Blue Diamond Fillups, live in the studio

Fun time last night in Studio A at KWMR. Amanda told the story, so I’ll post the playlist along with some youtube clips. The biggest surprise of the evening was Flash’s voice. He’s got a great voice that can belt out great renditions of vintage Cash and Orbison. His voice was so big we had to move him far off the mic to keep the level down. Check out the following clip and you’ll hear what I mean.

A big influence on Blue Diamond Fillups and Jonnie, guitar and founder of the band, is Ronnie Dawson. We didn’t know much about Ronnie Dawson, but played a cut and then did some research. As is the case with too many popular artists of the 50’s and 60’s who suffered at American radio’s pop culture, Ronnie Dawson found an audience embracing his music in Britain in the 80’s that began a comeback of sorts. Now, with Rockabilly having wide-ranging popularity, from folks who listened to it when Roy Orbison, Johnny Cash, and Carl Perkins were recording for Sun, to the 20/30-somethings with lead sleds, tattoos, and Betty Page pin-up girls, Ronnie Dawson might have a wider audience than he did when he was alive. Check out these Ronnie Dawson clips.

For the astute, you’ll notice one of Dave Alvin’s Guilty Women, Lisa Pankratz, on drums in the clip below.

Artist Cut Album Label
Tim Hus Bakersfield Music Bushpilot Buckaroo Stony Plain Records
Ronnie Dawson Hot Hot Water Rockinitis Crystal Clear Sound
Blue Diamond Fillups Wildest Dreams Blue Diamond Fillups Self Produced
Blue Diamond Fillups Drive Like Lighting Blue Diamond Fillups Self Produced
Paladins Going Down to Big Mary’s Years Since Yesterday Alligator
Wanda Jackson Cryin’ Time Heart Trouble CMH Records
Johnny Cash The Man Comes Around American IV: The Man Comes Around American Recordings
Roy Orbison Ooby Dooby
Ruby Dee and the Snakehandlers So Lonely Ruby Dee and the Snakehandlers Donysus Records
Dave Howe A Face For Radio A Face For Radio Dave Howe Music
Carl Perkins Blue Suede Shoes Million Sellers, Sun’s Gold Hits Sun Record Co
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  1. Another classic show to start off another great year of Bakersfield and Beyond!

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