52 Singles in 52 Weeks

Welcome to Lanark Records' 52 Singles In 52 Weeks page.  Each week we'll bring you a digital single from some of the coolest roots music artists from around the world.  Where else can you get this much entertainment for under a buck?  It's cheaper than a cup of coffee and lasts a lifetime.  We present a diverse group of artists from Linda Gail Lewis, Reach Around Rodeo Clowns, Jimmy & The Mustangs, WS Holland Band, Danny B. Harvey, BurliQ's, Annie Marie Lewis and lots more!

Week 32: Diamond Sands and the Glass Cutters “My Baby Died”

Diamond Sands & The Glass Cutters and “My Baby Died”!! Horns, a thumping melody and a lot of mystery surround this release. Little is really known about them and critics have wondered about how much truth is really in the folklore. Legend has it Diamond Sands was a dishwasher at The Pavilion where The Glass Cutters were scheduled to play. Diamond Sands filled in for their ailing lead singer one evening (supposedly the West Nile Virus…or maybe it was East) and it just so happened Vinny “the boss” Dagastino, head of Lanark’s A&R department during the early years of the company, was in the crowd. Vinny signed the band and quickly went into Lanark’s studio and recorded ten songs. The band was set to tour when Sands was drafted in the Marines and sent to Vietnam where he was his squad’s flame thrower. During the battle of Hill 182, young Sands ventured behind enemy lines and sacrificed his life to save his comrades. When the Glass Cutters got the news, they all went their separate ways and were never heard from again. Again, this is the legend that has been passed down through the years. We can neither confirm nor deny the story and we’ve never seen a photo of the band. All we have are boxes marked “Diamond Sands & The Glass Cutters”.

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Week 31: The Sweet Things- Love To Leave

If you like your rock & roll sweaty, loud, gutsy along with killer hooks, then the latest releases from Lanark Records are just what you’ve been craving. First up, The Sweet Things have been called “one of America’s greatest unsigned bands”. The members of the band bonded over their love of acts such as The Rolling Stones, The Faces, Johnny Thunders, etc. and have performed in other credible punk bands such as L.E.S. Stitches, The Sharp Lads, The Dimestore Haloes, The Dead Tricks, Stiletto, Mazard, and Tongue. Remember when rock & roll had swagger, attitude and a little dangerous? These guys revive that time with their latest Lanark Records single, “Love To Leave” as part of the label’s 52 Singles In 52 Weeks campaign and folks have already started taking notice! Steppin’ Out Magazine has named their song “Love To Leave” song of the week, gushing: “Charismatic rock band The Sweet Things is what your ears have been craving.” Indie tastemakers Faster And Louder enthuse: “The Sweet Things are a real treat for anyone who loves guitar-centric rock n' roll with a whiff of booze.” These touring veterans have already played BAM, The Lenox Lounge, Vans Warped Tour, The Grand Victory, Beast Of Bourbon, Bowery Electric, Saint Vitus, the Acheron, Webster Hall among others. Watch for more from The Sweet Things soon!

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Week 30: Stu Huggens- Same Man Different Time

Stu Huggens returns to the 52 Singles series with “Same Man Different Time”. Stu’s sound immediately takes you back to the great country rock leaning sounds of the 70’s. You could hear this between The Eagles, Poco and Rick Nelson’s “Garden Party”. It’s timeless and a welcome addition to the series!

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Week 29: Flamin’ Dick & The Hot Rods- “Roll Over Beethoven”

If you’re going to cover Chuck Berry, you either want to keep it close to the original or a completely different style that represents your own groove. Flamin’ Dick & The Hot Rods do the latter and make it their own! Slide guitars, red-hot sax solos and commanding vocals keep this drivin’! It’s only rock and roll…and we like it! Flamin' Dick and the Hot Rods is a 50's and 60's Rock-n-Roll Party Band, playing a variety of music from the years of 1955 to 1968 - "The Golden Years of Rock-n-Roll." The classic songs played by Flamin' Dick and the Hot Rods have the soulful sound and feel of the original artists; Chuck Berry, Jerry Lee Lewis, Eddie Cochran, Bill Haley, Elvis, The Righteous Brothers, Gene Vincent, Dion, and more. Entertaining crowds from the resorts in New York's Catskill Mountains and the Meadowlands of New Jersey to the Bloomsburg Fairgrounds in Pennsylvania, Flamin' Dick and the Hot Rods have played many national events and offer a full format of danceable, fun-loving music.

