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The Headers - Don't Be Talkin' Smack!
2008, The Headers
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Buffalo rockabilly trio The Headers are about as close to legends as a local band can become. The band includes two members of the Buffalo Music Hall Of Fame: Vocalist/guitarist Bobby Lebel and bassist/vocalist Scott Freilich. The band is rounded out by drummer Dan Stoll, and works some of the most inspired 1950’s style rock n roll this side of The Stray Cats. The Headers’ most recent album, Don’t Be Talkin’ Smack!, was released in 2008 and shows off the band’s distinctive talent and sound.

Don't Be Talkin' Smack! opens with "Brand New Gretsch Guitar", a Brian Setzer-style 1950's rocker that's virulent. The song seems a bit cynical, as The Headers are sponsored by Gretsch Guitars, but that won't keep you from dancing when the song plays. "Bun In The Oven" is highly entertaining, and the guitar work of Bobby Lebel is fabulous. You'd almost swear that's Elvis Presley on vocals. "Don't Be Talkin' Smack" breaks out the barre chords for a jazz-tinged big-band electric trip. Lebel wants to be a crooner here until the chorus when he brings attitude. "She's Through With You" is a gloating romp written from the perspective of the winning leg of a love triangle. It's a very danceable tune in spite of the gleefully dark tenor of the song.

"Deadman's Curve" finds The Headers breaking out the surf guitar style in a dark anthem done eight-to-the-bar. It's a very catchy song, but full of deep roiling angst that sometimes pervades the surf style. "Ragtop Daddy" is the perquisite car anthem and leads into wonderfully read "Sandman". The Headers take the classic record from The Chordettes and craft it into a distinctly understated and stylish rendition. "You Lift Me Up" shows off the band's vocal harmonies in a classic-style love song. The Headers closes with "Offa My Mind", a mid-tempo that brings the band firmly into the 1960's. The band's vocal harmonies are once again impressive, and "Offa My Mind" is among the most danceable on the album.

The Headers offer up new material with a classic touch on Don't Be Talkin' Smack!. The presentation is a bit kitschy at times (right down to the Elvis-style vibrato on the lead vocals), but the songwriting is solid and The Headers play together as if one. What Don't Be Talkin' Smack! might lack in presentation it more than makes up for in the pure joy of the music. The Headers are a band you can't help but enjoy listening to.

The Headers - Turn It Up!
By Paul Brett - Music Maker Magazine (UK)

This is High-Octane Rockabilly as true to the genre as you can possibly get and with original songs. The Headers are a three-piece band hailing from Buffalo, New Yrok. The band is fronted by guitarist/singer, Bobby Lebel, who is a perfectionist of that style. Bassist is Scott Freilich and keeping the whole thing as tight as Scrooge's wallet is drummer Dan Stoll. Bobby handles the lead vocals whilst Scott and Dan provide backing vocals.

The opening track, "Pretty Good Shape," tells you immediately what you are going to get. Great guitar sound and licks, tight rhythm section and Bobby's voice sounding reminiscent of early Presley. Track 2, "Lovin' Stuff," ups the anti a bit with a rock/surf presentation with good harmonies. "Eloise" really moves up a gear with strong guitar intro, again, in the early Presley mode. Next up is "Riptide" ouch! different this one, very Spanish intro into a Ghost Riders in the sky style riff with similar echo on Bobby's guitar. His Gretsch (of which he is an endorsee) is absolutely perfect for this style of music. Another guitar added to his solo ability would clutter the backing.

"How High The Sky"changes the mood to a kind of jazzy feel followed by "Hard Man To Love" – ain't we all! This is in the Ricky Nelson "My Babe" vein but faster. In "Cajun Sugar" Dan and Scott lay down a strong back beat sas the band moves yet again into a new mode, whilst retaining their distinctive style. "Hey Ruby" and "Blue Highway" leads into the penultimate track which in true Rockabilly style does "Turn It Up." The final track is "Bodhisattva" is the longest cut on the CD and features a long instrumental intro and has a jazz/rock feel. Again great guitar work from Bobby.

This is a must-have CD for all Elvis Presley / Jerry Reed / Carl Perkins fans of which there are many world wide. There's a strong hint in part of legendary UK band Johnny Kidd and the Pirates, where one of our best Rock guitarist, Mick Green, plied his trade. Unfortunately, Johnny was killed in a car crash before he had a chance to establish a solid place in the annals of Rock-n-Roll history.

