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3-CD boxed set (LP-size) with 24-page book, 82 tracks. Playing time approx. 205 mns. Justly... more

Jimmie Driftwood: Americana (3-CD Deluxe Box Set)

3-CD boxed set (LP-size) with 24-page book, 82 tracks. Playing time approx. 205 mns.

Justly renowned as the writer of The Battle Of New Orleans, Jimmie Driftwood was a true maverick. He was an Arkansas schoolteacher who wrote songs to illustrate his classes. He had a sure grasp of history, a rough untutored voice, and he played homemade instruments. His 82 RCA recordings (complete here) are a storehouse of American history and folklore, set to some of the catchiest melodies around. In addition to the complete and uncensored Battle of New Orleans, there's such folk and country classics as Tennessee Stud, Arkansas Traveler, Sal's Got A Sugarlip, Billy Yank And Johnny Reb, I'm A poor Rebel Soldier, and
First Covered Wagon. If only all history was this enjoyable!

Article properties: Jimmie Driftwood: Americana (3-CD Deluxe Box Set)

  • Interpret: Jimmie Driftwood

  • Album titlle: Americana (3-CD Deluxe Box Set)

  • Genre Country

  • Label Bear Family Records

  • Deluxe Edition
  • Price code CH
  • Artikelart Box set

  • EAN: 4000127154651

  • weight in Kg 1.1
Driftwood, Jimmie - Americana (3-CD Deluxe Box Set) Box set 1
01 Unfortunate Man Jimmie Driftwood
02 Fair Rosamond's Bower Jimmie Driftwood
03 Soldier's Joy Jimmie Driftwood
04 Country Boy Jimmie Driftwood
05 I'm Too Young To Marry Jimmie Driftwood
06 Pretty Mary Jimmie Driftwood
07 Sailor Man Jimmie Driftwood
08 Zelma Lee Jimmie Driftwood
09 Rattlesnake Song Jimmie Driftwood
10 Old Joe Clark Jimmie Driftwood
11 Tennessee Stud Jimmie Driftwood
12 Razorback Steak Jimmie Driftwood
13 First Covered Wagon Jimmie Driftwood
14 The Maid Of Argenta Jimmie Driftwood
15 Bunker Hill Jimmie Driftwood
16 Song Of The Cowboys Jimmie Driftwood
17 Peter Francisco Jimmie Driftwood
18 Four Little Girls In Boston Jimmie Driftwood
19 Slack Your Rope Jimmie Driftwood
20 Run, Johnny, Run Jimmie Driftwood
21 Arkansas Traveler Jimmie Driftwood
22 Damyankee Lad Jimmie Driftwood
23 Chalamette Jimmie Driftwood
24 The Battle Of New Orleans Jimmie Driftwood
Driftwood, Jimmie - Americana (3-CD Deluxe Box Set) Box set 2
01 The Widders Of Bowling Green Jimmie Driftwood
02 Get Along Boys Jimmie Driftwood
03 Sweet Betsy From Pike Jimmie Driftwood
04 Shoot The Buffalo Jimmie Driftwood
05 Song Of The Pioneer Jimmie Driftwood
06 I'm Leavin' On The Wagon Train Jimmie Driftwood
07 Jordan Am A Hard Road To Travel Jimmie Driftwood
08 The Marshall Of Silver City Jimmie Driftwood
09 The Wilderness Road Jimmie Driftwood
10 The Pony Express Jimmie Driftwood
11 Mooshatanio Jimmie Driftwood
12 The Shanty In The Holler Jimmie Driftwood
13 Big River Man Jimmie Driftwood
14 Big John Davy Jimmie Driftwood
15 On Top Of Pikes Peak Jimmie Driftwood
16 Fidi Diddle Um A-Dazey Jimmie Driftwood
17 The Song Of Creation Jimmie Driftwood
18 The Battle Of San Juan Hill Jimmie Driftwood
19 Banjer Pickin' Man Jimmie Driftwood
20 Tucumcari Jimmie Driftwood
21 St. Brendon's Isle Jimmie Driftwood
22 He Had A Long Chain On Jimmie Driftwood
23 Big Hoss Jimmie Driftwood
24 Sal's Got A Sugarlip Jimmie Driftwood
25 Mooshatanio Jimmie Driftwood
26 Ox Driving Song Jimmie Driftwood
27 General Custer Jimmie Driftwood
28 What Was Your Name In The States Jimmie Driftwood
29 Billy The Kid Jimmie Driftwood
30 Jesse James Jimmie Driftwood
Driftwood, Jimmie - Americana (3-CD Deluxe Box Set) Box set 3
01 Won't You Come Along And Go Jimmie Driftwood
02 Rock Of Chickamauga Jimmie Driftwood
03 How Do You Like The Army Jimmie Driftwood
04 Git Along Little Yearlings Jimmie Driftwood
05 Oh Florie Jimmie Driftwood
06 I'm A Poor Rebel Soldier Jimmie Driftwood
07 My Black Bird Has Gone Jimmie Driftwood
08 Goodbye Reb, Y' All Come Jimmie Driftwood
09 On Top Of Shiloh's Hill Jimmie Driftwood
10 When I Swim The Golden River Jimmie Driftwood
11 The Giant Of The Thunderhead Jimmie Driftwood
12 Shanghied Jimmie Driftwood
13 Santy Anny-O Jimmie Driftwood
14 Row Bullies Row Jimmie Driftwood
15 The Land Of The Amazon Jimmie Driftwood
16 What Could I Do? Jimmie Driftwood
17 Driftwood At Sea Jimmie Driftwood
18 In A Cotton Shirt And A Pair Of Dungarees Jimmie Driftwood
19 Davy Jones (Song Of A Dead Soldier) Jimmie Driftwood
20 Sailor, Sailor, Marry Me Jimmie Driftwood
21 The Diver Boy Jimmie Driftwood
22 The Ship That Never Returned Jimmie Driftwood
23 Sailing Away On The Ocean Jimmie Driftwood
24 John Paul Jones Jimmie Driftwood
25 The Bear Flew Over The Ocean Jimmie Driftwood
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"Jimmie Driftwood"

