Born in Oklahoma in 1937, singer Wanda Jackson began performing while still in high school and had signed with Capitol Records by the time she was 20. Her hit songs, including 1959’s “Let’s Have a Party,” climbed both the country and rock charts, earning her the “Queen of Rockabilly” title. She was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2005.
Singer. Wanda Lavonne Jackson was born on October 20, 1937, in Maud, Oklahoma, a small town on the outskirts of Oklahoma City, and lived there until her family moved to Bakersfield, California, to escape the poverty created by the Dust Bowl during the Great Depression. Her father was a musician who noticed that the young Jackson showed an interest in music, so he bought her a guitar when she was six years old. She also attended country music concerts with her father and sang in her church’s gospel choir. When she was 12 the family relocated back to Oklahoma, and later as a high school student Jackson won a talent show. The prize was her own radio program.
It was through this radio exposure that Jackson was discovered by country star Hank Thompson, who invited her to sing with his band, the Brazos Valley Boys. She began performing with them on weekends. In 1954, she recorded the single “You Can’t Have My Love,” with one of the men from the band, andthe song hit No. 8 on the country charts. Thompson tried to get her signed with Capitol Records, but Ken Nelson, a Capitol producer, said “Girls don’t sell records,” so Jackson signed with Decca instead, recording a large batch of songs for the label before graduating high school.
In 1955, soon after graduation, Jackson joined the Ozark Jubilee tour that featured many up-and-coming acts, including Elvis Presley. The two briefly dated and Presley told her to try singing rockabilly, an early version of rock and roll whose name comes from a blend of “rock” and “hillbilly.” The sound was shaped by rhythm and blues, country, and swing. “In 1956, at Elvis’s insistence, I started singing rock ‘n’ roll songs. He had made me promise that I would try to sing some rockabilly, so I did. There were four or five years that I recorded rockabilly music… Once I sang it, I realized I love rock ‘n’ roll, and I can sing it. Elvis was right.”
Rock and Roll Hits
A year later, Jackson finally signed with Capitol and recorded “I Gotta Know,” which proved that she really could sing rock and roll like the best of the boys. The song reached No. 15 on the charts and her popularity began to take off. Of course, Presley’s own popularity took off too. Jackson says about her friend: “I was excited for him. And, of course, I was 17 and 18 years old, so I was a fan of his, as well as a friend. And I was thrilled to death at his success.”
Unlike most other female acts of the time, Jackson wore short skirts, hoop earrings, and high heels—all outfits her mother designed. The female equivalent of Presley’s leather suits and pelvic thrusting, she was the first woman to bring sex appeal to the rock and roll stage. Of her outfits, she told NPR, “I’ve never been able to wear a full skirt; haven’t to this day. And the cowboy hats and those little clubby boots. And I just didn’t like it. I didn’t feel like that was me, because I was a big fan of Marilyn Monroe and Elizabeth Taylor, and I wanted to look like them.” She was so sexy, in fact, that she was not even allowed onstage at the Grand Ole Opry until she covered her shoulders.
For the next six years, through the late 1950s and into the early 1960s, Jackson put out both rock and country singles, refusing to work in just one genre and finding considerable success. She insisted on using only the highest-quality session musicians; their polished sound, combined with her gravelly and wild voice, produced some of the best rock of her time.
The songs that Wanda Jackson recorded and performed during this period—such as “Hot Dog! That Made Him Mad,” “Mean, Mean Man,” and “Fujiyama Mama”—pushed the envelope in other ways as well. Her lyrics were ahead of their time, featuring sexually suggestive innuendo and depictions of strong women who did not put up with controlling men. More than anything, her songs conveyed pure, unadulterated good times. “Fujiyama Mama,” a huge hit in both the United States and namesake Japan, contains the lyrics: “Well you can talk about me, say that I’m mean/ I’ll blow your head off, baby, with nitroglycerine!”
Her most famous song was 1959’s “Let’s Have a Party,” which combined her wild energy, sex appeal, and rebellious spirit. Presley had sung the tune a year earlier in a film, and Capitol considered it a filler track for Jackson’s first album, but she made the song all her own. Jackson rocked out harder than the King himself, and “Let’s Have a Party” remains her biggest hit to this day.
By the turn of the 1960s, Jackson was headlining her own tours backed by a band she named The Party Timers and releasing country hits that climbed the charts as well. Hoping to profit from her popularity in the early 1960s, Capitol released compilation albums of her earlier hits from the 1950s such as Rockin’ With Wanda and There’s a Party Goin’ On. However, her rock albums did not bring in as much money as her country records, so she released Right or Wrong, Love Me Forever, and Wonderful Wanda, three country albums that sold by the millions.
In 1961, Wanda Jackson married IBM computer programmer Wendell Goodman, and they had two children and raised their family in Oklahoma City.
In 1963, Jackson’s album Two Sides of Wanda, which included songs like “Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On,” “Honey Don’t,” “Rip It Up,” and “Searchin,'” combined rockabilly and country sounds to win a Grammy for Best Female Country Vocal Performance.
Unfortunately, her image as a sexually liberated and independent rock star was too far ahead of her time and her rock and roll career dwindled. She slowly embraced country full-time and went on to release dozens of country hits through the late 1960s. She even had her own television show, Music Village, from 1965 to 1967. She recorded singles in German that became huge hits abroad, later becoming an album Made in Germany (1968) and headlined a show in Las Vegas as well.
In the early 1970s, Wanda and her husband began regularly attending church and became evangelical Christians, causing her to retreat even further from rock music and from the bad-girl image she had created in the 1950s and ’60s. She recorded a gospel album with Capitol, but later left the label because it was largely uninterested in producing more of her religious music. Instead, she set up church tours across the country.
The early 1980s witnessed a substantial rockabilly revival and Jackson was invited to play some of her old hits in Europe. She toured heavily throughout the decade. She inspired many female country and rock acts who followed her, such as Rosie Flores, with whom she did a tour in 1995. It was her first full American tour since the early 1970s. In 2001, Jackson played at the Rockabilly Festival in Jackson, Tennessee, and in 2003 released Heart Trouble, which included guest performances by greats like Elvis Costello. In 2009, the 72-year-old was approached by Jack White of the White Stripes to record a cover album. One of the tracks he selected for her was a racy hit about infidelity by Amy Winehouse called “You Know I’m No Good.” She told an interviewer, “At first, I said, ‘He’s gotta be kidding. He wants me to record this? I don’t think it’ll be very believable.” She agreed to do it, even performing the song on Letterman alongside White in 2011. The well-received resulting album, The Party Ain’t Over, proved that Wanda Jackson still wasn’t ready to give up her title as the Queen of Rockabilly.
