BR5-49 (from the album One Long Saturday Night on Bear Family Records) - BR5-49 were signed on the strength of their live show, and for the breath of fresh air they were letting into the room from the dives of Lower Broadway for Nashville’s Country music industry in the 1990’s. Their live shows were magic, as One Long Saturday Night showcases as BR5-49 revisit songs with the same passion as the original artists brought to the stage. A love of songs was at the heart of the idea for Chuck Mead and Gary Bennett when they met at the Bluebird Café and decided to put a band together. Hero songs are included on the CD/DVD, re-imagining the early sets brought to the world with tracks from Bob Wills (“Take Me Back to Tulsa”, “Right or Wrong”), Carl Perkins (“Gone, Gone, Gone”), Ray Price (“Heartache by the Number”), Hank Williams (“Long Gone Lonesome Blues”), Carl Smith (“Go By Go”), and Hawkshaw Hawkins (“Lonesome 7-7203”).
The original songs of BR5-49 fit in with the versions of other artist’s material they use to create the mood on live shows, as on the title track tune from the pen of Chuck Mead. One Long Saturday Night plays a love letter to pin-up girl Bettie Page with “Bettie Bettie”, remember the punk rocker that danced to a different beat in “Little Ramona (Gone Hillbilly Nuts)”, Chuck Mead’s “My Name is Mudd”, and Gary Bennett’s “Hillbilly Thang”. The CD bonus tracks include standards from BR5-49’s sets with “Settin’ the Woods on Fire” (Hank Williams), the Appalachian murder ballad “Knoxville Girl”, and the 1925 jazz standard “Sweet Georgia Brown”. One Long Saturday Night features the breakthrough hit from the BR5-49 debut with Moon Mullican’s “Cherokee Boogie”.