Mike Smith and His Cadillac Cowboys play
a mix of Western Swing, Classic Country, Boogie Woogie
and Rock 'n' Roll. This conglomerate style, as served
up by this band, has been referred to as Swing 'n'
Roll. As the story goes: Once, Anton Scalia
rolled his eyes when he heard 'Swing and Roll.' "Those
Cowboys are so cool," he said, they must be synthesizing
the emotion, the time and the beat into what I would
call Adult Saloon music for the discriminating
adult with a beer in his or her hand.
The 1976 LP
In 1976, Mike Smith and the Country Volunteers (what
was to become the Cadillac Cowboys) cut a record, with
guest appearances by various great players (including
the famous Bill Keith on banjo and pedal steel guitar).
Here are the tunes:
The 2001 CD
The Cowboys' "latest" CD is available
online at CDBaby, www.cdbaby.com/cadillaccowboys,
at the bricks and mortar Borders Books & Music in
Ann Arbor, and of course through the band itself. Email
us or talk to us at a gig.
This CD has many of your favorite tunes. In an effort
to recreate the typical Cadillac Cowboys experience,
the tunes were recorded with no overdubbing, no punch-ins,
no re-dos, no separation. It's amazing, but the CD
actually sounds like us. Recorded the first week in
April, 2000, at 40
oz. Sound in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Thanks Drew),
mixed by Solid
Sound, and duplicated by World
Class Tapes. Great people all.
Here's the cover and the list of tunes. Click on
those with links to download their mp3's (file sizes
are shown to help you estimate download time)
left to right: Pete, Gary, Hugh,
Kelly, Alan, Michael
Antonio Rose (5.2M)
Nights to Rock (6.3M)
Calling Your Name (3.4M)
- Going Away
- Coal Tattoo
Fashioned Love (3.4M)
- C'est la
- Six Pack
To Go (3.5M)
- Beat Me
Daddy Eight to the Bar (5.6M)
- Last Kiss
the Last Dance For Me (4.8M)
Riders in the Sky (4.7M)
Are you one of the 1/2 of 1% of the people who
wonder, when they look at the CD cover photo, "Why
is Alan the only one not looking at the camera?"
If you are, first, don't be so anal. Second, click
here for an explanatory note.
Some of these guys play in other bands too:
Piano Pete performs solo putting out high-energy
good times in the form of blues, rock, oldies,
swing, bop, and ... what have you.
Hugh has also been the drummer for the Blue
Rays for several years. The band
has one CD out, entitled Shake, Shuffle and
Grind. The Blue Rays are a blues
band with a tilt toward the music of T-Bone
Walker and anything resigned, discouraged or
depressed about money. Personnel: Hugh Huntley
(drums); Dave Kaftan (guitar, vocal); Jim Neal
(keyboard); Ralph McKey (bass, vocal). The
CD includes former band member Mark Robinson
(harmonica, vocal) and a guest performance
by Al Hill (Hammond B-3 organ).
Alan played his steel for about three years with
another band known as Corndaddy
which, for lack of a bettter term, is in the "alt
country" vein. Perhaps "roots, rock"
also works as a label as does the new, and in
my opinion terribly misguided "Americana."
Personnel: Jud Branam (rhythm guitar, vocals),
Kevin Brown (lead guitar, vocals), Jerry Hancock
(bass), Will Stewart (drums). Corndaddy
also has a CD. Check the Corndaddy's
website for info, reviews, clips, and links, up-coming