Swelltune Records "Boston to Austin" Showcase

Chicago vocalist Tammi Savoy and award winning guitarist Chris Casello laying down mid century rock and roll, swing and jump. Pure Rhythm & Roll.

Guitarist Chris Casello is one the most dynamic and entertaining guitarist in the world of roots music today. Casello takes his influences from Les Paul and Chet Atkins to Chuck Berry and Link Wray, multitasking guitar, steel and vocals in a high energy swinging rockabilly blues explosion.
Originally from the Detroit area, Chris has worked with dozens of artists and toured the world, specializing in roots styles from swing, rockabilly, rhythm and blues, and country.

Chris Casello has been honored as 2017 Muscian of The Year in Austin’s Ameripolitan awards winning the coveted Ralph Mooney award. He was voted # 1 Honky-Tonk Hero 2011 by the Best Of Nashville Scene and has been listed among the Top 10 Best Dressed in Nashville by MyFashionMaven.com! Back in the Detroit days Casello had been honored by Detroit Metro Times polls in the jazz, country and rock categories. Chris is a second generation member of The Rockabilly Hall of Fame.

Chris has worked professionally with Carlene Carter, Wanda Jackson, Mark Collie, Wayne Hancock, David Ball, BR549, Los Straitjackets, The Legendary Shack Shakers, Trisha Yearwood, Stonewall Jackson, Crystal Gayle, Tommy Tutone, Jim Ed Brown, Don Maddoxx, Marty Stuart, Rosie Flores, Carolina Rain and many others.

Chris Casello has enjoyed long working relationships with Sun, Fortune and Motown Artist Johnny Powers and many other pioneers including Jack Scott, Billy Lee Riley and Bo Diddley to name only a few.
Any Chris Casello show always features mind boggling guitar and stage tricks so embedded in American roots you can smell the greens and taste the hot sauce.

"Sangin" from her heart and soul is what classic soul and vintage R&B singing Miss Tammi Savoy loves to do. Born and raised in St. Paul, Minnesota, Miss Tammi Savoy now calls Chicago, Illinois home. Although she has been singing since the age of 3 in her church choir, Miss Tammi Savoy is quickly rising and making her mark in the music industry. Touring with several elite bands as well as providing vocals for various tribute artists including many highly acclaimed Elvis Tribute Artists, Ray Charles tribute acts, and Bobby Wilson, son of the legendary Jackie Wilson. She has also performed her very own tribute to Diana Ross and has been nominated for the Ameripolitan Music Award for Rockabilly Female.
Tammi's rich and resonant vocals are featured in "Tammi Savoy and The Chris Casello Combo". Tammi Savoy and Ameripolitan Award winning guitarist Chris Casello lay down Original 40's, 50s & 60s inspired Music, Early Roots Rhythm and Blues, Jump Blues, Mid Century Rock & Roll, Rockabilly, Classic Country, Roots Jazz, Blues and Swing. Pure Rhythm and Roll. Miss Tammi Savoy also enjoys being one of the lovely and fabulous "Lovettes" providing soulful vocals and beautiful harmonies for original cast member, embodying the spirit and music of Jerry Lee Lewis in the Tony award winning Million Dollar Quartet and 2017 Ameripolitan Awards "Rockabilly Male" winner, Lance Lipinsky as a member of his band: Lance Lipinsky and The Lovers. Lance Lipinsky and The Lovers create and perform reborn, original, American made Rock & Roll music. Debut album "Roll" now available.
Tammi also shines in Lance Lipinsky's explosive, retrospective stage show, "Rock Baby Rock", a musical biography of the golden age of Rock & Roll, performing the hits of the major artists of the 40's, 50's and 60's.
You can also catch Tammi performing with The Lovettes in their own stage show, "Leaders of The Pack", the retrospective biographical concert celebration of the major female artists from the golden years of mid century pop music from the 40's, 50's and 60's.
Miss Tammi Savoy loves living the vintage life and you may have seen Tammi in various vintage and pinup modeling photos, publications and fashion runways. Tammi is well known for her vintage/retro/pinup style, makeup & beauty, and her fabulous hair, which is all natural and styled or influenced by vintage hairstyles. On social media, Tammi is also recognized as a positive spokesperson for numerous companies. She is particularly interested in vintage, retro, and pinup influenced: clothing, style & fashion, shoes, hair & skin beauty products, house & home, music & film, and other related aesthetics.
For Miss Tammi Savoy being an old soul is her lifestyle.

Chris Casello tours and performs live in the USA and Europe with the Chris Casello Trio, Brazilbilly, Johnny Powers, Jack Scott, his new instrumental band Rhythm Bomb recording artists, The Sabres and most recently Chicago’s Corsairs. Chris works as a session player, writes his own material and teaches guitar using the Chris Casello System.

