Boppin’ By The Bayou-Feel So Good.

Label: Ace Records.

When Ace Records released Boppin’ By The Bayou in 2012,  little did anyone at the label realise that they had just released the first instalment in what would become their longest running and most successful compilation series. However, it was so successful that another instalment in the series was commissioned and compiled by Ian Saddler.

Boppin By The Bayou More Dynamite followed in 2013, and enjoyed the same commercial success as its predecessor. The nascent By The Bayou compilation series looked like it could be Ace Records’ latest success story. 

And so it proved to be. Seven years later, and Boppin’ By The Bayou-Feel So Good has just been released by Ace Records and is the twenty-second instalment in this long-running and commercially successful compilation series. It features twenty-eight tracks including twelve that have never been released before. A number of familiar faces make a welcome return and some new names feature on Boppin’ By The Bayou-Feel So Good which in the space of a few bars transports the listener to steamy Louisiana.

Opening Boppin’ By The Bayou-Feel So Good is Carol which  was recorded by Jim Miller, from Port Arthur in Texas when he was just seventeen. This meant his parents had to sign the contract with Spindletop who released this memorable rocker in 1962.

Rockabilly singer Al Ferrier is a veteran of the By The Bayou compilation series and has previously featured on six volumes and contributes four tracks to this volume. His first contribution is the driving and irresistibly catchy You’re Humbuggin’ Me which was the B-Side to Be Boppin’ Baby, when it was released by  Showtime in 1976. It’s joined by three unreleased tracks including the hidden gem I Got A Good Woman. The other two tracks show different sides of Al Ferrier. I’m The Man features a  boastful vocal full of machismo, while his vocal is full insecurity on What Is That Thing Called Love which was recorded by Al Ferrier and His Bopping Billies. These four tracks feature a talented and versatile singer who could bring lyrics to life.

Frankie Lowery originally trained as an opera singer but ended up singing rock ’n’ roll. He enjoyed a successful career and has also featured on six volumes of the By The Bayou series. His contribution is the unreleased track Jealous Woman which is a soul-baring ballad. 

Im A One Woman Man was released on the Dixie label on 1957 by Thumper Jones. He was a versatile singer who was equally comfortable singer hillbilly and rockers. This is one of his rockers which isn’t as well known as his covers Blue Suede Shoes or Heartbreak Hotel.

Erwin Babin recorded several rockabilly songs including Black Cat Boogie, which was produced by JD Miller. It originally featured on the 1980 Flyright Records’ compilation Boppin’ It. Forty years later it makes a welcome return and is a reminder of a talented singer who never enjoyed the commercial success his talented deserved.

 Linda Brannon only enjoyed one hit single, Just Another Lie during a career than began in the late-fifties and was over by the early sixties. During that time, she recorded several rockers. Two of her best were released on RAM Records. This includes  Woe Is Me the B-Side to her 1957 single Don’t Bother Me, and Baby, I Can’t Let You Go, the flip side to the 1959 release Any Way You Do. 

Just like Margaret Lewis and Linda Brannon, Charlotte Hunter was also signed to RAM Records. She recorded Love Me Baby which was never released and makes a welcome and belated debut Boppin’ By The Bayou-Feel So Good.

Walkin’ Out was released by Dwight James and The Rockin’ Knights on the Spindletop label in 1961. Sadly, it was the only single that the group from Port Arthur, Texas released. 

During his career, DJ turned singer Johnny Jano, recorded everything from cajun and rockabilly to swamp pop. In 1962, he released the joyous sounding That Beat Keeps Going On on Jador. It’s one of the highlights of the compilation and will brighten up even the darkest day.

Closing Boppin’ By The Bayou-Feel So Good is Johnnie Allan’s  Let’s Do It, which  was released on Jin in 1964.  It’s an explosive track that  bursts into life as the rhythm section and piano drive the arrangement. Meanwhile, Johnnie Allan vamps, yelps and shrieks while horns punctuate the arrangement  which by now is swinging and ensures that the compilation ends on a high. Ian Saddler has saved the best until last.

The recently released Boppin’ By The Bayou-Feel So Good is the twenty-second instalment in Ace Records’ long-running and successful compilation series. Just like the previous instalments in the series it was compiled by Ian Saddler. Hecontinues to dig deep for new material and on Boppin’ By The Bayou-Feel So Good he’s chosen singles, B-Sides, alternate tracks, album tracks and twelve unreleased tracks. The result is another lovingly curated compilation with hidden gems aplenty. There’s also tracks from old friends, familiar faces and veterans of the critically acclaimed By The Bayou compilations series, which looks like it’s going to run and run.

Boppin’ By The Bayou-Feel So Good.

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