Hank Snow: Snow South of the Border
August 1950: an era when pop music flirted with Latin American mambos and sambas and country music couldn’t get enough boogie woogies. Hank Snow was still riding high on his breakthrough American single I’m Moving On, and RCA Victor expected the singer to follow up this chart-topper with another clever original for his upcoming Nashville session. As it turned out, Snow brought two. Snow’s instrumental repertoire was surprisingly diverse, ranging from 18th century parlor standards to vintage pop like Twelfth Street Rag and Wabash Blues to contemporary country fare. They also included Latin specialties like La Cucaracha and El Rancho Grande, along with more recent fare like Vaya Con Dios and Bob Wills’ New Spanish Two Step, both appearing here as solo showcases and duets with Chet Atkins.