Posted On: Thursday - January 2nd 2020 9:36PM MST
In Topics:   Music
Just thinking about yesterday's music posted here, two types of music that you just don't get enough of are that Ragtime and the Rockabilly. The one thing they seem to have in common is speed. I don't think you'll hear a lot of slow ragtime or rockabilly ballads, will you? I'll have to feature more of both, anytime I feel the need for speed.
As for tonight, I want to show the rockabilly music as just speeded-up blues music, but after spending 20 minutes on this, I have been let down, if not by youtube this time, the artists themselves. I'd wanted to embed a great rockabilly version of The Mercury Blues to compare to Steve Miller's (the artist, not the one patriot in the White House) version. Steve Miller didn't write the song either, as it was written by one K. C. Douglas and one Robert Geddins and recorded way back in 1948 as the Mercury Boogie.
The band that did my favorite version (the fast and rockin' one) of Mercury Blues was called The Killer Whales, a 3-man band from 1980s Charleston, S. Carolina. Peak Stupidity has featured their great song Marlene already, 2 1/2 years back. OK, I cannot find their version, so to compare to the slow bluesy Steve Miller version, I did find a guy named David Lindley who does a great rockabilly version (I think?), but his high voice is nothing like that of Killer Whale David Bethany's was:
Not bad. Now, listen to this slooowww blues version from the Steve Miller Band's Fly Like an Eagle album from 1976. When I heard the Killer Whales do this a decade later, I had no idea it was the same song as the old album cut of Steve Miller. This is pretty good, but when you feel the need for speed, well, this sort of thing won't cut it.