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Week 28: The Slim Kings “Inside a Tear”

The Slim Kings offer up a bluesy slice of heaven with their single, “Inside A Tear”. The band consists of drummer Liberty DeVitto ( Billy Joel, Ronnie Spector, Bill J Kramer and currently has been spotted with Lanark’s Reach Around Rodeo Clowns), Michael Sackler-Berner on vocals and rhythm guitar, Henry Geller on lead guitar and Andy Attanasio on bass. Also featured on this track is Christine Ohlmann (“The Beehive Queen”) of SNL fame. Lanark is proud to welcome both of these fantastic acts onto their roster!

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Week 27: The Soul Survivors “Expressway To Your Heart”

Lanark has plenty of star power to be thankful for with their new single releases as part of the critically acclaimed series, 52 Singles In 52 Weeks. April 15th may officially be tax day, but the single release week 27 is live version of the hit single, “Expressway To Your Heart” by The Soul Survivors. This tune was originally a top 5 smash in for The Soul Survivors during 1967 (#1 in Philadelphia and New York) and the first hit by Philadelphia producers and songwriters Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff. The Soul Survivors are still touring and recording new music in the same style as their big hits. Lanark is thrilled to bring you a special live version to bring some good ole’ soul to your week!

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Week 26: George Royale- “Rock Your Socks Off Susan”

George Royale’s 2nd entry in the series is an Americana romp that is guaranteed to do what the title says…rock your socks off! You’ll discover new things you’ll love upon each listen.

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Week 25: Chan Romero “Thrill Me So Much”

Chan Romero (“Hippy Hippy Shake”) makes his 3rd entry in our digital series with “Thrill Me So Much” which was a tune from the fifties but wasn’t released until much later. This little known song of his shows a more doo-wop style and makes us wish the label had really gotten behind him at the time.

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Week 22: Stu Huggens “Buckskin Stud”

Stu Huggens brings a jangly, Eagles-inspired sound to the Lanark digital single series with "Buckskin Stud"! This will instantly take you back to a time FM radio was blaring out bands like The Eagles, Poco, The Byrds and so many great sounds of the era. FUN FACT:This song was recorded by Lanark's Quentin Jones many years ago before his Lanark day in his 3rd floor bed room!

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Week 21: George Royale Shake My Hand

A La. feel rocker by George Royala his first for Lanark. Want to hear something new by a tip top singer, this song is for you!

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Week 20: Chan Romero “Tamale Man”

Chan Romero (“Hippy Hippy Shake”) proves he’s no one-hit wonder by offering a soulful, rockin’ tune that will instantly make you search for more from him. This is his second tune in the series after the Christmas single, “Letter To Santa”. Tamale Man is sure to please fans of soul and rock & roll !

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Week 19: The Little Leroys,

Next up in the series is the South Central Pennsylvania based band, The Little Leroys, with their take on the Rolling Stones classic, “Time Is On My Side”. Guitar veteran Mickey Dean Fisher and vocalist Cindy Little extract the best from roots rock and lace it with an improbable twist of blues and honky-tonk. See them perform at this year’s Lancaster Roots & Blues Festival. www.lancasterrootsandblues.com

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Week 18: Nick Kane “Operating In The Blue”

Long-time guitarist for the multi-award winning group, The Mavericks, Nick Kane returns with a bluesy, edgy rocker, "Operating In The Blue". This is an instant standout track in the series with vocals reminiscent of Dr. John and guitars in the style of George Thorogood but he manages to make them all his own unique sound.

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Week 17: Chan Romero “Letter To Santa”

Chan Romero may best be known for his smash hit "Hippy Hippy Shake" in 1959 on Del-Fi Records, the same label as Ritchie Valens. The Beatles, Swinging Blue Jeans, Davy Jones, Paul McCartney solo, Georgia Satellites and many others have covered this over the years. Chan continues performing and recording and brings us his original "Letter To Santa" to help ring in the Christmas holidays!

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Week 17: Ambur Rockell “Pinchita Boogie”

Ambur Rockell joins the Lanark single series with a honky-tonkin', western swingin', rockin' number that will get you movin! You'll hit repeat again and again but don't try to sit still...it's impossible during this number.

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Week : Linda Gail Lewis- “Make Somebody Happy This Christmas”

Linda Gail Lewis rings in the Christmas season with a great original written by Dan Penn, Bobby Emmons and Johnny Christopher. This wonderful tune helps remind us of the things important these holidays. "Make Somebody Happy This Christmas" is a great compliment to Linda's latest, Hard Rockin' Woman!

