Back in 1957, a young folksinger named Jody Gibson had a rather successful record called GOOD MORNING, CAPTAIN, a cover of Jimmy Rogers' MULESKINNER BLUES. Mister Gibson's style was that Rockabilly sound that included among its champions Carl Perkins, George Hamilton IV, and those great twangy guitarists like Luther Perkins and Merle Travis. His songs were Nashville spoofs about fast cars, faster cops and slow relations.
His latest CD, Spanning the Decades, is, at first glance, an incompatible mix of re-released rockabilly and recently-recorded sea chanties. OK, I know what you're thinking. Rockabilly and sea chanties, what's next, Mariachi polkas? (Actually, that sounds rather intriguing.) But I liked this CD.
I really got into the old stuff, Marvin Rainwater's SO YOU THINK YOU'VE GOT TROUBLES? and George Hamilton's IF YOU DONT KNOW, I AINT GONNA TELL YOU. And the old songs like PADDY, LAY BACK and ALL FOR ME GROG had me singing along just like I used to when Spencer Nelson was still with us.
MM for PFS