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Ship Ahoy!

Posted by Rocky On October - 24 - 2016
Wim, the guitarist.

Wim, the guitarist.

Hello Folks, long time no review! I know, been busy with a lot of schoolwork and stuff, but now its musictime!

Two weekends ago I went to the CD presentation of the band Dee Ann and the Nightcaptains. You might know Dee as the admin and creator of this page 😉 This Rockabilly quartet, that proudly recieved the Tielman award from mr. Tielman himself, consist of the core of the rotterdam rock and roll scene. The met many years ago in the place to be for rockers in Rotterdam at the time, Jailhouse Place. My mom told me that Jailhouse was the same size as the bar we were in right now. This was in a small, dutch cafe, completlty in style of the title of the album, and when we entered, we heard some fine dutch cafe-harbour music 😛 Some rockers there asked me if i wanted to dj, but it was to crowded and didn’t have my records on me. 😉

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Ruby Dee And The Snakehandlers – Little Black Heart

Posted by Dee-Ann On August - 19 - 2016
Ruby Dee

Ruby Dee

From Austin Texas I received Ruby Dee And The Snakehandlers latest album: Little Black Heart. The front cover heavenly blue with roses and in the middle Ruby-Dee’s eight arms holding all kinds of objects. It’s a bright picture with kind of a dark story. In 2008 Ruby-Dee , (singer and songwriter) was in a pretty bad accident, which hurt a part of her brain and affected her ability to speak and remember words. Somehow she found the strength to work hard to recover and she did! The evidence is here in my hands, their album Little Black Heart. 1 cover and 12 originals written by Ruby-Dee and guitarist Jorge Harada.

A great variety of uptempo rockabilly, rock and roll, western and country.  With steel guitar on “Little black heart” they’ll take you on a western trip. In Pretty little Kitty you’re caught in a Fever groove, and then in a double time rockabilly rhythm. Great!

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Stray Cats, Live at Rockpalast

Posted by Mars On August - 24 - 2015
Stray Cats

Stray Cats

Stray Cats “live at rockpalast- 1983 lorely open air dvd + 1981 Cologne ( cd).
Rockpalast a great german tv concert series that captured all the great acts live while playing in Germany.
Remember taping this performance to vhs?
Now it’s out on dvd and cd ( a performance from two years earlier in Cologne).
The Stray Cats at their prime, a rockabilly trio at full force.
Story goes they where mocked because they only had a small stand up drum kit, one guitar amp and a double bass.
At the time walls off marshall amps where all they rage ( I believe they still are).
They blew the audience away nevertheless.

As a bonus also a live cd from a show ” the cats ” did in 1981 in Cologne.

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Brian Setzer “rockabilly riot” all original

Posted by Mars On August - 17 - 2015

Better late then never.
What to write about another Brian Setzer album?
The man has been relasing great albums for years.
After hearing the first track (let’s shake) of the album fear took over as this reviewer thaught Brian sold his soul to the devil but after hearing the rest of the album my mind was put at easy, the album is kick ass and sees mr Setzer in tip top shape with his timeless twang and rockabilly sounds, backed by Mark Winchester on bass ( good to see he’s back), Noah Levy on drums and Kevin McKendree on piano the band sounds fresh and lays down 12 original songs.
One album that can’t be missed in one’s collection.

Brian Setzer

Brian Setzer

44 Shakedown album release party “Honkers”

Posted by Dee-Ann On April - 16 - 2015

Friday the 13th of February wasn’t such a bad luck day at all. In fact I had a great time at the album release party of 44 Shakedown, an album I was very curious about. If you want to know more about the band, read the interview: http://www.rockabilly-online.com/?p=10651

haystackThe party was at Rotown in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. The place was packed. The lovely voices of The Haystack Hi-tones singers Jo and Annita were inviting us in. This band just recently reunited after a break of a couple years. Annita has her Starbombers but what she loves the most is singing duets with Jo. They have played about seven times in Viva Las Vegas. Tonight Jo was suffering from a cold, but the show must go on. Everyone in the audience wondered how she could keep on singing and still sound very well. Musicians Richard, Raymond and Jan gave the authentic sound to the western swing styled songs and ballads, on which the perfect matching voices could blend in.

44sd44 Shakedown was the main course of this gourmet music night! We all waited to hear the songs they’ve recorded on their second album “Honkers”. Five well dressed men, looking like they’re coming right out of a black and white 30’s movie, set foot on stage and right away the joint was jumping. Early rhythm and blues, Chuck Willis, jazzy balads, charleston rhythms. Both Tim and Louis make the big difference with their saxophone harmonies. Ben is a very modest but capable drummer, who drums in the old rhythm and blues style and some big band rolls too. Nice thing is that Aram and Marcel both take turns to the lead singing parts. This band got it all together and really is a live must see. Before I left Ben proudly handed me their cd. And what a production it is!

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Blogger, musician and fashionista: Lexi DeRock!

