R.I.P Jimmy Denson – Memphis legend

Sad news from our friend Tad Pierson in Memphis. Jimmy Denson, brother of Lee aka Jesse James passed away on Feb 2nd. Lee Petherick and I visited Memphis back in 2003. We met Tad when we hired him to drive us round the city in his pink Cadillac (what else!) and show us the sights less seen. He was playing some great music as we drove, I commented that I loved this one, ‘The South’s Gonna Rise Again’ by Jesse James. Tad looked a little surprised I knew it, not as surprised as I was when he got his phone out and dialed Jimmy Denson and passed him over. Jimmy had written the song that his brother recorded. He had stories (not always complimentary) about Elvis, Johhny and Dorsey Burnette and a whole host of 1950’s rockabilly legends he grew up with. On our last day in Memphis we hired Tad again to take us to the airport in style. On the way there we dropped in to visit Jimmy in his home. There he sat, smoking his cigarette and sipping on his whiskey regaling us with more stories and showing us photos of those early days. One of the magic moments was showing us his school boxing trophies with his and brother Lee’s names on them as well as Johnny and Dorsey Burnette’s (whom he told us was the meanest and you wouldn’t want to fight). I’m very sad to learn of Jimmy’s death but glad to learn he spat in life’e eye for another decade. R.I.P, on your way Jimmy, oh and when you get there, don’t go punching Elvis too hard, your Mom wouldn’t like it!

Me, Jimmy and Lee, Memphis 2003.

Me, Jimmy and Lee, Memphis 2003.


Here’s his brother Lee, aka Jesse James with ‘The South’s Gonna Rise Again’


An Internet search for rockabilly guitarist.

The Internet is a wonderful thing when it comes to connecting people. When I first discovered rockabilly music very much of it was still shrouded in mystery. I was fascinated to read the little snippets that were available on sleeve notes and in magazines like New Kommotion and Now Dig This. The music that pumped out through my cheap club-book record player from those vinyl groves that I so loved was often performed not by people and faces but just names on the record label. I wanted to know about Sonny Burgess with his red hair that pre-dated punk by 20 years and Billy Lee Riley and his fabulous Little Green Men. Luckily since those early days those guys have been well documented. I’m still keen to know the stories behind the songs I have loved and put faces to the names.

One song I have always really enjoyed was ‘I Fell In Love’ by a mysterious artist called Ken Cook. It was recorded at Sun Records but never released at the time. One of many gems that lay hidden for years, a victim of Sam Phillips’ glut of talent. Not only did the song have great lyrics that just ooze the sort of 1950’s which involved drive-ins, drug stores and rockin’ chicks, but that guitar. Now I am no musician so have no idea if that guitar riff that runs through the song is hard to play, but it is one that simply rocks. I loved it then and I love it now, a real ear worm which so compliments the lyrics and the images they conjure up. it’s on YouTube, have a listen

On this particular post of the tune, someone mentioned that they had heard that the vocal was actually Roy Orbison. A guy named Carl Watson replied that no, it was Ken Cook, he was there. I replied ‘You were there?’. Now for what ever reason, I’m at a loss now, I didn’t go back to that track for another five months. Carl had replied to me that he had played guitar on all Ken’s Sun recordings. Yes that guitar I have loved for 30 years. The guy that played on it had actually spoken to me via the Internet. I was gutted that I’d not seen it until now. I have been lucky enough to have interviewed several of my heroes in the past year or so. Either through contacts made through Vive Le Rock and Big Cheese magazines for whom I write on a freelance basis. Heads up given by psychobilly band leader Bernie Bilko or just via the Internet. Now I had a contact with Carl I really wanted to talk to him about that Sun session that produced a great song but didn’t result in a release. Ken and the guys must have entered that studio in awe and in the knowledge that they were treading the path once  and indeed at the time still trod  by rockabilly legends. There was the real chance this could be the big time if they nailed it. Like so many others at Sun they did nail it, but for some inexplicable reason the fantastic music they made never surfaced until the 1970’s. By which time Ken and the guys had no doubt gotten over the disappointment. Carl obviously remembered the session with some pride. I’d love to hear his story, and these days due to the Internet he could well be a few clicks of a keyboard and a phone call away.

I set to work on Google looked for Texan Carl. It didn’t take me long to find him, though when I did my heart sank.

I was too late to talk to Carl. I felt a lump in my throat, I was in mourning for a guy who hadn’t even been a name in my mind for those 30 odd years, just a riff. But what a riff. I’m glad that Carl was able to tell me who he was personally, it’s still there in the comments on the first video. I’m so sad I never got to speak to Carl in person, but now for ever more I know, and thanks to you for kindly reading this, so do you. That guitar riff on Ken Cook’s ‘I Fell In Love’ was played by Carl Watson. Thanks Carl and R.I.P.

