Turntable Matinee succeeds in its concept to celebrate the music from the past. Set up & closed-out with the simple bookends of the same song, “Power of the 45”, everything in-between sounds like it could’ve been recorded decades ago while still maintaining a freshness in its approach and execution. The smooth, soulful crooning of Big Sandy layered over texas swing rhythms, sock-hop playfulness, a rockabilly backbone and a steel guitar all work together in perfect harmony to create a very nice album tinged with that thematic element that enhances most great music, heartache.
I downloaded this album a little over a week ago after listening to an interview on NPR’s Fresh Air with Big Sandy & Los Straitjackets, and I haven’t stopped listening to it since. This is usually the time of year that I focus my music energy into Christmas tunes, but I still haven’t felt that festive spirit yet (for various reasons that shall remain nameless). So in the meantime, Turntable is getting plenty of spin in the ol’ iPod!