Category Archives: Fifties Country

Golden Age of Country

It’s a time that followed the second World War and baked into its foundation were the sounds of Hank Williams, Lefty Frizzell, Spade Cooley, Bob Wills among others. The music was inspired by bluegrass, folk, blues, and jazz with Country Swing and barn dances sparking a popularity that blanketed the American musical landscape from the Pacific to the southern Atlantic. It was a sound that solidified the title of “Country and Western” and he’ll be sharing some of the great performances in this week’s episode: Patsy Cline, Little Jimmy Dickens, George Jones, Ferlin Husky, and Webb Pierce…just to name a few. While the sound would fade away sometime around the turn of the seventies, when rock n’ roll would elbow it (more like steamroll it) out in popularity on the airwaves, it is revered and restated to this day as a cornerstone of what we recognize as Americana music.

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1Artist Title Album Buy
2Marty Robbins Singing The Blues Hillbilly Fever – Vol. 3: Legends Of Nashville Amazon
3Webb Pierce Why Baby Why Featuring Red Sovine All Hits! [Disc 2] Amazon
4Ray Price Crazy Arms Columbia Country Classics Volume 2: Honky Tonk Heroes Amazon
5Elvis Presley Heartbreak Hotel Collections Amazon
6The Everly Brothers Wake Up Little Susie The Complete Cadence Recordings 1957-1960 Disc 1 Amazon
7Little Jimmy Dickens Hey Worm (You Wanna Wiggle) Four Classic Albums Plus Singles 1954-1962 Amazon
8Ferlin Husky Gone Hillbilly Fever: Vol. 4 – Heroes Of Country Music – Vol. 4: Legends Of The West Coast Amazon
9Marty Robbins The White Sport Coat (And a Pink Carnation) Magic Moments Amazon
10Bobby Helms Fraulein Classic Country Amazon
11Patsy Cline Walkin' After Midnight 12 Greatest Hits Amazon
12Ray Price My Shoes Keep Walking Back To You The Essential Ray Price 1951-1962 Amazon
13Little Jimmy Dickens A-Sleepin' At The Foot Of The Bed The Old Country Church/Raisin' The Dickens Amazon
14Marvin Rainwater Gonna Find Me A Bluebird Three Classic Albums Plus Singles 1955-1962 Amazon
15Johnny Cash Ballad Of A Teenage Queen His Sun Years Amazon
16Johnny Cash I Still Miss Someone 16 Biggest Hits Amazon
17Lefty Frizzell If You've Got The Money, I've Got The Time Selected Sides – 1957-59 Amazon
18Little Jimmy Dickens Me And My Big Loud Mouth The Essential "Little" Jimmy Dickens Amazon
19Don Gibson Oh, Lonesome Me RCA Country Legends Amazon
20Charlie Walker Pick Me Up On Your Way Down Columbia Country Classics Volume 2: Honky Tonk Heroes Amazon
21Jim Reeves Billy Bayou Country Roads – Ralph Emery Presents – For The Good Times Amazon
22Patsy Cline I Can See An Angel The Patsy Cline Collection [Disc 2] Amazon
23Hank Thompson & His Brazos Valley Boys Drivin' Nails In My Coffin Songs For Rounders Amazon
24George Jones White Lightning The Essential George Jones: The Spirit of Country Disc 1 Amazon
25Johnny Horton The Battle Of New Orleans Classic Country Amazon
26Stonewall Jackson Waterloo Columbia Country Classics, Vol. 3: Americana Amazon
27The Browns The Three Bells Classic Country Amazon
28Marty Robbins El Paso Gunfighter Ballads and Trail Songs Amazon
29Buck Owens Under Your Spell Again The Very Best Of Buck Owens, Volume 1 Amazon
30Kitty Wells Amigos Guitar Queen of Country Amazon
31Hank Thompson & His Brazos Valley Boys A Six Pack To Go Vintage Collections Amazon
32Wynn Stewart Wishful Thinking Hillbilly Fever: Vol. 4 – Heroes Of Country Music – Vol. 4: Legends Of The West Coast Amazon
33Loretta Lynn I'm A Honkey Tonk Girl Loretta Lynn Legendery Country Singer Amazon
34Willie Nelson Nite Life One Hell Of A Ride Amazon
35Porter Wagoner The Cold Hard Facts of Life The Essential Porter Wagoner Amazon
36Jimmie Skinner Don4t Let Love Get You Down Country & Western Nuggets Amazon

Roger Miller Tribute

There’s a new tribute album out, celebrating the music of country renaissance troubadour Roger Miller.  Produced by his son Dean it’s a fully formed varietal that, as Rolling Stone magazine critic Stephen Betts notes, features a dazzling lineup after being beset by repeated delays since 2015. Miller was an extraordinary songwriter with offbeat humor, part Hank Williams, part Will Rogers, and a poet of the uncommon whose song King of the Road “was positively average compared to his other oddball compositions, including Dang Me, Chug-a-Lug, and You Can’t Rollerskate in a Buffalo Herd” as Betts goes on to point out. Our show features tracks from the album, some other notable covers of Roger Miller’s music, and, of course, some wacky, some tame originals from Roger himself.

