3-CD DigiPac (8-seitig) mit 100-seitigem Booklet, 96 Einzeltitel 1956-68, Spieldauer ca. 210 Minuten. Mit allen veröffentlichten und unveröffentlichten Aufnahmen der texanischen Honky-Tonk-Legende Frankie Miller für Starday – inkl. Alternativ-Fassungen und mit dem 1959er-Super-Erfolg Blackland Farmer, der 1961 nochmals ein Hit war! Mit über zwei Dutzend bislang unveröffentlichten Starday-Demos, abgebrochenen Song-Starts, Wortwechseln im Studio und vielen Titeln, die es noch nie auf CD gegeben hat. Enthält eine Menge nie gezeigter Fotos und Presseausschnitte, eine neu recherchierte Biographie sowie eine komplette Discographie. Frankie Miller ist schon lange kein bloßer Mitläufer aus der Country-Music-Historie mehr – einige verwechseln ihn sogar mit dem schottischen Rockmusiker gleichen Namens. Country- und Rockabilly-Sammler haben jahrzehntelang auf diese Wiederveröffentlichung gewartet. Sie schätzen Frankie Miller s Original-Singles und -Alben über alle Maßen und wünschen sich ganz einfach mehr Informationen über diesen Künstler. Diese 3-CD-Ausgabe ist eine gewaltige Erweiterung der LP mit Frankie Miller s Starday-Einspielungen, die Bear Family 1983 auf den Markt gebracht hatte und die längst ein gesuchtes Sammlerstück ist. Damals hatte sich Frankie Miller bereits aus dem Musikgeschäft zurückgezogen und seine frühen Aufnahmen waren in Vergessenheit geraten. Jetzt wird die ganze Sache zurechtgerückt! Frankie Miller s unglaublichem musikalischen Texas-Honky-Tonk-Vermächtnis angemessen, hatte Bear Family 1996 Millers Columbia- und 4-Star-Aufnahmen veröffentlicht (BCD 15909). Seitdem wurden immer wieder auch Frankie Miller s komplette Einspielungen für Starday verlangt. Hier sind sie nun... und noch viel, viel mehr! ´Blackland Farmer´ präsentiert sämtliche Single- und LP-Tracks für Starday, dazu die Gospel-EP sowie unveröffentlichtes Material mit vielen Alternativ-Versionen. Ferner enthält das 3-CD-Set Liveaufnahmen von der Big D Jamboree, sowie Songs für das Cowtown Hoedown-Label aus der Vor-Starday-Zeit und veröffentlichte sowie unveröffentlichte Titel, die er für die Labels United Artists und Stop einspielte. Ebenso im Angebot sind hier Demos –nur Gitarre und Gesang- aus den Starday-Tagen. Diese Nummern waren nie zur Veröffentlichung vorgesehen, und sie gestatten einen unverfälschten Blick auf die Entstehung und Entwicklung einzelner Songs und auf Frankie Miller s charakteristischen Gesangsstil. Frankie Miller –der begeistert an Hank Davis ´ Produktion dieser Wiederveröffentlichung mitwirkte- war überwältigt, einige der Songs zu hören, die er selbst eigentlich schon vergessen hatte.... Kein anderes Label hat die texanische Honky-Tonk-Szene bislang so nachhaltig dokumentiert wie Bear Family: von Top-Stars wie Bob Wills und Ernest Tubb bis zu Geheimtips, Klassikern und Sammlerfavoriten – wie eben jener Frankie Miller !
(Rollercoaster Records) 4 tracks - triangle centre - mastered at CTS, Wembley with ´B.J. at the control´ written in dead wax - Wash Machine Boogie by the Echo Valley Boys was the Island Record Company´s first release in April 1957. Like many of the more obscure 50´s recordings now regarded as rockabilly classics by boppers and collectors alike the release has been as extensively bootlegged as it has been ´covered´ by present-day rockabilly bands. Little is known of the Echo Valley Boys, but Bill Browning appears to have been more than just the lead vocalist, having arranged, produced and written most of the band´s material. Bill was born on May 16th 1931 in Wayne County, West Virginia, where he became interested in music at the age of fourteen. At sixteen he formed his first band, the Kanawha Valley Boys, and broadcast regularly over WTIP in Charleston, West Virginia until 1950 when he and members of his band were drafted into the services. In August 1955 Bill moved to Cleveland, Ohio, and formed the Echo Valley Boys, who were soon appearing every Saturday night on the Circle Theatre Jamboree. In the spring of 1957 Bill submitted some of his material to Frank J. Videmsek, president of the Island Record Company, and his first recording - Wash machine boogie and Ramblin´ man was soon on the presses. This was followed by Born with the blues, Breaking hearts, Sinful woman and Hula rock. Although Bill remained actively involved in songwriting and recording, national success eluded him and he died in January 1978, a victim of cancer.
