VA – Dim Lights, Thick Smoke And Hillbilly Music 1969 (2013)

Artist: VA
Title: Dim Lights, Thick Smoke And Hillbilly Music 1969
Year Of Release: 2013
Label: Bear Family Records
Genre: Country, Bluegrass, Hillbilly, Progressive Country
Quality: Mp3 320 / Flac (image, .cue, log)
Total Time: 86:48
Total Size: 229/525 Mb


01. John Wesley Ryles I – Kay
02. Buck Owens – Who’s Gonna Mow Your Grass
03. Bobby Bare – (Margie’s At) The Lincoln Park Inn
04. The Byrds – Drug Store Truck Drivin’ Man
05. Merle Haggard – Workin’ Man Blues
06. Loretta Lynn – Woman Of The World (Leave My World Alone)
07. Charley Pride – All I Have To Offer You (Is Me)
08. Glen Campbell – Galveston
09. Jerry Lee Lewis – To Make Love Sweeter For You
10. Johnny Cash – A Boy Named Sue
11. Dottie West & Don Gibson – Rings Of Gold
12. Jack Greene – Statue Of A Fool
13. Roger Miller – Me And Bobbie McGee
14. Flying Burrito Brothers – Sin City
15. Tom T. Hall – Homecoming
16. George Jones – I’ll Share My World With You
17. Bobby Bare – God Bless America Again
18. Faron Young – Wine Me Up
19. Johnny Bush – You Gave Me A Mountain
20. Porter Wagoner & Dolly Parton – Just Someone I Used To Know
21. Glen Campbell – Try A Little Kindness
22. Jerry Lee Lewis – She Even Woke Me Up To Say Goodbye
23. Merle Haggard – Okie From Muskogee
24. Conway Twitty – To See My Angel Cry
25. Willie Nelson – Bloody Merry Morning
26. Charlie Rich – Life’s Little Ups and Downs
27. Kenny Rogers & The First Edition – Ruben James
28. Billy Lee Riley – Kay

The first song on the 1969 volume of Bear Family’s Dim Lights, Thick Smoke and Hillbilly Music is "Kay," a song that explicitly references the ongoing conflict in Vietnam, while the second, Buck Owens’ "Who’s Gonna Mow Your Grass?," splits the difference between a harpsichord and a fuzz guitar. In other words, the ’60s in all their paisley splendor had arrived to the mainstream of country music but the upheaval is apparent in other places, yet in ways that aren’t quite so splashy. Bobby Bare’s mournful, symphonic cheating anthem "(Margie’s At) The Lincoln Park Inn," is a Tom T. Hall tune, filled with telling details that capture not just a place, but a time. Hall’s particular gift is naturally apparent on his own hit "Homecoming, " — an oddly melancholy tale of an oblivious, absent country singer visiting his old, ailing father — but such modern narratives are also evident on Roger Miller’s version of Kris Kristofferson’s "Me and Bobby McGee" and Johnny Cash’s riotous take on Shel Silverstein’s "A Boy Named Sue." These are balanced by hard honky tonk via Jerry Lee Lewis, Bare’s jingoistic "God Bless America Again," Charlie Rich’s soulful "Life’s Little Ups and Downs," Glen Campbell’s achingly symphonic country-pop, Merle Haggard’s dogged, determined Bakersfield country, and the singles of Kenny Rogers & the First Edition, which attempt to polish and shoehorn all these trends into something pop and palatable. Looking back just a few years prior, it’d be hard to believe that country music would encompass so many sounds and sensibilities and that’s why Dim Lights 1969 is such a thrilling compilation: the adventure is palpable in nearly every track.



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