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Digital Subscriptions > Vintage Rock > Mar/Apr 2019 - Rockabilly is GO! > ONCE UPON A Time In The West

ONCE UPON A Time In The West

One of the most vibrant labels for new rockabilly is the UK’s own Western Star. As he marks his label’s 15th anniversary, owner Alan Wilson tells Vintage Rock about keeping the rockin’ flame alive, picks his favourite cuts and salutes some famous friends

Western Star

Photos supplied by Alan Wilson
Brian Gregg of The Pirates at Western Star Studios. Gregg’s Brit rock days go back to the 2i’s and Johnny Kidd
Rock’n’roll legends Marty Wilde and Vince Eager reunited at Western Star’s Somerset studio

The Western Star Recording Company celebrated its 15th anniversary in 2018 in style. Since the label’s inception they have produced over 150 releases and they continue to record and create new material produced inhouse at their studio near Bristol. Western Star’s wide roster ranges from rock’n’roll legends to vital new blood on the rockin’ scene and rockabilly, psychobilly, garage punk and country all feature across the label’s back catalogue. Hear some of the new acts on this issue’s CD. Behind it all is the one-man dynamo Alan Wilson, frontman of UK neo-rockabilly pioneers The Sharks alongside his other roles as musician, producer, publisher and writer.

Western Star originally began as a recording studio in the dying days of the 20th century, but the story started way before then. In the period following the break-up of The Sharks in 1983, Alan already had his eye on the producer’s chair. “At the time of the first Sharks recordings I was a real novice as far as engineering and producing so I had no input really,” he recalls. “I was happy to keep my mouth shut and my eyes and ears open, but I learned a lot from every session I did back then.” Alan’s ‘on-the-job’ training in sound engineering and production began soon after. “There were years and years of recording home demos and recording local bands before moving up a few notches and working in studios. I’m still learning now after working in studios most of my life.”

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