Adolph Hofner South Texas Swing
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- Released: September 14, 1994
- Label: Arhoolie Records
- 1.Better Quit It Now
- 2.How I Miss You Tonight
- 3.Dirty Dog
- 4.We Played A Game
- 5.Does My Baby Love Me, Yes Sir!
- 6.I'll Keep My Old Guitar
- 7.Brown Eyed Sweet
- 8.Maria Elena
- 9.Spanish Two-Step
- 10.Why Should I Cry Over You?
- 11.Joe Turner Blues
- 12.Sam, The Old Accordion Man
- 13.Alamo Rag
- 14.South Texas Swing
- 15.Jessie Polka
- 16.Sage Brush Shuffle
- 17.Cotton-Eyed Joe
- 18.Paul Jones (Arkansas Traveller)
- 19.Star Kovarna :: Old Blacksmith Shop (Andulka Waltz)
- 20.Na Marjanse :: On Little Mary Polka
- 21.Strashidlo :: The Ghost (Happy Go Lucky Polka)
- 22.Dis Ja Liebe Spim :: When I Peacefully Sleep
- 23.Julida Polka
- 24.Kelley Waltz
- 25.Longhorn Stomp
- 26.Radio Broadcast: Theme & Pearl Beer Commercial / You Can't Break My Heart / Draggin' The Bow / Hang Your Head In Shame / Theme Out
Personnel includes: Adolph Hofner (vocals, guitar); Emil "Bash" Hofner (vocals, steel guitar); Leon Merrit (vocals, bass); Dave Frazier (guitar); Eddie "Smiley" Whitley (steel guitar, piano); Cotton Cooper (banjo); Bell McKay, Johnny Williams, Leonard Seago, J.R. Chatwell (fiddle); Johnny Reeves (fiddle, drums); Cal Callison (accordion);Walter Kleypas (accordion, piano); Charlie Poss, George Timberlake, George Pennington, Bert Ferguson (piano); Eddie Duncan, Jimmie Revard, Buck Wheeler, Dudley Frazier (bass).
Recorded in San Antonio, Texas; Dallas, Texas; Hollywood, California between 1936 and 1954. Includes liner notes by Tony Russell and Chris Strachwitz.
Personnel: Adolph Hofner (vocals, guitar); Emil Hofner (vocals, steel guitar); Leon Merrit, Atlee Frazier (vocals); Dave Frazier (guitar, electric guitar); Curley Williams (guitar); Eddie Whitley (steel guitar, piano); Neal Ruff (banjo, clarinet); Cotton Cooper (banjo); Johnny Reeves (fiddle, drums); Johnny Williams , J.R. Chatwell, Leonard Seago, Charlie Gregg, Bell McKay, John Williams , Ronald "Slim" Wallace (fiddle); Walter Kleypas (accordion, piano); Cal Callison (accordion); Bert Ferguson, George Pennington, Charlie Poss, George Timberlake (piano); Eddie Bowers (drums).
Liner Note Author: Tony Russell.
Photographer: Adolph Hofner.
Unknown Contributor Roles: Eddie Bowers; Leon Merrit; Charlie Harris.
Adolph Hofner's South Texas Swing is 26 tracks and 78 minutes of music by one of the Texas country swing greats, with most cuts dating from the late '30s and early '40s, although there are a few stragglers from the late '40s and early '50s. This could be heartily recommended to Bob Wills and Milton Brown fans, with the proviso that Hofner favored a slightly more pop-oriented sound; the inclusion of some polka-oriented material betrays his Czech ancestry. His vocal sound is supremely relaxed and easygoing; it sounds like the stage would have to catch fire before his voice betrayed any hint of nervousness. Interesting oddities are five tracks sung in Czech; other than their presentation in a foreign language, they sound quite in line with his usual material. ~ Richie Unterberger
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