thomas Grady Martin   Guitar,Electric Guitar,Leader
Lewis Augustus Talley   Guitar
Bob L. Moore   Bass
Harald Rugg   Steel Guitar
J.D. Maness   Steel Guitar
Charles R. "Charlie" McCoy   Harmonica
Harold Ray Bradley   Guitar
Herman Bland "Pete" Wade   Guitar,Electric Guitar
Bob Osborne   Mandolin,Vocals
Murrey M. "Buddy" Harman   Drums
Hurshel Wayne Wiginton   Choir, Chorus
Raymond C. Walker   Choir, Chorus
Larry Estes   Drums
Thomas Rexton Brumley   Steel Guitar
Robert D. "Bob" Morris   Bass
Dorothy S. DeLeonibus   Choir, Chorus
Donald C. Warden   Steel Guitar,Leader
David Jackson   Bass

Technical Credits

Johnny Cash   Composer
Merle Haggard   Composer
Tom T. Hall   Composer
Loretta Lynn   Composer
Buck Owens   Composer
Tammy Wynette   Composer
Gene Clark   Composer
Gram Parsons   Composer
Carl Perkins   Composer
Jimmy Webb   Composer
Cliffie Stone   Producer
Bobby Russell   Composer
Jimmy Bryant   Composer
Bobby Braddock   Composer
Chester B. Atkins   Producer
Owen Bradley   Producer
Felice Bryant   Composer
Boudleaux Bryant   Composer
Jerry Chesnut   Composer
DeLory   Orchestration
Colin Escott   Liner Notes,Reissue Producer,Illustrations
Bob Ferguson   Composer,Producer
Dallas Frazier   Composer
Bob Johnston   Producer
Jerry Kennedy   Producer
Eddie Kilroy   Producer
Don Law   Producer
Bernie Leadon   Composer
John D. Loudermilk   Composer
Ken Nelson   Producer
Bonnie Owens   Composer
Curly Putman   Composer
George Richey   Producer
Billy Sherrill   Composer,Producer
Glenn Sutton   Composer
Gary Usher   Producer
Curtis Wayne   Composer
Jack Moran   Composer
Wayne Kemp   Composer
Leverett   Illustrations
R.A. Andreas   Illustrations
Don Chapel   Composer
Glenn Tubb   Composer
Andreas Merck   Photo Scanning
Harold W. "Pappy" Daily   Producer
Charles "Fuzzy" Owen   Producer
Jerry Chestnut   Composer
Brenda Collins   Illustrations

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