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Friday, April 22, 2016

The Best Of J. D. Jarvis

I Am The Man Thomas
The Best Of J. D. Jarvis with special guest Josh Graves
Producer - Dennis Hensley
Sage grass Records - (Taylor Mill) Covington, Kentucky

J. D. Jarvis lived were he worked, in the Southern Ohio/Northern Kentucky area. During his time played as a session musician on many local gospel album projects while producing enough of his own work to warranty this "best of" set with Josh Graves who backs him on the Dobro.

Sagegrass Records appears to be a label Jarvis and producer Hensley made up to promote this album and perhaps other "bluegrass" projects. The studio, owned and operated by Hensley at the time, was better known as "Jordan Recording Studio". The studio is still in operation today.

The album production, strangely enough, doesn't appear to have been local (as in Rite, Jewel or QCA). I can't tell who pressed the disc.

Let Me Rest At The Top Of The Mountain
You Can't Stand Up And Say You Were Framed
Meeting On The Old Camp Ground
That's Good Enough For Me
Jesus Getting Us Ready For That Great Day
I Am The Man Thomas
I Can't Let Down On My Lord
The Empty Chair
Lay Down My Bible And Go Home
Dust On The Bible

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

In A Million Years - The Tubbs Family

In A Million Years (Tubbs)
In A Million Years
The Tubbs Family

The Tubes worked out of Jasper, Alabama

Sing Me A Happy Song
In A Million Years
He's My Harbor In Time Of The Storm
I Believe He Died For Me
Ain't That What It's All About
Hallelujah Square
I'm Just Waiting For The Lord To Come Again
What A Beautiful Day
The Lighthouse
Living In Canaan

Sunday, April 17, 2016

The Best Of The Bolton Trio

My Lord Is Good To Me
The Best Of The Bolton Trio
Benson Sound LPS-439

The Bolton Trio worked out of Paris, Texas.

The Blood He Shed For Me
Wheels Of Joy
Miracles Will Happen
It's A Good Life Livin' For The Lord
He'll Hold My Hand
I Will Follow
Don't Get Discouraged
There Is A River
It's A Wonderful Day To Serve The Lord
My Lord Is Good To Me

Saturday, April 16, 2016

Mama's Bible - Garnetta & Johnnie

When Is He Coming Again
Ain't No Grave
Mama's Bible
Garnetta & Johnnie
Melody Records - Hamilton, Ohio
Jewel Record Company - Cincinnati, Ohio

Strong regional southern gospel project featuring powerful vocals backed up by polished sessions musicians.

Ain't No Grave was written by Bro. Claude Ely, another local songwriter/performer.

This Old World
He Brought Me In
Leave Me Mama's Bible
God's Special Angel
When Is He Coming Again
Ain't No Grave
When He Reached Down For Me
I Won't Have To Worry Anymore
Sheltered In The Arms Of God
Since I Met Jesus
Tears Will Never Stain The Streets Of That City
I'm Getting Ready To Go

Friday, April 15, 2016

Introducing Fred Church And The Spirituals

Who Am I?
Introducing Fred Church And The Spirituals
Cursed LP 168-01

One More Valley
Show Me Thy Ways, Oh Lord
I'll Meet You In The Morning
On The Jericho Road
That's Enough
Without Him
Search Me, Lord
Who Am I?
From This Day On
For God So Loved
I Wouldn't Take Nothin' For My Journey
Heaven Came Down And Glory Filled My Soul

A Sacred Collection - Molly O'Day With Lynn Davis And The Cumberland Mountain Folks

When My Time Comes To Go (O'Day)
A Sacred Collection
Molly O'Day With Lynn Davis and the Cumberland Mountain Folks
Old Homestead - Brighton, Michigan

From the back cover: Molly O'Day was born Lois LaVerne Williamson in 1923 at McVeigh, Kentucky. At an early age she began to take interest in music together with her older brother Joe (Duke) and Cecil (Skeets). This threesome of LaVerne, guitarist; Skeets, fiddle; and Duke, banjo were soon entertaining for local dances or for any neighbors they could persuade to listen. LaVerne also began to sing in the manner of the popular girl vocalists of the middle and late thirties with her favorites being Lulubelle Wiseman, Patsy Montana, Texas Ruby Ownes and Lilly Mae Ledford of the Coon Creek Girls. She especially admired Lulubelle as a singer-entertainer and Lilly Mae's old-time playing. In her early years as a singer she tended to imitate these pioneer vocalists but as time went by, she developed her own style which was more influence by her own mountain background.

