Don Bowman – Funny Way To Make An Album (1966/2015) [HDTracks 24-96]

Don Bowman – Funny Way To Make An Album (1966/2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 28:46 minutes | 662 MB | Genre: Country
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks | Artwork: Front cover | © RCA Victor/Legacy

Don Bowman was an American country music singer, songwriter, comedian and radio host. He recorded for RCA Victor between 1964 and 1970. In 1966, Bowman won Favorite Country Comedy Recording of the Year award from Billboard. In 1967, he was named Comedian of the Year by the Country Music Association.

Country humorist Don Bowman didn’t have many hit singles, but he had a few charting albums and, in later years, found a following among certain quarters of the Dr. Demento crowd. It is tempting (and convenient) to compare Bowman to his better-known contemporaries Roger Miller and Homer & Jethro, and, in a way, Bowman’s style falls somewhere between those two acts. He concentrates on original songs like Miller, but his cornball humor and occasional song parodies are similar to Homer & Jethro’s. In any case, Bowman’s distinctive voice and wacky wit combined to make some crazy country music. On Funny Way to Make an Album, Bowman acknowledges Miller with a rendition of “Kansas City Star” and offers a tribute to songwriter Harlan Howard with “Dear Harlan Howard” (a minor hit and a follow-up of sorts to his 1964 single “Chet Atkins Make Me a Star”). “Things Are Looking Up” is a hilarious ode to getting drunk, and “Little Diesel Drivin’ Devil” is Bowman’s contribution to truckin’ music. “The Other Ringo” is a parody of Lorne Greene’s “Ringo” with new lyrics about the Beatles’ drummer. Bowman alternates between songs and recitations, all of which range from funny to strange. Bowman’s peculiar brew may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but he’s undeniably talented.

01 – Dear Harlan Howard
02 – The Other Ringo
03 – I Get the Feeling We’re Through
04 – Dear Sister
05 – That’s Show Biz
06 – Little Diesel Drivin’ Devil
07 – Things Are Looking Up
08 – More Than Me
09 – Kansas City Star
10 – Freddy Four Toes
11 – Boll Weevil Air Lines
12 – Freda on the Freeway