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Friday, 5 June 2015

Hickory Records !

Ernie Chaffin 
Hickory Record # 1024 - 1955
I Can't Lose The Blues / Get Me On Your Mind .

Recorded Nashville 1955 this is classic Ernie, two powerful songs delivered in a style all his own. This was his second and last release on Hickory .Both written by his close friend Pee Wee Maddux 'I Can't Lose The Blues' is perfection and why Ernie never made it big in Nashville after this just amazes me ..........staggering !
'Get Me On Your Mind' just races along with pounding fiddle and some amazing guitar work by Pee Wee.

US Country singer born on January 1, 1928 in Water Valley (Mississippi). Ernie Chaffin began his career in 1954 at Hickory Records from Nashville. In 1955, with Marion Carpenter, He starts the label 'Fine' in Biloxi (56). He then took a trip to Sun Records of Memphis (57) where he recorded 4 singles. He recorded there after at River, Vernel, Village, Rite and Axent Records. He was a regular singer on the radio WVMI of Biloxi (Mississippi) in 1956. Ernie succumbed to an accident of tractor, on his farm of Hattiesburg, Mississippi, April 16, 1997.

Jimmie Collie
Hickory Record # 1033 - 1955
She Will Get Lonesome / Sinners Angel.

I just love this record, got it for a few dollars and trust me it was worth every cent.
Written by The Louvin Brothers and recorded in Jan 1955, Jimmie just belts out a performance that should have rocketed him to country stardom but like so many others just fell short.
He had six releases on Hickory but none in my opinion were as fine as this . A simple song about the moon and the stars and a hope they will help him get his girl back ......beautiful !

Ernie Chaffin
Hickory Record # 1016 - 
I'm Gonna Salt My Sugar Away / Lonely Wind.

This was the first release for Ernie on Hickory. Fred Rose was instrumental in signing Ernie but only after Paul Cohen at Decca/Coral got turned down as Ernie did not like his style !
A good start at Hickory but this was never gonna up root any trees anytime soon. Ernie sounds like he's searching for that sound ( that thank the lord he found at Sun Records).
Again Pee Wee wrote both tracks and both are played with gusto and have that very relaxed Hickory sound !

Rusty & Doug Kershaw 
Hickory Record # 1055 - 1956
I'll Understand / Mister Love

A damn fine fourth single release by brothers Russell Lee and Douglas James better know as Rusty & Doug . They would go onto record a further 14 singles on Hickory and cement their sound in Nashville.
What you're getting here is superb sublime harmonies and stunning Piano playing by Wiley Barkdull and of course that fantastic fiddle sound by Doug .

Bobby Dick .
Hickory Records # 1011 - 1954.
Prisoner Of A Broken Heart / I Feel Lucky (Yes I Do )

Bobby Dick hits all the right notes on this lovely early Hickory 78. Both pure country songs but are lifted above the usual fodder with great Guitar/Fiddle and strong vocals by Mr Dick . To me he has a vocal tone very similar to Ernie Chaffin (fellow Hickory artist) .....wonderful !

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