Dim Lights, Thick Smoke and Hillbilly Music: 1945

Dim Lights, Thick Smoke and Hillbilly Music: 1945


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Germany's Bear Family is well known for its stellar box set reissues of country, rock, and rhythm & blues recordings, as well as for single titles by deserving if not necessarily remembered American artists. Their mastering, production, and packaging set the industry standard for excellence. The six-volume Dim Lights, Thick Smoke series was released on CD in December of 2008 and covered the years 1945-1950, a strange and wonderful time in country music history born from of the end of the War Department's restrictions on shellac and the end of the recording ban, all near the end of the second world war. These discs all contain either 27 or 28 tracks, and are lavishly annotated with historical essays and track by track annotation by the esteemed Colin Escott, and contain with photographs of performers and record sleeves where available. The 1945 volume is indicative of the rest. Contained here are well-known numbers by legendary artists as well as some relative obscurities -- to novices anyway. But anyway you slice it, these tracks were compiled from the best audio sources available. The better-known selections here are Bob Wills' "Smoke on the Water" and "Stars and Stripes on Iwo Jima," Dick Thomas' "Sioux City Sue," Phil Harris' Western swing classic "That's What I Like About the South," Wesley Tuttle's "With Tears in My Eyes," Floyd Tillman's "Each Night at Nine," Tex Ritter's "You Two Timed Me One Time Too Often," Roy Acuff's "We Live in Two Diffr'ent Worlds," Jack Guthrie's stone classic "Oklahoma Hills" (Woody's uncle), and Spade Cooley's "Shame on You," just to name a few. This volume is just a peek into the world that Bear Family opens in the Dim Lights, Thick Smoke series. To add to the bounty: the sound quality here is also unmatched anywhere else.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/26/2013
Label: Bear Family Germany
UPC: 4000127169501
catalogNumber: 2716950
Rank: 86923


  1. Smoke on the Water
  2. At Mail Call Today
  3. Shame on You
  4. That's What I Like About the South
  5. Jealous Heart
  6. Sioux City Sue
  7. Tomorrow Never Comes
  8. There's a New Moon Over My Shoulder
  9. Have I Told You Lately That I Love You
  10. Headin' Down the Wrong Highway
  11. Oklahoma Hills
  12. Boogie Woogie Boy
  13. Don't Fence Me In
  14. The Cattle Call
  15. I'm Losing My Mind Over You
  16. Each Night at Nine
  17. Hang Your Head in Shame
  18. You Two Timed Me One Time Too Often
  19. That's All
  20. With Tears in My Eyes
  21. Stars and Stripes on Iwo Jima
  22. It's Been So Long Darling
  23. Nails in My Coffin
  24. Detour
  25. We Live in Two Diff'rent Worlds
  26. Blue Ranger
  27. Guitar Boogie

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Eddy Arnold   Guitar,Vocals
Gene Autry   Vocals
Jimmie Davis   Vocals
Moon Mullican   Piano
Merle Travis   Rhythm Guitar,Vocals
Noel Boggs   Steel Guitar
Jack Guthrie   Guitar,Leader,Vocals
Ernest Tubb   Guitar,Leader,Vocals
Johnny Bond   Guitar
Lulu Belle   Vocals
Tex Williams   Vocals
Spade Cooley   Fiddle,Leader
George Kennedy   Trumpet
Ted Adams   Bass
Perry Botkin   Guitar,Leader
Jenny Carson   Vocals
Millard Kelso   Piano
Charles Mitchell   Electric Guitar
Monte Mountjoy   Drums
Smokey Rogers   Guitar
Mischa Russell   Violin
Dick Thomas   Vocals
George Thow   Trumpet
Joe Holley   Fiddle
Rex Call   Fiddle
Ted Daffan   Leader
Earl Joaquin Murphey   Steel Guitar
Deuce Spriggens   Bass,Vocals
Frankie Marvin   Steel Guitar,Leader
Paul Sells   Accordion
Joe Shelton   Guitar
George Williamson   Piano
Arthur Shapiro   Bass
Maurice Stein   Saxophone
Herbert M. Paige   Bass,Guitar
Johnny Sapp   Fiddle
Scotty Wiseman   Vocals
Johnnie Edwards   Drums
Paul Westmoreland   Steel Guitar,Accompaniment
James Robert Wills   Fiddle
Milton Curtis "Muddy" Berry   Drums
Earl Hatch   Drums
Eddie Bennett   Piano
Billy Hughes   Fiddle
Jesse J. Colvard   Steel Guitar
Carl H. Hunt   Fiddle
August Klein   Accordion
Phil Harris & His Orchestra   Vocals
Charlie Morgan   Guitar
Melvin Leon Short   Rhythm Guitar
Alan H. Barker   Bass
Quilla Hugh Freeman   Guitar,Electric Guitar,Leader
Tommy Sargent   Rhythm Guitar
John Westmoreland   Bass
Frankie J. Marvin   Steel Guitar,Leader
Robert James "Bobby" Ray   Fiddle
William Ellsworth "Alex" Brashear   Trumpet
Thomas Elmer "Tommy" Duncan   Vocals
Fiddlin' Arthur Smith & His Dixieliners   Guitar
Gabe Tucker   Bass,Trumpet
Genevieve Clark   Accordion
Ivan Eppinoff   Violin
Mervin Fischal   Bass
Louise Heising   Violin
Maurice Cameron Hill   Electric Guitar
Gerald Hutcheson   Fiddle
Roscoe Krawl   Guitar,Vocals
James Howard "Speedy" McNatt   Fiddle
Clyde Moffett   Bass
James Erwin Short   Guitar,Leader
Ozzie Westley   Guitar
Ivan LeRoy Wiggins   Steel Guitar

Technical Credits

Gene Autry   Composer
Jimmie Davis   Composer
Floyd Tillman   Composer
Merle Travis   Composer
Woody Guthrie   Composer
Jack Guthrie   Composer
Ernest Tubb   Composer
Johnny Bond   Composer
Lulu Belle   Duet
Spade Cooley   Composer
Dexter   Composer
Arthur "Guitar Boogie" Smith   Composer
Andy Razaf   Composer
Jenny Carson   Composer
Colin Escott   Liner Notes,Reissue Producer,Illustrations
Jack Howard   Composer
James Paris   Composer
Cole Porter   Composer
Fred Rose   Composer
Dick Thomas   Composer
Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys   Composer
Tex Owens   Composer
Ted Daffan   Composer
Zeke Clements   Composer
Jerry Irby   Composer
R.A. Andreas   Illustrations
Steve Hathaway   Illustrations
Dave Sax   Illustrations
Kevin Coffey   Illustrations
Scotty Wiseman   Composer,Duet
Lee Blastic   Composer
Ray Freedman   Composer
Paul Westmoreland   Composer
Ekko Whelan   Composer
Paul Howard   Composer
Andreas Merck   Photo Scanning
Brenda Colladay   Illustrations
Steve Nelson   Composer
Porky Freeman   Composer
Turner   Illustrations
Tom Gindhart   Composer
Jealous Heart   Composer
Cliff Johnsen   Composer
Ed Nelson   Composer
Clements   Composer
James B. Paris   Composer
Nunn   Composer

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