Grandpa Jones

28 Greatest Hits

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Until a box set of his King recordings appears, 28 Greatest Hits is the best available anthology of Grandpa Jones' classic early years. Sounding like Uncle Dave Macon with an electric guitar, Grandpa Jones' King sides mixed old-timey novelties with hot Travis-picking (Merle Travis and Grandpa Jones were bandmates in the Brown's Ferry Four gospel quartet), and created an anachronistic style that kept pace with the times in its own way. Not every track is electrified, but Jones' unique update of mountain music is heard most clearly on tracks such as "Five-String Banjo Boogie" and the popular "Eight More Miles to Louisville." While most of the songs are novelties, Jones plays it straight occasionally, as on "Tragic Romance" and the couple of sacred songs. Essential music from everybody's favorite Grandpa.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 2:45 Amazon
2 2:50 Amazon
3 2:39 Amazon
4 2:44 Amazon
5
2:27 Amazon
6 2:49 Amazon
7
2:23 Amazon
8 3:03 Amazon
9
2:19 Amazon
10
1:50 Amazon
11
2:48 Amazon
12
2:51 Amazon
13
2:44 Amazon
14
2:36 Amazon
15 2:38 Amazon
16 2:33 Amazon
17 2:55 Amazon
18
2:37 Amazon
19 2:35 Amazon
20
2:39 Amazon
21
1:54 Amazon
22 2:42 Amazon
23
2:43 Amazon
24 2:53 Amazon
25
2:35 Amazon
26
2:11 Amazon
27
2:39 Amazon
28
2:36 Amazon
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