Dim Lights, Thick Smoke and Hillbilly Music: 1970

Dim Lights, Thick Smoke and Hillbilly Music: 1970

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If the music on the 1970 volume of Bear Family's superlative ongoing Dim Lights, Thick Smoke and Hillbilly Music series isn't as wild and adventurous as that on 1969's, chalk it up to the record industry assimilating the shifting fashions of the time. Nothing here sounds as wild as the singles on the 1969 volume, but everything here still feels modern: Dolly Parton's "Joshua" is nearly as lean and ornery as Waylon Jennings' "The Taker," Johnny Cash's "Sunday Morning Coming Down" is a finely realized hangover ode that never would've been written three years prior, Roy Clark's novelty "Thank God and Greyhound" pops with tacky vitality. Elsewhere, there is sinewy Merle Haggard ("The Fightin Side of Me"), robust Jerry Lee Lewis ("There Must Be More to Love Than This," "Once More with Feeling"), AM crossovers from Lynn Anderson ("Rose Garden") and Sammi Smith ("Help Me Make It Through the Night"), pure Nashville schmaltz symphonies from George Jones ("A Good Year for the Roses") and Ray Price ("For the Good Times"), crackling country-rock from Jerry Reed ("Amos Moses"), then the slightest hints of country-rock (Flying Burrito Brothers' "Wild Horses," which doesn't feel of piece with the rest here), and outlaw country (Billy Joe Shaver's "Chicken on the Ground"). All these loose ends combine into one singular sound that is the dawn of a new decade, one where all the progressive country, psychedelia, Bakersfield sound, and Nashville polish combine into a new mainstream, and Dim Lights 1970 winds up fascinating for how it documents that shift.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/24/2013
Label: Bear Family Germany
UPC: 5397102172656
catalogNumber: 0217265
Rank: 75851


  1. Hello Darlin'
  2. Rose Garden
  3. Once More With Feeling
  4. The Fightin' Side of Me
  5. What is Truth
  6. How I Got To Memphis
  7. Thank God and Greyhound
  8. Coal Miner's Daughter
  9. Gone Girl
  10. Mule Skinner Blues (Blue Yodel No. 8)
  11. Welfare Cadilac
  12. Amos Moses
  13. Help Me Make It Through the Night
  14. A Week In a Country Jail
  15. Wild Horses
  16. Is Anybody Goin' To San Antone
  17. For the Good Times
  18. Run, Woman, Run
  19. A Good Year For the Roses
  20. The Taker
  21. Joshua
  22. There Must Be More To Love Than This
  23. After the Fire is Gone
  24. Sunday Morning Coming Down
  25. Chicken On the Ground
  26. Fifteen Years Ago
  27. My Woman, My Woman, My Wife
  28. How I Love Them Old Songs

