Hello to everybody, hi to newcomers, this is the early August 2018 fortnight’s favorites selection.

We begin in San Antonio, Texas, with a group, the Southernaires, which backed in 1954 Arnold Parker for his issue on Sarg 106. Later Parker had « Found A New Woman «  on Starday (Custom serie) # 570 in June 1956, a strong and fiery rockabilly. On Sarg, among the Southernaires was the fiddler/vocalist HENRY BENNETSEN. His « Six More Days » is a jumping hillbilly tune, with vocal and fiddle well to the fore , while the flipside « What’s The Matter With you » has more of a bluesier Honky Tonk style (Sarg 105).

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Henry Bennetsen,Six More Days

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What’s The Matter With You
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BENNETSEN paired with Homer Bade (guitar player?) also had on the small Humming Bird label (Houston) # 1010 the good double-sider « Cripple Heart » (a medium shuffler, nice vocals – during the chorus – and fiddle) backed with « Eternal Love », again a good shuffler (fiddle and a good guitar – Bennetsen solo vocal).

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Cripple Heart”

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“Eternal Love”

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Shake Baby Shake

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From the Missouri apparently (« The Missouri Two ») comes HAROLD ZAHNER with Johnny Smith for a primitive rockabily, strong rhythm and forceful vocal : « Shake Baby Shake » issued on the Smith label # 17318. Hard to imagine an issue date, I’d say 1956-57.

From Atlanta, Ga., we find now The MELODY BOYS (Doyal and Grover) and their « Don’t Let Pride Take Our True Love Away » on Leo’s 2010. A good fiddle led duet, fast guitar and welcome steel, even a mandolin solo. A nice record for 1959. The second platter is more ordinary, « Who’ll Do The Crying Over You » (Leo’s 20113) with the same instrumentation.

Don’t Let Pride Take Our True Love Away”

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Who’ll Do The Crying Over You”

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LARRY DEXTER had only one record ever (except in the ’60s), that on Republic 7079 in 1954. A fast uptempo, strong fiddle solo and a really hillbilly pronunciation in « Throwing Kisses ». Later in 1963 Dexter had on Hit and Giant some pop country with a version of Dion’s « Ruby Baby ».

Throwing Kisses

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Back in 1939 BOB DUNN (trombonist and lap-steel player) delivered with Moon Mullican on piano and vocal a « Mean Mistreater », good welcome Western music on Decca 5694. What to do except listen to a swinging tune ?

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“Bartender’s Blues”

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“Get With It”

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From Avery, Texas on the Cowtown label, an interesting artist for two tracks : KENNY BUSKIRK. « Bartender’s Blues” (# 819) first is bluesy uptempo (good guitar solo and an assured vocal), then the very short shuffler (1mn) « Get With It » (# 832), equally good ; both were issued between 1964 and 1966.

From the West Coast come on the Los Gatos, Ca. Intrastate label (# 24) issued circa October 1955 « I May Not Be Able But I’m Willin’ To Try » by CHUCK RAY & His Gang. A very fast Western type song, fiddle during the chorus (it’s a vocal trio).

“I may Not Be Able But  I’m Willin’ To Try”

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Finally the PILGRIM BROTHERS on they obviously own label, Pilgrim # 2001, from the early ’60s. « (Slow) Cold Rain » is a rocker, with a good guitar (although uninspired solo).The whole thing moves !

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“(Slow) Cold Rain

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With thanks to Ronald Keppner (Sarg files) and YouTube « Cheesebrew Wax Archives » chain, which proved very fruitful. I used also “Sarg Records – an anthology” on Bear Family.