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Pearl Street Warehouse
33 Pearl Street SW, Washington, District of Columbia 20024
Rock-A-Sonics, The Judy Chops
Pearl Street Warehouse
January 12th, 2018
Judy Chops Video: youtu.be/EByOSAu-Tpc
Rock-A-Sonics Video: youtu.be/T4v9SHHirtE
The Rock-A-Sonics are a rockabilly band from the Washington, DC/Maryland area. They first got together intending to play a single show, a Buddy Holly tribute in early 2014. But things went so well they decided to become a band. The rhythm section, upright bassist Louie Newmyer and drummer Tom Bowes, had played together for years in various bands including The Peashooters and J.P. McDermott & Western Bop. Looking for talent for their annual Buddy Holly show, Louie and Tom had heard about a gifted «rockabilly kid» outside of Frederick, Maryland and eventually tracked down nineteen year old singer/guitarist, Willie Barry. Barry, who had already been performing for a few years around Frederick, agreed to sing on the show. Eric Hurtt was recruited next on lead guitar. Eric excels in the Grady Martin/Scotty Moore style of guitar pickin'. At rehearsals, Willie surprised his more seasoned bandmates with his talent and deep love and knowledge of music born decades before himself. They bonded instantly. Their enthusiasm for rockabilly, classic country and early rock 'n' roll was mutual and the Rock-A-Sonics were born and eager for more. Pianist and steel player, Kim Reynolds was added in 2015 as the final piece of the puzzle.
In short order, the Rock-A-Sonics have been appearing at street festivals, swing dances and rockabilly weekenders both locally and nationally, and turning heads whenever they perform.
They are currently recording at Vinylux studio and hope to have something out soon.
The Judy Chops:
The Judy Chops are an indomitable force in the VA music scene, rocking audiences with original tunes, remixed covers, and mash ups since 2008. Averaging over 150 shows a year, the Chops are a high-energy Americana 7-piece group who delight in wowing audiences throughout the Mid-Atlantic and beyond. Their many festival appearances and shows have included opening for acts like Lake Street Dive, The Black Lillies, Miss Tess & the Talkbacks, David Mayfield Parade, and J.P. Harris & the Tough Choices, and Igor & Red Elvises have proven the Chops to be consummate performers. The band’s sound is built around strong three part harmony vocals, acoustic guitar, baritone banjo uke, searing electric guitar and fiddle solos and a unique rhythm section featuring upright bass, cocktail drums, with the occasional horn player to round out the mix. Stylistically, the band blends elements of swing, blues, rock-a-billy, classic country and western, with a modern flair, for a unique, genre-defying musical experience. The Chops have previous recorded three albums, Modern Vintage Vol. 1 in 2008 and Give Her the Gun in 2010. In 2013, The Judy Chops were voted «Best Local Roots Band» at the inaugural Red Wing Roots Music festival in Mt. Solon, VA, bringing home 20 hours of studio time at Blue Sprocket Sound in Harrisonburg VA, and a microphone package from Peluso Microphone Labs. These prizes enabled them to record their most ambitious album to date, Minor Sunshine, released in June 2014. The band will be releasing an EP of B-Sides and Singles in 2015 in conjunction with Blue Sprocket Sound.
Three part harmony vocals augmented by baritone banjo uke, searing electric guitar solos, backed by a unique rhythm section consisting of hollowbody electric, upright bass, and cocktail drums. Trumpet and baritone saxophone round out the mix, with the occasional fiddle. The band's music is a blend of modern and vintage sounds and styles, and their show is a high energy, raucous experience that has been wowing audiences at every festival, and venue they've played