Until recently, I was unaware of Brian Hyland, but after hearing his cover of Curtis Mayfield’s “Gypsy Woman”, I looked him up. Turns out that was him on “Itsy Bitsy Teeny Weenie Yellow Polka Dot Bikini” (at age 16) and “Sealed With a Kiss”. This moody bit of power pop is from the same self-titled 1970 LP as “Gypsy Woman”, and was produced by none other than Del Shannon. The whole album is great, especially his anguished take on “Lonely Teardrops”.
Honored to have a Motel Mirrors song included in this issue. I also absolutely love the cover. I am one proud Tennessean today.
But then so did everyone else who really knew him.
I could try to be clever and say it was for his virtuosity (Roland, a master of mischievous word play, would undoubtedly frown on that), because he was indeed a brilliant guitarist, who provided all those carefully calibrated, arrestingly spontaneous solos and rhythm patterns on so many of the Sun Records classics.
But that, of course, is not what I am speaking of here.
I’m speaking, really, of a virtuosity of spirit, which no one who ever encountered the man could miss. A virtuosity – a generosity of soul that is universally praised, often sought after, but rarely attained. And in Roland’s case, like his guitar playing, it was achieved without visible
I worked on the music for this movie a couple years ago. Glad to see it’s coming out (and no, I haven’t actually seen it myself yet).
My new record came out today. It was produced by Roland Janes and it’s the best thing I’ve ever done. We recorded it at Sam Phillips Recording Service on 2” analog tape without the use of computers. The vinyl was mastered on the original Stax Records lathe. It was not intended to be heard streaming on laptop speakers or earbuds. If you like it, please consider picking up the vinyl or the CD. Hope you enjoy it.
We also have a new 7” single from the same sessions, featuring two new songs unavailable anywhere else. You can order the vinyl or download from iTunes.
John Paul Keith kicks it old-school on Memphis Circa 3 AM, a rock & roll album rooted in the best parts of the â50s and â60s. Remember when Marshall Crenshaw released his debut album almost 30 years ago, mixing retro rock with a bit of â80s production? This is the same thing, filtered through the [&]
I first heard this recently on The Many Moods of Ben Vaughn show on WEVL. I immediately assumed the lead guitar was the unmistakable Roy Buchanan, but according to AllMusic, it’s either Benno, Clarence White, Jesse Ed Davis, Bobby Womack, or Jerry McGhee. I’m still not entirely convinced.
So great: Johnny Cash on the psychedelic German Beat Club, 1972. With “The King of Rock & Roll”, Carl Perkins, and June and Anita Carter. 43 minutes.
Ladies and gentlemen, it’s official. The new album is called Memphis Circa 3AM. It was produced by Roland Janes at Sam Phillips Recording Service, and it will be our third release for Big Legal Mess (Fat Possum). The street date for North America, Australia, and Japan will be September 17, 2013. Stay tuned for a European release date, as well as a Memphis release party and of course a track preview (eventually). I’ve never been more proud of or excited about a recording I’ve worked on. Can’t wait for you guys to hear it.