WAYNE RANEY: Why Don’t You Haul Off and Love Me and 20 Old-Time Gospel Favorites

          Wayne Raney Why Don’t You Haul Off and Love Me 20 Old-Time Gospel Favorites Gusto 2228, 2229 www.gustorecords.com   Besides ranking with the top harmonica players of the post-World War II years, Arkansas-born Wayne Raney (1921-93) composed both gospel and hillbilly boogie, even co-authoring and … → read more

VARIOUS ARTISTS: You Are There

          Various Artists You Are There Shanachie 622 www.shanachie.com   Back in the previous century’s videocassette era, Shanachie put out a series of early-1950s live performances by country acts (including Chet Atkins, Ernest Tubb and Marty Robbins) that had been excellently filmed by Al Gannaway. Most … → read more

MICHAEL MARTIN MURPHEY: Red River Drifter

          MICHAEL MARTIN MURPHEY Red River Drifter Red River 052 www.michaelmartinmurphey.com   Martin Murphey’s origins provide a key to his music. “I grew up in Texas, the world’s number one musical crossroads where anything goes musically.” In the tradition of Lone Star statesmen like Bob Wills … → read more

RAY WYLIE HUBBARD: The Grifter’s Hymnal

        RAY WYLIE HUBBARD The Grifter’s Hymnal Bordello 12-003 Ray Wylie Hubbard’s Web Site   “At least we ain’t Lazarus and have to think twice about dying,” the grizzled Hubbard philosophizes … and with song titles like “New Year’s Eve at the Gates of Hell” these songs … → read more

MARK COLLIE and HIS RECKLESS COMPANIONS: Alive at Brushy Mountain State Penitantiary

    MARK COLLIE & HIS RECKLESS    COMPANIONS Live at Brushy Mountain State Penitentiary Wilbanks 1694 www.wilbanks.com http://www.markcollie.com   Country singer/writer Collie’s inspiration for this arresting disc came from hearing Johnny Cash’s Folsom and San Quentin prison LPs and knowing that Merle Haggard (as an inmate in the audience) had … → read more