Waylon Albright “Shooter” Jennings (born May 19, 1979) is an American singer-songwriter active in the outlaw country music and Southern rock genres, as well as making his first foray into psychedelic rock in 2009. Signed to Universal South Records, Jennings made his debut with the single “4th Of July” of his 2005 album Put the “O” Back in Country, which peaked at No. 22 on the Billboard country charts. Jennings has since followed with six more full-length studio albums: Electric Rodeo (2006), The Wolf (2007), Black Ribbons (2009), Family Man (2012), The Other Life (2013) and Countach (For Giorgio) (2016), in addition to a live album, a compilation, and numerous EPs.
Born May 19, 1979, Shooter Jennings is the only child of country music icons Waylon Jennings and Jessi Colter.
On February 13, 2002, Shooter’s father died in his sleep of diabetic complications in Chandler, Arizona. He was buried in the Mesa City Cemetery, in Mesa, Arizona. At the funeral ceremony, on February 15, Shooter sang “I’ve Always Been Crazy” for the attendees, who included Waylon’s close friends, family, and fellow musicians.
Jennings began dating actress Drea de Matteo in 2001. They became engaged on June 11, 2009, when Jennings proposed onstage at the Stanley Center during a show in Utica, New York. They have two children together, daughter Alabama Gypsyrose Jennings (born November 2007) and son Waylon Albert “Blackjack” Jennings (born April 2011). Jennings and de Matteo eventually ended their relationship without marrying.
Jennings married Misty Brooke Swain on June 4, 2013 in Joshua Tree, California.
Shooter Jennings lived the first few years of his life in a crib on his parents’ tour bus surrounded by the likes of Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson and Kris Kristofferson. By age five, he was playing drums. At 8 years old, he began taking piano lessons. He started playing guitar at fourteen and on occasion he’d play percussion in his father’s band.
In high-school Jennings fronted an industrial rock band called KilRaven for his high school’s talent show. in 2011 he released the KilRaven tracks “Only You” and “Prayer to God” on his digital album Missed The Boat.
In 1996 Jennings and his father recorded an album together. They called it “Fenixon” (a play on the words “phoenix” and “son”) but couldn’t find a label to distribute it. It was never released but some of the material was remastered and used for the album “Waylon Forever”.
In 2001, Jennings left Nashville, Tennessee to seek his fortunes in Los Angeles. He assembled and performed with Stargunn, a rock band who, through three distinct phases, sounded like a hybrid of Lynyrd Skynyrd, David Bowie, Guns n’ Roses and The Screamin’ Cheetah Wheelies. The band featured Jennings on piano and lead vocals, Carter Falco, and Kevin Sciou on guitar and background vocals, Curtis Roach on bass, and Lex Lipsitz on drums.
Towards the end of 2001, Stargunn released their first album The Only Way Up Is Down and toured with Saliva, Tesla, Mark Ford and others in support of the album. That same year Music Connection magazine listed Stargunn as one of the Hot 100 Unsigned Artists of 2001.
In 2002 Stargunn was featured on I’ve Always Been Crazy: A Tribute to Waylon Jennings, and the soundtrack to the Vince Vaughn film Made. Shortly after, Touchstone Pictures licensed the song “White Lines N Black Ties” for the film The Crew starring Burt Reynolds.
Stargunn performed together for three years, built an avid following, and earned praise from the local music press. On March 30, 2003, Jennings dissolved Stargunn and left Los Angeles to sort out what he wanted to do next.
When asked about if we’d ever get a re-release of the Stargunn material Jennings had this to say:
“We’ve talked about re-releasing it, but I feel like anyone who still cares has already copied it and passed it on! Maybe one day when we play a reunion where we all perform via satellite from our separate locations, we will release the fury that was Stargunn upon the world!”
After the band’s breakup, Shooter was twice presented with the opportunity to front the hard rock supergroup Velvet Revolver, but chose instead to pursue a career in country music.
Put the “O” Back in Country
He returned to Los Angeles in 2004 to begin working on new material. in 2005 Jennings signed his first recording contract, with Universal South Records, releasing his debut album Put the “O” Back in Country that same year.
“Put the “O” Back in Country” produced his only entry on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts in its lead-off single “Fourth of July”, which peaked at No. 22. The album version of this song features a cameo appearance by George Jones, who sings the chorus to his signature song “He Stopped Loving Her Today” at the end; this guest appearance was removed from the song’s radio edit. Despite the edit, Jones was credited on the Billboard charts. The album featured his new band The .357’s, which consisted of Leroy Powell on guitar, Brian Keeling on drums, Ted Kamp on bass with Robby Turner on steel, and backing vocals by Bonnie Bramlett.
Later that year his song “Busted In Baylor County” was then featured in the 2005 film version of The Dukes of Hazzard, furthermore Jennings portrayed his father in the Johnny Cash biopic Walk the Line alongside Joaquin Phoenix and Reese Witherspoon. His rendition of his father’s song “Long Way From Home” was featured on the film’s soundtrack.
Electric Rodeo and The Wolf
Though recorded before Put the “O” Back in Country, released on April 4, 2006, Electric Rodeo was released as Jennings’s second solo album. Sonically, Electric Rodeo is louder, rawer, more upfront rock & roll than its predecessor.
Electric Rodeo was followed by The Wolf on October 23, 2007. The album varied from his previous records in that the .357s had opted for a decidedly 70’s feel to the instrumentals. It featured collaborations with Doug Kershaw and The Oak Ridge Boys, as well as a cover of the Dire Straits song “Walk of Life”.
That same year Jennings was featured on a duet of “Good Hearted Woman” on Deana Carter’s sixth studio album, The Chain.
Departure from Universal
In 2009 Jennings, having issues with his label and wanting out of his 4 album contract released his first compilation album, Bad Magick: The Best of Shooter Jennings and the .357’s. The album featured four new tracks; live versions of Lonesome Blues, and Daddy’s Farm, as well as covers of his father’s ‘Lonesome, Onry’ and Mean, and the Hank Williams, Jr. song Living Proof.
After the release of Bad Magick: The Best of Shooter Jennings and the .357’s, having fulfilled his four album contract; Jennings parted ways with Universal records.
On March 23, 2009 Shooter took part in CMT Crossroads, a television show in which two musicians are paired with one another and perform a small concert together for an intimate crowd. The episode paired Jennings with close friend and fellow musician Jamey Johnson. The nights set list consisted entirely of duets, including a cover of “Outlaw Shit” from the Waylon Forever album, two Songs from Shooter’s discography; “God Bless Alabama”, “It Ain’t Easy”. As well as four songs from Johnson’s album That Lonesome Song; “High Cost Of Living”, “Mowing Down The Roses”, “Between Jennings and Jones” and “In Color”.
