Monday, August 13, 2018

Rockabilly N Blues Radio Hour 08-13-18

Rockabilly N Blues Radio Hour is jam packed this week with NEW tunes from blues legend Buddy Guy, Junior Brown, Hailbails, Motel Mirrors, Nick Lowe (with Los Straitjackets), Los Malditos and new tracks from Toro Jones and The Coguaros in our instru-Mental Breakdown.  We also pay tribute to 2 drummers that recently passed away: Nick Knox of The Cramps and D.J. Fontana who played with Elvis.  Elvis is the subject of our Heavy Hitter Triple Threat segment as it's now been 41 years since his passing but his legacy is stronger than ever.  We've got Elvis covers from Darrel Higham and Sleepy Labeef in there too.  Plus, hear rockers from Wayne Hancock, John Lindberg Trio, Hot Rod Walt & The Psycho Devilles, Wanda Jackson, Rhythm Torpedoes and more!

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

Hailbails- "Ain't That A Waste"
Motel Mirrors- "Loving In The Morning"
Jack Guthrie- "Oakie Boogie"
Wayne Hancock- "Low Down Blues"
Nick Lowe with Los Straitjackets- "Travellin' Light"
Buddy Guy- "Ooh Daddy"
John Lindberg Trio- "Bye Bye Love"
Rhythm Torpedoes- "Time To Roll"

instru-Mental Breakdown:
Toro Jones- "Big Noise From The Jungle"
The Coguaros- "Bumble Twist"

Hot Rod Walt & The Psycho Devilles- "Elvis Riding Shotgun"
Nick Knox of The Cramps
Wanda Jackson- "I Wore Elvis' Ring"

Heavy Hitter Triple Threat:
Elvis Presley- "A Mess Of Blues"
Sleepy LaBeef- "Baby Let's Play House"
Darrel Higham- "Big Hunk Of Love"

Junior Brown- "Little Miss Stuck Up"
Los Malditos- "Motel Bates"
The Cramps- "Saddle Up A Buzz Buzz"

Outro Music Bed: Link Wray- "Run Chicken Run"

Monday, August 6, 2018

Rockabilly N Blues Radio Hour 08-06-18

A newly re-released track from The Rockats hits the airwaves this week plus NEW rockers from Marcel Riesco, Tami Neilson, The Hi-Jivers, Little Lesley & The Bloodshots, The Devil's Daughters, Brand New Fifties and Ed Cavin & The Blue Kings!  We also pay tribute to Clarence Carter of Blind Boys Of Alabama (passed away June 3) and Eddy "The Chief" Clearwater (passed away June 1).  Our Rockabilly N Blues Time Machine goes back to the week ending May 1st, 1957, our Heavy Hitter Triple Threat celebrates the music of Dion with covers by Del Shannon and Dave Edmunds and we start a new fun segment called Goin' Up The Country as we spin a couple of rockin' tunes from Country music superstars Mel Tillis and Roger Miller!

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Clarence Fountain

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

The Hi-Jivers- "Old Feeling"
Little Lesley & The Bloodshots- "Losing My Mind"
Ed Cavin & The Blue Kings- "Red Headed Woman"
Marcel Riesco- "So Lonely Without You"
Tami Neilson- "Kitty Cat"

In Memoriam:
Eddy Clearwater
Blind Boys Of Alabama- "Hop Skip And Jump" 
(Clarence Fountain passed away June 3)
Eddy "The Chief" Clearwater with Los Straitjackets- 
"Ding Dong Daddy"
(Eddy passed away June 1)

Rockabilly N Blues Time Machine 
(week ending May 1st, 1957)
#97 Charlie Gracie- "Fabulous"
#69 The Coasters- "Young Blood"
#1 Elvis Presley- "All Shook Up"

Goin' Up The Country:
Mel Tillis- "Stateside"
Roger Miller- "Trouble On The Turnpike"

Heavy Hitter Triple Threat:
Dion- "My Michelle"
Del Shannon- "Runaround Sue
Dave Edmunds- "The Wanderer"

The Rockats- "Kool & Krazy"
The Devil's Daughters- "Pedal To The Metal"
photo by David Godlis
The Brand New Fifties- "These Boots Are Made For Walkin'"

Outro Music Bed:  Danny B. Harvey- "Crazy Lil' Baby"

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Cheryl Deserée- Dreamy review

Cheryl Deserée took home the 2017 Academy Of Western Artists award for Western Swing Female Vocalist Of The Year and it’s easy to hear why after a listen to her brand new release, Dreamy!  Cheryl blends her traditional country, western swing and jazz influences in a unique style that is all her own.  I was reminded of this wonderful project titled Great Hawaiian Hits by The Mills Brothers as I was listening to Cheryl’s album.  They were one of my dad’s favorites and a group I didn’t fully appreciate until after his passing.  Hearing Cheryl’s new project certainly brought a smile as a few of the tracks brought back the memory of this album and happy to hear new generations with a beautiful blending of styles.  Deserée delivers standout sultry and smoky vocals throughout this project that is so aptly titled.  Dreamy feels like the perfect record to put on to really get lost in each performance. 