Jimmie Driftwood

The Battle Of New Orleans

Tennessee Stud

What Color Is The Soul Of A Man

Rooted in the folk music of his native Ozark Mountains, Jimmie Driftwood was a prolific, engaging singer-songwriter. Two of his songs, The Battle Of New Orleans and Tennessee Stud, became standards in the American folk and country music repertoires.

Born James Corbett Morris on June 20, 1907 in Richwood, Arkansas, he absorbed the folk tales and stories of the mountain men, homesteaders, Native Americans and Civil War veterans who settled in the region around Mountain View. His great-grandmother also taught him songs from her Carolina childhood. As a youngster he was given an unusual handmade guitar made by his grandfather. Its neck was made from a fence rail, its sides shaped from an ox yoke, and its front and back came from a bed headboard. While it didn't have much tone, Driftwood used it throughout his performing career.

Graduating from high school in 1928, he attended John Brown College in Siloam Springs. During the height of the Depression he left college and traveled through the Southwest, settling in Phoenix, Arizona, where he sang on a weekly radio show. Returning to Arkansas in 1935, he began teaching elementary students in Timbo, 12 miles west of Mountain View. Finding his students had difficulty grasping historical events, Driftwood wrote his lessons in rhyme and set them to music. In 1936 he fit his poem about the Battle of New Orleans to the fiddle tune Eighth Of January.

In 1936 Driftwood married Cleda Johnson. For next two decades he concentrated on teaching while attending night classes at Arkansas State Teachers College. In 1947 he bought a 150-acre farm in Timbo. After receiving his degree in education in 1949, Driftwood became principal of Snowball School in Searcy County.

During these years he wrote more than a hundred songs, mostly about historical events or local folklore. In 1952 he made a demo tape of several dozen songs and privately pressed a single, but never pursued placing them with a publisher. Hugh Ashley, a friend of Driftwood's who placed songs with Red Foley, Bill Monroe and Porter Wagoner, encouraged the schoolteacher to demo his songs in Nashville. When school let out for summer vacation in 1957, Driftwood and his wife met with Buddy Killen of Tree Publishing. After listening to two stanzas of The Battle Of New Orleans, Killen dismissed him, coldly suggesting he return to Timbo.

Undeterred, he visited Don Warden, Wagoner's steel guitarist, then establishing his own publishing company. Warden liked what he heard and purchased 25 of Driftwood's compositions, including Howdy, Neighbor, Howdy, which became Wagoner's theme song. He also convinced Chet Atkins to sign Driftwood to RCA Victor. With Atkins on guitar and Bob Moore on bass, Driftwood completed his first album during two October 1957 sessions. A mix of traditional material and Driftwood originals, 'Newly Discovered Early American Folk Songs' included The Battle Of New Orleans. Written from the perspective of an American volunteer fighting with Major General Andrew Jackson's army, it offered a light-hearted saga about the British defeat during the War of 1812's final battle.

Johnny Horton thought the song had potential, and invited Driftwood to Shreveport to perform on The Louisiana Hayride. At Horton's request, Driftwood trimmed and slightly sanitized the song for a radio-friendly single. Three days later Horton recorded the revised The Battle Of New Orleans in Nashville. In April 1959 it entered Billboard's pop and country singles charts for extended runs. It clung to No. 1 on the country chart for ten weeks and No. 1 pop for six.

