Video: Wanda Jackson and Imelda May sing “Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On” in New York’s Central Park

Oklahoma’s own Queen of Rockabilly Wanda Jackson performed for a crowd of thousand’s Wednesday night in New York’s Central Park.

Unfortunately, I wasn’t there, but this had to be a highlight of the night: Irish singer Imelda May joined the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer for a fun rendition of the Jerry Lee Lewis classic “Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On” that led into Jackson’s own signature hit “Let’s Have a Party.”

If this doesn’t get your blood pumping, I regret to inform you that you passed on sometime during the day and your body just doesn’t know it yet!


Concert Review: Brian Setzer's Rockabilly Riot, Brixton Academy, 7/24/11

On July 24, 2011, my girlfriend and I joined the queues outside London's famous Brixton Academy to see Brian Setzer's Rockabilly Riot. At 7 pm the doors opened and we quickly grabbed a spot in front of the sound desk and looked forward to the evening ahead.

The first band out was the new rockabilly group The Caezars. A four-piece group boasting a talented guitarist in Danny "O", the band struggled against a poor sound set-up, meaning that I could not make out a single word sung in any of the songs. This was a frustration shared by the second support act, the highly rated Jim Jones Revue. The Revue's lead singer, Jim Jones, decided to take this out on the audience however. Getting frustrated with a lack of audience participation (in no small part due to the fact that we couldn't make out any of the lyrics), he ended up criticising us for wanting to see Brian Setzer more than we wanted to see him! Overall, neither support act impressed me greatly and I think they both missed fundamental tricks on the rockabilly scene, such as having a sprinkling of standards in the set list.

Following half an hour's set-up time, Johnny Hatton and Noah Levy strode onto the stage to huge applause. Seconds later, the opening riff to "Ignition" rang out and the crowd took the roof off of the joint as the king of rockabilly, Brian Setzer, took control. In the first set Setzer played a mix of rockabilly standards, such as "Put Your Cat-Clothes On", and tracks from his solo career - "8-Track" and "This Cat's On A Hot Tin Roof". The musicianship throughout the set was storming, and the whole band shone on tracks from Setzer's new album, Setzer Goes Instru-MENTAL.

At the beginning of the second set, Setzer announced that the guitar he was playing was first used for Stray Cats in the 1980s. To go with it, he had brought a 'spare Stray Cat' - Slim Jim Phantom! With a new bass player, Chris D'Rozario, onstage, the band kicked through a selection of Stray Cats classics such as "Rumble In Brighton", "Runaway Boys" and "Stray Cat Strut". The crowd was clearly buoyed by this selection and the presence of two members of the 1980s rockabilly giants. Special note has to go to D'Rozario ,who I thought was awesome on the bass. No disrespect to Hatton, but I felt that D'Rozario had a rockabilly style right up there with Mark Winchester and Lee Rocker. The only low-point of the set for my girlfriend and I was the fact that we had to sneak out of the gig during "Red Hot" for fear of missing the last tube back to our hotel.

Overall Setzer and both of his bands put on a hi-octane storming set. The sound was spot-on for Setzer's set, making it a vast improvement on the sound at the Stray Cats gig in Zurich in '08. The quality of Setzer's playing was awe-inspiring, as was that of his bands. The set was a good mix of rockabilly standards, Stray Cats classics and highlights of his solo career and orchestra. It was nice to see Slim-Jim again, and I can't wait for the next time the rockabilly riot hits town.

By Richard Johnson, BLOGCRITICS.ORG


3rd Annual Tribute Remembering Elvis ... Belgrade, Serbia



Finally! Vacation begin! 7-8 days from now blog will sleep and in mean time I will drink beer and listen Pike's album more as I can ... See yaa later!


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*** 3rd Rockin' Gijon Weekender 2011


Best Rockabilly for this summer

This album is GREAT! MUST HAVE! Pike Cavalero debut album for Sleazy Records is one of the best which I am listen this year (beside of last The Hillbilly Moon Expolosion album). This my first time to hear Pike Cavalero music and now really enjoy listening this album. This pure rockabilly album of summer 2011!

