Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Down Home Blues: New York, Cincinnati and the North Eastern States: Tough Enough

Just released is the third box set in Wienerworld’s Down Home Blues series that explores the unique regions of the black American blues scene. This release features 37 artists, many of whom were influential in developing the down home blues scene, including Brownie McGhee, Big Chief Ellis, Alonzo Scales, Cousin Leroy and others.

The box set contains the down home blues of the territories of the North Eastern States that encompasses two important cities that certainly helped in the development and growth of this blues genre. Mainly from artists who were far more comfortable playing their music within the bars and out-of-town juke joints. The tough little venues that were quite different from the bigger rhythm and blues, jazz orchestrated venues that New York and North-eastern cities had established for those bigger sounds.


A four CD set, packaged in a deluxe digipak with an outer slip case, featuring 110 rare tracks, all digitally remastered, some of which have never been reissued since their original release.

Also features an 80 page book on the origins of the music and the blues scene in this region by eminent blues writer and scholar Chris Bentley, complete with essay, rare photos, track listing and full sessionography.

official websitehttps://www.wienerworld.com

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Billy Swan and Buzz Cason new release Billy & Buzz Sing Buddy...tribute to Buddy Holly


On Billy & Buzz Sing Buddy, the new album from Billy Swan and Buzz Cason, the Nashville music legends revisit the songs of one of their first musical heroes, pioneering rocker Buddy Holly.

“We both have a lot of love for Buddy Holly,” says Swan, who is best known for “I Can Help,” his 1974 No. 1 hit. “He was the real deal.”

The album, which was released by Arena Recordings on August 17, features 11 songs originally recorded by Holly, plus a song about Holly, “Thank You Buddy,” co-written by Cason and Swan. “We figured that would be a nice way to wrap up the album,” says Cason, who is most widely recognized as the co-writer of the pop and R&B standard, “Everlasting Love,” and the producer of Robert Knight’s original hit recording of the song.

Interestingly, both Cason and Swan have a connection to Holly’s old band, The Crickets. In the early 1960's, Cason co-wrote and produced The Cricket’s hit, “They Call Her La Bamba” before joining the band as lead singer for a year. The Crickets continued to make records over the decades, and in the mid-1990's, they covered a song written by Swan, “Betty Sue’s Still Breaking Jimmy Lee’s Heart.” Crickets drummer Jerry Allison even makes an appearance on Billy & Buzz Sing Buddy, contributing percussion to their cover of “Well...All Right.”



I’m Lookin’ For Someone To Love” is slated to be the first single from Billy & Buzz Sing Buddy, and they have already posted their hilarious music video for the song to YouTube. Conceived by Cason and featuring a cameo by rockabilly guitar legend Scotty Moore, to whom the album is dedicated, the video was shot at various locations around Nashville including the Tennessee Central Railway Museum, Centennial Park, and Lower Broad.

website: https://www.arenarecordings.net

Marty's review: What can I say about this brilliant album, it's a classic! Whether you're a Buddy Holly fan or not (and who isn't), Billy and Buzz have done a superb job with their passionate renditions of these timeless songs. Buddy and The Crickets would certainly approve as will their legions of fans. 

Saturday, August 25, 2018

Ed Cavin & The Blue Kings debut album release Street Joint... a new generation of Rockers!


Street Joint” is the debut album from Swedish rockers Ed Cavin and The Blue Kings. It's filled with prime 50’s style rockin’ music delivered with that youthful enthusiasm just as it was back in the day. 16 tracks in all, fast paced rockers, mid-tempo boppers and a couple of slow numbers makes the album a treat. 

A selection of covers and original songs, although they sure have put their own mark on the covers, just listen to the Lightnin’ Hopkins song ”The Life I Used to Live” here turned into a SUN styled Rockabilly tune.



These youngsters made an immediate impact back in 2016 when they released a video for their version of the classic song ”Love Me” originally by The Phantom. As a result they got requests for gigs not only in Sweden but also around Europe, and they sure went down a storm when they hit the stages. In 2017 they released a limited edition 7” with the self-penned track ”Don’t Be Like That” and the aforementioned ”Love Me” on the flip side. It further spread word about the band around the globe, and the 7” is now almost sold out. Not bad for a couple of local teenagers from the Enviken area that barely had a drivers license when they started out. 

It is no doubt that this album will take the band to stages where they have never been before.

Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/edcavinbluekings

Marty's review: These young guys just ROCK and bring the house down on this their debut album. Sounding like they are coming straight out of the 1950's, the raw energy and talent comes across on this 16 tracker that will have you boppin', rollin', reelin' and rockin'!

