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Lisa Marie Officially Opens Presley Place in Memphis
The 12-Unit Housing Complex Funded by the Elvis
Presley Charitable Foundation is Designed to Meet the Needs of Homeless Families.
MEMPHIS - July 10, 2001 - The Elvis Presley Charitable Foundation (EPCF), the charitable arm of
Elvis Presley Enterprises (EPE), and the Metropolitan Inter-Faith Association (MIFA) opened
Presley Place, a 12-unit transitional housing facility funded by the EPCF today in Memphis.
Lisa Marie Presley, chairman of EPE, was present to cut the ceremonial ribbon and to greet
the new residents.
In June of 1999, the EPCF announced its commitment to fund the creation of Presley Place,
a $1 million plus development that will be managed by MIFA as part of Estival Communities,
MIFA's housing program for homeless families. The grand-opening ceremony provided the public
an opportunity to view the facility and learn more about this program to assist families in
crisis. "All of us with the EPCF and Elvis Presley Enterprises are extremely proud of this amazing
facility," stated Presley. "The work that MIFA does truly has an impact on peoples' lives and we
look forward to this collaboration."
The 12-unit apartment complex, designed by Looney Ricks Kiss Architects and constructed by
Patton and Taylor Enterprises, will contain both four- and two-bedroom apartments as transitional
housing for homeless families. The four bedroom units, the first of their size in Estival
Communities, will allow MIFA to serve the needs of larger families. The two-story brick apartments
have an open floor plan downstairs with living room, dining room and kitchen. The complex's
design, with the apartments facing into a courtyard and each unit having a porch, promotes a
sense of community among residents.
"The development of Presley Place is exciting on so many levels," said Meghan Altimore,
MIFA director of housing. "Transitional housing for families, especially for large families,
has been determined to be a high priority need in our city according to an annual report on
The property is located at 709 St. Paul Ave. in the Peabody/Vance neighborhood. Presley
Place and its residents will be managed by MIFA. Like the families living in Estival Communities,
Presley Place residents will be provided a variety of services. Residents receive up to one
year of rent-free housing; child care at the Les Passees Center; employment counseling;
life-skills education; and case management to identify the steps that brought them to
homelessness and to gain the skills to prevent it from reoccurring.
"Presley Place is going to provide families throughout the Peabody/Vance Neighborhood an
opportunity to grow work toward achieving positive goals," said Margaret Craddock, MIFA
executive director. "These families are trying to overcome powerful barriers: poverty,
homelessness, education opportunities and discrimination. We need to nurture them and
provide them with all we can; especially throughout the early stages of their lives.
If we do that, we're changing the lives of people who otherwise aren't offered some of
life's most important opportunities."
Nick Curran's Second Album: "Nightlife Boogie"
Nick Curran and the Nitelife,
TexJam 0063 CD. With their sophomore release, "Nitelife Boogie," jump blues sensations
Nick Curran and the Nitelife once again prove that they are the hottest band on the
scene today. The Nitelife's sound is quite simply unparalleled. More than just a
rehashed revivalist, Nick manages to breathe new fire and life into a genre that many
had long since proclaimed dead. Of the fourteen tracks, half were penned by Curran,
showcasing his strong songwriting skills. He is also an extraordinary guitar player and
often draws upon his heroes - from Clarence Gatemouth Brown to Charle Christian and all
points in between - to create his own infectous sound. As if those elements were not enough,
Nick also possesses a rough-hewn voice that is reminiscent of the decades past, yet
uniquely his own. Nitelife Boogie is destined to become an instant favorite of everyone who
listens to it. Available at
Hepcat Records, 1-800-404-4117. Released by
Texas Jamboree Records,
PO Box 161148, Austin, TX 78716 USA.
Elvis Has Entered the Site - Presley on MP3.com;
PRESS RELEASE, July 9,2001 - Elvis Presley,
who starred in 33 films, and recorded 64 albums and 51 singles, can now be heard
at www.mp3.com/elvis. Presley passed away 24 years ago but still has a huge international
following. It's estimated that more than 600,000 tourists visit his Memphis estate,
Graceland, every year according to Elvis Presley Enterprises (EPE). EPE says 625 fan clubs
for Presley are still active worldwide.
Release of a Special BMG CD Boxed Set
Music publisher BMG is slated to release a special boxed set, "Elvis Live in Las Vegas," which
will hit stores July 10. Elvis fans can order the collection by visiting by www.mp3.com/elvis.
Fans of the Mississippi-born artist also can register to win a three-day trip to Graceland
and Elvis merchandise, including T-shirts, boxer shorts, gold records and swiveling hip
clocks by visiting www.mp3.com/elvis. The MP3.com Elvis site also boasts a rare March
1960 interview with Elvis from Graceland, after his two-year stint in the Army.
Fans also can view a virtual Elvis live performance, get information about the
original band and take a virtual tour of Graceland.
Presley sold more than 1 billion record units worldwide, more than any artist in
recording history, in addition to receiving 14 Grammy nominations. Presley had no
less than 149 songs appear on the Billboard Hot 100 pop charts, of which 114 were in the
Top 40, and 18 of those hit No. 1.
Rick Nelson News: Guestbook and Discussion Group
RICK NELSON WEBMISTRESS ANNOUNCEMENT -
"RickNelson.com now has a completed
discography. Including a Picture Sleeves
archive. New Album cover section forthcoming. *Discog and Sleeves Compliments
of Kenneth Wingate, Kent McCombs and Don McLaughlin.
We need your help! Currently we are listing the photos provided by family and
EMI/EPE right now. What we need from you are any and all photos of Rick
throughout his years! This is not limited to personal photos. So many articles, covers and
memorabilia have been created over the years that we simply don't have copies
of it all! Help make this site a complete complete tribute to Rick's
life.... You can email scans to this address (in JPG format please). Mailing
address is located in the Contact Section of RickNelson.com.
We found a new server for our guestbook so be sure to pop over and leave your
thoughts on Rick. The kids do stop by and read them! Also the Yahoo Group
will remain open. So you can chat, post and mingle with other fans ..."
Rick Nelson Guestbook.
Rick Nelson Yahoo Groups.
Rockabilly/Patsy Cline Tribute Artist. Baker Productions, 325 Clyde Wix Rd.,
Westmoreland, Tennessee 37186, 1-615-644-4317
Rogers Family to sell estate items to pay Death Taxes
"The many hopes and dreams that the family shared have
to be sold to cover the 55% "Death Tax."
Yeah, yeah, the Senate has finally passed a bill that will do away with this unfair tax by the
year 2010. That doesn't bring any relief to families now. The business and the few assets it
took their parent's a lifetime to earn have to be sold to cover the debt. However, everyone
involved knows that the property is being offered at an IRS fire sale and the family is forced
to sell for pennies on the dollar. Not only has the family suffered a staggering loss, so
have all of your employees who have relied on your family for their employment for decades.
Now there will be no more business to tax, no income to tax-a loss of revenue for everyone
in the community. But the government really does not care, for they do all of this "for the
good of the country." I really wonder!!!"