Having left Universal, Jennings changed the name of his backing band from “The .357’s” to “Hierophant”. With the news that he and his band would be joining the likes of Paramore, Bad Religion, Fall Out Boy, Jefree Star, and various other popular rock bands on the 2009 Warped Tour it became apparent that Jennings next album would differ drastically from his previous efforts.
In February 2009, it was announced that the album would be titled Black Ribbons. It was also announced that it would be a dystopian concept rock opera and that writer Stephen King would play a major role in the album as Will O’ The Wisp.
It was released independently on March 2, 2010 through Black Country Rock Records, and although it was seen as a complete departure from his country sound, the album showed off the diversity as an artist and gained him much critical acclaim, as well as a brand new underground following.
When asked if there would be more Hierophant albums in the future, Shooter said “Definitely, when we need one”.
On May 1, 2010 Shooter Jennings announced “Black Ribbons: The Living Album” on his Twitter account. The “Living Album” includes the full studio record and live shows with Hierophant on a USB flash drive shaped like a tarot card. Towards the end of 2010, Jennings with the help of various other artists launched the “XXX” movement to help musicians who struggle to receive mainstream recognition.
In 2011, along with childhood friend and master pianist Erik Deutsch, Jennings formed “The Triple Crown”, a new backing band featuring Erik Deutsch on piano, Tony Leone on drums, Jeff Hill on bass, Jon Graboff on pedal steel, Eleanor Whitmore on fiddle and Chris Masterson on lead guitar.
On March 13, 2012, having signed a record deal with E1 Music, and with The Triple Crown along for the ride, Jennings returned to his country roots with the release of the album Family Man, his first self-produced outing. The album was originally meant to contain eighteen tracks, but was instead split into two albums; One being “Family Man” and the second being the 2013’s “The Other life”.
On July 31, 2012 Jennings was featured in Bucky Covington’s debut single ‘The Drinking Side of Country” from the album “Good Guys”.
Shooter took part in the February 25 Johnny Cash 80th Birthday Bash, in which he sang Cocaine Blues With Willie Nelson and Amy Nelson. The performance was released in a DVD/CD combo.
In October 2012 Jennings was one of six commentators for the Ovation mini series Song By Song: Johnny Cash.
The Other Life
While recording “Family Man”, Jennings decided to cut the darker tracks from the album, and instead use them for the album’s follow up, The Other Life.
“Five of these songs were recorded when we were doing Family Man, and when we were deciding what to do with it we broke it up into two records. The Other Life is representative of the other side of the coin from Family Man and the way my life has been going in a lot of ways, At first we were going to call it The Outsider, but once we got into the film we thought, Well, it’s like a mirror, a dark mirror of what Family Man was.” – Jennings told TheBoot.com
Jennings premiered the track “Wild & Lonesome (Featuring.Patti Griffin)” on the 4th season of the FX original series Sons of Anarchy. Followed by the release of first official single from the album “The White Trash Song (Featuring.Scott H. Biram)” which premiered on RollingStones.com along with the announcement that the album would be accompanied by a film.
The album featured seven new songs, as well as two cover songs (Harry Nilsson’s “Flying Saucer song” and Steve Young’s “The White Trash song”) and Outlaw You, which was put out in early 2012 as a digital release.
Jennings along with filmmaker Blake Judd released The Other Life film. Running at 32 minutes long, it utilizes six of the songs from the album as a sort of narration. The film is about a musician leaving his family to tour, but when he does so he finds the road is not the same, and becomes haunted by a mysterious woman. Throughout the film, the musician is forced to face his darker urges and deal with self-discovery, temptation, isolation and rebirth. The film closes with a short adaptation of Stephen King’s The Dark Tower.
The Other Life went on to win Best Short Film at the 2013 Horror Hound Festival.
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On October 2013 Jennings announced the formation of his new label and multi-format recording company, Black Country Rock. Their initial releases included: A remastered releases of the Waylon Jennings album Right for the Time, two live albums, one from Jessi Colter titled “Live from Cain’s Ballroom”, and one from Shooter Jennings titled “The Other Live”, as well as a recording of You Are My Sunshine featuring vocals from both Jamey Johnson and Shooter Jennings. All four were released on vinyl, cassette, CD, as well as digitally.
On February 27, 2014, Jennings revealed he would be releasing a spoken word follow up to Hierophant’s 2010 album, Black Ribbons, titled The Magic, inspired by first story in the controversially interactive horror series thirteen.
In addition to The Magic Jennings also announced, that after nearly a decade of waiting, he would be releasing the 1995 collaborative album, Fenixon.
Both projects were released during 2014’s Record Store Day, and subsequently sold out.
Towards the end of May 2014, Jennings announced his intention to release two EP’s later in the year. Don’t Wait Up (for George) is a tribute to his close friend and mentor George Jones, which was released in August 2014. Jennings’ seventh studio album, Countach (For Giorgio), was original scheduled to be released in November 2014, but its release was delayed due to the sudden death of Jon Hensley, Jennings’ longtime manager and friend and Black Country Rock co-founder. A tribute to 70’s electronic music pioneer and producer, Giorgio Moroder, the album was released on February 26, 2016 and features guest vocals from Steve Young, Brandi Carlile, Marilyn Manson and Richard Garriott de Cayeux.
Since 2005, Jennings has hosted “Shooter Jennings’ Electric Rodeo” on Sirius XM Outlaw Country channel. The show airs on Saturday night at 6-8:00PM EST, with a replay on Sunday at 10:00PM – Midnight.
In May 2012, Jennings announced via Twitter that he and musician Lukas Nelson (son of Willie Nelson) were in the studio recording an album together. That same year Jennings announced his intention of producing a film based on his father’s life and career.
Jennings posted a status on his official Facebook page during February 2014, stating he would be soon be collaborating with Billy Ray Cyrus on a future BCR release. Also in 2014, Jennings played his first gigs with Waylor’s Outlaws, his father’s band.
Jennings has produced albums and tracks for numerous bands including Hellbound Glory, Fifth on the Floor, Jason Boland & the Stragglers and Last False Hope, as well as Jessi Colter, Jamey Johnson, Wanda Jackson, Brandi Carlile, Marilyn Manson, Julie Roberts, Scott H. Biram, Jim “Dandy” Mangrum, Ron Jeremy, Last Daze, and Billy Ray Cyrus.
Outside of music, Jennings frequently collaborates on The Angry Grandpa YouTube Channel
In 2015, Jennings release “From Here to Eternity”, an ambitious BBS door game that draws inspiration and references from movies, cartoons and retro video games. The game is highly influenced by classic adventure games and is filled with easter eggs. The game is hosted on Jennings’ BBS bitsunrise.com.