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1Artist Title Album Buy
2Asleep at the Wheel Chug-A-Lug (feat. Huey Lewis) King of the Road: A Tribute to Roger Miller Amazon
3Roger Miller Dad Blame Anything A Man Can't Quit King Of The Road – The Genius Of Roger Miller (CD2) Amazon
4Doug Kershaw You Don't Want My Love The Best Of Doug Kershaw Amazon
5Ernest Tubb Half a Mind Ernest Tubb: The Definitive Collection Amazon
6Faron Young A World So Full of Love The Complete Capitol Hits of Faron Young (2 of 2) Amazon
7Emmylou Harris; Rodney Crowell Invitation to the Blues Old Yellow Moon Amazon
8George Jones Tall Tall Trees George Jones The Absolutely Essential 3 CD Collection Amazon
9Roger Miller Tall, Tall Trees King Of The Road – The Genius Of Roger Miller (CD3) Amazon
10Roger Miller My Uncle Used to Love Me But She Died The Complete Smash-Mercury Singles Amazon
11Charley Pride Billy Bayou 20 Classics Amazon
12Jim Reeves Home Essential Jim Reeves Amazon
13Roger Miller Little Green Apples All Time Greatest Hits Amazon
14Bill Kirchen Husbands and Wives (Album) Word To The Wise Amazon
15Roger Miller/Willie Nelson Husbands and Wives Old Friends/Funny How Time Slips Away Amazon
16Willie Nelson Old Friends One Hell Of A Ride Amazon
17Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson & Merle Haggard Old Friends King of the Road: A Tribute to Roger Miller Amazon
18Patsy Cline When Your House Is Not A Home [Radio Transcription] The Patsy Cline Collection [Disc 2] Amazon
19Little Jimmy Dickens When Your House Is Not A Home Four Classic Albums Plus Singles 1954-1962 Amazon
20Merle Haggard Leavin's Not the Only Way to Go Chicago Wind Amazon
21Ray Price Invitation To The Blues Columbia Country Classics Volume 2: Honky Tonk Heroes Amazon
22Jon Rauhouse Pardon This Coffin The Executioners Last Songs, Volume 3 Amazon
23Roger Miller King Of The Road The Best Of : Vol 2 Amazon
24Dick Curless King of the Road A Tombstone Every Mile (7CD Set) CD4 (1950-1969) Amazon
25Roger Miller Kansas City Star The Best Of : Vol 2 Amazon
26Kacey Musgraves Kansas City Star King of the Road: A Tribute to Roger Miller Amazon
27Roger Miller Dang Me King Of The Road – The Genius Of Roger Miller (CD1) Amazon
28Willie Nelson When Two Worlds Collide Old Friends/Funny How Time Slips Away Amazon
29Alison Krauss You Oughta Be Here With Me / I've Been a Long Time Leaving (feat. The Cox Family) King of the Road: A Tribute to Roger Miller Amazon
30Alison Krauss River In The Rain Windy City Amazon
31Roger Miller Where Have All The Average People Gone King Of The Road – The Genius Of Roger Miller (CD3) Amazon
32Roger Miller Hoppy's Gone The Best Of : Vol 2 Amazon
33The Dead South One Dying And A Burying King Of The Road: A Tribute To Roger Miller [Disc 2] Amazon
34Nick Lowe Old Toy Trains Quality Street: A Seasonal Selection For All The Family Amazon
35Roger Miller (The Day I Jumped) From Uncle Harvey's Plane The Best Of : Vol 2 Amazon

Jukebox Saturday Night

A few years back we celebrated the record, the radio, and disc jockeys on a couple of themed shows. We’re going to rev that theme up once again, but with a bit of a twist. This morning’s show pays tribute to that nickel, dime, and quarter evaporator known as the jukebox. We’ll also extend the music selections to include sounds of record hops, soda fountains, and the healthiest way to partake in any or all of the festivities.  Tune in for new and old, including country sounds from Kitty Wells, Buck Owens, and Bill Walker; R&B from Shirley & Lee, Charles Bronw, and The Marigolds; and pop straightaways from Gale Storm, Dodie Stevens, and Brook Benton. All this on a Friday evening on KWTF community radio.

