Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA Eddie Smith with The Hornets - Upturn c/w Border Beat
|Eddie Smith with The Hornets issued this single in 1959. It's a couple of years ahead of surf, but you can see the coming changes in its chunky rhythm and general tone, though there's no reverb of course.|
Picks: Border Beat, Upturn
Track by Track Review
This is a Link Wray influenced number, not in intensity or tone, but in construction. Twangy, relentlessly dramatic, and sporting a melodic riff, "Border Beat" has a timeless rock 'n country twang and charm, and some rich gutty guitar tone.
Fifties Rock (Instrumental)
"Shot Rod" is a chord rocker mostly. Manic drums, thumpin' bass, and speedy pickin' in a post guitar boogie format drive the demons from the hall. Nothing like a melody in sight, but lots of drive and thrashing angst.