Moanin’ at midnight (book review)

Posted by Dee-Ann On November - 26 - 2014ADD COMMENTS 66 views

20140817_152349I was on holiday to Wales this year. Away from it all, but not quite all. I had to bring something relating to music, and I chose the biography of a man named Chester Burnett, better known as Howlin’ Wolf. I was immediately captured by the description of those hard times in the 1920s. Black people and their children working in the cotton fields. Young Chester abandoned by his mother at an early age, raised by his aunt and abusive uncle. Running away by train in search of his father. And how he worked the mules with his singing voice to break the land.
He learned to play the guitar by Charlie Patton and many more.
All kinds of anekdotes by Howling Wolf, his sisters and blues musicians who ever worked with him back in the days.

A very easy to read and inspiring book about rough times, passion for blues music and how it kept him alive.

 

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Feminism or what?

Posted by Moulin On November - 16 - 2014ADD COMMENTS 300 views

I have had many jobs in my 23 years of life and I have had to wear many uniforms with them. I have been a ‘punk’, a grunge goth, a Victorian goth, and now a rockabilly wannabe pinup star. I have worn many different styles and many different makeup-ed faces to (or lack there of). Some I fell into, some I was pressured into and some I wanted to be. I have battled with my body image and been pressured into looking a

Feminine?

Feminine?

certain way. Now I am coming to terms with my image and have a wonderful boyfriend to help me. My dream job is nearer now than ever and my wardrobe is, well I think. truly fantastic.

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“K”: Boogie woogie with fire (album review)

Posted by Dee-Ann On November - 10 - 2014ADD COMMENTS 227 views

Ohne TitelAt first I thought this was a little bit of an odd album. It’s called “K”. Just a “K” on fire. I must admit I’m a little bit critial and prejudice, just by the look of an album cover. That’s why I think it’s important that I get to review the whole production, and not just the download. But what a surprise it got in store for me! I now understand the firey “K”.

Kyle Esplin is the Scottish artist, who never had a piano lesson in his life, but played fulltime professionally since the age of 16 around the UK, Europe, Canada, USA and onboard luxury cruise-liners. He wrote to me that the recording of this album took place in Germany back in 2012. But due to illness, the release was postponed. Now this year 2014, Kyle is slowly recovering and his album called “K” was released earlier this year and contains 13 songs.

I’m a piano lover, so this album is in good hands and I can immedately tell you, I love it. If you like Jerry Lee Lewis, then you will like this too. Actually, Kyle played at the 65th and 66th birthday parties of this rock and rol legend. Although I the album contains mostly the well known Rock and roll oldies like: Gene Vincent’s Be Bop A Lula, Ray Charles’ Mess Around and Jerry Lee Lewis’ High School Confidential it got me listening to it over and over again. Kyle is an excellent piano player with a strong boogie woogie left hand and a right hand that is faster than my ears can follow, but enough to keep everyting rockin’. That’s what the fire represents I guess.

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Little Skull Photography: pinup #10

Posted by Dee-Ann On November - 7 - 2014ADD COMMENTS 252 views

Week 10 and last of Little Skull Photography showcase series. Joslyn, of  Little Skull Photography’s, has been doing pinup photography for about 2 years.  Check out their website to take a look at their studio: http://www.littleskull.net/our-studio/ and their portfolio: http://www.littleskull.net/pin-up/

Model: Aly Plie 

Little Skull Photography

Little Skull Photography

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Is there any rockin’ going on at the Barrel Organ Museum?

Posted by Dee-Ann On November - 5 - 2014ADD COMMENTS 208 views

2014_draaiorgel museum (3)Some people ask me, why are you playing at a museum? I do have to admit that I never thought I ever would nor could I imagine that it would be as crazy as it is at the Barrel Organ Museum in Haarlem, the Netherlands. First of all, the interior is quite unique. I have never seen such gigantic colorful organs, filling up entire walls. I can’t stop looking at them, because there are so much details, little dolls, musical instruments, beautiful woodcarving. The people who work there are eager to tell you everything about the history and working of each organ. I took a peek at the back of the big one behind us. They used to get their music from organ books. Each song has one book which consist of very long strips of carton with holes in it which controled the notes and instruments of entire songs (very long way to explain it, I know). Now they have a digital device containing thousands of songs.

They used to be part of traveling county fairs. Big tents with seats and tables on the side and a wooden dancefloor in front of an organ, being the heart of the county fair back in the days. Way back, before all the pumping bass and screaming electronic music that you hear nowadays.

Antique barrel organs are in this museum and still working, even playing rock and roll songs as loud as your ears can bear.

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Scumbash Part II

Posted by Dee-Ann On November - 3 - 2014ADD COMMENTS 359 views

IMG_7500Earlier this year I visited the First Scumbash in Rotterdam The Netherlands. I already wrote about it back then, http://www.rockabilly-online.com/?p=10749.

