Susie Blue and the Lonesome Fellas – I Hear You Knockin

Susie Blue and the Lonesome Fellas – I Hear You Knockin – For their long awaited second album, the band is preparing to release a new collection of  Western Swing and Retro Country songs from the 1940’s & 50’s  this Winter.    Listen to  a sneak preview  with their new single  “I Hear You Knockin'” – a Western Swing standard  originally recorded in 1942 by the renown Milwaukee Western Swing band Pee Wee King and his Golden West Cowboys 

Most people think of the Grand Old Opry when they think of old time Country and Western Music, but Chicago’s radio station WLS  and their National Barn Dance was one of the first major radio stations to feature Country and Western Music going live over the airways  during the late 1920’s, long before the Opry came into being.  WLS syndicated their shows on dozens of smaller radio stations across the Mid and Northwest regions, spreading Country Music all over the US, bringing it into people’s homes.  The new album by Susie Blue will feature tunes from the bands that performed on the Barn Dance,  played by a stellar group of musicians heralding not only from the Chicago area but from Austin, TX and Los Angeles as well.

The new single headlines some fast and frisky fiddle starring one of Austin’s best violinists Javier Chaparro who keeps this lively tune capering all the way through.  Los Angeles Jazz Writer and Critic Scott Yanow, who was an early supporter of the band’s Western Swing,  performs a romping Melodica solo between verses,  and there is a real Cowboy vocal duet which joins Austin singer Keith Weber from the band Cadillac Drive  with vocalist Solitaire Miles.  They trade disparaging verses in a waggery quarrel of a Cowboy and his Ladylove that seems to come right  out of a script from a Silver Screen Hollywood Cowboy romance.  There is also an bonafide retro country guitar solo by the band’s musical director Neal Alger.

Susie Blue and the Lonesome Fellas is one of the few current Western Swing bands who genuinely presents America’s musical history, recording and arranging classic songs in an authentic manner, re-creating the past with highly enjoyable and entertaining tributes to the bands and songwriters of the genre. Their new single has already been put into rotation by BBC Radio and is getting airplay internationally as many await the release of the new album this fall.   –  JM Reid

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