Various Artists “Welcome To Music City U. S. A.” Tracks from top CBS artists of the day, complete with fake audience sounds mixed in.

Various Artists “Welcome To Music City U. S. A.” Tracks from top CBS artists of the day, complete with fake audience sounds mixed in.

Greetings from Asheville, where good music is always found on the turntable. This Classic Album Review remembers a various artist collection from 1966. Columbia’s Welcome To Music City U. S. A.  features fourteen tracks from most of Columbia’s roster of the day. Included are superstars like Johnny Cash, Ray Price, … Continue reading

Johnny Cash “Blood, Sweat, And Tears” Classic Album Review Johnny Cash in vintage form for this release

Johnny Cash “Blood, Sweat, And Tears” Classic Album Review Johnny Cash in vintage form for this release

Greetings from Asheville, where good music is always on the turntable. It used to be a popular misconception that the Beatles made the first concept album. In all actuality, concept albums, where all songs are related in some way, were being made before anyone even knew of the Fab Four. … Continue reading

Carl Smith “Why, Why” Classic 45 Big Hit For Carl Smith In 1957.

Carl Smith “Why, Why” Classic 45 Big Hit For Carl Smith In 1957.

Greetings from Asheville, where the good music still lives on the turntable. Today’s Classic 45 is one of my favorites from 1950’s hit-maker Carl Smith. Tennessee native Carl Smith burst onto the scene in 1951, with his first hit, “Let’s Live A Little”. Soon, his records were regularly at, or … Continue reading

Stonewall Jackson “Me and You and A Dog Named Boo” Classic 45

Stonewall Jackson “Me and You and A Dog Named Boo” Classic 45

Greetings from Asheville, where good music is always found on the turntable.  Today’s Classic 45 became the last of eleven top ten hits and the last of thirty-five Country top 40 hits for Stonewall Jackson.  As the 1970’s were dawning, Stonewall’s career as a hit-maker was waning.  He had last … Continue reading

Ray Price “Crazy Arms” Classic 45

Ray Price “Crazy Arms” Classic 45

Greetings from Asheville, where good music is always found on the turntable.  This Classic 45 is an iconic piece of Country music, from an equally iconic vocalist. Ray Price is one of the greatest vocalists ever heard on vinyl. Few singers could successfully perform both hard country shuffle and lush … Continue reading

Marty Robbins “Ain’t I The Lucky One” – Ultimate Twang Classic 45 One of Marty's Collaborations With Mitch Miller

Marty Robbins “Ain’t I The Lucky One” – Ultimate Twang Classic 45 One of Marty's Collaborations With Mitch Miller

Of all the singers not named Elvis in the late 1950’s, it’s hard to find one who was hotter than Marty Robbins. Not only was Marty one of country music’s top acts, but he was also enjoying success on the pop side. This success, in part, was due to Marty’s … Continue reading

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