NEW HANK THOMPSON ALBUM DUE. HighTone Records has announced the signing of legendary country music singer Hank Thompson. A new Thompson album is scheduled for a July 2000 release. Thompson has been recording the new album in Dallas with Lloyd Maines (father of Dixie Chicks' lead singer Natalie Maines) producing. Thompson has sold over 70 million records internationally and was elected to the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1989. One of the musicians on the album is Thom Bresh. Bresh's father-the great Merle Travis-played guitar on most of Thompson's hit records.
Review of latest issue of Cash fanzine below
Johnny Cash " The Man In Black"
Issue 23, June 2000, of long established UK quarterly fanzine out now . Devoted to Mr Cash's activities past and present, it will be of interest to most RHOF readers. Normally 24 pages this time its a whopping 28 pages from editor Peter Lewry. A5 size and professionally produced. Highlights include an interview with long time cash discographer and friend John L Smith, an excellent feature on Cash`s UK ep releases, well illustrated, picture quality is excellent all through the mag, DVD and cd reviews inc a look at the brand new 3cd set Love, God, Murder in the CBS Legacy series, review of the new Ian Calford tribute cd Strapped For Cash and the latest news re Johnny (soon to be a dj for the BBC!!!). All in all a darn good read for anyone who digs Dyess' most famous son. Highly recommended. Subscription details from Peter at firstname.lastname@example.org
Western swing pioneer Adolph Hofner died of cancer Friday, June 2, 2000. He was a few days shy of his 84th birthday. Hofner performed continuously in San Antonio and South Texas (and, briefly, Los Angeles) from about 1933 until he had a stroke in 1993. He will be best remembered for the many fine records he made for Bluebird, Okeh/Columbia, Decca, and finally Sarg.
Check out the BUFFALO BOP website dedicated to BUFFALO BOP. Features EVERY Buffalo Bop-CD with all the CD-Covers, track-listing, artists-index and more. Author: email@example.com (Ralf Wittenburg)
Bandleader Tito Puente, who rode to fame on the heels of the 1950s mambo craze and helped define Latin jazz for the next 50 years, died Thursday, June, 1, 2000. He was believed to be around 77. Puente died at NYU Medical Center in New York. Puente recorded more than 100 albums in his more than 60 years in the business. He won his fifth Grammy in February for best traditional tropical Latin performance for "Mambo Birdland" and has been nominated for the music award 10 times. "The excitement of the rhythms and the beat make people happy," he said in a 1997 Associated Press interview. "We try to get our feelings to the people, so they enjoy it. It is not music for a funeral parlor." That year, RMM Records released a three-CD, 50-song compilation from Puente's recorded output through 50 years. It's titled "50 Years of Swing." The first cut, "Que No, Que No," is from his "El Rey del Mambo" ("The King of the Mambo") recording of 1946.
The Lucky Stars new CD Hollywood & Western is available now. It features a lineup of Sage Guyton on vocal and guitar, Jeremy Wakefield on steel and vocals, Whitey Anderson on piano and accordion, Brent Harding on bass and vocals, and Charlie Paddock on drums. It has three previously released tunes, "Everybody's Fool", "Look What The Cat Dragged In", and Pee Wee King and Redd Stewarts "Tennessee Tango". New tunes include "Chisel To My Heart", Hot Potato", Get Off Your High Horse", "A Fella Named Jack", "All Shapes and Sizes", "White Lie Blues", "Been Betrayed Blues", "Sugar Mama", and "Honky Tonk Bound". sicians are James Gilliam, Brantley Kearns, and Jelle Van Atten. Available from their website at http://www.theluckystars.com along with other merchandise/recordings, gigs, bios, etc.
TEX BENEKE DIES.
(AP) May 31, 2000 - Gordon "Tex" Beneke, a singer and sax player who took over the Glenn Miller Orchestra after the band leader's death during World War II, died May 30th of respiratory arrest at the age of 86. Beneke, who joined the orchestra in 1938, died at the Assured Horizons rest home in nearby Costa Mesa. His sunny Southern voice helped make hits of Miller's "Chattanooga Choo Choo," "(I've Got a Gal in) Kalamazoo" and "Don't Sit Under the Apple Tree." When Miller broke up the band in 1942 to join the military, Beneke played with other bands before joining the Navy during World War II. Although he played in the Navy Band, he never played in Miller's Air Force orchestra. In 1946, Miller's widow asked Beneke to take the Glenn Miller Orchestra back out on the road. Under Beneke's direction, the band again flourished. Postwar audiences went wild for the reconstituted group, which scored a string of Top 10 records. But the band's manager and producer insisted Beneke keep the sounds as faithful to Miller's pre-war work as possible, with no experiments. T he frustrated Beneke broke with Miller's estate and formed his own band. A year later, he billed the performance as "Tex Beneke and His Orchestra: Playing the Music Made Famous by Glenn Miller." He released his own album - "Shooting Star" - in 1948 on the Magic Records label.
