Rural Rhythm Records has announced four new titles in its archival Heritage Collection Series.
The Rural Rhythm 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 of the series in late 2013, nineteen titles have been released to date. These include titles by Mac Wiseman, Don Reno & Bill Harrell, Hylo Brown, Red Smiley, J.E. Masiner, Curly Fox, Dale Porter, Buck Ryan, Lee Moore, Raymond Fairchild and Jim Greer.
Rural Rhythm has now added three more titles to the series in both the physical CD and digital formats:
- Earl Taylor & Jim McCall with The Stoney Mountain Boys – Blue Grass Favorites
- Hylo Brown & The Blue Ridge Mountain Boys – Hylo Brown & The Blue Ridge Mountain Boys
- Jim Eanes with Red Smiley & The Bluegrass Cut-Ups – Jim Eanes with Red Smiley & The Bluegrass Cut-Ups.
Earl Taylor & Jim McCall – Virginia-born mandolin player Earl Taylor, worked with many bluegrass giants over the course of a career that began in the 1940s. In 1967, he joined guitarist Jim McCall for a Rural Rhythm session along with his Stoney Mountain Boys that became a fan favourite titled Blue Grass Favourites. The album was produced by Lou Ukleson and included Earl Taylor (mandolin, vocals), Jim McCall (guitar, vocals), Vernon McIntyre, Jr. (banjo), Moon Mullins (fiddle) and “Boatwhistle” McIntyre (bass).
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, Hylo Brown & The Blue Ridge Mountain Boys was the fourth of the seven albums and was originally released in 1967.
Jim Eanes – Eanes began his career in 1948 with Flatt & Scruggs, then Bill Monroe and the Blue Grass Boys. Starting his solo career in 1949, he had a hit record with “Baby Blue Eyes” on Capitol Records. He organised the Shenandoah Valley Boys in 1951 and recorded a few singles before signing with Decca Records. Decca groomed him to play country music and received good chart success with several singles. Eanes wrote many of his own songs including “Your Old Standby”, and one of his best “I Wouldn’t Change You If I Could,” which became a number one hit for Ricky Skaggs in 1982.
During the ’60s, Jim Eanes was a D.J. on different Virginia radio stations and appeared regularly on WWVA’s Wheeling Jamboree. In 1968 Jim Eanes recorded his first of two albums for Rural Rhythm Records titled Jim Eanes with Red Smiley & The Bluegrass Cut-Ups. This 20 song album, produced by Lee Sutton, is available now for the first time on CD and features Red Smiley’s vocals and his Bluegrass Cut-Ups; Billy Edwards (banjo), Clarence “Tater” Tate (fiddle), Gene Burris (mandolin, Guitar), John Palmer (bass) and special guest Peggy Peterson (Dobro).
His fine vocals and songwriting over the years earned Jim Eanes the universal nickname of The Bluegrass Balladeer.
Earl Taylor & Jim McCall with The Stoney Mountain Boys – Blue Grass Favorites; Hylo Brown & The Blue Ridge Mountain Boys and Jim Eanes with Red Smiley & The Bluegrass Cut-Ups are now available to DJ’s on AirPlay Direct along with the other thirteen titles currently released in the Rural Rhythm Heritage Collection series.
In addition, these three titles are now available on Amazon, iTunes and wherever digital and physical CD music is sold.
About 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 Traditions 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.