King of Hillbilly Bebop

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All Music Guide - Greg Adams
The novelty-oriented Western swing of Hank Penny has been fairly well represented on CD between a pair of transcription packages and Westside's reissue of his classic King recordings. King of Hillbilly Bebop ups the ante with two discs containing a total of 50 recordings at an affordable price. The set begins with Penny's late-'30s recordings for Vocalion and Okeh, then navigates through a selection of his King sides from the '40s including his three hits, "Steel Guitar Stomp," "Get Yourself a Red Head," and "Bloodshot Eyes", and finishes up with ten of his RCA recordings from the early '50s. The early cuts lean toward Jimmie Davis-style hokum blues songs about hot mamas and...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Greg Adams
The novelty-oriented Western swing of Hank Penny has been fairly well represented on CD between a pair of transcription packages and Westside's reissue of his classic King recordings. King of Hillbilly Bebop ups the ante with two discs containing a total of 50 recordings at an affordable price. The set begins with Penny's late-'30s recordings for Vocalion and Okeh, then navigates through a selection of his King sides from the '40s including his three hits, "Steel Guitar Stomp," "Get Yourself a Red Head," and "Bloodshot Eyes", and finishes up with ten of his RCA recordings from the early '50s. The early cuts lean toward Jimmie Davis-style hokum blues songs about hot mamas and papas, while the later tracks show an increasing hillbilly jazz bent with instrumentals like "Penny Blows His Top" and "Hillbilly Be-Bop." Penny played with a number of talented musicians -- Merle Travis, Noel Boggs, Zeke Turner, Speedy West -- whose talents are displayed throughout on the instrumental breaks. Despite the musicianship of Penny's band and their interest in pushing the envelope, most of the cuts retain their mainstream appeal via Penny's humorous vocal performances. The King material offered here doesn't overlap enough with the Westside anthology to discourage serious fans from buying both.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/23/2003
  • Label: Proper Pairs
  • UPC: 805520051347
  • Catalog Number: 134

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Sweet Talkin' Mama (2:24)
  2. 2 Back Up a Little Bit (2:33)
  3. 3 Cowboy's Swing (2:27)
  4. 4 Mama's Getting Younger (2:28)
  5. 5 Hesitation Blues (2:29)
  6. 6 Hot Time Mama (2:44)
  7. 7 All Night and All Day Long (2:25)
  8. 8 It Ain't Gonna Rain No More (2:32)
  9. 9 Mississippi Muddle (2:25)
  10. 10 Won't You Ride in My Little Red Wagon (2:45)
  11. 11 Red Hot Papa (2:49)
  12. 12 (Say Mister Have You Met) Rosie's Sister (2:27)
  13. 13 Oh Yes, Take Another Guess (2:33)
  14. 14 Hawaiian Honeymoon (2:49)
  15. 15 Peach Tree Shuffle (2:33)
  16. 16 Tobacco State Swing (2:34)
  17. 17 Blue Ridge Blues (2:46)
  18. 18 Lonesome Train Blues (2:51)
  19. 19 Hope You're Satisfied (2:55)
  20. 20 Talkin' 'Bout You (2:34)
  21. 21 Stell Guitar Stomp (2:54)
  22. 22 When You Cry You Cry Alone (2:43)
  23. 23 Now Ain't You Glad Dear (2:49)
  24. 24 Two Timin' Mama (2:41)
  25. 25 Guess Who Took Your Place (2:50)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Get Yourself a Red Head (2:43)
  2. 2 Low Down Woman Blues (2:57)
  3. 3 Penny Blows His Top (2:57)
  4. 4 Texas in My Soul (2:33)
  5. 5 My Inlaws Made an Outlaw of Me (2:50)
  6. 6 What You've Got (2:47)
  7. 7 Hillbilly Jump (2:35)
  8. 8 Got the Louisiana Blues (3:02)
  9. 9 Alabama Jubilee (2:45)
  10. 10 Hillbilly Be-Bop (2:46)
  11. 11 Bloodshot Eyes (2:38)
  12. 12 Wham! Bam! Thank You Ma'am (3:00)
  13. 13 Tell Me All About Georgia (2:37)
  14. 14 Jersey Bounce (2:43)
  15. 15 Remington Ride (2:40)
  16. 16 Texas Taxes (2:49)
  17. 17 No Muss-No Fuss-No Bother (2:28)
  18. 18 Hold the Phone (2:26)
  19. 19 White Shotguns (2:02)
  20. 20 Catch 'Em Young, Treat 'Em Rough, Tell 'Em Nothin' (2:16)
  21. 21 I Like Molasses (2:26)
  22. 22 I Want My Rib (2:17)
  23. 23 You're Bound to Look Like a Monkey (2:17)
  24. 24 The Mink on Her Back (2:18)
  25. 25 Hadacillin Boogie (2:21)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Hank Penny Primary Artist, Guitar, Vocals
Red Foley Guitar
Carl Smith Bass, Vocals
Merle Travis Guitar
Jimmy Wyble Guitar
Noel Boggs Steel Guitar
Billy Strange Guitar
Speedy West Steel Guitar
Boudleaux Bryant Violin
Stan Ellison Accordion
Bob Foster Steel Guitar
Roy Harte Drums
Bob Morgan Bass
Herb Remington Steel Guitar
Dick Roberts Steel Guitar
Dick Shanahan Drums
Billy Wright Violin
Eddie Smith Harmonica
Kelland Clark Accordion
Jimmy Colvard Steel Guitar
Carl Stewart Bass, Fiddle, Vocals
Eddie Duncan Steel Guitar
Harold Hensley Violin
Jimmie Widener Guitar
Sheldon Bennett Violin, Vocals
Vic Davis Piano
Roy Lanham Electric Guitar
Johnny Paul Violin
Zeke Turner Guitar
Joaquin Murphy Steel Guitar
Louis Innis Bass, Guitar
Malcolm Crain Trumpet
Truman Quigley Trumpet
Marion Z. "Pee Wee" Adams Drums
Max Fidler Violin
Sammy Forsmark Steel Guitar
Billy Hill Violin, Viola
Eddie Bennett Piano
Warren Penniman Drums
Ralph Miele Steel Guitar
Jo Ella Wright Piano
Louis Dumont Banjo
Charlie Morgan Guitar
Von Galleon Bass
Benny Garcia Guitar
George Bamby Accordion
Joe Bardelli Piano
Harry "Slim" Duncan Clarinet, Violin
Rex Galleon Guitar
Dick Morgan Guitar
Jack Peltier Drums
Allen Reinhardt Bass
Joe Ross Accordion
Mildred Springer Bass
Zed Tennis Fiddle
Frank Buckley Accordion
Technical Credits
Tiny Bradshaw Composer
Hank Penny Composer
Edward Johnson Composer
Bobby Plater Composer
Herb Remington Composer
Jack Yellen Composer
Rich Kienzle Liner Note Source
Rex Griffin Composer
Wendell Hall Composer
Roy Lanham Composer
Louis Innis Composer
Dave Sax Liner Note Source
Adam Komorowski Liner Notes, Annotation
George L. Cobb Composer
Traditional Composer
Prettie Rickie Composer
R. Hall Composer
Robert Wright Composer
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