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Buck Owens: Live at Carnegie

Sundazed Music is proud to announce the release of Buck Owens & TheBuckaroos Live At Carnegie Hall. Recorded at the venerated New York Cityconcert hall in 1966, this complete concert CD release finds Owensfrontingthe classic lineup of Buckaroos: Don Rich on guitar and fiddle, TomBrumley onsteel guitar, bassist Doyle Holly and Willie Cantu on drums. Buck Owens & The Buckaroos Live At Carnegie Hall spotlights in-personversions of chart-topping hits like "Act Naturally" and "Tiger By TheTail,"as well as many of the singles Owens placed on the country charts from1963-66, songs that influenced--and were covered by-- pop artists asdiverseas Ray Charles and the Beatles. The Sundazed release--featuring the complete, unedited Carnegie Hallshow -- restores Owens' producer Ken Nelson's original stereo mix as wellasthe vintage cover artwork from the highly successful 1966 Capitol albumand adds previously unpublished photos of the historic engagement.

Don Rich: Chicken Pickin'

Sundazed Music is proud to announce the release of Country Pickin' by Don Rich, a 24-song career retrospective featuring material Rich recorded as the cornerstone member of Buck Owens' backing band, the Buckaroos. This compilation spotlights the many talents of Rich, whose silver-sparkle Telecaster, flying fiddle and harmony vocals -- with an occasional vocal lead--were mainstays on all of Owens' classic country/pop albums from the 1960s.

Rich, who died in 1974, is revered by many of today's country stars. Merle Haggard, Marty Stuart, Chris Hillman, Pete Anderson, John Jorgenson, Jim Shaw and Buck Owens, himself, have penned heartfelt postscripts to Rich for this project, delineating his prolific contributions to Owens' career. Included here are Rich's signature recordings, from the early days of "Buckaroo" to later chart entries such as "I'm Coming Back Home To Stay" and "Chicken Pickin'."

Stuart calls Rich "the king of twang," whose voice "gave even thesaddestsong a silver lining." The late Gram Parsons in 1972 referred to Rich'sguitar playing as "perfect," and Hillman says, "Rich's lead guitar,fiddleplaying and soulful tenor made the Buckaroos the premier country musicbandin the '60s." This first-time ever career overview also contains detailed linernotesby country music authority Rich Kienzle as well as many unpublishedphotosfrom Buck Owens' personal archives.




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photo: Commercial Appeal, Memphis, Matthew Craig

"The Killer" Rocks at his 65th Birthday Bash

Rockabilly Hall of Fame staff reporters, Phil Davies (with camera, upper left in photo) and Shaun Mather (next to Phil, upper left) watch Jerry Lee Lewis blow out his birthday cake candles, Saturday afternoon, September 29, at the Killer's official birthday on his ranch in Nesbit, MS.By the time JLL could get to the cake the candles had nearly fried the frosting.

Saturday evening, September 30, the Killer took the stage at the HolidayInn Select in Memphis to perform for his fans and special guests duringthe annual Convention Celebration. Just before that, Jerry's Lee wifeKerrie introduced the key members andvolunteers of the Fan Club and gave out special awards, including one toSam Phillips, who along with his son Knox, were at the event. Jerry Leehit the stage around 10pm and proceeded to put on one of his best showsin the past two decades. He performed forapproximately 2 hours and 30 minutes, taking requests form theaudience. He tried to perform every tune the crowd asked for and didthem all with passion and fury. Yes, he even kicked over the piano stoola few times. The only reason that Jerry Lee quit was that the hotel hadturned on the house lights and said he was running over. The Killerdidn't think so, nor did the fans. But alas, he left the stage smilingand waving with a good 2 hours more leftin him, vowing to give us a 6 hour set next year. This was an event thatwill not duplicated soon. -Bob Timmers



Last Call for Bobby Lowell

UPDATE: Bobby Lowell passed away at his home in Lincoln, Nebraska, Saturday, September 29th at 10:30am. more info
September 26, 2000 - Greetings from the great Plains. Just had a classic recordingsession at Cowboy Bob's in Lincoln last Sunday. Bobby Lowell, who had beenhospitalized and was being sent to "hospice" for his final days - kindarefused to do that - and had Zeke & the brothers from "The Tribesmen"literally assist in his escape from the hospital. He wanted to spend hisfinal days with his friends and musicians. He called for a "party" atCowboy Bob's - and at least 50 musicians and friends showed. It was anotherclassic with a wide array of musicians in attendance, including Bobby'ssister (Sherry Lowell-Lewis) who came up from El Paso, TX. (She is aprofessor at UTEP -and quite a story herself - she's a lot younger thanBobby. Although never in the recording studio before - Bobby asked her torecord a couple of songs she used to sing to Bobby when she was little -"and we did". We laid down great versions of "Michael Rowed The BoatAshore" & "Puff The Magic Dragon" - with me producing and playing guitar,Dave Robel on drums, C.A Waller on guitar, George Bryan on bass, and afriend on Bob Davis' on keys. Frankly, I've not played or even heard thosetunes for years - but it was for Bobby and wonderful. He left the partyafter about 1 1/2 hours - my friend, the end is near I am afraid. I don'texpect him to live long. I sent Bobby a copy of the "Blues CD" we cut (offthe website) - he should enjoy it.

Just wanted to fill you in on Bobby - "when he left the session - all 50 people followed him out to the car that was taking him back to his trailer. The crowd started to clap in unison which then evolved into a sustained round of applause as this old warrior (as he calls himself) left all of us - probably for the last time". There were lots of tears on this throng of veteran musicians and bikers. -- and it was OK. from: Mike "Pinky" Semrad



New Album on Jack Greene

Former CMA Award Winner Will Record All New Album. There is a real treat in store for fans of Grand Ole Opry star, Jack Greene. He has agreed to record a new album, featuring all new Country and Christian Country songs. "It's been a long time since I've recorded a completely new album," Greene states. "I'm looking forward to the opportunity to find great songs and get back in the studio."

