Johnny Law & The Pistol Packin’ DaddiesJohnny Law’s ever evolving style encompasses the great sounds of the 1950’s with styles such as Rockabilly,Americana, Country and Rock and Roll with a Mexican influence. He hails originally from Perth, Western Australia,but has toured extensively and has become an eternal traveller, constantly developing and absorbing influencesand inspiration from the global music community.Johnny’s discography includes Doggin’ It Home (2004), Crazy Love (Rhythm Bomb 2005), I’ll Get It Right (Rhythm Bomb 2009) and Without Reason (Bundoora Records 2012).The Pistol Packin’ Daddies line–up includes Jon Matthews on lead guitar, Marcus Gordo on Upright Bass, John Brown on Drums and Johnny Law on vocals and rhythm guitar.Marcus Gordon – Double Bass / GuitarMarc has been playing guitar for over 40 years and has been a professional musician for most of that time. He started playing in his home town of Melbourne playing with such iconic Australian musicians as Matt Taylor, Phil Manning and Billy Thorpe. After moving to Perth, he has been playing with Rick Steele for over 20 years, taking up the Double Bass has given Marc another outlet for his musical interests, playing with Perth rockabilly greats, Johnny Law, Rusty Pinto, The Continentals and The Roadmasters.John Brown – Drummer / Bassist / Musical DirectorJohn Brown is a journeyman musician in Perth’s Country, Folk, Blues, Soul, Indie Rock and R&B scenes. Known for his solid, no-nonsense musical approach, impressive stylistic knowledge and a broad credits list, he can be seen playing bass and drums in many local ensembles. He brings an attitude of excellence and professionalism to every musical situation.He can currently be seen playing drums with Johnny Law and The Pistol Packin’ Daddies, Shotdown From Sugartown, The Odette Mercy Trio, David Craft, The Big Old Bears and Lucy Peach as well as freelancing locally.Jon MatthewsJon Matthews is a full time professional musician from Perth and has worked as a guitarist and teacher for the last 3 years. He currently works with Johnny Law & The Pistol Packin’ Daddies, Stratosfunk, the Darling Buds of May and Rusty Pinto’s combo, Shotdown from Sugartown. He has played major festivals and other events all over Australia and Europe.
The band has played at many major International and National Festivals over the past seven years, seducing audiences across the globe. The inventory of festival appearances includes:High Rockabilly Festival, SpainRockabilly Day Festival, BelgiumGreazefest Rockabilly Festival, AustraliaWintersun Rock and Roll Festival, AustraliaGarterbelts and Gasoline Festival, AustraliaCamperdown Rockabilly Festival, AustraliaCruise Inn, AmsterdamMotorcycle Gang Jamboree, ItalySummer Jamboree, ItalyIn 2012 the band toured Europe and played at the Summer Jamboree festival in Italy to the largest crowd ever played to by the band. This was definitely the highlight of the band’s career.Reviews :“They had a very raw, real, traditional rockabilly sound. To me, they have a mix between Johnny Carroll, The Johnny Burnette Trio, and early Elvis Sun Records stuff and throw in a bit of a modern sound as well.”Jay from the Opening Set(www.theopeningset.com/featured-artist/johnny-law/)“With an energetic live act, this band shows off its style of classic rockabilly mixed with swing, rare vocals, catchy ballads and even some Mexican influences. And watch out for the Dick Dale influenced solo (once and once only)”. Rootscd.com
