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For Sweetwater

At last, something that I have been working on for many years is finally realized. BDI has placed a beautiful bronze headstone on Ernie Johnson’s grave at Resthaven Cemetery in Phoenix.  As you know he was half of the great Eddie & Ernie soul duo that made so many great (and collectible) R&B recordings in the 60’s. Ben Dover Inc. hosted a headstone unveiling [...]

Lee Hazlewood’s Earliest Demos
Featured in New Collection

On Lee Hazlewood's 72nd birthday in 2001, the legendary singer, songwriter, and producer performed at a party at The Rhythm Room. The night's curator was Arizona music historian and legendary DJ John "Johnny D" Dixon, who recently assisted the independent label Light In The Attic in compiling a collection of Hazlewood's earliest demos titled 400 Miles From L.A. 1955-1956. "That early time was not successful," [...]

Lee Hazlewood
400 Miles From L.A. 1955-56

Release Notes 2xLP pressed at RTI & housed in a deluxe Stoughton “tip-on” jacket Tracks mastered from original Viv Records analog tapes Featuring many previously unreleased compositions and an early draft of Trouble Is A Lonesome Town Liner notes by Hunter Lea with an interview from John Dixon Includes archival photos and ephemera Deluxe Bundle (Color Set) includes a treasure trove of Hazlewood rarities created especially [...]

Stan Devereaux’s Star
Shines Bright After 50 Years

Stan Devereaux isn’t in any hall of fame, and he’s never topped the Billboard charts. But the R&B singer is an important player in Arizona's rich music history, an unsung talent deserving of his time in the sun. On July 5, President Gator Records pays homage to Devereaux with Stars of the Southwest, featuring four previously unreleased songs. Devereaux and his band, The Trendsetters, recorded "Merry Go [...]

Sanford Clark
They Call Me Country

Propelled by his 1956 Lee Hazlewood-produced hit “The Fool,” Sanford Clark was already a rockabilly legend in his own right by the time he swapped his hair gel and switchblade for a pair of cowboy boots on They Call Me Country. Recorded between 1965-67 and originally released as a series of singles for Phoenix’s Ramco label, the 12 tracks on this [...]

Something’s Got A Hold Of Me
The Don Cole Story

Available now on eBay and Amazon, the brand new CD of Vintage Arizona music by Arizona's great unknown guitar hero Don Cole.  He played uncredited guitar on many 50's and 60's sessions, at times in the style of Duane Eddy, and gained national exposure with his bass playing wife, Alleyne as Don and Alleyne Cole. Their soulful cover of "Somethings Got A Hold [...]

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“Come To Phoenix”
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