The story of the Nekromantix began back in 1989; the band was founded by Kim Nekroman, who just had left the Royal Danish Navy after having lost 8 years of his life in a submarine. After two local danish shows, the band appeared on a big festival in Hamburg, Germany, only six month after their first rehearsal session. This resulted in a record deal for the first Nekromantix album: Hellbound. By that time the psychobilly scene was mainly dominated by british bands, and world-wide psycho fans welcomed the Nekromantix new and different style. The music is best described in terms like “Elvis meets the Wolfman”, add punk attitude and spice it up with a universe of monster movies lyrics. Outrageous wildness on stage and the well known coffin bass have proved that it is allowed to have fun.
After heavy touring all over Europe, the Nekromantix released Curse of the Coffin in 1991. The same titled low budget video was shown several times on MTV’s “Alternative Nation”. This classic album was to become an influence for new bands for the years to come.The follow-up album Brought back to Life, in 1994, resulted in the only psychobilly band ever being nominated for a Grammy Award, followed by a tour in Japan. It is considered by many as their masterpiece and as a perfect album.The fourth album, the critically acclaimed and also controversed Demons are a Girls Best Friend, was released in 1996 and the Nekromantix appeared in the news on Danish national TV, followed by several European festival appearances and tours.Their fifth real album was the awaited live album, Undead’n’Live, which includes all on stage favorite tunes. As Kaptain Zorch said, “they obviously care about their music, and go to great pains to reproduce their recorded sound live on stage.”
2001… The sixth album, Return Of The Loving Dead, was produced and released in the USA, with still the same philosophy than the others. Why the USA ? It is still a great mystery, but some have their own idea about it. A kind of “successful career achievement” parody, or maybe just not to do like the Stray Cats did… Unless it was just a good deal for them, who knows? Even the band doesn’t!
Despite the fact that all their albums has been low budget recordings released on small independent labels and that absolutely no money was spent for promoting, the Nekromantix have achieved world-wide acceptance and been touring Japan, USA, Great Britain, Germany, Finland, Holland, Belgium, Sweden, France, Spain and Denmark.
In 2004, the Nekromantix are back with Dead Girls Don’t Cry, still produced and released in the USA, in record time. Meanwhile, the band is still heavy touring across the world. But most of all, the philosophy is still the same: “have fun and hold nothing sacred.”
2007 Life is A Grave & I dig it, is released, showing that Nekromantix is a band that constantly possess the element of surprise. Never making the same album twice. All the Nekro hallmarks are hit the frenzy, the attitude, the horror, Nekroman’s pumping coffin bass. The difference is the band sounds like hell on wheels. The guitar is cleaner, but meaner, and sounds like the demonic manifestation of departed rockabilly guitar heroes but flying high on his own crazy, skittering brand of guitar wail.
From early days growing up in the southeast Los Angeles suburb of Downey, California under the tutelage of T-Bone Walker and Big Joe Turner to their emergence as central figures in the eclectic LA punk/rock scene of the early ‘80s to their current status as internationally-renowned influences in their own right, the Blasters have spent their lives exploring and expressing the deep and diverse musical legacy that is best described by the title of their first album: American Music.
A performance by today’s Blasters––vocalist-guitarist Phil Alvin, drummer Bill Bateman, bassist John Bazz, and guitarist Keith Wyatt––reflects influences that range from George Jones and Carl Perkins to Howlin’ Wolf, James Brown and Bo Diddley. The band’s 1980 debut album American Music (Rollin’ Rock) was a powerful collection of fresh, distinctive performances that shattered the artificial boundaries between blues, rockabilly, country, R&B and rock & roll. The next three albums for Slash/Warner Bros. (The Blasters, Non-Fiction, and Hard Line) increasingly featured the unique songwriting voice of original guitarist Dave Alvin as the band’s lineup expanded to include pianist Gene Taylor plus saxophonists Steve Berlin and New Orleans legend Lee Allen (“the man who put a saxophone in rock & roll”). As the Blasters’ fame grew, they began to draw accolades from artists as diverse as Bruce Springsteen, Eric Clapton and Queen, and in turn the band encouraged and supported still up-and-coming LA musical peers such as Dwight Yoakum and Los Lobos
In 1986, Dave Alvin left the band to pursue a solo career, and over the next decade a series of renowned guitarists including Billy Zoom, Michael “Hollywood Fats” Mann, Greg “Smokey” Hormel, and James Intveld filled the position. Phil Alvin simultaneously expanded his own musical efforts with the release of two acclaimed solo albums, Unsung Stories (Slash/Warner) in 1986 and County Fair 2000 (Hightone) in 1994.
In 1996, current guitarist Keith Wyatt joined the lineup and the Blasters continued touring steadily in the US and Europe before returning to the studio in 2004 to record 4-11-44 (Rainman). After the departure of drummer Jerry Angel, the band reunited with original member Bill Bateman and subsequently released their 2012 CD Fun on Saturday Night (Rip Cat). Meanwhile, the Blasters’ catalog was renewed with reissues of American Music along with two Slash/Warner compilations (Testament and The Blasters Collection) and the live recordings Trouble Bound and Going Home Live (Shout Factory).
Blasters shows have been described as “a cross between Creedence and the Clash,” with a display of passion and energy only deepened by decades of experience. For all of the ways in which the world has changed in the past few decades, one thing is still guaranteed: the Blasters play American Music.
You’ve heard our name, you’ve seen our records, our t-shirts and our stickers. We’re probably the favorite band of someone you know and yet maybe we’re still a mystery to you. Well my friend, that’s okay, you’re at the right place to get to know the greatest rock-n-roll band in the world, The Supersuckers.
And the next time you see the ‘Supersuckers’ name, whether it’s in the record store, online somewhere, or on the marquee at your local rock club, know that there’s some quality, honest, ass-kicking, hard working individuals behind it all trying to make your life a little better through the “Evil Powers Of Rock-n-Roll” (and the occasional detour into the country music, of course) and we’d love nothing better than to have you there with us as! Just remember to wear clean underwear, because we’re gonna rock your pants right off of you.
– Eddie Spaghetti, Rock Guy
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The greatest American underground rock band of the last 25 years…
– Classic Rock Magazine (2014)
One of the few outfits that can call itself “The World’s Greatest Rock ’n’ Roll Band!” and actually get away with it, the Supersuckers eat Marshall stacks and cowboy hats and s**t out high-volume ass-kickery, Motörheading country music and Willie Nelsoning garage-punk better than virtually anyone else, ever.
– Philadelphia Weekly
If you don’t like the Supersuckers, you don’t like Rock-N-Roll.
-Lemmy Kilmister from Motorhead
They played my birthday party. They rock!
