Category Archives: Fifties Country

The Year 1952

A good year…if I do say so myself. We’re going to count down the top ten of the year 1952…in pop, country, and R&B. The music that year featured sounds that portended the birth of rock ‘n roll, the blossoming of the Golden Age of Country, and the droll mainstream charts couldn’t have been more ripe for steamrolling.  Webb Pierce and Hank Williams dominated the country charts while the white bread pop charts found Al Martino, Johnny Ray, and Rosemary Clooney. But it was the R&B charts that mirrored the emerging energy of swing, rhythm and blues, and rock with the likes of The Clovers, Ruth Brown, and The Five Royales.  The DOW Jones average closed at an all-time high of (a whopping) 269.86. Tune in for the countdown. 67 years in the rear-view on Sonoma County Community Radio.

No.
1Artist Title Album Buy
2Ella Fitzgerald Goody, Goody 75th Birthday Celebration [Disc 2] Amazon
3Percy Faith Delicado 16 Most Requested Songs Amazon
4Willie Mabon I Don't Know Atlantic Blues: Piano Amazon
5Eddy Arnold A Full Time Job Eddy's Song: A Full Time Job Amazon
6Al Martino Here In My Heart Magic Moments: Best Of 50's Po Amazon
7Ruth Brown 5-10-15 Hours Ruth Brown: Mama He Treats Your Daugher Mean & Other Hits Amazon
8Hank Williams I'll Never Get Out Of This World Alive Fifty Years Of Hits – Vol 5 Amazon
9Patti Page I Went To Your Wedding The Patti Page Collection: The Mercury Years, Volume 1 Amazon
10The 5 Royales Baby Don't Do It The Complete Singles 1952-1962 Amazon
11Webb Pierce Back Street Affair All Hits! [Disc 1] Amazon
12Eddie Fisher Wish You Were Here The Great American Crooners [Disc 5] Amazon
13Little Walter Juke Blues Classics '27_'69 [Disc 2] Amazon
14Carl Smith (When You Feel Like You're in Love) Don't Just Stand There The Essential Carl Smith (1950-1956) Amazon
15Rosemary Clooney Half As Much Tenderly Amazon
16Fats Domino Goin' Home Rock And Rollin Amazon
17Lefty Frizzell Give Me More, More, More (of Your Kisses) Shine, Shave, Shower (It's Sat. Night) Amazon
18Vera Lynn Auf Wiedersehn, Sweetheart White Cliffs Of Dover [Disc 1] Amazon
19Johnny Ace My Song Memorial Album Amazon
20Webb Pierce That Heart Belongs To Me All Hits! [Disc 1] Amazon
21Jo Stafford You Belong To Me Your Hit Parade – 1952 Amazon
22The Clovers One Mint Julep Atlantic Rhythm & Blues: 1947-1974 [Disc 1] Amazon
23Slim Whitman Indian Love Call Golden Age of Country Volume 5: The Wild Side of Life Amazon
24Johnny Ray Cry The Best Jukeboxhits Amazon
25Jimmy Forrest Night Train Mambo Rumba Gone Mambo Amazon
26Kitty Wells It Wasn't God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels Decca Country Classics 1934-1973 [Disc 2] Amazon
27Kay Starr Wheel Of Fortune Shutter Island [Disc 2] Amazon
28Billy Ward & the Dominoes Have Mercy Baby Doo Wop Box, Vol. 3: 101 More Vocal Group Gems from the Golden Age of Rock-N-Roll Disc 1 Amazon
29Webb Pierce Wondering All Hits! [Disc 1] Amazon
30Leroy Anderson Blue Tango Instrumental Gold [Disc 1] Amazon
31Lloyd Price Lawdy Miss Clawdy Sound Of The City, The – New Orleans [UK] Disc 1 Amazon
32Hank Williams Jambalaya (On the Bayou) 24 Greatest Amazon
33Bull Moose Jackson Nosey Joe Badman Jackson Thats Me Amazon
34Nat King Cole Unforgettable Magic Moments: Best Of 50's Pop (Disc 3) Amazon

Country Leftovers

Turkey leftovers? No, country leftovers. “…and I fell asleep with a troubled dream and dreamed I road on the hellbound train.” Just one line from one track from our Friday morning Deeper Roots show which focuses on some country songs ‘from the edge’. An eclectic blend of sometimes morose and other times kitschy stories of mid-century country singers looking for the next “Big Bad John” with stories of engine mishaps, disturbances of mind and relationships, and the general consensus of lyrical country that ‘the world is a monster’. Hillbillies, rabble rousers, and would-be crooners give us those tormented testimonies of country music. Join Dave Stroud for a very unusual collection of sounds from the archives of the fifties and sixties, when country blossomed; the songs he’s going to feature had a hard time cracking the Top 100 because the stories told are ‘out there’, even for country music.

