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The song that rings most true on this salute to the Mississippian generally considered the father of country music is also the most fatigued tune on the collection--Jerry Garcia and David Grisman's "Blue Yodel #9 (Standin' on the Corner)." Garcia died two weeks after rush-recording the track before entering a substance recovery clinic. You get the sense the fading Garcia understood what drove Rodgers to make music till nearly his dying breath. A few other Rodgers proselytizers make creditable connections with the pioneering recording star, including Willie Nelson, Steve Earle, and Iris DeMent. For an undistilled sense of the great man, check out Rounder Records' eight volume Complete Recordings, 1927-1933. There could be no finer tribute. --Steven Stolder

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listen  1. Dreaming With Tears In My Eyes (Album Version)Bono 3:38$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Any Old Time (Album Version)Alison Krauss and Union Station 3:46$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Waiting For A Train (Album Version)Dickey Betts 4:13$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Somewhere Down Below The Mason Dixon Line (Album Version)Mary Chapin Carpenter 3:35$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Miss The Mississippi And You (Album Version)David 3:03$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. My Blue Eyed Jane (Album Version)Bob Dylan 3:15$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Peach Pickin' Time Down In Georgia (Album Version)Willie Nelson 3:39$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. In The Jailhouse Now (Album Version)Steve Earle and the V-Roys 2:51$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Blue Yodel #9 (Standin' On The Corner) (Album Version)Jerry Garcia;David Grisman;john kahn 4:14$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Hobo Bill's Last Ride (Album Version)Iris DeMent 3:04$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Gambling Bar Room Blues (Album Version)John Mellencamp 4:00$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. Mule Skinner Blues (Album Version)Van Morrison 4:32$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. Why Should I Be Lonely (Album Version)Aaron Neville 3:10$0.69  Buy MP3 
listen14. T For Texas (Album Version)Dwight Yoakam 5:30$0.99  Buy MP3 

Product Details

  • Audio CD (August 19, 1997)
  • Original Release Date: August 19, 1997
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B000002BLD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #90,426 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Peter Durward Harris HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on May 25, 2003
Format: Audio CD
Jimmie Rodgers (not to be confused with the similarly-named folk/pop singer of the late fifties and early sixties) died in 1933, but his music still has a significant following. The rock and country singers that participated in this album provide proof of that. Several of Jimmie's famous songs are here, but there are also some less obvious selections.
Of the country singers, I particularly enjoyed Iris DeMent (Hobo Bill's last ride), Willie Nelson (Peach picking time in Georgia), Alison Krauss (Any old time) and Dwight Yoakam (T for Texas). Among the rock singers, my favorites were Bono (Dreaming with tears in my eyes) and John Mellencamp (Gambling bar room blues). Actually, most of the tracks are brilliant.
All these singers do the songs in their own style, so your own favorite tracks are likely to depend on your opinion of their other music. If you enjoy Jimmie's music, you will enjoy this providing you can accept the diverse styles. If you only like country, you may find yourself skipping some tracks. Country is my favorite music, but I also enjoy a lot of rock too. To my ears, this is an excellent tribute album.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By mackjay on May 25, 2000
Format: Audio CD
This Jimmie Rodgers tribute collection is a great example of how such albums should be done. All the performers here exhibit respect for the material. Yes, they imprint the songs with their personal styles, but never at the expense of the music itself, as happens so often in other "tributes". Standouts for this listener are Dylan's "Blue Eyed Jane", a demonstration of the his greatness as an interpreter: beautifully phrased singing, deeply immersed in its idiom; Dwight Yoakam's "T For Texas" is an astonishingly powerful and brilliantly vocalized performance; Van Morrison on "Mule Skinner Blues" sounds at the top of his form, as though the track were recorded in 1970; David Ball, a relative newcomer, sounds born to sing "Miss the Mississippi". But, truly, it would be hard to single anyone out as the best.
This wonderful collection went nearly unnoticed at its release. It will richly reward anyone who hears it now.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Joseph H Pierre on June 5, 2004
Format: Audio CD
Singers featured:
David Ball
Dickie Betts
Mary Chapin Carpenter
Iris Dement
Bob Dylan
Steve Earle
Jerry Garcia
Alison Krauss
John Mellencamp
Van Morrison
Willie Nelson
Aaron Neville
Dwight Yoakam
I first heard Jummie Rodgers sing as a teenager, when I found an old shellac and celluloid 78 RPM record in a house we had just moved into, in the late 'thirties (before the second world war.) It had Jimmie Rodgers Blue Yodel, Opus no 3, on one side and Opus no. 5 on the other. The record has since been lost of course, but I learned the songs well enough to play them on the guitar, and sing the lyrics. Great stuff!

This is a tribute collection of a few of Jimmy Rodgers' songs, sung by other singers pretty much in his style. I've often said that many singers sing better than he did, play the guitar better, and yodel better, so--what was it he had that makes him so revered (by those who know of him.) He was the first!

Jimmie was a railroad man. He reached some prominence as a singer, and died of tuberculosis in the earely 'thirties. Until you've heard him him sing...

Cain't you heah that train,
comin' down the railroad track...
Heah that tra-a-a-in, comin' down the railroad track,
How I long to he-ah the bark of that old smo-o-o-ke stack...
Woncha tell me Mama
Whe-ah you stayed las' nigh,
Tell me Mama, whe-ah you stayed las' night
'Cause your hair's all tangled,
An yo clothes don' fit you right
Ah hates to see
That evenin' sun go down,
Oh ah hates to see
That evening sun go down
Cause it makes me think
I'm on my las' go 'round don't know the sound of real, down home country blues like I grew up on.
He was great.

Thanks, Peter Harris, for directing me to this marvelous record!

Joseph (Joe) Pierre
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By prisrob TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 28, 2006
Format: Audio CD
"Jimmie Rodgers cast a huge shadow. Taking what was then called "hillbilly music" and making it accessible to the general public, Rodgers created an influential new style that merged folk and blues in a precursor to today's popular country music. Troubled times. Rodgers championed the common man against a backdrop of rapid economic and technological change: he focused with humanity on colorful characters who lived with bravado and self-reliance."
Robert Christgau

Jimmie Rodgers was born in Mississippi and grew up loving the railroad, his father's profession. He became a brakeman, one of the more dangerous jobs that required great skill. His job required that he run on the top of each car setting the brakes by hand. At a young age he had to leave the railroad because he acquired tuberculosis. He had several jobs and finally landed a job recording for Victrola records. His short career of six years writing and singing songs, made more of a dent in the soul of American music than any other musician of the time. He died at the age of 36 after singing and writing 113 songs. He forever influenced country music. He was one of four to be inducted into the first Country Music Hall of Fame.

Bob Dylan garnered his influence and brought together 13 other musicians to pay homage to Jimmie Rodgers. Dylan said, "Jimmie Rodgers, of course, is one of the guiding lights of the Twentieth Century, whose way with song has always been an inspiration to those of us who have followed the path....He was a performer of force without precedent with a sound as lonesome and mystical as it was dynamic. He gives hope to the vanquished and humility to the mighty."

"Dreaming With Tears In My Eyes"- Bono, guileless and without his usual backdrop sings a simply lovely tune.
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