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
hero: Graham Tichy on his way to rockabilly stardom.
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).
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.
Fast: Dee Dee Ramone (1952-2002).
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,
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
28-30: Katie Haverly
5-7: Lex Norwood Jazz
19-21: Black Inc.
26-28: 100th Episode Celebration with Sirsy, the Wait,
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
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