The project will be produced by Dick McVey, and will be recorded in McVey's digital recording studio near Hendersonville, TN. "I can't tell you what an honor it is to be able to work with an artist like Jack Greene," McVey says. "Greene has the proven ability to pick hit songs and then to sing them -- there aren't many artists who can do both. He is still such a great singer and beyond that he is a great human being."The album will be available on the "Jolly Good" record label owned by Bill and Kay Bradley of Carrollton, Ohio. The Bradley's have been supporters and writers of traditional country and Christian music for a number of years. According to Bradley, no target date has been set for the release. "We want Jack to be comfortable that he has the right material for the project before we go into the studio," Bradley remarks. "Once the songs are picked out, the project should be completed within a couple of months."Greene has been touted as having one of the great voices in country music and he proved it in 1967, when he was country music's unofficial "Man of the Year." That year he won CMA awards for Album of the Year, Male Vocalist of the Year, Single of the Year and Song Of The Year for the song "There Goes My Everything." Greene was the first artist to receive four CMA Awards, a feat that has rarely been equaled. Since 1967, Greene is credited with having many hit records, entertaining millions worldwide and being a member and regular performer at the Grand Ole Opry.

Greene's first job was on WGAP Radio in his hometown of Maryville, Tennessee. He went on to work eight years with the Peachtree Cowboys based in Atlanta, Georgia and in 1962 became the drummer for the late Ernest Tubb as a member of the Texas Troubadour band. Greene toured with Ernest Tubb for five years and began to develop a following of fans with his great voice. At Tubb's insistence he began to pursue his singing career and what a career he has had.

Greene had nine #1 hits during his career with Decca and MCA Records. These included "There Goes My Everything," "What Locks The Door," "You Are My Treasure," "Until My Dreams Come True," "Back In The Arms of Love," " Love Takes Care Of Me," "Lord, Is That Me?" and one of country music's great classics, "Statue Of A Fool." Greene also had two #1 albums, with one staying at the top of the charts for a full year. Other interesting facts about Greene include his being listed at # 98 in Billboard Magazine's Top 200 Most Played Artists over the past 40 years; induction in the Atlanta Country Music Hall of Fame in 1989; and doing commercials for such corporate clients as Purina and Coca Cola.For further information on the project, please contact Dick McVey at 615-264-3637.

All Star Publicity
9 Music Square South * Suite 177 * Nashville, TN 37203
Email: mcveyent@aol.com
Office: 615-264-3637
FAX: 615-826-7393



Ricky Nelson Box Set

Below are the Song Titles for the Nov. 21 Rick Nelson Box Set. Some very good songs. Rick's version of Tired Of Toein' The Line is the standout track. Also a unreleased duet with Don Everly on Bye Bye Love from the Live at the Troubadour days is onboard. We have not yet been informed wherethe box set is available ... www.hollywoodandvine.com/ricknelson/
DISC 1 (I Don't Mess Around, Boy)I'm Walkin'
You're My One And Only Love
A Teenagers Romance
Be Bop Baby (Single Version)
Have I Told You Lately That I Love You (45 Version - Stereo Debut)
If You Can't Rock Me
Stood Up
Waitin' In School
Believe What You Say (Single Version)
My Bucket's Got A Hole In It
Shirley Lee
My Babe
Poor Little Fool
There Goes My Baby
Lonesome Town (Version #1 - Stereo Debut)
I Got A Feeling (Stereo Debut)
Cindy (Version #2)
It's Late (Stereo Debut)
One Of These Mornings (Stereo Debut)
Gloomy Sunday (1958 Unreleased Imperial)
Brand New Girl (1958 Unreleased Imperial)
Never Be Anyone Else But You (Single Release)
Just A Little Too Much (Version #2)
Sweeter Than You (Single Version)
I've Been Thinkin' (Version #1)
I Wanna Be Loved
Might Good (Stereo Debut)
Hey Pretty Baby
Lonesome Town (Version #2 - Fast)
Just A Little Too Much (Version #1)
My Rifle, My Pony & Me (w/Dean Martin) (1958 Unreleased Imperial)

DISC 2 (Hello Mary Lou, Goodbye Imperial)
Young Emotions
Glory Train
I'm Not Afraid
You Are My Sunshine (1960 Unreleased Imperial)
Ain't Nothin' But Love (Stereo Debut)
Yes Sir, That's My Baby
You Are The Only One
Milk Cow Blues
Travelin' Man
Hello Mary Lou
Today's Teardrops
Everlovin'
A Wonder Like YouSweet Little Loveable You (1961 Unreleased Imperial)
Young World
It's Up To You
Teenage Idol
I Got A Woman
String Along
Gypsy Woman
I Rise, I Fall
Fools Rush In
For You
The Very Thought Of You
There's Nothing I Can Say
I'm A Fool
I'm Talkin' About You
The Christmas Song (1964 Unreleased TV Show)
Jingle Bells (1960 Unreleased TV Show)

DISC 3 (Easy To Be Free)
Louisiana Man
Night Train To Memphis
You Just Can't Quit
Alone
Mystery Train
Suzanne On A Sunday Morning
Promenade In Green
She Belongs To Me
Easy To Be Free
Come On In (Live)
Bye Bye Love (Live With Don Everly - 1969 Unreleased Decca)
Look At Mary
Life (Single Version)
Thank You Lord
The Last Time Around
Gypsy Pilot
Love Minus Zero/No Limit
Garden Party
Palace Guard
Are You Really Real

DISC 4 (Rave On)
One Night Stand
Legacy
Truck Drivin' Man (Live 1977 At Lake Tahoe)
Wings
One x One
Stay Young
Carl Of The Jungle
Mama You've Been On My Mind
Dream Lover (w/o Bongos)
Tired Of Toeing The Line (1980 Unreleased Capitol)
Almost Saturday Night
Believe What You Say (1980 Single Version)
Back To School Days
Rave On
The Loser Babe Is You
Call It What You Want
Doll Hospital (1980 Unreleased Capitol)
Give'Em My Number
Do You Know What I Mean
True Love Ways (Memphis Sessions)




"The Rockabilly Masters" Super Group Formed

MEMPHIS, TN - September 29, 2000 - The Rockabilly Masters, a rockabilly "super group" with 6 highly talented peformers in one package, will soon have their debut CD released on the Rockabilly Hall of Fame label. Texas businessman Ed Morgan (former lead guitarist for the Big Bopper) is the master mind behind putting this unique band together. The members are:
Stan Perkins (son of Carl Perkins) lead guitar, vocals
W.S. Holland (with Carl Perkins and Johnny Cash for decades) drums
C.W. Gatlin (side man for numerous well knows artists) lead guitar, vocals
Burl Boykin (famous for his Johnny "Crash" stage show) rhythm guitar, vocals
Mack Self (legendary Sun Recording artist), acoustic guitar, vocals
Travis LeDoyt (young Elvis-styled rockabilly singing sensation) vocals
BOOKINGS / INFORMATION:
Legend Maker Talent
333 County Road 215
Abbeville, MS 38601-9783
Phone 662-234-5090
Fax 662-915-5410
E-mail The Rockabilly Masters



Hard Rock Cafe Goes Live Music

By MIKE SCHNEIDER - After weathering a decade of declining sales and the implosion of the themed restaurant industry, Hard Rock Cafe International is now turning its attention to music. Approaching its 30th birthday, the granddaddy of themed restaurants is planning a new emphasis on live music in its 103 restaurants worldwide. Hours will be extended late into the night for performances. The 55 restaurants actually owned by the chain will be redesigned or relocated to create space for live performances; the remaining restaurants are franchises.

