Grady Martin – Diesel Smoke, Dangerous Curves And Hot Guitar
Atomicat has taken a snap-shot of the numerous recording sessions he appeared on and focus on Caucasian artists with the overall sound being in an up-tempo style. The album has thirty recordings ten of which have Grady Martin on the label credits, along with four named vocalists and there on nine titles with the Slewfoot Five or Winging Strings as the named instrumental support.
The variety of sound is vast, there is a sprightly reworking of Settin' The Woods On Fire with vocals from Mervin Shiner and vocalist Dick Todd covers Jimmie Davis's, Sweethearts Or Strangers, which future Country artist Faron Young and Rockabilly, Carl Perkins also covered.
The remaining featured vocalists on The Slewfoot Five sessions are, Don Cherry and Burl Ives and the first section of the CD album ends with Martin's solo instrumental, The Fuzz which will please Link Wray fans.
The remaining twenty songs are selected highlights from his studio work during which his guitar brought life to numerous classic recordings. The quality "Star names" within the compilation include Red Sovine whose 1954 session resulted in a recording that Elvis Presley would himself record two years afterward. Additional top-class performers from the Country and Western stable include; Lefty Frizzell with Shirley Caddell, Lee Emerson with Marty Robbins who is relegated to second vocalist and Jimmie Logsdon as Jimmy Lloyd, gives the new breed a run for their money.
The move into Rockabilly and Rock 'n' Roll music takes-in, a multitude of artists with pluck in their performance and their sound is naturally embellished from the presence of Grady Martin, and embraced in this statement are; Warner Mack, Ronnie Self, Mimi Roman, Marvin Rainwater, Brenda Lee, and Elvis Presley. Two well-known rockers, Carl Perkins and Conway Twitty have Country titles as their selected contribution, and of course, there is more to hear and discover.
1. Grady Martin And The Slewfoot Five: Bimbo - Dick Todd and The Slewfoot: 2. Five - Sweethearts Or Strangers - Grady Martin and His Winging Strings: 3. Pork Chop Stomp - Burl Ives and His Slew Foot Five: 4. Diesel Smoke, Dangerous Curves - Grady Martin and The Slewfoot Five: 5. When My Dream Boat Comes Home - Mervin Shiner and His Slew Foot Five: 6. Settin' The Woods On Fire - Grady Martin and His Guitar: 7. The Fuzz - Don Cherry and The Slew Foot: 8. Long John Boogie - Grady Martin and The Slewfoot Five: 9. Just Because - Grady Martin: 10. Twist And Turn - Red Sovine: 11. How Do You Think I Feel - Lefty Frizzell/ Shirely Caddell: 12. No One To Talk To - Johnny Carroll and His Hot Rocks: 13. Wild Wild Women - Lee Emerson/ Marty Robbins: 14. Where D'Ja Go? - Al Terry: 15. Watch Dog - Jimmy Lloyd: 16. Where The Rio De Rosa Flows - Warner Mack with The Anita Kerr Quartet: 17. Rock-A-Chica - Ronnie Self: 18. Big Fool - Mimi Roman: 19. Little Lovin' - Roy Hall: 20. Whole Lotta Shakin' - Patsy Cline: 21. Stop, Look And Listen - Marvin Rainwater: 22. (There's Always) A Need For Love - Dave Rich: 23. Red Sweater - Brenda Lee with The Anita Kerr Singers: 24. Little Jonah - Elvis Presley With The Jordanaires: 25. Please Don't Drag That String Around - Billy Craddock: 26. Boom Boom Baby - Autry Inman: 27. Mary Nell - Carl Perkins: 28. Hambone - Connway Twitty: 29. Don't Cry No More - Janis Martin: 30. Will You Willyum -