|Route 33, Wailin' Elroys
Rhythm Bomb RBR 5642
The Wailin' Elroys are a juke joint hillbilly & rockabilly trio playing out of Athens, Ohio (USA). Formed in 2002, the Elroys consist of Bram Riddlebarger on vocals and flat top guitar, Justin Rayner on doghouse bass fiddle, and "Preacher" Zeb Dewar on take-off lead guitar. The Elroys are often joined on stage by lap steel player extraordinaire Rockne Riddlebarger. These guys kick it old school, like they just stepped out of Sun studios, fresh from a session with Carl Perkins and Johnny Cash.
In 2003 the Wailin' Elroys released their self-produced debut album "Cheap Motel", which was received pretty well, it got some real good reviews. The Elroys signed to Rhythm Bomb Records (Germany) in February 2004. "Cheap Motel" was re-released and internationally distributed by Rhythm Bomb. In 2005 The Elroys toured Europe, playing dates spanning from Amsterdam to Berlin and recording one session at the Lightning Recording Service Studio in Berlin. A split 7" vinyl record was released in April 2005 on the RockNRoll Purgatory label that features two songs each from the Elroys and legendary one-man punk/country blues band Ghostwriter, from Austin, Texas. The Elroys released their second full-length CD, "Route 33", on Rhythm Bomb Records and are currently touring the US in support of the record. A second European tour is scheduled for 2006.
Like their debut album, this second release also consists of hot authentic rockabilly music, mixed in with wailin' hillbilly. Recorded live to 2 inch tape, this is probably as close to the early 50s sound as you can get today. This is one fantastic album, containing 13 selfpenned tracks and only 1 cover, a painfully sensitive version of Wayne Walker's "All I Can Do Is Cry" that will send shivers down your spine.
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Reviewed by The BlackCat, 2005
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