Roy "Dusty" Rogers Jr
The Rogers family is forever trying to keep The Roy Rogers-Dale Evans Museum in Victorville,
California going. It is a wonderful museum full of artifacts and mementos from the long careers
of Roy and Dale. For information about the museum, please visit our website Lioned above.
For information on how you can help the museum by becoming a member or a sponsor, please call
(760) 245-5503, or email: email@example.com
Roy Nichols RIP
From: GlennJPogatchnik@aol.com - 7/4/01.
"I am just heartbroken. I turned on my computer this morning to find out
from my friends the sad news of Roy Nichols passing.He was only 68 and that
was far too young for us to lose him. The first time I met Roy was at that
tribute on May 3,1998 at Trout's in Oildale and even though he didn't know me
he was a very gracious man. He let me take several pictures of him with Bill
Woods and other folks. Then I got to sit down with him and talk about
guitars. He created much excitement that day because he was very rarely seen
since his stroke. The lady next to Roy in this picture I'm sending you is his
lovely wife Quita. In the background is Bill Woods and Mayf Nutter. The story
of Roy's passing is in the Bakersfield Californian at www.bakersfield.com. Go
to local news and then click onto more local news. Rest in peace Roy. I know
there is some great music going on in Heaven today."
Thoughts from Bill Kennedy.
Posted July 2, 2001
As the time passes, and rock & roll grows older: it is only natural to see
the beginnings of the passing of the legends that help lay the ground work
for the most important American culture change of the twentieth century.
"Rock & Roll."
Indeed, Elvis Presley and a host of others whose names are graced on the AM
oldies airwaves daily. Most recently Joey Ramone and Carl Perkins. Completely
opposites in their approach, but bound together in the furious excitement
that only a pounding "E" chord can deliver behind a solid drummer. It goes
on, and it will continue until the day the very last of the first generation
of those pioneers who created an exciting music for the young, and the young
at heart, are gone.
In the last week we have learned of the loss of two opposite influences in
rock & roll. One, a grizzled old black man who wore his life on every line in
his face. Growled, mumbled and spit out lyrics about big legged women,
cheating and gettin even. Played the most simple of guitar techniques, but
made it sound so unique that it was difficult, if not impossible to
duplicate. John Lee Hooker was his name. And what a name. Just to say it
sounds strong and powerful. A name that would fit a steel driven man on a
railroad gang or a prize fighter. He died at peace in bed. How ironic, I
always thought he would get shot in a barroom after messin with some mans old
lady. Hooker was one of the very last of Chicago blues men. There are dozens
of recordings available that showcase his music. Christ, one of his songs,
"Boogie Children" or "Chillen" was recorded fifteen times by him at least.
Several years ago he released a CD on Capricorn called "The Healer." It has
various artist on it. Carlos Santana and Bonnie Raitt are two. Raitts
rendition and guitar work with Hooker on "I'm in the mood" is a classic. The
CD got five stars from everyone who reviewed when it was released. A good one
for any collection.
On the other end was a quiet, shy country guy that everyone who ever
met-liked, or even loved. Married to the same woman for a thousand years, no
arrest, no dope, no nothing. Chet Atkins was a guitar genius. What Les Paul
did for the electric guitar and recording magic, Atkins did for the "picker."
While Atkins didn't invent the finger picking method he used, he did refine
it to a science. By using the thumb pick to play the bottom lower strings as
bass, or counter notes, and using the others fingers to pick the melody of
the song. In essence, he could play three parts at once.
In the 50's and 60's he was a producer and guitarist on many early rock &
roll records. The majority of the early Everly Brothers records feature his
There is a Christmas CD that Atkins produced that is beautiful. His version
of "Silver Bells" is the best. There was also an album release in 1976 called
"Chester & Lester." Yep, Les Paul and Chet Atkins actually together on one
So, two more shoot on through to the other side. There sits John Lee Hooker
with his hat sitting sideways on his head, a hand rolled cigarette dangling
from his mouth, clutching his red Gibson ES-320 looking over at Chet Atkins.
Neatly sitting with his legs crossed, picken on a mint green Gretsch Country
They're probably wondering who gonna play first, and what, and in what key.
Since John Lee didn't care much about being in tune ...
Bill Kennedy - Bill0666@aol.com
Ryman Designated Historic Landmark
Country fans know the Ryman Auditorium as "The Mother Church of Country
Music" and the home of the Grand Ole Opry from 1943 to 1974. The National
Park Service recently named the Nashville hall, built in 1892, a National
Historic Landmark. In honor of the designation, the Ryman will host a
ceremony Monday morning (June 25) featuring presentations by government
dignitaries and Opry and Ryman executives. "If I could pick one structure
that truly embodies our country music heritage, it would have to be the
Ryman Auditorium," Congressman Bob Clement said. "The Ryman is a facility of
national significance which elicits a certain devotion and reverence from
country music stars and fans alike." Clement was a driving force behind the
Ryman's citation. 06/22/01
Stuart Keeps Hall of Fame Post, Wendell Elected Chairman
Grand Ole Opry star Marty Stuart will serve a sixth consecutive term as
president of the Country Music Hall of Fame's Board of Officers and
Trustees. E.W. "Bud" Wendell, who was inducted into the Hall of Fame in
1998, replaces Bruce Hinton as the board's chairman. 06/22/01
This is BR549's Time to Shine
By PETER COOPER, Staff Writer. of The Tennessean
GreazeFest 2001 Down Under
Every year Robot International holds a 3 day
rockabilly festival known as
The GreazeFest is not a nostalgia festival - it's put on by rockabilly fans
for rockabilly fans who like their music loud and are most likely into
custom car culture.
The GreazeFest is coming up again real soon on August 17 - 19, at Redcliffe,
some 30 minutes north of Brisbane, Australia.
This year, the Hot Rod Girl, Josie Kreuzer, is coming downunder to headline
the weekend. This will be Josie's only Australian show, so all the cats
from around the country and NZ will have to rumble inta Redcliffe to witness
some sizzling hot filly rockabilly.
Also playing are:
The Satellites (Wrapping up their world tour)
The Chrome Daddies (Excellent debut cd just out, these guys are knockin 'em
Satellite V (Australia's best hillbilly bop outfit)
The Tailgaters (not the Austin Tailgators, but excellent backwoods swamp r'n'r)
Johnny Green's Blues Cowboys (Unstoppable vintage honky tonk cowboys from
the southern mountains)
Tractor Jacks (Hot new Link Wray inspired rockabilly outfit from Brisbane)
The Starlite Ramblers (Fine fillybilly from Brisbane)
The Fuelers (Hillbilly boogie from Canberra)
You can check out all the info at
The GreazeFest weekend run down:
Friday August 17
Contact: Lori Lee Cash
4pm Meet and greet at The Fish Bowl
Johnny Green's Blues Cowboys
Saturday August 18 all day:
Rats'n'Rides Show featuring:
Kustom kulture and vintage vendor stalls
plus live rockabilly:
The Starlite Ramblers
Saturday August 18 from 7pm:
The Chrome Daddies
Sunday August 19 from 11am
Seaside Rat Ride from The Fish Bowl
4pm The Fuellers at The Fish Bowl
Saturday Rats'n'Rides Display
Spaces are very limited for the GreazeFest Rats'n'Rides display - there are
only 65 car spaces at The Fish Bowl. Therefore entry has been restricted to
GreazeFest patrons only. You can book your vehicle [pre-1969] when ordering
tickets. It costs $5 to show your vehicle, with net proceeds being donated
to the rockabilly stabbing benefit.