Posted by drew On January - 22 - 2015
Lexi DeRock is a self-described “pin-up in search of things bygone and glam.”  A blogger, musician, and fashionista, she has been involved with the rockabilly scene across the globe.  Below we get to know this buxom beauty.
lexi2First off, you’re a bit of a world traveler.  Tell us about that?

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La Dolce Morte

Posted by drew On January - 15 - 2015

ekberg1The last week I’ve been preoccupied with thoughts of film, time, life, and death. It all ties together with Federico Fellini’s famous film, La Dolce Vita and the death of famed bombshelter-era bombshell, Anita Ekberg this last weekend. I’m not a Fellini expert, my tastes in vintage movies tend to run more towards the Universal monster movies starring Lon Chaney Jr. Nor am I a devotee of Ekberg, but rather a more casual fan. And yet here I am, moved to write in effect about her death and her place in classic cinema.

So how did we get to this point, then? Going off my previously described affection for classic monsters, it should surprise no one that I also devour my share of horror and vampire novels. Most recently, I’ve become a fan of Kim Newman’s vast alternate history series, Anno Dracula. The first novel set naturally enough in Victorian London, using the Jack the Ripper murders as a setup for the horrorific goings on. The second novel takes us into World War One and deals with none other than the famous Bloody Red Baron of Germany. Finally, the third novel (Dracula Cha Cha Cha) takes us to 1959 Rome or more to the point, the Rome seen in films such as Roman Holiday or, you guessed it, La Dolce Vita. I received the novel as a Christmas present and recently started making my way through it.

ekberg2The book pays a tremendous homage to Fellini’s film, with it’s own variation on Ekberg’s famous dip in the Trevi Fountain ending in coupious amounts of vampire grue. I was familiar enough with La Dolce Vita to pick up on the references. But I admit to my shame, that despite being a self-proclaimed film buff, I had somehow managed to never see the movie, possibly due to it’s lack of vampires or werewolves. Maybe I’m just inheritantly some weird form of a low-brow snob? Whatever the reason, wading through the novel finally pushed me to get over that hump. On January 9th, I ventured into the Vulcan Video and rented both the Bill Murray military comedy Stripes and Fellini’s La Dolce Vita. I could almost feel Murray’s eyes gazing over the cover image of Ekberg as I left the store, DVD’s in hand.

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The Reverend Horton heat “ REV” (Album review)

Posted by Mars On December - 29 - 2014

ReverendBrand new album by the Reverend Horton Heat.

Never knowing what to expect from the Reverend I was anxious to put the cd on. Would he even stray further from his own brand of Psychorockinyourfacesurf a Billy  or perhaps back to the roots? Well I’m glad to tell ya he’s back in tiptop shape with lyrics stranger and funnier then ever like only the Rev can come up with, and the music is full of energy like it’s their first album.

Do take the time to read all the notes in the booklet the Rev wrote about the songs gives a great insight about the bands music , lyrics and the way the music industry works. Never would have guessed that even the Reverend Horton Heat gets told that his song is horrible by the Record Company (read the notes on schizoid)

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Moanin’ at midnight (book review)

Posted by Dee-Ann On November - 26 - 2014

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

Posted by Dee-Ann On November - 10 - 2014

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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The Rockats – Rockin’ together: CD review

Posted by Miriam On October - 6 - 2014

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!

Rockin’ Surf

Posted by Rocky On September - 29 - 2014

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

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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 😀

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The Surfaders

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The Reach around Rodeo Clowns – Rockabilly Deluxe; CD review

Posted by Miriam On September - 24 - 2014

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Quite an unusual name for this American quartet, but right to the point; an unusual style of Rockabilly. They see themselves as a retro-futuristic Rock ‘n’ Roll spectacle.
The band was founded in 1995 by the brothers Quentin Jones (guitar) and Wendell Jones (vocals), but they’re certainly not slowing down on this sixth album called Rockabilly Deluxe, released by Lanark Records.
Together with Dave Ferrara (drums) and Crusher Carmean (upright bass) they play a mix of rockabilly, surf, rock ‘n’ roll with a punkish attitude. Certainly no traditional rockabilly; but refreshing it is!

Ten songs on this album, all written or co-written by guitarist, producer and arranger Quentin Jones:
King of the Slot Car Track, Long Gone Daddy, Bowling Alley Baby, Wild Crazy and Out of Control, Paranoid Boy, I Used to Be the One, I got the Shakes, I’m Obsessed, It’s Rock & Roll, The Light So Bright.

The four star combo – Wait a minute baby (album review)

Posted by Dee-Ann On September - 11 - 2014

20140828_143021I received this album from 2014 on Man o man! Records from The Four Star Combo. This band from Washington DC area, started in 2007. Let me introduce to you the guys on the cover of this album:

Ron Scott, lead vocal, acoustic and electric guitars, harmonica

Eric Hurtt, lead guitar, vocals, lead vocals on Slipping out and slipping In

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69Beavershot Baroeg

Posted by Dee-Ann On September - 3 - 2014

IMG_0133After a couple of silent years 69 Beavershot played at the the Scum Bash festival earlier this year. They kinda picked up performing again, with drummer Rene. In July they were sharing stage with Bob Wayne, at the Baroeg. A dark and little venue in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. Mostly alternative bands play there. Mostly hardrock, metal, but gradually Psychobilly, hillbilly is setteling at the Baroeg.
Guitar player Robert always has this great style of playing, inspired by Brian setzer, Scotty More, James Burton. His growling voice is just right for their kind of rough rockabilly. All their songs have titles you can easily sing and shout along with, like, red headed woman (my favorite although I’m not a red head), hell cat and speed track. 69Beavershot played their own originals as well as some covers. While guys sang along especially woman danced exotically in front of the stage. Is it because of their music or are they hoping Robert is giving them the eye?

