Drumless band from Toulouse (Fr), playing real Hillbilly music & roots Rockabilly!
Shorty Tom & The Longshots is a Hillbilly & Roots Rockabilly drumless trio formed in Toulouse (southwest of France) at the end of 2012 by Thomas (The Doodads), Dominique (John, Jack & Jill – The Doodads), and Bruno (King Size – John, Jack & Jill – Hula Trio – Da Gous Ket Ramblers – Carl & The Rhythm All Stars, to name but a few).Their musical influences range from Al Ferrier to Hank Williams, Sr., and include the likes of Jack Guthrie, Mack Banks, Maddox Bros. and Bill Carlisle.They cut their teeth in bars and at local festivals of the southwest, acquiring a certain reputation, and, in July 2013, opened the famous Summer Jamboree in Italy, sharing the bill with Mike Sanchez. They spent 2013 on the local concert circuit- a tour strategy that allowed them to fine tune their repertoire, strengthen their stage performance, and gain stature on the European music scene.
This year, Shorty Tom & The Longshots will perform at the RnR Jamboree (Paris region), where they will share the bill with the Tinstars; the Rave On! Rockabilly Club (Barcelona area), presented by Kike Hayride; the Rock n Roll City Jamboree Donaueschingen (Germany); the Hoorn Rock’n’Roll Sunday (Holland); the Hultsfreed Hayride (Sweden); and the High Rockabilly (Spain). To be sure, the 2014 European tours mark the beginning of a long and successful adventure!The group has already made plans to release a 45 rpm single, and, eventually, full length album.Shorty Tom & The Longshots?Who are they? And what makes them so special? Well, there’s only one way to find out! Come and see-and listen– for yourself!Shorty Tom & The Longshots?Don’t delay-or you’ll miss this opportunity to experience a musical phenomenon that won’t last! After all, Shorty is going to grow up fast. Very soon, he’ll be known simply as Tom!
Shorty Tom & The Longshots. Can there be a more perfect trio? Tom’s signature vocals are backed up by the unique playing style of Tom himself on rhythm guitar, Don on double bass, and Bruno on guitar/ steel guitar.But wait! The trio is going to fetch themselves a fourth rascal (a fiddler?)-and you will have missed the boat! Namely, their own brand of rural Rockabilly and down-to-earth Hillbilly music that aims to hit the town rough and hard!So there you are, folks! A flash of music (songs are all too brief at 1minute, 20 seconds)! And a hot time in the old town tonight! Guaranteed! To book The Longshots through Rockin’ Central click on image below to visit their page.
Drumless trio (from Poitiers erea, France) playing rustic primitive Rockabilly & Hillbilly.
Born in Normandy in 1973, Jack Face (an alias!) grows up in Toulouse. At age 16, first guitar, first chords & first revelations: Hank Williams, Carl Perkins & Elvis. The first 2 songs he learns are Perkins’ Honky tonk Gal & Elvis’ Baby Let’s Play House. At age 18, he buys a Hank Williams 10 inches (Moanin’ the Blues) & just for fun learns how to play ALL tracks on the record (Weary Blues from Waitin’, Honky Tonk blues and so).First band as a duet with a female singer (Jack Face on rhythm guitar only). Crappy! He then meets up with Bruno Longo (famous guitar player born & fed in Toulouse) and begins to sing, first with the Lucky Smokey Boys then John, Jack & Jill. He learns his trade on the job and turns intensively in his erea’s bars & cafes. He learns a lot of songs (Al Ferrier, Sun, Starday). Nights of drunkenness, sleepless nights… He then decides to quit his job (delivery driver) & never having a day job, for better or for worse. His band gets some fame and enters the European circuit (bars and big rocking venues). First big show is in Spain, as opening act for Dale Hawkins.
