Honky Tonk Train Blues (single)
2023 / David Glass
Review by Kathy Parsons
"Honky Tonk Train Blues" is pianist/composer David Glass' recording of the Meade "Lux" Lewis (1905-64) piece, first recorded in 1927. Glass became familiar with the piece in 1977 when Emerson, Lake and Palmer included it on their Works, Volume 2 album. A master of a dizzying number of music genres as well as a longtime piano teacher in the SF Bay Area, David found the sheet music in 2011 and decided to learn it for fun. He had a recording session later that year and playing "Honky Tonk Train Blues" was actually a test run to try out the microphone levels without any intention to release it. While recently archiving some of his older recordings, David decided to release it as a single since it shows a different side of his playing. "My performance is probably more likened to a speeding train going downhill than a laid back old steam engine train."
If you have ever seen any of David's videos or live performances, you know that he really knows how to have fun at the piano, and "Honky Tonk Train Blues" makes that clear! Big, bold and fast-paced, this is good-time music! It is also the first recorded use of the term "honky-tonk" in a song and has many of the traits that would come to be identified with rock and roll.
"Honky Tonk Train Blues" is available from Amazon, Apple Music/iTunes, and streaming sites including Spotify and YouTube. It's sure to bring a smile!
October 27, 2023