Jimmie Driftwood

Wilderness Road

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Wilderness Road is Jimmie Driftwood's second album, and it has the simple, folk-based sound that typified the recordings he made before producer Chet Atkins began to pile on glossy production flourishes. Acoustic guitar, string bass, and an occasional jew's-harp are the only instrumental ingredients, and except for three traditional songs, the album was authored by Driftwood. Many country fans will be immediately interested in Driftwood's original recording of "Tennessee Stud," which Eddy Arnold remade into a sizeable hit the same year. Driftwood exercises his penchant for historical songs on "Bunker Hill" and otherwise delivers another excellent platter of songs about pioneers, cowboys, and rustics.

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