Monday, September 16, 2019

Rockabilly N Blues Radio Hour 09-16-19

We've got a new segment this hour called the "Doo-Wop Corner" where we take a walk to hear some great Doo-Wop tunes on the corner.  This time it's Dion & The Belmonts and Billy Ward & His Dominoes.  We also hear NEW tunes from Greg Townson and Los Freneticos in our instru-Mental Breakdown, a Five Year Flashback with Webb Wilder AND a couple of great requests in Hey Mr. DJ.  You'll also hear NEW tunes from Eddie Clendening, Mike Teardrop Trio, The Deltas, Rock'n'Roll Kamikazes, The Modernes, Fatboy, Clint Bradley, The Country Side Of Harmonica Sam, classics from Gene Vincent, Don Willis and a recent rocker from Babe Miller!!

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

Eddie Clendening- "Hard Road To Hoe"
Mike Teardrop Trio- "That Extra Mile"
Gene Vincent- "Hot Dollar"

instru-Mental Breakdown:
Los Freneticos- "Palmira"
Greg Townson- "Joy Ride"

The Deltas- "Bubble Up"
The Rock'n'Roll Kamikazes- "Pocket"
The Modernes- "Big River"

Doo-Wop Corner:
Dion & The Belmonts- "I Can't Go On (Rosalie)"
Billy Ward & His Dominoes- "Sixty Minute Man"

Fatboy- "Just A Little Bit"
Clint Bradley- "The Lightning Ride"
The Country Side Of Harmonica Sam- "My First Broken Heart
(Since My Last Broken Heart)"

Hey Mr. DJ request segment:
Johnny Cash- "Hit The Road & Go"
Jeff Daniels- "Switch Blade Sam"

Five Year Flashback:
Webb Wilder on the "Webb Wilder creedo"
Webb Wilder- "Rough And Tumble Guy"
Don Willis- "Boppin' High School Baby"
Babe Miller- "Pontiac Boogie"

Outro Music Bed:  Eddie Angel- "Black Widow"

Monday, September 9, 2019

Keep On Truckin' show/ Rockabilly N Blues Radio Hour 09-09-19

Call me Gear-Jammin' James Riley this week as Rockabilly N Blues Radio Hour celebrates National Truck Driver Appreciation Week (September 8-14) with an hour of Truckin' tunes on our first annual Keep On Truckin' show!  We've got classics and more recent tunes from Dave Dudley, Red Simpson, Dick Curless, Johnny Cash, Red Sovine, Don Diego Trio, Kay Adams with BR549, Jerry Reed, Junior Brown (with Red Simpson), Dale Watson, The Hi-Risers, The Royal Hounds, Merle Haggard, The Golden Roses, Sonny George, Bill Kirchen, Sons Of The Pioneers and Link Davis!  Breaker One-Niner...this is Gear-Jammin' James Riley...anyone got their ears on?

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

Dave Dudley- "Six Days On The Road"
Dale Watson- "...Loose Nut Behind The Wheel"
Red Simpson- "Motivatin' Man"
Junior Brown & Red Simpson- "Nitro Express"
Jerry Reed- "East Bound & Down"
Dick Curless- "Big Wheel Cannonball"
The Golden Roses- "Bad Habit"
Sonny George- "Big Rig Blues"
Bill Kirchen- "Hillbilly Truck Drivin' Man"
Link Davis- "Trucker From Tennessee"
The Don Diego Trio- "Truck Drivin' Daddy"
Kay Adams & BR549- "Mama Was A Rock (Daddy Was A Rolling Stone)"
The Hi-Risers- "Gear Bustin' Sort Of A Feller"
Sons Of The Pioneers- "Diesel Smoke"
Merle Haggard- "Movin' On"
Dave Dudley- "Truck Drivin' Son-Of-A-Gun"
Johnny Cash- "All I Do Is Drive"
Red Sovine- "Giddy-Up Go"
The Royal Hounds- "Road Scholar"

Outro Music Bed:  Sonny George- "Jacknife"

•   Professional truck drivers drove over 287.9 billion miles in 2016, more than double 25 years ago.  Those miles accounted for 14.2% of all motor vehicle miles and 29.8% of all truck miles.

•   The trucking industry paid $41.8 billion in federal and state highway taxes in 2016, and represented 13.3 percent of vehicles on the road. The trucking industry paid $17.6 billion in federal highway-user taxes and $24.2 billion in state highway-user taxes in 2016.

•   The trucking industry consumed 54.9 billion gallons of diesel fuel and gasoline in 2016.  Based on consumption and price, ATA reported that motor carriers spent $142.9 billion in 2015.

•   The federal fuel tax for diesel in 2018 is 24.4 cents per gallon; the average state tax for diesel fuel was 25.2 cents per gallon.

•   There are 3.68 million class 8 trucks on the road in the United States and 11.7 million commercial trailers were registered in 2016.

