Hillbilly Hula

Hillbilly Hula

by Jenks "Tex" Carman

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Hillbilly Hula

Carman's 20 Capitol sides, which never appeared on LP. "Hillbilly Hula" is the best track here, both instrumentally and vocally, and no words can adequately describe its brittle textures and lunatic meter, or Carman's twangy hillbilly singing on this number. His singing is strictly backwoods primitive, and his playing is downright weird throughout -- check out "Hilo March" and the ultra-strange "Samoa Stomp" (Pidgin Samoan words with a hillbilly twang and completely, delightfully off-kilter slide playing), which gets even stranger juxtaposed with "Dixie Cannon Ball." And maybe the most haywire stuff here is Carman's attempts at conventional country balladry, such as "My Lonely Heart and I," where his limited, nasal voice almost sounds like a parody of traditional country. The whole thing is like some eerie Hawaiian/country delirium, but also great fun, and the CD includes three songs that went unreleased until 1991.

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Release Date: 06/27/1994
Label: Bear Family
UPC: 0790051155742
catalogNumber: 15574

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