Tuesday, 15 December 2020
Saturday, 24 October 2020
Blue Ribbon Records (Illinois)
Jimmy Cox - Blue Ribbon Records # 1912 -1952
With Don Mason playing Electric Guitar.
Side A - I Had To Love You.
Side B - Blue Ribbon Waltz
Jimmy Cox along with Don Mason really turn it up to eleven on this scorcher on the Blue Ribbon label out of Illinois!
What you get here on the A side is pretty much what you'd expect from this label and year, top quality country where everything is in its place and it just sounds like perfection to me! sublime Guitar by Mr Mason , lovely smooth vovals by Jimmy and some weepy steel and boy it just sounds so purty!
Tuesday, 13 October 2020
Dave Stogner and his Hayride Gang - 1951
Morgan Records # 102
Side A - Tulsa Baby
Side B - Feather Pillow Rag.
Dave couldn't go wrong with this doozy! Western Swing Country boogie was in good hands with Dave and the Hayride Gang in 1951, Tulsa Baby is one of those toe tapping records that just swings with class from the first groove to the very last, top Fresno musicians and a tune that stays in your head for hours, this my friends is a right lil' belter!
Thursday, 8 October 2020
Johnnie White and his Rhythm Rangers (featuring Skeets McDonald on vocals)
Fortune Records # 145 - 1950
Side A - Mean and Evil Blues
Side B - The Tattooed Lady
Skeets McDonald and Johnnie White and his band really hit the ground running with this superb Western Swing/Hillbilly two sider. A masterpiece in writing and musicianship. For 1950 this is where Country swing & hillbilly combine to show some rockin' roots and a move towards what we today call Rockabilly, Skeets, as usual sounds quality and both songs and they both roll and swing with ease ........complete and mighty sweet!
Friday, 11 September 2020
Lonely Jeff Latham and the Tune Busters.
Confederate Records # W 200 - 1950
Side A - If I Can't Have You (I Don't Want No One)
Side B - Walkin' Round In Circles
Lonely Jeff Latham would go onto release various Country/Rockabilly records as Jimmie Dawson on labels such as Rustic, Playboy & Bonanza! (even re recording of 'Walkin' Round In Circles' on Rustic Records.
What we get here is Jeff/Jimmie just starting out on his recording career and you can tell he's finding his way. Both sides are straight Country and the A side is your typical, well played, competent Country slow/mid tempo tune. The more uptempo side is the B side! Jeff/Jimmie sings just fine, decent fiddle but the Steel player does get lost a few times and hits a few sharps now and then which is kinda scary at times!
Tuesday, 11 August 2020
Leroy Jenkins and his Band
Talent Records # T-1001 - Dallas, TX - 1949
Side A - You Two Timed Me Three Timed Me (BB 164)
Side B - Forever And Ever (BB 165)
Leroy Jenkins cut quite a few side for various labels around the late 40's early 50's (Columbia, Flair & Dude) . This release on 'Talent' was his first release and was like many others he recorded were done in Dallas at Jim Beck's studio in Dallas.
At just six months old Leroy went blind and from the age of 7 was schooled in Austin Texas for the school for the blind. He was born July 28th 1921 and died Dec 18th 1990.
The A side about a wrong doing woman is mighty mighty fine and you can see why Jim Beck & Don Law got him back to record and get releases on Columbia. It's just a great record, super Steel and just perfect vocals from Mr Jenkins. The flip is good decent weepie country, played with style and competence.
Both Matrix numbers appear to be connected to the Blue Bonnet Label as BB 164/165.
Sunday, 26 July 2020
Frank Hunter and his Black Mountain Boys.
Rich-R-Tone Records # 1049 - 1952
Side A - Tennessee Boy.
Side B - Long Time No See.
Here is a real heavy shellac killer bluegrass offering from Frank Hunter on the highly prized Rich-R-Tone label which was founded in 1946 in Johnson City, Tennessee before moving to Nashville.
Tennessee boy is real nice but for me it's the flip that moves,moves,moves! just brilliant bluegrass that jumps into your very being and lifts you up up up! Long Time No See is pure magic!!