late January 2014 fortnight favorites

Howdy folks! This is the second serie of favorites for the new Year. All selections do come from the eastern parts of U.S, except one from Indiana.

From Mobile, Alabama, WADE JERNIGAN offers the first titles on the Sandy (# 1010) label. Medium hillbilly bop, steel and fiddle for “Road of love“. Flip “So  tired” is more intimate.

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Wade Jernigan “Road of love”


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Wade Jernigan “So tired”


From New York on the Mell label (same as Howie Stang‘s) (# 121) by one MOREY DUBOIS. “If you can spare the time” is obviously inspired by 1950 Lefty Frizzell hit, bit it’s Rockabilly from 1959. From Hammond, Indiana, we find BILLY REED and “Honky-tonk mama” a fine medium hillbilly bopper full of steel and fiddle. Topical lyrics. Campfire 45-33.

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Morey Dubois, “If you can spare the time”


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Billy Reed “Honky-tonk mama”











LES TUCKER offers “Wrong kinda lovin” , a fast call and response format cross between hillbilly bop and rockabilly from late 1958, on the St Paul, Minnesota HEP label 2144.

On one of the many Dixie labels, one religious Hillbilly bop, “Crossing river Jordan” by HARMON R. WILLIS (# 123) and the Willis Family. Nice guitar. Sounds an accordion in the background?

Finally a curiosity. SHORTY LONG and BOB NEWMAN team up in 1955 on the “X” label for a train song, “Roll Rattler, roll“.(#0045)

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Les Tucker “Wrong kinda lovin’


Harmon R. Willis “Crossing river Jordan


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Several stories of artists are on their way. I’m still lacking biographical info on ART GIBSON, SHORTY LONG, HAPPY FATS LEROY.

early October 2012 fortnight’s favorites

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Howdy, folks. En route for a new batch of bopping billies. This time they are all fast. The first on Hep Records is LES TUCKER with the fine “Wrong Kinda Lovin” (sic)(# 2144) from Saint Paul, Minnesota. It has two nice solos of fiddle then steel, and a call and response format.

Was CLIFF DAVIS (& Kentucky Playboys) a Southerner having migrated to North? The Banana label (# 501) is from Chicago. Anyway Davis offers a strong “Hard Hearted Girl” over a solid backing. He also had a fine rendition of “Rocky Road Blues” on another label, for a future fortnight.

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Al Barkle

AL BARKLE must be a solid name on the West coast. He had a record on M&M (this original of “Jumpin’ From 6 to 6“), Vita and Frantic among others. A native of Wisconsin, where he had “Honky Tonky Mama” on the Polkaland label as early as in 1951, he cut this Odie Ervin song in 1956 on M&M 4041. The song is aknowledged now as a rockabilly classic since Big Sandy re-recorded it for his LP debut in 1994. Firm vocal, a fabulous guitar solo over a thudding bass, it has everything you could hope. Barkle had later a “Sputnick I” song.

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m&m barkle jumpin'DON RAY must be familiar. Here he does “Step Aside” a good medium shuffler on the New Orleans Meladee label (# 118). He probably is the same artist who appeared on Rodeo (“Imogene“) on the West coast in 1959.

Completely unknown, with a un-familiar name, ULYSSES L. BAXTER nevertheless offers on the Rue label (# 725) the superior double sider “Beautiful Woman/Congratulate Your Son“. The A side is a cross between bop and rockabilly, while the flipside with its insistent guitar is a very nice white rock.

Finally you can hear CHARLIE CONRAD and Black Mountain Boys on Spec 125. A great double-sider too: “Dizzy Love/Night Club Blues“, two rockabillies from I don’t know where..



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Addition from a regular visitor, DrunkenHobo: Al Barkle M&M (CA) 45 – 4041 (1957 is a recut of M&M (CA) 45 – 3036 (1956) THe 1st version is good Rockabilly as well and has not a piano break. Thanks, Dean!