Thursday, February 26, 2009

Buzz Campbell And Hotrod Lincoln
The Best Of...

Over from the US comes Buzz Campbell, who is neither an astronaut nor B-movie horror flick regular, but a purveyor of sprightly, slinky rockabilly with a definite Stray Cats swoosh and strut about it. Indeed they supported the ‘Cats on their farewell tour late last year and Mr Campbell is now a fixture in Cats’s bassist Lee Rockers band. This compilation rounds up nineteen tracks about cars, girls n’ booze from their four albums and quite a delightful affair of big-boppin jumpers n’ jivers, hillbillied hotrod, hemi and blue moon balladry it is too. While it’s hard to get away from the silhouette of the Setzer quiff and kak tatts (Red Lipstick) as it is the Reverend Horton Heat (Five Bucks And A Pack Of Cigarettes, Too Drunk To Drive) in these circles, Campbell is certainly no pedestrian in the picking stakes, and successfully splashes his palette as shades of The Mavericks or Dave Edmunds on Runaway Girl and country clinks glasses with the rockin’ on Stay One More Night, You’re Gonna Lose and honky-tonk high roller Words By Heart to Blue, which is the sort of Rick Nelson / Billy Fury ballad Chris Isaac excels at.
Stu Gibson

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