Artist: DAWN SHIPLEY AND THE SHARP SHOOTERS
Title: BABY IF I...
Style: Rockabilly - Hillbilly
Dawn and the boys have been playing their unique mix of traditional rockabilly hillbilly, honky-tonk, and even a hint of blues to Southern California audiences quite frequently for a few of years now. The charming vocals of this Texas born sweetheart mixed with the tight sound of the Sharp Shooters featuring Tony Macias (upright bass), Tony De Herrera (drums), and Joel Morin (guitar/steel guitar) deliver a top-notch, pleasant and unique performance. "Think a more rockin' Patsy Cline, Dawn Shipley's Sharp Shooters hit the target every time and deliver an excellent blend of '50s honky tonk and Rockabilly in a very authentic fashion". Blue Suede News Mag. #65
You'll find a wide variety of genres on Dawn Shipley's second album.
The opening track Bear With Me Baby is a solid rocking song with an early 60's beat. Of course, there's a majority of Rockabilles like Anyone But You (nice guitar work with some Scotty Moore echoes in it), the frantic rhythm of Baby If I, the cover of Glen Glenn's One Cup Of Coffee and on the rural edge full Moon Keeps On Shining. Empty Stretch Of Highway a haunting country song with echo on the guitar has some more modern vibes in it. I's probably one of the best cut of the album and I suppose I'm not the only one to think that because you find an alternate take more acoustic and slower that ends the album.
On the traditional country side Make Believe is a true and classic Honky Tonk with good steel throughout and Patsy Cline's Crazy Dream is slightly played faster than the original, but is still a great country weeper.
Warm voice, slight rhythm and jazz chords on the guitar are on the menu of Goin' Crazy a love song a la Fever.
Sharp Shootin' a fine hillbilly instrumental is another occasion for guitarist Joel Morin to shine on picking guitar and on steel. The rest of the band has to be credited too for their solid work on the album: Tony Macias on bass and Tony DeHerrera on drums. Good job.
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