early May 2011 fortnight’s favourites

Howdy folks. We begin in Texas (Marshall) with the energetic duet MACK & GWEN for “Baby I Want Another Date With You” – could be from 1959-60 on the Phil label. Then JOHNNY BROWN on the Big State label (El Paso, Texas) for the fabulous “Shame” (3 steel solos!), vocal assured by “Sammy” (Sammy Smith is the songwriter)

phil  mac & gwen

Big State  Brown Shame

This is a very special feature. I’ve noticed a singer from Georgia, CLYDE BEAVERS, who sounded interesting. First he appeared on the famous STARDAY CUSTOM serie (he gave his own state as label, GEORGIA) as a Hillbilly Bopper in 1955; he pursued his carreer on other labels, finally hitting a bit on Mercury in 1957 with “Crying For My Baby“. Constant quality of his recordings. Hence 4 tracks by him in chronological order.

Georgia beavers  gonetempwood beavers still

mercury  beavers

The seventh track is a favourite of mine. Alexander “Papa” Lightfoot cut the wild (raucous vocal + harmonica) “Wine, Women And Whiskey” in New Orleans, added by a guitar player (Guitar Gable) and  just a drummer in 1952. What a sound, what a savagery! Imperial label.


Papa Lightfoot

imperial  lightfoot wine

Enjoy every tune, folks! Comments welcome!