Review of the Oneida's|
Green Bay Fest III
By Mike Vincent - Mikesandy999@aol.com
Posted June 6, 2007
First and Foremost, I would like to give praise to Bob Timmers and the Rockabilly Hall of
Fame for his untiring work on this project, People whom have never seen him in action
aren't aware of his continuous support of Rockabilly music, Rockabilly Artist's and those
of us that have, surely appreciate his ongoing push for the original Rock-n-Roll music.
I will try my BEST to give you a accurate review of the acts I saw ... So
please don't write negatively if I happen to get a couple things wrong Please.
The Oneida Casino and it's owners and producers of shows also must be
Congratulated. I have seen almost every Rock act alive, including a couple of Alan Freeds
shows and many many others and the Oneida can be proud it ranks up there with the big
WEDNESDAY MAY 16th, 2007
The Rockabilly Hall of Fame show was first up from 4pm to 8pm.
DAVE AND THE BAD CATS
This is the group that backed most of this part of the show, as usual they were and are
good Rock-N-Rollers, I believe from Wisconsin and are veterans of the craft and did some
Johnny Cash songs well, as well as a couple Rick Nelson tunes.
Alan joined the show with his great guitar playing and songs like Rockabilly Man made the
audience Rock as always, You know it's going to be a great time when you see Alan come on
stage. He does a lot of humor on stage and can make you laugh your ass off, And shines
when it comes to his great guitar work. He's a lot like myself where not only is he a
musician he sees all the acts too, and is loved by everyone. Alan has done music with a
lot of the Greats also. Glen Glenn joined him on Thursday when he arrived.
When Chan comes to the stage , excitement breaks loose, he has a unique style of playing
the guitar. Chan played Hippy Hippy Shake and many other of the hits on the Del Fi label
by him and another Del Fi member Ritchie Valens...he did some definite favorites of mine
that were Ritchie's Little Susie ... etc. His song styles are great and we could tell the
people were glad they came and he knew it too. Right on Chan and a little inside
chatter, Alan myself and Chan talked and between us we have 36 children, yep and we
still had time to play music. LOL : )
Hey that's me ... Well I was pleased as heck to be part of this 5 day lineup of a lot of my
favorite Artists. I got on stage and was introduced and I opened with Gene Vincent's I
Got a Baby and followed with My Babe, a song Bob likes and one we did together in Nashville
on my Sun Sessions with DJ Fontana and Johnny Meek's and then I talked to the crowd and
told them how proud I was to have worked with DJ and Johnny and Bob Timmers and also to
do this song of mine called Elvis, Gene and Jerry Lee and finished with a Whole Lot of
Shakin' Goin On. I thought it all went well and at the end as I came down a few fans
greeted me and one man from Finland said wow when you say Whole lot of Shakin' ... you mean
it, yep as my drummer used to say we hit from the first note and don't stop. Great Fans
from all over the world and I was proud to be part of it, Special Thanks to the Fans of
England, France, Denmark, Sweden, Germany and the Netherlands and Italy and of course the
US and my man Bob Timmers. Alan Clark and a guy named John Hall backed me on guitar as well as
Dave and the Bad Cats. Great job. I had a Great time. I wish Sandy could've been there with
Art is always a top draw, and has a exciting show. He also had Rory Justice on stage with
the standup bass. Art and Rory are anything but slow. Art did his Dancin' Doll with many
others and did his dipping and grooving on stage and created some fantastic entertainment.
He also spoke of his upcoming Canadian tour, besides being a great friend he is a
JERRY WILLIAMS AND THE ROCKETS
This was a energetic group to say the least, Jerry merged with the Rockets to put out some
LARRY LEE PHILLIPSON
Wisconsin's own Rocker, he has a Johnny Cash way down voice but was damn sure appreciated
by his many fans and kept his image through the years.
AL AND THE BLACKCATS
Great, Great Physcobilly they pounded the stage jumped on the bass and spun around in
circles so much , they got me dizzy. These boys had the show and the energy and did songs
of their own and did songs of the past like Eddie Cochran's Summertime Blues and Elvis's
Baby Lets Play House and many many others and definitely gave the old originals a new
twist and when they did Tear it up, they did just that. A dynamic group and one not to
miss and I wonder if they sold their CDs cause they kept saying folks we got to have this
money to get us back home (LOL) ... What a rush ... Great job, guys. Oh and to let you guys know,
Nol and Wies are friends of Sandy's and mine also, meant to tell you that.
