I Wouldn't Change You If I Could

I Wouldn't Change You If I Could

by Carl Butler and the Webster BrothersCarl Butler and the Webster Brothers


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Hard acoustic country music doesn't get a lot better than the 30 sides cut by Carl Butler (with the Webster Brothers backing him up) on this collection of his superb OKeh and Columbia singles. The best material on this disc recalls Hank Williams at his peak, but stylistically Butler was more a contemporary of Williams than a follower, even if the first of these tunes was recorded a little more than a year after Hank's death, and though Butler wasn't a songwriter like Williams, he was arguably a better singer with a voice that split the difference between tough hillbilly twang and the smoother tones of a gifted crooner. The other musical reference point here is the Louvin Brothers, given Butler's sincere and impassioned handling of white gospel material (he also covers the Louvins' "Seven Year Blues" here), and though Butler's harmonies with Earl Webster lack the otherworldly beauty of the Louvin Brothers at their best, they're executed with easy skill and emotional power to spare. The cast of musicians tends to change from session to session beyond Butler, Earl Webster, and Audie Webster, but they're uniformly strong throughout, and the results are a joy to hear. It would be some time after these recordings before Butler would gain the chart success he richly deserved with "Honky Tonkitis" in 1961, but I Wouldn't Change You If I Could makes it clear these records didn't fail in the marketplace for a lack of talent or quality material. This is wonderful stuff that will bring a smile to any fan of classic old-school country of the 1950s, and the remastering and liner notes live up to Bear Family Records' typically high standards, adding to the value of an already strong release.

Product Details

Release Date: 01/17/2006
Label: Bear Family
UPC: 4000127166999
catalogNumber: 16699
Rank: 151466

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Carl Butler and the Webster Brothers   Primary Artist,Track Performer
Hank Garland   Guitar
Don Helms   Steel Guitar
Grady Martin   Guitar,Leader
Harold Bradley   Guitar
Lightnin' Chance   Bass
Buddy Harman   Piano,Leader
Roy M. "Junior" Husky   Bass
Ernest Ernie Newton   Bass
Farris Coursey   Drums
Dale Potter   Fiddle
Jack Shook   Guitar
Marvin H. Hughes   Piano
Johnny Sibert   Steel Guitar
Earl Webster   Guitar,Leader,Vocals
Benny Sims   Fiddle
Samuel K. "Sammy" Pruett   Guitar
James Austin "Audie" Webster   Mandolin,Vocals

Technical Credits

Lefty Frizzell   Composer
Carl Butler   Composer
Pearl Butler   Composer
Jenny Carson   Composer
Eddie Hill   Composer
Don Law   Producer
Ira Louvin   Composer
Charlie Louvin   Composer
Ray Wright   Composer
Ronnie Pugh   Liner Notes,Biographical Information
James Carson   Composer
Autry Inman   Composer
Johnnie Masters   Composer
R.A. Andreas   Illustrations
Richard Weize   Producer,Tape Research
Tom James   Composer
George Sherry   Composer
Danny Wolfe   Composer
James Brockman   Composer
Buck Bryant   Composer
Nat Vincent   Composer
Bill Benson   Composer
James C. Moore   Composer
Sven T. Uhrmann   Artwork
Jim Hess   Composer
John Reedy   Composer
Jerry Organ   Composer
Andreas Merck   Photo Scanning
James Kendis   Composer
Ace Ball   Composer

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