Various ‎– Two Decades Of Country Music By The Phelps Brothers

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Bronco Buster ‎– CD 9043
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Sort of a "brother act", these old, obscure singles are from the divergent careers of three siblings: Willie, Ernie and Norman Phelps. Although all three brothers typically pitch in on each other's recordings, the records were made under their individual names, and have very distinct sounds. Most of the tracks on here come from a couple of 1936 sessions at Decca Records, and are delightful old-timey string band music, covering mostly Tin Pan Alley standards with touches of Jimmie Rodgers/Jimmie Davis-style bluesiness. Some obscure mid-'50s sessions are also included, which feature Willie Phelps as frontman on a couple of mildly off-color tunes, some with cool, clunky electric guitar blues riffs. (Note: the three brothers also backed Ray Whitley on some western style songs, included on vol. 44 and 45.)

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