Brian Setzer


Grab your black suede creepers, find your bolo tie, and button-up your brocaded waistcoat, because you’ll be dancing into the night… three time Grammy Award winner guitarist, singer, and songwriter BRIAN SETZER will release his first solo album in seven years, titled “Gotta Have The Rumble”  on August 27th via Surfdog Records

You will know him from his time with the 1950s-style rockabilly group Stray Cats.

Produced by Julian Raymond (Glen Campbell and Cheap Trick) and recorded in Minneapolis (Setzer’s adopted hometown) and Nashville, “Gotta Have The Rumble” contains eleven songs, all written by Setzer, or co-written with notables such as Mike Himelstein, James McDonnell and old pal Stephen “Dibbs” Preston.

Gotta Have The Rumble

We’ve already described “Checkered Flag” (video shared below) as a “pattering ‘n’ juddering jive tank-full of spratter and bop…”

And  “Smash Up On Highway One” is a rumble-strip of twinkling guitar, tone-bent notes and an unclouded vocal that’s almost angelic in ambition. This is super-exciting! 

The Los Lobos style “Drip Drop” is a fancy slab of bossa beat heaven with dreamy vocals, kicky rhythms and twangy guitar. Holy yum, yep, this is jingly!

And the escapade titled “The  Cat with Nine Wives” is also mega-dancy, with an amusing verse, brilliant plucky bass and a fun clatter of rockabilly that showcases the pinpoint accurate guitar. Peppy!

One Bad Habit” follows a similar groove, but it’s a fatter, broader, production. The guitar skitters like a jittery cat spooked by the clatter.

Good clean fun, lots of swishy danceables… yup, this is melodious, bouncy and twangly fun! 

File alongside: The Blasters

Words: @neilmach 2021 ©

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