I watched a movie the other night called White Lightnin on Netflix.  It was a very very very messed up movie.  The music in it was also messed up. Some good and some just messed up.  There were a lot of songs by this guy named Hasil Adkins.  If you don’t know him, wiki this guy, pretty crazy story.  Anyway, this is one of his more normal songs.  As for the movie, watch it if you dare, but don’t blame me….

Hasil Adkins – Ha Ha Cat Walk Baby


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  1. Hey, he was from West Virginia, so he caint be all bad!!!

    And fittingly, he got run over by an ATV.

    I can hear his influences: Hank, Jimmie Rodgers, Little Richard…I hear some Jerry Lee too.

    He's sort of a poor man's Chuck Berry…lol!

    Had I known about him, I could have gone to check him out in Madison.

    I love this quote:

    “I didn't try to be primitive,” he once said. “I just had bad microphones.”




  2. Hello David
    Not what I would normally come within miles of listening to, but it's certainly got an infectious beat. And, as you mentioned, an artist with an….unusual story, shall we say!

    Love & best wishes
    Sammy B


  3. Did a little more reading…

    So this movie is based on the life of Jesco White, mountain dancer (does that sound right?)

    Although I've heard rumors of his death, he might well be still alive.




  4. Yes, the movie is about that feller. First I was told by a friend to watch a documentary film called “The Wild and Wonderful Whites of West Virginia”. That one was pretty messed up too. Netflix recommended I watch White Lightnin and that was was ohhh man!


  5. If you ever listen to some of the early country/rock 'n roll from the 40's, 50's, recorded in places other than studios, this is exactly how it sounds. Primitive, scratchy almost, with lousy dynamic range and spectrum coverage. Good stuff.

    I've never heard of Hasil Adkins, but now I gotta watch that movie!

    Peace <3


  6. The frequency range you can get with an equalizer, set to pass about 500-2500Hz. The scratchiness I'm sure could be simulated digitally, no doubt, but I don't know how to do that either. I guess with Audacity and some work you could figure it out! It's probably a plug-in – “50's microphone sound” or something like that.


  7. I'd recommend trying simple solutions, first. For example, try wrapping your microphone in paper or cloth. Or perhaps put the mic under a pillow and turn the recording volume way up, to counter the volume reduction the muffling will cause.

    Heck, try crazy stuff, even!

    If you can isolate/waterproof your mic completely, try putting it in a bowl or glass of water. Or maybe try putting your mic at the far end of a wrapping paper tube.




    Just wanted to say that for every Jesco White and Haskil Adkins, we have folks like Chuck Yeager, Homer Hickman, Don Knotts, Pearl Buck, Jerry West, Mary Lou Retton, Sam Huff, Brad Paisley, Soupy Sales, Red Sovine, John Knowles, Hal Greer, Randy Moss, Henry Louis Gates, Don Redman, etc…


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