Album can be ordered from Sleazy Records:

All information about band (history / members) you can find on:


Rockabilly Musician Chadd Thomas Found Dead In South Austin

The Austin American-Statesman and KVUE are both reporting that the Travis County Medical Examiner has ruled Thomas' death a homicide from blunt force trauma.

Rumors ran rampant across Facebook last night reporting the death of Austin rockabilly bandleader Chadd Thomas of Chadd Thomas and the Crazy Kings. Thomas originally formed the band in Houston, and was a frequent performer at the Continental Club here. He was born in Birmingham, Ala.

Jessica Vess of Austin's KVUE reported via Twitter this morning that the Austin Police Department has identified a body found Monday morning on South Congress Avenue near Oltorf as Thomas, whose real name was Charles Thomas II.

Austin police were alerted to a body slumped against a fence along South Congress around 7:45 a.m. Monday, KVUE reported. Monday night, Austin rockabilly band (and former Houstonians) the Hotrod Hillbillies posted the following message on their Facebook page:

"We are very Shocked to have learn [sic] that a fellow Rockabilly Musician Chadd Thomas, was found dead this morning in South Austin. Cops are calling it a Homicide. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family, daughter, and all the members of The Crazy Kings, especially our brother Dylan Cavalier. We hope answers of his death will come quickly."

Although homicide detectives are involved, Austin police said when they found Thomas' body that determining a cause of death was premature: "Right now, all we have is a deceased person," APD Sgt. Keith Bazzle told KVUE.

Seeking more information, Rocks Off contacted some Houston musicians who were familiar with Thomas. One, who asked not to be named, said Thomas, 38, was struck by a car following an altercation after his band's show at The Crow Bar in Austin Saturday night, and refused his friends' efforts to take him to the hospital. Ed. Note: The Crazy Kings played The Aviary Decor, another South Austin bar, Saturday night, not The Crowbar.

Houston rockabilly promoter Edgar Salazar, known as "Big E," called Thomas a "great friend" and said he is planning a tribute at next weekend's two-day Rock Baby Rock It festival. He did not remember the last time the Crazy Kings played the Continental Club.

Besides the Hotrod Hillbillies, musicians including Scott H. Biram, Back Porch Mary, Houston's 13 Black Coffins and San Antonio venue Sam's Burger Joint posted tributes to Thomas on Twitter. "Miss Melane & 13 Black Coffins will always remember how awesome you were to us," the Coffins said.


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*** Psychobilly gigs around the globe

3 December

Wreckless Flyer


VA Hillbilly & Roots 45s

Here's another nice mix of goodies--some hillbilly, some gospel, some blues and a whole lotta boppin'!!!

01. Eddy Beers- Big Mack Waitin [Rebel Ace 743] c. 1966
02. Eddy Beers- What’s Your Excuse [Rebel Ace 743] 1966
03. Larry Leach- Just A Long Long Road [Lifetime 1008] 60s
04. Les Smith- Dark Blue Heart [Scarlo 335] 60s
05. Les Smith- Up Tomyneck [sic] [Scarlo 335] 60s
06. T Tommy- Sing and Shout [Mercury 70809] 1956
07. T Tommy- Come Sweet Chariot [Mercury 70809] 1956\
08. Eddie Burns- Treat Me Like I Treat You [Chess 1672] 1957
09. Eddie Burns- Doncha Leave Me Baby [Chess 1672] 1957
10 Jesse Perkins- Madly In Love [Savoy 1584] 1960
11 Jesse Perkins- One More Kiss [Savoy 1584] 1960
12 Molly O’day- If You See My Savior [Columbia 2-798] 1950
13 Molly O’day- When My Tine Comes To Go [Co 2-798] 1950
14 Kay Adams- Rocks In My Head [Tower 305] 1966
15 Blackwood Bros Qt- Rock A My Soul [RCA 4547] 1952
16 Sensational Nightingales - I Want To Go {Peacock 1829] 1961
17 Five Singing Stars- Been IN The Storm [Peacock 1890] 1963
18 Five Singing Stars- Let Me In [Peacock 1890] 1963
19 Wade Ray- Walk Soflty [RCA 4226] 1951
20 Wade Ray- Are You Fer It [RCA 4226] 1951
21 Tennessee Drifters- Boogie Woogie Baby [Dot 1166] 1953
22 Bright Stars- Family Prayer [Nashboro 710] 1959
23 Tommy Collins- It Tickles [Capitol 3082] 1955
24 Tommy Collins- Let Down [Capitol 3082] 1955
25 Tommy Collins- I Always Get A Souvenir [Capitol 2802] 1954
26 Tommy Collins- Let Me Love You [Capitol 2802] 1954
27 Fred Baker- Is I Is Or Is I Ain’t [Capitol 2970] 1954
28 Charlie Gore- It’s A Long Walk Back To Town [King 1310] 1954
29 Joe Carson- I Could Love The Devil Out Of You [Mercury 70348] 1954
30 Sticks McGhee- Drinkin Wine Spo Dee O Dee [Atlantic 873] 1949


