Various Artists - 35 Years of Stony Plain (+3DVD) (Music CD)

Release Date: 10 May 2011
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Founded by Holger Petersen in 1976, the independent Canadian label Stony Plain Records has devoted itself to what it defines as roots music: folk, country, and blues, along with related subgenres. 35 Years of Stony Plain is a two-CD, one-DVD set chronicling the label's history, with tracks actually going back more than ten years prior to its formation (a quartet of previously unreleased Robert Nighthawk performances from 1965). But that is not to say that it provides a balanced sampling of Stony Plain recordings over three-and-a-half decades, nor is it intended to. In fact, the label issues this sort of compilation every five years, so this one is, naturally, tipped heavily toward what has come out since 2006. And that's quite a batch of material. It includes the work of flagship artists like Maria Muldaur and Ian Tyson, as well as some brand names the label has had the chance to distribute in Canada, including Steve Earle, Asleep at the Wheel, Emmylou Harris, and Rodney Crowell. Sadly, the five-year period also marked the death of guitarist Jeff Healey, who is remembered by both audio tracks and a video tribute. These artists are featured on the first disc, dubbed "Singers, Songwriters and Much, Much More�." The second disc, "Blues, R&B, Swing, Jazz and Even More�" also includes Healey, as well as Stony Plain's blues main man Duke Robillard, Rory Block, Ronnie Earl & the Broadcasters, Long John Baldry, and the trio effort the Amos Garrett, Doug Sahm, and Gene Taylor Band. The DVD is a video scrapbook also featuring a tour of the Stony Plain offices and interview with Petersen, as well as a collection of music videos. The result is a thorough look at Stony Plain Records' ambitions and accomplishments over the 35 years, with special emphasis on the last five. ~ William Ruhlmann
Release Date: 10 May 2011

1. The Diplomat - Muldaur, Maria
2. The Wildcat - Healey, Jeff
3. Looking for a Brand New World - Manx, Harry
4. Horse Soldier, Horse Soldier - Lund, Corb
5. Ben McCulloch - Earle, Steve
6. Blaino's Song - Tyson, Ian
7. Country Music Lament - Hus, Tim
8. Still in the Running - Fjellgaard, Valdy & Gary
9. Canary Yellow Car - Bonneville, Ray
10. That's Your Red Wagon - Asleep at the Wheel
11. Strictly from Dixie - Sunny & Her Joy Boys
12. Get Way Back - Garrett, Amos
13. Bend a Little - Wilcox, David
14. Shivers - New Guitar Summit
15. Our Station - Spirit of the West
16. Wheels - Harris, Emmylou
17. Four Strong Winds - Blue Rodeo
18. Closer to Heaven - Crowell, Rodney
19. Dreaming - Carpenter, Bob
20. Magdelana - Carpenter, Bob
21. Chameleon Man - Carpenter, Bob
22. Stomp the Blues Tonight - Robillard, Duke
23. Black Widow Spider - Walker, Joe Louis
24. Moten Swing - Robillard, Duke
25. Heaven Send Me an Angel - Wayne, Kenny "Blues Boss"
26. Dirty, Dirty People - James, Doug
27. I'm Torn Down - Healey, Jeff
28. No More Doggin' - Gordon, Rosco
29. Teardrops on Your Letter - Garrett, Amos
30. Miracle - Earl, Ronnie & the Broadcasters
31. Mississippi Man - Block, Rory
32. Police and High Sheriff - McLean, Big Dave
33. Gallows Pole - Baldry, Long John
34. Honey Do Woman - Rhodes, Sonny
35. Crawling King Snake - McIlwaine, Ellen
36. Hello Stranger - Arnold, Billy Boy
37. Ain't Broke and Ain't Hungry - King Biscuit Boy
38. Nighthawk Boogie - Nighthawk, Robert
39. I'm Gonna Murder My Baby - Nighthawk, Robert
40. You Missed a Good Man - Nighthawk, Robert
41. Backwater Blues - Nighthawk, Robert
42. A Tour of the Stony Plain Offices
43. Like a Hurricane - Healey, Jeff
44. Going to Kansas City - Johnson, Johnnie
45. Bobby's Bop - Earl, Ronnie & the Broadcasters
46. Workin' Hard for My Uncle - Robillard, Duke
47. The Truth Comes Out - Lund, Corb
48. Springtime in Alberta - Tyson, Ian
49. Bop 'til I Drop - Downchild Blues Band
50. Shake That Thing - Baldry, Long John
51. I'm So Glad - Junior Gone Wild
52. After the First Time - Paperboys

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