The Other Sir Duke

And blame Canada for Ray Condo and Pete Turland

Also new on the racks is Ricochets bassist PETE TURLAND's solo debut CD, Rollin' & Tumblin' Again (East Side Records). Unlike Condo, Turland writes originals (mostly good ones, too), and some of his covers are on the obvious side (Gene Vincent's "Crazy Legs" and Johnny Burnette's "Your Baby Blue Eyes"), but this stuff swings damn near as hard as the mother band. Turland is a good vocalist, an even better guitarist in the Grady Martin vein (you'd never know that bass is his main axe), and like the bossman, he knows how to make his retro sound genuine rather than trendy and contrived. While there are some western flourishes (nice work from steel guitarist Scott Smith), this is mostly a rockabilly record—although the title track and "Cold Feelin'" have hard blues grooves. Only complaint: the main hook on "Blue Eyed Devil" is a straight cop on the Stray Cats' "Rumble in Brighton." Ahhhh, get over it, Seigal! Blame Canada if their citizens seem to be doing American music better than their homegrown heroes these days.

DUKE ROBILLARD PLAYS AT THE BLUE CAFE, 210 THE PROMENADE, LONG BEACH, (562) 983-7111. THURS., JUNE 15, 9:30 P.M. $8; JIMMY THACKERY PERFORMS AT THE BLUE CAFE. SAT., 10 P.M. $10; STAN RIDGWAY PLAYS AT THE COACH HOUSE, 33157 CAMINO CAPISTRANO, SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO, (949) 496-8930. SAT., 8 P.M. $15.

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