I would give The Headers "Turn It Up" CD 10 out of ten as it is true rockabilly, sung and played as it should be. I would also imagine that the band are a great live act to experience, too.


The Headers - Don't Be Talkin Smack
By Dave Koester - Nightlife Magazine

The Headers have a new CD out called "Don't Be Talkin' Smack," and it contains 12 songs smack full of fun and energy. The band members in The Headers read like a Buffalo musician Who's Who list. Bobby Lebel - vocals & guitar, Scott Freilich - upright bass, and Dan Stoll - Drums, are all local music legends in Western New York. Their music on this CD is original rockabilly and all I can say is if you like The Stray Cats and Elvis, you'll love this album. There are 12 cuts full of Memphis style vocals and smoky bar-b-que chords that make you want to put on your dancin' shoes and hit the closest dance floor. There are a few ballads in between the catchy songs like "She's Through With You" and the cover classic "Sandman" but the majority of "Don't Be Talkin' Smack" will hit you in the face like a Lake Erie snow storm.

Lebel's lead guitar and Elvis like vocals dominate the CD, but Freilich's upright bass and Stoll's drums provide a perfect backdrop to this rockabilly feel. There's more twang in this CD than straight ahead rock, so I think country music enthusiasts might dig it more than the 97 rock crowd, but hey, how many times do you want to hear The Beatles and Led Zeppelin? I myself am a rocker, but variety is the spice of life. Give The Headers a listen. These guys are pros at what they do. "Don't Be Talkin' Smack" is available at TheHeaders.com, CD Baby, Borders & Amazon.com or always available at The Headers live gigs. See them at Uberfest this week at Attitudes in Lockport. Info is in Night-Life. For more info on the CD call 510-4211. Rating-3 and a half out of five.


The Headers -Don't Be Talkin' Smack-
By Bob Silvestri - BestofWNY.com

One of the area's premier bands, The Headers, has released a new CD Don't Be Talkin' Smack a twelve song collection of vintage rockabilly style music with a modern update. An amalgam of rock, blues and jazz the band (Bobby Lebell-guitars, Scott Freilich- upright bass and Dan Stoll-drums) redefines the style of Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins and others from the early days of rock and roll. All band members are consummate musicians, Lebell and Freilich are members of the Buffalo Music Hall of Fame and Lebell was recently honored as the top notch guitarist he is when Gretsch Guitars named him one of their endorsed guitarists a prestigious and deserving honor for him. That endorsement obviously inspired him to write the leadoff track from the disc "Brand New Gretsch Guitar" where he shows off those guitar chops. "Ragtop Daddy", the title cut "Don't Be Talkin' Smack", the Elvis inspired "Crazy, Crazy, Crazy", a choice cover of the classic "Sandman" and the jaunty ode to love "You Lift Me Up" are all outstanding tracks. Special guest Ray Hangen adds drums to "Bun in the Oven" and "Offa My Mind". Check out http://www.theheaders.com for more information about the band and their new release Don't Be Talkin' Smack.


The Headers Rock Lockport
By: Joe Piracci - Metro WNY

Allow me, if I may, to take you back to a different time, a simpler time, one of innocence and unbridled enthusiasm about America’s future. It’s the late 50’s and Elvis Presley is on his way to becoming the “King of Rock n’ Roll,” Eddie Cochran is rocking America with his biggest hit “Summertime Blues” and Buddy Holly is making the girls crazy with his hit “Oh Boy!.” It is this era, the infancy of rock n’ roll, that The Headers would have been stars.

The Headers are a three piece rockabilly group hailing from Buffalo, NY. They are led by singer/songwriter Bobby Lebel on guitar and lead vocals. Scott Freilich on upright bass and Dan Stoll on drums comprise an extremely dynamic and precise rhythm section. Together these three talented musicians put on a captivating and exhilarating show this past weekend at Attitudes Bar and Grill in Lockport.

If you are wondering exactly what Rockabilly is you are not alone. I had heard of rockabilly but until I talked to and saw The Headers play I wasn’t really sure what it was all about.“Rockabilly is sort of the basis of 50’s rock” said bassist Scott Freilich.

“If you listen to early Elvis and Eddie Cochran, a lot of those guys are called early rock but that style today has been “sub-genre-ized”, so to speak, into rockabilly.”