Born Gordon Beneke in Fort Worth, Texas, on Feb. 12, 1914, he earned the nickname Tex early on. Beneke began his big band career with the Ben Young Orchestra in 1935 and played with it until 1937. In 1938, he joined Glenn Miller as a sideman earning $52.50 a week. Although one of the most popular soloists with the Miller band, Beneke was left out of the 1953 movie "The Glenn Miller Story." He appeared in films including "Sun Valley Serenade" (1941) and "Orchestra Wives" (1942), which helped propel him to the top of the polls in Downbeat and Metronome magazines. Beneke worked consistently through the 1960s, appearing on TV's "Cavalcade of Big Bands." In the 1970s and 1980s, Beneke continued to play his own music in a style closely resembling the Miller orchestra.
A note from Rollin' Rock's Ronny Weiser: I just received the soundtrack CD from the HBO movie "If These Walls Could Talk 2" and I have in it a Rollin' Rock master "Wild Wicked Wanda" sung and written by Johnny Legend & His Rockabilly Bastards. It's kinda amusing to see Rollin' Rock being the only small label amongst the various conglomerates: MCA, SONY, Polygram, RCA, etc., etc. The other ironic thing is that the song is also in the HBO movie starring Sharon Stone, Vanessa Redgrave, etc.
"Only the Lonely: A Tribute to Roy Orbison" CD, Various Artists CMH, featuring Bryan Sutton, Rob Ickes and Mark Thornt - released the week of May 29th.
Loretta Lynn's new CD, "Still Woman Enough" will not be released until Sept. 12th in stores.
FAN FAIR WILL MOVE. As Fan Fair 2000 approaches, speculation grows about where next year's version of the event will be held. Set for June 12-15 at the Tennessee State Fairgrounds, this year's Fan Fair has yet to sell out. Last year the event drew 21,000, the first time since 1991 that it fell short of its 24,000 capacity. The Tennessean reported Friday that the Country Music Association and the Grand Ole Opry, producers of the event, are considering alternate sites for next year including Adelphia Coliseum in downtown Nashville, and the Nashville Superspeedway, being built in Wilson County, east of the city. The downtown Gaylord Entertainment Center and the adjacent Nashville Convention Center represent a third possibility. Organizers also are considering making the event a Thursday to Sunday affair, rather than Monday to Thursday, and selling single-day tickets in addition to event passes. "This is the last year at the fairgrounds," the CMA's Ed Benson told The Tennessean. "The venue is tired and rundown." For information about this year's Fan Fair.
MORE OPRY 75th ANNIVERSARY PLANS.
Beginning June 16, every Friday night through August 4, the Grand Ole Opry will turn the Opry Plaza - the area in front of the Opry House, the Acuff Theatre and the Opry Museum -- into a high-energy celebration of its 75th Anniversary from 8:30pm - 11:00pm with Opry Plaza Parties. A concert stage will feature performances by artists who will also appear on that night's Opry shows. "We've booked award-winning artists who will appeal to the Opry's fans," said Opry general manager Pete Fisher. "We're inviting everyone out for a lot of fun each Friday night. With great music on the concert stage, strolling musicians, impromptu jam sessions and a Plaza dressed to the nines, we think these parties will be a great way to help everyone celebrate the Opry's landmark anniversary." The parties will be open to the general public with no charge.
Artists scheduled to perform:
June 30 - Junior Brown
July 7 - The Derailers
July 14 - The Derailers
July 21 - Jim Lauderdale
July 28 - Asleep at the Wheel
August 4 - BR5-49
"Like so many other acts in country music, we love the Opry and what it means to country music. We're thrilled to be a part of the Opry's 75th Anniversary Celebration and are looking forward to singing under and around the stars in the Opry Plaza this summer," said Ray Benson of Grammy-winning Asleep at the Wheel, scheduled to perform July 28th.
Bloodshot Revival and Soundies present never-before released recordings of country music classics Hank Penny - Crazy Rhythm - Release Date: July 18, 2000.