But now I realize I forgot to tell you about the main event of the whole day. First let me refresh your memory: The men of Schorem, Haarsnijder en Barbier have been in the Dutch media a lot lately, being one of the few vintage styled barbers in The Netherlands. Clients lining up in front of their shop, they don’t mind waiting for one or two hours. Women are not allowed in, dogs are. Men with beards and moustaches everywhere, with the greasy haircut. Even at the university, grocery store, shopping mall. They’ve shot the hype into the mainstream world. Barbers loving the vintage style of the thirties forties and most of all music!

 

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Little Skull Photography: pinup #9

Posted by Dee-Ann On October - 31 - 2014ADD COMMENTS 247 views

Week 9 of Little Skull Photography showcase. Joslyn, of Little Skull Photography’s, has been doing pinup photography for about 2 years. Check out their website to take a look at their studio: http://www.littleskull.net/our-studio/ and their portfolio: http://www.littleskull.net/pin-up/

Model: Anthia Mo

Little Skull Photography

Little Skull Photography

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Little Skull Photography: pinup #8

Posted by Dee-Ann On October - 24 - 2014ADD COMMENTS 289 views

Week 8 of Little Skull Photography showcase. Joslyn, of  Little Skull Photography’s, has been doing pinup photography for about 2 years.  Check out their website to take a look at their studio: http://www.littleskull.net/our-studio/ and their portfolio: http://www.littleskull.net/pin-up/

Model: Katelyn O’clairlogo_color

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Little Skull Photography

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Little Skull Photography: pinup #7

Posted by Dee-Ann On October - 17 - 2014ADD COMMENTS 388 views

Week 7 of Little Skull Photography showcase. Joslyn, of  Little Skull Photography’s, has been doing pinup photography for about 2 years.  Check out their website to take a look at their studio: http://www.littleskull.net/our-studio/ and their portfolio: http://www.littleskull.net/pin-up/

Model: Vera Rose

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Little Skull Photography

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Maloe Melo: home of blues and Whiskey

Posted by Dee-Ann On October - 15 - 2014ADD COMMENTS 625 views

2014_maloe_nc - kopieIt’s a real nightmare when a singer catches a cold, keeps on coughing all week and has to play in the weekend. But we all get that from time to time. One of my singing coaches was Mieke. She studied Theater and Musical at the conservatory in Rotterdam. She taught me some tricks to be able to keep ons singing while your throat hurts. It’s not the best sound you can get, but at least the show can go on, and it must!

My band Dee Ann and the Nightcaptains arrived at the Maloe Melo. It’s such a great place to be at Jur’s place. He gets a lot of cool artists every now and then. He met Chet Baker, Barry Hay of the Golden Earring, The Paladins, Candye Kane. Tons of bands and international artists want to go and be there at the home of blues. The walls and ceiling are filled with pictures and posters of them.

When we started playing everything went fine with my voice. But after five songs my throat started to hurt and I absolutely wanted to avoid coughing, or else, my voice would be gone. As a joke I told the audience that Jur and I agreed that when I start coughing, Jur would get me some whiskey to burn down the cold. Jur nodded from behind his bar and immediately poured me a glass. I took a nip, and wow… it worked. Jur helped me through with three glasses of his medicine, during the whole gig. I started to mix up some lyrics and even that I was the singer of the band, but that don’t matter, hahaha. The audience kept on dancing until the end and we (especially me) had a great time!

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Little Skull Photography: pinup #6

Posted by Dee-Ann On October - 10 - 2014ADD COMMENTS 441 views

Week 6 of Little Skull Photography showcase. Joslyn, of  Little Skull Photography’s, has been doing pinup photography for about 2 years.  Check out their website to take a look at their studio: http://www.littleskull.net/our-studio/ and their portfolio: http://www.littleskull.net/pin-up/

Model: Faith

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Little Skull Photography

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So-Cal Rocket Dynamics interview

