1 CD with 24-page booklet, 17 individual tracks, playing time 45:54 minutes.
For all lovers of Texas music, this is a rare treat! It’s an affectionate tribute from one great underappreciated artist toanother. In the 1940s, Ray Campi moved from New York to Austin, Texas, and grew up with an enduring love of Texasbeerjoint music. Chief among his heroes was Jesse James, a transplanted Mississippian who led a western swingdance band. In a time when music was far more regionalized than it is now, Jesse James was a local legend, playing topacked houses wherever he went. Today, he mostly survives in memory. He made a few recordings for Blue Bonnetand 4-Star, but none of those capture the excitement of his live shows…an excitement that Ray Campi does his best tore-create here. Songs like Flying Saucer Mama and Ray Mop capture the western dance band craze at its zenith. ”As Iwrite these reminiscences,” says Ray Campi in his text, ”I can picture in my mind's eye the gold 1947 Desoto limousine,its rack on the top brimming with instrument cases, with Junior driving, heading south on Congress Avenue around 5.00p.m., delivering Jesse and the Boys to music-craving outposts like Bandera, La Grange, Bastrop, Dimebox, San Marcos,and Houston, Texas for another night of picking, dancing, and fun for all. It's a thrill to be able to relive the songs I heardso beautifully played by good fellows who befriended this star-struck kid long ago.”
Let Ray Campi take you back to a place and time where few of us have been: a by-God Texas beerjoint, circa 1949.