Max Hixon – Lovesick Loverboy – Review

Last week we took a look at Max Hixon’s Lovesick Loverboy single.

Yesterday Max released his first Album by the same title. Max has not only written & produced every song on the album, but has impressively performed it all himself painstakingly mulitracking each instrument.

He also edited the videos himself (with a little help to shoot them).

As we said last week the title track Lovesick Loverboy is truly outstanding and we are pleased to say that the rest of the album follows suit.

One thing we really did like is the tracks all sound individual and doesn’t all blend into one mass of noise like many albums we are sent.

Heres the track rundown: (See last weeks post for Track one)

Track 2 – “Picture Of Perfection” is a classic late 50’s early 60’s pop song which could be compared to songs like: Unchained Melody or The Great Pretender.

Track 3- “What Has Happened To Our Love” is a Del Shannon inspired song and has a really cool feel to it with an Organ making an appearance.

Track 4 -“Loneliest Man” is a moody stripped back Rockabilly Blues number with hints of songs like “All I Can Do Is Cry” about it.

Track 5 -“Loveless Arrangement” is a refreshingly modern sounding song which seems to be inspired by artists like Dion.

Track 6 – “Stolen Heart” is bound to be a new Rockabilly classic.

Track 7 – “Daydream Girl” is a simpler song with some catchy upright bass work.

Track 8 – “Where You Hidin’ Baby” Another very contemporary take on the Rockabilly sound.

Track 9 – “Dream On” – We’d say this one would fit onto a Dreamboats and Petticoats album pretty well.

Track 10 – “Tonight Is All For You” – This track really complements “Dream On” and has great pace to it.

Track 11 – “Call Somebody Honey” – A much heavier Rockabilly song with hints of Imelda May and Brian Setzer.

Track 12 – “Finally Fall In Love” – This acoustic track is like a part B to Picture Of Perfection and is a really great way to end the album.

Well done Max a fantastic debut album which we would call a: Gold Album

You can purchase yourself a copy of the CD here:

  https://www.maxhixonmusic.com/buy-cd

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Rockabilly In : JAPAN

As we often get messages asking about Vintage or Rockabilly music scenes in different countries, this week we decided to take a look into the excellent Rockabilly coming out of Japan. It seems that it would be an understatement to say that there is a growing scene over in Japan at the moment. Even Rhythm Bomb Records have signed a Japanese band (The Pringles).

The Japanese Rockabillies have become famous for dancing in Yoyogi Park in Tokyo !:

 

They also have some great bands and original music.Here are some of our favourite Japanese Rockabilly videos:

 

 

 

 

The Day The Music Died – Remembering Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and The Big Bopper.

Yesterday was the anniversary of The Day The Music Died when music legends; Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and JP Richardson ( The Big Bopper) were sadly killed in a plane crash.

The songs they have sang have not died. We have compiled some covers of the songs performed and written by the three stars.(While this blog is usually for original new music we feel that we should still share covers for this occasion).

Leading UK Rock N Roll cover band The Bluejays Perform Buddy Holly’s “It Doesn’t Matter Anymore”:

 

Los Lobos cover “Come On Lets Go” by Ritchie Valens (they helped a lot with the “La Bamba “film!):

 

UK Cover band Honey Dont’s rendition of The Big Boppers “Chantilly Lace”:

Heres the classic song written by The Big Bopper “White Lightning” performed by his friend George Jones:

Bopflix Sessions: January (Part B)

Here we go again some more Bopflix videos that were released this month:

 

A great little tune by Lynette Morgan and the Blackwater Valley Boys. They have some real nice western swing flavour here and the songs full of character and love the steel guitar solo.A new band to us and we look forward to hearing some more of there tunes.

As we approach the 3rd of February ( The Day The Music Died ) its nice to see another Stratocaster ( the electric guitar) being used. Stratocasters are being overlooked more and more these days and almost forgotten in place of the Gretsch arch tops and the Telecaster. Aside from that a real nice classic sounding tune from these guys !!

Well you can’t go wrong with The Doggone Honkabillies. (enough said ! )

 

Yet more steel guitar with this video by the Lightning Ranch Boys !! Great to see some nice classic gear like that lovely Gibson Jumbo. Sort of reminds me of something that Hank Williams would of sang. If you watch closely you can also see Mr Bopflix himself (Chris Magee) in the mirror !!

Lew Phillips – New Live Videos

For all those interested in the music of Lew Phillips you should pop along to his youtube channel where he has just uploaded a load of new songs he performed live, we believe that they may be songs which will featured on his album Orleans Avenue later this year.

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCHlLpJpTDaXPkYjS3GZzcLQ