Thursday, August 16, 2018

Ultra-Lounge Volume Six...Rhapsodesia...music and Martinis for lovers only


This is one of the more LAID BACK albums in the Ultra-Lounge series and is an excellent example of the "lounge" genre.

Classic mid century modern music, it's like a soundtrack to Mad Men. Lush arrangements:" Sleep Walk"," Smoke Gets In Your Eyes", "Tenderly", "Girl Talk", and the" Theme From Picnic". Sexy, fun lyrics performed by amazing female vocalists: "Go Slow" by Julie London, "You're My Thrill" by Dolores Gray, and "Do It Again" by April Stevens. Also notable are "Serenata" by the Jonah Jones Quartet and Jackie Gleason's "Tenderly".

For those who are uninitiated, I recommend this as an excellent entry into the genre...though really any of the Ultra Lounge collections would do about as well.





Thursday, July 19, 2018

Tammi Savoy and The Chris Casello Combo new release "Rhythm and Roll"..vintage 50's sounds



Sometimes the best results happen from unplanned events.  Tammi Savoy coming together with The Chris Casello Combo is one of those results.  Chris had Tammi jump on stage at one of his shows to do a cover of Lavern Baker's "Jim Dandy" and the place went crazy.  They recorded a few covers at his home studio with plans to record an original releasing this fall on Swelltune records and the show offers started pouring in.  The chemistry between their styles is immediately evident.  This feels like an album recorded in the late 50's but with a freshness to it that will blow you away.

Imagine a young woman with a powerful soulful voice that nails the classic 40’s, 50's and early 60's R&B and rock and roll sounds. Match that with a great stage presence and drop dead gorgeous looks accompanying a perfect visual adherence to mid century vintage style. Now combine her with the killer rockabilly instrumentation of slapping upright bass, swinging drums and virtuoso guitar and you’ve got Tammi Savoy and The Chris Casello Combo.



Miss Tammi grew up listening to classic rhythm and blues, rock ’n’ roll and jazz. She is the baby sister of the multi platinum contemporary R&B phenom Next. Tammi, however digs deep into the roots of American soul. Tammi effortlessly captures the feel and sounds of Ruth Brown, Laverne Baker, Sarah Vaughan and many more obscure greats of that genre.

Chris Casello is a veteran of Detroit, Nashville and Chicago music scenes. Mr. Casello is the 2017 Ameripolitan Musician of the year and has played in over a dozen countries; backed up countless pioneers of rock, country and blues; voted Best of Nashville Scene Honk Tonk Hero and critic’s choice in 2012. Chris is also a 2nd generation inductee to Rockabilly Hall of Fame and has performed everywhere from The Lincoln Center to the Grand Ol’ Opry.

After meeting at a gig in Chicago the pair started jamming and recording. The basically live recordings from those sessions started receiving an overwhelmingly enthusiastic response from those who were privy to hearing them. Incredibly, in a few short weeks, the group has already made appearances at Viva Las Vegas, the Nashville Boogie and are booked on several festivals from blues and jazz to hot rod shows.



The group, featuring Chicago rhythm section Jesse Woelfel on bass and Russ Deluca on drums have released a new six song EP and are slated for a vinyl single on Swelltune Records for release September 2018. The combined following on the social networks of these two artists is upwards of 25,000+ conservatively. The Tammi Savoy and Chris Casello Combo is contagiously fun and irresistibly danceable. Have a listen and see what the excitement is all about!

Marty's review: Well, what can I say, for anyone into vintage sounds this EP has it all. Sounding like it's coming straight out of the 1950's with a jivin', slappin' and rockin' beat plus Tammi Savoy's powerful vocal delivery, this will have you tapping your toes and clickin' your fingers from start to finish. It literally ROCKS!

official websites:
http://www.chriscasello.com/
https://www.misstammisavoy.com/
http://www.rileypromotions.com/
http://rockabillynblues.blogspot.com/

Friday, July 6, 2018

Indie/Retro artists The Gunboat Diplomats new release "Original Sin"....cool vintage vibes

Indie/Retro artists The Gunboat Diplomats have recently released their new song "Original Sin". It has a definite vintage vibe about it with a nostalgic 1940's/Cha-Cha sound and delivered in the very unique way only the GD's can. 



