Monday, February 18, 2019

Nathan Belt interview part 2/ Rockabilly N Blues Radio Hour 02-18-19

Nathan Belt joins us again for part 2 of our interview.  We'll talk more about the new album, Ready, Set, Let Go! as well as the members of The Buckles.  Nathan also gives a special request for Johnny Burnette.  Plus, our Ameripolitan Music Awards Spotlight shines a light on nominees Pat Capocci, Jesse Daniel, Kevin Smith (backing up Ronnie Dawson), Cheryl Deseree and Rebecca Jed!

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In case you missed part 1 last week, you can listen here:

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Intro Voice Over- Rob "Cool Daddy" Dempsey
Intro Music Bed: Brian Setzer- "Rockabilly Blues"

Ameripolitan Music Awards Spotlight:
Rockabilly Male nominee: Pat Capocci- "Coast To Coast"
Honky Tonk Male nominee: Jesse Daniel- "Gracie Henrietta"
Musician nominee: Kevin Smith (bass) playing with Ronnie Dawson- "Tired Of Travelin'"
Western Swing Female nominee: Cheryl Deseree- "Half"
Outlaw Female nominee: Rebecca Jed- "Hillbilly Jungle"
Nathan and Jammin' James
Ameripolitan Awards 2016
Austin, TX

Nathan Belt interview:
Nathan Belt & The Buckles- "Good Rockin' Tonight"
Interview segment 1
Los Straitjackets- "Kawanga"
segment 2
*includes snippet of "Rebound" by Nathan Belt & The Buckles
segment 3
Nathan Belt & The Buckles- "When It's All Over"
segment 4
Nathan Belt & The Buckles- "Hey Temptation"
segment 5
Nathan Belt & The Buckles- "What You Do To Me"
segment 6
Johnny Burnette & The Rock 'N' Roll Trio- "Lonesome Train"
Elvis Presley- "Dixieland Rock"

Outro Music Bed:  Link Wray- "Hound Dog"

Pre-order "Ready, Set, Let Go!" HERE

Nathan Belt & The Buckles

Monday, February 11, 2019

Nathan Belt interview part 1/ Rockabilly N Blues Radio Hour 02-11-19

Nathan Belt/ photo by Jared Manzo

Nathan Belt stopped by the Rockabilly N Blues Radio Hour studio and we'll hear part 1 of that chat this hour.  We'll talk early influences, funny moments from Ameripolitan showcases and begin conversation about the new album, Ready, Set, Let Go!  We also spin a new track from Dale Watson and continue our Ameripolitan Music Awards Spotlight with tunes from Ruby Ann, Mike & The Moonpies, Joel Paterson and The Desperados!

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Intro Voice Over- Rob "Cool Daddy" Dempsey
Intro Music Bed: Brian Setzer- "Rockabilly Blues"

Ameripolitan Music Awards Spotlight:
Rockabilly Female nominee: Ruby Ann- "Knocked Out No Love
Outlaw Group nominee: Mike & The Moonpies- "Road Crew"
Musician nominee: Joel Paterson- "Speedin' North"
Rockabilly Group nominee: The Desperados- "Let's Have Some Fun"
Lance Lipinsky, James, Nathan
Ameripolitan Awards '17
Austin, TX

Nathan Belt interview:
Interview segment 1
Elvis Presley- "Bosom Of Abraham"
segment 2
Nathan Belt- "Four Letter Words"
Nathan Belt & The Buckles- "Money Makes The World Go 'Round"
segment 3
Nathan Belt & The Buckles- "Tiger By The Tail"
segment 4
Dale Watson- "Dumb Song" 
(with WS Holland on drums and yelling "YES" at the end)
segment 5
Nathan Belt & The Buckles- "Ready, Set, Let Go!"
segment 6
Nathan Belt & The Buckles- "Sabotage"

Outro:  Nathan Belt & The Buckles- "Hold Still"

Pre-order "Ready, Set, Let Go!" HERE

Nathan Belt at Rockabilly N Blues Radio Hour studio

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Dale Watson- Call Me Lucky CD review!

Dale Watson's latest Call Me Lucky (on Red House/ Compass Records February 15th) is quite possibly his best release to date.  Considering the quality of his past discography, that is an impressive feat.  All but one of the songs were recorded at the historic Sam Phillips Recording studio in Memphis.  While he's recorded around the corner at Sun Studio several times in the past, this is his first album recorded here.  The album features the long-awaited duet with Celine Lee (who also appears on the album cover and certainly gives the meaning behind Dale's album title which kicks off the album in style) on the song they wrote over text messages to each other, "Johnny & June".  Celine's Grand Ole Opry debut was performing this track with Dale which makes it even more special. The song hearkens back to the great country radio days of stellar duets from folks like Conway Twitty & Loretta Lynn, George Jones & Tammy Wynette and of course the namesakes of the song, Johnny Cash & June Carter Cash.  Their voices have always blended well and we can only hope to hear more collaborations on record in the future.

