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Pinup of the week: Miss Christine

Posted by admin On October - 23 - 2017
My name is Christine Leanne Wood.  I just turned 36 in August. I have recently discovered the world of pinups and rockabilly. I have fallen head over heals for this lifestyle. I am a Property Manager in commercial real estate during the week.  When I am not working I seek thrilling adventures. I love motorcycle rides, fast rods, art, road trips, dancing and anything vintage/old hollywood. My main squeeze is music.  I am learning to play my Fender Strat and write song lyrics.  
I took the advice of a friend and did my first pin up shoot.  This was to be a project to build my confidence and bring healing after a traumatic event in my life.  In July of 2016 I suffered a brutal attack.  I sustained multiple injuries and was held hostage for 6 hours.  I almost lost my life that day. It has taken alot of healing but I have found strength in the process. Everyday I am grateful to be alive and for every moment. My plan is to find my purpose, to live my life to the fullest and never be afraid to take chances. Life is beautiful and I will embrace it.

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Pinup of the week: Maggie Leroux

Posted by Dee-Ann On October - 16 - 2017


My name is Maggie Leroux. You might know me as the stage kitten of the International Burlesque Circus, the Amsterdam Burlesque Awards, the Burlesque Kingdom or many other great burlesque events in The Netherlands.

In 2013 I attended my very first burlesque show and from that moment on I knew this was the world I wanted to be part of. Intrigued by this seductive and mysterious world I started dance lessons at Flora Gattina’s Amsterdam School of Burlesque. It felt like I found my home.

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The Rechords – New Vinyl Release

Posted by Miriam On October - 6 - 2017

Melbourne trio The Rechords started their career in 2009, building quite a strong local and evergrowing overseas following, performing in the realm of over 450+ shows.
The guys from Australia have a full sound for acoustic guitar, electric guitar and upright bass, but it’s the 2 and 3 part harmonies and varied lead vocals that give this band it’s individuality and punch.
With their self-written songs, they have a unique style, closely related to Americana, with an influence of old timey Hillbilly, Bluegrass, alternative country and traditional Rockabilly.
They’ve played pubs as well as festivals all over Australia, but even the USA and Europe.
Their discography includes 2 full albums; “Bottom of the Barrel” released in 2012 and “Live Rechording” released in 2015.

Over the last 8 months they’ve hit the studio and that has resulted in 10 amazing tracks. Each 2 to 3 months a double A-side Vinyl record will be released along with a digital download.
The first release is the limited edition of the 7 inch vinyl with the singles “Mockingbird” and “Seeing things”.

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Danger*Cakes “Gloomy Girl” tour

Posted by Dee-Ann On September - 25 - 2017
Danger*Cakes is bringing their brand of southern Riot Grrrl Soul and Old School Rock and Roll to the Northeast U.S. this October. The Austin based All-Female Rockabilly band is touring in support of their new three song EP and follow up to albums, Quarter Life Crisis and Dessert First, entitled “Gloomy Girl.” Inspired by the comically wry misadventures of “Ms. American Pie,” lead vocalist and upright bassist, Jamie Bahr, this tongue in cheek anecdote aims to lift the spirits in times of chagrin. Playboy Mexico said, “This young female group rescues Rock and Roll!” Find out why for yourself. Check out for tour dates and release details.
Tour Dates Include:

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The Wheelgrinders

Posted by Miriam On September - 21 - 2017

Tell us about your band
We are a traditional three-piece rockabilly band; Greg on Guitar, Caroline on Upright Bass and Stuart on Drums, from Vancouver BC, playing a mix of original material and our own revved up versions of classic rockabilly songs. We got together in May 2016 after all three of us spent time with other rockabilly and roots bands from Vancouver. Greg and Stuart were playing in a rockabilly trio and we needed a new bass player so Stuart suggested Caroline who had played, recorded and toured for years with Big John Bates, as did Stuart. So The Wheelgrinders were formed and the rest is history.

