Josie Cotton

Queen “B” Josie Cotton Goes to the Drive-In “My whole life I’ve been fixated on science-fiction,” announces singer Josie Cotton, speaking by phone from her home in Silver Lake, California. It’s an unexpected admission from a pop singer best known for reviving the sweet sound of ‘60s girl groups on her 1982 Elektra LP Convertible… Continue reading Josie Cotton

A Sad, Fond Farewell to Evan Lee Frayer

Atlanta musician Evan Lee Frayer, who for many years served as Daniel Dudeck’s original percussive partner in Mudcat, died on Saturday, Feb. 29 of heart failure. The 52-year-old had an existing heart condition that was diagnosed a dozen or so years ago, according to his friend, musician David Evans, himself a first edition Mudcat member.… Continue reading A Sad, Fond Farewell to Evan Lee Frayer

Southern Culture on the Skids, Part 1

Musical Mutations and Swamp Tones: Rick Miller of Southern Culture on the Skids Talks About the Sounds that Get Him Off Although I love their hokey sense of cornpone humor, and I wouldn’t alter a thing about them, sometimes it irritates me that so many writeups I read about Southern Culture on the Skids focus… Continue reading Southern Culture on the Skids, Part 1

Southern Culture on the Skids, Part 2

Pop culture always gets recycled. One of the stranger revivals, to me, was that period during the ’90s when easy listening, Tropicalia and so-called “space age bachelor pad” music made a brief mini-comeback. And your sound even touches on aspects of that. “I really love that stuff. And I tell you what, I was into… Continue reading Southern Culture on the Skids, Part 2

Kitty Rose and the Rattlers Release Debut Album

Rockabilly hasn’t really had a significant presence in Atlanta’s local scene since the heyday of the so-called Redneck Underground and the Star Bar scene of the early-to-mid ’90s, although several of those acts and remnants thereof still play around town. Sparking up a bit of a revival, Kitty Rose and the Rattlers are comparative newcomers… Continue reading Kitty Rose and the Rattlers Release Debut Album

1981 Flesh Eaters Lineup Comes Back to Life

One of Los Angeles’s finest punk-era ensembles, The Flesh Eaters, have existed, on-again/off-again, in various configurations since 1977, always with singer/actor/writer/filmmaker Chris Desjardins at the helm alongside various fellow participants in the L.A. scene. Arguably their finest moment (certainly the most heralded) was 1981’s A Minute to Pray, A Second to Die, a hoodoo/horror/noir-infused wallop… Continue reading 1981 Flesh Eaters Lineup Comes Back to Life

Star Bar Co-Founder David Heany Has Died

David Heany, one of the original owners and founders of the Star Community Bar in Little Five Points, has died. Heany, 67, suffered a massive heart attack last night (Tuesday, November 13) at his home in Ansley Park. He had been dealing with serious health issues for the past couple of years, according to his… Continue reading Star Bar Co-Founder David Heany Has Died

Kitty Rose & the Rattlers Rumble on New 45

Traditional rockabilly outfit Kitty Rose and the Rattlers have a whole slate of dates coming up at Big Tex in Decatur, beginning with a May 12 release party for the band’s new 7-inch single. Rose and her supporting cast hone in on that jazzy swing at the heart of a good rockabilly tune on new A-side “Junkin’… Continue reading Kitty Rose & the Rattlers Rumble on New 45

Holly Golightly & the Brokeoffs Saddle Up

UK punk turned Georgia artist Holly Golightly and her better half, Lawyer Dave (aka “& the Brokeoffs”), picked a theme and stuck to it on new album Clippety Clop, out May 4th. The couple rescues and cares for horses near Athens, so they took in their own interests and experiences while choosing old country, blues, and indie rock… Continue reading Holly Golightly & the Brokeoffs Saddle Up

Kitty Rose Rattles Rafters on 7-Inch

Don’t run away screaming if rockabilly isn’t your thing, just because it says “Rockabilly Kitty Rose” on the 7-inch sleeve. Cartoonish, modern rockabilly and ska get a lot of grief amongst many of my music-loving acquaintances, although both can still be good in the right musicians’ hands. Kitty Rose, a former country singer turned throwback… Continue reading Kitty Rose Rattles Rafters on 7-Inch

Flat Duo Jets’ Early Years Compiled

The 3-disc Flat Duo Jets vinyl box set, Wild Wild Love, made in a limited run of a thousand copies for Record Store Day is being released in a more widely-available double-CD (and digital) set, containing the entire contents of the vinyl edition, on October 20th. The first disc combines their two earliest releases –… Continue reading Flat Duo Jets’ Early Years Compiled

R.I.P. Sonny Burgess, Primal Rockabilly Wildman

Albert “Sonny” Burgess recorded for the legendary Sun Records label in its mid ‘50s heyday. Although never achieving the iconic stature or popular success of labelmates such as Elvis Presley and Jerry Lee Lewis, Burgess made unforgettable contributions to Sun’s legacy. His incendiary single “Red Headed Woman” b/w “We Wanna Boogie” (which stands proudly between… Continue reading R.I.P. Sonny Burgess, Primal Rockabilly Wildman

Wanda Jackson

Everybody’s Rockin’! Bobby Moore is Kinda Fonda Wanda. Wanda Jackson, That Is. Wanda Jackson unquestionably ranks among the true pioneers of rock ‘n’ roll. The “sweet lady with the nasty voice” stood tall alongside Carl Perkins, Jerry Lee Lewis, ex-boyfriend Elvis Presley, and numerous others in a male-dominated field, energizing and radicalizing the soundtrack to… Continue reading Wanda Jackson

Jason D. Williams

Unwashed Genes: Jason D. Williams Has Some Killer Instincts of His Own Though his in-the-grand-tradition bio sheet asserts that Jason D. Williams first played a piano at age three, when I ask him about it, he concedes that his serious interest in the keyboard commenced around his ninth year. “I started taking piano lessons from… Continue reading Jason D. Williams

Dan Sartain – Too Tough to Live

Thirteen tracks in 19 minutes. Dan Sartain obviously doesn’t see a future where he draws a crowd by playing a classic album in its entirety. He should, however, expect modern audiences to buy into his spirited take on punk. Never mind that the few people who’ve heard of Sartain already think he’s a punk act.… Continue reading Dan Sartain – Too Tough to Live

Wanda Jackson

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Action Jackson: Rock and Roll’s Original “Party” Girl Is Still Shakin’ All Over It’s a chilly Thursday morning in Oklahoma City, and Wanda Jackson is talking about boobs. Specifically, how a well-chosen guitar will tuck right under ’em. Over bracing hot sips from her first cup of coffee, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame… Continue reading Wanda Jackson

Dan Sartain

That’s Not Dan Sartain’s Ego Talking: The Lurching Life of the UK’s Favorite Humble Southern Rocker Dan Sartain is ready to do an interview – but, first, he has to sanitize the telephone. “Everybody in this house has pneumonia,” he explains from his parents’ home in Montgomery, Alabama. “I’m talking to you with a t-shirt… Continue reading Dan Sartain