Thursday, September 27, 2012

Meet "The One & Nines"

I was recently turned on to the music of The One & Nines.  They got their name from the four lane thoroughfare in New Jersey.  Their sound may be a bit difficult to nail down but if you start with the soul of early Motown and Stax (thanks to songwriter and guitarist Jeff Marino), throw in some Ella and Billie (thanks to singer Vera Sousa) and add just a pinch of a Dick Dale/Los Straitjackets guitar sound, you might come close to a description.  All I know is you will want to listen again...and again.

They are finding a way to take something that sounds familiar and making it uniquely their own.  I also love that they are preserving this on vinyl.  Sure, you can download it via iTunes and Amazon but for vinyl purists, you want to get this on 45 that is available from their store.  It's going on my jukebox alongside Link Wray, Beatles, Bruce Springsteen, Jack White, Sam Cooke...and it fits in perfectly.  Taking a vintage sound and making it accessible to a new generation is a tough task, but it's one that they embrace.  Listen for yourself and go visit them at their site:

Pick up a 45 while you are there and remember this day several years from now when you can proclaim, "I discovered them early on!".

You can also order the 45 from these great links too:

"Tell Me"

"Make It Easy"

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

New animated video for "Rockabilly Boogie" by Lee Rocker

Lee Rocker just released a fun animated video to his Johnny & Dorsey Burnette cover of "Rockabilly Boogie" which is the lead-off track to his latest studio release, Night Train To Memphis.  Check it out here-

Waylon Jennings- Goin' Down Rockin': The Last Recordings released today!

Goin' Down Rockin' : The Last Recordings is a posthumous album of Waylon Jennings.  Waylon recorded these playing guitar and singing while his producer Robby Turner accompanied him on bass.  They planned to round out the instrumentation until Waylon's death in 2002.  Waylon's band The Waylors helped Turner complete the project 10 years later.

Thursday, September 20, 2012

"I'm Shakin'"- Little Willie John vs. Jack White

Little Willie John released the first version of the Rudy Toombs penned "I'm Shakin'" in 1960.  Other artists including The Blasters covered it as well.  Most recently, Jack White did a cover on his recent album, Blunderbuss.

Take a listen to both and decide which you like best:

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Grammy Museum unveils Beach Boys exhibit

The Grammy Museum in Los Angeles just unveiled Good Vibrations: 50 Years Of The Beach Boys exhibit located on the 4th floor.  Featured in the exhibit are lyrics, early photos, yearbooks, surfboard from Surfin' Safari photo shoot, 1960's concert posters, Carl Wilson's ES-335 guitar and so much more.  It will be on display until September 2013.  Click HERE to get your tickets to come see the Museum.

Friday, September 14, 2012

Wanda Jackson's new "Tore Down" video

The official music video for Wanda Jackson's "Tore Down" (Freddie King cover) just released this week.  It's the first single from from her upcoming Unfinished Business album hitting stores October 9th.  Check it out along with Freddie King ripping through a live version:

Freddie King "Tore Down" (live)

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

ZZ Top's La Futura releases today

Produced by Rick Rubin and Billy F. Gibbons, La Futura is a return to the early ZZ Top sound.  If you've longed for the days the band churned out heavy, dirty, swampy blues-rock sounds then this release will excite you.  You can feel the rejuvenated energy as the band tears through songs like "I Gotsta Get Paid" (inspired by rap song "25 Lighters"), "Consumption", "I Don't Wanna Lose, Lose You", "Heartache In Blue" and more.  They started demoing songs for this project 4 years ago while continuing to tour heavily.  Check out the band's tour schedule HERE and see if they are coming near you!

Monday, September 10, 2012

New video and concert dates from JD McPherson

Check out the new single and music video for JD McPherson's "Fire Bug:

New shows added:

Nov 1 - Brooklyn, NY - Music Hall of Williamsburg
Nov 2 - Philadelphia, PA - Johnny Brenda's
Nov 4 - Falls Church, VA - The State Theater
Nov 5 - Virginia Beach, VA - The Jewish Mother
Nov 7 - Carrboro, NC - The Cat's Cradle
Nov 8 - Atlanta, GA - The Earl
Nov 9 - Birmingham, AL - Workplay Theater
Nov 10 - Maryville, TN - Shed at Smoky Mountain Harley-Davidson
Nov 11 - Louisville, KY - Headliners
Nov 29 - Minneapolis, MN - First Avenue

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Cash meets the King

On this date in 1954, Elvis Presley played at the opening of the Lamar-Airways Shopping Center in Memphis.  Johnny Cash was in the audience and met Elvis for the first time after the show.

Saturday, September 8, 2012

Pre-order Wanda Jackson's Unfinished Business

Wanda Jackson's 31st studio album Unfinished Business comes out October 9th.  This marks the production debut of fellow artist Justin Townes Earle.  Pre-orders will receive an instant download of "Tore Down".  For a limited time, they are also bundling a special package including a special print signed and numbered by artist Jon Langford.

Pre-order your copy HERE

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Brian Setzer's Rockabilly Riot: Live From The Planet available today!!

Brian Setzer took his tour to North America, Europe, Japan and Australia!!  They compiled the best performances into this one album.  2 slap bass players and 2 drummers (one being Slim Jim Phantom) really give this one a Rockabilly punch!!

Disc: 1
1. Ignition
2. 49 Mercury Blues
3. This Cat s On A Hot Tin Roof
4. Drive Like Lightning (Crash Like Thunder)
5. 8-Track
6. Slow Down / Folsom Prison Blues
7. Put Your Cat Clothes On

Disc: 2
1. Blue Moon of Kentucky
2. Pickpocket
3. Rumble in Brighton
4. Runaway Boys
5. (She's) Sexy + 17
6. Stray Cat Strut
7. Cry Baby
8. Great Balls Of Fire

Disc: 3
1. Red Hot
2. Fishnet Stockings
3. Rock This Town
4. Seven Nights to Rock

Lee Rocker- "Hot n' Greasy Volume 1" available now

Volume 1 in a series of live tracks and concerts Lee Rocker and his band have performed over the past 10 years or so is available now!  Get it from iTunes or other digital providers now!!

Songs include:

1.  Rebel
2.  Crazy When She Drinks
3.  Black Cat Bone
4.  Say When
5.  Texarkana To Panama City
6.  Stray Cat Strut
7.  I'll Cry Instead
8.  One More Shot
9.  Blue Suede Night

Saturday, September 1, 2012

Sun Studio Sessions: Lee Rocker- "Memphis Breeze"

Lee Rocker and his band recorded an episode for Sun Studio Sessions earlier this year.  It's currently airing on select PBS markets.  Here's more info on the series:

Enjoy Lee and the band doing a song about the Memphis area called "Memphis Breeze"-