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ROUGH MIX

DISARMED: Metroland extends Scotty Mac wishes for a speedy recovery. The musician sustained an arm injury recently that required surgery, and his once- industrious appendage is sling-bound. We hope you return to us soon, Scotty. He hasn’t canceled his gigs though, as the rest of his bandmates are quite capable. Rather, local axmen George Muscatello and Graham Tichy have been taking turns sitting in for him until he heals.

 

Local hero: Graham Tichy on his way to rockabilly stardom.

ROCKABILLY, DON’T BE A HERO: Speaking of Graham Tichy, how he has time to play in out-of-town bands we don’t know, but when the area’s busiest rockabilly guitarist isn’t sitting in for Scotty Mac or playing with local acts Rocky Velvet and Lustre Kings, he’s part of a Detroit-based rockabilly band, Bones Maki & the Sun Dodgers. The Sun Dodgers follow the rockabilly equation to a T, playing the instruments that gave birth to the form: electric guitar, acoustic guitar and bass, and their sound is reminiscent of records made in the ’50s.

The band formed after Maki’s Big Barn Combo split up, and Maki, a well-respected rockabilly authority, and his Big Barn bassist Kenny Bruce, joined with our very own Tichy. Tichy plays live shows with the trio, and his guitar work is all over their first long player—recorded in one take to one track, as it were.

Tichy’s fretwork with the Sun Dodgers has earned him high praise throughout the industry. Detroit Free Press said “Tichy . . . is a phenomenal newcomer, a skilled guitarist whose supple licks belie his 22 years.” And rockabillyhall.com believes “Graham has already singled himself out as one of the hottest, most capable guitarist on the rockabilly scene today.” He and the band can be found at rockabilly festivals throughout the U. S. of A. and will be among the headliners at one such event next year (stay tuned for info on that).

WHERE THERE’S SMOKE . . . : The Bruise Bros. are in the studio recording a six-song EP, Burn Forever, with producer John Delahanty. They plan on having two of the songs available before EDGEfest, which they’re playing, with the EP slated for late summer. Vegas, vocalist for the band, plans to release a solo album, tentatively titled Kung Fu Grip, around the same time.

R.I.P. Dee Dee
Live Fast: Dee Dee Ramone (1952-2002).

VICTIM OF SOCIETY: Unless you’re tied up in a basement, you surely know by now that Dee Dee Ramone, former bassist for the pioneer punk-rock band the Ramones, passed away on June 5 at his home in Los Angeles. He was 50 years old. Some Web sites that have published R.I.P. messages are: www.officialramones.com, www.deedeeramone.net and www.joeyramone.com.

PICK AT NIGHT: Time Warner’s Sounding Board has a new roster of live local-music shows, which can be viewed in Albany on Time Warner Cable Channel 9 on Fridays at 8 and 10 PM, Saturdays at 10 AM and 8 PM, and Sundays at 10 AM and 10 PM:

June 14-16: Adam Klipple & Drive by Leslie

June 21-23: eN~DoR~PHin

June 28-30: Katie Haverly

July 5-7: Lex Norwood Jazz

July 12-14: Collider

July 19-21: Black Inc.

July 26-28: 100th Episode Celebration with Sirsy, the Wait, Alex Torres

 

AND THANKING THE LUCKY ONES: Count the Stars manager Eric Tobin got on the horn to tell us the band signed with Victory Records on Tuesday, apparently a largish contract, money- and percentage-wise, for a young band. The group will enter Atlanta’s Tree Sound Studios with producer Dave Cobb in early October, with an album to be released in February. Until then, the guys are touring all over hell’s half acre. They’ll be setting off soon for a three-month tour, then criss-crossing the country in anticipation and then in promotion of their release.

—Kate Sipher

Got Rough Mix items? Contact Kate Sipher at 463-2500, ext. 145, or ksipher@metroland.net.


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