Hello there. Allow us to introduce you to your new favorite record: Jim Ford Harlan County! Recorded in 1969 in Los Angeles, CA, Harlan County is a true gem of the swamp/country-funk tradition. Tony Joe White, Bobby Charles, Charlie Rich…Jim Ford could hang with them all.
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“Jimmy Ford is the baddest white man on the planet,” said Sly Stone of Jim Ford, and listening to Harlan County today who’s to argue? Needless to say, we’re honored to re-release these ten country-funk gems on CD and 180-gram wax (for the first time) with Ford’s original cover artwork, beautifully re-mastered audio (from the original tapes), extensive liner notes by Kurt Wolff (The Rough Guide to Country Music), and rare photos. These jams are fierce and fuzzed out, ready for the club or just a cruise in your powder blue Ford pickup. See ya out there.
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Neil Young may have asked, “Are you ready for the country?” but what we really want to know is, “are you ready for the COUNTRY FUNK”? But wait, what in the hell is “country funk”? The answer is a complicated one, in part due to the fact that “country funk” is an inherently defiant genre, escaping all efforts at easy categorization. The style encompasses the elation of gospel with the sexual thrust of the blues, country hoedown harmony with inner city grit. It is alternately playful and melancholic, slow jammin’, and booty shakin’. It is both studio slick and barroom raw. And while these all may seem unlikely combinations at first glance, upon close listen, it all makes sweet sense.
With bare chest and a whiskey buzz we present to you Country Funk 1969-1975, a melting pot concoction of the music of Dale Hawkins, John Randolph Marr, Cherokee, Johnny Adams, Mac Davis, Bob Darin, Jim Ford, Gray Fox, Link Wray, Bobby Charles, Tony Joe White, Dennis The Fox, Larry Jon Wilson, Bobbie Gentry, Gritz, and Johnny Jenkins. Featuring extensive liner notes by Jessica Hundley (MOJO, The New York Times, Vogue), original album/label artwork, and new illustrations by Jess Rotter of Rotter and Friends (who designed the Lee Hazlewood, Louvin Brothers, and Jim Sullivan tees), think of this as a fantasyland where the Josie-era Meters back young Elvis singing Kris Kristofferson-penned slices of rustic American life and you’ll begin to understand the country funk vibe. It’s from the swamp to the city and all points in between.
And listen children, we wouldn’t send you out in the wold with not a shirt on your back, would we?? Be the star of the bar with these jamboree threads by Jess Rotter / Rotter and Friends featuring her homespun illustrations for the anthology (photos by David Black). Double sided. Double trouble. Boss.
For audio samples, more info and to pre-order V/A - Country Funk 1969 – 1975 (LITA 083 – CD/2xLP/Digital) visit LightInTheAttic.net now.
* All tracks newly re-mastered
* Features rare cuts by Bob Darin, Gray Fox, Dennis The Fox, Cherokee, Gritz and more
* 2xLP housed in a deluxe gatefold Stoughton “Tip-On” jacket with liner notes insert, along with Jess Rotter’s illustrations
* CD with 24-page booklet with liner notes plus Jess Rotter’s illustrations