Drillin� & Drivin� Rig Ringers!
Country singer and disc jockey Slim Willet�s ode to tool-pushin�! Texas Oil Patch Songs was issued in 1959 by the artist on his own Winston label, and now is an impossibly-rare LP to dig up�and this Modern Harmonic edition is faithful to the original, including all twelve tracks, liner notes, and restored artwork! And on petro-blue vinyl!
"Ahh� the �Concept Album��Critics write of Sinatra�s In The Wee Small Hours�or of groundbreaking 60�s rock opera opuses�but while the big studios set the scene for rainy night walks or drug-fueled psychedelic trips, a Great Lost Treasure from the Great Texas Oil Fields lay buried deep in the bargain bins of Saint Peters� Holy Blood Of The Christ Thrift Store! For sure, Slim Willet�s mighty collection of blue collar, well-digging classics stood little chance to begin with � only a few hundred were pressed � and, well, oil songs never really caught on in the way the similar trucking-songs boom would several years later. Maybe had Slim put this out during the great Gas Station/Truck Stop 8-Track Market of the 70�s this could have been a hit album. But, with Slim�s passing in 1966, it was never to be.
Slim Willet (born Winston Lee Moore) was certainly a Big Fish in a Small Pond in the Independent Country Music World of the late 40s & early 50s. He�s best known for penning �Don�t Let The Stars Get In Your Eyes,� a hit song for Ray Price, Skeets McDonald and Perry Como, all. Slim worked for many years with Bill McCall at 4-Star, made a stack of records as a singer, started his own Winston label, managed Dean Beard and various other hillbilly and rockabilly artists, but neve rreally hit the big time. His greatest masterpiece, 1959�s Texas Oil Patch Songs, was never fully appreciated�until now. For all the tool pushers, roughnecks, derrick men & chain hands, THIS is your soundtrack.