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Mainer, Wade - I’m Not Looking Backward
Audio CD of recordings by Wade Mainer. Continue Reading »
Marshall Tucker Band, The - Anthology: The First 30 Years
Although the Capricorn/Warner Bros. decade that ended in 1983 accounts for the bulk of these selections, the last half of the second disc presents a revamped lineup led by sole original member/lead singer Doug Gray, continuing the musical legacy with remarkably engaging results. Continue Reading »
Martin, Jimmy - You Don’t Know My Mind
This collection gathers 14 out-and-out classics from Martin's 1956-66 peak Decca period and features the vital contributions of Paul Williams (mandolin, tenor vocals) and young sensation J.D. Crowe (banjo, baritone vocals). Continue Reading »
Martin, Jimmy and the Sunny Mountain Boys: Jimmy Martin and the Sunny Mountain Boys
This five-CD set covers Jimmy Martin's complete recorded output from 1954 until 1974, 20 years and 146 tracks cut primarily for Decca-MCA, with a handful for RCA at the very outset. Continue Reading »
Masters of Old-Time Country Autoharp
Spirited breakdowns, sentimental and gospel songs — some played as instrumentals — and even a bluegrass song are presented here in this re-release of the only documentary of traditional Southern Autoharp players. Continue Reading »
Mattea, Kathy - Coal
Singer, songs, producer, and pickers have come together flawlessly to form COAL, a career record for Mattea and a great gift for music lovers. Continue Reading »
McCutcheon, John - The Wind that Shakes the Barley
The Wind That Shakes the Barley, originally released in 1977 on eastern Kentucky's June Appal label, was one of the first all-hammer dulcimer albums in the United States. Continue Reading »
McGhee, Brownie - The Folkways Years, 1945-1959
An 18-song compilation culled from the six LP's McGhee recorded for Folkways, illustrates this stellar blues guitarist's remarkable musicianship and repertoire of older blues ballads and original compositions. Continue Reading »
Merle, Travis - The Definitive Collection
2008 digitally remastered two CD collection from the Country icon. Continue Reading »
Meyer, Edgar - Edgar Meyer
This CD features 14 new works, all by Meyer and all played by him (through the magic of multi-track recording and overdubbing). Continue Reading »
Monroe, Bill - Anthology
Distilling the four-disc Music of Bill Monroe down to 50 songs, this double-disc Anthology is a fine survey of the bluegrass pioneer's career. Continue Reading »
Monroe, Bill: Blue Moon Of Kentucky 1936-1949
From 1936-1949, Bill Monroe made a series of recordings that laid the foundation for what is today called bluegrass. This collection brings together, for the first time, the complete works from that seminal era. Continue Reading »
Niles, John Jacob - My Precarious Life in the Public Domain
A collection of folk music ballads performed by John Jacob Niles. Continue Reading »
O’Brien, Tim - The Crossing
The artist himself calls this project "the inevitable next step for a bluegrass singer-songwriter in his mid-40s named O'Brien," but in this description O'Brien sells himself short. Continue Reading »
O’Day, Molly - Molly O’Day & the Cumberland Mountain Folks
36-song collection of Molly O'Day recordings on two CDs. Continue Reading »
Osborne Brothers, The - From Rocky Top to Muddy Bottom
Bluegrass music performed by The Osborne Brothers. Continue Reading »
Paisley, Brad - The Very Best of Brad Paisley
A collection of hits and lesser-known songs performed by Brad Paisley . Continue Reading »
Parton, Dolly - Essential Dolly Parton
A collection of 37 songs performed by Dolly Parton. Continue Reading »
Poole, Charlie - You Ain’t Talkin’ to Me: Charlie Poole and the Roots of Country Music
A 3-disc collection of tunes by Charlie Poole, his mentors, and contemporaries. Continue Reading »
Powell, Dirk, O’Brien, Tim, and Herrmann, John - Songs from the Mountain
A collection of songs celebrating the Appalachian heritage. Continue Reading »
Presley, Elvis - Essential Elvis Presley
A mix of blues, rock, rockabilly, gospel, movie, and some live concert music performed by Elvis Presley. Continue Reading »
Proffitt, Frank, Sr. - Traditional Songs and Ballads of Appalachia
A collection of 17 songs performed by Frank Profitt, Sr. Continue Reading »
Ra, Sun and His Arkestra, Jazz in Silhouette
This CD reunites two of Sun Ra and His Arkestra's consecutive LPs in their entirety: Jazz In Silhouette and Sound Sun Pleasure. Continue Reading »
Reed, Ola Belle - Rising Sun Melodies
A collection of 19 songs by Ola Belle Reed with extraordinary banjo playing & singing. Continue Reading »
Reno and Smiley - The Talk of the Town: Classic Bluegrass, 1952-1960
A collection of 24 bluegrass songs by Don Reno and Red Smiley. Continue Reading »
Riddle, Lesley - Step By Step: Lesley Riddle Meets the Carter Family
A collection of 14 songs. Continue Reading »
Ritchie, Jean - Ballads from Her Appalachian Family Traditions
Jean Ritchie is a national treasure, one of America's finest and best known traditional singers. This reissue of her landmark Folkways recordings of British traditional ballads in Appalachia brings her clear, pure voice and timeless songs to new generations of listeners. Continue Reading »
Ritchie, Jean - None But One/High Hills and Mountains
A collection of songs performed by Jean Ritchie. Continue Reading »
Rodgers, Jimmie - Essential Jimmie Rodgers
A collection of 20 country music tunes performed by Jimmie Rodgers. Continue Reading »
Rodgers, Jimmie: Singing Brakeman
The Singing Brakeman is a six-disc set that compiles every song that Jimmie Rodgers ever recorded. It covers the same ground as Rounder's eight-disc set, but Bear Family's set condenses the material into six CDs and adds a large booklet that features a thorough discography and biography. Continue Reading »
Russell, Bonnie and the Russell Family - Mountain Dulcimer, Galax Style.
Audio CD recorded by Bonnie Russell and The Russell Family in 1995. Continue Reading »
Scott, Darrell - Live in NC
A 9-song collection performed by Darrell Scott. Continue Reading »
Seeger, Mike - Early Southern Guitar Sounds
Mike sings and plays a variety of the styles that were played in the rural South from about 1850 to 1930 on 25 different types of guitars. Continue Reading »
Seeger, Mike - Southern Banjo Sounds
A new series of recording sessions captured the 50 blues, instrumentals, regional and religious songs included in this two-CD set. Continue Reading »
Seeger, Mike - True Vine
A collection of 23 songs performed by Mike Seeger. Continue Reading »
Skaggs, Ricky - Country Gentleman: The Best of Ricky Skaggs
A 2-disc collection of 32 songs performed by Ricky Skaggs. Continue Reading »
Skaggs, Ricky, and Kentucky Thunder - Honoring the Fathers of Bluegrass: Tribute to 1946 and 1947
A collection of 12 songs performed by Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder. Continue Reading »
Skillet Lickers, The - Old-Time Fiddle Tunes and Songs from North Georgia
A collection of 16 songs performed by the Skillet Lickers. Continue Reading »
Smith, Hobart - Portraits: Hobart Smith
A collection of 31 songs performed by Hobart Smith. Continue Reading »
Stanley Brothers, The - Definitive Collection, 1947-1966
A collection of 60 songs on 3 discs by the Stanley Brothers. Continue Reading »