No.
1Artist Title Album Buy
2Dave Edmunds A. 1 on the Juke Box Tracks on Wax 4 Amazon
3Margie Singleton Old Records One More Record Please Amazon
4Dodie Stevens I Wore Out My Record Ultimate Collection Amazon
5Gale Storm Love By The Jukebox Light Dark Moon * The Best Of Gale Storm Amazon
6Teresa Brewer Music! Music! Music! Magic Moments: Best Of 50's Pop (Disc 2) Amazon
7Kenny Loran One More Record Please One More Record Please Amazon
8Shirley & Lee Somebody Put A Jukebox In The Study Hall Shirley & Lee Rock Amazon
9Buck Owens Put A Quarter In The Jukebox Hot Dog Amazon
10Bill Haley with the Saddlemen Jukebox Cannonball From Western Swing to R-O-C-K (2): Rock the Joint Amazon
11Joshua Hedley Mr. Jukebox Mr. Jukebox Amazon
12Ernest Tubb Mr. Jukebox Last Sessions: All Time Greatest Hits Disc 2 Amazon
13Mel Tillis Jukebox Man (Single Version) The Best of Mel Tillis Amazon
14Kitty Wells I Heard the Jukebox Playing Singles Amazon
15Vernon Oxford Turn The Record Over One More Record Please Amazon
16Wilma Lee & Stoney Cooper Don't Play That Song (On The Juke Box Tonight) One More Record Please Amazon
17Katy Moffatt Stoned At The Jukebox A Collection Of Drinking Songs Amazon
18Billy Walker The Record The World Is A Monster Amazon
19Charles Senns Dig Me A Crazy Record One More Record Please Amazon
20Willie Nelson Mr. Record Man Nite Life: Greatest Hits & Rare Tracks (1959-1971) Amazon
21June Carter Cash Juke Box Blues Keep on the Sunny Side: Her Life in Music Disc 1 Amazon
22Dinah Washington Record Ban Blues Gold Amazon
23Slim Gaillard Quartet Jumpin' At The Record Shop Laughing in Rhythm: Cement Mixer (Put-Ti, Put-Ti) [Disc 3] Amazon
24Jon And Sondra Steele They All Recorded To Beat The Ban One More Record Please Amazon
25Bull Moose Jackson Big Ten-Inch Record Risque Rhythm: Nasty 50s R&B Amazon
26Brook Benton Hit Record Mercury 1962 Amazon
27The Marigolds Juke Box Rock & Roll The Johnny Bragg Story Amazon
28Tex Beneke, The Modernaires Jukebox Saturday Night Stagedoor Canteen Music Of The War Years Vol 1 Amazon
29Snookum Russell Juke Box Boogie Woogie Chick Swing-O-Rama : Beautiful Babies Amazon
30Hadda Brooks Jukebox Boogie That's My Desire Amazon
31Hardrock Gunter Jukebox Help Me Find My Baby Gonna Rock 'n' Roll, Gonna Dance All Night Amazon
32The Hi-Flyers Juke Box Jump Steelin' It: The Steel Guitar Story Amazon
33Lattie Moore The Jukebox And The Phone Talking on the Telephone Vol. 2 Amazon
34BR5-49 A1 On The Jukebox Dog Days Amazon
35Si Cranstoun Jukebox Jump Old School Amazon
36Luke Wills Rhythm Busters A Nickel In The Jukebox Swinging Hollywood Hillbilly Cowboys Amazon

Diddy Wah Diddy

This morning’s show finds a festive free form summer set featuring the usual suspects and a whole lot of fine sounds from the deeper wells. We’ll be sharing country classics from George Jones, Floyd Tillman, and Pee Wee King as well as some sweet upbeat R&B from Clyde McPhatter, Big Maybelle, and Ivory Joe. Taj Mahal, some doo wop pioneers, and the great Ella Fitzgerald will round things out in a free form fest on Sonoma County Community Radio. Tune in at 9am Pacific at www.kows.fm/listen.

No.
1Artist Title Album Buy
2Taj Mahal Diddy Wah Diddy Maestro Amazon
3Julia Lee & Her Boy Friends Oh Chuck It (In a Bucket) Kansas City Blues 1944-1949 Disc 2 Amazon
4Hank Williams My Bucket's Got A Hole In It The History Of Country & Western Music – Vol. 18 Amazon
5Hank Williams I Just Don't Like This Kind Of Living The History Of Country & Western Music (Disc 19) Amazon
6Johnny Cash The Night Hank Williams Came To Town Johnny Cash Is Coming To Town & Water From The Wells Of Home Amazon
7Leon Russell Love's Gonna Live Here Legend in My Time – Hank Wilson Vol. III Amazon
8Gal Holiday and the Honky Tonk Revue Jones On the Jukebox Set Two Amazon
9George Jones I Always Get Lucky With You With Mark Knopfler Burn Your Playhouse Down: The Unreleased Duets Amazon
10Porter Wagoner Highway Headin' South The Essential Porter Wagoner Amazon
11Red Saunders & His Orchestra Hambone OKeh Rhythm & Blues Amazon
12Lillian Briggs Can't Stop Voodoo Voodoo: Feisty Fifties Females Amazon
13Big Maybelle Rock House Voodoo Voodoo: Feisty Fifties Females Amazon
14Clyde McPhatter Just to Hold My Hand Atlantic and Mercury Sessions – Disc 1 Amazon
15Ivory Joe Hunter It's A Sin Chronological Ivory Joe Hunter (1950-1951) Amazon
16Ella Fitzgerald & The Ink Spots I'm Making Believe R&B Jukebox Hits 1944 Amazon
17The Ink Spots Whispering Grass (Don't Tell The Trees) Greatest Hits Amazon
18The Dubs Could This Be Magic The Roots Of Frank Zappa Amazon
19The Cadillacs Gloria The Cadillacs Meet The Orioles Amazon
20Pee Wee King Slow Poke Classic Country Hits 'Your Cheatin Heart' Disc 3 Amazon
21Rusty Draper The Shifting Whispering Sands Your Hit Parade – 1955 Amazon
22Floyd Tillman This Cold War With You The History Of Country & Western Music – Vol. 17 Amazon
23Foy Willing Texas Blues History Of Country & Western Music – Vol. 9 Amazon
24Wilf Carter (Montana Slim) X's From Down In Texas – 1958 Dynamite Trail-The Decca Years, 1954-58 Amazon
25The Light Crust Doughboys Stay Out Of The South 1936-1941 Amazon
26Bobby Bare They Covered Up the Old Swimming Hole Memories – RCA Singles 1962 – 1969 Amazon
27Eilen Jewell Whispering Sea Butcher Holler Amazon
28Cookie & His Cupcakes Breaking Up Is Hard To Do Rhythm 'n' Bluesin' By The Bayou – Vocal Groups Amazon
29Big Jay McNeely & His Blue Jays Deacon's Hop Jump, Jive & Swing Amazon
30Little Esther & the Dominoes The Deacon Moves In Rhythm 'N' Blues: Early Doo Wop 1943-55, vol. 1 Amazon
31Bull Moose Jackson Fare Thee Well, Deacon Jones, Fare Thee Well Badman Jackson Thats Me Amazon
32Jimmy Durante Little Bit This, Little Bit That The Great Schnozzle Amazon
33Annette Hanshaw I Want To Be Bad Annette Hanshaw, Volume 6, 1929 (1999) Amazon
34Ozzie & Harriet Nelson I Want the Waiter with the Water The Nelson Touch Amazon
35Taj Mahal Take a Giant Step In Progress and In Motion (1965-1998) (3 of 3) Amazon

