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The Fireballs - S/Tdotdotdot
artworkGeorge Tomsco is on the trail again with an updated version of the Fireballs, the classic guitar instro band from the 50's who were captured in Norman Petty's famous Clovis, New Mexico studio where Buddy Holly also reigned. They have issued a new CD of mostly country vocals. It contains 4 instrumentals, and while they are definitely country and not surf, they will please the instro fan none the less. I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this new release.
Picks: Walkin', Cutie Pie, Fiero, Drugstore Cowboy

Track by Track Review

Walkin' dotdotdot
Country (Instrumental)

A mid tempo number that features the Fireballs characteristic choppiness and melodic structures. It's halting structure creates an interesting and gentle sound that is quite pleasing.

Cutie Pie dotdotdot
Country (Instrumental)

This is a pretty tame Fireballs structured number, with solid tones and precise playing. It is pleasant and listenable. A honky tonk kinda tune, with a jazzy afternoon feel.

Fiero dotdotdotdot
Country (Instrumental)

This is by far the most Fireballs oriented tune here. It has that signature structure, and even with a more country guitar sound, it still has all the pre-surf elements that this seminal band first put forth in "Bulldog." It's a fine tune.

Drugstore Cowboy dotdotdot
Country (Instrumental)

Happy cowboy bob kickin' his heels up at the local barn line dance, with Buck Owens in his brain and Merle Haggard in his wallet, with Floyd Cramer overseeing his two-step artistry. Yee haw!