Every Monday through Friday, we deliver a different song as part of our Song of the Day podcast subscription. This podcast features exclusive KEXP in-studio performances, unreleased tracks, and recordings from independent artists that our DJs think you should hear. This week, we are featuring songs by bands performing during the 24th Shake The Shack Rockabilly Ball, September 22-24 at the Tractor Tavern in Ballard. Today’s selection is “The Doctor” by Hillbilly Casino from their 2010 album Tennessee Stomp on Hobolight.
One of the leaders of the new DIY music movement in Nashville, Tennessee, has got to be Hillbilly Casino. In 2004, Nic Roulette former singer for Indiana’s The Blue Moon Boys moved to Nashville and within a year had started his very own Rockabilly powerhouse. With bassist Geoff Firebaugh (BR5-49), guitarist Ronnie Crutcher (Tabasko Kat, Brian Setzer’s Nashvillains) and drummer Andrew Dickson (Brian Setzer’s Nashvillains) the band really came together, touring heavily, and supporting acts like Brian Setzer Orchestra, Rancid, and The Reverend Horton Heat, as well as putting out 4 full-length albums — Sucker Punched in 2006, Three Step Windup in 2008, Hang Your Stockings… Say Your Prayers, the band’s Christmas CD in 2008, and their 2010 album Tennessee Stomp. Each one is totally DIY, produced and engineered by Firebaugh and Dickson and recorded in Andrew Dickson’s garage, lovingly known as ‘Studio D’, and each one blends elements of honkytonk, rockabilly, psychobilly, and straight up rock and roll, and you’ll find elements of all of this in every Hillbilly Casino record and show.
Hillbilly Casino wrote “The Doctor” specifically for the host KEXP’s Shake the Shack, Dr. Leon Berman, “the proctologist of rock ‘n’ roll.” And you’ll hear them performing it live this Saturday at the 24th Annual Shake The Shack Rockabilly Ball at the Tractor in Ballard. For a preview, this video is fairly poor quality, but you’ll see the band debuting the song for The Doctor himself during 2009’s 22nd Annual Rockabilly Ball: