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Maryann And The Tri-tones – Kitten Walk – Rhythm Bomb Records

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The Estonian rockabilly band have done it again, releasing a second Album now on Rhythm Bomb Records. Maryann Lants and her band have released a really authentic sounding to notch late 50’s RCAish style album.

They have done particularly well at writing lyrics in english and overall have come up with some pretty damn good original songs ! Its really easy to listen to and is a perfect album to listen to in your car (well anywhere really !! ).

Our favourite track is one called”Love Me Tonight”a  nicely paced song and really shows the style of the band off. “Hold Me Tight”, the first track on the album, comes a close second (Its a great upbeat number).

Our new favourite band !!

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Recording Quality (out of ten): 9

Authenticity (out of ten): 10

Songwriting (out of ten): 8

Enjoyment (out of ten): 9

Overall Score (out of 40): 36 

GOLD ALBUM

https://maryanntritones.wordpress.com – Website

Rob Ryan Roadshow – Live In The Park, Montreux Jazz Festival – Rhythm Bomb Records

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The first ever review of a (eighteen track ) live album is this offering by The Rob Ryan Roadshow. A great Country/Rockabilly/Roots band from Germany, Italy and of course the US ( Rob Ryan himself). The band have seen a lot of success opening for acts such as Imelda May and The Boss Hoss and being signed to the famous Rhythm Bomb Records.

Being a live album there are some differences to what you might usually find on an album. Firstly the recording quality isn’t up to the standard of  the best studio releases, however Alex Ott has done a great job and has kept the feel of a live gig in the album. Secondly there are occasional mistakes in the playing but these are easily forgiven, just part of a live gig.

The music itself is a real mix. Take a large bit of Country, a good dash of Rockabilly, add some roots Rock and a hint of Bluegrass and you might have an idea of how they sound.

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A quick Roadshow Rundown:

Track one is called “Not Good Enought” a real rockin’ song with hints of Dwight Yoakam. A real driving song packed full of energy and growly guitar work. Sadly it can be hard to hear the lyrics at times.Track two is “Highway Man” a pretty good song. I’d say it has a George Strait feel with the laid backness of a classic rockabilly tune.

Track three is called “Truck Drivin’ Man” which sounds sort of similar to Honky Tonk Woman by the Rolling Stones mixed with some crazy Setzeresc Rockabilly guitar.Again in places it can be hard to hear the lyrics. The fourth track “Mind Your Own Business” is like a classic Hank Williams “Move It On Over” sort of tune dirtied up and a little bluesy.

“Rollin With Jesus” is where the bluegrass influence comes in but its well and truly electrified and thought a religious title may put some people off its definitely not one to miss and even includes a little yodel !! “Call Me Shorty” is a bit of a classic tune, you know lyrics about Cadillacs and that !

Track seven “Pick Me Up”is where the band starts to mellow to give Mr Ryan’s voice a bit of time to relax. It’s a nice tune with some lovely guitar work.”Goin Out Drinkin” is a fast Rockabilly/Western Swing number with some Cliff Gallup inspired soloing.

The song “Good Rockin” contains some unnecessary swearing. They seem to be trying to crowbar “motherf*cking” into the lyric, it doesn’t really work. However it is still a very Country kick ass song.”Plain Jane” is a stripped back number which suits the title.”Stay In Bed” features a good chord sequence and some tasty instrumental work.

“Not Anymore” is a real highlight of the album the energy is back !! “Cold Hard Truth” is a really cool song as well a definite favourite. “Heaven Yes” however isn’t quite up to the same standard and a little too repetitive (but then maybe “Cold Hard Truth” was a hard act to follow !).Track 15 has them back to the electrified bluegrass sound with the appropriately named “Bluegrass Song” !

“Full Time Lovin’ Man” is a fast paced sexual song like a countryfied dirty Jerry Lee tune with some nice little whoops here and there ! “Good Hearted Woman” is a more chilled out song nice clear acoustic guitar and sounds really traditional. And finally “Monkey Beat Heaven” roughs things back up again for the grand finale !

http://www.therobryanroadshow.com/ – The Website


Recording Quality (out of ten): 8

Authenticity (out of ten): 8

Songwriting (out of ten): 6

Enjoyment (out of ten): 8 

Overall Score (out of 40): 30 

Silver Album

The Best Of : Bopflix

Well as Bopflix has been around longer than us, we thought we’d share what we think are the best Bopflix videos that you might of missed.

Australian rocker Pat Capocci’s “Slave For The Beat”(Press-Tone/Wild) happens to be our favorite song on Bopflix and has a simple yet effective video. He’s also coming over to the UK this year to headline the Rockabilly Rave so well worth checking out.

