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Album Review

Songs of the Smokey Mountains was the sole LP released by Capitol during Acuff's stay with the label in the mid-'50s. It contains remakes of his classics from the late '30s and early '40s, recorded in three sessions in 1954-1955. The original versions are definitive, of course, but it is interesting to hear Acuff reprise these songs under more modern recording conditions. His performances are generally slower but strong, and faithful to the originals. The practice of artists remaking their hits after changing labels so that their new label can offer a sometimes-deceptive "greatest hits" package seldom yields anything of great interest. Acuff's most dedicated fans will enjoy comparing these versions to the originals, and very casual listeners may be content with high fidelity re-recordings, but buyers should know what they're getting. The CD reissue on Dualtone is faithful to the original LP (except for the addition of new notes), but all of the tracks are duplicated on Bear Family's superior two-CD set, The King of Country Music.


Born: 15 September 1903 in Maynardville, TN

Genre: Country

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

Roy Acuff was called the King of Country Music, and for more than 60 years he lived up to that title. If any performer embodied country music, it was Roy Acuff. Throughout his career, Acuff was a champion for traditional country values, enforcing his beliefs as a performer, a music publisher, and as the Grand Master of the Grand Ole Opry. Acuff was the first country music superstar after the death of Jimmie Rodgers, pioneering an influential vocal style that complemented the spare, simple songs he...
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