Interview with Johnny Law: Johnny lays down the Law!1) Confirm band members and names (and band name!) – real names? All band names except mine (Johnny Law) are real names. Mine is a knick name.2) Why did you pick your band name? Johnny Law started as a knick-name and then the whole Pistol Packin’ Daddies thing just came from the song, Pistol Packin’ Mama. How did you form? The band had been going since 2001 and seen a few line up changes prior to meeting up with the latest members and deciding we all made a perfect fit. We all have the same musical tastes and aspirations and enjoy playing music together. Why did you decide to play the genre or genres you do? This genre of music is something we’ve all been interested in as individuals for many years so it was a “no brainer” really.3) Do you write out your lyrics? I (Johnny Law) do write all my own lyrics. I’ve never collaborated with another writer before with lyrics. I have done with music, but never lyrics. Maybe I should try this some time? Do you ever change a song’s lyrics in live sets? Only by mistake.4) Where do you usually gather songwriting inspiration? Sometimes from everyday life or my own experiences and sometimes I just enjoy writing a fictional story. What is your usual songwriting process? I usually write the music and then fit the lyrics to the melody I’ve made up.5) Do you have a band website? http://www.johnnylaw.com.au Do you have a Facebook or Twitter? The band does have a facebook site. https://www.facebook.com/johnnylawband?ref=hl Do you use Bandcamp, Spotify to share your music? At this stage we don’t have a Bandcamp or Spotify account but may look into this in the future.6) Do you think that online presence is important for fans to find you and critics to find your music to write about? I think this is crucial these days. If you want to get your name and your music out there to the fan, you absolutely must have an online presence.7) Anything you would like share, from new merch to upcoming shows/tours or songs/albums? Look out for our new tour in 2015.8) What was your favorite live-music performance, and why? The Summer Jamboree Festival in Italy in an open air castle. The biggest crowd we’ve ever played to and having our faces up on the big screen while we performed. We’ll never forget this day.
Rhythm Bomb Records says “Hailing from Melbourne, this outfit is around since 1996 and its members have played all aussie RnR bands from Benny & The Flybyniters, Dancehall Rackateers, Stringbusters, Starliners or Straight 8’s. We met them at the Rockabilly Rave, backing up Scotty Baker and were really impressed. Music On The Up Beat is a re-release of their aussie version and is limited to 500 copies. An LP release will follow in September.” Track Information and Credits etc:The Band are:
- Hank Ferguson – Vocals and Rhythm Guitar.
- Dave Cantrell – Lead Guitar, Steel and Vocal Harmonies.
- Til Vex – Bull Fiddle and Vocal Harmonies.
- Andrew Lindsay – Drums
- Guest Artist – Ezra Lee on “Bare Knuckle Ride” – 88 keys
All songs are written by Hank Ferguson except;
- Track 3 – Joe Thomas.
- Track 6 – Lindsay/Ferguson.
- Track 12 – Nelson Young.
- Track 15 – Ferguson/McDonald
Art design on cover by Don De Vil Vintage Artwork!
Beat Up 40’s Ford Live
Video shared from ScottBarberMedia
“Second Release of the aussie piano pumper, this time backed up by the Firebird Trio! Ezra is touring like hell through Oz and has been booked to all good festivals, including Rhythm Riot in UK and Viva Las Vegas in the US. A new record is already in the making and probably out for the Riot”.Rhythm Bomb Press Release Statement!TRACKLISTING
- ROCK LITTLE BABY
- MOTOR HEAD BABY
- WOW WOW
- VOLCANIC BOOGIE
- OVER AT HATTIE’S BARRELHOUSE
- IT’S YOU BABY
- THE ENTERTAINER
- DON’T SAY THAT I LOVE YOU
- LAST DATE
- PINK CHAMPAGNE
- A LITTLE UNFAIR
- SKINNY WOMAN
- LOW DOWN PIANO BLUES
- ROCK N ROLL OUTLAW
- Ezra Lee – Vocals and Piano.
