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Producing Country
The Inside Story of the Great Recordings
Michael Jarrett

Wesleyan University Press



Contents

List of Illustrations
• Acknowledgments
• Introduction
• Biographical Sketches
• Overture: What Is a Record Producer?
• CUTTING TRACKS: CAPTURING THE PERFORMANCE, 1927–1949
• Various,
RCA Country Legends: The Bristol Sessions, Vol. 1 (1927) and “A Satisfied Mind” (1954)
• Various,
Roots n’ Blues: The Retrospective 1925–1950
• Bill Monroe,
The Essential Bill Monroe and His Bluegrass Boys 1945–1949
• Bob Wills,
The Essential Bob Wills 1935–1947
• Gene Autry,
The Essential Gene Autry (1933–1946)
• Robert Johnson,
The Complete Recordings (1936–1937)
• Tex Ritter, “Jingle, Jangle, Jingle” (1942)
• The Maddox Brothers and Rose,
America’s Most Colorful Hillbilly Band, 1946–1951
• T. Texas Tyler, “Deck of Cards” (1946)
• Tex Williams and His Western Caravan, “Smoke! Smoke! Smoke! (That Cigarette)” (1947)
• The Dinning Sisters, “Buttons and Bows” (1947)
• Merle Travis,
Folk Songs of the Hills (1947)
• Dale Evans, “Don’t Ever Fall in Love with a Cowboy” (1949)
• Interlude: The Producer as Director
• TAPING TRACKS: CREATING THE PERFORMANCE, 1950–1966
• Lefty Frizzell,
Look What Thoughts Will Do (1950–1965)
• Martha Carson, “Satisfied” (1951)
• Hank Williams, “I’ll Never Get Out of This World Alive” (1952)
• Tex Ritter, “High Noon (Do Not Forsake Me)” (1952)
• Kitty Wells, “It Wasn’t God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels” (1952)
• Elvis Presley, “That’s All Right” (1954)
• The Louvin Brothers, “When I Stop Dreaming” (1955)
• Ferlin Husky, “Gone” (1956)
• Merle Travis,
The Merle Travis Guitar (1956)
• Elvis Presley, “Blue Moon” (1956) and
Elvis Presley (1956)
• The Million Dollar Quartet,
The Complete Million Dollar Quartet (1956)
• Billy Lee Riley, “Flyin’ Saucers Rock and Roll” and “Red Hot” (1957)
• Roy Orbison,
The Sun Years (1956–1958)
• Don Gibson, “I Can’t Stop Loving You” and “Oh, Lonesome Me” (1957)
• Jerry Lee Lewis, “Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On” (1957)
• The Everly Brothers, “Bye Bye Love” (1957)
• Johnny Cash, “Home of the Blues” (1957)
• Bill Monroe, “Scotland” (1958)
• Buddy Holly, “Rave On” and “That’s My Desire” (1958)
• Del Wood,
Rags to Riches (1959)
• George Jones, “White Lightning” (1959)
• Jim Reeves, “He’ll Have to Go” (1959)
• Buck Owens, “Excuse Me (I Think I’ve Got a Heartache)” (1960)
• Brenda Lee, “I’m Sorry” (1960)
• Floyd Cramer, “Last Date” (1960)
• Hank Thompson,
Hank Thompson at the Golden Nugget (1961)
• Jim Reeves, “The Blizzard” (1961)
• Elvis Presley, “Little Sister” (1961)
• Patsy Cline, “I Fall to Pieces” and “Crazy” (1961)
• Ray Stevens, “Santa Claus Is Watching You” (1962)
• Bobby Bare,
The Essential Bobby Bare (1962)
• Ray Charles,
Modern Sounds in Country and Western Music (1962)
• Dickey Lee, “Patches” (1962)
• Hank Snow, “I’ve Been Everywhere” (1962)
• Johnny Cash, “Ring of Fire” (1963)
• Ernest Tubb, “Thanks a Lot” (1963)
• Elvis Presley, “It Hurts Me” (1963)
• Dave Dudley, “Six Days on the Road” (1963)
• Patsy Cline, “Faded Love” (1963)
• Brook Benton,
On the Countryside (1964)
• Roger Miller at RCA,
Platinum and Gold Collection (1960–1961)
• Roger Miller at Mercury,
Golden Hits (1964–1969)
• Merle Haggard and the Strangers,
Strangers (1965)