Read more about the GD's on previous post on this blog:

..and also on their official website: http://www.gunboatdiplomats.com/

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

The Song Is....Cole Porter...various artists...recordings from 1927 to 1935



  1. Just One Of Those Things (From 'Jubilee') - Richard Himber And His Ritz-Carlton Orchestra
  2. Anything Goes (From 'Anything Goes') - Cole Porter
  3. I'm In Love Again (From 'Up With The Lark') - Ben Bernie And His Hotel Roosevelt Orchestra
  4. I Get A Kick Out Of You (From 'Anything Goes') - Ethel Merman
  5. How Could We Be Wrong? (From 'Nymph Errant') - Al Bowlly
  6. Miss Otis Regrets (From 'Hi-Diddle-Diddle') - Douglas Byng
  7. Lady Fair (From 'Anything Goes') - The Anything Goes Foursome
  8. I'm A Gigolo - Cole Porter
  9. Let's Do It (From 'Wake Up And Dream') - Bing Crosby
  10. Night And Day (From 'The Gay Divorcee') - Fred Astaire
  11. They All Fall In Love (From 'The Battle Of Paris') - Jack Hylton And His Orchestra
  12. You're The Top (From 'Anything Goes') - Cole Porter
  13. Love For Sale (From 'New Yorkers') - Libby Holman
  14. All Through The Night (From 'Anything Goes') - Ambrose And His Orchestra
  15. Be Like The Bluebird (From 'Anything Goes') - Cole Porter
  16. Experiment (From 'Nymph Errant') - Gertrude Lawrence
  17. Thank You So Much, Mrs. Lowsborough-Goodby - Cole Porter
  18. What Is This Thing Called Love? (From 'Wake Up And Dream') - Leo Reisman And His Orchestra




Monday, May 28, 2018

Letters From Home's Vintage Music supports Veterans / Military


Erinn Diaz- America's Bombshell Patriot

Letters From Home is made up of founder, Erinn Diaz, and co-stars who sing and tap-dance their way all over the country, performing shows that support veterans, active military and families on a mission to revive patriotism nationwide. Their shows give a strong nod to the 1940's USO-style shows of decades ago.




You will be dazzled with tap dancing.
Your memories will be filled with song.
You will be charmed by charisma and personality.
​Your hearts will be touched forever with patriotism.





Find out more:

official website: http://lettersfromhomesingers.com/index.html

facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LettersFromHomeSingers

Friday, April 13, 2018

Retro artist Cado new single release "My Baby" ... rock and roll with a modern twist


Having been born half a century too late in 1990, Cado is a modern rock and roll artist with an obsession for music of the past! After stealing a Beatles’ album from a record shop aged 10, he was inspired to make music for people to dance to. 

Cado, who grew up in County Kildare, Ireland, was mesmerised at an early age by the sound of The Beatles and Chuck Berry and from then commenced a lifelong obsession with music! His father would perform Johnny B. Goode to him and when he heard the hard hitting opening riff featured in back to the future at age 11, he did not hesitate to pick up a guitar and has rarely put it down since!




He spent late 2016 and early 2017 recording his latest EP in a DIY studio in his hometown of Naas. The first single and title track "Satisfy My Soul" was released in August 2017 with an accompanying music video by Second Frame Films. The single garnered positive reviews and received airplay on regional radio. In the summer of 2017 Cado played the lead role in The Buddy Holly Story after which he and the House band “The Delta Cats” joined forces and have since been playing shows across the country as “Cado & The Delta Cats”

Cado’s latest single “My Baby” is the second single from his upcoming “Satisfy My Soul EP.” Mixed by Martin Quinn (The Strypes, Heroes In Hiding) and mastered by Pete Maher, (U2, Jack White). "My Baby” will be available to stream and buy from all online music stores and streaming services.



Marty's review: Cado is back with another hot rockin' tune which pays homage to artists like Eddie Cochran and Gene Vincent. Putting his own spin on it, Cado has mastered the sound of classic rock and roll and this release will have you dancing in the aisles from the first note. It has that nice slapping rockabilly beat and Cado's fast paced guitar licks are up front and drive the song from start to finish.


Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Cocktail Capers: Ultra-Lounge Vol.8...Mondo Space-Age Bachelor Pad A-Go-Go


Powerful, high-fidelity and FUN! Cool music from the Mad Men era. A collection of lounge music by various artists with performers such as Gloria Wood whose "Hey Bellboy" is a hoot and Cy Coleman whose music is so sensual(his "Pussycat" will make the hair stand up on the back of your neck with some of its unexpected chords!).

Many of the selections that appear here are not available elsewhere, either because the original album on which the song appeared is out of print, or because the song was issued as a single and never collected in an album.





Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Indie artists The Gunboat Diplomats new album release "Manifest Destiny"...distinctive vintage vibe



The Gunboat Diplomats are an independent song shop in Jacksonville Beach, Florida that records original music with a vintage vibe in a variety of genres.

They have just completed the first two songs for their new record called “Manifest Destiny.” They are available for free streaming and downloading at Bandcamp (https://gunboatdiplomats.bandcamp.com/album/manifest-destiny) and on their web site (http://www.gunboatdiplomats.com). One is old school Bakersfield country and the other is folk.

The Gunboat Diplomats are the best-kept secret on the indie scene, and will be for the foreseeable future. Their melodic music, which is rich in harmonies with a distinctive vintage vibe, has been described as “music that is rich in harmonies with a distinctive vintage vibe.” When they are not writing and recording in Zoe Tribe Studios, they enjoy sending unsolicited promotional emails to unsuspecting recipients.



Also available: "Fine State of Affairs" album on Bandcamp HERE ..Songs for lonely hearts, obsessive lovers, and hopeless romantics




Saturday, September 16, 2017

Retro Rock and Roll artist Cado releases HOT new single "Satisfy My Soul" with sensational video



Having been born half a century too late in 1990, Cado is a modern rock and roll artist with an obsession for music of the past! After stealing a Beatles’ album from a record shop aged 10, he was inspired to make music for people to dance to.

Cado, who grew up in County Kildare, Ireland, was mesmerised at an early age by the sound of The Beatles and Chuck Berry and from then commenced a lifelong obsession with music! His father would perform Johnny B.Goode to him, and when he heard the hard hitting opening riff featured in back to the future at age 11, he did not hesitate to pick up a guitar and has rarely put it down since!



The multi-instrumentalist has toured the UK and Ireland with The Shades and in early 2016 he began recording a collection of songs inspired by the music he adores. In August 2016 he released the "Take Me Back" EP. The singer-songwriter takes a completely DIY approach, self recording and mixing
everything in his personal studio. Every instrument is performed by Cado allowing him make music that he truly loves.

Cado spent late 2016 and early 2017 recording his latest EP in a DIY studio in his hometown of Naas. The first single and title track "Satisfy My Soul" was released on Friday August 18 2017. Mixed by Martin Quinn (The Strypes, Heroes In Hiding) and mastered by Pete Maher, (U2, Jack White).

Single Links:

i Tunes - http://apple.co/2tIOnSA
Google Play - http://bit.ly/2v7visU
Amazon - http://amzn.to/2sL8mij
Spotify - http://spoti.fi/2uMMJiY



Social Media Links:

https://www.facebook.com/cadomusic
https://twitter.com/cadomusic1
https://www.instagram.com/cadomusic
https://www.youtube.com/user/CadoOfficial


Thursday, August 31, 2017

Louis Prima...Jump, Jive An' Wail: The Essential Louis Prima



Louis Prima (né Louis Leo Prima; 7 December 1910 – 24 August 1978) was an Italian-American singer, actor, songwriter, bandleader, and trumpeter. While rooted in New Orleans jazz, swing music, and jump blues, Prima touched on various genres throughout his career: he formed a seven-piece New Orleans-style jazz band in the late 1920's, fronted a swing combo in the 1930's and a big band group in the 1940's, helped to popularize jump blues in the late 1940's and early to mid 1950's, and performed as a Vegas lounge act in the late 1950's and 1960's.

From the 1940's through the 1960's, his music further encompassed early R'n'B and rock'n'roll, boogie-woogie, and even Italian folk music, such as the tarantella. Prima made prominent use of Italian music and language in his songs, blending elements of his Italian identity with jazz and swing music. At a time when "ethnic" musicians were often discouraged from openly stressing their ethnicity, Prima's conspicuous embrace of his Italian ethnicity opened the doors for other Italian-American and "ethnic" American musicians to display their ethnic roots.





Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Julie London...Eight Classic Albums..including original album covers



Julie London (September 26, 1926 – October 18, 2000) was an American singer and film and television actress, whose career spanned five decades of television. She was noted for her smoky, sensual husky voice and languid demeanor. She released 32 albums of pop and jazz standards during the 1950's and 1960's, with her signature song being the classic "Cry Me a River", which she introduced in 1955. She had also appeared as a guest on several talk shows and as a panelist on numerous game shows.

London began singing (under the name Gayle Peck) in public in her teens before appearing in film. She was discovered by talent agent Sue Carol (wife of actor Alan Ladd), while working as an elevator operator. Her early film career did not include any singing roles.

