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Lonesome Country Songs

Billy Byrd
Lonesome Country Songs

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UPC # 081227930417

* If voted to win, it will be the first time this album has been issued on vinyl since 1961.
* The album is not currently available on CD or at digital services
* If voted to win, we will master from the original analog stereo tapes and have lacquers cut at Sam Phillips Recording Studio
* Would be pressed on 180g vinyl at Record Industry and come in a single pocket tip-on Stoughton sleeve.

William Lewis “Billy” Byrd was a key early country lead guitarist with some jazz leanings and studio musician who performed with Ernest Tubb, the Oak Ridge Quartet, George Hamilton IV, Jimmy Dickens and others. He helped popularize the role of the electric lead guitar in country music and with fellow guitarist Hank Garland, was responsible for input into the design of Gibson’s Byrdland guitar that was named after parts of the names of both players. Byrd was born in Nashville and learned to play guitar at the age of 10, appearing on radio playing with local bands while in his teens. At 18 he joined the house band at Nashville’s WSM Grand Ole Opry. In 1949 he was lead guitarist for Ernest Tubb and the Texas Troubadours, a position he stayed in until 1959, followed by a second stint between the years 1969-1973. Byrd was self-taught and influenced by jazz players such as Charlie Christian and Django Reinhardt. Byrd was one of the earliest and most widely known lead guitar players with a popular country outfit and was influential on establishing this role in Nashville style country music.

Track Listing:
Side A
1 Oh, Lonesome Me
2 Heartaches By The Numbers
3 Have You Ever Been Lonely (Have You Ever Been Blue)
4 I Miss You Already
5 That's What It's Like To Be Lonely
6 You Win Again
Side B
1 Born To Lose
2 I Really Don’t Want To Know
3 I Don’t Really Want To Know
4 Am I That Easy To Forget
5 Lonely Street
6 I Can’t Help It (If I’m Still In Love With You)
7 Four Walls