Monday, December 11, 2006

Hillbilly Boogie

Boogie Woogie and the 12 bar blues, with that infectious beat, made its way into country music. Setting another stone of the foundation of rockabilly.

The Delmore Brothers, Alton and Rabon, were born into a poor tenant farm family in Elkmont, Alabama. The started playing music at an early age and were playing professionally as teenagers in the early 1930s. In the mid 1940s they signed on with the King label and started to experiment with their music. They added a full backup band that included fiddle, bass, mandolin, additional guitars, and even a steel guitar. Merle Travis was a member for a while, but the sound of the band real changed when a blues-influenced harmonica player by the name of Wayne Raney joined the band. By the late 1940s the Delmore Brothers were taking the country music scene on a wild hillbilly boogie ride.

Delmore Brothers - Hillbilly Boogie.mp3

Delmore Brothers - Boogie Woogie Baby.mp3


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