1-CD with 32-page booklet, 30 tracks, playing time 79:33 minutes.
Marty Robbins, country's most versatile vocalist, came through the door that Red Foley opened. From singing raw hillbilly on the WLS National Barn Dance he broadened into gospel, western swing, pop and gospel during his quarter century on Decca, years he rode high on the Grand Ole Opry then hosted TV's Ozark Jubilee. Beyond his classic weeper Old Shep or even his definitive performance of
Peace In The Valley, Red Foley was an energy force whose recorded repertoire also encompassed straight-ahead country, boogies, blues, rockers and his biggest country (and pop) smash: 1950s
Chattanoogie Shoe Shine Boy. Starting with his powerful 1947 cover of the Delmore Brothers' Freight Train Boogie, ending with the 1958's intense Crazy Little Guitar Man, Bear Family's Red Foley edition of 'Gonna Shake This Shack Tonight' offers up 30 songs worth of the wild side of Red Foley, featuring:
The boogie favorites Tennessee Saturday Night, Chattanoogie Shoe Shine Boy, Sugarfoot Rag, Milk Bucket Boogie and Plantation Boogie, Everybody's Gonna Have A Wonderful Time Up There ( Gospel Boogie) and, with Ernest Tubb, Hillbilly Fever # 2, spoofing Little Jimmy Dickens' hit. Duets with pop singers Evelyn Knight and Roberta Lee.Swinging performances of Alabama Jubilee, Chicken Reel and Hot Dog Rag. Red Foley's spin on the R&B hits Hearts Of Stone and Shake A Hand. Accompaniment by Nashville's pioneer A-Team session musicians: Zeb and Zeke Turner, Jerry Byrd, Owen Bradley, Tommy Jackson, Harold Bradley, Hank Garland, Grady Martin, Farris Coursey, Ernie Newton, Bob Moore, the Anita Kerr Singers and legendary Nashville pop musicians Beasley Smith and Francis Craig.
A previously unissued 1950 Red Foley duet with legendary black R&B singer-pianist (and Decca artist) Cecil Gant on Paging Mister Jackson, clearly meant for release but perhaps too far ahead of its time.
An essay by Rich Kienzle.