Wesley Karr & The Automobiles [Rockabilly, 4 piece]
It has to be said that a venue plays an important part of any gig experience, and, benefited by its 4KW sound system of very high quality, it was a treat to see this band in The Horns again, where they threw in a googly by starting the first set with “Everybody's Loving' My Baby” (a Charlie Feathers’ number) putting the usual starter of Eddie Cochran’s “Summertime Blues” into 4th position in the set - both in the key of E to boot!
Songs written by such luminaries of the day as Leroy Preston, Conway Twitty, and Josh Turner followed, with the well known, “Folsom Prison Blues” and “That’s Alright Mama” mixed in with the lesser known, “Rock Around With Ollie Vee” and “Sweet Love On My Mind”, rocking on until set 1 concluded with “All The Time”.
A well anticipated 2nd set started with the hypnotically driving “Pink Cadillac” and “Let Her Roll “ followed by songs authored by the likes Roy Hall and Freddie Hart.
With the band superbly fronted, as ever, by Wesley Karr (a Peter Pan if ever there was one) on his Gretch guitar and vocals and each of Doc Sideways solos expertly crafted and delivered with expression (both on the guitar AND on his face) solidly underpinned by excellently consistent drumming - all perfectly complemented by Joel’s faultless double bass - these guys are well worth traveling to see by an audience of dedicated fans, who are also motivated onto the dance floor in full appreciation of the rock’ ‘n roll / rockabilly way!
Wesley was not as talkative throughout this gig as he usually is, but this meant more time for music, which in my opinion (as a local who has seen this band for several years now) was thoroughly enjoyable and I believe there are now some videos of this gig on the band’s Facebook page. As for me - I’m already looking forward to the next time they play here!
Keith RobinsonWednesday 10 February 2016
Actually Kieth, the bassist's name is Lonesome Joe Stromboli, but I guess it's an easy mistake to make.
Thanks for the great review. We look forward to seeing you again real soon
Hello Wesley Karr & The Automobiles! I do apologise that this is a late post, but I'd like to say that you guys were awesome! I loved the song selection (in fact, I knew all of the songs!) and your own interpretations of some of them, like adding a cool Rockabilly beat to the Louis Jordan song 'Ain't Nobody Here But Us Chickens' and covering other Rockabilly classics from the giants of Rockabilly such as Elvis, Buddy Holly, Charlie Feathers and Sammy Masters. Not to mention the classic 'Look a-yooooooooooooooooooooooooooonder comin''! I really didn't know what to expect for my first Rockabilly gig, however I had a great time, and I'll definitely be seeing you guys again! Until then, keep on Rockin'! :D
JackFriday 5 April 2013
Well thanks Jack. I gotta say I'm impressed with your knowledge. You sure do know you're stuff. Hope to see y'all real soon.
Unfortunately we have had to cancel our gigs booked with Wesley Karr & the Automobiles Really sorry to lose this fantastic band that always do a brilliant performance, We tend to have more of a rock crowd in, so had to let them go, If you love rockabilly book this band, Suexxx
Sue LathamThursday 10 January 2013
Aw shucks Sue, thanks for the kind words. We're gonna miss you guys.
Of course you're right, we are a fantastic band.
Also gotta say that Shoot Pool is a great venue, so I strongly suggest you folks should check it out
Katie and I spend most of our time at Rock n Roll clubs on the rockin' circuit but a friend of mine told me that we should check out this rockabilly band that were playing at Shoot Pool in Aylesbury. He said they're the best band he's seen in a long time. Well I'll be the judge of that! Over the years I've seen loads of "rockabilly bands" at ordinary music venues and I've always been disappointed.
They started off with "Summertime Blues" - Eddie Cochran. I nudged Katie. "Here we go. Rock n roll standards. Hardly cutting edge rockabilly!" OK, I admit I like the song and they played it really well. But I was really surprised when they followed up with "Let 'Er Roll" - Sid King, "Love My Baby" - Hayden Thompson and "Flat Feet" - Sammy Masters. (I stole a copy of their set list when they took a break).
I didn't realise that they were American until just before "Flat Feet" when Wesley Karr said a few words and told us that they were actually from Tennessee. No wonder they sounded so authentic! And they have such great names. The lead guitarist is actually called Doc Sideways!
By the time they came back on after their break the place was getting fairly crowded and the band really took off! In between songs Wesley often said a few words or told a story about the next song he was going to sing, and he's a really funny guy. He's also a really good singer.
The lead guitarist is one of the best I've seen and he played some really nice solos. Especially on "Pink Cadillac".
I was really disappointed when Wesley announced the last song and when they finished I was yelling for more along with everybody else! They came back on and played a couple of really good encores and said "goodnight" again. By the time they were finished I was grinning from ear to ear. Then somebody yelled "we're not letting them off that easily" and everybody started yelling for more and they had to come on again!
So I've got to admit it. Wesley Karr & the Automobiles are a great rockabilly band.
But, are they the best I've seen? Definitely!
Jack & Katie
Jack MonroeMonday 17 December 2012
Y'know, that is music to my ears. And Doc really appreciates those kind words. Glad y'all had fun son. Come back now, y'hear?
the best band we have seen again they did not disappoint highlights of the night the songs sag drag and fall and long black train if you have not seen this band they are a must cant wait to see them again in june steve
steve ashleighWednesday 11 April 2012
Thanks Steve, We had a great night, and I gotta say, we're the best band we've seen too. I'm impressed with your choice of favorite songs, but a little punctuation wouldn't go amiss. We're back on 5th May & 4th August. Hope to see you then