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Goin' To Memphis

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I fist saw Ian Calford & The Brakemen some years ago at Notts Americana. The trio greatly impressed me with their clear authentic rockabilly style that was so reminiscent of the 1950's style that we could have actually been transported back in time to those early days. Ian's father Cal Ford was one of the early pioneers of British country music, being known throughout Britain as the Welsh Johnny Cash. Ian has continued his father's legacy of that early Johnny Cash style, along with two talented musicians; "Luther" Cummins on guitar and "Marshall" Stack on slap bass, ideally emulating the Boom Chicka Boom sound of the legendary Tennessee Two.

Goin' To Memphis is the end result from a trip to Tennessee in October 2000, including Nashville and Memphis where Johnny Cash started his recording career at Sun Records on Union Avenue. 19 tracks are found here with the final 5 tracks being recorded at Station Sound Studios, Burns, Tennessee. The list of numbers included is just a terrific selection, ideally chronicling the early career of Johnny Cash. Opening we find Cash's own superb "Country Boy", followed by the title track "Goin' To Memphis". More of Cash's own sees "Katy Too" and "Locomotive", "Give My love To Rose", "Country Trash" and "Don't Take Your Guns To Town". Bob Dylan's "Wanted Man" fits in well, as does "The Fable Of Willie Brown". The neo-gospel styled "I Was There When It Happened" finds something a little different and "Cats In The Cradle" looks at the father and son relationship and how we don't always take enough interest in the things that should matter most.

Ian has a voice that fits perfectly with the authentic rockabilly sound and with his co-conspirators The Brakemen, can be found cranking out song after song, while at the same time keeping their own identity without trying to imitate the artistes of yesterday. Ian and the Brakemen have toured with Tommy Cash and he is working towards bringing Tommy back to our shores. Fans of Ian Calford & The Brakemen include Sun Records legendary Sam Phillips, Johnny Cash's first drummer W.S. Holland and the family of the late Carl Perkins.

Goin' To Memphis is an album that takes us back to a time 50 years ago, proving that the basic two guitars and slap bass can create a sound that hits you right in the middle of your very soul. Offering a well-blended range of tempos, Goin' To Memphis is an album that any serious country and rockabilly fan would be proud to have in his collection. This is an excellent album not to be missed…..a cracker to be found in your Christmas stocking.

 

 

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