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My favourite Swiss-Cajun punk rockers have got together with a London garage rockabilly trio to make an agreeably gritty hybrid which has few of the flaws that exercises in musical genetic engineering are prone to.
The novelty which propelled the Kentish Town teens into the limelight (they're young and play old-time rockabilly) having faded, Smoking in Heaven needs to live or die on its own merits.
It's long been conventional to regard the gap between the fading of rock'n'roll's 1950s thunderclap and the first landing of the British Invasion in 1964 as a sort of taste vacuum in pop.
On 4 December 1956 the ultimate jam session took place. Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins and Jerry Lee Lewis gathered at the Sun studio of their mentor Sam Phillips to make music and conversation. What is remarkable is that there haven't been innumerable plays, films and TV documentaries about this seminal moment in pop history.
Butcher Holler is the town where Loretta Lynn grew up.
Ahead of her slot at this weekend's Womad festival – and two years after her blistering breakthrough – Irish siren Imelda May talks to Fiona Sturges about the rocky road to success
Like rockabilly and rocksteady, the generic sound of Congolese rumba is strong enough to support almost any song.
Swiss singer-songwriter Hank Shizzoe puts his native multi-lingualism to good use on Breather, with covers of Italian Adriano Celentano's prescient 1976 commentary on economics, "Svalutation", and "Et Moi, Et Moi, Et Moi" by Sixties' French Dylan wannabe Jacques Dutronc, the monotone diatribe of which is perfectly suited to Shizzoe's deadpan delivery.
As a new film reminds us, he was a polio survivor from the suburbs and not much of a musician.
It's appropriate that this definitive six-CD compilation of Buddy Holly's output is packaged in imitation of a High School Yearbook, since Buddy was, at the time of his death in 1959, The Boy Most Likely to Change the Face of Music.
Setzer is the Jedwardhairedsinger-guitarist whonot only spearheaded therockabilly revival of theearly 1980s with the StrayCats but also had a majorhand in the big-band jivemovement of the late1990s with his GrammywinningTheDirty Boogie.Nowadays, Setzer switchesbetween Rat Pack croonerand rockabilly rebel, oftenin the space of one line.Simultaneously smoothand raw, one minute it'screpe-soled jitterbug, thenext it's Vegas razzledazzle,and beneath thehorn section's glitzy blarethere always beats abadass heart.
Obvious differences of scale prevent this alliance of American indie luminaries
Proud Galleries have an upcoming exhibition featuring never-before-seen photographs of rock 'n' roll icon Buddy Holly.
Most Memphis heritage compilations focus either on the city’s R&B or rockabilly scenes, but there’s plenty of room on this four-disc, 118-track box set to cover all bases, offering a detailed account of how rock’n’roll, the miscegenate offspring of blues and country, came crawling out of the South in the early Fifties.
Carter lost four family members in 2003: mother June, sister Rosie, partner Howie Epstein and stepdad Johnny Cash. Not a good year, and it bottomed out a not hugely productive passage of life in general – her last new work came out in 1995. Life seems to have improved since and ‘Stronger’, though sunk firmly in the grief-and renewal groove you’d expect, makes for a broadly enjoyable return. Carlene’s stock vibe s rockin’ country with added perk. But there’s a lurking solemnity behind the bouncy frontage, most obviously in the title track, which is a direct address to Rosie. Good to hear her again, though.
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