Posted by Dee-Ann On October - 8 - 2014ADD COMMENTS 429 views
socal2Tell us about your band, where are you from?
Bobby Coddington – Upright Bass and Vocals.
Rich Contadino – Lead Vocals.
Mark Powell – Drums.
Matt J. Britton – Guitar and Vocals.
We’re from Los Angeles, California.  Some people call it the city of angels.  Other people would argue that it’s far from that.  Regardless, it’s the birthplace of the jet age style and hot rod culture which inform the So-Cal Rocket Dynamics creative aesthetic.How and when did you start?
Rich and Bobby met while both were working in the animation industry.  They did stints together in a couple of LA bands, with Bobby on electric bass and Rich on drums.  At a certain point, Bobby took the plunge into rockabilly, learning upright bass and writing the band’s debut album, Santa Susana Meltdown, with Rich on both drums and lead vocals.  Original SCRD guitarist Jason Karp played on the album as well.  Mark found the band by way of MySpace (having fallen in love with a couple of songs posted by the band there), and Matt came in as the band’s new guitarist shortly after the first album was completed.Describe your music style.
We’re trying to create a contemporary version of rockabilly music.  Rockabilly bands tend to trot out the same old musical and thematic clichés over and over again until the music becomes stale.  We’re striving to write and perform rockabilly songs which sound fresh, alive and contemporary.  Mark’s drumming is harder pounding and more elaborate than you generally get with a rockabilly band, and Rich isn’t afraid to take his vocals to someplace more punk when that’s what’s right for the song.
How did your love for this music start, which age, which artists influenced you?So-Cal Rocket Dynamics - Photo by Ash Sutton
For Mark it started with Stray Cats when he was eight and discovered Built For Speed, listening to it over and over again, loving that vintage yet modern sound.  It happened again when he was twenty with Reverend Horton Heat, hearing a similar mix of old and new that blew him away.  As a rockabilly guitarist, Matt’s mostly been influenced by Brian Setzer and Link Wray.  As a songwriter, he leans more toward Social Distortion.  Hopefully these disparate influences have shaped the band’s sound in an interesting and eclectic fashion.Do you write your own songs?  
Bobby and Matt are the band’s primary songwriters, but they take entirely different approaches to the task of crafting new material.  Bobby’s songs are very personal and heartfelt stories of real experiences in his life.  Conversely, Matt’s songs are more like little movies about characters he dreams up in his head.

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The Rockats – Rockin’ together: CD review

Posted by Miriam On October - 6 - 2014ADD COMMENTS 358 views

The RockatsAs founders of the modern Rockabilly scene, all “Cat” bands were inspired by the Rockats.
Coming out of England’s Teddy Boy scene in March of 1977, Rockats’ Dibbs Preston and Smutty Smiff joined with their pal Levi Dexter to form Levi and the Rockats.
They stormed the stages and along the way some hip locals joined them, like Barry Ryan, Danny B. Harvey and Lewis King.
Throughout the early 80’s the Rockats travelled from coast to coast and made a true name with their modern spin of the classic rockabilly sound.

Through record deals, highs and lows, band members, managers and wives coming and going, everyone drifted apart, but in 2012 after a few get togethers it was Lanark Records who brought the band back together to record this new album with 12 new original songs:
The Doubt, Rockin’ together, Why do you love me, The road to hell, Kitten with a whip, Olde Hickory Road, Pink and black Cadillac, Red headed rockin’ gal, Sweet sweet Charlotte, Tear the roof off, Bad love and Reckless Rebel.

All songs are self-written and the cd-cover contains liner notes by Brian Setzer (Stray Cats).
Most of the songs are rockabilly with some country, blues and a little bit of surf. The album sounds great and even after all these years, the Rockats still sound very enthusiastic.
So if you’re looking for good old authentic rockabilly in the style of the Stray Cats, then this must be your choice!

Dancing in the streets at Sweetlake Rock ‘n’ Roll Revival 2014

Posted by Dee-Ann On October - 4 - 2014ADD COMMENTS 428 views

50matics  2014 sweetlake rock n roll revival (9) 2014 sweetlake rock n roll revival (54) 2014 sweetlake rock n roll revival (56) 2014 sweetlake rock n roll revival carshow dancers dancers2 eightball boppers haridresser stallsEvery second Saturday of July you’ll find and excellent summer Rock and Roll dance party in Zoetermeer, the Netherlands.   2014 sweetlake rock n roll revival (8)Martin and Sillie Verhoeve of dance school ‘Dance to the sixties’ are the key people of Sweet Lake Rock ‘n’ Roll Revival. 2014 sweetlake rock n roll revival (40)This year, the Eightball Boppers, Big Caz and the Four Bobs’, Five o Matics and Dee Ann and the Nightcaptains were invited to get the dancers on the dancefloor, well on the street, as it is an open air festival in one part of town. A lot of stalls, a female hairdresser, a carshow and all the nicely dressed dancers turned the town square into a fifties scenery. The dance to the sixties demonstration was the top attraction. Go and watch the youtube!   http://www.dancetothesixties.com/nl/ http://www.facebook.com/rocknrolldag http://members.casema.nl/rocking/ http://www.facebook.com/rocknrolldans

Little Skull Photography: pinup #5

Posted by Dee-Ann On October - 3 - 2014ADD COMMENTS 401 views

Week 5 of Little Skull Photography showcase. Joslyn, of Little Skull Photography’s, has been doing pinup photography for about 2 years. Check out their website to take a look at their studio: http://www.littleskull.net/our-studio/ and their portfolio: http://www.littleskull.net/pin-up/

