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Thursday, October 13, 2016

Wayne Hancock
Slingin' Rhythm (Bloodshot)

When rarely realized justice turns up, we all should savor the moment. It comes to Wayne every time a crowded juke joint dance floor erupts with thrilled and full-throated regular folks cheering his roots music melange. And that honky tonk, western swing, blues, and rockabilly often jump up as cool compatriots in his poor-side-of-town presentations only indicates the blood bond we dug all along.

Recommended "Slingin' Rhythm," "Two-String Boogie," "Over Easy," "Divorce Me C.O.D.," "Thy Burdens Are Greater Than Mine," "Love You Always," "Dirty House Blues"

Video "Slingin' Rhythm"

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Jimmy Thackery and the Drivers
Spare Keys (White River Records)

Countless players can connect admirably with music from a distance, but only men like Jimmy know intimate, spiritual oneness with the notes, themselves. What seemed likely in his Nighthawks years has today become natural fact.

Recommended "Five Inch Knife," "Blues All Night," "Candy Apple Red," "Bella Noche," "The Barber's Guitar," "Puttin' the Word Out"

Video "Bella Noche"

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Mr Blacksmith
Back To Rock 'n Roll (self)

Sweden's Martti Risku handily demonstrates exactly how much detonative capacity one man can muster with just a guitar and a plan. Savage, freight-train downstrokes, their cumulative force unstoppable, honor the two-fisted example of taut/scowling/single-mindedly purposeful Johnny Ramone.

Recommended "Back To Rock 'n Roll," "Ei Oo Lomaa," "Fast Rock," "Shadows In the Night"

Video "Tredje punken" (non-CD)

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Too Slim and the Taildraggers
Blood Moon (Underworld)

Thankfully, it's come to this. Some 30 years of indefatigable road-dogging and studio development culminate in moving, fist-pumping testimony to sheer-force blues-rocking combustibility. Given appropriately steamrolling players, a trio is enough to shake 

Recommended "Get Your Going Out On," "Dream," "Evil Mind," "My Body," "Good Guys Win"

Video "Good Guys Win" (live)

Monday, October 3, 2016

Pike Cavalero
Sin Miedo a Volar (Sleazy)

More than only uphold the torch of real rock and roll (an act that by itself merits back-slaps), Pike adds more than a bit of his own scintillating styling. Throw this on when the fortunes of Sun Era-cool class seem dim and auto-tune annoys to distraction; there is indeed sanctuary for those who know where to search it out.

Recommended "Cuando Caiga la Noiche," "Ahora Que Lo Tienes," "Desde Que No Estas," "Unica Es," "Cuando No Te Echo a Faltar." "Me Nena Pequena"

Video "Cuando Caiga la Noiche"

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Sunday, October 2, 2016

Hank Angel And His Island Devils
All Hopped Up! (self)

Immediately garnered calloused thumbs up from the slouched cool-cat phalanx. Raw, full-throated, and beer-soaked uproarious in the way only coarse rockabilly in quintessence can be. As gritty and stomp-worthy as an all-nighter no one really remembers, but whose indelible satisfactions and scars are borne as badges.

Recommended "Rockabilly Til I Die," "All Hopped Up," "Crash the Hop," "I Know You Hear Me Calling," "Roadmen," "Te Amo, Carina"

Video "Rockabilly Til I Die"

Saturday, October 1, 2016

Rusty York
Rock & Roll Memories (Jewel)

A young man of the South, Rusty was transformed by the hillbilly and bluegrass songs pouring from a beloved radio. Opry broadcasts were among his favorites. With a guitar given to him by his father, he realizing regional performing success with bluegrass. But he perceived that greater popularity and reward lay in the then-young rock and roll style.

His jumping 1959 cover of the Marty Robbins-penned "Sugaree," with all the bare-boned intensity common to upstarts of the era, made #77 on the Billboard chart. It would be his highest commercial moment, though numerous fine rockin' tracks followed.

Following "Sugaree's" chart placement, Rusty and his band, the Cajuns, joined a Dick Clark package tour. Also appearing were Duane Eddy, Frankie Avalon, and Annette Funicello. Rusty's group opened the Hollywood Bowl show, becoming the first rockers to play the venue.

Rusty also ran Jewel Records, and built a home studio. He stopped gigging in the '70s, but eventually resumed live performances, A new generation of rockabilly afficianadoes had sprung up, in both
America and Europe. They treasured golden era rockabillies. And they dug "Sugaree."

Though Rusty York never ascended the highest heights of celebrity, he had carved out his own place in musical history. For that, he was inducted into the Rockabilly Hall of Fame. 

He died in 2014.

Recommended "Sugaree," "Sadie Mae," "Sweet Love," "Shake 'Em Up Baby," "You Better Leave My Baby Alone," "Goodnight Cincinnati, Good Morning Tennessee"

Video "Sugaree"

(Rusty York, center)