FOUR STAR COMBO: brace yourself for a high-speed tour of primal Rockabilly & Honky Tonk, played without any pretense of modernization or any kind of damn-fool 'fusion' of styles. FSC is the brainchild of vocalist & bandleader, Ron Scott, who had a long career in the Boston, MA music scene before migrating southward in 2007. The group is rounded out by some stellar players: Eric Hurtt on lead guitar, Donovan Stokes on upright bass, and Drake Sorey on drums. Since 2008, the Combo has played extensively in the Washington DC area at clubs, festivals, and has recently begun to gather a real head of steam. In May 2014, Man-O-Man Records released the band’s first full-length album on CD, titled “Wait A Minute, Baby!”.
BAND MEMBER BIOS:
Ron Scott (AKA " Bad Ron") - Lead vocals, guitar & harmonica: Ron, who is the founding member of the group, has a long history in the Boston and New England music scene. An early infatuation with the Blues led by degrees to an all-consuming passion for other related American styles: 50’s Rockabilly, Rock ‘N’ Roll, Rhythm & Blues, Jump, Swing, Honky Tonk Country, Gospel, and early 60’s Rock and Soul. Starting in 1981, Ron fronted 3 different bands-The Shakes, The Superfonics, and The RPM's-who collectively racked up a huge number of live dates in the area. Along the way, these groups played with many legendary Boston Punk & Rock acts, such as the Del Fuego's, Willie Alexander, The Lyres, and Barrence Whitfield & The Savages. They also shared the stage with such national acts such as Sleepy LaBeef, Luther "Guitar Junior" Johnson, Duke Robillaird, The Paladins, Commander Cody & the Lost Planet Airmen, and Big Sandy and His Flyrite Boys. In 2006, Ron relocated to the Washington, DC area.
Eric Hurtt, "The Big Hurt" - Lead guitar, vocals: In his own words, "Growing up in the rust belt city of South Bend, Indiana, I developed an early fascination with swing and big band jazz. In high school I began doubling on guitar in various garage bands, and over the past twenty-odd years I have played variously in Northern Indiana/Southern Michigan based surf and garage combos Vibrolux and The Churchkey 5, country hopefuls The Bucket Kickers, Indianapolis’ own Tip Top Daddies with Eric Kinsey, and New Orleans’ premier surf and stomp outfit The Swamis and hillbilly boys The Hurtt Brothers."
Donovan Stokes “Dr. D” – Bass, backing vocals. “Dr. D” has played music since before he can remember….literally. He gravitated to the bass at age 13 and has been performing as a bassist ever since. From an early age he studied and performed in musical styles as diverse as classical, thrash, jazz and punk and often has weeks filled with musical schizophrenia. In 2000 he became enamored with Upright Slap bass and has never looked back. He currently plays Upright bass with the Four Star Combo and even has an instructional video on Rockabilly/Psycobilly Upright Bass Slap Technique. Donovan teaches music online and at Shenandoah University-Conservatory in Winchester, VA. He is also founder of the Bass Coalition, a group of bass players out to take over the world.
Drake Sorey, "The Oklahoma Kid" - Drums: Born and raised in Oklahoma, The Kid lived in California, Denmark, Kansas and Utah, before moving to Virginia at the turn of the century. His desire is to retire early somewhere in the Rocky Mountains, and work on expanding his collection of cowboy boots. Musical heroes include The Blasters, Nick Lowe, X, Johnny Cash, Bob Wills, The Paladins, Buck Owens, Gram Parsons and other music that DOESN'T SUCK!!
“Man I dig rockabilly. The sparse arrangements, the twangy guitars, the hiccupped, deep-throated vocals, that slap bass. And there are just some albums that make me remember exactly why I love it so much. Wait a Minute Baby by The Four Star Combo out of Washington DC is one of those records. This record sounds really great. It’s modern recording but with all the elements of classic rockabilly.”-Buster Fayte’s Rockabilly Romp
“To hell with Psycho or Neo-Rockabilly that confuses supersonic speed and rhythm, a deluge of sound with musical tact! This Virginian Rockabilly/Hillbilly Bop /Honky Tonk quartet understands everything about the music they perform. There is no weak title among the 12 songs, mixing well chosen covers (the rockin Blues, "Down In The Alley", the Rockabilly "Lover Not A Fighter", and a hillbilly bop cover of "Jeepster" by T Rex-completely unknown to me before this CD) and original compositions (the classic Rockabilly, "Wait A Minute, Baby", with call & response, the superb Honky Tonk/Bakersfield-flavored, "Conscience To The Wind"). I have become an unconditional admirer and have added a 5th star to their name.”-Bernard Boyat, Sur La Route de Memphis No 116