Tag Archives: rockabilly

Bill Davis of Dash Rip Rock

Dash Rip Rock holds many distinctions, one of which is that they’re reported to be the band that has played every South By Southwest. It might not be true, but it’s a good legend. Dash has been on the verge of something bigger, then it became the cult band whose diehards reunite once a year [...]

Tav Falco’s Panther Burns at Siberia: Photos

Long-running garage/rock/blues/psychedelic/rockabilly band Tav Falco’s Panther Burns came to New Orleans Sunday for a full day of Falco. During the day, the singer, guitarist, and now author read from and signed his new book Ghosts Behind the Sun: Splendor, Enigma & Death: Mondo Memphis Volume 1 at Euclid Records. At night, he and his band [...]

Louisiana Hellbenders, Main Drag Fair (Bayou Dog Records)

Listening to this record is like spending a night at the Ponderosa Stomp. Along with a good sense of the personality of the band we get a history lesson at the crossroads of R&B, rockabilly and Louisiana rock ’n’ roll. The group is a sturdy unit built around the rockabilly rhythm section of Dave Maleckar [...]

Ponderosa Stomp Festivities Begin with the Drop of A Hip Tonight

The 2010 Ponderosa Stomp music festival officially begins tonight with the Hip Drop party at d.b.a. Curated by DJs Soul Sister and Brice Nice, the night features 10 top-of-the-line DJs and record collectors playing all (rarer than rare) 45s. Brice Nice is the only New Orleans DJ—the rest range from Portland, Oregon to New York [...]

Johanna Divine, Mile-High Rodeo (Independent)

Johanna Divine did what any aspiring singer-songwriter does—she wrote a batch of songs with plans to eventually record them on voice and guitar. But when producer Dirk Powell heard them and realized the Nouveau String Band front gal’s affinity for ’30s Western swing, ’50s torch jazz and rockabilly, not to mention early ’60s country, genre-hopping [...]

Heavy Trash, Going Way Out with Heavy Trash (Yep Roc Records)

Around the time of Orange, I was deeply into Jon Spencer Blues Explosion and bought a number of Spencer-related projects. After hearing a year or so of his work, I was less convinced of his wonderfulness. Rather than sounding post-modern, he started sounding like a guy who has so many ideas that he can’t trust [...]

Dash Rip Rock: Still Smokin’

The scene: a hotel room in St. Louis the night before Thanksgiving. Dash Rip Rock’s new, fresh-faced young drummer, Kyle Melancon, is kicking back on a rare night off. He still hadn’t quite gotten over his good fortune. Just a few weeks ago, he was managing a record store in a shopping mall in New [...]

Noble Coyotes, Noble Coyotes (Powder Monkey Records)

This great party CD moves through a diversity of styles (including swamp pop, blues and rockabilly), but never strays far from good ole rock and roll. The band is made up of veteran players from the defunct local group Backbone Slip. The material is about half original songs—derivative of Fats Domino, the Georgia Satellites (who [...]

Dash Rip Rock, Boiled Alive (Mammoth Records)

Right from the warning sticker on the front of this package, you know it’s gonna be a rough ride—and sure enough, Dashbasco it is. Bill, Ned and Chris trash, twang and thunder through 19 bonafide Dashclassica. In between the opening belch and the fading cheers is red hot rock ‘n’ roll as it’s meant to [...]

The Bluerunners: Snake Tied and Cajun Fried

It is a Saturday night at Carrollton Station, a tiny club with a floor that shakes on hot nights. The Bluerunners, a band from Lafayette, Louisiana, scorches the crowd with a bizarre swamp-thing hybrid of Cajun barn-burning rhythms and rockabilly. The dancers are elbow to elbow, back to back, soaking each other with sweat rivulets [...]