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Selected MP3s of guitar instrumentals, jazz, big band, and classic easy listening from the original vinyl.

Welcome to Guitars & All That Jazz

Welcome to Guitars & All That Jazz

Guitars & All That Jazz was a radio station that webcast via Live365 for 11 years, ending in June 2011. The playlist consisted of guitar instrumentals, jazz, big band, early rock 'n' roll, lounge music and classic easy listening.

I hope to share some of this music with you via this blog. Most of it will be taken from the original vinyl (LPs and 45s) , cassettes and the occasional commercially unavailable CD.

Here's hoping you'll find something to enjoy. Please note files are available only for a limited time.

I urge you to purchase the digital version of the albums featured, either on CD or via download, wherever possible.

Listen to the Music
There are now two music streams. Click the appropriate player to the right.
1. Guitars & All That Jazz: Five hours of the best in jazz, guitars and other instrumental gems. New songs are added weekly.
2. Tiki Shores: Music to sweep you away to a tropical isle, a South American dance floor or a bossa nova on the beach at Rio. About 4.5 hours of classic exotica music, Latin rhythms and bossa nova.

Wednesday, November 07, 2012

Sleepy LaBeef - Downhome Rockabilly

Sleepy LaBeef is a genuine rockabilly survivor, having been there when the music was born in the 1950s and still performing today at the age of 77.

After a few rockabilly singles in the late '50s, Labeef moved to Nashville where his music took a decidedly country turn. He had a couple of minor hits (Every Day and Blackland Farmer) before signing with the rejuvenated Sun Records and returning to his rockabilly roots.

The album Downhome Rockabilly was issued (on gold vinyl yet) by Sun in 1979. From it comes Boogie Woogie Country Girl. The MP3 available at the link below comes from a cassette copy.

Boogie Woogie Country Girl

Downhome Rockabilly is available as a download, but does not appear to have been released as a standalone CD. However, all of Labeef's Sun tracks were issued on the six-CD box Larger Than Life by the German company Bear Family in 1996.

From YouTube here's a dynamite Sleepy Labeef performance at the Minnesota State Fair in 2006.

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