The Orlando, Fla.- based company also is redesigning its Web site with the aim of making it a top music destination on the Web. It also recently joined with eBay to sell rock memorabilia and Hard Rock collectibles over the Internet.

Changes also will be made to Hard Rock's menu. No longer content with just burgers and chicken wings, Hard Rock chefs are adding 12 new higher-end items such as stuffed veal chops for $26.95 and lobster tails for $19.95.

In 1988, there were only five restaurants worldwide. Now there are 103 restaurants in 38 nations, four Hard Rock Live concert venues and a weekly cable television program on VH-1. The company also operates two Hard Rock hotels, with plans to open two more in two years. The company plans to open as many as eight new restaurants a year and build as many as eight more hotels in five years.




Van Morrison Tears Lid Off
Covers With Jerry Lee's Sister

Kerry Dexter reports: In one of the odder pairings of recent note, Linda Gail Lewis, sister ofrockabilly/rock reprobate Jerry Lee Lewis, and Van Morrison, who may needno introduction, have joined forces to record an album of materialstraight out of the Jerry Lee canon.Linda Gail hasn't been heard from much since briefly surfacing in the'60s accompanying her brother, who was taking his lumps at the time.

Van Morrison, however, has for decades been a pre-eminent recordingartist, since his time with Them, with whom he scored the smash hit"Gloria," to his acclaimed solo career and recent collaborations withJohn Lee Hooker, Dr. John and Bob Dylan, among many others.You Win Again, due Oct. 3 on Virgin/Pointblank Records, shows Linda Gailacquitting herself admirably at the 88s, and singing beside and behindMorrison, who contributes some harmonica and generally seems to besinking his teeth into the classic material.

The whole project came about almost on the spur of the moment. Lewis andMorrison had first crossed paths when Morrison saw a show Lewis gave inWales in 1993. Several years later they shared dinner and a conversationabout music, finding out that they liked the same kinds of songs. Earlierthis year, Lewis caught Morrison's show in Cardiff, Wales, and they gottogether for an after-hours jam session.

"I didn't realize I was going to be singing with him, though," Lewissaid. "He did a couple of blues songs and I played piano for him. We'dbeen talking about this song of my brother's called "Let's Talk About Us"that we both loved. It was written by Otis Blackwell, who wrote "GreatBalls of Fire," but it wasn't really well known. Van asked if I knew thewords, and so I wrote them down for him and he asked me to sing it withhim."Morrison liked the combination, and on the spot booked a studio for thefollowing week to cut some duets. "I didn't imagine much would come ofit," Lewis recalled. "My hope was that maybe one song would be goodenough to emerge on one of his albums."

At the recording sessions, Lewis was a bit startled to find that Morrisonlikes to record live. "I was supposed to be playing the piano, reading the lyrics, watching Vanand singing," she said. "Everybody's feeding off each other and you'vegot all this energy and chemistry I didn't realize what a genius he isuntil I saw how he works. Even the harmonica solos he did live and wascueing the band at the same time. It was very exciting."

You Win Again includes 12 classic songs in the country/blues/rockabillycanon, ranging from the title track and "Jambalaya," both by HankWilliams, to the oft-recorded country/folk/blues tune "Crazy Arms," plusa new Morrison piece in a rockabilly, honky-tonk style, "No Way Pedro,"which includes Morrison wailing on the harmonica as well as singing. The result sounds a bit like what might've happened if those classiccountry duet crooners Conway Twitty and Loretta Lynn had gotten togetherafter hours at a blues bar with seminal folk/rockers Ian & Sylvia - hardto define, but a lot of fun.

Driving piano from Lewis met its match in Morrison's harmonica andguitar, as the two revved up a rockabilly version of "Old Black Joe" andoffered a soul-style take on "A Shot of Rhythm and Blues.""Song selection was easy, because we both like the same stuff," Lewissaid. "You could say that it's country or rock 'n' roll or blues or R&B,because it's all of those things."Morrison and Lewis will be touring together on selected European datesthrough the fall, backed by the Red Hot Pokers, the band who supportedthem on the record.

Van Morrison and Linda Gail Lewis tour dates:
Oct. 1; Bristol, England; Bristol Hippodrome
Oct. 4; London, England; Apollo Hammersmith
Oct. 6; Barcelona, Spain; Valideron Sports Pavilion
Oct. 7; La Coruna, Spain; Coliseo Bullring

See a review below.





REVIEW

Matt Lucas Rocks in Canada

Courtesy TORONTO TONIGHT MAGAZINE - September 21, 2000 - Matt Lucas, from Memphis, Tennessee, inductee of the Rock-a-billy Hall of Fame was recently a very welcome guest at two of Danny Marks jams at both the Silver Dollar Room and at Grossman's on the anniversary of Elvis Presley's death.Lucas, a great Blues crooner who definitely knows how to turn a phrase passionately, delivered a number of Blues tunes much to the enjoyment of the audiences and the band and especially Marks himself who, at one point of Blues magic that transpired between the two while Lucas sang "Matchbox" (a number written by a friend of his, Carl Perkins) was inspired to brilliantly play his guitar behind his shoulders and then end the song by doing the splits.

Matt Lucas, who began as a drummer in the 50's, was then known as the best drummer in the St. Louis strip joints and played with many of the greats including Bill Haley B.B. King, Bo Diddley, Ronnie Hawkins, Norville Felts and Ike Turner and with every major group in Canada, staying at the now defunct Warwick Hotel while playing in Toronto.Lucas helped record such world-wide hits as "My Babe", "Maybelline", "OO-bee Doo-Bee", "I'm Moving On", and "Rocket 88" written and performed by Ike Turner, on Sun Records. Lucas also did recordings on Quality and Kanata records for various artists. He was leaving the following day for Missouri to play with Billy Lee Riley.It's an honour to be entertained by one of the original Blues greats and we look forward to his next visit to Toronto. Matt can be found at www.rockabillyhall.com/MattLucas.html and at www.deltaboogie.com/mattlucas.




