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Joe Goldmark


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Post Posted 21 Jun 2011 9:28 pm     Reply with quote

Steeler: Hal Rugg
Tune: Chicken Gumbo
Artist: The Family Jewels Featuring Hal Rugg & Buddy Spicher
Label: Agape 45-9010 Year: 1972



http://www.vinylbeat.com/forum/01ChickenGumbo.mp3

The Family Jewels were in the great tradition of Area Code 615 and Barefoot Jerry; session guys forming a band and playing some fun stuff. Apparently they recorded a whole album of this stuff that's locked away with whomever owns Pete Drake's holdings. Pete reputedly owned the masters.

I wanted to also post some videos of Hal playing instrumentals on the Wilburn Bros. Show. I know I used to see some on YouTube, but I'm not seeing them now....It was always exciting to watch Hal play because he was so good and had that smooth tone. It was also interesting to watch him constantly adjust his finger picks, yet always be in control. RIP Hal Rugg. A great player and a classy guy.

Tune: The Sinking Of The Reuben James
Artist: Country Joe McDonald
Album: Thinking Of Woody Guthrie, Vanguard VSD-6546, Year: 1969


http://www.vinylbeat.com/forum/15-20SinkingOfTheRubenJames.m4a

Tunes: Jonesy, Cuttin' A Rugg
Artist: Hal Rugg
Album: The Best Of George Jones, United Artists UAS 6291, Year: 1963


http://www.vinylbeat.com/forum/01Jonesy.mp3
http://www.vinylbeat.com/forum/02CuttinARugg.mp3


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Ian Miller


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Post Posted 22 Jun 2011 1:41 am     Reply with quote

Any idea who's playing the smokin' Tele on that Country Joe track? Sounds like it could be Jimmy Capps or Fred Carter, but some of the licks are pure Buck Trent!

Hal's the star, though.
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Joe Goldmark


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San Francisco, CA 94131
Post Posted 22 Jun 2011 8:29 pm     Reply with quote

Hi Ian,

Good question, as the guitar is really nice. The guitar players are Grady Martin, Ray Edenton and Harold Bradley. They're all terrific players, but I don't know which guy plays like that. Any help?

Joe

BTW, it's the A team with Buddy Harmon, Norbert Putnam and Pig Robbins rounding out the line-up.
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Joachim Kettner


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Post Posted 23 Jun 2011 2:32 am     Reply with quote

There's two more songs from the album to be listened to, if you go to Country Joe's place:
http://www.countryjoe.com/store.htm#RB1040
There is record by Joan Baez called
"Any Day Now" featuring a very similar line up, also including Hal Rugg.
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Mike Poholsky


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Post Posted 26 Jun 2011 7:28 pm     Reply with quote

Awesome blocking technique! Love Hals stuff!
Thanks Joe, never heard that before.
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Chris Bauer


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Post Posted 26 Jun 2011 8:11 pm     Reply with quote

Cool!

The second half of the solo on the Country Joe cut sounds like the prototype for Buddy Cage's signature style. I wonder if either was a direct influence on the other.
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Steve Hinson


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Hendersonville Tn USA
Post Posted 22 Jul 2016 11:19 pm     Reply with quote

Ian Miller wrote:
Any idea who's playing the smokin' Tele on that Country Joe track? Sounds like it could be Jimmy Capps or Fred Carter, but some of the licks are pure Buck Trent!

Hal's the star, though.


Grady on the Tele.
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Glenn Suchan


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Austin, Texas
Post Posted 26 Jul 2016 10:06 am     Reply with quote

The George Jones cuts remind me of the kind of instruments that Leon Rhodes and Buddy Charlton did with the Texas Troubadours:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PZyM85ltQ1I
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pP9mDEri85o

Joe, thank you for posting the Hal Rugg sound clips. IMO, you can never hear too much of Hal's playing.

Here's a YouTube of a live broadcast with Hal playing an Emmons steel:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j5ruo6h6AGk

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Brint Hannay


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Post Posted 26 Jul 2016 1:15 pm     Reply with quote

I'm confused by the tracks posted with the "Best of George Jones" album cover. The cover seems to say "composed and sung by George Jones" and says "Vocal accompaniment by the Jordanaires". I wouldn't normally expect to find two snappy all-instrumental cuts on an album with that presentation.
Least of all on a "Best of [singer]" album!
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Peter Freiberger


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Post Posted 26 Jul 2016 7:00 pm     Reply with quote

Here's the flip side of "Chicken Gumbo".

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rtehMXkxw68
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