Please Gimme Somethin
In the early to mid 1980s, northeast Ohio had a striving roots/rockabilly scene with acts such as Alan Leatherwood, The Swingin' Caddilacs, David Loy & the Ramrods, The Walking Clampetts and more. One of these bands, Tempo Tantrum, was lead by a cat named Allen Jeffries (aka Jeff Pollock). Tempo Tantrum built it's name on combining a hard-rocking sensibility with classic rockabilly and surf sounds. All good things come to an end, and by the late 1980s, most of these bands were gone, as was the rockabilly 'scene'. Allen Jeffries, a lifelong rockabilly addict, never stopped collecting rockabilly sides and longed to return to singing. Fast forward to 2008: Allen Jeffries felt it was time! He contacted his old friend, cult rockabilly legend Memphis Mike to produce this, his debut CD. The two picked out a collection of classic rockin' tracks and Memphis Mike put together a studio band featuring himself (guitars and upright bass), Legendary Tremblers bassist Rob Jacob (electric bass) and former Link Wray/Vibrochamps drummer Gary Weiss. Rounding out the sounds are west coast sax phenom Carly Litvik and The Jagtones (Joey & Hermy Granati of the Granati Bros.). The basic tracks were laid down in 3 days time. Memphis Mike and his long time engineer David Granati set to work mixing this collection determined to make this one of the hottest rockabilly releases of the past 25 years! 10 classics in all and each featuring Allen 'AJ' Jeffries' dark, smoky vocals. It's clear that he's been influenced by the likes of Elvis, Jack Scott and Mac Curtis but the end result is truly his own. A must have for rockabilly fans the world over!