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Good Old Mountain Dew (Live)

Grandpa Jones

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Album Review

This ten-song, 22-minute budget-priced release includes the hits "T for Texas" and "Mountain Dew" (a 1960s re-recording) as well as such familiar fare as the classic dog songs "Old Rattler" and "Old Blue," the rip-roaring banjo workout "Are You From Dixie," and relatively reflective songs such as the idyllic Tennessee paean "Nashville on My Mind." The most interesting number here is Jones' own, topical "King of the Cannon County Hills," sort of his answer to "Okie From Muskogee," with digs at hippies ("let the hippie have his LSD and pills") and college students amid his description of rural southern life. Anyone who's heard "T for Texas" as done by the Everly Brothers or anyone else since Jimmie Rodgers hasn't really heard the song until they've heard Grandpa Jones' version here, which has the richness of a page out of a William Faulkner novel and about the best playing the song has ever gotten (and some great yodeling too). The sound is crisp if unexceptional, with nice stereo separation, and there are no notes, but until a proper Monument collection is released domestically this seven-dollar job will have to suffice.

Biography

Born: 20 October 1913 in Niagra, KY

Genre: Country

Years Active: '30s, '40s, '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s

Louis Marshall "Grandpa" Jones was one person who aged right into his makeup. Like his real appearance, however, his actual background and role in country music were deceptive and more complex than they seem. Beginning in the 1920s, he began attracting attention with his boisterous performing style, old-time banjo performing, and powerful singing, and by the 1940s, with hits like "Rattler" and "Mountain Dew," he began receiving national attention. He joined the Grand Ole Opry in 1946 and remained...
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