late March 2009 favorites

Several tunes I enjoy now…

First a tribute to two bopping artists recently deceased. HANK LOCKLIN, famous Hillbilly crooner, had also done Hillbilly Bop, as here « Down Texas Way ». BUCK GRIFFIN, a Rockabilly great (LIN/MGM sides) – it was hard to choose, but I decided finally to include his « Stutterin’ Papa » complete with hiccups a la Charlie Feathers.

Then we got to unknowns. JOE ‘Cannonball’ LEWIS, whose « I’m gonna tear your playhouse down » (Kentucky label) is already a hillbilly bop classic. Then KED KILLEN. His « Worried blues » (Western Ranch) is dramatic.

Don’t quit! Now Bluegrass with The CHURCH BROTHERS (Ralph, Bill & Edwin) from North Carolina with their powerful « I Don’t Know What To Do » (Blue Ridge). And we go to the end with Cajun live: PAUL DAIGLE’s « I Told A ie ».

Hope you enjoy these selections