The Hag's New Album: If I Could Only Fly

Release date: October 10 on Anti Records - Disc Being Hailed as Major Comeback. Merle Haggard, renegade genius of hard country music, roars back onto the road this fall, showcasing tunes from his forthcoming album, IF I COULD ONLY FLY. Set for release October 10 on Anti Records, this singular set represents a return to the maverick form that first established him, back in 1965, as modern country music's most original force. Starting the coast-to-coast tour in his native California and barnstorming into Manhattan for an October 8 Irving Plaza show and October 9 David Letterman appearance, Haggard remains, as Newsweek recently said ``a great voice." And, just as importantly, he is as passionate and outspoken a writer as ever -- a fact the album's first single "Wishing Old Things Were New" makes strikingly clear; the L.A. Weekly called it "stunning ... guaranteed to startle even the most inveterate Hag fan." Elsewhere, Lisa Robinson in Vanity Fair noted: "When you've loved and the lost the way MERLE HAGGARD has, you understand what life's about, and he proves it on IF I COULD ONLY FLY," while Entertainment Weekly highlighted the album as a comeback in their recent Fall Preview issue.

Of course, Haggard's been startling -- and delighting -- the public for decades. With 39 number one country hits and a spot in the Country Music Hall of Fame, Haggard, renowned for his graphic lyrics and interpretive mastery, aggressively ups the ante with IF I COULD ONLY FLY and the fact Anti's parent imprint is punk rock indie Epitaph underscores the maverick nature of Hag's forward looking style. The latest breakthrough in an extraordinary career that's taken him from serving hard time in San Quentin to invited performer at the Nixon White House, the 63-year-old Haggard's sublime mixture of rough-and-tumble Bakersfield honky tonk and deft, swinging jazz (he's the only country artist ever featured on the cover of jazz bible Downbeat) is as subtle yet audacious as ever.

Hag's live shows, with the expert accompaniment of his crack band the Strangers, are always an adventure. The fact that Haggard never uses a set list grants him a freedom that transforms every song into completely spontaneous, soul deep explorations of his remarkable body of work. As one of the most influential voices in country music history, Hag represents a rich cultural heritage, but as the unstoppable provocateur behind IF I COULD ONLY FLY, he symbolizes much more. A defiant, uniquely American artist, his familiarity with -- and mastery of -- blues, jazz, Tin Pan Alley are entwined throughout his music, creating a rich, altogether dazzling style quite unlike any other singer-songwriter.

Part folk troubadour, part fierce patriot, full time barroom poet, Haggard, above all else, is a peerless champion of individuated, raw artistic expression.

Itinerary is as follows:
* Tues 10/10 Burgettstown, PA Pepsi Cola Roadhouse
* Thurs 10/12 Mt. Pleasant, MI Soaring Eagle Casino
* Fri 10/13 St. Louis, MO Mississippi Nights
* Sat 10/14 Kansas City, MO Station Casino K.C.
* Sun 10/15 Grand Forks, ND Chester Fritz Auditorium
* Tues 10/17 Valentine, NE Rosebud Casino
* Wed 10/18 Denver, CO Grizzly Rose
* Wed 11/8 San Antonio, TX Wild West Rodeo
* Thurs 11/9 Austin, TX Stubb's BBQ
* Fri 11/10 Marksville, LA Mari Center
* Sat 11/11 Fort Worth, TX Billy Bob's
* Sun 11/12 Stillwater, OK Tumbleweed Dance House
* Tues 11/14 Baton Rouge, LA Texas Club
* Wed 11/15 Houston, TX Aerial Theatre
* Thurs 11/16 Bossier City, LA Horseshoe Casino & Hotel
* Fri 11/17 Bossier City, LA Horseshoe Casino & Hotel
* Sat 11/18 Philadelphia, MS Silver Star Casino






  • BOB VEE (not Bobby Vee) was musically born in 1978. You may enjoy his songs in Vitaminic pages, where Bob has recently uploaded 12 MP3 files. The name of the site is: http://www.vitaminic.it/country/rockabilly - Bob Vee Homepage (italian language): http://www.fortunecity.it/auditorium/folk/63 - He sings, playing and recording by himself in the first Elvis style.





    REVIEW:
    Van Morrison & Linda Gail Lewis
    Empire, Liverpool, UK - 14th September 2000 - Last year's successful concert dates and CD with skiffle king, Lonnie Donegan, seemed just a pleasant break in Van Morrison's schedule, but not a bit of it. Van remains in the 1950s for a tour to promote his new CD with Jerry Lee's much-married sister, Linda Gail Lewis. The tour arrived at the Liverpool Empire on Thursday 14th September and although the booking was only announced a couple of weeks before, it was a full house of 2,500 Van Morrison fans.

    Although modernized, the Liverpool Empire retains its charm as a wonderful, old-world theatre. I have seen so many famous acts there and my uncle used to say that no-one could better Jimmy Durante! My favourite moment occurred with Chubby Checker in September 1962. The Lord Day's Observance Society had decreed that there must be no dancing on stage in Liverpool on a Sunday. Chubby opened with "Hey Look Me Over" and "Georgia On My Mind" and without a dance step in sight. Then his feelings got the better of him and he ripped into "Dancin' Party". The theatre manager rushed out and stopped him mid-song. "Any more of that," he said like an angry schoolmaster, "and I'm bringing the curtain down." Chubby had no choice: he stuck to the rules and I must be one of the few people who witnessed a non-twisting performance from Mr Twister.

    On another occasion in 1960, Eddie Cochran was drunk backstage and so his musicians propped him up with the microphone stand and his guitar. The compere announced "Eddie Cochran", the curtains opened and the rush of adrenaline made Eddie sober again and he was able to perform normally.

    Jerry Lee Lewis and Gene Vincent played there in June 1963 on a package show with Freddie and the Dreamers! It was the end of a long tour and both Jerry Lee and Gene were worn out. However, I recall Gene delivering a great "Chain Gang" and Jerry Lee singing both parts of Ray Charles' "What'd I Say", when he had only recorded Part One.

    Although I like Van Morrison's music very much, I had never seen him before. I knew he was unpredictable and I didn't fancy one of his bad nights. Only last year at Southport, he performed most of his set with his back to the audience and hadn't said a word. When he ventured into The Beatles Shop in Liverpool, the manager Steve Bailey greeted him and was put in his place by a minder. "You don't talk to Van," he said. "Well, he's the loser," said Steve, "I was only going to offer him a 10% discount."

