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The Mad Tea: Krekel & Ami / Press

“sounds as if the Fugs returned from the grave as a punkabilly band”

No Depression

"lifts the energy level of the audience into a head-bobbing, foot-tapping, shoulder-squirming frenzy."

Post & Courier

"You are fantastic!"

Rosanne Cash

“When guitarist Jason Krekel climbs up and down the frets of his guitar, he plucks the strings with an energy Elvis would respond to, and their songwriting channels that of Chuck Berry.”

Beyond Race Magazine

“The duo from Asheville plays rockabilly, early punk, old time, and 1960s rock and roll (among others) with a Buddy Holly swagger and the authenticity of 1930s street performers.”


“It’s B-52s meets Buddy Holly with a lot more thump; Americana with a funky fire underneath.”

Southeast Performer

“Worthen jump-starts the beat on soprano ukulele while ace musician Krekel fortifies the groove on electric guitar, plus two drums and a cymbal he plays with pedals. The results will have listeners up and dancing.”

WNC Magazine

“Garage-rock radness with boy-girl vocals and thumping foot-drums.”

KUCI 88.9 FM

“A bubbly amalgam of juke-joint blues, pop, tiki exotica and rockabilly, the band has honed an approach that is unique and affecting.”

Metro Santa Cruz

“Who said two people couldn't sound and play like five?”

The Village Idiot