Then after our show was over the night was now underway.
Always entertaining as a Artist and a M C, he brings excitement to both, their antics on
the stage almost make you think the BLUECAPS ARE ON STAGE. A GREAT GUY AND A GREAT
ENTERTAINER ... Sandy Rocks.
What can be said about the dynamic Little Richard that already hasn't been said. His part
of the show was like 1956 again he had a full horn section a sound system that was his own
(especially set up for LR). From where I was it looked like he had a white suit on, he
sat down and rocked the house he pounded away at his old hits like Good Golly and Miss Ann
and he even did Bob Segars Old Time Rock n Roll, and The Stones, I know its Only Rock n
Roll. For a man of 74 he is still the Architect and he talked of some of his friends
now passed such as Ray Charles and James Brown and then asked everyone, Do you really love
Little Richard and everyone yelled yes ... Well, Then he said about a week ago my Brother
passed and I want everyone to say a prayer for him. He did True Fine Mama and a couple of
blues tunes, a rousing rendition of Lucille and he ended with Tutti Frutti and he had a
group of girls on stage a pretty white girl and a big fat black lady (Iquote) etc. As
the black lady approached he said. (oooooh not that fat) LOL and they all danced. I
believe it was too, Rip it up. I believe he did 15 songs and he talked a lot and I heard
some complaints of that ... c'mon the man is 74 years old! I think he should be able to
talk as much as he wants. Anyone who is a LR fan knows he likes to talk and they like to
hear him talk, he talked how next time he wanted to do that show for a week not 1 day and
how he loved everybody. He had a jammed packed auditorium as always, and Little Richard my
friend, we all hope you PLAY till your 110. The Beauty's on duty and the Georgia Peach
Rocks. His piano was in top form and his Exhilarating show was a memorable one.
I had never seen this dynamic performer before, but has always been a favorite if mine. He
did all his hits and explained them. He held his guitar firm and all these good sounds
came out ... he did: The Way I Walk, My True Love, Leroy and many of his lesser known
songs ... all good. He has a great voice and was a pleasure also to talk too. A man that
sounds better than his records.
These guys were class Extraordinaire, they are from the old school but the good school and
along with their hit out of sight out of mind, they showered many of their hits and did it
in perfect showmanship and style. Some of their songs were 55 years plus and still sound
great. They came across as smooth and suave as ever and did a accapella number that was
awesome. Personally loving doo wop the way I do it was a pleasure to see this incorporated
with Rockabilly and it should be. They were both the music of the 50's and groups like
the Five Keys show how essential doo wop was.
A young lady with a great voice, I personally don't know a lot about her but she was good
and a good showgirl
Narvel through the years has kept his music style and good range of voice and that night was
no exception, he is a definite crowd pleaser.
NOTE: EACH ACT WAS 45 MINUTES LONG MAKING IT IMPOSSIBLE TO SEE ALL ACTS, MANY ACTS ON
OTHER STAGES WERE NOT SEEN BY ME BECAUSE OF ATTENDING MY FAVORITES, I'M SURE ALL THE
OTHERS WERE GREAT, CAUSE I DIDNT SEE A BAD ACT THE WHOLE TIME I WAS THERE.
THURSDAY MAY 17, 07
SONNY BURGESS, ROSIE FLORES AND BILLY LEE RILEY,
THE CRICKETTS AND FERLIN HUSKEY
All these great Artist's I wasn't able to see because of a commitment I had in Chicago and
I have seen Sonny before and talked with him on Wednesday and the Crickets I met before
and Billy Lee I saw and met in Vegas but Ferlin is a guy I've always wanted to see and
missed him again. I was told all these artists were spectacular as usual and that Billy
Lee and Sonny were in great form.