‘If you've ever had your mind blown by a guitarist who looks a little like Silvio from The Sopranos, then you know the guy. Whether he's fronting his trio or working as a sideman (most notably, with the fabulous Brazilbilly), he stands out more for what he doesn't play: while a lot of other axmen try to wow you with their gazillion-notes-a-second chicken-pickin' virtuosity, Casello is a paragon of taste, emphasizing melody, groove and a healthy dose of musical humor, as he combines vintage country, slap-back rockabilly, blues and jazz. And he's a badass steel player to boot.’ - Jack Silverman, Nashville Scene
A recent review of Chris’ latest album:
‘A kick ass ride with one of America's wildest guitar players. 'The Nashville Years' is a compilation full of Chris's original songs and dynamite guitar playing. Recorded using tubes and tape and no digital monkey business.’ - Rockabillyworldwide.com

Jittery Jack and Miss Amy

Jittery Jack hails from Boston MA, USA and plays a wild brand of Rock 'n' Roll & Rockabilly with an East-Coast Bang! Fast becoming a household name on the roots/rockabilly circuit worldwide headlining festivals such as Viva Las Vegas & UK's The Rockabilly Rave. He's shared the stage with Imelda May, JD McPherson, Big Sandy, The Bellfuries and Deke Dickerson.

Amy Griffin is a founding member of New Englands premiere Roots/Rockabilly/Rock'n'Roll act the Raging Teens. Most recently she has been seen laying down guitar work with Wild Records/Rhythm Bomb Records artist, Jittery Jack. Her playing is featured on his latest release, "Gone Plum Crazy" www.wildrecordsusa.com and "Gonna Have A Time" www.facebook.com/rhythmbomb. Check out her solo 45' Shifting Gears/Cogs on Rockin' Records from Vancouver BC.

Sean Mencher

Sean Mencher is better known as a lead guitar player with the Texas Rockabilly Trio "High Noon". Sean lives in Portland, Maine and this CD was recorded in Maine last July with his "Sean Mencher Combo". The group is doing mostly local dances, clubs and weddings and this CD gives a good picture of his rockin' sound. The Album is a great mixture of Americana, rockabilly, country, jazz and a bit of R&B.

The CD hits off with a classic from the late Curtis Gordon, the catchy and peppy "Rock, Roll, Jump And Jive", an energetic jumper with thumping double bass, fiddle and guitar, and hell yeah, the title of this song covers the contents of this brilliant album. Next one is a cover of a Hank Williams saloon song: "Setting the woods on fire". The arrangement of fiddle and guitar pickin' has been done very well and this catching song really fits Sean's voice, a tip top foot tapper. Some top notch telepicking and fiddle art is showed off on Hank Thompson's "Right or Wrong", it really reminds me of similar great things that happen in a Speedy West & Jimmy Bryant recording, great stuff! Next song speeds a few gears down with Bill Neely's "Cryin' The Blues Over You", a laid back folky blues song with just Sean on vocals and guitar, accompanied by a bluesharp. Cool song if you have the blues. Fifth track is a Mencher original: "Bayou Beauty" a great Cajun song seasoned with all the necesary ingredients to cook up a spicy gumbo tune. Fiddles, accordian, Lafayette and jambalaya, it's all there.

Another song catches my ear, "Mustat Silmat", which is Finnish for Black Eyes or Ochi Chornye in Russian, Schwarze Augen in German, Cerne Oche in Czech or Zwarte Ogen in Dutch. Yes, it's the most famous Romani song, the gypsy anthem. This song has a long history and must have been recorded literally thousands of times. My personal best ever version has been done in 1960 by Dutch ace-guitar player Andy Tielman and has since never been surpassed by anyone. But of course I was really anxcious to hear Sean's version. He had choosen for Chet Atkins' arrangement, and added his own ideas of course. The song begins with Chet's intro, a slow 3/4 tempo, but soon after that Sean drags the listener into a wild vortex of improvisations on the theme. Magnifique! What begins as a waltz soon transforms into a jazzy instrumental with highlights on every musician in it. Well done, bravo!

and Shaun Young (of High Noon)

On a hot July day in 1989, three guys got together in an even hotter Austin garage with a string bass, Martin guitar and Telecaster to play some music. As if guided by some sacred keeper of the Rockabilly flame, they proceeded to play the whole 'Elvis SUN Sessions', in order, with uncanny precision and fervor. That fateful day, HIGH NOON was born.

And HIGH NOON will always be Sean Mencher, Kevin Smith and Shaun Young. The trio has come a long way since that first garage get-together. Voted the best Rockabilly band for seven years in a row in Austin, TX, the trio has performed in venues as diverse as a youth center in St. Petersburg, Russia (July 1993); a nightclub in the Canary Islands off the coast of Africa (October 1993, all over the USA (early 1995), Scandinavia (mid 1995) and Central Europe (late 1995); even 'Carnegie Hall' in New York City (April 1994) with Ronnie Dawson.

Smithsonian Year of Music

Smithsonian Year of Music

In April 2018, Secretary Skorton announced 2019 will be the Smithsonian Year of Music, an Institution-wide initiative to increase public engagement, advance understanding, and connect communities in Washington, D.C., across the nation, and around the globe. The Smithsonian Year of Music will highlight and share our vast musical holdings, bringing together our resources in history, art, culture, science, and education.

The Smithsonian Year of Music will feature “365 Days of Music at the Smithsonian” with a variety of music-related activities: performances, music releases, exhibitions, workshops, educational programs, lectures, films, and conferences. The 2019 Smithsonian Folklife Festival (June 26 to 30 and July 3 to 7, 2019 on the National Mall) will focus on the “Social Power of Music.”

Launch your exploration of music at the Smithsonian at https://music.si.edu/ and stay tuned for special performances and events, highlighted programming and collections, partners and collaborations. Much more to come!



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