Deeper Merle Travis

Merle Travis’ influence on country music cannot be ignored. Along with a select few entertainers of the mid-century, he bridged the hillbilly and Appalachian folk institutions to the Golden Age of Country. His influences were not only the ‘picking style’, but also his keen sense of populist stories told from the front lines.  We’ll hear from and early influence, Gid Tanner and His Skillet Lickers, as well as those he influenced. All songs written by Merle and some performed by Merle himself. Our show will also feature Merle Travis interview excerpts from the sixties.  It’s a Friday morning collection of the very best of Merle Travis.

No.
1Artist Title Album Buy
2Merle Travis I'll See You In My Dreams The Guitar Picker CD3 (1951-53) Amazon
3Joe Maphis & Merle Travis Alabama Jubilee Country Guitar Thunder (Joe Maphis & Merle Travis 1977-1981) Amazon
4John McEuen Merle Travis Story Live in L.A. Amazon
5The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band Cannonball Rag Will the Circle Be Unbroken [Bonus Tracks] Disc 2 Amazon
6The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band Dark as a Dungeon Will the Circle Be Unbroken [Bonus Tracks] Disc 1 Amazon
7The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band Doc Watson and Merle Travis: First Meeting Will the Circle Be Unbroken [Bonus Tracks] Disc 2 Amazon
8Willie Nelson Dark As A Dungeon Country Music Amazon
9Tennessee Ernie Ford Dark As A Dungeon Masters 1949-1976 [Disc 2] Amazon
10Willie Nelson Sixteen Tons Remember Me, Vol. 1 Amazon
11The Platters Sixteen Tons The Magic Touch: An Anthology Amazon
12James & Bobby Purify 16 Tons The Best Of Amazon
13Hank Penny Merle's Buck Dance Swinging Hollywood Hillbilly Cowboys Amazon
14Merle Travis Introduction / Nine Pound Hammer Ash Grove 12/9/1966 Amazon
15The Kentucky Colonels Nine Pound Hammer Appalachian Stomp: Bluegrass Classics Amazon
16The Country Gentlemen I Am a Pilgrim On the Road (And More) Amazon
17Johnny Cash Loading Coal [Album Version] Ride This Train Amazon
18Merle Travis Start Even Hot Pickin' [Disc 2] Amazon
19Merle Travis No Vacancy The Guitar Picker CD1 – Divorce Me C. O. D. Amazon
20Ernest Tubb So Round, So Firm, So Fully Packed Steelin' It: The Steel Guitar Story Amazon
21Gid Tanner, Clayton McMichen, Riley Puckett, Lowe Stokes, Fate Norris Possum Hunt on Stump House Mountain, Part 1 Lead Kindly Light Amazon
22Bill Frisell Cannonball Rag (Merle Travis) Guitar In The Space Age Amazon
23Johnny Bond Divorce Me C.O.D. Swinging Hollywood Hillbilly Cowboys Amazon
24Tex Ritter Everybody Likes A Little Lovin' High Noon Amazon
25Tex Williams & His Western Caravan Smoke! Smoke! Smoke! (That Cigarette) Capitol Records' From The Vaults, Volume 5 – Roots Of Rock 'N' Roll – 1944-53 Amazon
26Spade Cooley & His Orchestra Steel Guitar Rag Spadella! The Essential Spade Cooley Amazon
27Hank Thompson & His Brazos Valley Boys With Merle Travis Wildwood Flower Swing West – vol 2 – Guitar Slingers Amazon
28Merle Travis Philosophy Hot Pickin' [Disc 2] Amazon
29Merle Travis Too Much Sugar For A Dime Hot Pickin' [Disc 2] Amazon
30The Everly Brothers Muskrat Walk Right Back: The Everly Brothers on Warner Bros. Disc 1 Amazon
31Doc Watson/Merle Watson Smoke, Smoke, Smoke Black Mountain Rag Amazon
32Tennessee Ernie Ford That's All Masters 1949-1976 [Disc 3] Amazon
33Ricky Skaggs Sweet Temptation Favorite Country Songs Amazon
34Merle Travis When My Baby Double Talks To Me Hot Pickin' [Disc 2] Amazon
35Merle Travis When Rosie Riccoola Do The Hoola Ma Boola The Guitar Picker CD1 – Divorce Me C. O. D. Amazon

