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Brian Setzer Brian Setzer & The Nashvillains

  • May 16 @ Dana Point, CA - Doheny State Beach
  • Sept. 6 @ Murphys, CA - Ironstone Amphitheatre

The Brian Setzer Orchestra

  • July 10 @ Montreal, PQ - Montreal Jazz Festival
  • July 11 @ Ottawa, ON - Ottawa Bluesfest
  • July 12 @ Quebec, PQ - Quebec City Festival
  • July 15 @ Amsterdam, NL - Heineken Music Hall
  • July 18 @ Pori, Finland - Pori Jazz Festival

7th Annual Brian Setzer Orchestra Christmas Rocks! Extravaganza

2009 U.S. Tour

  • Nov. 20 @ Detroit, MI - Motor City Casino
  • Nov. 21 @ Waukegan (Chicago), IL - Genesee Theater
  • Nov. 22 @ Prior Lake, MN - Mystic Lake Casino
  • Nov. 23 @ Wausau, WI - The Grand Theater
  • Nov. 25 @ Reading, PA - Sovereign PAC
  • Nov. 27 @ North Bethesda, MD - Music Center at Strathmore
  • Nov. 29 @ Glenside, PA - Keswick Theater
  • Nov. 30 @ NYC, NY - Hammerstein Ballroom
  • Dec. 2 @ New Brunswick, NJ - The State Theatre
  • Dec. 3 @ Easton, PA - State Theatre
  • Dec. 4 @ Ledyard, CT - Foxwoods Resort Casino
  • Dec. 7 @ Greenville, SC - Peace Center
  • Dec. 9 @ Nashville, TN - Ryman Auditorium
  • Dec. 11 @ Robinsonville, MS - Bluesville Showroom
  • Dec. 12 @ Thackerville, OK - Winstar Casino - Showroom
  • Dec. 14 @ Albuquerque, NM - Isleta Casino Showroom
  • Dec. 15 @ Phoenix, AZ - Dodge Theater
  • Dec. 16 @ Coachella, CA - Spotlight 29 Casino
  • Dec. 18 @ Universal City, CA - Gibson Ampitheater
  • Dec. 20 @ San Francisco, CA - Warfield
  • Dec. 22 @ Friant, CA - Table Mountain Casino
  • Dec. 23 @ Las Vegas, NV - Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
  • Dec. 26 @ Santa Rosa, CA - Wells Fargo Center For the Arts
  • Dec. 27 @ Santa Rosa, CA - Wells Fargo Center For the Arts
  • Dec. 29 @ Snoqualmie, WA - Snoqualmie Casino

 Japan Tour 2009

  • 1/25/09 Nagoya (Aichi-ken Geijutsu Gekijô)
  • 1/26/09 Kanazawa (Koseinenkin Kaikan)
  • 1/27/09 Osaka (Koseinenkin Kaikan)
  • 1/29/09 Fukuoka (Shimin Kaikan)
  • 1/30/09 Hiroshima (Aster Plaza)

 

 



Dan Hicks Tour Dates

  • Jan. 16 @ Sheldon Concert Hall, St. Louis, MO

:: The Tangled Tales Tour ::

  • Mar. 18 @ KPFA DAVID GAINS’ GRATEFUL DEAD HOUR - LIVE PERFORMANCE AND INTERVIEW (AIRED NATIONALLY) - @ 8PM PST
  • Mar. 21 @ KPIG ‘HAM JAM’ SHOW - INTERVIEW AND LIVE PERFORMANCE (AFTERNOON PST) & KWMR (SAN FRANCISCO) – INTERVIEW WITH D. HUNTER - AFTERNOON
  • Mar. 23 @ KCSM (SAN FRANCISCO) – INTERVIEW WITH CHUY 3/23 AT 3PM (LIVE)
  • Mar. 22 @ KSAN 107.7 (SAN FRANCISCO) - INTERVIEW WITH JOEL SELVIN FROM SF CHRONICLE (TAPED)
    ALSO TO BE AIRED ON KOZT (MENDOCINO, CA)

:: Mar. 24 - TANGLED TALES RELEASE DATE!! ::

