The Big Bang’s Aftershock
Historic marker unveiling kicks off celebration of seminal recording sessions
The so-called “Big Bang of Country Music” in Bristol, Tennessee in 1927 was quickly followed by a powerful, significant aftershock – the 1928-29 Johnson City Sessions, a seminal series of recordings that produced the earliest commercial releases of several country standards.
At 4 p.m. April 5, a months-long celebration of the Sessions’ 85th anniversary will begin with a news conference featuring the unveiling of a State of Tennessee Historic Marker at the corner of East Main Street and Colonial Way – the site where the 1928 Sessions were recorded. Friday’s event also will feature the ETSU Old Time Pride Band performing several songs first recorded during the Johnson City Sessions, as well as an announcement from the Friends of Olde Downtown revealing the top musical acts that will appear on the Main Stage at this year’s Blue Plum Festival June 7-9.
This year’s focus on the Johnson City Sessions coincides with release of a CD box set and the 85th anniversary of the 1928 Sessions, and will culminate in “Johnson City Sessions Weekend” October 18-20. The weekend will include two related live shows, including a recording of “Mountain Stage” at East Tennessee State University’s Culp Auditorium, as well as informational lectures and a live recording session on WETS-FM’s Studio One. In addition, the driving forces behind the production of the 4-CD box set, Bear Family Records’ Richard Weize, and pioneering country music scholar (and box set co-producer) Tony Russell, plan to fly in for the weekend from Germany and England, respectively. Continue reading
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First five volumes are available now, the next fixe will follow just after summer… All in all there will be fifteen volumes -the definite story of doowop!!!
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If you dig The Louvin’s, The Everly’s and ultimate close harmony country singing… The Bailes Brothers are for you!
The classic country brother sound and some of the greatest songs in traditional music! This is the first legitimate CD of the Bailes Brothers’ work, despite the fact that they were one of the most popular acts on the Grand Ole Opry and the Louisiana Hayride in the mid-to-late 1940s. Roy Acuff spotted them in Charleston, West Virginia and brought them to the Opry and to Columbia Records. Their complete Columbia recordings (1945-1947), reissued here for the first time, include Searching For A Soldier’s Grave, I Want To Be Loved But Only By You (later revived by Wilma Lee & Stoney Cooper), Whiskey Is The Devil In Liquid Form, Oh So Many Years (revived by the Everly Brothers), and the Bailes Brothers’ great enduring classic, Dust On The Bible. The brothers’ tragic story is told in Eddie Stubbs’ exclusive essay with haunting first-person accounts from all the brothers and those who worked with them. Fans of old-time music, classic hillbilly and bluegrass really need this one!
In the Fall of 1948 Bob Wills sacked Tommy Duncan, his vocalist since 1936–and his vocalist on all those western swing classics. Duncan simply carried on undaunted. He began his solo career on Capitol, and this set comprises all of his Capitol, Natural, and Intro records made between 1949 and 1951. He re-made a few Wills classics, cut a few Jimmie Rodgers songs, and picked some great new songs, including Chattanooga Shoe Shine Boy, Sick Sober And Sorry, There’s Not A Cow In Texas, All Star Boogie, and I’m Thru Wastin’ Time On You. These are forgotten gems!
Only a few copies left of this fab Bear Family boxed set. Don’t be left out in the cold -order today!!!
Old time, bluegrass, traditional. Whatever you call them, WILMA LEE and STONEY COOPER kept it alive and kept it country. They sang and played their style of music as well as anyone ever has or ever will. The Grand Ole Opry and the Wheeling Jamboree made them stars…and stars they remained from the 1940s onward.
This 4-CD set includes all of Wilma Lee and Stoney Cooper’s recordings for Rich-R-Tone, Columbia, and Hickory. Every locatable recording between 1947 and 1964 is included. Among the traditional music classics in this collection are Little Rosewood Casket, Wicked Path Of Sin, Tramp On The Street, Willy Roy The Crippled Boy, Walking My Lord Up Calvary’s Hill, Thirty Pieces Of Silver, Ain’t Gonna Work Tomorrow, and many more. They also recorded the original version of I Dreamed Of A Hillbilly Heaven, although it wasn’t released at the time (it is included here, though). Continue reading