Herb Remington – Jean Street Swing 1951-1962. Review By Oj Sikes

Herb Remington - Jean Street Swing 1951-1962 ( Cover CD )
Herb Remington - Jean Street Swing 1951-1962 ( Cover CD )

Herb Remington – Jean Street Swing 1951-1962

BACM CD 652.

If you’re into Western Swing, you probably know the name, Herb Remington. You’ve heard Bob Wills call out “Herby,” referring to a steel guitar solo by Remington, on numerous recordings made when Herb was one of Bob’s Texas Playboys, 1946-1949. The recordings on this new release, all but 2 of which are instrumentals, were made between 1951 and 1962, after Remington left the Wills band, but they offer the opportunity to hear Herb’s versatility.

Several of Remington’s most famous compositions are included, e.g. “Remington Ride,” ”Station Break” and “Boot Heel Drag,” but the real attraction is the large number of songs that might be new to you, and with 31 tracks in all, there’s lots of variety to enjoy. Steel guitar fans will be able to add some fine, rare tracks to your collection.

Historian Kevin Coffey, always a great source of information, provided extensive liner notes on Herb’s career and the musicians on these sessions.

British Archive of Country Music

O.J Sikes

Track List

– Old Timey Waltz
– I Wonder If You Feel The Way I Do
– Moose Jaw Rag
– Swinging Strings
– Remington Ride
– Steel Guitar Waltz
– Jean Street Swing
– Backlash
– Picked Beats
– Westphalia Waltz
– Julida Polka
– Swamp Water Drag
– Cherokee Ride
– String Band Rag
– Shuffle The Blues
– Remington Swing
– Ragged But Right
– Station Break
– Slush Pump (1)
– Big Wheel
– Pink Chiffon
– Sam and Oscar
– Deep Beat
– Coo Coo Creek Hop
– Chime Out For Love
– Slush Pump (2)
– Boot Heel Drag
– Fiddlesteel
– Soft Shoe Slide
– Swinging Cow Bell Blues
– Rosebud (aka Pedal Softly).