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Sat., 29 November 97 - PAUL BURLISON w/Rocky Burnette at Pogue MaHoens, Green Bay, WI.
This class act opened with "Tear It Up"...and the one hour and twenty minute set offered up by Burlison and band did just that. With Paul on his Telecaster and Rocky Burnette (Johnny's son) on vocals we had the honor of reliving the "Rock N Roll Trio" experience once again. We listened in awe, as we heard classic rockabilly tunes performed exactly as they were recorded in the late 1950s. You could feel the energy in the air as Rocky respectfully performed several songs that his father had made famous.
ABOUT THE BAND -
On drums, Robert VanDriesten who flew in from Rotterdam, Holland for the tour - kept a fast and furious beat on the skins; also, from Rotterdam, Holland: slap bass player, Marcel Verbaas who slapped his bass mercilessly in "various positions." Guitarist/vocalist, Tim Sullivan tells a story from the past when Bill Clinton, then State Attorney General of Little Rock, Arkansas, would bring Hillary to the barbecues that Tim and his group played for. Bill loved to jam with Tim and his group on saxophone.
The following is a partial list of songs performed:
Roll Over Beethoven
Please Don't Leave Me
Dream, Dream, Dream
For Your Love
Train Kept a Rolling
Tear It Up
We have had the chance to meet several rockabilly legends in person over the past six months, but Paul Burlison has to be one of the most sincere and loveable folks around. The true "Rockabilly Gentleman." If you get a chance to catch Paul and the band in action, do it! If not, get their CD - it's already a classic. Paul is setting up a US west coast tour for January and February, 1998, with a strong hint of one or two national late night television performances also in the wind.
As of this writing, Rocky is planning on opening his own web site about "The Rock N RollTrio" within a few weeks. We will certainly link the Rockabilly HOF to that. Rocky and his cousin Billy (Dorsey's son...the guys are only a month apart in age) are looking at a doing a rockabilly movie that may be filmed in LA and Nashville for 1998. Rocky has several items he'd like to share with the Rockabilly HOF and it's viewers..."some very, very good stuff" says Rocky.
THERE'S MOREWHAT OTHER FOLKS ARE SAYING ABOUT PAUL'S DECEMBER, 1997 TOUR:
Dec. 9, 1997 - "We just played with Paul Burlison in Indianapolis on Friday and guess what? He SMOKES! his band consists of Rocky Burnett, Two Dutch cats from a band called the Powerdogs and a singer from Arkansas Tim Sullivan. They were just great!!! I've seen my share of original RAB legends but Mr. Burlison takes the cake for sure. Rocky sounds amazingly like his dad on several tunes especially the mid-tempo stuff. Freakin' great! I even got to sing Johnny B. Good with them, though I was so nervous I forgot the words. IF you get the chance don't miss these guys. They played to about fifty people and they were so on the money I can't even imagine what's gonna happen when they get to a really big city. Do yourself a favor.
Eric J. Kinsey
Dec. 9, 1997 - THESE TWO GUYS FROM HOLLAND ARE MARCEL (SLAP BASS) AND ROBERT (DRUMS), I BOOKED THEM IN NOVEMBER '96 TO PLAY IN BARCELONA WITH PAUL & ROCKY AS THEJOHNNY BURNETTE SHOW. THEY WENT DOWN WITH A STORM SO I KNOW WHAT YOU'RE TALKING ABOUT, 'LOG TALL' MARCEL CAN PLAY THE SLAP BASS LIKE A SMALL FIDDLE OVER HIS HEAD. IF YOU SEE THEM PLEASE TEEL THEM (ANY OF FOUR) CARLOS SAID HELLO AND NO QUIERO MAS SOPA.