Routes Of Rockabilly

Various Artists
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FORMAT: Audio CD - 3 Disc
Release date: 1 Sep 2009

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CAT No: FVTD026UPC TEXT: 5055311000268

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Whilst it’s undeniable that Rockabilly’s spiritual home lay in the South, it’s perhaps a little simplistic to suggest it was born merely of the fusion of the white Country music and black R&B that predominated there. Other influences, both musical and geographical, helped to shape the sound that would eventually give rise to Rock’n’Roll. From the backwoods of Kentucky, Tennessee and Virginia to the dusty plains of Oklahoma and Texas, from the swamplands of Louisiana to the bustling juke joints of Illinois and Michigan, traditional Bluegrass, Hillbilly, Western Swing, Gospel, Blues and Cajun would all play their part in creating a rich musical melting pot as diverse as the country and its people.

This compilation attempts to highlight some of those influences and includes many of the original versions of songs later adapted by barnstorming rockers such as Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins, Jerry Lee Lewis and Wanda Jackson. Early recordings by Country legends such as Hank Williams, Jimmy Revard, Bob Wills and the Delmore Brothers, and by Blues exponents Arthur Gunter, Big Mama Thornton and Piano Red, indicate that the roots and branches of Rockabilly grew in many directions and stretch back further than one might think. Also featured are lesser-heard names such as Jimmy Selph, Gene Henslee and Mack Davis whose recordings showcase Rockabilly at its downhome best.

Spanning more than twenty years, this is an exciting musical odyssey that draws together key recordings from all points on the compass and from across the racial divide – essential listening for all fans of the Rockabilly genre and its origins.



  1. That's All Right (Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup)
  2. Love My Baby (Little Junior Parker (as Little Junior’s Blue Flames))
  3. Freight Train Boogie (The Delmore Brothers)
  4. Thirty Days (To Come Back Home) (Ernest Tubb)
  5. Drinking Wine Spoli-Oli (The Five Strings)
  6. Welcome To The Club (Charline Arthur)
  7. Country Cattin’ (Jimmy Swain)
  8. Dig’n And Datin’ (Gene Henslee)
  9. Peepin’ Eyes (Charlie Feathers)
  10. Split Personality (Bill Taylor & Smokey Jo with Clyde Leoppard's Snearly Ranch Boys)
  11. Juke Box, Help Me Find My Baby (The Rhythm Rockers)
  12. I’m A Little Red Caboose (Maddox Brothers & Rose)
  13. Daddy’s Got The Deep Elem Blues (Jimmie Revard & His Oklahoma Playboys)
  14. Who Shot Willie (Arthur "Guitar Boogie" Smith & His Cracker-Jacks)
  15. False Hearted Girl (Tennessee Ernie & Ella Mae Morse with Cliffie Stone's Orchestra)
  16. Rocking Chair On The Moon (Bill Haley with The Saddlemen)
  17. Thirteen Women And One Man (Dickie Thompson)
  18. Motor Head Baby (Chuck Higgins vocal: John Watson)
  19. Right String But The Wrong Yo Yo (Piano Red)
  20. The House Of Blue Lights (Merrill E Moore)
  21. The Milk Cow Blues (Jimmie Rogers Snow & His Tennessee Playboys)
  22. Blue Moon Of Kentucky (Elvis Presley Scotty & Bill)


  1. Cash On The Barrelhead (The Louvin Brothers)
  2. Bear Cat (Rufus Thomas (as Rufus "Hound Dog" Thomas Jr))
  3. Mystery Train (Little Junior Parker (as Little Junior’s Blue Flames))
  4. I Don't Care If The Sun Don't Shine (Elvis Presley)
  5. Get Rhythm (Johnny Cash & The Tennessee Two)
  6. My Kind Of Carrying On (Doug Poindexter & The Starlite Wranglers)
  7. My Gal Gertie (Dub Dickerson The Boy With A Grin In His Voice)
  8. Corrine, Corrina (Bob Wills)
  9. Settin' The Woods On Fire (Hank Williams)
  10. Long Gone Daddy (Lou Graham)
  11. Granpaw’s A Cat (Jimmy Murphy)
  12. Catfish Boogie (Tennessee Ernie with Cliffie Stone's Band)
  13. Rock-A-Bye Baby (Skeeter Bonn)
  14. Kitty Kat (Bill Mack)
  15. Alligator Come Across (Arlie Duff)
  16. Rockin’ With My Baby (Malcolm Yelvington)
  17. Movie Magg (Carl Perkins)
  18. Feelin’ Low (Ernie Chaffin)
  19. Lie To Me, Baby (Johnny Tyler)
  20. I Won’t Be Rockin’ Tonight (Jean Chapel)
  21. Choo Choo Ch’Boogie (Kenny Roberts)
  22. Fujiyama Mama (Annisteen Allen with Howard Biggs Orchestra)
  23. Forty Cups Of Coffee (Danny Overbea with King Kolax & His Orchestra)
  24. I’m Coming Home (Johnny Horton)
  25. The Rockaway Rock (The Collins Kids Larry & Lorrie)


  1. Tennessee Rock’n’Roll (Bobby Helms)
  2. Hound Dog (Willie Mae "Big Mama" Thornton)
  3. Red Hot (Billy "The Kid" Emerson)
  4. Sittin’ On Top Of The World (Bob Wills)
  5. Honky Tonk Blues (Hank Williams)
  6. No No Baby (All Ferrier with The Boppin' Billies)
  7. Tom Catin’ Around (Jimmy Selph)
  8. Rockin’ And Rollin’ With Grandmaw (On Saturday Night) (Carson Robison & His Pleasant Valley Boys)
  9. Oakie Boogie (Ella Mae Morse)
  10. Burning The Wind (Billy Wallace & The Bama Drifters)
  11. Don’t Cry Baby (Cal Veale)
  12. Dig Boy Dig (Freddie Hart)
  13. Honky-Tonk Man (Johnny Horton)
  14. Tennessee Rock’n’Roll (Bobby Helms)
  15. Stop, Look And Listen (Patsy Cline)
  16. Mama’s Little Baby (Junior Thompson with The Meteors)
  17. Don’t Go Baby (Don’t Go) (Al Coker with The Coker Family)
  18. Take And Give (Slim Rhodes featuring Sandy Brooks)
  19. Crazy Arms (Jerry Lee Lewis & His Pumping Piano)
  20. Whole Lot Of Shakin' Going On (Roy Hall)
  21. Sag, Drag And Fall (Sid King & The Five Strings)
  22. Catty Town (Pee Wee King & His Band vocal by Dick Glasser)
  23. Party (The Collins Kids Larry & Lorrie)
  24. Just Because (Elvis Presley)
  25. Trucker From Tennessee (Link Davis)
  26. Down The Road A-Piece (Chuck Miller)