Welcome to Mellow's Log Cabin. This blog's purpose is to supply information on a diversity of American southern music - ranging from country, blues, old-time and folk to R&B, rock'n'roll and rockabilly. I regularly present my research results about artists, labels, shows and also give guest writers a chance to publish their texts here on occasion.
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
From Boppin' Hillbilly to Red Hot Rockabilly
"From Boppin' Hillbilly to Red Hot Rockabilly" - one more box set from Proper Records' box-series. This 4-CD-collections contains country and some early rockabilly tracks from 1951 through 1955, which were basics for the later rockabilly boom. Many of them are pure country records from more unknown artists like Lee Bell ("Beatin' Out The Boogie On A Mississippi Mud"), Lou Graham ("Long Gone Daddy"), Red Smith ("Whoa Boy") or Barney Burcham ("Much Too Young For Love" & "Can't Steal My Way 'Round"). Featured are also prominent country stars like Hawkshaw Hawkins, Marvin Rainwater, Little Jimmy Dickens and the Maddox Brothers & Rose.
But what makes this set really worth buying it? Well, I think that's these tracks showing some great rockabilly moments and country boogie feelings: There are real hot rockabilly cuts from Elvis Presley ("Milkcow Blues Boogie", "Baby Let's Play House", "Mystery Train", "You're A Heartbreaker"), Sonny Fisher ("Rockin' Daddy", "Hey Mama", "Rockin' and a-Rollin'") and Chuck Murphy ("Rhythm Hall"). Cool country tracks are Johnny Cash's "Hey Porter" (more "Country Rock'n'Roll), Jimmy's & Johnny's "Sweet Singing Daddy", all of Sid King's songs, Andy Starr's "Dig Them Sqeaky Shoes" and Roy Hall's "Whole Lotta Shakin' Going On", later on a hit for Jerry Lee Lewis.
Some more good tracks are:
1. Jess Willard - "Honky Tonk Hardwood Floor"
2. Ramblin' Tommy Scott - "Cat Music"
3. Reece Shipley - "Hillbilly Jive With a Boogie Beat"
4. Carl Perkins - "Gone Gone Gone"
5.Rudy Grayzell - "It Ain't My Baby (and I ain't Gonna Rock It)"
6. Buck Griffin - "One Day After Pay Day"
7. Jimmy Lee & Wayne Walker - "Love Me"
8. Malcom Yelvington - "A Gal Named Joe"
Get it here (german) or here (english)