Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA The Roadhouse Rockers - Feel Like Rockin'
|This is the first release for Santa Barbara's Roadhouse Rockers, now called the Cadillac Angels. Issued in 1994, it's sound is solid and the band, while still gathering their chops, have a groove and an obvious budding talent. Tony Balbinot sings and plays the guitar, Micky Rae sings and plays the upright bass, and John Palmer is the drummer.|
Picks: Roadhouse Rockin' / Torture / Rumble, Rampage
Track by Track Review
Roadhouse Rockin' / Torture / Rumble
Part one of this track is a solid rockabilly vocal, but then with 2:46 remaining, it moves into a medley of Link Wray's "Rumble" surrounded by the Fendermen's "Torture." Instrumentally, this is infectious and unique. Originally, "Torture" was the B-side on "Mule Skinner Blues" and was recorded when the Fendermen were a duo, just two Fender guitars. "Torture" is bit more reverby here, and with drums added, it takes on a more dynamic quality. "Rumble" is less stark and more throbby here than when Link Wray did it in 1957. It's still an awesome mean number, but is played more in line with its surroundings. Very infectious.
Using the same drums beat as the "Superjet Rumble," this fine cover is full of spunk and flair. Micky Rae's excellent walking upright bass lines are superb. Not very melodic, but double picked jammin' solid!