    The Red Hot Pokers opened the show with a couple of well-played R&B standards. The two saxes sounded great and promised much for the evening ahead. Linda Gail Lewis then sat down at an electric keyboard and she had the showbiz trappings that Van either lacks or hates. She smiled at the audience and was having a great time as she performed. She slowed down for a sultry "Dark End Of The Street" and I prefer her like this as her voice can be shrill on the rockers. After three songs, she announced Van Morrison, who was wearing a double-breasted grey suit, hat and shades. If he had carried a machine-gun instead of an electric guitar, he could have had a role in the St Valentine's Day Massacre. We never saw his hair or much of his face and his jacket was never unbuttoned. He did speak to us, although most of the time he was mumbling over the applause. The Man may have had a charisma bypass but you still keep watching. Despite the fact that one of his key lines is "I'm in heaven when you smile", he never smiled once in the two hour concert.

    Van and Linda began with their forthcoming single, an flawless revival of Jerry Lee Lewis' "Let's Talk About Us" with an excellent piano solo from Linda. They followed Jerry Lee's arrangement of "You Win Again" and this set the pattern for the night. Time and again, they plundered the Jerry Lee Lewis songbook and we had "Old Black Joe" ("Not politically correct but I don't mind," muttered Van), "Hello Josephine (My Girl Josephine)" and "Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On".

    Most of the time Linda Gail Lewis was singing harmony with Van and she sang very few lines on her own. They did "I Can't Stop Loving You" and "A Shot Of Rhythm And Blues" as equal partners but most of the time it was Van's show. He did two superb blues,"I'm Gonna Move To The Outskirts Of Town" and John Lee Hooker's "Feel So Good" and included some of his trademark scat singing where "I'm so lonely" becomes "I'm so lonely, lonely, lonely, lonely, lonely, lonely."

    Backed by Linda Gail and the Red Hot Pokers, Van performed several of his successes including "These Dreams Of You", "Jackie Wilson Said", "Step Away" and "Precious Time", which seems to be a close cousin of Fats Domino's "Be My Guest". (I prefer Fats Domino's lyric: the line, "She's so beautiful but she's gonna die someday" may be correct but we don't need to be reminded.) His invigorating song about his daytime job in Belfast, "Cleaning Windows", ended with a coda referring to "Be Bop A Lula", "Who Slapped John" and "What'd I Say". An R&B instrumental glided into a solid version of Bob Dylan's "Rainy Day Women Nos 12 And 35".

    The audience was with Van all the way and when he took a break to leave Linda Gail with "1,2,3 I'm In Love Again,", there was a mini-stampede to the bar. Van returned, smoking a cigarette, after just one song, which served those rude patrons right.

    This was a great two hour show and I would urge you to catch them if they come to your town. Van has often glared at his musicians on stage but here he asked us to applaud Linda Gail and the Red Hot Pokers. The audience responded loudly and Van even said "Thank you".

    Spencer Leigh
    Spencer Leigh is the author of "Halfway To Paradise", which has been reprinted by Finbarr International, Folkestone, Kent, CT20 2QQ, UK and is the story of British popular music before the Beatles. His latest book, "Brother, Can You Spare A Rhyme?", covers 100 years of hit songwriting and is in UK bookshops from September 18th and available on the websites, amazon.co.uk and www.bandline.net. Spencer's webpage is at spencerleigh.demon.co.uk and contains details of his programmes for BBC Radio Merseyside.




    World's Greatest Rock Music Extravaganza,
    Set For Rio, Starting Jan. 12

    Non-Rockabilly - Move over Woodstock, the world's greatest rock music event, "Rock in Rio for a Better World," is set to start Jan. 12 thru 21, 2001, in Rio de Janeiro, it was announced by Brazilian impresario Roberto Medina. The event will feature some 40 international and Brazilian artists and bands, performing on three massive stages in a festival area west of central Rio de Janeiro that is being designed to accommodate over two million people, 50 stores, beer gardens, multiple restaurants, rock climbing and skate boarding rinks, a multi-media pavilion, programming lectures, demonstrations and discussions on world peace, a world music pavilion featuring international dance troupes and companies, heliports and an elaborate public transportation system. Sensational circus acts and DJs from around the world will also be featured among the event's many performing venues. So big is the event that its promoters are creating 1.9 million t-shirts for attendees and a single McDonald's location expects to flip upwards of 60,000 hamburgers a day. Other food vendors are bracing to sell 900,000 sandwiches and 500,000 slices of pizza. At the kick off of "Rock in Rio For A Better World" on Jan. 12, all of the television stations in Brazil will simultaneously go silent for three minutes to draw attention to the event and the cause for which it was created. In addition to broadcast coverage in Brazil, Medina plans to license coverage in over 50 countries, attracting a potential, international audience of over 500 million people.




    FEATURE:
    Rockin' Billy and the Wild Coyotes
    Chicago rockabilly band will perform at The Blue Grass Inn in Nashville on Friday, Sept. 22, 2000. The band will perform songs from their latest CD release, "Betty's Blue Star Lounge" the third recording by noted Chicago guitarist Bill Harnden a.k.a. Rockin' Billy. The CD is the result of songs written during the bands 1 year stint as the house band at Betty's Blue Star Lounge playing every Thursday until 4am in the morning. The diverse crowd at Betty's is reflected in the albums wide range of material. Gospel, country, rockabilly, Latin, punk and blues are melded together into a seamless "coyote sound".But that's what rockabilly has always been - one part country, one part blues, a little gospel, and an extra jolt of energy that defies description.This is real rockabilly played for real Americans.Rockin' Billy born in Chicago has been a guitarist for 20 years and professionally for the last 15. Originally part of the 80's Chicago hardcore scene, he played with such luminaries as Big Black, Naked Raygun, the Effigies, and Articles of Faith.By the early nineties Billy had stints playing blues and country in Memphis, Nashville, and Dallas, fusing the twang of the south with the drive of the north.The blues has always been a big part of Rockin' Billy's music, at the age of 15 he was a regular at the infamous Sunday morning jams on Maxwell Street on Chicago's south side playing the blues in the midday sun with 80 year old bluesmen drinking Mad Dog.