  • Mar. 24 @ KFOG (SAN FRANCISCO) - INTERVIEW AND LIVE PERFORMANCE @ 8AM PST
  • Mar. 24 @ KRSH (SANTA ROSA) – INTERVIEW AND PERFORMANCE WITH BILL BOWKER @ 5PM
  • Mar. 24 @ Border\'s In-store (Santa Rosa, CA) @ 7PM
  • Mar. 25 @ Belly Up Tavern, Solana Beach, CA
  • Mar. 26 @ El Rey Theatre, LosS Angeles, CA
  • Mar. 28 @ Yoshi\'s San Francisco, CA :: with special guest DAVID GRISMAN ::
  • Apr. 3 @ One Longfellow Square, Portland, ME
  • Apr. 4 @ Bull Run, Shirley, MA
  • Apr. 5 @ Iron Horse, Northhampton, MA
  • Apr. 6 @ BB King Blues Club, New York, NY
  • Apr. 7 @ Turning Point, Piermont, NY
  • Apr. 10 @ Sellersville Theater, Sellersville, PA
  • Apr. 11 @ The State Theater, Falls Church, VA
  • May 13 @ Logan Square Auditorium, Chicago, IL
  • May 14 @ Turner Hall Ballroom, Milwaukee, WI
  • May 15 @ Majestic Theater, Madison, WI
  • May 16 @ Cedar Cultural Center, Minneapolis, MN
  • June 18 @ Petaluma, CA - Mystic Theatre
  • June 21 @ Redwood City, CA - Little Fox Theater
  • June 25 @ Aspen, CO - The Belly Up
  • June 26 @ Denver, CO - The Soiled Dove
  • June 27 @ Santa Fe, NM - Santa Fe Brewing Company
  • June 28 @ Taos, NM - KTAO Solar Center

 

 

Aloha!Welcome to Surfdog, where we live and breathe our passion for music, in our tropical bungalows by the beach! Our company was established in 1985, when it all started with Dave Kaplan opening the doors to the company's first division: Dave Kaplan Management. Soon thereafter came Surfdog Records, a wholly-owned independent record label, along with Surfdog Music Publishing & Licensing, Surfdog Entertainment Marketing and Surfdog’s Java Hut, all located in the slice of heaven called Encinitas, CA.

Our company’s deep love for music spans rock, rockabilly, big band swing, soul, reggae, punk, folk, comedy and, in the early years, even a release of crazy-cosmic-galactic-rock n' roll by Harry Perry (the roller-skating/turbaned Venice Beach icon!). We are driven by real musicians/artists with passion and soul, regardless of musical style; it just needs to hit you in the heart, gut, head, or all three. But don’t let our casual, unassuming nature fool you. We are relentless in our pursuit of excellence for our artists and clients. And we release music we love and want to share with the world.

Surfdog has released over 100 albums by artists such as Brian Setzer, Stray Cats, Joss Stone, Dave Stewart, Glen Campbell, Butthole Surfers, Slightly Stoopid, Richard Cheese, Dan Hicks and the Hot Licks, Gary Hoey and many more. We have also released several soundtrack albums, including "The Endless Summer II" and "Step Into Liquid." Surfdog artists’ music has been prominently featured in movies (Puss In Boots, Elf, Madagascar, Mission Impossible, Monsters vs. Aliens, etc), TV shows (American Idol, Ellen, Dancing With The Stars, Glee, ER, Scrubs, etc), plus major national commercials (Ford Lincoln-Mercury, Ashton Kutcher’s Nikon, Hallmark, etc).

We are also very proud to be an ocean-conscious label and our three MOM: Music For Mother Ocean releases helped us contribute some of the largest donations in Surfrider Foundation's history. For the MOM albums, Surfdog assembled the biggest names in music, including Paul McCartney, Pearl Jam, Sublime, James Taylor, Rage Against the Machine, Snoop Dogg, Jimmy Buffett, No Doubt and many more, to gain worldwide attention for these renowned CD's as well as for the protection and preservation of our planet's oceans.

Our classic Surfdog "stick-guy," along with our tropical, tiki-influenced office complex near the cliffs of the world-class wave at Swami's, help keep us sane and grounded in this wild ride called the entertainment business. Beware…if we're ever out at a "board meeting" and the surf is good, you’ll know what we’re really up to! And, if you’re ever in the San Diego area, come by to check out our local hang-out, Surfdog's Java Hut on Coast Highway 101, serving up killer smoothies, coffee, and grub!!

 

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"Gonna rock a little bit. Gonna have a little fun." -- “Let’s Shake”

That’s how BRIAN SETZER starts his new album ROCKABILLY RIOT: ALL ORIGINAL (Surfdog). But let's correct something here; these 12 tracks rock A LOT. And they're A LOT of fun--which is something the three-time Grammy Award winner has shown he knows how to do very, very well during the nearly 35 years since the international spotlight first shined on his skills as a singer, songwriter and guitarist, not to mention his impressively coifed pompadour.

"I think this album sounds to me a little bit like the first Stray Cats record," says SETZER, who is fully armed here with his trademark twang and fretboard fire."It's rockabilly songs. It's not just blues songs in the rockabilly style. People like to call it 'neo-billy' I suppose, which is some invented word that somebody came up with, but if that's the word they want to use, I'd like to go with that because it sounds to me like it's very modern and fresh-sounding rockabilly."

There's no question ROCKABILLY RIOT is a contemporary kind of rockabilly record, sounding like SETZER and his white-hot band--Mark Winchester (bass), Kevin McKendree (piano) and Noah Levy (drums)--time-warped back to Memphis' Sun Studios in the mid-‘50s, it was actually recorded with producer Peter Collins in Nashville but with 2014 chops and attitude. Peeling out with the revved-up propulsion of the first single, "Let's Shake" ("I can't believe no one thought of that title before," SETZER quips).

SETZER, consistently cited as one of the world’s greatest living guitarists, and company play songs with an abandon and meticulous precision, from the train track shuffles of "Calamity Jane" and "Rockabilly Blues," to the gritty rave-ups of "Nothing is a Sure Thing" and "Stiletto Cool," the smooth romanticism of "The Girl With the Blues in Her Eyes" and "Blue Lights Big City," and the left turns of "I Should Have Had a V8," which veer from folky storytellers' verses into flat-out rockin' choruses.

"I had given the songs I'd written to all the band members and we hadn't arranged them," SETZER recalls. "I think the only way you can make a better rockabilly record is if you get Elvis to sing, because Mark Winchester, Kevin McKendree and Noah Levy are the best in their craft. So this record was different where we didn't have to sit down and labor over arrangements. Everything was learned, and my guitar sound sounded so good I just made the record. We didn't need to change guitars, amps, microphones; we just cut a rockabilly record. There's no overdubs, there's no splicing, there's no auto tuning. What you hear is what you get; it's pretty much us making live music."

And, he adds, capturing it thanks to Peter Collins a British-born muso who's previously worked with SETZER on his Vavoom! and The Dirty Boogie albums.

"It's funny how English producers have a great sense of what Rockabilly music is," SETZER notes. "It’s true it was invented in the US, but they seem to know what it should sound like. Peter Collins is an experienced and accomplished producer. He's done a lot of records, but he loves rockabilly music and he knows what it should sound like."

SETZER, of course, knows exactly what rockabilly should sound like; after all, he ushered it back into the rock mainstream during the punk- and New Wave-saturated late 70s and early 80s. The Massapequa, N.Y., native was a music fan in general when he became taken with one of rockabilly's early icons--Eddie Cochran. "One day I saw a picture of him and said, 'Wow, that guy looks really cool.' Then I found out he did 'Summertime Blues' and it blew me away--I thought The Who did that, y'know? (laughs) Then I heard 'Something Else' and, man, that's MY kind of rock song."