Rockabilly in its purest form was the beginning of rock n roll. It mixed together the best elements of hillbilly, gospel and blues music. Today’s rockabilly still embraces that original 50’s sound but has evolved to include elements of jazz, country, swing and even surf music. The Headers manage to blend all those different styles together masterfully and flawlessly. Lebel, who is a Gretsch Guitar endorsee, rocks the guitar a little harder than his 50’s counter parts did adding another modern twist to the genre.

There is no particular theme to their music, political or otherwise. It is just down home, feel good music.

“No politics. I’m not that bright” cracked Lebel. “The world is so serious and we can all benefit from being a little less serious once in a while and rockabilly is so much of a feel good genre, it’s feel good music.”

The amazing thing about The Headers’ music is that their original songs blend in perfectly with the cover songs they play. Most of the 30 original songs they have are so well written and fine tuned that you’d swear you had heard them on the radio at some point.

“The great thing about our originals is that they are good songs and have good hooks and good energy, so a lot of the times most people don’t even know they are originals” said Stoll, the drummer.

Bobby and Scott are both inductees in the Buffalo Music Hall of Fame. Bobby was inducted about ten years ago and Scott in 2004.

“It’s a nice accolade, a wonderful acknowledgement” said Lebel. “Yeah, it’s nice to be recognized by your peers” adds Freilich.

The future looks bright for The Headers as they have drawn the interest of a major distributor and promoter out of Canada and are playing in one of the country’s biggest music fests, aptly named Musikfest, which headlines Pat Benetar, Joan Jet, The B-52s, and George Thorogood, in August of this year in Bethlehem PA.

If you are fan of the 50’s sound, looking for a fun time, a great show and even better music then you should definitely check out The Headers.


Don't Be Talkin' Smack CD Review
By Dan Creahan - Buffalo Rising

When I first sat down to give the latest album from local Rockabilly band The Headers a listen, I was more than a bit apprehensive. If there's any genre I have extremely little background in, it would probably be a run-off between Polka, Tibetan throat singing and Rockabilly. Beyond Brian Setzer, I can't say that I've had the chance to really explore much of it. That being said, I have to say that I was pleasantly surprised with this album.

Paying homage to the early recordings of Sun Records, lead singer and guitarist Bobby Lebel shows an affinity for drenching his voice in a Southern twang reminiscent of Elvis. In fact, the band seems to relish the image of 50's hip, with lyrics centered around sock hops, dragsters and, of course, plenty of "lovin'."

Either way, the band's music works great within the parameters of the rockabilly sound, featuring chips of overdriven guitar and a tight rhythm section, but also pulls in influence from blues, rock and roll and country. They're extremely tight throughout, and Lebel shines during his lightning-fast solos. I also have to acknowledge the cover of "Sandman," a tune I've always enjoyed humming to myself, and one that the group does a great job reworking. There are some fantastic harmonies here, with solid songwriting, that made the album a compelling listen.

Before I knew it, the album was over. As a music fan, I tend to recognize that as a sign of a remarkable songwriter, and this album is no exception. As a band, Bobby Lebel (guitar), Scott Freilich (upright bass), and Dan Stoll (drums) have definitely shown their merit not merely as "rockabillists", but as great musicians in the tradition of true rock and roll itself. While I haven't caught a live show yet, I'm looking forward to running into them soon.


