‘Dig That Beat!’ In focus with steadfast roots music expert Sheree Homer

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Although three years apart, guitarist James Intveld and little brother Ricky of the Rockin’ Shadows could easily pass as twins possessing perfectly coiffed hair, circa 1983. Ricky soon joined Rick Nelson’s band on drums and was aboard the plane that killed Nelson and all passengers on December 31, 1985, enroute to a show in Dallas, Texas. Image courtesy of Sheree Homer
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Unleashed on May 11, 2015, the eye-popping, go-cat-go cover of “Dig That Beat! Interviews with Musicians at the Root of Rock ’n’ Roll,” written by rockabilly connoisseur and Rick Nelson chronicler Sheree Homer. Image Credit: Patterson Graham / ThinkStock / McFarland Publishing

The Sheree Homer / Dig That Beat! Interview

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“Catch That Rockabilly Fever: Personal Stories of Life on the Road and in the Studio” written by Sheree Homer and published on November 4, 2009. The book captures the essence of life on the road and in the recording studio through interviews with many of rockabilly’s foremost artists like Jerry Allison and Sonny Curtis of the Crickets, Sonny Burgess, Wanda Jackson, Glen Glenn, the Collins Kids, Charlie Gracie and Deke Dickerson. Image courtesy of Sheree Homer / McFarland Publishing
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The cover of Sheree Homer’s solid “Rick Nelson: Rock ’n’ Roll Pioneer,” a biography of the trailblazing country rock purveyor published on August 16, 2012 to intentionally coincide with the 35th anniversary of musical colleague Elvis Presley’s sudden passing in Memphis. Image courtesy of Sheree Homer / McFarland Publishing
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The late Bob Sullivan, best known as the recording engineer for the Louisiana Hayride telecast which assisted Elvis Presley in his meteoric rise, visits the home of rockabilly hero Dale Hawkins roughly a year before the latter’s death on February 13, 2010. Image courtesy of Sheree Homer / The Bob Sullivan Collection
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Dale Hawkins charted four singles on the Billboard Hot 100 between 1957 and 1959 on Checker, a subsidiary of the infamous Chess Records. “La-Do-Dada” and the oft-covered “Susie-Q,” featuring a sizzling guitar solo by a teenage James Burton, are essential. Image courtesy of Sheree Homer / Universal Music Group
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The classic “I’ve Got a Tiger by the Tail” 1964 lineup of Buck Owens and the Buckaroos are bassist Doyle Holly, drummer Willie Cantu, steel guitar wiz Tom Brumley — also a key part of Rick Nelson’s Stone Canyon Band — and Telecaster extraordinaire Don Rich. Image Credit: Capitol Records / Courtesy of Sheree Homer
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Proudly wearing the musical influence of both the Everly Brothers and Louvin Brothers on their sleeves, Page Burkum and Jack Torrey of the Cactus Blossoms are captured in concert at the Square Roots Festival in Chicago, Illinois, on July 12, 2015. Photography by Sheree Homer
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Presenting vintage boogie woogie showman Lance Lipinsky. Image Credit: Spencer Theater for the Performing Arts
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Three-time book author Sheree Homer was born and raised in Kenosha, Wisconsin. During her formative years, her mother introduced her to rock and roll, thanks to her impressive 45 rpm record collection. Homer became a fan of Elvis Presley, Fats Domino, Chuck Berry, Buddy Holly, Bill Haley, Little Richard, and Jerry Lee Lewis. She discovered rockabilly music and its artists in 2001. A year later, she attended her first rockabilly festivals, the Ponderosa Stomp in New Orleans, Louisiana and the Rockin’ 50’s Fest in Green Bay, Wisconsin. After the spectacular Stomp and graduation from the University of Wisconsin- Parkside with a degree in writing, she decided to start her own rockabilly magazine. She desired to give recognition to the forgotten foot soldiers of rock and roll. Eight issues followed. In 2006, she began writing for the largest rockabilly/roots magazine in the country, “Blue Suede News.” “Catch That Rockabilly Fever: Stories of Life on the Road and in the Studio” is her first book. This photo was captured circa July 13, 2015, inside the diligent journalist’s home. Image courtesy of Sheree Homer
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The EP cover of Leroy Van Dyke’s ‘Walk on By,’ released in Aug. 1961 on Mercury. Between 1956 and 1977 he notched 19 C&W singles, including the crossover hits “Auctioneer” [No. 19] and “Walk on By” [No. 5]. Image Credit: 45Cat user 55Bluesman / Universal Music Group
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A No. 95 C&W single upon its Dec. 11, 1976 debut on Billboard, the sleeve of “Shake, Rattle and Roll”, Billy Swan’s cover of the 1950s rock standard. Swan charted 16 C&W singles including the rollicking “I Can Help,” also covered by Elvis Presley. Image Credit: 45Cat user Leonard / Sony Music Entertainment

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