Howdy folks ! This is the late October 2018 fortnight’s favorites selection, that include 9 tunes.
Carl Dixon on Hood
Let’s start with CARL DIXON, about whom a virtually nothing is known. I suspect that Dixon came from Arkansas, because the mention « & his Ark. Five », although the Hood label was located in Louisville, Ky. Nevertheless, both sides are joyful Rockabillies/Hillbilly boppers on Hood 1031 (sole issue known on 45cat,. Both sides do feature an harmonica, are medium uptempos and have echo on both guitar and vocal.
From New Orleans do come the next three tracks on the famous Meladee label. This one released also Gene Rodrigue, and most of all, the wild Jeff Daniels’ songs in 1956 («Daddy-o-rock » and « Hey Woman »).
Let’s begin with the otherwise unknown cat C. L. ‘Curly’ HARE on Meladee 103 from 1953. « Hopeless Love » is a shuffler, with good steel (solo) and fiddle, and an insistent piano that tickles the listener’s ears. More of the same with the flipside, « Bundle Of Blues ». A very nice hillbilly bop platter.
Later on, Wyatt re-surfaced on the Kuntry label # 1000 (late ’50s or early ’60s) apparently run by J. D. Miller [publishing house Jamil], out of Crowley, La. for the fast Country rocker « I Taught Her How To Love ».
Finally I post « Poor Me » by CHANDOS McRILL & The Excellons on the Stardust label # 805, which was located in Kansas City, Missouri. Issued in October 1959, it’s a medium-paced Rockabilly. McRill has an husky voice perfect for this type of music. A good guitar solo. Indeed he had released in 1957 on the Starday custom Stardust label (# 655) the great bopper/Rockabilly double-sider « Money Lovin’ Woman »/»Little Bit Too Bashful ». You’re lucky if you can find « Poor Me » and would pay $ 300-400 for bying it ! Note that the singer’s name was hidden, perhaps as an attempt to promote his backing group.
Howdy folks ! Eleven selections (yes, 11) this time of small labels and very minor artists, who made for the most part of them only one known record then vanished into obscurity or did something else than a career in music.
From California on the Pico Sundown label (# 113, very late ’50s, let’s hear at BOBBY AUSTIN‘s « Fool, fool, fool » : a jumping little tune, very expressive vocal – the singer knows what he’s talking about, of course. A prominent steel guitar, whose style must BE Ralph Mooney‘s.
A lively « It’s money » by MIKE CLAY follows on the National Sounds label (# 1501), mid ’60s. It’s an uptempo with a harsh guitar. The record itself is produced by « Jack Rhodes », famous producer and songwriter residing in Mineola, TX.
From Louisville, KY, here they are, back-to-back of the Hood label # 1031 by CARL DIXON. More ‘Country’ than hillbilly, however two fine medium-paced Country rockers : « Carry me back to Ark. » and « Hunting out of season ». Surely Dixon has to watch for gamekeepers.. A harmonica throughout is the main instrument.
DICK BILLS began seemingly his career in Arizona on the Vicki label in 1954-55 (an OP- custom issue, « Beggars can’t be choosers »)[see elsewhere in this site my feature on the Four Star OP-serie]. We find him later on the Morgan label (# 107) in California for two medium paced numbers (one is sung by Buzz Burnam – I can’t for Heaven’s sake remember him where/when, but his name rings familiar to my ears). Tracks are « Lost without you », an ordinary bopper, while « Old dusty sun » has a surprising hawaiian-style steel guitar.
Finally Bills reappears in 1961 on the Crest label for a solid « Rockin’ and a rollin’ » (# 1091), backed on the lead guitar by his nephew Glen Campbell.
JIMMY RINGO next artist offers a very nice bopper as late as 1958 on the big concern W.C. Dot (reputed for its pop orientation). « I like this kind of music » (# 15787) has everything Boppers’ addicts could wish for : a nice guitar (a short solo), an interesting vocal, a prominent fiddle, of course no drums and even a banjo solo.
The following artist had a long career as Red River Dave, mostly songwriter, he takes here his real name of DAVE McENERY for a solitary single on a subsidiary label to T.N.T., the aptly named Yodeling # 500. I wonder if they are more numbers in the serie. Both tracks are unusual. « Did the gypsy lie ? » is an intense ballad, while « Jailhouse blues » (backing is made of 2 guitars and a bass) is a sort of folkish hillbilly, very pleasant with its yodel efforts.
Note: Phil Watson, a visitor, had noted what follows: “I heard this was recorded when T Texas Tyler was jailed in 1958 for a drugs offence (he was found carrying weed) and, quick off the mark as always, Red River Dave wrote a song about it – Jailhouse Blues. The lyrics mention a couple of Tyler’s songs.”. Thanks Phil!
Last artist is a completely unknown from Kansas City, MO : ROY BEEMER comes with a shuffler, « Cheatin’ don’t count » has a guitar solo « a la Hank Garland », solos of steel and fiddle. A real good disc on the Artists label # 1459.
“Cheatin’ don’t count”