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From the fifties to the seventies, producer H. W. “Pappy” Daily recorded a colorful cast of aspiring musicians from southeast Texas and southwest Louisiana for Houston’s D Records, though except for the Big Bopper’s “Chantilly Lace,” he didn’t really have any hits. Still, he left a genuine artistic legacy, and it finally gets its due on a German import, The Complete D Singles Collection, Volume 1: The Sounds of Houston, Texas (Bear Family). The four-disc set is filled with every side the label issued, including George Jones doing rockabilly and George Strait doing country before he became a star. JOE NICK PATOSKI

Cattle Call: Early Cowboy Music and Its Roots (Rounder) is a welcome collection of fourteen classics, dominated by Texans, from the early days of the recording industry. Carl T. Sprague’s “When the Work’s All Done This Fall” and Jules Verne Allen’s “Little Joe the Wrangler” exemplify Western music as it was evolving from the traditional songs of nineteenth-century trail drives into Hollywood’s romanticized ballads. JOHN MORTHLAND

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Mike Blakely is a full-service cowboy. By day he’s a Marble Falls rancher, by night he’s a country balladeer, and by golly he’s a western writer to boot. His latest opus, Too Long at the Dance (Forge, $23.95), continues the saga of Caleb Holcomb, the cowboy fiddler of the Spur-nominated Shortgrass

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