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!