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Week 14: Chris Casello “Ham Hocks”

Chris Casello is a roots rock icon. Besides his stellar solo work, he's played with artists such as Wanda Jackson, Bo Diddley, Johnny Powers, Larry Collins, Jack Scott, Don Maddoxx and that's just barely scratching the surface. He's nominated for 2 Ameripolitan Music Awards for their ceremony in February 2016 for both Rockabilly Male and Ameripolitan Musician. On the "Ham Hocks" single, Chris plays all the instruments!

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Week 13: Quentin Jones’ Rock and Roll Revue Train Kept A Rollong Live

Tiny Bradshaw recorded the first version of "Train Kept A Rollin'" in 1951 in a jump-blues style but it was Johnny Burnette & The Rock & Roll Trio that blew the door off the hinges with their version in 1956. Since then, it's become a staple of garage, punk, rockabilly and rock & roll bands ever since. One thing is for certain, you have to have the chops to conquer this rockin' number. Recorded live in Quentin's basement as a demo for another artist, Quentin Jones' Rock and Roll Revue capture that Johnny & Dorsey Burnette feel with their loud and sweaty take on this classic. Pull the pin and run for cover as they manage to kick the energy level up higher than anyone else that has dared cover this one. Look for more singles and shows in 2016 from critically acclaimed producer and artist, Quentin Jones and his Rock and Roll Revue!

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Week : Doug C and the Blacklisted- “Things I Could Do With You”

Doug C and the Blacklisted are for folks who like Hank Williams Senior but also have an understanding of Elvis, Black Flag and the Cramps. Sonically it falls somewhere between Traditional Western Swing, Rockabilly and Hillbilly Music, while keeping one foot in the underground gutter. Good Luck to us all!

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Week 11: BurliQ’s- “Witch Hunt”

The BurliQ’s offer up a ghoulishly jazzy offering titled, “Witch Hunt”. This band of studio and touring musicians are no stranger to the music industry and make their second appearance in the label’s digital single series. Check out the spooky video for this fun track below!

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Week 10: The Reach Around Rodeo Clowns- “I Walk With The Undead”

Just in time for Halloween, The Reach Around Rodeo Clowns update a track originally found on their Dark Days, Dark Nights album. Longtime followers of the band will recognize the tune from their Dark Days Dark Nights project. This new version features the powerhouse vocals of longtime band member, Wendell Jones. See the whole story in the video below!!

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Week 9: Jimmy And The Mustangs- “Ball And Chain”

Jimmy and the Mustangs is an American roots rock band fronted by Jimmy Haddox. Emerging from the Punk Scene in Southern California during the 80’s, Jimmy and the Mustangs played their first live show to a sold out audience opening for the renowned all girl band, The Go-Go’s. At the time, the band’s “root’s music” was fueled by fury driven; gut wrenching guitars, not unlike their punk contenders of that era. As the band progressed, a more definitive sound began to evolve and Jimmy and the Mustangs carved out a style of Rockabilly and Swing unlike any other band in Los Angeles at the time. World famous Hollywood Nightclubs like The Whiskey, The Roxy and The Starwood began booking Jimmy and the Mustangs as an opening act for L.A. bands such as X, The Blasters and Los Lobos as well as touring bands such as Chuck Berry, The Stray Cats and Joe Ely, just to name a few. It wasn’t long before Jimmy and the Mustangs were headlining the same clubs with sold out shows of their own. In a 1982 Los Angeles Times review of their sold-out Roxy show "filled with quiff-headed rocking cats and their petticoated kittens", the group was described as "not just a band. The Roxy show featured a full-scale production number, complete with guest musicians, guest singers" and others. Not long after being hired by Robert Plant of Led Zeppelin fame to perform at his own private party, the band was sought out by Bruce Springsteen who joined them onstage. An East Coast Tour followed. Upon returning home to L.A., the band received its first record deal with Vanity Records, which sold an excess of 40,000 copies. Television and Movie appearances followed. A self-titled E.P. was released on the Curb/MCA label and included the song “Justine” which was made into a video and received play on MTV (back when it was cool). Jimmy has a new lineup and is playing to great audiences throughout Texas. Their new album, Another Round, is available now.

