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(Blues Boy Records) 16 tracks The combination of Texas, the late 1940s and the influence of... more

Goree Carter: Rock Awhile (LP)

(Blues Boy Records) 16 tracks

The combination of Texas, the late 1940s and the influence of T-Bone Walker produced a lot of exciting guitar blues. In fact, the influence of hot Texas blues bands on modern blues tastes is now at a peak not seen since Johnny Winter's 1968 breakthrough. Gatemouth Brown, Albert Collins and Johnny Copeland are getting work and much praise, while the Fabulous Thunderbirds and Stevie Ray Vaughan are at the forefront of a whole wave of young white Texas bands bringing the blues to the public. Left in the dust of history are many excellent recordings that were only available on 78 rpm by outstanding artists like Clarence Garlow, Roy Gaines and Zuzu Br'. Surprisingly, very few reissues of the lesser known Texas Jump Blues have appeared since the glory days 35 years ago. Most Texas reissues of the postwar era were either down home and featured performers like Lightnin' Hopkins or his contemporary artists on guitar and piano, or they spotlighted more famous artists like T-Bone. Gate, or Arno Milburn. More recently, Krazy Kat Records in England has released a series of albums focusing on Houston's postwar scene. Peppermint Harris is the star among American and European reissues, and now Blues Boy has issued this first full LP by one of the most exciting, deserving, and unfortunately still obscure Texas artists: guitarist and singer Goree Carter.

Article properties: Goree Carter: Rock Awhile (LP)

  • Interpret: Goree Carter

  • Album titlle: Rock Awhile (LP)

  • Genre R&B, Soul

  • Label BLUES BOY

  • Geschwindigkeit 33 U/min
  • Vinyl record size LP (12 Inch)
  • Record Grading Mint (M)
  • Sleeve Grading Mint (M)
  • Artikelart LP

  • EAN: 4000127716668

  • weight in Kg 0.21
Carter, Goree - Rock Awhile (LP) LP 1
01 Rock Awhile Goree Carter
02 Back Home Blues Goree Carter
03 I'll Send You Goree Carter
04 How Can You Love Me Goree Carter
05 My Love Is Coming Down Goree Carter
06 Hoy Hoy Goree Carter
07 I Just Thought Of You Goree Carter
08 Working With My Baby Goree Carter
09 Serenade Goree Carter
10 She's Just Old Fashioned Goree Carter
11 Is It True Goree Carter
12 What A Friend Will Do Goree Carter
13 Come On Let's Boogie Goree Carter
14 Tell Me Is There Still A Chance Goree Carter
15 I've Got News For You Goree Carter
16 Bullcorn Blues Goree Carter
17 I'm Just Another Fool Goree Carter
Goree Carter and His Hepcats Yet another of T-Bone's disciples who made good, Goree Carter... more
"Goree Carter"

Goree Carter and His Hepcats

Yet another of T-Bone's disciples who made good, Goree Carter was all of 18 years old when he waxed his jumping anthem Rock Awhile in Houston for the Freedom label in April of 1949. The knifing guitar intro sounds like a precedent to Chuck Berry's immortal Johnny B. Goode lick, and Carter's Hepcats (trumpeter Nelson Mills, alto saxist Conrad Johnson, tenor saxman Sam Williams, pianist Lonnie Lyons, bassist Nunu Pitts, and drummer Allison Tucker) blast forth as though they're impatient for the advent of rock and roll.

Carter was born on New Year's Eve of 1930 in Houston. His dad was a blues pianist, and his music-loving older sisters would invite saxists Eddie 'Cleanhead' Vinson and Arnett Cobb to jam in the family's backyard. One of those hep kittens brought Goree some T-Bone 78s she'd gotten at the Bronze Peacock in hopes her little brother would follow in Walker's footsteps (he'd picked up the guitar at 13). He did, and just as she'd done with Amos Milburn and Lightnin' Hopkins, Lola Anne Cullum signed on to manage Goree.

Goree's first 78 came out on Miltone under the alias of Little T-Bone, but after that he'd be on Solomon Kahal's Houston-based Freedom imprint. Supposedly Goree conjured up Rock Awhile right there in the studio; it stirred up a lot of local reaction without breaking nationally. The T-Bone influence remained strong on Carter's Freedom followups, including the jumping Hoy-Hoy and Come On Let's Boogie. Freedom tried several more times before Goree moved on to Imperial, Sittin' in With, Modern, Jade (as Rocky Thompson), and Coral, all before 1951's end. 

An unissued '54 date for Peacock ended Carter's recording career before he even celebrated his 24th birthday. He died December 29, 1990 after being out of the spotlight for decades.

 

Bill Dahl
Chicago, Illinois

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