This is Texas rockabilly served up raw and honest on this 24-track collection that also features many of the custom pressed singles that came out on Starday's Dixie subsidiary, roping in out of state hopefuls. Tracks like Tony & Jackie Lamie's "Wore to a Frazzle," Mack Banks' "Be-Boppin' Daddy," the Hi-Tombs' "Sweet Rockin' Mama," Warren Robbe's "My Chicken Penn" are rockabilly with one foot still doing a square dance, hillbilly artists giving this new music a shot with surprisingly wild results. The quality and approaches vary wildly from rocked-out strokes like Rudy Grayzell's "Let's Get Wild" and Jay Richards' "Gosh Dog Baby" to straight-up Elvis wannabes like Gene Terry's "The Woman I Love" and Carl Trantham's "Where There's a Will (There's a Way)." You'd be hard-pressed to find a cruder bopper than "Boogie Woogie All Night" by Bill Willis, just as you'd be equally hard-pressed to find a better Jerry Lee tribute than Groovy Joe Poovey's "Ten Long Fingers." Bottom line, this is one '50s rockabilly collection that delivers the goods big time and would make an essential addition to anyone's rockabilly must-have list. No major hits, but much major music.
Share this page
AllMusic Review by Cub Koda