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Week 8: WS Holland Band- “Million Dollar Memories”

WS Holland was the drummer for Carl Perkins during his entire stay at Sun Records and even through his first album on Columbia. After his time with Carl, he went on to play and record with Johnny Cash for nearly 40 years. One of the amazing sessions he was a part of happened at Sun Records during a session for Carl Perkins' "Matchbox". Jerry Lee Lewis was hired to play piano on the session and as fate would have it, Johnny Cash and Elvis Presley both wandered in that night. The "Million Dollar Quartet" as it was later known happened by accident but has become one of the more amazing jam sessions in rock history. WS Holland plays drums and recites the story during "Million Dollar Memories" and backed by the amazing WS Holland Band: Ron Haney (guitar/vocals), Jim Reece (bass/vocals) and Alan "Gator" Wheeler (keyboards).

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Week 7: Eddie Angel- “Devil Or Angel”

Eddie Angel may best be known as the leader of bands such as the Grammy-nominated Los Straitjackets, The Planet Rockers and other amazing projects. You can hear him on the latest EP from Jessica Lee Wilkes (Dirt Daubers) that is turning heads everywhere currently. What everyone knows after they see him perform is that he is quite simply one of the premiere guitarists in all of rock & roll! On "Devil Or Angel", Eddie masterfully interprets the 1956 smash hit by The Clovers which later became a hit for Bobby Vee and others. "Devil Or Angel" you may ask? We'll let you decide but we know you'll have be either having a devilishly good time or one heavenly party as you rock out to this one!

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Week 6: Sixteen & The Sidewinders- “Full Moon Baby”

Sixteen showcases his songwriting, guitar, and vocal talents with his hot rockabilly trio - Sixteen and the Sidewinders. They have captured a rich and diverse collection of songs from wild "Sun Studios jam" rock 'n' roll, lush Joe meek style production, and raw boppers, to rolling, strolling blues, but always rockabilly at heart.

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Week 4: Danny B. Harvey- “Down In Texas”

Danny B. Harvey is one of the leading rockabilly/roots guitarists in the world. Besides his solo projects, he's been in bands such as Head Cat (with Lemmy of Motorhead and Slim Jim Phantom of The Stray Cats), The Rockats, 69 Cats, etc. He's produced and toured with Wanda Jackson, Nancy Sinatra, Devi's Daughters and so much more!

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Week 3: BurliQ’s- “Shake It”

The BurliQ's sound is a modern take on the music that once spilled out of the lounges and burlesque houses across the United States during the atomic age. The BurliQ’s are comprised of Ralph Leon Miller (piano and organ), Jimmy Falco (Saxophone), Frank Barrett (double bass) and Jeff Stoner (drums). These four gents have been longtime friends who have spent the last five years backing and recording with some of roots music’s biggest names. Check out credits on 2012’s “For the Love of Charlie” from ABKCO Records. It was produced by famed artist Al Kooper, and it features the talents of Graham Nash, Peter Noone, Eddie Angel, Jimmy Vivino, and some members of The BurliQ’s. Other album credits you will see their names on include projects from Robert Gordon, The Rockats, the Reach Around Rodeo Clowns and Grammy winner Nick Kane of the Mavericks.

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Week 2: Danny B. Harvey & Annie Marie Lewis- “Memphis Stroll”

This next release in the series comes from another family member of Rock & Roll royalty! Annie Marie Lewis is the daughter of fellow Lanark label-mate, Linda Gail Lewis, as well as the niece of Jerry Lee Lewis! She’s been making a name for herself for years now touring non-stop with her mom as well as her husband, Danny B. Harvey, who produced this new single, “Memphis Stroll”. Even though the family has lived in various cities, they have obvious deep roots to Memphis. Danny B. Harvey (Head Cat, Rockats, 69 Cats) is one of the premiere guitarists in all of roots/rockabilly having worked with Wanda Jackson, Nancy Sinatra and so many others.

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Week 1: The Reach Around Rodeo Clowns- “Boomerang”

The Reach Around Rodeo Clowns commanding cover of the Buzz & The Flyers’ classic, “Boomerang”. Reach Around Rodeo Clowns have branded themselves of bringing tongue in cheek lyrics with a lot of attitude and volume. Guitarist Quentin Jones once again produced this tasty slice of rockabilly Heaven at the Lanark Studios in Lancaster, PA. Wendell Jones’ attention-getting vocals never fail to amaze as you find yourself hooked within seconds. This single also features an all-star rhythm section of Liberty DeVitto (Billy Joel, Carly Simon, Meatloaf) on drums and Dave Roe (Johnny Cash, John Mellencamp, Dwight Yoakam) on bass.

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