Nick Lowe has made his mark as a producer (Elvis Costello-GrahamParker-Pretenders-The Damned), songwriter of at least three songs you know byheart,short-lived career as a pop star, and a lengthy term as a musicians’musician. But in his current ‘second act’ as a silver-haired, tender-heartedbut sharp-tonguedsinger-songwriter, he has no equal.Starting with 1995′s ‘The ImpossibleBird’ through to 2011′s ‘The Old Magic,’Nick has turned out a fantastic string of albums, each one devised in his WestLondon home, and recorded with a core of musicians who possess the same veteransavvy. Lowe brings wit and understated excellence to every performance,leadingBen Ratliff of the New York Times to describe his live show as “elegant andnearly devastating.”His new 4 song EP “Tokyo Bay” features Los Straitjackets as his backing band.
Los Straitjackets are the leading practitioners of the lost art of the guitarinstrumental. Using the music of the Ventures, The Shadows, and with Link WrayandDick Dale as a jumping off point, the band has taken their unique, highenergy brand of original rock & roll around the world. Clad in their trademarkLucha LibreMexican wrestling masks, the “Jackets” have delivered theirtrademark guitarlicks to 16 albums, thousands of concerts and dozens of filmsand TV shows.Their most recent album “What’s So Funny ‘Bout Peace Love & Los Straitjackets consists of instrumental covers of Nick Lowe songs.
”His new 4 song EP “Tokyo Bay” features Los Straitjackets as his backing band
Hailing from Lafayette, Louisiana, Charles Clinton Adcock learned early that their were musicians in his immediate presence of at least as much importance as the rock 'n' roll that he was similarly digging by the Rolling Stones and Elvis Presley. He was soon gigging with Bobby Charles and touring with Bo Diddley, only coming home to form the legendary Cowboy Stew Blues Revue with his friend '60s soul guitarist L'il Buck Sinigal. Issuing a self-titled album in 1994 he followed it with House Rocker in 2000, in between forming the swamp pop super group L'il Band O' Gold with his friend accordionist Steve Riley and their mutual heroes, drummer Warren Storm and saxophonist Dickie Landry.
Swamp pop musician Tommy McLain was born on March 15, 1940 in Jonesville, Louisiana. He first started singing at family parties and began playing bass guitar at age five. In addition to singing and playing bass guitar, McLain also plays drums, fiddle, bagpipes, and keyboards. Tommy was highly influenced by the Louisiana sounds of Little Richard, Fats Domino, and Larry Williams. He played in a high school band and worked as a disc jockey at the Oakdale radio station KREH. McLain began performing with country singer Clint West in the 50's; they were both members of the Vel-Tones in the late 50's and the Boogie Kings in the 60's. In 1965 he recorded the duet single "Try to Find Another Man" with West. Tommy scored his biggest hit with a poignant and inspired swamp pop cover of "Sweet Dreams," which peaked at #15 on the pop charts in August, 1966 and sold over three million copies. The success of "Sweet Dreams" led to a guest appearance on Dick Clark's TV musical variety show "Where the Action Is" (McLain also performed with Clark's "Caravan of Stars") and concert tours with such popular groups as the Yardbirds, Paul Revere and the Raiders, and Tommy James and the Shondells. Tommy wrote the hit song "If You Don't Love Me Alone (Leave Me Alone)" for country singer Freddy Fender (he has written more than 150 songs altogether). McLain appears along with his backing group the Mule Train Band in the Paul Newman film noir mystery thriller "The Drowning Pool." He has been inducted into the Swedish Rock & Roll Hame of Fame and more recently was inducted into the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame in October, 2007. Tommy McLain still performs with the Mule Train Band in the South.
- IMDb Mini Biography By: woodyanders