No.
1Artist Title Album Buy
2Dick Flood Hellbound Train Hillbillies In Hell (Country Music's Tormented Testament 1952-1974) Amazon
3Bill Anderson Goodbye Cruel World Hillbillies In Hell – Country Music's Tormented Testament (1952-1974) The Final Chapter Amazon
4Rocky Porter The World Is A Monster The World Is A Monster Amazon
5Johnny Tyler God's Gonna Turn Us To Dust Hillbillies In Hell (Country Music's Tormented Testament 1952-1974) Amazon
6Buck Ritchey The Slave Hillbillies In Hell (Country Music's Tormented Testament 1952-1974) Amazon
7Anita Carter Satan's Child Hillbillies In Hell – Country Music's Tormented Testament (1952-1974) The Final Chapter Amazon
8Art Kilmer & The Up-Town Four The Devil's Twist Hillbillies In Hell (Country Music's Tormented Testament 1952-1974) Amazon
9Roy And Georgia And The SO And SO's Devil Get Away From Me Hillbillies In Hell – Country Music's Tormented Testament (1952-1974) The Rapture Amazon
10David Ingles (Satan Has Been) Paralyzed Hillbillies In Hell – Country Music's Tormented Testament (1952-1974) The Final Chapter Amazon
11Jimmy Minor Satan's Chauffeur Hillbillies In Hell (Country Music's Tormented Testament 1952-1974) Amazon
12Steve Bledsoe Bang, Bang You're Dead Hillbillies In Hell – Country Music's Tormented Testament (1952-1974) The Final Chapter Amazon
13The Looper Trio Life Beyond Death Hillbillies In Hell – Country Music's Tormented Testament (1952-1974) The Rapture Amazon
14Danny Dill The Eyes Of Death The Hangman's Blues: Prison Songs In Country Music (1956-1972) Amazon
15Hank Williams The Angel Of Death Hillbillies in Hell Country Musics Tormented Testament Volume 5 Amazon
16Autry Inman Six Rounds Of Love And Hate Hillbillies In Hell – Country Music's Tormented Testament (1952-1974) The Final Chapter Amazon
17Johnny Price Marijuana, The Devil Flower Hillbillies In Hell (Country Music's Tormented Testament 1952-1974) Amazon
18Don Bowman Spanish Weed 1967 (Warped 6706) Amazon
19Wendell Austin (And The Country Swings) LSD Hillbillies In Hell (Country Music's Tormented Testament 1952-1974) Amazon
20Bud Freeman & The Summa Cum Laude Orchestra Please Tell The World (A Message From The Grave) Hillbillies In Hell – Country Music's Tormented Testament (1952-1974) The Final Chapter Amazon
21Red River Dave California Hippie Murders Hillbillies In Hell (Country Music's Tormented Testament 1952-1974) Amazon
22Mel Tillis Loco Weed (Single Version) The Best of Mel Tillis Amazon
23Olin Bingham They Wouldn't Listen To A Kid Hillbillies In Hell – Country Music's Tormented Testament (1952-1974) The Final Chapter Amazon
24Jack Cook My Evil Mind Twisted Tales From The Vinyl Wastelands Volume 1 Amazon
25Ray Sanders Graveyard Dance Hillbillies In Hell – Country Music's Tormented Testament (1952-1974) The Final Chapter Amazon
26Bill Carter Shot Four Times And Dyin' Twisted Tales From The Vinyl Wastelands Volume 2 Amazon
27Travelin' Texans Beating On The Bars Twisted Tales From The Vinyl Wastelands Volume 2 Amazon
28Len Barrow Hades Highway Hillbillies In Hell (Country Music's Tormented Testament 1952-1974) Amazon
29Don Bailey Fourteen Stories Down Hillbillies In Hell (Country Music's Tormented Testament 1952-1974) Amazon
30Charlie Gore Sin City Hillbillies In Hell – Country Music's Tormented Testament (1952-1974) The Final Chapter Amazon
31Eddie Noack Ain't The Reaping Ever Done Hillbillies In Hell – Country Music's Tormented Testament (1952-1974) The Final Chapter Amazon
32Eddie Noack Before You Use That Gun Hillbillies In Hell – Country Music's Tormented Testament (1952-1974) The Final Chapter Amazon
33Troy Hess Please Don't Go Topless, Mother Hillbillies in Hell Country Musics Tormented Testament Volume 5 Amazon
34Jimmy Dean Big Bad John (Uncensored Version) Best of Answer Songs vol 3 Amazon
35Wanda Jackson Jesus Put A Yodel In My Soul Hillbillies in Hell Country Musics Tormented Testament Volume 5 Amazon

Moon Baby

A laid back Friday morning in store as we celebrate a century of America’s music with classics from every corner. Dave Stroud hosts with a potpourri of doo wop, gospel, rock, R&B, soul, and country wrapped up just for Deeper Roots listeners out there. We’ll be hearing from Johnny Cash, The Ravens, Mike Farris, (more than one) Bo Diddley, and The Neville Brothers as we watch the trees turn their late summer umber under warm Sonoma County September skies. Tune in for the very best, including The Living Sisters and The Andrews Sisters, side by side, this one time. Only on Community Radio because all other $$$ stations fail to play with heart.