-Eddie Vedder from Pearl Jam
Every time I hear the word ‘Supersucker,’ I’m reminded of an older gentleman who went into the strip bar and the hooker c’m dancing up to him and said ‘Superpussy!’ and he said ‘Soup, please.’
Supersuckers…I love the Supersuckers, our whole band loves you guys!
-Robin Zander from Cheap Trick
The Supersuckers understand that great rock and great country are, at least on a spiritual level, exactly the same thing. Rock on, boys.
The Supersuckers rock ferociously whenever they feel like it and what really matters is ending this sentence with an exclamation point!
-Little Steven Van Zandt, E Street Band, Little Steven’s Underground Garage
Supersuckers… Everyone knows the Supersuckers
-Elijah Wood (SXSW 2008)
The Supersuckers are hands down one of the best rock n roll bands around today!
-Jim Heath, Reverend Horton Heat
Stop listening to the radio and buy a Supersuckers CD, fool!
What type of music does the SUPERSUCKERS play ?. Its called Rock n Roll. What do they do live? Put on a rock show, and they do it better than the rest. I NEVER tire of their music and the Supersuckers are the bands that will make me get up off my ass to go see live and stand in up front in the crowd the whole show…. SUPERSUCKERS are THE Rock Band.
The Supersuckers do NOT super suck!
Everytime I go skateboarding I always rock the Supersuckers in my iPod…
Supersuckers! The hardest working Rock N Roll band in America. I know this because they are in my town every other month in a van. I get tired just watching them. I’m not worthy to be in a rock band! I quit!!!!!
-Kevin from Lit/Good Man Down
The Supersuckers kick ass. If you want to see a real rock n’ roll band, do not miss them.
-Randy Gibbs from the US Ski Team
From Orange County, California, USA, punk unit Cadillac Tramps did not take too kindly to their press tag of ‘bar-drunk brawly blues band’, claiming that they offered a much more sophisticated sound – yet that description was close enough to reality to warrant repetition. Formed in the mid-80s and comprising Mike ‘Gabby’ Gaborno (lead vocals), Brian Coakley (guitar/vocals), Johnny “Two Bags” Wickersham (guitar/vocals), Warren Renfrow (bass) and Dieter (drums), they riffed their way to prominence with an acclaimed, sweaty live show that earned a solid reputation for the band on the Southern Californian club circuit. Their early admirers include Eddie Vedder of Pearl Jam (who personally filmed one show). Their third album, 1994’s It’s Allright, was headed by a title track that concerned Coakley’s HIV-positive friend. The Cadillac Tramps split-up shortly after the release of a 1995 compilation of outtakes and remixes, but reunited at regular intervals to play live shows. A more permanent reunion took effect in 1999, since when the band has maintained a regular touring schedule.
Throw Rag is more than just a rock n roll band. Throw Rag are rock n roll! But let’s be clear about something here; rock n roll, although essentially a thing of great beauty, is on whole, rather smelly and sweaty and dirty and will leave you with a hangover and a suspicious looking rash if you wake up with it the next day. Rock n Roll doesn’t care; it is its job not to care. So don’t even think about complaining. For what it’s worth, Throw Rag formed over 20 years ago in Salton Sea, the heart of the California Desert, the Mecca for all the worlds’ tweakers and crazies. That in itself says a lot about the band. But you probably didn’t see them back then and you almost certainly wouldn’t have liked them. Far removed from the band they are today, Throw Rag were an excuse for nudity and carnage, with music (a kind of acoustic hillbilly punk thing) as more of an afterthought. People came to see them in the same way they’ll rubberneck a car wreck, people, who as vocalist Captain Sean Wheeler noted “appreciated someone dying in front of them more or less”. Throw Rag has been categorized as rockabilly punk and sailor rock. They have blended sounds of traditional rock and roll country and surf. “Throw Rag takes the anything-goes attitude of early Damned and grafts it to the purposefully sloppy riffs of boozy bar punk to get a record that celebrates punk’s cut-loose mentality that’s frequently lost in the dead-serious world of rock’n’roll rebellion.” Billboard magazine.
Although they have not performed in a while, Sean Wheeler, vocalist and captain of this punk rock ship is prompt to mention in a coachella valley weekly article that, Throw Rag never disbanded. “There appeared to be a hiatus but we never broke up. People started doing other stuff. The wind was kinda taken out of our sails. Maybe a bit burned out and broke. We all started doing different things.”
Throw rag members include, Captain Sean Wheeler on lead vocals, Patrick Dean McQueen on lead guitar, Franco Fontana on bass guitar and Chris Von Streicher on drums. And “Our original rhythm guitar player Dan Scorcho Lapham will be performing with us. So that’s four of the five original members on one stage.” notes Wheeler
They were also known for their insane and manic live shows where stripping became a standard by Wheeler and their infamous washboard player Craig Jackman, aka Jacko, who has since retired with his washboard hanging in the rafters. He now owns American Electric Tattoo in Hollywood. Throw Rag have toured and opened for artists, as widely diverse as, Willie Nelson, Motorhead, Flogging Molly, QOTSA, Reverend Horton Heat and The Pogues.
Their debut album, Tee Tot, was delivered in 1999. In 2001, the band recorded a split CD with Supersuckers. 2003 saw the release of Desert Shores. In 2005, 13 Feet and Rising was unleashed featuring guest vocals by Keith Morris, Jello Biafra and Lemmy Kilmister. Throw Rag’s fourth full-length album entitled 2nd Place was issued in 2008. Wheeler jokes about all the monikers he has given himself throughout the years to coincide with the release of their albums. He recollects, “The first record came out and I was driving on the dirt road between Palm and Indian, I got a phone call asking what name I should use for the record. That dude Rico Suave was on the radio, so I said “Apollo Suave”. For two years I was known as Apollo Suave. At first I thought it was funny and then it becomes literal.” In 2004, Throw Rag’s performance at the House of Blues in Anaheim as the opening act for the Circle Jerks was recorded for a DVD release
SLIM JIM PHANTOM : RUNAWAY BOY TO ROCKABILLY KING
Slim Jim Phantom has secured his place as a true rock-n-roll icon. As the legendary drummer for the Stray Cats, Phantom, alongside band mates Brian Setzer and Lee Rocker, spearheaded the neo-rockabilly movement of the early 80s. With a love for 50s rock-n-roll the Stray Cats took inspiration from that bygone era and mixed with their youthful energy and aggression produced the updated hard-edged rockabilly sound that saw them conquer London, Europe and later the U.S., gaining fans among the likes of Keith Richards, Mick Jagger and Robert Plant along the way.
