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BIG BOY PETE AND THE OFFBEATS Winklepickin CD

BIG BOY PETE AND THE OFFBEATS / Winklepickin CD / 22 Records / 2010

More than 50 years after the heyday of Skiffle music in jolly olde England, an original voice from that era is still reminding the world why that style of music was so incredibly popular and influential in the 1950’s pub scene.  It can be argued that Skiffle was England’s original punk music, with an explosion of 30,000 bands slogging it out in local taverns at the height of Skifflemania.  Members of bands ranging from the HOLLIES to CLIFF RICHARD to a humble little band called the BEATLES cut their teeth in the Skiffle scene.  And all this is to say that this CD is not only historical, but it’s also hysterical.  Fun, funny and infectious with just a guitar, upright bass and washboard, and plenty of voices.  Sounds pretty punk to me…

SOUNDS LIKE:
LONNIE DONEGAN, THE QUARRYMEN, WILLIE NELSON

SUGGESTED TRACKS:
3  “When Lonnie Was King” (the history of Skiffle in less than four minutes)
4 “Hemsby Gap” (easy rolling bawdy anthem to simpler times)
10 “Let’s Make It One In A Row” (fun romp reminiscent of DAVE EDMUNDS)

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