The Tractors boogie on
Thursday, April 23, 2009
– The Tractors, who seemed to have boogie woogied their way out of music, are, in fact, coming back. Steve Ripley and his multiplatnum band are back with their first album in six years, "Trade Union" on May 19.
Featuring guest appearances from Leon Russell (who also wrote two songs) and JJ Cale (who wrote one song), "Trade Union" features musical styles including gospel, country, rock and boogie woogie. E1 Entertainment, formerly Koch, will release the disc.
CD reviews for The Tractors
The Tractors' music is ideal for those with long memories and can play a little guitar. Stephen King counts himself a fan. This is that flavor of boogie-woogie blues harkening back to when songs could be written and recorded in the same session, including a long lunch break. The handclaps sound like handclaps. Those who insist on deep thoughts or high production polish can file in another line.
Bob Dylan recently name-checked Tractors singer/songwriter/leader Steve Ripley as one of his best »»»
The Big Night
Although the Tractors have fallen out of the limelight since leaving Arista, Steve Ripley and his band are still turning out high-quality boundary-crossing music. It's country, boogie and swing all rolled into one. Above all, it's highly satisfying.
The slow burn of the Elvis classic "Santa Claus Is Back in Town" fits this band perfectly, as does the rocking Rick Vito (Fleetwood Mac) tune "I Was a Bad Boy This Year." Ripley cowrote "Bo Diddley Santa Claus," a little ditty in which Santa gets sick »»»
The Tractors plowed down country fans with their 1994 debut CD. Behind the blockbuster single "Baby Likes to Rock It" the record, a delightful throwback to the days when rock and country were just married and enjoying a boisterous honeymoon, went double platinum. But the band disappeared from view shortly after that when - in the words of Tractors driving force Steve Ripley - country radio found out they weren't young and pretty.
They've solved the pretty problem by filling their CD with vintage »»»
Editorial: Walking the talk
When names like Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Waylon and the Hag are invoked, you're talking hard core country. These are the touchstones of country , the guys who made country music what it was and still is (or maybe can be). When these folks would sing about being down-and-out and the rough-and-tumble, they knew of what they were singing about. Fast forward a few years to the country singers of today. »»»
Concert Review: Carlile warms hearts with empathetic thoughts
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After each of the first few songs Charlie Daniels played, his 'fiddle tech (?)' exchanged his bow. Is this because he was playing particularly hard? Perhaps. Whatever the case, Daniels and his five-piece band clearly appeared to be giving it their all during the act's hour-and-a-half set.
As it is the Christmas month, Daniels sang a... »»»
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