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Genres: Country, Pop
Formerly half of the Dave & Deke Combo with Deke Dickerson, Dave Stuckey's more musical, less campy solo debut focuses on thoroughly exhilarating Western swing created with help from members of Ronnie Dawson's and Wayne Ha... more »
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Formerly half of the Dave & Deke Combo with Deke Dickerson, Dave Stuckey's more musical, less campy solo debut focuses on thoroughly exhilarating Western swing created with help from members of Ronnie Dawson's and Wayne Hancock's bands, the Asylum Street Spankers, and the Hot Club of Cowtown. What they've wrought is an explosion of first-rate Texas-California swing that outguns even Asleep at the Wheel. By eschewing the dreary, meticulous revivalism that's foiled other, less astute artists, Stuckey and friends capture the spirit, sound, and loose, uninhibited fun of 1930s and '40s swing as few have. The leader contributes vibrant originals with "(Ol' Daddy's Got A) Brand New Love" and the goofy "Hitch My Wagon." Like Ray Condo, he picks his oldies with impeccable taste. The most perfect choices: A dazzling version of the 1930s Benny Goodman instrumental "Pick-a-Rib," the Fats Waller favorite "Whose Honey Are You?" and an obscurity from Texas Western swing bandleader Adolph Hofner, "I'll Take My Old Guitar." And from there it just gets better. --Rich Kienzle
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Joe Sixpack -- Slipcue.com | 07/10/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
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Crazy, clattersome and hella fun!
Joe Sixpack -- Slipcue.com | ...in Middle America | 08/22/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I always suspected that Dave was the brains behind the late, great Dave & Deke Combo, and that Deke just had the looks... Now, with the release of Dave's first solo album, my suspicions are confirmed. This is a flat-out awesome ton of fun -- Dave Stuckey playing upbeat western swingabilly along with a passel of hot-shot pickers from Austin and surrounding environs. Among the musicians pitching in on here are the picker's pickers, Biller & Wakefield, Whit Smith and Elana Fremerman of the Hot Club of Cowtown, and several other Gang members of equal note. The best part, though, is Dave himself. Half the songs on here are his originals, but they're so true to the style that you'd easily believe they were written back in the '40s and '50s, along with the oldies by Boudeleux Bryant, Benny Goodman and Harold Hensley. Stuckey is a for-real scholar of authentic, old-time, smirk-while-you're-singin' countrybilly music, and he stands heads above many other would-be retro-novelty singers, in his depth of knowledge, his excellent comic timing and feel for the material. (Plus, as a big Decca Records fan, I really dig the album art!) If you dug the Combo, you gotta check this album out."