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Posted Oct. 21, 1999
In Late "Hot-tober"

Heads up for Rockabilly lovers anywhere near the Detroit, Michigan area this weekend!
A CD release party will happen at the Detroit Moose Lodge on 15304 E. 8 Mile Road, just ‡ mile east of Gratiot, on Saturday, October 23. Doors open at 8:00 p.m. I believe admission is free, but Hospice donations will be appreciated.

Performing on Saturday will be guitar virtuoso Marv Weyer, legendary Detroit-based western swing/rockabilly performer Eddie Jackson, Sun Records rockabilly performer Jack Earls (fresh from a rompin', stompin' performance in Hemsby, England), and hot Detroit rockabilly group Big Barn Combo.

The party celebrates the release of Marv Weyer & His Pals CD entitled "Moose X-ing", and features appearances by all of the above mentioned acts. Marv Weyer goes back to the 50's when he was with a rock & roll trio called "Nick & The Jaguars". A native of Detroit, Marv's career has included playing with Joe Maphis, Merle Travis, and a regular gig as guitarist for the Mandrell Family Band.

Craig "Bones" Maki, lead singer and rhythm guitarist of Big Barn Combo, produced the CD "live" in Detroit. The CD has 11 cuts, with rockabilly, swing, country, and even a little jazz being performed by some very talented people. Craig sings a great country ballad he wrote called "Winner of the Human Race" which I really liked, and Jack Earls sounds as good as ever on "I Started Rockin' A Long Time Ago".

Craig's group, Big Barn Combo, is just getting better all the time, and I saw them do two great sets on October 14th at the Velvet Lounge in Pontiac, Michigan. They do great rockabilly covers, and Craig is quite a songwriter too. I'm sure anxious to see Craig, Smokey, Kenny and Loney get that new CD out soon!

If you can't make it to the all-star show on October 23rd, you can order the Marv Weyer CD by sending $10.00 + $2.00 shipping to:
            Woodward Records
            PO Box 494
            New Baltimore, MI 48047

Speaking of Detroit (well, Ann Arbor really) rockabilly CD's, The Starlight Drifters have recently released their 2nd CD entitled "Every Note A PearlÖ". These guys are good! Forty solid minutes and 13 tracks featuring great "roots" rockabilly, swing, and country sounds. Singing, songwriting and musicianship are all excellent! The Starlight Drifters were hand-picked by Rock & Roll Hall of Fame "Should-Be" Jack Scott to back him up at his live performances in the past year. If you can't find "Every Note A Pearl", Hep Cat Records spotlights this CD in their new catalog. (800) 404-4117.

Things are really happening in late "Hot-tober" this year: Rockin' Ronny Weiser of Rollin' Rock Studios in the wild, wild west town of Las Vegas, has just released a new CD from the "Original Comets".

While I was in Las Vegas a few weeks ago to see the Merle Haggard live pay-per-view (see my review in Rockabilly Hall of Fame "Hot Clicks"), I stopped by to see Ronny Weiser and heard a few of the 16 tracks on The Comet's CD, "Still Rockin' Around The Clock". I can tell you one thing: these guys have "still got it!" If you can't find "Still Rockin' Around The Clock", you can order it by sending $14 + $2 shipping to:
            Rollin' Rock Records
            2460 Casey Drive
            Las Vegas, NV 89120

Ronny also let me sample some cuts from the brand new CD by Mack Stevens, which won't be released until January 1st. This will be the first CD that features the band that has been touring with Mack recently, all of whom are from Argentina. I listened to a couple of tracks on the Mack Stevens CD, "Psycho" and "She's Not Bad". They were great, and like all Mack Stevens fans, I'm eagerly anticipating the release, which will be Mack's 3rd CD recorded at Rockin' Ronny's Rollin' Rock Studio.

Mack's new CD can also be ordered from Rollin' Rock Records at the above address, for $14.00 + $2.00 shipping.

Editor's Note: Barry Klein writes for the Rockabilly Hall of Fame, and his book, "Sex, Drugs and Rock & Roll", was published in 1997. To contact Barry, email him at

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