Asleep At The Wheel’s Ray Benson joins in on the Louis Prima & Keely Smith cover “Oooh-dah-dilly-dah” and the result is pure fun!  There’s no way to not smile hearing this one.  “Home To Stay” is another real treat with guests Riders In The Sky providing the perfect backdrop to Cheryl’s impeccable delivery.  As with so many songs on this release, you are transformed to an earlier decade where music was performed with real talent.  Dale Watson lends his lead guitar to “Another Empty Bottle” which is a wonderful classic country track with smoky vocals full of attitude: “I won’t apologize for this ugly truth I tell/ everything I’m good at is going to land me in jail or hell!”

How many releases these days so effortlessly take you back?  Not many but this is one you will keep coming back to.  It’s not background music.  You will be actively involved even if it’s just daydreaming…which judging from the title is the goal and in particular the tracks “Dreamy, Too” and “Dreamy…After Hours”, which sort of set the pace of the album.  Another song to highlight is “Tele I’a O Le Sami” (Let Me Hear You Whisper) which is a beautiful Samoan love song.  You may have heard this from other artists before, but this one is likely to be your favorite as it is mine!  Of note to mention is that Cheryl wrote or co-wrote 11 of the 13 tracks as well which shows her talent with a pen as well as a microphone!  Put Dreamy on, close your eyes and be thankful such great music like this is being created!

1. Sitting Duck
2. Another Empty Bottle
3. Starstruck
4. Rumor Mill
5. Dreamy, Too
6. Half White Trash, Half Black Sheep
7. Tele I’a O Le Sami
8. Home To Stay
9. Oooh-dah-dilly-dah
10. Dreamy...After Hours
11. Snake Oil And Stiff Drinks
12. Neglected Waltz
Bonus: Too Long Daddy

Cheryl Deserée-Dreamy
Stepford Bunny Records
Release Date: September 7, 2018

Monday, July 30, 2018

Robbie Fulks & Linda Gail Lewis Wild! Wild! Wild! CD review

Listening to this new album from Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter Robbie Fulks & the "Queen Of The Pumpin' Piano" Linda Gail Lewis (Wild! Wild! Wild! on Bloodshot Records) makes me realize I've found the answer to questions like: "Is there any REAL music being made these days?", "Anybody doing honest country music anymore?", "Where did the great country duet songs go?", etc.

Robbie Fulks and Linda Gail Lewis have made an album that would make folks like George & Tammy, Johnny & June, Conway & Loretta, etc. all jealous of the no-holds-barred lyrical and musical assault they have unleashed.  It's raw, it's honest, it's beautiful and it's rockin'!  Only a member of the Lewis family can rock a song with lyrics like: "Till death do us part...and that's now...cuz I'm gonna kill you...and you know I got the will to!"  While Linda Gail may be one of the nicest people you'll ever meet, the conviction with which she sings this in the song "Till Death" will convince you she means it...and I wouldn't recommend doubting her!  "I Just Lived A Country Song" is one of the best country songs you haven't heard yet with Robbie leading the way.  "I hitched my wagon to a heartache...and Lord I'm sleepin' with it now!"  This is honky-tonk perfection.  The album feels like they were locked away in a room together with no directive handed down other than to just see what happens naturally.  There are some nice musical surprises in there as well.  You get a surprisingly soulful "Foolmaker" from Robbie and a laid back groovin' "Who Cares" from Linda Gail and you're unlikely going to be able to stop playing them over and over.  Their mutual love of traditional country, jazz, soul, rock & roll, rockabilly, boogie woogie, gospel and roots churns out a honky-tonkin', raucous romp with lots of punk attitude.  "The animals are runnin' the zoo!", they boldly declare in "Wild!, Wild!, Wild!" and we can't wait to see where they take us!
-James Riley/ Rockabilly N Blues Radio Hour

1. Round Too Long
2. I Just Lived A Country Song
3. That's Why They Call It Temptation
4. Wild Wild Wild
5. Who Cares
6. Till Death
7. Memphis Never Falls From Style
8. Boogie Woogie Country Gal
9. Foolmaker
10. Your Red Wagon
11. On The Jericho Road
12. It Came From The South
13. Hardluck, Louisiana

Bloodshot Records
Release Date:  August 10, 2018