The Lucky Stars Go To Town
It seems not a decade goes by without our stalwart heroes unfurling a new catalog of soon to be old favorites. With this, their third full-length CD, California’s perennial purveyors of hot Western Swing have apparently managed to do it again!
The Lucky Stars Go To Town delivers the goods with thirteen original songs penned by bandleader, Sage Guyton; tales of dancing, drinking and delightful debauchery, all set to a buoyant beat that’s sure to put some hep in your step, and grin above your chin.
Keeping the finely tuned motor firing on all cylinders is the same gang of ace musicians (Wakefield, Blake, Stuckey, Hersom and Weinstein) that brought you the band’s previous, celebrated outing, Stay Out Late With The Lucky Stars. Ardently loyal to the sound and instrumentation that have made the band a sensation with dancers, music enthusiasts and discerning barflies the world over, The Lucky Stars have returned to bring you their finest work in nearly ten years.
Because that’s how long it’s been. (Fate Records)
Stay Out Late With The Lucky Stars
Cold on the heels of their first, highly-acclaimed release Hollywood & Western, comes the latest recording from California’s popular Western Swing combo, entitled Stay Out Late With The Lucky Stars. Four years of painstaking work in the studio, incredible attention to detail, and a whole lot of plain old laziness have resulted in this, their much-procrastinated second CD. What you get are thirteen sizzling new tracks which demonstrate the band’s solid songwriting and impressive musicianship. But wait, there’s more!! The package comes complete with beautiful, hand-drawn illustrations by the band’s own Jeremy Wakefield, as well as an absolutely free, fold-out mini poster suitable for framing or birdcage lining. But don’t waste any more of your time reading this self-important puff piece, get Stay Out Late With The Lucky Stars for yourself RIGHT NOW, and find out what all the hoopla is about. If you like “Hot New Country,” we’ll be happy to disappoint you, but if you like hot old country, then by all means accept this invitation to Stay Out Late With The Lucky Stars. (Fate Records)
The Lucky Stars – Hollywood & Western
Ripped from the tawdry headlines of yesterday’s news comes this first installment from the ongoing adventures of The Lucky Stars. From out of the West, our heroes have emerged triumphantly to create a sound that rises above the bland and murky landscape of today’s popular music. On this, their first-ever CD release, The Lucky Stars recorded live in studio to capture the authentic and well-crafted sound that has become their trademark. This collection of 11 original songs, plus Pee Wee King’s classic “Tennessee Tango,” showcases a variety of moods and rhythms good for fueling a three-day bender or soothing that fourth day hangover. Hollywood & Western crackles with raucous energy and talent as the boys present their unique brand of heartbroken blues and rollicking good-time dance music. Thrill to this, the first chapter of the meteoric rise to fame of The Lucky Stars. (Ipecac Recordings)
The Lucky Stars EP on Fate Records
The Lucky Star's second vinyl release, this time on their own Fate label, finds them sounding better than ever as a five piece. Produced by the band in Whitey's living room and mixed by Mark Neal, this record again manages to capture the band's high-spirited and increasingly sophisticated live performance. The A side (Guyton's infectious original "Everybody's Fool") will get your toes tapping, and the B side (Pee Wee King's classic "Tennessee Tango") will make you get up and dance whether you want to or not. The tight, swinging musical arrangements, red-hot solos
courtesy of J.W. and Whitey, and soaring vocals (including some impressive three part harmony on "Tennessee Tango") have made this single a hit with dancers and listeners alike. (Fate Records) BUY
The Lucky Stars EP on Bucket-Lid Records
The band's debut recording, put out on Dave Stuckey's Bucket-Lid label, positively jumps with raucous, rollicking energy. Recorded live in studio in 1996 by Wally Hersom (of Fly-Rite Boys fame), Deke Dickerson, and The Lucky Stars' own Tim Maag, this four song EP captures all the raw talent and excitement that has been earning them a reputation as one of the West Coast's hottest new Western Hillbilly acts. Three original numbers along with a swinging version of the Zeb Turner favorite "No More Nuthin,'" come beautifully packaged in a thick cardboard jacket bearing J.W.'s original artwork. The first pressing sold out fast, and there aren't many left – get one before they're gone! (Bucket-Lid Records) SOLD OUT