THE BIRTH OF ROCK & ROLL GOES HOLLYWOOD

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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

GENE VINCENT: THE BLACK LEATHER REBEL

The following blog is taken from an article I wrote in the March 15, 2004 issue of Wadi Magazine. Wadi was a Bi-weekly free magazine in my hometown of Richmond, Va. We can hardly keep anything like this going for too long here, and this magazine was short-lived. However, I had a blast as one of two music journalists for the magazine!

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JANIS MARTIN: THE FEMALE ELVIS

In 2004, I worked for a free bi-weekly magazine in Richmond, VA called Wadi. I was one of two music journalists, and I mainly covered the history of rockabilly and country music in my hometown.  The following is an article I wrote from April 5, 2004 on one of the first female rockabillies, Virginia’s own Janis Martin. Some information has been updated. Enjoy!

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ELVIS: GOOD ROCKIN’ TONIGHT (1990)-TV SERIES REVIEW & INTERVIEW WITH CAST MEMBER JESSE DABSON

A favorite show of mine growing up, and one that I really wish would come out on DVD, is the short-lived 1990 ABC series Elvis-Good Rockin’ Tonight. It only lasted for 10 episodes with three unaired episodes, and was later edited into one long, (4 hours) film Elvis: The Early Years. It follows a young Elvis from his days in Tupelo to the end of his days at Sun Records. The series stared Michael St Gerard, (Link in the original Hairspray), Jesse Dabson, Blake Gibbons, and Millie Perkins, (The Diary Of Anne Frank). I’m posting this here because I always hear people say “well, they’ve made Walk The Line, and Ray, why has there never been a production on par with those two for Elvis? Well, there has! This is Elvis: Good Rockin’ Tonight!

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Sun Records: A Brief History

In this episode, I take a look at where Rock & Roll was born. SUN RECORDS! (Please note: this is a tribute and made for educational purposes. Fair use is a limitation and exception to the exclusive right granted by copyright law to the author of a creative work. In United States copyright law, fair use is a doctrine that permits limited use of copyrighted material without acquiring permission from the rights holders.)