Posts Tagged ‘Rockabilly’

Saturday Matinee – Rock Rock Rock, Rockabilly & R.L. Burnside

Saturday, 1 August 2015

Rock Rock Rock” was the first video tape I ever purchased. Got it for $9.99 in a sale bin, then I saved up for a VCR player so that I could watch it. Classic performances by classic rockers wrapped around an unbelievably crappy story. It’s 90 minutes of fast-fowarding awesome (but I suggest you follow the plot at least once).

Rockabilly LA. Considering that Los Angeles had just about nothing to do with the advent of Rockabilly except to lure the hayseeds into fraudulent recording contracts, we’ll post it anyway.

So where do we go from here? How ’bout some vintage country ‘lectra blues?

That’s R.L. Burnside from 1978. Let’s go one more. This one’s from 1998.

That should hold y’all for a while. Have a great weekend, folks.

Saturday Matinee – RT & The 44’s, Speedbuggy USA, Dave & Phil Alvin

Saturday, 18 July 2015

RT N’ THE 44s is Swimmy Webb, Brendan Willard, Leif Bunting, Johnny Sneed, and RT Valine. Featuring Timbo of Speedbuggy on slide can [via]. Awesome roots rock.

Speedbuggy USA cranks it. How about some more retro?

The Blasters were awesome and put on a great show when I saw them at the Whiskey in 1981 or so. (They were the warmup band for The Fabulous Thunderbirds.) Here are brothers Phil and Dave Alvin pickin’ and flickin’ in 2014.

Have a great weekend, folks.
Be back here tomorrow for more stuff.

Saturday Matinee – Tributes to Ben E. King, Johnny Cash & The B-52’s

Saturday, 2 May 2015

Tribute to a great singer Ben E. King, who passed away 30 April 2015, as performed by an a cappella group featuring Grandpa Eliott Small.

Prior to his solo career, Ben E. King was a key member of The Drifters, a doo-wop group founded in 1953 and fronted by Clyde McPhatter. King replaced McPhatter as lead singer in 1958, and the New Drifters were born. Most of King’s hits were written by the team of Jerry Lieber and Mike Stoller, prolific songwriters of the time.

Tribute to Johnny Cash (1932-2003) on beer bottles [via].

Tribute to the B-52s by Full Blown Cherry. Yeah, it’s a crappy video, but watch what they pull off. They’re not amateurs, and by 02:50 a roadie has to hold the amp down. Any three-man band that can pull off a Rockabilly Tribute To The Ramones gets my full respect.

Have a great weekend folks, be back here in a few minutes.

Saturday Matinee – Pushing Hay, The Ballad of Holland Island House & The Tom Stormy Trio featuring Rhythm Sophie

Saturday, 4 April 2015

Pushing hay [via]. Makes me itchy just watching it.

“The Ballad of Holland House” is based upon a true story.

Holland Island sits in Chesapeake Bay, near Wenona, Maryland. The five-mile-long island was settled in the 1600s, and at one time had a population of 360 people and 70 buildings. Erosion ate away at the island, which sat on silt and clay, and the residents moved away between 1914 and 1918. The island’s church was moved in 1922, and only one house remained standing. It was built in 1888. For decades, the water ate away at the island, and the last remaining house finally collapsed in October of 2010. What’s left of the island is now a marsh, home to hundreds of sea birds. See pictures of the island and the house -and the cemetery- at the Baltimore Sun [via].

How ’bout some retro rockabilly from Budapest?

The Tom Stormy Trio (featuring Leipzig’s Miss Rhythm Sophie) is just the thing to wrap up this edition of The Saturday Matinee.

Have a great Passover / Easter, folks.

Saturday Matinee – Fritz the Dog, Rockabilly Speed Drawing, Billy Woodward & The Senders, The Howlin’ Brothers, Imelda May with Darrel Higham

Saturday, 28 March 2015

Fritz The Dog finally gets it.

This vid is entitled “Rockabilly Speed Drawing.” It’s cool and fast and rockabilly. Not sure what the connection is besides the sound track, but it’s still cool and fast and rockabilly.

Billy Woodward & The Senders. Awesome retro sound.