London recorded 32 albums in a career that began in 1955 with a live performance at the 881 Club in Los Angeles. Billboard named her the most popular female vocalist for 1955, 1956, and 1957. She was the subject of a 1957 Life cover article in which she was quoted as saying, "It's only a thimbleful of a voice, and I have to use it close to the microphone. But it is a kind of over-smoked voice, and it automatically sounds intimate."

London's début recordings were for the Bethlehem Records label. While shopping for a record deal, she recorded four tracks that would later be included on the compilation album Bethlehem's Girlfriends in 1955. Bobby Troup backed London on the album. London recorded the standards "Don't Worry About Me", "Motherless Child", "A Foggy Day", and "You're Blasé".




London's most famous single, "Cry Me a River", was written by her high-school classmate Arthur Hamilton and produced by Troup. The recording became a million-seller after its release in December 1955, and also sold on reissue in April 1983 from the attention brought by a Mari Wilson cover. London performed the song in the film The Girl Can't Help It (1956), and her recording gained later attention in the films Passion of Mind (2000) and V for Vendetta (2006). The song "Yummy Yummy Yummy" was featured on the HBO television series Six Feet Under and appears on its soundtrack album. London's "Must Be Catchin'" was featured in the 2011 premiere episode of the ABC series Pan Am. Her last recording was "My Funny Valentine" for the soundtrack of the Burt Reynolds film Sharky's Machine (1981).













Thursday, June 22, 2017

Frank Sinatra...Songs for Young Lovers and Swing Easy!


These 2 albums were originally released back to back in 1954 on Capitol Records. Both have orchestra conducted by Nelson Riddle and were very popular with Sinatra fans at the time. They have since become classics in their own right and essential listening for any Sinatra buff or collector.

Songs for Young Lovers was the seventh studio album by Frank Sinatra and his first on Capitol Records. It was issued as an 8-song, 10" album (Capitol H-488) and as a 45rpm EP set, but it was the first Sinatra "album" to not have a 78rpm multi-disc-album release. In 2002, it was one of 50 recordings chosen that year by the Library of Congress to be added to the National Recording Registry. Read more on Wikipedia HERE.

Swing Easy! was the eighth studio album by Frank Sinatra. It was released in 1954 as a 10" album (Capitol H-528) and consisted of only eight songs, as each side of the record only allowed approximately fourteen minutes of music. The album was Sinatra's second for Capitol and the first to feature arrangements by Nelson Riddle (Riddle had merely conducted on Songs For Young Lovers). As its title implies, the record concentrates on up-tempo swingers done with a light touch. Again, the songs were all standards -- "Just One of Those Things," "Wrap Your Troubles in Dreams," "All of Me" -- which the singer felt benefited from the new thematic setting, new arrangements, and his increasingly playful and textured vocal style. Read more on Wikipedia HERE.






Tuesday, April 18, 2017

"Hangin' Around"...new release from Mike Teardrop Trio...Slappin' Rockabilly!



Mike Teardrop Trio might be a new name on the Swedish Rockabilly scene but the word is already spreading about this trio that really fills a void with their style and sound. With a driving Slap-bass, harmonies and a touch of good ole country music in there somewhere, they have formed a sound not present in many bands today.

Mike Teardrop himself has played bass with various bands on the Swedish circuit, although he has nurtured a dream to sing and front his own band for some time, so, when teaming up with Rasmus Andersson on guitar and Henrik Ulander on drums, there was no stopping and him and now it’s finally a dream come true!

On their debut album, "Hangin' Around", released through Enviken Records, they have gathered a lot of great songs from their favourite artists like Conway Twitty, Rodney Crowell, Johnny Horton, Russell Scott, Kingcats and lots more.



Tracks:
Hangin’ Around
What A Wonderful Life
Stay True Baby
Don’t Go Too Far
Living Too Fast
She’s Crazy For Leavin'
I’ll Wait Forever
Time Of My Life
Work My Magic
Honky Tonk Hardwood Floor
Next In Line
Six Dollar Trim
Crazy Dreams

That’s It - I Quit – I’m Movin’ On

Marty's review: Fans of rockabilly will eat this one up. A driving beat, slapping bass, twangin' guitar and top-notch vocals combined with a song selection from past and present, these Swedish rockers know how to get you up on your feet, tap your toes and just get things moving. They have combined a vintage sound with a contemporary edge and deliver it in style. Have a look at the track list above and see if you recognise any of these, I know you will. 

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