Sandy wants you all to know that she really wanted to
be there. And that she really hate's that she missed this great event. With a lot of her
favorites Billy Lee, Art Adams, Sonny Burgess, Glen Glenn, Alan Clark, Dale Hawkins, Big
Sandy and others. Bob and Dianne, Mary, Nikki and Larry. She said she sends her love to you
Glen is always a favorite of mine, he puts on a show as vibrant as I'm sure he did when he
was 21. No age slows my friend down, he is a solid Rocker that makes the word Rockabilly
what it is and with the backing of Alan Clark who could go wrong. Glen's Cup of Coffee
and a Cigarette is a favorite of mine and all his other great songs.
His wife Mary adds beautiful support and keeps that Rocker along with his worldwide
acclaim of fans ... Rockin, a showman of great stature and loved by everyone ... he ranks up
there with Elvis and the rest and I'm proud I get to see him perform and that he is my
friend. Right on Glen.
This dynamic standup bass player was great as always and I will talk about him more on
Sundays review when he returned to play with Slim Jim Phantom.
FRIDAY MAY 18, 2007
LINDA GAIL LEWIS
Linda Gail kicked off Friday and what a way to start. I hadn't seen Linda in about 20
plus years and like her brother plays a wild piano. She Rocked and Rolled along with her
talented daughter Anne Marie, whom harmonized with her Mom. Linda like Jerry Lee is a
exciting act to say the least. She performed a lot of her and her Brothers songs stating
that until some better Rock-n-Roll songs come along I will do my Brothers songs. She does
them good too. Her rendition of Whole lot of Shakin' Goin on and Great Balls of Fire and
High School Confidential had her brothers style but you gotta go a long way to beat the
Killer even if you are his sister Linda, still love ya though girl. But she comes
close, her approach is a little faster than Jerry's but still great. She also did songs
from her new CD called Hungry Hill the title song is a Bluesy type diddy that is great and
talks about the depression years in Louisiana and did a lot of others from that cd which
were great. Her performance was like JLL's where as it never slowed down and when it did
it was good, she was very polite to the crowd and talked about Jerry and the family a lot.
On talking to her daughter after the performance I asked how come
she didn't play piano, she said there's enough piano players in my family (LOL). She was
pretty and pleasant and has a great voice. On speaking with Linda Gail I told her now its
full circle, now I've met all of you and I asked her if she tours with Jerry anymore,
laughingly she said ... no not since I'm playing piano. She's a sweetheart and a
very talented lady like the rest of her family ... she made the day. Like her brother 5
stars ... *****
SID AND BILLY KING
All good show people, the latter I believe are Texas Rockabilly's and good guitarists,
they had a nice style and good guitar riffs, Don't know a lot about these guys but they
Another great Doo Wop group, that has style and a lot of moves like the Temptations and
another group from way back and their hits were many and they did them all in great style
and their outfits were great too. Great harmonizing. Great show guys.
My man is a one great entertainer, he comes on stage with a plum colored suit with a black
and white long piano scarf draping his shoulder and sits down and gives the piano hell
and pounds out Sea Cruise and many many others. In amongst his piano playing he tells
stories, funny stories. Hhe kept on about his ex mother in law saying (LOL) HOW GLAD SHES
DEAD AND GONE. He's a trip as much as his great piano styling, he is quite the
entertainer and messes with his band also. He also told the crowd how his Sea Cruise had
recently got him a award and had told us total sales so far were in excess of 38 million
copies. He gave a great show as always and later upon talking to him asked how come
Louisiana has such great piano players and he laughed and said ya know I've always tried
to figure that one out. Great guy, Great entertainer. Some people said he talked a lot,
ya he did but his stories were great ... Right on Frankie.
SLEEPY LaBEEF, GLENN BARBER
The legend is as good as he's ever been, Sleepy does Rockabilly the way it should be done,
hard and fast Not surprising he broke a string, damn, with his ardent approach I'm
surprised any stay on. He is a great Texas Rockabilly and is known worldwide. He plays
like he means it and in his black totally garbed suit and hat, he puts out this wail of a
good sound and after getting his buddy Glenn Barber on stage who is a damn good musician
in his own right, they teamed up with some great songs and Sleepy wouldn't let him leave
the stage. Near the end of the show they were blinking the lights and Sleepy said I think
I can do 2 more and they won't throw me off will they ... everyone laughed. He's a dynamic
performer and a act not to miss.
