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he Rock-A-Sonics are a rockabilly band from the Washington, DC/Maryland area. They first got together with no name and just intending to play a single show -a Buddy Holly tribute in early 2014. But things went well and they decided to continue as a band and became The Rock-A-Sonics. 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. Willie, who had already been performing for several 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 knowledge of all things Elvis. Not only did he know every Elvis song and own all of his movies, but he could tell you who played on each recording. They bonded instantly and their common enthusiasm for rockabilly, country and early rock 'n' roll was strong and of similiar mindset. The Rock-A-Sonics were born and eager to do more.
In short order, the Rock-A-Sonics have been getting bigger and better shows and turning heads whenever they perform.
They are currently wrapping up their first long player which should be released soon.
Members of The Rock-A-Sonics have played with Marti Brom, Deke Dickerson, Collins Kids, Sleepy LaBeef, Jumpin' Jupiter, J.P. McDermott & Western Bop, Bill Kirchen, Jake Starr & The Delicious Fullness, Nils Lofgren and Ringo Starr. (Louie played with the former Beatle in London during a Nils tour)