Tragic Country Tales

Tales of lonesome saddles, lost loves, broken hearts, and lonely rooms…a mood, a tone, and short vignettes so common among those themes of country music. We’ve got that and much more in this week’s episode of Deeper Roots. Performances from Grandpa Jones, The Stanley Brothers, Lefty Frizzell, Mel Tillis, and many others, will take us on a ride on a country road, drinking new wine from an old jug. That will also include stories of highway mishaps, the bottom of the bottle, and a mystery of the Tallahatchie Bridge. Friday solemn sounds from the past century on Sonoma County community radio.

No.
1Artist Title Album Buy
2Bobbie Gentry Ode To Billie Joe Billboard Top Pop Hits: 1967 Amazon
3Elvis Presley Don't Cry Daddy Always on My Mind Amazon
4Tammy Wynette D-I-V-O-R-C-E Country Legends Amazon
5Hank Williams I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry 24 Greatest Amazon
6Bobby Bare Jeannie4s Last Kiss (1963) All American Boy – CD 2 Amazon
7Doc & Merle Watson The Tragic Romance Ballads From Deep Gap Amazon
8David Grisman w/Alan O'Bryant Tragic Romance Life Of Sorrow Amazon
9Grandpa Jones Tragic Romance Makes The Rafters Ring Amazon
10The Stanley Brothers Tragic Love An Evening Long Ago: Live 1956 Amazon
11Lefty Frizzell The Tragic Letter (& Wayne Raney) 1965 Life's Like Poetry (Disc 3) Amazon
12Red Fox Chasers Wreck On The Mountain Road People Take Warning [Disc 1] – Man Vs. Machine Amazon
13Esco Hankins Wreck on the Highway 1947-1951 (Warped 4732) Amazon
14Vernon Dalhart The Wreck Of The Old '97 American Roots- A History Of American Folk Music: [Disc 1] Amazon
15Lefty Frizzell Long Black Veil Columbia Country Classics, Vol. 3: Americana Amazon
16Mel Tillis Life Turned Her That Way 36 All Time Greatest Hits Amazon
17Mary Gauthier Mercy Now Mercy Now Amazon
18Townes Van Zandt Waiting Around to Die Legend: The Very Best Of Townes Van Zandt Amazon
19Vern Gosdin Chiseled in Stone Chiseled in Stone Amazon
20Ray Charles & Willie Nelson Seven Spanish Angels The Many Sides Of Willie Nelson [Cd 3 "Duets"] (1992) Amazon
21James King He Stopped Loving Her Today Three Chords & The Truth Amazon
22Lucinda Williams Sweet Old World Sweet Old World Amazon
23Dwight Yoakam I Sang Dixie Buenas Noches from a Lonely Room Amazon
24Willie Nelson Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain Artist's Choice: Sheryl Crow Amazon
25Merle Haggard Sing Me Back Home The Lonesome Fugitive: The Merle Haggard Anthology 1963-1977 [Disc 1] Amazon
26Red Foley Old Shep Smoke on the Water / Hillbilly Fever Amazon
27Walter Brennan Old Rivers Classic Country Great Story Songs [Disc 2] Amazon
28Charlie Louvin Wreck on the Highway Charlie Louvin Sings Murder Ballads & Disaster Songs Amazon
29Doc & Merle Watson The Wreck of The Old #9 Ballads From Deep Gap Amazon
30Faron Young Hello Walls Hello Walls / The Young Approach Amazon
31Merle Haggard If We Make It Through December (2006 Digital Remaster) Hag: The Best of Merle Haggard Amazon
32Johnny Cash Hurt Unearthed, Vol. 5, Best Of Cash On American Amazon

 

Answer Songs

Answer songs. A novelty of the music business that has always had a place but it truly exploded, becoming habit-forming with the advent of Top 30 radio in the fifties and sixties. Seldom was there an answer song that responded to a question that was not a big success. This week on Deeper Roots, it will be a ’round robin’ of ‘question followed by answer’ songs including the obscure (which about 99% of the so-called answer songs were). You’ll be treated to the sounds of Tennessee Ernie Ford, Muddy Waters, Rufus Thomas, Dodie Stevens, and Elvis (of course) on a summer Friday in West Sonoma County.

