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The Rough Guide to the Roots of Country Music

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Released: 30th Aug 2019



Released: 31st Jan 2020


Featuring the greatest names in early country music including Jimmie Rodgers, The Carter Family and Uncle Dave Macon, it’s an incredibly diverse selection of tracks ranging from the old-time banjo and string bands to slide guitar pioneers and hillbilly blues.

The album includes classic tracks from the the legendary Bristol sessions in 1927 - country music’s big bang. The perfect overview of the many different styles and key performers of early country music on one album with a unique insight into country music’s raw and intriguing roots The album includes many forgotten gems by artists shrouded in mystery.

The Rough Guide to the Roots of Country Music


  1. Uncle Dave Macon & Sam McGee - Way Down The Old Plank Road
  2. Charlie Poole & The North Carolina Ramblers - Leaving Home
  3. Jimmie Rodgers - Somewhere Down Below The Dixon Line
  4. J.P. Nester - Train On The Island
  5. Darby & Tarlton - Sweet Sarah Blues
  6. Dock Boggs - Old Rub Alcohol Blues
  7. East Texas Serenaders - Acorn Stomp
  8. Clarence Ashley - The Coo Coo Bird
  9. The Carter Family - Wildwood Flower
  10. Tenneva Ramblers - The Longest Train I Ever saw
  11. Earl Johnson & His Dixie Entertainers - Ain’t Nobody’s Business
  12. B.F. Shelton - Darling Cora
  13. Ernest V. Stoneman & The Sweet Brothers - John Hardy
  14. Cliff Carlisle - Chicken Roost Blues
  15. Eck Robertson & Family - Texas Wagoner
  16. Ray Brothers - Got The Jake Leg Too
  17. Fruit Jar Guzzlers - Stack-OLee
  18. Wilmer Watts & The Lonely Eagles - Sleepy Desert
  19. Gid Tanner & His Skillet Lickers - It Ain’t Gonna Rain No Mo’
  20. Burnett & Rutherford - Curly Headed Woman
  21. Fiddlin’ Doc Roberts Trio - Cumberland Blues
  22. Lowe Stokes - Billy In The Lowground
  23. Buell Kazee - The Orphan Girl
  24. Leake County Revelers - Leake County Blues
  25. Fiddlin’ John Carson & His Virginia Reelers - Gonna Swing On The Golden Gate