Dirty Linen - p.42
"[T]he Texas Playboys captivate with their Western swing....Memphis Slim then revives his famous rollicking 'Pinetop's Boogie Woogie'....This album is perfect for a Saturday night."
Personnel: Christine Balfa, Sam Porky Hutchins, John Cohen, Rodney Balfa, Arbee Stidham, Warner Williams (vocals, guitar); T.D. Bell (vocals, electric guitar); Walter Hensley, Tom Paley (vocals, banjo); Earl Taylor, Geoff Muldaur (vocals, mandolin); Dirk Powell (vocals, accordion); Memphis Slim (vocals, piano, organ); Frank Salazar (vocals, bass guitar); Jesse "El Chivo" Garza, Leon Rausch, Lester Chambers, Boozoo Chavis (vocals); Carlton Thomas, Jr., Eddie Pennington, Sticks McGhee & the Ramblers, Joe Chambers, Paul Rishell, Willie Chambers (guitar); Bill Dessens (electric guitar); Herb Remington (steel guitar); Luis Gonzalez/Yomo Toro (bajo sexto); John Sebastian (banjo); Johnny Gimble (mandolin, fiddle); Ernie Hunter, Mike Seeger, Bessyl Duhon, Kevin Wimmer (fiddle); Mel Davis , Annie Raines, Sonny Terry (harmonica); Nonc Allie Young, Ben Tavera King (accordion); Reggie Crawford (saxophone); J.C. Burris (trombone); Erbie Bowser (piano); Jim Gough (electric bass); Armand Jump Jackson, Rellis Chavis, Donald "Duck" Manor, Ruben Mendoza, Alex Medina, Jerry Ontiberoz, Brian Keane (drums); Nelda Balfa Moody (triangle); James Wormworth (percussion).
Liner Note Author: Jeff Place.
Editors: Carla Borden; Jacob Love.
Photographer: Marion Post Wolcott.
While the archivists at Smithsonian Folkways can get downright scholarly when it comes to music, this fine compilation seeks to be the opposite--just a stomping, fun good time, Americana-style. Essentially a party mix culled from the Smithsonian back catalog, the track list here includes bouncy Texan conjunto from Mingo Saldivar, wildcat Western swing from Gary Wills, Memphis Slim's infectiously joyful boogie-woogie piano, danceable jump-blues from Erbie Bowser, swingin' Cajun from Balfa Toujours, and other upbeat, rootsy styles.