Call it Hillbilly Bop, Country Boogie, even Rockabilly, it’s all the same music, developping itself from ’30’s Country Blues or Western Swing plus an heavy dose of Boogie Woogie. It can be found in all Southern States, also in California and as far as Indiana or Pennsylvania, as much issued on major record labels (RCA, Decca, Columbia, M-G-M) as much, and much more actually, on hundred small labels, often one-off or with the odd issue.
Artists (more than once launching their own label) then tried hard (as today) to litterally sell themselves giving away their records after the show or to local D.J. to be promoted. That’s the story of their little records bopping.org is telling you. Too numerous artists already featured to mention (ca. 450) ; lot more to come. So all you got to do is to type « bopping.org » in your research bar and treat yourself to a musical trip from the ’40s to the ’60s.
Hello, folks ! Hello to past visitors ; hi ! to new ones. This is the late April 2019 fortnight's selection. Henry McPeak Let's begin with a Starday custom record issued mid-1959 by HENRY McPEAK on the HG label (# 771). McPeak was born 1929 in Snowville, Va. « I Feel...read more
Howdy folks ! This is early April 2019 fortnight's favorites' selection. Lefty Nicks We begin with a rarity, aimed at Rockabilly circles, and sold between $ 800 and 1000. On the Nicktone label (# 6020) LEFTY NICKS delivers a great « Model A Ford Blues ». An utempo...read more
Late March 2019 fortnight's favorites : the 6th of this year, and once more 9 goodies in Hillbilly bop style, from 1952 to 1965. Wade Ray He was a fiddler (1913-1998) and leader of a Western swing orchestra during the early '50s, between Indiana and Illinois. Here a...read more
In 1962, Logsdon launched his own label (Jimmie Logsdon Sings) – 6 tracks EPs – and issued three of them, prominently religious songs, but also some Hank Williams classics, lesser known songs. He was backed by unknown musicians, probably Cincinnati session men :...read more
Howdy folks ! This is the 5th bopping fortningt's favorites selection of the 2019 year, that of early March. Mostly made of late '40s and very early '50s recordings in very various styles. Blue Ridge Playboys (Moon Mullican) Let's begin with a San Antonio recording...read more
Howdy folks ! It's the second fortnight of February 2019, and there are already in this blog 5 issues since January 1st, that of two bopping fortnight's favorites selections, and two throroughly researched hillbilly profiles, that first of the North Carolina Church...read more