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Honky Tonks, Hymns and the Blues
Series Chronicles American Music, from Back Roads to Big City

Essential Recordings
The recordings below have been recommended by the producers of this series as essential milestones in the development of American rural music. Where titles are out of print, alternates have been suggested when possible.

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  • The Carter Family
    Longing For Old Virginia: Their Complete Victor Recordings, 1934

  • Lesley Riddle
    Step by Step: Lesley Riddle Meets the Carter Family

  • Hobart Smith
    Blue Ridge Legacy: The Alan Lomax Portrait Series

  • The Louvin Brothers
    Songs That Tell a Story

  • Alabama Sacred Harp Singers
    Sacred Harp Singing

  • Jimmie Rodgers
    A Legendary Performer
    [Out of print; suggested title: The Essential Jimmie Rodgers]

  • Kitty Wells
    The Legendary Kitty Wells
    [Out of print; suggested title: 20 Greatest Hits]

  • The Maddox Brothers and Rose
    On the Air

  • Various Artists
    From Where I Stand: The Black Experience in Country Music

  • Various Artists
    Before the Blues: The Early American Black Music Scene

  • Various Artists
    Country Boogie, 1939-1947

  • Emmett Miller
    The Minstrel Man from Georgia

  • Jimmie Rodgers
    The Blues, 1927-1933
    [Out of print]

  • Doc Watson and Clarence Ashley
    The Original Folkway Recordings 1960-1962

  • Hank Williams
    The Original Singles Collection

  • Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys
    Anthology, 1935-1973

  • Harry Choates
    The Fiddle King of Cajun Swing

  • Delmore Brothers
    Brown's Ferry Blues

  • Adolf Hofner and the Pearl Wranglers
    South Texas Swing

  • Doc & Merle Watson
    Pickin' the Blues

  • Various Artists
    Conjunto! Texas Mexican Border Music (4 vols.)

  • Various Artists
    Honky Tonk Blues
    [Out of print]

  • Various Artists
    Roots of Country: The Story of Country Music
    [Out of print]

  • Various Artists
    Roots of Rock 'n Roll
    [Out of print]

  • Various Artists
    SMile and Jive: Kings of Western Swing
    [Out of print]

  • Various Artists
    White Country Blues, 1926-1938: A Lighter Shade of Blue

  • Various Artists
    The Bristol Sessions