1-CD with 12-page booklet, 22 tracks. Playing time approx. 57 mns.
They called him 'The Canadian Ploughboy' and that's precisely what he was. In fact, his unwillingness to leave the family farm in eastern Ontario, Canada adversely affected his chances of making it in the highly competitive world of early Fifties country music. There's no doubt that Prophet Orval had the talent. He was signed to Decca, Nashville in 1951 and recorded several singles for the label including one that became a big Canadian hit, Judgement Day Express. The sound was modelled closely on Hank Snow, but Prophet Orval made the records uniquely his own.
In 1957, Prophet Orval
returned to Nashville to record two sessions as Johnny Six
. His recording of Mademoiselle
also became a big Canadian hit, and a local hit in the USA, but once again Prophet Orval
retreated back to eastern Ontario to become a local legend ... and nothing more. This set gathers all of Prophet Orval
's 1950s recordings. The sound on the early songs is tight, rocking Fifties country very much in the Hank Snow
tradition. The Johnny Six
recordings are more countrypolitan, but still definitely country. You might not have heard of him before, so be prepared for how good he is!