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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!): http://www.eugenechrysler.com/music/

It really sounds great!

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

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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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Johnny D & The Moonlighters interview

Posted by admin On August - 14 - 2017
Where are you from?
 
The whole band is based in western Massachusetts in the US.

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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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Jesus Evil Highway: The Ghostwood Recordings

Posted by Dee-Ann On May - 8 - 2017

In the past few months I heard a lot of people mention the bluegrass band Jesus Evil Highway. The name is all across social media too, so I had to see what the fuss is all about. I visited their vinyl album release party at Posse Bar Rotterdam on May 4th and got the chance to ask them a few questions.

Where did you guys meet?

Most of us knew each other for years, being family (brothers), high school friends or from playing together in other bands, before we ended up playing with Jesus Evil Highway. The last one to join us was ‘Uncle Paulie’ as we like to call him, but that’s already a couple of years back, and it feels like we know him for years.

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SaraLee’s debut album Queen of Your Heart

Posted by Dee-Ann On November - 14 - 2016

saralee-band-pic-qummaartSaraLee’s website tells us: ‘SaraLee is the queen of rhythm ‘n’ blues and rockabilly lovers’ hearts! Her soulful voice and flirty attitude has brightened many stages from Finland to Germany and she is yearning for more.’

They play rhythm ‘n’ blues spiced up with swing, jazz and rockabilly. They love to mix different types of roots music and make it sound unique.

Rhythm and blues/ Jazz is the style I like. She made me cursious. Who is SaraLee, and what makes her tick?

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Ship Ahoy!

Posted by Rocky On October - 24 - 2016
Wim, the guitarist.

Wim, the guitarist.

Hello Folks, long time no review! I know, been busy with a lot of schoolwork and stuff, but now its musictime!

Two weekends ago I went to the CD presentation of the band Dee Ann and the Nightcaptains. You might know Dee as the admin and creator of this page 😉 This Rockabilly quartet, that proudly recieved the Tielman award from mr. Tielman himself, consist of the core of the rotterdam rock and roll scene. The met many years ago in the place to be for rockers in Rotterdam at the time, Jailhouse Place. My mom told me that Jailhouse was the same size as the bar we were in right now. This was in a small, dutch cafe, completlty in style of the title of the album, and when we entered, we heard some fine dutch cafe-harbour music 😛 Some rockers there asked me if i wanted to dj, but it was to crowded and didn’t have my records on me. 😉

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The Test Pilots

Posted by Dee-Ann On August - 26 - 2016

the test pilotsI had some great guests over at my house, one was Tony, guitarist of the Swedish psycho/ neo rockabilly band The Test Pilots.

He visited my hometown Rotterdam in the Netherlands. A nice intelligent guy. Really interested in towns architecture, culture and history. And also a beer lover. We sat down at the Fenix Loods to have a beer tasting experiece. Small glasses of nine different beers.

Tony told me about his band with Matt on bass/ vocals and Pat on drums. He plays with Matt for ten years now, but with the Test Pilots for three years.

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Shaking Bones “Gimme some more”

Posted by Dee-Ann On November - 16 - 2015

artworks-000116278692-a5lqww-t500x500Shaking Bones are a neo rockabilly trio based in London. They recently released their last EP  “Gimme Some More” produced by Rolling Records. I listened to their title song on soundcloud and it sounded very good to me. I like the rhythm and blues influences with the harmonica mixed with rockabilly, so let’s see what this band is all about.

Tell us about the band

Shaking Bones were formed in London in 2014 when Luca Scaggiante met Loris Peverani at Tech Music School. Initially the band was a rockabilly/swing duo (drums, guit/vocals), then the two came across Garry Tyrrell Lynch, slapping double bass player, and began gigging all over the place as a more-aggressive trio.

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Lara Hope and the Ark-Tones

Posted by drew On September - 25 - 2015

lara hope (1)Lara Hope and the Ark-tones are hell raisin’ hepcats from the Hudson Valley. My lovely wife very wisely brought me to one of their Austin shows this last winter and I was charmed not only by their rock solid mixture of classic rockabilly and roots rock sounds, but their extremely energetic live show. Naturally the next chance I got, I set up an interview!

First off, tell us about yourself and the history of the band?

