Charlie Gracie is one of a diminishing number of rock & roll innovators, who continues to actively perform. A native of South Philadelphia, he became the first successful recording star of the “Rock Era” to emerge from that neighborhood. In 1957, Charlie’s “Butterfly” topped the American and British music charts, selling over 3 million copies. His other late 50’s big sellers include: “Fabulous”, “Ninety-Nine Ways”, “Wanderin Eyes”, “I Love You So MuchIt Hurts” and “Cool Baby.” These hits bankrolled Philly’s famous Cameo-Parkway record label, making it a dominant force in the music industry for nearly a decade! At the height of his fame, Charlie frequently appeared on “Dick Clark’s American Bandstand”, “The Ed Sullivan Show”, and “Alan Freed’s TV Specials”. He headlined shows at the Brooklyn Paramount, the Casino Royale in Washington, the 500 Club in Atlantic City, the Opera House in Chicago and old Connie Mack Stadium in Philadelphia.
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Charlie’s star burned even brighter in Great Britain where he became the first solo American artist to bring rock & roll to the English concert stage. Precededonly by Bill Haley and the Comets, Charlie headlined London’s Palladium and Hippodrome–receiving outstanding receptions from the press and public. To this day, Charlie Gracie, is a much loved and respected performer the length and breadth of the United Kingdom.
While Charlie has earned a place in rock music history, this is only one dimension to a career that spans 60-years. His versatility makes him the consummate music man! Even now, Charlie enjoys a strong following at clubs and resorts along the Northeast Corridor of the U.S. Twice, annually, he performs tolarge audiences in countries such as: England, Italy, France, Germany, Austria, Finland and Holland. His superb guitar playing elicited the highest of praise from music legends like George Harrison. The late Beatle once referred to Charlie’s guitar technique as “brilliant” in a March 1996 interview with Billboard Magazine. Paul McCartney paid tribute to Charlie by recording an updated version of “Fabulous” in cd series entitled: “Run Devil Run”. McCartney honored Charlie again that fall by inviting him to the album’s premiere party inLondon.
The new Millenium found Charlie on the road with Irish blues rocker, Van Morrison. Van, another Charlie Gracie admirer, commissioned him to open several shows on a West Coast tour–including the Wiltern in Los Angeles the House of Blues in Las Vegas and the Hilton in Reno. In 2007 Charlie was the subject of amade for PBS-TV documentary: “Fabulous!” The program recounted the story of his influential career- from humble beginnings in his South Philadelphia row home (735 Pierce Street) to concert stages around the world! Today, Charlie is still doing what he loves best. His reputation among his peers as a stellar, multi-faceted singer and musician is such that world famous rock stars regularly pay him tribute and volunteer to work with him. In the fall of 2011, ABKCO Records released his latest CD: “FOR THE LOVE OF CHARLIE!” produced by Al Kooper, who has recorded and produced the likes of Bob Dylan, the Rolling Stones and Jimi Hendrix. Among the artists performing with Charlie on the CD are: Graham Nash, (Crosby, Stills Nash & Young), Peter Noone (Herman’s Hermits), Jimmy Vivino (guitarist & music director; Conan O’Brien Show), Craig Ross (keyboards; Lenny Kravitz) and Dennis Diken (drummer; Smithereens), “What an honor to have these people on my album,” he says. “They don’t need Charlie Gracie, but they love what I put down as a foundation years ago, and I’m humbled that these artists would want to perform with me.”
It is obvious why Charlie Gracie has lasted the course longer than most. He is an accomplished musician and an exceptional talent – a devoted family man whoconducts himself as a gentleman both on stage and off. He is a credit to his industry. And what’s next for this Rockabilly Hall of Fame inducee? Is he readyto retire after more than six decades in the business? Hardly. “I’m getting started on my next album and I’m in the process of writing a book!” Charlie Gracie has only just begun to rock!
