The Fendermen

Mule Skinner Blues

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The unlikely hit "Muleskinner Blues" sold over one million copies in April 1960. Soon afterwards, the guitar-toting duo the Fendermen were household names, even getting to perform on American Bandstand alongside Bobby Darin. BeatRocket's collection compiles a selection of 45s and album tracks recorded between 1960 and 1964. "Jimmie Rogers meets the Ventures on a three-day bender" is perhaps the closest way to describe this preposterous American form of music that blended manic yodeling with rockabilly, hillbilly, and primitive guitar twang. The Beatles came along in 1964 and laid this kind of endearing nonsense to rest. BeatRocket, however, has raised it from the grave, and those with a crazy sense of humor and a love of the absurd will be pleased to see this released.

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