Monday, January 03, 2005

my flying saucer

Happy New Year, 'n all that. Not a big resolution type, but I am resolved to improve the design of this site a bit. I'd say stay tuned, but god knows how long it'll take me. I'm kinda ignant and shit.

This is becoming increasingly regular, but I'd like to draw yr attention to a couple of new sites. As mentioned in previous posts, I'm kinda burned out on all that new rock, as it were. Preferring, instead, and older, grainier crackle and hiss, it's nice to see a slew of sites popping up that focus on the edges.

Spread the Good Word blows my mind. Straight outta France (South of Hell, to be precise), Reverend Frost preaches the kind of Gospel I could repent to every nite. Currently featuring Hasil Adkins, Sam Cooke, Tarheel Slim, and Robert Mitchum(!), it's best taken with a bottle of the best jug of 'shine you can rummage up out of yr Uncle Vern's shack.

From there, I found a link to Wang Dang Dula. I'm gonna quote the intro to the site.."So what I've got to offer here is loads of unfuckingbelievable information on real 1950s/early 1960s rock'n'roll and rhythm'n'blues... and then what's that? Well, Jack, it's the music between the false starts and the loose ends. It's the music that may sometimes be out of tune, but always out of reach. This sure ain't no customary thing ... this is tightened punishment! Just keep holdin' on, kats and kitties - and don't forget to bop 'till ya flip, flop and drop! This site is NOT recommended for any jivers, crooners or Pat Boone-lovers!" The links page will keep me busy for at least a year. Trash culture lives.

Not sure if my own humble site can keep up, but I would like to return to a little Hank Snow, The Singing Ranger. A towering figure, if slightly forgotten these days, in the 40's and 50's country music scene, becoming a member of 8 different music and songwriting Hall of Fames. His smooth vocal delivery helped transition hillbilly swing into Nashville country. His song, "I'm Moving On", belongs towards the top of any list of greatest country and western tunes. Astoundingly, he was one of Elvis Presley's earliest supporters, giving him a slot opening for him. He also has a strange obsession with flying saucers and rocket ships.

Hank Snow: I'm Movin' On (mp3)

Hank Snow: The Golden Rocket (mp3)

Hank Snow: Rhumba Boogie (mp3)

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Anonymous said...

As always great tunes here, but it's the stories and hints that keep us coming back. Well, that and the great tunes! Both of those sites you linked are great, thanks for the heads-up!

Despite the prevalence of all that New Rock (as it were), I do hope you have a great New Year!


...Oh, and there's nothing strange about an obsession with saucers, rockets and flying ships.

Last Girl On Earth said...

Wow, I hadn't heard the name Hasil Atkins since my days backin West Va! I saw him perform there once. What a hoot!

Anyhow, Happy New Year to you!