No.
1Artist Title Album Buy
2Bo Diddley Moon Baby Bo Diddley Is A Lover Amazon
3Johnny Cash I'm Ragged But I'm Right Life Amazon
4Mike Farris Tennessee Girl Silver & Stone Amazon
5Bruce Springsteen Old Dan Tucker We Shall Overcome: The Seeger Sessions [DualDisc] Disc 1 Amazon
6Bruce Springsteen I Ain't Got No Home Folkways: A Vision Shared-A Tribute To Woody Guthrie And Leadbelly Amazon
7Eddie Money Two Tickets to Paradise Greatest Hits: The Sound of Money Amazon
8Mudcrutch Shady Grove Mudcrutch Amazon
9David Lindley and Wally Ingram Pay Bo Diddley Twango Bango Deluxe Amazon
10Bo Diddley Crackin' Up Go Bo Diddley Amazon
11John Fogerty Blue Moon Nights Blue Moon Swamp Amazon
12John Hiatt Dust Down a Country Road Walk On Amazon
13Johnny Cash W. Lee O Daniel (And The Light Crust Dough Boys) Johnny Cash Is Coming To Town & Water From The Wells Of Home Amazon
14The Light Crust Doughboys Loud Mouth The Western Swing: Doughboys, Playboys, & Cowboys – Playboy Stomp [Disc 2] Amazon
15Little Jimmy Dickens Me And My Big Loud Mouth Four Classic Albums Plus Singles 1954-1962 Amazon
16Sister Emily Bram Each Day Nuggets Of The Golden Age Of Gospel 1945-1958 Amazon
17Brother Joe May Working On A Building The Great Gospel Men: 27 Classic Performances By The Greatest Gospel Men Amazon
18Ruthie Foster Death Came A'Knockin' Oxford American Southern Music Texas Amazon
19The Neville Brothers A Change Is Gonna Come Yellow Moon Amazon
20Ry Cooder Waitin' For Some Girl I, Flathead Amazon
21Dan Penn I'm Living Good The Fame Recordings Amazon
22The Redcaps Just For You The Dawn Of Doo-Wop Vol. 1 Amazon
23The Ravens Careless Love The Dawn Of Doo-Wop Vol. 2- Birdland Amazon
24The Flamingos Ko Ko Mo The Best Of The Flamingos Amazon
25The Cadillacs Betty My Love For Collectors Only (Disc 1) Amazon
26Louis Jordan And His Tympany Five w/ Ella Fitzgerald Stone Cold Dead In The Market Louis Jordan And His Tympany Five / 1944 – 1946 Amazon
27The Andrews Sisters Rum And Coca-Cola 20th Century Masters: Millenni Amazon
28The Living Sisters (You Don't Know) How Glad I Am Love to Live Amazon
29Aretha Franklin Do Right Woman, Do Right Man [Stereo Version][*][Version] I Never Loved a Man the Way I Love You Amazon
30Solomon Burke Take Me (Just As I Am) King Solomon / I Wish I Knew Amazon
31The Ink Spots When The Swallows Come Back To Capistrano The Dawn Of Doo-Wop Vol. 1 Amazon
32Nick Lowe & His Cowboy Outfit She Don't Love Nobody The Rose of England Amazon
33Hank Thompson The King Of Western Swing The Best Of Hank Thompson 1966-1979 Amazon

Country Gamblers

Gamblers, ramblers, casinos. Barstools, loaded dice, tumbling dice, poker hands, and the demon rum, and chance. Honky-tonks, Vegas, and craps…all for you on the country side. Join Dave Stroud for a high-falootin’ time on Deeper Roots as the demon chance teams up with casino country in music. We’ll walk the fine carpets of the Vegas casino as well as the sawdust floors of the country bar with performances by Buck Owens, Tex Williams, The Country Gentleman, and Jimmie Dolan. We’re heading out west to pay a little bit of an homage to the gaming side of the stories this week on Community Radio for Sonoma County. Hope you can join in.

No.
1Artist Title Album Buy
2Jimmie Dolan Playin' Dominoes And Shootin' Dice Juke Box Boogie Amazon
3Ramblin' Jack Elliott Roving Gambler Best Of The Vanguard Years Amazon
4Norma Jean The Gambler And The Lady The Best of Country Amazon
5Joe Ely Gambler's Bible Time For Travelin' – The Best Of Joe Ely Amazon
6The Fabulous Thunderbirds Roll Of The Dice Roll Of The Dice Amazon
7Jim Lauderdale Rollin' the Dice The Hummingbirds Amazon
8Jimmy & The Mustangs Roll The Dice Another Round Amazon
9Dick Curless The Game of Love and Poker A Tombstone Every Mile (7CD Set) CD5 (1950-1969) Amazon
10Buck Owens Big In Vegas (Live in Las Vegas) Buck 'Em! Volume Two: The Music Of Buck Owens (1967-1975) Amazon
11Buck Owens Las Vegas Lament (Live in Las Vegas) Buck 'Em! Volume Two: The Music Of Buck Owens (1967-1975) Amazon
12Si Cranstoun Vegas Baby Old School Amazon
13Southern Culture On The Skids 40 Miles To Vegas Bootleggers Choice Amazon
14Elvis Presley & The Jordanaires Viva Las Vegas Elvis Viva Las Vegas – official soundtrack Amazon
15Hank Snow The Queen Of Draw Poker Town I'm Still Movin' On [Disc 1] Amazon
16Patsy Cline Turn The Cards Slowly The Patsy Cline Collection: Honky Tonk Merry Go Round Amazon
17Kenny Rogers The Gambler Superstars Of Country – Party Time [Disc 2] Amazon
18Merle Haggard Kentucky Gambler The Lonesome Fugitive: The Merle Haggard Anthology 1963-1977 [Disc 2] Amazon
19Merle Travis Gambler's Guitar The Guitar Picker CD3 (1951-53) Amazon
20Tex Williams Downtown Poker Club Vintage Collections Amazon
21Jerry Reed The Uptown Poker Club The Essential Jerry Reed Amazon
22Chip Taylor Thursday Night Las Vegas Airport Unglorious Hallelujah (1 of 2) Amazon
23T.Texas Tyler Deck of Cards Country & Western Hit Parade 1948 Amazon
24Sons of the Pioneers Texas Crapshooter Songs of the Prairie – CD3 Amazon
25Red Foley Playin' Dominoes And Shootin' Dice Hillbilly Fever [Disc 4] Amazon
26Bobby Bare With Jeannie Bare Vegas The Essential Bobby Bare Amazon
27The Country Gentlemen King of Spades The Complete Vanguard Recordings Amazon
28Willie Nelson Playin' Dominoes and Shootin' Dice Rainbow Connection Amazon
29Linda Ronstadt Tumbling Dice Simple Dreams Amazon
30Juice Newton Queen Of Hearts Juice Newton's Greatest Hits (And More) Amazon
31Sheryl Crow Leaving Las Vegas Tuesday Night Music Club Amazon
32Tom Russell Rambler, Gambler Song Of The West – The Cowboy Collection Amazon

