1-CD Deluxe-Album mit 72-seitigem Booklet, 28 Einzeltitel. Spieldauer ca. 77 Minuten.
1946. Den Auftakt macht Atomic Power von den Buchanan Brothers, dabei sind die Originalversionen von Someday (You'll Want Me To Want You), Jole Blon und Ruby. Außerdem gibt es Bill Monroe-Aufnahmen, die den Bluegrass- Sound begründeten sowie klassische Hits von Bob Wills, Ernest Tubb, Tex Ritter, den Delmore Brothers, Merle Travis, Roy Acuff, Ernest Tubb und vielen anderen.
The year that the floodgates opened, rock 'n' roll was on everyone's mind and there were more million sellers than ever before. As Elvis Presley had been signed to RCA's country division by Steve Shoals, the other record companies brought pressure upon their Country A&R men to find the "next Elvis". Shoals, while respecting the older country audience, stated that "it was the kids who bought records" though Wesley Rose, at Acuff-Rose Music, sensed that all was not well as 78% of country djs felt that rock 'n' roll had no place on country radio but nevertheless played it in order to increase listenership.
The selection on this cd, though, keeps the sounds pretty solidly country, although newcomer Johnny Cash, with the Tennessee Two, was establishing himself with a "crossover" sound on Sun Records, while compatriot Carl Perkins was one of the music's premier rockabillies; Marty Robbins enjoyed pop and country sales (though his Singing The Blues came second-best to Guy Mitchell in the pop charts); Silver Threads And Golden Needles showed Wanda Jackson's strength as a country singer prior to emerging as rock 'n' roll's first lady. Other artists like Faron Young, Hank Thompson, Ray Price, Johnny Horton, Webb Pierce and Jim Reeves were among the "new breed" while Eddy Arnold was well into his second decade of hits. And the Louvin Brothers, Osborne Brothers, Don Reno and Red Smiley, among others, kept strictly to traditional roots.
1946 ' begins with the Buchanan Brothers' Atomic Power and includes the original versions of Someday (You'll Want Me To Want You), Jole Blon and Ruby, as well as the recordings by Bill Monroe that marked the birth of bluegrass, plus classic hits by Bob Wills, Ernest Tubb, Tex Ritter, The Delmore Brothers, Merle Travis, Roy Acuff, Ernest Tubb, and many others.
|1946 - Dim Lights, Thick Smoke And Hillbilly Music 1|
|1:||Atomic Power||Buchanan Brothers, The|
|2:||Rainbow At Midnight||Tubb, Ernest|
|3:||ThatÆs How Much I Love You||Arnold, Eddy|
|4:||Filipino Baby||Copas, Cowboy|
|5:||Wine, Women, and Song||Dexter, Al And His Troopers|
|6:||New Spanish Two Step||Wills, Bob|
|8:||No Vacancy||Travis, Merle|
|9:||No One Will Ever Know||Acuff, Roy|
|10:||Zeb's Mountain Boogie||Brady, Brad & His Tennesseans|
|11:||I Wish I Had Never Met Sunshine||Autry, Gene|
|12:||Tragic Romance||Copas, Cowboy|
|13:||Hillbilly Boogie||Delmore Brothers|
|14:||As Long As I Live||Bailes Brothers, The|
|15:||Rocky Road Blues||Monroe, Bill|
|16:||Eight More Miles to Louisville||Jones, Grandpa|
|17:||Dark as a Dungeon||Travis, Merle|
|18:||Salty Dog Blues||Morris Brothers, The|
|19:||Jole Blon (Pretty Blond)||Choates, Harry|
|20:||Ruby||Cousin Emmy and her Kinfolks|
|21:||Kentucky Waltz||Monroe, Bill|
|22:||Midnite Special||Delmore Brothers|
|23:||Some Other World||Tillman, Floyd|
|24:||Steel Guitar Stomp||Penny, Hank|
|25:||Black Jack David||Tyler, T. Texas|
|26:||You Will Have To Pay||Ritter, Tex|
|27:||Stay A Little Longer||Wills, Bob|
|28:||Three-Way Boogie||Cooley, Spade|