TEX WILLIAMS - SMOKIN’ COUNTRY SWING - THE LOST TRACKS ALB Mar 31, 2021 12:49:17 GMT -6
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Tex Williams - Smokin’ Country Swing - The Lost Tracks has been released by Country Rewind Records as part of their Western Heritage Collection. The project was co-produced by Aaron Dethrage and Rex Allen Jr. with Thomas Gramuglia as Executive Producer. Bil VornDick provided additional recording for the project which was recorded at EastSide Manor and Mountainside Audio Lab recording studios in Nashville, TN and is being distributed by Select-O-Hits in both national and international markets. The Tex Williams - Smokin’ Country Swing - The Lost Tracks album is available for streaming and download on all digital music platforms including Apple Music, iTunes, Spotify, Amazon Music, YouTube Music, Pandora and more here.
“This Tex Williams’ album is a rare and special treat for the fans of Western Swing Music, by one of the genre’s greatest artist. These lost tracks have been updated to make the album more modern sounding by adding instruments and blending it into the original recordings. This was a work of love for the musicians and producers.” stated Executive Producer -Tom Gramuglia.
Tex Williams - Smokin’ Country Swing - The Lost Tracks -Track List:
1. Alimony - Sollie Paul "Tex" Williams and Buddy Ebsen
2. Every Night - Edward Townsend, Roni Rae and Scott Johnson
3. Smoke, Smoke, Smoke (That Cigarette) - Sollie Paul "Tex" Williams and Merle Travis
4. Just A Bummin' Around - Peter Graves
5. Long John - Eddie Miller and Enos William "Skeets" McDonald
6. White Silver Sands - Charles G. "Red" Matthews
7. Let's Go Rockabilly - John Gluck, Jr. and Diane Charlotte Lampert
8. Roll On Buddy (Nine Pound Hammer) - Merle Robert Travis
9. Roses and Revolvers - Joseph Francis "Sonny" Burke, Paul Francis Webster and Don Raye
10. Sidetracked - Don Larkin and Joe Simpson
11. You're Cold, So Cold - James Clarence "Jimmy" Wakely and Sollie Paul "Tex" Williams
12. Talkin' To The Blues - James "Jim" Ellsworth Lowe and Marvin Moore
13. Castle Of My Dreams - J. L. Bateman and Steve Chase
14. Worried Mind - Theron Eugene "Ted" Daffan and Jimmie H. Davis
15. When I Call The Roll - Ricky Riddle
These recordings are a follow-up to Country Rewind Records previous releases of such greats as Conway Twitty, Johnny Russell, Mickey Gilley, Tex Ritter, Merle Travis, Billy Don Burns, Carl Smith, Waylon Jennings, Connie Smith, Jeannie C. Riley and more which have all received great reviews by music critics worldwide.
Country Rewind Records has dedicated itself to bring classic country with this contemporary feel to not only the past country fans but also to the new country listeners.
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Tex Williams Bio
Although not nearly as well-known as figures like Bob Wills, the Maddox Brothers, and Merle Travis, Tex Williams was an important Western swing performer. Like all the aforementioned musicians, he helped develop country music from its rural, acoustic origins to a more danceable, city-fied, and electrified form with a much wider popular appeal. At his peak in the late '40s, he also recorded some of the most enjoyable country swing of his time, distinguished by his talking-blues vocal delivery. Much of his style can be heard in the Western swing-influenced recordings of revivalists like Asleep at the Wheel, Commander Cody, and Dan Hicks. The singer and guitarist caught his first big break after moving to Los Angeles in 1942. At that time California was populated by many former Texans and Oklahoman's working in the defense industry, creating a need for Western swing entertainment in a region not noted for country music. One of the musicians on this circuit was fiddler Spade Cooley, who employed Jack Williams as his singer, nicknaming him "Tex" to ensure easy identification by the many Texans in their audiences. Several of Cooley's mid-'40s Columbia singles featured Tex on vocals. Capitol offered a contract to Williams as a solo artist, which strained the relationship between Tex and the tempestuous Cooley to the breaking point. Cooley fired Williams in June 1946, a move which backfired badly, as most of Cooley's band opted to follow Tex rather than remain with their difficult boss. Cooley achieved his greatest subsequent notoriety when he was convicted of beating his wife to death in a drunken fit in 1961. Tex's renamed backing band, the Western Caravan, was one of the best units of its kind. Numbering about a dozen members, it attained an enviable level of fluid interplay between electric and steel guitars, fiddles, bass, accordion, trumpet, and other instruments (even occasional harp). At first, they recorded polkas for Capitol, with limited success. They found their true calling when Williams' friend Merle Travis wrote most of "Smoke! Smoke! Smoke! (That Cigarette)" for him, emphasizing Tex's talking-blues delivery and heavier boogie elements. The song was a monstrous commercial success in 1947, and indeed one of the biggest country hits of all time, making number one on the pop charts. That set the model for several of Williams' subsequent hits: hot Western swing backup, over which Tex would roll his deep, laconic, easygoing narratives of humorous, slightly ridiculous situations. As enjoyable as these were, they were just one facet of the Western Caravan's talents. The outfit was also capable of generating quite a heat on boogie instrumentals and more straightforward vocal numbers in which Williams actually sang rather than spoke. Williams' commercial success began to peter out in the early '50s, and he left Capitol in 1951. He continued to record often in the 1950s, mostly for Decca, without much success; in 1957, the Western Caravan disbanded. He pressed on, however, returning to Capitol in the early '60s, and recording a live album that included Glen Campbell on guitar. He had one final country hit, the memorably titled "The Night Miss Ann's Hotel for Single Girls Burned Down," which entered the Top 40 in 1971.
About Country Rewind Records:
Country Rewind Records (CRR) was founded by Thomas Gramuglia of Hindsight Records in 2014, Gramuglia obtained a treasure chest of unreleased recordings from recruitment radio shows from the ‘60s and ‘70s. The superb CRR collection of original master recordings contains music from more than 100 country music legends and trendsetters (including intimate performances by country music greats such as Loretta Lynn, George Jones, Johnny Russell, Mickey Gilley, Tex Ritter, Merle Travis, Billy Don Burns, Carl Smith, Waylon Jennings, Connie Smith, Faron Young, Dolly Parton, Conway Twitty and many more). These recordings were never released for commercial use. After a diligent quest to collect appropriate and legal permissions from artists and/or their estates, CRR has now recorded and produced multiple, quintessential, “must-hear” projects. With the mission to transfer these never-heard-before tracks to a high quality, state-of-the-art recording; complemented by contemporary instrumentation and background vocals, Country Rewind Records will release this historical American music to America's music generations of the future. For more information visit countryrewindrecords.com.