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Lee Rocker

Racin' The Devil

Review by Eric Meli

Lee Rocker put rockabilly on the map again with this, his Alligator Records debut. Rocker started playing at 8 yrs old, during grade school. That’s where he befriended the guys who would become his cohorts in the ‘80’s band The Stray Cats. It was his passion for blues and rockabilly that led him to pick up the stand-up bass. That musical passion, his bass and voice are what make Racin’ The Devil a very enjoyable album.

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Track by Track Review
The Girl From Hell
Rocker opens it with a Cramps sort of groove with crashing symbols and beat made for dancing.
Rock This Town
A tune from back in his Stray Cats days, this is done the way it should have been.
The River Runs
Here we get a nice little folk meets roots rock feel with a good easy melody.
Say When
Written by Carl Perkins, this is definitely a rockabilly tune you could imagine Elvis singing.
Racetrack Blues
Here is a quick tune about trying to make money to pay the rent.
Ramblin’
“Ramblin’” is another roots rocker about traveling from town to town.
Runnin' For The Hounds
You can hear Rocker’s influences here, with some slide guitar work included.
Rockin' Harder
This is a rockabilly number with some searing guitar work and a Bob Seger-like feel.

Texarcana to Panama City
This countrified tune is along the lines of something from Willie Nelson or Hank Williams.

Lost on the Highway
A slow number, this draws you into the song with well written lyrics.
Funny Car Graveyard
This will get you out on the dance floor with its rockabilly beat.
Swing This
The disc’s only instrumental lives up to is title and really swings.
 
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