Alan Leatherwood rocks on with TEX MEX BREAKAWAY

Cover of TEX MEX BREAKAWAY - Alan Leatherwood

Cover of TEX MEX BREAKAWAY – Alan Leatherwood (2013)

Tex Mex Breakaway, Alan Leatherwood’s new album, is available now in CD and digital from the independent Ohio Moon Record Company label.

Leatherwood specializes in rockabilly, folk, Tex Mex, and country music. He is also a virtual encyclopedia of musical knowledge for 1950s & 1960s recordings and artists.

Tex Mex Breakaway is a strong release that celebrates Leatherwood’s 50th year in the music business. He recently hit number one on the Cleveland Reverbnation Folk Charts.

As regular readers of this blog will know, I am a sucker for sad songs, so one of my favorites on this album is “How I Loved You And I,” which mourns the loss of a friend by celebrating time spent together.

“Voice Of An Angel” is another highlight, one of those songs that perfectly fit the mood of the after midnight to predawn hours. It features a haunting vocal by Leatherwood along with adept guitar work by the late Frank Parisi.

“Anita’s On My Mind” is a fun song led by the guitar of Paul Penfield. “We’re gonna rock it all night, we’ll make everything right,” sings Leatherwood, which sums up rock ‘n’ roll as well as any two lines can.

Other favorites include “Chance,” “Tell Me How,” and “Love You Till I Die.” The mark of a stellar album is that it just seems to get better with every play. Alan Leatherwood’s Tex Mex Breakaway is such an album. Be sure to check it out.

TEX MEX BREAKAWAY CD - Alan Leatherwood

TEX MEX BREAKAWAY CD – Alan Leatherwood (2013)

Tracks

01. Anita’s On My Mind (Leatherwood)
02. I’ve Had My Moments (Orbison/Melson/Rush)
03. My Baby’s Gone (Bowen)
04. Hickory Dickory Dock (Leatherwood)
05. No Teeth And All (Leatherwood)
06. Gotta Lotta That (Bedwell)
07. Loves Made A Fool Of You (Holly/Montgomery)
08. Breakaway (Leatherwood)
09. Paper Boy (Orbison)
10. Chance (Leatherwood)
11. White Bobby Socks (Owens)
12. Sentence Of Love (Leatherwood)
13. How I Loved You And I (Leatherwood)
14. Tell Me How (Allison/Holly/Petty)
15. What To Do (Holly)
16. I Gambled My Life On Rock And Roll (Leatherwood)
17. Love You Till I Die (Leatherwood)
18. Pearly Little Baby (Leatherwood)
19. Voice Of An Angel (Etherial)
20. I Wonder Why (Tharp/Tomsco)

Musicians

Vocals/Guitar: Alan Leatherwood
Drums: Max Bangwell (1-6, 8-10, 12, 15, 17-20), Bill “Smitty” Web (5, 7, 11, 16), Rick Harper (13, 14)
Bass (Acoustic): Randy Chestnutt (5, 11, 16, 19), Slaps Metzger (6, 9)
Bass (Electric): Rick Harper (1-4, 7, 8, 12, 13, 15, 16, 18), Frank Thedford (10, 14)
Lead Guitars (Electric): David Loy (3, 5, 7, 10, 18), Memphis Mike Metzger (4, 6, 11), Paul Penfield (1), Frank Parisi (16, 19), Ricky Santon (7, 10), Tom Fallon (8), Jeff Green (20), Alan Leatherwood (2, 15, 8, 17), Jimmy Murray (13, 14)
Piano/Keyboards: Bobbie Antes (1, 5), Don Heddesheimer (6, 10, 11, 20), Erich Overhultz (12, 13)
Harmonica: Rick Harper
Vocal Harmony: Jimmy Murray (14)