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Spring is here! Which means another genre-bending EP from San Diego rockabilly mainstay, Jackslacks.
“Other Side”, Jackslacks seventh solo release on the indie label Shield of Love, may be his most personal music yet: an homage to his father, who passed away last year.
As per usual, Jackslacks sings and drums on the self-composed track, but apropos of the subject matter, his family lends a hand: first of all, a reunion of sorts, as brother Bill, frontman for
Detroit’s Nobody’s Business contributes his signature guitar licks. But it doesn’t end there; we have the next generation present and accounted for too, as nephew Billy sings back-up, and Jackslacks’ daughter, Taylor, lends her violin virtuosity – perhaps the song’s most singular element.
And therein lies Jackslacks’ knack for pushing the boundaries of rockabilly music, as he did last year with his EP “Generations Hypnotized”. In this case, we have the genre’s textbook vocals and instrumentation, but then there’s Taylor Giorgio’s violin work: see, we’re not talking country fiddling here, which would have been the obvious move; no, she gives the track a genuine dose of Parisian gypsy mojo. Remarkably, it works. And quite well.
With “Come Home With Me”, we slide back around to straight rockabilly: Jackslacks again on vocals and drums, but this time around, he’s flanked by guitarist Mark Fahl and upright bassist Bill Grubbs, both from new live project Flipside Burners. And then for good measure, Dave Roof and Chris Cote lend their talents on piano and acoustic guitar respectively. All in all, an up-beat, textural, late ‘50s rocker.
Both tracks were recorded at Earthling Studios in San Diego with co-producer Mike Kamoo. Mastering was completed at DRT.
Jackslacks has opened shows for key players of the genre, including hero Carl Perkins, veterans Jerry Lee Lewis and Chuck Berry and a whose who of second generation neo-rockabilly and americana acts.