 

No.
1Artist Title Album Buy
2Ernest Tubb Rainbow At Midnight The Texas Troubadour ([Disc 1] – Walking The Floor Over You (The Hits Vol.1) Amazon
3Slim Bryant and his Wildcats/Lost John Miller Answer to Rainbow At Midnight Answer to Rainbow At Midnight Amazon
4Hank Thompson & His Brazos Valley Boys The Wild Side Of Life Vintage Collections Amazon
5Kitty Wells It Wasn't God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels The Complete Country Hits Amazon
6Hank Locklin Please Help Me, I'm Falling Nipper's Greatest Hits: The 60's. Vol. 2 Amazon
7Skeeter Davis (I Can't Help You) I'm Falling Too The Essential Skeeter Davis Amazon
8Tennessee Ernie Ford Sixteen Tons Vintage Collections Amazon
9Patsy Montana 16 Pounds Best of Answer Songs vol 2 Amazon
10Merle Haggard Okie From Muskogee Capitol Collector's Series Amazon
11Lowell Levinger Hippie From Olema Get Together- Youngblood Classics Amazon
12Big Mama Thornton Hound Dog Blues Masters Vol. 3: Texas Blues Amazon
13Rufus Thomas Bear Cat Living The Blues – 1953-1954 Blues Classics Amazon
14Elvis Presley Little Sister Elvis' Golden Records (Volume 3) Amazon
15Lavern Baker Hey Memphis Best of Answer Songs vol 2 Amazon
16Elvis Presley Are You Lonesome Tonight Elvis' Golden Records (Volume 3) Amazon
17Dodie Stevens Yes, I'm Lonesome Tonight Ultimate Collection Amazon
18Claude King Wolverton Mountain Classic Country Amazon
19Jo Ann Campbell (I'm the Girl From) Wolverton Mountain Cameo Parkway 1957-1967 Disc 2 Amazon
20Roy Drusky & Priscilla Mitchell Yes Mr. Peters Talking on the Telephone Vol. 2 Amazon
21Justin Tubb & Lorene Mann Hurry Mr. Peters Talking on the Telephone Vol. 2 Amazon
22Muddy Waters (I'm Your) Hoochie Coochie Man Martin Scorsese Presents The Blues Amazon
23Bo Diddley I'm A Man 20th Century Masters: The Millennium Collection – The Best Of Bo Diddley Amazon
24Muddy Waters Mannish Boy The Definitive Collection Amazon
25The Dominoes Sixty Minute Man The Dawn Of Doo-Wop Vol. 4: Doo-Wop Dancin' Amazon
26Billy Ward & the Dominoes Can't Do Sixty No More Rhythm 'N' Blues: Early Doo Wop 1943-55, vol. 2 Amazon
27The Bobbettes Mr. Lee Atlantic Vocal Groups – [Disc 3] – The Rock 'n' Roll Era Amazon
28The Bobbettes I Shot Mr. Lee Atlantic Vocal Groups – [Disc 4] – Group Revival Amazon
29Neil Sedaka Oh! Carol All Time Greatest Hits Amazon
30Carole King Oh Neil Best of Answer Songs vol 1 Amazon
31Sam Cooke Bring It on Home to Me Greatest Hits Amazon
32Carla Thomas I'll Bring It Home To You Gee Whiz & Other Hits Amazon
33Ben E. King Stand By Me Heatin' Up Amazon
34Damita Jo I'll Be There Best of Answer Songs vol 1 Amazon
35Ernie K-Doe Mother-In-Law Absolutely the Best Amazon
36Paul Peek Brother-In-Law Best of Answer Songs vol 2 Amazon

Devils and Angels

The devil is, indeed, an angel…albeit a fallen one. And the music we’ll be sharing this morning with our West County audience will take note of that fact with sounds that feature modern Americana as well as early to mid-century country sounds. Tune in to KOWS radio every Friday morning at 9 Pacific for the very best in roots sounds…and this week is no different:  modern Americana from Rob Ickes and The Devil Makes Three, mid-century country from Cowboy Copas and Lefty Frizzell, as well as some wild-eyed worship pieces from The Sunshine Boys, Benny Joy, and Margie Singleton (who performs the infamous “Jesus is My Pusher”). Just for you. Just in time for a springtime April morning.

