I Wouldn't Change You If I CD (2006)

Artist: Carl Butler

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Product Overview

Bear Family's A Blue Million Tears featured his 1950-53 Capitol and Okeh sides; this one collects his hard-to-find 1954-58 Columbia recordings plus his country-gospel gems with The Webster Brothers. His original version of I Wouldn't Change You if I Could and his definitive rendition of Angel Band join Kisses Don't Lie, Glory Mountain, It's My Sin, Only One Heart...30 of Carl's most sought-after sides!


Label City Hall Records
SKU 202135023
UPC 000127166999
UPC 14 04000127166999
Format CD
Release Date 2/7/2006
Author Carl Butler
Compilation Appearance Country Top Hits Of The 60's
Compilation Appearance Country's Got Heart
Compilation Appearance Box Set Series:country Hits Of '60s &
Technical Info
Producer Don Law; Richard Weize
CatalogID BCD 16699
Lable Name Bear Family Records (Germany)
Released 01/17/2006
Original Release 2006
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 40001271669994
Album Notes and Credits
Personnel: Earl Webster (vocals, guitar); James Austin "Audie" Webster (vocals, mandolin); Jack Shook, Grady Martin, Hank Garland, Harold Bradley, Samuel K. "Sammy" Pruett (guitar); Don Helms, Johnny Sibert (steel guitar); Dale Potter, Benny Sims (fiddle); Marvin H. Hughes, Buddy Harman (piano); Farris Coursey (drums).
Liner Note Author: Ronnie Pugh.
Recording information: Bradley Film & Recording Studio, Nashville, TN (01/29/1954-01/12/1958); Castle Studio At The Tulane Hotel, Nashville, TN (01/29/1954-01/12/1958).
Illustrator: R.A. Andreas.
Photographer: R.A. Andreas.
Hard acoustic country music doesn't get a lot better than the 30 sides cut by Carl Butler (with the Webster Brothers backing him up) on this collection of his superb OKeh and Columbia singles. The best material on this disc recalls Hank Williams at his peak, but stylistically Butler was more a contemporary of Williams than a follower, even if the first of these tunes was recorded a little more than a year after Hank's death, and though Butler wasn't a songwriter like Williams, he was arguably a better singer with a voice that split the difference between tough hillbilly twang and the smoother tones of a gifted crooner. The other musical reference point here is the Louvin Brothers, given Butler's sincere and impassioned handling of white gospel material (he also covers the Louvins' "Seven Year Blues" here), and though Butler's harmonies with Earl Webster lack the otherworldly beauty of the Louvin Brothers at their best, they're executed with easy skill and emotional power to spare. The cast of musicians tends to change from session to session beyond Butler, Earl Webster, and Audie Webster, but they're uniformly strong throughout, and the results are a joy to hear. It would be some time after these recordings before Butler would gain the chart success he richly deserved with "Honky Tonkitis" in 1961, but I Wouldn't Change You If I Could makes it clear these records didn't fail in the marketplace for a lack of talent or quality material. This is wonderful stuff that will bring a smile to any fan of classic old-school country of the 1950s, and the remastering and liner notes live up to Bear Family Records' typically high standards, adding to the value of an already strong release. ~ Mark Deming
Artist Bio
Carl ButlerBorn in Knoxville, TN, on June 2, 1927, Carl Butler blended the popular honky tonk style prevalent in the '50s with the mountain harmony of his Tennessee upbringing. Though his early recordings were as a solo act, most of his popular material was performed with his songwriting wife, Pearl. Carl grew up influenced by the Opry's Roy Acuff as well as the old-timey music and bluegrass prevalent around his home. He began singing at amateur dances at the age of 12, and after service in World War II, he sang with bluegrass bands such as the Bailey Brothers and the Sauceman Brothers.By the end of the '50s, Carl Butler still hadn't produced a charting single, though he had recorded steadily for almost a decade. Finally, in late 1961, his single Honky Tonkitis made it to number 25 on the country charts. The Butlers joined the Grand Ole Opry the following year, and the exposure helped them push Don't Let Me Cross Over to number one. Their first single as a duo, it spent almost three months at the top of the charts, and led to an appearance in the film Second Fiddle to a Steel Guitar in 1963. Carl and Pearl continued to chart as a duo throughout the '60s, hitting the Top Ten with Too Late to Try Again and number 14 with both Loving Arms and I'm Hanging Up the Phone.
Disc 1
1 That's All Right
2 I'll Go Steppin' Too
3 Kisses Don't Lie
4 I Wouldn't Change You If I Could
5 Till The End Of The World Rolls 'Round
6 It's All Left Up To You
7 Glory Mountain
8 That Great Eternal Singing
9 Seven Years Blues
10 Road Of Broken Hearts
11 Looking Through The Windows Of Heaven
12 Angel Band
13 Hallelujah, We Shall Rise!
14 Walking In God's Sunshine
15 Your Wedding Day
16 If I Could Spend My Heartaches
17 It's My Sin
18 Borrowed Love
19 Where We Never Grow Old
20 Somebody Touched Me
21 Only One Heart
22 Watching The Clock (Tick The Hours Away)
23 River Of Tears
24 Cry You Fool Cry
25 Your Cold Heart Told Me No
26 I Know What It Means To Be Lonesome
27 Jealous Heart
28 Nothing I'd Rather Do
29 So Close
30 If You've Got The Money (I've Got The Time)
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