High Geared Daddy

High Geared Daddy

by Webb PierceWebb Pierce


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Honky tonk represented the first truly modern push in country music, and its poster boy was, of course, the haunted and tragic Hank Williams, but it could easily be argued that Webb Pierce, with his Nudie suits and big cars, his 96 charting singles (13 reached the top spot on the charts), and his love/hate relationship with the Nashville music establishment, did even more to present an identifiable and long-term face for honky tonk and the modernization of country. Pierce was also a prescient and astute businessman, establishing his own record label, Pacemaker Records, as early as 1950, and also set up a prosperous publishing company, Cedarwood Publishing, and purchased several radio stations as well, creating what was essentially a one-man music conglomerate that still stands as a viable template for contemporary artists. He also bought most of the songs he is supposed to have written, was a constant and ardent opportunist, and in general pissed off a lot of people, which is no doubt why his considerable legacy doesn't always get the respect it deserves with the country music establishment. The heart of that legacy is presented here in this generous 32-track anthology that covers the years 1949 to 1959 and includes Pierce's key sides for the Fourstars, Pacemaker, and Decca imprints (Pierce would record with Decca all the way into the 1970s, but his most memorable work with the label arguably took place in the late 1950s). Included are his canny remakes of Roy Acuff's "Freight Train Blues" and Jimmie Rodgers' "In the Jailhouse Now," two songs that Pierce made his own, his 1956 duet with Red Sovine on George Jones' "Why Baby Why," and both the country swing version of "Hayride Boogie" from 1950 and the rockabilly makeover he performed on the tune to turn it into 1956's "Teenage Boogie." For all his flash, bluster, and swagger, Pierce always knew what he was doing artistically, particularly if it was certain to generate some cash, and his awareness of the media in everything he did marks him as perhaps the first true modern country star. Nashville may not always give him his due, but the fact remains that without Webb Pierce and the calculated and deliberate ruckus he raised, country music would be a good deal duller.

Product Details

Release Date: 01/25/2008
Label: Bear Family Germany
UPC: 4000127167903
catalogNumber: 2716790
Rank: 92179

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Webb Pierce   Primary Artist,Guitar,Vocals
Floyd Cramer   Piano
Hank Garland   Guitar,Electric Guitar
Red Sovine   Vocals
Mel Tillis   Guitar
Jordanaires   Choir, Chorus
Jimmy Day   Steel Guitar
Don Helms   Steel Guitar
Grady Martin   Guitar,Electric Guitar
Bill Phillips   Guitar,Vocal Harmony
Shot Jackson   Steel Guitar
Harold Bradley   Guitar,Rhythm Guitar
Owen Bradley   Organ,Piano,Leader
Billy Byrd   Rhythm Guitar
Lightnin' Chance   Bass
Ray Edenton   Guitar,Rhythm Guitar
Buddy Harman   Drums,Wood Block
John Hill   Fiddle
Millie Kirkham   Vocal Harmony
Farris Coursey   Drums
Henry Newton "Tommy" Vaden   Fiddle
Morris Palmer   Drums
James "Jimmie" Selph   Guitar
Tillman Franks   Bass
Doyle Wilburn   Rhythm Guitar,Slap Bass,Vocal Harmony
Teddy Wilburn   Rhythm Guitar,Slap Bass,Vocal Harmony
Thomas Lee Jackson   Fiddle
Elbert R. "Dutch" McMillan   Saxophone
Sonny Burnette   Steel Guitar
Allen Dale Potter   Fiddle
Jack Kay   Fiddle
Buddy Attaway   Electric Guitar,yodeling,Vocal Harmony
Don Winters   Vocals
Billy Robinson   Steel Guitar
Lonnie Melvin Tillis   Vocals

Technical Credits

Ray Price   Composer
Mel Tillis   Composer
Leon McAuliffe   Composer
Owen Bradley   Producer
Felice Bryant   Composer
Boudleaux Bryant   Composer
Hoyt Hawkins   Contributor
Harlan Howard   Composer
Hugh Jarrett   Contributor
Webb Pierce   Composer,Producer
Wayne Walker   Composer
Bill Carey   Composer
Rich Kienzle   Biographical Notes
Sid Manker   Composer
Bobby "BW" Wells   Composer
Hugh Gordon Stoker   Contributor
John "Buster" Coward   Composer
Carl Fischer   Composer
Bill Justice   Composer
Neal Matthews   Contributor
Stefan Kohne   Reissue Producer
Linda Baggett   Composer
Darrell Edward   Composer
Ted Jarrett   Composer
Sven T. Uhrmann   Illustrations
Cliff Hayes   Composer
Erich Hülsenbeck   Photo Scanning
Andreas Merck   Photo Scanning
Buddy Attaway   Composer
Buck Peddy   Composer
Paul Cohen   Producer

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