Los Angeles-based CMH RECORDS will release Country Music Heritage: The Legacy of CMH Records on Black Friday 2017, November 24. Featuring a wide array of artists culled from the label's 40-plus years of music history, the 14-song set will be issued in a limited-edition 180-gram vinyl, gatefold package. The album will be released digitally as well on December 1. The album's first focus track is "Charlotte's Web" by The Pinnacle Boys, produced by Sonny Osborne of The Osborne Brothers.
Future focus tracks include "Good Times Charlie's Got the Blues" by Josh Graves; "What's Good For You" by Curly Seckler & The Nashville Grass, (featuring special guest Johnny Cash, as well as a young Marty Stuart) which has been out of print for over 20 years; and a rollicking take of "House Of The Rising Sun" by Lester Flatt & The Nashville Grass.
CMH Records was founded in 1975 by Martin Haerle, and was dedicated to presenting the finest Bluegrass and roots music, making a home for classic artists and their material, as well as stellar recordings from then new voices. The label remains a proud family business, run by Martin's son David. Described recently by the Los Angeles Times as a "stubborn, curious Silver Lake music company," the label has been a strong proponent for honest music, and has found success with its classic catalogue and its ongoing "Pickin' On" series, which features bluegrass interpretations of contemporary artists, including recent hit albums dedicated to the music of Nirvana and Metallica. The Times piece added that CMH "meets unsung needs in the music industry" and cited its "creative diversification."
Country Music Heritage: The Legacy Of CMH Records is a bona fide who's who of classic Bluegrass:
--"Charlotte's Web" by The Pinnacle Boys
--"What's Good For You" by Curly Seckler & The Nashville Grass w/Johnny Cash
--"Angels Rock Me To Sleep" by The Bluegrass Cardinals
--"Limehouse Blues" by Eddie Adcock
--"Let Your Love Flow" by Bobby Smith & The Boys From Shiloh
--"Keep Me From Blowin' Away" by The Osborne Brothers
--"Rider In The Rain" by Jim and Jesse
--"Dim Lights, Thick Smoke" by Joe Maphis w/Rose Lee & Dale
--"My Arms Are Empty & Cold" by Don Reno & The Tennessee Cut Ups
--"Good Time Charlie's Got The Blues" by Josh Graves
--"I Can Hear Kentucky Calling Me" by Felice & Boudleaux Bryant
--"White Heat" by Merle Travis
--"Ain't Nobody Gonna Miss Me When I'm Gone" by Jimmy Gaudreau
--"House Of The Rising Sun" by Lester Flatt & The Nashville Grass
Encapsulating tracks from 1975-1992, the album tells a story about a little, independent country label tucked away in sunny Southern California. This record is a collection of songs, many of which were early, important cuts for the label, while others have yet to see the light of day in the digital era.