|Red Light Girl, The Blue J's
Raucous Records, RAUCD132
The Blue J's would officially like to thank Alan Wilson for his time, energy, encouragement and overall professionalism. Alan, you are a true inspiration and Thank You doen't even come close. And Mark Tomes would like to express many thanks to Restless for the Live & Kicking album which inspired him to start playing in the first place.
The above is just a small part from The Blue J's debut album liner notes, but it says a lot about the music and the production of "Ready To Rock". The album was engineered and produced by Alan Wilson, formerly with The Sharks, and now a much respected and appreciated rockabilly producer. The album was recorded at Alan Wilson's Western Star Studio and Alan even did some guitar picking himself on a couple of tracks, and so did Restless frontman Mark Harman. Add to that a fabulous new rockabilly band called The Blue J's and you're in for a rockin' treat.
The first song is a country style rockabilly song, originally by The Travelling Wilbury's, titled "Rattled". Don't let the acoustic intro of "This Girl Is Taking Bets" fool you, it slides into a fabulous, well sung, well played slow-tempo rockabilly song. After this the tempo and rhythm are build up bit by bit through "Who It Matter At All?" and "Fools Gold", followed by Kenny Parchman's Sun recording "Love Crazy Baby".
Next is the title song "Red Light Girl" and some super slapping in "Burn The House Down". Variety is king, lotsa changes in the rhythm, some nice intro's to start the songs, cool lead guitar on all tracks, a cool slap (especially on "Hillbilly Fool"), in general there seems to be nothing wrong at all with this album. It all fits together perfectly. Well, what did you expect with a team like this...
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