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If you've got any hot news, gossip or even a rumour about your band, your favoutire artist, or from your nearest rock 'n' roll club drop us a line and it may appear on this page! Our email: info@rockabillybash.com

Don't forget to check it out every week, as the news are always coming in!




Ruby Dee And The Snakehandlers are getting ready for European tour

17 March 2009
Ruby Dee And The Snakehandlers are finally in Austin, TX! Finally getting settled in and rarin' to go, so they have got a new Austin-based rhythm section in the chamber and now ready to fire for our European Tour next month. Mr. Leslie McCurdy on bass and Jordan Teitelbaum on the drums lay down the rock solid foundation forhonky-tonk shenanigans ala snakehandlers.

European Tour coming...

The Furious' news

16 March 2009
Recording the Furious album will commence in June. It's taken so long to get started because they are under pressure of work. They're all very excited about their forthcoming Russian trip. All the paperwork has come through, so it's definitely on. The band has taken a huge leap forward with their terrific new drummer. Guitarist Andy is currently getting to grips with the Nervous Records guitar...

Rockabilly song for Cravendale Milk TV commercial

16 March 2009
The music in the new Cravendale Milk TV commercial in the UK is performed by neo-rockabilly Hungarian band The Prison Band. They are doing a cover version of the Restless song, "My baby is a hotrod". The Prison Band album has been released by Vampirette Music of Germany and can be bought from Nervous Records.
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Freddy Frogs has died at 66

15 March 2009
Ferdinando Toscano, more known as Freddy Frogs, died of a heart attack Tuesday while visiting his sister in Vero Beach, Fla. He was 66.

Frogs and his doo-wop, rockabilly and swing projects played everywhere from Max's Kansas City in Manhattan to Mirelle's in Westbury.

And while leading those groups - The Ribitones, The BMT's, No Frills Band and Four on the Floor -...

Elvis' songwriter has offered to write a new song for Belgium

14 March 2009
The Belgian entry for the Eurovision Song Contest, "Copycat", has drawn heavy criticism from Belgian Elvis-fans in recent days. They feel that the song is an insult to Elvis’ memory, and want the song withdrawn from the contest. The controversy has attracted international attention, and now one of Elvis’ own songwriters, Michael Jarrett (71), has offered to write a new song for Belgium. Mr. Jarrett wrote...

Documentary about Wanda Jackson with live show afterwards

12 March 2009
On Sunday 26th April, at 4 pm at Showroom Cinema (Sheffield, UK) you can see documentary about the unsung female rock ‘n’ roll pioneer Wanda Jackson, plus live music performance.

Few people know how rockabilly artist Wanda Jackson broke down the doors of the male-dominated world of rock ‘n’ roll. This indie film tells the little-known story of the 70-year-old female rock ‘n’ roll pioneer...

Country music legend, Hank Locklin passed away at the age of 91

10 March 2009
Country singer Hank Locklin, whose smooth tenor voice on
hits like "Send Me the Pillow You Dream On" and "Please Help Me I'm Falling" marked a career that spanned half a century, has died. He was 91.

Locklin died Sunday at his home in Brewton, Ala., Grand Ole Opry
publicist Jessie Schmidt said. She said the cause of death was not being released.

A...

Patrick Ouchène to represent Belgium at Eurovison in Moscow

08 March 2009
Patrick Ouchène from the band Runnin' Wild was selected by Belgian broadcaster RTBF to represent Belgium in the semifinals of the Eurovision Song Contest 2009 in Moscow. Ouchène will sing the song Copycat, a song about Elvis Presley in English.

The song Copycat was written by Jacques Duvall, the pseudonymn of Eric Verwilghen. In the past, he wrote songs for Jane Birkin, Jeff Bodart,...

New cd of Kieron McDonald is out now!

07 March 2009
The new cd of Kieron McDonald (better known as a frontman of Australian Rockabilly band Flatfoot Shakers) is released on Prestone Records. It's called "Beware Of The Swamp Man" and has not less than 15 tracks, all recorded at Melbourne's famed Preston studio. This time he has chosen Australia's finest Rockabilly musicians to accompany him....

