Dim Lights, Thick Smoke and Hillbilly Music: 1948

Dim Lights, Thick Smoke and Hillbilly Music: 1948



Germany's Bear Family is well known for its stellar box set reissues of country, rock, and rhythm & blues recordings, as well as for single titles by deserving if not necessarily remembered American artists. Their mastering, production, and packaging set the industry standard for excellence. The six-volume Dim Lights, Thick Smoke series was released on CD in December of 2008 and covered the years 1945-1950, a strange and wonderful time in country music history born from of the end of the War Department's restrictions on shellac and the end of the recording ban, all near the end of the second world war. These discs all contain either 27 or 28 tracks, and are lavishly annotated with historical essays and track by track annotation by the esteemed Colin Escott, and contain with photographs of performers and record sleeves where available. 1948 was a real transitional year in country music. This was the beginning of the period where Western swing had begun to fade, hillbilly boogie took to the center, and honky tonk as a style began to emerge. This volume in the Dim Lights, Thick Smoke series offers the first proof of that from the singles of the period. Performers like Bob Wills and Spade Cooley, who had been so prevalent on the first three volumes, are all but absent here ("Bubbles in My Beer" is included). We also see the emergence of Hawkshaw Hawkins, Johnny Bond, and Leon Payne as real players on the scene here. This is the year Payne's version of "Lost Highway" charted, and the original reading of "Bartender's Blues" (by Bond) became ubiquitous on jukeboxes. Jimmy Work's "Tennessee Border," Jimmie Skinner's "Muleskinner's Blues," and T. Texas Tyler's "Deck of Cards," are indicative of the music being made and sold during the year. There are 28 tracks in all, and while the material here concentrates on uptempo numbers, there are a number of fine ballads as well, such as Eddie Hill's "You'll Call My Name," to select just one.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/26/2013
Label: Bear Family Germany
UPC: 4000127169532
catalogNumber: 2716953

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Lester Flatt   Guitar,Vocals
Bill Monroe   Mandolin,Leader,Vocals,Tenor (Vocal)
Earl Scruggs   Banjo
Ralph Stanley   Banjo
Roy Acuff   Vocals
Eddy Arnold   Guitar,Leader,Vocals
Jethro Burns   Guitar,Mandolin
Red Foley   Guitar,Vocals
Hawkshaw Hawkins   Guitar,Vocals
Moon Mullican   Piano,Vocals
Floyd Tillman   Guitar,Vocals
Merle Travis   Guitar,Vocals
Pee Wee King   Accordion,Leader
Noel Boggs   Steel Guitar
Bill Carlisle   Guitar,Vocals
Leon Payne   Rhythm Guitar,Vocals
Chubby Wise   Fiddle
Johnny Bond   Vocals
T. Texas Tyler   Vocals
Jimmie Skinner   Guitar,Vocals
Ramona Jones   Bass
Roy Ayres   Steel Guitar
Paul Buskirk   Mandolin
Johnny Cuviello   Drums
Bud Duncan   Pedal Steel Guitar
Charles Randolph Grean   Bass
Homer Haynes   Rhythm Guitar
Eddie Hill   Guitar,Vocals
Millard Kelso   Piano
Charlie Louvin   Guitar
Cal Maddox   Rhythm Guitar
Cliff Maddox   Mandolin
Don Maddox   Fiddle
Fred Maddox   Bass
Rose Maddox   Vocals
Roy Nichols   Guitar
Wayne Raney   Harmonica,Vocals
Fred Rose   Piano
Billy Ross   Steel Guitar
Eldon Shamblin   Electric Guitar
Ralph Smith   Piano
Carter Stanley   Guitar
Marvin Taylor   Electric Guitar
Howard Watts   Bass,Baritone (Vocal)
Hank Williams   Guitar,Vocals
Billy Jack Wills   Bass
Jimmy Winkle   Guitar
Joe Zinkan   Bass
Joe Holley   Fiddle
Dean McKinney   Vocals
Evelyn McKinney   Vocals
Ocie Stockard   Banjo
Jerry Byrd   Steel Guitar,Hawaiian Guitar
Woody Carter   Fiddle
Farris Coursey   Drums
Lowell Frisby   Bass
Earl Joaquin Murphey   Steel Guitar
Jack Shook   Guitar
Art Wooten   Fiddle
Harold McDonald   Drums
Tex Atchison   Fiddle
Alton Delmore   Guitar,Vocal Harmony
Rabon Delmore   Guitar (Tenor),Vocal Harmony
Lloyd "Lonzo" George   Guitar,Leader,Vocals
Doye O'Dell   Vocals
Paul Sells   Accordion
Jimmy Work   Guitar,Vocals
Jerry Adler   Harmonica
Louis Innis   Bass
Thomas Lee Jackson   Violin
Loren Otis Shook   Guitar
Jack Rhodes   Bass,Guitar
Lloyd Copas   Vocals
Adrian McDowell   Fiddle
Darrell "Pee Wee" Lambert   Mandolin,Vocals
James C. Grishaw   Electric Guitar
Joe Biviano   Accordion
Joel Duroe   Drums
Ray "Curly" Lunsford   Mandolin
Chuck Wiginton   Bass,Guitar
Shorty Boyd   Fiddle
Raymond Thomas Hagen   Drums
Jo Depew   Bass
Ossie J. Godson   Piano
John Magness   Fiddle
Idaho Slim   Steel Guitar
John Alan Reinhardt   Guitar,Leader
Leo Herbert Raley   Mandolin
Herbert L. "Herb" Remington   Steel Guitar
Beasley Smith   Piano
Beecher "Pete" "Bashful Brother Oswald" Kirby   Dobro,Vocal Harmony
Golden Stewart   Guitar
Bobby Atcheson   Fiddle
Thomas Elmer "Tommy" Duncan   Vocals
Red Hayes   Fiddle
Jack Kelly   Piano
Buck Lambert   Fiddle
William Owen Bradley   Piano
Anthony J. Cianciola   Accordion
Bobby Davis   Guitar
John Gallaher   Bass
Fred "Red" Herron   Fiddle
Norman Luna   Guitar,Vocal Harmony
Bronson Lee Reynolds   Bass
Eugene Schuler   Tenor Banjo,Electric Banjo
Esmer Skinner   Banjo
Clifford G. Snyder   Bass,Leader
Henry Ellis "Redd" Stewart   Fiddle,Vocals
Oscar Sullivan   Mandolin,Vocals
James V. Swinney   Bass
Francis Tamburin   Accordion
Ivan LeRoy Wiggins   Steel Guitar
Dennis "Boots" Woodall   Steel Guitar

