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Sid King and his Five Strings - Rockin' On The Radiodotdotdot
artworkThese ultra rare tracks were recorded off air from KTAE in Taylor, Texas between 1954 and 1955. Four instros are lurking here, all in the key of infectious, played like there's no tomorrow. 'Tis a mighty cool set. No, no surf, just real home spun rock 'n' roll from a country perspective.
Picks: Little Willie Boogie, Five String Hoedown, Wildwood Flower, Five String Hoedown

Track by Track Review


Little Willie Boogie dotdotdot
Guitar Boogie (Instrumental)

This is the earliest precursor to the "Guitar Boogie Shuffle" I've come across. The lap steel wailing is absolutely demented in places, and the energy amazing. This is one infectious track. While primitively recorded, it's quite vital and listenable. Great stuff here! From 1954.

Five String Hoedown dotdotdot
Lap Steel (Instrumental)

These boys are rockin' on this one, with a sweet lap steel and thumpin' upright bass. Infectious and very fun, but cut short as the program ends. From 1954.

Wildwood Flower dotdotdot
Lap Steel (Instrumental)

This classic Chet Atkins tune gets the liquid lap steel treatment, and it shines with that sweet steel whine. The steel player is having too much fun on this track. From 1956.

Five String Hoedown dotdotdot
Lap Steel (Instrumental)

These boys are rockin' on this one, with a sweet lap steel and thumpin' upright bass. Infectious and very fun, but cut short as the program ends. From 1954.