dissabte, 18 de novembre de 2017

PEANUTS WILSON

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PEANUTS WILSON

Born Johnny Ancil Wilson, 29 November 1935, Riversville, West Virginia Died September 1980

Johnny "Peanuts" Wilson was a small guy. Try to find biographical info on the man and inevitably you will come across the word "diminutive". I don't know if his nickname has anything to do with his size, but his musical achievements surely cannot be dismissed as "peanuts". Wilson was born in West Virginia, but his family moved to Odessa, Texas, whilst he was still an infant. He joined Roy Orbison's group the Teen Kings in January 1956. Apart from Orbison, who sang and played guitar, the members were Billy Pat Ellis (drums), James Morrow (guitar and mandolin) and Jack Kennelly (bass). Wilson played rhythm guitar and can be heard on both versions of "Ooby Dooby" (Je-Wel and Sun), as well as on Orbison's early Sun sessions. The Sun version of "Ooby Dooby" went to # 59 on the Billboard charts in the summer of 1956. It would be the biggest hit that Orbison had for four years. Roy and the Teen Kings hit the road as part of a package show headlined by Johnny Cash and Carl Perkins.

During the rehearsals for "Sweet And Easy To Love" and "Devil Doll" on December 14, 1956, Orbison split with the Teen Kings. "It happened right in the studio", recalled Sam Phillips. "They had some difficulty among themselves, and the band broke up then and there. Really it was nothing more than their being extremely young." The Teen Kings went back to West Texas and formed another group for a few months. Wilson's first solo session took place on May 26, 1957, at Norman Petty's studio in Clovis, New Mexico, and generated two versions of "Cast Iron Arm", plus "You've Got Love", which was Wilson's first attempt at songwriting. Two of the Teen Kings (Kennelly and Ellis) provided the accompaniment and the sax player is either James Morrow or Jimmy Seals. The lead guitarist is possibly Roy Orbison. "Cast Iron Arm" was released on Brunswick 55039 on November 27, 1957, and credited to "Peanuts Wilson", as their was already another recording artist called Johnny Wilson. The disc was also issued in the UK on Coral Q 72302. There were two other recording sessions by Wilson, on November 10, 1957, and September 8, 1958. Four tracks from these sessions, which are not bad at all, finally saw the light of day in 1999, when they were released on the splendid Ace CD "West Texas Bop", which also includes "Cast Iron Arm" and "You've Got Love". Wilson's version of "Paper Boy" predates the Roy Orbison version, which came out on the B-side of Roy's first Monument single in September 1959 (recorded on April 23, 1959). The other three tracks are "I've Had It" (not the Bell Notes hit), "My Heartbeat" and "You've Got Everything". Four takes of "Silly Lilly" remain unissued. "This song has totally inane lyrics but is a superb rocker", according to John Ingman.

Peanuts recorded one more single, "Little Miss Fortune"/"Twi-Light Zone" for the small Odessa-based Coronodo label in the autumn of 1963 before establishing himself as a successful writer of country songs. Among his compositions that made the country Top 10 are "Easy As Pie" by Billy "Crash" Craddock (# 2, 1975), "Roses For Mama" by C.W. McCall (# 2, 1977) and "It's Too Late" by Jeanne Pruett (# 9, 1980). Wilson died of a heart attack in September 1980, just when Kenny Rogers was providing him with his biggest ever hit composition, "Love the World Away" (# 4 country, # 14 pop). Other stars who have recorded his songs include Conway Twitty, Brenda Lee, Loretta Lynn, Mickey Gilley, Faron Young, Bobby Vinton and Tommy Overstreet.





NORM & THE NIGHTMAREZ

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Gènere
Psychobilly

Membres del grup
Singer & Guitarist : Norm Elliott 
Bass - John Goodey
Drums - Jake Lyon

Lloc d'origen
Birmingham

Segell discogràfic
Western Star

Afiliació
Western Star Recording Company

Més informació
We play what WE call Rockin' PsychoBILLY. 2 successful albums a Western Star signed band but affiliate with no other organisations: book us on our merits!.

Biografia
Norm & the Nightmarez are PROUD !!! to call ourselves a Psychobilly band. We play psychobilly music, we are on the psychobilly circuit, we love psychobilly. Sometimes we call ourselves Rockin’ PsychoBILLY that’s just to make it clear to people, what we do. There are now many forms of psychobilly, all valid & all dependant on personal taste, it’s that simple. The band is based on the songs penned by Norm & they speak for themselves. As in day one psychobilly, rockin’ clean tunes but with dark or b-movie themes & at times eerie or suspense filled sounds. Each song will be thought out & will tell a story. We sure as hell didn’t invent the thing we love, cleverer people than us did that & we bow down to them, we are simply purveyors of the art of PsychoBILLY.

                                               


                                             


                                         

divendres, 17 de novembre de 2017

HILLBILLY CASINO

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Membres del grup

Barnstorming daredevil frontman Nic Roulette
Bassist Geoff Firebaugh, aka "the Vanilla Gorilla”
Guitarist Ronnie "Crutchero” Crutcher
Mighty Matt Arnn on Drums

Lloc d'origen
Nashville, TN

Segell discogràfic
Hobolight Records

Més informació
The official Facebook page for Hillbilly Casino.

