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Country  /  Hillbilly  /  Folk  Music

Information on the Country & Hillbilly & Western & Folk music traditions of America,
bringing to your attention professional & obscure artists, their works and their museums,
and available books & audio tapes & videos & DVDs & ebooks

on main Music Page:
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Artists & Groups
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The Blues / R&B
Dates in Musical History
         Jimmie Rodgers [1897-1933] and the original Carter Family (Maybelle & A.P. & Sara) in 1931         on this page:
music CDs
movies & TV

other topical pages:
Bluegrass Page
Rock 'n' Roll Page
Jazz Page

browse Country Music at Amazon
Essential Country Music category at Amazon
Essential Traditional Country Music category at Amazon

browse Folk Music at Amazon
Essential Folk Music category at Amazon

browse Native American Music category at Amazon

browse country music concerts on DVD | on VHS at Amazon

Artists  &  Groups


Eddy Arnold


Brooks & Dunn


Clarence 'Gatemouth' Brown [d. 2005]


The Carter Family
entry at Wikipedia
The Carter Family Memorial Music Center in Hiltons, VA
The Carter Family Fold in Hiltons, VA

Will You Miss Me When I'm Gone?   "Will You Miss Me When I'm Gone?: The Carter Family & Their Legacy In American Music" [2002]
by Mark Zwonitzer with Charles Hirshberg

S&S 8¼x5½ pb [2/2004] for $10.50
S&S 9½x6.4 hardcover [7/2002] for $17.50
S&S {bargain} 9½x6.4 hardcover [7/2002] for $6.99

Johnny Cash: Essentials • concerts on DVD • concerts on VHS

"Five Minutes To Live" [1961]”
Johnny Cash portrayed crazed criminal Johnny Cabot; possible remake in 2012

"Johnny Cash Sings Hank Williams" album

"Johnny Cash: The Life" [Little, Brown 10/2013] by Robert Hilburn


Patsy Cline: Essentials


Bob Dylan
is over on the more-general America's Music Page


Tennessee Ernie Ford [1919-91]
browse music • official website


The Gatlin Brothers: browse music • official website


Don Gibson [d 2003]


Woody Guthrie [1912-67] :: 'The Dust Bowl Troubadour'
browse Woody Guthrie Music at Amazon • movie/TV credits at IMDb

Woody Guthrie Foundation & Archives
Woody Guthrie at the Rock'n'Roll Hall of Fame [inducted 1988]
Woody Guthrie entry at Wikipedia

Guthrie Dust Bowl Ballads  
"Dust Bowl Ballads" [1964] by Woody Guthrie
Buddha / BMG audio CD [7/2000] for $10.99
Woody Guthrie / Ballads of Sacco & Vanzetti  "Ballads of Sacco & Vanzetti" [1996] by Woody Guthrie
Smithsonian Folkways remastered recordings [2/96] for $16.98

more info on Spirit of America Bookstore's Sacco & Vanzetti Page

My Dusty Road music CD box set by Woody Guthrie  "My Dusty Road" CD Box Set [2009] by Woody Guthrie
54 songs from newly discovered original metal masters, accompanied on some by guitarist Cisco Houston and-or harmonica player Sonny Terry
Rounder Records music CD set [8/2009] 54 tracks on 4 disks for $57.49
long-lost House of Earth novel by Woody Guthrie  "House of Earth: A Novel" [2013] by Woody Guthrie
Edited & Introduced by Douglas Brinkley & Johnny Depp

Completed in 1947 and never published (possibly due to sexual content). First work from Depp's publishing imprint Infinitum Nihil; compared to John Steinbeck and D.H. Lawrence and described as a prose poem that elicits the reality of life during the 1930s Dust Bowl ecological disaster. A share-cropper and his wife struggle against the elements and the owners, hoping to someday realize their dream of building an adobe 'house of earth'.
Kindle Edition from HarperCollins [2/2013] for $12.74
Harper 9¼x6½ hardcover [2/2013] for $15.04


Levon Helm [1940-2012]
member of The Band band

"Ain’t In It For My Health: A Film About Levon Helm" [Kino Lorber 2013?]
Ain’t In It For My Health documentary film about Levon Helm  Kino Lorber plans a 2013 theatrical release followed by VOD and home video releases over the summer; documentary film of 2010 focuses on Helm after his 2007 resurgence following the release of the Grammy-winning "Dirt Farmer" folk album while he works on his next record at home in Woodstock, New York amid financial & health problems (Helm died of cancer in April).
Directed by Jacob Hatley; featuring Levon Helm, Larry Campbell, Billy Bob Thornton & Libby Titus
DVD/Blu-ray not yet available • full credits at IMDb

Robert Johnson
browse music | Rock'n'Roll Hall of Fame 1986 | documentaries on VHS | career box set


George Jones [1931-2013]
"The greatest country singer who ever lived." ~~ Merle Haggard


Robert Earl Keen lives in Kerrville, Texas & has 12 albums out


Leadbelly [real name Huddie Ledbetter]
Essentials | Rock'n'Roll Hall of Fame 1988


Alan Lomax [1915-2002]


Roger Miller [1936-92]
browse music • official website • museum in Erick, OK


The Oak Ridge Boys [est. 1943 as gospel group]
official website


Phil Ochs [1940-76]

"Phil Ochs: There But For Fortune" documentary [First Run Features 2010?]
Produced and directed by Kenneth Bowser /tt1597089/


Buck Owens
Essentials • official website


Nitty Gritty Dirt Band: browse music • official website


Jimmie Rodgers [1897-1933] :: 'The Singing Brakeman'
browse music • Rock'n'Roll Hall of Fame 1986


