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Vernon Oxford

Vernon Oxford was a hard honky tonk singer with unlucky timing, coming up during an era when traditional country simply wasn't counting for much on the charts. However, he was able to find a different route to success, touring the U.K. extensively to capitalize on his surprising popularity there. Oxford was born in Rogers, AR, in 1941 and grew up mostly in Wichita, KS. He discovered country music through his father, an old-time-style fiddler, and learned to play both fiddle and guitar as a youth. His first professional gig came in 1960 at a Utah club, and he spent the next several years playing clubs and dances around Kansas. In 1964, he moved to Nashville to try his luck in the business but found the going rough because of his more old-fashioned style. Fortunately, he also found an ally in the legendary songwriter Harlan Howard, who helped him get a contract with RCA Victor in 1965 and supplied some of his material. Oxford released seven singles over the next two years as well as an album, Woman, Let Me Sing You a Song. While traditional country fans applauded his work, he never managed to hit the charts, and RCA dropped him. He recorded briefly for the smaller Stop label but caught a break when British audiences discovered him as a fine traditional-style artist who'd slipped through the cracks of American popular taste. RCA issued a retrospective of his work in Britain in 1974, re-signed Oxford, and sent him on a tour. Oxford scored his first chart single in America with "Shadows of My Mind" and had his biggest hit with "Redneck (The Redneck National Anthem)"; a few more singles charted in America, and Oxford also scored some British hits with the likes of "I've Got to Get Peter off Your Mind" and "Field of Flowers." He toured actively through 1977, then took a few years off and re-emerged in 1981 as a born-again Christian dedicated to gospel music. He continued to record and tour Britain. ~ Steve Huey
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Keeper Of The Flame

Disc 1

1. Watermelon Time In Georgia

2. Roll, Big Wheels Roll

3. Woman, Let Me Sing You A Song

4. Move To Town In The Fall

6. Goin' Home

7. Let's Take A Cold Shower

8. Field Of Flowers

9. Hide

10. Stone By Stone

11. Behind Every Good Man There's A Woman

12. Forgetfullness For Sale

13. Baby Sister

15. Honky Tonk Girls

16. Babies, Stop Your Crying

17. The Blues Come In

21. That's The Way I Talk

22. Touch Of God's Hands

23. Come Back And See Us

24. This Woman Is Mine

25. A Mansion On The Hill

26. Wedding Bells

27. Don't Let A Little Thing Like That (Stand In Your Way)

28. You Win Again

29. Touch Of God's Hands

30. Come Back And See Us

31. Nashville Women

Disc 2

1. What Will I Live On Tomorrow

2. Wine, Women And Songs

3. I'd Rather See You Wave Goodbye

4. This Is Where I Came In

5. What Color Is The Wind

6. Hazard County Saturday Night

8. How High Does The Cotton Grow, Mama

9. I've Got To Get Peter Off Your Mind

10. We Came Awfully Close To Sin

11. Love And Pearl And Me

12. She's Always There

13. I Wish You Would Leave Me Alone

14. We Sure Danced Us Some Goodn's

15. Woman You've Got A Hold Of Me

16. Soft And Warm

17. Surprise Birthday Party

18. Shadows Of My Mind

19. A Country Singer

20. Anymore

21. God Keeps The Wild Flowers Blooming

22. Giving The Pill

23. Beautiful Junk

25. Wait A Little Longer Please Jesus

26. Clean Your Own Tables

28. Don't Be Late

Disc 3

1. Leave Me Alone With The Blues

2. One More Night To Spare

3. Only The Shadows Know

4. Redneck (The Redneck National Anthem)

5. Good Old Fashioned Saturday Night Honky Tonk Barroom Brawl

7. Red Hot Women (Ice Cold Beer)

8. Backslider's Wine

9. Redneck Roots

10. Songs That Losers Choose

11. Images

12. Brother Jukebox

13. Kaw Liga

15. Hey Good Lookin'

16. When God Comes And Gathers His Jewels

17. Baby We're Really In Love

18. Wedding Bells

19. Cold Cold Heart

20. I Saw The Light

21. Setting The Woods On Fire

22. I Can't Help It

23. You Win Again

24. Jambalaya

25. I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry

26. Mansion On The Hill

28. Nobody's Child

Disc 4

1. There's A Better Place

2. Joanna

3. Who Were Ann And Louis Adams

4. Mommy Do You Think I'll Get To Heaven

5. State Of Depression

6. Woman

7. Maggie The Baby Is Crying

8. If I Had My Wife To Love Over

9. I'll Forgive You For The Last Time

10. If There Was No Country Music

11. Cattle Call

12. I Love To Sing

13. Walkin' My Blues Away

14. If Kisses Could Talk

15. Gonna Ease My Worried Mind

16. No One Is Listening

17. Turn The Record Over

18. I Think Living Is Sweet

23. Let Your Light Shine

24. Bringing Mary Home

25. Bad Moon Risin'

26. Letters Have No Arms

27. Mother's Not Dead, She's Only Sleeping

28. Honky Tonk Troubles

Disc 5

1. Daughter Of The Vine

2. They'll Never Take Her Love From Me

3. Angel Band

4. Have You Loved Your Woman Today

5. Lonesome Rainin' City

6. Veil Of White Lace

7. Sweeter Than The Flowers

8. Busiest Memory In Town

9. Wings Of A Dove

10. This World Holds Nothin' Since You're Gone

11. Family Bible

12. Always True

13. Where The Soul Of Man Never Dies

14. Lord, I've Tried Everything But You

15. A Better Way Of Life

16. The Uncloudy Day

17. His And Hers

18. House Of Gold

19. Baby Sister

20. Sad Situation

21. Dust On The Bible

22. Early Morning Rain

23. The Last Letter

24. You're The Reason

25. Are They Gonna Make Us Outlaws Again

26. The Long Black Veil

27. I Feel Chained

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Love them trucker songs!
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He sings real country music...coun t r y style!
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I love listening to Vernon, He is one of a kind. One of the great country voices that never got enough recognition. Some say He sounded to much like Hank but I think His voice was unique and recognize Him at once.
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Really like his style....Cou n t r y . . .
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i was friends with vernon back in 1967 and he was terrific but bob ferguson didnt push him enough. i have vernons original album. many great songs especially shadows of my mind and little sister throw them red shoes away and got to get a guy named peter off your mind. vernon was one of the best and we sang many places back then.
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I'd sure like to hear some of Vernon Oxfords old tracks. I know he cut a lot of them many years ago. Sings about as well and sincere as Hank Williams Sr. but never made it big. Can you locate some of these old tracks?
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THis is an artist you haven't catalogued and I'm telling you, you're really missing something genuine. He was and is "too country" for Nashville but there are thousands of us who actually play and hanker for the real stuff. See if you can find him, and not just on a compilation.

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