Music Maker Profile
By Paul Brett

Buffalo based band The Headers are a true and authentic live rockabilly outfit. They have a great CD available which is also reviewed in UK's Music Maker Magazine. The band is fronted by guitarist and songwriter Bobby Lebel. Make no mistake, Bobby is a great frontman and guitarist. He has played with legends such as Blues Giant Edgar Winter, backed up stars like Kelly Lee Gifford and opened up concerts for rare Earth, America, Three Dog Night, Twisted Sister and James Cotton. Bobby's influences are firmly set in the Sun Records era of Elvis Presley and Eddie Cochrane's Rockabilly style in juxtaposition with the smooth swing style of Bobby Darin, Dick Dale's surf wave and the picking of Les Paul and Merle Travis. Most people know of Les Paul via his Gibson Signature Guitar, a version of which just about every professional guitarist has owned or played throughout their careers. Few actually realise that this was probably the greatest innovator of electric style guitar the world has known. It's well worth you guitar freaks getting hold of some of Les's early recordings with Mary Ford and listen to his amazing technique. He also innovated over dubbing, multi track recording, tape delay and pioneered solid body electric guitars, without any of which, we wouldn't have a modern music industry. Bassist in the trio is world renown vintage guitar expert, luthier and dealer Scott Frielich, who is a recent inductee into the Buffalo Music Hall of Fame. He has supported Weather Report and Herbie Hancock, recorded with Ani di Franco and the Boinger Band. His animated style of playing provides the big bottom end sound of the headers. Finally, and to complete the trio is Drummer Dan Stoll. Dan spent the last decade and a half playing with his brother in the Stoll Bros band. His playing is crisp and tight as is always needed in a trio and he has a beautiful tenor voice which adds to the bands sound. Their live stage show includes a fun and danceable mix of original songs, select covers and onstage antics that harken back to the days of sockhops, but propels the style onto the furniture by adding influences of country, jazz, chicken pickin' and rock. There is nowhere to hide in a three piece guitar, bass and drum outfit and therefore everyone involved has to work their socks off to make the whole thing sound full. It worked for such greats as The Cream, The Jimi Hendrix Experience and Led Zeppelin and to a smaller but no less greater extent for Johnny Kidd and the Pirates where Mick Green's guitar solos are legendary in the annals of British Rock Music and so it works out just fine for The Headers too. Simplicity has always been the key to great Rock Music down through the years and delivered in this format, it feels natural and real as opposed to the synthesized swamp that seems to submerge everything into unreality these days. I remember listening to Presley a lot when I was a kid and then later seeing him play in the Las Vegas Hilton when his career had faded somewhat. But the King knew how to work his loyal subjects and put on a fantastic show. I also remember working for RCA records when the news of his death was announced. The world suddenly went into mourning but the RCA Execs threw a party as they were relishing the catalogue revival and the unreleased tracks they had in the can. That's what separates the business suits from the music. The old saying, " One man's meat is another man's poison" sprang to mind and certainly one band's music can be forever appreciated down through the years in recorded format by a host of new listeners. The Headers are one such band that certainly deserve a much wider stage in order for listeners across the world to enjoy their particular brand of High Octane Rockabilly.


The Headers Turn it Up!
With this collection of old-school rockabilly

By Amanda Schurr
Creative Loafing

Helmed by singer/songwriter/guitarist Bobby Lebel, The Headers (newcomers to Tampa Bay by way of Buffalo, N.Y.) craft a tight disc of old-school roots rockabilly. Lebel's vocal stylings recall Elvis circa early Sun Records ("Pretty Good Shape"); elsewhere, the frontman channels Dick Dale surf. His nimble playing is front-and-center on the boogie title cut and "Eloise," a track straight out of the Stray Cats playbook, while the jazzy swing of "How High the Sky," "Blue Highway" and an imaginative Steely Dan cover ("Bodhisattva") showcase the talents of drummer Dan Stoll and bassist Scott Freilich. Throughout, Lebel, a Buffalo Music Hall of Famer, and his wingmen display a genuine affection for and knowledge of the era, from Eddie Cochran to Chuck Berry and Buddy Holly. 3.5 stars


Gitarre& Bass December 2007 issue

Ok - here is the truth:

Another very well done album is called "turn it up", which was recorded by singer/guitarist Bobby Lebel, bass player Scott Freilich and drummer Dan Stoll. The Headers is the name of this trio and its music is a very up-to-date mixture of Country, Rockabilly, Jazz and humour. I rarely have listened to such a good grooving band and to a such variedly and entertaining repertoire, wich represents equally a real fat package of virtuosity and technical knowledge - and from time to time charms a grin on the faces of the listeners. The Header are a hit! You have to listen to them!!


20th Century Guitar February 2008 isssue
By Robert Silverstein

Featuring guitarist/vocalist Bobby Lebel, drumer Dan Stoll and upright bassist and Buffalo Music Hall of Fame inductee, Scott Freilich, Upsate, N.Y. based The Headers sing the praises of rockabilly on their 2007 Turn It Up! CD. While the Headers' rousing roots rock sound is certain to grab the attention of music fans, the group's expert playing and mastery of jazz, country, chicken pickin', and rock is bound to earn the respect of musicians as well. Other self-professed Headers influences like Sun-Records-Era Elvis, Eddie Cochran's rockabilly, Bobby Darin's swing style, Dick Dale's surf wave and the picking of Les Paul and Merle Travis make Turn It Up! a high octane Rockabilly classic indeed. Also on tap is the Headers' Christmas CD tribute Bring Home The Headers For The Holidays including new versions of "Here Comes Santa Claus," "Rockin Around The Christmas Tree" and more.