The WyattChristmas Trio – I’ve got rhythm: CD review

Posted by Miriam On July - 23 - 2014

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The WyattChristmas Trio from Germany; I’ve already interviewed them in 2010.
But since then, a lot has happened.
The frontman of the band, Andy WyattChristmas (Wyatt like Wyatt Earp) is still leading the band, since he started the trio in 2008.
They’ve released their first album in 2010 called “Well, it’s allright”.
But since then two members have left the band and they’re replaced by Lee Diefenbach (drums & vocals) and Ralf Exter (bass & vocals).
With this line up they’ve released recently the second album, called “I’ve got rhythm”. And for sure, the name is perfectly chosen!

You can describe their sound as a mixture of Rock ‘n’ Roll, Blues and swing. A vintage sound like the early fifties, very danceable music.
Most of the songs (90%) are self-written songs and the harmony vocals run like a thread through the whole album.

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Rockabilly is taking over the Rotterdam (again)

Posted by Rocky On June - 21 - 2014
Photo by Terral Bouman

Photo by Terral Bouman

All of my 22 years here on earth I’ve lived in Rotterdam. I grew up with wild rockin’ stories about jivin’ in Jailhouse Place, and late nights at The Flaming Star. But those places are no more 🙁 So I traveled all over the country for party’s, thinking that rockabilly in Rotterdam is gone. Until the last few months!

It started with a event called “De Rotte Tiet”. In english, translates to ” the rotten titty”. But let me explain! The name came from a parody of The Titty Twister, from From Dusk Till Dawn! Born from the brains of Jesse van der Heijden and Dennis Klootwijk, the plan is to organize a party, where you can just be yourself. Guys can be just classy lads, girls can be pretty ladies! Not like the disco,hipster and hiphopin’ folk on the regular places. The evening is filled with dirty Rock’n’Roll and Rockabilly, boppin’ tracks! Hans Worst is there to still you’re hunger with sauce, right from the grill. You can have you’re picture taken! And it goes on till late! I know, because I spinned the wax there! I danced like crazy when I didn’t spin. But the best part, I saw the older generation rockers and the newer generation in one place! So I highly recommend to go there! And I Look forward to the next edition!

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Calabrese – Born with a Scorpions Touch (album review)

Posted by christinadeath On March - 2 - 2014

DSC00058Calabrese – the trio brothers that hail from Phoenix Arizona – have a new album called “Born with a Scorpions Touch,” a newer, harder sound busting out balls of steel and riding high on the hog. Blood, Sweat and Tears were put into this album and it is hardcore to the core. The Scorpion is the main symbol and the key to Calabrese. Revenge is sweet of this band as it tells the tale as this album unfolds. They call themselves “American Rebel Death Riders.” This is the band that is going to take the world by storm, the living and the dead, one step at a time.

We open this album with the title track “Born with a Scorpions Touch” that has cunning lyrics such as, “I’m born with a Scorpions killer heart in the wasteland.” Then move to track three, “I wanna be a Vigilante”, where they rhyme in time saying, “Payback dark figure in black, well you’re never coming back.” They say it and mean it. Almost every track on this album is about love and death and taking both to the fullest. Other albums 13 Halloweens, The Traveling Vampire Show, They Call Us Death and Dayglo Necros, are all beautiful macabre and unique in their own way packed with horror illustration and dark poetic justice eternal, all with dedication that speaks for itself. The final reward is experiencing them live for that is the trick and the treat for Everyday is Halloween. So join them and be their fiend and part of their scene. Calabrese never disappoints experience them for you are in for all hell of a ride. ~ 4 stars Christina Death

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photo by James Leon

January 29th, 2014, show review by Christina Death

The Mastermind Bill Pesch put this solid badass show together and it came together like never before. It came together like never before. It was the only Bay area show with this killer lineup for all to attend and support.

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Scum Bash Rotterdam, part 1

Posted by Dee-Ann On February - 25 - 2014

IMG_7445The 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!

Leen and Bertus started the first Scumbash in Rotterdam on February 22nd, 2014. 14 bands on three stages, playing at the Van Nelle fabriek in Rotterdam (NL). It was like a North Sea Jazz festival for scum! And that’s a good thing. Loudness is the main criteria for being invited as a band.

Well not always. The Small Time Crooks, opened the festival. Four bearded men with tattoos from The Hague form a acoustic band, playing fun bluegrass, singing harmonies, kazoo and washboard included.smalltimecrooks

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