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Goin' Steady with the Blues
     

Goin' Steady with the Blues

by Skeets McDonald
 
Skeets McDonald made records throughout the 1950s, but it wasn't until 1958 that his first album was issued. Goin' Steady with the Blues occupies a somewhat odd niche within the country and pop trends of its time, though the music itself doesn't sound at all forced or trendy. It's not rockabilly, or rock & roll, but certainly has some beats and swagger that

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Skeets McDonald made records throughout the 1950s, but it wasn't until 1958 that his first album was issued. Goin' Steady with the Blues occupies a somewhat odd niche within the country and pop trends of its time, though the music itself doesn't sound at all forced or trendy. It's not rockabilly, or rock & roll, but certainly has some beats and swagger that show McDonald was being influenced by those currents. It's not straight-ahead commercial late-'50s country either, though it's somewhat in tune with where honky tonk was moving during the era. It's just a comfortable mix of those styles, McDonald singing in a likably laconic and slightly bluesy manner, at times recalling the most country-oriented sides of early Jerry Lee Lewis. If you need a reference to a another bigger figure from the era, if you like some of Marty Robbins' gutsier late-'50s work but want something rootsier, you might well take a shine to at least some of this. McDonald wasn't quite in the league of, say, Lewis or Robbins in either his material or his vocals, which makes this something of a minor pleasure. But it's certainly pleasing enough on its own terms, getting into a slightly tropical mood with "Hawaiian Sea Breeze." The 2009 CD reissue on Righteous adds considerable value with eight bonus tracks, including his most celebrated and famous venture into pure rockabilly, "You Oughta See Grandma Rock," as well as other cuts that generally go for a more frenetic mood and rhythm than the material on the Goin' Steady with the Blues LP (though "Mean and Evil Blues," "The Tattooed Lady," and "Birthday Cake Boogie" skirt novelty territory). It's too bad, however, that the package doesn't include any recording or release dates for the bonus tracks.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/08/2009
Label:
Righteous
UPC:
5013929981522
catalogNumber:
23-15

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Performance Credits

Skeets McDonald   Primary Artist,Vocals

Technical Credits

Skeets McDonald   Composer
Leon Payne   Composer
Ernest Tubb   Composer
Jimmy Wakely   Composer
Johnny Bond   Composer
Henry Bernard   Composer
Murray Burns   Composer
Dave Henderson   Liner Notes
Harlan Howard   Composer
Eddie Miller   Composer
Fred Rose   Composer
Wynn Stewart   Composer
Dick Reinhart   Composer
Lois Mann   Composer
Henry Thurston   Composer
Cliff Johnson   Composer
Morrey Burns   Composer

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