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You Don’t Know My Mind

By Kenneth Rainey. Filed under: Audio, TweedBlog. Tags: , ,

Bob Dunn is rightly revered as the Ur source of Western Swing steel guitar, owing to his work with Milton Brown’s Musical Brownines in Ft. Worth in the mid 1930a. Dunn cut his first sides with Brown in Chicago, 1935, and cut dozens more with the group until Brown’s death in April of the following year. He was among the first musicians to record with an electric guitar, but Dunn’s work has significance well beyond that. He was an unusually sophisticated soloist whose elegant and languid melodic style helped establish the electric steel guitar as de rigeur in country music.

Dunn recorded in Houston under his own name, with a group that was essentially Cliff Bruner’s Texas Wanderers. He had some notable sidemen for the session (not least of which was another pioneer of electrified string music, electric mandolinist Leo Raley), and they recorded some solid sides of their own. Moon Mullican sings lead on this one.

The personnel:

  • Bob Dunn, electric steel guitar
  • Leo Raley, electric mandolin
  • Mancel Tierney, piano
  • Hezzie Bryant, string bass
  • “Fritz” Kehm, drums
  • “Moon” Mullican, vocal

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