NASHVILLE, Tenn. (October 27, 2020) -- Country Rewind Records who brings unreleased traditional Country music into the contemporary era has released Merle Travis, Sixteen Tons . The new music is being distributed by Select-O-Hits and available to order on Country Rewind Records website as well as streaming and download to include Spotify, Amazon Music, Apple Music, Pandora and more. Merle Travis, Sixteen Tons is available on all digital music platforms here.

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“Had the opportunity to relive a blast from the past, Listening to Merle Travis is just that, takes you back to a time where the world was normal and better than it is today. Thanks for the memories, a great album to listen and reminisce too.” — Doug Erdman,WTCH Radio Classic Country Shawano, WI

Roy "Dusty" Rogers, Jr. of Sons Of The Pioneers on The Don's Hit List Podcast:

Roy “Dusty” Rogers Jr. of Sons of the Pioneers appeared on the 115th episode of The Don's Hit List Podcast with co-hosts The Don and The Grizz.  In this episode, “Dusty” talks about the legacy of his father, the legendary Roy Rogers.  Sons of the Pioneers formed back in 1934 and many look to them as huge inspirations for country western music.  A fun fact for you, in 1977, the Smithsonian Institute declared Sons of the Pioneers as national treasures.  They go through the goosebump moments in the music and discuss Dale Evans who wrote the legendary song “Happy Trails”.  Listen here.

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OUTLAW BILLY DON BURNS / Country Blues:  Burns has lived a life full enough for 2 people, and he's got stories to tell that you'll want to hear. Thankfully, he's well versed in country sounds- both past and present- and his execution is something we'll never tire of.

SONS OF THE PIONEERS / The Lost Masters:  An institution who have won just about every award possible in the area of country music, these rare recordings prove just why the legacy of Sons Of The Pioneers has persisted since their inception in the '30s, and why, a hundred years from now, their name will still be relative.

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JOHNNY RUSSELL / All I Gotta do is Act Naturally:  I've been spelunking in cold storage warehouses looking for forgotten masters and I can tell you there's a load of treasures out there that are inexplicably buried.  It's not all top of the charts stuff, but a lot of it is too interesting to be buried.  These 1971 sides recorded at Scotty Moore's presaged outlaw and hard country but are a great example of mainstream/traditional country that's just plain fun to hear.  With a cut by Beatles under his belt, the liner notes don't even mention it instead talking about the title track's impact on Buck Owens.  Whoa is this a great antidote to bro country..  Fine stuff that's finally getting the airing it deserves.

JEANNIE C. RILEY / Music City Sessions:  Originally recorded in one take or so for military radio in the wake of her monster hit, if you've ever been tearing down the high way across the heartland after midnight with country sounds coming at you over the dashboard, this stuff is going to take you back!  Coming across as purely a good ol' gal, she sings it straight, has a good choice of material and performs it right on the money.  The hit is included, stuff that Shelby Singleton should have recorded is on deck and pure country fans will love it.

BLUERIDGE MOUNTAIN BLEGRASS BAND/ Leaving on a Jet Plane:  When Sam Bush was still wet behind the ears and scraping together $5 for lessons from Jethro Burns, this bluegrass stuff was recorded contemporaneously with the bluegrass Flying Fish was unleashing by hippies.  This mixes hippies with Nashville vets for some killer proto new grass that not only has it all including the kitchen sink, it has “Ballad of Jed Clampett” as well.  The organic, back porch version of Gram Parson cosmic American music, this session is da bomb!  Killer stuff you don't have to be a toe tapper to love.

OUTLAW BILLY DON BURNS / Country Blues:  They tried to run him off but Willie's slow.  Apparently Burns ran too fast for his own good since he's been in the honky tonks for 50 years and finally got a record deal---when there are practically no more records.  Age might has sanded down some of his rough edges, but he's still singing about running drugs from Mexico and other career paths most moms would frown upon.  If you find yourself firing up Waylon and them boys on the streaming services, this is the new stuff you've been looking for.  He's sings it like he lived it and the authenticity will blow your socks off.  Hot throughout.

