"In 2012, Country Funk 1969-1975 (Volume I) gathered together songs from a genre with no name. Itâ€™s a genre created not from geography or shared ideology but a term applied retrospectively based solely on the feel of the songs: hip-swinging rhythms with bourbon on the breath. These were songs to make your cowboy boots itchy, written and performed by the likes of Bobbie Gentry, Johnny Jenkins and Link Wray. Songs that encompass the elation of gospel with the sexual thrust of the blues; country hoedown harmonies cut with inner city grit. Compiled from tracks dating from the late â€˜60s to the mid â€™70s, Country Funk is the sound of country music blending with sounds and scenes from coast to coast, white Americaâ€™s heartland music blending with the melting pot as the nation assessed its identity in advance of its bicentennial year.
The good news for the people who fell in love with the first volume ofÂ Country FunkÂ is this: thereâ€™s plenty more where that came from. Light In The Attic has followed up that first 16-track disc with a second volume,Â Country Funk Volume II 1967 â€“ 1974, and a new set of loose-talking, lap steel-twanging tracks. On the single CD / 2xLP volume youâ€™ll find household names like Willie Nelson, Townes Van Zandt, Kenny Rogers, Jackie DeShannon, JJ Cale, Bobby Darin and Dolly Parton. Youâ€™ll also find obscure artists like Bill Wilson, whose lostÂ Ever Changing MinstrelÂ album was produced by the feted Dylan producer Bob Johnston, and Thomas Jefferson Kaye, noted producer of Gene Clarkâ€™s opusÂ No Other. Gene Clarkâ€™s here too, as half of Dillard & Clark, wringing raw emotion from The Beatlesâ€™ â€œDonâ€™t Let Me Downâ€.
All of the individuals featured have a story to tell, whether itâ€™s that of the sidelined session musician, the fading star or the country upstart. Thereâ€™s Donnie Fritts (â€œSumpinâ€™ Funky Goinâ€™ Onâ€), whose roots stretch back to Muscle Shoals, Alabama, and who has played keyboard for Kris Kristofferson for decades. Thereâ€™s Canadian group Great Speckled Bird, who joined Janis Joplin and more on 1970â€™s Festival Express tour. Thereâ€™s Hoyt Axton, who along with singing the harmonica-sucking ode to â€œCalifornia Womenâ€, also took a role in Gremlins. Thereâ€™s Jim Ford, who Sly Stone once described as â€œthe baddest white man on the planetâ€. And thereâ€™s Billy Swan, who kicks proceedings off with a soul-stirring organ, a lazy kickdrum and his rockabilly vocals echoing like a croon into the grand canyon.
Compiled and presented once again by the team behindVolume IÂ (DJ and music supervisor Zach Cowie plus Light In The Atticâ€™s Matt Sullivan and Patrick McCarthy), the release also includes a reunion of writer Jessica Hundley and Jess Rotter (original album/label artwork and new illustrations by) in the form of a comic book called â€œThe Hot Dawgs".
It may be the genre that had no name, but thereâ€™s plenty of gas in the country funk trunk yet." - LIGHT IN THE ATTIC RECORDS
This product was added to our catalog on Wednesday 30 July, 2014.