Sunday Seaside Rat Ride
Roll up to The Fish Bowl by 11am on Sunday. Destination to be advised. All
pre-1969 vehicles welcome.
"Mississippi On My Mind" CD Review
Courtesy: Up & Coming Magazine
I recently gave a listen to a CD released by a (somewhat) local boy by the name
of Bobby Joe Swilley, entitled "Mississippi on My Mind." I took the CD,
not really sure what to expect, and popped it into my player and sat back.
Though not really a big fan of the "rockabilly" genre of music, I must say that
I was pleasantly surprises by "Mississippi On My Mind, and maybe you will too.
Swilley grew up in Northern Mississippi, where he used to sneak into the "local black church" because he liked listening to the music they sang there. "I loved that gospel rhythm, harmony and emotion in that music." said Swilley, which :influenced me to form my own rockabilly style."
Swilley's music flowed smoothly, blending obvious elements of blues, country, old-fashioned rock and southern style. Closing my eyes I could easily picture myself sitting in a northern Mississippi honky tonk, tapping my feet after a long, hard dry working in cotton field.
The Music was technically superb. The instruments blended together seemlessly while Swilley crooned with a smooth voice dripping with natural talent and the superb skill that only a veteran craftsman can master. The music was a reminder of a sound long gone in most of the music on the market today. "Mississippi On My Mind" showcases Swilley's powerful voice and is a must have for any "rockabilly" fan or avid country lover.
"Mississippi On My Mind" not only play like a normal CD, but it also has a multimedia section when run on a computer as a DD-ROM. This multimedia section contains a photo, artist information, lyrics and downloadable mp3s that will run on any mp3 player. For more information on Bobby Joe Swilley, you can check out "Mississippi On My Mind" at http://mp3.com/bobbyjoe
Hello to all Wynn Stewart fans!
from Wren Stewart Tidwell - www.wynnstewart.com
There is a new CD now available (just released this month) of my dad's music that I thought you
might like to know about. If you have already bought the box set, don't worry ... this CD does not
contain any new material. So if you are one of the blessed that have the box set, please forgive
this email. Maybe you have a friend who didn't want to pay that much for the box set but they
might be interested in a $12 CD.
This is not the "Greatest Hits" CD that I have had my heart set on doing (which is still "in
the works"). But it is a re-release of Wynn Stewart's earlier recordings, similar to the "California
Country" CD that was put out in the early 90's and is virtually impossible to find nowadays.
This CD will be available from my website as soon as I get my shipment (which I just ordered
today and am expecting in 2 weeks). If you want to be put on the reserved list, let me know and
you will be one of the first to receive it. I will be selling it for $12. The following is a list
of the songs included on this CD:
The CD is called "The Very Best of Wynn Stewart (1958-1962)". While it is not what I consider "the
very best", it is still some very good music and contains many of the songs that people have
selected as their favorites thru my song survey. To those of you who requested that I send them
a schedule of when the K-mart commercial featuring "It's Such a Pretty World Today" was playing
on TV, I apologize, but I never got one either. The ad was pulled after only being played for
2 weeks. A real bummer since they said it was scheduled to play for 7 months. But, oh well.
At least it got played a little bit. It was fun while it lasted.
1. Come On
2. The Long Black Limousine Come On
3. How The Other Half Lives - (with Jan Howard)
4. Above And Beyond (The Call Of Love)
5. Wishful Thinking
6. Wrong Company - (with Jan Howard)
7. Heartaches For A Dime
9. Big City
10. If You See My Baby
11. Big, Big Love
12. I Don't Feel At Home
13. One Way To Go
14. Falling For You
15. Three Cheers For The Losers
16. Couples Only
17. Another Day, Another Dollar
18. Don't Look Back
Lightcrust Doughboys' Smokey Montgomery RIP
Country music pioneer and Texas music legend, Marvin "Smokey" Montgomery passed
away on Wednesday, June 6, 2001. A member of one of country music's top
history-making bands since the 1930's and the man known worldwide for introducing
Dixieland-style jazz banjo to western swing music, Marvin "Smokey" Montgomery
has died in Dallas at the age of 88. Since joining The Light Crust Doughboys
band in 1935 and continuing through concert appearances as late as May 2001
with The Light Crust Doughboys, the influence of musician/arranger/composer/producer
Smokey Montgomery can be heard every time western swing music, Dixieland-style
jazz banjo or intricate, swinging banjo solos are played. In an eight-decade-spanning
career which has seen Smokey recognized in virtually every western swing and
banjo hall of fame in the world, he has more than earned the title of "Mr.
Tenor Banjo" and "Mr. Light Crust Doughboy".
As recently as February 2001, Smokey was honored with a Grammy Nomination in the
gospel music field for his work with The Light Crust Doughboys, and he has earned
Grammy Nominations for the past three out of four Grammy periods, 1997, 1998,
and 2000 for best recorded work in his category.
Since turning 80 years of age and in just the last handful of years alone,
Smokey and Light Crust Doughboy Art Greenhaw have produced highly-successful
musical collaborations with Amarillo's Lone Star Ballet, various orchestras
including The Abilene Philharmonic, The Texas Wind Symphony, The Dallas Wind
Symphony and others, Southern Methodist University's Mustang Band, gospel music's
legendary James Blackwood, The Jordanaires, Ventures' guitarist Nokie Edwards,
steel guitarist Tom Brumley and other notables. One of Smokey's major
contributions to the legacy of American banjo music is found in his guidance
and direction of The Dallas Banjo Band, one of the premier educational and
performing banjo ensembles in the country.
The 74th Texas Legislature in 1995 called Marvin "Smokey" Montgomery a "national
treasure" along with his fellow Light Crust Doughboys, and The Light Crust
Doughboys were designated Official Music Ambassadors for The State of Texas.
Bob Wills called Smokey "a genius on that banjo". Countless professional
musicians and banjoists call Smokey a major influence, and through motion
picture musical performances by The Light Crust Doughboys such as the Gene Autry
film "Oh Susanna", Smokey's virtuoso banjo playing launched a thousand
In Smokey's last few days of earthly life, he often repeated, "The Light
Crust Doughboys have never given anything less than a great performance ....
We've always given fans so much more than their money's worth.....We've given 'em
everything we had."
Memorial services are scheduled for Saturday June 9, 2001 in the Hall of State
Museum located at Fair Park in Dallas, Texas and are open to the public.
For information, please call 214-421-0281.
The Light Crust Doughboys have recently released a CD of the Rockabilly
Hall of Fame label.
