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  • Audio CD (July 16, 1996)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Philo Records
  • ASIN: B0000003WJ
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #209,927 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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When Jim Ringer sang, it was hard to believe he hadn't lived every line - whether he was singing about prospecting for gold up in Alaska or falling in love along the San Joaquin. Known for his solo albums and for his recordings and performances with Mary McCaslin, Jim helped define folk music in the 1970s. Jim Ringer lived hard but he sang gently - and after all these years he still has me convinced. - Steve Netsky

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Jim Ringer has finally been returned to us, thanks to this recent Rounder compilation. Ringer, who died of hard living in 1992, started out in California string bands, and honky tonk and folk gatherings in the 60s, and his recordings have the sometimes bruisy, sometimes sweet feel of Guthrie, Owens, and Haggard. This set has most of his finest compositions: especially haunting is the drifter's vision "Tramps and Hawkers," an archetypal melody given to a tale of desire and wanderlust, with the sweep and detail of Guthrie's best work. From outlaw to new traditionalist to singer-songwriter, Ringer neither prefigured nor established any important country direction, but his music encapsulates them all. --Ray Francis Kasten

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Carrie L. Thang on January 1, 2007
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Jim Ringer is a fantastic singer/song writer! It is a wonder why he is not more well known. His voice is like no other. This CD is a great starter...you'll want to buy all his albulms! If you like Stan Rogers, Bill Morrisey, or Do Watson, then you'll love Jim, too!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Erik Wheaton on December 27, 2010
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Jim Ringer was a unique and memorable musician. He looks ands sounds as if he lived every one of his songs. Only got the chance to see him live once but it was one of the most memorable times in my life. Worth a listen even if you are a casual listener or not a big country and western fan.
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By S. Wilder on November 17, 2014
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I came to Jim Ringer through his one-time wife, Mary McCaslin. I already was familiar with her, when I found the album "The Bramble and the Rose". It is not a great album, but there was something there that intrigued me. I found his album "Tramps and Hawkers" in the bargain bin of a Tower records (yes, I know it dates me) and found a kindred soul. Jim has a heart that shows all the pain and joy without any screening at all. He is so real, that you know you could sit at a table with him on a rickety back porch and feel completely at home. I wish I had a chance to meet him. He is as real as it gets.
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By mary gilbert on October 26, 2014
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If you like 60s and 70s folk this is a must! He and Mary Mccaslin recorded a lot of great music, married for a period. I originally purchased on Vinyl and was shocked to find on dvd. Thank you Amazon for your great selection and research system.
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