• Glen Campbell, Song Demos (1965) and “I Knew Jesus (Before He Was a Star)” (1973)
The Essential Porter Wagoner and Dolly Parton, The Essential Dolly Parton, and The Essential Connie Smith (1965)
• Chet Atkins, “Yakety Axe” (1965)
• Joe Tex, “Hold What You Got,” (1965)
• Bob Dylan,
Highway 61 Revisited (1965)
• Charley Pride, “The Snakes Crawl at Night” (1965)
• Bob Dylan, “Sad-Eyed Lady of the Lowlands” (1966)
• Jerry Lee Lewis, “Memphis Beat” (1966)
• Interlude: Studio Matters
• MULTITRACKING: CONSTRUCTING THE PERFORMANCE, 1967–1991
• Otis Redding, “(Sittin’ on) The Dock of the Bay” (1967)
• John Hartford, “Gentle on My Mind” (1967)
• The Byrds,
Younger Than Yesterday (1967)
• Jack Reno, “Repeat after Me” (1967)
• Jeannie C. Riley, “Harper Valley P.T.A.” (1968)
• Conway Twitty, “Next in Line” (1968)
• Porter Wagoner, “The Carroll County Accident” (1968)
• Johnny Cash,
Johnny Cash at Folsom Prison (1968)
• Dusty Springfield,
Dusty in Memphis (1969)
• Loretta Lynn, “Coal Miner’s Daughter” (1969)
• Roger Miller, “Me and Bobby McGee” (1969)
• Elvis Presley,
Memphis 1969 Anthology: Suspicious Minds (1969)
• Ray Price, “For the Good Times” (1970)
• Kenny Rogers,
Kenny Rogers & the First Edition Greatest Hits (1971)
• The Allman Brothers,
The Allman Brothers Band at Fillmore East (1971)
• Nitty Gritty Dirt Band,
Will the Circle Be Unbroken (1972)
• Al Green, “For the Good Times,”
I’m Still in Love with You (1972)
• Charlie Rich,
It Ain’t Gonna Be That Way—The Complete Smash Sessions (1965–66)x
• Charlie Rich, “Behind Closed Doors” (1973)
• B. J. Thomas, “Hooked on a Feeling” (1973)
• Don Williams,
The Definitive Collection (1973)
• Tompall Glaser,
The Great Tompall and His Outlaw Band (1976)
• Waylon Jennings,
Lonesome, On’ry and Mean (1973)
• Waylon Jennings,
Honky Tonk Heroes (1973)
• Willie Nelson,
Phases and Stages (1974)
• Dolly Parton, “Jolene” (1974)
• George Jones and Tammy Wynette, “(We’re Not) The Jet Set” (1974)
• Eagles,
Their Greatest Hits 1971–1975
• The Earl Scruggs Revue,
Anniversary Special (1975)
• Tom T. Hall, “I Like Beer” (1975)
• The Statler Brothers, “Flowers on the Wall” (1975)
• George Jones and Tammy Wynette, “Golden Ring” (1976)
• Jennifer Warnes, “Right Time of the Night” (1976)
• Jerry Lee Lewis, “Middle Aged Crazy” (1977)
• Crystal Gayle, “Don’t It Make My Brown Eyes Blue” (1977)
• Anne Murray, “You Needed Me” (1978)
• Mel Tillis,
I Believe in You (1978)
• Merle Haggard,
Back to the Barrooms (1980)
• George Jones, “He Stopped Loving Her Today” (1980)
• George Strait,
Strait Country (1981)
• Merle Travis,
Travis Pickin’ (1981)
• Reba McEntire,
Unlimited (1982)
• Hank Williams Jr., “A Country Boy Can Survive” (1982)
• George Strait, “Amarillo by Morning” (1983)
• George Strait,
Does Fort Worth Ever Cross Your Mind (1984)
• Reba McEntire,
My Kind of Country (1984)
• Vern Gosdin, “I Can Tell by the Way You Dance (You’re Gonna Love Me Tonight)” (1984)
• Mekons,
Fear and Whiskey (1985)
• Reba McEntire, “Whoever’s in New England” (1986)
• Steve Earle,
Guitar Town (1986)
• Lyle Lovett,
Lyle Lovett (1986), Pontiac (1987), and Lyle Lovett and His Large Band (1989)
• Nanci Griffith, Kathy Mattea, “Love at the Five and Dime” and “Goin’ Gone” (198687)
• Dwight Yoakam,
Guitars, Cadillacs, Etc., Etc. (1986)
• Keith Whitley, “Miami, My Amy” (1986)
• Restless Heart,
Wheels (1986), and Alan Jackson, Here in the Real World (1989)
