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HANK PENNY “King Of Hillbilly Bebop”
February 4, 2013, 8:01 am
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HANK PENNY “King Of Hillbilly Bebop”: While he never achieved the kind of success enjoyed by fellow bandleaders like Bob Wills or Spade Cooley, during the late ’40s and early ’50s Hank Penny ranked as one of the foremost practitioners of the Western swing sound.

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. (Allmusic)

trax CD 1:
01 Sweet Talkin’ Mama 02 Back Up A Little Bit 03 Cowboy’s Swing 04 Mama’s Getting Younger 05 Hesitation Blues 06 Hot Time Mama 07 All Night And All Day Long 08 It Ain’t Gonna Rain No More 09 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 Steel 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
trax CD 2:
01 Get Yourself a Redhead 02 Low Down Woman Blues 03 Penny Blows His Top 04 Texas in My Soul 05 My Inlaws Made an Outlaw out of Me 06 What You’ve Got 07 Hillbilly Jump 08 Got the Louisiana Blues 09 Alabama Jubilee 10 Hillbilly Be-Bop INSTR 11 Bloodshot Eyes 12 Wham! Bam! Thank You Ma’am 13 Tell Me All About Georgia 14 Jersey Bounce INSTR 15 Remington Ride INSTR 16 Taxes 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
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