Anthony Rayburn with Wildfire Willie & The Ramblers

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    Yeah! – This is the real thing – Original Sun Recording artist Rayburn Anthony rocks through an unbelievable session backed by the incomparable Wildfire Willie and his great band. Rockabilly at its very best.

     

    Rayburn Anthony was born in the small town of Humboldt, Tennessee in May 1937. His father was a farmer who also painted houses to make ends meet and to feed and clothe his eight children , four girls and four boys. Like so many Southern families, the Anthony’s went to church every Sunday and so church music was an important influence on him. His elder brother Bob played guitar and so young Rayburn started picking up a few tips from him. Bob played in a small band and eventually started taking Rayburn along too. The band didn’t have a regular singer as they mostly played instrumentals and so whenever someone asked for a song Rayburn would get to sing. Humboldt lies just outside of Jackson Tennessee and there were quite a few clubs in the area where the new rocking music was being played. This was the area the Perkins boys had honed their skills in and Carl’s drummer W. S. Holland also lived in Jackson. W. S., or Fluke as he is better known, decided the come off the road after the success of ’Blue Suede Shoes’ had taken the Perkins band all over the nation. Fluke then started managing and working with Carl Mann who he had met in a club. Near Jackson was a club called the Pineridge and Fluke and Carl Mann would drop by there, as it was one of the few clubs open late. The other acts would sit in with Rayburn and he remembers that Kenny Parchman and his band, which included Smoochy Smith, would jam with them. Rayburn says Kenny was Quite a party person”. So at times there would be Eddie Bush on guitar, T. Willie Stevenson on bass, T. Willie’s sister Ella May on piano and W. S. on drums ”quite a band” in Rayburn’s own words. Obviously working onstage with him gave Fluke Holland a good insight into Rayburn’s potential and impressed with his singing Fluke suggested they go along to Sun Records to audition. Rayburn remembers there being a whole band along with him but they asked him to sit down at a piano and play a few tunes. Sam Phillips laid a hand on his shoulder and said he liked what he heard and a deal was made. Rayburn was amazed as he thought they were going to another audition later with the band.

          Over the next year Rayburn cut more than a dozen songs at Sun, most of them in the new studio on Madison Avenue. He used the same guitar player as Carl Mann did, the remarkable Eddie Bush and usually Tony Austin another local on drums and T. Willie Stevenson on bass. Fluke also played on some of the sides. Rayburn credits Tony Austin as being an inspiration ”He was always positive and a great writer as well as a great drummer.” Tony ( who of course worked with Johnny Burnette) was in Rayburn’s road band for many years. Sam obviously could see that the out and out Rockabilly was no longer commercial and tried Rayburn out on ballads and folksy material. He even brought in an outside producer Vinnie Trout and on the last unreleased session they used strings. Three singles were released on Sun and Sam had high hopes of Rayburn’s unusual treatment of ”St. Louis Blues” even lining up a trip to St. Louis to promote it. Rayburn says that the payola scandal had hit hard and this trip was cancelled. ’There’s No Tomorrow’ was a fine side that deserved success and ’Big Dream’ rounds off the trio of Sun singles. Among the unreleased tracks was ’Hambone’ done on two separate occasions by Carl Perkins and Rayburn’s version is equally good if a bit more countrified. His memories of Sun include the time when Sam brought in a blond to help get Rayburn in the mood for a love song ”It just made me more nervous” was Rayburn’s recollection. At Sun the clock was totally ignored. Sessions would never start on time and often went on into the wee hours of the morning. ”He’d (Sam) just let you play until he heard something he thought he cou”

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