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 !!

News and Thanks !

Hi everyone ! Its been two weeks since we launched the blog and we have been overwhelmed by the amount of great responses and support we have received. we have over 100 followers on WordPress and countless others checking in with us from all around the world.

We have some exiting new content coming your way including an interview with blog favourites Sharna-Mae and The Mayhems. We will also try to keep you up to date with Bopflix and other great videos that are posted online.

Aswell as Rockabilly we will also be looking to more of the Ameripolitan and Western Swing music as requested ( Jason James, Dale Watson,Quebe Sisters, Asleep At The Wheel).

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 Palomars – Out Of The Past – Catty Town Records

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Our first review is of a fantastic album released by The Palomars on the newly formed Catty Town Records.

The Canadian band from Vancouver have created a masterpiece. Its one of the best records we have heard in a while.A mix of original compositions with some well covered classics thrown in for good measure. Our favourite is the title track “Out Of The Past” with “My Gal Pal” a close second.

The magnificent blend of Western Swing, Rockabilly and Jazz is brought to life by Tom Hammel’s outstanding steel guitar playing.

The recording itself is crystal clear and the production is somewhat reminiscent of a Jive Aces album. The Lyrics are easy to hear and the band is well mixed and a pleasure to listen too.

We look forward to the next release !!! Catty Town and The Palomars have a bright future ahead.

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Recording Quality (out of ten): 10

Authenticity (out of ten): 8 

Songwriting (out of ten): 8 

Enjoyment (out of ten): 10

Overall Score (out of 40) : 36  

GOLD ALBUM

http://www.thepalomars.net/home – Take a look at The Palomars website