Album cover: Black Oak Arkansas

Jim Dandy pre­dates Axl Rose and Billy Idol by decades. His gruff­ness made him a stand­out, plus the song “Hot and Nasty” was a real teenage fren­zy machine. I was only 14 when this album came out — an absolute­ly crazy time for me. This is true coun­try rock at its ear­li­est and per­haps best.

Album Information

All selec­tions were writ­ten and arranged by Black Oak Arkansas, except where noted.

“Uncle Lijiah” — 3:17
“Memories at the Window” — 3:05
“The Hills of Arkansas” — 3:45
“I Could Love You” — 6:10
“Hot and Nasty” — 2:55 (Daugherty, Jett, Knight, Reynolds, Smith, Stone)
“Singing the Blues” — 2:17 (Melvin Endsley)
“Lord Have Mercy on My Soul” — 6:15
“When Electricity Came to Arkansas” — 4:26

Jim “Dandy” Mangrum — lead vocals, wash­board
Rickie “Ricochet” Reynolds — 12-string rhythm gui­tar, vocals
Pat “Dirty” Daugherty — bass gui­tar, vocals
Harvey “Burley” Jett — lead gui­tar, ban­jo, piano, vocals
Stanley “Goober” Knight — lead and steel gui­tar, organ, vocals
Wayne “Squeezebox” Evans — drums
Sheldon Krechman, Lee D. Weisel — exec­u­tive pro­duc­tion
Brian Bruderlin, Stan Ross — engi­neer
Jay Senter, Doc Siegel — remix­ing
Eve Babitz — cov­er design, photography

Released    March 1971
Studio         Paramount Recording Studios, Hollywood; Gold Star Studios, Hollywood
Length        32:10
Label           Atco
Producer    Lee Dorman, Mike Pinera

  • Jeff Brandt

    Jeff has been a music fan since the age of 7 when the album Meet the Beatles hit the streets. He grew up in Hoptown and went to col­lege at UK a cou­ple of times. He retired in 2016 and is cur­rent­ly amass­ing his music col­lec­tion. Jeff says he loves being retired but is tired of quarantining.