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American Music: The Hightone Records Story

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American Music: The Hightone Records Story
American Music: The Hightone Records Story


Larry Sloven and Bruce Bromberg started HighTone Records in 1983. Since that time, the label has gone on to produce over 300 albums in a broad range of roots music styles. The label found success initially with blues guitar hot shot Robert Cray and produced one of the biggest selling blues albums of all time, 1986's 'Strong Persuader'. Since that time, HighTone has been instrumental in developing the careers of such artists as Dave Alvin, Tom Russell, Buddy Miller, Julie Miller, Dale Watson, Big Sandy and his Fly-Rite Boys, The Hot Club of Cowtown, and Heather Myles. HighTone produced the first and longest running number one album on the Americana Chart - 'Tulare Dust: A Songwriters' Tribute to Merle Haggard' (HCD8058), which included Tom Russell, Dwight Yoakam, Billy Joe Shaver, Dave Alvin, Marshall Crenshaw, John Doe and others doing their interpretations of Haggard classics. The label has also played a role in rejuvenating the careers of surf guitar legend Dick Dale, the original roots rock band The Blasters, '60s songwriting mystery man PF Sloan, and Dylan influence Ramblin' Jack Elliott. HighTone's influence on the development and cross-pollination of traditionally-influenced music over the last three decades has been very significant, particularly in fusing roots rock, blues, country and folk into new directions. 4CDs + 1 DVD + 124 page booklet, packaged in 6x12 longbox. More than 64 artists, 79 audio tracks, 16 music videos, over five hours of music.


  1. Name
  2. Phone Booth - Robert Cray Band
  3. Stoned, Cold, & Blue - Frankie Lee
  4. Tore Up - Otis Rush
  5. Smoking Gun - Robert Cray Band
  6. 747 - Joe Louis Walker
  7. Don't Be Afraid Of The Dark - Phillip Walker
  8. I Want To (Do Everything For You) - King Cotton And The Swamp Coolers
  9. I'll Get To Heaven On My Own - Joe Louis Walker
  10. Moaning And Groaning - Johnny Shines
  11. They Call Me Sundown - Lonesome Mountain
  12. Sugar Bee - Chris Gaffney
  13. The Devil's Livin' There - James Armstrong
  14. Going Down South - R.L. Burnside
  15. It's A Minor Thing - Redd Volkaert
  16. Fast Food Slow Death - Clarence Brewer
  17. Eyesight To The Blind - Kim Wilson
  18. Miss Ida B. - Pinetop Perkins
  19. How Could You Do It - Henry Gray
  20. September 11th Blues - Louisiana Red
  21. American Music - The Blasters
  22. Lord Of The Highway - Joe Ely
  23. Flattop Joint - Sonny Burgess
  24. Blue Collar Blues - Billy Lee Riley
  25. Lickin' Stick - The Loved Ones
  26. California Sun - Dick Dale
  27. Sparkling City - Ted Roddy
  28. I Ain't Lyin' - The Skeletons
  29. Lonely Guy - Big Sandy
  30. Telewacker - Redd Volkaert
  31. Bullet From A Gun - Teddy Morgan & The Pistolas
  32. Open The Door To Your Heart - Little Willie G.
  33. The Honky Tonk Wine - Carl Sonny Leyland
  34. Saturday Jump - Kim Lenz
  35. Hot Rodder's Lament - Deke Dickerson
  36. Rockabilly Funeral - Bill Kirchen
  37. Fourth Of July - Dave Alvin
  38. Hollywood Bed - The Blasters
  39. Little Bitty Kiss - Buddy Miller
  40. Jug Hustler Blues - Seth Kauffman
  41. Eye Of Destruction - Frank Black
  42. Let's Start A Rumor Today - Bobby Durham
  43. Rainin' Rainin' Rainin' - Gary Stewart
  44. Goodbye Lonesome, Hello Baby Doll - The Lonesome Strangers
  45. The Garage Sale - Buddy Miller
  46. Stay Out Of My Arms - Heather Myles
  47. Room 309 - Reverend Billy C. Wirtz
  48. Honky Tonk Queen - Big Sandy & His Fly-Rite Boys
  49. Ramblin' Fever - Billy Joe Shaver
  50. I'm Pretending - Buddy Miller
  51. Corpus Christi Bay - Johnny Rodriquez
  52. Wine Don't Lie - Dale Watson
  53. The Greatest Story Ever Told - Big Sandy & His Fly-Rite Boys
  54. Comin' On Thru - Johnny Dilks & His Visitacion Valley Boys
  55. Little Ole You - The Hollisters
  56. Sting In This Ole Bee - Hank Thompson
  57. Here I Am In Dallas - Dallas Wayne
  58. Truck Drivin' Man - The Twangbangers
  59. It Stops With Me - The Hot Club Of Cowtown
  60. Dark End Of The Hallway - Clarence 'Gatemouth' Brown
  61. Walk Away If You Want To - The Domino Kings
  62. Birth Of The Blues - Whit Smith's Hot Jazz Caravan
  63. Dallas - Jimmie Dale Gilmore
  64. Blue Blvd - Dave Alvin
  65. West Texas Plains - Rosie Flores
  66. Link Of Chain - Chris Smithers
  67. Gallo De Cielo - Tom Russell
  68. By Way Of Sorrow - Julie Miller
  69. Louise - Tom Waits
  70. The Wild Ox Moan - Geoff Muldaur
  71. No Love Today - Chris Smithers
  72. The Walls Of Red Wing - John Prine
  73. Beyond The Blues - Tom Russell
  74. All My Tears - Julie Miller
  75. Padre Prays For Rain - Aztex
  76. Midnight And Lonesome - Buddy Miller
  77. Gone In Pawn - Po' Girl
  78. Since You Went Away - Laurie Lewis
  79. En La Central De Colima - Los Reales Del Rancho
  80. Tonight We Ride - Tom Russell
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