COLUMBUS. Ohio--- Mid-century Los Angeles hipsters Jimmy Bryant and Wesley "Speedy" West recorded the instrumental "West of Samoa" in 1955. The track is a intergalatic mash-up of Hawaiian steel, exotica bird chirps and country-jazz guitar.
This America was about endless possibility.
You go as far as the road takes you.
West was a steel guitarist flash who was delivered from the Ozarks, specifically the country mecca of Springfield, Mo. Bryant was the oldest of 12 kids from a sharecropper's family in Southern Georgia.
They met in the country-western honky tonks of L.A.'s skid row........