late March 2012 fortnight’s favorites

Howdy folks! After a week of inconvenience (the site could not be opened) and a few ajustments, we are back for a new batch of goodies.

First from California, the unknwon (to me, at least) FREDDIE BYRD, backed by California Playboys, lays down the fine « Somebody Stole My Love » on the microscopic Ka Hi label. Even not an issue number! This is the same label as the one Jess Willard had his great « I’m Telling You » in 1957 on (see his story with the reasearch button). Fine Hillbilly ditty.

 

From Tennessee, the HOWINGTON Brothers for a good (unusual in bopping) instrumental « Haymaker’s Shuffle » on the Loop label (# 903B). The title says it all.      

 

 

Then a certain TOM JAMES on the Nashville KLIX label, from 1957. I’d assume this is the same guy that had some very good boppers on RCA several years before (« I’m A Pig About Your Lovin » or « Don’t Lead Me On« ). Here we have a real knack of Rockabilly with « Track Down Baby » (Klix 0001). Great guitar.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

From California again: DOUG AMERSON offers the very solid « Bop, Man, Bop » on the Intrastate label (# 15-25), from 1955. This is how Hillbillies went to wilder things.

 

 

 

From Mississipi, MACK HAMILTON. Indeed he had other records, namely on Feature from Jackson (« Will You Will Or Will You Won’t » has already been posted a couple of years ago). Backed by his Drifting Texans, he does a nice shuffling « Moaning In The Morning » on Diamond 1001 (reviewed October 1953 by Billboard). This was a brother label to Trumpet I’ve discussed before in this site.

Finally, a berserk wildie from 1963 on the NYC based Mala label: « Red Ridin’ Hood And The Wolf » by BUNKER HILL (# 457). They don’t go any wilder like this today.

Enjoy the selections. Constructive comments welcome.

Rusty & Doug Kershaw, Louisiana men (1954 -1964)

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Douglas James « Doug » Kershaw was born on January 24 of 1936 on a houseboat near Tiel Ridge, Louisiana – a tiny island off the Gulf Coast of Mexico. Russell Lee « Rusty » Kershaw was born on 2 February 1938. Their childhood was difficult, and their father committed suicide when Doug was seven, soon after the family moved to Crowley. Their older brother Nelson « Pee Wee » Kershaw formed a band called the Continental Playboys, which the younger boys would later join. Rusty played rhythm guitar, while Doug began to excel on fiddle (he eventually claimed to have mastered 29 instruments). The band became popular and was appearing on KLPC-TV in 1953, alongside Jimmy Newman and Wiley Barkdull. (suite…)

early February 2012 fortnight’s favorites

Howdy, folks! Finally moved. More room for records, more space for living. Hope all of you are fine, still prepared for good ole’ Hillbilly music. Two classics will be discussed this time. All the podcast will be 78 rpm but only one 45: many a hiss! (suite…)

early July 2011 fortnight’s favorites

Howdy folks. We begin with the Starday label and CHUCK MAYFIELD, « Lucky Me » from 1955. Fine backing. Then, a perhaps surprising choice for Hillbilly bop, HANK PENNY, whose I like the drive and pugnancy of « Hadacillin Boogie » for RCA.

starday 161 chuck mayfield lucky me +RCA 20-4862 hank Penny Hadacillin boogie

A personality and band leader more than a good singer, DUDE MARTIN had good moments, like this Dick Stratton’s version of « Pistol Boogie ».

dude martin

Back to Starday and the fine, Rockabilly bordering Hillbillybop « Living High and Wide » by GLEN BARBER, deceased in 2010. He had previously cut the famous classics « Ice Water » and « Shadow My Baby » (which even had a sax – Link Davis?).

Very early ’50s, on the London label, we come to HANK DALTON (was it another pseudo for Wayne Raney) and his great « Hummingbird Special ».

To finish, back to April 1956 with PAUL DAVIS, « I Don’t Want A Back Seat Driver » (MGM 12472), a loping rhythm on this fine uptempo. I am pretty sure this is the same who cut 4 years later « Six Days On The Road » for the Bulletin label, forerunner to giant Bill Dudley hit in 1963.

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Glen Barber

Cat music: the roots of rockabilly – What does mean « cat » ?

‘Cat’ has been used as a term in popular music since the Jazz years of the 1920’s. Revered by the ancient Egyptians, cats have a mystique and grace all over their own – no wonder these independent and mysterious animals became such a byword for ‘Cool’ in music from Hep Cats, jazz be-boppers of the ‘40s, and right through into 1950’s Rock’n’Roll.

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