Prior to this show I didn't know much of him, I was on a radio show some years ago in
Memphis and his song played also and I wasn't impressed, not a song I really liked but
what a great surprise this guy played the guitar like God, he was a great performer and
kept us Rockin.
He (along with Pat Cupp) were the only no shows of the event. Both due to uncontrollable
Wow what a show ... Doo Wop Supreme, Earth Angel only one of many they did great. They
definitely brought you back to 1956. They also did some of the Platters hits and
others ... the lead singer's voice still supreme, They entertained in great style. A great
chapter in the book of Rock-n-Roll.
RAY SHARPE and BARBARA LYNN
Ray Sharpe back in the late 50's did a song called Linda Lu and I'm ashamed to say till I
saw him this time I never knew he was African/American, Sorry Ray. His voice always
sounded white, but has a great voice and a great song. The real surprise with this
artist was his superb guitar playing and I mean great, man. I thought Stevie Ray Vaughn was
up there, he did a bunch of songs and then brought out Barbara Lynn and she too was a
great guitarist, She kinda thumped the guitar and slapped it, great style and she is good,
she had a big hit song, it escapes me now, but she had good range and was a good
SATURDAY MAY 19, 07
One of the founding fathers this Philadelphia based Musician proves what it means to say
the Master.. He surely don't look his age and he quoted he's been married 49 years and he
has played about 57 years and sounds as good today as his records. When I first heard
Charlie (before anyone I was 12). Now in his 70's he could easily pass for 50, he's a one
good looking and good playing Pizon. He is proud of his Italian heritage as he should be
and his song Butterfly is more than a classic, he didn't mention it but back then he and
Rosie Clooney were the innovators of the early harpsichord or electric piano as it may.
Charlie beautiful approach is as natural as Apple pie and about as sweet.
my favorite has always been 99 Ways. Which he also did along with many others. Charlie
goes back to the days of 78's and I've still got my Mom's copy of that (kinda wore out
but I got it.). He is what we call in the business a very clean guitarist. Chet Atkins is
also in that category. As beautiful as a showmen/ musician he was a pleasure to talk to
(his autograph line was about a hour long ) as opposed to most were 45 minutes. I could listen to
Butterfly another 50 years and Charlie Gracie
A great performer but through the whole show he looked like something was trying to get
out of his body that couldn't. He did many songs before doing his great song Treat Her
Right. He too told many stories and one where he kinda riddled Texas. Lots of Texans in
the audience - and after lots of applause his statement about you can always tell when
your in Texas cause the people got no teeth ... the audience booed him ... and he yelled out
joke joke joke, but he was pretty good, basically a nervous artist who maybe could've
loosened a little. He pranced the stage in wild frenzy and his songs were short.
As in the past groups of Doo Wop they were ALL great and the Clovers by far were no
exception Their song of Love Potion number 9 was well received. They had style and
perfectionism and they also did some of their buddy's, the Coasters hits, such as
Searchin' ... a favorite of mine. The lead and bass singers were especially great and their
antics on stage helped their already great show.
CARL MANN and RAYBURN ANTHONY
When I got into Rockabilly as a kid, along with Elvis, Carl Perkins, Jerry Lee and Gene
and Dale, there was this other guy that took Rockabilly and really made it rock, this guy
was Carl Mann. Carl's records were bought by me whether on the Sun label or Phillips or
whatever..I never even looked at the song if it said Carl Mann on it , I bought it. I
as many others loved his style and how he could take my Moms songs and put a Sun
Rockabilly beat to them.. Carl went on stage and I figured through the years MAYBE his
style would've changed. Not a chance his styling was just like his records. Carl did them
all, Pretend, Some Enchanted Evening, Mona Lisa and all the rest...Just to see him was
worth coming to the fest and his partner Rayburn was a shocker, Sorry but I had never
heard of him and after hearing him I wish I had, he too was great to say the least, held
his guitar like he meant it and played in that all too popular Sun records/ Sam Phillips
style. He picked like Carl Perkins.
