vinyl shockley

vinyl shockley

Vinyl Shockley is a six piece band that plays original music inspired by the rhythm and blues of the 50’s 60’s and 70’s that came out of Memphis, Muscle Shoals, and New Orleans. Ed Shockley was headed in that direction out of the mid-80’s, even before the genre had the name ‘Americana’. He had been writing songs that didn’t fit into anything else anyone was doing at the time. Over the course of realeasing 4 CD’s ; vinyl shockley, Wild Hair, Keep Singing and Vinyl Covers, the line-up has changed, but the direction has remained the same. As a singer Shockley has been compared to K’eb Mo and Van Morrison. Because he’s a singing drummer, he also gets compared to Levon Helm. “Van and Levon are two of my heroes, so be careful how you talk about them” Shockley replied. Joining Ed on guitar is Kevin Walsh, who has been a constant throughout the history of Vinyl Shockley and a co-writer on many of the recordings. Ken Tonge and Jon Fletcher, on sax and trumpet have also appeared on all the CD’s and live bands. Rithcie Rubin, on keyboards got on-board producing the ‘Keep Singing” CD and plays piano and the newest musical brother is Tony Cappella on bass. Oh, the name: Ed writing for Vinyl Shockley was inspired by the songs from his extensive collection of vinyl His grandfather was named Vinal. “What tickles me is that my grandfather’s knickname was “Spin”.

Vinyl Shockley has successfully pulled off a retro balancing act that very few acts have been able to achieve (with the notable exceptions of Joss Stone, Lenny Kravitz and the Black Crowes): writing fresh new songs and adding crisp, live-in-the-studio- production to revisit the ‘60s and 70s without living there. Wilso meets Al Green meets Steely Dan. – Roger Hillis, Gannet News Service

First rate R & B with a Stax/Volt twist. - Glenn Morrow, Bar None Records

Vinyls Shockley’s music celebrates the times, people and places of Ed’s hopeful life. It sounds and feels like a spirited Americana cook-out where old friends keep singing and playing with hearts wide open – and everyone is sharing their favorite dish. – Bill Rawlins, Ohio University

Shockley sounds like a young Van Morrison. – Joe Szcechowski, Gannet News Service

Congoleum Shockley is soul on a long hard roll! Eddie doesn’t need to get any better! Like the steady turtle bellowed after an abrupt stop, I think I got a wild Hair up my butt! Vinyl Shockley makes me forget i’m so white! It it North Philly Cadillac bar nineteen sixties Fat’s Domino walking to new orleans original. Push play and fell the love! Close the door if you’re alone! – Dave Fredricks, Cape Gazette

Ed, you son of a bitch, I’m riding down 2nd Avenue with tears running down my face listening to your new CD, you monkey you. I’m going home to “claim what I already own”. David Leonard, guitarist, singer and songwriter


If you grew up in the Wilmington area in the late 70's and early 80's you know all about the legendary Shytown. Fun live performances and a great combination of cover and original songs. A regular at the Stone Balloon, Shytown was a "must see" band during the tri-state area's golden age of the big rock club. Over that last 25 -30 years, Shytown has reformed no more than 4-5 times to pay select shows. Come see this Delaware favorite at the Wilmington Queen on September 21!



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Saturday, September 21 · Doors 7:00 PM / Show 8:00 PM at World Cafe Live - Wilmington