Oertling’s family originally hailed from Louisiana but moved to Texas eventually, where young Jim was raised. His grandfather bought him a used guitar when he was just ten years old and ever since, music played an important role in his life. The first song he learned was “Streets of Laredo” and Oertling wanted to become a Singing Cowboy.
|Jim Oerling (center, with guitar) and the Bayou Boys. This photo seems to be taken in the late 1960s or 1970s.|
"Louisiana Gambler" was recorded for the beautiful named La Louisianne label out of Lafayette, Louisiana. No release or recording date is reported but this is also certainly from the 1960s. Also in the style of "Old Moss Back," this is another nice rockabilly number which was long out of fashion back then.
Oertling went to the Army in 1965, fighting in Vietnam and later becoming a military police captain. He later worked in various jobs, for example as a bank vice president, a horse wrangler and a professional bull rider (which caused him several broken bones) but he never gave up music and song writing. Today, Oertling resides with his third wife in Robert, Louisiana. Apart from “Old Moss Back,” Oertling made some other records. Some of them were issued on collector oriented compilations, some of them are still not commercially available.
Hammond 267: Old Moss Back / A Wild Rose (1965)
Hammond 267: Old Moss Back / Exclusive 2270: Rough Surfin’ (by the Tarrytons)
Hammond 268: Back Forty / The First One
La Louisianne LL-8118: Louisiana Gambler / In My Own Kind of Way
M-A-N 101: Back Forty Blues / The World of a Woman
M-A-N was a part of “Mossback Enterprises” from Covington, Louisiana, and was based in Pearl River, Louisiana (P.O. Box 146). “Produced by: Bill Roberts & Keith Henderson.” Was this possibly Oertling’s own label?
|Note that the record has "Nashville Matrix" stamped in the dead wax|