Carl Perkins, whose story is fabled in rock n roll lore, was born on this day in 1932 in Tiptonville, TN. Perkins, perhaps more than any other, has come to be the symbol of "rockabilly" music. And I will admit, I was in aw when visiting Sun Studios a couple of years ago and standing in the very room in which he laid down the tracks for records that would define American music for the latter half of the 20th century. Like everyone else on the studio tour, I couldn't help but "dork out" with the famed original microphone into which Carl reportedly sang "one for the money, two for the show."
He would ride the wave of his seminal record "Blue Suede Shoes" for decades. In fact many of his post-Sun releases would riff off of it with other clothing-themed titles like "Pink Pedal Pushers," "Pointed Toe Shoes", "Levi Jacket (And a Long Tail Shirt)" and so on. Although, I love songs about shoes just as much as the next guy, one of my favorite Carl Perkins songs is the gospabilly FLIP side of "Pointed Toe Shoes." I'm a sucker for a danceable tune with an uplifting message, what can I say. This is a lovely representation of all things I love in Southern music: the melding of influences, a determination to overcome adversity, and a celebration of a brighter tomorrow.
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I'm excited to highlight some of my favorite records in a variety of genres (soul, R&B, classic country, rockabilly, oldies, garage rock, etc). These won't all necessarily be "dance" records per se. They will all be records that I believe deserve a special listen. I simply love good music, rare or not. Hopefully you will spend some time here and love music right along with me! Lets give this a shot!