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Album Review

Columbia/Legacy has assembled a single-disc treasure-trove introduction to Roy Acuff that is simply unbeatable. These 20 cuts make the finest case of all for Acuff's long reign as king of the Grand Ole Opry as well as his cornerstone influence on American country music. Certainly "Great Speckled Bird" is here, but so are "Night Train to Memphis," "Black Mountain Rag," "Wreck on the Highway," and his signature version of Floyd Jenkins' "Prodigal Son." Along the way are the portraits from an artist at the height of his power such as "A Sinner's Dying Breath (I'm Dying)," "Freight Train Blues," and "Fireball Mail." Colin Escott's fine liner notes provide a well-rounded portrait of both the man and the scene at the time of his ascension to the pinnacle of it.

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Good,Reliable, original Country

I personally have this Album and it is the best there is. Its Bluegrass, Blues, and Country together in an all original sound.Wabash Cannonball defines country music itself.


Born: September 15, 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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