Rocket Girl - Betsy-Dawn Williams
El Toro Records ETCD 4040

Born in North Carolina, "BeeBee" got her first start in music singing in the Baptist choir, but from the first time she heard her grand-daddy play clawhammer banjo and imitate a train whistle on his harmonica, her soul was captured by the raw sounds of hillbilly music. After moving with her family to Indiana, where her dad had picked up a job as head of the music library at Ball State University, she later transplanted herself to New England. Today she is based in Massachusetts, where she can be found consorting with various honkytonk and rockabilly characters.

A luscious feline singing and screamin' her head off with a voice that is quite different and standing out from the rest of the crowd. Betsy-Dawn Williams writes and sings her own music, ranging from hillbilly, rockabilly, plain ol' rock 'n' roll and rhythm & blues. In fact, with the exception of Kenny Parchman's "Get It Off Your Mind", she wrote all the tracks herself, and she did a real fine job too.

From the rockabilly stomper "Too Many Words", with great guitar licks by Graham Tichy, to a spacey "Lurlene Can't Read" with wild drums by Jeff Potter, a sensitive part-accoustic "This Feelin' Called Love", to a raving rhythm & blues rhythm on "Outerspace Motorspace Scooter Machine", this is all rock 'n' roll. The hard knocking piano/guitar rocker "Can't You See" will set your neck hairs straight up. The CD has a lot of variety, hence the long list of musicians that contributed to this album, and the many instuments used. A superb release by El Toro Records.

The musicians:
Betsy-Dawn Williams - Vocals, Rhythm Guitar
Graham Tichy - Lead & Rhythm Guitar, Electric Bass
Norm Blackwelder - Lead Guitar
Jim Henry - Dobro
Jim Haggerty, Jay Gorleski, Norm Rogers - String Bass
Marc Neveu - Electric Bass
Guy DeVito - Resophonic Bass
Jeff Potter - Drums, Piano, Maracas
Keith Levreault - Drums

Too Many Words / Lurlene Can't Read / This Feelin' Called Love / Wrong Again / Outerspace Motorspace Scooter Machine / When We're On The Street / Get It Off Your Mind / So Say / Walkin' & Talkin' / Can't You See / Winter Loser / Lucky World / Why Docha Call

Contact & information:
Phone: +1 413.587.9790 

El Toro Records
P.O. Box 220
Pineda 08397
Tel & Fax +34 937 660 117

Reviewed by The BlackCat, 2005