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Rose Sinclair

 

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Austin, TX, USA
Post  Posted 26 Sep 2018 9:05 pm    
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Hi Fellow Non-Pedalers - Here's a clip from this week's Steel Monday at Sam's Town Point, Austin, TX. A stab at Billy Bowman's "Midnight in Old Amarillo." ('61 Fender, A6 neck). Thanks for listening! -Rose

https://youtu.be/2MUCJPkSa-U

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Paul DiMaggio

 

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Fort Nelson, British Columbia, Canada
Post  Posted 27 Sep 2018 1:54 am    
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Classy Rose! You get better and better all the time!
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L. Bogue Sandberg

 

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Chassell, Michigan, USA
Post  Posted 27 Sep 2018 10:03 am    
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Very nice, Rose! I'll be listening to your version multiple times to steal ideas.

I started working on this tune last winter while my civil engineer daughter was on a tough field assignment installing micro-piles in a cold, damp parking garage in Amarillo. On night shift. I doubt she appreciated the connection.
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Will Houston

 

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Tempe, Az
Post  Posted 27 Sep 2018 10:47 am    
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Nice Rose, I like that just fine... wish I was there to hear it live.
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Erv Niehaus


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Litchfield, MN, USA
Post  Posted 27 Sep 2018 11:33 am    
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Smooth! Very Happy
Erv
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Bill Creller

 

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Saginaw, Michigan, USA (deceased)
Post  Posted 27 Sep 2018 5:09 pm    
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Nice job on that Rose !! Very Happy
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Joe Breeden

 

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Virginia, USA
Post  Posted 27 Sep 2018 6:59 pm    
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I like it. Really nice. Joe
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Nic Neufeld


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Kansas City, Missouri
Post  Posted 28 Sep 2018 3:12 pm    
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Very nicely done! Can anyone point me to history of this tune or early recordings? I saw one listed by Bob Wills on Youtube but the recording sounded obviously (more) modern.
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Ian McLatchie

 

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Sechelt, British Columbia
Post  Posted 28 Sep 2018 7:44 pm    
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Beautiful, Rose. Thanks for posting this.
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Mitch Drumm

 

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Frostbite Falls, hard by Veronica Lake
Post  Posted 29 Sep 2018 12:15 am    
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Nic Neufeld wrote:
Very nicely done! Can anyone point me to history of this tune or early recordings? I saw one listed by Bob Wills on Youtube but the recording sounded obviously (more) modern.


More modern than late 1956, when Billy Bowman recorded it with the Wills band?

I'm guessing that's what you heard as I don't think Wills made another attempt at the song.






The late Weldon Allard does a great vocal on the version below from circa 1980, but I can't find out if he wrote the lyrics just for his version or if Billy Bowman conceived the song as a vocal and wrote both the lyrics and the music in the 1950s, but just chose to record it as an instrumental with the Wills band for unknown reasons.

For the life of me, I can't understand why apparently no other band has ever recorded the song as a vocal with these bluesy lyrics.

https://picosong.com/w2ksd

Allard was a song writer, bass player, and vocalist for years in Amarillo from the late 1940s on and recorded both under his own name and as part of steeler Billy Briggs' band. So I am wondering if he was singing the song as a vocal in the early 50s with the Briggs band when Wills/Bowman heard it and appropriated it. Wouldn't be the first time that happened, but it's just speculation.


It was also done by Jim Reeves' Blue Boys as an instrumental on a transcription. Guessing that would be Bobby Garrett, but I haven't listened lately.

Also done more recently as a duet by Herb Remington and Cindy Cashdollar.


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Nic Neufeld


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Post  Posted 29 Sep 2018 4:58 am    
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Mitch Drumm wrote:
Nic Neufeld wrote:
Very nicely done! Can anyone point me to history of this tune or early recordings? I saw one listed by Bob Wills on Youtube but the recording sounded obviously (more) modern.


More modern than late 1956, when Billy Bowman recorded it with the Wills band?

I'm guessing that's what you heard as I don't think Wills made another attempt at the song.


Well I'm not sure what it was about the recording (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=husfJPu2xPk) that made me assume it was a mislabeled modern recording. Felt a bit cleaner than I expected in audio quality, maybe. But you're right it looks like, Billy Bowman with Bob Wills, late 50s.

I have much to learn with Western Swing, that's for sure...thanks for the info!
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Scott Thomas

 

Post  Posted 29 Sep 2018 11:53 am    
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Wonderful Rose! I enjoyed that very much. Your whole band is great.
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Skip Ellis


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Post  Posted 29 Sep 2018 11:58 am    
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Very nice!!
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