The Barnstompers is a versatile band who was formed in September 1991. The authentic music of The Barnstompers is based on the late forties and early fifties traditional American Country-Boogie, Western-Swing, Honky Tonk and Rockabilly. The excellent combination of musicianship and vocals makes The Barnstompers an exciting band. This "Swingbilly" band is definitely worthwhile seeing perform live.
Their unique repertoire and musical talents is what makes them different from many other bands. The band enjoys popularity both at home in the Netherlands and abroad. Having performed at many major foreign festivals is witness to the fact that they are a much-requested band in many parts in the world. They have performed in Austria, Belgium, Denmark, England, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Norway, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Wales, and did multiple tours in the USA. They performed live on a national radio show called "Country Time" and songs of their second CD were played on national radio multiple times. In April 2004 they played at the worlds biggest Rockabilly event in Las Vegas, Nevada. Just recently in October 2006 they won 4 prestigious Dutch Country Awards. This year performances at major festivals are planned in many different countries. Alongside the regular shows they have done several tours with Rockabilly legends of the 1950's including Sid King & Brother Billy, Lew Williams and Sonny Fisher. The band has also performed as backing band for many artists like for instance Jr. Marvell (NL), Haystack Hi-tones (NL), Sophia Wolff (USA), Charlie Thompson (UK), Rosie flores (USA), Ronnie Hayward (Can) and recently also the "Dutch elvis from the 50's", Mr. Pim Maas which was broadcasted on national TV.
As from 2004 Annita & The Starbombers were born; The Barnstompers being Annita's band. The Barnstompers have made several recordings over the years. this includes 45's, EP's, LP's and CD's. They also participated on 5 Various artists CD's and one DVD. The musicians can also be heard on releases of Jr. Marvell, Charlie Thompson, Annita and Ronny Hayward.
The band members:
K.C. Byrd - Guitar and Vocal
Larry Tulip - Cowhide Bullfiddle
Rutger Berends - RK Drums
J.J. Slijk - Rythm Guitar