Title - 'Record Machine' (Plowboy Records)
Artist - Buzz Cason
If you have never heard of the quite-brilliant Rockabilly Hall of Famer, Buzz Cason, well, which rock have you been hiding under all these years? Seriously, because the knowledge that resides within the confines of Cason’s mind is enough to feed a whole new generation of musical newbies. Which he does perfectly here on his brand new album, Record Machine, a homage to the love affair he’s been having with the record industry for decades now.
Record Machine is Cason’s second album to be released via Plowboy Records (the first being the highly impressive Troubadour Heart), and with his recent Hall of Fame honor - being honored as part of their “Poets & Prophets” series - he turned his mind to this new album, setting out to tell his life story through the records he himself has in his record collection.
Ergo, Record Machine is an eclectic mix of Americana sounds, infused with rock, folk, rockabilly, and even a touch of reggae. Inclusive of an intriguing cover of the George Jones song, ‘She Thinks I Still Care,’ which was actually written by Cason’s friend, Dickey Lee, the other ten tracks are all original. Each one as different, as individual, as unique as the next, they come together to weave personal storylines together for our musical pleasure.
Cason, who co-wrote some songs on Jimmy Bufffet’s Down To Earth and High Cumberland Jubilee albums, and even produced Buddy Holly’s former band The Crickets, brings us an delightfully rich album here. Inclusive of other talented musicians such as Anthony Crawford on guitar, the Americana/Roots Rock singer-songwriter strips down songs such as 'Don't Worry Mama,' puts us into a whiskey-soaked bar room confessional on 'Dodgin' Bullets,' and freely mourns on the ballad, 'Just My Dreams.' Throughout his life, Cason has created songs that have gone on to live beyond the genre. Here on Record Machine, he has done it once again, trust me.