of the trip..
BACK FROM USA
trip back USA was a blast for many reasons. The record session
in Nashville produced some great cuts due for Starlite release
early in 2005.
Nashville Record Session
The session was led by the world's greatest bass
player, Bob Babbitt of Motown's legendary Funk Bros.
Together with Bob Kruze they got together a line
up 'A' list players for the session.
Musicians included, Byrd (guitar) from the Amazing
Rhythm Aces, Ed Greene the famous LA studio drummer and Randy
(keys) from Dr Hook, Shania Twain et al.
Recorded in the cozy studio of Skip Mitchell in
Hendersonville by the lake, the songs epitomes the smooth, clean
sound that only Nashville players and studio get.
The songs will be released from early 2005.
The world's leading
Bob took over from James Jameson of the original
Funk Bros in the mid 60's and is featured on most of the hundreds
of hits that came out of Motown. He is featured on Elton John's
new album and #1 single, as well as on many other new releases.
Bob's list of who he has performed with, is extra
extraordinary and by sheer numbers alone puts him way at the top
of the bass players of modern music.
He has recently released a CD where he plays 'everything'
on the tracks, which is testament to his incredible talent. The
CD is also available on the Starlite
See his website
Old friend Wayne Jackson
of the Memphis Horns
Lonnie met up again with his buddy Wayne Jackson,
who was the founding member of legendary The Memphis Horns. They
played on virtually every song that came out of Memphis since the
early 60's and Otis Redding. In more recent years they played with
The Doobie Bros, Marty Robbins, Sting and a list that covers most
of the 'superstars' of today.
Wayne gave Lonnie some songs to look at and he chose
one which he also recorded. Wayne also played his sweet horns on
Wayne has also allowed us to include
some of his hard to get merchandise on the Starlite
On-line Shop which is now
This includes CDs, photos of him and Elvis, horn
arrangements of some #1 hits such as 'Dock of the Bay' etc., stories
and much more.
his website here
Meeting with John Marascalco
In Hollywood, he caught up with John Marascalco
who wrote 'Starlight Starbright', Ready Teddy, Rip it up and many
of the great songs to embrace the Rock 'n' Roll scene.
John gave Lonnie some of his more recent uncut songs
and he recorded one of them in the Nashville session..
Song from Australian writer
The only Aussie song recorded for this CD was by
Lil Fi, the talented girl who is Queen of the Blues Festivals and
who Lonnie had been featuring on his 2003 shows as support act.
Originally an uptempo straight ahead blues song,
Lonnie has transformed it into a kickass modern country cut.
Byrd's guitar solo is a Nashville classic and the
song is sure to be a hit with the Line Dancers and lovers of modern
See her website here
Le Garde Twins
Lonnie caught up with the Le Garde Twins who have
been living in Nashville for the past 20 years. They always seem
to be ageless and are still performing all over USA especially to
the lovers of Cowboy music and movies. They feature in all of the
ever increasing Cowboy Festivals across USA and are well respected
for the part they have played in the history of country music.
They have a couple of 'Cowboy' CD's now available
on the Starlite
On-line Shop which show off their famous harmonies.
In USA since the mid 50's, they also deserve a place
in the Australian Country hall of Fame as one of the original stars
of country music in Australia.
of two legends
Whilst Lonnie was in Nashville, two of country music's
legends passed over. Firstly Johnny Cash and then Sheb Woolley.
At the Cash home in Hendersonville, Lonnie was interviewed
by LA Entertainment News who were there to witness the fans placing
their teddy bears, letters, photos and flags on the fence surrounding
his home. This area was also 'home' to Lonnie in the mid 70's as
he spent many days in the home next to Johnny's.. the home of Roy
He also attended the funeral of Sheb Woolley who
wrote 'Purple People Eater' and many classic rock and country songs.
As a movie actor he was the baddie at the other end of the street
in the famous gunfight with Gary Cooper in 'High Noon' as well as
having a lead role in TV's 'Rawhide'.
Many of the Nashville famous attended including
'Cowboy Jack Clement, Sonny James, Jeanie Seeley, Dallas Frazier
as well as Ray Walker and the Jordanaires and The LeGarde Twins.
It was a true 'Cowboy' style of funeral.
There were many other interesting
happenings on the trip
- too many to mention here.