Where There’s Smoke – Rock! Rock! Rock! – Walkin’ The Floor – You Treat Me Mean – She’s My Baby – Back With My Baby – Lovesick Blues – Stuck On You – When You Go – Disappearing Baby
The Droptops are a rockabilly trio coming from Maryland. The members are John on vocals and upright bass, Elizabeth on guitar and Christine on drums. Yes, they are not just the “lovely girls on the cover”, they can actually play. Their sound is obviously influenced by Sun records and John’s voice shares some similarities with Jimmy Bowen. But don’t misunderstand me, he ain’t no copycat and has his own style, like Elizabeth on guitar. This album is made of 10 self penned songs (although titles like “Rock! Rock! Rock!” and “Lovesick Blues” sound familiar, they are written by the band and are not Johnny Powers and Hank Williams’ songs), alternating slow and mid-tempo tunes. If the slow ones are good, I find them more at ease with the fastest numbers like “Where There’s Smoke”. The whole cd is very coherent and the production (as on every Wild Hare productions) is very well done. If your ideal of rockabilly is Carl Perkins, Johnny Powers or today’s bands like The Flea Bops or The Raging Teens, this one will please you from start to finish.
Fred “Virgil” Turgis
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