Sheb Wooley

Gonna Shake This Shack Tonight: White Lightnin'

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Bear Family's 2012 set White Lightin' is part of their Gonna Shake This Shack Tonight line, a series that concentrates on the rocking & rolling and boogie-woogie sides of country and rockabilly singers. Wooley is rarely seen as a rockabilly cat and there's a reason for that. He was a cowboy, and a Hollywood one at that, so he never really tore loose the way a rowdy redneck would, but the 30 cuts on White Lightnin' -- the earliest dating from 1945, the latest from 1961, but most coming from the '50s -- have a serious swing to them, showcasing that Wooley could get wild and woolly when the occasion called for it. This disc contains almost all of those occasions, most leaning toward a hard-swinging country boogie that Wooley performed ably and amiably. He was capable of doing more -- something Todd Everett makes clear in his fine liner notes, and his sentiment is borne out by other Bear Family sets -- but it's easy to overlook how rowdy he could be, and White Lightnin' showcases this wild streak to an entertaining effect.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1 2:39
2 2:32
3 2:54
4 2:42
5 2:20
6 2:51
7 2:55
8 2:36
9 2:42
10
1:56
11 2:14
12 2:35
13 2:20
14 2:29
15 2:45
16 2:29
17 2:18
18 2:44
19 2:14
20 2:24
21 2:07
22 2:24
23 2:06
24 2:20
25 2:20
26 2:27
27 1:59
28 1:57
29 2:32
30 2:24
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