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November 30, 2007


King Daevid MacKenzie

...the Wanda Jackson and Charlie Louvin mp3 links need fixin'...

King Daevid MacKenzie

...geez, that was quick. Good job...


Appreciate the write-up Greg. Enjoy hearing those early examples using fuzz.


Hell of a list.

John Trembly

So wait a minute, Paul Burlison isn't the fuzz lead on "Train Kept A Rollin'" by the Rock'n'Roll trio then?


A true service to humanity this post is!

Holland Oats

i always figured that 'train kept a rollin' solo was the direct precursor to the velvets' 'run run run'...

Holland Oats

ps - this is post of the year imho!!

Little Danny

Absolutely amazing. Thanks you for this!

Who Walk In Brooklyn

Excellent work, and a good pick up on Johnny Darrell too, tho' I think I like Waylon's version of "Sweet Mental Revenge" best of all. I have about half those sides but had never heard the Willis Brothers (better double-check my Starday/Gusto truckstop tapes) or that brilliant late period Webb. I'm thinking there's at least one Dick Curless tune & maybe a Stonewall Jackson that could be on here too but it's still a great list-- bravo!


The Music Director
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Rory Murray

I wonder if Huey Lewis had 'Wonder Drug' by Carl Butler in mind when he wrote the tune 'I want a new drug'. If so, his song sucks by comparison.

Doctor Gogol

Here is probably the greatest country fuzz track ever.

Bobby Zehm-Sitar Pickin Man

Not only does it have fuzz, but also sitar.

doctot gogol

Those Kay Adams Tower Tracks... If its fuzz and on Tower, thats Davie Allan!


I do not mean to offend. If you like this music, that is fine by me. I'm just one of those who can't stand country-western because of the insipid lyrics.
I have nothing against CW musicians, as they are all talented practitioners of their craft, no better or worse than other genres, but all the fuzztone in the world can't save those lyrics.
The purpose of this post is to ask this question: Is there such a thing as a country-western instrumental? I had hoped to find one among this bunch, but after listening to four of them, I couldn't take it any longer.

Holland Oats

speedy west?


yes - what a post! I have always been a fan of "who's gonna mow your grass" what a tune - and I have always wanted to see a list like this

thanks mucho!


Groovy article except that it was NOT a malfunctioning channel in the board. It was a loose tube in Grady's amp. Hank Garland developed his own way of creating a fuzz effect. I can't remember how but I think he turned the gain knob all the way up and the volume way down?
Someone will know.

Dave Friedman

Great job! Thank you for a great collection of fuzzy goodness!

The "malfunctioning channel in the board" is referring to "Don't Worry" (1960), not "Train Kept A-Rollin'" (That and "Honey Hush" are the two songs that got fuzzed-up because of a loose tube in the amp in 1956). But I believe that was Paul Burlison who played the main riff on those two songs. Grady was definitely present and played lead on at least 10 Johnny Burnette & The Rock N Roll Trio recordings.

For the fuzz effect on "Don't Worry" I read that Grady "overloaded the channel on the tube desk" with the guitar going direct-in, and that's how he got the fuzzy sounds on that recording, and used the same method on "The Fuzz" done in '61.

Lazy John

Other good ones - Sanford Clark's "The Blade," Bobby Braddock's "Gear Bustin' Sort of a Feller" and Red Sovine's version of "Girl on the Billboard" (well, not really fuzz, but nearly fuzzy reverb).

Lazy John

Hell, the lyrics are the best thing about country music! Another good one - Lefty Frizzell's "Gone, Gone, Gone."

Lazy John

Great country instrumentalists: Joe Maphis, Merle Travis, Speedy West and Jimmy Bryant, Roy Lanham, certain Junior Brown cuts. There are many, many country instrumentals.

Lazy John

Case in point:

Ted Hering

Fascinating summary of early fuzz guitar! Thank you! I came across a 45 rpm on the Smash label in 1962 or 1963 (in the cut-out box, which means it was old, even then) - "Della" by Lee Hazelwood. Beautiful bass fuzz backup for Lee's vocal! I've wondered ever since how unique this item was. (Lee, of course, produced the Duane Eddy "Twangy Guitar" records years earlier.)


There are dozens of C & W instrumentals many of which were top 100 hits
Floyd Cramer,Chet Atkins,Jerry Kennedy (as Cornbread & Jerry) for starters


There are dozens of C & W instrumentals many of which were top 100 hits
Floyd Cramer,Chet Atkins,Jerry Kennedy (as Cornbread & Jerry) for starters

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