The series that keeps on giving is ‘Hillbilly Boogie And Jive’ with another mouth-watering twenty-eight tracks to consume from a variety of country and hillbilly artists from a bygone age. With this compilation being the fourth in the series, ‘Hillbilly Boogie And Jive – Boogie Woogie Cowboy’ is something of a lively collection of western swing, hillbilly, and country tracks by many of its pioneers. So expect to hear the likes of established names such as Chet Atkins and His Colorado Mountain Boys and detailed guitar instrumental ‘Canned Heat’, to Hank Thompson’s sparky tempo of ‘Deep Elm’ where the brass section really dominates along with breaking lead guitar. From the rockin’ foundations of these numbers, the early foundations of rockabilly can be heard in Moon Mullican’s ‘What’s The Matter With The Mill’ and the lesser-known moniker (to these ears) of Eddie Cletro & His Round Up Boys ‘Flying Saucer Boogie’ also dropping hints of what was to come and no doubt a source of inspiration for Billy Lee Riley considering the occasional bouts of wild hollering and talk of the town fascination with outer space. The inclusion of the less obvious artists is just one of the reasons why this compilation series is worth investigating and investing your time because along with the “bigger” names the listener will become accustomed with “Texas” Bill Strength and ‘Paper Boy Boogie’, to longer title and less heard Jay-Bob Howdy with Hoyle Nix & His West Texas Cowboys’ ‘Real Rockin’ Daddy’. Add to that a “How to do it” cover version of ‘Little Susie’ supplied by Joe Melson, and the likes of Tex Williams, Merle Travis, Tibby Edwards and Jim Reeves also making appearances, then ‘Boogie Woogie Cowboy’ not only provides a quality package of music, but one that serves as a tangible link to the rockin’ sounds of what was to become rockabilly.