The Cajun Cowboy Rides Again
Posted April 29, 2008
From Dominique Anglares
Can you believe than a 85 years old Country singer could be back on studio and rides again
for a new CD? That's exactly what had done Claude King, with the support of guitar
wizard James Burton, for Sonny records. Claude even plans to take a trip to Nashville, in
early spring of this year, to appear on the Bill Anderson Show on XM Radio Channel2.
Claude who brings Wolverton Mountain in the top of the charts in 1962 is also a giant part
of the Louisiana Hayride history. Here he composed a song for the Louisiana Hayride's
60th Birthday who will catch with all the 50's country music nostalgics. Come on along,
everybody, come along -We're gonna have a wonderful time at the Louisiana Hayride. I
sure had with that recitation about Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Buddy Attaway, Felton
Pruett, Sonny Trammell, Norman Bailes, Kitty Wells, Tillman Franks - Even Elvis
Presley's "Don't Be Cruel" find his way here with the superb picking of James
Burton and nice chorus. "Hey Good Lookin'" and "Wolverton Mountain" complete
that nostalgic trip in the early day of Country music when KWKH "Louisiana Hayride"
was challenging with Nashville's WSM "Grand Ole Opry" and Dallas' KRLD "Big D
But that new record not only deals with nostalgic recitation as prove "The Cajun
Cowboy", a two-step twist with nice fiddle part, who will bring you to the "Slap your
Mama" state. Spicy and happy music for Honky-Tonk night birds. Next is a new version of
his all-time hit "Wolverton Mountain" with a bit of Bluegrass style and less chorus.
The third song is probably the most surprising cut 'cause here Claude get back with his
1957 only Rockabilly waxing "Run Baby Run" issued on "Dee-Jay" records (1248). On
the original version, Claude was backed by Tillman Franks, Tommy Tomlinson and Johnny
Horton. That original single is now impossible to find and tryin' to get back to that
style at 84 years old seems to be impossible. Here the gang won the challenge and that
1.33 minute cut with heavy slap bass and incisive guitar licks is a winner. That version
with James on guitar is even powerful that the original cut. I still could not believe it
was cut last year at Red River Studios in Bossier City (LA) by that Louisiana cat. Hat
off, Claude, here you beat flat many current Rockabilly bands who don't reach 84 years
packing band member years all together.
Next two tracks deal with Texas, a very important state in the raise of country music and
Rockabilly. "The Texas Blue Bonnet Waltz" and "West Texas Memories" offer a nice
travel in the Lone Star State. Follow "Don't That Moon Look Lonesome", a pop
cross-over already cut for "Columbia", and "Twenty-One", a great story song about
how foolish we can be on our young days. You will find pure 50's expressions like "I
got Judy in trouble in the early days of summer". A nice story song in the grooves of
Johnny Cash's "Ballad of Teenage Queen" or "Give My Love To Rose".
On track nČâ11, Claude is back in 1952 with a new version of "Got The World By The
Tail" first issued on Specialty 711. Then that R'n'B label was setting a short
living Hillbilly serie and Claude got four 78 rpm's on the eighteen issued. Claude made
another cut of that song for "Columbia" in the 60's and, in 2004, the song was
revived by Charlie Thompson for "Trial" records in Sweden. Charlie Thompson, a young
country cat, is the true musical son of Webb Pierce, George Jones, Faron Young, Dave Rich
or Jimmy and Johnny. His recording of "Got The Words by The Tail" is even more
Hillbilly than Claude's new one. Don't miss him if he ever plays a gig in your area.
His last performance with Miss Mary Ann at "Viva Las Vegas" Rockabilly festival was a
highlight of the week-end.
Claude chose to close the CD borrowing Elvis's "I Can't Help Falling In Love With
You". He was not the first ĺ─˛cause Slim Whitman or Eddy Arnold had already do that.
That's song is a classic one and a nice tribute to Elvis who staged the Louisiana
Hayride as soon as October 1954. Then he was just a young lad tryin' to make it after
his first record on "Sun" was issued three months earlier. Tillman Franks was the
first to bring him in Shreveport and the rest is history -Elvis loved dearly his Mama
Gladys and, maybe that's why, Claude's last song on that CD is "Happy Birthday
That CD showcase more than 73 years of musical work and passion for music and Louisiana.
That's a nice tribute to all his long gone friends like Johnny Horton, Merle Kilgore,
Tommy Tomlinson or Tillman Franks. That's also a testimony of love for those still
around -James Burton, Sonny Trammell, Sonny Harville or Virginia Franks.
That record can be ordered by email to email@example.com or by snail mail at:
Sonny Records/CK Productions - P.O Box 1081 - Manvel, Tx 77578 - USA.
Dominique "Imperial" ANGLARES
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