Lara Hope has played in numerous bands over the years. Lara Hope and the Champtones was her first rockabilly endeavor. After Matt’s band, the Arkhams (an internationally recognized Psychobilly band) backed her up for a summer of shows, the band became Lara Hope and the Ark-tones, as her previous collaborator, Jeff Kadlic, who builds custom Telecaster style guitars under the name “champtone guitars” parted. The one and only “Tiger Piss”, Lara’s punk N Roll band (where she plays bass and sings) is still active after 8+ years.

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Brian Setzer “rockabilly riot” all original

Posted by Mars On August - 17 - 2015

Better late then never.
What to write about another Brian Setzer album?
The man has been relasing great albums for years.
After hearing the first track (let’s shake) of the album fear took over as this reviewer thaught Brian sold his soul to the devil but after hearing the rest of the album my mind was put at easy, the album is kick ass and sees mr Setzer in tip top shape with his timeless twang and rockabilly sounds, backed by Mark Winchester on bass ( good to see he’s back), Noah Levy on drums and Kevin McKendree on piano the band sounds fresh and lays down 12 original songs.
One album that can’t be missed in one’s collection.

Brian Setzer

Brian Setzer

A normal sunday

Posted by Rocky On May - 25 - 2015

 

My workstation last Saturday

My workstation last Saturday

I woke up last Sunday, havin’ a hangover from the birthday party the day before. The sun was shining, early in the morning, and i remembered something the bass player of Liptease and the Backstreet Crackbangers (Liptease) told me. They were supposed to play on the cape, here in my hometown, during World Port Classics. I’d spinned the wax there the day before. So I decided to first eat something and comb my quiff before checking them out.

This band, going on for six years now, became extra popular with the dutch show Hollands Got Talent, becoming a good

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Slapback Johnny’s Moonshine Fred

Posted by Dee-Ann On May - 1 - 2015

slapbackDutch rock ’n’ billy trio “Slapback Johnny” just released their new single that goes by the name “Moonshine Fred”. This self-written song tells you the story of an old bastard in Tennessee accompanied while it lets the audience hear a new, more country side, of Slapback Johnny.

To promote the song they’ve also released an official live-video shot at a rockabilly party at dB’s Utrecht. Be sure to check it out, or better yet: go and see them live!

Click here for the official live-video “Moonshine Fred” Click here for Slapback Johnny’s tour-schedule

44 Shakedown album release party “Honkers”

Posted by Dee-Ann On April - 16 - 2015

Friday the 13th of February wasn’t such a bad luck day at all. In fact I had a great time at the album release party of 44 Shakedown, an album I was very curious about. If you want to know more about the band, read the interview: http://www.rockabilly-online.com/?p=10651

haystackThe party was at Rotown in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. The place was packed. The lovely voices of The Haystack Hi-tones singers Jo and Annita were inviting us in. This band just recently reunited after a break of a couple years. Annita has her Starbombers but what she loves the most is singing duets with Jo. They have played about seven times in Viva Las Vegas. Tonight Jo was suffering from a cold, but the show must go on. Everyone in the audience wondered how she could keep on singing and still sound very well. Musicians Richard, Raymond and Jan gave the authentic sound to the western swing styled songs and ballads, on which the perfect matching voices could blend in.

44sd44 Shakedown was the main course of this gourmet music night! We all waited to hear the songs they’ve recorded on their second album “Honkers”. Five well dressed men, looking like they’re coming right out of a black and white 30’s movie, set foot on stage and right away the joint was jumping. Early rhythm and blues, Chuck Willis, jazzy balads, charleston rhythms. Both Tim and Louis make the big difference with their saxophone harmonies. Ben is a very modest but capable drummer, who drums in the old rhythm and blues style and some big band rolls too. Nice thing is that Aram and Marcel both take turns to the lead singing parts. This band got it all together and really is a live must see. Before I left Ben proudly handed me their cd. And what a production it is!

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R.I.P. Carl da Silva

Posted by Miriam On April - 1 - 2015

11031136_850779544988518_7783072999741533192_nWe received the sad news that Carl da Silva passed away this week.
Carl was the frontman of the Rockabilly band Carl & the Rhythm All Stars.
A traditional 50’s rockabilly band, with members from both France and Portugal.
They started up in 2002 when Carl and Pedro Pena, longtime friends and fellow musicians met up in Paris to create a band.
Their sound can best be described as wild and they became one of the most popular bands in the scene in Europe.
Our condolences go to Carl’s family and friends.
He will be missed, but certainly not forgotten.

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