Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Becky & The Blacktones: fusing billy music with blues, jazz, and swing

I got a chance to sit down and talk to one of my favorite So-Cal bands, Becky & the Blacktones – a quintet with members inspired by diverse genres including rockabilly, psychobilly, jazz, blues, punk, country, big band swing, cumbia, and norteño.

It’s impossible to categorize them. In fact, that’s exactly what makes them so unique and interesting. Just take a look at the wide spectrum of tunes they cover, both older and more recent: Imelda May’s “Johnny Got A Boom Boom,” Rosie and the Originals’ 1960 doo-wop single “Angel Baby,” Roy Orbison’s “Ooby Dooby,” the rockabilly classic “Fool I Am” by Pat Ferguson, the jazz-pop hit “Turn Me On” (originally penned by country singer-songwriter John D. Loudermilk but famously covered by both Nina Simone and Norah Jones), Morrissey’s “The Loop,” and the R&B/pop standard "Fever."

Brad Paisley, Tiger Army, Django Reinhardt, Mike Ness, and Billie Holiday all came up in the conversation. They even convinced me to start listening to 105.1. CLICK HERE TO READ ON and find out why it's hard to play music when you're dressed up like a zombie, or the difficulties associated with playing gigs when you’re under 21.

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