REX ALLEN/America's Last Singing Cowboy:  If you were raised on Hoppy, Gene and Roy, this western swinger will giver you a dose of what I'm talking about.  The Arizona Cowboy originated all the moves that others turned into clichés, but these sides recorded over the 50s and 60s with Cliffie Stone and the Sons of the Pioneers echo all the stuff that made him a long lasting original.  Strangely not dated at all, the purity is a plus.  It's the kind of stuff you can enjoy with your kids and a good time will be had by all.

REX ALLEN JR/Then & Now:  This modern western singer had 50 chart hits, made good in the family business and is a member of the western music hall of fame.  That easy going vibe carries well into this set that was mostly recorded just before the new traditionalists took over and this old traditionalist was cast aside (?).  A master of easy rolling mainstream country, this is a fine throw back when music was made to be enjoyed and not something to put out as an advance to sell your perfume line.  Enjoy this journey through the past.


Sons of the Pioneers, The Lost Masters is targeted for release on March 15 by Country Rewind Records Western Heritage Collection to be distributed by Select-O-Hits . The new music will also be available for streaming and download on all digital music platforms including Apple Music, iTunes, Spotify, Amazon Music, Google Play, Pandora and more.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (February 27, 2020) -- Country Rewind Records has announced a new project, Outlaw Billy Don Burns, The Country Blues , available on March 15 with distribution by Select-O-Hits . The new recordings will also be available for streaming and download on all digital music platforms including Apple Music, iTunes, Spotify, Amazon Music, Google Play, Pandora and more. 

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (October 14, 2019) -- Rex Allen - America's Last Singing Cowboy is the latest release by Country Rewind Records and the first in a new series, referred to as the Western Heritage Series which will also feature The Son's of the Pioneers and Tex Ritter. Rex Allen was a multimedia star before the term ‘multimedia' was coined. He found fame as a singer, a song- writer, a Western movie star, a television actor and (in later life) as a narrator of Disney movies and TV shows. Rex Allen - America's Last Singing Cowboy is being distributed by Select-O-Hits and will be available to order on Country Rewind Records website

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (October 14, 2019) -- Rex Allen - America's Last Singing Cowboy is the latest release by Country Rewind Records and the first in a new series, referred to as the Western Heritage Series which will also feature The Son's of the Pioneers and Tex Ritter. Rex Allen was a multimedia star before the term ‘multimedia' was coined. He found fame as a singer, a song- writer, a Western movie star, a television actor and (in later life) as a narrator of Disney movies and TV shows. Rex Allen - America's Last Singing Cowboy is being distributed by Select-O-Hits and will be available to order on Country Rewind Records website

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (October 14, 2019) -- Rex Allen Jr. - Now and Then, has been released today by Country Rewind Records and is being distributed by Select-O-Hits.

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Reviewers Praise Radio Single

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (August 15, 2019) -- Texas Country Music Hall of Fame member, Jeannie C. Riley , excitedly shared her thoughts on the current release of her song “ Me and Bobby McGee ” on the recent album, The Music City Sessions . The project was recently released by Country Rewind Records who's well known tradition of bringing unreleased traditional country music into the contemporary country era has proven successful with previous projects. The music is available for download and streaming on all digital music platforms here.

“My biggest surprise about the new single release is the response that radio is receiving about the music. Personally, I feel really blessed that they are keeping my music alive,” Jeannie noted. “The new single, “Me and Bobby McGee,” currently released to radio is for the fans who I love more than you will ever know. Had it not been for the fans, I would never have gotten to fulfill her dreams of making it in the music industry.”

Recently inducted into the Texas Country Music Hall of Fame alongside Claude Gray and Rodney Crowell, Riley said, “I am humbled and truly honored to be inducted into the Texas Country Music Hall of Fame along side of so many greats in the field of Country Music.”

“Harper Valley PTA was my signature song, but it's nice to know that everyone enjoys my other music as well. Thank you and God Bless each and every one of you.” exclaimed Jeannie C. Riley.

Reviewers chimed in..

"Timeless as ever, yet feels like they've just been recorded." Way Back Country Jamboree - Johnny Woodlock 

“Jeannie C Riley has always been a popular Country Artist here in the UK from her Pop success of Harper Valley PTA reaching #12 in 1968. So to get a new album from her is an event, and my audience has been loving the tracks we have played. More Please.” CMR Nashville - Lee Williams

“Great to hear Jeannie  doing these 14 songs. Well recorded  and showing her voice to perfection. A welcome addition to any country collection.” Gerry Ford music reviews.