Fat Daddy

“…crazy ’bout that woman ’cause Caldonia is her name”. Tune in for a mix of sounds coming from the free form archives, celebrating a century of America’s music as is the habit each Friday morning at 9 on Sonoma County Community Radio. We’ll be exploring the Cherry Red Blues, Evil Gal Blues, and Louis Jordan’s jump piece Caldonia as part of our show today. Country sounds feature two Georges: Strait and Jones, soul sounds from The Miracles and Arthur Alexander, rhythm & blues from the ladies including Varetta Dillard, Etta James, and Albinia Jones, and an oddball opening set that takes us down into some strange and exotic places “Ahbe Casaba” and “Katanga!”

No.
1Artist Title Album Buy
2Dinah Washington Fat Daddy Rock 'N' Roll Early Years – Vol. 3 Amazon
3Ike Turner & His Kings Of Rhythm Katanga! Katanga! Ahbe Casabe: Exotic Blues & Rhythm VOL. 1 & 2 Amazon
4Classie Ballou Classie's Whip Katanga! Ahbe Casabe: Exotic Blues & Rhythm VOL. 1 & 2 Amazon
5Eddie Cole & The Three Peppers Police Katanga! Ahbe Casabe: Exotic Blues & Rhythm VOL. 1 & 2 Amazon
6Kip Tyler Shadow Street Katanga! Ahbe Casabe: Exotic Blues & Rhythm VOL. 1 & 2 Amazon
7Jimmy Rushing Where Were You Katanga! Ahbe Casabe: Exotic Blues & Rhythm VOL. 1 & 2 Amazon
8Fats Waller Your Feet's Too Big The Joint Is Jumpin' Amazon
9Fats Waller Believe It Beloved Honeysuckle Rose Amazon
10The Three Riffs Cherry In My Lemon And Lime Hot Harmony Groups 1932-1951: Vol 1: That's the Rhythm Amazon
11Big Joe Turner Hollywood Red (Cherry Red Blues) Big, Bad & Blue: Anthology [Disc 1] Amazon
12Dave Alvin and Phil Alvin Cherry Red Blues Lost Time Amazon
13Aretha Franklin Evil Gal Blues Aretha Sings The Blues Amazon
14Albinia Jones Evil Gal Blues Vocal Blues & Jazz Vol. 4 (1938) Amazon
15Etta James Tell Mama Blues Classics '27_'69 [Disc 3] Amazon
16Varetta Dillard I Can't Help Myself Got You On My Mind Amazon
17The Browns You Can't Grow Peaches On a Cherry Tree Classics 1964-1966 (Warped 6529) Amazon
18Ersel Hickey Bluebirds Over The Mountain Bob Dylan Presents: Radio Radio, Theme Time Radio Hour, Vol. 3 Amazon
19George Strait All My Ex's Live In Texas 50 Number Ones [Disc 1] Amazon
20George Jones Just One More Bob Dylan Presents: Radio Radio, Theme Time Radio Hour, Vol. 3 Amazon
21Ned Miller From A Jack To A King Classic Country Amazon
22Smokey Robinson & The Miracles Whole Lot Of Shakin' In My Heart (Since I Met You) The 35th Anniversary Collection [Disc 2] Amazon
23The Spinners It's a Shame One of a Kind Love Affair Disc 1 Amazon
24Arthur Alexander Cry Like A Baby The Monument Years Amazon
25Wilson Pickett I Found A True Love A Man & A Half: The Best Of Wilson Pickett [Disc 2] Amazon
26Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet Band Rock & Roll Never Forgets Night Moves Amazon
27Louis Jordan Caldonia Number Ones Amazon
28Lil Palmore Lil's Caldonia Boogie Boogie Woogie Gals – 1939-57 Amazon
29Van Morrison Caledonia Swing Keep Me Singing [LP] Amazon
30The Five Stars Where Did Caldonia Go Rhythm 'N' Blues: Early Doo Wop 1943-55, vol. 2 Amazon
31Huey "Piano" Smith Would You Believe it, I Have a Cold (Doctors) Bob Dylan Presents: Radio Radio, Theme Time Radio Hour, Vol. 3 Amazon
32Buddy Emmons/Ray Pennington/Swing Shift Band You Don't Have to Be a Baby to Cry Swingin' by Request Amazon
33Garnet Mimms & The Enchanters Cry Baby Birth Of Soul: 1 Amazon
34Full Tilt Boogie Band/Janis Joplin Cry Baby Janis Joplin's Greatest Hits Amazon
35John Fogerty River Is Waiting Revival Amazon

