Fake country from the early Fifties,and lots of it. With more to come. Can't beat that, eh? Nope. You can't. Why am I. Typing in partial sentences? Sorry. About that.
These are, of course, budget label "covers" of country hits. All were ripped by me from 78s in my crazed collection, and, while most are in "eh" condition, none are hopeless. In fact, one is nearly mint, and it's from the Record-o-Mail Co., of all places. Record-o-Mail singles never turn up mint, yet mine did (see last image).
The most enjoyable tracks, to my ears, are the counterfeit Hank Williams numbers, along with the no-name cover of Elvis' That's All Right, though it's Marty Robbins' version being copied here. Considering the get-it-over-with-quick nature of these cheap label sessions, I suppose we should be amazed by the competence of these copies. No disasters in this bunch--in fact, none are less than reasonably catchy. We almost expect one of these bandleaders to start off with, "Okay, boys, let's make this reasonably catchy!"
Thanks, Hap, Smokey, Al, Del, Steve, Bob, Paul, Mimi, and (no artists listed) for the reasonably catchy country music we are about to hear. Click here to hear: Fake Country.