    In recent years Billy has been a respected member of the influential Chicago gospel music scene accompanying some of the best choirs the city has to offer.But the music boils down to basic 50's style rock & roll with strains of Gene Vincent, Carl Perkins, Chuck Berry, and of course, Elvis.A recent opening slot for B.B. King in King's hometown of Indianola, Mississippi proved just what a wide range in appeal this powerful blend could be. And as Steve Earl was heard to say while listening to a cut of Billy's First album, "damn that boy can play that guitar". For more information, contact: Mary Ryan at 312-455-9334 or rockinbilly_wildcoyotes@yahoo.com



    Line-Up for Hemsby 2001

    Tony Wilkinson reports: "This should set the blood running. The headline acts for Hemsby 2001 have been announced as: Janis Martin, Jack Scott with his American band, Sanford Clark with Al Casey (that has to be worth going for in its own right). Mack Stevens (wonder which poor British guitarist he will swing around by his feet whilst the poor blighter has to keep playing). The Calvanes (a vocal group produced on record by Big Sandy - new one to myself. Anybody else out there know of them?) To quote the old saying, be there or be square. Regards, Tony - Waxowilko@aol.com




    FEATURE:
    Cees Klop - "The Boppin' Dutchman"
    Interview by Steve Kelemen
    Since the mid-60's Cees Klop has been on a one man mission to preserve(what otherwise mighthave been lost forever) previously unknown 1950's Rockabilly/Rock'n'Roll.There is one thingof which we can be assured (with his many record seeking trips across theNorth Americancontinent each and every year) the best is yet to be discovered.

    Steve: Cees, you have told me before (and I agree) that there seems tobe no end in sightof finding unknown 1950's Rockabilly/Rock'n'Roll.
    Cees: I have traveled the USA/Canada for 30 years now and every time (3 to4 times a year)I keep finding records and labels I have never seen before. I do not findthis stuff just"On the road" but one must work for it REAL HARD in every possible way andlook everywhere,day and night.

    Steve: Did Holland have a respectable R&R scene during the 1950's? Also,were there everany Dutch pressings of small American independent recordings at that time?
    Cees: No, Holland did not have a good R&R scene. There was one man thatmade a nice record(Peter Koelewijn) and a few others made some records as well. However, mostrecords werecovers of American songs. Also, they were recorded very badly with NOFEELING at aLL.

    Steve: This brings me to another question about Pim Mass (The DutchElvis). Exactly howpopular was he and what was your attitude towards him?
    Cees: Pim Maas, yes the name comes back. However, back then I didn't hearanything worthlistening too. I don't like anything he made.

    Steve: Is it true that Collector Records is heading towards releasingless vinyl?
    Cees: Yes, because CDs are taking over more and more. The interest in vinylis still there and haseven been growing lately; but in general, the interest is too small to keepgoing. Anotherproblem is that there are too many people (bootleggers) issuing material,mainly taken fromolder reissues (like my own) and putting it out again. There are just toomany new releasesto keep up with and the public doesn't know what to buy anymore.

    Steve: Let me back up a little bit Cees. How did you first pursuefinding out informationconcerning small obscure artists and labels prior to your first trip to theStates?
    Cees: Before I started traveling to the USA in 1967 I already had a nicecollection of materialfound on the markets in Holland and Belgium. The records originally camefrom US troopsstationed here. My first trip was to Memphis and I found a lot of FANTASTICstuff.

    Steve: One last question Cees, what do you think causes so many othercollectors to be greedyand ruthless? I ask this because we have both been screwed good throughoutthe years.
    Cees: I don't think that most collectors are greedy etc. They just want themusic andparticular records. My worst experiences are mainly with dealers andNON-collectors that don'tknow much and act like they know "it all" and want to make as much money asthey can. MostREAL collectors (like you Steve) like it when another collector has foundsomething thatwas unknown before.

    Send 2 I.R.C.'s for a catalog to: Collector Records, P.O. Box 1200, 3260 AEOud Beyerland, Holland.



    Memphis Museum Folds

    Sept. 8th - Are you in the market for some extremely cool souvenirs, cheap? The MemphisMusic Hall of Fame and Museum has closed, after 10 years in operation. Thefacility featured more than 10-thousand rare photos and recordings, costumesand vintage instruments. But the museum's proprietor says they lost thelease because of other plans for the space, and it's too expensive to moveit all. The museum would also have to compete with the new Memphis Rock andSoul Museum. The museum's last day was Wednesday, but the gift shop willremain open to sell souvenirs at, or below, cost. The owner says he'salready sold off the Elvis stuff to an unnamed private collector, and he'stalking with the University of Memphis and other organizations about otherparts of his collection. Barbara Pittman's husband, Willie, used to manage this museum, located on 2nd Street, close to the Beale St. area.



    House of Cash Announcement

    August 28, 2000
    AMERICAN III
    We are proud to announce the latest JOHNNY CASH release. Vinyl will be released first on September 26, due in stores by October 3. CD will be released next, in stores by October 17. There are several special guests on this album. Artists such as June Carter Cash, Merle Haggard, Tom Petty and Sheryl Crow added their own specialtouches.
    Track list is as follows:
    I Won't Back Down
    Solitary Man
    Lucky Ole Sun
    One
    Nobody
    I See A Darkness
    The Mercy Seat
    Would You Lay With Me
    Field of Diamonds
    Country Trash
    Mary of the Wild Moor
    Before My Time
    I'm Leavin' Now
    Wayfaring Stranger







    "Honky Tonk Addict"
    Book by Mack Allen Smith




    Sister of Buddy Knox Passes Away

    Buddy's sister Verdi passed away on Tuesday last week. Verdi died of cancer. She sang backing vocals on many of Buddy's recordings, including "Party Doll" and "Somebody Touched Me" among others. Verdi enjoyed the pages among the Rockabilly Hall Of Fame. Dearly, she bought joy to many people. Buddy always spoke highly of his sister. They loved each other very much. She will be greatly missed.

    Obit:
    FRITCH, TX - Verdie Ann Brown, 65, died Tuesday, Aug. 22, 2000.Services were in First United Methodist Churchwith the Rev. David Brasher officiating. Burial will be in WestlawnMemorial Park by Minton/Chatwell Funeral Directors. Mrs. Brown was born in Hamlin. She moved to Fritch 33 years ago fromLos Angeles. She taught in the Sanford/Fritch Independent SchoolDistrict. She was a member of First United Methodist Church. She had served ashonorary chair of "Hope." She was named Masonic Lodge Woman of theYear and Outstanding Volunteer at Lake Meredith Aquatic and WildlifeMuseum. She also was involved with Reach for Recovery at the Don andSybil B. Harrington Cancer Center in Amarillo.She married James "Don" Brown in 1958 at Canyon.Survivors include her husband; three daughters, Cindy Sewell and KimLindley, both of Fritch, and Leslie Foster of Amarillo; and fivegrandchildren. -(Amarillo Daily News, Aug. 25, 2000)