Five Days, Five Days of Rockin' 'n' Rollin'
VIVA LAS VEGAS 4 The Gold Coast Casino and Hotel Las Vegas 12th - 15th April
2001. By Tony Wilkinson
Whilst I and younger offspring were all for returning to the bright lights of
Las Vegas for the rockin' delights Viva Las Vegas 4, She Who Must Be Obeyed
was not quite so enthusiastic. However steady cajoling and some outright
bribery worked wonders and the end result that was that we were Vancouver and
Las Vegas bound at the beginning of April. After spending a week sampling
what the marvelous city of Vancouver and surrounding area had to offer,
including acouple of visits to 'Krazy Bob's' at Langley, pure vinyl heaven
and whose proprietor had a great line in chat such as 'how do you confuse the
lead guitarist of a rock band? - put some sheet music in front of him', we
boarded the aircraft for the flights to Vegas. Once there, we were again the
guests of Chuck and Linda Baker. Chuck played on the session that
produced Hugh Barrett's & The Victors 'There Was A Fungus Amongst Us' for
Madison Records and he also produced the Barrett follow up on Lucky Four
Records as well as making the answer version 'Return Of The Fungus'. Today
he is a respected writer, journalist and TV presenter as well as running his
own newspaper for US armed forces veterans.
Thefirst of five days rockin' in
Vegas commenced with a pre-festival party and a meet 'n' greet session at
Ronny 'Rollin' Rock' Weiser's rancho on the Wednesday afternoon at which all
were made welcome. Paradise, meeting personalities such as Matt Lucas,
sipping beer in pleasant sunshine and watching the gathered musicians jamming
That night at Gilleys in the Frontier Casinoon the strip, this is
the establishment where Elvis made his first Vegas appearance, there was a
five act line up headlined by HAYDEN THOMPSON. This was a particularly good
set from Hayden and covered the majority of his Sun / Phillips International
recordings. He was backed up by a trio lead by UK's Malcom Chapman and
together they shone on 'Love My Baby', 'Fairlane Rock','Blues, Blues, Blues'
and 'Rockabilly Gal'.
The'Viva Las Vegas 4" festival commenced at the Gold
Coast Casino on Thursday, 12th April and at checkin, it became apparent that
the event was a sell out. Up in the ballroom, performances commenced with 13
STARS who were followed by the HAYWOODS, both being young rockabilly bands
from California. The latter was especially good on 'Drinking, Crying And
Moaning' and 'Broken Hearted' and bodes well for their forthcoming UK
appearance. This evening was closed out in the ballroom by the British act
CARLOS & THE BANDITS who turned in a performance that was still being talked
about at the end of the weekender.
However as with last year, the
Rockabilly Internet Hall Of Fame were also staging shows in the West Lounge
and for this evening they included DAVE CRIMMEN, THE LUSTRE KINGS, MARCO
DiMAGGIO and, for myself a real revelation, BILLY ADAMS. For some time now
there has been considerable confusion as to whether Billy was still with us or
had departed this earth. The truth of the matter is that there were at least
two Billy Adams. One recorded for Sun and Pixie Records and it was he who
unfortunately died in 1986. The Billy who is still with us is he of 'Rock
Pretty Mama', 'You Heard Me Knockin', and 'You Gotta Have A Ducktail' fame,
all of which he performed with consummate rockin' perfection. Boy, this guy
is good and possesses a powerful voice together with playing a mean marvelous
lead guitar. On the guitar boogie instrumental 'Mama Don't Allow', he
really shone and I noticed Paul Burlinson in the audience looking on with
keen interest. Billy looked every inch of a fifties rocker and was dressed in
a white jacket and shoes with black trousers and shirt. He sang and picked
great versions of 'C C Rider', '9-lb Hammer' and 'Mystery Train' which were
served up with originals such as 'Honey Bee', 'Sweet Sugar Blues', 'If You
Run With TheW olves', 'I Feel Old Memphis Calling Me', 'That's My Baby' and
'I'm Gonna LeaveT his Lonesome Town'. For sure, he is areal rockin' talent
and thankfully for us in Europe there is talk of a possible UK appearance next
Friday saw the festival accelerate away at a pace that was to be
continued for it's remainder, literally there was rock 'n' roll music
everywhere you turned. The main shows were held in the upstairs ballroom
whilst new bands were demonstrating their talents in the downstairs dancehall
together with afternoon performances taking place in the east lounge. In the
west lounge, Bob Timmers and the Rockabilly Hall Of Fame [RHOF] crew
continued with their evening shows featuring a mixture of seasoned veterans
and new acts. Like last year, most of my time was spent dashing between the
upstairs ballroom and the afore mentioned west lounge which was at the other
end of the casino. By the end of Viva Las Vegas [VLV], I certainly ended up
a slimmed down sex machine but was bloody nackered at the same time.
A suggestion for next year, the wealth of talent on display in the West Lounge
makes it worthy of moving this part of festivities to a larger hall within the
Gold Coast. People were tripping over themselves at times in the West Lounge.
Up in the ballroom, the evening show kicked off with the SKINNY McGEE AND
THE MAYHEM MAKERS who were followed by Britain's own BLUE STAR BOYS. They
have impressed previously but on thisoccasion they pulled out all the stops
demonstrating their authentic sound and are one of the few acts not to include
a drummer. Their set was nice and varied in tempo and included a mixture
of covers and originals such as 'Rock 'n' Roll Ruby', 'I'd Rather Be Safe
Than Sorry', Long Gone Daddy', 'If You Don't Know, 'All I Could Do Is Cry',
'Half Hearted Love' and 'Love Love Love'. Next up was the legendary
MARVIN RAINWATER who commenced his set with rather subdued interpretations of
'Roving Gambler [Gamblin' Man]','Whole Lotta Woman' and 'Mister Blues'. It
then kicked up several gears with 'Dance Me Daddy' which Marvin explained had
originally been titled 'Rock Me Daddy' but the executives at MGM fearing
charges of contaminating American youth insisted on the change. The pace
and uplifted excitement continued with 'Rockin' Down The Walls' a new number
from his forth coming CDa nd then went into a tasty bluesy feel with 'Why Did
You Have To Go And Leave Me' and 'Moanin' The Blues'. By now the set was
rattling along nicely and nearly went into orbit with 'Boo Hoo' but then went
off boil with 'Gonna Find Me A Bluebird' which was served up complete with
changes in tempo and a Fats Domino impression. However it was back to full
throttle with 'Hot And Cold'. After a short break, it was another new number
'I'm A Wild Man' followed by reprises of 'Rockin' Down The Walls' and 'Hot
And Cold'. Overall, an enjoyable set but I have seen Rainwater better.
However the direct opposite has to be said for the next turn in the ballroom,
MARTI BROM. I first saw her at the Vegas festival in 1999 and was bowled over
then. In the ensuing two years, she has come on leaps and bounds and is now
an even better performer on stage. She looks delicious and has a singing voice
that angels would kill for. Backed up by The Barnshakers, she launched into
'Welcome To The Club' and followed this with a great mixture of numbers like
'Crazy For Loving You', the immaculate 'Blue Tattoo' and 'No Good Lover'
Demonstrating her full versatility, she sexily strutted around the stage
singing Eartha Kitt's 'Loving Bug Itch' before switching the pace again for
'Love Hound', 'I'm Drinking Too', a marvelous 'Tom Cat' and a great
interpretation of Loretta Lynn's 'Fist City'. The set rolled on and on
with the audience getting more and more enthusiastic as Marti performed her
own' Unproclaimed Love', 'You're The Boss, a tremendous workout on Joyce
Green's 'BlackCadillac' and LaVern Bakers 'Voodoo Voodoo' before climaxing
with 'Boo HooB oogie' and 'Here Today and Gone Tomorrow Love'. Marti Brom
is a natural successor to the likes of Wanda Jackson and has talent by the
bucket load. The final act in the ballroom for this evening werethe FLEA
BOPS who came complete with a lady upright bass player. This gave a whole
new connotation to the word slap.