Upon talking to Carl I had to ask him what that was that he does where
it sounds like he's tripping over his notes and Bob Timmers heard me and he said Mike they
all do that and I said no not like him and then Carl laughed and said we call it Chickin
Pickin and I said see Bob I told you.
I also was told through a article about him that he had quit a long time
ago and recently came back...I hope he decides to keep playing...if you haven't seen him ,
your in for a real Rockabilly treat.
THE COLLINS KIDS
A good family group even though it wasn't my stick. They were good and the audience they
had loved them, they tended to do more country than rockabilly (nothing at all wrong with
country, please don't misconstrue my meaning). We listen to country music too, Sandy's Dad
raised her on the old time classic's they are now.
LEVI DEXTER and the ORIGINAL ROCKETS
WOW this lad from England had all the guts and grind that Elvis had back in the 50's. If
not more so and to the Kings Fans out there (which I'm definitely one) no one beats the
king but this boy had all the moves and never slowed down through the whole act. A act I
figured I'd watch a couple songs, he had me mesmerized through his whole act AND THE BOY
NEVER SLOWED DOWN. He did a couple Elvis songs and many others ... the rockets were great
too, flying all over the stage, especially the stand up bass ... man he was crazy dragging
the bass all over and laying underneath it (look what you started Gene LOL). It made
you feel like you were watching the Blue Caps. A great show and one not to miss. Right on
guys, carry on the tradition.
THREE BAD JACKS
As always a great show ... they know how to rock.
BRAMM RIDDLEBARGER AND HIS WAILIN ELROYS
Some name huh, yep and some group too, not sure but I believe they were from Finland. I
was in the seats in the lobby and I heard them and they were tearing up the house, they
too spun around so much and jumped off and on the stage and the lead singer had a little
laryngitis and still was good. He asked for a Elvis, Eddie Cochran or Gene Vincent singer
and a fan said this guy knows that stuff, introduced me and away we went.. I did Baby Lets
Play House and the boy's sped it up, but it was a gas, AND THEY WERE GOOD. Physcobilly at
its best, a honor to do it with them ... the lead player's voice was still good even through
his horseness. They literally got the whole house Rockin. Hope to hear more from
them. Thanx Guys.
Sorry Deke, I didn't get to see your show but I saw Deke throughout other acts (all the
stars want him) and he is by far one of the best out there and adds excitement to any
venue. His guitar styles are clean and mean. Deke knows his stuff.
SUNDAY MAY 20, 07
Sonny was ok but I don't know much about him and missed about three quarters of his set,
but what I saw was good
One of the original girl groups and one of the best. Their harmonies were perfect and they
sang what their fans wanted to hear. Their craziness only added to their greatness. The
lead singer which has been there since the beginning told funny stories about the girls
and how they pick on her. When we were kids and listened to them in the 50's their Mr. Lee
got us all going like any Elvis song. She stated on stage, ya'll know the song I like it
like that. Well we did a song we DON'T like it like that ... funny song. They also asked the
audience what do we do after Mr Lee. The audience hollered I Shot Mr Lee. They said right
and we did. They provided lots of humor and great harmonizing too. Right on girls ... they
also made a joke we used to have a midget now we got a amazon ... ya well keep the
Amazon ... great voices ... great songs.
This Native American Chippewa Indian had one real big hit, Gonna find me a Bluebird and I
remember when it was out it was a giant. It just fit in at the time.. The surprise of his
act is he didn't do that song (he thought it was too country).
I guess when your 81 you can and have the right to do as
you please. He too was a funny storyteller and had a lot to tell, he told the audience
send me your thoughts. I will put a song to it. He played great guitar and did some goofy
songs such as a song about a obscure beer, and just Roger Miller type songs, but through
all this he prevailed and the crowd loved him and he didn't waste no time he occupied
every second. As he left the stage the audience was yelling Bluebird but he never did it.
