The LeRoi Brothers are the prime saloon rockers of Austin (Texas).
Their shows and their albums are the ultimate sonic melting-pot, an ebullient
stew of rock'n'roll, rhythm'n'blues, tex-mex, country, soul, zydeco, etc.
The manic rockabilly of Moontwist (1982) and
Check This Action (Amazing, 1983) announced the southern twins of
the Cramps, with a develish Steve Doerr and guitarist Don Leady leading the
charge, but the EP
Forget About The Danger (Columbia, 1984) smoothed out the edges and
endorsed middle-of-the-road roots-rock.
Don Leady left to form the Tail Gators and was replaced by Evan Johns on
Lucky Lucky Me (Profile, 1985). The band returned to the first album's
glorious madness (Fight Fire With Fire) with an increased dose of
tex-mex and cajun (Back Door).
Doerr led yet another line-up through the revival-inspired albums
Open All Night (Profile, 1986) and
Viva Leroi (New Rose, 1989).
Crown Royale (Rounder, 1992) collects the 1990 and 1991 New Rose
recordings, featuring the ferocious Zombie Rumble and
Public Enemy Number One, but Angeline sounds like Buddy Holly at
Far From Kith And Kin (Skyclad, 1990) was the debut album of Hand Of
Glory, a Doerr's side-project that focuses on a viscerally red-neck hard-rock
(Bloody Red Sun, Crucifization). Here Be Serpents (Skyclad, 1991).
In the meantime, Leady's Tail Gators and Fabulous Thunderbirds bassist
Keith Ferguson had become the prime cajun-rockers of
Texas. The EP Rock'n'Roll Till The Cows Come Home (Wrestler, 1984) and
the album Swamp Rock (Wrestler, 1985) set the pace: a frantic rockabilly
beat with sonic signs of Louisiana (Pick Up The Deck).
The seven originals on Mumbo Jumbo (Wrestler, 1986) add more stamina to
the project, while OK Let's Go (Restless, 1988) is a mediocre summary
of their roots. In terms of sheer excitement,
Hide Your Eyes (Restless, 1990) could be their masterpiece
(Halleluja I'm Coming Home, Hoodoo,
Long Tall Young Boy, Let's Have Some Fun).
Their tasty revisionism shines in the instrumental tracks off
Swamp's Up (New Rose, 1992), where
Duan Eddy's twang, Farfisa-driven surf music and Cramps-ian voodoobilly
find a natural meeting point.
It's A Hog Groove (Upstart) is less accomplished.
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