Sunday, December 2, 2007

Review -- BIG JOE BURKE - Love or Money

LOVE OR MONEY
Big Joe Burke
Independent
8.5-out-of-10

If you like your country with that 1950's rock undertone, then Big Joe Burke is another performer you will want to put on your list to search out.
Burke is the lead vocalist and guitar picker fronting a full blown band which pelts out rockabilly/Americana influenced rock.
This is a five-piece outfit, with a couple of guests thrown in for the Indie recording session, so the sound is big, bold and full-powered, hearkening back to a time when bands could afford to be bigger, a time when there was more money to spread around to the 'boys in the band'. Listening to Big Joe Burke you really get a connection back to the time of performers like Buddy Holly, albeit this is a slightly more countrified. This is music with a beat, a honky tonk sensibility, that keeps the foot tapping.
It's hard to chose a 'best' song here, since almost every cut here works, from the opening effort Prairie Town, through songs such as The Tragic Death of Jimmie Dean & the Ragtop, Statue and Life In Prison.
Big Joe fires on all cylinders here, cruising through the rockabilly streets like a gas guzzling '57 Chevy retrofitted as a hot rod. You can see this guy cruising up to a drive-in burger joint, ordering a mug of root beer, and then grabbing his guitar and wailing out a few songs as the parking lot turns into a dance floor. SWEET!!!!!!
Don't miss this one if you like your country with passion, shooting straight from the hip. Check it out at www.bigjoeburke.com
-- CALVIN DANIELS

-- Review first appeared in Yorkton This Week newspaper Nov 28, 2007 - Yorkton, SK. Canada

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