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Wednesday, September 9, 1998

Review - Get With It

Artist: Charlie Feathers

Posted on Wed, Sep 9, 1998 at 4:00 AM

Legendary '50s label Sun Records launched the careers of Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Cash and Carl Perkins. Charlie Feathers was hanging out at the time, working with Elvis at Crown Electric Co. and co-writing Elvis' 1955 hit single, "I Forgot to Remember to Forget." A lost artist for years, Feathers' "bluegrass jam and cotton-patch blues" sound was rediscovered by rockabilly enthusiasts in the '90s and he gained cult status among record collectors.

Feathers wore his influences on his sleeve. This double CD conveys the Bill Monroe/blues juke-joint fusion that formed the foundation of rockabilly on gems like the rollicking "Get With It," "Bottle to the Baby" and "Tongue Tied Jill," revealing Feathers in all his edgy, aching, guitar-ringing glory. Engrossing liner notes by music writers Peter Guralnick, Jim Dickinson and Colin Escott are nearly worth the price of the discs by themselves, but the glory lies in the raw creativity, Jordanaires-like backing vocals and hiccup-and-croon delivery of Feathers' himself. Modern-day rockabilly enthusiasts should pay attention.

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