Linda Ronstadt: Essentials


Hank Snow
browse music • Hank Snow Country Music Centre in Canada


Cliffie Stone: official website


[Ms] Taylor Swift
first album in 2006 at age 16


Ernest Tubb, 'The Texas Troubadour'


folk singers The Weavers [1948-64 & 1981]
movie credits • Wikipedia
original members were Ronnie Gilbert [b. 1926], Lee Hays [1914-81], Fred Hellerman [b. 1927] & Pete
Seeger [1919-2014] - all affected by the Hollywood Blacklist, circa 1950; later members were
Erik Darling [1933-2008], Frank Hamilton & Bernie Krause [b. 1938]


Spirit of America Bookstore's
Hank Williams [1923-53] & Family Page


Spirit of America Bookstore's
Bob Wills [1905-75] & His Texas Playboys Page
  'San Antonio Rose' midi file [1 min 56 sec]

1947-48 Tiffany Transcriptions CD box set by Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys  "The Tiffany Transcriptions {original recordings, remastered}" Box Set [2009]
by Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys

a series of radio programs recorded in 1947 & 1948 for syndication by Bob Wills's Tiffany Music at the historic Fairmont Hotel in San Francisco, California
Collector's Choice soundtrack CD set [1/2009] 150 tracks on 10 CDs for $122.98
official album site


Gretchen Wilson: browse music

Movies & TV & Videos

"Nashville" TV series [Lionsgate TV/ABC-TV Oct 2012]
Nashville 2012 TV series   A fading country music superstar is forced to tour with a rising teenage sensation.
Series created, co-produced & written by Callie Khouri; starring Connie Britton, Hayden Panettiere, Charles Esten, Eric Close, Clare Bowen, Jonathan Jackson, Sam Palladio, Robert Wisdom, Powers Boothe, Judith Hoag, Ed Amatrudo, Sylvia Jefferies, Burgess Jenkins
DVD/Blu-ray not yet available •
full credits at IMDb
watch the pilot/season premiere [43:30] free online via IMDb/Hulu

"Crazy Heart" [Fox Searchlight Dec 2009]
Crazy Heart movie starring Jeff Bridges, Maggie Gyllenhaal & Robert Duvall  An alcoholic country music star has become third-rate, reduced to grabbing a gig as opening act for a rising star that he mentored; but a new relationship with a female reporter and her son helps him get his life together. Filmed in 24 days in New Mexico (Albuquerque, Espaρola, Galisteo, Pecos & Santa Fe); co-produced, adapted & directed by Scott Cooper; based on the novel by Thomas Cobb; original music by T-Bone Burnett; starring Colin Farrell, Jeff Bridges, Maggie Gyllenhaal & Robert Duvall
DVD/Blu-ray not yet available • full credits at IMDb • official movie site
Crazy Heart 1988 novel by Thomas Cobb  "Crazy Heart: A Novel" [1988] by Thomas Cobb
HarperCollins mass pb [9/88] out of print/used
Bookthrift Co. 9½x6¼ hardcover [5/89] out of print/many used

L i n k s
Country Music Hall of fame
Grand Ole Opry official website
Country Vintage: Legends of Country Music
Country Legends Assn.
Countryworks 'Century of Country' website
East Tennessee Old Time Music Index
Roughstock's History of Country Music
Louisiana Hayride official website
Folk Alley: Kent State's 24/7 folk music webcast
Hillbilly Music [dot] com
Great American Country Television [est. 1995]

E v e n t s
'CrudeFest' West Texas Red Dirt Country Music Festival [May 2016 = #7] in Midland, Texas
Albuquerque [NM] Folk Festival [June 2013 = #15]
Kent State Folk Festival [Sept 2012 = #46] in Kent, Ohio

Las Cruces [New Mexico] Country Music Festival [May 2013 = #1]

B o o k s

Classic Country  "Classic Country: The Golden Age of Country Music - The 20's Thru The 70's" [2001]
Time-Life 12x10¼ hardcover [11/2001] out of print/used
Behind the Grand Ole Opry Curtain book by Robert K. Oermann  "Behind The Grand Ole Opry Curtain: Tales of Romance and Tragedy" [2008]
by Robert K. Oermann

Based on over 150 firsthand interviews with the stars of The Grand Ole Opry, which include Trace Adkins, DeFord Bailey, Garth Brooks, June Carter, Johnny Cash, Vince Gill, Amy Grant, Grandpa Jones, Willie Nelson, Stringbean (David Akeman), Trisha Yearwood, many others
Center Street 9¼x6¼ hardcover [10/2008] for $16.65

Music  CDs  &  Vinyl

Lester Moran & Cadillac Cowboys   "The Complete Lester 'Roadhog' Moran & The Cadillac Cowboys" [1995]
satire by the Statler Brothers

Mercury Nashville audio CD [2/95] for $9.95
Best of Thistle & Shamrock   "The Best of The Thistle & Shamrock, Vol. 1" [1999]
artists & groups include Altan; Battlefield Band; Pierre Bensusan; Clannad; Alasdair Frazer & Paul Machlis; Dick Gaughan; William Jackson; Dougie MacLean; Maura O'Connell; Relativity; Sileas; and Davy Spillane
Hearts of Space audio CD [1/99] for $15.98
official radio program website at N.P.R.
Anthology of American Folk Music  
"Harry Smith's Anthology of American Folk Music" [1952]
Vols. 1-3: Smithsonian/Folkways audio CD [8/97] 6 disks for $76.49
Vol. 4: Revenant audio CD [5/2000] 2 disks / out of prodn/used

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