late June 2011 fortnight’s favorites

The collector CDs of the Dutchman do contain vintage gems. Here we have Arvis McRae & the Texas Keys for the marvelous “Me And My Love“. Fine fiddle and guitar solos. Echo on vocal. Great rural Hillbilly Bop!  It comes from Texarkana on the Ranger label.ranger mcrae love

Then in Virginia for a rare instrumental on mandolin by Phebel Wright, “Lint Head Stomp“. Cut for Essex Records in 1946. It’s a tour de force: who influenced Bill Monroe?  Wright appeared later (gospel recordings) on a Bryte EP.phebel wright

On the Yolk label (Indianapolis), we are now turning to Rockabilly with Lloyd Harp and “Slow Boogie Rock“.yolk  harp slow

Less and less known now are Earl Wright and “Married Man Blues“or  Sid Triplett’sMarried Life Blues” – surely two songs aimed at married men!

cutt-rite Wright Married Finally on the Louisiana Big Howdy label (1960’s?), the Weems Brothers and Billy Still for “Don’t Turn God Away“.

Many rare selections this time. I hope you enjoy every tune. Comments welcome!

Jimmy Swan, “Honky Tonkin’ in Mississipi”

Jimmy Swan was born November 18, 1912 in Alabama. After his father left the family, his mother moved to Birmingham, where young Jimmy helped support his mother by shining shoes and selling newspapers. His most famous shoeshine customer was Jimmie Rodgers, known as the Singing Brakeman, and the Father of Country Music. He won a talent contest sponsored by a local radio station at the age of 15, and decided he might have a career in music. At 17 he married Alabama beauty queen Grace Armour, and they had three children, Charles, Wanda, and Randy. Jimmy ended up riding the rails to Mississippi and working for awhile to support his family during the Great Depression. The 1940’s found Jimmy in Mobile, Alabama, where he formed the only live Country nightclub band playing in the area. Jimmy’s first lead guitar player was Hank Locklin, who would become famous in his own right with such hits as Send Me the Pillow that You Dream On, Please Help Me I’m Falling, and Country Hall of Fame.jimmy swan picture