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My review of Van Wilks posts to Elmore magazine

29 Jan

Van Wilks’ 21sElmore Magazine | Van Wilkst Century Blues album proves that the bluesy rocking’ guitarist still delivers an inescapable rush of adrenaline, like a fast-moving train, across several major musical landscapes.

The non-traditional Texas musician, who began his career during the British invasion of the 1960s, has since toured with numerous trendsetting and runaway hit bands, from Aerosmith to ZZ Top.

Chet Himes produced Wilks’ sixth solo album and first in 10 years at two Austin-area studios, Relentless Ranch and Chicken Run, with the help of Kickstarter funding.

Lone Star-sized special guests, Grammy award-winning Christopher Cross and locally celebrated dynamic vocalist Malford Milligan, both contribute on “She Makes Me Crazy.”

Wilks also revives “Drive By Lover,” the song he co-wrote with Billy F. Gibbons for ZZ Top’s La Futura in 2012.

“There’s a Sin in There Somewhere,” pays homage to a 1978 scratchy vinyl recording of Huddie “Lead Belly” Leadbetter with Wilks performing on a 1929 National Duolian Dobro amplified through Marshall Stacks.

The closing, “Midnight Crossing,” with haunting vocals whispered by Maria Estella Raffone, completes the album’s driving locomotive theme. Wilks, named best blues-rock band four years in a row by The Austin Chronicle’s music polls, as yet shows no signs of slowing down.

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My Buck Owens’ review posts to Elmore magazine

10 Jan

Elmore Magazine | Buck OwensFifty original recordings by the late country legend Alvis Edgar “Buck” Owens Jr. and his band, the Buckaroos, sound better today than ever before with the release of Buck ‘Em! Volume 2: The Music of Buck Owens (1967-1975).

This double album, a sequel to Buck ‘Em! Volume 1: The Music of Buck Owens (1955-1967), features beloved Owens classics alongside seven previously unreleased tracks. Personal favorites include “Corn Liquor,” “The Battle of New Orleans,” “Let the World Keep On A Turnin,’” “Today I Started Loving You Again,” and “Streets of Bakersfield.”

In addition, exceptionally high-energy recordings of Owens’ live performances deliver front-row-seat entertainment on tracks like “I’ve Got a Tiger By the Tail,” performed in Washington, D.C. while President Lyndon B. Johnson served in the White House, “Johnny B. Goode,” from London, and “Rollin’ in My Sweet Baby’s Arms,” from Australia.

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