TIBBY EDWARDS: Louisiana Hillbilly (1953-1961)

Tibby Edwards (rn Edwin Thibodeaux) was born in Garland, Louisiana in March 29th, 1935.  tibby edwards tête épaulesHis thorough grip of cajun music, his native idiom, can be heard on « C’est Si Tout » which he composed with his longtime co-writer Leon Tassin.  Mercury 70719 c'est si tout (suite…)

late December 2009 fortnight

Howdy folks! Here we go again with 6 other goodies. 5 are Hillbilly boppers. Gene O’Quin was from Texas, and had numerous sides between 1951 and 1954 on Capitol (he recorded for the most part on West Coast). I’ve chosen his great « You Name It (She’s Got It) » from 1954. Speedy West on agressive steel, Harold Hensley on fiddle. The title says it all! Why not Hank Williams? After all, he was the greatest of all Hillbilly singers. Here is one of my ever favorites, « Honky Tonk Blues », from 1951. Great lyrics, fine backing from the Drifting Cowboys . A singer who was underrated, then adulated in Rockabilly circles: Charlie Feathers. He came from Mississipi, hanged around Sun Studio in 1955, and recorded marvelous sides, among them « Defrost Your Heart ». Backed by the ideal Memphis Hillbilly team of Quinton Claunch (steel) and Bill Cantrell (fiddle), he delivers a fabulous vocal full of emotion. Next year he was going to sing « Get with it » on Meteor! While in Memphis, a fine Hank Williams-style vocal (even with semi-yodel) is done by Bud Deckleman from Arkansas on the top-charted « Day-Dreamin' » – same backing as Charlie Feathers’. What a strong bass! (see elsewhere in the site for the story on Bud Deckleman). Later on we have Little Jimmy Dickens, a long time Hillbilly artist on Columbia. In 1957, on the West Coast, with a wild steel-guitar player behind him (I think he was Curley Shalker), he offers the next-to-Rock’n’Roll « I Got A Hole in My Pocket ». Enjoy the steering sound! Finally Rocking Blues with Chicago Smokey Smothers’ « I Got My Eyes On You » (mid-60s). Have a good time! Bye.

Bud Deckleman

Bud Deckleman

G.D. « Bud » Deckleman was born on 2 April 1927 in Harrisburg, Arkansas. After spending the war in the Air Force, he worked in Chicago where he met songwriter and fiddle player Bill Cantrell, formerly of the Blue Sea Pals. decklemanWhile Cantrell was in Chicago his co-Pal, Quinton Claunch, was in Memphis. By 1954 both Cantrell and Deckleman were back in the Memphis area. Bud had a band with his brother Thadeus (known as Dood) and Claunch recalls : « One day Cantrell met Bud again at a club and said I should go on down and check him out. He was a natural. He had a voice that just knocked me out. He had great tonal quality and he could sing rings around some of the star names, like Webb Pierce. (suite…)