But he was a great entertainer and a delight to talk to. When taking a picture with him
someone yelled the white guy and the Indian and I proudly said nope 2 Indians ... I'm part
Showstopper supreme. Where most stars you could squeeze your way to the front, you
couldn't with Wanda or Little Richard. Wanda's voice was in check and as good and strong
as ever. She did a gutsy copy of Elvis's Lets Have a Party and many others. She also did
religious songs and talked about Patsy Cline and also stated that how on June 6th, 1971 was
the best day of her life cause she found Christ. She talked about this in length and a guy
next to me who was taping her said ... oh man, here she goes on that religious stuff. Well I
look at it this way if you don't want to listen ...leave or go to another stage. This is
Wanda, she is one of many stars who talk about God and Christ ... again that's her. I'm
Thankful To Our Lord everyday for the opportunities I get in the music business ... some talk
about it more than others (their preference) Wanda's Brenda Leeish twang in her voice is
still there and strong.
The 1st lady of Rockabilly did a great set doing em fast and doing em slow
and mentioning Elvis, Some entertainers when they get around the 70 age lose it...Wanda
has gained if anything. I didn't get to talk to her as her line to get a autograph lasted
well over a hour and Dales set went through and she still had a line...Rockabilly QUEEN
SUPREME WANDA JACKSON.
Anyone whom has known me since I was 15 knows I love Dale Hawkins music. Not only Susie-Q
but all his music. Dale in my eyes along with the Killer are the new kings of Rock-n Roll
since Elvis has passed (musically only, the king will never die). Dale came on stage
backed by great guitarists from the band KING MEMPHIS and opened with Wildcat Tamer a
Rockin' number he does well. His second was my favorite Little Pig and then he did La Do Da
Da and he did another favorite he does not always do, A house,a car and a wedding ring.
and he did a couple from his new cd which is great: "Going back to Louisiana". When Dale
has a good band behind him, Dale puts his heart and soul
and whatever else into his music and takes you back to the 50's when we used to throw that
top down and dig Dales music ... cool.
Dale was in a great mood and as his music showed he rocked and rocked and
rocked. He also talked about the hat he wears, talking about veterans of the wars and that
above everything else we need to support our troops...Right on Dale. He talked about
Checker and Chess records ( a note from me at the time in Chicago ,Dale was only one of
very few white artists on that label..Artists like Chuck Berry, Howlin Wolf and others
called that label home.
He closed again with Wildcat Tamer. A great song a sad note, he told the
audience he was off vacation next week and going back for chemo. We pray every day he
totally kicks that bad disease and we ask that you all pray for him too and another
important ... very important thing. The Rock n Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland I think often
times overlooks certain singers. As in Dale's case he should've been there a long time
ago. Bob Timmers and the Rockabilly Hall of Fame have a petition we want you all to sign
to put Dale in the Hall of Fame in Cleveland. Dale has electricity, a great Louisiana
voice, great bands, James Burton, Roy Buchanan, great record sales and next to what I saw
go in at the last entry, he excells 10 fold. Upon getting a picture with him in the lobby,
Bob Timmers took the picture and Dale said: uh uh Mike for you yes, for him no ha ha ha
(of course he was only kidding)
I wish he would get a new release of his old checker stuff just like it was
song for song. I betcha it would sell. Sandy and I love the man and his music and we hope
the best for him. Rock on Dale.
(PS: He made Alan Clark show the audience his tongue)
These classic artists have endures the tests of time with their famous doo wop songs the
groups leader Earl (Speedo) has done it with them. They are so cool to watch on stage
Ya know how dumb can you be sometimes, it never dawned on me that the line in the song
"well they often call me speedo but my real name is Mr Earl" ... and that is his name, I
thought it was a line in the song ... da double da. At any rate they are entertainment
supreme and did many many songs and at the end after all their kibitzing on stage (they
pick on Earl a lot, ha ha). They shuffled off the stage in a Broadway like line to
thundering applause. They are a institution in themselves. Upon signing a picture for me I
asked Earl if they ever covered the Rays hit Daddy Cool (which I love and did on my
Nashville sessions). Earl said no but its a great song, I wish we did.Doo Wop
Perfection and early Rock-n-Roll stirred in.
