Western Swing Chronicles, Vol. 3

Western Swing Chronicles, Vol. 3

by Ocie Stockard


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Ocie Stockard was the banjoist with Milton Brown's Brownies, a pioneering Western swing band. After Brown died in a car accident, the remains of his band fell apart. Some of the members regrouped under Stockard's leadership, and in 1937 they had a marathon recording session that resulted in 14 titles. The music was quite jazz and swing-oriented, without neglecting its country roots. A part-time trumpeter, Harry Palmer, who worked normally as a grocer at the time, is one of the solo stars on what would be his only recording date. Also quite prominent are the fiddles of Johnny Borowski and Buck Buchanan. While Stockard takes the majority of the vocals, four other musicians also have their chances to sing. The tunes, which include "There'll Be Some Changes Made," "How Come You Do Me Like You Do," "Just Blues," and "Bring It On Down to My House" among the high points, are joyful and swinging, with the fiddles sometimes purposely taking ideas from Joe Venuti. Also on this definitive CD are Stockard's two other sessions as a leader: six titles from 1941 and four from 1946. These are more country-oriented (the trumpet is gone) but still strongly influenced by swing. The lengthy and informative liner notes by producer Cary Ginell add to the value of this perfectly conceived reissue. Highly recommended.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/23/2004
Label: Origin Jazz
UPC: 0784554100224
catalogNumber: 1002

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Ocie Stockard   Primary Artist,Banjo,Fiddle,Guitar,Violin,Vocals,Tenor Banjo,Guitar (Tenor),Interviewee
George Bell   Piano
J.B. Brinkley   Guitar,Electric Guitar,Vocals
Cecil Brower   Fiddle,Violin
Joe Holley   Fiddle
Fred "Papa" Calhoun   Interviewee
Wanna Coffman   Bass,Interviewee
Homer Kinnaird   Drums
Bill Buckanan   Fiddle,Vocals
Buck Buchanan   Violin,Vocals
Buster Ferguson   Guitar,Rhythm Guitar,Vocals,Interviewee
Frank Reneau   Piano
Andy Schroder   Steel Guitar
Johnny Borowski   Clarinet,Fiddle
Wilson "Lefty" Perkins   Electric Guitar
Roy Lee Brown   Interviewee
Cecil Mullins   Guitar,Electric Guitar,Vocals
Wanderers   Track Performer
Roscoe Pierce   Interviewee
Jack Hinson   Piano

Technical Credits

Jimmie Davis   Composer
Moon Mullican   Composer
Fats Waller   Composer
Art Kassel   Composer
Andy Razaf   Composer
Gene Austin   Composer
Arthur Freed   Composer
Gus Kahn   Composer
Joe McCoy   Composer
Charles Mitchell   Composer
Georgia White   Composer
J.B. Brinkley   Composer
Ocie Stockard   Composer
Minnie Douglas   Composer
Mel Stitzel   Composer
Harry Brooks   Composer
Cary Ginell   Producer,Liner Notes
Dave Ringle   Composer
Roy Bergere   Composer
Goering   Composer
Robert Perkins   Composer
Bill Givens   Liner Notes
W. Benton Overstreet   Composer
Fred Meinken   Composer
Billy Higgins   Composer
Cecil Mullins   Composer
Thomas Haynes Bayly   Composer
Jack Hinson   Composer

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