Saturday, September 08, 2007

Inner sleeve survives

On the turntable has been Texas Inlaws, Akashic Records SF-1004, Supernatural Family Band. On the inner sleeve are (side one) a general blurb by Tommy Hancock and the lyrics to High Plains High, a song by Conni Hancock, and additional credits; and (side two) a contemporary black-and-white photograph of Butch Hancock, along with a tribute to him as "inside man" and lyrics to If I Was a Highway (probably better known as If You Were a Bluebird) and Ramblin' Man. There's great trombone music on this album, and great fiddling, too. The low point is a flat rendition of Lovesick Blues, and I've always disliked Orange Blossom Special. Jessie Taylor is on this album, I loved Louie Morris's rendition of "Bluebird" and the most astonishing track on this album is one by Jimmie Dale Gilmore. Most, and perhaps all, of the tracks are recorded live, and the last one is an odd version of Sly Stone's Higher. The Akashic site does not have a track list for this album, which is reported to be from 1978, when at least some members of the Supernats lived within a block of the homestead.


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