Column

Through the Lens

Focusing on the finest roots music photography

Amos lives in West Virginia, where he works with Mountain Stage and takes stunning photographs of live music performances.

Through the Lens

Focusing on the finest roots music photography

Amos lives in West Virginia, where he works with Mountain Stage and takes stunning photographs of live music performances.

New Roots Music: Richie & Rosie, the Louisiana Hayride, and Rosalie Sorrels Tribute

Amos, regarding that Louisiana Hayride collection: Thanks for putting it on my radar! Fantastic. You arent exaggerating the wealth and importance this thing has to music lovers, musicians, scholars, journalists and people interested in great American music! I fondly remember speaking to Sleepy LaBeef years ago and him telling me about seeing Johnny Horton live on the Hayride back in the day. Such an incredible thing it was. And it just hasn't fully ever got its fair due with history. And that Elvis photo you posted...man...that is the pictorial definition of Rockabilly...everything is right. Scotty Moore, Bill Black on Upright and Elvis and that pomp and stage suit! Not too mention its one of the more  important images in the history of Rock and Roll, here's where it began at ground floor, so to speak. I tend to gravitate heavily to vintage country music and rockabilly in my own photography and writing, so this release has my attention.

It's whale of a collection, quite reasonably priced.

Amos...I must say the Lousiana Hayride record, 20 cd's though it may be, stirs the memory of our version of the show, Midwestern Hayride, which was inspired by the Louisiana version...ours had regional and local artists (I had a friend in high school whose dad had played on the show a number of times), but many national artists as well, Porter Wagoner, Dolly Parton, Willie Nelson, Merle Travis, Red Foley were among numerous artists I was watching at the tender age of 4 or 5...we never got Elvis to my knowledge...It went off in 1959 or 1960 not too long after I started watching it...

The Grayson Capps I will have to get...I do really like Willie Sugarcapps and Will Kimbrough as well, Will is such a fine player...

Your passionate reminiscence about Rosalie Sorrells, along with the fact that there are a number of wonderful artists paying tribute makes that a must have as well...I appreciate it when you (and other ND contributors) write from the heart about what certain artists have meant to you on your own musical journey...interesting...the Jimmy LaFave song "Going Home" has always been one of my favorites, and I'd not known any connection to Rosalie Sorrells...

Well written and loved the pics Amos...

 

Thanks Amos, I always enjoy your posts. What excited me most about your recommendations was the Rosalie Sorrels tribute and especially the release by Richie & Rosie. I have some of the early albums by the Horse Flies and love them so I'm very curious about this release by one of that band's members. Your praise of Rosie was very convincing also. Thanks.