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Catty Town Review - March 2015

Eamonn Doyle reviewed 2 days ago
We are intrigued by the very idea of the Rob Ryan Roadshow, an american artist moving to Germany to work in american roots music styles. It seems weird at face value, but when you consider the quality of german roots musicians it makes perfect sense. Add in the fact that the biggest market globally for authentic Rockabilly is Europe and it becomes a no brainer. We are very glad that Rob made that decision because this is top class stuff. This latest album (and I have to confess its my first RRR album) by the US/DE partnership is a great release combining elements of Rockabilly, Country, and Rhythm n Blues. Add in great songwriting, cool cover choices and brilliant production by our friends at Berlin's Lightning Recorders and you have the perfect package. This is a consistently good album but the highlights for us include opening song "Stay In Bed" which makes us want to do everything except stay in bed. Other original songs "Song In My Head", "Cool Walking Daddy", "Long Gone Day" and "Not Good Enough" are as good as any recent releases at the very top level of the global rockin' scene and stand up to repeat listens. This is also a top notch guitar album and fans of that instrument will be in old school heaven. Covers include songs associated with Mickey Gilley, Johnny Cash, Ronnie Dawson and believe it or not a fantastic blues version of Missionary Man by Eurythmics. We suggest you GO OLD SCHOOL as quickly as possible!!

 

Famous Last Words Magazin REVIEW for Goin´Old School!!!

Rhythm Bomb
Fourth album in for Rob Ryan and his Roadshow that shows no signs of letting up, such is the heady mix of rockabilly, rock ‘n’ roll, hillbilly and country sounds which explains the majority of this latest album’s contents, but it should also be noted that there are one or two deviations from this formula. The first indication that other influences are at work here can be heard from the album’s introduction ‘Stay In Bed’, as it snuggles up close to a rhythm and blues sound with Rob Ryan’s vocal sounding light and soulful. The next surprise comes in the form of a cover song, and one that is not selected from the customary vault of 1950′s goodness because this one is taken from a more recent decade with The Eurhythmics ‘Missionary Man’. Despite not being a fan of the original composition, the translation of this Eurythmics hit is a far grittier version, complete with impassioned vocal and side support coming by way of harmonica that manages to receive the unanimous thumbs up. The ‘Goin’ Old School’ of its title really makes itself known with the mid-tempo country ‘Long Gone Day’, then applying its foot on the gas for the rockabilly infused ‘Catwalk Baby’ with Rob Ryan’s vocal impressing throughout. There is time for reflection once ‘When I Found You’ makes its entrance, with its nimble rhythm implying the joy felt as this is one song with a happy ending after years in the doldrums. Further jovialities ensue once the Jerry Lee Lewis inspired wildness of ‘Monkey Beat City’ clambers over the entire contents of this album, letting its presence known via some white-hot rock ‘n’ roll, only to be given a run for its money by way of ‘Not Good Enough’. If only all roadshows were as compelling as the one Rob Ryan is promoting because ‘Goin’ Old School’ is a lesson in how to achieve a finely tuned balance between a choice selection of genres and making it work as a cohesive whole

 

 

 

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