Here are couple of tunes from my time with Rockin’ Horse. Though the album was not well promoted/received at the time- probably due to its proximity to the Beatles breakup and obvious Merseybeat roots the album has enjoyed a cult following for some time and was re-released in 2004. The critics have praised it as the original “power-pop” record. It’s obviously stood the test of time.
A fifteen chord autoharp, designated “The Bluegrass”, it was manufactured by the Rhythm Band Instrument Company, founded in Fort Worth, Texas in 1961. Although the company mainly manufactured products for schools and music educators, the exceptional quality of their instruments made them popular with professional musicians too. It’s a handsome piece, using fine woods and exhibiting much attention to detail in it’s construction. It has a broad, rich tone, but tuning it after it’s sat unused for a while can be quite a challenge.
Ever since Jerry Wexler decided that Race Records was an offensive term back when he was a young writer for Billboard Magazine, and joined Rhythm with Blues as a more appropriate term for black American music in the ‘50’s, the phrase has embraced many stylistic evolution’s, by no means all of them emanating from black American culture. So here’s some rhythm and some blues from all over the musical map.
My information on this instrument is limited at best. This is a BIna Harmonium from India (Madras, I think). Sounds great. You can hear it being used on my album Never Say No To A Jar during the song A Brand New Uniform.
If your a harmonium lover and you know more, please feel free to fill me in and let me know what you think of the tune (it’s the 7th song)!