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Hey Cat !

Monday, 27 November 2017

Rose Records !

Charlie Brown and his Lazy V Hands.
Rose Records # 101 - 1955
Side A - Mean Mean Mama.
Side B - My Hungry Heart.

Recorded in Cisco, Texas. Label owned by Charlie Brown.

Here you have Charlie with his Lazy V Hands on Rose # 101 with some perfect country bop, it's simple quality played with perfection. Strong shout backs from the band as Charlie sings about his Mean Mean Mama . Superb punchy guitar, Steel and nice piano makes this 78 a must have for your shellac collection.

Thursday, 2 November 2017

State Records !

Curt and Faye Bartmess .
State Records (Faith Series) # 4001 - 1951 
Side A - Walking The Sea.
Side B - The Downward Road.

Pure and rural hick gospel country from married couple with Curt & Faye. This is sacred gospel in its purest form, you get guitar, Mandolin and two heart felt vocals that makes this a masterpiece in early 50's country evangelistic music.

Saturday, 7 October 2017

Smoky Records !

Dudley Bernard 
Smoky Records - Golden Meadows, Louisiana - 1949.
Side A - Alone Without You Darling.
Side B - That Loneliness Behind Your Smile.

Lead guitar by Luke Charpentier Jr.

Recorded at the first studio owned by Cosimo Matassa . Located at the rear of a record store on Rampart Street.

This hick little record was recorded with just Dudley and his Rhythm Guitar and vocal and some really basic but kinda cool lead guitar by Luke Charpentier Jr. Two very simple tunes played with just enough talent to make it a thing of beauty.

Monday, 11 September 2017

Rangeland Records !

Billie and Gordon Hamrick.
"The Honey Hill Sweathearts"
Rangeland Record # 506 - 1954.
Starday Custom Pressing !
Side A - He Is My Guide.
Side B - He's Gonna Take The Children Out .

Alternative Blue label (image © courtesy Chris Hood )

This is Sacred bluegrass at it's finest and also it's most rustic ! such a great and rare Starday Custom record that I have the honour of owning and cherishing .

What I can only describe as full throttle gospel harmony .
'He Is My Guide' is Mandolin led and tells the story of leaving Satan and meeting with the Lord. The tune is a thing of pure wonder .
The flip is a more up tempo preaching stomper that just jumps out from the grooves, Jesus is coming folks so hold on tight ......just listen below to hear pure heavenly magic !

Huff Records !

Cowboy 'Charlie' Huff .
Huff Recording Co. # 617 - March 1957.
Side A - Lover's Waltz.
Side B - Patonia

Starday Custom Record.

Charlie Huff was prolific around this time and was releasing records like they were candy ! he had two consecutive releases on the Starday Custom series in 1957 both using his 'Huff Recording Co' label based out of Oklahoma. 
Both sides are decent enough cowboy country material, the A side is a straight waltz but what saves this record is Charlies strong and tuneful vocal. 'Patonia' is a more mid tempo cowboy horse story with fiddle and upright bass and again more decent vocals and bolts along just fine.

Monday, 4 September 2017

Texas Records !

Early Graham and his Musical Drifters - 1954
Texas Records (Starday Custom Pressing) # 508.
Side A - I Wish You'd Start Fooling Again .
Side B - Stop Fooling My Heart.

Here is another very rare Starday Custom pressing from Nov 1954. Early Graham and the band start with a nice slice of country on the A side but then really start to cook with the mid tempo flip ! well it starts mid tempo but actually gets quicker as the band start to turn up the heat. 
These early vanity pressings may not be killer rockabilly like the later releases on the Starday custom series but by jingo they are IMO works of art. 
Mr Graham may not have a the greatest voice in country music but by heck he gave it a go on this his only ever release .

Saturday, 2 September 2017

California Records !

Al Warwick - California Records # 507
Starday Custom Pressing - Flexi 78 rpm.
Side A - Rag Doll
Side B - You Are The Only One .

Al hired the studio and band for the day and they then proceeded to record two of his self penned tunes. Now Al would, I'm sure be the first to agree he does not have the best voice in the world and is sometimes troubled by timing issues but what we have here is someone who just had to record his songs that he obviously loved . Great guitar, Steel and fiddle and both have a good beat. Very rare Starday Custom .