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Lee Rocker - Black Cat Bone

Black Cat Bone

Lee Rocker

Alligator Records - AL4917

Available from Alligator Records.

A review written for the Folk & Acoustic Music Exchange
by Bob Gottlieb
(taoboy@cox.net)

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This is Lee Rocker's second disc on Alligator and though it rocks as hard as the first one, there are moments when this disc shows that there is an occasional slower tempoed cut (What I Don't Know, is a true belly rubber) or two in this rocker known more for his vibrant energy and straight ahead all out punk rockabilly. Don't think he has forsaken his full speed ahead style but he is just as adept when he does slow it down to a less frenetic pace than his usual. This disc has ten of the thirteen songs penned or co-written by Rocker and the covers are of One More Night by Bob Dylan (quite a nice cover), Crazy When She Drinks, by one of his guitarists, Buzz Campbell, and Leon Payne's, Lost Highway. The songs are all done with just he and his road band which has been together for awhile and is as road tested and as tight as he could want. The band is made up of; Buzz Campbell, guitar, Brophy Dale, slide guitar and vocals, Jimmy Sage on drums and of course Rocker, playing his upright bass, vocals and acoustic guitar.

This disc is an extension of the work he was doing with the Stray Cats, a Rockabilly band he formed with High School friends Brian Setzer, and Slim Jim Phantom in the early 80s on Long Island, NY, that eventually had to go to England to get a break. The band split up a few years later and they each went their own way, Rocker continuing to explore the Rockabilly field and doing a good job of expanding its parameters. This is an excellent disc by this extremely talented bassist (if you want to hear some excellent upright bass playing there are few better to learn from) and Alligator Records has done a good job getting his music out there for the public.

Track List:

  • Gone (Lee Rocker, Racin' The Devil Music admin. by Eyeball Music, BMI)
  • Crazy When She Drinks (Buzz Campbell, Racin' The Devil Music admin. by Eyeball Music, BMI)
  • One More Night (Bob Dylan, Big Sky Music, SESAC)
  • Black Cat Bone (Lee Rocker, Racin' The Devil Music admin. by Eyeball Music, BMI)
  • Lost Highway (Leon Payne, Sony/ATV Acuff Rose Music, BMI)
  • Rebel (Lee Rocker, Racin' The Devil Music admin. by Eyeball Music, BMI)
  • Sold Us Down The River (Lee Rocker, Racin' The Devil Music admin. by Eyeball Music, BMI)
  • What I Don't Know (Lee Rocker & Roseanne Drucker, Racin' The Devil Music admin. by Eyeball Music, BMI)
  • String Bass, Guitar and A Drum (Lee Rocker, Racin' The Devil Music admin. by Eyeball Music, BMI)
  • The Wall of Death (Lee Rocker & Brophy Dale, Racin' The Devil Music admin. by Eyeball Music, BMI)
  • Sometimes You Win (Lee Rocker, Racin' The Devil Music admin. by Eyeball Music, BMI)
  • The Highway Is My Home (Lee Rocker, Racin' The Devil Music admin. by Eyeball Music, BMI)
  • Free Bass (Lee Rocker, Racin' The Devil Music admin. by Eyeball Music, BMI)

Edited by: David N. Pyles
(dnpyles@acousticmusic.com)

Copyright 2007, Peterborough Folk Music Society.
This review may be reprinted with prior permission and attribution.

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