Big things are happening for the Amherst-based rockabilly band The Shakedown Combo. Next week, the group —guitarist Davey Lee Goode, singer/percussionist Gil Goode and their daughter, upright bassist Kim Goode— will be headed to Jackson, Tennessee to record an album on the JAXON record label with Larry Rogers and extra help from Sun Records recording legend Rayburn Anthony. While in Jackson, the band will also be playing a show at the International Rockabilly Hall of Fame in front of a crowd that will include Scotty Moore and DJ Fontana, who used to play with Elvis. No big deal.
This burst of good fortune came about the old-fashioned way: a talent scout for the JAXON label picked them out at the Viva Las Vegas rockabilly festival earlier this year. Kim Goode says her family is psyched, to say the least. “We'll be meeting some true icons of the rockabilly genre and legends that have been completely influential to us all,” she says. “Davey is very excited to meet with Scotty Moore. In fact, he's jumping off the walls.” I cannot imagine how amazing it would be for a musician to receive this sort of opportunity in Tennessee; just visiting the place creates music-nerd chills that are difficult to shake. The band leaves for Jackson on Friday — follow updates on their Facebook page.