6-CD box (LP-size) with 92-page hardcover book, 162 tracks. Playing time approx. 465 mns.
Jimmie Skinner drew the roadmap that today's 'alt-country' singer-songwriters follow. Inspired by the bluesmen of his youth, Jimmie Skinner wrote songs of melancholy, despair and anger, framed by catchy, unforgettable melodies. Frustrated in his attempts to land a major label contract, he independently produced and distributed his own records. Nearly forty years old when he launched his professional career, Jimmie Skinner rose to fame during the late forties through enduring songs like Let's Say Goodbye (Like We Said Hello), Will You Be Satisfied That Way, You Don't Know My Mind, Don't Give Your Heart To A Rambler, and Doin' My Time.
The consummate country music outsider, Skinner rejected conventional Nashville protocols. His idiosyncratic musical vision simply didn't fit contemporary music industry tastes and trends. Jimmie Skinner stripped country music to its raw essentials, much as Sun Records' Sam Phillips later did with Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins, Jerry Lee Lewis and especially Johnny Cash and His Tennessee Two. His accompaniment was minimal and often stark. Jimmie Skinnerthrashed his guitar with an aggressive upstroke, creating a backbeat that a generation of rockabilly singers later emulated. Mandolinist Ray Lunsford dutifully followed Jimmie Skinner's quirky sense of meter by rarely deviating from the melody. If Jimmie Skinner's phrasing was reminiscent of Jimmie Rodgers and early Ernest Tubb, his voice was unmistakably his own –
a warm, baritone growl that boomed out of the era's jukeboxes.
When the major labels finally beckoned, Jimmie Skinner battled to maintain his artistic integrity. His persistence paid off in the late fifties with a string of country chart hits that defied the dominating Nashville Sound, including I Found My Girl In The U.S.A., What Makes A Man Wander and Dark Hollow. Rather than bow to changing tastes in country music, Jimmie Skinner voluntarily ended his recording career.
Once one of country music's most beloved, best-known figures, Jimmie Skinner is barely remembered today. Relatively few of his singles saw reissue on LP, much less compact disc. This long-overdue collection finally restoresJimmie Skinner's most important recordings to print. Five compact discs feature Jimmie Skinner's classic 1947-1962 recordings for Red Barn, Radio Artists, Capitol, Decca and Mercury, along with acetates and rare bluegrass tracks sold exclusively through theJimmie Skinner Music Center. A sixth disc features Jimmie Skinner reading excerpts from his uncompleted autobiography. His compelling narrative spins tales of the Great Depression, his first efforts at songwriting and frustrating attempts to get on record, his peak years on Knoxville radio, and decision to return to his southwestern Ohio home.
Working closely with theSkinner family, his former guitarist Rusty York, and others associated with the singer, country music researcher David Sax recovered unissued Radio Artists master acetates along with dozens of photos, clippings and printed souvenirs. Drawing upon contemporary trade magazines and fanzines, unpublished oral histories and new interviews, Dave Samuelson details Jimmie Skinner's fascinating life, music and career in a 92-page hardcover book. 'Doin' My Time' stands as the definitive collection of one of country music's most intriguing personalities.