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Let's Get Wild
Genres: Dance & Electronic, Pop, Rock
Rudy Grayzell is featured in Rider McDowell's new film The Mercy Man, which has received great press in People Espanol and other publications. The film also stars JC Hernandez (High Crimes, Against the Ropes, Carlito's Way... more »
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Rudy Grayzell is featured in Rider McDowell's new film The Mercy Man, which has received great press in People Espanol and other publications. The film also stars JC Hernandez (High Crimes, Against the Ropes, Carlito's Way) and Andre Royo (Shaft, HBO's The Wire). In Spring 1998, Grayzell (who penned Duck Tail, one of the seminal rockabilly tracks) approached Burnside Records about doing a full-length rock record for their new roots imprint, Sideburn Records. By June, he was in a studio in Springfield, MO with The Skeletons, where they knocked out 14 tracks for Let's Get Wild in less than three days. The energy and spontaneity of these sessions comes through loud & clear on this fantastic recording, and Grayzell sings at the top of his game.
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(4 out of 5 stars)
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Rudy "Tutti" Grayzell Revival
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Flag Waving: We don't know too many folks who picked up a nickname from Elvis Presley, so we are understandably a bit impressed by rockabilly ace Rudy "Tutti" Grayzell. As Grayzell--who will have his very first album, "Let's Get Wild," released by Portland, Ore.-based Sideburn Records on Tuesday (3)-tells it, he was playing a gig with Presley in Tulsa, Okla., back in 1956 when the King laid his handle on him. At the time, Presley had worked Little Richard's hit "Tutti Frutti" into his show. "He said, 'Rudy Tutti, you should have recorded that,'" Grayzell recalls. At that time, Grayzell was himself blazing a trail on the rock n' roll circuit. He recorded for, among other labels, Sun, Starday, and Capitol. One of this tunes, "Ducktail," was covered by fellow rockabilly Joe Clay, who brought the song back to life when he enjoyed a career renaissance in the early '80s in England. While Grayzell's records are much prized by rockabilly freaks, he may be as well-known for the youthful musicians he shared stages with in the old days as he is in his own right. As a young musician in the '50s in San Antonio, he worked with a talented 11-year-old named Doug Sahm. "That little son of a gun had talent," Grayzell says of the future Sir Doug. "He could pick up anything and play it... I'd jerk him out of school, say I was his chaperone." In 1960, when he was first hitting the lounge circuit that sustained him for years, he played the Fremont Hotel in Las Vegas, where his opening act was 13-year-old Wayne Newton. But don't sell Grayzell himself short: With more than 40 years of performing under his belt, he says in his live-wire style, "I'm a hell of an entertainer onstage--high energy!" That energy--on display in Portland lounges and clubs since Grayzell moved there in 1960--impressed Terry Currier and Jim Bradt, who made Grayzell the first act signed to Burnside Records' new subsidiary Sideburn. The label paired the singer with our personal heroes, the Springfield, Mo., band and former Flag Wavers, the Skeletons. The group's bassist, Lou Whitney, produced. On "Let's Get Wild," Grayzell and the band rip through remakes of his '50s classic, including "Ducktail," his stunning cover of "Hearts of Stone," "FBI Story," and the title track. Grayzell says, "I was never truly satisfied [with the old records]. I think my voice is better now than it ever was." Particularly striking is a pair of cuts sung partially or totally in Spanish-- "If You Want To See Me Cry" and the ballad "Jalisco," which Grayzell performs solo. "Lou said 'My dad had a favorite song, "Jalisco."' I didn't even know he was recording it.""