    The "Murder" Song Just Will Not Go Away

    August 28, 2000, NASHVILLE - Larry Cordle's "Murder on Music Row's" recent feat is being nominated by the CMA for Song of the Year. Congrats to Larry Cordle & Lonesome Standard Time on IBMA nominations for Album Of The Year and Song Of The Year for "Murder On Music Row" and "Black Diamond Strings". See Larry:
    November 15 Nashville, TN Station Inn*
    November 29 Nashville, TN Station Inn*
    December 13 Nashville, TN Station Inn*
    December 27 Nashville, TN Station Inn*
    * All Station Inn (12th Ave, Nashville) dates are for two (2) shows starting at 9:30pm CST
    ** 2001 dates are now posted on www.lonesomestandardtime.com

    RUMOR MILL: Larry is working on songs for a new album due out sometime next year. Sales of "Murder on Music Row" have placed it in the top 5 selling albums of the year for the Americana Genre. Supposedly it may be nominated for a Grammy (Best Bluegrass Album, Package Design)>






    PAUL BURLISON and THE DEMPSEYS were at the Rockabilly Hall of Fame office and Burns Station Sound studios Monday, August 21. The guys recorded two tracks for upcoming CD projects that The RHOF has in the works. The Dempseys (Brad, Ron & Joe) are fabulous musicians, entertainers and great people to work with. Yes, Paul can still pick that guitar, whew! He brought along his new 1952 reissue Telly to use. Bob Timmers even got to borrow Paul's axe to overdub a solo, what an honor.




    Harmony Remains Key to
    Performing for Everlys

    by Daniel Gewertz - Saturday, August 19 - Boston Herald. The Everly Brothers never rehearse. Though the duo has written some ofthe best-loved songs of rock's golden era, they never compose nowadays.The brothers haven't made an album since the '80s and are not likely toenter a recording studio again. What Don and Phil Everly manage to do, though, is quite enough: Theystill sing beautifully.

    "We still even sing in the same keys," said Phil Everly, 61, from hisTennessee home, his voice sounding young, gentle and twangy. "We have aprideful attitude. If we weren't doing it well, we'd just stay home."When asked about creating new Everly material, Phil said, flatly, "Wehave no interest in it."

    But ask him about harmony singing and his voice lifts with boyishenthusiasm. "I never get tired of singing the songs because if you stayin the second, in the micro-second of them, all the variables that existmake it fresh," he said. "I only sing harmony, so I have to payattention. It's never the same. It may sound the same to the layman, butit's always minutely different."Phil never thinks of perfect love when he sings, only the perfect note.Newly married, his wife recently saw him wipe away a tear during aperformance of "Let It Be Me," and believed he was thinking of her."But I was just trying to keep the sweat from my eye!" he said. "I wasjust thinking of pitch."

    Phil and his brother Don, two years his senior, play South Shore MusicCircus today and Cape Cod Melody Tent tomorrow. The Kingston Trio opens. Touring three months a year, their longtime band includes one bona fidelegend, pedal-steel guitarist Buddy Emmons, and one famed ace, guitaristAlbert Lee. "The band is like a Ferrari: It can run as fast as we want,it's as good as you can get, and also the most expensive band you canfind," Phil said.

    In 1973, the year the Everlys split up, there were reports of smashedguitars and flying fists onstage. Phil left the stage in the middle oftheir farewell show. During the act's 10-year hiatus, Phil and Donreportedly weren't speaking to each other. One industry source contendsthat the brothers still say nothing but "hi" before a show. But Phildiffers."We get along fine now. After all the time we spent quarrelling, I'vesimply learned that it's better to be with your family than away fromthem," he said.Placing 24 songs in the Top 40 from 1957 to 1962, the Everlys' sublimeharmonies and rockabilly romanticism is thought of as the essence of alost, innocent age."It's kind of lucky we had the run we did, were around the quality ofwriters we were, and that we lived in a period when songs told stories,which suited harmony singing in a great way," Phil said.

    Luck, in fact, looms large in Phil's vision of things."There's a tremendous amount of talent on this earth that doesn't getnoticed," he said. "They just miss it. A door shut before they got toit, or the door was open and they decided not to walk in. Donald and Imight've just as easily wound up in a factory. It was hundreds of little,small, twisty, turny things that puts you in a position to deliverwhatever goods you have to deliver. Looking back on it, I'm not gonna say'I sure did that swell.' I'm gonna say, 'Boy, I was lucky!' "











    SLEEPY LaBEEF, "Tomorrow Never Comes." Sleepy's latest, released August 8, 2000. Available at Tower Records. For a copy of Sleepy's music and merchandise catalog please get in touch:MC Records, P.O. Box 1788, Huntington Station, NY 11746, phone 613-754-8725, fax 613-262-9274. Web: www.music-records.com, e-mail: mc@mc-records.com






    RAY SMITH, "The Complete Sessions Wix Sessions of..." Ray at his absolute wildest as he takes standard tunes and brings them to a new level. Tommie Wix is the pilot on this flight. engineering by James Lott. E-mail Steve Lester, WixRecs@aol.com - Send check or money order payable to Steve Lester in the amount of $16 (shipping included) to ... Wix Records, c/o Steve Lester, 815 Hill Avenue, Owensboro KY 42301





    Big Sandy & Fly-Rite Boys
    "NIGHT TIDE" CD Review

    By Del Villarreal - Here's BIG SANDY & THE FLY-RITE BOYS first full length Hightone CD since1999's "Feelin' Kinda Lucky" and it's a dark disc called "Night Tide."The new album's lyrically moody with themes of sin, murder and betrayal.However, on the positive side is the strong and clear vocals provided byL.A. based roots-rock phenom Robert Williams (a.k.a. Big Sandy). The musicis superb as always, as Robert's backed once again by the world classmusicianship of the Fly-Rite Boys: Bobby Trimble (drums), Ashley Kingman('take off' guitar), Lee Jeffries (Bigsby steel) & Jeff West (stand-upbass).

    The title track "Night Tide" is fairly darker in tone yet is constantlynudged along by the hopeful rhythms of Ashley's bright picking. It remindsme of the classic "Endless Sleep" by Jody Reynolds, with the dark seapromising a merciful end to one's misery and suffering. The listener'stempted to give in to the tempting sea and drift away with the calmingcurrents.

    Galloping and twangy like a rockin' Pete Anderson/Dwight Yoakum song is"Between Darkness And Dawn" as the protagonaist tries to outrace hissinful past and avoid his impending and inevitable future.

