Sounds Like Jimmie Rodgers

Sounds Like Jimmie Rodgers


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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.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/02/2005
Label: Jsp Records
UPC: 0788065775124
catalogNumber: 7751
Rank: 145836


Disc 1

  1. Yodeling Ranger
  2. Tuck Away My Lonesome Blues
  3. My Little Red Ford
  4. Cotton Mill Blues
  5. Gonna Quit Drinkin' When I Die
  6. Never No Mo' Blues
  7. My Lovin' Gal Lucille
  8. Wind Swept Desert (Desert Blues)
  9. Rattlin' Daddy
  10. Yodel Blues, Pt. 1
  11. Yodel Blues, Pt. 2
  12. Never No More Hard Times Blues
  13. Sleep Baby Sleep
  14. Away Out on the Mountain
  15. The Moonshiner's Dream
  16. 'Way Out There
  17. Back on the Texas Plains
  18. Peach Pickin' Time in Georgia
  19. Mean Old Lonesome Blues
  20. The Women ('Bout to Make a Wreck Out of Me)
  21. Shreveport County Jail Blues
  22. Dear Old Sunny South by the Sea
  23. Trifling Mama Blues
  24. Rocky Mountain Blues
  25. Rocky Mountain Sweetheart

Disc 2

  1. Blue Yodel No. 5
  2. No One to Call Me Darling
  3. Frankie and Johnny
  4. Waiting for a Train
  5. California Blues
  6. Whisper Your Mother's Name
  7. Hobo Bill's Last Ride
  8. The Yodeling Hobo
  9. He's in the Jailhouse Now, No. 2
  10. High Powered Mama
  11. Pistol Packin' Papa
  12. Any Old Time
  13. That's How I Got My Start
  14. Bear Cat Papa Blues
  15. Jimmie the Kid
  16. Travellin' Blues
  17. Jailhouse Blues
  18. Methodist Pie
  19. Dallas County Jail Blues
  20. T.B. Blues
  21. I'll Always Be a Rambler
  22. I'm Atlanta Bound
  23. High Steppin' Mama Blues
  24. Gangster's Warning
  25. Life of Jimmie Rodgers

Disc 3

  1. The Drifter, Pt. 1
  2. The Drifter, Pt. 2
  3. At the End of the Hobo's Trail
  4. The Oklahoma Kid
  5. I Learned About Women from Her
  6. The Hobo's Last Letter
  7. Station H.O.B.O.
  8. Railroad Boomer
  9. The Tramp's Mother
  10. Mother-In-Law Blues
  11. Fortunes Galore
  12. Little Joe the Wrangler
  13. John Law and the Hobo
  14. The Prisoner's Song
  15. Cowboy's Lullaby
  16. The Wayward Son
  17. Reckless Tex
  18. Miss Jackson Tennessee
  19. The Yodelin' Teacher
  20. Jackson County
  21. When We Meet on the Beautiful Shore
  22. My Rough and Rowdy Ways
  23. A High Silk Hat and a Gold Top Walking Cane
  24. Lay My Head Beneath the Rose
  25. Where the Red, Red Roses Grow

Disc 4

  1. The Cowboy's Dying Dream
  2. Wrong Keyhole
  3. I'm in the Jailhouse Now
  4. I'm Gonna Yodel My Way to Heaven
  5. Bum on the Bum
  6. Ramblin' Red's Memphis Yodel, No. 1
  7. The Passing of Jimmie Rodgers
  8. The Last Thoughts of Jimmie Rodgers
  9. Married Man Blues
  10. Mean Old Bed Bug Blues
  11. My Mother Is Lonely
  12. The Right Train to Heaven
  13. The T.B. Is Whipping Me
  14. Since That Black Cat Crossed My Path
  15. Yodeling Hillbilly
  16. The Old Barn Dance
  17. Rootin' Tootin' Cowboy
  18. It's a Cowboy's Night to Howl
  19. The Hobo's Last Ride
  20. Wandering On
  21. Polka Dot Blues
  22. In the Jailhouse Now, No. 2
  23. Peach Pickin' Time in Georgia
  24. Jimmie Rodgers Medley, Pt. 1
  25. Jimmie Rodgers Medley, Pt. 2

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Chet Atkins   Guitar,Leader
Gene Autry   Guitar,Vocals,yodeling
Bill Boyd   Guitar,Vocals
Moon Mullican   Piano
Jimmie Rodgers   Guitar,Vocals,yodeling
Hank Snow   Guitar,Vocals,yodeling
Johnnie Lee Wills   Tenor Banjo
Ben Pollack   Drums
Muggsy Spanier   Cornet
Buddy Jones   Guitar,Vocals,yodeling
Leon McAuliffe   Steel Guitar
Bill Carlisle   Guitar,Vocals,yodeling
Stuart Hamblen   Guitar,Vocals,yodeling
Ernest Tubb   Guitar,Vocals,yodeling
Roy Smeck   Banjo,Guitar
Riley Puckett   Guitar,Vocals,yodeling
Wilf Carter   Guitar,Vocals,yodeling
Goebel Reeves   Guitar,Vocals,yodeling
Cliff Carlisle   Steel Guitar,Vocals,yodeling
Herman Arnspiger   Guitar
Jesse Ashlock   Fiddle
Bill Cox   Guitar,Harmonica,Vocals,yodeling
Ray DeGeer   Clarinet,Saxophone
Tommy Duncan   Vocals,yodeling
Sleepy Johnson   Fiddle,Guitar
Buster B. Jones   Steel Guitar
Ernie Newton   String Bass
Everett Stover   Trumpet
Stricklin   Piano
Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys   Fiddle
Cecil Brower   Fiddle
Chuck Darling   Harmonica
Whitey McPherson   Guitar,Vocals,yodeling
Bill Mounce   String Bass
W. Lee O'Daniel   Leader
Henry Newton "Tommy" Vaden   Fiddle
Smokey Dacus   Drums
Zeb McNally   Saxophone
Bill Simmons   Guitar,Vocals,yodeling
Fred Kirby   Guitar
Frankie Marvin   Guitar,Vocals,yodeling
Frank Novak   Fiddle,Accordion
Mike O'Daniel   Fiddle
Pat O'Daniel   Tenor Banjo
Buddy Ray   String Bass
Joseph Hale III Talbot   Steel Guitar
Merwyn J. Buffington   Guitar
Slomie Creel   Piano
Carroll Hubard   Fiddle
Valentin Martinez   Guitar
Danny Stewart   Steel Guitar
Leon Chappelear   Guitar,Vocals,yodeling
Ben Kanter   Clarinet
Francis Palmer   String Bass
Wallace Griffin   String Bass
Joe Ferguson   String Bass
Daddy John Love   Guitar,Vocals
Curly Perrin   Guitar
Art Davis   Fiddle
Doc Massey   Fiddle
Respers Townsend   Vocals,yodeling
Jim Boyd   String Bass
Leon Huff   Guitar,Vocals
Pete Martinez   Steel Guitar,Vocals,yodeling

Technical Credits

Gene Autry   Composer
Jimmie Rodgers   Composer
Clayton McMichen   Composer
Johnny Marvin   Composer
Raymond Hall   Composer
Pat Harrison   Liner Notes
W.R. Calaway   Composer
Waldo O'Neal   Composer

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