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RJ and the Boys / Bio

......A band started on a dare for a new years gig in 2004, that went all the way to Scotland, by Sept of the Following year, Radio, TV and lots in between....,

Original line up had RJ McGregor on guitar/vocals, the Late Derek Webb Bass/Vocals and Dave McGregor Drums and Vocals.

The group was originally based out of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. (Now Based out of Benito, Mb)

Both RJ and Dave being Saskatoon natives, Derek was born in Welwyn Garden City, UK.

Right from the group focused on cover and original music, both with a 50's-60's twist, not just a Rock n' Roll band either the band did and still does include Country music from the 50's- early 80's.

After the bands 1st new years eve show in 2004, they seen the need for their retro sound and quickly found a "home" at both the original #63 Downtown legion in Saskatoon and the Broken Cue in the city's north end.

" a lot of our early gigs we made a deal with the Legion, $50 a head for the band and a percentage of the Booze sales, some people thought we where nuts and would never make any money that way...well the Club Room at the Legion held around 300 people by the time we released our 1st CD, it was standing room only" -RJ

The Group had a very busy 1st year, self titled debut CD, and a run of Shows in the UK, Which included the Millport Country and Western Festival and several other shows.

"The pace was insane" notes RJ, "we played 3 shows in one day, at one point."

The group followed up with 2006 being pretty much the same, a lot of shows and another CD "12-4-2", The Boys played all over Saskatchewan at events such as Taste Of Saskatchewan, Weyburn Country Jam and many others.

2007 saw RJ record a Solo Album and the Boys taking a much needed break from the Non-stop shows. "Lost Daydreams Of a 20th Century Fool" showcased other styles that RJ has written and some of the tunes are showcased in RJ and the Boys shows as well.

2008, The Boys released the Video Single "Upside Of Down", filmed on location in Saskatoon and Dundurn, Saskatchewan.

The Video showcases the Boys "Retro" feel and was the spring board for RJ to return to the UK for a few shows.

Sadly Derek, wasn't able to be part of Upside Of Down, as health issue prevented him from taking part in the filming.

As Derek became very Ill, the band finished up the shows it had booked (2008-2009) with other bass players and then took time off to wait for Derek to recover, unfortunately Derek lost is battle with Cancer in Jan of 2011.

Just as it seemed the end of the line for the Boys, they started working on a new batch of sessions which became 2013's "Get On with It Now" a title taken right from the last words Derek said to his friend and band mate RJ, " You get one kick at the cat mate, Get on with it Now!"

The Bands 1st show with the new lineup was at the Swan River Legion "Sock-Hop" and then the Pelly Jamboree at Pelly Saskatchewan... its was official !

RJ and Dave, along with long time family friend Trent Opdahl and Cousin Nick Jones, made sure it was a classic "Retro" show the have become so well known for, the Retro and Vintage Guitars, Amps, Mics... everything right down to the "Ties and Dress Shirts", the boys have always been very aware of their appearance on stage!!

2014 was also to see the release of a new EP "Fool In Love".

2015 has become a "banner" year for the band as they celebrate not only 10 years, but also a new Studio Album/a Ten Year compilation CD and also 10 songs being part of a British film based in part in the 1960's. the film called "My Generation, Living the Dream" is set to be released later this year.

The Boys hope to include a new Video Single as part of the years projects.

Keep on eye on both the bands F/B page and here for the latest!!! :)

General Info

Band Members
RJ McGregor/Dave McGregor/Trent Opdahl/Nick Jones
Artist Name
RJ and the Boys
Home Page
http://www.reverbnation.com/rjandtheboys
Genres
Rockabilly / British Invasion / Classic Country/ 50's / 60's

Contact Info

Location
Benito, MB, CA
Manager
Ray McGregor

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