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Let Me Be Your Side Track: The Influence of Jimmy Rogers

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An extraordinarily thorough box from Bear Family, a label known for its completism with all things country-related, LET ME BE YOUR SIDETRACK: THE INFLUENCE OF JIMMIE RODGERS takes on the decade-spanning influence of Jimmie Rodgers, aka "the man who started it all." As argued in the liner notes of the accompanying 188-page booklet, Jimmie Rodgers forever changed American hillbilly and folk music by taking the focus off the song and putting it on the performer. The power of his personality drove many artists to pick up guitars and imitate his simultaneously warm and heartworn style, thereby codifying what was to become country music. Of the 110 songs Rodgers recorded in his short but legendary career, 108 have been covered by other artists. This jawdropping ratio inspired LET ME BE YOUR SIDETRACK, which across six discs compiles 159 cover versions by Rodgers-aping contemporaries, early cowboy legends like Gene Autry, honky-tonk giants such as Lefty Frizzell and Ernest Tubb, country music stalwarts such as Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard, and even rockers such as Bob Dylan and Jerry Garcia. Many of them even take on Rodgers' evocative yodel. It speaks to the breadth of Rodger's influence that LET ME BE YOUR SIDETRACK is an affecting listen, start to finish. The richness and variety of these performances collectively sound less like a wonky tribute and more like an engrossing history of country music itself.

Track Listing - Disc 1

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1 2:35
2
2:24
3
2:29
4
2:53
5
2:47
6
3:02
7
2:27
8
2:41
9
3:05
10
2:22
11
2:47
12 3:06
13 2:50
14
3:19
15
2:45
16
2:44
17
2:42
18 2:34
19 2:49
20 2:48
21 3:04
22
3:01
23
3:01
24 2:23
25
2:57

Track Listing - Disc 2

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1
3:09
2
3:22
3
3:13
4
2:13
5
3:05
6
2:53
7
2:53
8 2:29
9 2:31
10 2:29
11
3:02
12 3:02
13
2:36
14
2:53
15 2:51
16
2:54
17 2:36
18
2:51
19 2:31
20
2:59
21
3:05
22 3:28
23
2:28
24
2:45
25
3:31
26
3:05

Track Listing - Disc 3

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1
3:19
2 3:14
3
3:40
4 2:54
5
3:11
6
2:53
7 3:11
8 2:40
9
2:48
10 3:32
11
4:26
12
3:24
13
4:59
14 3:08
15
3:03
16
3:07
17
2:55
18
3:05
19
2:54
20
2:09
21
2:23
22 2:18
23 2:34
24 3:01
25 2:46
26 4:17

Track Listing - Disc 4

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1
2:04
2
3:00
3 3:08
4
2:53
5
1:18
6
2:28
7
2:52
8
3:17
9
1:56
10
2:36
11
2:52
12
2:30
13
2:50
14
0:45
15
2:21
16
2:35
17
2:06
18 2:59
19
2:27
20 3:37
21 3:19
22 2:36
23
3:17
24
2:38
25
3:14
26
3:00
27 1:33
28
4:29
29
3:39
30
2:06

Track Listing - Disc 5

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1
2:02
2
2:29
3 2:33
4
1:53
5 2:24
6 2:14
7
2:37
8
2:33
9 2:15
10 2:37
11
2:53
12
2:38
13 3:08
14
3:29
15
2:59
16
2:11
17 2:33
18 2:54
19
3:13
20
3:07
21
3:22
22
2:11
23
3:47
24
2:25
25
2:11
26
2:02
27
2:57
28
3:06
29 2:57
30
2:13
31
2:52
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