SETZER began looking the part as well as playing it, and even though the jock crowd at his high school didn't like it he found kindred spirits in Slim Jim Phantom and Lee Rocker; together they formed the Tomcats, changing the moniker to the Stray Cats after they moved to England in June 1980 and finding an immediately receptive audience that led to tours of Europe and Japan and opening slots for the Rolling Stones. "The kids were ready for us, but the record companies weren't," SETZER recalls. Among those fans was British rocker Dave Edmunds, no stranger to rockabilly himself and the producer of two of the trio's first three albums.

"They're as natural as you can get," Edmunds said at the time. "They look great and play great. I think it's as good as any of the 50s rockabilly. BRIAN SETZER, he's like Eddie Cochran--he writes great songs and is a great guitar player who still hasn't tapped all his potential."

The Stray Cats' homecoming in 1982 set off a hurricane of rockabilly revivalism that included two hit albums and a trio of Top 10 singles--"Rock This Town," "Stray Cat Strut" and "She's Sexy + 17." More importantly it gave the genre renewed respect on a global level. "Rockabilly music should be up there in regards with blues music," SETZER says. "It should be playing in arenas. And, I think, it's better than the blues because it has a style to it, it has accomplished musicians playing it and it's totally American. So I think it's very underrated music that should be more in the forefront of our culture."

There's more than rockabilly in SETZER's loaded bag of music, however. After the STRAY CATS disbanded in 1984 (with periodic reunions in subsequent years), he surprised fans with the earnest Americana of the critically lauded The Knife Feels Like Justice in 1986and has gone on to explore a variety of musical (and lyrical) forms, tearing it up on albums such as Live Nude Guitars, getting deeply personal on Nitro Burnin' Funny Daddy, taking a stab at iconic classical music compositions on Wolfgang's Big Night Out and reminding us (as if we needed it) of his fleet-fingered virtuosity on Setzer Goes Instru-Mental! He was also one of the vanguards of the 90s swing movement, defying naysayers by forming the BRIAN SETZER ORCHESTRA, a 17-piece, guitar-led big band that became a concert favorite and sent the lively "Jump, Jive an' Wail" up the charts and into TV ads.

Along the way SETZER has been honored with three Grammys as well as the Orville H. Gibson Lifetime Achievement Award and a best-selling line of Gretsch signature model guitars bearing his name. He played Eddie Cochran in the 1987 film “La Bamba” and was animated for “The Simpsons” in a 2002 episode that also featured Rolling Stones’ Mick Jagger and Keith Richards.

ROCKABILLY RIOT, of course, finds the iconic SETZER back in his "native habitat," sounding like the same pompadoured kid who came out of Long Island more than 35 years ago. But rest assured there's more to come, in directions even SETZER himself probably can't predict. "I gotta tell ya, to me it's all just music. I know people like to put little labels on things so they can make it tidy. But for me, it all comes from the same mom and dad, which is the blues, jazz, country, swing, rock 'n' roll. There's no reason to be limited to just one thing, ever.

For more information on BRIAN SETZER, visit:
www.briansetzer.com
www.facebook.com/briansetzerofficial
www.youtube.com/user/BrianSetzerOfficial
www.surfdog.com/artists/brian-setzer

TOUR DATES:

 

Bandsintown

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"Gonna rock a little bit. Gonna have a little fun." -- “Let’s Shake”

That’s how BRIAN SETZER starts his new album ROCKABILLY RIOT: ALL ORIGINAL (Surfdog). But let's correct something here; these 12 tracks rock A LOT. And they're A LOT of fun--which is something the three-time Grammy Award winner has shown he knows how to do very, very well during the nearly 35 years since the international spotlight first shined on his skills as a singer, songwriter and guitarist, not to mention his impressively coifed pompadour.

"I think this album sounds to me a little bit like the first Stray Cats record," says SETZER, who is fully armed here with his trademark twang and fretboard fire."It's rockabilly songs. It's not just blues songs in the rockabilly style. People like to call it 'neo-billy' I suppose, which is some invented word that somebody came up with, but if that's the word they want to use, I'd like to go with that because it sounds to me like it's very modern and fresh-sounding rockabilly."

