Various Artists

Honky Tonkin' Rhythm: 1950s Country Boppers

  • AllMusic Rating
    9
  • User Ratings (0)
  • Your Rating

AllMusic Review by John Bush

One of the most valuable digital-era compilations of '50s honky tonk and country boogie, Honky Tonkin' Rhythm: 1950s Country Boppers assembles over 50 valuable tracks by a parade of artists (from the famed to the obscure) and labels (major or very minor). Certainly not for the faint of heart (or those new to honky tonkin'), it includes very few hits and, nearly everywhere, it seeks to resurrect some of the most obscure sides or forgotten artists. The sound quality isn't stellar, but it's easy to forgive a small issue when so much of this music is impossible to find elsewhere and sounds so good. Another feature rarely found on country compilations is the range of artists, including a good share of the most popular honky tonkers (Lefty Frizzell, George Jones, Bob Wills, Webb Pierce, Wanda Jackson, Merle Travis, Little Jimmy Dickens) with less-known performances to rank alongside some of the most obscure ever recorded and released. (It's probably a function of the 50-year copyright limit in Great Britain that a label like GVC [Great Voices of the Century] is able to combine the output of so many classic honky tonk labels, including Decca, Capitol, Columbia, RCA, MGM, King, Hickory, Starday, and many others.)

Track Listing - Disc 1

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1
Red Foley 02:19 Amazon
2
Tennessee Ernie Ford / Ella Mae Morse 02:17 Amazon
3
Wayne Raney 02:18 Amazon
4
The Delmore Brothers 02:35 Amazon
5
Hawkshaw Hawkins 02:42 Amazon
6
Lefty Frizzell 02:04 Amazon
7
Lee Emerson / Marty Robbins 02:01 Amazon
8
Little Jimmy Dickens 01:59 Amazon
9
Webb Pierce 02:07 Amazon
10
George Jones 02:29 Amazon
11
Pee Wee King & His Golden West Cowboys 02:24 Amazon
12
Jerry Reed 02:19 Amazon
13
The Carlisles 02:10 Amazon
14
Skeets McDonald 02:28 Amazon
15
Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys 02:42 Amazon
16
Rusty & Doug 02:20 Amazon
17
Hank Garland 03:13 Amazon
18
Merle Travis / The Whippoorwills 02:07 Amazon
19
Bobby Helms 02:30 Amazon
20
Joe Maphis 02:44 Amazon
21
Buddy & Bob 01:53 Amazon
22
Cochran Brothers 02:15 Amazon
23
Jimmy & Duane 01:54 Amazon
24
Lucky Wray 02:25 Amazon
25
Wanda Jackson 02:29 Amazon
26
Arlie Duff 02:22 Amazon
27
Carson Robison 02:41 Amazon

Track Listing - Disc 2

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1
Bobby Sisco 02:31 Amazon
2
The Maddox Brothers & Rose 02:26 Amazon
3
Budd Hobbs & His Trail Herders 02:30 Amazon
4
Bob Luce / Onie Wheeler 02:31 Amazon
5
The Stardusters 02:08 Amazon
6
Vernon Claud 01:56 Amazon
7
Jimmy Lawson 02:15 Amazon
8
Harold Allen / J.T. Watts 02:36 Amazon
9
Country Playboys 01:45 Amazon
10
Ramblin' Tommy Scott 02:31 Amazon
11
Jack Turner 02:24 Amazon
12
Bob Burton 02:25 Amazon
13
Jimmie Dolan 02:14 Amazon
14
Moon Mullican 02:14 Amazon
15
Merrill Moore 02:10 Amazon
16
Sonny DeFreest 02:03 Amazon
17
Rhythm Rockers 02:26 Amazon
18
Billy Briggs 02:24 Amazon
19
Hank Stanford 02:22 Amazon
20
Billy Jack Wills 02:42 Amazon
21
The Collins Kids 02:21 Amazon
22
Dale Brooks 02:30 Amazon
23
Jimmy Dawson 02:15 Amazon
24
Hank the Cowhand 02:32 Amazon
25
Bob Gallion 02:13 Amazon
26
Cecil Campbell 02:25 Amazon
27
Don Reno & the Tennessee Cut-Ups / Don Reno / Red Smiley 02:29 Amazon
blue highlight denotes track pick