Opry's Ernie Ashworth dies

07 March 2009
Monday, March 2, 2009 – Ernie Ashworth, longtime star of the Grand Ole Opry, died in Nashville today at 80. Ashworth's heyday was in the 1960s with the number 1 song Talk Back Trembling Lips.
Born Ernest Bert Ashworth in Huntsville, Ala. on Dec. 15, 1928, he began his career singing on Huntsville radio station WBHP. In 1949, he moved to Nashville where he worked...

United project of The Caravans and The Rhumba Kings

06 March 2009
Mark Penington from the UK's legendary neo-rockabilly band "The Caravans" is going to perform unplugged versions from the albums "Smashed and Stripped Bare" and "Return To Zero" together with Mark Sprex from "The Rhumba Kings" on slap bass and a drummer.
For many years Mark Penington and Mark Sprex wanted to work on a music project together, but busy touring schedules with their own bands, could...

The lead singer of The Reno Brothers is in hospital

05 March 2009
Yesterday we received sad news: the lead singer and guitar player of The Reno Brothers, Rogier Hermans, has suffered from a brain attack. Now he is in hospital. His condition is still unstable, but we all truely hope he will recover soon and we can see him on stage again....

New vinyl single of The Rock-a-Bops is finally out!

04 March 2009
The new 7" vinyl single (Vintjärn records) of Swedesh rock'n'roll band The Rock-a-Bops featuring "Bye bye" and "No regular daddy" are finally out.
Last year the band recorded their first cd and now vinyl (planned in January) is released! And it sounds as wild as their live shows!...

No more The Rhythm Boys

02 March 2009
English swinging rock'n'roll band, The Rhythm Boys, has stopped playing. The lead singer, Mike Ferrington, has decided to say goodbye to The Rhythm Boys and start making his new band. Let's hope that in future we will see them reunited for some festival....

For hillbilly fans: Presentation on Jimmie Rodgers at ICMC

02 March 2009
At the 2009 International Country Music Conference Dr. Tim Wise of Salford University in the United Kingdom will be presenting on “Jimmie Rodgers and the Hillbilly Yodel." Wise indicates that "Jimmie Rodgers's yodeling has rarely been the focus of musicological analysis. This paper addresses that omission by presenting the results of an empirical study that examined his yodel melodies and their incipits, their rhythmic and harmonic...

Buddy Holly backup singers honored in Austin

28 February 2009
Little-known backup singers of Buddy Holly are finally getting some recognition.

The two surviving members of his in-studio backup trio known as the Picks were honored by Texas lawmakers with a resolution Monday.

"We have lived in the shadow for a long time," 75-year-old John Pickering said. "The Crickets didn't sing. We were the ghost voices in the studio."

John Pickering and his...

Elvis Presley serenaded Tom Jones in the shower

27 February 2009
Grammy winning singer Sir Tom Jones was once serenaded by rock legend Elvis Presley but the moment was an embarrassing one for Jones, who was taking a shower at that time.

The 'Delilah' hitmaker, was interrupted while having a bath by Presley who wanted to sing him a new song, and did not wait for him to come out of the bathroom, reported contactmusic.com....

RIP Paul Skelton

25 February 2009
Austin guitarist Paul Skelton, the twangmaster of the Telecaster in the Cornell Hurd Band for 22 years, died Sunday morning of lung cancer. He was 55.

Besides backing such artists as Wayne "the Train" Hancock, Ted Roddy, Libbi Bosworth and many more, Skelton worked for Collings Guitars, an internationally recognized custom guitar shop, for 13 years.
Skelton lived in New York City in...

Robert Gordon is rejected by English fans

24 February 2009
The team of fans, who has been working hard for Robert Gordon past four years - arranging shows, making promotion and keeping his website alive - gave up. Arjan, Marianne and Finn decided to share with us some facts of truth about Robert Gordon.

"When we started booking Robert, we were all huge fans… so we did everything we could to make things work for...

Crazy Joe on Tour in Spain

23 February 2009
Crazy Joe and The Mad River Outlaws' are coming in March for tour to Spain! On his last outing to the Iberian Peninsula, Crazy Joe had the honor of supporting the legendary Deke Dickerson as a member of the Deke Dickerson Trio. Now he's bringing his very own Mad River Outlaws as featured act for the eleven day tour which starts March 18th! Crazy Joe couldn't...
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