What do hardcore collectors expect from a good Rockabilly or vintage Rock'n'Roll record ? Wild vocals ? A driving beat ? Numerous and extended guitar/piano breaks ? Yes, and the whole lot will be even closer to the mark ! However, one can also dig laid back vocals, a more relaxed beat, unobtrusive choruses and sax or steel guitar soli !
'Red Headed Woman' (Olo 103) is probably the pick of the bunch among Rockabilly lovers but the flip, 'Memphis Town Blues', grows on you with each new spin. 'Trouble' (Ana 106) is my own favorite (by a hair, really) ; the other side, 'Whiskey, Women & Wild Living', is the most 'Countryfied' of the four. There's a date written in the dead wax of Olo 103 : '4/27/66', proving to the most rabid collectors that the Sixties did not ring the knell of Rockabilly.
Just who the late Tommy Pedigo was, remains rather mysterious. His full name was Tommy W. Pedigo (as shown on Ana 106) ; I'd like to know if he was one of the Pedigo Brothers who had a brilliant Rockabilly '45 on another Tennessee label, Atwell (#100, 'She's Gone'). [Since I first wrote this piece, his official site has been set up and some welcome info can be found on this very unique stylist.]
32571 Red Headed Woman
SON 32572 Memphis Town Blues
SON 66781 Whiskey, Women & Wild Living