CD Review: The B-Stars, West Coast Special

Just when I start to think that maybe Americans have given up and ceded all rights to authentic American music to the Europeans, a band comes along to restore my faith in my musician countrymen. The B-Stars out of San … Continue reading

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Groovey Joe Poovey, Careful Baby

I’m working on a review of the latest record by The B-Stars and they open the disc up with a fine cover of the “Careful Baby” which (I think) was originally recorded by Groovy Joe Poovey in 1958. In anticipation … Continue reading

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Memphis Minnie, Down in the Alley

When I reviewed the disc Wait a Minute, Baby! by the Four Star Combo, I mentioned their cover of the blues tune “Down in the Alley.” They do a really nice version of it. I thought you might enjoy hearing the original version by … Continue reading

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CD Review: The Wyatt Christmas Trio, I’ve got Rhythm

If you ask me, any band that starts their liner notes out with, “Ever since we tried to play one ‘true rockabilly music’ during our early stages, we kept failing,” has got to be either the most self-effacing act around, … Continue reading

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J. Tex and the Volunteers Working on New Record

It’s been some time since I reviewed the CD House On the Hill by J. Tex and the Volunteers, and I’d been hoping to hear something new from them ever since. I’m not shy to say that House on the Hill stands … Continue reading

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CD Review: Four Star Combo, Wait A Minute, Baby!

Man I dig rockabilly. The sparse arrangements, the twangy guitars, the hiccupped, deep-throated vocals, that slap bass. And there are just some albums that make me remember exactly why I love it so much. Wait a Minute Baby by The … Continue reading

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The Question of Racism in Rockabilly

Quite a while ago, I addressed the question of racism in rockabilly because of some podcast I had the displeasure of stumbling across. Well, actually, I didn’t much address racism in that post much. Maybe because I don’t feel overly … Continue reading

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CD Review: Lost Dog Found, Dine on Danger

 One of many pleasant surprises that I’ve encountered over the last few years as I’ve been writing this blog is my personal discovery of swing music and modern swing bands in particular. Of course, I knew about swing and I … Continue reading

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Fluke Holland, Million Dollar Memories

Yesterday I posted a short piece on the celebration of W. S. Holland’s 60 years in the music business. Reader Ivan commented with a link that’s worth promoting. It’s a recording of the W.S. Holland band and song called “Million … Continue reading

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Fluke Holland Celebrates 60 Years in the Music Business

I wish I could have been at the Carl Perkins Civic Center in Jackson, Mississippi last weekend when a party was held to honor one of the original greats, drummer W.S. “Fluke” Holland. Holland was Johnny Cash’s only drummer for … Continue reading

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