King of Hillbilly Bebop

King of Hillbilly Bebop

by Hank Penny
     
 
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

Overview

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.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/23/2003
Label:
Proper Pairs
UPC:
0805520051347
catalogNumber:
134

Tracks

Disc 1

  1. Sweet Talkin' Mama
  2. Back Up a Little Bit
  3. Cowboy's Swing
  4. Mama's Getting Younger
  5. Hesitation Blues
  6. Hot Time Mama
  7. All Night and All Day Long
  8. It Ain't Gonna Rain No More
  9. Mississippi Muddle
  10. Won't You Ride in My Little Red Wagon
  11. Red Hot Papa
  12. (Say Mister Have You Met) Rosie's Sister
  13. Oh Yes, Take Another Guess
  14. Hawaiian Honeymoon
  15. Peach Tree Shuffle
  16. Tobacco State Swing
  17. Blue Ridge Blues
  18. Lonesome Train Blues
  19. Hope You're Satisfied
  20. Talkin' 'Bout You
  21. Stell Guitar Stomp
  22. When You Cry You Cry Alone
  23. Now Ain't You Glad Dear
  24. Two Timin' Mama
  25. Guess Who Took Your Place

Disc 2

  1. Get Yourself a Red Head
  2. Low Down Woman Blues
  3. Penny Blows His Top
  4. Texas in My Soul
  5. My Inlaws Made an Outlaw of Me
  6. What You've Got
  7. Hillbilly Jump
  8. Got the Louisiana Blues
  9. Alabama Jubilee
  10. Hillbilly Be-Bop
  11. Bloodshot Eyes
  12. Wham! Bam! Thank You Ma'am
  13. Tell Me All About Georgia
  14. Jersey Bounce
  15. Remington Ride
  16. Texas Taxes
  17. No Muss-No Fuss-No Bother
  18. Hold the Phone
  19. White Shotguns
  20. Catch 'Em Young, Treat 'Em Rough, Tell 'Em Nothin'
  21. I Like Molasses
  22. I Want My Rib
  23. You're Bound to Look Like a Monkey
  24. The Mink on Her Back
  25. Hadacillin Boogie

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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