Fernwood Rhythm 'N' Blues from Memphis

Fernwood Rhythm 'N' Blues from Memphis

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Overview

Fernwood Rhythm 'N' Blues from Memphis

In 1956 truck driver and musician Slim Wallace purchased a used Magnacorder recording machine and set up a little studio in his garage on Fernwood Street in Memphis. A year later, Fernwood Records was born, and for a decade or so the label (and studio) turned out some of the best early rock & roll and rockabilly around, and some pretty amazing R&B, as well, as this collection shows. The 32 tracks here are a complete delight, ranging from ragged Memphis soul pieces to deep gospel shouters, and that they exist at all is somewhat of a miracle, since all of Fernwood's masters are rumored to have been destroyed in the late '60s. Most of these tracks never saw anything past regional release, which is a shame because there is an awful lot to like here, including the wonderful "Down in the Alley" by the Lyrics, the funky and elegant "Now It's Alright" by Earl Forest, "Boogie Chilluns Playhouse" (complete with a greasy Stax groove) by Donnie Williams, two hard gospel soul pieces ("Everybody Ought to Serve the Lord" and "Going Home to Jesus") by Prophet G. Lusk, and the weird carnival teen pop of Barbara Perry's "Bobby Is a Bad Bad Boy." Transfers for this disc were probably made from vinyl sources (if the rumor about Fernwood's master tapes is true), but the sound quality is fine, and the joy and energy on display here are more than worth the price of admission. Not bad for a little garage on Fernwood Street, and it reaffirms Memphis as the epicenter of the Big Bang that was rock & roll soul.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/01/2003
Label: Stompertime Uk
UPC: 5024620111712
catalogNumber: 17
Rank: 95452

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Eddie Boyd   Piano
Willie Cobbs   Bass,Harmonica,Vocals
Willie Mitchell   Trumpet
Don Nix   Baritone Saxophone
Rico Collins   Tenor Saxophone
Ernest G Harris   Trumpet
Sammy Lawhorn   Guitar
Jeb Stuart   Vocals
Eddie Carroll   Vocals
Etoy Bogard   Vocals
Sidney Bogard   Vocals
Wilbert Harris   Drums
Prophet George Lusk   Vocals
Donnie Williams   Baritone Saxophone
Barbara Perry   Vocals
Gene "Bowlegs" Miller   Trumpet
Kenneth "Spider Webb" Rice   Vocals

Technical Credits

Don Nix   Producer
Earl Forest   Arranger,Producer,Engineer
Benjamin Skip Pruitt   Contributor
John Scott Richardson   Contributor
Dave Travis   Liner Notes,Cover Art
Bogard Brothers   Contributor
York Wilbon   Producer
Ardry Boyle   Contributor
William Glenn   Contributor
Charlie H. Hoskins   Contributor
Tommie Lemons   Contributor
Memphis Sounds   Contributor
Percy Milan   Contributor
Barbara Perry   Contributor
Kenneth "Spider Webb" Rice   Composer
Ronald "Slim" Wallace   Producer

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