*Charlie was voted into Great Britain’s “Rock & Roll Hall of Fame” (1998) created by “Now Dig This” Magazine.
CLICK ON ARTWORK ABOVE TO BUY THIS ALBUM!TRACK LISTING:01 Not For Long (3:13)02 Can You Spare A Match? (2:23)03 All Knocked Up (2:22)04 Put You Down (3:51)05 Mean Mean Woman (1:45)06 I See Green (2:47)07 Little Black Heart (3:17)08 Camille (3:45)09 When I Steal (3:04)10 Who You Think I Am (3:26)11 Pretty Little Kitty (4:11)12 The Way I Walk (3:19)13 You Underwhelm Me (3:26)All songs Philippa/Harada © & P 2016 North Of Bakersfield Music, ASCAP except “The Way I Walk” (Jack Scott) APRS/EMI UNART Catalog, Inc BMICREDITS:Lead and Harmony Vocals, Songwriting: Ruby Dee PhilippaElectric guitar, baritone guitar, flattop and archtop acoustic guitar, bottleneck guitar on “Little Black Heart”, B Bender on “I See Green”: Jorge HaradaUpright Bass: Dylan CavaliereDrums and Percussion: Scott L. FrenchConsole Steel Guitar on “Little Black Heart”: Dave Leroy BillerSaxophone: Jim TrimmierPiano: Earle Poole BallCello on “Camille”: Tony RogersViolin on “Camille”: James AndersonAll Knocked Up Rowdy Playground Choir: Ruby Dee, Kelly Davis-Burns, Holly Brown, Cris Burns, Dylan Cavaliere, Jorge HaradaSpecial guest appearance by Rosie D. Burns on “Pretty Little Kitty”
Produced by Ruby Dee Philippa and Jorge HaradaEngineered by Cris Burns at Ameripolitan Studios, Austin TX during March and April 2016Mixed by Cris Burns and Jorge HaradaMastered by Cris BurnsCover Photo by Ricardo Acevedo at St. Elmo Soundstage, courtesy of Dave WolfeBack Cover Photo by Joe Van WykDesign by Dave S. Phillips, Dimention XPublicity: Heather West @ Western PublicityRadio: Bill Wence @ Bill Wence ProductionsCLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE ABOUT RUBY AND THE SNAKEHANDLERS!Many Thanks (not in any particular order):Cris Burns for his invaluable ear and assistance – we couldn’tve done it without you, Kelly Davis-Burns, Tim Summitt and Holly Brown, Josh Nichols and Monica Jones, Rob Butler, Sweetpea Rockabilly, Leon Berman at Shake The Shack – KEXP FM Seattle; Road Moag, Ted Branson, and Miss Pearl at KOOP-FM Austin TX, Freddy Krc and American Federation Of Musicians (Local 433), Dave Phillips, Jess Klein, Tjarko Jeen, Rod at The Driskill Hotel, AJ Mancabelli, Joe Carducci at GRETSCH Guitars, Jeff Van Zandt at Fender Musical Instrument Corporation, Steve Wertheimer and Dianne Scott at The Continental Club Austin, Waterloo Records, Antone’s Record Store, Ed and Britta Maloney, Francis Macri, Shaun Havoc, Jen “Lil’ Bit” Adams and Sam’s Burger Joint, Joel Gammage and Texas Hatters, Chuck Stokes, Highway 99 Blues Club, Dr. Jon Carroll, PhD, Terry Gaona and all the staff at the Little Longhorn Saloon, Dale Watson, Phantom Shakers Elle Mae and Mark Longsdorf (Thank you for loaning me the awesome sounding guitar, Mark!), A-Town Rockabilly Roundup, Rockin’ Ronny Weiser and Rollin’ Rock Records, Lee Joseph and Dionysus Records, and all our fans in the USA, Europe, and Australia, anyone who supports live music, and rockabilly rebels and honky tonk angels everywhere. We miss you, Mary Schuh.To those who hit the boards with us night after night, past and present – we salute you: Dylan Cavaliere, Mike L. Smith, Scott French, Kevin Fox, Jody Suarez, Pete Crowley.CLICK ON THE IMAGE BELOW TO BUY THIS ALBUM AT CATTY TOWN RECORDS.
