As I write this, on February 8, Tracy Pendarvis would have been 67 years old. Unfortunately he died January 25, 1997.Ý
For at least 30 years I was familiar with Tracy's Sun and Scott recordings, which I liked, and yet I did not really pay much attention to this artist, until recently that is.
It was on May 19, 2001 at the bar of Seattle's EMP Liquid Lounge while conversing with Marc Bristol and Gaby of Blue Suede News magazine that an eerie haunting sound came on the PA system. I ask Marc, Gaby and Steve Clark (who played drums with Ray Campi' Rockabilly Rebels in the 1970s) if they knew what this celestial Southern tune might be, but they didn't know. When I returned to Las Vegas I sent out posts to all the Internet rockabilly lists trying to describe the heavenly tune.
No luck in finding out this song which was burned in my mind and soul, and which wouldn't leave me alone. Finally after one month of scouring my record collection, I found it: "Southbound Line" on SUN 345!!!
Longing for the Southland.
"SOUTHBOUND LINE" a haunting eerie melancholic Southern tune, a classic American performance, a heartbroken Southerner longing for his home in the South of the USA. This song represents the kind of patriotic feelings and attitudes which made America great. Immediately I went on Amazon.com and ordered the CD "Thousand Guitars" on Buffalo Bop CD 55054. Here you can find 33 tracks, with a few forgettable numbers for sure, but also many priceless gems as well, such as:
I'm not gonna give you a bio of Tracy Pendarvis which I would have to rip off the liner notes of his Buffalo Bop CD, or which you can probably find on Google.com."South Bound Line", two versions of it, one in stereo.
"It Don't Pay" which slightly reminds of "Don't Be Cruel"
"All You Gotta Do" which has a poppy feeling, yet retains its rockabilly Soul.
"Is It Me" a great ballad which goes to show you how simplicity cannot be beat.
"Girl In My Hometown" originally recorded for SUN but never released. This one gives me chills. Heartbreaking.
"First Love" has a late 1950s feel, but in a positive sense, with some DooWop influences and there is even a falsetto voice a la "Little Darlin'"!
"Get It" has background vocals reminiscent of "Mother In Law", an early 1960s sound. It is sad to think that Rock'n'Roll only had a few more years left, before it was butchered by the Hippie Drug Culture and the "English Invasion".
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