- BILL MONROE: BLUEGRASS: 1950-58: 1994: DISCS 3 AND 4:BLUEGRASS, COUNTRY: GRADE: A+. CD: Finishing up the Bear Family box set of Bill Monroe’s music from 1950-58- Flatt and Scruggs were gone but the music is still first first class. Monroe was my father’s favorite and growing up hearing him played it couldn’t help but rub off on me. One regret is I never saw him in concert.
- ERNEST TUBB: THE DEFINITIVE COLLECTION: 2006: COUNTRY: GRADE: A+. APPLE
- ERNEST TUBB: DEFINITIVE HITS: 2006: COUNTRY: GRADE: A+. APPLE: The next artists on my list- Ernest Tubb. I was aware of Ernest Tubb but not all that familiar with his music other than a few songs. His voice is very ordinary and flat- he even admitted that but The Texas Troubadour- who is given credit for the first Honky Tonk song “Walking The Floor Over You”- produced music that has been playing in my head for the last two days. Very basic- voice and guitars- he always had great musicians in his band. He was inspired by the great Jimmie Rodgers- and Tubb passed it along inspiring the likes of Willie Nelson, George Jones, Merle Haggard etc. Both of these sets are excellent- the Definitive Collection has 25 songs- the Definitive Hits- is two discs and 40 songs. Great basic country music- nothing fancy. I will be listening to more Ernest Tubb in the future.