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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

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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“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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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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Graverockin’: Thee Gravemen – Rockin’ In The Graveyard

Posted by Rocky On January - 21 - 2014
Front cover of the single

Front cover of the single

I see you reading this title, and think: ‘Why in Elvis’ name would he post this on here? Isn’t this supposed to be on the psycho page? That’s what i thought when i got the 45RPM in my hands from Dee-Ann at her performance in the Cruise Inn. Looking at the cover, you would think that too. The guys, Sir Lee Tea on the guitar and vocals and Devilish Daz Thrash on the stripped down Voodoo drum set, look like a bunch of English gravediggers.

The two titles i saw on the cover are Rockin’ In The Graveyard and a cover of Tornado. Off course “Tornado” got my attention, because its one of the best boppers ever! I frequently bop to this song, be it on the hardwood floor in the Cruise or in my room 😀 So I didn’t go my normal way but decided to hear the B-side first. Their version of this song, originally published in 1959 by The Jiants, Begins with a storm over the graveyard, which you keep hearing during the song. It sounds new and not with that classic feeling to it, but that doesn’t take away that this is a good cover. Lee’s voice sounds raw.

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Ollie Vee – Lonesome girl (album review)

Posted by Dee-Ann On September - 17 - 2013

Ollie Vee_Lonesome Girl 1516 x 1516Ollie Vee, a Canadian band, have their first cd released called Lonesome girl.

Jesse Adamson: lead vocals, guitar
Johnny Vassos :guitar
Howard Linscott: double bass
Adam Perzia: drums

The cover has some great pictures. Inside the sleeve you’ll find a story about the recording of the album, as they call it: it was live off the floor, some songs were recorded in one take! All on tape to get that vintage sound. (Jesse tells about it in RBO’s interview: http://www.rockabilly-online.com/?p=10417)

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Candye Kane – Coming out Swingin’ (album review)

Posted by Dee-Ann On September - 13 - 2013

candye-kane-coming-out-swingin-cvrCandye Kane’s new album Coming out Swingin’ has it all and proves again that Candye can’t be pushed into one musical direction. Starting with the title song, it has a the big band swing of the roaring twenties feeling. Then she takes us to rhythm and blues shuffles, sixties summer song “When tomorrow comes”. “Rise up” clearly refers to the Motown days and then back to her autobiographical and melancholic song “Invisible Woman”. You should listen to the lyrics to take a peek into her deepest emotions the last few years, of transforming from a big breasted singer, to a older and wiser cancer surviver, still singing and inspired more than ever to make music.

Although you’d think, can’t she make up her mind which way to go? This mixture of styles is held together by her great musicians like guitar slingerette Laura Chavez, master of the piano keys Sue Palmer, Thomas Yearsley, and of course her rhythm section, horn player etc. They create the sound on this album which makes it the perfect combination of songs which surprise you all the way through.

Most songs written by Candye and Laura. ‘What love can do’ is written bij Rick Estrin, one great Rhythm and Blues artist from today. All recorded live at the Thunderbird Analog Studio.

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Cousin Harley – B’Hiki Bop album review

Posted by Angel On September - 11 - 2013

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As i might have mentioned before, Cousin Harley from Canada are one of the finer rockabilly trio’s out there. Deliberately i refer to them as a rockabilly band, however that label doesn’t do this band justice. For newbies to this band just a few words to better describe this pack of distinguished yet somewhat wild gentlemen; Drummer Jesse Cahill isn’t just a rockabilly drummer but in the Canadian jazz scene he is regarded as a fine craftsman practicing the art of subtle jazz drumming and played with quite a few jazz greats. Keith Picot has a great passion for Louis Armstrong and Bob Wills (keeps him up all night), which makes him a serious force in swinging the doublebass. Apart from his mysterious ways of turning soup into Cousin Harley’s greasy hairpommade he is a silent movie director and stars in his own productions regularly(with hilarious results too). Cousin Harley a.k.a. Paul Pigat doesn’t seem to have any hobbies and i imagine he doesn’t need any. Why? He is very serious about guitarplaying and songwriting and has brought out a couple of (solo)albums that showcase his talent. Travispicking at lightspeed is but one of his trademarks that made him earn the respect of guitarplayers all over the world.

B’hiki Bop is the fourth album the band has recorded and being the creative soul Paul is, he thought it was just the right moment for recording one strictly instrumental. Despite the fact that these gentlemen can play their rootsy brand of music at supersonic speed there’s a lot of variation to be heard and quite a number of styles and different rhythms.

All instrumental and originals except for 1 Chet Atkins original; Where Chet went for a Django-ish kinda’ tone, Paul seemed to have chosen for his own sound with class A backing from Jesse and Keith, love this one! I’ll talk you through a couple of the original tunes then.
Rigby’s romp; Big band floor tom groove with just guitar, untill Keith joins, that is. Freddie green-ish style rhythm guitar and a couple of whatevertherecalled whacky guitar effects. Nice snare and swing action on Jesse’s part there, love it, these guys cook!! Sounds like someone dusted off his cowbell on Winkle Picker. Not the everyday drumgroove, surf-ish guitar. This is a Cousin Harley signature tune.

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Ross Kleiner & the Thrill – You don’t move me (album review)

Posted by Dee-Ann On September - 3 - 2013

CoverRoss Kleiner & the Thrill are a rock and roll quartet from Minneapolis USA. Their album ‘You don’t move me’ will be officially released on September 7th 2013, but it is now available on Itunes, amazon etc.. I got a preview,… or prelistening to see what it’s all about!

Ross’ voice reminds of James Intvelt in some way and looking like a young Chris Isaak, I wonder if Chris’ music would have sounded like this if he would have stuck to his roots. For this album percussion, piano and organ complete the songs here and there.

The songs are a mix between rockabilly, neo-rockabilly and rhythm and blues, with a pinch of swing in “Clutching Pearls”.

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The Obscuritones – CD review

Posted by Miriam On August - 14 - 2013

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In the spring of 2012 I’ve already introduced you to The Obscuritones, a 6 piece band from London (UK), by reviewing their 8-track demo.

The Obscuritones are Joey Hill and Gaby Romano (both vocals), Hugh Byrne (guitar and vocals), Andy Bavington (bass), Phil Casey (drums) and Sam Kidman (guitar).

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Crazy Times Album Review – Swing your shoes off!

Posted by Rocky On July - 29 - 2013

Part 3: Nico Duportal and his Rhythm Dudes – Real Rockin’ Papa

The Album Cover

The Album Cover

Before I started this review, I heard about this guys because they started appearing at some festivals I read about. I also read they were a rhythm and swingband.

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Shot of the band

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