“Glad to see that Miss Riley is back, still a great voice as represented with this new album.” WTCH Radio - Doug Erdman

The latest release is being distributed by Select-O-Hits and available to order on Country Rewind Records website and on digital music platforms here.

The Music City Sessions consists of tracks that have not been heard for decades and never commercially released. The tracks were recorded in Nashville for broadcast use only and have been hidden from the public. The original authentic sound is respected and supplemented with updated instruments and background vocals, to bring the new recordings into the contemporary country era. These recordings are a follow up to Country Rewind Records previous releases of such greats as Conway Twitty, Waylon Jennings, Connie Smith and more which received great reviews by music critics everywhere.

Country Rewind Records, Thomas Gramuglia, rescued the master tapes which have been in storage for nearly 50 years. John Jungklaus handled the original master tape transfers. Jeannie C. Riley, The Music City Sessions, was produced by Grammy Award Winner, J. R. McNeely and Larry Marrs, who has performed with many great artists, including Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings and Johnny Cash. The producers were honored and thrilled to be part of these historical projects. These long-forgotten recordings are now saved for prosperity.

Country Rewind Records has dedicated itself to bring classic country with this contemporary feel to not only the past country fans but also to the new country listeners.

Jeannie C Riley The Music City Sessions Song List:

  1. Country Girl
  2. That's A No-No
  3. Harper Valley P.T.A.
  4. Crying Time
  5. There Never Was A Time
  6. Son Of A Preacher Man
  7. Things Go Better With Love
  8. Me And Bobby McGee
  9. The Back Side Of Dallas
  10. The Games People Play
  11. Wish You Were Here
  12. The Girl Most Lonely
  13. Okie From Muskogee
  14. Rollin' In My Sweet Baby's Arm
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Nashville Country Music Magazine Features Jeannie C. Riley

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MusicRow Magazine DISClaimer by Robert K Oermann

JEANNIE C. RILEY/Me and Bobby McGee
Writers: Kristofferson/Foster; Producers: Larry Marrs & J.R. McNeely; Publishers: none listed; Country rewind
– Her plain-spoken, Texas-twang delivery is perfect for this timeless story song. The tempo is jaunty, and the steel passages are perfection. Never previously released, it is drawn from 1970 radio-show tapes that have been given new productions and now packaged as a CD titled The Music City Sessions . Country Rewind Records has similar releases of long-lost and updated collections by Waylon Jennings, Johnny Russell, Conway Twitty, Connie Smith, Mickey Gilley, Faron Young, Ferlin Husky and more. Cool stuff.

Read More » Country Rewind Records Releases 4 Legendary Artists

Music label Country Rewind Records in conjunction with Select-O-Hits records has started a series of classic traditional country artists including Jeannie C. Riley, Johnny Russell, Carl Smith and The Blue Ridge Mountain Bluegrass Band. This is what I would call nashville's version of BBC sessions that has been released throughout the years of many classic rock artis such as the Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, and Cream just to name a few. These are recordings from some of the best country artists of the 50s, 60s and 70s , tren setting artists that paved the way for our current contemporary artists of today, at that time radio had more shows where they would have an artist come in to the studio and play their hit single and then if time permitted they would perform some of their favorite songs that either were currently on the charts or a former chart topper at the time, and they would perform those classic songs the way they would have done it had they recorded those particular ditties themselves;

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From Joni Twitty:

We are so excited to announce that our Timeless album is now ready for pre-sale. If you order it today you will be able to receive it after September 1st. October 6th is the official release date for everyone else, but we want to make it available for our friends who visit us here on so they can get it early! Just press the link and it will allow you to order right now! Just scroll down to the merchandise area, open it and you will find the new TIMELESS album.

This album was originally recorded in 1973. Dad and his band, the Twitty Birds, went into the studio and recorded 14 songs for the United States Armed Forces and they created a Navy Hoedown show and broadcast it on radio stations around the country. These never before released recordings are songs that were Dad's hits from those years and a few that he did in his show at that time.