No internet back on those days (1997/98), Jack Face turns into a bookworm (he reads Celine, Bukowski, Boudard, books about music, mainly Jazz & Blues). He meets Western Swing, Hawaiian music. Still pairing with Bruno, they turn to more exotic sounds, at first with The Orientals (a blend of Surf & Arab music), then with the Hula Trio (Hawaiian music, Swing & Country Blues).In 2003, Bruno leaves Toulouse for some times to settle in Cannes and Jack launches Jack Face with fellow musician (Red Leg) Seg. At first, it was only for fun. Seg had bought some recording stuff & they fool around in his 12 square meter garage. They sent some demos to El Toro and wham!, Carlos wants to release an album that is recorded in 15 days, with any songs going through Jack’s mind! No rehearsals, 2 to 3 takes most of the times (they record Mama Mama totally drunk in one take! They never played this song before!!).The album (Crying Blues) is a big seller and Jack Face plays the European rockabilly festivals circuit (High Rockabilly, Rockabilly Rave, Rockin’ Race Jamboree to name but a few) and will highlight his carrer with an invitation to play at Viva Las Vegas.But Jack’s musicians are tired to be permanently on the road and decide to call it quit. Jack Face himself decides to make a break. But music’s virus is the strongest and in may 2013, Jack decides to relaunch his career, with new musicians and a new combo’s name, but the spirit is the same!
Do you remember Jack Face & The Volcanoes?
Well, Sylvain (vocal, rhythm guitar) relaunches his combo with a different name (Jack Face & The Rustic Echoes) and different musicians. JP Cardot (Roy Thompson & Chris Almoada’s piano player) on doublebass and Bastien (Blackberry & Mr. Boo-Hoo & Roy Thompson) on lead guitar. The musical influences remain the same: primitive Rockabilly. To book the Rustic Echoes through Rockin’ Central click on image below to visit their page.
Chris Almoada is a singer, composer and lead guitar player who has been performing since the late 1970s. He belongs to the first generation of European artists to embrace rockabilly. 1st solo album in september 2010, called “Come to New Orleans”.Chris Almoada is a singer, composer and lead guitar player who has been performing since the late 1970s. He belongs to the first generation of European artists to embrace rockabilly.In 1972, at the age of 11, Chris began playing boogie-woogie and ragtime on the piano. That same year, he discovered the rock ’n’ roll music of Bill Haley, Gene Vincent, and Eddie Cochran. But it was Wanda Jackson, the Queen of Rockabilly, who gave Chris the biggest thrill with such hit songs as “Let’s Have a Party” and “Honey Bop”. What a voice! What a sound!
In 1976, Chris began playing the guitar. His favorite LP was a new album entitled Sun Session. The sound of Scotty Moore introduced him to the technique of guitar picking. In 1978, Chris put together his first group, the Rockin’ Shoes. The group favored titles appearing under such record labels as Collector, Goldband, Starday, King, Redita, and Fed… During the 1980s, Chris composed music and sang with two other groups: the Ol’ Timers and Mystery Train.After a hiatus in the 1990s, Chris returned to the music scene by giving private performances as a solo guitarist. In early 2000, Alain Chennevière (a singer and former member of the Alligators who pioneered rockabilly in France) enlisted Chris as a guitar player specializing in the picking style. At the same time, Chris and a friend of his (who played the upright bass) cofounded a group dedicated to Western swing in its purest 1940s style. The Spikebones reprised the songs of Johnny Lee Wills and Milton Brown, as well as those of Jimmy Revard and the Light Crust Doughboys.
After a stint as lead guitar player for Easy Lazy C & His silver Slippers, Chris is today the lead singer of his own group, the Broken Hearts, which recorded its first CD, Come to New Orleans, in July 2010 (Rydell’s Records). This CD includes first-rate songs such as “Cool Cat”, “Come to New Orleans”, and “Another mornin” that were written in collaboration with David E. Miller, an American lyricist. It also includes two original songs, “Somebody’s knocking” and “Gone really gone”, both of which Chris authored in the early 1980s but which haven’t been released until now.Book Chris through Rockin Central, click on image below to see their page:
This page’s aim is to promote as many worldwide upcoming Rockabilly concerts as possible by putting on line event flyers.Share yours, I’ll file them in my monthly gig galleries. /// Le but de cette page est de promouvoir autant de concerts Rockabilly à venir que possible, du monde entier, en mettant en ligne des flyers d’événements. Partagez les vôtres, je les ajouterai à mes albums mensuelsYou can also book these three fantastic bands through Rockin’ Central, click on their picture to see their full band page:Chris Almoada – Authentic Rockabilly from France (4 musicians)Jack Face – Primitive Rockabilly & Rustic Hillbilly from France (3 Musicians)Shorty Tom & The Longshots – Real Hillbilly and Roots Rockabilly from France (3 musicians)