Iconic guitarist, songwriter, vocalist and three-time Grammy Award-winner BRIAN SETZER will be doing double duty this summer, touring with The STRAY CATS as well kicking off his 2019 “ROCKABILLY RIOT!” Summer Tour.
The U.S. “ROCKABILLY RIOT!” dates begin August 5 in Lancaster, PA and wrap August 30 in Henderson, NV (see the full itinerary below). Tickets go on sale to the public on Friday, March 29 at 10:00 AM, local time.
SETZER’s rockin’ style and guitar assault always leave audiences smiling, and his red hot compadres are Noah Levy on drums, Kevin McKendree on piano/guitar and Mark Winchester on bass. They’ll be jumping into the most electrifying songs from Brian’s 40-year career as a solo artist and as a Stray Cat. Highlights will include “Let’s Shake,” “Ignition” and “Nothing Is A Sure Thing,” along with such Stray Cats gem as “Rock This Town,” “Rumble In Brighton” and “Stray Cat Strut.”
“When you look up rockabilly in the dictionary there is a picture of Mark Winchester,” notes SETZER. “He grew up slapping the bass and is in a class of his own. The relationship with the drummer and the bass player in rockabilly is very unique. The slap bass is a rhythmic sounding instrument, so the drummer has to be very in time with him in order not to sound sloppy. Noah Levy is a very on-the-beat solid drummer, whereas me, as a guitar player, I push everything while they hold it all in place. And when you’re talking about the great rockabilly piano players, it’s a very short list, and Kevin McKendree is on it. And he also plays guitar incredibly well. We all just complement each other.”
Asked what he’d like to overhear fans saying after a gig, SETZER says: “I would love to hear, ‘You know, that Rockabilly Riot squad has all the energy and great things I like about the original rockabilly sound, yet they’re a modern band making this music sound new.”
In late 2016, SETZER released his live Blu-Ray/CD package, BRIAN SETZER’S ROCKABILLY RIOT: OSAKA ROCKA! — LIVE IN JAPAN, a sizzling rockabilly album from start to finish that highlights the same band.
American Music Theatre
Savage Oakes Vineyard & Winery
Westhampton Beach PAC
The Freeman Stage @ Bayside
Lake Superior Big Top Concert Series
St. Louis, MO
River City Casino
Isleta Resort & Casino – Ballroom
Green Valley Ranch