Dooin' My Time
(With Book, 6PC)
This long-overdue collection finally restores Skinner's most important recordings to print. Five compact discs feature Skinner's classic 1947-1962 recordings for Red Barn, Radio Artists, Capitol, Decca and Mercury, along with acetates and rare bluegrass tracks sold exclusively through the Jimmie Skinner Music Center. A sixth disc features Skinner reading excerpts from his uncompleted autobiography. His compelling narrative spins tales of the Great Depression, his first efforts at songwriting and frustrating attempts to get on record, his peak years on Knoxville radio, and decision to return to his southwestern Ohio home. Working closely with the Skinner family, his former guitarist Rusty York, and others associated with the singer, country music researcher David Sax recovered unissued Radio Artists master acetates along with dozens of photos, clippings and printed souvenirs. Includes a 92-page hardcover book.