(c) Simon Nott

‘A Date With Paul Ansell’s No9’ – brand new studio album out August 16th 2013 on ‘I Sold My Soul Media’

A Date With Paul Ansell’s No9

(I Sold My Soul Media)

Release Date August 16th 2013

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Exceptional singer, song-writer and performer Paul Ansell, front man of the Rock ‘n’ Roll band Number Nine, is an authentic figurehead of the genre. He is considered one of the  top rock n roll acts on the planet and has seen his fan base constantly grow. Ansell and his band have nearly two decades in the business under their belts, releasing eleven albums in that time. His music has absorbed numerous influences along the way. Hardly surprising as Paul has worked with many Rock ‘n’ Roll originals including Elvis’s Sun guitarist, who really was there when it happened, the legendary Scotty Moore, with whom he has shared a stage several times.

Other big names Paul has worked with include Bob Moore, Reggie Young, David Briggs, Jerry Carrigan, Billy Swan, Mac Curtis, Jesse Young, Robert Gordon and the late, great Billy Lee Riley. Paul Ansell’s musical spectrum is unique, it encompasses Rock ‘n’ Roll, Blues as well as Country. With his emotive voice Ansell arranges all his songs in a style which fits him perfectly. The master of diversity does not only work at the highest level as a performer but also as a songwriter. His self-composed songs exude a singular magic, which is unmistakable and overwhelming. When Ansell performs people are immediately reminded of voices like Elvis and Charlie Rich but cannot mistake the unique touch of Paul Ansell.


Over the years No9 has been made up of a plethora of top musicians from the rock and roll rockin’ scene. From there humble beginnings in 1992 were they played as a trio featuring Matt Jackson on guitar and Nick Gilroy on bass. Drummer Ritchie Taylor was the line up on the first album, Gwyn Griffiths took over the sticks on the second and third albums. Cem Baykara was 2nd guitar for a while. Then guitarist Malcom Chapman took over on Mood Swings album along with new bassist Micky Wigfall. This line-up also played on the Countrified album. Then Ricky Hughes took over on drums, Mark Pennington of Caravans fame on bass and Tony Coni on guitar. This line up stayed the same up to the Live at Sun album. Now with a brand new line up, No9 is still a swinging little combo of hand-picked musicians that gives Paul Ansell his sound. The current line-up of No9 is….

Paul Ansell – voice and acoustic guitar
Paul Atkinson – drums
Guy Trigg – doublebass
James Compton – Piano and guitar
Jeffery Mead – Pedal Steel

Things are taking off in 2013, Paul has contributed two songs to the soundtrack of the movie ‘Mr. Morgans Last Love’, produced by Hans Zimmer and set for release in August featuring actors Michael Caine, Clémence Poésy  and Gillian Anderson. The soundtrack songs are ‘Jump In’ and ‘Walking Back To Baby´s Arms” will also be available on Paul Ansell’s this brand new album ‘A date with Paul Ansell´s Number Nine’. Check out the trailer for the film here.


More info on Paul and No9 visit their website


For all UK press enquiries please contact, me, Simon Nott.



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The Peacocks – UK Tour, August 2013.

I am very proud to announce that I have been entrusted with local press for THE PEACOCKS UK tour. They are over here in the UK in August. 

On tour in the UK in August.

On tour in the UK in August.


8th CANTERBURY NEW VENUE -MARLOW THEATRE                         http://www.marlowetheatre.com/page/3040/The-Peacocks-and-Intensified/578

9th WINCHESTER Boomtown Fair                                                              http://www.boomtownfair.co.uk/

11th BLACKPOOL WINTER GARDENS                                                    http://www.rebellionfestivals.com

 DURHAM – RIFFS     CANCELLED                                                                                       

12th HIGH WYCOMBE SCORPIOS                                                                 https://www.facebook.com/scorpiosbarhighwycombe

13th NORWICH WATERFRONT w The Creepshow                           http://www.waterfrontnorwich.com/

14th BRISTOL FLEECE w The Creepshow                                              http://www.thefleece.co.uk/      

15th BRIGHTON PRINCE ALBERT                                                              https://www.facebook.com/ThePrinceAlbert

16th LONDON UNDERWORLD w The Creepshow, The Brains http://www.theunderworldcamden.co.uk/

17th GRIMSBY YARDBIRDS                                                                              http://www.yardbirdsrocks.co.uk/


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Straight out of Switzerland The Peacocks have been playing double bass driven punk rock since 1990. That is long before a band they are often compared to, Australia’s The Living End, had even formed. The comparisons are justified though, rockabilly influenced punk trio with hard-hitting, excellently observed and aware lyrics that have transcended genres.

The original line-up with founder member Hasu Langhart, guitarist and lyricist at the helm hit the road hard in those early days playing 100’s of shows all over Europe, after just a year current bassist Simon Langhart was also on board. The hard miles paid off when the rest of the world began to take notice after the 1998 release of ‘In Without Knocking’, a tour of Japan, Canada and North America followed.

The Peacocks went down such a storm in North America that they were spotted by Mike Park at Asian Man Records, the home ofThe Alkaline Trio amongst others and promptly signed them to release their next album, the acclaimed ‘Angel’. Shortly afterwards the current drummer Jurg Luder joined the band and the permanent line-up was complete.

