Ronnie Hawkins

The Ballads of Ronnie Hawkins

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Ronnie Hawkins is known for many things but ballads are not one of them. Bear Family’s 2011 set proves this to be a misconception, illustrating that Hawkins is as adept with a slow burn as he is with a hopping rockabilly beat. Strictly speaking, these aren’t all ballads, at least not in the folk sense: there are plenty of those, but there are bluesy grinds, swaying slow dance crossovers, rolling progressive country, and any number of slow tunes, all of which are handled with ease by Hawkins. Bear Family’s generous 30-track disc skips through the eras with grace, with simple early-‘60s sides sitting next to slicker ‘70s productions, but the disc never plays schizophrenically; rather, the shifting sounds reveal how Ronnie Hawkins could always deliver a song with unassuming skill.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 03:38 Amazon
2 03:35 Amazon
3
02:28 Amazon
4 03:19 Amazon
5 02:10 Amazon
6 02:30 Amazon
7
02:13 Amazon
8 02:22 Amazon
9 02:36 Amazon
10 03:47 Amazon
11 02:58 Amazon
12
02:39 Amazon
13
02:33 Amazon
14 03:03 Amazon
15 02:22 Amazon
16 03:07 Amazon
17 03:01 Amazon
18 02:35 Amazon
19 02:21 Amazon
20 02:23 Amazon
21 02:30 Amazon
22 02:04 Amazon
23 02:50 Amazon
24 02:22 Amazon
25 02:09 Amazon
26 02:38 Amazon
27 02:54 Amazon
28
02:35 Amazon
29
01:57 Amazon
30 05:11 Amazon
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