The Hot String Trio
Acoustic Swing at its best, with a little Hot Club, Dan Hicks, Sinatra, and echoes of Bob Wills. Featuring some of the best violin since Stephan Grappelli and Johnny Gimble, played by violinist Denny Jones.
Leader/founder Denny Earnest handles all guitar, writing and vocal chores, with the bottom end being laid down by Upright Bassist Bill Watson.
These guys have been around for a while - they were the core members of an early 80's group "The Deadly Earnest Band", who recorded on Pacific Arts Records, a label started by Michael Nesmith in coordination with Warner Brothers. The boys just had to get together and do it one more time, resulting in "Atomic Bar and Grill".
The title song is about Denny's family-owned establishment the "Atomic Bar", a real place in Wadsworth, OH. Denny's poetic license moves it to Nevada to give it the proper vibe. "I always remembered the Marilyn Monroe poster on the wall, the Seaberg Wall-o-matic jukebox. It all seemed so Art Deco, that I just had to get it in a song. I always thought Tom Waits could have done a good job on this one".
The trio expands a little with clarinet player Jim Frigio on "One Day At A Time" - imagine Benny Goodman with just a guitar and upright bass. "Bartender Lou", also featuring clarinet, is the story of a bartender who traveled the "Boardwalks" of Red Bank, NJ down to New Orleans.
An old Deadly Earnest number "Stray Cats Home", is re-mixed to give it birth in the digital world. Denny had help from Star Smith on vocals, and was produced by LA's Danny Sheridan, an early "Deadly Earnest" band member.
So for lovers of Swing, Acoustic music, and just plain fun, pop this little CD in your player and, well... Swing.
Oh, by the way, the intro to "Stray Cat" features some real "artiness" - the sound of footsteps, the "turning on" of an old turntable and you hear the record drop... into the past...
Review Billing Gazette (Billing MT) Scott Prinzing 1-5-06
DENNY EARNEST AND THE HOT STRING TRIO, “ATOMIC BAR & GRILL”
If you enjoy the Hot Club swing of Stephan Grappelli and Django Reinhart, then Denny Earnest’s Hot String Trio is the CD for you. Earnest’s original jazz and blues tunes are just the thing to showcase the swinging violin playing of Denny Jones. Earnest sings and swings on acoustic guitar, and Bill Watson rounds out the trio on upright bass. The guys used to play in an Ohio band called Deadly Earnest. Now based in Livingston and performing mostly in Bozeman, they haven’t played in Billings yet. They would be a great addition to Magic City Blues. www.DennyEarnest.com
A little side note from Denny Earnest about the bands past history and Denny Jones. "I remember a gig we did with Asleep At the Wheel" at the old "Agora Ballroom" in downtown Columbus OH, must have been in 79-80, during the soundcheck the "Wheel's" fiddle player up and quit and got on a Greyhound back to Texas. During opur soundcheck Ray Benson was on the wings listening to us and when they got up for theirs they invited Denny Jones to play, well after that Denny Jones was sked "hey want to play on our show"? So Denny jones played with Asleep at the Wheel the whole set and was featured about on every song, he knew every song did harmony parts quite a show, and of course was asked to join the band and get on the bus etc... but Denny thought long and hard we had just put out our first "Deadly Earnest" LP and we were getiing signed by Mike Nesmith to his "Pacific Arts" Label, and Warner Brothers, so much to our great suprise he told "Ray Benson" no......... we were floored cause we thought well there goes the band. He stayed, what a night!" as re-told by Denny Earnest......