Written by Eddie Ferranti
Nov 30, 2012 at 08:00 PM
ImageRose and I stepped out to grab us some rockabilly at the House of Blues recently in Houston and really enjoyed ourselves. A chap by the name of Chuck Mead brought his infectious country style to town with his cracker jack band, The Grassy Knoll Boys.

With a hat nestled sort of ‘Elvis-like’ perched on his noggin, the dude proceeded to plow through some tidbits from his latest release, Back at the Quonset Hut, with an unabashed style that got the joint jumpin’. Killer cuts featured were ‘Honk Tonk Hardwood Floor’, ‘Tennessee Border’, and a spot on version of ‘Girl On the Billboard’.  Mead has beyond a tongue-in-cheek thing goin’ on with exclamations to the appreciative audience like: “Look out I’m going hillbilly on ya!”  Classic.

The new album was recorded at Nashville’s legendary Quonset Hut Studio where the likes of Patsy Cline, George Jones, Merle Haggard, Roger Miller, Loretta Lynn, Johnny Cash and more cut some of country’s greatest tracks!  Mead also has being the music director for the Broadway smash Million Dollar Quartet and overseeing the music for its successful run in 2011 at London’s Noel Coward Theatre on his resume. CM has been doing his thing since the 80’s and had a nice seven album run with alt-country honky tonk stalwarts BR549.

I dug his on stage style of not a lot of chatter and kept the gig crisp and moving, surrounded by a very good supporting cast of musicians. Mead’s latest project does delightful homage to the early roots of the country genre and he should be damn proud of it.  The man played hard and hot weaving thru his catalog and never letting the dance floor stop jumpin’!

All in all an awesome night and HMR will steer more to the rockabilly side of the road in the future because of his enthusiastic presentation…………….Good night all and sleep well!