Kieron McDonald – Shake That Thing
Rhythm Bomb RBR 5838
Rockabilly High – Janet Leigh – Why – Go Go Girl – The Knock On My Door – Goodbye Lonesome Hello Baby Doll – I’m The King Of The RoadThe Devil’s Eyes – A Little Love – She Thinks Of Him – Louanne – She Means Nothing To Me – You’re Gonna Be Alone – It’s A Drag
I’ve been a fan of Kieron McDonald brand of Rockabilly since the Flatfoot Shakers, his previous band. He then went on as a solo artist and released a bunch of albums that deserve to be in any decent contemporary Rockabilly collection. His latest one, released on Rhythm Bomb records from Germany but recorded in Australia makes no exception. This is superb traditional Rockabilly with a good dose of Johnny Horton (there’s a hint of I’m Coming Home in King Of the Road and some Lover’s Rock in the Devil’s Eyes). The sound, courtesy of Dave Attana at studio Ignition is period perfect and the band consisting of a who’s who of the Aussie’s scene (Andrew Lindsay, Dave Cantrell, Til Vex and EzraLee) is top notch.
McDonald can really sing and write songs (all tunes but one are originals) ranging from mean rockabilly to honky tonk influenced stuff with a ballad thrown in for good measure and a Jerry Lee type of rocker (I guess that with Ezra lee in the studio it must be hard to resist).
A superb cover in the style of a 50’s movie poster, designed by Chris Wilkinson, complete perfectly this must-have record.
Fred “Virgil” Turgis