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Roots of Rockabilly, Vol. 1: 1950

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12/5/2005

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Rockabilly didn't spontaneously leap into being in 1954 when Elvis Presley entered Sam Phillips' Sun Studios in Memphis, it only seemed that way to most of the world. A hybrid of blues, country, honky tonk, Western swing, and gospel that became rock & roll when the beat simplified and got heavier, rockabilly emerged from amped-up country hillbilly bands bent on energizing the neighborhood bars and dancehalls on a Saturday night. That said, little on Acrobat Records' Roots of Rockabilly, Vol. 1 sounds much like early rock & roll, although all the combustible ingredients are present, including the attitude (Jimmie Skinner's "You Don't Know My Mind"), the blues base ("Six White Horses" by Clyde Moody), the aggressive guitar ("Bryant's Boogie" by Jimmy Bryant), the love of motion and a certain impatience with staying put ("I'm Movin' On" by Hank Snow), and a wry, goofy wisdom ("Dry Bread" by Merle Travis). More honky tonk than anything, this first installment in a series of releases documenting the year-by-year build to rockabilly from 1950 to 1954 doesn't seem particularly revelatory at first listen, but there's a slow burn going on nonetheless, and when it bursts into full flame, the world would be unable to ignore it. ~ Steve Leggett
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  1. # Track Artist Length
  2. 1 Blues Stay Away from Me The Delmore Brothers 2:46
  3. 2 I'm a Lone Wolf Leon Payne 2:22
  4. 3 My Bucket's Got a Hole in It T. Texas Tyler 2:56
  5. 4 You Don't Know My Mind Jimmie Skinner 2:41
  6. 5 Six White Horses Clyde Moody 2:58
  7. 6 Humpty Dumpty Boogie Hank Thompson & His Brazos Valley Boys 2:44
  8. 7 Water Baby Blues The Maddox Brothers & Rose 2:4
  9. 8 Cuddle Buggin' Baby Eddy Arnold 2:19
  10. 9 I'm Movin' On Hank Snow & His Rainbow Ranch Boys 2:47
  11. 10 Feudin' Boogie 3:4
  12. 11 Ida Red Likes to Boogie Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys 2:39
  13. 12 Sugarfoot Rag Hank Garland 2:41
  14. 13 Birmingham Bounce Red Foley 3:0
  15. 14 Gonna Dance All Night Hardrock Gunter 2:36
  16. 15 Moon's Tune Moon Mullican 2:40
  17. 16 Dry Bread Merle Travis 2:35
  18. 17 Ain't Nobody's Business But My Own 2:38
  19. 18 Bryant's Boogie Jimmy Bryant 2:32
  20. 19 Birthday Cake Boogie 3:4
  21. 20 Motor City Boogie The York Brothers 2:49
  22. 21 Lose Your Blues Red Kirk 2:44
  23. 22 Groovy Boogie Woogie Boy Webb Pierce 2:48
  24. 23 Hot Rod Race Arkie Shibley 2:28
  25. 24 All Star Boogie Tommy Duncan 2:11
  26. 25 Hillbilly Fever Hank Williams 2:53
  27. 26 If You've Got the Money (I've Got the Time) Lefty Frizzell 2:54

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