The Alabama State Troupers — The Alabama State Troupers Road Show 1972 (USA, Southern/Blues Rock)

Исполнитель: The Alabama State Troupers
Откуда: USA
Альбом: The Alabama State Troupers Road Show
Год выхода: 1972
Жанр: Southern/Blues Rock
Формат: MP3 CBR 320
Размер архива: 180 МB


The brainchild of Elektra president Jac Holzman, producer Russ Miller, and singer/songwriter Don Nix (best know for his work with The Marr-Keys (see separate entry)), The Alabama State Troupers were originally envisioned as a traveling roadshow meant to showcase the talents of various Southern musicians who had been signed to the Elektra imprint. Among the acts to be showcased were Nix, Lonnie Mack and his band, singer Jeannie Greene (best known for her work supporting Elvis Presley). and an all star collection of sessions players dubbed the Mt. Zion Band and Choir. original plan was to include Lonnie Mack and his backing band in the enterprise. Holzman’s entertaining book Follow the Music has an entertaining segment where Miller talks about what happened next. Having finished all the arrangements for the tour, literally days before the tour was to kick off Nix called Miller to tell him that Mack had vanished. Miller eventually tracked him down to a house way out in the Ohio countryside only to discover that Mack had recently awoken from a dream with a biblical vision telling him not to tour. Unable to get Mack to change his mind, Miller and Nix turned to bluesman Furry Lewis as a backup. Lewis had backed Nix on his 1970 solo debut «In God We Trust.»

Recorded at two October, 1971 California performances, «The Alabama State Troopers Road Show» was a double album, 20 song set. The set opened with a set of four solo Furry numbers. Even though he was in his late-1970s and a heavy drinker (Miller claims to have provided him with a bottle of whiskey every day), Lewis acquitted himself well; turning in nice solo performances on originals such as ‘Brownsville’, ‘I’m Black’ and ‘A Chicken Ain’t Nothin’ But a Bird’. Elsewhere the collection was a mixed success. Backed by a top-notch supporting band, including keyboardist Clayton Ivey and guitarist Wayne Perkins, Nix-penned rockers such as ‘Asphalt Outlaw Hero’, ‘ Olena’ and the blazing ‘Going Down’ weren’t half bad. Unfortunately, while Jeannie Greene was undoubtedly talented, her penchant for screeching (witness her performances on ‘My Father’s House’ and ‘Mighty Time’) was a major source of irritation. Less successful were the group’s stabs at country material (check out their needless cover of ‘Will the Circle Be Unbroken’). Call it an interesting failure … Simply too obscure for most rock fans, the set proved a poor seller, peaking at # 218. (The album was originally released with a gatefold sleeve.)


CD 1
01. Furry’s Blues 7:21
02. Brownsville 4:51
03. I’m Black 2:15
04. A Chicken Ain’t Nothin’ But A Bird 3:36
05. Will The Circle Be Unbroken 3:32
06. Amos Burke 2:30
07. Mighty Time 2:40
08. Jesus On The Mainline 3:45
09. Mary Louise 2:55
10. Yes, I Do Understand 3:16
CD 2
01. Opening 3:45
02. Living In The Country 2:28
03. Joa-Bim 2:55
04. Dixie 2:03
05. Heavy Makes You Happy 3:06
06. Iuka 5:38
07. Furry’s Rap 1:03
08. Asphalt Outlaw Hero 3:32
09. Olena 3:50
10. My Father’s House 3:18
11. Going Down 5:43

Don Nix (William Donald Nix) — vocals (CD1: 05, 06, 09; CD2: 01, 06, 08, 09, 11), producer
Furry Lewis — vocals (CD1: 01-04)
Jeanie Greene — female vocals (CD1: 07, 10; CD2: 01-04, 10), piano (CD: 03, 04)
Brenda Patterson — female vocals (CD1: 08; CD: 05)
Marlin Greene — vocals (CD2: 01, 02)
Wayne Perkins — vocals (CD2: 01, 02)
Marianne Watkins — lead female vocals (CD2: 05)
Carolyn Watkins, Mary Anderson — female vocals (CD2: 05)
Tippy Armstrong, Wayne Perkins — guitar
Bob Wray — bass
Clayton Ivey — piano
Ken Woodly — organ
Fred Prouty, Tarp Tarrant — drums


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