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Selected MP3s of guitar instrumentals, jazz, big band, and classic easy listening from the original vinyl.

Welcome to Guitars & All That Jazz

Welcome to Guitars & All That Jazz

Guitars & All That Jazz was a radio station that webcast via Live365 for 11 years, ending in June 2011. The playlist consisted of guitar instrumentals, jazz, big band, early rock 'n' roll, lounge music and classic easy listening.

I hope to share some of this music with you via this blog. Most of it will be taken from the original vinyl (LPs and 45s) , cassettes and the occasional commercially unavailable CD.

Here's hoping you'll find something to enjoy. Please note files are available only for a limited time.

I urge you to purchase the digital version of the albums featured, either on CD or via download, wherever possible.

Listen to the Music
There are now two music streams. Click the appropriate player to the right.
1. Guitars & All That Jazz: Five hours of the best in jazz, guitars and other instrumental gems. New songs are added weekly.
2. Tiki Shores: Music to sweep you away to a tropical isle, a South American dance floor or a bossa nova on the beach at Rio. About 4.5 hours of classic exotica music, Latin rhythms and bossa nova.

Friday, March 14, 2014

Various Artists - Steel Guitar Hall of Fame

The Steel Guitar Hall of Fame, a collection of instrumentals by some of the top country and western steel players, has a long history, beginning with the Starday label release from 1963 pictured above. It had 14 tracks.

The album surfaced again on a Starday subsidiary, Nashville, in 1968, but with the number of tracks cut to 10.

And finally the 10-track version was issued on CD and as a download in 2013, with different cover art.

One selection that appears on both versions of The Steel Guitar Hall of Fame is Tennessee Plowboy by Little Roy Wiggins (1926-1999), who played with Eddy Arnold in the late 1940s and early '50s. "Tennessee Plowboy" was a moniker bestowed on Arnold early in his career and this is Wiggins's tribute to him. The MP3 is taken from a cassette copy of the 1968 release.

Tennessee Plowboy

Little Roy Wiggins recorded instrumentals for Starday, Dot and several smaller labels and later worked with such Grand Ole Opry acts as George Morgan, the Willis Brothers and Ernie Ashworth. In later years he operated a theater and music store in Pigeon Forge, Tenn.

Here's a song from Twin Steel Guitars, an album Wiggins recorded in 1970 with Kayton Roberts, who was the steel player for Hank Snow's Rainbow Ranch Boys.

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