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Sounds Like Jimmie Rodgers [Box]

  • 0. DISC 1:
    1. Yodeling Ranger - W. Lee O'Daniel & his Hillbilly Boys
    2. Tuck Away My Lonesome Blues - W. Lee O'Daniel & his Hillbilly Boys
    3. My Little Red Ford - Daddy John Love
    4. Cotton Mill Blues - Daddy John Love
    5. Gonna Quit Drinkin' When I Die - Fleming/Townsend
    6. Never No Mo' Blues - The Rhythm Wreckers
    7. Blue Yodel #2 (My Lovin' Gal Lucille) - The Rhythm Wreckers
    8. Wind Swept Desert (Desert Blues) - Bill Boyd's Cowboy Ramblers
    9. Rattlin' Daddy - Bill Carlisle
    10. Yodel Blues-Part 1 - Val & Pete
    11. Yodel Blues-Part 2 - Val & Pete
    12. Never No More Hard Times Blues - Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys
    13. Sleep Baby Sleep - Riley Puckett
    14. Away Out on the Mountain - Riley Puckett
    15. Moonshiner's Dream, The - Riley Puckett
    16. Way Out There - Riley Puckett
    17. Back on the Texas Plains - Riley Puckett
    18. Peach Pickin' Time in Georgia - Riley Puckett
    19. Mean Old Lonesome Blues - Buddy Jones
    20. Women, The ('Bout to Make a Wreck Out of Me) - Buddy Jones
    21. Shreveport County Jail Blues - Buddy Jones
    22. Dear Old Sunny South by the Sea - Buddy Jones
    23. Trifling Mama Blues - Leon Chappelear
    24. Rocky Mountain Blues - Bill Simmons
    25. Rocky Mountain Blues - Bill Simmons
    0. DISC 2:
    1. Blue Yodel #5 - Gene Autry
    2. No One to Call Me Darling - Gene Autry
    3. Frankie and Johnny - Gene Autry
    4. Waiting For a Train - Gene Autry
    5. Blue Yodel #4 (California Blues) - Gene Autry
    6. Whisper Your Mother's Name - Gene Autry
    7. Hobo Bill's Last Ride - Gene Autry
    8. Yodeling Hobo, The - Gene Autry
    9. He's in the Jailhouse Now No.2 - Gene Autry
    10. High Powered Mama - Gene Autry
    11. Pistol Packin' Papa - Gene Autry
    12. Any Old Time - Gene Autry
    13. That's How I Got My Start - Gene Autry
    14. Bear Cat Papa Blues - Gene Autry
    15. Jimmie the Kid - Gene Autry
    16. Travellin' Blues - Gene Autry
    17. Jailhouse Blues - Gene Autry
    18. Methodist Pie - Gene Autry
    19. Dallas County Jail Blues - Gene Autry
    20. T.B. Blues - Gene Autry
    21. I'll Always Be a Rambler - Gene Autry
    22. I'm Atlanta Bound - Gene Autry
    23. High Steppin' Mama Blues - Gene Autry
    24. Gangster's Warning - Gene Autry
    25. Life of Jimmie Rodgers - Gene Autry
    0. DISC 3:
    1. Drifter-Part 1, The - The Texas Drifter
    2. Drifter-Part 2, The - The Texas Drifter
    3. At the End of the Hobo's Trail - The Texas Drifter
    4. Oklahoma Kid, The - The Texas Drifter
    5. I Learned About Women From Her - The Texas Drifter
    6. Hobo's Last Letter, The - The Texas Drifter
    7. Station H.O.B. - The Texas Drifter
    8. Railroad Boomer - The Texas Drifter
    9. Tramp's Mother, The - The Texas Drifter
    10. Mother-in-Law Blues - The Texas Drifter
    11. Fortunes Galore - The Texas Drifter
    12. Little Joe the Wrangler - The Texas Drifter
    13. John Law and the Hobo - The Texas Drifter
    14. Prisoner's Song, The - The Texas Drifter
    15. Cowoby's Lullabye - The Texas Drifter
    16. Wayward Sun, The - The Texas Drifter
    17. Reckless Tex - The Texas Drifter
    18. Miss Jackson Tennessee - The Texas Drifter
    19. Yodlin' Teacher, The - The Texas Drifter
    20. Jackson County - Bill Cox
    21. When We Meet on the Beautiful Shore - Bill Cox
    22. My Rough and Rowdy Ways - Bill Cox
    23. High Silk Hat and a Gold Top Walking Cane, A - Bill Cox
    24. Lay My Head Beneath the Rose - Bill Cox
    25. Where the Red, Red Roses Grow - Bill Cox
    0. DISC 4:
    1. Cowboy's Dying Dream, The - Cliff Carlisle
    2. Wrong Keyhole - Stuart Hamblen
    3. I'm in the Jailhouse Now - Frankie Marvin
    4. I'm Gonna Yodel My Way to Heaven - Frankie Marvin
    5. Bum on the Bum - Ramblin' Red Lowery
    6. Ramblin' Red's Memphis Yodel No.1 - Ramblin' Red Lowery
    7. Passing of Jimmie Rodgers, The - Ernest Tubb
    8. Last Thoughts of Jimmie Rodgers, The - Ernest Tubb
    9. Married Man Blues - Ernest Tubb
    10. Mean Old Bed Bug Blues - Ernest Tubb
    11. My Mother Is Lonely - Ernest Tubb
    12. Right Train to Heaven, The - Ernest Tubb
    13. T.B. Is Whipping Me, The - Ernest Tubb
    14. Since That Black Cat Crossed My Path - Ernest Tubb
    15. Yodeling Hillbilly - Wilf Carter
    16. Old Barn Dance, The - Wilf Carter
    17. Rootin' Tootin' Cowboy - Wilf Carter
    18. It's a Cowboy's Night to Howl - Wilf Carter
    19. Hobo's Last Ride, The - Hank Snow
    20. Wandering On - Hank Snow
    21. Polka Dot Blues - Hank Snow
    22. In the Jailhouse Now No. 2 - Jimmie Rodgers & The Rainbow Ranch Boys
    23. Peach Pickin' Time Down in Georgia - Jimmie Rodgers & The Rainbow Ranch Boys
    24. Jimmie Rodgers Medley-Part 1 - Jimmie Rodgers
    25. Jimmie Rodgers Medley-Part 2 - Jimmie Rodgers
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 7751