Hey all you crazy kats and kittens, the Bloodshot Revival/Soundies bandwagon is rollin' your way with a serious dose of jazzy country-swing (that planted the seeds of rockabilly) from Mr. Hank Penny, one of the original insurgent bad-boy types we here at Blootshot are all goosey-pimply over.
Crazy Rhythm is enough to make all you rockabilly types and rebel-music lovers break into a sweat. This jumpin' disc contains no less than 30 previously unissued tracks laid down by Hank and his crew of top-notch musicians in 1951 for Standard Transcription Recording Services. You get Hank's signature tune, "Little Red Wagon," along with a grab-bag of dance-hall ("Flamin' Mamie), California-brand swing ("Taxes, Taxes"), and a few ballads and novelty tunes ("Rabbits Don't Ever Get Married," "White Shotguns") thrown in for good measure. Featuring crack pedal steel player Noel Boggs and the vocal stylings of teenage singer (and future Gong Show stalwart) Jaye P. Morgan, the musicianship sparkles throughout, placing the long overdue spotlight on one of country's underground legends.
This fella was a house afire from way back in 1935, when (at age 18) he put together his Radio Cowboys - one year before Pee Wee King founded his Golden West Cowboys. Why, he even acted in a coupla Westerns, yukked it up as a regular on Spade Cooley's TV show in the 40s, and joined forces with a partner to open the famous Palomino nightclub in North Hollywood. He fronted bands from the '30s into the '70s, blazing a musical trail from Birmingham, Alabama through New orleans, Chattanooga, Atlanta, Cincinnati, L.A., Chicago, Vegas, but his recorded material has been impossible to find. Until now, that is!
Bloodshot Revival/Soundies is proud to add Crazy Rhythm to its fine catalog of lovingly remastered transcription recordings that also includes collections by Rex Allen, Spade Cooley, Hank Thompson, Pee Wee King, and Governor Jimmie Davis. Rockabilly hepcats like Deke Dickerson (who covered Hank's "Peroxide Blond") have been crazy for this rabble rouser for years. Now it's your turn to give this disc a spin, and get hip to Hank.
Talk to Lee at: firstname.lastname@example.org for the skinny. Bloodshot Records - 3039 W. Irving Park Rd. - Chicago, IL 60618. Phone: 773-604-5300. WWW.BLODSHOTRECORDS.COM Fax: 773-604-5019.
TAKE NOTE of these upcoming exciting European Show Dates.
courtesy: Rod Pyke, Fax: 0208 519 7315 - E-Mail: RodPyke@aol.com
June 30 - The Muskrats/Sugar Creek Trio - Swindon Rock 'n' Roll Club
July 1 - Number 9 - Cruise Inn, Amsterdam
July 7 - Number 9/Pyromanix/Hot Rod Gang - Dusseldorf, Germany
July 8 - Narvel Felt's - Americana, Newark, Nottinghamshire
July 11 - Chuck Berry/Little Richard /Jerry Lee Lewis - London Arena
July 21 - Ray Condo - Cruise Inn, Amsterdam
July 21/22 - Big Al Downing/No.9/Ray Condo - Munich, Germany
July 23 - Linda Gail Lewis - London, R & R All-dayer
July 29 - Big Al Downing - Skegness Rock & Roll Festival
July 29 - Toini & The Tomcats - Cruise Inn, Amsterdam
August 7 - Ray Campi - London
September 29, September 30, October 1 - Comets & Linda Gail Lewis & Bobby Cochran - Chippenham
October 5/10 - Hemsby Weekender - Comets/Vernon Taylor/Hemsby Weekender/Ray Condo/Alvis Wayne/Rocky Burnette/Paul Burlison/Cadets/jacks
November 9/10/11/12 - Terry Dene/The Jets etc.- Teddy Boy Weekender - Vauxhall Holiday Park, Great Yarmouth
November 24/27 Vernon Green/Sam Butera/Roscoe Gordon/Sid King/Hal Singer - Rhythm Riot Weekender, Camber Sands
March 2/3/4/5 - To Be Announced - Rockabilly Rave,2001 - Camber Sands
March 16/17/18 - Rip Masters/Graham Fenton Party - East Coast R & R 2001 - Vauxhall Holiday Park, Great Yarmouth
Lisa Marie Presley Writes With Head Pumpkin. May 25, 2000 - Elvis's daughter, Lisa Marie Presley, is working on a song with Smashing Pumpkins f rontman Billy Corgan for her debut album. Lisa has written a song with Billy Corgan from the Smashing Pumpkins and that's ongoing now. The producer said, "Presley's debut, which will be released in late 2000 or early 2001 on the Java Records label, is a diverse offering. It's a pop record, but it also has elements of blues, funk, country, R&B, hip-hop ... sort of the confluence of whatever modern-day Memphis is right now. It has a lot of influences, and it continues to grow and evolve. It sort of grew up in the soil from which she sprang."
