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Mel Tillis: Walk On, Boy: The Early Years

Track List

>Honky Tonk Song
>It Takes a Worried Man to Sing a Worried Blues
>Case of the Blues
>It's My Life
>Juke Box Man
>If You'll Be My Love
>Take My Hand
>This Heart
>Teen Age Wedding
>Lonely Street
>Violet and a Rose, The
>No Song to Sing
>Brooklyn Bridge, The
>You Are the Reason
>Georgia Town Blues
>Till I Get Enough of These Blues
>Loco Weed
>It's So Easy
>Walk On, Boy
>Hearts of Stone
>That's Where the Hurt Comes In

Album Notes

Liner Note Author: William Hogeland.

Mel Tillis' infamous speech impediment never affected his singing, which remained smooth, polished, and emotionally nuanced throughout his career, and through his recordings and fine songwriting, his voice was one of the clearest to be found in country music in the '60s and '70s. This set collects some of his earliest tracks, cut for Kapp Records, an independent label started by David Kapp in 1954 (the label was sold to MCA in 1967, which kept the name, logo, and catalog going until 1972, when it was consolidated into MCA's other imprints), including Tillis' sharp version of "It Takes a Worried Man to Sing a Worried Song" (Tillis entitled it "It Takes a Worried Man to Sing a Worried Blues"), a pair of duets with Bill Phillips, "Sawmill" and "Georgia Town Blues," the classic self-penned "Honky Tonk Song," and the poignant "That's Where the Hurt Comes In," among others, and provides a nice portrait of this consistent performer in his early years. ~ Steve Leggett


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