Late 2015 release on Rhythm Bomb Records by California based band Lil’ Mo & The Unholy Four.
Just love this description of the band from their Facebook page –Born in the death house of Parchment Prison Farm, and sired by werewolves, The Unholy Four are a quartet of hell-raising hooligans bent on giving the devil his due by making unearthly noise up and down the west coast! Santos De Leon and Randall Stanton hold down the back beat and bass fiddle, while up on six strings, “Spanish” Mike Sobieski, creates devilish licks and leads.All of this fury is caught in a catchers mitt, shines up with black tar and thrown with a wicked curve by the redneck high screeching sound of one “Lil Mo” Everett, on loan to Lucifer from the fabulous Los Angeles doo-wop octet, The Dynaflos.After sippin’ some of Grandpappys sippin’ shine and sitting on a thumbtack or two, the sound that a-comes out of the jerry-rigged amplification is a harmonious horror-fest of good old East Texas rockabilly and Louisiana swamp blues, with just a hint of Grand Old Opry on the side.WARNING: This is the devils music, liable to make young folks want to copulate in the street, or at least dance real close in dark environments. No one under 3 years of age will be admitted onto the dance floor!!!Some live performances of album tracks –
Frantic Rockers are a Los Angeles based hot blues combo that pumps out some of the dirtiest savage rockin’ blues you’ve ever heard. Their screaming guitars, wailing harmonica, and howling vocals are sure to have the dance floor shakin’, boppin’, and screaming. Formed in the summer of 2010 and coming off of our most successful year yet, we are ready to jump onto all of the major rockabilly festivals all over the world. Signed to Rhythm Bomb Records and releasing our debut album “Savage Beat” was amazing this year and looking forward to all the thing to come in 2015. Click on image below for more information and reviews of the album.We have played many awesome venues here in the US with huge crowds of people in the hundreds like the Viva Las Vegas Rockabilly Weekender, Café du Nord in San Francisco, all of the amazing venues here in Los Angeles like the School of Rock n Roll, Spikes Bar in Rosemead, The Observatory, Bordellos, Viva Cantina, The Alpine Village and many more.Our musical background includes many different genres. Jorge and David played in both punk bands and psychobilly together and separately before forming frantic rockers. Ernest played in a punk/ska band before and this is the first band for Jesse. I guess as we got older we started to get into rock n roll and rockabilly and we originally were leaning towards playing like that until we heard the blues everything changed for us. We knew what we really wanted to play.
