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Album Review

During the '40s and '50s, Armed Forces Radio turned out hundreds of radio variety shows transcribed and cut to glass discs and distributed to the AFRS network and its affiliates, including one sponsored by the U.S. Navy called Country Hoedown that was hosted by honky tonk singer Ernest Tubb. This show was essentially no different than Tubb's long running Midnight Jamboree radio gig and featured a similar mixture of bands, singers and the same sort of pre-scripted cornball comedy spots. This set preserves the flow and feel of Country Hoedown and features Dwight Butcher's sappy but charming "The Best Time of All," Hank Snow's lively "Rhumba Boogie," and a pair of striking songs by Tex Williams, "Roses and Revolvers" and the atmospheric "New Nine Pound Hammer." Tubb sings on a half-dozen or so tracks, so this isn't an Ernest Tubb collection in the normal sense, but hosting these kinds of shows played a big part in his popularity and success, so in a way this set is very representative of the public role he played during the era.


Born: 09 February 1914 in Crisp, TX

Genre: Traditional Pop

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

The incomparable Ernest Tubb ("E.T." to all who knew him) became a legend as much for what he was personally as for the half-century career that stretched from his first radio date in 1932 to his death in 1984. Though other singers with better voices and more raw musical talent have come and gone, none has inspired greater love from fans over six decades. Along with such performers as Jimmie Rodgers, Roy Acuff, Bill Monroe, Hank Williams, Lefty Frizzell, and George Jones, Tubb is country music personified....
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