Brian Parton & The Nashville Rebels,
Exploitation Natural
(CD 1999)
  

Brian Parton and the Nashville Rebels started out in 1993 playing on the outskirts of Tulsa in truck driver honkytonks. Now in 1999 they have a new CD "Exploitation Natural" under their belt and have done big shows with Jerry Lee Lewis, Rev. Horton Heat, Dick Dale, Lee Rocker, Ronnie Dawson, Big Sandy and the Fly-Rite Boys, Deke Dickerson and Kim Lenz & the Jaguars as far north as Chicago, south to San Antonio, east to Atlanta by way of Little Rock and Memphis not to mention all points between.

The word is that this is the best 'Hard Rockabilly Band' playing in the central U.S. today (Fayetteville (Ark) Free weekly).

Mark Brown of the Tulsa World described them as "Rebels With A Cause". The Rebels have this look: classically coiffed and a bit off-kilter. We're taking pictures of them in our studio, and they're wearing the look in spades:

Bill Padgett - rockabilly drummer, curly black locks that grow wild like sea kelp, bounces in his drum seat like a Pentecostal.
David White - suave, surly, a quiet maestro, plays electric bass, he says, "like it was a standup."
Brian Patton - sultry singer, guitar slinger, the only chops better than those on his face come out of his Gretsch hollow-body. Bumpkin- seductive, like Presley without the room service.

The reviews for the CD "Exploitation Natural" have been great! The music jumps out of the speakers like a man leaping out of a burning building into a gigantic swimming pool. It's hot and refreshingly cool at the same time (Dave Cantrell - Infinity Press). "Exploitation Natural" has been nominated for "Album Of The Year" by the Tulsa World for the first annual Tulsa Music awards. Brian Parton and the Nashville Rebels have also been nominated for 'Best Rock Act.'

Review:
Although this is a great CD for all you greasers and rockin' cats and kittens, it is NOT your average 50s revival band. If you are a collector of the fifties sound, you just might be in for a surprise when you open up the volume to listen to this piece of work. It's rock 'n' roll all right, and damn good I may add, but it's nineties rock 'n' roll with some pretty rough edges on the guitar work and several different influences varying from country to surf.

Although the first track is nicely titled "Rockin' M-M-Mutha", when you pay attention you will clearly hear "Rockin' Mother Fucker" at the end of the song, and no 50s artist would ever have said that in public in those days. What the heck, it's a damn good rockin' song and a hell of a way to start this new platter.

"Evil in Devil" borrowed some real cool licks from the rock 'n' roll guitar master Chuck Berry, with some distortion added, this song rocks real mean. "Shovin' Off" is kind of a country song, with the singer trying to sing as low as Johnny Cash. Well, he doesn't quite make it all the way down.. "Sideburn Surf" is, along with "Rockin' M-M-Mutha", my favorite track, real rough guitar instrumental with a touch of nineties Surf Rock. Well done.

"2.000 Light Years From Home" is not really my cup of tea. It's a Jagger/Richards song that sounds a bit misplaced here. Good thing it is followed by "Diggin' The Scene", which again rocks your socks off. "Lips Like Sugar" (a Sargent original) is a rock ballad, nothing to do with original rock 'n' roll.. Compliments to Brian Parton, who wrote all the tracks, except for the two mentioned before. Another nice touch is the front cover of the CD, which looks like a 50s medicine box. If you fold it open you'll find some great pics of the band.

brianparton@mindspring.com 

The BlackCat, 1999



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