The Dynamite Trail: The Decca Years

The Dynamite Trail: The Decca Years

by Wilf CarterWilf Carter


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Anyone seeking out the music of Wilf Carter, aka Montana Slim, should start with this single disc before moving on to Bear Family's more ambitious box set. Carter recorded for Decca from 1954 through 1958, and all 30 of those sides (originally issued on the LPs I'm Ragged But I'm Right and The Dynamite Trail) are contained on this single CD. These were among the most solidly commercial sides ever cut by Carter, recorded at Owen Bradley's studio in Nashville with Bradley playing piano and leading a band that included Tommy Jackson on fiddle and Jerry Byrd on steel guitar. The sound is smooth and elegant and gives Carter's voice a superb showcase -- highlights include "Maple Lead Waltz," "Mountain High Yodel," and "I Bought a Rock for My Rocky Mountain Gal," as well as the title tracks of the two LPs and covers of such standards as "Strawberry Roan." Even the weaker numbers, such as "The Sunshine Bird," are worth hearing and thoroughly enjoyable for the performances they receive. The real surprise here, apart from the overall quality of the music, is the beauty of Carter's yodeling, among the best and most haunting you're ever likely to hear -- "Shoo Shoo Sh' La La" is almost worth the price of the disc by itself. The sound throughout is astonishingly good, and the programming is generous, topping out at over 70 minutes of superb music.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/25/1994
Label: Bear Family
UPC: 4000127155078
catalogNumber: 15507
Rank: 90708

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Wilf Carter   Primary Artist,Guitar,Vocals,Track Performer
Buddy Emmons   Steel Guitar
Chet Atkins   Guitar
Hank Garland   Guitar
Anita Kerr   Choir, Chorus
Don Helms   Steel Guitar
Grady Martin   Guitar
Anita Kerr Singers   Choir, Chorus
Harold Bradley   Guitar
Owen Bradley   Piano,Leader
Tommy Jackson   Fiddle
Douglas Kirkham   Drums
Ernest Ernie Newton   Bass
Louis Dean Nunley   Choir, Chorus
Jerry Rivers   Fiddle
Dorothy Ann Dillard   Choir, Chorus
Jerry Byrd   Steel Guitar
Farris Coursey   Drums
Bob Moore   Bass
Jack Shook   Guitar
Henry Newton "Tommy" Vaden   Fiddle
William Guilford Wright   Choir, Chorus
Tulane Sisters   Choir, Chorus

Technical Credits

Vaughn Monroe   Composer
Jimmie Dodd   Composer
Owen Bradley   Producer
Hoffmann Nienburg   Art Direction
Richard Weize   Reissue Producer,Illustrations
Richard Flohil   Liner Notes
Paul Cohen   Producer

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