• Merle Travis,
Rough, Rowdy and Blue (1986)
• Lucinda Williams,
Lucinda Williams (1988)
• Michelle Shocked,
Short Sharp Shocked (1988)
• Clint Black,
Killin’ Time (1989)
• Kathy Mattea, “Where’ve You Been” (1989)
• Kenny Rogers,
Something Inside So Strong (1989)
• Garth Brooks,
Garth Brooks (1989)
• Garth Brooks,
No Fences (1990)
• Suzy Bogguss,
Aces (1991)
• Marty Brown,
High and Dry (1991)
• Hal Ketchum,
Past the Point of Rescue (1991)
• Brooks & Dunn, “Brand New Man” (1991)
• Pam Tillis,
Put Yourself in My Place (1991)
• Reba McEntire,
For My Broken Heart (1991)
• Jimmie Dale Gilmore,
After Awhile (1991)
• Interlude: The Writer as Producer—An Interview with Bobby Braddock
• ENCODING TRACKS: COMPOSITING THE PERFORMANCE, 1992–PRESENT
• Brooks & Dunn, “Boot Scootin’ Boogie (Dance Mix)” (1992)
• Wynonna Judd,
Wynonna (1992)
• Joy Lynn White,
Between Midnight & Hindsight (1992) and Wild Love (1994)
• John Anderson,
Seminole Wind (1992)
• Cowboy Junkies,
Black Eyed Man (1992)
• Iris DeMent,
Infamous Angel (1992) and My Life (1993)
• Eddy Arnold,
Last of the Love Song Singers: Then and Now (1993), et al.
• Nanci Griffith,
Other Voices, Other Rooms (1993)
• Various,
Tulare Dust: A Songwriters’ Tribute to Merle Haggard (1994)
• The Mavericks,
What a Crying Shame (1994)
• John Michael Montgomery, “I Swear” (1994)
• Lyle Lovett,
I Love Everybody (1994)
• Alejandro Escovedo,
Thirteen Years (1994)
• Big Sandy and His Fly-Rite Boys,
Jumping from 6 to 6 (1994), Swingin’ West (1995); The Derailers, Reverb Deluxe (1997)
• Vince Gill, “Go Rest High on That Mountain” (1995)
• The Bottle Rockets,
The Brooklyn Side (1995)
• Jerry and Tammy Sullivan,
At the Feet of God (1995)
• Herb Jeffries,
The Bronze Buckaroo (Rides Again) (1995)
• Blue Mountain,
Dog Days (1995)
• Faith Hill,
It Matters to Me (1995)
• Dwight Yoakam,
Gone (1995)
• Deana Carter, “Strawberry Wine” (1996)
• Various,
Rig Rock Deluxe: A Musical Salute to the American Truck Driver (1996)
• Cowboy Junkies,
Lay It Down (1996)
• Trace Adkins, “Every Light in the House Is On” (1996)
• Joy Lynn White,
The Lucky Few (1997)
• k. d. lang,
Drag (1997), and Chris Whitley, Dirt Floor (1998)
• Clint Black,
Nothin’ But the Taillights (1997)
• George Strait,
One Step at a Time (1998)
• Emmylou Harris,
Spyboy (1998)
• Jim Lauderdale,
Whisper (1998)
• Lucinda Williams,
Car Wheels on a Gravel Road (1998)
• Robert Earl Keen Jr.,
Walking Distance (1998)
• Jonboy Langford & the Pine Valley Cosmonauts,
Salute the Majesty of Bob Wills (1998)
• Vince Gill,
The Key (1998)
• Randy Travis,
You and You Alone (1998)
• Dixie Chicks,
Wide Open Spaces (1998) and Fly (1999)
• Mandy Barnett,
I’ve Got a Right to Cry (1999)
• Hal Ketchum,
Awaiting Redemption (1999)
• The Derailers,
Full Western Dress (1999)
• The Bottle Rockets,
Brand New Year (1999), and Shania Twain, Come on Over (1997)
• John Prine,
In Spite of Ourselves (1999)
• Montgomery Gentry,
Tattoos & Scars (1999)
• Allison Moorer,
The Hardest Part (2000)
• The Yayhoos,
Fear Not the Obvious (2001)
• Tim McGraw,
Set This Circus Down (2001)
• Norah Jones,
Come Away with Me (2002)
• Montgomery Gentry,
You Do Your Thing (2004)
• George Strait,
It Just Comes Natural (2006)
• Various,
Crazy Heart: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (2010)
• Index

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