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Jimmy Razor and the Exceptions / Blog

Phil Everly, 1939-2014

There are some musical partnerships that seem so natural that it is easy to take them for granted; it is hard to imagine a time when they will no longer exist. The Everly Brothers were one of those acts. Sadly, their final curtain was drawn on January 3, 2014 when Phil Everly passed away from complications of chronic lung disease.

Third Underground Talent Showcase

Tuesday, September 24th is the 3rd of a six-part event called The Underground Local Talent Series organized by Anna Paolucci. Her band Anna & the Consequences have invited lesser, unknown and even undiscovered talent from in and around Columbus to perform with them and play a set on their own. The stage spotlight will shine on these GUESTS, now all they need is to hear your applause! Partners in crime Jimmy Razor and the Exceptions, play authentic rockabilly and American roots-rock, guaranteed to get your toes tapping and hips swaying! You don't want to miss all seven (7) members of both bands on stage playing. Good luck staying in your seats this night! MEMBERS: Jimmy Razor (guitar and vocals) Chris Olson (guitar and vocals) John Colarossi (bass) Michael Fridley (drums). RSVP online or by phone immediately as seating is limited. Tickets are $5 in advance $7 day of show, music is 8 -10pm. RSVP online immediately as the venue is small and dinner seating is limited!! Natalie's Coal Fired Pizza 5601 North High Street, Worthington, OH 43085 (614) 436 - 2625 (COAL) Kitchen open until 10:30PM http://www.nataliescoalfiredpizza.com/calendar

The Great Sleepy La Beef

Ever since I was a young 'un, I have read about rockabilly legend Sleepy La Beef. The Arkansas native has been performing since 1953 and has racked up quite a reputation as a performer of American roots music. About 20 years ago, he began making regular Columbus appearances at the Hey-Hey Grill in German Village. Last night, I finally had the privilege of catching one of these performances, and I now consider myself one of the faithful. The six-foot-seven singer was born Thomas La Beff on July 20, 1935. He earned the nickname Sleepy thanks to his heavy, Robert Mitchum-like, eyelids. Although never as famous as Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Buddy Holly, Eddie Cochran, or Carl Perkins, La Beef has remained a regular fixture on the roots-rock scene for nearly 60 years. At age 76, he is still performing at small clubs and festivals and continues to be one powerhouse talent. Boasting a powerful baritone voice that resembles a more tuneful Johnny Cash, Sleepy La Beef plays a mix of early rock 'n' roll, rhythm and blues, and classic country in a high-powered musical cocktail that is uniquely southern. Backed by a classic rock 'n' roll trio (guitar, bass, and drums), La Beef mixes all of these styles in a manner that makes one take genuine pride in American music. Last night's show held one surprise of a highly personal nature. Thanks to connections made by new band friend Mike Weilbacher, Sleepy's band actually invited me to join them on stage for two numbers! I was flattered and very humbled at the same time. I wondered what I was doing sharing the same stage with true professionals. Fortunately, guitarist Dave Hughes made me feel very much at ease as he handed me a Schechter guitar and asked what songs I would like to play. We whipped through versions of Buddy Holly's "Maybe Baby" and Carl Perkins' "Honey Don't" that seemingly wowed the audience, in spite of an out-of-tune G string on the guitar. This easily ranks as one of the top five highlights of my twenty-some years of performing around Central Ohio. When it was all over, Mr. La Beef shook my hand and offered truly kind words for my performance. I was genuinely honored by the warmth and generosity of this musical giant. I can only hope to be as good as he is someday.

Gratitude, Not Attitude

As the summer of 2011 draws to a close, I realize that I am one grateful cat! Many folks have shown their appreciation and support, allowing me to share my love and musical passion with others. At the start of July, I was picked to be part of the entertainment festivities at the annual West Como Avenue Block Party. Sharing the front yard stage with Leslie Zak and The Idiot Boys, the fine people of the West Como Avenue neighborhood provided us musicians with plenty of good food and appreciation. The occasion also gave my son, Zachary, a chance to join me on stage, providing his precocious backing vocals. I really think Zach is blossoming into a junior Smokey Robinson to my Carl Perkins, flatbed truck voice and all. Grove City Lanes' co-owner Archie Mills has been instrumental in giving me a musical home at his vintage bowling establishment. A second series of Blue Monday shows were booked for August 15 through 29. The August 22 show was notable for a visit from my good friend Brad Sutton and his compadres and clients from The Heinzerling Foundation. Also in attendance was local artist Rick Borg, who grabbed a seat alongside the stage and very enthusiastically sang along with my rockabilly and roots-rock covers. Thursday, August 25 was especially notable. That morning, The Columbus Dispatch ran my picture and gave passing mention to the free show at Grove City Lanes on August 29. That evening was a performance at The Mug and Brush Barber Shop as part of their annual customer appreciation event. About 30 people were in attendance and seemed to enjoy this show in an intimate and unorthodox venue. Thanks go to owner Jim Morris and his fine staff (including stylist Sue Gary-Borg) for making this event happen. I was especially blown away by their artful promo poster, using a vintage photo of a much younger (and thinner) Jimmy. I am very flattered. Disc jockeys Jon Peterson and Maggie Brennan of WCBE 90.5 FM have been kind enough to spin my recording of "Blue Moon of Kentucky." Considering the number of local CD's thrust at disc jockeys every year, I am very thankful to have made the final cut for airplay. Oh, yeah! I absolutely have to mention my wife, Amy, who puts up with my musical obsession and allows me plenty of time to practice, record, and play shows. She is certainly the rock who keeps me from going totally bull-goose looney in a world where making money receives far more respect than musical creativity. Twenty five-years in the music business have taught one valuable lesson: arrogance and ingratitude are the formula to a quick and painful failure. For that reason, I give a heartfelt thanks to everyone who has made the summer of 2011 so special.