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KENTUCKY HILLTOPPERS 'Live WKIC Recordings from 1949'

Price: $13.50 (excluding tax)
SKU: KYH-1949-CD
Weight: 0.33 LBS


Product Description

In the decade just after the end of World War II, there was a country wide boom in building small, local radio stations. While these hardly competed with the major radio networks, they did provide an outlet for local talent, and in the rural South that usually meant daily country, gospel, or Bluegrass shows that lasted 15 minutes or half an hour. Some groups went on to bigger things, while others packed it in after a few months or years of struggling to make a decent living. This newly released CD features an example of just such a group playing out of Hazard. Kentucky and led by one Ernest “String” Sparkman . For those who are intrigued by the sounds of those early post-war years, this is a nice example that fortunately was preserved. An added bonus is the presence of Bobby Sumner, a fine Kentucky fiddler who played and recorded with the Stanley Brothers around the same time these shows were recorded; Bobby was a brother to Marion Sumner, another excellent fiddler. Another good fiddler, Don Akers, is also heard taking breaks on some numbers, and the group also features an early lap-steel. The 25 tracks include a mixture of original songs along with some old timers like TRAGIC ROMANCE, JOE TURNER BLUES, HAPPY ON THE MISSISSIPPI SHORE and I WONDER IF YOU FEEL THE WAY I DO, plus some local commercials. An interesting piece here.


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TRACK LISTING:
  • THE NEW HAZARD HAYRIDE INTRO
  • I'VE TAKEN ALL I'M GONNA TAKE FROM YOU
  • OLD JOE CLARK
  • I FIND YOU CHEATIN' ON ME
  • ROADSIDE RAG
  • RAINBOW IN MY HEART
  • GENERAL ELECTRIC ADVERTISEMENT
  • THE STEEL GUITAR STOMP
  • MISSISSIPPI SHORE
  • TROUBLE KEEPS HANGIN' ROUND MY DOOR
  • THE ALABAMA JUBILEE
  • NEW HAZARD FURNITURE ADVERTISEMENT
  • SHAME ON ME
  • BEYOND A SHADOW OF A DOUBT
  • WHAT A FOOL I WAS
  • FOREVER
  • TRAGIC ROMANCE
  • JULY 4TH, 1949 BREAK
  • THE JOE TURNER BLUES
  • I WONDER IF YOU FEEL THE WAY I DO
  • THE GUITAR BOOGIE
  • GOLDEN GRAIN COFFEE ADVERTISEMENT
  • MY FRONT DOOR IS OPEN
  • CACKLIN' HEN
  • CLOSING THEME
ARTISTS:
  • ERNEST SPARKMAN
  • BOBBY SUMNER
  • DON AKERS
  • BAZZ COMBS
  • CORBIT HURT
  • TAYLOR PORTER
  • TEDDY HURLEY
  • GLENN THOMAS
  • LADUAL "SQUARE" SEXTON

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