Red River Valley

Deeper Roots will be filling in for Steady Eddie’s show this week while Eddie takes a well-deserved vacation. And Dave Stroud is jumping into those two hours with a nostalgic mix of Stephen Foster, western campfire trail songs, and silver screen sendups of life on the trail. Join the fun with some classic Bob Wills, Marty Robbins, Jimmie Driftwood, and John Hartford as we listen to those crickets callin’ and those coyotes makin’ their wail. Listening to the music as the wind is strummin’ a sagebrush guitar. A hundred years of America’s music on Sonoma County Community Radio on Deeper Roots.

No.
1Artist Title Album Buy
2Emmylou Harris & The Nash Ramblers Get Up John At The Ryman [Live] Amazon
3Cowboy Jack Clement Beautiful Dreamer Divided & United: The Songs of the Civil War Amazon
4John Hartford Lorena Good'le Days: Essential Recordings Amazon
5Clint Eastwood Claudia's Theme/Main Title – Unforgiven 75 Years-Warner Brothers (Scores-1) Amazon
6Mavis Staples Hard Times Come Again No More Beautiful Dreamer: the Songs of Stephen Foster Amazon
7Lee Marvin Wand'rin Star Rare Songs Played on Radio, Vol. 1 Amazon
8Marilyn Monroe River Of No Return The Essential Marilyn Monroe Amazon
9Dean Martin,John Wayne & Ricky Nelson My Rifle, My Pony And Me My Rifle, My Pony And Me Amazon
10Kirk Douglas And The Moon Grew Brighter My Rifle, My Pony And Me Amazon
11Jimmie Driftwood When I Swim the Golden River Six Classic Albums Plus Bonus Singles Amazon
12Marty Robbins Red River Valley All-Time Greatest Hits Amazon
13Asleep at the Wheel Miles and Miles of Texas The Very Best of Asleep at the Wheel Since 1970 Amazon
14Willie Nelson Sugar Moon You Don't Know Me: The Songs of Cindy Walker Amazon
15Bob Wills Sugar Moon 1946 (Warped 4677) Amazon
16Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys Along The Navajo Trail Take Me Back to Tulsa 3 – Just A Plain Old Country Boy Amazon
17Asleep at the Wheel Navajo Trail (with Willie Nelson and The Quebe Sisters) Still the King: A Celebration of the Music of Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys Amazon
18Merle Kilgore Nevada Smith My Rifle, My Pony And Me Amazon
19Sons of the Pioneers Tumbling Tumbleweeds Tumbling Tumbleweeds – The RCA Victor Years Voume 1 Amazon
20Tex Ritter High Noon Famous Country Music Makers Amazon
21Johnny Horton North To Alaska My Rifle, My Pony And Me Amazon
22Elmer Bernstein: Royal Philharmonic Pops Orchestra The Magnificent Seven Elmer Bernstein by Elmer Bernstein Amazon
23Jason Isbell Johnny Reb, That's Me You Don't Know Me: Rediscovering Eddy Arnold Amazon
24Jay Unger And Molly Mason With Fiddle Fever Ashokan Farewell Songs Of The Civil War Amazon
25Johnny Bond Red River Valley History Of Country & Western Music – Vol. 9 Amazon
26Roy Rogers Don't Fence Me In My Rifle, My Pony And Me Amazon
27Frankie Laine Gunfight At O.K. Corral My Rifle, My Pony And Me Amazon
28Asleep at the Wheel South of the Border (with George Strait) Still the King: A Celebration of the Music of Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys Amazon
29Asleep at the Wheel San Antonio Rose Western Standard Time Amazon
30Ennio Morricone The Good, The Bad And The Ugly Stick It In: A Virgin Compilation Amazon
31Jay Unger, Paul Roebling & David McCullough Ashokan Farewell – Sullivan Ballou Letter The Civil War Amazon

Jumpin’ Jack

Free form provides our weekly exploration a wider berth in which to stretch our wings. And that’s precisely why I take a free form journey every week or so on Deeper Roots. This week we’ll be featuring at least two tracks from the great Ella Mae Morse, some R&B and Doo Wop from The Cardinals and Ruth Brown, a rare track you may never hear elsewhere featuring the late, great Dr. John, and selected tracks from John Prine, Nat King Cole, The Orlons, and a golden classic country favorite from George Jones. We’re just scratching the surface as we sail through two hours of gospel, tradition, pop, rock, country, bluegrass (inhale), blues, and jazz. Don’t miss this week’s Friday stroll on Sonoma County Community Radio.

