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"Rock Steady Rodeo"

“Rock Steady Rodeo”: Saddle Up, Mon

1996 saw the independent release of the debut album by a group of renegade Canadian musicians – The Reggae Cowboys – who, in a supreme leap of faith, dared to fuse Jamaican reggae rhythms with, well, cowboy music and imagery. Van Halen’s “Hang ’em High” as kick-off track As reported

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"Panhandle Rag"

“Panhandle Rag”: Tip of the East Coast Western Swing

Here’s a great rockin’ arrangement of Leon McAuliffe‘s steel guitar instrumental, “Panhandle Rag” by The Hachey Brothers & Mary Lou: “Panhandle Rag“ The Hachey Brothers & Mary Lou (1958) Thanks to Lonesome Lefty’s Scratchy Attic for the biographical info: Brothers Curly and Bobby Hachey were natives of Atholville, New Brunswick. 

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B-side breakout hits

B-Side Breakout Hits & CKLW

Besides “Tequila” by The Champs, I know of one other instance where an A-side was roundly disregarded in favor of its B-side.  As Robert Pruter, R&B editor for Goldmine, writes in the accompanying notes to the Atlantic soul music anthology, The Golden Age of Black Music (1970-1975): King Floyd‘s “Groove

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