First time vinyl releases for Furry Lewis, Houston Stackhouse, and O.V. Wright available now through Fat Possum/Big Legal Mess

April 8, 2016 8 releases b-01

Now available on vinyl for the very first time through Fat Possum/Big Legal Mess are three truly incredible records:

1. Furry Lewis – Good Morning Judge (recorded in Memphis, TN in 1962, originally released in 2003 on Fat Possum)
– These tracks, originally recorded in Memphis by George Mitchell in the summer of 1962, prove
that at least Furry’s spirit and his sense of humor were intact. Check out the title track, “Good Morning, Judge.” I got arrested once, and I said “Good morning judge what may be my fine…”. For a man claiming to have been only arrested once, Furry nonetheless uses the song to deny forgery, loitering and vagrancy, murder and fraud. Furry Lewis began getting the recognition he deserved towards the end of his life. He opened for the Rolling Stones and even played on the Tonight Show. He is also the only artist on the Fat Possum label, besides R.L. Burnside, to appear in a movie starring Burt Reynolds. Apparently, Burt turned down the leading role in “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” in favor of W. W. and the Dixie Dance Kings, in which Furry has a part. (And in 1999, Burt accepted a role in Tempted, which at least features a nice little cameo of Mr. Burnside tuning a guitar at the back of a dark bar.) Fury Lewis died in 1981. I heard once that a friend came to commiserate with him in the hospital after his leg got cut off, but Furry supposedly said, “It ain’t so bad. I can see the ice-cream factory from my window.” – Excerpt of the liner notes by Matthew Johnson

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2. Houston Stackhouse – Houston Stackhouse and Friends (recorded in Dundee, MS in 1967, originally released in 2008 on Big Legal Mess)
– Born Huston Garth in Wesson, Mississippi, on September 28, 1918, Houston Stackhouse adopted his stepfather’s surnames as a teenager. Growing up on the Randall Ford Plantation, Stackhouse learned the harmonica from watching fiddler Lace Powell, and later learned the violin from Lonnie Chatmon of the Mississippi Sheiks, but his major influence was Tommy Johnson. Living in Crystal Springs, Mississippi, in the mid-1920’s. Stackhouse learned songs from watching Tommy Johnson and his brothers, and later supported Johnson in local clubs in the late 1920’s. Throughout the 1930’s, Stackhouse played around Mississippi with the Mississippi Sheiks and Robert Johnson, with whom he made plans to record prior to Johnson’s murder in 1936. Stackhouse taught the slide guitar to his cousin,Robert Nighthawk, and the two went out to play together on The Mother’s Best Flour Hour and the King Biscuit Time show, both broadcast on KFFA in Helena, Arkansas. Playing on KFFA, Steakhouse was brought into contact with players such as Elmore James, Muddy Waters, Little Walter, Jimmy Rogers, Roosevelt Sykes and Earl Hooker. Electric guitar became Stackhouse’s full-time instrument. – Excerpt of the liner notes by Sam Sweet

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3. O.V. Wright – Live (recorded live in Tokyo in 1979, originally released in 1989 on Hi Records)

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