Surf Dog Records 2009
Rockabilly guitar-slinger, big band impresario, and all-around cool cat Brian Setzer
takes a walk on the dark side with his film noir-inspired new album 'Songs From
Lonely Avenue,' out October on Surfdog Records.
With a propulsive rhythm, an ominous minor key, wickedly good instrumental solos and
the familiar character of the Devil up to his old tricks, opening track "Trouble
Train" sets the mood for the whole album (with echoes of that other great song about
Lucifer, Charlie Daniels' "Devil Went Down to Georgia"). Throughout the rest of the
album, thugs prowl the street, young couples dance the night away in New York,
hearts are broken, and lives are taken, all over pitch-perfect melodies and
Comprising ten vocal tracks and three instrumentals, 'Songs from Lonely Avenue'
marks the first time Setzer has written every track on an album. With all the scope
of a Raymond Chandler novel or an Orson Welles film, it's his most ambitious project
And as he did on 2007's 'Wolfgang's Big Night Out,' Setzer recruited 87-year-old
Frank Comstock, one of the most important and inventive arrangers of instrumental
music of the last century, to score the horn arrangements. Comstock wrote music for
many of the era's top artists, including Doris Day, Sonny Dunham, Benny Carter and
Judy Garland (not to mention the "Rocky & Bullwinkle" theme!).
Furthermore, the "New King Of Jingle Bell Rock" (Billboard) Brian Setzer and his
18-piece big band will kick off their seventh Christmas Extravaganza 27-date tour on
November 20th in Detroit.
From launching the rockabilly revolution with the Stray Cats to pioneering the swing
revival with the Brian Setzer Orchestra, this Long Island-born innovator has earned
his unique place in modern music by walking the line between conceptual discipline
and balls-out rockin'. Setzer won three Grammy Awards (two for Best Pop Instrumental
Performance for "Sleepwalk" from The Dirty Boogie in 1998 and "Caravan" from VaVoom
in 2000, plus one for Best Pop Performance with "Jump, Jive an' Wail," also from The
Dirty Boogie) by targeting that place where wild energy and visionary imagination