However things had also been rockin' away
nicely back at the RHOF presentations in the West Lounge all evening. LOU
HOBBS came on and performed a few numbers. Clearly he is an unwell man and it
took a lot of courage to stand up there and perform. He did a reasonable
version of 'Great Balls Of Fire' as well as a selection of his own numbers.
He was followed by the by MARCO DiMAGGIO who picked away nicely at a selection
of Eddie Cochran numbers before being joined on stage by GARY LAMBERT. The
pair of ace pickers performed a selection of dueling guitar instrumentals as
well as 'Mystery Train' (this had to be the most repeated number during the
festival, I must have heard at least ten different interpretations of it). On
their final number, they were joined byt he sax player from the Lustre
Kings and collectively they knocked out a powerhouse performance and duly
received astanding ovation.
After a respectable interval to cool things down
a bit, MATT LUCAS stepped foot on the stage. He socked out a selection of
rock 'n' roll standards such as 'Roll over Beethoven', 'Kansas City',
'Memphis', 'Ruby Baby',' Roll Over Beethoven' together with his unique
interpretations of 'Oobie Doobie' and 'I'm Movin' On' before finishing with
'Matchbox'. Matt told me that he is UK bound next year and based upon this
performance, I will be there for sure.
The final act that I saw for this night
was a portion of ROCKIN' ROARYfrom Germany. He worked hard and eventually
won the crowd over with a performance based on the boogie side of rock 'n'
roll. I went to bed a tired but happy bunny.
Due to personal considerations, I
had to miss the first two acts in the ballroom on Saturday who were the Denver
based BLUE RIBBON BOYS and CAVE CATT SAMMY but was there for the performance
by the FABULOUS HARMONAIRES from Dallas, Texas. These are a young
multi-racial doo wop group, dressed in plaid jackets and really looked the
part. Their harmonies on 'Shrine Of St. Cecilia' were spot on. They then
attempted a few original numbers such as 'It's Been Too Long' and 'You Want
To See More Of Me' but they and the backing band were at odds on occasion
which detracted from otherwise excellent performances. Observing this, the
group stuck to tried and tested numbers like 'When You Dance', Little Girl Of
Mine', 'Gee', Tell Me Why' and 'Daddy's Home'. However the co-ordination
problem with the backing band continued which presumably more rehearsal would
have solved. The Fabulous Harmonaires have the potential to be a killer act
but do need to learntheir trade a bit more.
Next on stage was BIG SANDY
AND THE FLYRITE BOYS (2001) including the great Jimmy Roy on steel guitar.
Previously I haven ot been too sold on Big Sandy's performances but on this
night he won me over completely, especially with the new Flyrite Boys line up
who were so slick and competent. Gone was the frantic thrash to be replaced a
balanced set. There was a tasty mixture of western swing and honky tonk boogie
with ditties such as 'Blackberry Wine', 'It's A Mystery', 'Honky Tonk
Queen', 'True Blue Poppa', 'The Greatest
Story Ever Told', 'Hot Water','Let's Drink Some Juice' and 'I Can Hear
Tequila Calling'. These were followed by 'Hey Girl, Hey Boy' and 'Baby, Baby
Me' a couple of real nice duets with a delightful young lady whose first name
was Vicki, and a doo wopish ballad in 'I Can't Believe I'm Saying This To
You'. The set concluded with a great workout on 'Jumping From Six To Six'.
The Flyrite Boys returned to the stage to back the next act, the incomparable
WANDA JACKSON who can do little wrong in my book. Opening up with 'Rockabilly
Fever' complete with slinky movements, she then proceeded into 'Stupid
Cupid', 'Mean Mean Man' and 'Hot Dog That Made Him Mad' in which her
growling tonsils were well to the fore. Boy the hair on the back of my neck
was standing upright by this time. To change the pace, she then went into
intense tributes to Jimmie Rodgers and Hank Williams before launching into 'I
Gotta Know' which drew such a crowd response that the number had to be
instantly reprised. Wanda was well and truly cooking by now and number after
number followed in her own inimitable manner. 'Tunnel Of Love' was followed
by 'Riot In Cell Block No. 9', 'Right Or Wrong', a splendid 'Fujiyama
Mama', 'Hard Headed Woman', a bluesy workout on 'Trying To Get To You' before
her normal religious number 'I Saw The Light'. The set exploded into a
savage 'Let's Have A Party' and concluded with 'Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin'
On. Without doubt, she is the Queen of rock 'n'roll. The shows in the
ballroom concluded this evening with performances bythe ROYAL CROWN REVUE and
Sweden's own JACK BAYMORE. Many described the last mentioned as having a
great stage presence with an excellent sound.
However things had not been quiet
at the RHOF stage in the West Lounge. The first act that I was able to catch
herewas part of a set by SUE THOMPSON, a lovely friendly lady to talk to and
who performed her hits. Next up was GLEN GLENN who, backed up by GARY LAMBERT,
rocked his little socks off. For sure, 'Everbody's (was) Movin' with 'One
Cup Of Coffee' along with 'Laurie Ann' in 'Blue Jeans And A Boy's Shirt'
whilst 'Baby Let's Play House' concluded the set. Good stuff indeed.
There then followed a number of acts under the general heading of the 'Rollin'
Rock Review' who were there to celebrate thirty years of the existence of
Rollin' Rock Records. RAY CAMPI performed at the Vegas festival for the
first time and pulled all the stops out with his crowd pleasing performance.
Newish Rollin' Rock artist RIP CARSON gave his all whilst JOHNNY LEGEND came
across as acomplete nutter. A totally wild and original act, this was top
notch enjoyment and concluded with 'Rockabilly Bastard'. They don't make
them like Mr. Legend anymore, sad to say. The Rollin' Rock tribute concluded
with a sparkling rockabilly set from ALVIS WAYNE who seemingly goes from
strength to strength. Opening up with 'Swing Bop Boogie', he proceeded to
fully arose the crowd with 'Rockabilly Daddy', 'Here I Am' and 'Thanks A
Lot'. He then performed a couple of duets with Jessica Ruth on 'These
Lonely Teardrops' and' You Can Have Her' before throwing the set list way and
graciously letting Jessica sing a solo 'In Care Of The Blues'. We then got
the classic 'Sleep, Rock-A-Roll Rock-A-Baby', 'Lay Your Head On MY Shoulder
and 'Don't Mean Baby. People were standing, dancing and cheering. A
The last act that I saw on Saturday night in the West
Lounge was a complete surprise, and a most welcome one at that. The legendary
band THE FIREBALLS stepped onto the stage lead by George Tomscoand with Chuck
Tharp, Paul Goad and Dan Aguilar. They looked every inch seasoned
professionals and presented themselves in matching outfits, even down to the
guitar straps. The set was a mixture of vocals like 'Bottle Of wine',
Rockin' In The 50's', 'Oobie Doobie', 'That'll Be The Day', 'Susie Q',
'Sugar Shack' and a number they credited to The Crickets 'Most All Of The
Time'. Instrumentals obviously could not be left out and these included
'Vaquero', 'Bulldog' and 'Torquay'. These were played with routines
described as being those originally performed on Dick Clark's 'American
Bandstand'. Certainly it made one wonder if the Shadows had ever seen these
little workouts as they did bear similarities. A nice tight set which sent
me off to dreamland in a happy frame of mind.
