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To all our fans.

Over the years, as we have traveled, we have met many people. It can not be said enough how important our fans our to us. Without all of you we would not be where we are today. You have become more like family over the years and we wouldn't have it any other way. You, our fans, our friends, are what makes every show worth playing. Thank you for all your support. Here's to you!

Hot Rod Girl

This was the fiirst song I had ever written for a dame. One day I'll marry that girl. It's all about the way she makes me feel. Gettin' my blood boilin' and my heart racin', she wont need a key cause I'm already turned on. Writin' this little diddy let me understand just how different it was to write about someone you loved and just how powerful the words were when you read or sang them.

Hot Rod Betty

"...with her foot on the gas she revs it up and then she's gone... Eight years ago in some small town diner, on the back of a menu I wrote out Hot Rod Betty. I remember a couple of guys talking about some dame and her hot rod. They were carrying on about how she was a real hard chick. Don't remember much more than that. Tony and I were talking about how cool it would be to write a song about some hell on wheels dame that just wanted to even the score. That's how most songs start I figure. Some idea that sounds really cool just never comes to be. It was early, everyone's hungry...so we pull over to grab a breakfast. I don't recollect the name of the place, but it was the real deal. We pull up a chair, the waitress takes our order, but all I can think about is that damn song. I started to write a few words, just to keep the tune fresh, the next thing I know Hot Rod Betty was penned and ready for airplay...well no quite...in the end, it's a real scorcher."

Why Rockabilly you ask...

I can't remember a time when I wasn't asked..."So why do you play rockabilly?" To be honest I had never given it much thought. I grew up surrounded by the music...Buddy Holly, Elvis Presley, Ray Campi, Gene Vincent, Carl Perkins and others, the vintage cars, the style. So I ask, why not rockabilly? A style that's real, honest, pure, a music that speaks to your soul, cars that were works of art...just the thought of tuck and roll upholstery, and men and women that ooze cool and the most amazing style to walk the earth.

Rockabilly life style

Rockabilly music came along at a time when teenagers where getting restless. They'd had enough of "How Much is that Doggie in the Window" and the rest of the vanilla-flavored, play-it-safe, polite-enough-to-please-your-parents pop music diet they'd been forced to exist on. Country music could be cool, but it wasn't quite right for the young crowd. Blues music--although wonderful --wasn't danceable. Rhythm and Blues was great, but as "race" music, it didn't get wide airplay and the suburban white kids with their growing freedoms and growing buying power didn't hear much of R&B. Then rockabilly came along and broke all the barriers at once. Rockabilly set those kids free!

It's this sense of freedom that I think is behind the persistent popularity of rockabilly. When we listen to rockabilly music, we're transported back to a time when formulas didn't matter. Or, more accurately, they did matter in that musical formulas existed to be modified, rewritten, or erased and recreated from scratch.

The rockabilly lifestyle is simply an extension of that expression of freedom. The people living the rockabilly lifestyle--call them rockabillies--find joy and comfort in the styles of the 50s. It frees them to imagine a simpler, more innocent time when the music was fresh, bold, and innovative. And the music seems even more meaningful for them when they're surrounded by things that help foster the illusion of that wild and brash time in musical history.

The rockabillies are also an accepting lot. The original rockabilly cats back in the real 50s often broke color barriers because of the heavy influence that the great black blues players had on them and their music. Several black musicians made a name for themselves as part of the rockabilly scene. In the same way, skin color doesn't matter to today's modern rockabillies either. Nor does nationality matter. In fact, it's the very diversity of the modern rockabilly crowd worldwide that makes it so exciting. You can be a rockabilly to whatever extent you want to be and most other rockabillies will accept your decision. The common thread that holds the rockabilly-lifestyle fabric together is the music. If you simply enjoy the music, you're as accepted into the rockabilly world as someone who goes whole hog with the cars, clothes, hair, furniture and all the rest. After all; rockabilly has always been about the music. It still is about the music. And it always will be about the music.

So, what is the "rockabilly lifestyle?" Let the music guide you to the answer!

Rockabilly Revival

"Rockabilly music has recently been revived by a new generation of young musicians who love the rough-edged, countrified rock sounds that were last heard in 1954, primarily on Sun Records in Memphis. The fact that radio won't play the music and record companies won't sign the artists doesn't seem to dissuade the artist who are picking up on the sound today. Many rockabilly bands are playing for gas money at non-traditional venues, such as bowling alleys and roller rinks just to get on stage and entertain."

Old songs coming around again.

Listening to old tracks from years ago I started to wonder what I found wrong wtih the songs. Was it the music, the lyrics...I wasn't sure. Perhaps it was on a personal level. "Fooling Around" was written based on true life events...I couldn't have imagined that I would live the words. I guess all there is left to do is tell my story the only way I know how."

----Frankie----

It's still rock 'n' roll

Its been a long time coming and now that the time has come I'm here to tell you that rockabilly is here to stay. You see, I'm a greaser...and I sing songs about beer, women, fast cars and on now and again a dead chick. Songs about my hair and being me. Let's just say that we have only just scratched the surface of what lies beneath. When I'm on that stage, from swing to honky tonk...It's still rock 'n' roll to me.

---Frankie----

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