The Howlin’ Brothers crank out some home-grown basics.

Imelda May is killer with “The Right Amount of Wrong.”

Have a great weekend, folks, and be back here tomorrow.


Saturday Matinee – Valerie June, Steve ‘n’ Seagulls & The Forbidden Pigs

Saturday, 30 August 2014

Valerie June plays “organic moonshine roots music.” More popular in Europe than the U.S., her recording of “Workin’ Woman Blues” was produced and engineered in Budapest. [via]

A Finnish redneck bluegrass band playing AC/DC with Irish influences and an anvil? Steve ‘n’ Seagulls cover of “Thunderstruck” is awesome. [via]

“Rake My Back” by The Forbidden Pigs (live at the Zoo Bar, Lincoln Nebraska 2001). The missus and I saw them in L.A. about 10 years prior by accident. We went to see The Paladins, and Jimmy & The Mustangs were there, too. The Paladins were great, The Mustangs were loud, but The F Pigs blew everyone away.  Best stunt was when the drummer got up on his stool, took a flip over his kit, landed on his feet and beat the strings of Bacon’s bass. Pure awesome.

Have a great Labor Day weekend, folks. We’re not going anywhere soon.

Saturday Matinee – Tav Falco & Panther Burns, Rory Block, Don Leady & The Tailgators

Saturday, 26 July 2014

Tav Falco is a punkabilly oddity who’s been around for a while.

Rory Block cooks up a big batch o’ Robert Johnson and serves it hot.

If I’m not mistaken, The Tailgators were a spinoff band featuring bassist Keith Ferguson from The Fabulous Thunderbirds back in the 80s, as if it matters. Don Leady rocks.

Have a great Hamas-Free weekend folks. See you back here tomorrow.


Saturday Matinee – Miss Tess, J.D. McPherson & 2 DooWop Documentaries

Saturday, 24 May 2014

Miss Tess & The Bon Ton Parade perform “That Oo Oo Oo” in October 2009. According to the Utoobage comments, she’s playing an electrified 1920 Weymann archtop. This is early morning roadtrip music for me. I love it.

J.D. McPherson at Sun Studios 2014. Jump to 02:30 for kickass rockabilly.

Doowop wasn’t called “Doowop” until the 60s or so, so here’s a Rhythm & Blues Documentary instead. Yeah it’s  kinda sucky, so try this:

Have a great weekend folks, and remember that this three-day weekend is not a holiday honoring BBQs and bloviating politicians.

Memorial Day honors those who gave their lives in the name of Freedom.

Saturday Matinee – Postmodern Jukebox, Oh!Sharels & Molly Sue Gonzalez

Saturday, 29 March 2014

Postmodern Jukebox (featuring The Tee-Tones) does Pitbull‘s & Keisha‘s “Timber” in doowop style, and we love it.

Couldn’t make it through the original version. Then we thought we’d look for some recent retro bands and found this.

Japanese girl group Oh!Sharels cover the Chords’ 1954 classic Sh-Boom.

Contrary to popular belief, doowop (aka R&B aka Rhythm & Blues) was not the only form of early rock and roll, so let’s kick it up with some Retrobilly.

Molly Sue Gonzalez (And The Mean Mean Men) “Bad Example” is just the thing to wrap up this edition of The Saturday Matinee. Have a great weekend folks, be back here tomorrow.





Saturday Matinee – Post Halloween Cosplay, Meteor Strike, Marxists & Billy Burnette

Saturday, 2 November 2013

Girl wins at Cosplay San Diego with cardboard Robocop costume [via].

Spotted an odd .gif, found the source on the Utoobage. It’s a Killer promotional idea.

From the Utoobage:

Here are two short, rarely seen film clips featuring the Marx Brothers. The first clip is a promo film Groucho, Chico, Harpo and Zeppo did in support of their movie “Monkey Business”. The other clip features Groucho and Carole Landis entertaining some marines during WWII.

Yeah, I hear ya. You want some kickass rockabilly about right now, right? Let’s tear it up.

Billy Burnette was born into a Rock-N-Roll Family and his band is entirely awesome. Have at it.

And have a great weekend, folks. Be back here tomorrow for more fun,


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