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