early November 2012 fortnight’s favourites

Howdy folks, welcome to newcomers. The aim of this feature is to spread my favorites around…

Let’s begin with a recently covered CLIFF DAVIS, without doubt a Southerner (“& his Kentucky Play Boys” as shown on the label), on the Chicago Jay Jay label (# 161) for this fabulous rendition of a classic, modernized (for 1956…) “Rocky Road Blues“. Fast, call-and-response format, even slap-bass sounding like drums and a superlative guitar. Second, thanks to Youtube chain-owner HillillyBoogie1, who frequently adds gems to his chain, PERRY WASHBURN on the Los Lunas, N. M. Mustang (# 300) label is no exception: on a obliged Indian beat, a very effective medium-paced vocal on perfect backing of steel-fiddle-guitar (nice solos) for “Pocahontas Baby“.

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On the Joplin, MO. Joplin label, owned and composed by one Robert T. Nelson, a superior shuffler, “Oklahoma Blond Headed Gal” by deep-voiced SAMMIE LEE. Nice fiddle, steel all  along. Year 1958 (issue J80W-3138, RCA pressing). Thanks to Tom Sims for this rare one.

 

PORKY FREEMAN is maybe the best known of this serie, for a string of guitar-led instrumentals from 1944-1947 on Ara and Four Star labels. Here I offer his “Porky’s Boogie Woogie” (Ara 4009) from September 1945. Red Murrell on rhythm and Al Barker on bass, Porky indeed on lead guitar.

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From Chicago or Eastern states come BOB PERRY. On the small Bandera label (# 1301/1303) the fantastic “Weary Blues Goodbye” from 1958. Very strong rhythm, firm vocal, and a FABULOUS steel-guitar solo, which sounds as a slide guitar. I added the flipside, very different, and more countryfied “Can’t Hardly Wait”. Perry had at least another disc on Cool, outside the scope of this site: it’s a late ’50s rocker.

Finally someone I recently put everything I could gather on, the Kentuckian born RAY ANDERSON. In the case you missed him, here is his great “Done Gone Dirty Shame” from 1952-53 on the Illinois Blue Ribbon (B2) label. Nice guitar picking a la Merle Travis.

 

Finally there is an hidden gem in the podcasts: “Haunted House Boogie” by Jack Rivers, for halloween.bandera perry goodbye

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late March 2010 fortnight

Howdy folks! No post since a long time. I have been out of town, sick and busy elsewhere. Now I’m back with another batch of Hillbilly bop and Rock’n’Roll goodies… First we have JACK RIVERS’ “Haunted House Boogie” (was on Columbia, 1954), complete with sound effects on steel-guitar! Then onto a little classic on King (1953) “The Creek’s Gone Muddy (and the Fish Won’t Bite)” by JIMMY BALLARD. I will tell you someday the story of Jimmy Ballard, very strange one: he had risqué songs (some call it pornobilly) same time as sacred, on small Kentucky labels. Earlier (40s) with CLIFF CARLISLE’s “Shanghaï Rooster Yodel # 2” – fine dobro. Same period (or even the 30s?) with UNCLE HENRY and the haunting harmonica instro “Lost John”. Then back to 1953, another interesting artist from Virginia or D.C., JOE FRANKLIN. Here is the reverse of his fabulous “Hillblly Boy” on M-G-M: the mid-tempo “Hitch-Hiking Blues” . Nice Hillbilly piano (Franklin himself?). We come to an end with the frantic “Don’t Happen No More” (78 rpm) from 1956 (Atlantic – Mickey Baker on guitar) by YOUNG JESSIE. Enjoy these gems!