Roy Acuff

The Crazy Tennessean

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Roy Acuff's transformation from a country boy in the backwoods of Tennessee to leading light of the Grand Ole Opry helped set the template for the classic tale of fame so often told in Nashville. Thankfully, as with many of country music's early stars, Acuff shored up his folksy aura with some of the finest raw country sides to be recorded. Standing alongside other originators like Jimmie Rodgers and Ernest Tubb, Acuff made his mark with such classics as "Great Speckle Bird," "Wabash Cannonball," and "Automobile of Life." The Catfish label's fine Acuff collection, The Crazy Tennessean, includes these and 20 other of the singer's best numbers, most of which were cut during the late '30s. This disc makes a fine complement to Columbia's The Essential Roy Acuff, which includes a good share of his '40s hits like "Wreck on the Highway" and "Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain."

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