Honky Tonkin’: 87 Tracks From The Golden Years of Country Music

Various Artists
FORMAT: Audio CD - 3 Disc
Release date: 20 Jun 2011


"You can't afford not to have this."   NOW DIG THIS


CAT No: FVTD114UPC TEXT: 5055311001142

Full details

“Beginning its history as a late 19th-century word to describe a low-class, rural drinking den, by the mid 20th century, Honky Tonk inevitably became the name of the form of country music that was synonymous with such establishments. The Honky Tonk genre largely emerged from the western swing dance bands of the pre-WWII era and a direct correlation between the decline of mainstream big band swing and the emergence of small jazz combos in the post war years can be made with the demise of the western swing orchestras, such as those of Bob Wills and Spade Cooley, and the subsequent and swift popularity of smaller country dance bands in the late 1940s and early 1950s which played music for both the grievers and relievers at the local honky tonk or juke joint.

“”Goin’ honky tonkin’”” soon became a term used by rural southerners to describe what, in today’s parlance, would translate as “”going clubbing””, making a new verb out of an old noun.Here, in both classic hits by the genre’s big stars and rare cuts by forgotten obscurities, we present a celebration of the Honky Tonk in song – whether used as a noun, a verb or just as a style of music – documenting both the exhilarating highs and the deepest lows of the poor white southerners’ honky-tonk lifestyle and the little-changing methods we still employ to deal with the disappointments life throws at us and the loneliness caused by relationship troubles.

Whether you want to spend the next few hours forgetting about the faithlessness of your man/woman, that your mule has died, your cotton crop has failed, or you’ve just bought some fancy new duds and learned a few new steps to show off, you’ve come to the right place. So, set ’em up, Joe…



  1. Honky Tonk Blues (Jimmie Davis)
  2. Answer To “Honky Tonk Blues” (Al Dexter)
  3. The Last Letter (Rex Griffin)
  4. Walkin’ The Floor Over You (Ernest Tubb)
  5. Honky Tonk Mama (Art Gibson)
  6. Texans: Born To Lose (Ted Daffan’s )
  7. Cocaine Blues (Billy Hughes)
  8. Truck Driver’s Blues (Cliff Bruner)
  9. Rockin’ Chair Money (Bill Carlisle)
  10. Lovesick Blues (Hank Williams)
  11. Slippin’ Around (Floyd Tillman)
  12. Whoa Sailor (Hank Thompson)
  13. I’ll Sail My Ship Alone (Moon Mullican)
  14. Sunny Side Of The Mountain (Hawkshaw Hawkins)
  15. Poor Little Honky Tonk Girl (Al Dexter)
  16. I Ain’t Going Honky Tonkin’ Anymore (Ernest Tubb)
  17. Lost Highway (Leon Payne)
  18. Honky Tonkin’ (Maddox Brothers & Rose)
  19. Candy Kisses (George Morgan)
  20. I’m Throwing Rice (At The Girl That I Love) (Eddy Arnold)
  21. You’re Gonna Change (Or I’m Gonna Leave) (Hank Williams)
  22. I’m Moving On (Hank Snow)
  23. Release Me (And Let Me Love Again) (Eddie Miller)
  24. Honky-Tonk Girl (Hank Thompson)
  25. Wild Side Of Life (Jimmy Heap)
  26. Mind Your Own Business (Hank Williams)
  27. George’s Playhouse Boogie (Maddox Brothers & Rose)


  1. There Stands The Glass (Webb Pierce)
  2. I’ve Got Five Dollars And It’s Saturday Night (Faron Young)
  3. Juke Joint Girl (Tommy Scott)
  4. Honky Tonkin’ All The Time (Jess Willard)
  5. It Wasn’t God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels (Kitty Wells)
  6. Out Of A Honky Tonk (Bob Gallion)
  7. Loose Talk (Carl Smith)
  8. You’ve Been Honky Tonkin’ (Joe “Cannonball” Lewis)
  9. I Forgot More Than You’ll Ever Know (The Davis Sisters)
  10. Cry Cry Darling (Jimmy Newman)
  11. Why Baby Why? (Red Sovine & Webb Pierce)
  12. Crazy Arms (Ray Price)
  13. Making Believe (Jimmy Work)
  14. Honky Tonk Merry-Go-Round (Patsy Cline)
  15. Sweet Dreams (Faron Young)
  16. Honky Tonk Song (Mel Tillis)
  17. Honky Tonk Romance (Tommy Hill)
  18. Somebody’s Back In Town (The Wilburn Brothers)
  19. You Better Not Do That (Tommy Collins)
  20. Girls In Disgrace (Jean Shepard)
  21. Too Hot To Handle (Eddie Noack)
  22. Back Up, Buddy (Carl Smith)
  23. Knee Deep In The Blues (Marty Robbins)
  24. That’s Me Without You (Sonny James)
  25. Another Woman Looking For A Man (Sonny Burns)
  26. In The Jailhouse Now (Webb Pierce)
  27. Closing Time (Little Jimmy Dickens)
  28. City Lights (Ray Price)
  29. A Six Pack To Go (Hank Thompson)
  30. If You’ve Got The Money (I’ve Got The Time) (Lefty Frizzell)


  1. Invitation To The Blues (Ray Price)
  2. Juke Joint Johnny (Lattie Moore)
  3. Another Saturday Night (Jimmie Skinner)
  4. Who Will Buy The Wine? (Charlie Walker)
  5. Just Little Boy Blue (George Jones)
  6. Second Fiddle (Buck Owens)
  7. Daydreamin’ (Bud Deckelman)
  8. Poor Man’s Riches (Benny Barnes)
  9. The Keeper Of The Keys (Wynn Stewart)
  10. I’m A Honky-Tonk Girl (Loretta Lynn)
  11. Honky Tonk Baby (Hardrock Gunter)
  12. You’re More At Home In A Honky Tonk (Billy Montana)
  13. Let The Jukebox Keep On Playing (Carl Perkins)
  14. Honky Tonk Kind (Charlie Feathers)
  15. Fifty-Fifty Honky Tonkin’ (George McCormick)
  16. Always Late (With Your Kisses) (Lefty Frizzell)
  17. If The Good Lord’s Willing (And The Creek..) (Jerry Reed)
  18. Honky Tonk Tears (Jimmy Newman)
  19. My Kind Of Carrying On (Doug Poindexter)
  20. Just In Time (Harold Jenkins (Conway Twitty))
  21. You Win Again (Jerry Lee Lewis)
  22. Silver Threads And Golden Needles (Wanda Jackson)
  23. Pick Me Up On Your Way Down (Charlie Walker)
  24. Make Room For The Blues (Skeets McDonald)
  25. Above And Beyond (The Call of Love) (Buck Owens)
  26. Honky Tonk Mind (The Woman I Need) (Tommy Blake)
  27. Honky-Tonk Man (Johnny Horton)
  28. Girl Left Alone (Dolly Parton)
  29. Out Of Control (George Jones)
  30. Shakin’ The Blues (Donny Young (Johnny Paycheck))