(2007/Rev-Ola) 23 tracks - Frankie Laine was the first and biggest of a new breed of black influenced singers who rose to prominence in the post-WWII era, a harbinger of the Rock ´n´ Roll music that was to come. His 1946 recording of ´´That´s My Desire´´ (a Pop and R&B number 1) remains a landmark record signaling the end of the dominance of the big bands Often called the first of the blue-eyed soul singers, Laine´s style cleared the way for many artists who arose in the late 1940s and 1950s, including Kay Starr, Tony Bennett, Johnnie Ray and Elvis. Here then is just a selection of Frankie Laine´s phenomenal number of mega-hits... every one a winner from one of the biggest hit-makers of the 40s, 50s, 60s, 70s... and he´s STILL at it!.
(2008/COW ISLAND) 23 tracks, great live album produced by Sean Mencher, recorded live at Charlie-O´s in Montpellier, Vermont! Listen to fantastic Honky Tonk and Rockabilly music and the crowd going wild! Alright — You asked for it, now you´re gonna get it! Folks have been clamoring for some time now to have a live recording of us. Something with just the trio playing a venue like we usually do. Well, we figured we needed to do this in a joint we work regularly and couldn´t think of a better one than Charlie-O´s World Famous, right there in downtown Montpelier, the Vermont State Capital. We´ve been gigging Charlie-O´s for a number of years now We love pickin an´ singin´ there and are one of their favorite, best drawing bands. And they´ve always got cold Millers for us! Charlie-O´s has been a lunch room and tavern since The War Between The States and is located in reputedly the oldest building in downtown Montpelier. This bar is one of the last real honky-tonks in Vermont and kind of unusual in it´s location. Folks of various ages and all walks of life line the stools, hit the hardwood and play the pool tables there each and every night. It is a little watering- hole that´s big on soul! So we had a gig there in October, 2007 (right before Danny C´s 60th birthday — what a present... and in his hometown to boot!). The place was packed, the booze was flowing. The crowd was revved-up right from the front door opening, along with MC Charlie Papillo´s intro to our first number, until the final chord was struck, the last lyric sung and a ´Yee Haw´ farewell. This CD brings you a typical 75 minute energized Starline set featuring a variety of covers and some originals. Turn up your player, have a cold one and enjoy! Thanks to Charlie-O´s owner JeffJacobs and manager Jen Rollins for hosting the event; to barkeeps Nell Chap, Sarah Cleland, Jason Gerrish and Charis Churchill for always fine service; to Chuck ´In the Truck´ for remarkable on-scene recording under some tough conditions; to Lane for masterful mixing (73min, 59.26 secs —you got it, boy!); to Matt for magnificent mastering; to Jack for prize photos; to Tom for dynamite design work; to Sean for professional production and pickin´; to Kevin for some stellar steel and to Charlie for mighty MC work. Of course, special thanks to all our fans who showed up — you helped make it momentous! s. All Our Best — The Starline Rhythm Boys
(2007/COW ISLAND) 17 tracks, a mixture of Rockabilly and Country music. The notes are written by Don Pierce, the co-founder of the legendary Texas based Starday label, which was fabulous for artists like Red Sovine, George Jones, Sonny Fisher and Benny Barnes. Intro and outro on this album are also made by Don Pierce!! The music of Nate Gibson is just great and straight Country and Rockabilly music! Gibson is also the co-autor of the ´Starday´ label story ´The House That Country Music Built´, written with Don Pierce. (Available from Bear Family #0031-034 and also highly recommended!) Howdy everybody, this is Don Pierce, Co-Founder of Starday Records. It´s my pleasure to introduce to you a new record by my buddy Nate Gibson, along with his band the Gashouse Gang. Now these boys live all the way up in Boston and they´re making some real fine country music up there. In the first half you´ll hear the Gang play songs by Spinal Tap, Jack Owens and also my good friend Arthur ´Guitar Boogie´ Smith. There´s even an original tune in there by Nate as well as a couple of those early Starday numbers. In the second half you´ll hear a few more original tunes by Nate, a couple of country music´s biggest hits and a song that did very well for my Starday label, Wayne Raney´s ´We Need A Whole Lot More of Jesus (And A Lot Less Rock and Roll).´ I sure like it and I hope you do too. I´m not sure I would have signed Nate to a Starday contract though, but it´s still an enjoyable record. I´d also like to mention that Nate and I have been working together for the past few years writing ´The House That Country Music Built — the Official Starday Story.´ Working together has brought back so many memories. Nate is very dedicated and he tirelessly examined all the Starday material that I had kept down through the years. He journeyed repeatedly to Nashville to interview all the people who were associated with Starday and he made many friends in Nashville, a city that I deeply appreciate. The ex-employees and musicians and songwriters were glad to be interviewed and help get the story told. So for all you Starday Record fans out there, please keep an eye out for our book to be released in the very near future. Country music and Starday Records were a labor of love for me from 1946 to 1970 and I salute Nate Gibson for making the story available to country music fans. Country music will always be a part of our American culture and I´m glad was able to make a contribution with Starday Records. The tradition must be preserved. Now Giddy-Up and Go boys! Country Musically, Don Pierce, Starday Records