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The Definitive Collection: Ernest Tubb

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A catalyzing figure in early country music, Ernest Tubb is the missing link between the country yodels of Jimmie Rodgers and the hard honky-tonk of Hank Williams. Tubb’s recording career spanned more than forty years, and dozens of albums, and it is impossible for a single disc to encapsulate him, but The Definitive Collection covers all the high points, from his signature 1941 hit “Walking the Floor Over You” to “Sweet Thang,” a sassy 1967 duet with Loretta Lynn. Between those two songs country music changed immensely, but Tubb stayed the same. He had a Texan’s groundedness when it came to adapting to trends. The Tubb philosophy was simple: keep the songwriting solid and the band outstanding and everything will work out just fine. Listeners raised on the histrionic singing of modern country superstars might have a hard time adjusting to Tubb’s laconic Texas drawl, which can sometimes seem timid and off-key. Yet it was precisely Tubb’s unassuming vocals and gentle sense of swing that made him country’s humblest and most enduring everyman.

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Beyond Belief

Appropriately titled "Definitive"- but there are so many more that aren;t included, e.g. Driftwood on the River, Thanks Alot and on and on...but to get a grat intro to this master- would hugely recommend. Even though the music may sound "hokey" at first, just listen to the words..they are devastating-making the juxtaposition close to shattering. If you have the mildest interest in country music- this is a MUST...and then explore further.

Country Foundation

Earnest lays the foundation of what will soon be know as Tex Mex Blues. Incredible to hear its roots here.

What love is

There isn't many songs out there today that rings true melody of love. Good valentine's song but good every day.


Born: February 9, 1914 in Crisp, TX

Genre: Country

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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