Saturday, April 16, 2011

Gary Setzer and Barry Ryan - Rockabilly Express Raucous As the title could suggest, this debut pairing corrals a range of styles roving through Rockabilly & Americana history as well as their own travels (notably Rockin' Rebels & The Rockats respectively). The meaty grind of 16-ton opener Hot Train To Hell through to Las Vegas Blues & Whiskey Boys may not be too many steps from Stray Cats moves (Setzer being the original drummer) but the real delights come in their referencing & renovating tradition along the way. The Hurtin' Kind escorts Ring Of Fire across the border into accordion-courting Cajun territory, You're Gone recalls Roy Orbison's lavish balladry & Barry's Breakdown is pretty exquisite bluegrass jazz. Though it doesn't shake seismic musical surprises from its shirt - or duck - tails it doesn't sit in brother Brian's shadows nor have to strive over earnestly to escape it. In fact, unless you're especially desperate for his brother's more Eddie Van Haley histrionics then this classy little nugget has a whole lot more to offer. Stu Gibson

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