MY TOP 10 ROCKABILLY ALBUMS

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Supersonic Gal by Maryann & The Tri-Tones from 2015 on Rhythm Bomb Records.  I only just recently discovered Maryann & The Tri-Tones, a band from Estonia. The group formed after the break-up of The Jumpin’ Wheels when singer/songwriter Maryann Lants sent the group a demo in 2011.  Supersonic Gal is their debut album and was recorded in Berlin.  While a group like The Stray Cats or The Pole Cats add more of a modern groove to Rockabilly, here the sound is a faithful re-creation of just what it was like in the 1950’s.  The group has a jazzier tone more instep with Gene Vincent & The Blue Caps.  Supersonic Gal was first self released by the band and only a few hundreds copies were made, but was luckily discovered by Rhythm Bomb Records has been reissued to a larger audience.
Maryann has a great country twang to her voice (odd for someone from Estonia) and doesn’t fall into the bad habits of most female Rockabilly singers by doing a bad Wanda Jackson impression.  In fact, I would say she’s one of the best female Rockabillies I’ve ever heard.  Right up there with Janis Martin or Sparkle Moore.  My favorite track is the ballad Angel Of The Desert with its heavy cowboy feel it sounds like the Hank Williams song Ramblin’ Man.  There are some great rockers on here too! Continue reading

THE DAY THE MUSIC DIED

Feb. 3rd, 1959 has been called the “day the music died”.  Perhaps instead of talking about how “the music died”, one should focus on the events the led to the demise of three of the most talented musicians of the 1950’s.  The Winter Dance Party tour didn’t lead to “the day the music died”. The Winter Dance Party tour was simply “the tour from hell”!

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