Sunday, January 30, 2011

Ferlin?!?! Swing West Vol 2 - Guitar Slingers (Razor & Tie, 1999)

So... a couple of months ago I was listening to the radio & was absolutely floored by a version of  Duke Ellington's 'Caravan' that totally sounded like something Speedy West & Jimmy Bryant would've cooked up. Said song was credited to none other than Ferlin Husky, who, while the singer of one of my fave country novelty songs of all time, has not ever been known for his guitar prowess. Hmm.

I had to purchase this awesome, sadly out of print cd to ascertain that a sadly UNKNOWN Nashville session guitarist (along with steel player Curly Chalker) put down this smoking & previously unreleased tune during a 1965 Ferlin Husky recording session.

Enjoy the entire cd - and here's the highlight:

'Ferlin Husky' - Caravan

And as a bonus here's Ferlin singing his ode to Eli - Eli, NOT Joe - the camel:

Ferlin Husky - Eli the Camel

And, double bonus, another wonderful cover from an oft-maligned player.  Totally different style but who cares!

Chet Atkins - Walk Don't Run (originally from Hi-Fi In Focus, 1957)

UPDATE 03/17/2011 - R.I.P., Ferlin


Marie said...

Hi Holly,

Nice to see you blogging!

Jerry Orbach said...

Great. Thanks for this one.

Holly said...

You are very welcome.

And Marie, did you decide to come back?

Marie said...

Yes, the Train's back. I sent you an email at the address you gave me but maybe you don't use it anymore. (Also sent an invite when it was private.)

At the moment the "deed" isn't enabled because it's only the 2nd day of the new month and 30% of the bandwidth is used up, so I hope to upgrade by next week. Hope you'll drop in sometime.

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øשlqæda said...

oh & i need yer email address :)

Holly said...

hbutman AT yahoo ...

Anonymous said...


Just dropped in outa NOWHERE at all! (Saw you lurkin over at Edo's... )
-- Great crib you got here. I am a music nut, and let me say, I am a daiggin the Ferlin!!! OMFG.

I love your blog, thanks so much. I turn folks onto music all the time in my so-called 'real life' - just not on the net, yet.


vampyreverdi said...

Don't mean a thing if it ain't got that twang... I been diggin' this. Thanks

Duncan said...

hi holly,
nice blog! thanks for the link :o)

Holly said...

Ferlin Husky left this mortal coil Thursday, March 17, 2011. Eli & I bow our heads.