One of Rhythm Bomb’s ( and now Ruby Records’s) best acts, the uber talented Ruby Ann is the artist featured in this next video. A great little number accompanied by a slick video which truly shows off Chris Magee’s filming and editing skills.

Dynamic duo, the Bonneville Barons take the third spot. They sure kick out a lot of sound for just two members !

Bopflix must be pretty proud of the punchy green screen video. Super classy !!

 

The Bopflix Sessions: January

Bopflix ( number one Rockabilly film maker :Chris Magee’s channel )has released two brand new Bopflix Sessions videos this month and we couldn’t help ourselves and had to share them with you.

Our favourite has to be Bob And the Bearcats – Hold On Tight, featuring Darrel Higham.

 

 

Hold on ! He just released another one by the one and only Pat Capocci ! :

An Interview With: Lew Phillips

Many of you may remember pop singer/songwriter Lew Phillips from his time on Rhythm Bomb Records and Wild but there have been many changes and developments in Lew’s career as we catch up with him in this interview.

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So tell us a bit of the Lew Phillips story so far ?

I was born in a small town in the province of Quebec in Canada called Joliette. I started being interested in music around the age of 4 because of my great late grandpa. I grew up in this small town and been to high school, then I thought it was about time for me to move to a bigger city, so I moved to Montreal. In 2013 while I was still living at my parents house, I got signed by Wild Records in California and released a single called “Mister Colter”! Then I got signed by Rhythm Bomb Records in 2013 and released my first album “Self Titled” in 2014! I left Rhythm Bomb Records in 2015 when my contract with them expired because I had bigger ambitions, aspirations and dreams and was tired to play rock n roll. I wanted to explore Pop music and make my music much more complex.

How would you describe your Sound ? What influences do you have ?

I would say it’s kinda hard to explain. I am basically doing Pop music, but I get inspiration from many different things. I get inspired by music from the 40s like Frank Sinatra, the 50s Rock N Roll and Doo Wop Stuff, the 60s Pop music like the Beach Boys, Neil Sedaka, The Four Seasons, Jay and The Americans, The 60s Merseybeat stuff like The Beatles, Gerry and The Pacemakers, the Dave Clark 5,Peter and Gordon, Billy J. Kramer and the Dakotas, 40s, 50s and 60s Latin music, 40s, 50s and 60s Cha Cha music, the 40s, 50s and 60s Mambo music, the 40s, 60s and 60s traditional Italian music, All the Phil Spector work as a producer in the 60s (the wall of sound area), the Motown of the 60s, soul music from the late 50s and early 60s, and nowadays artists like Leon Bridges, Raphael Saadiq, Nathaniel Rateliff and the Nightsweats, Whitney, Kevin Morby, Papooz and Sam Smith.

What are you working on right now ?

My second album which I’m actually recording. The album is going to be called “Orleans Avenue” because I’ve wrote all the songs on this street where I’m actually living right now. There will be 3 volumes Vol.1-2 and 3! But they will be separated volumes, it’s not a triple album, you can buy the volume 1 only if you want to for example.

There will be 13 new original and different songs on each volume. I’m pretty excited about it cause I’m producing the whole thing myself.

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As an artist who writes original music, could you explain your songwriting process ?

Yes I can! It used to be and come out only when I wasn’t expecting it, but later on I’ve started applied a technique from the famous Brill Buildings in New York rich consisted of locking yourself up in a cubicle from 10h00AM to 5h00PM trying to write one good song each day. And let me tell you, it really works!

What will be the next step for your music ?

Easy! Get signed by a good label in the music industry in Canada or the USA. There’s good independent labels on the Pop circuit like Mom+Pop Music, Dine Alone Records, Arts &Crafts, Secretly Canadian and the list goes on and on.

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How will your new album differ from your last ?

Like I said earlier there’s plenty of things which will differ from what I did earlier, but I guess the major thing is the switch from Rock N Roll aka underground music to Pop music aka commercial music (as seen by many underground music lovers).

What songs are you listening to at the moment ?

Puff! It’s pretty much hard to tell! I listen to do many stuff every day! I’m a sucker for Phil Spector’s genius and his famous Wall Of Sound! This guy is it! But I also listen to so many different stuff.

Well thanks so much Lew

We look forward to seeing your progress on: Orleans Avenue – Volume 1 

An old video made during Lew’s time in the UK:

Jerry Chatabox Presents – The Rockabilly Rave – 15th- 19th of June 2017

The Rockabilly Rave is known as a true highlight of the Europe’s rockin’ scene and it looks like this years festival could be its best yet. A great lineup of artists including Pat Capocci, The Bellfuries and James Intveld set to take to the stage.

See you there folks !

Click here for the 2016 booking form!https://www.rockabillyrave.co.uk/booking.html – Book here