Vintage Guitar Magazine Oct. 2007 issue
By Eric Shoaf

"A rockabilly/dance/pop trio fronted by guitarist/vocalist/songwriter Bobby Lebel wielding a big Gretsch, with Scott Freilich on upright bass and Dan Stoll on drums, they romp through an assortment of original songs with red hot guitar, quirky melodies, and a revved up rockabilly sensibility. Their cover of the Steely Dan classic "Bodhisattva" is inspired and original."


THE HEADERS
TURN IT UP


By Bruce Eaton - Buffalo Spree Magazine MAY/JUNE 2007
buffalospree.com

OVER TIME, VIRTUALLY EVERY MUSICAL GENRE GENERATES ENOUGH STYLISTIC CLICHES UNTIL IT ALMOST BECOMES A CARICATURE OF ITSELF. You'd no more expect George Strait to perform in baggy jeans flashing a mouth full of shiny grills than you'd expect 50 Cent to rap in tight Wranglers and  a ten-gallon hat. Perhaps no musical genre is more stylized than rockabilly. With Quiff hair-dos shellacked high and back (a souped-up forerunner to the lower-maintenance mullet), retro zoot-suits, twangy guitars, and songs about cars, girls, rumbles, and the Saturday night dance, rockabilly is fun but not very deep. Even the Stray Cats, smash revivalists of the eighties, pretty much admitted that after two albums, they had run out of ideas.

However, the Buffalo-based band The Headers prove that it's still possible to dig into the early days of rock and roll without becoming a Grease-y, cartoon-ish character. Led by Bobby Lebel, Buffalo Music Hall of Fame inductee and one-time member of the Road, the high-octane trio has been turning heads with its debut disc, Turn It Up!, and live performances that showcase the band's ability to venture beyond rockabilly yet not lose sight of its roots. Whether it's with a touch of the British Invasion or Western swing, a nod to surf guitar god Dick Dale, flat-out futuristic pickin' in the style of Les Paul, or a Steely Dan tune filtered through a roadhouse combo, the Headers know how to keep the recipe fresh. And while Lebel's fluid guitar work is front and center on the bandstand the rhythm section of vintage guitar maven Scott Freilich on bass - who performs like Bill Black channeling Derek Smalls - and Dan Stoll on drums keeps the band motoring like a fine-tuned hot rod.

Whatever your age, if you're not too old to rock and roll, a Headers show is a perfect evening out, especially given that many of their gigs have early start times that accommodate those of us for whom 11 p.m. is closer to bedtime than start time. Sipping a fine micro-ale at the Pizza Plant bar while the band soared through a tune that sounded like Elvis's original trio was jamming with Les Paul, one could only conclude that rock and roll is indeed here to stay.

Bruce Eaton regularly writes on music and other topics for Spree.


From BestOfWNY.com -

Good music will never die no matter what the record companies force feed the public. Sometimes you have to search for it but it can be found. Sometimes right in your own backyard - such as the outstanding new release from The Headers titled "Turn It Up!" This is true rock and roll steeped in The Sun Records tradition of guitar, upright bass and drums. The band (Buffalo Music Hall of Famer's Bobby Lebel-guitar/lead vocals & Scott Freilich-bass and Dan Stoll - drums) are amazing musicians in their ability to sound new and exciting and not formulaic. Perhaps they have even formed a new genre of music Jazzabilly for it melding of Rockabilly with Jazz elements. The guitar work of Lebel is nonpareil with great tone and clarity. Not since the late Danny Gatton have I heard a guitarist sound this good. Freilich and Stoll are no slouches either as they keep things running smooth in the engine room. Ten original tunes and an out of this world cover of Steely Dan's "Bodhisattva" that you have to hear to believe comprises the disc. Highlights are hard to pick out as there are many but I'm going with "Pretty Good Shape", "Hard Man To Love", "How High The Sky", the title cut "Turn It Up", the aforementioned "Bodhisattva" and "Blue Highway". For more on The Headers go to www.theheaders.com
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THE HEADERS "TURN IT UP"
By ROBERT E. KUPCZYK
The Amherst Bee

One thing is certain after listening to The Headers' debut CD "Turn It Up!"  - you'll do exactly what the title says.