Some quotes about the Frantic Rockers!The Rockabilly Chronicle – Rhythm Bomb has just launched a LA branch and this one is one of the first two new release. And believe me friends, that’s what I call a hot platter. Beware it’s gonna burn your player down.Take some classic harmonica driven Chicago blues, add a good dose of neo-rockabilly (their upright bassist, Jorge, is really a frantic rocker) and sprinkle it with a punkish attitude reminiscent of the Sonics or the Downliner Sect, and maybe you’ll have a close idea of how this four guys from Los Angeles sound. The rhythm section is tight as hell, powerful slap bass with Diddley beat, their guitar player is an ace and the singer has the perfect gravelly and threatening voice. I couldn’t recommend this album enough.Raucus Record – Savage Beat is the debut album from The Frantic Rockers – a Rockin’ Blues combo from the USA. Wild stuff – this release is sure to make a big impact and will establish The Frantic Rockers as a popular band on the rockin’ scene.DJ Wildgoner – Debut album from this Rockin’ Blues combo from the United States. Since the 80’s the rockin’ and boppin’ Blues is very popular on the European rockin’ scene and there are lots of bands like Dollar Bill (okay, in this case a one-man-band), the Excellos, Boll Weavil Blues Band or the Blue Flames. many of the bands try to recreate the early boppin’ Blues sound of Muddy Waters, Slim Harpo, or Howlin’ Wolf but the Frantic Rockers take it a bit further. Their sound is more updated without straying too far away. If you like your rockin’ Blues on the wild side, do check them out! For me the sounds is a bit too modern but I’m very single minded when it comes to my music. Anyway, a good debut album from a band that will surely be headlining some of the big festivals in the near future.[gallery ids="5608,5609,5610,5611,5612,5613" orderby="rand"]Rhythm Bomb Interview with The Frantic Rockers!1) Confirm band members and names (and band name!) – real names?– Jesse De Lucas, David Gutierrez, Jorge Renteria, Ernest “Sir” Jaramillo2) Why did you pick your band name? How did you form? Why did you decide to play the genre or genres you do?– We chose Frantic Rockers because we wanted something that let people know what our music was like. We like to have fun and play music the way we want with no boundaries. We got together as a band when David was teaching Jesse how to play guitar, he asked Jorge to help him out on bass and the three starting learning songs from Howling Wolf, Muddy Waters, and Little Walter. The songs started to sound really good and we decided to take a bit further and ask Ernie to join us on drums, we started writing our on songs and things just took off from there. We started playing rockin’ blues because we really loved the style. And at the time here in Los Angeles there was not any bands in the rockabilly scene that played this style. I think that is what really made us stand out from the rest.3) Do you write out your lyrics? Do you ever change a song’s lyrics in live sets?– We do write our own lyrics, everyone is involved. One person will have a couple of verses in mind and then we all just add to it. We never really change the lyrics to our songs on stage.4) Where do you usually gather songwriting inspiration? What is your usual songwriting process?– We gain a lot of inspiration from the records we listen to, watching videos of our favorite artist online, and from live shows. They always motivate us to push ourselves to be as good as we can be. Our writing process is more of a jam session we just get together and try different leads and rhythms until we find something we think will really rock. And then try and fit lyrics into it.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?– We do not have a band website yet but hope to start one up in 2015. We are on facebook, instagram, and reverbnation that’s where everyone keeps up with the band for updates, shows, pictures, and all other info.6) Do you think that online presence is important for fans to find you and critics to find your music to write about?– We believe it is very important to have an online presence it makes you more accessible to find, listen to, and keep updated on new things.7) Anything you would like share, from new merch to upcoming shows/tours or songs/albums?– We are in the process of printing new shirts and sweaters for our fans, and are very excited to start recording a new record in 2015.8) What was the funniest story that happened on the road?-The funniest thing would have to be Jesse doing the splits on stage at Viva Las Vegas 2014 and splitting his pants! Luckily it was not noticeable and he continued the show.9) What happened the first time you met each other, or the first time they picked up the instrument they play (or sang).– Well Jorge, Jesse, and David are neighbors so we grew up together. And when David introduced us to Ernest we jammed out and knew we could play some real rock n roll! Jesse first starting singing as a joke but everyone loved his energy and voice that we kind of forced him to keep doing it!10) What was your favorite live-music performance, and why?– Our favorite live performance was Viva Las Vegas 2014 we had a lot of energy the crowd was amazing and we felt we really put on a great show for everyone and got the crowd loved it.
