|Wildcat Juice, Long Gone Trio
El Toro Records ETCD 6050
The Long Gone Trio draws on the traditional sound of rockabilly, blending a mix of early rock 'n' roll and hillbilly sounds. Their dixie fried rhythms have been bringing out the dancers and lining up the hot rods to catch every wild show. The Long Gone Trio has been rockin' the southwest of the United States for the past couple of years and have been quickly gaining a reputation as a real crowd pleaser. The Long Gone Trio truly is 50's rock and roll reincarnated. They have opened for such acts as Hank Williams III, Big Sandy and the Fly Rite Boys, The Coasters, The Drifters, Wayne Hancock and Spo-dee-o-dee. These boys will really rock ya. So, put another dime on it and get real gone with the Long Gone Trio.
The Long Gone Trio has a very simple line-up of electric & acoustic guitars and an upright bass, just like, you guessed it, Elvis, Scotty & Bill. And that's all you need according to rockabilly legend Charie Feathers. When you listen to the "Wildcat Juice" album, released on the European label El Toro Records, you will hear a load of basic rockabilly music, very simple and very effective. All but one of the 13 tracks of the album were selfpenned by the trio, and I must say they did a real good job. The remaining track is a cover of Johnny Horton's "Goodbye Lonesome". Overall you can hear that Johnny Horton had quite some influence on the band's music, especially on lead guitarist Tom Sanderson, but some early Johnny Cash sounds can also be heard (It's You Whose Makin' You Lonesome).
Tom's razor sharpe and sometimes real low down guitar riffs are pretty cool, the slapping bass is not overdone (like in some neo-rockabilly bands) and it keeps the rhythm all the way, no drums needed. Pat Bova's voice is cut out perfectly for vintage rockabilly music, he even throws in a bit of 50's stuttering (Don't Move Me). What can I say? This is a real good authentic rockabilly band with a catchy new rockabilly album. I think I will forgive them the steel guitar on the country hillbilly song "Last Of My Junk". If you let the CD spin after the last song, you will find a Santo & Johnny style bonus instrumental at the end of track 13.
Long Gone Trio are:
Pat Bova - Vocals, Acoustic Guitar
Tom Sanderson - Electric & Steel Guitar
Pat Kowalski - Upright Bass
A-Bone / Sloppy Joe's / T V8 / Gotta Know / It's You Whose Makin' You Lonesome / Bullfrog / Treason / My Well's Run Dry / Don't Move Me / Goodbye Lonesome / If You Only Knew / Last Of My Junk / Wildcat Juice
Long Gone Trio
P.O. Box 7684
Albuquerque, NM 87194
Tel: +1 505 480 9423
El Toro Records
P.O. Box 220
Tel & Fax: +34 937 660 117
Reviewed by The BlackCat, 2006