    "Tequila Calling" is a latino-billy shuffle all about Robert's immortal(or is that "immoral"?) nemesis, that "golden spell" that will eventuallybe the ruin of him! Very smart, sparse harmonies courtesy of newcomerbassist Jeff West (San Diego's THE SUN DEMONS) and rippling steel pulsesfrom Fly-Rite journeyman, Lee Jeffries.

    "When Sleep Won't Come" has a dreamy undercurrent of beats courtesy ofBobby Trimble's slick sticks; they alternate between hypnotic, primalIndian drumming and plaintive steadfastness. A wicked tempo changeintroduces the mournful refrain and then reawakens the listener as thosenicotine-stained nightmares continue on and on. This song tells a tale ofremorse and regret as the singer tries to find inner peace but cannotdrive away the haunting memory of his lost love. Apparently this tune is asemi-biographical commentary on the last days of western swing bandleaderSpade Cooley who did prison time for the murder of his wife.

    "If You Only Knew" is one of the album's best uptempo dance numbers, ajiving, jazzy driver that benefits well from Roberts emotive moanin',wailin' and of course, from the Kingman/Jeffries tag-team of propulsiverhythms and fills. It's ALL about a mover, folks!

    Soft and sweet "Buddy Holly"-ish vocals (dueting on the chorus is thesong's author, Jeff West!) and a honkytonk beat make "Give Your Loving ToMe" a real nice, easy-going rocking number. 'Pop'-ish, yet still heartilypleasing in a rock and roll flavor. It's fast become a favorite of mine.

    There's a true-blue honkytonk number from the boys on disc (finally!).They cover Roger Miller's "A Man Like Me," doing a swell job of relayingthe late "King Of The Road"'s tale of painful wandering and self regret.Hi-stepping harmonizing on this track between Big Sandy & Jeff West makeit a real satisfying weeper.

    I've noticed a refreshing vocal approach from Robert as of late. Hissinging has taken on a lilting (and sometimes more dramatic) jazzinflection on many of his vocal deliveries, soaring and swooping with anaccomplished flourish. It's always different and exciting to experienceLIVE and I'm happy to report that Robert is stretching out in thesedirections on his recordings more often now.

    Ya gotta love the hot rod story of "Low Down" with its revving rhythms andcooler than cool "Buck Owens"-styled harmonies on the refrain. Already acrowd favorite, this jivin' jalopy cruises along at least 90 miles andhour with the occasional pedal-brake action from Lee to keep it from goingstraight off the curves -you'll have to re-comb your hair after thisracing ride, folks!

    "I Think Of You" showcases Ashley in a country-billy pickin' fest withLee as it's relentless rhythm tirelessly swings and shines withmulti-stringed goodness! Both of these boys get a chance to show off onself-penned instrumentals: Lee's lazy, yet beautiful, "In The Steel Of TheNight" and Ashley's romp and roll number "South Bay Stomp."

    "Nothing To Lose" is a tragic two-stepper detailing the plight of a womanwho's lived a sad and sorrowful life; she's finally come to the darkrealization that taking the life of her wife-beating husband couldn'tleave her in any worse a predicament than where her life has brought heralready. (...bummer!)

    The album ends on a high note as Big Sandy encourages the shy fellows outthere in the audience to finally step up to the plate and let all thoseoblivious dream girls in on that unsaid infatuation. "Let Her Know" is aninspirational sermon for those males who've a hard time approaching thefairer sex. Robert advises those meek men to "get out there and tell'emhow you feel!" Do it, man!

    As serious as the subject matter may ever get on "Night Tide," theFly-Rite Boy's buoyant musicianship always pulls the listener back intotranquil waters. Snappy snare action from Bobby, lightnin' quick licksfrom Ashley, sparkin' steel from Lee and boppin' bass beats from Jeffnever let the mood get too serious or overly morose. These five guysreally are all about having a ball and putting on a high-class show. 14solid tracks (2 covers) on this Hightone release make it a must-have forus rabid rockabilly fans. The experimental "dark toned" concept shouldconvince the casual fan to witness Big Sandy's very real growth as anartist; both as a songwriter and as a vocalist. Wade on in those indigo waters for a little while, you'll like it!

    - Del Villarreal

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    Art Greenhaw from the Light Crust Doughboys

    To the uninitiated in Western Swing and Rockabilly Music and Texas history,a Light Crust Doughboy just mightbe the latest radiation-altered super hero or an X-Men-type mutant. But forthe youngest member of the world'slongest-lived country band - Art Greenhaw - the just-released X-Men motionpicture is confirmation of hisnew country-rock tribute to the man who started it all, Stan lee. And don'tbe surprised if The Light CrustDoughboys do some day star in their own comic book series.

    "Heroes Aren't So Hard To Find" (the Stan Lee Theme) was composed andrecorded by Grammy-Nominated recordingartist and long-time comic book fan, Art Greenhaw, shortly after comic booklegend Stan lee liked some of Art's ideas concerning Christian and spiritually-themed comic books. "It's hardto describe the excitement of a phonecall my dad fielded which began "Hi, this is Stan Lee...is Art in?"Shortly after that call, a fax comessliding in through my personal fax machine with the image of Spider-Man atthe top. It was enough to makeme want to try to leap tall buildings in a single bound!"

    Art's song tribute to Stan has gotten select airplay around the world sinceit was presented to Stan himself afew weeks back. Says Art, "I basically wanted to give Stan and his newcompany, Stan Lee Media, a gift to beused (in the resulting sound recording) anyway his people see fit. I'vealways tried to give Stan Lee and hisfantastic co-creators at Marvel, Jack Kirby, Steve Ditko and others, creditfor inspiring me so much at anearly age with their all-American word and picture classics. Where the songwill go from here is anybody'sguess; I just know that listeners seem to really relate to the message andmusic, Stan loves it, and that'sgood enough for me."

    "Heroes Aren't So Hard To Find (The Stan Lee Theme)" was recorded in Dallaswith Art performing all guitar andvocal leads and back-ups, and the song is available at www.artgreenhaw.comon the world-wide web. Art andThe Light Crust Doughboys are 2-time Grammy Nominees for best albums of theyear in their fields, and thegroup has recently been inducted into The Rockabilly Hall of Fame. Pressand other review copies of"Heroes....." are available upon request.
    105 Broad St., Mesquite, TX 75149 U.S.A.
    Phone: (972) 285-5441 Fax: (972) 285-5442

    Website: www.artgreenhaw.com
    E-mail: art@artgreenhaw.com