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Moon Mullican: Hillbilly Piano

Moon Mullican was the vital link between R&B piano pounders like Amos Milburn and early rockers like Bill Haley and Jerry Lee Lewis.

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The Million Dollar Quartet and Cowboy Jack Clement

Here’s a re-post in honor of the late, great Cowboy Jack Clement (briefly interviewed below) and Jerry Lee Lewis: His Own Story – an excellent new bio by Rick Bragg (excerpt here). I’m not [...]

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Bobby Patterson, Jason D. Williams

Here are a couple new releases with decidedly old-school sounds. Bobby Patterson hails from Dallas, where he cut his first soul records back in the Sixties for the Jetstar label. He’s another one [...]

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Random Playlist #17: Honky Tonk

OK, I’m done bitching about mainstream country. It’s like bitching about reality TV or big blockbuster movies or Applebee’s… things I can choose to ignore, thereby narrowing down the list of [...]

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Moon Mullican, Hillbilly Piano

They called him the King of the Hillbilly Piano Players. I like to think of Moon Mullican as one of the lost heroes of rock ‘n roll – a vital link between R&B piano pounders like Amos Milburn [...]

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The Million Dollar Quartet and Cowboy Jack Clement

Here’s a soundtrack for you multi-taskers out there: MDQ I’m not a Broadway musical kind of guy. I blame it on the gritty, gut-wrenching films I watched as a kid, like Mean Streets and The [...]

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Big Maybelle: The Okeh Sessions

What if Lady Gaga turned out to be The Antichrist? Imagine armies of her meat-clad minions cutting a huge swath of destruction across the country. Entire towns are being leveled by massive, [...]