In 1939, LaVerne Williamson began her radio career as "Mountain Fern" and then as "Dixie Lee" at WCHS, Charleston, W. Va. The next year she and Skeets played with a group which included such other country music greats as Johnnie Bailes and Jimmie Dickens. In the fall of 1940 she and Skeets joined the band of Lynn Davis and his Forty-Niners where she worked as a girl vocalist. The following April she became Mrs. Davis.

Davis was an eight year veteran of country music on radio stations in West Virginia, North Carolina and Oklahoma. In his early years he had done semi-western material not unlike that of the Sons of the Pioneers. From the advent of Dixie Lee's joining the group, however, the Forty-Niners began to adapt more to the style of their talented girl vocalist. In the fall of 1942 she adopted the stage name of Molly O'Day and continued to use it for the remainder of her professional career.

The forties were busy years for the Davies. From Bluefield they played on a succession of stations including WJLS, Beckley, WAPI, Birmingham (1942), WHAS, Louisville (1943-1944) (and the Benfro Valley Barn Dance on CBS), KRLD, Dallas (1945), WNOX (1945) and WROL (1949), Knoxville and WBIG, Greensboro (1949). During this time they worked with or has as part of their group such important country music personalities as the Bailes Brothers, Hank Williams, The Lilly Brothers, Mac Wiseman, Carl Smith, Bill Callahan, and Lonnie Glossop. Between 1945 and 1951, they put over a hundred songs on transcription and thirty-six on record.

Fall of 1949 found them in Versailles, Kentucky, however, country music was becoming more of a laborious chore that the fun it had been in a earlier era. In 1950 both she and Lynn joined the church and began to devote their time to the service of God. A serious illness in 1952 and 1953 removed her even farther from commercial country and gospel music, but sustained by her faith she eventually recovered and Lynn returned to his evangelistic duties with Molly assisting. For the last several years they have resided in the Huntington, West Virginia area and continue to do church work as time and health permits.

Also see: Molly O'Day 12 Sacred Songs - REM LP-1001

The Tramp On The Street
Matthew Twenty-Four
I Heard My Mother Weeping
At The First Fall Of Snow
Mother's Gone But Not Forgotten
Coming Down From God
Teardrops Falling On The Snow
If You See My Saviour
When My Time Comes To Go
Don't Sell Daddy Anymore Whiskey
Higher In My Prayers
Traveling The Highway Home
When We See Our Redeemer's Face
Something Got Hold Of Me
Waiting For The Boys
A Hero's Death

Saturday, April 9, 2016

Songs From The Heart Of Evangelist H. Bud Robinson

Amazing Grace
Amazing Grace
By Evangelist Henry Bud Robinson
Bud Records - Middletown, Ohio
Rite Record Productions - Cincinnati, Ohio
Sides #17189 & 17190

Amazing Grace
I've Been To Calvary
When He Reached Down
I'm Depending On You Jesus
I Can't Feel At Home In This World
I Was Born To Serve The Lord
Let My Life Be A Light
I Touched The Hem Of His Garment
I See Jesus
Almost Home

We've Come The Far By Faith - Jim And Angie Rayls

We've Come This Far By Faith
We've Come This Far By Faith
Jim And Angie Rayls
Rite Record Productions, Inc. - Cincinnati, Ohio
Sides #28021 & 28021

We've Come This Far By Faith
Had It Not Been
Every Hour And Every Day
Something Worth Living For
Less Of Me
The Healer
One More Valley
Remind Me Dear Lord
I've Got Confidence
Sheltered In The Arms Of God

Monday, April 4, 2016

Heaven Now Is Waiting - The Hyland Signers

Clear Title To A Mansion
Heaven Now Is Waiting
The Hyland Singers
Woodrich Recording Studio - Lexington, Alabama

Heaven Now Is Waiting
Hallelujah Square
Living On Higher Ground
What A Friend
If You Don't Like Shouting
I'm Gonna Take A Ride
I'll Make It On Home
What A Friend Is He
When I Wake Up To Sleep No More
Clear Title To A Mansion
Old Job
The Meeting In The Air

Sunday, April 3, 2016

Spread A Little Love - Christy

Broken Up
Spread A Little Love
Lark Records LR 3002

Spread A Little Love
Part The Waters
Broken Up
I've Never Seen The Righteous Forsaken
Needs Somebody
You've Got The Power
He Looked Beyond My Fault
Great Is Thy Faithfulness
No One Ever Cared For Me Like Jesus
He Giveth More Grace
I'd Rather Have Jesus
Give Them All To Jesus