Goin' Steady with the Blues

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All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/8/2009
  • Label: Righteous
  • EAN: 5013929981522
  • Catalog Number: 23-15
  • Sales rank: 92,250

Album Credits

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
Alan Wilson Mastering
Morrey Burns Composer
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