(Rollercoaster) 4 tracks - small center - Sherry Davis met Gene Autry when she was taken to visit his house as a child, and from that day she wanted to be a singer. Success in Amateur Nights and Talent Shows led Sherry to singing on the Cowtown Round-Up where she met Smokey Montgomery who helped her join Texo Ted Gouldy´s Hired Hands about October 1949. The Hired Hands were effectively the Light Crust Doughboys in disguise and had a daily show on Radio WBAP, Fort Worth. About a year later Sherry switched to WBAP-TV´s Bewley Barn Dance which she co-hosted with Darrell Glenn, who was replaced by Pat Boone when Glenn went on the road to promote his big hit ´Crying In The Chapel´. Gene Autry encouraged Sherry to move to the West Coast about 1954. She recorded advertising jingles for American Music and played on the Foreman Phillips Show and Town Hall Party before becoming featured singer on the nationally syndicated Lawrence Welk TV Show. The American Music connection led to her disc debut ´God Speaks´/´Did You Stop To Pray This Morning?´ (Crest 1005). Sherry returned to Dallas in 1955 and was soon a regular on the Big D Jamboree playing alongside the biggest names in music. She also hosted KRLD-TV´s Opus ´56 show. In October 1956 Sherry became one of the very few artists ever to support a tour by RCA artist Elvis Presley; they played to over 60,000 people in 4 days. The following summer the Big D´s Ed McLemore and Johnny Hicks set up a recording session, financed by Ray Winkler (Radio KZIP, Amarillo), which took place in Norman Petty´s studio overnight July 25-26, 1957. Petty hired the musicians and it wasn´t until later that Sherry realised she´d been backed by Buddy Holly (lead guitar) and JI Allison (drums) who at the time were still a few weeks away from stardom with the Crickets. The other musicians were George Atwood on bass, Vi Petty on organ, the Picks (Bill & John Pickering and Bob Lapham) backing vocals and Jack Vaughan or Niki Sullivan on rhythm guitar. ´´Broken Promises´´ and ´´Humble Heart´´ made up the debut single on Winkler´s Fashion label (1001) in late August. Mitch Miller wanted to buy the masters for Columbia but the deal fell through when McLemore refused to relinquish the publishing rights; a devastating blow for Sherry as Miller would have been the perfect person to promote her career. The two songs have never been reissued until now and the original single is one of the highest priced discs to emerge from Texas. The two superb and previously unissued rockers on side one of this EP are a mystery. Sherry recognises her voice but cannot recall recording them. They were probably cut in Dallas about 1957. The classy backings may well be the Big D Jamboree houseband. Whatever the origins the two songs are among the best femme rockers to come out of Texas. This is just a little bit of Sherry Davis - further material by Sherry will appear on a forthcoming Rollercoaster CD, Highway 84. Sherry later worked the Holiday Inn circuit and then spent almost a decade as a Las Vegas headliner singing for lounge-pop genius Esquivel before retiring from music in 1971. It´s a pity we had to wait so long for Sherry´s first release in the UK, but maybe it´s not too late for her career to take off on this side of the Atlantic ....(John Ingman)
(2016/Stomper Time) 40 tracks (79:30) 20 page booklet! A generous 40 tracks taken from Gene Williams´ West Memphis-based Cotton Town Jubilee Record Company. The label, one of the last in Memphis to have a proper reissue, released a great selection of R´n´R, Rockabilly and Hillbilly from 1962 until its closure in 1971. 20-page booklet contains rare photos and full discography! In the grand scheme of musical matters, the name of Gene Williams may well not mean much to many people,but it is fair to say that this man of Dyess,Arkansas and one time neighbour of Johnny Cash, surely has a story to tell. Determined to make it somewhere in Show Business, Gene literally talked his way into having a Radio Show at KWAM in Memphis in 1957. His DJ work lit up the airwaves,the show was extended and he also became the Station´s sales manager. Ever ambitious, by January 1962, Gene was running the ´Cotton Town Jubilee´, a live radio show broadcast over KWAM every Saturday night, which lead to him opening the Cotton Town Jubilee Record Company later in that year,kicking off with the excellent Sonny Williams,his first signing. The CTJ radio show featured a variety of singers and musicians, who became regulars on the show and would record a large number of singles for the label. There were however exceptions,one being Jay Chevalier from Louisiana, who gained considerable fame for his political songs and a song about Billy Cannon a well known footballer. Jay was with CTJ for 2 years producing singles and an L.P. and is still working to this day. Another star of Memphis radio and records was Slim Rhodes, who began broadcasting his family band in the 1930´s. Slim´s main claim to fame today is the fact that he recorded a number of strong sides for Sam Phillips at Sun, which are much sought after in today´s world of Sun Records collectors. In 1963,Slim recorded a ´Live´ in the studio LP for CTJ and 3 of the Hottest tracks are included here. Whilst the radio show flourished, Gene