Cash O Riley - Booze, Lust, Lies ...
There was a time in the 50s when America discovered Rockabilly. Today there is Cash O'Riley, who reinvented Modern American Rockabilly.
This album with 13 tracks was recorded end of 2002 but was never released so far. 12 songs have been selfpenned by singer Cash O' Riley. A second album will be released end of 2004. Cash O'Riley has already played all big festivals in the US and boy this band rocks. Modern rockabilly at its best. Only one cover I love Rock'n'Roll from the Ramones, the rest is written by Cash. If you are familiar with other Rhythm Bomb Productions you will know what you can expect: A fantastic voice, strong lyrics, highly motivated musicians with one goal: Rockabilly Uprising !
Hailing from Detroit [sic] (Jackson), Michigan, Cash O'Riley and his Down Right Daddies bring to the table a full plate of authentic rockabilly fused with traditional
The opener SEND ALONG reminds of what the late, great Hank Williams Sr. would be doing if he were alive today. While tracks two and three, RUBY FRUIT BLUES and I'LL BE GONE, has the King himself smilin' down from the heavens, givin' a two big thumbs up.
The 12 songs, all but one written by Cash, have some great sounds. Cash and his Downright Daddies keep things moving with good singing, some excellent guitar pickin', a good rhythm section, and even some fine saxophone playing as well as backing vocals. Johnny Itch, who plays doghouse bass for the Downright Daddies, was the saxophone player on the CD, and Brian Bedwell, on the drums, are both original Downright Daddies.Dave Roof, who is known to the Michigan rockabillies as the former bass player for The Starlight Drifters and current bass player for Bill Georgio's band, Nobody's Business, produced and engineered this CD at his own Rooftop Studios in Royal Oak, Michigan. With gumption that can possibly only be matched by Cash himself, Dave took it upon himself to play and record the lead guitar tracks after the band had first recorded the bass, drums, vocal and acoustic guitar, so when Cash and crew heard what Dave had done with the lead guitar tracks, everybody was blown away. It just goes to show that talent, ambition, tenacity and the determination of a bull in heat will eventually lead to success. Most of the cuts on the CD are up-tempo rockabilly with a heavy dose of twang that should satisfy any lover of roots/Americana/classic country music, as well as the diehard rockabilly purists. Besides the frequent themes of love, sex and drinking, there are many interesting and enjoyable sounds. The third song on the CD, "Every Time You Walk", is a mid-tempo rockabilly song that reminds me of an early Elvis Presley single that I don't hear too often, "Too Much" (I lost my RCA single many years ago, but I believe the flip side was "I'm Playing For Keeps").
As is the case with many of our younger generation's rockabilly stars including Craig "Bones" Maki, Cash's exposure to rockabilly was catalyzed by an early propinquity for punk music, and one of the tracks on this CD , "I Love Rock Rock'N'Roll", is Cash's tribute to the Ramones after the death of Joey Ramone in 2002.
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1. Send Along
2. Big City Queen
3. Everytime You Walk
4. The Last Time
5. One Day A Week
6. I'll Be Gone
7. I May Have
8. Ruby Fruit Blues
9. I Love Rock'n'Roll
10. Make You Cry
11. Two Six Packs
12. Enough Beer