Monday, March 31, 2008
Freddie Hart - Dig Boy Dig (Columbia 4-21512)
I was perusing some of my favorite music blogs the other day, when I checked on the excellent The Devil's Music. Devil Dick's blog is great because he's not akin to just one style of music. You never know what you'll get there, from soul to garage rock to instrumentals and just about anything in-between. The other day he featured some good ol' hillbilly music, via Joe Gills. I got to thinking that I've been a little remiss in not doing more of the same, here.
Today, a record that I dug out of a box of dusty ten cent discs at one of last year's flea markets, "Dig Boy Dig" by Freddie Hart. I wasn't familiar with the record but I knew who Freddie Hart was. The title sounded promising and I knew that a lot of country artists made a rock and roll record or three, so I decided it was worth a dime to investigate further.
It turned out that I made a wise choice because "Dig Boy Dig", from 1956, is right where rock and roll meets hillbilly country. I'm no expert but that sounds just like an apt description of rockabilly, to me.
Hart sings with a country twang, drums pounding behind him and there's a cool guitar break. It's almost hard to believe this is the same guy who scored a huge hit in 1971, with "Easy Loving". Then again, it's a fairly common story, a country crooner who made some pretty great rock and roll back in the early days.