There's no question ROCKABILLY RIOT is a contemporary kind of rockabilly record, sounding like SETZER and his white-hot band--Mark Winchester (bass), Kevin McKendree (piano) and Noah Levy (drums)--time-warped back to Memphis' Sun Studios in the mid-‘50s, it was actually recorded with producer Peter Collins in Nashville but with 2014 chops and attitude. Peeling out with the revved-up propulsion of the first single, "Let's Shake" ("I can't believe no one thought of that title before," SETZER quips).

SETZER, consistently cited as one of the world’s greatest living guitarists, and company play songs with an abandon and meticulous precision, from the train track shuffles of "Calamity Jane" and "Rockabilly Blues," to the gritty rave-ups of "Nothing is a Sure Thing" and "Stiletto Cool," the smooth romanticism of "The Girl With the Blues in Her Eyes" and "Blue Lights Big City," and the left turns of "I Should Have Had a V8," which veer from folky storytellers' verses into flat-out rockin' choruses.

"I had given the songs I'd written to all the band members and we hadn't arranged them," SETZER recalls. "I think the only way you can make a better rockabilly record is if you get Elvis to sing, because Mark Winchester, Kevin McKendree and Noah Levy are the best in their craft. So this record was different where we didn't have to sit down and labor over arrangements. Everything was learned, and my guitar sound sounded so good I just made the record. We didn't need to change guitars, amps, microphones; we just cut a rockabilly record. There's no overdubs, there's no splicing, there's no auto tuning. What you hear is what you get; it's pretty much us making live music."

And, he adds, capturing it thanks to Peter Collins a British-born muso who's previously worked with SETZER on his Vavoom! and The Dirty Boogie albums.

"It's funny how English producers have a great sense of what Rockabilly music is," SETZER notes. "It’s true it was invented in the US, but they seem to know what it should sound like. Peter Collins is an experienced and accomplished producer. He's done a lot of records, but he loves rockabilly music and he knows what it should sound like."

SETZER, of course, knows exactly what rockabilly should sound like; after all, he ushered it back into the rock mainstream during the punk- and New Wave-saturated late 70s and early 80s. The Massapequa, N.Y., native was a music fan in general when he became taken with one of rockabilly's early icons--Eddie Cochran. "One day I saw a picture of him and said, 'Wow, that guy looks really cool.' Then I found out he did 'Summertime Blues' and it blew me away--I thought The Who did that, y'know? (laughs) Then I heard 'Something Else' and, man, that's MY kind of rock song."

SETZER began looking the part as well as playing it, and even though the jock crowd at his high school didn't like it he found kindred spirits in Slim Jim Phantom and Lee Rocker; together they formed the Tomcats, changing the moniker to the Stray Cats after they moved to England in June 1980 and finding an immediately receptive audience that led to tours of Europe and Japan and opening slots for the Rolling Stones. "The kids were ready for us, but the record companies weren't," SETZER recalls. Among those fans was British rocker Dave Edmunds, no stranger to rockabilly himself and the producer of two of the trio's first three albums.

"They're as natural as you can get," Edmunds said at the time. "They look great and play great. I think it's as good as any of the 50s rockabilly. BRIAN SETZER, he's like Eddie Cochran--he writes great songs and is a great guitar player who still hasn't tapped all his potential."

The Stray Cats' homecoming in 1982 set off a hurricane of rockabilly revivalism that included two hit albums and a trio of Top 10 singles--"Rock This Town," "Stray Cat Strut" and "She's Sexy + 17." More importantly it gave the genre renewed respect on a global level. "Rockabilly music should be up there in regards with blues music," SETZER says. "It should be playing in arenas. And, I think, it's better than the blues because it has a style to it, it has accomplished musicians playing it and it's totally American. So I think it's very underrated music that should be more in the forefront of our culture."

There's more than rockabilly in SETZER's loaded bag of music, however. After the STRAY CATS disbanded in 1984 (with periodic reunions in subsequent years), he surprised fans with the earnest Americana of the critically lauded The Knife Feels Like Justice in 1986and has gone on to explore a variety of musical (and lyrical) forms, tearing it up on albums such as Live Nude Guitars, getting deeply personal on Nitro Burnin' Funny Daddy, taking a stab at iconic classical music compositions on Wolfgang's Big Night Out and reminding us (as if we needed it) of his fleet-fingered virtuosity on Setzer Goes Instru-Mental! He was also one of the vanguards of the 90s swing movement, defying naysayers by forming the BRIAN SETZER ORCHESTRA, a 17-piece, guitar-led big band that became a concert favorite and sent the lively "Jump, Jive an' Wail" up the charts and into TV ads.