Model: Jessica Akara

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Little Skull Photography

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Foxy Rockabilly

Posted by Rocky On October - 2 - 2014ADD COMMENTS 627 views
The EP, with promotional material

The EP, with promotional material

I got a surprise in the mail yesterday! Foxy and her Ravens, new Rockabillyband from lead female vocalist Stephanie ‘Foxy’ Vos, had a new mini EP coming out, so offcourse I wanted one! I’m always out for new Rockabilly talent. Especially when there’s a female on the lead, we don’t see them very often ;)

The rest of the band exist of lead guitarist Michael Warlich, drummer Aeilko van der Wagen and Huey Moor. Some may know Huey from his basslappin’ in Miss Mary Ann & the Ragtime Wranglers. The band likes mixing traditional rockabilly with jazz and rhythm ’n’ blues, which is the direct opposite of the more country-influenced rockabilly that is popular. I’m also more of the rhythm ’n’ blues sound, so I was excited when I closed the tray and played the album, titled Sweet Temptation.

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Hug Me Baby: Jeans that fit your super curves!

Posted by Dee-Ann On October - 1 - 2014ADD COMMENTS 458 views

Lady K Loves’ fantastic new high waist stretch jean, in a slim fit leg, cut for super curvy girls.

Do you have a hip to waist ratio Marilyn would be proud of? Is it a nightmare finding the perfect pair of jeans? Lady K Loves understand the frustration finding the perfect pair of high waisted jeans can be. Shopping can drive you mad! You either have to squeeze into a tight and uncomfortable pair of jeans or surrender and wear a bigger size that is loose fitted around your waist.

Lady K Loves HMB JeansThese amazing high-waisted and slim fit jeans are designed to flatter those super curvy figures. Hug Me Babies are the perfect pair of jeans that will embrace your curvy figure, accentuate your waist and also really comfortable to wear! Cut to be a snug fit and made from dark medium weight stretch denim, making them a figure-hugging and slimming pair of jeans. To sprinkle a little more perfection to these beautiful jeans, we added some more subtle elements so your bum looks visually lifted and slimmer, two-tone stitching, sweetheart yolk, and riveted pockets.

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Glamour, class and style and Sue Moreno

Posted by Dee-Ann On September - 30 - 2014ADD COMMENTS 542 views

Sue Moreno and Chris Casello at the FrySue Moreno is Always up to something. Touring, working with other great guitar artists and releasing a glamour calendar. Time to ask her about the things that are going on in her musical life.

Your latest album City by Night you worked with Chris Casello.
How did you meet him?
* Chris and I worked together during an Elvis tribute tour we did for two years throughout Europe. We also performed Fever at that tour, which we both very much enjoyed playing. As I  was booked in the States when the tour was over, we decided to record a few tracks- including Fever.
We had a great click at the studio and enjoyed working together. So we decided to make it into an album that we recorded in two different timeframes. The Fry Pharmacy studio [ www.frypharmacyrecording.com and be treated to one of our recordings as you open the page]  added a lot to our feel as it is all analog with equipment used in worldfamous RCA Studio B!

Chris & Sue Proofs 68Can you describe the process of writing songs together?
As Chris was in Nashville at the time and me in Holland, we started writing separately, sharing demos and lyrics and working it out in details as we got together.
We both worked on music as well as lyrics, but my focus was a bit more on lyrics, and Chris music.

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Rockin’ Surf

Posted by Rocky On September - 29 - 2014ADD COMMENTS 448 views

Hello boppers ’n kittens, long time no review! I will make that up to y’all! :D

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The cd cover!

Last month I was at the driveinn barn. I was taking my latest treasures (vinyl off course) to my tent, when a guy called Stephen came up to me. He wore a waistcoat, with Edwardian pocketwatch and crepe sole shoes. He introduced himself, and his lovely family. His kids where all in style, waistcoat and all, just like their dad! He asked me if I could listen to his new album, which also is his first, from his band The Surfaders. I heard about them, they’re from my hometown Rotterdam. I told him that I could write a review if he liked that. Which of course, Stephen did :D

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The Surfaders

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Pinup of the week four years later: Kitten Kaboom

Posted by Dee-Ann On September - 29 - 2014ADD COMMENTS 452 views

I began modeling at a young age, and I have grown to find the education side of the industry to be very rewarding. Coaching aspiring models on posing, working with photographers on model direction, and participating in photography workshops is how I spent much of last year. I’m still making my own art in the meantime, and I’ve had the opportunity to work with some very talented people along the way.

Kristina Ramos Photography
Makeup by Bethany Renfro

Facebook.com/modelkittenkaboom
Instagram: misskittenkaboom

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