How did your love for this music start?
Greg: The very first music I ever remember hearing was Fats Domino. When I was three years old I remember singing “Don’t Blame It On Me” down the phone to my Gran’Ma. My biggest influence though is Eddie Cochran, closely followed by Carl Perkins…it was listening to them as a kid that made me want to play rockabilly. Modern rockabilly artists I admire very much are Paul Pigat and Darrel Higham.

Do you write your own songs?
Yes we write our own songs. Greg wrote four of the songs on our debut album and he has a few more ready for our next album. Caroline also writes original songs for us and these will also be on the next album. We haven’t specifically written together as a band but we do all contribute to how the arrangements are put together for our live shows. The original songs are a mix of reality and fantasy. “Hangry Baby” and “Crank It Hard” were written after experiences we had on the road…but songs like “Space, Rabbits Go!” are pure rockabilly fantasy!

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Kitty Rose & The Rattlers

Posted by Dee-Ann On September - 18 - 2017

Kitty Rose & The Rattlers began as “Rockabilly Kitty Rose” two years ago on the East Side of Atlanta, Georgia.

Kitty Rose began back in the 20th Century as the leader of a classic country western band in Northern California. After a successful career in the country western world, touring across the United States, opening for folks like Southern Culture on the Skids, Aaron Tippen, Cake on major stages, performing from The Bluebird Café in Nashville and Tootsies, to Great American Music Hall in San Francisco, and releasing two albums “Greatest Hits” (2005) and “Live at the Ryman” (2007), Kitty pulled off the country circuit to find a muse even closer to her heart, rockabilly.

Describe your music style. Original Southern-Styled Rockabilly with a Jump Swing sensibility. We do not perform covers (unless appearing in tributes like Hollyfest) and tailor ourselves in the Bellfuries/Big Sandy/Imelda vein.

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King Drapes: Rockabilly with attitude

Posted by Dee-Ann On September - 11 - 2017

King Drapes is a Finnish rockabilly trio. They describe their music as: Rockabilly with attitude. The band has recorded music for seventeen different record companies and has traveled around the world for example in Finland, England, Spain, the United States, Sweden,Italy, Bosnia, Estonia, Germany, Russia.

How and when did you start

The band is founded in 1997 . We probably started like the other bands, desire to play music.

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Lucky 757

Posted by Dee-Ann On September - 8 - 2017

Luck 757 is a four piece rockabilly / americana / surf band from Hampton Roads, Virginia.

We’re talking with CORY SPIVEY (lead guitar/lead vocals) and DAN SPIVEY (rhythm guitar).

DAN SPIVEY: Every one of us were obviously born with music in our blood because that’s what links us together. I think we all started our love for music at a very young age with diverse influences. My father being a musician influenced me and I’m sure I influenced Cory. Angel Lopez (drums), being from the West Coast, he brings that whole sound with his rhythms and Sam Haga (upright bass) brought some jazz and blues influences to the mix.

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Eugene Chrysler: Hillbilly Fun Park

Posted by Dee-Ann On September - 4 - 2017


Eugene Chrysler, a rockabilly/western swing band from Tri-state area CT, NJ, and NY. just released their fourth album called Hillbilly Fun Park. If you are into western swing and hillbilly you should check it out on their website (and if you’re not, you should check it too!):

It really sounds great!

But first we want to know all about the band, right?

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Is Vintage Fashion Just Old Outdated Musty Clothes?

Posted by Sophia Florence On September - 1 - 2017

When talking about vintage fashion Many assume that it’s just cheap, used, and outdated clothing. Well, they’d be wrong In this article, I’m going to address common misconceptions about vintage clothing and show you how it can be a good investment if you know how to treat it.

If You Wear vintage print you’ll look like you’re wearing a tablecloth.

If you’re trying to style vintage print chose a solid color that goes well with the print you choose. If you don’t and just pair vintage print with vintage print. It will  look like you just like you stole your grandma’s table cloth.  

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The Palomars about their album: Supper Club Riot

Posted by Dee-Ann On August - 28 - 2017

The Palomars from Vancouver, Canada (on the West Coast), mainly refer to themselves as a rockabilly band, stylistically they range from traditional rockabilly to western swing with some jump blues thrown in. The band was formed in 2011 after having played separately in other rockabilly and country bands prior to that. They just released their CD “Supper Club Riot”.