  • Credits

    Jimmie Rodgers was more than just country music's first big star, he was also one of the first performers in the early stages of the recording industry to truly understand the benefits of having a distinct public persona. He became known as "the Singing Brakeman" after his discovery at the famed Bristol Sessions in 1927, and he astutely altered that image in 1930 by moving to Texas and donning a cowboy outfit. His records sold astoundingly well for the time, which meant he was much imitated, and this four-disc, 100-track set attempts to chart the phenomenon. Included are sides by W. Lee O'Daniel, who would eventually become the Governor of Texas, and a whole disc of Gene Autry, who began his singing career as a Rodgers mimic, covering close to 30 of Rodgers' songs between 1929 and 1931, before turning to the blues and then morphing into a cowboy singer. The third disc is split between sides by Bill Cox, who was known as "the Dixie Songbird," and the intriguing, somewhat mysterious Goebel Reeves, who recorded as the Texas Drifter (he also tracked as George Riley, Louis Acker, and the Yodeling Wrangler, among other handles) and seems to have been every bit the hobo he claimed to be. Also included here are early- to mid-'30s recordings by future honky tonkers Ernest Tubb and Hank Snow, both of whom began their careers as Rodgers imitators. It will all probably be too much yodeling for the casual listener, but dedicated Rodgers fans, archivists, and historians of the era will delight in this in-depth exploration of the Jimmie Rodgers milieu. ~ Steve Leggett

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