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CD Review: "Swingin' The King" by Delco Nightingale

1:37 PMDollie DeVille

I was recently contacted by the lovely Erin of Delco Nightingale. If you are not familiar with the band, Delco Nightingale is a swingabilly band out of Philadelphia, PA. They have been going strong since since 2008 and have opened for some big names like Wanda Jackson, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy and The Blasters. They create a full swing sound with only four members-sultry vocalist Erin Berry, rockin' guitarist Greg Phoenix, upright bassist Brendan Skwire and drummer Chuck Lindsey. I am thrilled to have been asked to review their newest release, "Swingin" The King".


"Swingin' The King" is a collection of eight Elvis Presley songs that the band has learned over the years playing Elvisfest in North Carolina. The album was just released on March 4th. The band did a great job choosing little-known Elvis tunes. I have actually never heard the originals of some of these songs, like Little Egypt. Their song choice was refreshing and unlike most band's approach to Elvis covers. So while these are not original tunes, they really feel original and unique to this Philadelphia quartet.

My favorite track from the album had to be "Surrender", which was an early single released on January 8th. I also really liked "Kiss Me Quick" and "I Need Someone To Lean On". While the covers are done swingabilly style, this album  leans more toward the billy side, which shows the bands versatility. 

I think this album is best for easy listening. I imagine it would make the perfect soundtrack for serving up some gin and tonics at an intimate cocktail party. If you like Swingabilly and Elvis, I highly recommend you check this out!

The album can be purchased from their website. If you get it, let me know what you think!

XOXO
Dollie 

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