Foxy and her RavensFoxy and her Ravens is a female fronted rockabilly band, influenced by Jazz and Rhythm & Blues sounds. Although this is Foxy’s first musical project (formed in 2014), the Ravens are no strangers in the scene.Stephanie Vos (Vocals & Rhythm Guitar) has been singing while showering and cooking for many years. After singing some guest performances, she now wants to please peoples eardrums with her high ‘n low tones of her very own band. Michael Warlich (Lead Guitar) who is known for his finger picking, also played in Two Lane Blacktop, Wild Stallion, The Rhumba Kings and ofcourse Channel Red with which he opened shows for many well known (inter-)national acts.Huey Moor (Upright-Bass) is known as the bass player of the Ragtime Wranglers for almost 14 years. He recently started his Hot Rhythm Ramblers and also played in Highway 54. Huey worked with many 50’s artists like the Collins Kids, Jack Earls, Glenn Barber, Janis Martin etc. and he also toured with legendary Stray Cat Slim Jim together with guitar ace Darrell Higham.Aeilko van der Wagen (Drums) is drumming in Talisker Four, The Vibro Kings and CC Jeromes Trio. Besides The Reno Brothers he also drummed in various other bands. Aeilko has got the energy for ten and is unstoppable when he’s on stage.Check out some more images of Foxy and below! The bands inspirations/influences include this cavalcade of talent;Stephanie:Peggy Lee,Wanda Jackson,
The Supremes,Nina Simone,Etta James,
Billie Holiday,Lils Mackintosh,Ella Fitzgerald,The Fontane Sisters,
Amy Winehouse,Donna Hightower.Michael:Brian Setzer,Eddie Cochran,
Link Wray,Paladins,Batmobile,Arthur Ebeling,Tielman Brothers,
Ronnie Dawson,Cliff Gallup,Danny Gatton,Scotty Moore,Johnny Cash,Buddy Holly,
Huey Moor:Bill Black,
Dorsey Burnette,Joseph S. Zinkan,Bob Moore,
Willie Dixon,Slam Stewart,Kevin Smith,Jimmy Sutton,
Jake Erwin,Beau Sample.Aeilko:Kenny Aronoff,Buddy Rich,
Gene Krupa,Keith Moon,
I’m from Utrecht, The Netherlands. Grew up at the Rockin’ Ballhouse a legendary Rock and Roll club in the Netherlands early 1980’s. After the place burned down I started to make my own Rockabilly with The Red Shots one of the many rockabilly bands from The Utrecht Area.
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I like to play classic rockabilly. It has to be a little wild and aggressive, but never too fast or too loud and it should be danceable. That’s why my credo “Dance, Dance People”.
In 2004 I met a Russian band called the Phantoms. With them I recorded my first album “What’s The Rumór”. I discovered that Russian bands such as the Phantoms , Neva River Rockets and later the Tri-Tones (from Estonia) are easy to work with. They will do everything to make you look good.
In 2009 I released my 2nd album “Mixed Up”. During these years I’ve played in:
The Netherlands, Germany, UK, Belgium, France, Italy, Austria, Sweden, Finland, Estonia, Russia and the USA on festivals like: the Rockabilly Rave, Good Rockin Tonight, A Bombers, Bethune Retro, Drive Inn Barn, Rockabilly Round Up, Rock and Roll Street Terschelling and many more..
At the moment i’m working on a double vinyl single with only self written originals. Soon to be released at Tombstone Records I don’t have to much time to work together with these great bands, because of the distance between our countries. That make this project special to all other rockabilly acts. So if you have the chance to see us, please take the effort to do so and come out to meet us!
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RJ’s – Mixed Up – Tombstone Records
This is the ever talented Dutch guy’s second Cd release, and features and album of 14 great covers (as well as The Tri-Tone’s ‘Watergate Boogie’) with two different bands (The Neva River Rockets and The Tri-Tones) and a gal singer, the wonderful (and cute) Karling Abbeygate. Now, let’s be honest, you don’t normally get that much for your money on one Cd, but is the quality of the whole thing as good as the ingredients? Well, yes, to be blunt. Thankfully RJ hasn’t choosen tracks that are regularly covered (great version of Groovey Joe’s ‘Move Around’, when did you last hear anyone attempt that one?), that’s always a good start, and the sound and production are top notch. Let’s be honest, making one cd with seven different musicians isn’t necessarily going to produce anything like a consistent sound is it? and it could just end up sounding like a mish mash of tracks left over from sessions and already released Cds. However, the one constant throuhgout is RJ’s great voice (although I’m sure he had a hand in the arrangements too) and that helps hold the whole thing together. Track wise RJ and The Tri-Tones version of Larry Dunn’s Honey Bun is scorching, as is their take on the Big Bopper’s ‘Crazy Blues’. Stormy Gayle’s ‘Flipsville’ is worthy of a mention too. In fact that’s another thing I like about this Cd – the different styles they decided to turn their hands to (hence ‘Mixed Up’!?). I mean when did you last hear ‘Jezebel’ tackled by a modern band? This great version will have Billy Fury fans twitching. They even manage to turn the old 50’s Peggy Lee hit ‘All right, Okay, You Win’ into a stonking Rockabilly track, complete with slap bass and slick licks. There’s a couple of versions of the great old Cavan stalwart ‘Oh, Sugar’. You decide which one you like best!! On the opposite end of the spectrum we get a real hoedown Country version of the old Pee Wee King number ‘Unbreakable Heart’, complete with Steel Guitar and Ms Abbeygate’s authentic sounding vocals; their version of Cash and Carter’s ‘Jackson’, really stands out, Carling Abbeygate is brilliant here, and it really works well with the two of them going head to head (and the way she sings it does remind me of Reese Witherspoon in ‘Walk the Line’.) What this Cd goes to show is that even when something probably shouldn’t work, because everything about is so ‘mixed up’, with the right attention to detail and some hard work you can produce a great sounding Cd that folks will happily pay good money to listen to! Check him out at this year’s Rockabilly Rave!!
