Sugarfoot Rag-Gonna Shake This Shack Tonight on CD
Bear Family's edition of Foley's "Gonna Shake This Shack Tonight" offers 30 songs worth of the wild side of Red. 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", Foley was an energetic 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".
A 30-track walk on the wild side of country’s most versatile—and sadly underanthologized—singer! These are the boogie favorites, Western-swing classics and R&B-flavored tracks that Red recorded in the ’40s and ’50s including his hits "Chattanoogie Shoe Shine Boy," "Tennessee Saturday Night," "Sugarfoot Rag," "Milk Bucket Boogie," "Freight Train Boogie," "Hillbilly Fever #2" (with Ernest Tubb), "Alabama Jubilee," "Salty Dog Rag," "Hearts of Stone," "Tennessee Border," "Birmingham Bounce" and more. With notes by Rich Kienzle…the best Red retrospective ever!