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Asked about her real given name, the lead singer, bassist, and songwriter for local New Orleans rock’n’roll favorites Lips and the Trips will only say she that she prefers to be known formally as “D. ‘Lips’ Shus,” thus maintaining a sense of character that permeates her sense of fun, musical perspective, and enthusiasm for performing. “When I was a kid I started out lip-synching to records,” she says. But that’s not where she got her nickname -- that came instead from the prominence of certain facial features and a tendency to partake in provocative give-and-take repartée with almost anyone around her.

When she gets down to making music, though, she’s all business as the rip-roaring repertoire of Dance, Babies, Dance attests. Pairing up with another local New Orleans favorite, guitarist and vocalist Johnny J., of Johnny J. and the Hitmen, this version of Lips and the Trips rocks its way through a scintillating program of vintage 1950s rock, R&B, and rockabilly classics.

The party gets started with a bluesy version of Wanda Jackson’s “Tunnel of Love,” transitions to a lively cover of Dale Hawkins slightly naughty “The Thing,” and continues with a soulful rendition of Little Willie John’s “I Need Your Love So Bad.”

The band also scores bull’s-eyes on old-time classics like Lieber and Stollers’ “Riot in Cell Block #9,” Otis Blackwell’s “Rip It Up,” and Jimmy Lloyd’s “Rocket in My Pocket,” before wrapping it all up with an animated duet on “Let’s Rock a While.”

An updated version of early rock’n’roll roots, Lips and the Trips’ “Dance, Babies, Dance,” offers listeners a completely absorbing trip back to the golden era of 45-rpm hit singles and the glory days of roadhouse rockabilly blues.

 

 

 


 

FUNNEL OF LOVE

THE THING

I NEED YOUR LOVE

THE FLAME OF LOVE

LIPSTICK, POWDER & PAINT

HOMEWORK

TONGUE TIED

ROCK THERAPY

GEE BABY

RIOT IN CELL BLOCK NO. 9

COOL CAT

RIP IT UP

ROCKET IN MY POCKET

LET’S ROCK A WHILE

 

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