Along the way SETZER has been honored with three Grammys as well as the Orville H. Gibson Lifetime Achievement Award and a best-selling line of Gretsch signature model guitars bearing his name. He played Eddie Cochran in the 1987 film “La Bamba” and was animated for “The Simpsons” in a 2002 episode that also featured Rolling Stones’ Mick Jagger and Keith Richards.

ROCKABILLY RIOT, of course, finds the iconic SETZER back in his "native habitat," sounding like the same pompadoured kid who came out of Long Island more than 35 years ago. But rest assured there's more to come, in directions even SETZER himself probably can't predict. "I gotta tell ya, to me it's all just music. I know people like to put little labels on things so they can make it tidy. But for me, it all comes from the same mom and dad, which is the blues, jazz, country, swing, rock 'n' roll. There's no reason to be limited to just one thing, ever.

For more information on BRIAN SETZER, visit:
www.briansetzer.com
www.facebook.com/briansetzerofficial
www.youtube.com/user/BrianSetzerOfficial
www.surfdog.com/artists/brian-setzer

TOUR DATES:

 

Bandsintown

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"Gonna rock a little bit. Gonna have a little fun." -- “Let’s Shake”

That’s how BRIAN SETZER starts his new album ROCKABILLY RIOT: ALL ORIGINAL (Surfdog). But let's correct something here; these 12 tracks rock A LOT. And they're A LOT of fun--which is something the three-time Grammy Award winner has shown he knows how to do very, very well during the nearly 35 years since the international spotlight first shined on his skills as a singer, songwriter and guitarist, not to mention his impressively coifed pompadour.

"I think this album sounds to me a little bit like the first Stray Cats record," says SETZER, who is fully armed here with his trademark twang and fretboard fire."It's rockabilly songs. It's not just blues songs in the rockabilly style. People like to call it 'neo-billy' I suppose, which is some invented word that somebody came up with, but if that's the word they want to use, I'd like to go with that because it sounds to me like it's very modern and fresh-sounding rockabilly."

There's no question ROCKABILLY RIOT is a contemporary kind of rockabilly record, sounding like SETZER and his white-hot band--Mark Winchester (bass), Kevin McKendree (piano) and Noah Levy (drums)--time-warped back to Memphis' Sun Studios in the mid-‘50s, it was actually recorded with producer Peter Collins in Nashville but with 2014 chops and attitude. Peeling out with the revved-up propulsion of the first single, "Let's Shake" ("I can't believe no one thought of that title before," SETZER quips).

SETZER, consistently cited as one of the world’s greatest living guitarists, and company play songs with an abandon and meticulous precision, from the train track shuffles of "Calamity Jane" and "Rockabilly Blues," to the gritty rave-ups of "Nothing is a Sure Thing" and "Stiletto Cool," the smooth romanticism of "The Girl With the Blues in Her Eyes" and "Blue Lights Big City," and the left turns of "I Should Have Had a V8," which veer from folky storytellers' verses into flat-out rockin' choruses.

"I had given the songs I'd written to all the band members and we hadn't arranged them," SETZER recalls. "I think the only way you can make a better rockabilly record is if you get Elvis to sing, because Mark Winchester, Kevin McKendree and Noah Levy are the best in their craft. So this record was different where we didn't have to sit down and labor over arrangements. Everything was learned, and my guitar sound sounded so good I just made the record. We didn't need to change guitars, amps, microphones; we just cut a rockabilly record. There's no overdubs, there's no splicing, there's no auto tuning. What you hear is what you get; it's pretty much us making live music."

And, he adds, capturing it thanks to Peter Collins a British-born muso who's previously worked with SETZER on his Vavoom! and The Dirty Boogie albums.

