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Today I was going through one of my hard drives, and I came across some pretty cool photos, of a pretty cool town. Back in 2009, I traveled to Austin for the Texas Rockabilly Revival. There were some fantastic bands, and some even more fantastic folks.

continental club sign

Dancing at the Continental Club
Texas Hottie

continental bar

Miss Lauren Marie
Miss Lauren Marie May 2009

Jesse Dayton at the Broken Spoke
Jesse Dayton Broken Spoke

Texas Two-Stepping at the Broken Spoke
Broken Spoke

Ginny’s Little Longhorn Saloon
Ginnys

Chickenshit Bingo
Chickenshit bingo

Dancing to Redd Volkaert
Ginnys dancing

Couple from Sweden
Swedish couple

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Jamming at Jo’s Coffee

At the Revival
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Al and Rosie Flores
Al Rosie Lindsey

San Antonio Rockabillies
San Antonio rockabillies

rockabilly ladies

At the Revival in Dripping Springs, Texas

Hot Rod Walt and the Psycho DeVilles
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Walt and Tyler
Walt and tyler

Young Love (Wayne Hancock on stage)
Young Love

Nic Roulette of Hillbilly Casino
Nic Roulette 2009

Wanda Jackson
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Secrets
Secrets

Getting Crazy
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Reverend Horton Heat
Reverend Horton Heat

Rockabilly Gals
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Guitar Winner
Guitar winner

Music Lovers
Music Lovers

Demented
demented

Al on the street
Al Austin

There have been many nights at Atlanta’s Star Community Bar, and this was one of them. Johnny and Cletis‘ new CD was being released: “Four Tracks and Several Miles Ago”. Also appearing were Atlanta rockabilly veterans “The Blacktop Rockets” and country/honky tonk sensation “Julea and her Dear Johns”.

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Here are some un-edited photos from the evening

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Drive Invasion 2013

September 3, 2013 — Leave a comment

If it’s Labor Day weekend, you know it’s time for that annual parking lot party, DRIVE INVASION. It was either the 15th or 14th year for the event, depending on who you ask, at Atlanta’s Starlight Drive-In. It’s all about bands, booze, and b-movies.

Starting off the show was Ghost Riders Car Club… and a final appearance by the nearly-famous Ernie Dale.



Ghost Riders Car Club

Ghost Riders Car Club



GRCC

GRCC

GRCC

GRCC

dancing to GRCC

dancing to GRCC

A big part of the fun is just people-watching.

Hair boy(?)

Hair boy(?)

Tat Twins

Tat Twins

We were blessed by an appearance by “The Pits”

The Pits

The Pits

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The Pits – Hypnotic Trance

Two stages were in operation…. The Surf Stage featured fine folks like The Mystery Men … whoever they are.

and the always well-dressed “Intoxicators

Intoxicators

Intoxicators

Girls dancing to the Intoxicators

Girls dancing to the Intoxicators

Girls dancing to the Intoxicators

Girls dancing to the Intoxicators

Intoxicators

Intoxicators

Karla and her Cory

Karla and her Cory

Tat Mom

Tat Mom

Tat Mom and kid

Tat Mom and kid

HamDog with jalapeno coleslaw

HamDog with jalapeno coleslaw

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Julea with Spike (and his daughter)

Julea with Spike (and his daughter)

Chad

Chad



Chad's Carryall

Chad’s Carryall



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crowd

crowd

Miss Floppy

Miss Floppy

crowd

crowd

Moonshine Bikers

Moonshine Bikers



The Oblivians made an historic appearance.



and what’s a Drive Invasion without GARGANTUA
?

Shane Morton of Gargantua

Shane Morton of Gargantua



Gargantua

Gargantua

Gargantua crowd builds

Gargantua crowd builds

Lots of friendly people

Lots of friendly people



Gargantua

Gargantua

Gargantua

Gargantua

Front row lunacy at Gargantua

Front row lunacy at Gargantua

Front row lunacy at Gargantua

Front row lunacy at Gargantua

Front row lunacy at Gargantua

Front row lunacy at Gargantua

Ted Weldon at Gargantua

Ted Weldon at Gargantua

Front row lunacy at Gargantua

Front row lunacy at Gargantua

Front row lunacy at Gargantua

Front row lunacy at Gargantua





Front row lunacy at Gargantua

Front row lunacy at Gargantua

Front row lunacy at Gargantua

Front row lunacy at Gargantua

Front row lunacy at Gargantua

Front row lunacy at Gargantua

Gargantua

Gargantua

Gargantua

Gargantua

I missed the fabulous and freaky “Man… or Astro-Man” Oh well. And I couldn’t stay for the all night movies and mayhem. Dang it.

