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Chapter 19: Tumbling Tumbleweeds

Early country & Western

The best thing about these early country & Western yarns are how (deliberately) funny they are. Modern country, it seems to me, revolves around ballads and plays it pretty straight - a lot of the humor has been drilled out. But it’s hard to listen to these goofy songs without a smile on your face. All the yips, yodels, and hambone slaps, tales of jailhouses and can tell the singers are playing up the cornpone silliness of it all. And how great is that Leon McAuliffe solo?
1. Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys

New San Antonio Rose

2. Ernest Tubb

Walking the Floor Over You

3. Bill Monroe & His Blue Grass Boys

Mule Skinner Blues

4. Hank Penny

Oh Yes Take Another Guess

5. The Sons of the Pioneers

Tumbling Tumbleweeds

6. Red Foley

Chattanoogie Shoe Shine Boy

7. Jimmie Rodgers

In the Jailhouse Now

8. The Maddox Brothers & Rose

Move It On Over

9. Leon McAuliffe & His Western Swing Band

Take It Away, Leon

10. Jimmie Davis

You Are My Sunshine