Tom Gramuglia with Country Rewind Records purchased the masters and contacted us to see if we would be interested in partnering with them to release this great piece of work. His plan was to hire a Nashville producer to enhance the existing album. I told him he needn't look any further. My husband, John Wesley Ryles and I could co-produce the update of this album. He loved the idea and we were honored to have the opportunity.

We hired Mark Capps to help us do the engineering. Mark has worked with us on every project we've done for Dad so this was the perfect person to contact first. Mark's father, Jimmy Capps, played acoustic guitar on Dad's albums for many years so there is a natural bond between us.

My husband, John, sang background vocals on all the songs. John had many hits as a country music artist but made the decision to quit touring and do studio work. He became one of Nashville's top background singers singing on multiple hit records, too many to mention. It is so special to hear him and Dad singing together! Their voices blend perfectly!

My sister Kathy's husband, Tony Durante, played acoustic guitar on two of the tracks. We wanted to have Tony be a part of this special project. He has a degree in music and has played with orchestras in the past. It was special to have him be a part of this project. Kathy came up with the title for the album. Timeless was the perfect choice!

We also had some of our great musician friends, Ron Oates and Kevin Williams, lend their musical genius to the album. These musicians have played on huge artists' projects such as Gladys Knight, Ray Charles, Dolly Parton, The Gaither Vocal Band, and the list goes on and on.

The enhancement we did made a great album shine even brighter! Dad's vocal performance is stellar and I know this album is something you will love! Get it today and enjoy some great, real country music! It will become obvious once you have heard it why Conway Twitty is TIMELESS!

Early buzz about our new Conway Twitty album Timeless:

Steve Hoffman Forums - All of the recordings here have been enhanced and updated by Conway's daughter Joni Twitty Ryles and John Wesley Ryles along with Grammy Award winning engineer Mark Capps, pianist Ron Oates, guitarist Kevin Williams, and guitarist Tony Durante, all adding beautiful musical touches in taking this album into the contemporary country music era.

Pure Country 1067 - Conway Twitty was born Harold Lloyd Jenkins on September 1, 1933 in Friars Point in Coahoma County in northwestern Mississippi. The Jenkins family were of Welsh descent. He was named by his great-uncle, after his favorite silent movie actor, Harold Lloyd.

Turnstyled Junkpiled Review

The fact that Country music did indeed find its identity in the 70's was due largely to the influence of Waylon and fellow outlaws Willie Nelson, David Allen Coe, and Kris Kristoferson, listening to the recordings on this album is like walking across that musical bridge from the muddled, unfocused Country of the 60's to the proud and unabashed Country of the 70's. The project gives hope to those who feel Country has again lost its bearings, reminding them that one single voice can inspire others to correct course and follow suit. More importantly, listening to these songs is like reconnecting with a long lost friend.

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Waylon one of the original "Outlaws" and a "Highwayman" in his own right, on this album sounds like he just came out of the studio yesterday with these songs. Larger than life., that is the feelings I got while listening to these well preserved historic recordings.

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Country's Chatter: "He left us something great."

Keeping that in mind, I think everyone knows what to expect when they pick up this new release.  They can expect great country music, from a great country artist, who certainly left this world way too soon.  I think we all agree that it is great to still have his music.  He left us something great.

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Midwest Record: "Keep those excavation trucks moving if this is what we can find."

Fresh off a number one hit that didn't reflect where he was headed, this was how it was. Even if it ain't outlaw, it's pure uncut Waylon and that's always a treat. Keep those excavation trucks moving if this is what we can find.

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News Coverage for "The Lost Nashville Sessions"

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Waylon Jennings "YOUNG WIDOW BROWN" Review by Robert K. Oermann

Writers: Waylon Jennings/Sky Corbin; Producers: Robby Turner; Publishers: Heart Of The Hills/Trio/Fort Knox, no performance rights listed; Country Rewind

- Finding new Waylon music is always a good thing. He and a bunch of other country acts recorded a series of short, military-recruitment radio shows in 1970. These tapes have recently been rediscovered. Former Waylon band member Robby Turner put new instrumentation on the performances to bring them up to date. Most of the tunes on the resulting The Lost Nashville Sessions CD are early waylon hits such as "Just To Satisfy You," "Only Daddy That'll Walk The Line," "Mental Revenge" and "Brown Eyed Handsome Man." This tasty country rocker is more obscure, the tale of a man who inherits a lusty gal he can't keep up with. Delightful.