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Tiki Blowout Weekeneder 2011

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NME names Johnny Cash's 'Hurt' the greatest music video of all time

NME names Johnny Cash's 'Hurt' the greatest music video of all time

Photo: PA

Johnny Cash's video for his Nine Inch Nails cover of 'Hurt' has been named the greatest music video of all time by NME.

The clip came top of 100 classic music videos on NME's newly launched video site The American rock'n'roll and country music legend's 2002 promo finished ahead of Radiohead's 'Just' and Chris Isaak's 'Wicked Game'.

Also in the Top Ten were The Prodigy with 'Smack My Bitch Up', Weezer's 'Buddy Holly' and Foo Fighters's 1997 hit 'Everlong'.

Full list of videos can be seen on:

Johnny Cash - Hurt (Video)


Lee Rocker USA tour dates

Upcoming Tour Dates

Springfield, Massachusetts

July 14, 2011 @ Stearns Square Concert Series

Edmonton, Canada

July 22, 2011 @ Cars & Guitars Festival

Edmonton, Canada

July 23, 2011 @ Cars & Guitars Festival

Edmonton, Canada

July 24, 2011 @ Cars & Guitars Festival

Truckee, California

July 30, 2011 @ Community Concert Series

Londonderry, New Hampshire

August 10, 2011 @ Tupelo Music Hall

White River Junction, Vermont

August 11, 2011 @ Tupelo Music Hall

Edgewood, Maryland

August 12, 2011 @ Club 66

Asbury Park, New Jersey

August 13, 2011 @ Convention Hall

Lake Havasa, Arizona

February 19, 2012 @ Windsor State Park

Lee Performs with Broadway’s Million Dollar Quartet.


Buddy Holly tribute CD released

Fantasy Records released new Buddy Holly tribute cd with very interesting covers and band. On this new compilation famous Justin Townes Earle make very interesting cover of  "Maybe Baby" and Lou Reed give new fresh sound to "Peggy Sue"

full covers list:

01. The Black Keys – Dearest
02. Fiona Apple & Jon Brion – Everyday
03. Paul McCartney – It’s So Easy
04. Florence + The Machine – Not Fade Away
05. Cee Lo Green – (You’re So Square) Baby, I Don’t Care
06. Karen Elson – Crying, Waiting, Hoping
07. Julian Casablancas – Rave On
08. Jenny O – I’m Gonna Love You Too
09. Justin Townes Earle – Maybe Baby
10. She & Him – Oh Boy
11. Nick Lowe – Changing All Those Changes
12. Patti Smith – Words of Love
13. My Morning Jacket – True Love Ways
14. Modest Mouse – That’ll Be The Day
15. Kid Rock – Well All Right
16. The Detroit Cobras – Heartbeat
17. Lou Reed – Peggy Sue
18. John Doe – Peggy Sue Got Married
19. Graham Nash – Raining In My Heart


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