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March 5th, 2016
Saturday, 5pm

In-store performance at the famous Music Millennium record store, Portland, OR

Free! Hank will be there with his full band.

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Hank Sinatra and his fabulous Atomic Cowboys at a special show at the Landmark Saloon, on SE Division in Portland, Oregon.  Not only was this a Christmas show, but it was also the Winter Solstice (the longest day of the year), and according to the ancient Mayan Calendar, the last day before the end of the world… i.e. The Apocalypse.
But thanks to Hank, his Cowboys, and all their fans, the good vibes at the Landmark canceled out all the bad mojo and the world was saved.  You’re welcome.
At this show, our all-star lineup included Harley James (steel guitar), James Mason (fiddle), Pete Lampe (bass), and Kevin Major on drums.

“Chattanooga Shoeshine Boy”  I love country music from the 40’s and 50’s, when it had elements of swing and jazz, and even the roots of rockabilly.  This is close to the Red Foley version, but even my great-uncle Frank covered it.  This clip features some great performances  from Harley and James.

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The “Workin’ Man Blues” is one of my favorite Merle Haggard tunes.   The Atomic Cowboys just rip it up!

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“Funny How Time Slips Away” is a perfect example of how a great country song crosses over to every genre.  Willie Nelson wrote it in 1960, and it’s been recorded by everyone from Elvis and The Supremes to Stevie Wonder and Al Green. Listen as Harley James nails the song’s iconic background licks on the pedal steel.

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Hank and the Atomic Cowboys rock the room at Portland’s Landmark Saloon, September 2011.

These performance features Harley James (steel guitar), Kevin Healy (fiddle), Russell Gores (bass), and of course Hank on vocals and rhythm guitar.  The Landmark is Portland’s own honky-tonk, where every night of the week features live classic country music.

“I’m Just an Old Chunk of Coal”, penned by Billy Joe Shaver, but I’ve always dug John Anderson’s version.

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Hank and the boys rip into Merle Haggard’s “Let’s Chase Each Other Round the Room Tonight”.  It’s hard to resist dancing to that swinging shuffle beat!

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“Don’t You Ever Get Tired of Hurting Me”, with the rare second verse.
Three chords and the truth – this is country soul at its best.  Thank you, Hank Cochran.
(and yeah I know, it’s got four chords.)

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Here are some more videos from the same performance at the Landmark Saloon.
Alright, Okay, You Win
Funny How Time Slips Away
Honky Tonk Blues
Route 66
Cow Cow Boogie
Don’t Get Around Much Anymore
Waiting for a Train (All Around the Water Tank)
Big City
Working Man Blues

 


 

Here’s Hank with the Atomic Trio, headlining the Toledo Arts Fair over the Labor Day Weekend.

This is a Count Basie tune, Okay Alright You Win, originally voiced by Joe Williams.  This has been one of my favorites since I saw Joe do this on Johnny Carson, long ago.
I’m joined here with Jim Greeninger on guitar, and Ron Green on bass.

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One Mike + Two Guys = Big sound

Steve Prager - demonstrating his E9 chord

Steve Prager – demonstrating his E9 chord

Here’s a duo set with Steve Prager (aka “The Swingmaster General”) on guitar, recorded Live at The Back Porch. Recorded outdoors; listen for the crickets at the end of the cuts.  Steve is playing a mini/travel guitar, hence the cool, toylike twangy sound.  And that “trumpet” is actually my voice.
All of Me-w Steve All of Me (duo)

Alright, Okay, You Win-w Steve Alright, Okay, You Win (duo)

Am I Blue? -w Steve Am I Blue? (duo)

Funny How Time Slips Away-w SteveFunny How Time Slips Away (duo)

 


 

Hank on the roadAnd some solo tunes from a night at the Bay House, in Lincoln City.

Sunny_Side_of_the_StreetSunny Side of the Street (solo)

He’s_Got_YouHe’s Got You (solo)

Walking_After_MidnightWalkin’ After Midnight

You_Send_MeYou Send Me