I also caught part of the
[American] Rock 'n' Roll Hall Of Fame induction show on television. The
Flamingos were on and sang an emotional 'I Only Have Eyes For You'. In
addition, Paul Simon was being inducted and his thank you speech, he made
several references to Alan Freed. He said that in return for a cash payment
and signing over the composers credits to the flipside, Freed played their
[Tom & Jerry] first record 'to death' and thus 'Hey School Girl' became a
hit. He concluded by saying that he wished that the same scene existed
today. Paul Simon also declared that it was his wish that one day he will
make the peace with his long time singing partner but then added, after a
pause, 'no rush'. I switched off when Aerosmith started to crucify 'The
Train Kept A Rollin'.
Sunday,the final night of the festival saw acts such as
CARI LEE, the BARNSHAKERS [great set], the SATELLITES and the FLATFOOT SHAKERS
[both from Australia] plus the INFERNOS and the RACKETEERS rockin' away in
the ballroom. However when one of the all time great groups of rock 'n'
roll, the CADILLACS bounded on to the stage, it was obvious that we were in
for something special. Lead by Earl 'Speedo' Carroll, the four man outfit
were nattily dressed in lilac pink suits and had their own musical director
and band. What a performance, undoubtedly the best ofthe whole VLV, they
rocked, they rolled and sang their hearts out complete with great stage
presence and routines. Opening up with 'Peek A Boo' and 'No Chance' it was
great to see that they were oh so tight with the band and arrangements. This
was followed by some great harmonies on 'The Girl I Love' before rockin' out
again on 'Zoom' and the ballad 'You Are'. Next up, Earl Carroll
demonstrated the years he spent as part of the Coasters by taking the lead on
'Yakety Yak' and 'Charlie Brown'. These were great performances for sure but
I personally would have preferred numbers such as 'Please Mr. Johnson' or
'Jaywalker', however that is rather churlish of me and is a only a minor
gripe. The set continued on with rockers and ballads such as 'Betty My Love'
which was announced as an answer version to the Teen Queens 'Eddie My Love',
'Down The Road' and 'Gloria' before climaxing in 'Speedo' which segued into
'Shout'. The audience was going wild and each movement was being rapturously
received, the Cadillacs were in total control. Sadly there was only
one encore, 'Speedo Is Back' but what an act, what a performance. Literally,
Meanwhile back in the West Lounge, RUSTY EVANS commenced the
proceedings with a very very Johnny Cash style show. I think this is the same
guy who recorded 'I Got My Eye On You' for Eagle Records back in the fifties
but tonight it was J C style all the way and he turned in a pleasing and
relaxing performance with numbers such as 'Five Feet High And Rising',
'Big River', 'Get Rhythm', 'Sea Of Heartbreak', Ring Of Fire and
'Cocaine Blues'. There were first rate versions of 'Ghost Riders In the Sky'
and Folsom Prison Blues'.
Next up was veteran RUSTY YORK who performed okay
versions of many rock 'n' roll standards like 'Lawdy Miss Clawdy',
'Peggy Sue', 'Teen Angel', 'Oh Boy' and 'The Girl Can't Help It' before
really igniting on 'Sugaree'.
There then followed another musical
highlight of VLV. Backed up by the likes of Rick Keen on rhythm guitar
and harmonica, one time Blue Cap Bill Mack on bass and Marco DiMaggio on
lead guitar and, wearing a pork pie hat, BILLY SWAN took the stage and
produced a spell binding set. Starting out with 'Spoonful', he proceeded with
'My Bucket's Got A Hole In It' and a powerful 'Rockhouse' before taking over
the piano. He then tore into' Lover Please', 'Shake Rattle And Roll, 'I
Love Paris' [from the forthcoming' Sunatra' album] and a slow jazzy workout
on 'Heartbreak Hotel'. Reverting to a guitar, it was time for 'Bop To Be',
'Driving Wheel', Since I Met You Baby' and 'I Can Help' His section of the
show concluded with a pounding Jerry lee style interpretation of 'Me And Bobby
McGee'. This guy is so talented, I only hope we can get him over here again
before not too long.
The RHOF shows at VLV closed out with another set from
MARCO DiMAGGIO during which he was joined by ROCKY BURNETTE and PAUL BURLINSON
for fine versions of 'Tear It Up' and 'The Train Kept A Rollin'. That was
it for another year and once again, it was a fine fine festival which rocked
from start to finish. Hopefully we shall be able return.
© Tony Wilkinson
Jack Scott "Brilliant" at Hemsby 26 R&R Weekender
(Radio West Suffolk)
Jack Scott and his band left a sold out
crowd at Hemsby cheering for more Saturday Night.
From the minute Jack opened the show with "Baby, She' s Gone" there was magic in the air.
Fans hung on to his every lyric, sang along with many of their favorites and renewed a long-standing
love affair with an artist whose talent has not diminished over time.
The audience consisted of ages ranging from 10 years to 75. The veteran fans did not, at first,
believe this was truly Jack Scott. He looked too young, his voice too pure and the band
too "spot on" to be an old artist revisiting his past. No, this was a brand new talent who
sang with clarity and strength and they loved every minute of it because it was the songs they
loved and wanted to hear. Jack's 75-minute show was a non-stop list of songs he had written
and recorded. His encore included a rocking rendition of Elvis Presley's "I'm Evil" and he
walked off stage leaving the fans truly breathless.
Pete Owen, DJ on 1350am - Radio West Suffolk writes: "Seeing Jack Scott. I was not
disappointed - he was brilliant. The repertoire of songs was just what I had hoped for,
and the re-creation of the sound achieved on record was amazing, including the American band
backing him and 'deputizing' for the Chantones. Thank Jack on behalf of all his fans for
coming to the UK again."
Willie Jeffries, Promoter of the Hemsby shows: "I thought Jack and his excellent band with
their fine back up vocals gave a superb show. Over the past 23 years I have seen Jack many times
in Paris, Detroit and London and his his performance at Hemsby was by far the best. Writer,
Ian Wallis and I both rated Jack's show the highlight of the weekend."
Jack's band consists of Rudy Varner (Standup Bass), Steve Nardella (Lead Guitar),
Lonnie Varner (Drums), and a special appearance by Clive Osborn (Saxophone).