The worst shocker of this whole venus was that Bo suffered a stroke ahead of doing this
show. I have seen Bo many times and he along with Little Richard are the innovators,
Little Richard with the Piano and Bo with the guitar...yep he was first. Another artist to
play at the Chess studios I believe under the Argo label and Bo shows how a guitar should
be played...he was greatly missed and we hear he is doing much better...not many men in
the industry have hit songs about their own name..Bo's had a few and sold millions..I feel
Bo never got the dues he's paid and deserves back what he's put in...we love you Bo
SLIM JIM PHANTOM and LEE ROCKER
Lee Rocker did a show here on Thursday but when notified in LA after doing a show
there about Bo Diddley's stroke, he agreed to come back to Green Bay and come back he did.
Slim Jim and he did nothing short of knock the walls down. The Stray Cats drummer just
stands and beats that drum like his very being depended on it and Lee meanwhile is
running up and down that bass. They did Rock This Town, Tear It Up and Stray Cat Strut
and even a couple Elvis/Eddie Cochran tunes and literally put a new meaning to
Rock-n-Roll, Rockabilly music as it should be ... hard and fast. Slim Jim would jump in the
air at the end of the song, land over his drum spread eagle and then run and hit the bass
with his sticks and Lee went crazy also. This was surely a highlight of the whole week,
well worth bringing Lee back. There are a lot of great stand up bass men. Lee has to be
number 1. Gene Vincent and Carl would've been proud to have these 2 legends in their
groups. As you watched them it was like they were at a garage bands playing their
favorite songs. They truly were in a world of their own and rocked their ass's off. And
the last song Jim threw his sticks and ran over and kissed Lee on the lips (well I guess
to each their own, Ha Ha Ha) but you could see fire between these 2 musicians and it
definitely scorched the audience who would not stop clapping even after a return to the
stage ... ROCK AND ROLL.
At first his act was a little plain and then he explained how his Dad and Uncle (Johnny
and Dorsey were the real musicians in the family and then he did a song of his Dads
called Dreamin. He did a slow rendition of the song and did a couple others and rocked a
little. He was good but as HE SAID his Dad was greater and hard to believe he said Dads
been dead 40 plus years. His Dad, Johnny had a lot to do with Elvis in the early days. It
is noted in certain circles Johnny was along when he made (Elvis) the record for his
mother at Sun but couldn't get in. Again I heard this don't know if its true and was
going to ask Rocky this but he never came down to sign autographs.
My friend Paul Burlison was part of the Johnny Burnette Trio, he passed
away awhile back and he and his dynamic guitar playing, his joking and the man himself
are sadly missed as are Johnny and Dorsey
By this time I was pretty rocked out and my legs will never be the same, ha ha.. It was
by far the best venue in length I have ever witnessed and I've seen a lot including a Alan
Freed show and Bill Grahams shows in California and on and on. WHAT A BLAST as we used to
I hope I have covered my 45 acts that I saw, I think there were a total
of 170 acts in the 5 day event, ANY QUESTIONS I can answer for you I will be happy to and
if anyone has a DVD of the show we will gladly pay for it.
I wish to personally thank Bob Timmers for his great guitar work and
mostly his perseverance of keeping this music we all love so much and he works hard at it
sometimes against the odds, along with the casinos he represents and the artists, its not
easy, my hat goes off to him.
I also wish to Thank ALL the musicians whom made everyone look good
they were all great as were all the MC's including Big Sandy (Great Job - he gets you
in the mood) and Del and Dave and Ken and the rest. What a great job you all did.
Special Thanks to the Oneida Casino, Green Bay Wisconsin for their
belief in our music and we hope to see many more shows ... You're Awesome
To all the musicians I saw there and performed with on stage a big
cool THANX GUYS and GALS.
AND A LITTLE NOTE FROM SANDY:
Bob Timmers could always use any donation's to the
Rockabilly Hall of Fame®. Go check it out, And remember he's
got ton's of stuff to buy too. CD's I'm sure of a lot of the name's Mike mentioned here
in his review he has for sale, T-Shirts, Hats. Get your Business cards done through Bob
and the RaB HoF. Let's Help keep this WONDERFUL Music Alive and get some of our Artist
Paid for all the hours of music they've put out there just for us, and a lot of them has
done it for nothing and for making all of us some dancin' fools. LOL - GOD BLESS BOB for all
his hard work. Take care all and keep in touch.
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