Born in the Brooklyn Borough of New York City, Jim grew up listening to his parents’ jazz records and by the age of ten took up the drums. Immersing himself in the art of drumming and the world of music, Jim took lessons with Mousie Alexander (who played with Benny Goodman), which included the study of jazz and working through books by Jim Chapin and Ted Reed.
By the late 70s Jim was playing in bands with school friend and bassist Lee Rocker and they soon joined forces with guitarist Brian Setzer. The rest, as they say, is history. The Stray Cats had numerous hit singles in the early 1980s, their classic album “Built for Speed” went double platinum, and their song “Rock This Town” is in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s list of “The Songs That Shaped Rock and Roll.”
Summer 2008 saw Jim and the Stray Cats reunite for an extensive tour of Europe. In February 2009 the band headed to Australia and New Zealand for the first time in 18 years – a tour which was eagerly anticipated by Australasian fans.
In addition to the Stray Cats Jim has worked with some of the world’s top artists and has played a part in many successful groups – notably Phantom, Rocker and Slick (featuring long time David Bowie guitarist Earl Slick) which produced two popular albums; The Swing Cats featuring guitar ace Danny B. Harvey; and Dead Men Walking, an all-star affair which has boasted original members of The Sex Pistols, The Cult and Big Country among the rotating line-up. Jim also enjoyed a stint playing with The Killer, rock-n-roll originator Jerry Lee Lewis, and even performed in a now-mythological band called The Cheap Dates with acting legend Harry Dean Stanton, a long-time pal of his.
Jim has worked on numerous other projects including his own explosive self-named roots-rock trio, and HeadCat, co-starring Lemmy Kilmister and Danny B. Harvey. In addition, 2009 saw the launch of Slim Jim’s musical project The Forgotten Saints, a band co-founded with old friends, and former Dead Men Walking bandmates Captain Sensible and Mike Peters. A changing guest role for a fourth band member added an exciting dimension to an already prodigious line-up.
In the last several years, Slim Jim has continued to work with diverse friends and true artists, including Sex Pistol Glen Matlock and Earl Slick. He’s also partnered with British guitar ace Darrel Higham under the band name Katmen; the pair released a critically acclaimed rockabilly record on Decca records, toured extensively and appeared on the British TV show Later … with Jools Holland. This year finds Jim working again with Dead Men Walking, a punk super group that currently includes long time collaborators Mike Peters and Captain Sensible, plus new members Duff McKagan from Guns N’ Roses, Chris Cheney from The Living End and long time fan and fellow Long Islander Fred Armisen of Saturday Night Live and Portlandia. A tour is in the works and the group plans to record in January 2015.
Jim is deeply committed to charitable works, too: he climbed both Mount Everest and Mount Kilimanjaro for Love Hope Strength Foundation (an organization co-founded by Mike Peters of The Alarm that benefits cancer research) with fellow rockers Peters, Robin Wilson from the Gin Blossoms, Cy Curnin from the Fixx and Glenn Tillbrook from Squeeze. The treks were filmed for a National Geographic documentary which was shown on National Geographic channel and VH1. In December 2014, he’ll attend the World Cancer Congress in Melbourne, Australia with the Love Hope Strength group to promote cancer research, spreading the word with music and wisecracks.
Over 30 years and millions of record sales later and Slim Jim Phantom continues to inspire and excite audiences worldwide. With a sound, style and image that remain as fresh today as they ever were, Phantom has cemented his place among rock royalty. Considered by many as the coolest drummer in rock-n-roll, Phantom’s influence is still clearly felt on today’s music scene with countless rockabilly drummers imitating his pioneering stand-up style.
Jim resides in Los Angeles, California when he’s not out touring the world.
According to his website, Roger Alan Wade has penned songs for country legends such as Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings, George Jones and Hank Williams, Jr. He embarked on a solo career with the promotional assistance of his cousin, actor Johnny Knoxville, who occasionally featured Wade’s music on his TV show Jackass. He has also been featured on the TV show Wildboyz. During an appearance on the Howard Stern radio show, Knoxville promoted his cousin’s songs, which were favorably received by Stern and his audience and given frequent airplay thereafter. Knoxville and Wade currently host an hour-long weekly show, “Big Ass Happy Family Jubilee” (named after a Wade song), on Sirius XM’s Outlaw Country channel.
Wade’s lyrics satirically and detrimentally deal with topics and stereotypes relating to redneck and honky tonk culture. Before nearly every live song, Roger states, “this is a song about a girl”. He co-wrote the hit song “Country State of Mind” with Hank Williams, Jr. His songs feature folky arrangements, featuring little or no accompaniment beyond acoustic guitar. His best known compositions include “BB Gun,” “Butt Ugly Slut,” “D-R-U-N-K,” “Poontang,” and “If You’re Gonna Be Dumb.” Wade’s lesser known works are less hysterical and carry a more lyrical tone including “The First Time I Saw Waylon,” “Brainerd Road,” and “Jingle Jangle”. Wade wrote “The Light Outlives the Star” for a friend of his daughter who died in an automobile accident and was later a tribute to his friend and fan Ryan Dunn, who died in a car accident on June 20, 2011.
Wade currently does voiceover work for WUUQ 97.3 and 99.3 FM, a classic country station in Chattanooga, TN. He also hosts “The big ass happy family review”, a weekly show on Sirius/XM radio with his cousin, Johnny Knoxville.
There comes a moment in every Slim Cessna’s Auto Club show when you realize you’re seeing something you’ll never see anywhere else. It’s Slim Cessna in a white cowboy hat and beard, the lights haloing his ungainly frame, horn-rimmed glasses flashing through the smoke. He’s trading lyrics and insults with Munly Munly, gaunt and strange, dressed in a shade of black particular to preachers and burnt down barns. Their voices rise and converge in the kind of exquisite harmony usually found in Sacred Harp congregations, and then the band cuts loose, the best live band in the world, and the two men are doing battle, playing out some cathartic war between good and evil on stage. Or trading dance steps. You can’t tell.
I said the best live band in the world, and I ain’t the only one. No Depression and Spin Magazine have said the same. This is a band that’s held its own onstage with everybody from Johnny Cash to the Dresden Dolls. But you listen to the recording of “That Fierce Cow is Common Sense in a Country Dress,” and it’ll take you just about four minutes before you realize you’re listening to the best band in the world, period. It’s Lord Dwight Pentacost leading the lunatic rapture on his Jesus and Mary double-necked guitar; Rebecca Vera playing pedal steel so sublimely that I swear to God you can see the ghost of Ralph Mooney circling the stage; and, holding down the rhythm section like they have with each other since seventh grade, The Peeler on drums and Danny Pants on the doghouse bass, driving the band, making you lose your damn mind.
