Susie Blue and the Lonesome Fellas Oceans of Tears
Howdy Y’all! Susie Blue & the Lonesome Fellas has just released a convivial and nostalgic Cowboy Swing single, “Oceans of Tears”
Originally recorded and performed by Kay Starr and Tennessee Ernie Ford in 1951, Susie Blue’s vocalist Solitaire Miles sings this kitchy Cowboy duet with Texas Vocalist Keith Weber from the Austin band Cadillac Drive.
The tune opens with Weber’s authentic Cowboy baritone, giving the song it’s Western clout and Miles chimes in with a smooth swing vocal, with just enough twang to make you think you’re listening to the soundtrack of a Silver Screen Western.
They are accompanied by guitarist Neal Alger who plays a retro country guitar, Chris Bernhardt keeps the grove on stand up bass, and swing drummer Phil Gratteau who sets up a nostalgic cadence perfect for the genre. Pedal Steel Maestro TC Furlong gives the track a genuine feeling with his antique pedal that originally belonged to Buddy Emmons!
“We recorded this tune in Chicago with our band” Miles explains, “and then I was able to email the track down to Austin and Keith harmonized along with me in a studio there, and then sent it back, so he never left the ranch! We have recorded 2 duets together to date, and have never met in person!”
No matter that Miles and Weber have not met in person, they are a swinging pair, bringing a bona fide big screen Cowboy sound to this tune. Kay Starr and Tennessee Ernie Ford had recorded a long list of Western duets, let’s hope that this pair keeps going too! – JM Reid
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