Rockabilly legend Billy Adams recorded several years for Sun Records. In their discography, I Recently ran across a recording of Billy from 1964. His version of Jazz and Blues Classic “Trouble in Mind” is in multiple ways unique.
In the late twenties Country duo Darby and Tarlton had some succes with their slide guitar ballads. “Birmingham Jail” is part of their Tom Darby & Jimmie Tarlton: Atlanta 1927-1929 recordings and tells the story of a man longing for a letter from his love. It approaches the poetic essence of Country ballads perfectly.
He grew up on his family farm in Iowa, respecting the land on a philosophy of caring for crops, and to never take more than is needed and, ultimately, to try to leave things better than how they were found. With that approach, William Elliott Whitmore is recording beautiful albums since 2003 in the Folk and Roots genre.
The bluesy sound in “Habbie Doobie” and “Pain” reminds you of two of the three kings in blues. Albert King and Freddie King would probably like these tracks as the show groove, funk, and soul in a blended mix of Southern Rock. We’re talking about The Texas Gentlemen who released their debut Studio album TX Jelly this September via New West Records.
‘A band Slowly Coming Together’
The band describes this record nicely “Sometimes, authenticity can sneak up on you. The first sounds you hear on The Texas Gentlemen’s debut studio album, TX Jelly, is that of a band slowly coming together.”
“Habbie Doobie” Blues and Funk inspiration
“Habbie Doobie” is remarkable for its grooving guitar riff, which reminds you of Albert King’s “Born Under a Bad Sign”. Also, the Honky Tonk Piano additions in this track make you very happy. On their website you’ll read that it is “a low-slung piece of vintage country-funk that slams out of the speakers and announces the Texas Gentlemen as a force to be reckoned with”, I couldn’t agree more!
LA Blues and Folk Musician Rob Lafond released his second EP High and Low this August. Especially the single “She’s Dangerous” is very catchy.
Blues influenced single “She’s Dangerous”
The lyrics are in style with many blues songs you know: about your “dangerous baby” and the troubled life this can bring you. The guitar riffs are addictive, and also the honky tonk piano additions and thrilling backing vocals at the end complement this song positively.
“I carefully choose all my session players and the instruments we use. To me vibe and feel of a song are much more important than the technicalities of the riffs. I like to keep it a little edgy and rugged rather trying to make everything perfect. “
“I think music and songwriting has to be its own living breathing organism. I don’t like it when it’s too cookie cutter, you gotta dirty it up a bit. I think we live in a society where we try to make things too perfect, it’s not real life.”
Hollywood Noir Video clip
Well, about the “She’s Dangerous “video. This is a true Hollywood Noir film meets Martin Scorsese or Tarantino movie scene. It is nicely done and brings some Rock ‘n Roll attitude to the song. The video work is nicely done!
Influences from Neil Young to Tom Petty
Rob Lafond’s music is overall folk influenced. Artist like Neil Young, Tom Petty, and Bob Dylan are clearly an influence and hearable through the music. Here and there you’ll also hear some Exile on Street Rolling Stones through the music. Of course, Rob Lafond created his own liquor mix of music out of the influences.