|Fat Possum Records
Release Date: 04 November 2013
Format: LP Vinyl
|Hi Rhythm On The Loose Limited Vinyl LP
· Hi Records producer Willie Mitchell constructed his
vaunted house rhythm section around three talented Hodges brothers during the late 60s: guitarist Mabon (nicknamed ‘Teenie’), bassist Leroy, and organist Charles. With drummer Howard Grimes (and on some of Al Green’s records, MG’s trapsman Al Jackson Jr.) rounding out the lineup, this skintight Memphis quartet laid down surging, simmering grooves behind the entire Hi stable during the label’s 1970s heyday: Al
Green, Ann Peebles, Otis Clay, Syl Johnson, and Mitchell himself, to name but a few. Mitchell had patiently moulded the unit since when the Hodges Brothers were in their teens (Grimes was a bit older, having worked as a sideman over at rival Stax during the early 60s).
· As the succinctly named Hi Rhythm, they recorded the 1976 album ‘On The Loose’ and remained a cohesive unit well into the 90s, providing luxurious
backing on Johnson’s wonderful 1994 comeback set for Delmark, ‘Back In The Game’.
· Meanwhile, as the Hodges Brothers, they released a 1994 disc called ‘Perfect Gentlemen’ on the tiny Velvet Recordings Of America logo that also featured a fourth brother, Fred, on keys and veteran soul singer Percy Wiggins on several tracks.
On The Loose
Since You’ve Been Gone
Purple Rain Drops
I Remember Do You
Save All My Lovin’
You Got Me Comin’