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Jimmie Rodgers - "In the Jailhouse Now"

The great Jimmie Rodgers (1897-1933) is the father of country & western music. He combined the blues and hillbilly music (with yodeling!) into one unified genre better than anyone who came after him and, yes, that includes Elvis. I highly recommend the 5-disc box set Recordings, covering all of his recordings from 1927 until his death in 1933, shortly after he finished recording the final track on the final disc, "Years Ago."

History is not the reason to buy this set, which by the way is available at the bargain price of $21.70 at, where else, THe reason everyone should own this is that the music is so good. The songs are simple, yet catchy. I would say "infectious," but given that Mr. Rodgers died way too young of the ol' TB, use of that adjective would be in poor taste. Pop hooks aplenty, well before anyone would use such a description for a popular song. One of my favorites is one of the most upbeat songs you will hear about being sentenced to time in jail: "In the Jailhouse Now." I like it so much, it's the song o' the day.
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