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Blue Yodeler: 1930-1931
Genres: Country, Pop
By 1930, Rodgers had hit his commercial peak. By adding to mountain music hints of jazz, blues, and cowboy music he'd picked up while working the trains, he'd broken new ground, and his popularity gave him many options in ... more »
By 1930, Rodgers had hit his commercial peak. By adding to mountain music hints of jazz, blues, and cowboy music he'd picked up while working the trains, he'd broken new ground, and his popularity gave him many options in the studio. Two installments of his "Blue Yodel" series are included here: No. 8, which became "Muleskinner Blues" and No. 9, with the unlikely husband-wife team of Louis and Lil Armstrong. Rodgers whines and moans on steel-guitar-laden ballads with Lani McIntire's Hawaiians and swings with Bob Sawyer's Jazz Band. Also memorable are the two duets with Sara Carter and two of Rodgers' most vivid lyrics: the poignant "T.B. Blues," which presages his death from tuberculosis two years later, and the ribald "Let Me Be Your Side Track," with Clifford Gibson's fluid blues guitar. --Marc Greilsamer
A good, solid, representative Rodgers collection
(4 out of 5 stars)
"True, there are several sentimental, even "slick," songs on here, but they were part of what Rodgers did, and who he was. The disc also includes two great blue yodels, a duet with the blues guitarist Clifford Gibson, a couple of great duets with Sara Carter, of the Carter Family, and some other prizes. Rodgers was, like it or not, a showman, who did all kinds of different material. Take him on his own terms! The only real problem with the Rounder reissues, for me, is that they're a little disorganized and often have chintzy playing times (a couple of voulmes only have 13 or 14 three-minute tracks). This one has 17 tracks, which is acceptible. For someone who wants all of Rodgers, the Bear Family Jimmie Rodgers box is a better investment than buying all 8 volumes of the Rounder series."
The place to start!
Ronald G. Reagan | Steele, Mo. | 04/18/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Rounder records has produced the CD to start with to get introduced to JR's music. You have a bit of everything here including some blue yodel music, a couple of tracks with the Carter Family, a gospel song, and a cut w/ Louis Armstrong! How much more can you ask for? Rounder & Bear Family are doing for Jimmie Rodgers what BMG records should be doing! This is the perfect intro to his music!"