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Lonesome Girl

Release Date: July 15, 2013
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The  4-piece americana-roots band Ollie Vee recorded their new album ‘Lonesome Girl’ through a 60’s rev Neve mixing console, straight to 2” tape, with no edits and minimal overdubs, aiming to replicate a vintage feel.  “We wanted to capture a rich and dynamic sound without the use of digital equipment”, describes frontman, and primary songwriter Jesse Adamson, who has been described as “The bastard child of Elvis Presley and Bryan Ferry”. ‘Lonesome Girl’ has hints of honkytonk with deep roots in traditional Memphis rockabilly and although Adamson is the primary song writer, Johnny Vassos (lead guitar) and Howard Linscott (double bass) have a heavy writing presence on the album. “We made the record after playing together for about 5 months, so we caught the songs while they were still raw. Sometimes you can overthink or overwrite a song if you polish it before tracking it”, claims guitarist Johnny Vassos.
Ollie Vee has recently recruited Adam Perzia as a full time drummer to join the band.

‘Lonesome Girl’ was recorded in Toronto, mixed in both Chicago and Los Angeles, and mastered by 5-time Grammy award winner Gavin Lurssen, at Lurssen Mastering in Hollywood, California.

OLLIE VEE..Band Pictures3Adamson concludes: “Both of the engineers, Jon Lemon and James McCullagh, who mixed our album, are incredible. Jon works with The Smashing Pumpkins and James with Lucinda Williams. It’s nice to know that you are in such good company. When you hear their work, it is so lush yet they still kept a vintage sound. We’re really proud of the record and the songs have great energy when we play them live”.


Album Review

Not the Ollive Vee of Buddy Holly’s Rockin Around With Ollie Vee fame but rather a trio (now a quartet) whose music is none-the-less grounded in the sound of 50s rock ’n’ roll and rockabilly. They got together in their native Ontario over a shared dislike for much of the music that was then current preferring instead to write and record songs in a way that leaves you in no doubt about their particular musical preferences. Indeed Paper Hearts rocks around like the aforementioned Holly and sounds like it could have come out of a famed Lubbock Studio sometime back in the 50’s.

Although there is no denying the inspirations and influences the band have a sound that doesn’t feel like it belongs in a dusty museum. Rather it has a sparkle that is effervescent and addictive if you are at all attuned to that particular channel on the music dial. They have a relaxed, sometimes smouldering delivery that has none of the frantic pace that is often associated with some contemporary rockabilly combos. They are about writing catchy tunes with choruses and recording them in an understated style that creeps up on you as you listen. You feel then that these songs have been around for much longer than they have.

Ollie Vee make and play niche music that occasionally comes into vogue (Chris Isaak - Wicked Games) but usually exists outside the mainstream. Unless that are fortunate enough to have a song featured in a film or TV show that briefly shines the spotlight on their sound. That should not deter you rom checking the band out and having a listen to songs of the calibre of those included on their debut album. Looking for A Fast Time with its chugga-chugga Tennessee Two rhythm, the Orbison-esque ache of Underneath The Sparks, the r’n’b of Hip Shaking Baby, the late night twang of New Boots or the Sun stroked bass of Shinin’ Bright. That might sound like a sound that’s quite derivative and it is to a degree, a degree that may deter some looking for something sounding more contemporary, but it still stand squarely on it’s own stylistic feet. Which suggests that this particular Lonesome Girl might make new friends rather easily.


I just received the newest release, Lonesome Girl, from Ollie Vee and it's really got character. Opening with Ruby Red, a country styled ballad with a cool slide guitar solo and plenty of vibrato. Jesse Adamson (vocal and guitar) is backed by Johnny Vassos (guitar), Howard Linscott (bass) and John Collin (drums). Looking For A Fast Time has that rock a billy sound with solid bass lines and classic guitar riffs. Party Fools is very stylistic (almost gypsy jazz) and really has cool guitar work. A well constructed song, Party Fools shows the bands flexibility. Underneath The Sparks is very classically country in nature with cool use of the guitar whammy bar. Paper Hearts really captures the essence of early rock and roll with understated guitar lead under the melody and tastes of Johnny Cash. Hip Shakin' Baby ventures deeply into the early rock and roll vein and the Bo Diddley style. One of my favorite tracks on the release, instrumental track, New Boots really has some interesting guitar work with heavy use of whammy bar on the melody contrasted against melodic chords. Beautiful! Shinin' Bright is straight down the country (rock roots) road. Adamson is a super vocalist and the band is tight making these 3 minute (or less) tracks Buddy Holley worthy. Right Out Of The Pictures is a transitional '50's - rock track.

