Tuesday, September 29, 2009

holes get deeper

Lightnin' Slim - The Best of Lightnin' Slim (listen) My friend Amy is in the hospital in Germany, and asked for links to get her and her laptop busy while laid up, and one of those, via the 50 most interesting articles on Wikipedia, was the Kola Superdeep Borehole, the deepest hole ever dug. That may be, but I contend one of the deepest metaphysical holes ever explored by man and his instruments is the echo chamber at J.D. Miller's recording studio in Crowley, LA, depths that can be experienced in this Lightnin' Slim 1957 side for Excello.

Miller and his Crowley recording studio is revered in blues circles for helping shape the swamp blues sound of Slim Harpo, Lightnin' Slim and Lazy Lester, but a less-discussed segment of Miller's career involves when he produced racist country artist Johnny Rebel in the 60's (profile of Johnny Rebel by Nick Pittman from the Times of Acadiana) and released his incendiary singles on his own Reb Rebel label.

Holes get deeper and things get more interesting.

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