Biografia
HILLBILLY CASINO
The Real American Music Revolution


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Hillbilly Casino believes in Real American Music. So much so, that they've begun their own one-band movement. They've managed to combine the American blues with hardwood Honky Tonk, Rock N’ Roll, Rockabilly, and topped it off with a healthy DIY Punk Rock attitude and work ethic. 

With volumes of popular original songs, Hillbilly Casino makes Real American Music their own unique style while drawing their influences from legendary American artists, such as Johnny Cash, Chuck Berry, The Blasters, Nick Curran and more.

After 10 years Hillbilly Casino is still going strong. Every member brings their own special flavor to the band. Barnstorming daredevil frontman, Nic Roulette, Bassist Geoff Firebaugh, aka "the Vanilla Gorilla", Guitarist Ronnie "Crutchero" Crutcher, and Mighty Matt Arnn on Drums. Each member is a master of their own craft, which brings together a recipe of what America is truly starving for: Real American Music!

Hillbilly Casino brings this a high performance energy X 10 to every recording and/or show. There is a REVOLUTION brewing America, and its time for a good ole fashion Tennessee Stomp. So crack open some Ole Glory, and taste America again for the first time!

HILLBILLY CASINO - Real American Music !



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Nashville, TN



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KIM LENZ


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“If Elvis had been a woman, he probably would have sounded just like Kim Lenz… — Rolling Stone ”

Los Angeles-based musician Kim Lenz has been cultivating her take on rockabilly since 1998, releasing three albums, including a pair for Hightone Records – one of the most influential labels in the genre – and playing hundreds of dates around the world. Already a recognized force on the roots music scene, Lenz is now poised for a breakthrough with her upcoming albumFollow Me, scheduled for release on August 20th via Riley Records.

Follow Me stays true to the genre and its traditions, but Lenz also allows her recent life experiences to show through in a way that she hasn’t attempted before. While growing up in San Diego and Phoenix, Lenz was a fan of Blondie, The Pretenders, X, Big Star, and The Buzzcocks.

“I’ve always had a penchant for good pop music,” she says, but Lenz really fell in love when she moved to Los Angeles and discovered the burgeoning roots music scene there.

“It was pretty small back then,” Lenz says of the community at that time. “Big Sandy, Dave & Deke, and the Reverend Horton Heat were all happening there in that small scene. Everyone was looking back and taking their own stab at what they found. It was cool.” At the time, Lenz was working in an office that piped in the Pasadena public radio station KPCC throughout the day.

“That’s how I came to know the standards and classic American songwriting,” she remembers. Armed with a musical education in the works of Jerome Kern, Irving Berlin, George Gershwin, Cole Porter, Hoagy Carmichael, Johnny Mercer, and others, Lenz moved to Dallas to finish school, and to take a chance at becoming a performer herself, playing her first show at the Bar of Soap (bar in the front, laundromat in the back.) She immediately knew that she had found her calling.

Lenz began performing regularly around town and a year later was named the Dallas Observer’s “Female Vocalist of the Year.” Flying back to L.A, she recorded a 45 that quickly found an audience among the rockabilly scene there. The call to make an album for Hightone Records came soon after.

“It did better than anyone expected,” Lenz says of her debut album. “We toured and played about 200 dates a year for three years. We were so wild back then, when I look back, I’m surprised we survived!” Lenz then took a break to start a family, and assumed that someone else would fill her shoes while she was gone. But no one had. “I was able to pick my career back up seamlessly,” she says about returning to the road. “That is one thing about this scene. Once they love you they love you forever.”








                  
 

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Lenz hopes that loyalty continues with Follow Me.

“They say that money can’t buy love, but I paid dearly,” Lenz sings on the album’s opening number “Pay Dearly,” and her wise words only become more candid and potent from there. The songs on Follow Me reflect recent difficult events in Lenz’s life that she knew she had to incorporate into her work.

Following the release of 2009’s It’s All True, and the tour of packed houses that followed, Lenz suffered a series of personal setbacks. Discovering that she was adopted and that her family had kept it secret all of her life, opened up a flood of terrible memories for Lenz to sort through and come to terms with. At the same time, Lenz also lost her friend and bandmate, Nick Curran, to cancer.

Lenz has built a career on making music that adheres to a traditional rockabilly sound, and working on Follow Me with a legend like Leyland has allowed her to continue that. Leyland was also able take Lenz’s unusually heartfelt lyrics and work with them in this context. Or as Lenz says, “He took these tough sad songs and put a sparkle on them.”

Follow Me’s first single is its title track, which evokes everyone from Amy Winehouse to Wanda Jackson, incorporating elements of soul into Lenz’s established American roots sound.

Follow Me, the latest album from Kim Lenz and The Jaguars will be released on August 20th, 2013 via Riley Records.





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