No.
1Artist Title Album Buy
2The Sunshine Boys We Need A Whole Lot More Of Jesus (And A Lot Less Rock And Roll) Hillbillies In Hell (Country Music's Tormented Testament 1952-1974) Amazon
3Ray Wylie Hubbard Lucifer And The Fallen Angels Tell The Devil I'm Getting There As Fast As I Can Amazon
4Bobby McMillon The Devil Song (Child 275) Art of Field Recording: Volume II – Disc 1: Survey Amazon
5Rob Ickes & Trey Hensley Friend Of The Devil The Country Blues Amazon
6Julie Miller The Devil Is an Angel Blue Pony Amazon
7Asleep at the Wheel/The Blind Boys of Alabama The Devil Ain't Lazy Reinventing the Wheel Amazon
8Cowboy Copas Don't Shake Hands With The Devil Hillbillies In Hell (Country Music's Tormented Testament 1952-1974) Amazon
9Powder River Jack, Kitty Lee Tying A Knot In The Devil's Tail Cattle Call-Early Cowboy Music And It's Roots Amazon
10James King The Devil's Train Three Chords & The Truth Amazon
11Carrie Rodriguez Devil In Mind Give Me All You Got Amazon
12Shemekia Copeland Devil's Hand Alligator Records 45th Anniversary Collection Amazon
13Rory Block Devil Got My Woman Hard Luck Child: A Tribute To Skip James Amazon
14The Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band Devils Look Like Angels Between the Ditches Amazon
15Merle Haggard Dealing With The Devil Rainbow Stew – Live Amazon
16Benny Joy Dark Angel Hillbillies In Hell (Country Music's Tormented Testament 1952-1974) Amazon
17Ryan Cain And The Ables Cupid And The Devil Cupid And The Devil Amazon
18Lee Ann Womack Take The Devil Out Of Me The Lonely, The Lonesome & The Gone Amazon
19Lefty Frizzell From an Angel to a Devil Life's Like Poetry (Disc 4) Amazon
20The Devil Makes Three What Would You Give (In Exchange for Your Soul) Redemption & Ruin Amazon
21Willie Nelson Satan Your Kingdom Must Come Down Country Music Amazon
22Robert Plant Satan Your Kingdom Must Come Down Band Of Joy Amazon
23Margie Singleton Jesus Is My Pusher Hillbillies In Hell (Country Music's Tormented Testament 1952-1974) Amazon
24Eddie Noack Psycho Hillbillies In Hell (Country Music's Tormented Testament 1952-1974) Amazon
25The Treniers Devil's Mambo They Rock! They Roll! They Swing! Amazon
26Billy Barton The Devil, My Conscience And I Hillbillies In Hell (Country Music's Tormented Testament 1952-1974) Amazon
27Peter Rowan Pulling The Devil By the Tail Reggaebilly Amazon
28Coleman Brothers Get Away, Mr. Satan, Get Away Hot Harmony Groups 1941-1949: Vol 3: When the Old Gang Amazon
29Rev W. M. Clark and Sisters Satan At Church (Pm 12559, 4792-1) The Rise & Fall of Paramount Records, Volume 1 (1917-1927) Amazon

Truck Drivin’ Songs

White line fever…that endless gray ribbon…asphalt mixed with bennies…and a whole lot of attitude around semis, mile markers, county mounties, and bobtail returns. Terminology you won’t hear too much on our show…except for this show which shares the songs of the long-haulers. Bill Kirchen, Red Simpson, Buck Owens, and Merle Haggard are just a sample of the performers joining in the fun where Cliff Bruner & His Boys introduce us to the first truck driving song “Truck Driver Blues” right up to that bad boy honky tonkin’ guitar trucker Dale Watson. You can’t escape the 18 wheel energy on Sonoma County Community Radio…straight from the Bakersfield asphalt to yours.

No.
1Artist Title Album Buy
2Dick Curless A Tombstone Every Mile (1) A Tombstone Every Mile (7CD Set) CD4 (1950-1969) Amazon
3Red Simpson Diesel Smoke, Dangerous Curves The Best of Red Simpson: Country Western Truck Drivin' Singer Amazon
4Lyle Lovett The Truck Song Anthology, Vol. 1: Cowboy Man Amazon
5Joe Ely White Line Fever Tulare Dust: Tribute to Merle Haggard Amazon
6Marty Stuart Truck Drivers' Blues Nashville Vol. 1: Tear The Woodpile Down Amazon
7Bill Kirchen Hillbilly Truck Drivin' Man Tied to the Wheel Amazon
8The Sons Of The Pioneers Diesel Smoke Country Legends Amazon
9Burl Ives With Grady Martin & His Slew Foot Five Diesel Smoke, Dangerous Curves Roughneck Blues 1949 – 1956 Amazon
10Bill Neely I'm A Truck Drivin' Daddy Texas Law & Justice Amazon
11Bob Ensign Midnight Trucker Front Porch Pickin': Bluegrass Instrumentals ('60s) Amazon
12Bill Kirchen & Too Much Fun Semi-Truck Rig Rock Deluxe Amazon
13Red Simpson Happy Go Lucky Truck Driver The Best of Red Simpson: Country Western Truck Drivin' Singer Amazon
14Jimmy Martin Truck Driving Man Jimmy Martin & The Sunny Mountain Boys 1954-1974 [Disc 3] Amazon
15Buck Owens Truck Drivin' Man Buck 'Em: The Music of Buck Owens (1955-1967) Amazon
16Norton Buffalo Eighteen Wheels Lovin' In The Valley Of The Moon Amazon
17Dale Watson Been A Long Truckin Day The Trucking Sessions Vol 3 Amazon
18Merle Haggard Truck Driver's Blues Working In Tennessee Amazon
19Buck Owens Will There Be Big Rigs In Heaven Rig Rock Deluxe Amazon
20Dave Dudley Six Days On The Road Classic Country Amazon
21Bill Kirchen Mama Hated Diesels Seeds and Stems Amazon
22Cliff Bruner & His Boys Truck Driver's Blues (1939) The Western Swing: Doughboys, Playboys, & Cowboys – Tobacco State Swing [Disc 3] Amazon
23Jess Willard Truck Driver's Boogie Swinging Hollywood Hillbilly Cowboys Amazon
24Jimmy Martin Truck Driver's Queen Jimmy Martin & The Sunny Mountain Boys 1954-1974 [Disc 3] Amazon
25Parker Millsap Truck Stop Gospel Parker Millsap Amazon
26Asleep at the Wheel/Leon Rausch Truck Driver's Blues It's A Good Day Amazon
27Jim Lauderdale Diesel, Diesel, Diesel The Other Sessions Amazon
28Leon Russell Truck Drivin' Man Hank Wilson's Back [Bonus Tracks] Amazon
29BR5-49 18 Wheels And A Crowbar Big Backyard Beat Show Amazon
30Bill Kirchen Roll Truck Roll Tied to the Wheel Amazon
31Dale Watson Jack's Truck Stop & Cafe I Hate These Songs Amazon
32Little Willies Diesel Smoke, Dangerous Curves For the Good Times Amazon