The band, consisting of Bobby Lebel (guitarist/vocalist), Scott Freilich (upright bass/backing vocals) and Dan Stoll (drums/backing vocals), offer high-octane rockabilly that's ready to blow a gasket. According to the band's website, The Headers infuse a style that includes rockabilly, jazz, country, chicken pickin' and rock.

Lebel's songwriting for "Turn It Up!," according to the website, was influenced by Sun Records era Elvis, Eddie Cochran's rockabilly, Bobby Darin's swing style, Dick Dale's surf wave and the picking of Les Paul and merle Travis “which all come through loud and clear on "Turn It Up!" But, while using these influences, the band also has a clear identity.

The CD revs up with the boogie-woogie blues-based "Pretty Good Shape," featuring Lebel vocally sounding like Elvis/Brian Setzer. The solo is scorching, as are all the solos on "Turn It Up!" Surf rock is featured on "Lovin Stuff." "Eloise" could have been a Stray Cats song, ala "Rock This Town," highlighted by Freilich's upright bass and Stoll's solid playing, punctuated by another Lebel solo.

"Riptide" is a surf rock instrumental in the Dick Dale vein, featuring a pure rock solo, which is a nice combination. "How High the Sky" is a shuffling jazz song that shows off everyone's abilities, especially during the solo section: Lebel is chicken pickin', Stoll is playing the rims of his drums with his sticks and Freilich is walking the bass at a brisk pace. "Hard Man to Love" is a driving country song with a hard-hitting drum solo by Stoll.

"Cajun Sugar" is a bit different from the other tunes on "Turn It Up," with a verse that musically sounds like Little Feat and a chorus like ZZ Top. "Hey Ruby" is a swing song featuring guest drummer Doug Ackman. "Blue Highway" is "the one that's paved with broken hearts," sings Lebel in this shuffle that I pictured being used in a movie. "Turn It Up" is a blues swing. Steely Dan's "Bodhisattva" bring the CD to a emphatic conclusion with an extended solo section, highlighting Lebel's guitar work, and also solos traded among Lebe, Freilich and Stoll.

For more information on The Headers, visit www.theheaders.com.


THE HEADERS "TURN IT UP"
By ROBERT E. KUPCZYK
The Amherst Bee

One thing is certain after listening to The Headers' debut CD "Turn It Up!"  - you'll do exactly what the title says.

The band, consisting of Bobby Lebel (guitarist/vocalist), Scott Freilich (upright bass/backing vocals) and Dan Stoll (drums/backing vocals), offer high-octane rockabilly that's ready to blow a gasket. According to the band's website, The Headers infuse a style that includes rockabilly, jazz, country, chicken pickin' and rock.

Lebel's songwriting for "Turn It Up!," according to the website, was influenced by Sun Records era Elvis, Eddie Cochran's rockabilly, Bobby Darin's swing style, Dick Dale's surf wave and the picking of Les Paul and merle Travis “which all come through loud and clear on "Turn It Up!"  But, while using these influences, the band also has a clear identity.

The CD revs up with the boogie-woogie blues-based "Pretty Good Shape," featuring Lebel vocally sounding like Elvis/Brian Setzer. The solo is scorching, as are all the solos on "Turn It Up!" Surf rock is featured on "Lovin Stuff." "Eloise" could have been a Stray Cats song, ala "Rock This Town," highlighted by Freilich's upright bass and Stoll's solid playing, punctuated by another Lebel solo.

"Riptide" is a surf rock instrumental in the Dick Dale vein, featuring a pure rock solo, which is a nice combination. "How High the Sky" is a shuffling jazz song that shows off everyone's abilities, especially during the solo section: Lebel is chicken pickin', Stoll is playing the rims of his drums with his sticks and Freilich is walking the bass at a brisk pace. "Hard Man to Love" is a driving country song with a hard-hitting drum solo by Stoll.

"Cajun Sugar" is a bit different from the other tunes on "Turn It Up," with a verse that musically sounds like Little Feat and a chorus like ZZ Top. "Hey Ruby" is a swing song featuring guest drummer Doug Ackman. "Blue Highway" is "the one that's paved with broken hearts," sings Lebel in this shuffle that I pictured being used in a movie. "Turn It Up" is a blues swing. Steely Dan's "Bodhisattva" bring the CD to a emphatic conclusion with an extended solo section, highlighting Lebel's guitar work, and also solos traded among Lebe, Freilich and Stoll.

For more information on The Headers, visit www.theheaders.com.


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