Crossroads In Cowtown

Various Artists
FORMAT: Audio CD - 1 Disc
Release date: 11 Apr 2011


"Balladeers and Western Swing bands meld Rockabilly Beats, Juke Joint Lyrics and California pop production."  4/5 MOJO

"A Humdinger of a Collection."  7/10 VIVA LE ROCK


CAT No: FVCD101UPC TEXT: 5055311001012

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Crossroads in Cowtown explores a period in country music history when genres were being bent and boundaries smashed. Focusing on “western” music, either produced in or influenced by Californian studios and artists of the fifties, this compilation delves into the classic hillbilly sounds of the period and revels in the oddities created when disparate styles collide in the search for commercial success.

By the 1950s, the classic period for western swing had come to an end, the big bands were rapidly declining and rock & roll was in the ascendancy. Many might-have-been country singers were choosing to record rockabilly or rockabilly-influenced hillbilly styles, while western swing stars were starting to make more pop and rhythm & blues influenced (and influencing) material. Western swing had always been a composite music, built from elements of jazz and blues, old-time cowboy and fiddle tunes, and the polkas and waltzes of the old countries. Now, in the fifties, this heady musical cocktail was being produced in state-of-the-art recording studios and was taking on the lustre of the more pop-oriented productions of the time.

This is still a form of “country music”, but one where Spade Cooley can orchestrate western strings with big band horn arrangements and Hank Penny can pen a tune that will go on to be a jump blues classic, where the sweet harmonies and pop crooning can replace the nasal twang and still be country.Compiled by Brighton-based DJ Shamblin Sexton, Crossroads in Cowtown collects together a swinging selection of western pop tunes that brings on the hillbilly fever!



  1. Take It Away, Leon (Leon McAuliffe)
  2. Idaho Red (Wade Ray)
  3. The Devil In Me (Billy Strange)
  4. It'd Surprise You (Rosalie Allen)
  5. Car Hoppin' Mama (Hawkshaw Hawkins)
  6. I Don't Mind (Pee Wee King & The Golden West Cowboys)
  7. Do You Love Me? (Eddy Arnold & Jaye P Morgan)
  8. Rock Love (Nita, Rita & Ruby)
  9. Lie Detector (Arlie Duff)
  10. Boom Boom Boomerang (Tom Tall & Ginny Right)
  11. Kiss Me Big (Tennessee Ernie Ford)
  12. Rhumba Boogie (Spade Cooley)
  13. You Played On My Piano (Hank Penny & Jaye P Morgan)
  14. Barracuda (Cliffie Stone & His Orchestra)
  15. Catty Town (Pee Wee King & His Band)
  16. Stop Whistlin' Wolf (Maddox Brothers & Rose)
  17. Real Gone Jive (The Nettles Sisters)
  18. Cadillac In Model "A" (Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys)
  19. Deep South (Merle Travis)
  20. Night Train To Memphis (Red Foley & Roberta Lee)
  21. Hillbilly Fever (Spade Cooley)
  22. Bloodshot Eyes (Hank Penny)
  23. Hangover Boogie (Bob Newman)
  24. Done Gone Crazy (Lee Bonds)