•   There are 7.7 million truck drivers in the United States. Total industry employment is 3.5 million or one out of every 16 people working in the United States.

•   There are 777,240 for-hire carriers and 700,591 private carriers in the United States; 97.3 percent of them have fewer than 20 trucks and 91% are operating six trucks or less.

•   In 2016, the trucking industry hauled 10.77 billion tons of freight, or 70.1 percent of total U.S. freight tonnage.  Rail was the next busiest mode, moving 13.8 percent of the nation’s freight tonnage.

•   In 2017, the trucking industry was an astounding $700.18 billion industry, representing 79.3 percent of the nation’s freight bill.

•   More than 80 percent of U.S. communities depend solely on trucking for delivery of their goods and commodities.

•   A new truck produces one-tenth the fine particulate emissions and smog-forming NOx emissions as a similar truck manufactured just seven years ago.

•   Fine particulate emissions from on-road diesel trucks have been cut by more than half over the past decade.

Monday, September 2, 2019

Rockabilly N Blues Radio Hour 09-02-19

Rockabilly N Blues Radio Hour spins a TON of killer new tracks this week from The Delta Bombers, The Kokomo Kings, Jacob Tolliver, Mike Bell, Supersonics, Stray Cats, Marcel Bontempi & Carlos Slap, Bambi Lee Savage along with Didi Wray and The Duke Robillard Band in our instru-Mental Breakdown!  We hear from 2 of the headliners at Nashville Boogie 2020: Levi Dexter & The Rockats and Tiger Army.  Our Time Machine goes back to the week ending July 20, 1957 and our Five Year Flashback is with The Cactus Blossoms!!

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

The Delta Bombers- "15 To Life"
The Kokomo Kings- "The More I Get, The More I Want"
Levi & The Rockats- "Rockabilly Idol"
Jacob Tolliver- "Jenny, Jenny"
Bambi Lee Savage- "Baby Come Back"
Tiger Army- "Outlaw Heart"
The Shadowmen- "Warm Love"
The Lucky Bullets- "Fire Down Below"

instru-Mental Breakdown:
Didi Wray- "Terremoto Surf"
The Duke Robillard Band- "Rawhide"

Marcel Bontempi & Carlos Slap- "Young Souls"
Stray Cats- "Mean Pickin' Mama"

Rockabilly N Blues Time Machine
Week ending July 20, 1957:
#95 Chuck Berry- "Oh Baby Doll"
#85 The Del-Vikings- "Cool Shake"
#1 Elvis Presley- "(Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear"

Five Year Flashback:
The Cactus Blossoms on working with JD McPherson and the Alton & Jimmy cover
The Cactus Blossoms- "No More Crying The Blues"

Supersonics- "Denver"
Mike Bell- "Hey Heartache"
Jackie Lee Cochran- "Mama Don't You Think I Know"

Outro Music Bed: Duane Eddy- "Primeval"

Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Texas Flood: The Inside Story of Stevie Ray Vaughan

I'm posting this review on August 27th which marks the 19th anniversary of us tragically losing Stevie Ray Vaughan to the helicopter crash in 1990 at the age of 35 years old.  Texas Flood: The Inside Story of Stevie Ray Vaughan by Alan Paul and Andy Aledort on St. Martin's Press tells the story of Stevie in a most unique way.  They pieced together interviews with not only Stevie Ray Vaughan himself but also his brother Jimmie Vaughan, Double Trouble band members Chris Layton, Tommy Shannon, Reese Wynans, previous band members and musical collaborators, icons such as Billy F. Gibbons, Buddy Guy and many more.  

What is unique about it is they tell the story with quotes from a variety of interviews they conducted with several folks as the story unfolds as if they were all sitting in a room together and telling how it all happened.  You read about the mutual musical respect between Stevie and Jimmie, early influences, early gigs, progression of the band and winning over people such as Jackson Browne (who lent out his studio for the Texas Flood album), David Bowie (and how Stevie collaborated on his Modern Love album but pulled out of the tour last minute), trials of drug use that escalated with the band's popularity, sobriety and terrible news of the crash.  

I knew the ending of the story before going into the book, but I found I was so drawn into everyone's account of things that I felt like I experienced it all first hand.  You feel excitement over the early attention for Stevie, concern over the drug use, and excitement again over his sobriety and making amazing albums like In Step (which you learn is a reference to the steps he was taking in his sobriety) and the Vaughan Brothers' Family Style project with his brother, Jimmie.  The death really hits you because you see how far he came and how excited he was for more projects with Double Trouble and with his brother.

Even if you think you know the story, I would recommend picking up a copy of this book.  You will definitely learn more about all of the cast characters and the music will haven new meaning to you as it did for me.  I'll hear all of his music in a new light after reading Texas Flood: The Inside Story of Stevie Ray Vaughan!