Howdy, folks. It’s hot over there (South of France), nevertheless I am determined to offer you once more your bi-weekly dose of Hillbilly bop! This time I will give you mostly Bluegrass oriented Hillbilly, and banjo woll be prominently used. Let’s begin on the famous Dixie label (although quite uncommon one to find), with Malcolm Nash and the good “I Guess I’m Wise” (# 833). We go on further with Pinky Pinkston, an artist already surveyed in a recent fortnight. Here he cut a marvelous Bluegrass version of “Blue Moon Of Kentucky” (Fine-R-Tone # 6). The Wilburn Brothers are already a well-known successful brother duet: here I offer their fine rendition of another brothers duet, the Shelton Brothers‘ ’30s classic”Deep Elem Blues“. Well, I know, this version date from 1956, and is very main country-Nashville sounding. Nevertheless, it’s a good version to be heard while playing
On to West Coast and for a very interesting artist: Black Jack Wayne. I am gathering information on Mister Wayne for a planned feature. I post today his very nice “Shallow Water Blues“, cut with Cal Maddox (of the Maddoxes) on his own Black Jack label (# 104). We return to another recently covered artist, Dennis Goodrich, for a ballad – actually the flipside to “All Alone“, “My Love for You” on the Debute label (# 500).
Let’s go further in Bluegrass style with a Bryant Wilson and the Kentucky Ramblers issue, “A Use To Be” on Adair 620, a small label from Edinburg, Indiana..
And we come to and end with the fabulous piano-led “Slow Down Baby” by Bob Gaddy on the Harlem label. The guitar player is none other than Larry Dale for this NYC 1953 issue.
Howdy folks! Welcome to new visitors, hi! to returning ones. Here is a new batch of hillbilly bop/rockabillies, taken from various sources (thanks Youtube!) for your own pleasure.
First, a survivor in style. LOUIE BASHELL (and his Silk Umbrella Orchestra !) and “Oklahoma Boogie” (RCA 47-5583, 1954) could well have been issued at least 5 years before, when accordion was in demand and dominated the songs of Pee Wee King, Spade Cooley, Wes Tuttle during the late ’40s. Anyway “Oklahoma Boogie“, with its Western swing flavour, is a driving track.
From the same period I’d assume, 1954-1955 in Oakland, California. CHARLES WAYNE and the Rattlesnake Ramblers for both sides of his Spur issue (# 1245): “Rodeo Time Is Here” and “Rockin’ Rollin’ Rhythm“.Piano well to the fore (barroom style), and a fine vocal. The whole reminds me of 1951 Charlie Graci‘s sides on Cadillac or 20th Fox (“Wilwdood Boogie“). Charles Wayne was the brother of Black Jack Wayne, a long-forgotten but important figure in the Northern California hillbilly bop scene. A feature on him is in the pipeline.
From Madison, Tennessee on the Logan label (# 3111), the 1959 Rockabilly oriented Hillbilly bop “It Was You” by LONNIE MULLINS. Strong guitar (bass chords) and great urgent vocal. The Logan label issued a mere 40 sides, among them the great “You Tore Your Playhouse Down” by Rabon Sanders (to be heard in the “early January 2012 fortnight’s favourites” article – seach for it with the button). Lonnie Mullins‘ flipside “Since You’ve Gone” was issued on Collector 4449 “Slow Boogie Rockin’” vol. 5.
From Florida I’d assume on the Jay label (# 72) do come the fine fast duet of JIM & EDITH YOUNG for the very good and aptly named “Hill Billy Moon” from 1957. Flash! Udo Frank corrected me. The disc do come from Sydney, Ohio. Thanks, Udo!
To sum up, two Bluegrass oriented hillbillies. First a slow one, the bluesy (great dobro) “I’m A Loser” from a PINKY PINKSTON (thanks Rock’n’Roll Daddy-O Youtube chain) on the rare Fine-R-Tone label ( 6). Strangely billed “Custom record service”, I really have no clue which larger label this one was pressed and distributed by. Maybe Ohio? North Carolina?
DENNIS GOODRICH had his “All Alone” on the Lorain, Ohio Debute label (# 0500). Coincidence! Anyway this is a fine fast Bluegrass number. Hope you will enjoy the selections!