Goldmine gives New Clowns album “Rockabilly Deluxe” two thumbs up!!!
What does Paul McCartney, Bob Dylan and the Reach Around Rodeo Clowns have in common?
All three acts new albums are reviewed in the January 2014 issue of Goldmine magazine and all three have received 4 out of 5 stars! here is the review:
The Reach Around Rodeo Clowns Rockabilly Deluxe Lanark
Rockabilly music reaches a new age and a new sound in the aptly-named Rockabilly Deluxe by The Reach Around Rodeo Clowns. “King of The Slot Car Track” tells you right away that this isn’t your daddy’s rockabilly:
the fuzzed-out guitar and electric bass see to that. Add keyboards, a horn section and even an accordion depending upon the track and you’ve got some sonic texture that the old hiccupped vocal beginnings of this genre never had. Some may feel this isn’t a good thing but get out of the way if you can’t get in the groove! This is some fun stuff. It doesn’t take itself too seriously. “It’s Rock’n’Roll,” goes one song, “it isn’t pretty.” All original, all with a bent twist, from “Bowling Alley Baby” to “Wild, Crazy And Out Of Control,” vocalist Wendell Jones plays it for laughs, more Robert Gordon (who also records for Lanark) than Elvis. This keeps things light and lets sterling guitarist Quentin Jones let fly with the bop. Combine that with a killer rhythm section and this Lancaster Pennsylvania band is taking rockabilly into strange caves. And just to show they can do it up like their forebears, closer “The Light So Bright” indeed harkens back to an earlier era. Yet they still can’t keep away from adding some horror movie effects in the song’s middle.—Mike Greenblatt