Blackcat / Rockabilly Bash
RJ’s album starts with “Move Around”, a song I know best by Groovey Joe Poovey, not sure if that was the original though. Great song with not too many re-do’s over the years. Fabulous music, especially the guitar, by The Neva River Rockets. Next is a classic from the singing DJ “Big Bopper” (Jape Richardson). Very well done!
On with a Hayden Thompson song “Whatcha Gonna Do”. RJ is a pretty good singer, although I feel he has a few difficulties holding the long notes in this song. That’s okay, this is not Popstars or X-Factor. Passion for our music is so much more important, and it’s quite obvious that RJ puts his heart and soul in his music.
Dennis Herrold’s “Make With A Loving” is the next rockabilly classic on this excellent menu, and the taste is fabulous. The duet with Karling Abbeygate “Unbreakable Heart” is a bit too much country for me, partly because of Karling’s old time country voice, and partly because of the wailing steel guitar sounds. Not my cup of tea, but otherwise a good song.
Now Larry Donn’s “Honey Bun” is a whole other ball game. I’ve always liked this song, and RJ & The Tri-Tones do a pretty damn good rendition. Superb guitar slinging on this fast and wild rockabilly tune. Ah, “Jezebel”… a song that has always touch my heart, especially the Gene Vincent version, but Frankie Laine’s is okay as well. RJ hangs more towards the latter, but does a good job, because it’s not the easiest song to sing.
Peggy Lee’s hit from the late 50’s “All Right, Okay, You Win” is turned into a rockabilly song, with great slapping bass lines. All Right, Okay guys, I like it! Let’s get on with some Ronnie Hawkins. The fabulous “Oh Sugar” is done by RJ & The Neva River Rockets in a totally different way than Crazy Cavan did it a couple of years ago. At the end of the album there’s another version with The Tri-Tones, that one is a bit faster. You decide which one you like better, I’m not gonna burn myself, ’cause I like ’em both.
Autry Inman’s “Let’s Take The Long Way Home” is not a song I liked very much, because it’s plain old country, BUT luckily RJ & The Neva River Rockets play it in much the same way Johnny Horton did, and that makes it another great song on this fabulous album. All aboard.. here’s “Flipsville”, once a magnificent song by Stormy Gayle, now revived in a superb way.
On the next song Karling is back, this time with a rockabilly rendition of the Johnny Cash & June Carter original “Jackson”. Forget what I said about Karling earlier, I love her! She does a fantastic job here! Reminds me of Reese Witherspoon in the movie “Walk The Line”. It raises the hairs in my neck.
At the end of the CD there are three bonus tracks, the afore mentioned “Oh Sugar” with The Tri-Tones is last, and the two songs before that are mixed up on the cover. Track 13 is a fantastic instrumental in Joe Maphis style, but selfpennend by Tri-Tones guitarist Artur Skropnik. Great bonus! And track 14 is a rendition of Louis Jordan’s “Caledonia” with great guitar by ‘Mr. Key Pee’, but the vocals are not by RJ and unfortunately not quite as good.
Despite the fact that this albums contains only cover songs (with the exception of The Tri-Tones’ “Watergate Boogie”), it’s a very pleasant album to listen to, and not just a collection of famous songs done all over again. Musically and technically, it’s a great record, and I’m pretty sure that many, if not most of you, will enjoy it a lot! I know I do!
Move Around / Crazy Blues / Watcha Gonna Do / Make With A Loving / Unbreakable Heart / Honey Bunn / Jezebel / All Right, Okay, You Win / Oh, Sugar / Let’s Take The Long Way Home / Flipsville / Jackson / Caledonia / Watergate Boogie / Oh, Sugar
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