Island dancers cooked up real fast shake
August 21, 1994
Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
They came in baby carriages. They came in wheelchairs. The came on foot. Thousands came to see the “fast shaking dance.”
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The Blue Shadows are a harder-edged unit who dig deeper into the roots of country. The resulting rockabilly-meets-Hank-Williams mix was impressive. The vocal harmonies of the cadaverous Billy Cowsill (a Keith Richards dead-ringer) and Jeffrey Hatcher tapped that sweet spot between Hank Williams, the Everly brothers and honky-tonk paradise.
High points included Hatcher’s crunchy guitar licks on Coming On Strong, the hurtin’ vocal harmonies of A Thousand Times and Deliver Me. The later was memorable for the distorted tremolo guitar chording and Cowsill (who one said he bought a bar and drank it dry) singing, hands clasped: “Deliver us from our yesterdays.”
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