Jack ended the evening after spending over two hours at the autograph table visiting with
fans who had come from all over the world to see their hero. Had time allowed, it would have
lasted well into the next day, as the line had not diminished. Some Love affairs never die;
they simply lie dormant in anticipation of the next rendezvous.
Contact: Chuck Kaiser, 248-644-2885 - firstname.lastname@example.org
TRIBUTE - posted May 17, 2001
Death of a Fantastic Man
Creator of "Rock Around the Clock" dies of leukemia in Fort Myers, FL.
Who Made People Dance
By Mike Kaylan
James E. Myers had handled a Mickey Mouse toy lovingly recently at his home in Bonita Springs,
Florida, and smiled. "Mickey," he told me, "will rock soon. He is in production right now." Then
he pushed a button and the robotic Mickey Mouse began to rock to the tune of the 1950s hit Rock
Around the Clock.
The robotic Mickey Mouse copyrighted to Disney and designed by Blue Ridge Design, rocks to the
original song of Bill Haley and His Comets.
It was almost 50 years ago that James E. Myers (a.k.a. Jimmy DeKnight) co-wrote this song with
the late Max Freedman. Years later the Guinness Book of World Records called it the "Biggest
In less than half a century, James E. Myers had figured that the song had earned him about
$10 million. Myers had told me, "It is still going strong around the world and the royalties
are still coming in. A little here, a little there, they add up."
James E. Myers, 81, who made millions of people so happy for so long with his music that they
just wanted to dance and rock, died on Wednesday, May 9, at Hospice of Fort Myers, Florida.
Catherine Brookshaw, Myers' 16-year companion, said in Bonita Springs: "He was a fantastic man.
We found out 8-weeks ago that he had leukemia. Doctors had said then that James could live only
3 to 4 weeks. Philadelphia was his hometown, and we are taking him there. He will be buried
in Philadelphia next to his mother's grave."
James E. Myers still owns the copyright to the song Rock Around the Clock. The success of Rock
Around the Clock was a pleasant surprise to Myers. He had said: "We never knew when the song
came out that it was to become the anthem of Rock 'N' Roll. Its success even surprised me,
although I had a good feeling about it. You could tell that people liked it, because when it
played, they all wanted to sing and dance."
Rock Around the Clock has been recorded in more than 30 languages, it was performed in more
than 40 movies and recorded on about 500 record labels.
Myers had said: "The song's melody had developed in my mind over several years. One day,
long after my World War II service in the South Pacific, I was in my music publishing business
in Philadelphia, playing the tune. My friend Max Freedman came in."
"We collaborated and Rock Around the Clock was born. I had Bill Haley in mind to sing the song.
It didn't happen that way at first. I had the song copyrighted in 1953 and it was first recorded
by Sonny Dae and His Knights. When Bill Haley, who loved the song, recorded it with the Comets
in April 1954, the song took off and gained world fame. And that was it."
According to the Rockabilly Hall of Fame, Rock Around the Clock is the most played rock song in the
world. Rolling Stone Magazine estimates that the song had more than 25 million in sales. Myers
used to say that was a low figure.
Anyone who was somebody in the entertainment business praised the song. Dick Clark called Rock
Around the Clock "The national anthem of Rock and Roll." Al Martino said, "The song of the
century" and Alan Freed described it as "The Daddy of Rock 'n' Roll." According to the Rockabilly
Hall of Fame, "Throughout the years, the importance of this song has grown ..."
The Rockabilly Hall of Fame has a big section on their website rockabillyhall.com about James E.
Myers and Rock Around the Clock.
During an interview with Playboy magazine in January 1981, the late John Lennon of Beatles fame,
said, "I had no idea about doing music as a way of life until Rock 'n' Roll hit me." Lennon
explained that it was Rock Around the Clock that had impressed him.
Myers began playing his father's drums when he was only 2 years old. "When I was 6," he had
said, "I played in a school band in Northfield, New Jersey."
While living in Bonita Springs, Florida, James E. Myers always remembered his four years service
in the South Pacific during World War II and receiving numerous medals for his bravery.
He was commissioned a lieutenant while still in combat. As a long time movie actor and song
writer, he also met famous Hollywood stars and movie producers. The pictures of himself in
their company, the awards he received for his songs, and his medals for his World War
II bravery, cover the walls of his home in Bonita Springs. Myers also wrote his war experiences
in a book titled "Hell is a Foxhole."
Mike Kaylan Copyright © 2001
9395 Pennsylvania Ave #26
Bonita Springs, Florida 34135
Phone: (941) 992-8061
New Releases - Vampirella Music May 2001
Various artists - A tribute to Sun Records CD1020083-2
feat. High Noon, Rhythmaires, Crawdads, Russ Be Bop, Pete Hodgson, Rick
Hollow, Country Cattin', Marco Di Maggio, Sugar Creek Trio and many more.
Contains previously unreleased material. 48 minutes playing time.
Liner notes by Steve Aynsley of "Now dig this".
Rayburn Anthony - Jackson was Jumpin' CD1020086-2
Yeah! - This is the real thing -Original Sun Recording artist Rayburn
Anthony rocks through an unbelievable session. Rockabilly at its very best.
Rock'n'Roll Universe Magazine, brandnew issue 2001!
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Detailed articles & exclusive interviews: Mark Harman, Linda Gail Lewis,
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Sleepy LaBeef Adds More Coast-To-Coast Dates
M.C. Records exclusive artist Sleepy LaBeef is hitting the road this summer
to promote his hot Americana CD Tomorrow Never Comes. You can also catch
Sleepy LaBeef will be live at a computer near you. The Human Jukebox
recorded the April 30 concert at The Casbah in San Diego and is available
now at www.dcn.com, You can also catch Sleepy with his band on The
Woodsongs Radio Hour starting the week of June 23 on over 200 outlets across
the U.S. and in Canada. Sleepy LaBeef's latest CD Tomorrow Never Comes
was released in August of 2000 features special guest Maria Muldaur on two
The lead track from the CD, "Detour" spent five weeks on the Gavin Americana
Chart through October of 2000. Since August Sleepy LaBeef has appeared on
The World Cafe , Western Beat, This Week In Americana, Rollingstone.com &
P.R.I.'s American Routes. He's previously appeared on The Conan O'Brien Show
& Austin City Limits. M.C. Records will be advancing Sleepy's tour dates.
For interviews please get in touch.
"Like a Rockabilly juke-box come to life" New York Times
" fresh & inspired" All Music Guide
" irresistible, rootsy, rocking set" Montreal Gazette
"patience & sympathetic production catch Sleepy at the top of his game."
"Sleepy you can handle more kinds of songs than any other picker I know"
Tom T. Hall
" Sleepy speaks... liars tremble!" Nick Lowe
Sleepy LaBeef was born in Smackover Arkansas 65 years ago and made his name
in Houston, Texas coming up with George Jones and Roy Orbison. He spent much
of his early years opening shows for Elvis Presley and playing with the
likes of Buddy Holly, Gene Vincent, Fats Domino and Chuck Berry. Sleepy is
a former Sun Recording artist and Tomorrow Never Comes is his first release
for the M.C. Records label and was released in August of 2000.
