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by Chris Smith

Today, Nashville discourages references to God, booze and adultery, and tries to fill stadiums by peddling bland country rock acts with perfect teeth and hats. The days when southern country music was the tough sound of people leading tough lives often seem far away, but the real thing is still out there, and HILLBILLY JAMBOREE, drawn from the Arhoolie Records back catalogue, is the perfect antidote to recent trends.

50 years ago, when a teenage Chris Strachwitz came to America from Germany, one of the first sounds he heard was high-powered Mexican border radio stations, blasting out country music in defiance of FCC regulations. Strachwitz fell in love with what he heard, and from the first days of Arhoolie, founded in 1960, country artists have always featured strongly.

HILLBILLY JAMBOREE ranges across the United States: from Georgia, with a brilliant banjo and raggy piano of mechanic - and state senator - Uncle John Patterson, to the Californian showman (and woman)- ship of Rose Maddox and her brothers. Rose, who sadly died just recently, was the first really big female star in country music, paving the way for Patsy Cline, Kitty Wells and the rest. All the great sounds of old time music are here: the close harmony duets that were so popular in the 30s, carried on by the Armstrong Twins and the Hodges Brothers-.-the ringing Scots-Irish fiddle and banjo breakdowns of J E Mainer's Mountaineers and Homer 'Pappy' Sherrill-.-the dazzling fingerpicking of Sam McGee-.-the intense, hellfire gospel of Texan Bill Neely-.-the expert, and very entertaining revivalism of the all-woman Any Old Time String Band-.-and high, lonesome bluegrass from Del McCoury.

Previous Ace samplings of the Arhoolie treasure house have featured blues, Tex-Mex, Cajun music and Zydeco. This release adds another great American sound to the mix, hillbilly music - the real roots of rockabilly.


Track listing


Side 1

  • 01 Preview Mississippi Sawyers - J E Mainer's Mountaineers

  • 02 Preview Ramshackle Shack - J E Mainer's Mountaineers

  • 03 Preview Milk Cow Blues - Uncle John Patterson

  • 04 Preview Eight Thirty Blues - The Armstrong Twins

  • 05 Preview The Leaves Are Falling - The Hodges Brothers

  • 06 Preview Miller's Reel - Homer "Pappy" Sherrill

  • 07 Preview Railroad Blues - Sam McGee

  • 08 Preview Plains, Georgia Rock - Uncle John Patterson

  • 09 Preview Sun Setting Time In Your Life - Bill Neely

  • 10 Preview Boggy Road To Texas - Homer "Pappy" Sherrill

  • 11 Preview Roll In My Sweet Baby's Arms - Del McCoury

  • 12 Preview Dear Companion - The Any Old Time String Band

  • 13 Preview Wheels - Sam McGee

  • 14 Preview Philadelphia Lawyer - Rose Maddox

  • 15 Preview Greenback Dollar - The Armstrong Twins

  • 16 Preview Hen Cackle - Uncle John Patterson

  • 17 Preview Gathering Flowers On The Hillside - The Hodges Brothers

  • 18 Preview Run Mountain - J E Mainer's Mountaineers

  • 19 Preview Ching Chong - Sam McGee

  • 20 Preview Hello Stranger - The Any Old Time String Band

  • 21 Preview Sally Let Your Bangs Hang Down - Rose Maddox

  • 22 Preview Dreams - Del McCoury

  • 23 Preview Turn Your Radio On - Rose Maddox

  • 24 Preview Intro & Theme / I Wonder How The Old Folks Are At Home - The Carter Family

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