The Hangman’s Rope

Songs about one of the most controversial of mankind’s attempt to balance the scales: the death penalty. Studies point to the fact that at least one in 25 people sentenced to the death penalty in the U.S. are innocent and yet the death penalty is legal in 32 states. In China, corporate fraud can be punishable by death…if it were the case here, our government would probably be on the straight and narrow. But I digress. The music this week will explore the long walk to eternity through the eyes of the condemned; the knowledge of the eventuality of the executioner’s song is clarity. And we’ve got country from a whole host of obscure characters, some blues and boogie, along with just a little bit of folk and bluegrass. A hundred years of the hangman’s rope in reflection.

No.
1Artist Title Album Buy
2Johnny Cash I Hung My Head American IV: Man Comes Around Amazon
3Gurf Morlix Theyre Hangin Me Tonight The Executioner's Last Songs, Volume 3 Amazon
4Johnny Bond At Dawn I Die The Hangman's Blues: Prison Songs In Country Music (1956-1972) Amazon
5Marty Robbins The Hanging Tree All-Time Greatest Hits Amazon
6Peter, Paul & Mary Hangman See What Tomorrow Brings Amazon
7Marty Stuart Hangman Ghost Train: The Studio B Sessions Amazon
8Ralston Bowles and May Erlewine-Bernard Hangman Dear Jean: Artists Celebrate Jean Ritchie Amazon
9Cowboy Copas Hangman Boogie Hillbilly Boogie Box [Disc 4] Amazon
10The Pine Valley Cosmonauts & Puerto Muerto The Hangman's Song The Executioner's Last Songs, Vol. 1 Amazon
11Al Dean Hangman The Hangman's Blues: Prison Songs In Country Music (1956-1972) Amazon
12Leadbelly Gallows Pole Too Late, Too Late – Vol. 12 – 1917-48 Amazon
13Furry Lewis Judge Harsh Blues Furry Lewis 1927 – 1929 Amazon
14Brownie McGhee Hangman's Blues The Folkways Years (1945-1959) Amazon
15Blind Lemon Jefferson Hangman's Blues Complete Recordings Vol. 3 Amazon
16Blind Lemon Jefferson Electric Chair Blues Images Presents 1920's Blues Classics, Vol. 13 Amazon
17Lonesome Johnny Death Row The Hangman's Blues: Prison Songs In Country Music (1956-1972) Amazon
18Jimmy Minor Death Row The Hangman's Blues: Prison Songs In Country Music (1956-1972) Amazon
19Porter Wagoner (I Heard That) Lonesome Whistle The Hangman's Blues: Prison Songs In Country Music (1956-1972) Amazon
20Dave Alvin Sonora's Death Row West of the West Amazon
21Lee Hazelwood The Girl On Death Row Twisted Tales From The Vinyl Wastelands Volume 2 Amazon
22Johnny Cash The Mercy Seat American III: Solitary Man Amazon
23Bessie Smith Send Me To The Lectric Chair Empress Of The Blues Volume 2: 1926-1933 (CD A, 1926-1928) Amazon
24Booker T. & the MG's Hang 'Em High The Very Best of Booker T. & the MG's Amazon
25Hoyle Miller Twelve Years On Death Row The Hangman's Blues: Prison Songs In Country Music (1956-1972) Amazon
26Steve Earle Walking Down Death Row If I Had A Song: The Songs Of Pete Seeger, Vol. 2 Amazon
27The Blue Sky Boys Story Of The Knoxville Girl Absolutely Bluegrass Amazon
28Bob Dylan Seven Curses The Bootleg Series, Vols. 1-3 : Rare And Unreleased, 1961-1991 [Disc 2] Amazon
29Joan Baez Geordie The First 10 Years Amazon
30The Pine Valley Cosmonauts & Dean Schlabowske Gary Gilmore's Eyes The Executioner's Last Songs, Vol. 1 Amazon