Wizards of Country Guitar: Selected Sides 1935-1955

Wizards of Country Guitar: Selected Sides 1935-1955


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The invention and introduction of electrically amplified instruments -- most notably the guitar and steel guitar -- began slowly transforming every branch of pop music beginning in the mid- to late '30s, shifting emphasis in bands from an ensemble approach to one that allowed for sharper sound definition and easily heard instrumental solos, all of which made the world, at least the recorded version of it, more defined and, well, louder. For the Western swing, honky tonk, and country genres, the change came when steel player Bob Dunn went electric with his group Musical Brownies in 1935. This fascinating four-disc, 100-track set attempts to put Dunn and his followers in perspective as the move to amplified instruments began to sweep through pop and country, and devotes a disc each to classic tracks by Dunn, Billy Briggs, and Lefty Perkins and closes out with a disc featuring electric guitarist Jimmy Bryant and steel guitarist Speedy West searing through studio sessions. It's an illuminating collection full of stinging guitar lines and gracefully skewed arrangements that shows once and for all that rock & roll didn't invent the electric guitar.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/14/2011
Label: Jsp Records
UPC: 0788065714420
catalogNumber: 77144
Rank: 65298


Disc 1

  1. Chinatown My Chinatown
  2. Some of These Days
  3. The Sheik of Araby
  4. St. Louis Blues
  5. Somebody's Been Using That Thing
  6. Cheesy Breeze
  7. Fan It
  8. Taking Off
  9. Kangaroo Blues
  10. Draggin' the Bow
  11. Little White Lies
  12. Ease My Worried Mind
  13. Truck Driver's Blues
  14. I'll Get Mine by and Bye, No. 2
  15. Out Where West Winds Blow
  16. Jitterbug Jive
  17. Mary Jane
  18. Takin' Off
  19. Mama's Gone, Goodbye
  20. Blue Skies
  21. What Difference Does It Make
  22. Texas Hambone Blues
  23. Washington and Lee Swing
  24. Easy Ridin' Papa
  25. When I Take My Sugar to Tea

Disc 2

  1. Bring It on Down to My House Honey
  2. How Come You Do Me Like You Do
  3. High Geared Daddy
  4. Honky Tonk Blues
  5. I Can't Give You Anything But Love
  6. Confessin' (That I Love You)
  7. There'll Be Some Changes Made
  8. The One Rose
  9. Long Long Ago
  10. Everybody Loves My Marguerite
  11. I Just Want Your Stingaree
  12. Rose Room
  13. Louise, Louise Blues
  14. Cross Patch
  15. Boyd's Tin Roof Blues
  16. Frosty Mornin'
  17. Goofus
  18. Beale Street Blues
  19. I've Got Those Oklahoma Blues
  20. Must I Hesitate?
  21. Lone Star
  22. River Blues
  23. Wah Hoo
  24. Cross Eyed Gal on the Hill
  25. Eyes of Texas

Disc 3

  1. Hi Flyer Stomp
  2. Joe Turner Blues
  3. Under the Double Eagle
  4. Old Tobacco Mill
  5. Static Stomp
  6. You're the One I Care For
  7. There's a Little Green Mill (By a Little Green Hill)
  8. The Five Piece Band
  9. There's Evil in You Chillun'
  10. Visions of the Past
  11. Mama Inez
  12. Am I Blue
  13. Spanish Cavalier
  14. Oh Monah!
  15. I'll Always Be in Love with You
  16. My Gal Don't Love Me Anymore
  17. Following You Around
  18. Thinking of You
  19. I Live in Memory of You
  20. My Prairie Queen
  21. Make a Wreath for Mary
  22. Panhandle Shuffle
  23. Sally's Got a Wooden Leg
  24. Pretty Baby Boogie
  25. Down in New Orleans

Disc 4

  1. Cracker Jack
  2. Georgia Steel Guitar
  3. Midnight Ramble
  4. Serenade to a Frog
  5. Roadside Rag
  6. Truck Driver's Ride
  7. Hub Cap Roll
  8. Bryant's Bounce
  9. Hop Skip and Jump
  10. Old Joe Clark
  11. Blue Bonnet Rag
  12. Low Man on a Totem Pole
  13. Country Capers
  14. This Is Southland
  15. Arkansas Traveller
  16. Swingin' on the Strings
  17. Speedin' West
  18. Railroadin'
  19. West of Samoa
  20. Caffeine Patrol
  21. Flippin' the Lid
  22. This Ain't the Blues
  23. Stainless Steel
  24. Stealin' Moonlight
  25. Stratosphere Boogie

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Bill Boyd   Guitar,Vocals
Moon Mullican   Piano,Vocals
Floyd Tillman   Vocals
Buddy Jones   Vocals
Knocky Parker   Piano,Accordion
Leon Payne   Guitar,Vocals
Cliffie Stone   Bass
Billy Strange   Guitar
Sons of the West   Vocals
Milton Brown   Vocals
Cliff Bruner   Fiddle,Vocals
Jesse Ashlock   Fiddle,Vocals
Billy Briggs   Vocals
Roy Harte   Drums
Cecil Brower   Fiddle
Ocie Stockard   Trombone,Vocals,Tenor Banjo
Derwood Brown   Guitar,Vocals
George Bruns   Bass
Hezzie Bryant   String Bass
Wanna Coffman   String Bass
Butch Gibson   Clarinet
Ish Irwin   String Bass
Walter Kirkes   Tenor Banjo
Dickie McBride   Guitar,Vocals
Marvin Montgomery   Tenor Banjo
Bill Mounce   String Bass
Kenneth Pitts   Fiddle
Leo Raley   Electronic Mandolin
Joe Thames   Tenor Banjo
Harold Hensley   Fiddle
Eddie Kirk   Guitar
Billy Liebert   Organ,Piano
Willie Wells   Guitar
Jimmie Widener   Guitar
Buck Buchanan   Fiddle,Vocals
Freddie Dean   Guitar
Jerry Irby   Guitar,Vocals
Darrell Kirkpatrick   Fiddle
Jimmie Meek   String Bass
Loren Mitchell   Piano
Buddy Ray   Fiddle,Vocals
Elmer Scarborough   Tenor Banjo,Guitar (Tenor)
Mancel Tierney   Piano,Vocals
Pat Trotter   Fiddle
Ivy J. "Jimmy" Bryant   Guitar
Marion Z. "Pee Wee" Adams   Drums
Milton Curtis "Muddy" Berry   Drums
Johnny Borowski   Fiddle,Ocarina
Johnny Thames   Banjo,Tenor Banjo
Dickie Jones   Fiddle
Jess Williams   Bass,Guitar
Landon Beaver   Piano
Red Greenhaw   Guitar
Grady Hester   Fiddle
Frederick "Fritz" Kehm   Drums
Curly Perrin   Guitar,Vocals
Jim Boyd   Vocals,String Bass
Jack Hinson   Piano
Lester Taylor   Piano
Wesley Webb West   Steel Guitar
Fred Calhoun   Piano
Jimmy Meek   Vocals,String Bass
Williams   Bass
Zack Hurt   Vocals,String Bass
Carroll Hubbard   Fiddle
Slick Robertson   Trombone,Tenor Banjo

Technical Credits

Jimmie Davis   Composer
Pat Harrison   Liner Notes,Annotation

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