Counting Homer & Jethro's parody The Battle Of Kookamonga, Driftwood placed six songs on the pop and country charts in 1959, including Eddy Arnold's version of Tennessee Stud. The song was inspired by an actual horse owned by his wife's great-great-grandfather, John Merriman. "The great exploits of this horse were legion," Driftwood wrote in 1966. "Seemed that John got into trouble with his sweetheart's folk and rode off to The Arkansas Territory rather than fight his loved one's people. However, after having ridden this wonderful horse all over the Great Southwest and into Mexico, and after having made a sack full of money from racing and filing a notch or two on his gun, young Johnny came back to Tennessee, thrashed his potential in-laws, and carried the girl away to Arkansas."

The honors and awards continued through 1959. Besides appearances on the Hayride, The Grand Ole Opry and The Ozark Jubilee, he sang at New York's Carnegie Hall, the Berkeley Folk Festival, and at the United Nations in a concert for Soviet Premier Nikita Krushchev. In August he received an Honorary Doctorate of American Folklore from Peabody College in Nashville.

Under Atkins' supervision, Driftwood recorded six albums for RCA Victor and contributed five songs to a thematic album, 'How The West Was Won.' In 1963 he signed with Fred Foster's Monument Records. For the first album for his new label, he recorded his plea for racial tolerance, What Is The Color Of The Soul Of Man. The song was hardly new at the time; Driftwood intended to sing it at his Carnegie Hall debut in April 1959. "My Nashville publisher begged me not to sing it, believing that my records would be boycotted in many parts of our country," he later recalled. "Since then I have sung it all over America, with as great applause in Little Rock as anywhere else."

By 1963, an aging Driftwood became weary of life on the road. Returning to Timbo, he and two local physicians formed the Rackensack Folklore Society, sponsoring regular concerts that evolved into an annual folk festival in Mountain View. He also became involved in environmental issues, spearheading a campaign to prevent the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers from building a dam across the Buffalo River.

He continued performing sporadically until his death in Fayetteville, Arkansas, on July 12, 1998. 

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Tracklist
Driftwood, Jimmie - Americana (3-CD Deluxe Box Set) Box set 1
01 Unfortunate Man
02 Fair Rosamond's Bower
03 Soldier's Joy
04 Country Boy
05 I'm Too Young To Marry
06 Pretty Mary
07 Sailor Man
08 Zelma Lee
09 Rattlesnake Song
10 Old Joe Clark
11 Tennessee Stud
12 Razorback Steak
13 First Covered Wagon
14 The Maid Of Argenta
15 Bunker Hill
16 Song Of The Cowboys
17 Peter Francisco
18 Four Little Girls In Boston
19 Slack Your Rope
20 Run, Johnny, Run
21 Arkansas Traveler
22 Damyankee Lad
23 Chalamette
24 The Battle Of New Orleans
Driftwood, Jimmie - Americana (3-CD Deluxe Box Set) Box set 2
01 The Widders Of Bowling Green
02 Get Along Boys
03 Sweet Betsy From Pike
04 Shoot The Buffalo
05 Song Of The Pioneer
06 I'm Leavin' On The Wagon Train
07 Jordan Am A Hard Road To Travel
08 The Marshall Of Silver City
09 The Wilderness Road
10 The Pony Express
11 Mooshatanio
12 The Shanty In The Holler
13 Big River Man
14 Big John Davy
15 On Top Of Pikes Peak
16 Fidi Diddle Um A-Dazey
17 The Song Of Creation
18 The Battle Of San Juan Hill
19 Banjer Pickin' Man
20 Tucumcari
21 St. Brendon's Isle
22 He Had A Long Chain On
23 Big Hoss
24 Sal's Got A Sugarlip
25 Mooshatanio
26 Ox Driving Song
27 General Custer
28 What Was Your Name In The States
29 Billy The Kid
30 Jesse James
Driftwood, Jimmie - Americana (3-CD Deluxe Box Set) Box set 3
01 Won't You Come Along And Go
02 Rock Of Chickamauga
03 How Do You Like The Army
04 Git Along Little Yearlings
05 Oh Florie
06 I'm A Poor Rebel Soldier
07 My Black Bird Has Gone
08 Goodbye Reb, Y' All Come
09 On Top Of Shiloh's Hill
10 When I Swim The Golden River
11 The Giant Of The Thunderhead
12 Shanghied
13 Santy Anny-O
14 Row Bullies Row
15 The Land Of The Amazon
16 What Could I Do?
17 Driftwood At Sea
18 In A Cotton Shirt And A Pair Of Dungarees
19 Davy Jones (Song Of A Dead Soldier)
20 Sailor, Sailor, Marry Me
21 The Diver Boy
22 The Ship That Never Returned
23 Sailing Away On The Ocean
24 John Paul Jones
25 The Bear Flew Over The Ocean