Guitar maestro Grady Martin is given centre stage when it comes to new release ‘Diesel Smoke, Dangerous Curves and Hot Guitar’ on Atomicat Records. Featuring thirty tracks, this compilation album serves as a vehicle to highlight not only the inventiveness of guitar player Grady Martin, but also to demonstrate his influence over the genres of hillbilly, country, rockabilly, and rock ‘n’ roll. With ‘Diesel Smoke, Dangerous Curves and Hot Guitar’, the first ten tracks feature Grady Martin in numerous roles whether performing with The Slew Foot Five and/or guest vocalists or going it alone. It’s during these opening songs that the listener gains an understanding of those early recordings and influences of country and hillbilly, for example, as demonstrated by Mervin Shiner with Grady Martin and His Slew Foot Five and song ‘Settin’ The Woods On Fire’, made famous by Hank Williams of course. There is a real panache to ‘Long John Boogie’ mainly as a result of Grady Martin’s guitar ironing out some of the creases of its inspiration ‘Oakie Boogie’ and with Don Cherry providing the vocals on this occasion. The remainder of this album is Grady Martin in the role of session musician, and one very much in demand when perusing the track list where a slew of country artists turned some of their output to the emerging sounds of rockabilly with the likes of Lefty Frizzell and Shirley Caddell teaming up for excellent ‘No One To Talk To (But The Blues)’. The album is complete with a string of hepcats/kittens from Elvis, Johnny Carroll, Carl Perkins, Janice Martin, Brenda Lee and Ronnie Self to name but a few, and therefore revealing the respect Grady Martin was duly given by many of those emerging rockabillies and established country artists who no doubt welcomed his presence in the recording studio.