No.
1Artist Title Album Buy
2Ella Mae Morse Jumpin' Jack Jumpin' Like Mad: Cool Cats & Hip Chicks Non-Stop Dancin' [Disc 2] Amazon
3Ruth Brown Daddy Daddy Atlantic Rhythm And Blues: 1947-1974 [Disc 2] Amazon
4The Cardinals Wheel Of Fortune Atlantic Rhythm & Blues: 1947-1974 [Disc 1] Amazon
5Kay Starr Wheel Of Fortune Magic Moments – The Best Of 50's Pop (Disc 1) Amazon
6Dr. John Let's Make A Better World (LP Version) Destively Bonnaroo (US Release) Amazon
7Big Joe Turner Hide and Seek Big Joe Rocks Amazon
8Sammy Price Trio/Sister Rosetta Tharpe Strange Things Happening Everyday The Gospel of Blues Amazon
9The Clara Ward Singers Traveling Shoes Meetin' Tonight! Amazon
10Maria Muldaur Travelin' Shoes Waitress In a Donut Shop Amazon
11Blind Alfred Reed You Must Unload Complete Recorded Works 1927-29 Amazon
12Ry Cooder You Must Unload The Prodigal Son Amazon
13Ray Barretto Y Su Charanga Moderna El Watusi Rock Instrumental Classics Vol. 4: Soul Amazon
14Orlons The Wah-Watusi Cameo Parkway 1957-1967 Disc 1 Amazon
15Ricky Nelson Travelin' Man Fifty Years Of Hits – Vol 10 Amazon
16J.J. Cale Travelin' Light Troubadour Amazon
17Billie Holiday w/Paul Whiteman Travelin' Light Capitol Jazz 50th Anniversary Collection [Disc 1] Amazon
18Nat King Cole Dream A Little Dream Of Me The Nat King Cole Trio: The Complete Capitol Transcription Sessions [Disc 3] Amazon
19Bert Kaempfert Wimoweh That Happy Feeling Amazon
20S.A. Solomon Linda'S Original Evening Birds Mbube The Secret Museum Of Mankind Vol. 4: Ethnic Music Classics (1925 – 48) Amazon
21Merle Haggard And The Strangers Travelin' Blues Same Train, A Different Time Amazon
22Dave Alvin and Phil Alvin Papa's on the House Top Lost Time Amazon
23Dave Alvin Don't Look Now West of the West Amazon
24John Prine/Susan Tedeschi Color of the Blues For Better, Or Worse Amazon
25George Jones Color Of The Blues The Best Of George Jones: 1955-1967 Amazon
26Steve Earle Hillbilly Highway Guitar Town Amazon
27Steve Earle; The Milk Carton Kids Custer Look Again to the Wind: Johnny Cash's Bitter Tears Revisited Amazon
28Johnny Cash Understand Your Man 16 Biggest Hits Amazon
29Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers Travelin' Playback Disc 6 Amazon
30Dr. John Old Settlers Live at Magfest 2014 Amazon
31Cousin Joe How Come My Dog Don't Bark? …..From New Orleans' Amazon

The Year 1954

We’re going to count down the top ten of the year 1954…in pop, country, and R&B. Nothing special about that year, just a random pick; but it was the year that Marilyn Monroe married Joltin’ Joe D. It was the year the Army-McCarthy hearings convened. The words “under God” were added to the Pledge of Allegiance. It was also a year of firsts:  That’s Alright, Mama, Elvis’ first big hit, was released on Sun Records, the first Burger King opened, and the first transistor radio was developed and announced by high-tech’s Texas Instruments. The DOW Jones average closed at an all-time high of (a whopping) 382.74. Tune in for the countdown. 65 years in the rear-view on Sonoma County Community Radio.

