Payin' with my own tears - LEWIS 2807


Major Smith

The only 45 that the obscure Major Smith seems to have recorded is a fine Muscle Shoals double sider. The bouncy “I Don’t Believe Nothin’” is one of those small town tales that Joe Tex made his own, a series of gossip indiscretions about various characters that the sceptical Major doesn’t take at face value. ListenPayin’ With My Own Tears on the other hand is a minor keyed deep soul ballad, with bluesy cadences a la Bobby Bland. Smith can’t match the great man’s range of course, but his quiet, rather breathy delivery carries its own agonies. A lovely side.

This came out on Stan Lewis’ eponymous and short lived label in the late 60s – there is another class 45 by Miss Soul on the same imprint that southern soul enthusiasts should watch out for.



I don't believe nothin' / ListenPayin' with my own tears ~ LEWIS 2807


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