KHP Music is pleased to release the CD Compilation “Shut Up and Shag”
On a June evening in 2000, good friends: Bill Mason, former club owner & DJ; Keith Houston, bass player for the Band of Oz and record producer; and Paige Houston, Keith’s wife, best friend, and critic, gathered for a few cold ones and Keith’s famous ribs. Over drinks and dinner, an idea was born to collaborate on a compilation CD. However, it remained just that… an idea, until June of 2002 when the idea scratched out on a scrap sheet of paper, started to come to life. “Shut Up and Shag” was born. A collection of old tried and true tunes were gathered and two original tunes were added to the mix. Then the hunt was on to find just the right musicians and singers to bring the idea to life. Some of the best beach music musicians and some that are new to this genre’ were brought to Dunn, NC, to Keith’s studio, Oz Music, to create what we feel is a CD that will appeal to almost any musical taste. From rock and roll to smoothies, and soulful blues to jump blues, there are twelve rockin, jumpin, foot pattin, finger poppin tunes to make you want to dance the night away.
Listen to newcomer Andrea Keesee belt out a gutsy rendition of Aretha Franklin’s “Evil Gal Blues”. Or, the king of velvet, Jackie Gore perform Billy Paul’s “Where I Belong”. Chuck French and the Band of Oz perform a Delbert McClinton style, hard rocking, “Shut Up and Shag”, the title cut of the CD penned for this project by Clifford Curry and Richard Flemming. Jerry West and the Band of Oz, provides you with a good time version of the old Grand Funk Railroad tune, “Bad Time”, doing all of the back-up vocals himself. Big John Thompson lends his awesome baritone voice to Barry White’s “You’re The First, The Last, My Everything” while Dink Perry, with his typical “Dinker” coolness, give you the Johnny Bristol song, “Waitin’ on Love”. Other newcomers, Debbie Deaton, in her own southern style, performs Clifford Curry’s “Keep Your Legs Crossed”, and C.C. Kirkland does her version of Celine Dion’s “Lovin Proof” so well it is sure to become a favorite in the beach clubs. Joe Graziani and the Delta Riders perform their original cut, “Tonight”, in that raspy, gritty, style of his that makes you want to take a chance on a little romance. The Jimmy Ruffin favorite, “Where Do I go”, is mastered by Bo Schronce in the unforgettable style that is Bo. It will certainly make you want to grab your honey and do a “Belly roll” to this slow beauty. For the instrumental lover, Butch Barnes blows “Just Too Shy” in a smooth rendition that would make Earl Bostic proud. And last, but certainly not least, is the Mavis Staples and Eddie Floyd duet “Never Let You Go” performed by two of beach music’s newest and brightest stars, Ricky Godfrey and Andrea Keesee, in their gut wrenching, rising from the bottom of their souls, road house blues style.
When you hear this CD, we promise you will not want to sit back and just listen. You will have to get up and move. So, go ahead, grab your partner and head for the nearest dance floor and remember…. “dance as if no one is watching” cause they won’t be; they will be on the dance floor beside you.
Shut up and Shag
1. Shut Up and Shag Band of Oz – Lead Vocal Chuck French
2. Never Let You Go Rickey Godfrey and Andrea Keesee
3. Where I Belong Jackie Gore
4. Evil Gal Blues Andrea Keesee
5. You’re the First, the Last – My Everything Big John Thompson and The Rhythm Brothers
6. Lovin’ Proof C.C. Kirkland
7. Where Do I Go Bo Schronce
8. Just Too Shy Butch Barnes, Alto Sax – OMR All-Star Orchestra
9. Bad Time Band of Oz – Lead Vocal Jerry West
10. Tonight (Remix) Delta Riders – Lead Vocal Joe Graziani
11. Keep Your Legs Crossed Debbie Deaton
12. Waiting on Love Dink Perry