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Waylon Jennings - The Lost Nashville Sessions

An impressionable country music singer, who became a Grammy recipient early in his career (for " MacArthur Park") and forged his name as an iconic figure in American music history, Waylon Jennings was a member of the "Outlaw Country" music movement and genre.  He shared the billing with renowned, award-winning recording artists such as Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard and Kris Kristofferson . THE LOST NASHVILLE SESSIONS showcases Jennings' stout talents as a young and promising recording artist (spotlighting the number one hit “Only Daddy That'll Walk The Line” ) and highlights a piece of music history that may have easily been lost and forgotten.

The musical gem features 14 never-heard-before tracks originally recorded at Scotty Moore's Music City Recorders (July 1970) as part of a U.S. military recruitment radio program. The 15-minute recorded shows hosted performances by, and banter with, popular country artists (Jennings, George Jones, Dolly Parton, Conway Twitty and Tammy Wynette to name a few). Created to encourage recruitment, the shows were distributed for “promotional-use only” on vinyl to 2,000 participating radio stations. Country Rewind Records President, Thomas Gramuglia, dusted off the masters from each and every recorded program with the idea to bring these performances to life via today's contemporary and digital musical formats. (THE LOST NASHVILLE SESSIONS is just one of hundreds of recordings.)

Grammy award winning musician and producer, Robby Turner (who is also the late country legend's longtime steel guitarist and producer, and now plays with Chris Stapleton), added instrumentals and background vocals to the raw original tracks (including Waylon Jennings' classics and his renditions of Chuck Berry's " Brown Eyed Handsome Man" and Kris Kristofferson's " Sunday Morning Coming Down" ).

With audio quality of the highest twenty-first century standard, the project has been described as “Delightful” (Robert K. Oermann/Music Row Magazine ). The production sounds as if Waylon and A-list musicians recorded the project just yesterday. Jennings' widow, Jessi Colter, and their son (Shooter Jennings) have given their permissions and blessings to release the project.

New Waylon Jennings Album Unearths 'The Lost Nashville Sessions'

A collection of never-released Waylon Jennings recordings will finally be heard September 2nd when The Lost Nashville Sessions hits stores. The album's track list includes classics such as "Only Daddy That'll Walk the Line," "Singer of Sad Songs" and "Green River." A few cover songs are thrown into the mix, as well, including Jennings' take on Chuck Berry's "Brown Eyed Handsome Man" and Kris Kristofferson's "Sunday Morning Coming Down." (The latter song was made famous by Johnny Cash, who just so happened to be Jennings' roommate in the few years prior to Jennings' recording of the melancholic ballad.)

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Review: Mickey Gilley Here I Am Again

Review by Paul W. Dennis - My Kind Of Country

It probably isn't fair to describe Mickey Gilley as a second tier artist since he had seventeen Billboard #1 hits and another seventeen songs that reached the top ten, and was the name behind the most famous country music nightclub ever. Born in 1936 in Natchez, MS, a second cousin to a pair of Ferriday, LA, fireballs in Jerry Lee Lewis and evangelist Jimmy Swaggart (Jerry Lee and Jimmy are first cousins to each other), Mickey probably was somewhat accustomed to being overlooked. In fact Mickey was 38 years old before he was regarded as more than a local artist. Mickey Gilley ran off a string of hits between 1974 and 1978 for Playboy Records, at which time his contract was purchased by Epic Records. His first singles on Epic were less successful than his Playboy singles. Then came the successful Urban Cowboy movie.

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Review: Connie Smith The Lost Tapes

Review by Preshias Harris

Every now and then, a recording surfaces that the world never knew existed or was believed to have been lost forever. ‘Connie Smith: The Lost Tapes' presents us with a collection of just such treasures.

Beginning in the 1960s, each branch of the United States military produced series of radio programs that were syndicated across the country, mainly for recruiting purposes, and also heard overseas on the Armed Forces Radio Network for the entertainment of troops. Many popular country music artists were invited to participate, singing some of their songs and talking to the show's host.

