Sean Kennedy

Big Town

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Sean Kennedy & the King Kats' Big Town is a timeless rockabilly rave-up that melds country, jazz, and blues with tight ensemble playing, expert musicianship, and up-tempo tunes that echo the birth of a new youth culture. Kennedy peels off slick solos and croons like Dave Edmunds doing his best impression of Gene Vincent. Each track is built upon a foundation of slick, dominant seventh chords that bassist "Hot Rod" Larson and tenor saxman Jim Hannibal glide through as drummer Dave Maneeley swings as if he's fronting a big band. Kennedy's two-chord blues vamp on "I Got a Gal" will inspire day jobbers to sneak into the attic and dig out that ol' twangy Gibson. Big Town keeps rock & roll's primal flame burning. All that's missing is Alan Freed's introduction.

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