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The Twistin Tornados / Bio

When singer-songwriter and LA rockabilly veteran Tony James formed the Twistin’ Tornados in late 2009, his idea was merely to put a band together to play an occasional gig around town just for kicks. However a few short months later James and the rest of the Tornados found themselves as one of the featured acts at the 2010 Viva Las Vegas Weekend, indisputably the largest annual rockabilly event in the US if not the world. The band was very well received, so much so that they were invited back to play the prestigious event the following year. With this proverbial feather in their cap, the band continued playing gigs throughout 2011 in their native Southern California, including a number of performances at burlesque clubs, sharing the bill with scantily-clad voluptuous beauties. However a short time later, the band’s drummer departed due to personal reasons. With shows booked, including an upcoming appearance at the 2012 Viva Las Vegas Weekend, the search for a new drummer was on. Enter LA rockabilly veteran skin-basher Doug Phillips, who aside from bringing the Tornados a far more solid approach to beat-keeping, also brought a much welcomed quality singing voice to compliment James’ melodic lead vocals. The upgrade was exactly what James had in mind all along but was unable to find, so it was only fitting that the band’s newfound vocal harmonies would become a signature to the Twistin’ Tornados’ already high-energy rockin’ sound, which they describe as more rock than billy. Shortly after Phillips’ arrival, the band caught the attention of LA-based Stingray Records, who immediately signed the band and recorded their self-titled debut album in early 2012 which they are extremely proud of. But just when it looked like the Twistin’ Tornados were ready to cut a swath in the rockabilly landscape, they were forced to shut down again, this time to replace their guitar player who decided to pursue a career in doo wop. This apparent set-back however gave the band a golden opportunity to once again upgrade their sound, which is exactly what they did by recruiting Atlanta, Georgia underground veteran “Lucky” Johny McLean, who had recently relocated to Sacramento. McLean’s addition provided a far more organic sound to the band but they weren’t through with the upgrading process yet. Soon after their bassist came in the form of a pyrotechnic player named Brandon “Four-String Demon” Heredia, who rounded off the Twistin’ Tornados’ ultra-high-energy brand of rockabilly. So after four years and three band member changes later, the Twistin’ Tornados are ready for action and already have shows booked well into 2013, including an unprecedented fourth consecutive appearance at the Viva Las Vegas Weekend. They will also be taking their act on tour, so don’t be surprised if you see the Twistin’ Tornados’ name on a marquee near you.

General Info

Band Members
Tony James - Lead Vocals/Acoustic guitar ,John McLean - Lead Guitar , Brandon Heredia - Upright Bass , Doug Phillips - Drums
Artist Name
The Twistin Tornados
Profile Page
Rockabilly / Rock n' Roll / Country

Contact Info

Hollywood, CA

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