Top Releases, Hot Concerts, & On-Air Shows
Big Sandy & the Fly-Rite Boys Feelin Kinda Lucky - Hightone
Charlie Burton & the Texas 12 Steppers Rustic Fixer-Upper - Lazy S.O.B.
Ray Condo & His Ricochets Door To Door Maniac - Joaquin
The Derailers Reverb Deluxe - Watermelon/Sire
Robbie Fulks South Mouth - Bloodshot
Wayne Hancock Thats What Daddy Wants - Ark 21
The Cornell Hurd Band Texas Fruit Shack - Behemoth
James Intveld - Innerworks
Bill Kirchen & Too Much Fun Hot Rod Lincoln - Live! - Hightone
Dale Watson I Hate These Songs - Hightone
Various Artists The Edge Of Country - Stockade
Various Artists Straight Outta Boone County - Bloodshot
Jim Campilongo & the 10 Gallon Cats Loose - Blue Hen
Lester Peabody Focus On Guitars - Goofin (Finland)
Various Artists Travis County Pickers - HMG
Cliff Bruner And His Texas Wanderers (box-set) - Bear Family (Germany)
Patsy Cline Live At The Cimarron Ballroom - MCA
Jimmy & Johnny If You Dont, Somebody Else Will - Bear Family (Germany)
Speedy West & Jimmy Bryant Flamin Guitars (box-set) - Bear Family (Germany)
Tex Williams On The Air 19471949 - Krazy Kat (England)
Various Artists Swinging West - Krazy Kat (England)
Red Meat Meet Red Meat - Ranchero
The Sloe Gin Joes - Ever Cool
Five Chinese Brothers A Window Shoppers Christmas - 1-800-Prime CD
Various Artists You Cant Stop The Christmas Bop, Vol. 2 - BeBes (Germany)
The highlights of the many great shows I saw this year:
Cornell Hurd Band - March 15 at The Texicalli Grille during SXSW Week, Austin, TX
One of the many great unofficial shows during the annual SXSW music showcase. The gifted Hurd Band was augmented among others by Dave Biller, Bill Kirchen, Johnny Gimble, and Herb Steiner, with guest vocalists Walt Lewis, Roy Heinrich, and Johnny Bush! Ruthie & The Wranglers opened and Carol Fran and Clarence Holiman were after and the whole thing was free!! And I'm sure I missed some. And the crowd was a real smooze fest. with record execs., writers, local music stars, and those in town for SXSW like Robbie Fulks. Hats off to Danny Young.
Bill Haleys Original Comets - July 12 at The Denver Rock N' Rhythm-Billy Weekend
These guys are still hot!! Expecting a typically oldies act I was blown away by the verve and vitality of these gentlemen. They had the whole place going wow!! They mixed their hits from their Comets and Jodimars incarnations with hip jump and swing numbers from Prima and others. One act not to overlook.
Rollin Rocks - July 13 at The Denver Rock N Rhythm-Billy Weekend
This 8 piece aggregation from Japan was a hoot. A full blown western swing band playing with a lot of heart, they won a lot of new fans. I loved an original instro called West Coast Excursion. It sounded like a fresh prewar western swing number from a band like Milton Brown.
Dave Stuckey All Stars - October 11 & 12 at The Greaseball, San Francisco
Dave Stuckey brought along Whit Smith and Elana Fremerman of The Hot Club of Cowtown for some tasty jazzy western swing. All the pickers were eyeing the unique guitar style of Smith. If the Hot Club of Cowtown comes your way, catch em.
Live On-Air Bands & Guests
Dalhart Imperials (Denver, Colorado) on "Swing Boogie" program - October 12, 1996
The Sugar King Boys (San Francisco, California) during annual Programmers Marathon - October 20, 1996
Johnny Dilks & The Visitacion Valley Boys (San Francisco, California) during annual Folk, Bluegrass, Country Marathon -February 16, 1997
Jeff Bright & The Sunshine Boys (San Francisco, California) - April 27, 1997
The Sugar King Boys (San Francisco, California) with special guests Johnny Cuviello (The Texas Drummer Boy) and Shorty Joe. Also The Stillmen (San Francisco, California) for the 25th Anniverary of the Cupertino Barndance - October ?, 1997