Technical Credits

Lester Flatt   Composer
Bill Monroe   Composer
Hawkshaw Hawkins   Composer
Floyd Tillman   Composer
Merle Travis   Composer
Carson Robison   Composer
Pee Wee King   Composer
Leon Payne   Composer
Redd Stewart   Composer
Cindy Walker   Composer
T. Texas Tyler   Arranger,Adaptation
Jimmie Skinner   Composer
Eddie Dean   Composer
Art Satherley   Producer
Hal Blair   Composer
Paul Cohen   Producer
Tommy Duncan   Composer
Colin Escott   Liner Notes,Reissue Producer,Illustrations,Track Notes
Joe Goodwin   Composer
Charles Randolph Grean   Producer
Eddie Hill   Composer
Bob Hilliard   Composer
Ballard MacDonald   Composer
Doug Pomeroy   Metal Transfers
Wayne Raney   Composer
Fred Rose   Composer
Ervin T. Rouse   Composer
Hank Williams   Composer
Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys   Composer
Lee Gillette   Producer
Michael Brooks   Metal Transfers
Stephen H. Sholes   Producer
Boots Woodall   Composer
Jesse Kaye   Producer
Claude Boone   Composer
Alton Delmore   Producer
Syd Nathan   Producer
Doye O'Dell   Composer
Jimmy Work   Composer
R.A. Andreas   Illustrations
Richard Weize   Discographical Information
Dave Sax   Illustrations,Discographical Information
Matt Cavaluzzo   Metal Transfers
Kevin Coffey   Illustrations,Discographical Information
W.S. Stevenson   Composer
Dwight Latham   Composer
Herbert "Happy" Lawson   Composer
Lois Mann   Composer
Rudy Sooter   Composer
Jean Branch   Composer
Morry Burns   Composer
Dearest Dean   Composer
Billy Hughes   Composer
Russ Wapensky   Discographical Information
Andrew Brown   Discographical Information
Andreas Merck   Photo Scanning
Brenda Colladay   Illustrations
Steve Nelson   Composer
Vernon Deliplane   Producer
Save Sax   Metal Transfers
Moses Jaffe   Composer
James Hanley   Composer

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