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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.

Slapback Johnny’s new video “Hoggin’ Around”

Posted by Dee-Ann On January - 30 - 2015

slapback johnny hoesSlapback Johnny is a rockabilly-trio that has been rocking since 2012. Playing loads of festivals, venues and bars in the Netherlands, France, Belgium, Germany and Ireland to spread the word of rock ’n’ roll! Until now their discography contains a debut e.p. from 2012 and “Doin’ Time” in 2013. But that’s soon to change… In 2015 the trio will release at least two songs with videos to give everyone the chance to get a taste of the live-experience that is Slapback Johnny. Enjoy “Hoggin’ Around” and be sure to see a gig in person!

 

 

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Blogger, musician and fashionista: Lexi DeRock!

Posted by drew On January - 22 - 2015
Lexi DeRock is a self-described “pin-up in search of things bygone and glam.”  A blogger, musician, and fashionista, she has been involved with the rockabilly scene across the globe.  Below we get to know this buxom beauty.
lexi2First off, you’re a bit of a world traveler.  Tell us about that?

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Is there any rockin’ going on at the Barrel Organ Museum?

Posted by Dee-Ann On November - 5 - 2014

2014_draaiorgel museum (3)Some people ask me, why are you playing at a museum? I do have to admit that I never thought I ever would nor could I imagine that it would be as crazy as it is at the Barrel Organ Museum in Haarlem, the Netherlands. First of all, the interior is quite unique. I have never seen such gigantic colorful organs, filling up entire walls. I can’t stop looking at them, because there are so much details, little dolls, musical instruments, beautiful woodcarving. The people who work there are eager to tell you everything about the history and working of each organ. I took a peek at the back of the big one behind us. They used to get their music from organ books. Each song has one book which consist of very long strips of carton with holes in it which controled the notes and instruments of entire songs (very long way to explain it, I know). Now they have a digital device containing thousands of songs.

They used to be part of traveling county fairs. Big tents with seats and tables on the side and a wooden dancefloor in front of an organ, being the heart of the county fair back in the days. Way back, before all the pumping bass and screaming electronic music that you hear nowadays.

Antique barrel organs are in this museum and still working, even playing rock and roll songs as loud as your ears can bear.

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So-Cal Rocket Dynamics interview

Posted by Dee-Ann On October - 8 - 2014
socal2Tell us about your band, where are you from?
Bobby Coddington – Upright Bass and Vocals.
Rich Contadino – Lead Vocals.
Mark Powell – Drums.
Matt J. Britton – Guitar and Vocals.
We’re from Los Angeles, California.  Some people call it the city of angels.  Other people would argue that it’s far from that.  Regardless, it’s the birthplace of the jet age style and hot rod culture which inform the So-Cal Rocket Dynamics creative aesthetic.How and when did you start?
Rich and Bobby met while both were working in the animation industry.  They did stints together in a couple of LA bands, with Bobby on electric bass and Rich on drums.  At a certain point, Bobby took the plunge into rockabilly, learning upright bass and writing the band’s debut album, Santa Susana Meltdown, with Rich on both drums and lead vocals.  Original SCRD guitarist Jason Karp played on the album as well.  Mark found the band by way of MySpace (having fallen in love with a couple of songs posted by the band there), and Matt came in as the band’s new guitarist shortly after the first album was completed.Describe your music style.
We’re trying to create a contemporary version of rockabilly music.  Rockabilly bands tend to trot out the same old musical and thematic clichés over and over again until the music becomes stale.  We’re striving to write and perform rockabilly songs which sound fresh, alive and contemporary.  Mark’s drumming is harder pounding and more elaborate than you generally get with a rockabilly band, and Rich isn’t afraid to take his vocals to someplace more punk when that’s what’s right for the song.
How did your love for this music start, which age, which artists influenced you?So-Cal Rocket Dynamics - Photo by Ash Sutton
For Mark it started with Stray Cats when he was eight and discovered Built For Speed, listening to it over and over again, loving that vintage yet modern sound.  It happened again when he was twenty with Reverend Horton Heat, hearing a similar mix of old and new that blew him away.  As a rockabilly guitarist, Matt’s mostly been influenced by Brian Setzer and Link Wray.  As a songwriter, he leans more toward Social Distortion.  Hopefully these disparate influences have shaped the band’s sound in an interesting and eclectic fashion.Do you write your own songs?  
Bobby and Matt are the band’s primary songwriters, but they take entirely different approaches to the task of crafting new material.  Bobby’s songs are very personal and heartfelt stories of real experiences in his life.  Conversely, Matt’s songs are more like little movies about characters he dreams up in his head.

