RILEY PUCKETT 'Country Music Pioneer' JSP-77138

RILEY PUCKETT 'Country Music Pioneer' JSP-77138

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One of the "heroes" of old-time music thanks to his work with the Skillet Lickers and other Georgia musicians, Riley Puckett was also one of the most prolific, having been part of more than 300 recordings between 1924 and 1941. The blind artist's vocals and guitar runs contributed greatly to the many successful numbers that were cut by Gid Tanner's Skillet Lickers. As a solo performer he obviously had a great appeal to rural audiences, as witnessed by his large body of recordings, and there is no denying the soul and feeling in the best of his work. However, a lot of his recordings were pretty drab and unfortunately this 4-CD set (with 100 tracks) does not show Puckett at his best. It is not clear why the set jumps around from session to session, (it is not the chronological order common to such sets) but maybe it is good that the better numbers pop up from time to time to make things a bit more interesting and listenable. Fact is, whether by his own choice or the demands of the record companies, Puckett was given mostly pop material, most of which is not particularly inspiring (though some of the later Bluebird cuts are bouncy and surprisingly successful, thanks in part to faster tempos and some nice mandolin work by Ted Hawkins). Some of the highlights of this set include the two guitar solos Riley did, plus some duets with Tanner and a few classic fiddle tunes by Clayton McMichen, along with two mandolin & guitar duets with Ted Hawkins (KIMBALL HOUSE and HOP HIGH LADIES). While it's nice to have this bargain priced compilation as a reference piece, to be really solid musically the hundred songs could be trimmed down to the best 20 or 25, with good rural pieces like WAITIN' FOR THE EVENING MAIL, PREACHER & THE BEAR, GEORGE COLLINS, RAGGED BUT RIGHT, K.C. RAILROAD. DON'T LET YOUR DEAL GO DOWN, PUCKETT BLUES, RAMBLING BOY and THE OLD SPINNING WHEEL 4-CD set

TRACK LISTING

DISC ONE

  • PADDY WON'T YOU DRINK SOME CIDER
  • RILEY'S HEN HOUSE DOOR
  • NEW 'GIVIN EVERYTHING AWAY'
  • SANTA FE FIESTA
  • LONG TONGUED WOMAN
  • I'LL NEVER GET DRUNK ANYMORE
  • THE DRUNKARD'S DREAM
  • IN A LITTLE GYPSY TEA ROOM
  • RAGGED BUT RIGHT
  • CAN'T PUT THAT MONKEY ON MY BACK
  • DOWN IN ARKANSAS
  • THERE'S MORE PRETTY GIRLS THAN ONE PART 1
  • THERE'S MORE PRETTY GIRLS THAN ONE PART 2
  • GEORGE COLLINS
  • CINDY
  • MOONLIGHT SHADOWS AND YOU
  • WEDNESDAY NIGHT WALTZ
  • DARK TOWN STRUTTERS BALL
  • WHEN I'M BACK IN TENNESSEE
  • BOOTS AND SADDLE
  • CURLY HEADED BABY
  • TIE ME DOWN TO YOUR APRON STRINGS AGAIN
  • WAITIN' FOR THE EVENING MAIL
  • IT'S A SIN TO TELL A LIE
  • DON'T LET YOUR DEAL GO DOWN

DISC TWO

  • HOW COME YOU DO ME LIKE YOU DO?
  • FRANKIE AND JOHNNY
  • WON'T YOU COME OVER TO MY HOUSE
  • LITTLE BROWN JUG
  • WHEN YOU'RE GONE I WON'T FORGET
  • WHEN I'M GONE YOU'LL SOON FORGET
  • BILL JOHNSON
  • BURY ME 'NEATH THE WILLOW TREE
  • BACK TO MY HOME IN SMOKEY MOUNTAIN
  • LET MY PEACHES BE
  • MY OLD MULE
  • YOU'D BE SURPRISED
  • SHORT LIFE OF TROUBLE
  • NINE HUNDRED MILES FROM HOME
  • THOUGH YOU'RE NOT SATISFIED WITH ME
  • I'M GOING TO GEORGIA
  • BURGLAR MAN
  • JUST AS THE SUN WENT DOWN
  • LET ME CALL YOU SWETHEART
  • BLUE RIDGE MOUNTAIN BLUES
  • CARELESS LOVE
  • OLE FAITHFUL
  • I WISH I WAS A SINGLE GIRL AGAIN
  • RED RIVER VALLEY
  • MY CAROLINA HOME

DISC THREE

  • PUCKETT BLUES
  • GULF COAST BLUES
  • SUTH OF THE BORDER
  • RED SAILS IN THE SUNSET
  • WHEN I GROW TO OLD TO DREAM
  • THE DARKEY'S WAIT
  • FUZZY RAG
  • WHERE THE SHY LITTLE VIOLETS GROW
  • I WANT TO WANDER IN THE CUMBERLAND M OUNTAINS
  • GET OUT AND GET UNDER THE MOON
  • THE BLIND CHILD'S PRAYER PART 1
  • THE BLIND CHILD'S PRAYER PART 2
  • MOONLIGHT IN THE COLORADO
  • PLAYMATES
  • STORY O E PREACHER AND THE BEAR
  • WHEN I'M GONE YOU'LL SOON FORGET ME
  • I TOLD THEM ALL ABOUT YOU
  • JUST BREAK THE NEWS TO MOTHER
  • RAMBLIN' BOY
  • BRING BACK MY BLUE EYED BOY
  • JACK AND JOE
  • YOU'LL NEVER MISS YOUR MOTHER TILL SHE'S GONE
  • SILVER THREADS AMONG THE GOLD
  • DOWN B Y THE OLD MILL STREAM
  • LITTLE OLD CABIN IN THE LANE

DISC FOUR

  • KIMBALL HOUSE
  • HOP HIGH LADIES
  • OLD MOLLY HARE
  • GIDDAP NAPOLEON
  • UCKIN' MULE
  • WHEN I HAD BUT FIFTY CENTS
  • JESSE JAMES
  • OLD JOE CLARK
  • THE OLD SPINNING WHEEL
  • WHEN I GROW TO OLD TO DREAM
  • ON THE OTHER SIDE OF JORDAN
  • THE CAT CAME BACK
  • MY BUDDY
  • I'M DRIFTING BACK TO DREAMLAND
  • WHAT'S THE REASON I'M NOT PLEASING YOU
  • SOMEWHERE IN OLD WYOMING
  • CUMBERLAND GAP
  • SOURWOOD MOUNTAIN
  • I'M READY TO GO
  • WHISTLE AND BLOW YOUR BLUES AWAY
  • RENFRO VALLEY HOME
  • K.C. RAILROAD(GOING DOWN THE ROAD FEELING BAD)
  • MARGIE
  • NOBODY'S BUSINESS
  • RAILROAD BOOMER