I checked one of their songs on youtube  and love the sound of the western swing song “Swing Valley Drifter”. So I immediately wanted to know all about them.

Who did influence you?
I remember in my teen years being TOTALLY into Elvis movies, in particular Jailhouse Rock and Loving You. The songs were exciting and he was such an amazing performer who always had 2 or 3 girls chasing after him. I must have associated rockabilly with getting girls. I also loved the swing rhythm of Bill Haley in my teens and the first album I ever purchased was “Rock Around The Clock”. This was at a time where all my friends were into heavier rock and blues.

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Candace Hilligoss, cultmovie actress in Carnival of Souls

Posted by Dee-Ann On August - 21 - 2017

photo by Dinneen Photography

Candace Hilligoss is an author who used to be an actress. She has a huge cult following internationally with her film, Carnival of Souls. In this cult horror, black and white classic, Candace Hilligoss never leaves the screen. Her beauty and presence help make Carnival of Souls a favorite to many people including celebrities like Danny Devito, Gene Simmons of Kiss, Michael Jackson and Lana Del Rey.
Ms. Hilligoss, before her theatre and movie career she was also a Copa Girl at the world famous Copacabana club in New York City. Sammy Davis Jr., Frank Sinatra, Johnny Mathis and others all were on stage when she danced behind them performing.

photo by Dinneen Photography

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Dinneen Photography: “Make every shot count”!

Posted by Dee-Ann On August - 7 - 2017

Photo by: Dinneen Photography – Model: Miranda Youngren

I have always loved the Rockabilly culture and music.

I have always been a big fan of photographers from the age of film. The beauty of black and white film and how it drew your eye to the essence of the photo. The drama and love affair between black and white and the intrigue it built in the composition. I also admired the photographers from the film genre that they had to make every shot count! They had 24, maybe 36 exposures or shots in one roll. I have always gone into a digital shoot with the same philosophy as the photographers from the film genre “Make every shot count”! It just happens that I love shooting with my manual camera as well as my digital camera. There are conveniences of the digital world but I make a point of not relying on post work. The art of lighting is something that cannot be replicated organically by a post program or photoshop. I also really enjoy spending the time lighting that is why I usually tell subjects or models not to touch my work if they post, most are very respectful of my photography.

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Pinup of the week: Miss Laurie Murphy

Posted by Dee-Ann On July - 31 - 2017


I am a 47 yr old mother of 3 (ages 22, 21 and 11)…
I am originally from Sylvania, Ohio but now reside in North Royalton, Ohio which is just outside of Cleveland
I am a Bartender at a great bar in Parma, Ohio called Bar Code
My interests include everything vintage, especially Pin-Up clothing and photo shoots
My passions also include tattoos, modeling, and of course shopping

Photographer Nikki Forte

Photographer Nikki Forte

Pinup of the week: Miss Starlet O’ Hara

Posted by Dee-Ann On July - 24 - 2017
My name is Starlet O’ Hara. Born and raised in California. I grew up going to car shows and helping my family work on classic cars. I am now a proud owner of my own running project a 1965 Plymouth Barracuda. I have always been influenced by pin ups and Hollywoodland silver screen stars. Published pin up modeI, I also perform classic burlesque in hopes of spreading a body positive message to the ladies in the audience showing all women are beautiful and should love the skin they’re in.

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Doo Wop: it all started with guys under a streetlight, in de ghetto’s of America

Doo Wop. Harmonic multiplevoiced sounds, which started in the ghetto’s of America in the early fifties, by African-americans. Soon it was picked up by white groups and caught mainstream popularity, being a mix of pop and R&B(the early days R&B, not Beyonce 😛 ). It caught my attention because of the ’73 movie “American Graffiti”, a movie by one of my favorite directors George Lucas. Groups like the Dells, the Vikings, the Moonglows, Danny and the Juniors and off course Dion and the Belmonds really got me into this music. During my time on computerschool I remember playing a unofficial radiostation called Every day the same songs, but it didn’t matter to me.

