Howdy, folks! Welcome to newcomers, hi! to returning ones. More features on the pipeline for your own pleasure: I’d begin to entirely rewrite the Skeets McDonald story once published but too short and not enough documented. Then, Connie Dycus, the Rodeo/Excel label, Ray Henderson, Black Jack Wayne, Bob Blum (of « Rompin’ Stompin’ Good Time » fame!), Jack Guthrie, George McCormick (of the highly acclaimed duet « George & Earl« ), Lonnie Glosson, Eddie Dean and a lot more features to come…Just pay me a visit sometimes! Monty Deane, grandson to Wally Deane (see Trumpet story) did contact me, also the granddaughter to Kay Kellum. More infos from them to come. And I bet you didn’t miss the fascinating story of Dick Miller, who his son Roger helped me a lot for. A better search engine will be put on the site to help you find a particular artist.
It’s summertime, and I begin this fortnight’s favorites’ serie with « Bumming Around » (4 * 1613) by JIMMIE DEAN (and the Texas Wildcats). Hope you will agree with him! Nice medium-paced Hillbilly (good steel) from 1952, recorded in Washington, D.C. This was his first ever session of a long and successful career.
From Louisiana, I’d assume, on the Hayride (# 1001) label, FRED HENDERSON and the Valley Troubadours: « That’s Out« , with its typical call-and-response format, is a fast Hillbilly, well adorned by steel (good interplay with the guitar during the solo), and a very nice mandolin solo.
Rockabilly now. LONNIE LILLIE and « Truck Driver’s Special » on Marathon 5003 is already a minor classic, already written and cut by Red River Dave (Dave McEnery) on TNT in 1954. The singer tries out some hiccups and yells « Go Cat » before the guitar solo, the guitar player does it on bass chords, and a heavy string bass propels the whole.
More Rockabilly, but a slow one, by ARNOLD BLEVINS and Calvin Spicer for « Honky Tonk With You« . Again a heavy bass and low-key guitar chords.Whole thing moves along. Arvis 104.
Back to Ohio, the most recent track of this serie (1963) by JIMMIE KING on the Ark label (# 265), « Pretty Little Girl » is a fast Hillbilly (fiddle and steel present), which sounds more late ’50s than it dates.
Finally from Virginia: the BRAMMER BROTHERS on the small Liberty (# 105) label (I think it’s the same which issued Hender Saul‘s « I Ain’t Gonna Rock Tonite« ). Now it’s Bluegrass, fast and melodic. High-pitched vocal (joined by other members during the chorus): « Fiddle And The Bow« .