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JP Mc Dermott & Western Bop

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JP Mc Dermott - Last Fool Here
JP Mc Dermott

JP Mc Dermott & Western Bop – Last Fool Here

Shower-Tone Records
My Damn Baby – Do I Love You – Cry Cry Cry – Coulda Shoulda Woulda -Not Enough of You – Blue Days, Black Nights – Lucky Stars – Sixteen Chicks – Go Cat Go! – Heartaches for a Dime – That Ain’t Nothin’ But Right – Last Fool Here
JP Mc Dermott is one hell of a singer – he has been voted “Country vocalist of the year” by the Washington Area Music Association – and backed by talented and competent musicians of the Washington area like Bob Newcaster (Tex Rubinowitz, Billy Hancock and more recently Dagmar & The Seductones) he produced a album rich in styles and genres.
Whatever the kind of rockin’/roots stuff you like, you’ll find one here for you : from wild and fast paced rockabilly (the first song “My Damn Baby” that is a real killer or the cover of “16 Chicks”), a bluesy song with a hot greasy sound on the guitar (Do I Love You), or some classic country (Cash’s Cry Cry Cry) and honky tonk (Harlan Howard’s Heartache for a Dime). “Go Cat Go” is an instant hymn for all the rockabilly cats and would have made Carl Perkins proud. “Lucky Stars”, a song also played by Dagmar And The Seductones, is a fine rockabilly tune that shows the influence of the great Buddy Holly.. The kid from Lubbock is also represented with “Blue Days, Black Nights”, a nice rendition with perfect harmony vocals. On the slow side “Not Enough Of You” is a beautiful ballad but the real gem has been kept to end the album : “Last Fool Here”, a soulful waltz with a 60’s country feel. Backed by just a piano and a light rhythm section, the amazing voice of Mc Dermott could make the strongest man in the world cry.
Fred “Virgil” Turgis

Soul of Liberty

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Soul of Liberty - Lover SOL
Soul of Liberty – Lover SOL

Soul of Liberty
Lover S.O.L

CYBER LABEL JAPAN / 666C-034 [2005]
Yesterdays – Endless Dream – Song Bat – Drive A Go Go – My Life – Into A Memor – (japanese song)- Lonesome Night – Go Ahead ~Theme Of Little Fighter – Fly Away – Just Tonight – Let’s Get Together
This is the first full length album, after a 6 track mini lp, from this Japanese (Nagoya) trio formed in 1998. They play a very good and refreshing neo-rockabilly with a lot of Stray Cats/Setzer influences mixed with some Psychobilly here and there. On the harder edge of their repertoire “My Life” and the instrumental “Go Ahead – Theme Of Little Fighter” are more into the style of the Reverend Horton Heat. They also quote The Ramones, Joan Jett as well as Dwight Yoakam and The Derailers as influences. Two songs show their country music side : “Drive A GoGo” and “Into A Memory” (the latter featuring a steel guitar). You could be surprised at first to hear that Okinaga mixes Japanese and English when he sings, but it brings a fine touch of exotism that gives this band a part of its originality. For all those who like their rockabilly with a modern twist..
Fred “Virgil” Turgis

Leroy and the Rockets

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Leroy and the Rockets
Leroy and the Rockets

Leroy and the Rockets
Rockabilly Rollercoaster

Prestige Elite Records CDSGP 1313 [2012]
Challenge – Dianne And The Gypsy Queen – The Old Man Is Down The Road – Swordfish – Memphis, Tennessee – Goin’ To Chicago – Remember Me – Summertime Blues – It’s All About Me – That’s Life – Livin’ This Way – Dangerous Man – Shaking All Over – Witchcraft – Love Roulette – Strange Business – When You Were Mine – Zippin’ Pippin – Bad Moon Rising – Mars Attacks (Venus)

Rockin’ Rocket 88 has lived, here comes Leroy & the Rockets. But if the name changed, the line-up and the quality remain the same. There’s just a slight evolution in the sound, something like a more modern approach. Of course this is still roots oriented music, mostly rockabilly but with elements of blues (Goin’ To Chicago), hillbilly (Memphis Tennessee and Summertime Blues with a fiddle) and obvious references to the pioneers like Elvis (Dianne and the Gypsy Queen) or Johnny Cash (Remember Me). But they really aim to create a brand of music for the 21st century. To achieve their vision they asked Stevie Paul to produce the album. Paul is as far as you can imagine from the Rockabilly world having worked with Rod Stewart, Mary J Blige, Toni Braxton, Edwin Starr, Mike & the Mechanics to name but a few. His fresh approach mixed with the band’s background results in a brand new sound: something like a mix between the Blue Cats from the Tunnel era and Chris Isaak’s rockingest material.
With artists as Kitty Daisy and Lewis or Imelda May touching a large audience, it would be justice that a band which plays this music for more than 25 years, even if it was under another name, obtains a little recognition.

Fred “Virgil” Turgis

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Hipbone Slim and the Kneetremblers

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Hipbone SlimHipbone Slim and the Kneetremblers

STR-MGV-004 [2016]
Tombstone Rock – Pocket Pistol – What Is Wrong – Hubabub

Here’s a band made of solid musicians that are on the scene for quite a while now and have quite a few albums under their belt with that combo but also many others.
Hipbone Slim was formerly known as Sir Bald Diddley (and also the bald Bomber). Bruce Brand is a cult figure, having played drums with Ronnie Dawson, Link Wray, the Milshakes, the Headcoats, the Masonics and the list goes on. Their bassist is Gez Gerard (The Kneejerk Reactions) and they even have Slim Cyder (Blueberry Hillbillies) to guest on piano on two tracks. With such a band the least you can expect is to hear some real and unadulterated Rock’n’roll and believe me you won’t be disapointed.

Tombstone Rock is a wild rock’n’roll with a hint of psychobilly garage (does that exist ?) with Bruce Brand pounding the drums like no tomorrow and a superb final scream from Hipbone Slim. Pocket Pistol is more classical in its form, but not in its rendition (and don’t believe that classical means “tame”). Excellent Rock’n’roll. It’s one of the two tracks that features Slim (not Hipbone, the other one, on piano). The second track with piano is What is Wrong, a dirty blues with mean guitar. Hipbone has the perfect voice for this kind of stuff. The Ep ends on a high note with Hubabub, a crazy Rockabilly number, close in spirit to what Ray Condo used to do in his Hardrock Goners period.

Another killer release from Martin’s Garage.

D.D. Kid Combo

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DD Kid Combo
DD Kid Combo

D.D. Kid Combo

Martin’s Garage ‎– STR-MGV-005 [2017]
Bad Luck Baby / Goodbye Baby

Coming from Martin’s Garage the label that gave us the excellent Star Time Playboys, here comes the D.D. kid Combo.
How do you like your blues? If you like it wild, mean, dirty and raw, if you like Hound Dog Taylor or modern artists like Pat Capocci, jump on this brilliant single (by the way, two songs are way too short).
With a full frontal attack of DD Kid’s guitar aptly supported by a excellent slide, an acoustic guitar and drums, these guys take no prisonners.
There’s quite a few excellent rockin’ blues combo on the scene right now, and judging by this single, DD Kid Combo are at the very top; I’m eagerly waiting for more stuff from this band.

Fred “Virgil” Turgis

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