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Saturday, May 5, 2018

Travis Wammack - Travis Wammack (1972 us, splendid classic rock roots 'n' roll with funky soul drops, 2017 korean remaster)



There are some names you never forget.  Names like Narvel Felts, Felton Jarvis, Elvis Presley...Good Southern names for self-styled boys that made some of rock-n-roll’s great wild records.  Such a name and such a man is Travis Wammack. Born in Walnut, Mississippi, he began his professional music career when he wrote and recorded his first record at the tender age of eleven, and also became the youngest member ever voted into the musicians union. After moving to Memphis, Tennesse, the young guitarist made his mark on the music world at the age of sixteen with his 1963 number one hit “Scratchy”.

He was the first to develop and use the fuzz tone for an electric  guitar.  By 1969, Wammack’s skills landed him in Muscle Shoals, Alabama  where he teamed with legendary producer Rick Hall at Hall’s FAME Records.  Travis’ guitar licks can be heard on hit records that have sold over 'SIXTY  MILLION' copies!…songs recorded by artists such as Aretha Franklin, Wilson  Pickett, Little Richard, Mac Davis, Clarence Carter, the Osmond Brothers,  Bobbie Gentry, Candi Staton, Delbert McClinton, Liza Minnelli, Narvel Felts  and many more.  Wammack’s solo artist career (produced by Hall) also sky  rocketed with the release of albums in 1971 and 1975.

He traveled the world  as Little Richard’s band leader from 1984 until 1995, performing on several  nationally syndicated television programs as well as President Bill Clinton’s  inauguration party.  Wammack became known as the “Fastest Guitar Player In  The South”, where he was described by Rolling Stone’s Greg Shaw as “the  fastest guitar player I have ever heard in my life, and not just fast but good.   Brilliant, even.  His stage show is flamboyant and exciting.” In 1998, Wammack  released his live CD "Still Rockin’".  It contains a collection of rock and soul  classics from the 60's and 70's.  

In 2000, his “Snake, Rattle & Roll in Muscle  Shoals” CD was released.  This release contains a collection of Travis’ best  original material and is sure to rock you with a touch of soul.  In 2002  Wammack released another live CD “Rock-N-Roll Party" which showcases everything from his soul vocals on ‘Dreams To Remember’, his dazzling guitar  work and voice-box on ‘Rocky Mountain Way’, to the swampy slide work on  his original ‘Rock-N-Roll Shoes’.  In 2008 Travis released the CD "Memphis +  Muscle Shoals = Travis Wammack" which includes more of his original rock-n- soul tunes, including a medley of "Scratchy" & "Firefly". 

In 2008 he also  released his first gospel CD "Almost Home". In 2009 he released his fist  country CD "Country In My Soul". In 2010 Travis released "Rock-N-Roll Days",  an acoustic show of oldies but goodies and in 2011 released "Rock-N-Roll  Days Vol. II". Travis now works with Muscle Shoals Music Marketing, and has  added “Producer” to his already impressive resume.  He is a member of the  ‘Memphis Music Hall of Fame’, and in 1999 Wammack received the  Professional Musician Award from the Alabama Music Hall of Fame. 

In 2005 he  was inducted into The Southern Legends Entertainment And Performing Arts  Hall Of Fame. In May 2006, Gibson Guitars presented Travis with a new  Gibson ES-335 guitar as part of their documentary honoring legendary Gibson  ES series players. In 2011 Travis was inducted into the Rockabilly Hall of  
Fame.


Tracks 
1. So Good (Jim Carroll, Joey Levine) - 3:55
2. How Can I Tell You (Cat Stevens) - 4:43
3. Put On Your Shoes And Walk (J.R. Bailey, Ken Williams) - 2:47
4. You Better Move On (Arthur Alexander) - 3:13
5. Funk #49 (Dale Peters, Jim Fox, Joe Walsh) - 4:10
6. You Are My Sunshine (Charles Mitchell, Jimmie Davis) - 4:11
7. Whatever Turns You On (George Jackson, Raymond Moore) - 3:01
8. Darling You're All That I Had (John Bettis, Kerry Chater) - 3:37
9. Slip Away (Marcus Daniel, Wilbur Terrell, William Armstrong) - 2:53
10.I Don't Really Want You (Dennis Linde) - 3:13

Personnel
*Travis Wammack – Vocals, Guitar
*George Soule - Vocals 
*Ronnie Eades - Vocals, Baritone Saxophone 
*Bass  Bob Wray - Vocals
*Jerry Bridges - Vocals
*Jesse Boyce - Vocals
*Don Cartee - Drums
*Fred Prouty - Drums
*Tarp Tarrant - Drums
*Jerry Bridges  - Guitar 
*Ken Bell - Guitar 
*Clayton Ivey - Keyboards 
*James H. Brown Jr. - Keyboards 
*Tim Hensen - Keyboards 
*Harvey Thompson - Tenor Saxophone 
*Ben Cauley -  Trumpet
*Harrison Calloway Jr. -  Trumpet
*Leo Lablanc - Steel Guitar 

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4 comments:

bosshoss said...

Amazingly great southern rock. Thank you.

Anonymous said...

Nice Album,Thanks

mscmichael said...

Thanks a lot...

kobilica said...

I'm so thankful for this one.Cheers...