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Page’s Kitchen...the Swamp Sessions: Robbin Thompson (Episode 5)

Robbin Thompson with a quitar standing against a brick wall
Robbin Thompson

On this episode, Page welcomes his old friend Robbin Thompson to the Chickahominy for lots of shop talk and song swaps. Adding tasty licks were local legends Velpo Robertson, Audie Stanley, Carlos Chafin, and Cecil Hooker. This session is from June of 1989, recorded at Alpha Audio by the legendary Joe Sheets.

As a clear reminder that these were live sessions, you’ll notice that the tune Southside Boys came to a crumbling halt about 25 minutes into the show. Hey, the tape just ran out.

And to clear up a little swamp trivia, Carl Stutz was a prominent radio personality on WRVA in the 40s and 50s who famously co-wrote Little Things Mean A Lot with Edith Lindeman. He also co-wrote Red Headed Stranger, the title song for Willie Nelson’s signature platinum-selling album released in 1975, that included Blue Eyes Cryin’ In The Rain, composed by Fred Rose, which would become Willie’s first #1 hit. There you go.

For your listening pleasure and historical perspective, JAMinc is proud to present the full 35-program season of Page’s Kitchen…the Swamp Sessions as previously aired on VPM Music and The Breeze. These Americana allstars appeared on the late Page Wilson’s Out O’ The Blue Radio Revue some three decades ago. They were all live, one-take recordings made in various Richmond studios at the time and stand as a fitting tribute to those artists and to Page for having the taste, drive and gumption to lure them into his make-believe lair, deep in the Chickahominy Swamp. We’re deeply grateful to Jude Schlotzhauer and Virginia Blue Wilson for entrusting us with these priceless master tapes and to Guy Spiller and Charlie Reilly for carefully converting them from analog to digital. Sincere thanks to our loyal sponsors: Digital Video Group, the Scott Street Family and the members of VPM.

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