No.
1Artist Title Album Buy
2Frank Sinatra Young At Heart The Complete Capitol Singles Collection [Disc 1] Amazon
3The Midnighters Annie Had a Baby Rhythm 'N' Blues: Early Doo Wop 1943-55, vol. 2 Amazon
4Archie Bleyer Hernando's Hideaway Your Hit Parade – 1954 Amazon
5Johnnie & Jack (Oh Baby Mine) I Get So Lonely Golden Age of Country Volume 4: Honky-Tonk Man [Disc 2] Amazon
6The Midnighters Sexy Ways Doo Wop Box, Vol. 3: 101 More Vocal Group Gems from the Golden Age of Rock-N-Roll Disc 1 Amazon
7Doris Day Secret Love The Best Of Doris Day Amazon
8Jim Reeves Bimbo Classic Country Hits 'Your Cheatin Heart' Disc 1 Amazon
9Guitar Slim The Things That I Used To Do Living The Blues: Blues Masters Amazon
10The Four Aces Three Coins In The Fountain A Proper Introduction To The Four Aces – Heart And Soul Amazon
11Webb Pierce Even Tho All Hits! [Disc 1] Amazon
12Faye Adams Hurts Me to My Heart Keeper of My Heart Amazon
13Four Knights I Get So Lonely (When I Dream About You) Your Hit Parade – 1954 Amazon
14Hank Snow It Don't Hurt Anymore The Essential Hank Snow Amazon
15Roy Hamilton You'll Never Walk Alone Anthology 1 Amazon
16Eddie Fisher Oh! My Papa Your Hit Parade #1 Hits Of The '50s Amazon
17Eddy Arnold I Don't Really Want to Know (Remake) The Essential Eddy Arnold Amazon
18The Chords Sh-Boom Doo Wop Box Disc 1 Amazon
19Jo Stafford Make Love To Me Your Hit Parade – 1954 Amazon
20Webb Pierce More And More All Hits! [Disc 1] Amazon
21Ruth Brown Oh What A Dream Miss Rhythm Greatest Hits And More Disc 2 Amazon
22The Crew Cuts Sh-Boom (Life Could Be A Dream) Magic Moments: Best Of 50's Pop (Disc 2) Amazon
23Kitty Wells One By One (w/Red Foley) Singles Amazon
24Big Joe Turner Shake, Rattle and Roll Big Joe Rocks Amazon
25Rosemary Clooney Hey There Magic Moments – The Best Of 50's Pop (Disc 1) Amazon
26Webb Pierce Slowly All Hits! [Disc 1] Amazon
27Hank Ballard & The Midnighters Work With Me Annie The Roots Of Frank Zappa Amazon
28Hugo Winterhalter & His Orchestra/Perry Como Wanted The Very Best of Perry Como Amazon
29Hank Thompson & His Brazos Valley Boys Wake Up Irene Vintage Collections Amazon
30The Drifters With Clyde McPhatter Honey Love (Single/LP Version) Clyde McPhatter & The Drifters Amazon
31Kitty Kallen Little Things Mean A Lot Magic Moments: Best Of 50's Pop (Disc 3) Amazon
32Stuart Hamblen This Ole House Classic Country Amazon
33Rosemary Clooney This Ole House 16 Most Requested Songs (K) Amazon
34The Crows Gee Doo Wop Box Disc 1 Amazon
35Bill Haley & His Comets Dim, Dim The Lights (I Want Some Atmosphere) (Single Version) Rock Around The Clock Amazon
36The Four Tunes I Understand (Just How You Feel) Greatest R&B Hits of 1954, Vol. 9 Amazon

Brothers in Harmony

Harmony. That blend of knowing how the instruments and vocals will reverberate against each other…and the Delmore Brothers introduced the tightest of harmonies combining the early sentiments of gospel, folk, and blues, becoming, in their time, the most popular act on the Grand Ole Opry. The Louvin Brothers were blessed with not only pure complementing vocal chops but an innate sense of timing. Others, like the Osbornes, the Stanleys, and the Monroes took the Appalachian folk sound of what would become bluegrass to another level, using their kinship as a vault that would surpass others whose symbiotic relationships would often lack the requisite DNA (not to mention timing). Deeper Roots explores a number of performers who leveraged that DNA to set themselves apart from others on the stage. It’s sibling country harmony this week on Sonoma County Community Radio. Join in the fun!

No.
1Artist Title Album Buy
2The Everly Brothers Roving Gambler Songs Our Daddy Taught Us Amazon
3The Monroe Brothers Roll In My Sweet Baby's Arms Bob Dylan Presents: Radio Radio, Theme Time Radio Hour, Vol. 3 Amazon
4The Monroe Brothers Nine Pound Hammer Is Too Heavy Harry Smith's Anthology Of American Folk Music, Vol. 4 [Disc 1] Amazon
5The Monroe Brothers On The Banks Of The Ohio What Would You Give In Exchange For Your Soul? Volume One Amazon
6Bill Monroe New River Train The Essential Bill Monroe & The Monroe Brothers Amazon
7The Delmore Brothers Brown's Ferry Blues Chicago 1933, New Orleans 1935 [Disc 1] Amazon
8The Delmore Brothers Hillbilly Boogie Boogie Man Boogie Amazon
9The Delmore Brothers Lonesome Yodel Blues Chicago 1933, New Orleans 1935 [Disc 1] Amazon
10The Delmore Brothers Southern Moon Hillbilly Boogie Best Amazon
11The Delmore Brothers I've Got The Big River Blues Chicago 1933, New Orleans 1935 [Disc 1] Amazon
12The Stanley Brothers Rank Strangers Back Roads to Cold Mountain Amazon
13The Stanley Brothers I'm A Man Of Constant Sorrow Stanley Brothers & Clinch Mountain Boys Amazon
14The Stanley Brothers Let Me Be Your Friend Stanley Brothers & Clinch Mountain Boys Amazon
15The Stanley Brothers Poor Ellen Smith An Evening Long Ago: Live 1956 Amazon
16The Blue Sky Boys Only One Step More Something Got A Hold Of Me Amazon
17Blue Sky Boys I'm S-A-V-E-D 1939-1940 (Warped 3976) Amazon
18The Blue Sky Boys Mary Of The Wild Moor East Virginia Blues (When The Sun Goes Down Series) Amazon
19Blue Sky Boys Story of the Knoxville Girl The Chronological Classics 1937-1938 (Warped 3807) Amazon
20The Louvin Brothers Knoxville Girl Capitol Country Music Classics Amazon
21The Louvin Brothers I Don't Believe You've Met My Baby Capitol Country Music Classics Amazon
22The Louvin Brothers If I Could Only Win Your Love Capitol Country Music Classics Amazon
23The Louvin Brothers Pitfall Close Harmony [Disc 2] Amazon
24Osborne Brothers Take This Hammer 1963-1965 (Warped 6361) Amazon
25Osborne Brothers Charlie Cotton 1963-1965 (Warped 6361) Amazon
26Osborne Brothers My Sweet Love Ain't Around 1968-1974 Disc 2 Amazon
27Osborne Brothers Gotta Travel On 1963-1965 (Warped 6361) Amazon
28The Everly Brothers Crying In The Rain Heartaches & Harmonies [Disc 2] Amazon
29The Everly Brothers I'm Here To Get My Baby Out Of Jail Heartaches & Harmonies [Disc 1] Amazon
30The Everly Brothers Down In The Willow Garden Songs Our Daddy Taught Us Amazon
31The Everly Brothers Take a Message to Mary A Portrait of Dylan Amazon
32The Louvin Brothers Cash On The Barrelhead Capitol Country Music Classics Amazon
33The Louvin Brothers When I Stop Dreaming Capitol Country Music Classics Amazon
34The Louvin Brothers The Great Atomic Power Capitol Country Music Classics Amazon