CHET ATKINS MUSIC BACK IN THE LIGHT. Collectors will want to know that a wonderful 2-CD set called Chet Atkins: Guitar Legend -- The RCA Years is being released. It includes a full 50 of Chet's very best tracks for RCA, ranging from the very first session (done in Chicago in August 1947 as Chet Atkins and his Colorado Mountain Boys) to a 1978 track done with the first Nashville Guitar Quartet.
Just in at SLC Billy Central, CD-review Johnny & the Blades - Let's Make Vegas Tonight
Daddy-o Dilly reports:
Gene Vincent was the cover story in Goldmine magazine in the June 16, 2000, issue, on sale June 2. This will be possibly the third time he will have been the cover feature in this magazine, which, by the way, is increasingly available at U. S. book/magazine stores. Please refer to the preview on page 130 of the May 19, 2000, issue. Goldmine's website: www.goldminemag.com
Johnny Cash At San Quentin Sees Unedited Release In July.
Johnny Cash's legendary 1969 concert at San Quentin State Prison in San Quentin, Calif. will be preserved unedited and in its entirety for the first time on CD, when Columbia/Legacy releases Johnny Cash at San Quentin (The Complete 1969 Concert) on July 4. Johnny Cash at San Quentin was originally released in 1969 but was missing nine tracks originally played during the Feb. 24, 1969 concert. Those include "Big River," "I Still Miss Someone," "I Don't Know Where I'm Bound," "Ring of Fire," "Folsom Prison Blues," "He Turned the Water Into Wine," "Daddy Sang Bass," "The Old Account," and a closing medley of "Folsom Prison Blues," "I Walk the Line," "Ring of Fire," and "The Rebel" (featuring the Carter Family, the Statler Brothers, and Carl Perkins). As with the previous release, The Complete 1969 Concert includes back-to-back versions of "San Quentin" -- written especially for the performance -- per the request of the prisoners in attendance. Country legend Merle Haggard, who was a serving time at San Quentin in 1969 for breaking and entering and attended the show, is interviewed by country star Marty Stuart for the liner notes to the album. Besides the music, a famous rock and roll image came out of the 1969 San Quentin show as well. Photographer Jim Marshall's timeless photo of Cash flipping a bird to what looks like the camera lens (but in actuality was to all the photographers and cameramen at the front of the stage who refused to move upon Cash's request) was taken at the show. Here is the track listing to Johnny Cash at San Quentin (The Complete 1969 Concert):
1. "Big River"
2. "I Still Miss Someone"
3. "Wreck of the Old 97"
4. "I Walk the Line"
5. "Darlin' Companion"
6. "I Don't Know Where I'm Bound"
7. "Starkville City Jail"
8. "San Quentin"
9. "San Quentin"
10. "Wanted Man"
11. "A Boy Named Sue"
12. "(There'll Be) Peace in the Valley"
13. "Folsom Prison Blues"
14. "Ring of Fire"
15. "He Turned the Water Into Wine"
16. "Daddy Sang Bass"
17. "The Old Account"
18. Closing Medley ("Folsom Prison Blues," "I Walk the Line," "Ring of Fire," "The Rebel")
New from Rollin' Rock Records - JOHNNY & THE BLADES, "Let's Make Vegas Tonight." CD106. Another great creation from Ronny Weiser's studio, great sound, great band, great music! For more info on the band, see: www.johnny&theblades.com - Mail order directly from Rollin' Rock for $13.98 plus $2 S&H (or $4 foreign airmail). Ronny Weiser, 2460 Casey Dr., Las Vegas, NV 89120.
"And The's Right Too," Hudson and the HooDooCats' latest CD. St. Louis based trio, visit their website for more info: www.hudsonandthehoodoocats.com - This CD is also available on the Rockabilly's Merchandise Page. BLUEGRASS AND THE INTERNET
Bluegrass may be a style that reveres traditional musical values, but its fans have turned to the Internet, the most modern form of communication, to spread the word about the high lonesome sound. If you are interested in exploring the online world of bluegrass, a good place to start is:
a site with dozens of links to bands, record companies, stores that specialize in acoustic instruments, and concert and festival listings.