For a band that hadn’t appeared together in at least five years, it seemed like little had changed. The Cigar Store Indians thrilled a SOLDOUT show at Smith’s Olde Bar Saturday (Aug. 18, 2012) night. Ben Friedman was back in front … Jimmy “Low Note” Lavender was back on lead guitar. On drums, the always precise, Matt Spaugh from Sonoramic Commando. On bass, was Atlanta music scene veteran, (“Blue Jays”) Jay Murphree. Friedman called Murphree “the glue” that brought the band back on stage after a half-decade absence. The beer-soaked crowd literally packed the upstairs room. Groups of fan stood arm-in-arm and sang (and shouted) along with their favorites from years past. As Friedman told “No Depression” magazine in 1998, “When you get onstage, everything else needs to be left behind,” he says. “The playing part is the best part of being in a band for me, the only thing that makes it worthwhile.”

Flyer

Flyer for the big event




Cigar Store Indians

Cigar Store Indians

the Crowd went Crazy!

the Crowd went Crazy!

Ben Friedman

Ben Friedman

Smith's Olde Bar

Smith’s Olde Bar

It was another incredible night at Atlanta’s Star Bar for the music I like to hear. Rockbridge Heights, Whiskey Belt, Caroline & the Ramblers… and the Billygoats

Here’s the cool flyer for the big night

Unfortunately I couldn’t get to Little Five Points soon enough to see Rockbridge Heights. As I walked in, the boys and girls of Whiskey Belt were going on stage. They’re a classic country, honky-tonk band with a killer line-up of musicians and out front, Rich DeSantis and Lindsay Rakers on vocals.

Lindsay Rakers and Rich DeSantis

For Saturday night, they were joined by New Yorker Rex Hussman on accordion. They rocked through their repertoire of originals and tunes by Faron Young, Buck Owens, and the like. Then, they did a rootsy version of an old Bobby Bare song.

“Streets of Baltimore”

“Hello Walls” and “Live Fast, Love Hard, Die Young”

They knocked the crowd for a loop with the Dusty Springfield tune “Son of a Preacher Man”. Lindsay really stood out on this one.

One of big reasons we were all there was to support the release of Caroline and the Rambler’s new CD “Red Hot” Mama. It’s loaded-up with 15 hot tracks…

Available for Download on Amazon.com and iTunes

Caroline arrived to the beat of a brand-new band featuring Danny Arana on guitar. Here’s just a taste of what they served up to a wildly appreciate audience:

“Since You Been Gone”

“Mr. Teardrop”

Caroline and the Ramblers – Wasn’t Ready for the Heartache from Al Schrack on Vimeo.

“Wasn’t Ready for the Heartache”

It was an amazing performance by Caroline and the boys … but the night was just getting started.

At about 12:30am, The Billygoats jumped on stage, and the already-excited crowd went into a frenzy. The songs with a heavy walking boogie bass line made it hard to stop moving.

The Billygoats (from Nashville)

“All Messed Up & It Don’t Phase Me”

“Boo Hoo”

“Smack Me”

At 2am, the band and the crowd was still going strong… I however had to leave due to aging knees, and an exciting day at work beckoning at 3am.

See ya next time,

Al

The 1964 film distributed by Howco International is packed with stars. There’s no plot, but who cares. It was financed and produced by Hank Williams’ widow, Audrey. Unfortunately she sings a couple songs in the film. Despite the title, it was filmed in Nashville. It does feature a “Home Movie” of Hank Williams … shown by singer Hank Snow backstage to Hank Williams, Jr. In reality, it’s a clip from Williams appearance on the Kate Smith Evening Hour in 1951.

George Jones in “Country Music on Broadway”

The Stars:

COUNTRY MUSIC ON BROADWAY
STARRING:
RALPH EMERY
GEORGE JONES
BUCK OWENS
BILL ANDERSON
PORTER WAGONER
FLATT & SCRUGGS
STONEWALL JACKSON
FERLIN HUSKY
HANK SNOW
WILMA LEE & STONEY COOPER
SKEETER DAVIS
ROY DRUSKY
MERLE KILGORE
HANK WILLIAMS JR.
HANK WILLIAMS SR.
AUDREY WILLIAMS

You can watch the whole movie RIGHT HERE!