Friday, April 01, 2016

Introducing Beebe Gallini!

Hello, world! Meet Beebe Gallini - your new favorite garage/soul girl group! Formed by longtime friends Sally Sweet (The Blue Up?, The Cave Gurls, Runes Av Vaskeri, Sally and the Sallycats) on organ and Lynn Zecca (Moody Daughters, Kinda Kinky) on bass, this Twin Cities foursome is rounded out by Emily Cahill Ruiz (The Jim Ruiz Set, Walker Kong and the Dangermakers, Wild Things, The Latchhook) on drums and the fabulous Miss Georgia Peach (The Gloo Girls, Speedway, Rhinestone Chassis, The Short Fuses, Nikki Corvette and the Stingrays) on guitar and lead vocals. That's one heck of an impressive lineup, and the band does not disappoint! The original Beebe Gallini may have been a real piece of work, but her rock n' roll namesakes just want to show you a good time!

Beebe Gallini formed in January of last year - cultivating a live repertoire focused on garage, girl group, mod, and bubblegum favorites of the '60s. The band sticks to that niche on its debut album Need All The Help I Can Get. These ladies tackle (mostly) covers of soul classics, garage rock obscurities, and girl group standards - paying homage to the original source material while also putting their own signature on it. MGP is a total powerhouse on lead vocals, and this band suits her talents so well. If you don't make a regular practice of dancing around your house like a maniac, this release just might compel you to start! And ya gotta love that organ! Standout numbers include the Lee Hazelwood penned title track (first recorded by Suzi Jane Hokom in 1966), the Ohio Express/Rare Breed shaker "Beg, Borrow, and Steal", O.V. Wright's "That's How Strong My Love Is" (famously covered by both Otis Redding and the Rolling Stones), Lesley Gore's 1965 B-side "No Matter What You Do", and The Equals' should-have-been smash "Softly Softly".

Need All The Help I Can Get was mixed by the great Travis Ramin, and it's a name your price download over at his Bandcamp page. If you've played your Girls In The Garage and Nuggets compilations to death, Beebe Gallini is definitely the band for you. Who says that nothing good in life is free?!



Sid Much Rock said...

To the Right Honourable Lord Rutledge. I've mailed he band and the producer, done a fair amount of googling, but I can't find the origin of the "Little Sister" track on here. Can you or one of your garage aficionados point me to the original?

LynnM said...

(Hello and thank you, Lord Rutledge!) Lynn Zecca here, bass player for Beebe Gallini. Our leading lady Georgia Conley Ramin wrote "Little Sister."