Another good site is:
It is the home of the International Bluegrass Music Association. This is the group that presents the annual World of Bluegrass convention where they present the Bluegrass Music Awards. If you want to join a discussion group:
lists 20 different ones devoted to bluegrass, as well as separate lists that cover bluegrass instruments including flatpicking guitar, banjo, fiddle, and mandolin.
Bluegrass Great Bill Napier Dead at 64. Bluegrass musician Bill Napier, best known for his guitar and mandolin playing with the Stanley Brothers and Charlie Moore, died Wednesday, May 3 at age 64 in East Tennessee. Napier wrote "Daybreak in Dixie," which he recorded with the Stanley Brothers in 1957. The recording was one of the first non-Bill Monroe mandolin instrumentals to enter into mainstream bluegrass. He also played the influential lead guitar line on the Stanley's 1959 version of "How Far to Little Rock." The cause of his death is still unknown, according to Snyder's Funeral Home in Gray, Tenn., where he was buried on Saturday, May 6, 2000.
Kats Like Us and Rollin' Rock Records is now booking the Second Annual Battle Of The Bands held @ Legends Lounge in Las Vegas on Sunday Sept. 3rd,2k Labor Day weekend. Winner records a Record w/ Rollin' Rock. Send TWO promo packs to:
Kats Like Us
Texas Mike & Maybee Baby
450 N. Nellis #105
Las Vegas, NV 89110
(Texas Mike & MayBee Baby)
PATTI PAGE RETURNS ON RECORD. Trisha Yearwood, Kathy Mattea, Emmylou Harris, Alison Krause, Suzy Bogguss and Jesse Winchester sing on the Patti Page revival album "Brand New Tennessee Waltz". Patti celebrated the album release with a Nashville concert May 7. The 1950 album title is one of the biggest hits in pop history.
Posted May 8th - Norma Barthel passed away today. Norma was the president of the Ernest Tubb Fan Club for over 45 years. She was actually the first person to run a fan club for a country music entertainer and had the largest fan club in the country music business for many years. She was the only fan club president for Ernest Tubb. She also ran a fan club for Justin. Norma lived in Oklahoma.
BLUE CAPS. Bill Mack visits Paul Peek in April 2000. Paul is doing better and up and around. photo courtesy Bill Mack.
More photos of Paul and Bill
SOME PHOTOS from the VLV West Lounge RaB HoF Show
Sat. Nite, May 6th - Approximately 9PM, CST, Richard Young, member of the Kentucky Headhunters Group, was leaving the stage with the band after their performance in Oklahoma City, OK, when he collapsed complaining of chest pains. He was taken to a hospital in OK. City, where he is in serious condition suffering from a heart attack.
Big Barn Combo - Woodward Records
"Comin' All The Way From Detroit City"
Woodward Records is proud to present The Big Barn Combo "Comin' All The Way From Detroit City" - the debut full-length disc by one of Detroit's top rockabilly bands - and one of the country's finest. Festuring songs written by vocalist Craig 'Bones' Maki, as well as two covers of tunes learned from 1950s recordings, this groups is NOT a nostalgia act! These boys live and breathe American roots music, from western to rhythm & blues to pop, it's all there fused into a fireball of rock'n'roll, western bop, boogie and bamalam. Produced in Chicago by Jimmy Sutton, who originated the long-gone Moondogs, was a founding member of the Mighty Blue Kings and now fronts the Four Charms, all songs were recorded 'live' without overdubs at Steve Albini's E.A.R. studios direct to 2-inch tape using analog and tube equipment. The mixing and mastering processes remained strictly analog and mono. For a big time, look for The Big Barn Combo in your neck of the woods, 'cause once they get a-goin' there ain't no slowin'! Hep Cat Records will soon have the disc available.
Catch the combo at David Loehr's 8th Annual Rockabilly Rebel Weekender June 28 - July 1 in Indianapolis! They're slotted to play Friday (June 30) night and back up headliner Jack Earls the same evening! For more info, call the James Dean Gallery in Fairmount, Indiana.
More info contact: WOODWARD Records
P.O. Box 494
New Baltimore, MI 48047 U.S.A.
Tel/Fax: (248) 586-9578
Brand New: The Floyd Tillman Fan Club ... http://www.geocities.com/floyd_tillman_fan_club/