|Mack Stevens, Rollin' Rock Rocks Again|
Producer Rockin' Ronny Weiser sought out Texas wildman rockabilly singer Mack Stevens, bringing him to the Rollin' Rock studios (aka Ronny's house in Las Vegas) for the first Rollin' Rock sessions in over a decade. The result is Mack Stevens At Rollin' Rock, a truly inspired modern rockabilly recording featuring slap bass, lots of echo, hiccupping vocals, and Stevens' demented songs of mayhem. Mack Stevens has developed a solid reputation amongst rockabilly aficionados in recent years.
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Mack Stevens' brand of Texas rockabilly finally meets up with Rockin' Ronny Weiser, the production head of Rollin' Rock Records, the retro rockabilly label from the 1970s that formed one of the seminal influences on his sound and style. Stevens has always held power aplenty, but has often been jakelegged by the lo-fi production on his records for other labels. Here Weiser surrounds him with a band that cooks and a sound that's big, fat and echoed up just right. Highlights include nice duets with slap bassist Mary Ek on "Don't Start a War Daddy" and "Rockabilly Romance," well executed covers of Nat Couty's "Woodpecker Rock," Ralph Nielsen's "The Scream" and Hal Harris' "Lonely," and Stevens originals like "Hepcat Heaven," "Only the Good Die Young," "Diet Pill Boogie," "It's Armageddon Time" and the title track. This makes for Stevens' strongest outing yet.
Corsican, Texas rockabilly singer Mack Stevens and Rollin' Rock founder-producer Ronny Weiser seem like such a logical combination, it's a wonder they didn't team up sooner in the earlier days of the label. But as 1999 dawns, they get together for Mack's second album of new rockabilly in the classic style with Weiser in the production seat, simply setting up frameworks for what Stevens does best -- straightforward, unfettered rockabilly. Three fine, Western-styled rockabilly originals kick things off, with "I Hate the Moon," "Hate And Gasoline" and "I'll Die Alone" showing that Mack is far more than a one-trick pony. Guitarist Big Al Ek contributes top-notch fills and classic rockabilly licks, with his use of a six-string bajo sexto being especially nice on "Lost That Lost Highway" and "Hate and Gasoline." But the big news is the plethora of Stevens originals on this, making even a nice cover of Gene Maltais' "Raging Sea" pale in comparison. Other rocking highlights include two fine New Orleans-styled numbers, "The Future Is All I See" and "Those Texas Cottonfields," along with barn-burners like "Peckerwood Rock" and the closer, "Women Crawlin' All Over Me." Without a doubt, Mack's strongest and most musical album to date.
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