"Dumb Song" is a tongue-in-cheek account of doing all the things folks say he shouldn't do.  The Johnny Cash groove is played by Cash's long time drummer WS Holland who we can hear yelling "yes!" at the end of the song.  The first single, "Tupelo Mississippi & A '57 Fairlane", is a song that really sort of wrote itself after Dale purchased a Ford Fairlane from a man in Tupelo and decided to stop and get a dough burger at Johnny's Drive-In en route to bringing the car back to his home in Memphis.  The horns in the song really give it a Memphis soul feel as well.  Perhaps a song I was excited to finally get on album the most is "Run Away" which I heard him perform at a small bar in Memphis long before this project was released.  Dale notoriously does not do set lists but since he was performing with some folks that hadn't played with him a lot this night, he wrote a list of songs he said he MIGHT play.  I happened to notice the song title and thought perhaps he was going to cover Del Shannon's tune.  I tried to imagine Dale's baritone voice soaring to hit those high notes but then was treated to this new song he had written.  Then I tried to imagine Del trying to hit those low notes in this Dale tune.  The song's melody and lyrics stuck with me for months and I was thrilled to see it's inclusion here.

Another highlight (trying to pick highlights on this one is like picking a favorite child) is "David Buxkemper" which was inspired by a fan message from a gentleman with that name.  He told his story to Dale and it was too good to pass up.  The music is infectious and one to hit on repeat.  You can hear the Memphis influence and it's combined with the Texas style that will always be a part of what he does.  It's purely Ameripolitan with a little Memphis soul, humor, attitude and a whole lot of fun!  You can call us lucky as well!
-James Riley/ Rockabilly N Blues Radio Hour

1. Call Me Lucky
2. The Dumb Song
3. Johnny And June
4. Tupelo Mississippi & A '57 Fairlane
5. Haul Off And Do It
6. Restless
7. David Buxkemper
8. Inside View
9. You Weren't Supposed To Feel This Good
10. Mama's Smile
11. Who Needs This Man
12. Run Away

Produced by Dale Watson

Red House Records/Compass Records
February 15, 2019

Order the album at Dale Watson's Official Store HERE

Saturday, February 2, 2019

60th anniversary of Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, Big Bopper plane crash/ Rockabilly N Blues Radio Hour 02-03-19

We look back 60 years ago to that plane crash that took the lives of Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and The Big Bopper on February 3rd, 1959.  We'll spin tunes from each of those along with Dion and Waylon Jennings.  Dion also shares memories of Buddy, Sonny Curtis sings of the real Buddy story and we also hear a track from a recent release of Buddy Holly and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.  Listen for a snippet of a Dick Clark interview from 1958 with Buddy & The Crickets as well.  Rave on!!!

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Larry Welborn, Buddy Holly, Bob Montgomery

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Big Bopper on stage
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Intro Voice Over- Rob "Cool Daddy" Dempsey
Intro Music Bed: Brian Setzer- "Rockabilly Blues"

Buddy Holly & Bob Montgomery (with Sonny Curtis)- 
"Midnight Shift" (alternate version with false start)
Ritchie Valens- "Ooh! My Head"
Dion on Buddy Holly
Dion & The Belmonts- "I Wonder Why" (with studio chatter)
The Big Bopper- "Chantilly Lace"
Ritchie Valens- "Donna"
The Crickets- "Maybe Baby"

Buddy Holly (with Waylon Jennings handclaps)- 
"You're The One" (recorded at KLLL in Lubbock, TX)
Dion & The Belmonts
(Waylon Jennings far left)
Dick Clark interview with Buddy Holly & The Crickets
The Crickets- "It's So Easy"
The Big Bopper- "White Lightning"
Buddy Holly- "Heartbeat"
Dion- "Hug My Radiator"
Ritchie Valens- "La Bamba"
Newsreel from plane crash
Buddy Holly- "Crying, Waiting, Hoping"
(recorded at Buddy's apartment 
11 Fifth Ave, New York City Dec. 14, 1958)
Ritchie Valens- "Boney Maroney"
Dion- "Oh Boy"
Sonny Curtis- "Real Buddy Holly Story"
Buddy Holly & The Crickets with The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra-
"Rave On"
Ritchie Valens on stage

Outro Music Bed: Link Wray- "That'll Be The Day"

Buddy Holly setlist February 2nd Surf Ballroom
Clear Lake, IA:
Gotta Travel On
Salty Dog Rag
It Doesn't Matter Anymore
Peggy Sue
That'll Be The Day
It's So Easy
Oh Boy
Early In The Morning
Rave On
Brown Eyed Handsome Man

Ritchie Valens setlist February 2nd:
La Bamba
Come On, Let's Go
Fast Freight

The Big Bopper setlist February 2nd:
Chantilly Lace
The Big Bopper's Wedding
Witch Doctor and The Purple People Eater

Dion & The Belmonts setlist February 2nd:
Still researching and will post when found.

Buddy Holly (with Waylon Jennings & Tommy Allsup)
Clear Lake Iowa February 2, 1959

Waylon, Buddy, Tommy

Buddy and Dion

Ritchie Valens, Dion, Big Bopper on stage
Winter Dance Party tour 1959