Artist: Billy Burnette
Album: Crazy Like Me
Label: Rock And Roll With It Records
Release Date: 10.20.17
“I’m not getting any younger.” Ain’t that the truth, but Burnette comes on like Mighty Bill Young with the opening track of “Tear It Up” his father Dorsey Burnette and uncle Johnny’s classic from 1956. And he stays on track through all 14 of them here, no matter what decade they were written in, or who wrote them. He has a strong bench co-writers like Dennis Morgan, Shawn Camp, Deborah Allen, Rafe Van Hoy, Michael Smotherman and more. In the production department, he wisely chooses to use talents like guitar slinger Kenny Vaughn, powerhouse vocalist and former duo partner, Bekka Bramlett , to help stitch together songs that the Burnette family has been creating over six decades, for diverse artists like Ricky Nelson, Ray Charles, Roy Orbison, George Strait, Faith Hill, etc., and making all them all sound unified and fresh.
Rockabilly was the main reason I picked up the guitar 61 years ago, and this set is full of it. Cuts that made me feel real good are “It’s Late,” “She’s Burning The Honky Tonks Down” and “Tear It Up.” Billy says “It’s an album of songs, I just always wanted to do,” and he does them with all the energy that’s in his rock ‘n’ roll DNA. I’m not big on giving out rating numbers, but for this one, I think Rocket 88 is the perfect score