1 CD with 16-page booklet, 31 tracks, playing time 73:52 minutes.
Jenks 'Tex' Carman was a true American original. His unique style of hillbilly hula music would never have made a dentin Nashville, but on the west coast he was embraced. Playing a bizarre style of Hawaiian steel guitar, with little sense oftiming, tuning, meter or rhythm, Jenks 'Tex' Carman was on a musical island all of his own.Jenks 'Tex' Carman brought such diverse influences as Hawaiian steel guitar, vaudeville, cowboy ballads, the 'punk'attitude of rockabilly and acoustic country blues together in an act that was as novel as it was perverse.
These two new CDs contain the complete recordings that Carman did for Sage & Sand Records in the late 1950s, 63tracks in all!On the DVD, you will see many of Carmans’ live performances on the 'Town Hall Party' television show backed by suchlegends as Joe Maphis, Merle Travis, Quincy Snodgrass and the rest of the 'Town Hall Party' band. You will see howreal West Coast country music used to be played—loose, on the edge, ragged but right.Rockabilly fans will be pleased to note that Carman is backed by the 'Town Hall Party' television show musicians onthese CDs and DVD. Amazing rockabilly guitarists
Joe Maphis and Roy Lanham (both of whom have their own soloBear Family CDs) contribute some amazingly hot rockabilly guitar solos to these recordings.If you’re a fan of the other 'Town Hall Party' artists such as the Collins Kids, Joe Maphis, Johnny Bond and SkeetsMcDonald then these CDs and DVD are a must!Deke DickersonJenks Tex Carman. Who and what was he? A half century ago he was making country records unlike anybody else’s.No amount of smoothing could remove his kind of rough edges.
Was he the “first punk country artist?” Did Jenks Tex Carman reallyhave an alternative musical vision in his head or was he simply a borderline psychotic, blazing his own trail and givingvoice to the odd collection of sounds in his head? Here was a man you couldn’t display during prime time. At least not in1955. A half a century later, audiences are a lot more open to hybrid music and category bending.
Jenks Tex Carman mighthave been right at home as opening act for a 21st century psychobilly band. Too bad he was born 50 years too soon.Hank DavisGoldmine magazine