The Hodges Brothers: Ralph Hodges (vocals, guitar, mandolin); Felix Hodges (vocals, fiddle); John White (vocals, acoustic bass); Jame Hodges (guitar).
Recorded between 1951 & 1969. Includes liner notes by Chris Strachwitz.
Personnel: Ralph Hodges (vocals, guitar, mandolin); John White, Felix Hodges (vocals).
Liner Note Author: Chris Strachwitz.
Recording information: Jackson, MS (12/01/1951-??/??/1969); WAPF, McComb, MS (12/01/1951-??/??/1969).
Bogue Chitto Flingding collects various sessions recorded by the Hodges Brothers and by Chris Strachwitz throughout the '60s as well as one side of a trumpet single recorded in 1951. This is Mississippi string band music, with plenty of prominent fiddle courtesy of Felix Hodges (brother Ralph plays some nice guitar, too). The Brothers are fine singers and harmonizers, but the instrumental fiddle tunes are especially fine. Because their hometown of Bogue Chitto was so rural, the music they played sounded as it had for decades in that area (though not without some more contemporary flourishes). But because they were recorded in the '50s and '60s, the recording quality is much better than many string band recordings. Arhoolie has been documenting American roots music of all types for decades, and this is another reason to thank them. Good stuff. ~ Sean Westergaard