The artists had very little time to rehearse, often running through their set just one time before the recording began. On December 8, 1972, Connie Smith walked into Music City Recorders in Nashville to record an episode of a show titled Navy Hoedown. The studio owner and chief engineer for the session was none other than the legendary Scotty Moore, formerly of Sun Studios, and whose guitar can be heard on Elvis Presley's early hits.

A quick rehearsal and the then tape was running. In about one hour Connie recorded sixteen tracks, all the more remarkable in that artists will generally devote many hours, or even days, to cutting a single song. For these special shows, it was ‘one and done.' Connie left the studio and went back on the road, performing her hits for her legion of fans. The show was broadcast and the tapes were shelved and all but forgotten.

Hindsight Records' CEO Thomas Gramuglia has become an expert at tracking down tapes that were made for radio broadcast and then discarded, reviving them for release on his Country Rewind label. Gramuglia took the Connie Smith tapes to Apostle Paul's Clubhouse Recording Studio in Hendersonville, Tennessee, where he was joined by Connie along with Marty Stuart, recording engineer Mick Conley and several of Nashville's finest musicians. It was there that (in Stuart's words), they “retouched history as lightly as possible. Painstaking measures were taken to embellish these songs in a pure and authentic light.” The result: audio quality that is close to perfect.

The eleven tracks on this album include a version of Connie's breakthrough Number One hit “Once A Day” (penned by Bill Anderson) but part of the joy of this collection is listening to her version of other songs such as “The Race Is On” and “Long Black Limousine,” as well as Gospel-inspire favorites “Amazing Grace” and “How Great Though Art.” Because of the circumstances of the original recording session, the listener can sense the spontaneity and sheer fun that Miss Smith and the musicians must have experienced back on that day in '72.

“Connie Smith The Lost Tapes” is a valuable addition to the genre of newly discovered recordings and is on a par with Country Rewind's other recent release, “You Don't Know Me,” a collection of similarly rediscovered Faron Young tapes.

Review: Faron Young You Don't Know Me

Review by Preshias Harris

Make no mistake: this is not a collection of re-re-re-released tracks that turn up from time to time, and are often of dubious quality, when someone licenses the songs of a legendary artist.

There's no doubt that Faron Young is a legendary artist, but this album is indeed a rarity: literally a brand new collection from the beloved singer who passed away back in 1996. As Faron's son, singer-songwriter Robyn Young, says in the liner notes, the CD is a collection of very rare, one-of-a-kind recordings that most people never knew existed. They are from live performances, old radio broadcasts and old unreleased studio cuts. The tapes sat around, lost and forgotten for years.

Many of the tracks were cut on acetate pressings that were intended for a single play on the radio and were then discarded or destroyed. As such, several of the tracks were in extremely poor condition, and have been painstakingly repaired and modernized to contemporary standards by the dedicated people at Country Rewind Records.

Scott Oliver is the producer who was charged with the task of taking these songs and making them sound as if Young had recorded them today. As Oliver points out, this is not a re-mastered album, but essentially a brand new multi track project utilizing the resources and audio quality of the type available to current artists today. Understandably, all of the original recordings were one-track mono. Oliver has been totally faithful to the original sound while adding guitars, vocals and orchestral arrangements to breathe new life into tracks that would otherwise have been left for dead forever.

All of the tracks were originally recorded in one take, a single shot to get it right, recorded ‘live' to acetate without ‘punch-ins' or endless re-takes and tweaks. As a result, the tracks capture not only Young's talent and faultless professionalism in his dedication to his craft, but also communicate a sense of fun and spontaneity that gets lost by the third (or thirtieth) take.

On some of these tracks, we here the radio announcer's banter with Young at the start of the track, or the spontaneous applause from those in the studio at the end of a song. Every cut showcases Young's magnetic personality and his crystal clear diction and pitch. The album features unique versions of his familiar hits such as ‘Goin' Steady' and ‘Hello Walls' but perhaps the standout cut is the title track, “You Don't Know Me.” The song was a hit for Eddy Arnold (and recorded by many other artists including Ray Charles, Jerry Vale and Elvis Presley) but Young's version has a plaintive quality that could have given him a major hit if it had ever been released. Now we get to hear it all these years later.

The fifteen unique tracks on “You Don't Know Me” will bring the voice of the “Hillbilly Heartthrob” to a new generation of listeners and will be a thrill to longtime fans who still love the legendary Faron Young.

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