Richard Hawley is a singer songwriter from Sheffield, South Yorkshire. He is best known now as a singer of heartfelt and beautiful songs but has a long musical history as a guitarist. If you would like to know what has happened and what is yet to come please visit:
I was very pleased when ACE released this one. My Dad had "Rockin' With Wanda" & I listened to that album non stop when I was a kid - Capitol had a great sound at the time - sonically it's not dissimilar to the early Gene Vincent records. The musicians on these records are amazing - Joe Maphis' guitar playing is fantastic, I think Skeets McDonald played bass on a lot of the tracks with Ralph Mooney and Buck Owens too - all topped off with Wanda's belting voice - a fine recipe for rockabilly fans!
I first heard of this bloke on a Ace compilation called "Hollywood Rock'n'Roll" (now deleted) which was fantastic. One Cup Of Coffee & A Cigarette is my fave! Very solid rockabilly.
My uncle has a couple of EPs by this guy. This is the real deal, the birth of soul.
Blues Stay Away From Me is one of my favourite songs of all time. Beautiful simplicity, great harmonies - it proves that all hillbillies don't just kick s***. Gene Vincent does a boss version of this on his second Capitol album.
I've cheated here, but you can't have one without the others. I love every note on these albums. You just hear how little changed from R&B roots stuff to rock'n'roll. Probably production is about it and the lyrical subject matter was a little blander. I have 40 odd Domino albums and I love them too! One of the greatest ever, plus there's the odd track I'd never heard.
Again, this is one I've had on vinyl since I was a bin lid! I learnt to sing with this album. My Mum used to put it on while she did the ironing (in a house with three kids - that was quite often). It gives me the feeling of listening to music older than the hills, some of it is. I heard a bloke in a folk club sing a version ofBarbara Allen that went on past closing time, it had about 30 odd verses - Bob Dylan anyone!?
Chester Burnett has got to be the strangest, enigmatic figure ever to come out of the blues. It sounds like he swallowed a cheese grater. Had some great guitar players with him too such as Willie Johnson and Hubert Sumlin, a very magic band. This compilation doesn't let you down, as if the Wolf ever could!
John Lee Hooker
I've had this album for years. I moved out of home when I was 17 & me Dad wouldn't let me take any of his John Lee Hooker albums with me so he bought me this as a consolation prize. A complete maverick performer and all the world will sorely miss him. I know this might sound cheesy but we still have his music and that's a consolation and a half. He haunts me in my dreams, a beautiful sound and well hard.
Awesome, awesome, awesome! Little Birdie is one of the fastest pieces of hellfire bluegrass you will ever hear. The Osborne, Delmore & Louvin Brothers also need a mention.
George Jones (currently unavailable)
A violent, drunken, mysoginistic b****** is one way of describing George Jones. Alternatively you could say that he's one of the best f****** songwriters that ever walked the earth. The choice is yours!