Profile photo: Alexander Thompson/Ponyboy Magazine
Jittery Jack brings his East Coast bang to the world of Rockabilly and 50’s inspired Rock ‘n’ Roll. He has headlined at the Viva Las Vegas weekender, The New England Shake Up, England’s Rockabilly Rave and Australia’s Camperdown Cruise as well as club gigs all across the USA, Canada and Europe.in 2012 Wild Records from Hollywood, CA released his debut full length, “Plum Gone Crazy”. In 2014 a 2nd full length, “Gonna Have a Time With” was released on Rhythm Bomb Records along with a 45rpm 7″ record to match the music video “Something Wicked This Way Comes”.Photo: Beck RusticJittery Jack is usually joined by Rockabilly’s premier female guitar picker, Miss Amy Griffin who appears on both of his full length releases. Photo: Alexander Thompson/Ponyboy Magazine
Jittery Jack’s Inspirations/InfluencesBenny Joy-Miss Bobby Sox
Ray Harris-Come On Little Mama
Gene Maltais-Raging Sea
Ricky Coyne-Rollin’ Pin Mim
The Sparkletones-Let’s Go Rock and Roll
Mel McGonnigle-Rattle Shakin’ Mama
Cliff Richard and the Shadows-Dynamite
Hayden Thompson- Oh Mama (Mama Mama Mama)
Joe Poovey-Move Around
FIRST PART OF THE 60 YEARS ROCK AROUND THE CLOCK TOUR
STARTED IN EUROPE IN MARCH 2014
The hottest rock ‘n’ roll show from here to Texas – bringing an epochal part of music history back to life and remembering the song, that took rock ‘n’ roll around the globe and is still today the most ever sold rock song – Rock Around The Clock!
With us on tour:
Original Comets Joey Ambrose, Dick Richards and Bill Turner
Original Comets’ Steel Guitarist Pete Davenport
This is a real world premiere. For the first time worldwide three generations of Bill Haley’s Comets will perform together in one show – age 40 to 90 (ninety) years!
Being the only true successors to the legendary Bill Haley and his band and featuring original Haley musicians Joey Ambrose, Dick Richards and Bill Turner and Original Comets’ steel-guitarist Pete Davenport, these guys are as close to the real thing as you’re going to get. They will be joined by Bill Haley’s highly talented daughter, singer and guitarist Gina Haley, who will present some of her father’s well-known songs together with this amazing “rock ‘n’ roll league of fame”.
Performing half a century in Bill Haley’s name means thousands of gigs all over the world, all-time most popular rock songs, double basses flying through the air, drums walking across the stage, saxophones leaping over tables and guitar strings ringing to a rhythm that even after 60 years hasn’t lost its thrill. Music that even today makes fans jump off their chairs and girls faint by the dozens. – This is the true spirit of classic rock ’n’ roll…!
Meet The Revival
Rio Scafone – Lead singer & force of nature
Rio Scafone is a living, breathing force of nature. Renowned for her belting vocals and feral like stage presence she is equally known for her fierce work ethic and has been known to rehearse up to 7 hours a day to prepare for a concert or show. She is the niece of Rockabilly legend Jack Scott, but that is hardly her whole story. She literally grew up steeped in Rockabilly thanks to her uncle and her parents who filled the house with the sound of Carl Perkins, Johnny Cash and of course Jack Scott. Rio eventually moved to the West Coast where she dove head first into music and acting. She flatly turned down a major label record deal offered to her in Los Angeles. “They wanted me to be a breathy sex kitten Barbie type, and I’m standing there in combat boots, with my wild curly black hair and a voice that would blow out their studio monitors. They didn’t know quite what to what to do with me back then. Probably still don’t.” She has spent the last 25 years on stages across the United States in a wide array of musical projects, professional theater, feature films and television roles. But it’s music that is her home base and while she is self proclaimed creative chameleon, Rockabilly fits Rio like a glove: the fashion, the grit, the passion, and the rebel spirit are personified in her music and every performance.
