RHYTHM HARMONEERS on the Jamboree label (not Nashville, but Shreveport, La.) # 2800. Leader was Tom Bearden. « Women Drivers » is the Bill Carlisle song (Mercury). Harmony vocals and a fine guitar on this utptempo. The Harmoneers went also in 1953 on the Flair 1003 (subsidiary label to Modern) with « Good Old Chlororophyll ».
PAUL WILSON on another Louisiana label, Picture # 1001, released 1962 or ’63. « The Blues You Gave Me » is a steel led uptempo (plus solo) with piano, a really moving track. The record was produced by one M. F. Machart, who also produced Sleepy LaBeff « Ride on Josephine » (Picture 1937) Anothee Wilson record was « You Don’t Love Me » (Pcture 1002) – untraced.
The 3 following songs are by JOHNNY HENDERSON, a West coast artist who cut for High Time in 1956-57. Backed by The Texas Hired Hands, he released « The Girl I Love Is n Okie » (# 117), a medium uptempo bopper, lovely rhythm, although no fiddle. B-side is similar in style : « Down Beside The Rio Grande » High Time 118). « Any Old Port In A torm » (High Time 177) is easily found on compilations, not its flipside , a bluesy item with lively vocal « Rocket In My Pocket ».
On the Hi-Lite label (Alabama 1959) the team led by JOHN R. McKEARN (backed on side A by Billy Stockstill) offers « All Because Of You » (# 510) : forceful rural vocal, a mid-tempo track, great guitar. The B-side has « The Tug Boast Song » backed by Luden R. Gouedy is uptempo Rockabilly. Same good guitar and piano in the background. This disc is valued at $ 200-300 in Lincoln book.
On the (U.S.) London label # 16032 from 1950, on to HANK DALTON & the Brakemen. He was actually Alton Delmore with Ray Smith . Here they do a great train song « Hummingbird Special », same style of the Delmore Brothers.
A nice mid-tempo Rockabilly with Country overtones by the PILGRIM BROTHERS on their own Pilgrim label (# 2001) : « (Slow) Cold Rain ».
Howdy, folks. After being one long month away [for a thermal cure – everyone has to coddle himself, no?], finally I got back home. And I hope you are waiting for this early November bopping (and Rocking) fortnight’s favorites selection. Let’s not deceive any of you.
Up in Michigan, CAL DAVIS & his Tennessee Kings on the full of good music label Fortune (# 185) gives us a lovely uptempo (nimble lead guitar which has 2 soli ; good steel which has its solo too) « Partnership love affair » from 1956. I’d like to hear more by him..
« Don’t go back again » is the next song, and a shuffler from 1959 by GEORGE KENT, cut in Dallas, TX. issued on Maverick 1001. The duet vocals are a bit poppish at times, but are backed by two solos of steel and fiddle + loud drums. Flipside « Move on » is a fine uptempo too (hear it on YouTube). Kent went later to do mainstream country on Mercury in the ’70’s.
Really early (1948) let’s take care of JACK HOLDEN & the Georgia Boys on the famous Red Barn (associated to White Church for the sacred sides) label from Kansas City, which had also in its roster Jimmie Skinner (his first sides), Byron Parker and the Blackwood Bros. Holden made a serie of records containing all « Mama ». Here we hear to « Mama quit teasin’ me » (# 1151) and « Mama I’m sick » (# 1152). Fine shufflers, containing choruses in unison. The fiddle well to the fore is played by Wayne Midkiff. After that Holden also cut 6 discs for RCA (1951-52) then disappeared completely. During those years (1948-52) Holden had radio shows on WEAS (Decatur, Georgia), WATL (Atlanta, Georgia too); he was also associated to the Renfro Valley Barn Dance (in Kentucky or Ohio), and was heard on two Kansas radio stations: WIBW (Kansas Roundup) and WIBW (Topeka).
Back to bopping music with a Roswell, New Mexico Mystic label (# 5828) : RICKY McKINNEY do offer a sort of happy bluesy uptempo with « Washday blues », which reminds me other domestic affairs like « Super market day » by Jimmy Key (Hi Lite). Anyway McKinney may have some sort of connexion with Norman Petty, as his record is registered by Nor-Va-Jak music.
The next two tracks were cut in 1962 and RCA custom recordings. Until that, nothing is really interesting. But wait a bit: both sides are hillbilly gospel. And another teasing detail: side A has a Columbus, OH. location, while side B is out of Delberton, W. Va. It’s the kind of details which bring more appeal to a record, moreover very nice sacred harmony vocals (spare instrumentation, only guitar). Oh yes, the artist is called LLOYD FARLEY & His Revelators, on The Revelators label, no #. « How long » is the faster of both, although the mid-paced tempo « The Lord will make a way » is equally good.
From Texas (Houston area, I guess) comes PAUL WILSON who performs «The blues you gave me » on Picture 1001. This record is typical, although having been issued in ’59, of ’60s Nashville Country : good vocal (but nothing exceptional), steel as the driving force of the track, then drums and piano. Wilson had another later on the Country Town label (# 105) and «Hippie invasion”.
Final cut by HOUSTON [Bob] MILLS: the moving ballad « They turned the lights out down at Joe’s » from 1966 on the Tom Big Bee label # 101 (I remember this label is from Pontotoc, North of Mississipi.). It released also Robert Mills (obviously the same artist) on # 101 (reverse by Deborah Aycock – wonder if she is related to Earl, whose ground was rather Houston area, if one excepts his Dixie recordings – cut in Gallatin, TN.?). Another interesting figure on Tom Big Bee (# 102) was the Sun wild man Jimmy Wages (& Tune Masters), who does anyway very average Country music here (# Tom Big Bee 102). Lastly James Mask (Tom Big Bee 111) does a good version of Rocky Bill Ford “Beer drinking blues“.
That’s it, folks. As usual, comments, additions, corrections are welcome. Bopping.org is en route for a re-organization within the very next months : it would give more fun for you visitors to run through the 300++ articles. More on that in a near future.
Sources : Hillbilly Researcher (Red Barn and Jack Holden) + Praguefrank huge discography ; many YouTube shots, too numerous to recommend any of the generous uploaders. 45Cat was very useful. Then, many, many researches, mostly out of my own archives, to build something of interest around each artist mentioned. I hope you like the feature. In the meantime, bye-bye..