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Hugh Cross, Riley Puckett

Two of the most famous cowboy and country numbers received their earliest recordings on efforts involving this classic vocalist, banjo picker, and songwriter. The very first commercially available recording of cowboy evergreen "Red River Valley" featured the duo of Hugh Cross and the legendary Riley Puckett, and of the first three pre-Roy Acuff recordings of country train warhorse (or should we say war-engine) "Wabash Cannonball," two of them were done by Cross. Cross was also associated through radio broadcasts with popular cowboy artists such as the Girls of the Golden West and the Drifting Pioneers. But his credits as a journeyman musician included stints in many different string bands including the Cumberland Ridge Runners, Smoky Mountain Ramblers, and most important of all, the classic lineup of Gid Tanner & the Skillet Lickers which also included fabulous players such as brother-in-law fiddlers Clayton McMichen and Bert Layne, as well as Puckett. His duo with Puckett was sometimes released under the name of the Alabama Barnstormers, and their records included a version of "When You Wore a Tulip," as well as the premier trip down into the "Red River Valley." Cross also worked with Lowe Stokes, Ted Hawkins, Gordon Tanner, Linda Parker, and Hoke Rice. With Roy Acuff he co-wrote the famous number "Don't Make Me Go to Bed and I'll Be Good," a song which spoke for the dreams of the younger generation for a longtime, at least until Nirvana came along. In 1983, Cross was posthumously awarded one of 50 engraved bronze stars presented to classic country artists by the Wheeling, WV, Jamboree. ~ Eugene Chadbourne
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Track List: Mountain Frolic

Disc 1

5. Chesapeake Bay

6. Fate Of Santa Barbara

7. Sherman Valley

8. Get Along Home Cindy

9. Darby's Ram

10. Stepstone

11. Speaking The Truth

12. Stump Speech In The 10th District

13. Adam And Eve

14. North Bound Train

15. You'll Never Find A Daddy Like Me

16. Mobile County Blues

17. Just Because

18. Village School

19. Fatal Flower Garden

20. Rabbit Chase

21. Sugar Hill

23. No Business Of Mine

24. I'll Never Get Drunk Again

Disc 2

1. Last Shot Got Him

2. Hot Foot Step And Fetch It

3. John Hardy

4. Roll On John

6. Rock Island

8. East Virginia

9. Ship That's Sailing High

11. Roving Cowboy

13. Sporting Bachelors

14. Butcher's Boy (The Railroad Boy)

15. Lady Gay

16. Orphan Girl

17. Poor Boy Long Ways From Home

18. Little Bessie

22. Gambling Blues

25. Don't Forget Me Little Darling

Disc 3

1. Faded Coat Of Blue

4. Red Wing

5. Snow Deer

6. In The Shadow Of The Pines

8. Hobo's Last Ride

9. Steel A Goin' Down

10. Toll The Bells

11. Cowboy Trail

13. I'm Rolling Along

18. Black Eyed Susie

19. Cluck Old Hen

20. Boatin' Up Sandy

21. Johnson Boys

22. Gonna Raise Ruckus Tonight

23. Cindy

24. Old Joe Clark

25. Whistlin' Rufus

26. When You're All In Down And Out

Disc 4

1. Bring Me A Leaf From The Sea

2. Good-Bye My Bonnie, Good-Bye

3. Bulldog Down In Sunny Tennessee

4. I Love My Mountain Home

5. When The Good Lord Sets You Free

6. There's A Man Goin' Around Takin' Names

8. Can't You Remember When Your Heart Was Mine?

9. Roll On, Boys

10. You Are A Little Too Small

11. Peg And Awl

12. I'll Be Washed

13. Hand In Hand We Have Walked Along Together

14. Train's Done Left Me

15. Who's Gonna Kiss Your Lips, Dear Darling

16. Oh, How I Hate It

17. Rude And Rambling Man

18. Old Grey Goose

19. Back To Mexico

20. Hen House Door Is Locked

21. Got The Farm Land Blues

22. Washing Mama's Dishes

23. She Wouldn't Be Still

24. Roll On, Daddy Roll On

25. Bulldog Down In Sunny Tennessee

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