OWEN BRADLEY – “Big Guitar”

I downloaded this minor 1958 hit while browsing on a whim my old USENET stamping grounds – the 60s-and-earlier MP3 groups turn out to still be well worth a look if you’re interested in older soul, country or pop: the groups for more modern music are dominated by Rush bootlegs and the like – steer clear. The encoding quality wasn’t great but the charm of the song still came through – and something else; the shuffly glam rock beat, a ringer for the Rachel Stevens record and a real surprise! Google reveals Owen Bradley as a Nashville grandee, but while the guitar here is adequately large the appeal rests on the rhythm matrix of handclaps, fret-clacks and drums.

(Update: link now works – enjoy.)