- Chris Nomad D’Rozario – Slap Bass
- Pete Belair – Guitar
- Hank Elwood Green – Drums
Video above by Tony Bruce!So many great rockabilly bands have sprouted up over the globe since the style first took root in the ’50s. Hank’s Jalopy Demons are proud to be a part of such a tornado of musical wildness and take their inspiration from the countless masters of this genre over the past 60 years. In fact, what may make Hank’s Jalopy Demons a hip band is their total immersion in this music, as well as their energetic enthusiasm for playing rockabilly the best they can – trying to emulate the best, while creating their own unique authentic interpretation.On this exciting musical journey, Hank’s Jalopy Demons started out by doing the hard yards of the musicians’ ordeal – playing in rough dingy bars on the wrong side of the tracks (in fact, they still do). From there, the small, increasingly loyal, audience grew. From those early hard days, they added inspired new original numbers to their repertoire and formed a tight musical outfit. By 2000, they were having people really rockin’ at the Shifters hot rod show at Viva Las Vegas with their frighteningly authentic and wild renditions of rockabilly.Back in Australia since, in addition to releasing their first CD “Going straight (to the electric chair)” on Preston Records in 2007, they’ve played all the major rockin’ festivals, such as GreazeFest (Brisbane) and Camperdown Cruise (Victoria), alongside a plethora of international acts to packed audiences. Most recently, they had their European debut at the 2014 Rockabilly Rave, where they made the audience go flipsville, as evidenced by the great interest (sales) of their latest long-play recording, entitled “Music on the up beat”.
Of course, a band is more than just the sum of its members – the quality of a band in a non-linear equation. This dynamic output is the result of the input of the following vigorous personalities.First, there’s Andrew Lindsay on drums. He has extensive experience in the hippest of hipness. Many will be familiar with Benny and the Fly-by-niters in which he provided the rhythm, as well as the respected western-swing/hillbilly-bop outfit the Starliners. Secondly, there’s Dave Cantrell on the lead guitar and vocals, who’s been playing and recording rockabilly since a school-boy, still wet behind the ears. He played in such renowned Melbourne bands as the Roadsters and Stringbusters, plus the Starliners too. Next, there’s Til Vex on bull fiddle. He’s been honing his skills for many moons in Melbourne rockabilly bands, such as the Straight 8s and the Roadsters. You may be familiar with all of the of bands mentioned above from the infamous and acclaimed Preston Records label. In addition, Andrew, Dave and Til backed both Scotty Baker and Kieron McDonald, among others, on their excellent recordings. Lastly, Hank Ferguson, lead vocalist, rhythm guitarist and composer, is known for his singing with the Starliners, as well as other Preston Records releases dating back over two decades. He’s been playing this music since he was knee high to a grasshopper.And that, amigos, is Hank’s Jalopy Demons – dig it!Review quotes:‘I have to admit I do absolutely love this band… The Rave lot went wild when they rocked the main stage and lots of CD’s were sold after the show.’‘Like I said, the sound of the recordings are period perfect and after the Rave this was one of the CD’s I played over and over again… Most of the tracks on this killer album are self written and you’ll have to check out the lyrics, which often are creepy and amazing!’‘Check out “Damn Their Hides”, “Warm And Close”, “The Jackal”, “She Demon” or their boppin’ verison of “You Bring Out The Wolf In Me”! Like their first album “Going Straight (To The Electric Chair)”, this is an absolute killer album by one of my favorite bands from Australia.’ ‘If you dig bands like the Crawdads or the Tex Speed Combo, you simply can’t afford not to buy this album, I love it!’(From URL: http://www.eastcoastrockabillycentral.com/record-reviews-august-2014.html, DJWildgoner, accessed 29/11/2014)An interview with Hank’s Jalopy Demons1) Confirm band members and names (and band name!)?We are Hank’s Jalopy Demons. On vocals and rhythm guitar is Hank Ferguson, with David Cantrell on lead guitar and vocals, Til Vex on double bass and Andrew Lindsay on Drums. 2) Why did you pick your band name? How did you form? Why did you decide to play the genre or genres you do?We think that Jalopies are the hippest form of internal combustion engine powered transportation, especially when rodded. So Andrew came up with the name spontaneously when we formed ’cause it runs through his veins.We formed when Andrew was called for a gig in 1996. He ’phoned around to see who could do it and Hank’s Jalopy Demons have been doing it since.We’d already been playing rockabilly music successfully for some time, so it was like ducks on water. It’s what we do, listen to and flip for. 3) Do you write out your lyrics? Do you ever change a song’s lyrics in live sets?