Howdy folks, we embark for a new serie of obscure hillbilly bop records. TED WEST is not an unknown artist. He cut 1952 for Republic in Nashville the fine “She Bent My Pole” and the equally good (with sound effects) “Parking Worries” (see in the site the article on Republic Records, from July 2011). He cut two sessions in 1953-1954 for M-G-M, which I did extract the nice “Call Of The Devil’s Ride” (# 11539) from. Backing accompaniment may be by the Drifting Cowboys. A good shuffler from the days before Nashville was not rotten neither too commercial.
From a state not commonly associated with hillbilly bop (Pennsylvania) comes, late ’50s or early ’60s, one BOBBY METZEL and “No Longer Mine” (Renco 104B) . It’s an uptempo ballad, well sung (I love this type of voice), a languishing steel lies all along. Fine relaxed Country. I add the flipside (Sept. 10, 2012) “Say You Really Love Me”
Then way up North in Indianapolis. 1955. Sunset label, not to be confused with Starday custom Virginia label (Tony & Jackie Lamie “Sunset Blues/Wore To A Frazzell”); one EDDE LEE delivers the very fine “I Can’t Believe You Mean It” (# ), backed by Cope McDaniel and the Cimarron Valley Boys. A fine picking guitar, added by good fiddle waving througout the tune (even a solo): all this make of this mid-tempo song a very enjoyable tune (Sunset 2603, RCA custom pressing).
From Texas, and the small town of Denison, 1960. GARRY GOODGION offers a “Blues Party” on Texoma 1758. Very convincing vocal, great lead guitar (acoustic?), a heavy drummer, and a bit of echo make this rendering a perfect example of what should sound a rock’n’roll band doing blues. Hear it!
More from Texas, San Antonio, and the underrated TNT label. It is well known for Jimmy Dee R&R sides, or first Glenn Reeves record (posted elsewhere). Here we have a very atmospheric ballad by JACK NEWMAN, may date from 1959: “I Could Not Think It Could Happen To Me” (# 170) .
Finally from Florida. (Roy) SHORTY SHEDD was the band leader of a group called the WHOOT OWLS, named after the Miami station they worked on. So how they happened to have on disc, “Barnyard Shuffle” on the West coast Selective (# 2) label is a complete mystery! A fabulous early ’50s shuffler, full of energy: hearing it make easily feel rock’n’roll rage was not far beyond.
That’s it for this time. Enjoy the selections!