THE HANGMAN'S BLUES: PRISON SONGS IN COUNTRY MUSIC 1956-1972 (LP)

THE HANGMAN'S BLUES: PRISON SONGS IN COUNTRY MUSIC 1956-1972 (LP)

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Grim tales of jailbirds, cutthroats, cuckolds, executioners, murderers and popcorn-dusted escapees. Prison ballads form part of the historic lifeblood of Country music and saw a distinct resurgence after the May 1960 execution of controversial convict Caryl Chessman. Here we present 16 of the very best, many seldom heard since their original release (often on obscure, microscopic or private-press labels). Running the gamut from smooth balladeers of woe to ramshackle and plaintive backyard rockabillies, The Hangman's Blues features fevered declarations of innocence, profound diatribes on capital punishment and mournful odes to that Last Mile.

  1. Freddie Hart - The Wall
  2. Jim Carter - Jailer Jailer
  3. Lonesome Johnny - Death Row
  4. Jaycee Hill - Crash Out
  5. Bill Carter With The Cooper Brothers - Jailer Man
  6. Dee Mullins - Prison Grey
  7. Country Johnny Mathis - Caryl Chessman
  8. Ronnie Hawkins - The Ballad Of Caryl Chessman
  9. Marty Robbins - The Chair
  10. Stonewall Jackson - Run
  11. Jimmy Minor - Death Row
  12. Al Dean - Hangman
  13. Bobby Sykes - The Guard On The North Wall
  14. Hoyle Miller - Twelve Years On Death Row
  15. Jimmy Van - The Ballad Of Caryl Chessman
  16. Porter Wagoner - (I Heard That) Lonesome Whistle

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