Clear Lake, Iowa, February 1, 2008:
I had never seen an Alan Clark performance before, so I
really didnít know what to expect. Man, was I in for a
Shortly after high noon on that cold February day, things
started to heat up as Alan took the stage before a standing room
only crowd at the Surf Ballroom Lounge. Guitarist Graham
Pugh and his wife Ira completed the band's line-up along
with his regulars Alan Wellman (bass) and Alan Page (drums) that performed at the Surf with him last
Alan launched his Tribute to Eddie Cochran with a
driving version of "Címon Everybody"
followed by one of my personal favorites, "Skinny Jim".
Other Cochran favorites were "Summertime Blues",
"Sittin' in the Balcony", "Nervous Breakdown" and "Somethin'
variety, Alan included some Buddy Holly, Gene Vincent, Jerry
Lee Lewis, Ritchie Valens, Big Bopper and a little Elvis. He
dedicated "Chantilly Lace" to the The Bopper's son
Jay who, unfortunately, could not be there due to illness.
Alan also performed a couple of original compositions which
included "I'm You're Rockabilly Man" that had the
audience jumping and dancing wherever they could find a
It was not planned, but Alan could not resist playing
"Peggy Sue" when he spotted Peggy Sue Gerron in the audience. The song was well-received with
cheers and a standing ovation. Also in attendance was
Rockabilly legend Sonny Burgess.
Incorporating a sometimes humorous rapport with the
audience, Alanís high energy performance was well delivered
and well received. It is obvious that the music he plays
comes from the heart. In summary, it was a jam-packed
solid hour and a half performance of Rockabilly and pure
Rock n' Roll. Hopefully, we will see him at the
Surf again next year.