Howdy folks ! This is the late July 2018 bopping fortnight’s favorites selection : here are 10 tunes from 1942 (Hank Snow) to 1966 (J.P. Dunn) and, YES ! One woman at last. But there were very few in Hillbilly bop music. And that’s what also makes their records so precious and different.
“That’s What I Found In You”
First artist do come from Indianapolis, a duet of the RUSSELL BROTHERS (Jim & Jesse) and their solitary 1963 single on the small but prestigious Nabor label. « You Cheated On Me » has a belting, hillbilly singing over very effective fiddle, steel and guitar (solos) and shuffling rhythm; while the barely slowier « That’s What I Found In You » retains the same format.
WAYNE RANEYcomes next. One of the masters in harmonica gives us the well-tempered opus «I Ain’t Nothin’ But A Tom Cat’s Kitten » on King 956 (rec. Oct. 9, 1950 in Cincinnati). Backing by the two Delmore Brothers on rhythm guitars, Zeke Turner on electric guitar, Louis Innis on bass and Tommy Jackson on fiddle (long solo). And an unidentified steel player. What a perfect combo !
Not so often a fortnight’s favorites selection got its eyes on a ‘great’ name. This time on ‘The Yodeling Ranger‘ as he was called in Nova Scotia during the ’40’s : HANK SNOW. From the ‘old and great songs‘ I’ve chosen « Let’s pretend » (1942)(Canadian RCA-Victor Bluebird B-4736). Warm voice and steel are completing each other. From 1955 and a radio transcription for RCA done in Nashville, the Leon Chappell song « Do Right Daddy Blues », with fine guitar and fiddle, steel always in the background..
Next an artist seen from time to time in lists, and his label, Renco, was located in York, PA. although Galen Gart’s ARLD doesn’t give any issue date. BOBBY METZEL delivers two good shuffling sides, « No Longer Mine » and « Say You Really Love Me » (Renco 104) : a nice ‘little’ guitar, a bit of steel, a good vocal = a fine little record.
“Say You Really Love Me”
Now three discs on the Dixie label. The first one dates from October 1961. CHARLOTTE HARDEN has « Loving You Baby », a nice slice of Rockabilly on Dixie 910 ; more in the same format with « Alone With You » on Dixie 946.
The last one was released in 1966 by J. P. DUNN on Dixie 1144, « Long Time Ago » and coud well have been cut 10 years before. Fine interesting vocal.
Charlotte Harden, “Loving You Baby”
Sources : YouTube (Dixie issues, Bobby Metzel), Gripsweat (one side of Russell Brothers), my own researches, the King project (Wayne Raney). 78-world for old label scans. Praguefrank’s discographies (Wayne Raney, Hank Snow)