Saturday, December 17, 2011
Early Bilie Jo Spears - pure Honky Tonk
The obits are done: in English and in German, so lets feature that Texas girl in this Honky Tonk blog as well. Her early stuff on Capitol Records, was a pure delight for the traditional country fan, a lot of steel guitar and/or dobro, simple arrangements, just pure boot-scootin' on sawdust - what a bliss.
Some of the stuff, which didn't make my obit is featured here.
"You Couldn't Even Light His Candle" (Dallas Frazier)
"A Thing Of Pleasure" (Eddie Rabbitt; Larry Lee Favorite)
"Midnight Train" (Bob Milsap; Jack Rhodes)
There are also some gems on United Artist like the sassy little ditty "Never Did Like Whiskey" penned by Kenny O'Dell, with Billy Sherill as recording engineer and Larry Butler as producer. Even though it sounds like eons apart from her earlier recordings Spears' voice dominates over the Countrypolitan arrangement, label boss Larry Butler put behind her recordings. If you want to read the full obit I wrote, visit the links above.