began his long running ´Country junction TV Show´, which offered the same cast as the radio show,but with a few more guest stars of the era such as Merle Haggard and Ray Price. In 1968,the Big Screen beckoned and Gene and several members of his show were featured in ´The Sound of Country Music´ with Marty Robbins, Faron Young, Webb Pierce and Ray Price. In 1969 Gene financed his own movie ´Country Music Jamboree´, which exclusively featured the singers and musicians of the Jubilee.A soundtrack LP was issued, but Gene had already decided to shut down Cotton Town Jubilee records having had no hits and only local sales. On this CD are 40 of the finest recordings made for the label. There is a taste of Rock´n´Roll,Rockabilly,Hillbilly,Honky Tonk and a spectacular 1.20´´ of Bluegrass. I believe that only 3 of these titles have been released in the UK before,so this CD represents a ´breath of fresh air´for the music market place, albeit a long way from Arkansas. DAVE TRAVIS - Stomper Time Records
(Ace Records) 50´s ERA label material backed with his comeback LP cut in 1984. - This fine twofer is very much tied in with Ace’s history, especially with our original Chiswick label. The first album on Chiswick in 1977 was ´Hollywood Rock’n’Rol´” which contained some tracks by Glen Glenn that attracted appreciative reaction from European fans. Ace founder Ted Carroll met Glen near Los Angeles soon after and was able to assemble a new album that included alternate takes of his best-known songs plus some radio and TV performances. This was issued as ´The Glen Glenn Story´ in 1982, once again to much acclaim around the UK and Europe, which spurred Glen to return to the studio to make a new album, ´Everybody’s Movin’ Again´, released on Ace in 1984. Glen Glenn, real name Glen Troutman, was born in Missouri in 1934. Being raised near the Ozark Mountains meant that any musical career would have at least a country slant, but a move toSan Dimas, California brought fresh influences into the mix. He befriended guitar player Gary Lambert, and by 1954 they were working as a duo named Glen & Gary, The Missouri Mountain Boys, playing local dances and jamborees. They learnt a good deal of road craft as part of the Maddox Brothers’ touring show. Glen’s break as a rockabilly soloist came in early 1958 when he recorded ‘Everybody’s Movin’’ at Gold Star studio in LA, backed by Eddie Cochran’s bassist Connie ´´Guybo” Smith. Released on the Era label, the record became a strong seller. The follow-up, ‘Laurie Ann’ / ‘One Cup Of Coffee’, sold even better, but Glen’s career was interrupted by a two-year spell in the Army, although 1959 saw the release of another splendid rockabilly double-sider, ‘Would Ja’ / ‘Blue Jeans And A Boy’s Shirt’. All these releases featured distinctive rocking guitar work that rivals anything from the period. The material on the first album here includes strong versions of ‘Baby Let’s Play House’, ‘Be-Bop-A-Lula’, ‘Shake Rattle And Roll’, ‘Treat Me Nice’ and ‘I Got A Woman’. The 1984 album contains excellent covers of songs by Roy Orbison, Wayne Raney, Larry Williams, Johnny Cash and Hank Williams alongside Glen’s new version of the title track. The fine old-style rockabilly feel was achieved by Glen calling in Gary Lambert and Connie Smith, both of whom had played on his original Era recordings. Unsurprisingly, the results captured all the spirit of the 50s with drummer Ernie Lopez providing a fine framework for the many hot guitar licks, making the album one of the best and most convincing rockabilly remakes you could hope to find.
Inspired by the Hank Williams and Leadbelly recordings he heard as a teenager growing up outside of Boston, Jim Rooney began a musical journey that intersected with some of the biggest names in American music, including Bob Dylan, James Taylor, Bill Monroe, Muddy Waters, and Alison Krauss. In It for the Long Run: A Musical Odyssey is Rooney´s kaleidoscopic firsthand account of more than five decades of success as a performer, concert promoter, songwriter, music publisher, engineer, and record producer. As witness to and participant in over half a century of music history, Rooney provides a sophisticated window into American vernacular music. Following his stint as a Hayloft Jamboree hillbilly singer in the mid-1950s, Rooney managed Cambridge´s Club 47, a catalyst of the ´60s folk music boom. He soon moved to the Newport Folk Festival as talent coordinator and director, where he had a front-row seat to Dylan ´´going electric´´. In the 1970s, Rooney´s odyssey continued in Nashville, where he began engineering and producing records. His work helped alternative country music gain a foothold in Music City and culminated in Grammy nominations for singer-songwriters John Prine, Iris Dement, and Nanci Griffith. Later in his career, he was a key link connecting Nashville to Ireland´s folk music scene. Whether he´s writing songs or writing his memoir, Jim Rooney is the consummate storyteller. In It for the Long Run: A Musical Odyssey is his singular chronicle from the heart of Americana. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Jim Rooney. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/blak/008390de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.