Vinyl Frontier Playlist, 6/16/13

Vinyl Frontier Playlist, 6/16/13

Artist – Song Title/Album Title (date) Record Label 0:00

Bob Bovee – Yuba Dam/The Roundup (1979) Train on the Island Records 1:53

Bob Bovee & Pop Wagner – Whiskey in My Glass/Pop Wagner & Bob Bovee (1977) Train on the Island 3:56

The Singing Mountain Boys – Bunker Hill Special/single (early 60′s) Re-Echo 1:36

Merle Everts & The Hilltop Harmonizers – Little House on a Hillside/single (mid 50′s) Hilite 2:30

Although he was born on July 20th, 1917 in Gilman, Iowa, Merle Everts billed himself in the early days of his career as “The Little Man With The Big Guitar From Kentucky.” He sang with the Silvertone Melody Boys, Hilltop Harmonizers and performed on the local radio stations of WARK, WJEJ and WAYZ. He was an announcer on Greencastle WKSL radio station and performed on a Harrisonburg Va., television show. In his later years, he performed at local hymn sings with his daughters, granddaughters and great-granddaughters. In addition to performing, Merle did some songwriting; “Little House on the Hillside” is a Merle Everts orginal.

In his younger years, he worked at the former Walck Hatchery of Greencastle and retired from the Greencastle-Antrim School District, having worked as a custodian in Shady Grove School. He was a member for more than 70 years of Evangelical Lutheran Church of Greencastle where he taught Sunday School, served as Junior Sunday School superintendent and on the church council. (from obituary, sourced from

Fiddlin’ Art Wooten – Fiddlin’ Art’s Waltz/A Living Legend (1976) Homestead 2:00

Carl Sluder & His Starlight Band – Kansas City (aka “KC Lovin’,” hit by Little Willie Littlefield) 2:44

Carl Sluder & His Starlight Band – Tennessee Waltz (hit for Pee Wee King & Redd Stewart) 2:56

Carl Sluder & His Starlight Band – Whole Lotta Woman (hit for Marvin Rainwater) 2:40

Carl Sluder & His Starlight Band – How Do You Feel (hit for Hank Thompson) 3:28

Carl Sluder & His Starlight Band – Instrumental 2:45

Carl Sluder

Carl Sluder

Carl was from Johnson City, Tennessee. Born on September 29th, 1923, Carl passed away on Febuary 5th, 2012.

According to TAMIS records, this material was recorded in live performance in Detroit in 1956. This is a fairly representative slice of a performance by a working Country band in the era when Rock ‘n’ Roll was making inroads into the audience for Country music, but before the “Ray Price Beat” had really begun to define the response to this threat. Therefore, we have an interesting mix of Hillbilly, R&B and instrumental rock.

Carl’s band was the opening act for Patsy Cline, Doc Watson and many others. He played the guitar with several bands, including Jimmy Dean, Roy Clark, Hank Thompson, Billy Grammer and Doc Watson. (from obituary)

Frank James – From the Bottom of His Bottle/A Man and His Music (1992) 3:38

Frank James (Frank Sprouse)

Frank James (Frank Sprouse)

Red Sovine – Bottle, Bottle/Tell Maude I Slipped (1967) Starday 2:36

Bobby Austin – Knoxville Station/single (1972) Triune 3:02

Bobby Barnett – The Finished Product of the Brewer’s Art/Lyin’ Lovin’ and Leavin’ (1968) Columbia

Hymn Time

The Singing Mountain Boys – Springtime in Heaven/single (early 60′s) Re-Echo 1:54

Rev Buck and Mrs Elva Ledford – A Shut-In’s Prayer/A Shut-In’s Prayer (c1972) Lasting Faith 2:30

Rev Buck and Mrs Elva Ledford – Then I’ll Settle Down/Heavenly Mansion (c1972/73) Lasting Faith 3:00

Rev Buck and Mrs Elva Ledford – Glory Road/Glory Road (c1974) Lasting Faith 2:37

Pastor and Mrs Ledford have been in the Lord’s Work since 1945, full-time. They have been on the radio with the Gospel for most of this time and, at the present, are heard on several radio stations daily, singing these old songs and preaching the gospel.

Brother Ledford is Pastor of the Morning Star Baptist Church at Maryville, Tennessee, where he has been Pastor since 1958. The Ledford’s Prayer is that this album will Bless the Hearts of God’s People. (from the liner notes, “Heavenly Mansion”)