Sean Eric Harris – Doghouse Slapper & MD
Rockabilly is a relatively new passion the Revival’s bassist. Seán started on piano as a lad, but was terrible. He started playing bass guitar after his brother suggested he take it up because “it’s easy,” and immediately started playing the hardest music he could find. His musical discovery flowed backward, starting at hard rock, then disco & funk and finally jazz, swing and early rock styles. Shortly after picking up upright bass, was accepted by both Berklee College of Music and Juilliard, but stayed in Detroit to study Jazz at Wayne State University. He’s played in soul bands, funk, metal, rock, latin music, celtic rock, pre-jazz americana, fusion and everything he can get his “dirty little hands on.” He founded and arranged for 11 piece horn funk band, TrippHorn Solution. In ’99 he toured with The Atomic Fireballs during the swing craze; then blues man Motor City Josh, and Canadian celtic rock band The Town Pants. Seán leads his own Irish band,Brothers of the Sea, but loves nothing more than slapping and sweating over his big bull fiddle with Rio and the Rockabilly Revival.
Renee Turner – Sings & Smoulders
Renee Turner was raised in a musical family. She grew up taking dance lessons and performing in community theater. After high school, she went on to earn a degree in Musical Theater before moving to New York. There she studied with legends like Ben Vareen and Jeff Goldblum. She has sung and acted on stage and television in a variety of spots, including lead singer for the Molly Maid jingle and in Eminem’s “Lose Yourself” video. Her first gig a a backing singer was with Judy Collins at the Macomb Center for Performing Arts. Stage credits include numerous productions with JET theater and Meadow Brook Theater, and she’s a stage Equity member. Renee loves the hard work and hot stage show of the Revival.
Yana Levovna – Sings & Swings
The most recent addition to Rio and the Rockabilly Revival, Yana also started performing at age 5 studying dance, singing in choirs and in musical theater. She studied classical voice and stage formally before going to Michigan State, where she sang and studied at the Ruhala Performing Arts Center. He background includes stage improvisation, various acting methods and even puppetry. She teaches voice technique with students from hard rockers to former Olympians. She grew up listening to Jazz and Rock, but in recent years found a passion for Rockabilly, particularly the style, the dresses, and the Revival. She also loves kittens, stand up comedy, and salsa dancing, if you happen to take her on a date.
Jarod Thompson – Guitar Playing Fool
Jarod got his first guitar at age 5, from his grandfather. His early influences were strictly bluegrass: Bill Monroe, Flatt & Scruggs, etc. At age 9, his mother took him to his first concert, which was Elvis Presley on New Years Eve. Listening to that “long haired” music lead him to the guitarists like Duane Eddy, Jimmy Page, Scotty Moore, James Burton, and eventually to more contemporary cats like Brian Setzer. He’s played and taught guitar, banjo and mandolin professionally for 23 years, and when the opportunity finally came around to play with a vintage style Rockabilly band, he was thrilled and jumped at the chance. Jarod’s contributions help give the Revival that tasty authentic old school sound and grit! We love him, and you should too!!
Charlie Bongo – He hits things!
Charlie is a native of Detroit, and found love for music at a very early age. He studied piano for 8 years before picking up drums, although claims to have not retained any piano abilities. He started “scaring the neighbors” on drums after his brother’s friend left drums at his house. He has played a variety of styles, starting at 16 in a country band, a rock band called the Harvengers (who were supposed to be the Harbingers, but they couldn’t spell), a Grateful Dead tribute band, and a plethora of other projects. He has also worked in covers bands and played with Superdot, Detroit’s longest-running Ska band, and opened for Macy Gray, Toots and the Maytals, and others. He is loving the process of rediscovering his rockabilly roots and thanks y’all for the support.
Check out the band in action:
“Rumble & Roar” – written and stylized specifically with the world-famous Woodward Dream Cruise in mind. This classic ’50’s retro vibe sound is a “love note” to classic cars, Woodward Dream Cruise and most of all to the motor city! Song written by Rio Scafone & Seán Eric Harris. Lyrics by Rio Scafone. Rio and the Rockabilly Revival close their bombastic album release concert for “The Midnight Rebel Sessions” with a blistering arrangement of the Jack Scott tune, “Save My Soul.”