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Lynn Anderson   Vocals
Bobby Bare   Guitar,Vocals
Johnny Cash   Guitar,Vocals
Roy Clark   Guitar,Vocals
Johnny Gimble   Fiddle
Merle Haggard   Vocals
Tom T. Hall   Vocals
Chris Hillman   Bass,Vocals
Waylon Jennings   Vocals
George Jones   Guitar,Vocals
Loretta Lynn   Vocals
Mickey Newbury   Piano,Vocals
Dolly Parton   Vocals
Ray Price   Vocals
Charley Pride   Vocals
Marty Robbins   Vocals
Conway Twitty   Vocals
Tammy Wynette   Vocals
Jordanaires   Choir, Chorus
Jerry Lee Lewis   Piano,Leader,Vocals
Gram Parsons   Vocals
Carl Perkins   Electric Guitar
Leon Russell   Piano
James Burton   Guitar
Pete Drake   Steel Guitar
Lloyd Green   Steel Guitar
Dennis Linde   Bass,Guitar
Sammi Smith   Vocals
Billy Walker   Leader
Buck Trent   Guitar,Leader,Electric Banjo
Jim Glaser   Vocals
Tompall Glaser   Vocals
Tommy Collins   Guitar
Billy Grammer   Guitar,Leader
Billy Joe Shaver   Vocals
John Darnall   Guitar
Martin Katahn   Violin
Sneaky Pete Kleinow   Steel Guitar
Anita Kerr Singers   Background Vocals
Chuck Berghofer   Fender Jazz Bass
George Binkley   Violin
Larry Butler   Piano,Keyboards
Kenny Buttrey   Drums
Jerry Carrigan   Drums
Marvin Chantry   Viola
Michael Clarke   Drums
Glen D. Hardin   Piano
Bobby Dyson   Bass,Electric Bass
Ray Edenton   Guitar,Rhythm Guitar
Dolores Edgin   Choir, Chorus
Colin Escott   Compield
Jack Eubanks   Guitar
D.J. Fontana   Drums
Ralph Gallant   Percussion
Sam Goldstein   Drums
Marshall Grant   Bass,Leader
John Hughey   Steel Guitar
Lillian Hunt   Violin
Jerry Kennedy   Guitar
Sheldon Kurland   Violin
Bernie Leadon   Acoustic Guitar
Billy Linneman   Bass
Kenneth Lovelace   Fiddle
Martha McCrory   Cello
Farrell Morris   Percussion
Wayne Moss   Guitar
Weldon Myrick   Steel Guitar
Roy Nichols   Electric Guitar
Rex Peer   Guitar
Norbert Putnam   Bass
Hargus "Pig" Robbins   Organ,Piano
Billy Sanford   Guitar
Jerry Shook   Guitar
Henry Strzelecki   Bass Guitar
Bobby Thompson   Banjo
Gary VanOsdale   Viola
W.S. Holland   Drums
Roy Huskey   Bass
Glenn Baxter   Viola
William Whitney Pursell   Piano,Keyboards
Edward DeBruhl   Bass
Solie Isaac Fott   Viola
Jerry Reed Hubbard   Electric Guitar,Leader,Vocals
Joe E. Lewis   Background Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Tommy Markham   Drums
Fred Carter   Electric Guitar,Leader
Linda Gail Lewis   Choir, Chorus
Jerry Glenn Kennedy   Dobro,Guitar,Leader
William Guilford Wright   Vocal Harmony
Bennett K. Schaeufele   Steel Guitar
Stephanie Woolf   Viola
Mack Magaha   Fiddle
George W. McCormick   Rhythm Guitar,Leader
Bill Irwin   Organ
John Williams   Viola
Guy Drake   Vocals
Bob Wooton   Electric Guitar
Norman D. Hamlett   Steel Guitar,Leader
Buck Fell   Keyboards
Gary Williams   Viola
Joseph T. Babcock   Choir, Chorus
James Carlisle Isbell   Bongos
June Evelyn Page   Choir, Chorus
David Briggs   Piano,Keyboards
Jerry "Chip Young" Stembridge   Guitar,Rhythm Guitar
David Carroll Kirby   Electric Guitar
Ned Gail Davis   Steel Guitar
Thomas Grady Martin   Electric Guitar
George Binkley   Violin
Brenton Bolden Banks   Violin
Norman L. Blake   Dobro
Bob L. Moore   Bass,Leader
Lillian Vann Hunt   Violin
Harald Rugg   Steel Guitar
William Fitzpatrick   Violin
Charles R. "Charlie" McCoy   Guitar,Harmonica,Vibes
Kelton D. "Kelso" Herston   Guitar
Harold Ray Bradley   Guitar
Jerry D. Smith   Piano
Herman Bland "Pete" Wade   Guitar,Electric Guitar
Murrey M. "Buddy" Harman   Drums
Norman Keith "Buddy" Spicher   Fiddle
Hurshel Wayne Wiginton   Choir, Chorus
Byron Theodore Bach   Violin,Cello
James David Wolfe   Percussion,Drums
Thomas Dale Sellers   Electric Guitar,Rhythm Guitar
Charles "Chuck" Glaser   Vocals
Beegie L. Cruser   Organ
Hurshel Wiginton   Choir, Chorus
Hurshel June E. Page   Choir, Chorus
William Harris   Violin

Technical Credits

Chet Atkins   Producer
Bobby Bare   Composer
Johnny Cash   Composer
Merle Haggard   Composer
Tom T. Hall   Composer
Kris Kristofferson   Composer
Loretta Lynn   Composer
Mickey Newbury   Composer
Dolly Parton   Composer
Jerry Reed   Composer
Marty Robbins   Composer
Jimmie Rodgers   Composer
Conway Twitty   Composer
Shel Silverstein   Composer
Mick Jagger   Composer
Joe South   Composer
Dennis Linde   Producer
Billy Walker   Arranger
Billy Joe Shaver   Composer
Joe Allison   Producer
Owen Bradley   Producer
Jerry Chesnut   Composer
Jack Clement   Composer,Producer
Danny Davis   Producer
Roy Dea   Producer
Jim Dickson   Producer
Colin Escott   Liner Notes,Reissue Producer,Illustrations
Bob Ferguson   Producer
Bob Johnston   Producer
Jerry Kennedy   Producer
Dave Kirby   Composer
Don Law   Producer
Henry Lewy   Producer
Jim Malloy   Producer
Cam Mullins   Arranger
Ken Nelson   Producer
Keith Richards   Composer
Billy Sherrill   Producer
Jerry Shook   Tic Tac
Glenn Sutton   Producer
Mort Thomasson   Engineer
L.E. White   Composer
Otto Kitsinger   Discographical Information
Jerry Glenn Kennedy   Producer
Leverett   Illustrations
R.A. Andreas   Illustrations
Richard Weize   Discographical Information
Russ Wapensky   Discographical Information
Larry Kingston   Composer
Guy Drake   Composer
Andreas Merck   Photo Scanning
Glenn Martin   Composer
Don Hosea   Producer
Raymond Smith   Composer
George Vaughn Horton   Composer
Ed Nix   Composer
William E. Taylor   Composer
Bob L. Moore   Producer
Charles R. "Charlie" McCoy   Instrumentation
Laverne Thomas   Composer
Brenda Collins   Illustrations
Billy Walker Orchestra   Instrumentation

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