2004 saw the release of their next album ‘It’s Time For…..The Peacocks’ this album was on five labels in five countries and three continents. In the UK the album was released by Household Name Records who had championed the careers of Capdown and The King Blues. Another world tour followed promptly. The Peacocks label-hopping came to an end in 2007 when they signed to People Like You Records. They stayed in the USA after that leg of their tour to record PLY debut ‘Touch and Go’ at Sonic Iguana in Lafayette Indiana, this was followed up by the mini album ‘Gimme More’ then ‘After All’ in 2010.

2012 saw the release of ‘Don’t Ask’ on People Like You Records, a 14 track stomper of an album that is all that we have all come to expect from The Peacocks – Explosive, rockabilly influenced, stand-up bass driven punk rock, addictive and as catchy as hell.

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TRIGGER EFFECT are playing eight gigs in the UK in June as part of their mammoth European tour in support of their new album ‘What’s Left To Eliminate’ out on Dry Heave Records on May 27th. The dates are as follows.


June 8 : Kingston, England – Fighting Cocks                                        http://www.the-fighting-cocks.co.uk/
June 9 : Exeter, England – Cavern                                                                http://exetercavern.com/
June 10 : Canterbury, England – Beercart Arms                                 http://www.beercartarms.com/site/
June 11 : Glasgow, Scotland – Bar Bloc                                                       http://www.bloc.ru/barbloc.html
June 12 : London, England – Old Blue Last                                            http://www.theoldbluelast.com/
June 13 : Southampton, England – Joiners                                           http://www.joinerslive.co.uk/
June 14 : Milton Keynes, England – Crauford Arms                        http://www.thecraufurdarms.com/
June 15 : Oxford, England – Wheatsheaf                                                  https://www.facebook.com/wheatsheaf.oxford

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Hailing from the frozen great white north of Montreal, Quebec in Canada are the five piece punk chaos machine that is Trigger Effect. Despite their name being new to us on UK shores Trigger Effect’s story begins in the early 2000’s while its members were still in high school. The band played its first gig in 2004, with its current line-up of vocalist Nick Babeu, guitarists Pat Bennett and Jordan Brown, bassist Sergio De Silva and drummer Mike Niro coming together in 2005 and solidifying the line up to the one that still exists today. The five-some immediately got a van, named it Noline, hit the road and haven’t looked back. With a sound falling somewhere between the thunderous melody of The Bronx, mixed with the technical dischordance of Refused, the rock n’roll fury of Zeke and all delivered with the ferocity of Black Flag, their non-stop, chaos filled sets have built them a reputation as one of the most explosive live bands on the scene. Not bad for five friends who’ve been in a van for the past nine years and have played over five hundred shows at people’s houses, kitchens, communist rallies, converted military bakeries, movie theatre entrances and squatted hotels in over a dozen countries.

They first came to the attention of many people with the release of their first album, 2007’s blistering 22 minute opus “Dare to Ride the Heliocraft”. The band increased the scope of its touring to include their first comprehensive tours of Canada, Europe and the US. Their next release, 2009’s split 7 inch “Friendship.Adventure.Music” was a tribute to these tours and to their commitment to the spirit of the Turbo Machine, the moniker they had previously adopted for all of their professional and covert activities. This was followed by more touring and then an ambitious recording session in which the band recorded both a full length and an EP in one shot. They would first release the full length “Versitis Maximus” independently in 2010 and then again in 2011 through Indica Records. When touring for Versitis Maximus was complete they then sent the 10 inch “Escape From Planet Scorpion” off to the presses and did it all over again. The narrative style of the 12 minute song on the A side of “Escape From Planet Scorpion” foreshadows the larger scale effort of “What’s Left to Eliminate?”.

This new opus was written, rehearsed and scrutinized at length in true Trigger Effect fashion in between tours for the aforementioned EP, “Escape from Planet Scorpion”. The album sees them at their most powerful yet as they manage to pack even more riffs and even more catchy-yet-aggressive vocals into even shorter and more intense songs. Produced by Ian Blurton whose credits include The Weakerthans and Cursed, at first glance the album’s sequence seems to echo their past efforts as one song crashes seamlessly into another but this time around the band have attempted a more narrative flow with each song contributing a chapter to a cohesive brutal rock and roll saga of despair and redemption.  Trigger Effect’s monumental new album ‘What’s Left To Eliminate?’ will be their first to be released in the UK and hits the stores on May 27th through UK indie label Dry Heave, with the band also hitting these shores in June for a week of live maelstrom.

There is a great interview here by The New Hellfire Club of Glasgow, http://tinyurl.com/d933e4h 

To date the band has owned 4 vans, had 1 stolen, released 5 pieces of vinyl on many different labels around the world and played more than 600 shows and festivals with more bands in more countries/states/provinces than can be listed here. The boys of Trigger Effect are now the men of Trigger Effect and as always the Turbo Machine does not die.

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Mid-Devon local press do us proud.

Mid-Devon local press do us proud.

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