They’ve been making music for over twenty years, and there is, quite simply, nothing else like it. It’s gospel music, is what I’ve decided. Gospel music for a blasted world. A world straining and bursting in constant pain, but one that can’t help but overspill with joy – even knowing better. And the songs, Jesus. Songs about Colorado Indian hater John Chivington, alien abductions, patricide, a man born without a spine. This is the wild, bloody and weird America of Harry Crews, the only America worth a damn. It’s what Flannery O’Connor was trying to say when she wrote of dark romances and the grotesque. If you’ve got a heart, these songs’ll break it, and if you’ve got any laughter left in you, they’ll beat it out of you until you cry.
I probably can’t improve on what Jello Biafra said about Slim Cessna’s Auto Club, that they’re “the country band that plays the bar at the end of the world.” But I like to think that as long as they’re around, they can still save us from that end. Or at least from what currently passes as country music.
– Benjamin Whitmer, author of Pike and Cry Father, and co-author with Charlie Louvin of Satan is Real: The Ballad of the Louvin Brothers
Inception: San Diego, 1987
Ex-Band Members: Colin Bryce Fraser III, Bass guitar Las Vegas, Drums Tank Johnson, Drums
Influences: Redd Kross, Butthole Surfers, Speeddealer, the Damned, the Dwarves, Motorhead, the Brian Jonestown Massacre, Brides Of Destruction, New York Dolls, Faster Pussycat
Deadbolt calls itself “The Scariest Band in the World.” The band often features two bass players who are called “The Wall of Thunder.”
The band originally formed in 1987 as a trio featuring guitarist and vocalist Harley Davidson, bassist and vocalist Robert “RA” MacLean, and drummer Les Vegas. Vegas eventually left the band. Other members of the band have included bassist Gary “3rd Degree” Burns and drummer Tank Johnson. Former members include The Phantom (bass and guitar), Bad Time Charlie (drums), Claymore Mines (bass), The Coroner (bass), Coffin Boy (bass), and Colin Bryce Fraser III aka Moose Cutter (bass). Fraser went on to co-found the band Mercury Legion. The latter player alleged to the Reader that “I have never received a single album royalty nor did I ever sign the contract for the release of Tijuana Hit Squad, of which I was there for every session for Cargo Records, let alone its sale to Capitol Records, and any inquiries to broker a buyout of my rights through outside law firms have been met by…persecution.”
Deadbolt’s music combines surf rock, goth, psychobilly, and blues sounds with unusual and offbeat lyrics, a style the band dubbed “voodoobilly.”
Three members of the band were in a short-lived offshoot group called the Strangers 1800, which performed music from spaghetti western films and TV westerns and released one EP, When Men Were Men and the Sheep Were Scared.
Deadbolt drummer Garrett Smythe, aka Tank Johnson, passed in January 2015.
Modern day honkytonk heroes, Gethen Jenkins and The Freightshakers, deliver high octane classic country music with an outlaw stance. With David Gilliard on upright bass, Gary Brandin on Pedal Steel, Dale Daniel on drums, and Jeremy Long on everything else, you’re already havin’ a good night. Add the unparalleled baritone of lead singer Gethen Jenkins, and they will have to kick you out at closin’ time! These boys take the myth making and truth telling that is outlaw country music to a higher level, in a good ole honkytonk kinda way.
With the release of their new album titled “Where the Honkytonk Belongs”, The Freightshakers received a well deserved award for Best Outlaw Country Band at the 2015 Ameripolitan Music Awards in Austin, Texas. Fans continue to show their appreciation and recognition with requests for encores long after the last drink
has been poured.
Sharing the stage with a range of artists from Whitey Morgan and the 78’s to legends such as David Allan Coe, Red Simpson, Dale Watson, Billy Joe Shaver, and Asleep at the Wheel, this band is just getting started.
Their music celebrates the legacies of Haggard, Jennings, and Paycheck, which you will hear in their well-crafted
original songs. the future is bright for The Freightshakers as they continue to build a strong relationship between
song and listener.
The Sun Demons – La Habra, Ca
After 12 years of hibernation, legendary Los Angeles rawk ‘n’ roll firebrands The Streetwalkin Cheetahs have reunited in 2014 to hit the road and take their beer-soaked, fist-pumpin’ hard rockin’ action to the people. Lead by founding members Frank Meyer (vocals, guitar), Dino Everett (bass), Mike Sessa (drums) and new guitarist Bruce Duff (ADZ, 45 Grave, Jeff Dahl), The Streetwalkin’ Cheetahs will be touring for the first time since their 2002 breakup, playing songs off their heralded albums Live on KXLU, Waiting For the Death of My Generation, Maximum Overdrive, Red Tape Diaries, Gainesville and more.
Back in the day, the band toured the world, recorded over 10 albums for iconic indie labels such as Triple XXX and Bomp!/Alive, appeared on over 100 compilations, soundtracks and tribute albums, and were critical darlings, receiving rave press in Rolling Stone, Spin, Alternative Press, Flipside, LA Weekly, and all the hip ‘zines and weeklies. Along the way, they scooped up a slew of New Times awards, collaborated with punk legends such as Wayne Kramer (MC5), Cherie Currie (The Runaways), Sylvain Sylvain (New York Dolls), Jimmy Zero (Dead Boys) and Deniz Tek (Radio Birdman), and shared stages with such acts as The White Stripes, Queens of the Stone Age, Turbonegro, Supersuckers, Nashville Pussy, Reverend Horton Heat, Fishbone, Fear, John Frusciante, and countless others. And right before his untimely passing, Joey Ramone declared them his favorite band…ironic, considering a few years later Cheetahs frontman Meyer co-wrote the book On the Road with the Ramones.
In 2014 The Streetwalkin Cheetahs will bring back their sweat-drenched, high energy rock ‘n’ roll attack back to the stage to defend your right to rock. There is a 7″ vinyl single with 2 brand new songs out in April via Little T&A Records/Big Cartel and a west coast tour with Cheetah Chrome (Dead Boys) to promote it. Several more singles are planned for later this year, culminating in a full-length next year.
Jimmy Carter was on the television, sweating and stammering, trying to explain the gas crisis and skyrocketing inflation. Out behind the barn, 14-year-old Cornfed (Matt Wheeler) was busy building a drum kit out of corncobs, hog bones, and old whiskey barrels. Skynyrd blared from the 8-track in his daddy’s Ford. Little Cornfed learned to bang out primitive rhythms, but soon grew bored and looked for other ways to scratch his musical itch. So he stole a banged-up acoustic guitar from his second cousin/girlfriend, hotwired a tractor, and headed west.
