Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Willie & The Red Rubber Band ‎- Willie And The Red Rubber Band (1968)



Willie et al came out of west Texas and remind me of a cross between a jug band and the 13th Floor Elevators, or maybe Zappa if he went country, or, The Fugs if they went country. They have nothing in their oeuvre to compare to fellow Texan Roky and his 13th Floor Elevators but they are interesting as a time capsule of the era and they were certainly "playing" in the same "mind" park as Roky.
 Drums – Conley Bradford
Engineer [Recording] – Al Pachucki
Guitar – John Buck Wilken*, Lanny Fiel
Guitar, Bass – Glen Ballard (2)
Organ, Piano, Cello – Charles Addington
Photography By – Bill Berger
Piano – Begie Chruser
Producer – Chuck Sagle, Duke Niles (tracks: B6)
Vocals, Guitar – Willie Redden
The band is off the wall with a melting pot of styles which is slightly endearing. Willie et al came out of west Texas and remind me of a cross between a jug band and the 13th Floor Elevators, or maybe Zappa if he went country, or, The Fugs if they went country. They have nothing in their oeuvre to compare to fellow Texan Roky and his 13th Floor Elevators but they are interesting as a time capsule of the era and they were certainly playing in the same mind park as Roky. Trying to find anything on this band is near on impossible – but they must have had a career as this is their second album and they are on a major label (RCA). The music is a mix of rock, blues, country and soul with a dash of the avant-garde underground.  Mary Jane is their best song of their first album and Chicky – Chicky Boom Boom their greatest acid dancing hit from their second LP

John "Bucky” Wilkin, the son of Marijohn Wilkin (author of the country classic “Long Black Veil”), is most noted as a session guitarist on numerous country and rock records of the 1970s, particularly outlaw country releases by Waylon Jennings, Kris Kristofferson, Kinky Friedman, and Jessi Colter. He was also a songwriter and put out a little-known solo LP. Prior to his solo album, Wilkin had been in Ronny & the Daytonas, famous for their 1964 hot rod hit “Little GTO.” Wilkin was also in the American Eagles (not to be confused with the much more famous Eagles), who also included keyboardist Chuck Leavell, and put out a single in 1969.

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