Shirekin, Hollerin, Screamin, Fallerin!

This years Blues Fest is best!

Wray followed "Rumble" with even cooler slices of juvenile-delinquent swagger, songs with titles like "Jack the Ripper," "The Black Widow," "Big City After Dark," "Run Chicken Run" and "Switchblade." In recent years, cult directors like John Waters and Quentin Tarantino have used Wray's music in their films to great effect (who can ever forget the sight of Divine performing all manner of atrocities to Wray's "The Swag" in Pink Flamingos?). Meanwhile, Wray backed up rockabilly crooner Robert Gordon for a time in the late '70s and released the occasional solo album before moving to Denmark in the '80s, disappearing from sight on these shores until only the past few years.

Wray's return is a homecoming for all lovers of real rock & roll: his music is a reminder to the current crop of punk poseurs that the old man who raised them might be frail-looking, but he can still kick the living shit outta their pea-green asses if they cross him. Bonus: Long Beach's sublime hot-rodders DEL NOAH & THE MT. ARARAT FINKS open the Foothill show.

Doheny Blues Festival at Doheny State Beach, 25300 Dana Point Harbor Dr., Dana Point, (949) 262-2662. Sat.-Sun., 10:30 a.m.-9:30 p.m. $22-$38; Link Wray performs with the Graveyard Farmers and Dick Smiley at the Coach House, 33157 Camino Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano, (949) 496-8930. Wed., 8 p.m. $16.50; and at the Foothill, 1922 Cherry Ave., Signal Hill, (562) 494-5196. Thurs., May 27, 9 p.m. $17. 18+.
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