september 23, 2015

Connie Smith - Connie In The Country (1967)

Connie Smith (born Constance June Meador; August 14, 1941) is an American country music artist.

Active since 1964, Smith is widely considered to be one of the genre's best female vocalists. She has earned 11 Grammy award nominations, 20 top ten Billboard country singles, and 31 charting albums, three of which have hit number one. On October 21, 2012, Smith became the 12th solo female vocalist and 19th woman to be elected to the Country Music Hall of Fame.

Despite her success, Smith is considered by some music critics to be one of the most underrated vocalists in country music history due to the decision not to pursue super stardom with the non-country general media market like such contemporaries as Loretta Lynn, Dolly Parton, and Tammy Wynette. Artists such as Parton, George Jones, and Chely Wright have cited Smith as either one of the best vocalists in the music industry or their favorite female artist. Eddie Stubbs of Nashville radio station WSM and the Grand Ole Opry has dubbed Smith "The Rolls-Royce of Country Singers."

“Connie In The Country” is her seventh studio album, released in February 1967 as a budget album on RCA Camden Records and was produced by Bob Ferguson.

“Connie in the Country” contained ten tracks. The album was a showcase of unreleased material Smith has recorded in the RCA studios between August 22 and August 23, 1966.
The album included cover versions of Loretta Lynn's "World of Forgotten People," Buck Owens's "Foolin' Around" and "Love's Gonna Live Here," and "I Overlooked an Orchid (While Searching for a Rose)." 

The album "Connie in the Country" was one of several albums of original new product by popular country stars released by RCA on its budget-line RCA Camden (which usually was just a line for repackaging older material) to encourage country fans to start collecting the label's currently popular artists. Smith's other albums on the Camden label are repackaged material from her RCA Victor albums.

The album's only single, "Cry, Cry, Cry" (not to be confused with Johnny Cash's 1955 hit of the same name) became a major hit on Billboard Magazine's Hot Country Songs chart, reaching #20, becoming Smith's first single to peak outside of the country Top 10.

Side A
A1.  Cry, Cry, Cry   (2:29) 
A2.  Foolin' 'Round   (2:12) 
A3.  World Of Forgotten People   (2:04) 
A4.  I'm Little But I'm Loud   (2:27) 
A5.  Slowly   (2:01)

Side B
B1.  I Overlooked An Orchid   (2:42) 
B2.  A' Sleeping At The Foot Of The Bed   (2:07) 
B3.  You Ain't Woman Enough   (2:17) 
B4.  Y'All Come   (2:16) 
B5.  Love's Gonna Live Here   (1:49)

Connie Smith - lead vocals
Anita Carter - background vocals
Dorothy Dillard - background vocals
Dolores Edgin - background vocals
Buddy Harman - drums
Walter Haynes - bass guitar, guitar
Priscilla Hubbard - background vocals
Ron Huskey - bass
Charles Justice - fiddle
Leonard Miller - drums
Weldon Myrick - steel guitar
Louis Nunley - background vocals
Dean Porter - guitar
Hargus "Pig" Robbins - piano
Velma Smith - guitar
William Wright - background vocals

Release: 1967
Genre:  Folk, World, & Country
Format:  LP
Length:  23:22
Label:  RCA Camden 
Catalog#   CAS-2120

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