Category Archives: Fifties Country

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.

No.
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

Country Songwriters

This week’s Deeper Roots pays tribute to a collection of country songwriters who made an impact on the American musical art form, defining the tone and story that was told. We’ll walk through nearly a hundred years of performances by the familiars: Emmylou Harris, Jim Reeves, Johnny Cash, and Ray Charles, all taking on the songs of A.P. Carter, Jimmie Rodgers, Merle Haggard, Hank Williams, and Cindy Walker. We’ll also hear from Dolly, Willie, and Elvis on a cold and wet January Friday in West Sonoma County. Join Dave Stroud as he enters his seventh year hosting our two hour show live from the Sebastopol studios of KOWS Community Radio.

No.
1Artist Title Album Buy
2Emmylou Harris Gold Watch and Chain Roses in the Snow Amazon
3Rosanne Cash Bury Me Under The Weeping Willow The List Amazon
4Jorma Kaukonen You & My Old Guitar Blue Country Heart Amazon
5Ricky Skaggs I Don't Care The Essential Ricky Skaggs Amazon
6The Louvin Brothers The Precious Jewel Sing The Great Roy Acuff Songs Amazon
7Leon Russell I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry Hank Wilson's Back [Bonus Tracks] Amazon
8Jerry Lee Lewis You Win Again A Half Century Of Hits [Disc 1] Amazon
9Dwight Yoakam Always Late (With Your Kisses) Hillbilly Deluxe Amazon
10Ray Charles Busted Complete Country & Western Recordings: 1959-1986 [Disc 2] Amazon
11Buck Owens Together Again The Very Best Of Buck Owens, Volume 1 Amazon
12Rice, Rice, Hillman & Pedersen Take Me Back Again Running Wild Amazon
13Cyndi Lauper Night Life (Featuring Willie Nelson) Detour Amazon
14Willie Nelson Crazy One Hell Of A Ride Amazon
15Hank Snow/Willie Nelson Send Me the Pillow That You Dream On In the Jailhouse Now/Brand on My Heart Amazon
16Patsy Cline I Fall To Pieces The Patsy Cline Collection [Disc 2] Amazon
17Burl Ives A Little Bitty Tear (Single Version) 20th Century Masters :The Millennium Collection: Best of Burl Ives Amazon
18Les Paul I'm Movin' On Legend and Legacy [Disc 3] Amazon
19Elvis Presley Guitar Man Artist of the Century Disc 2 Amazon
20John Cowan Devil Woman (feat. John McFee) Sixty Amazon
21Jim Reeves Home Essential Jim Reeves Amazon
22Roger Miller Husbands And Wives Country Legends Amazon
23Merle Haggard And The Strangers Branded Man (2006 Digital Remaster) Hag: The Best of Merle Haggard Amazon
24Dave Alvin Kern River Tulare Dust: Tribute to Merle Haggard Amazon
25Tom T. Hall A Week In A Country Jail Classic Country: Great Story Songs [Disc 1] Amazon
26Johnny Cash I'll Go Somewhere And Sing My Songs Again The Mystery Of Life Amazon
27Dolly Parton Jolene Jolene Amazon
28Alison Krauss/Shania Twain/Union Station Coat of Many Colors Just Because I'm a Woman: The Songs of Dolly Parton Amazon
29Willie Nelson Sunday Mornin' Comin' Down ["Naked" version] Naked Willie Amazon
30Bobby Bare Miller's Cave The Best Of Bobby Bare Amazon
31Steve Earle Tecumseh Valley Train a Comin' Amazon

Stay a Little Longer

Country swing is the thing this morning on Deeper Roots. We won’t be spending time on the ancestral roots as much as we’ll be exploring the small local bands of the Southwest. We’ll use Jean A. Boyd’s excellent reference “Dance All Night : Those Other Southwestern Swing Bands Past and Present” as our rudder and guidebook in the show. The heartbeat of any American genre is usually the local band and during the later years of the Great Depression and throughout the Second World War people were looking for something uplifting to dance to. In Texas (and really all across the Southwest) the sound was country swing: a mix of jazz, blues, polka, latin and hillbilly fiddle. We’ll be featuring the small time big names like The Tune Wranglers, Cliff Bruner, Leon Selph, Floyd Tillman, and Adolph Hofner and so many more in our show this morning, direct from our studios in downtown Sebastopol.