"It's funny how English producers have a great sense of what Rockabilly music is," SETZER notes. "It’s true it was invented in the US, but they seem to know what it should sound like. Peter Collins is an experienced and accomplished producer. He's done a lot of records, but he loves rockabilly music and he knows what it should sound like."

SETZER, of course, knows exactly what rockabilly should sound like; after all, he ushered it back into the rock mainstream during the punk- and New Wave-saturated late 70s and early 80s. The Massapequa, N.Y., native was a music fan in general when he became taken with one of rockabilly's early icons--Eddie Cochran. "One day I saw a picture of him and said, 'Wow, that guy looks really cool.' Then I found out he did 'Summertime Blues' and it blew me away--I thought The Who did that, y'know? (laughs) Then I heard 'Something Else' and, man, that's MY kind of rock song."

SETZER began looking the part as well as playing it, and even though the jock crowd at his high school didn't like it he found kindred spirits in Slim Jim Phantom and Lee Rocker; together they formed the Tomcats, changing the moniker to the Stray Cats after they moved to England in June 1980 and finding an immediately receptive audience that led to tours of Europe and Japan and opening slots for the Rolling Stones. "The kids were ready for us, but the record companies weren't," SETZER recalls. Among those fans was British rocker Dave Edmunds, no stranger to rockabilly himself and the producer of two of the trio's first three albums.

"They're as natural as you can get," Edmunds said at the time. "They look great and play great. I think it's as good as any of the 50s rockabilly. BRIAN SETZER, he's like Eddie Cochran--he writes great songs and is a great guitar player who still hasn't tapped all his potential."

The Stray Cats' homecoming in 1982 set off a hurricane of rockabilly revivalism that included two hit albums and a trio of Top 10 singles--"Rock This Town," "Stray Cat Strut" and "She's Sexy + 17." More importantly it gave the genre renewed respect on a global level. "Rockabilly music should be up there in regards with blues music," SETZER says. "It should be playing in arenas. And, I think, it's better than the blues because it has a style to it, it has accomplished musicians playing it and it's totally American. So I think it's very underrated music that should be more in the forefront of our culture."

There's more than rockabilly in SETZER's loaded bag of music, however. After the STRAY CATS disbanded in 1984 (with periodic reunions in subsequent years), he surprised fans with the earnest Americana of the critically lauded The Knife Feels Like Justice in 1986and has gone on to explore a variety of musical (and lyrical) forms, tearing it up on albums such as Live Nude Guitars, getting deeply personal on Nitro Burnin' Funny Daddy, taking a stab at iconic classical music compositions on Wolfgang's Big Night Out and reminding us (as if we needed it) of his fleet-fingered virtuosity on Setzer Goes Instru-Mental! He was also one of the vanguards of the 90s swing movement, defying naysayers by forming the BRIAN SETZER ORCHESTRA, a 17-piece, guitar-led big band that became a concert favorite and sent the lively "Jump, Jive an' Wail" up the charts and into TV ads.

Along the way SETZER has been honored with three Grammys as well as the Orville H. Gibson Lifetime Achievement Award and a best-selling line of Gretsch signature model guitars bearing his name. He played Eddie Cochran in the 1987 film “La Bamba” and was animated for “The Simpsons” in a 2002 episode that also featured Rolling Stones’ Mick Jagger and Keith Richards.

ROCKABILLY RIOT, of course, finds the iconic SETZER back in his "native habitat," sounding like the same pompadoured kid who came out of Long Island more than 35 years ago. But rest assured there's more to come, in directions even SETZER himself probably can't predict. "I gotta tell ya, to me it's all just music. I know people like to put little labels on things so they can make it tidy. But for me, it all comes from the same mom and dad, which is the blues, jazz, country, swing, rock 'n' roll. There's no reason to be limited to just one thing, ever.

For more information on BRIAN SETZER, visit:
www.briansetzer.com
www.facebook.com/briansetzerofficial
www.youtube.com/user/BrianSetzerOfficial
www.surfdog.com/artists/brian-setzer

TOUR DATES:

 

Bandsintown

 

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