Western Sunsets

This week’s show has us revisiting the Old Chisholm Trail and prairie passages that resemble all things that follow those romantic icons whose life on the range was less than what their songs usually embellish. In the western sunsets where John Lomax first went out in search of the ‘cowboy song’, we’ll explore more enlightened performances from the silver screen to the deep folk traditions that have become so laminated with romance that it’s hard to see the images beneath. This week’s show will take us from Carl T. Sprague, the original cowboy crooner, to Johnny Horton, Fess Parker, Rex Allen, and Roy Rogers. The music is sometimes sappy (Rick Nelson’s My Rifle, My Pony, and Me), sometimes light (Roy Rogers’ My Chickashay Girl), and other times full of storytelling and history. So many performances to light up the evening sky…just before dusk…just before that ceiling of stars appears in the night sky. Join us for our first live show from our new KOWS studios in downtown Santa Rosa.

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1Artist Title Album Buy
2Rex Allen The Covered Wagon Riding All Day Amazon
3Jimmie Rodgers Prairie Lullaby Recordings 1927 – 1933 [Disc 5] Amazon
4Carl T. Sprague O Bury Me Not on the Lone Prairie …I Listen to the Wind That Obliterates My Traces Amazon
5The Carter Family Cowboy Jack On Border Radio – 1939 – vol. 2 Amazon
6Rhubarb Red Little Green Valley (Radio) Cowboy Crooners Sing Songs Of The West Cd 1 Amazon
7The Riders Of The Purple Sage Cool Water (Radio) Cowboy Crooners Sing Songs Of The West Cd 1 Amazon
8Bill Boyd's Cowboy Ramblers The Strawberry Roan Saturday Night Rag 1934-1936 Vol. 1 Amazon
9Hank Snow I Traded My Saddle for a Rifle 1942-1943 (Warped 4206) Amazon
10Rex Allen Dreaming of the Western Plains Riding All Day Amazon
11Roy Rogers My Chickashay Girl 1942-1947 (Warped 4561) Amazon
12Roy Rogers Don't Fence Me In My Rifle, My Pony And Me Amazon
13Sons of the Pioneers Moonlight On the Prairie Songs of the Prairie – CD1 Amazon
14Sons of the Pioneers Cool Water Cool Water & 17 Western Favorites Amazon
15Charlie Haden Oh Shenandoah Charlie Haden Family & Friends – Rambling Boy Amazon
16Al Caiola & His Orchestra Bonanza TV Land presents Favorite TV Theme Songs Amazon
17Various The Virginian Television's Greatest Hits Vol.II – 65 More TV Themes 50s and 60s Amazon
18Johnny Western The Ballad Of Paladin Columbia Country Classics, Vol. 3: Americana Amazon
19Johnny Cash The Rebel Johnny Yuma My Rifle, My Pony And Me Amazon
20Lee Marvin Wand'rin Star Rare Songs Played on Radio, Vol. 1 Amazon
21Dean Martin Rio Bravo My Rifle, My Pony And Me Amazon
22Rick Nelson My Rifle My Pony And Me (w/ Dean Martin) Legacy [Disc 1] Amazon
23Marty Robbins Ballad Of The Alamo My Rifle, My Pony And Me Amazon
24Frankie Laine Rawhide The Cowboy Album Amazon
25Johnny Horton Sleepy-Eyed John Honky Tonk Man: The Essential Johnny Horton 1956-1960 (2 of 2) Amazon
26Patsy Montana My Dear Old Arizona Home The Best Of Patsy Montana Amazon
27Roy Rogers Rock Me to Sleep in My Saddle 1942-1947 (Warped 4561) Amazon
28Fess Parker The Ballad Of Davy Crockett The Cowboy Album Amazon
29Vaughn Monroe (Ghost) Riders In The Sky (A Cowboy Legend) The Cowboy Album Amazon
30Johnny Cash The Sons Of Katie Elder My Rifle, My Pony And Me Amazon
31Gene Autry Red River Valley The Essential Gene Autry 1933-1946 Amazon
32Johnny Bond Twilight On The Trail Country Hits Vol. 6 Amazon
33The Sons Of The Pioneers O Bury Me Not On The Lone Prairie Sons Of The Pioneers Amazon
34The Cinema Sound Orchestra High Noon Western Film Themes Amazon
35Willie Nelson Mamas Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up To Be Cowboys [Album Version] Willie Nelson's Greatest Hits (& Some That Will Be) Amazon