Rural Rhythm Records has released four new titles in its archival Heritage Collection Series. The Heritage Collection Series aims to keep traditional roots music alive and preserved for future generations. The series includes authentic Old-Time Country, Bluegrass, Folk, Country Waltzes, Fiddle Tunes and Gospel music performed by many legends & pioneers. Titles are mastered from the original master tapes, with original cover artwork and include many albums never-before available on CD.
Since the initial release in late 2013, nineteen titles have been released to date in the Heritage Collection Series including titles by Mac Wiseman, Don Reno & Bill Harrell, Hylo Brown, Red Smiley, J.E. Mainer, Curley Fox, Dale Porter, Buck Ryan Lee Moore, Raymond Fairchi;d and Jim Greer.
Rural Rhythm has now released four more titles in the Heritage Collection Series in both the physical CD and digital formats by Hylo Brown – Legends & Tall Tales; J.E. Mainer & The Mountaineers – The Legendary J.E. Mainer, Volume 4; Mac Martin & The Dixie Travelers – With The Travelin’ Blues and Mac Martin & The Dixie Travelers – Goin’ Down The Country.
Hylo Brown – Frank Brown earned the nickname “Hylo” because of his considerable vocal range that became his trademark. Born in 1922 in Johnson County, KY, which also became the birthplace of Loretta Lynn, Brown had thoroughly absorbed the music indigenous to his Appalachian home.
Hylo Brown recorded seven albums for Rural Rhythm Records in the late 60’s with Lee Sutton as producer. Available for the first time on CD, Legends & Tall Tales was the third of the seven albums and was originally released in
J.E. Mainer – Available for the first time on CD, The Legendary J.E. Mainer, Volume 4 features the 70 year old fiddler’s folk and hillbilly classics. J.E. Mainer recorded twenty albums for Rural Rhythm Records in the late 60’s and early 70’s with Lee Sutton as producer. The Legendary J.E. Mainer, Volume 4, was the fourth of these albums and was originally released in 1968.
Mac Martin – With The Travelin’ Blues is the first album released by Mac Martin & The Dixie Travelers on Rural Rhythm Records released in 1968 and contains 20 Bluegrass Instrumental songs, many classics that feature Billy Bryant’s banjo playing and fiddle Master Mike Carson.
Mac Martin – Goin’ Down The Country is the second album released by Mac Martin & The Dixie Travelers on Rural Rhythm Records. Released in 1969 it contains 20 Bluegrass classics featuring the unmistakable vocals by Bluegrass pioneer Mac Martin. Goin’ Down The Country contains real authentic traditional Bluegrass and is filled with classics songs that have been passed down through the years and performed by one of the top pioneer bands during the hey-day of the Golden Age of Bluegrass.
Upcoming titles to the Rural Rhythm Heritage Collection Series:
- Earl Taylor & Jim McCall with The Stoney Mountain Boys
- Jim Eanes with Red Smiley & The Blue Grass Cut-Ups
- Hylo Brown & The Blue Ridge Mountain Boys
Rural Rhythm Records Catalog:
Rural Rhythm Records released a long line of Old-Time Country; Bluegrass & Gospel albums during the label’s first two decades after Uncle Jim O’Neal started the label in 1955. Many of these vintage classic albums are still in Rural Rhythm’s active catalog available on CD and digital formats. Many songs are still available in the various artist collection titles found in the Sound Tradition series. Many tracks were previously released only on vinyl records and will come back to life through the Rural Rhythm Heritage Collection Series.
Many legends and pioneers released albums during this period including Mac Wiseman, Hylo Brown, Don Reno & Bill Harrell, Red Smiley, Jim Eanes, Vassar Clements, J.E. Mainer, Earl Taylor & Jim McCall, Raymond Fairchild and many more. Bringing the traditional “retro” vintage sounds from the past preserves, protects, promotes and presents the ageless music of these artists for current and future generations to enjoy and appreciate using the technologies of the 21st Century.
Rural Rhythm’s Sound Traditions collection titles have helped keep the traditional Bluegrass flame burning for decades and will continue the steady flow of available Old-Time Country, Bluegrass & Gospel titles culled from the treasure trove of masters in the Rural Rhythm Records vault.