SLEEPY'S REVISED TOUR DATES
* Aug. 18 Private Function, Tauton MA
* Aug. 24 Muddy River Music Fest.,
* Aug. 25 Crawdaddy's Voodoo Lounge,
* Aug. 26 Edmonton Labatts Blues Festival,
* Tour of Australia in September
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Brian Setzer Unveils Latest Project with
Brian Setzer, the man credited with single-handedly briging two forgotten genres
of music back to the popular forefront, is shifting gears once again. The new
project, "Brian Setzer '68 Comeback Special." features Brian along with
two members of the Brian Setzer Orchestra, drummer Bernie Dresel, and slap-bassist Nashville's
A New Album and Summer Tour
What started out as a fun diversion has turned into a new album and full-fledged
U.S. tour for the pompadoured, tatooed guitar slinger who helped revive rockabilly in the
'80s and launch the swing explosion of the late '90s. Just for kicks, a couple of
Southern California shows were set up in November 2000 for the sole purpose of
getting out and playing a bunch of new songs Brian had written, Brian had so
much fun and the audience response to the new line-up was so overwhelming that
the decision was quickly made to book a world tour, which will begin on the U.S.
West Coast June 15 and run for 2 month, followed by a month of dates in Europe.
The new three-piece "'68 Comeback Special" will give Setzer an opportunity to
serve up his very unique brand of hot-rodded rockabilly-roots music and, at the
same time, demonstrate what a versatile musician he really is, as he will be bringing
out his banjo and pedal steel to add even more flavor. Audiences can expect a lot of
great new songs, some revived-up Stray Cats classics, and stripped-down versions of
their favorite BSO tunes.
With all of the excitement building around the "Brian Setzer '68 Comeback Special,"
it seemed natural to record the new material and release a new record.
The album, titled "Ignition." has a release date set for June 12, 2001 on
Encinitas, CA-based independent, Surfdog Records. Brian co-produced the CD
with John Holbrook who (engineer of "The Dirty Boogie" and "Vavoom!").
To capture excitement and feel of the live show, the album was completely recorded
and mixed in 10 days. The new disc features all-new Setzer original "Hot Rod
Songs and Make-Out Tunes."
Because of the name, many people ask if this going to be some kind of Elvis
Presley tribute and tour. Brian's response: "Isn't all music an Elvis Presley
trubute?" As for why he picked the name: "Because it's cool." The same criterion he's
Brian Setzer '68 Comeback Special TOUR DATES:
7/11 - Westbury, NY - Music Theater
7/12 - Late Night with Conan O'Brien
7/13 - Atlantic City - Caesar's Casino (BSO)
7/14 - Atlantic City - Caesar's Casino (BSO)
7/15 - Atlantic City - Caesar's Casino (BSO)
7/16 - David Letterman (Tentative>
7/17 - Albany, NY - McGeary's
7/19 - Hampton Beach, NH - Hampton Beach Ballroom
7/20 - Uncasville, CT - Mohegan Casino
7/21 - Boston, MA - Avalon Ballroom
7/22 - Hyannis, MA - Cape Cod Music Theater
7/24 - Pittsburgh, PA - Club Laga
7/25 - Cleveland, OH - Odeon Club
7/27 - Dayton, OH - Courthouse Square
7/28 - Chicago, Il - House of Blues
7/29 - Kansas City, MO - Beaumont Club
7/31 - Boulder, CO - Fox Theatre
8/1 - Beaver Creek - Vilar Theatre
8/4 - Los Angles, CA - Greek Theatre (BSO)
8/9 - Albuquerque, NM - Sunshine Theatre
8/10 - Tucson, AZ - Rialto Theatre
8/11 - Las Vegas, NV - House of Blues
8/15 - San Mateo, CA - San Mateo County Fair
8/16 - Santa Cruz, CA - Catalyst
8/17 - Santa Ynex, CA - Gainey Vineyard
8/18 - Reno, NV - Sliver Legacy Casino
Contact information: SURFDOG, 1126 South Coast Highway 101, Encinitas, CA 92024, phone
769-944-SURF (7873), fax 790-944-7808 - www.surfdog.com.
Brian Setzer 68 Comeback Special, by Shaun Mather
Rudy Tuti Grayzell in a Play This Fall
The play, "Nighty Nite San Fancisco" will run
at the Shelton Theater in San Francisco near Union Square, Thursday, Friday
& Saturday nights 8-10 PM October, November, December. Tickets $30.00. Play
is sponsored by AIRBORNE, the natural cold remedy. For tickets or information
please call the AIRBORNE hotline 800-590-9794. Nighty Nite SF is a broad
hilarious parody of a late night talk show and stars Johnny Whitaker (former
child star of Family Affair), and Rudy Tutti Grayzell, as musical director.
Rudy sings DUCKTAILS during the performance!
Stax Museum to Break Ground in Memphis
A piece of American music history will be honored and resurrected with the
Soulsville GroundShaking on April 20th. The event will mark the
groundbreaking for Soulsville U.S.A.'s site for the Stax Museum for American
Soul Music and the Stax Music Academy, at the site of the original legendary
Stax Records, the Capitol Theater, on 926 E. McLemore Avenue in Memphis.
The museum will pay tribute to one of America's unique and beloved musical
institutions. Beginning in the late-Fifties, Stax came to define
gospel-influenced southern soul music, and featured a roster that included
Otis Redding, Booker T. and the MGs, and Sam and Dave, to name just a few of
the artists who helped the label produce 300 albums and more nearly 800
singles (167 of which reached the Top 100) during its sixteen-year
Stax legends Isaac Hayes, Steve Cropper and William Bell will all speak at
the groundbreaking, as will Estelle Axton, who co-founded the label with her
brother Jim Stewart. Also attending will be a number of state and local
officials, a representative for Fantasy Records (who hold the rights to the
Stax catalog) and a group of local youths (four each on guitar, bass, drums,
keyboards and brass) recruited to serve in a new Stax house band. Gospel
great Anita Louis will lead the group, who will be armed with instruments
provided by Play it Again Memphis, a local organization that distributes
musical instruments to aspiring musicians who can't afford them.
Plans for the museum were announced in February of 2000, as part of a
cooperative agreement between Soulsville (formerly the Ewarton Museum), the
city of Memphis and LeMoyne-Owen College. Preliminary designs for the actual
building, which will include a performance center, were designed last year,
though a finalized blueprint was delayed until certain Stax artifacts were
found due to structural and design issues. "The museum, to some extent, has
to be build around the pieces we're able to get," says Deanie Parker, a Stax
recording artist and publicist during the label's heyday and now, as the
President and Executive Director of Soulsville, one of the primary driving
forces of the project. "Because once you break ground you have to keep
Plans call for a complete restoration of the Capitol Theater, which had
fallen into a state of immense disrepair after the closing of the label in
January 1976, as well as the adjacent performing arts center and the Music
Academy. The Academy will host its second summer program this year. "One of
the things that we have stressed is that we're looking for diversity,"
Parker says of the education programs. "Racial diversity, because that's
what Stax promoted, harmony among people who enjoyed making music and
sharing their creative knowledge and talent. We're going to stay with that
For more information on the project visit www.soulsvilleusa.com.