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Glamour, class and style and Sue Moreno

Posted by Dee-Ann On September - 30 - 2014

Sue Moreno and Chris Casello at the FrySue Moreno is Always up to something. Touring, working with other great guitar artists and releasing a glamour calendar. Time to ask her about the things that are going on in her musical life.

Your latest album City by Night you worked with Chris Casello.
How did you meet him?
* Chris and I worked together during an Elvis tribute tour we did for two years throughout Europe. We also performed Fever at that tour, which we both very much enjoyed playing. As I  was booked in the States when the tour was over, we decided to record a few tracks- including Fever.
We had a great click at the studio and enjoyed working together. So we decided to make it into an album that we recorded in two different timeframes. The Fry Pharmacy studio [ www.frypharmacyrecording.com and be treated to one of our recordings as you open the page]  added a lot to our feel as it is all analog with equipment used in worldfamous RCA Studio B!

Chris & Sue Proofs 68Can you describe the process of writing songs together?
As Chris was in Nashville at the time and me in Holland, we started writing separately, sharing demos and lyrics and working it out in details as we got together.
We both worked on music as well as lyrics, but my focus was a bit more on lyrics, and Chris music.

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Rockin’ Surf

Posted by Rocky On September - 29 - 2014

Hello boppers ’n kittens, long time no review! I will make that up to y’all! 😀

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The cd cover!

Last month I was at the driveinn barn. I was taking my latest treasures (vinyl off course) to my tent, when a guy called Stephen came up to me. He wore a waistcoat, with Edwardian pocketwatch and crepe sole shoes. He introduced himself, and his lovely family. His kids where all in style, waistcoat and all, just like their dad! He asked me if I could listen to his new album, which also is his first, from his band The Surfaders. I heard about them, they’re from my hometown Rotterdam. I told him that I could write a review if he liked that. Which of course, Stephen did 😀

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The Surfaders

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The 24th Street Wailers

Posted by Dee-Ann On September - 17 - 2014

24streetwhere are you from? We are from Toronto, Ontario, Canada
How and when did you start?  We started after meeting in music school and having a mutual love of blues and 50’s Rock n Roll.  I was glad to find 4 people to start a band with and not just have a backing group.  Each member, Emily Burgess-Guitar, Jon Wong-Tenor Sax, Jesse Whiteley-Piano and Michael Archer-Bass are talented and a feature in their own right.  
Describe your music style?  We are a 50’s RnB band.  

How did your love for this music start, which age, which artist?  I’ve always loved music, of all kinds, for as long as I can remember but when it comes to 50’s RnB I would have to say that Little Richard was the first to really move me.  I would have been around 10 years old then.  
Who did influence you?  My influences are very eclectic, however my main influences when it comes to the world of R n B would have to be Little Willie John,  Mickey Baker, Little Richard, and most importantly Nick Curran.  He was a great singer, guitarist and drummer.  He really brought this music forward for a whole new generation to hear and see.


Do you write your own songs?  Yes I write the songs, along with Emily the guitar player, we play a few covers but the lions share of the music is original. 

If so, where do you get your inspiration? Real life, or total fantasy.  I would say my song content comes very much from real life,  Emily on the other hand likes to mix some fantasy in with hers.  
Do you write together? We have in the last year begun to write together but up until this point the  song writing was very separate and we’d bring them in when either Emily or I was done with them.  Now we’re a bit more open to writing with each other. 

(Tell us about your latest cd)

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