Monday, April 24, 2017

Viva Las Vegas photos

Finally, to round off our US road trip, here is a selection of photos from Viva Las Vegas.
This is Texas Steve, the first act we caught.
Playing with him was T J Mayes.
This is the Rip 'Em Ups, a band from LA.
Next up, here are the Planet Rockers from Nashville.
This is the UK's very own Graham Fenton, formerly of Matchbox.
And here we have rockabilly singer Kim Lenz.
This is Lance Lipinski, showing he can play guitar as well as Jerry Lee Lewis style piano.
Kicking off the Stars of Rockabilly segment, this is Jack Baymoore
Sun recording artists Alton (Lott) and Jimmy (Harrell).
Another Sun artist, this is Sonny Burgess.
Larry Collins, once of the Collins Kids, alongside Deke Dickerson.
Another UK act, here's Si Cranstoun.
Playing sax alongside Si was Alex Bland, a regular with the Tales From The Woods band.
Appearing at the Car Show, this is James Intveld.
Formerly of the Stray Cats, this is Lee Rocker.
Headlining at the Car Show was Little Miss Dynamite, Brenda Lee.
This is the Rev Horton Heat.
Here's the Queen of Rockabilly, Wanda Jackson.
This is Freddie 'Boom Boom' Cannon.
Freddie was backed by Los Straitjackets.
Here is Australian Pat Capocci.
Veteran mandolin player Scotty Broyles.
Putting on a sparkling show, this is Vicky Tafoya.
Michael Hurtt and the Haunted Hearts.
This is Gene Summers.
In the doowop segment, this is Otis Williams (and the Charms).
A regular visitor to the UK, here's Charlie Gracie.
These are the Cleftones.
From the UK, these are the Extraordinaires.
Finally, appearing at the Champagnes bar, here's Walter Waiters with me.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Chicago and Route 66 photos

Here are some more music related photos from our recent US road trip, most of them from our stay in Chicago and from the journey along The Mother Road, Route 66. First, though, here are a couple from a show we went to in Riverhead, Long Island. This is the former frontman of the McCoys Rick Derringer.
Appearing with him was G E Smith, former guitarist with Hall and Oates.
On to Chicago and this is Mz Peaches at Buddy Guy's Legends club.
Here is Demetria Taylor at Blue Chicago.
88 year old bluesman Jimmy Johnson at Buddy Guy's Legends.
Chess Studios in Chicago is now home to the Willie Dixon Foundation.
The start of our Route 66 odyssey in Chicago.
Record label mural in Pontiac, Illinois, on Route 66.
Chuck Berry's statue in St Louis was festooned with tributes to the great man following his death.
This is Big George Brock at B B's Jazz, Blues and Soups in St Louis. Lower photo shows him with Freddie Dixon, son of Willie.
We passed through Branson, Missouri, which struck us as a down market Las Vegas with nothing but tribute bands performing.
Mojo's Blues Club in Oklahoma City.
We were treated to a performance of Route 66 by Harley, owner of the Sand Hills curiosity shop in Erick, Oklahoma.
Standing On The Corner in Winslow, Arizona: statue to The Eagles commemorating the line in 'Take It Easy'.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Photos from the Doowop weekend

Here's the first selection of photos from my US road trip. beginning with some of the acts that took part in the Doowop Weekend in Long Island.
Here, from day one, are Joe Villa and the 3 Friends.
This is Tony Middleton of the Willows.
Here is regular Jimmy Clanton.
Noah Shaffer and me with the Heartbeats.
This is me with Herman Santiago, original member of the Teenagers.
The Fireflies.
This is Johnny Tillotson. Poetry in Motion....
Very popular with the audience, this is Kenny Vance, once of Jay and the Americans.
Here is one of me with the Majors.
These guys are the Quotations of Imagination fame.
A rising star, this is Kid Kyle.
Larry Chance of the Earls.
Members of the all female supergroup: L-R Beverley Warren of the Raindrops, Nanette Licari of Reparata and the Delrons, Louise Murray of the Jaynetts, Margaret Williams of the Cookies and Lilian Walker of the Exciters.
The Orlons, with me.
There's a Moon Out Tonight singers the Capris.
The Mystics.
Jimmy Gallagher and the Passions.
Jay Siegel of the Tokens.
Me with La La Brooks, lead singer of the Crystals.
Here's another of La La Brooks.