|I Hear The Road, Peter Baylor
Preston Records PEP 5100
After decades of playing with almost every rocking rhythm n' roots band around the country and featured guitarist on countless records, Peter Baylor is proud to announce the arrival of his very first CD under his own name. Fourteen original tracks written by Peter, reflect his deep knowledge, experience and love for all things rockabilly, Western Swing, Honky Tonk and Hillbilly. Recorded at Melbourne's premier vintage studio, Preston Records, with "The Lazy Millions", Peters current working band. The album also features guest performances from Donal Baylor, Fiddle, Roger Oulten on Piano and Julie O'Hara on Backing vocals. This album coincidentally marks the 100th.commercial release from the Preston Studio. Have a listen and enjoy the ride...
Let me start with telling all you guys an' gals that this album is not entirely rockabilly or rock 'n' roll. It contains a lot of American roots music, only this time the sounds are flying in from down under Australia. I know that most of you rockabillies also dig some Hillbilly, Honky Tonk and Western Swing, so I'm betting there is something in this package that will attract your attention, because the music, the players, the recording and the production are all first class!
The album hits off with a thumping double bass rhythm, a weeping steel guitar and fast guitar picking on "Roadhouse Romeo". Fabulous, what a great opener. Track 2 "If That's Not Wrong, It Must Be Right" continues with a two-step tempo, a song that reminds a bit of the old Warren Smith recordings. After only two songs, it's already clear to me that these are all top notch musicians, and Peter himself is an excellent songwriter as well. Another song that caught my attention is the fantastic guitar instrumental "Tarcutta", which even features some trainsounds on harmonica, and you know I have a soft spot for this magic little instrument.
The wailing rockabilly sound of the title song "I Hear The Road" made shivers run up and down my spine. Peter's smokey-barroom-voice comes out beautiful, and, as on all the songs, the guitarpicking is flawless, what a great sound. All you rockers will be delighted by the rocking "My Baby Was Born To Rock". I think this album is also a beautiful tribute to the American originators like Chet Atkins, Les Paul, Merle Travis and all the rest of 'em. You gotta give this one a spin!
Roadhouse Romeo / If That's Not Wrong, It Must Be Right / I've Got Troubles On My Mind / All Night Long / Tarcutta / I'm Going To See My Baby / I Hear The Road / When Grandma Got High / Two Hearts / My Baby Was Born To Rock / Strange Boogie / Don't Mind Me When I Cry / I'm Going To Move To The Country / Hillbilly Rhythm
Peter Baylor - Vocals, Guitar, 2nd Fiddle
Andy 'Hillbilly' Scott - Double Bass
Gavin Gray - Drums
Rick Dempster - Steel Guitar, Harmonica
Roger Oulton - Piano
Donal Baylor - Fiddle
Julie O'Hara - Backing Vocals
46 Severn St.
Reviewed by The BlackCat, 2007