No.
1Artist Title Album Buy
2Adolph Hofner Let's Count The Stars You Oughta See My Fanny Dance: Unissued Western Swing 1935-1942 Amazon
3The Tune Wranglers Red's Tight Like That The Western Swing: Doughboys, Playboys, & Cowboys – The Eyes of Texas [Disc 1] Amazon
4The Tune Wranglers Up Jumped The Devil Stompin' Singers & Western Swingers ([Disc 1] Hot Mama Stomp) Amazon
5The Tune Wranglers El Rancho Grande The Western Swing: Doughboys, Playboys, & Cowboys – The Eyes of Texas [Disc 1] Amazon
6Jimmy Revard & His Oklahoma Playboys Dirty Dog Western Swing  40 Bootstompers From The Golden Age [Disc 1] Amazon
7Jimmie Revard & The Oklahoma Playboys Lose Your Blues and Laugh At Life The Western Swing: Doughboys, Playboys, & Cowboys – Playboy Stomp [Disc 2] Amazon
8Adolph Hofner & His Texans I'll Keep My Old Guitar (1938) The Western Swing: Doughboys, Playboys, & Cowboys – Tobacco State Swing [Disc 3] Amazon
9Bar X Cowboys Underneath The Sun Stompin' Singers & Western Swingers ([Disc 1] Hot Mama Stomp) Amazon
10Bar X Cowboys When Mama Goes Out Country & Western, Vol.2 [Disc 3] Amazon
11Cliff Bruner's Texas Wanderers Bring It On Home To Grandma Theme Time Radio Hour – Season 3 – [Disc 1] Amazon
12Cliff Bruner's Texas Wanderers I Was A Gambler In Texas Stompin' Singers & Western Swingers ([Disc 4] Saturday Night Rag) Amazon
13Cliff Bruner's Texas Wanderers When You're Smiling (The Whole World Smiles With You) Hillbilly Fever! Vol. 1: Legends Of Western Swing Amazon
14Shelly Lee Alley & His Alley Cats Women Women Women Western Swing  40 Bootstompers From The Golden Age [Disc 1] Amazon
15Shelly Lee Alley & The Alley Cats Try It Once Again King Of Western Swing Volume One Amazon
16Leon Selph When You Smile You Oughta See My Fanny Dance: Unissued Western Swing 1935-1942 Amazon
17Leon Selph In My Dreams You Oughta See My Fanny Dance: Unissued Western Swing 1935-1942 Amazon
18Leon Selph's Blue Ridge Playboys, feat. Floyd Tillman Why Do I Love You Country Music Hall Of Fame Amazon
19Floyd Tillman & The Village Boys Daisy May Country Music Hall Of Fame Amazon
20Village Boys Boogie Woogie In the Village Boogie Man Boogie Amazon
21Village Boys Old Joe Is At It Again The History Of Country & Western Music – Vol. 8 Amazon
22Modern Mountaineers Getting That Lowdown Swing Stompin' Singers & Western Swingers ([Disc 1] Hot Mama Stomp) Amazon
23Smokey Wood & The Woodchips Keep On Truckin' King Of Western Swing Volume One Amazon
24Ocie Stockard & His Wanderers Bass Man Jive Western Swing: Hot Hillbilly Jazz & Blues – 1935-1947 Amazon
25Ocie Stockard Twin Guiter Polka Country Hits Vol. 6 Amazon
26Ocie Stockard There'll Be Some Changes Made Stompin' Singers & Western Swingers ([Disc 1] Hot Mama Stomp) Amazon
27Bill & Boyd Drink The Barrel Dry Western Swing  40 Bootstompers From The Golden Age [Disc 1] Amazon
28Bill Boyd's Cowboy Ramblers (When I Had) My Pony On the Range Swing With Bill Boyd's Cowboy Rambers Amazon
29Bill & Boyd Jitterbug Jive Country & Western, Vol.2 [Disc 4] Amazon
30The Hi-Flyers Watcha Gonna Do The Western Swing: Doughboys, Playboys, and Cowboys – Oakie Boogie [Disc 4] Amazon
31The Hi-Flyers I'm Doing It Too You Oughta See My Fanny Dance: Unissued Western Swing 1935-1942 Amazon
32Adolph Hofner South Texas Swing South Texas Swing Amazon

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.

No.
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.

No.
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.

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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