Late July 2015 fortnight’s favorites

Let’s start this batch of fortnight’s favorites with a mysterious CURT HINSON. He hailed from S.C. and was at one time tied with WDLC in Dillon, S.C., where he was known as « Curt Hinson & His Sunset Troubadours ». Nothing is known about him except for two, maybe three records. The first one on Gotham 431, « Let’s see you smile » (1952) was coupled with « Down deep in my heart ». The first side is a nice uptempo, partly duetted (with the mysterious « Molinaro », who co-penned this track and the A-side on Carolina ?), over a chanting steel all along and a good swirling fiddle. The same songs were apparently reissued straight out on N.Y.C. Carolina label # 1001.

On Carolina 1003, Hinson has two « new » songs, « Cotton picking baby », a nice uptempo – weird and fooling fiddle, a steel solo and Troy Ferguson on the lead guitar. The flip side « You’re old love is haunting you still »[sic] is on a par with the presumably A-side. Fine relaxed vocal from Hinson, ably backed by a fluent guitar player. The identity of the guitar player was given by « HillbillyBoogie1 » on his Youtube chain, and I wonder where the information came from.

Let’s see you smile download
Cotton picking baby
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You’re old love is haunting you still
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gothzm 431B curt hinson - let'ssee you smilecarolina 1003 curt hinson - cotton picking babycarolina 1003 curt hinson your old love
From East coast we go now to Texas and the Fort Worth area. EARL WRIGHT & Texas Oldtimers has a good double-sider on Cutt-Rite in 1962 (# 100). « Married man blues » and « You don’t know it » are good Western swing flavored (prominent fiddle, even a solo) boppers. Nice guitar too, with jazzy overtones and a fine piano. A very nice relaxed record. Wright had at least another record, Jimmie Rodgers’ « T.B. Blues » on Bluebonnet 325 (untraced).

cutt-rite 100++ married man blues

cutt-rite 100++ you don't know it

Married man bluesdownload
You don’t know it
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Now on to Ohio, with GLENN & VIVIAN WATSON, who do a good duet with « Just keep on going » on the Dayton, OH label BMC # 1000, from 1959. Fine picking guitar throughout a la Merle Travis. Vivian did in 1956 a solitary tune « Hoping that you’re hoping » on a budget Big 4 Hits EP # 195.
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Finally I chose from Nashville a Murray Nash production [see Mellow’s Log Cabin i (hillbillycountry.blogspot.fr) for more info] by RALPH PRUETT and the song he wrote (not the blues/ traditional classic) « Louise » on B.B. 226, the very last one on this label, which saw no less than 3 Dixieland Drifters records. Topical lyrics, « Be-bop-a-Lula » is named, « Louise she’s my queen », over a relaxed vocal, with fine steel in the background plus n excellent fiddle solo.
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bmc 1000 glenn & vivian watson just keep on goingbb 226 ralph pruett

Sad news in France : a GREAT guy is gone, Bernard Boyat. Fine discographer, essential writer and reviewer for many magazines [more than 50, among them the vital French “Rock’n’Roll Revue” or “Le Cri du Coyote”) since the ’70s, a true gentleman, he had an encyclopedic knowledge of Rock’n’roll in general, with a special sympathy for Louisiana and Cajun people. He did help the launch of “bopping” with the co-writing of the article NATHAN ABSHIRE in January 2009. May God Almighty save his Soul and let him keep Rock’n’rolling in Heaven !

 

As usual, my special thanks to Internet, Alexander Petrauskas for his site “hillbillycountry.blogspot”, and Youtube “HillbillyBoogie1”.

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.

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 102 lloyd harp

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 326B Earl Wright "Married man blues"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!