Half a world away in a tiny village in Uzbekistan, a teenager named Christopher Shinkus ran screaming down an unpaved alley. An old woman in a shawl chased him carrying a gnarled stick. She was surprisingly agile, her feet seeming to skim lightly above the path. But Chris got away and kept running until he woke up nearly two decades later in Venice, CA. Some say the curse she put on him persists to this day. All we know for sure is that Chris will never lick frogs and wander naked into strangers’ houses again. Probably.
Little Nathan Walker sat in his mother’s lap. He was 16 and his mom was smokin’ hot, so he just liked sitting in her lap. So what? Who’s to judge? At night he’d lock himself in his room and doodle on a secret notepad he kept under his mattress. Interestingly, the sketches resembled elaborate gear endorsement deals and outlandish performance riders. Nate had always been precocious, and we love him for it to this day.
On the day Jeff Moses played his first rock show, the last witch put to death in Salem was cut down from the gallows. As he packed up his borrowed gear and climbed into the back seat of Huey’s smelly Corolla, he wondered what fate awaited him for his sins. And then the phone rang. Cornfed needed a guitar player.
That’s about it, really. These days The Cornfed Project rocks the balls off audience members every chance they get. Which isn’t too often because who wants their balls rocked off? Regardless, Cornfed (vocals, guitar), Shinkus (bass, vocals), Nate (drums), and Moses (guitar) stay busy driving sonic nails through eardrums, melting faces, and turning fans of hard rock into fans of The Cornfed Project. And you, fucker, are next.
Patrick Dean ’McQueen’ (Throw Rag) Vocals/Guitar
Mitchell Cartwright (Humpers) Vocals/Bass
Ho (Doom Kounty Electric Chair) Vocals/guitar
Jorge E. Disguster (Disguster/ Mr. Mirainga) Vocals/Drums
Mink Daggers are a four-piece punk rock and roll band, hailing from Long Beach, Ca. Their Port city sound has been described as a mash up of the Hellacopters, The Damned and Generation X with a side of the Clash and MC5.
Some years ago, Throw Rag was beginning a tour with Queens of the Stone Age in Detroit. QOTSA’s was playing their last show with Nine Inch Nails and Throw rag was playing that same night, across town. After the show, both bands were all going meet up, at an after hours club, to kick off the tour. Little did McQueen know that he would meet a “Divine” impersonator that night, which would inspire the bands name. She was “Mink Dagger”…
“Before you start to rattle off a list of potential influences that have informed the Mink Daggers ballsy punk pedigree, you should probably know that those influences probably involve bands they’ve already been in. This low key, all-star punk outfit includes members of Throw Rag, The Humpers, Disguster, The Hitchhikers and Doom Kounty Electric Chair. Tracks like “Take a Spill” take a shit-kicking stance on the sound that made OC famous, a jet-propelled style of punk replete with uber melodic guitar solos that combine the best of Dick Dale, Chuck Berry, and Satan. If you like old school OC punk, get to know these guys.” Vice Magazine
Their sound is a sweat soaked barrage and unconventional in that they all switch back and forth on lead vocals, song to song, creating a unique visual of call and response, unlike a traditional front man. Think of them as a hi-energy, punk version of the Beatles.
Their self-titled EP released late 2015, was recently featured on “The Paranoid Squirrel Radio Show”(U.K.), along side The Damned, Ramones, and D Generation and Boston’s “Sleazegrinder Supershow”. Their song “Messing up Monday”, will be released later this month as single on 7” collectors vinyl. With a new record in the works, the Daggers look forward to a busy and productive 2016.
Southern California’s own Rodeo Riot establishes an all out blistering attack on the senses while taking the psycho rock genre to a more distinguished sound from the rest of the pack. Influences range from punk, oi, psychobilly, country and everything in between. Although newly formed, members Ralph, Cesar,Checko and Jade have paid their dues throughout the psychobilly invasion of the 1990’s and 2000’s With members hailing from The Wrecking Dead, Dragstrip Demons, The Slanderin, Ripmen, Grave Slaves and Crash Cadillacs. Members of Rodeo Riot have been honored to have shared the stage with legendary bands as The Cramps, The Reverend Horton Heat, Mad Sin, Demented Are Go, Nekromantix, The Sharks, NOFX, The Offspring, The Meteors, The Horrorpops, Tiger Army, Os Catalepticos, Sick Sick Sinners and The Quakes just to name a few. The band is in the works on releasing its first album and will be having its debut show July 21 in OC
In early 2007, a purebred rock n roll group emerged in Southern California to conquer the music scene with intense lyrics and larger than life sound. The earliest band members, Brian (lead vox/bass) and Nate (drums), unenthused with the yawn in the world of so called “Hard Rock” bands, decided to revive a sorely missing sound with their own hard hitting attempt to send the rock trend on its ear. With a project that would incorporate the earth shattering sound of monumental “real rock & roll” artists such as AC/DC, Motorhead, Thin Lizzy, MC5, Supersuckers and The Hellacopters along with an added thrill of speedy metal-like riffs and punk rock attitude, they created Seven Dirty Words.
The group spawned to life as a 3-piece ensemble playing gigs all around the west coast US. After some personnel adjustments and a self-titled EP, the group sought out to find its true sound. By sheer coincidence, they crossed paths with the retro garage rock styling of Joel Kings and shredder Silvio Stefanini (Raw Power) on guitars to complete the lineup and bring the much-needed fuller sound that they were looking for. The combined talent of the foursome spanned over the next few years, where each member channeled his rocking roots to put together a totally unique sound and message, spreading their testament once again across the West Coast as well as an East Coast US stint. The band then conjures a potion of music more powerful than any of their previous projects releasing a second EP titled “Hard Boiled & Dirty”. Fast forward to the departure of Silvio when he decided pursue other musical endeavors. This led to Joel making the decision to move over to lead guitar. The ensuing year was occupied with more shows and writing new material in the rehearsal studio in preparation of a full-length album. Come 2012 they finally lay down the tracks for the debut album “Blood Highway” with Producer Larry Ramirez of Loaded Bomb Records at the controls and release the sucker on the aforementioned label later that year. The following year saw the departure of longtime drummer Nate and the addition of Rodney Peralta (Albatross Overdrive) on the drums. The next recording effort was for the 2015 EP titled “Cheapshot” mixed and recorded by Derek Philips at Greenhouse Music Studios in Long Beach. Following that release saw the addition of longtime friend Jay Smalls on guitar for live shows. Influenced by hard driving Rock n’ Roll, Punk Rock and Metal…7DW looks to revolutionize rock in an age where watered down music prevails and hard working bands never seem to get the credit that they deserve. No doubt they will shatter that stigma and keep on rolling down the Blood Highway.
Member from The Mental Defects, Wastey Face and The Rift patched together this ragtag group of drunken shenanigans. We are American Folk Punk and proud of it. God Bless this mess!