I had my first contact with this incredible band the Roomates, a Doo Wop band from England, when I started to become a Ted. On one of my dad’s cd’s, I found a song called You Could Have Told Me. It has been my favorite ever since, and im searching like hell for the single! I became crazy of this band, white Doo Wop with their own sound. So I contacted the guitarplayer of the band, Steve, and we started talking. I really wanted to hear the new album, so i could review it!

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Pinup of the week: Miss Dusti Reins

Posted by Dee-Ann On July - 17 - 2017


I’m Miss Dusti Reins. I’m 33 years old a mother of 7 wonderful children. I’m from Alberta Canada. I’m new to pin up and trying to get my feet wet. I’ve been very passionate about pin up for a couple years now. I love the way it makes me feel. It feels very natural to me, makes me feel sexy.

Ivan Johnny, send us this great interview with the owner of Martin’s Garage record label from Slovenia

  1. Can you tell us something about yourself?

I’m a music lover in the first place and also a record collector. I got fanaticly into music when I was 9 years old, started with Elvis, but I was also exploring a lot of different genres. The wish of being a record label or manager, DJ was always growing inside me. I was spending all my money on records, tapes and CDs … in the nineties I used my knowledge of music when I started to work for an authors society and a few years later for a publisher and a  record label. In 2004 I started to DJ, so music was always and still is my main focus. Read the rest of this entry »

The Paladins live at Lantaarn Venster Rotterdam

Posted by Dee-Ann On May - 29 - 2017

Last year the Paladins visited Lantaarn Venster Rotterdam, but the gig was cancelled due to a leaking swimmingpool just above the venue. “Water was dripping on the electrical system” Dave recalls. The trio has been working on a new album. It has been a while since the previous album was out. During rehearsals some time ago, Dave was getting a powerdrink for Thomas. Thomas played a great sounding surf riff on the guitar. So the instrumental “Powershake” was born. While talking about all kinds of topics, new songs kept on rolling about those topics too. So that’s why this album is a bit different than the ones before. The song: “Who sold the water to the waterman”, is about the dry spell they had couple of years ago in the San Diego area. Farms could not grow their crops without water, and a farmer who had a pipeline of water running underneath his house, could not use it because it belonged to another man who claimed to be the owner of that water.

Dave took out a custom built Fender guitar. Thomas found the guitar neck in a pawn shop in Dallas Texas, which was a bit longer than a regular guitar neck. He bought it for Dave and when he showed it to the Fender company, they were surprised. It came from a prototype 1967 guitar. They asked if they could use it to build a new guitar. He agreed. Instead they build a bass guitar. When they asked him to come over to receive this first new model, Dave declined. He wanted a guitar. So they handed it over to Pete Townsend.

Dave and Thomas were full of fun stories during the show and ofcourse as always the audience was blown away by their great perfomance and the typical Paladins guitar sound of Dave Gonzalez. Songs of their new album “New World” sounded more mature but still Paladins. The crowd sang like a big choir on Keep on loving me “Whoooa yeah!”

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Hoorn Rock and Roll Sunday: the final Big Bang!

Posted by Dee-Ann On May - 21 - 2017

I was a teenager in 1986 when I first visited Hoorn Rock and Roll Sunday (NL) by train to get blown away by the whole city breathing rock and roll music. A big fifties market, carshows, live music coming out of almost every bar. My best friend and me were walking in rock and roll paradise. After a few years the festival ended.

But in 2007 I was so happy to hear that a new organisation (Anneke Knip, Maartje Brandt, Michel Koppies, Miriam Bosman and many more) picked up the pieces and this amazing festival was back on its feet! Read the interview with Anneke:

The town square is the center of the whole festival, but bars all over town are filled with live rock and roll bands. Every year they got more bands. Since Desperados became the main sponsor, more than 20 Dutch and international bands are present. This year Mike Sanchez (UK), Louis King (AU), The Lustre Kings (USA) and Marcel Riesco (USA) are brought from overseas to shake up the city. A photobooth in an old VW is ready to take your picture, you can watch the dance demonstration from Jump Up Boogie Woogie, men get their quiffs greased up by Sleezy Tiki Barbershop and DeeJay Thomas will take care of the after party. 

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