Jump to Content

Welcome! You’re browsing the No Depression Archives

No Depression has been the foremost journalistic authority on roots music for well over a decade, publishing 75 issues from 1995 to 2008. No Depression ceased publishing magazines in 2008 and took to the web. We have made the contents of those issues accessible online via this extensive archive and also feature a robust community website with blogs, photos, videos, music, news, discussion and more.

Close This

Not Fade Away - Reissue Review from Issue #35 Sept-Oct 2001

Marty Robbins

Live Classics (Audium)

Like his musical soulmate, Elvis Presley, Marty Robbins refused to be confined to one particular style of music. He began his career singing country weepers, but he was just at home doing rock ‘n’ roll, cornball pop, gospel, Hawaiian, and cowboy numbers. His remarkably smooth voice — without a trace of hillbilly twang — was the perfect instrument for such versatility, and Robbins used it to great effect. Even the most insipid material — like his self-penned “A White Sport Coat (And A Pink Carnation)”, produced by pop schlockmeister Mitch Miller — could sound like a work of art coming from his lips.

Live Classics offers 21 of Robbins’ Grand Ole Opry performances, starting with his debut on June 30, 1951 — he was introduced by another country crooner, Red Foley, and sang “Ain’t You Ashamed” — and ending with a February 6, 1960, recording of “El Paso”, his biggest hit. In between are some of Robbins’ best-known songs, including “I’ll Go Alone”, “Knee Deep In The Blues”, “The Story Of My Life”, “Stairway Of Love”, and “Running Gun”.

He skillfully covers Hank Williams’ “I Can’t Help It (If I’m Still In Love With You)”, and proves to be a fine rockabilly when he tackles Presley’s version of Arthur Crudup’s “That’s All Right”. (Listen to the girls screaming in the background.) Robbins brought some much-needed sex appeal to the stage of the Ryman Auditorium in the 1950s, when old-timers such as Ernest Tubb and Roy Acuff ruled the roost and younger fans were being seduced by the devil’s music, rock ‘n’ roll.

Completists will be happy to discover on Live Classics several songs never commercially recorded by Robbins, including the aforementioned “Ain’t You Ashamed” and an uptempo country number called “Good Night Cincinnati, Good Mornin’ Tennessee”. For most of us, however, the album is a musical postcard from the 1950s, country’s last great decade. Live Classics provides a tantalizing glimpse at what it must have been like to witness one of the most gifted and charismatic singers of the day live onstage at the Grand Ole Opry.

Enjoy the ND archives? Consider making a donation with PayPal or send a check to:
No Depression, 460 Bush St., San Francisco, CA 94108

Discuss

Did you enjoy this article? Start a discussion about it, or find out what others are saying in the No Depression Community forum.

Join the Discussion »

Find out what's going on in roots music. Share concert photos and videos, learn about new artists, blog about the music you love.

Join the No Depression Community »

Originally Featured in Issue #35 Sept-Oct 2001

Buy our history before it’s gone!

Each issue is artfully designed and packed full of great photos that you don‘t get online. Visit the No Depression store to own a piece of history.

Visit the No Depression Store »


From the Blogs

  • SummerTyne Americana Festival #9 - Jumping Hot Club Stage (Gateshead, U.K. - July 18-20, 2014)
    Wow, it’s taken nearly two weeks for me to get my breath back after another frantic and wonderful SummerTyne Americana Festival. As I say every year, the crowds turn up not knowing anyone on the Jumping Hot Club Outside stage and go away with their favourite new artist of the year. Starting at noon on Friday, the outside stage hosted seven local acts, all wi […]
  • What Happens When a Band on the Rise Finds Out Its Name Is an Obscure Racial Stereotype? Meet Parsonsfield (Formerly Poor Old Shine).
    For Poor Old Shine, it started with a song… a traditional prison work song of the American South, called “Ain’t No Cane on This Brazos.” It’s been interpreted by everyone from Dylan and the Band, to the Low Anthem, Lyle Lovett and the Wood Brothers. And it was the song in one of the great scenes in the movie “Festival Express,” as a completely blotto Rick Da […]
  • Getting to Know Wendy Cahill -- Falcon Ridge Emerging Artist
    Wendy Cahill has a voice.  She’s got a voice that is captivating and beguiling.  She’s got soul.  And like I said above, man-oh-man, she has got a Voice.  It’s raw and powerful and is definitely meant to be heard! Wendy Cahill is one of 24 Emerging Artists chosen for this year’s Falcon Ridge Folk Festival.  The Emerging Artist showcase is always one of the h […]
  • The Post-Newport Earthquake: Watkins Family Hour
    Did you feel it? That's what everybody in Los Angeles asks each other whenever a shake or quake rattles and rolls through the valleys and flatlands. Sometimes there's just a release of pressure beneath the crust, and other times it's an up and down jolt that lasts only a second. And then you forget about it. Until the next time.  Sunday night […]
  • Johnny Winter - True to the Blues: The Johnny Winter Story (Album Review)
    “This music proves that a white man with white hair can really play the blues,” Pete Townsend says in the booklet that accompanies True To the Blues: The Johnny Winter Story, the four-CD box set retrospective of Winter's career just out on Columbia /Legacy. But age had nothing to do with Winter's look or sound. Due to his albinism, Winter's ha […]
  • Americana Music Show Episode #200 Tribute to the Raleigh/Durham/Chapel Hill music scene
    On episode 200 of the Americana Music Show, I pay tribute to local bands and songwriters in the Carrboro, Chapel Hill, Durham, Raleigh NC area.  This week features over 30 local artists from the area including John Howie Jr. and the Rosewood Bluff, Lyn Blakey, Jefferson Hart and Ghosts of Old North State, Mandolin Orange, Jon Shain, Radar's Clowns Of Se […]

Shop Amazon by clicking through this logo to support NoDepression.com. We get a percentage of every purchase you make!


Subscribe To the No Depression Newsletter

Subscribe to the No Depression Newsletter