The RICH-R'-TONE label, in its original incarnation, was a fascinating concern that turned out a esoteric selection of releases during the late forties and early fifties. Known primarily for its Bluegrass offerings, the label did release material from across the Country Music spectrum. Here is one of the later issues, an odd beast, which celebrates the musical diversity that was to be found on the label, Raymond Webb later had a release on KYVA, however, that was more mainstream Hillbilly. I just love the pianist, who may or may not be John Henry Eston, the composer of "Bucket Special".
Saturday, 11 October 2014
Alabama state Governor "Big" Jim Folsom was first elected to office in January 1947, his four year term ending in January 1951. Folsom served a second term as Governor from 1955 to 1959. In 1962 he stood again, but was defeated in the primaries by George Wallace, who then went on to be elected as Governor. Prior to Folsom's run off against George Wallace Jack Cardwell recorded two campaign songs in 1962 for Folsom. The first was a single sided King Custom pressed disc on the LE NOIR label on which Cardwell was accompanied by Luke McDaniel and his band. Although the record label states that the recording is three minutes long, in reality the song only runs for one minute thirty six seconds. The second song was a commercial release issued on the Alabama CINEMA label, the flip side of this release was by Roland Johnson, who turns in a decent rendition of Arlie Duff's "Y'All Come".
Sunday, 5 October 2014
Before recording for the 4 STAR label, the Miller Brothers made a dozen sides for a DELTA Label, first in Dallas, and then (later) in Wichita Falls. Here we have the four sides, recorded around 1947, at the ULTRA TONE Recording Studios in Dallas. According to Prague Franks' Miller Brothers discography the band's line up was Jay Starnes (Vocal – where noted). Sam Gibbs (Guitar), Leon Gibbs (Fiddle), Nat Gibbs (Bass), Lee Cochran (Trumpet), Forrest Fulcher (Sax), Clyde Smith (Sax), Pauline Fulcher (Piano), Bob Steed (Drums).
Dead Wax DR 101
Dead Wax DR 102
NOTE - FOLLOWING AUDIO FILES ARE NOISY
Dead Wax DR 103
Dead Wax DR 104
Thanks To Phil Tricker
MILLER BROTHER DISCOGRAPHY
Sunday, 28 September 2014
One of Cecil Campbell's more obscure releases, the second side features a vocal duet by Cecil Campbell and Millard Pressley. To the best of my knowledge this is the only secular recording that features Millard Pressley, an artists who is normally associated with gospel material, look out for his excellent BLUE HEN disc.
Thursday, 25 September 2014
I've been trying, on and off, to set up a Country / Hillbilly / Bluegrass Gospel blog. I can't quite get it as I want it, I shall persevere and hopefully will find a solution to the way I want to lay out the blog. In the meantime here's a nice little gospel record from Georgia .
Saturday, 13 September 2014
I thought it would be nice to have all the Vandergrift Brothers KING recordings in one place, so here are the two known releases on the label. Billboard reported, 30th March 1963, that the Brothers were recording for KING, which I assume refers to the release shown below (KING 5533).
Monday, 8 September 2014
The Vandergrift Brothers, Don, Ronnie, and Darrell, were regulars on WWVA's Worlds Original Jamboree from Wheeling, West Virginia. Prior to their recordings for Hardrock Gunter's ESSGEE label in 1962, the brothers had recorded for the COZY label in 1959, and would later record for both KING, and the Wheeling EMPEROR label. Four of the six ESSGEE recordings were subsequently reissued on a RURAL RHYTHM album.