April 14, 1995 |
*** 1/2, VARIOUS ARTISTS, "The Best of Excello Records", Excello/AVI When you listen to this treasure chest of R&B and rockabilly from the '50s and early '60s, it's easy to assume that the records were originally released by a Memphis label, not a Nashville one.
August 8, 1991 |
Sufferin' Succotash! These cats apparently have way more than nine lives. Either they are always around like Sylvester or at least the grin remains like the Cheshire Cat. These guys, who rock a lot more than most felines, are the Stray Cats. These veteran rockabilly rockers are coming to the venerable Ventura Theatre Tuesday night with all three original members--Brian Setzer, Lee Rocker and the one and only Slim Jim Phantom.
January 17, 1998 |
"One thing that was different about Elvis," Wanda Jackson drawled one recent night between songs at Hollywood's Bar Deluxe, "is that he never did warm up his voice before a show. He warmed up his body." With that, she wiggled her torso as if a shiver had run down her spine. "At first, it looked strange, him loosening up, but once I saw him play, I understood. He'd start with his head, then his sneer.
August 13, 1998 |
The Cadillac Angels' chief claim to fame has been as hosts of all nine of the annual Santa Barbara "Rockabilly Roundup" gigs--fund-raisers for CALM, an organization fighting child abuse. Besides performing at the annual fund-raiser, the Angels, formerly the Roadhouse Rockers, must be the hardest-working band in the 805 area code. Not only do they play everywhere all the time, they don't mind driving to get there.
April 24, 1999 |
April showers bring May festivals. Beach Fest '99, an annual charity event that offers an abundant, smorgasbord-like selection of bands from the Orange County/Long Beach music scene, takes place May 15-16 at Shoreline Marina Green in Long Beach. The following weekend, May 22-23, brings a large helping of national blues and roots-rock talent to another waterfront location, Doheny State Beach in Dana Point, site of the annual Doheny Blues Festival.
December 18, 1996 |
Southern California has been a breeding ground for rockabilly bands almost from the music's inception. Angelenos Eddie Cochran and Ricky Nelson laid down some of the genre's finest tracks in the late '50s, even if their brand of L.A. 'billy was slicker and poppier than the work of rural pioneers such as Elvis, Carl Perkins and Johnny Burnette.
February 4, 1993 |
If even Hurricane Andrew or the Big Bad Wolf couldn't disturb so much as a strand of your jellyroll haircut, if your shoes are pointier than your feet, your horoscope is something akin to "wahoo," and if your watch stopped around 1959, then tomorrow's your big night out. That is when you'll be able to head to the 4th Annual Rockabilly Roundup, which will be held Friday night at Fess Parker's Red Lion Resort in Santa Barbara as a benefit for C.A.L.M., and anti-child abuse organization.
January 9, 1992 |
They have enough grease on their hair to make Brylcreem stock go sliding up the Wall Street listings. Look at their pointy shoes, listen to their repertoire of about a zillion three-minute classics--hey, it must be the hardest-working band in the 805 area code, those reverent rockabilly revivalists, the Roadhouse Rockers.
August 19, 1994 |
Rocker Gene Vincent was certainly broke and near-forgotten by the time he died in late 1971, even if his song "Be-Bop-A-Lula" had sold about 9 million copies by then. Newer generations of rockabilly fans tend to ignore such paradoxes and concentrate instead on celebrating the legacy Vincent left behind. That celebration of Vincent's music, and that of his rock 'n' roll colleague Eddie Cochran, re-emerges Tuesday night at the Palomino in a tribute to the late rockabilly pioneers.