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Date: 08/08/2006
Lee Rocker - This Cat is Cool
by Gary Hill

You might remember him from his work in the Stray Cats, but while that band may be no more, Lee Rocker makes good on his name by continuing to rock. His latest solo CD is Racin' The Devil and it was just released in January. It's been earning rocker some rave reviews, too. Rocker and his band will be appearing at this year's On The Waterfront festival, and it seems certain that a good time will be had by all in attendance.

The disc features some smoking roots music that is catching the ears of critics and fans alike. When those in the know speak about Rocker, though, they seem to say that the recorded music is only one part of the picture. According to most sources the bands live performance surpasses the recorded showing. As the press release for rocker says, "when the band performs live, they leave audiences begging for more. "

While he seems to not be alone in the view,

Rocker has some strong things to say about the disc.  "This is the best record I've ever made," is one of those statements. He further explains that,  "I worked harder on this record than any other I have done. I took my time with it and squeezed and twisted all I could out of the band and myself. There were days of wanting to give up and quit and other days I left the studio as happy as a kid. Now that I can sit back and just listen, I can say this is the record I've always wanted to make."

I would say that it's pretty much a given that if you miss this show, you will be kicking yourself for a long time. My suggestion would be, pick up the new CD to get fully immersed in the music over the next few weeks. MarkSeptember 2nd on your calendar. Then head down to the Left Bank stage that night and prepare to have your world rocked by Lee Rocker. It's pretty much a foregone conclusion. 

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