Saturday, 30 August 2014

Ooh Ba La Baby!

The Sunshine girl and sister of Martha Carson starts to rock
Home made cover

Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Ray Condo - Real Gone

RAY CONDO MAY 16 1950 - APRIL 15 2004

Sunday, 17 August 2014

Footsoldiers & Kings re-up

When I first came across this little book at a record fair in south London as a teenage rockabilly I was completely drawn to the cover photo of Elvis slappin'  a double bass. It didn't get cooler than that in my opinion. I know with the Internet these photos are easy to find, but back in the late 1970's and early 1980's this kind of stuff was heaven sent. The best thing of all is the fact that I still have the book. The Kindle will never replace the feeling of actually turning a page, not in my lifetime anyway, but you never know.

Saturday, 16 August 2014

Elvis Tribute

I'm seeing and enjoying listening to again many great Elvis numbers on both TV, radio and Facebook.
Here is my little tribute to the great man, via another cool dude.

Colin Winski was the rhythm guitarist and vocalist with Ray Campi's band the Rockabilly Rebels in the late 1970's and early 1980's. Hillbilly Cat was a fantastic tribute song to Elvis written by Colin Winski and Jerry Sikorski it came out on the Rollin' Rock L.P 'Born To Rock' in 1977. It's the only time I've really enjoyed a stereo recording I love hearing the piano and double bass running from one speaker to the other.

Friday, 8 August 2014

Maryann and the Tri-Tones

I had a great time at this year’s Rockabilly Rave (18th), and met up with both old and new friends. I love soaking up the atmosphere of Rockabillyland, the music, the clothes, the cars and bikes and the smiles on people’s faces, it is infectious. The bands this year were (as usual) of a very high quality. But the stand-out band for me, the one that ticked all the boxes, the look, the sound, and the originality, were ‘Maryann and the Tri-Tones’. Here is a short history of the band;

 The demise of Estonia’s premier rock ‘n’ roll/rockabilly band ‘The Jumpin’ Wheels’ in 2006 left a void in the lives of guitarist Artur Skrõpnik and drummer Peeter Karo, as well as the double bass player/singer Garry (Igor Golovenko). They missed the excitement of performing the music they loved to enthusiastic crowds on the rockin’ scene. So, in 2007 this trio became the initial nucleus of the Tri-Tones, and after months of practising and refining their sound, they were ready to perform their own brand of vintage rock ‘n’ roll/rockabilly in the bars, clubs, and festivals of Europe.
In 2011 the band received a demo tape from singer/songwriter Mariann Lants. This was a chance not to be missed, so they started working together, and it was obvious to any listener that Mariann’s strong voice and The Tri-Tones excellent musicianship was a match made in heaven. If you add to that a set that is filled with way above average original material, such as ‘We’re Gonna Rock ‘n’ Roll Tonight’ and ‘If I Could I Would’. The cover versions of classic 1950’s songs are well-chosen, just take a listen to ‘Tongue Tied’ (sample below). Wanda Jackson would, I think, be proud of this version, a growling, purring, controlled vocal delivery that is complimented by slick guitar work and a more than capable rhythm section. As their popularity in Estonia grew, the local television stations came knocking on their door - check out their performances on Tallinna TV in 2012 on ‘YouTube’.
 Owing to personal reasons, Garry quit the music business in 2012. His replacement on double bass was Sven Valdmann. During 2012 and 2013 things were on the up for the band, and thankfully Mr. Jerry Chatabox came calling and booked them to appear at the 18th Rockabilly Rave in 2014. What an amazing performance we were treated to, the look and sound were perfect. I felt compelled to buy a copy of their new C.D. single (all original material). If this is a sampler of what the new album is going to sound like, then it is really something to look forward to.
The already recorded album 'Supersonic Gal' that was due for release in August has been put on hold. Lightning Recorders from Germany (Rockabilly is still internationally appreciated!) have, I believe, been in touch having seen their performance at the Rave, and a deal was struck to re-record the album at the studio in Berlin. Unfortunately, we'll have to wait a little longer before we can get our hands on a copy, estimated time of arrival is now November or December 2014. With all original songs to look forward to, the wait, I am sure, will be worth it.



Mariann Lants - vocals & rhythm guitar
Artur Skropnik - lead guitar
Peeter Karo - drums
Sven Valdmann - upright bass
Thanks to Garry (Igor Golovenko) - upright bass on 'Rock 'n' Roll Tonight', 'If I Could I Would' and 'Lonesome Moon'.

Thursday, 7 August 2014

Live at the Rockabilly Rave Volume 2