The guitar work on all of these tracks is really understated but quite interesting. The short solos that do appear are well thought out and instinctively placed. Luck Like Me is a bright little rocker with plenty of pep. This is a straight up dance track and one that is likely to keep the listener on their feet. Last Night is an easy rocker with that country flair. Adamson really has a great voice for this style of music and he enjoys is which really shows through. Closing the release is Bruised, the bluesiest track on the release. Of particular note on this track is a standout sax solo by Stuart Elliot. This is a cool release and a follow up to early rock and rock a billy bands as well as a sister to bands such as Social Distortion and Stray Cats. If this is your bag... this is really cool. If not, I'll bet you'll still find it enjoyable to listen to.


Taking their name from the Buddy Holly song should point you in the general direction of this Southern Ontario rockabilly trio’s unashamedly retro sound. Add in a dash of the Dwight Yoakam cowboy look and an album sleeve that positively screams Chris Isaak, and you almost don’t even need to put it in the CD player to know what’s coming. Still, if you happen to be a fan of twangy country guitars, upright bass and vocals schooled in the Elvis, Buddy and Orbison (‘Hip Shakin’ Baby’ might have come from Ooby Dooby Sun sessions) textbooks, not to mention tunes that seem to have been plucked from a Southern 60s jukebox, then you’ll be glad you did.

‘Ruby Red’ starts them off on a deceptively slow shuffling two step, singer Jesse Adamson crooning into some starlight desert night before Howard Linscott’s chugging Johnny Cash bassline kicks in on ‘Looking For A Fast Time’, almost certain to attract the attention of any passing, stray Mavericks fans. There’s a shot of bootleg tequila to the urgently itchy ‘Party Fools’ with Johnny Vassos’s scurrying reverb guitar notes before ‘Underneath The Sparks’ takes things back to 50s’ rock n roll’s bobby soxer days.

Recorded live from the floor, usually in just one take, the mixture’s pretty much the same for the rest of the album, only one number approaching anything near three and a half minutes, personal favourites among the later tracks lining up as the warbling Presley-esque high schooler across the tracks ballad ‘Right Out Of The Picture’, the waltzing title cut and the slow bluesy ‘Bruised’ with its wicked game mood and greasy, honking late night back alley sax. Clearly sharing a great affection for the period, they sound like they’re having a great time, and, whether it happen to be your particular quiff or not, the vibe is definitely catching, daddy.

--Mike Davies @Folking.com

Ollie Vee emerged out of the wild swamp lands of Southern Ontario a couple years ago and since then they have created a pretty good name for themselves.The band's sound ranges from rockabilly to country to Americana all with a kool 50's/retro vibe .A demo of a few songs managed to snag a fair amount of airplay and that lead to a genuine buzz about these kats. So now we have " Lonesome Girl " the bands debut album and it more than lives up to all the fuse about them.We get 13 solid original tracks that range from ballads to nifty little rockers.At times this is smoldering,haunting, brooding and capitaving. For some reason I get the feeling this would make a great soundtrack to a really good David Lynch film.

Highlights include " Party Fools", "Paper Hearts","Luck Like Me" and "Hip Shakin' Baby". This is one album that may catch you a bit off guard but it pulls you in and makes for an interesting and enjoyable listen. It also has a koolness about it that haunts you and you gotta like that. Diffidently worth checking out!

--Slams reviews

SIZZLING ALBUM OF THE WEEK: Ollie Vee – Lonesome Girl (Dang Snapit) :: Here’s a tattooed up the wazoo chicka-boom trio that knows how to slap an album design together and then slap a like-minded record inside it that easily evokes the album cover aesthetic that shows a tarted up solitary skirt longingly looking out a hotel room window at the obligatory blinking red neon sign that’s bathing her deep blueness in shards of cascading crimson like she’s in an Edward Hopper painting.

Lissen, any song that begins with the line: “Well, we get hopped up every night” like “Looking For A Fast Time” does is my kinda album. But lest you go thinkin’ that this is some kinda Tonight’s The Night dour downer, lemme tell ya that it’s an uptempo rock-a-billy rave up that owes its more melancholy moments to the David Lynch and Angelo Badalamenti produced Floating Into The Night album that songstress Julee Cruise waxed way back in 1989. In fact, this entire baker’s dozen of slinky swinging songs would be right at home on the jukebox at the Double R Diner. And if you don’t believe me, just ask Norma Jennings the next time you drop by for a slice of cherry pie and—excuse me—a damn fine cup of coffee.

So if any wiseacre tries to brace you into thinking that Ollie Vee’s Lonesome Girl is some kinda tremolo tribute to the late lamented likes of Roy Orbison or Handsome Ned, well, you just blow a thick pardon my dust plume of second hand smoke into their smug mugs ’cause hep cats like us, we both know a whole heckuva lot better, don’t we? That’ll be the day.

--Jeffrey Morgan:authorized biographer of both Alice Cooper and Iggy Pop & The Stooges