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Rhinestone Cowboy, Nudie Cohn pictures + New western cowboy boot tips in store.

27 Jul

We’ve come across some more vintage boot tips for cowboy boots (we had these in store a little while ago!) They are now available at the garage for $20 each… they feature gold details on silver caps such as cowboys, horses and horse shoes and steer skulls.  

Sorting through the boot tips got us in a western kinda mood and we got to thinking about great western wear, and the fantastic suits created by Nudie Cohn… The embroiderys and motifs created by Nudie on his famous suits are a huge inspiration to us here at Route 66, we thought we would share some of our favorite pics of Nudie suits with you all…



Nudie Cohn and the ‘Nudie Mobile’


Hank Willams wearing a Nudie suit


Nudie Cohn, George Jones & Tammy Wynette


Nudie himself,  strutted around town in his own outrageous suits and rhinestone-studded cowboy hats.
His sartorial trademark was mismatched boots, which he wore, he said, to remember his humble beginnings in the 1930s when he could not afford a matching pair of shoes.



In 2006, Porter Wagoner said he had accumulated 52 Nudie Suits, costing between $11,000 and $18,000 each.

Nudie and Gram Parsons, Gram wears the infamous suit for the cover of the Flying Burrito Brothers 1969 album The Gilded Palace.

Want more? check out this fantastic blog here: www.theselvedgeyard.wordpress.com they’ve got a great post about Nudie Cohn amoung other things and If you’ve now got the urge for a little western embelishment yourself, head on down to the garage and check out our vintage boot tips and western wear!

-Mr Kicks

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Rare & lost photographs of Rock n’ Roll & Country music greats!

20 Jul



Between 1955 and 1960, popular Cleveland deejay Tommy Edwards photographed the parade of performers who passed through the WERE-AM radio studio for on-air interviews, shooting more than 1,700 Ektachrome slides. Following his death in 1981, most of the collection vanished and was presumed lost. The few images that remained were often reprinted and rarely credited to Edwards, labeled “Photographer Unknown.” Until now…


Discovered by musician Chris Kennedy in 2006, Tommy Edwards’s candid photographs capture the birth of rock ’n’ roll at its flashpoint: Elvis Presley while he was still dangerous; a raw and incomplete Chuck Berry before his star ascended; and some beady-eyed, high-voiced kid named Roy Orbison. It wasn’t just the architects of rock music whom Edwards had in his viewfinder. There were also pop and country music’s biggest stars, mysterious, unknown hopefuls, and vulnerable, deglamorized Hollywood celebrities. Edwards’s passion for photography immortalized hundreds of pioneers of rock ‘n’ roll and pop culture in a setting, the radio studio, that was often unseen. It’s a rare look behind a closed door.

Link Wray

The Big Bopper

Arlene Fontana

Malcolm Dodds

Elvis Presley

Doris Day

Bill Haley & Elvis Presley

Some fantastic pictures in this book, believe us… that was just a tiny preview! It’s available for purchase on amazon If you’re interested!
http://www.amazon.co.jp/1950s-Radio-Color-Photographs-Edwards/dp/1606350722/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=english-books&qid=1309895970&sr=8-1

-Mr Kicks

Abbie Cardwell rockin’ Route 66 threads on the road!

9 Apr


We love Abbie Cardwell’s new album ‘The Bare Bones session’ We’ve been listening to it like crazy at the Route 66 the garage these last few months!

We love it so much that we’ve even decided to name a dress  in our upcoming range after one of the songs on the album… look out for the ‘Candy Store’ dress! arriving very very soon at the beginning of May!

In the meantime, check out these pics of Abbie Cardwell and her Leading Men on the road.  She’s been lookin’ stylin’ in some of our gear!



Port Fairy Folk Festival

The Northcote Social Club


Backstage with Tony Joe White at The Toff

PBS Cup Kaos Day at The Retreat Hotel 


Valentines Day at The Spiegeltent

Live on MTV for the Music Oz Awards

Abbie playing harmonica with The Brothers Grim at The Corner Hotel

Backstage with Justin Townes Earle @ The Port Fairy Folk festival

Abbie Cardwell & her Leading Men party at the garage!

21 Dec

Abbie Carwell and her Leading Men put on an AMAZING performance at our Xmas party last Thursday night, if you missed out be sure to catch a show soon… there new ‘bare bones’ album was just released and it kicks some serious ass!