[Hank:] I only write out the lyrics when I compose them. Hopefully, I can remember them after that. I may alter them when we first rehearse (or record) them if it improves the tune, such as phrasing to go with the musical interpretation of the band. If they’re ever changed in live sets, it’s probably because I’ve had a big night.4) Where do you usually gather song writing inspiration? What is your usual song writing process?Lately, I have been using the Jack Kerouac method – because I’m beat. That means getting on the metaphorical typewriter and letting the juices flow. Then, on another day, I can try to fashion them into a musical structure, based on the original raw impromptu verse. This works well with coming up with the best feel for these lyrics – should it be up tempo, should it be in a major or minor key, what kind of groove should it have to suit the meaning? Dig?Otherwise, Hank and Andrew might be having a beer and watching a corny hot rod movie. This inspired Beat up ’40 Ford. Or Hank was on a flight to a gig with Kieron McDonald and we just started writing lyrics to pass the time. And although I [Hank] still enjoy songs that just say, “Bop, bop, bop! Rock, rock, rock!”, it’s satisfying to write about what moves you personally, like Damn their hides is a protest against being ripped off, Mess you up is about how prisons are pathological and The Jackal describes the behaviour of certain types of unscrupulous guys who objectify women in late night bars.
5) Do you have a band website? Why or why not? Do you have a Facebook or Twitter? Do you use Bandcamp, Spotify to share your music?What’s a website? [Insert loud ironic laughter here!] Yes, we have a website at the URL http://www.hanksjalopydemons.com.au and a Facebook band page too. As for the others, we haven’t gotten around to that yet.6) Do you think that online presence is important for fans to find you and critics to find your music to write about? It is good that people can contact us through the internet, but the web’s a scam these days you know. It’s mainly about commercial sites, like Facebook, collecting information about you and your behaviour to part you more easily from your money with targeted products. But Hank’s Jalopy Demons are on it anyway ’cause we belong to the same flock as all the other sheep. 7) Anything you would like share, from new merch to upcoming shows/tours or songs/albums?We’re playing around Australia, in different capital cities, all the time, as well as in our home town of Melbourne. In the process we are always working on our act to improve our performances and tunes. Also, there’s a rumour that we may be touring in Europe in the future, but we’d like to have had another album recorded before then.We have CDs to sell, plus the vinyl single (put out by Rhythm Bomb Records) and t-shirts with our jalopy races inspired ‘logo’. 8) What was the funniest story that happened on the road?Well, for me, Hank, it was when I was throwing rocks at the first floor window outside the pub where we were staying on tour in Sydney, standing in the middle of the road, as dawn was rising. You see, the door was locked and I had been painting the town red, but the Jalopy Demons had gone back earlier. Well, of course, when a cop car came around the corner, I had to do some quick talking which is pretty hard to do when you’ve been drinking all night.Anyway, I got out of that scrape, without being cuffed, but when I got inside and looked in the mirror, I had a big ‘love bite’ on my neck. “Damn it!”, thought I, “I’ll be in worse than the dog house when I get back to Melbourne”. Anyway, Andrew did me the favour of scraping my neck hard with Velcro to cover the evidence. It hurt – and I think he actually enjoyed it too! Sicko!There’s really probably a funnier story, but I lost that brain cell somewhere. 9) What happened the first time you met each other, or the first time they picked up the instrument they play (or sang).We ignored each other because each thought that the others were asses. Well, in fact, we couldn’t’ve been more wrong. Most times!10) What was your favourite live-music performance, and why?Playing at the Continental Club, in Austin in 2000, was wigsville. Like, the vibe was electric, it was packed to the gunnels with cats who dug, were hip to and could play the music as it’s meant to be played. And the line up was outstanding, including the irrepressible Ray Condo and his Ricochets and the fabulously talented High Noon. What a blast!