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Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Quentin Jones Stands Up

There surely is tremendous inner tumult when you know you've got something extraordinary, know you've got something important to say -- and can mentally hear it portrayed in a definite manner -- but are restricted by auxiliary commitments.

Quentin Jones founded Pennsylvania's Lanark Records. While that was to his individual credit, though, the label largely existed to give platform to other artists.  Too, he has earned global plaudits for his strident guitar assertions with the Reach Around Rodeo Clowns; indeed, such is his ability that he now has a Gretsch endorsement. But that distinction also came from works bannering aggregate endeavors.

The Rockabilly Hall of Fame has recognized him for his studio and live toil with so many, including Robert Gordon, the Rockats, Herman's Hermits, and the Gas House Gorillas. So, while it's true that Quentin's tasted fame, it's often been as an adjunct to someone else's project. One might say his lamp was often hidden beneath a bushel.

But, no more. In 2017, he's busting out of the shadow world. Standing tall. Declaring out loud his own, unique artistic identity.

A disc is in the pipeline -- one bearing his name alone, and not that of some collective. The demos he sent me are all of consistently superior quality. All peaks, no valleys. I guess fire comes in messes, 'cause there's a mess of fire coming out of these songs. 

Quentin's formidable, party-crashing guitar jet-streams with amazing nimbleness through arrangements smartly reverential of the old while reinventing it as technicolor newness for contemporary climes.

He's already planning shows as "Quentin Jones and Friends," And numerous major names have signed on to sit in at various gigs: Annabelle Lwin (Bow Wow Wow), Dibbs Preston (Rockats), Billy Burnette, and Billy J. Kramer (of Beatles-related renown).

He's known all along that he had something special. Now, the world's going to know that, too.

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Kent Rose with Chris Casello
All That American Night (Memory Train)

So just plain right. Various of these sparkling odes are arrayed to distinction, and stake dissimilar territories. But all bloom from proletarian clay.

Two tracks merit special note: "If You Dig It," its tradition-founded rocking cast as a burstingly animated, vividly contemporary declaration, reminds much of the old/new synthesis so cleverly realized on Robert Gordon's 1981 Are You Gonna Be the One? LP. And, "Pretty World of Make-Believe" honors old-ways honky tonk; Chris's serpentine bass-string guitar line, and Kent's easy, knowing voice, guide toward a luxuriant, natural essence to whose decided tempo one simply must bop.

Recommended "If You Dig It," "Pretty World of Make-Believe," "Why You Wanna," "All That American Night," "This House Gets Lonesome," "Leave This Town," "Workingman's Hands," "Jungle Jaguar Pants"

VIDEO "If You Dig It"

Scott H. Biram
The Bad Testament (Bloodshot)

Scott's stark, one-man band conformation allows him to wring from these way-down-deep chronicles all the out-loud humanity they promise and we appreciate. No more is needed but a tastefully picked gut-box, a voice as capable of slightness as mammoth storm, and the tenacious resolve of a man who, damn-it-all, believes.

Recommended "Just Another River," "Long Old Time," "I Want My Mojo Back," "Judgement Day," "Slow and Easy," "When I Die"

VIDEO "Just Another River" 

Monday, November 28, 2016


Comments from the author about writing:  I have self-published three novels in my retro-styled and G-rated Eddie Atomic space adventure series: 2009's Shake, Rattle & Rocket!, 2012's Ghost Saucers In the Sky!, and 2016's Stratosphere Boogieman. All feature "two-fisted scientist" Eddie Atomic, genius glamour-girl robot Kioko, youthful, plucky pilot Spunky, and wise veteran advisor Commander Augustus McGuffin.
I wrote a regular Pin Up America column, "In the Spotlight," for about two years. For some six years before that, I was the CD Review Editor for Rockabilly Magazine.
My freelance music articles and reviews have appeared in Goldmine, No Depression, Blue Suede News, Rock & Rap Confidential, and others. 
National/international political essay credits include Daily CallerCounterpunch, American Thinker, Dissident Voice, the Huffington Post, and USA Today
I've also written numerous newspaper opinion pieces on political topics, with credits including the Des Moines Register, Waterloo Courier, Marshalltown Times-Republican, Iowa City Press Citizen, and Cedar Falls Times.
Too, I served as Iowa Coordinator for Ralph Nader's 2004 independent campaign, a position that included writing duties. I also served as the Iowa Green Party Media Coordinator from 2000 - 2004. 
And in 2016, I wrote several Iowa newspaper think-pieces promoting the Donald Trump campaign.
Book Types: Fiction
Audience Types: All Ages
Genre: Science Fiction, Humor
Are you willing to do programs for schools, libraries, or other groups? No
Mailing Address: 
322 E. Louise Street,  Waterloo, Iowa 50703
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County:  Black Hawk

Books By This Author

  • Shake, Rattle & Rocket! Self-published, 2009.
  • Ghost Saucers In the Sky! Self-published 2012.
  • Stratosphere Boogieman 2016

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Just a note to advise readers I am finishing up a book of rock'n'roll essays and reviews. I'll return to blogging as soon as I'm able. I will advertise the book, tentatively titled Flesh Made Music, on this blog.

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"