Sunday, December 14, 2008

Various Artists - Hotels, Motels & Road Shows (1978)

Oh boy, oh boy, oh boy, oh boy! It's the holiday season coming up alright. Yet another bag of goodies here. This album is the perfect example of what I dig about Southern Rock. Ladies and gentlemen: it's the jackpot!
I knew about this album for a long time, and I wanted it really bad. But I never found a copy. But how cool is that? To find it's everything I'd expected, and then some..
"Hotels, Motels & Road Shows" is a compilation album, chockful of Capricorn recording artists. But this is no cheezy-cheapo-cash-in greatest hits of the label. No, no, no, no. It's a 1978 Rebel Jam! All exciting live performances, classic Southern Rock, and a guaranteed good time. And these tracks haven't been released on albums by the artists themselves. And some artists never released a live album to begin with. The artists: Stillwater, Elvin Bishop, The Allman Brothers Band, Bonnie Bramlett, Dickey Betts, Grinderswitch, Sea level, , The Marshall Tucker Band, Wet Willie and Dixie Dregs. You get the whole spectrum of Southern Rock on one album. Well, it gets very close to that. This is really, really good. Up among the bestest. For real!


Skydogg said...

01 - Out on a Limb - Stillwater
02 - Mind Bender - Stillwater
03 - Grand Larceny - Sea Level
04 - Refried Funky Chicken - Dixie Dregs
05 - Fire on the Mountain - The Marshall Tucker Band
06 - Superstar - Bonnie Bramlett
07 - You're So Fine - Grinderswitch
08 - Travelin' Shoes - Elvin Bishop
09 - Take the Highway - The Marshall Tucker Band
10 - Teaser - Wet Willie
11 - No Hard Times - Richard Betts
12 - Are You Lonely for Me, Baby? - Gregg Allman
13 - Statesboro Blues - The Allman Brothers Band

Anonymous said...

Thanks for posting this!

It made me recall "Alive Down South" (CD, 1997 White Clay Records), which has some overlap with this LP from the Rebel Jam, plus other tracks from Rebel Jam and other live shows of some of the same bands.

Here's the tracklist:

1. Out on a Limb - Stillwater (Rebel Jam '78)
2. Mind-Bender - Stillwater (same show)
3. Take It off the Top - Dixie Dregs (Rebel Jam)
4. Macon Bacon - Dixie Dregs (same show)
5. Stealin' Watermelons - Elvin Bishop (Rebel Jam)
6. Goin' Fishin' - Elvin Bishop (same show)
7. Grits Ain't Groceries - Wet Willie (live at Roxy, LA 1976)
8. Everything That 'Cha Do (Will Come Back to You) - Wet Willie (same show)
9. Take Out Some Insurance - Sea Level (live at Roxy, LA 1976)
10. Tidal Wave - Sea Level (same show)
11. Statesboro Blues - Allman Bros. (1976 Nasauu Coliseum)
12. One Way Out - Allman Bros. (same show)
13. Hot 'Lanta Jam/Little Martha - Oakley (Sea Level with the Dixie Dregs, Rebel Jam)

It's OOP and available on Amazon...

Skydogg said...

Looks like a hot item to have. Do you know anybody who would be inclined to provide a rip? Can't have all that good music unavailable, can we?

Luc said...


I own the "alive down south".

There was 2 version of the "Hotels,...". One with only one LP and one with two LPs.

Anonymous said...


I only have the "Hotels, Motels And Roads Shows" double vinyl; I didn't know the "Alive down South " compilation.

Maybe if you had a premium account you´ll getit here:

Good luck!


Anonymous said...

Many thanks, man! This vinyl has been collecting dust since the turntable died. Can't wait to get reacquainted.
~ Paco

Donovan S. Brain said...

Aw, man, I used to have this on 8-track. I saw most of these bands back in the day - Allmans, Grinderswitch, Marshall Tucker, Wet Willie, Sea Level before they were famous, but that's because I lived in Statesboro and they all came for the blues. Thanx!

Anonymous said...

'n THANKS for this'un too! Bonnie is great, as well as the others. Nice pick!

- MoonBear

Ray said...

I've had this album for decades, nice to not have to rip it myself. Thanks -

Steve said...

Thanks for this I recall having a similar compilation in the U.K on vinyl, sadly long lost so don't recall the title/tracklist.

Max said...

Hey man, this link is broken.. Please, repost this great album ! Thanks.. ;)

Skydogg said...

New link up :-)

Max said...

Thanks man ;)

Jim said...

Wow I love this album. Bought it when it came out. Playing it now. Holy sh#t.

rintesh said...


Skydogg said...

Make sure you get the other one too?
Enjoy! ;-)

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