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Goin' Steady with the Blues

  • 1. Goin' Steady with the Blues
    2. Gone and Left Me Blues
    3. Yard and a Half of the Blues
    4. You're There
    5. Hawaiian Sea Breeze
    6. Tomorrow Never Comes
    7. Blues in My Mind
    8. My Room Is Crowded
    9. I'll Sail My Ship Alone
    10. Lost Highway
    11. I'm Sorry Now
    12. Fort Worth Jail
    13. You Oughta See Grandma Rock
    14. Heart-Breaking Mama
    15. You Better Not Go
    16. Don't Push Me Too Far
    17. I'm Countin'
    18. Mean and Evil Blues
    19. Tattooed Lady, The
    20. Birthday Cake Boogie
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): Psalm23:15

  • Credits

    Personnel: Skeets McDonald (vocals).
    Liner Note Author: Dave Henderson.
    Skeets McDonald made records throughout the 1950s, but it wasn't until 1958 that his first album was issued. Goin' Steady with the Blues occupies a somewhat odd niche within the country and pop trends of its time, though the music itself doesn't sound at all forced or trendy. It's not rockabilly, or rock & roll, but certainly has some beats and swagger that show McDonald was being influenced by those currents. It's not straight-ahead commercial late-'50s country either, though it's somewhat in tune with where honky tonk was moving during the era. It's just a comfortable mix of those styles, McDonald singing in a likably laconic and slightly bluesy manner, at times recalling the most country-oriented sides of early Jerry Lee Lewis. If you need a reference to a another bigger figure from the era, if you like some of Marty Robbins' gutsier late-'50s work but want something rootsier, you might well take a shine to at least some of this. McDonald wasn't quite in the league of, say, Lewis or Robbins in either his material or his vocals, which makes this something of a minor pleasure. But it's certainly pleasing enough on its own terms, getting into a slightly tropical mood with "Hawaiian Sea Breeze." The 2009 CD reissue on Righteous adds considerable value with eight bonus tracks, including his most celebrated and famous venture into pure rockabilly, "You Oughta See Grandma Rock," as well as other cuts that generally go for a more frenetic mood and rhythm than the material on the Goin' Steady with the Blues LP (though "Mean and Evil Blues," "The Tattooed Lady," and "Birthday Cake Boogie" skirt novelty territory). It's too bad, however, that the package doesn't include any recording or release dates for the bonus tracks. ~ Richie Unterberger

  • Critic Reviews
    Record Collector (magazine) (p.91) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "Most immediately notable is the predominance of the crisp and clear guitar work that directly influenced Eddie Cochran. McDonald's vocal delivery was also a good cross of country and rock influences..."
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