Sunday, May 18, 2014

Drum Forum -- Gene Chrisman Discussion

From the site:

While not as well known as Al Jackson or Roger Hawkins, Gene Chrisman was one of the old-time session guys who knew how to play on hit records.  If you've never really listened hard to his track on "Son of a Preacher Man", you're in for a treat.   Dig the way he plays that quarter-note hihat pattern and how he switches to a Latin rhythm on the bell later in the tune.  Most amazing, IMO, is the way he doesn't start playing hysterical fills going into the chorus and he really just locks in the time without rushing.  It's really hard not to rush going into that part of the tune.  Frankly, I'm surprised the producers didn't ask him to play some fills there, but my guess is that it was so good they just left it alone.   Anyway - now you know who Gene Chrisman is.   Enjoy.

Thursday, May 08, 2014

Bill Black: The Combo, Hi Records, and Lyn-Lou


From Scotty Moore’'s website:

The Hi Record label in Memphis got its start in 1957 when Ray Harris, Bill Cantrell and Quinton Claunch pitched a recording of Carl McVoy to Joe Cuoghi. McVoy was an older cousin of Jerry Lee Lewis and as a piano player had unlocked the secrets of the boogie-woogie style Jerry heard in his youth. Cuogi was the owner of Poplar Tunes on Poplar Ave. in Memphis where Elvis used to frequent and bought many of his early records. Cantrell and Claunch had formerly worked for Sun and Meteor records and Ray Harris had previously recorded, unsuccessfully, for Sun. Harris had been a coworker and friend of Bill Black's while working for Firestone and was inspired after attending one of the early Sun sessions with Elvis. With a $3.50 demo by McVoy of You are My Sunshine, Cuoghi was impressed enough to seek financing and partner with them to start the label.1

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