Kim Lenz & The Jaguars + Special Guests The Lucky Strikes!

Kim Lenz & The Jaguars

Yes, It's All True: KIM LENZ is back.
The titian-haired, vivacious Los Angeles-based singer-songwriter-guitarist established herself as the top modern rockabilly songstress with a pair of widely praised albums for Hightone Records and rapturously received performances across the States and in Europe; Rolling Stone raved, "If Elvis had been a woman, he probably would have sounded just like Kim Lenz."

After a recording and performing hiatus that left fans panting for her return, Kim is back in the groove with her best recorded work yet, the album It's All True, which she produced herself and is releasing on her own Riley Records imprint. The new collection is a flaming slab of fuel-injected contemporary rockabilly that handsomely shows off Kim's sass, energy, and romp-stomping vocal chops. It secures her position in the small pantheon of great female rockabilly singers that includes Wanda Jackson and the late Janis Martin – singers with whom Lenz has shared many a stage. And it displays the genre's diversity and impact.

The new album features the fearsome instrumental firepower of the reconvened Jaguars – guitarist Nick Curran, bassist Jake Erwin, and drummer Scotty Tecce – and a guest vocal appearance by Southern California's soulful rockabilly maestro Big Sandy. The 12 tracks include seven Kim Lenz originals, a track co-written by Kim and Big Sandy, a number crafted expressly for Kim by the Lucky Stars' Sage Guyton, and two rampaging covers.

Back in the game and ready to rock, Kim Lenz and the Jaguars will support It's All True with live appearances around the country in the spring and summer of 2009. The album is available at retail (via Burnside Distribution), at concert dates, and from Riley Records.

The Lucky Strikes

In the pantheon of Chicago rockabilly notables, Al Simon has blazed a trail and left a legacy matched by few. Beginning with the seminal roots rock outfit, The Rebel Rousers, followed by the art-rockabilly of The Git Gone Boys, Devil Dogs and continuing today with the iconoclastic The Lucky Strikes, Al continues to thrill patrons of dive bars across the Midwest.

Al Simon, lead singer and rhythm guitarist, was born and raised in Columbia, South Carolina. Son of local T.V. legend, "Smilin" Sam Simon, who hosted the popular local dance show, "Cotton Pickin' Hootenanny", Al had the opportunity to meet many of the famous rockers of the mid-fifties. Recalling those years back, Al says "those guys were real nice and always eager to show me a lick or two....except for Gene Vincent. he was kinda creepy and was always hittin' on my ma"!

Paul DiMatteo, lead guitarist and founding member of the Rebel Rousers, is truly a Chicago icon. Born of the mean streets of Northwest Chicago, his teenage years were spent as an apprentice musical assistant to the seminal 50's-60's Chicago greasa rock band, the Gargoyles. Paul's parents, concerned about his health and safety, sent him to live with his aunt in Memphis. It was there under the tutelage of several aged and retired former Sun Studio session guitarists that he honed his legendary rockin' style.

Wayne Harrison, aka "Clubfoot" Alfie, having been left on a door stoop as an infant and taken in by the most notorious Teddy Boy in East London, soon grew to be one of the most feared, pompadoured gangsters afoot. It was while recovering from a series of razor wounds collected at his latest rumble, that he discovered the healing elixir of rockabilly music. After wearing out his dad's Johnny Cash vinyl, he soon nicked his neighbor's tea chest and broom handle, strung it up and hasn't stopped slappin' since. A mad dash across the pond left him drying off in Chicago and in search of adventure in Yankeedom. After running into Al and Paul, they were finally able to discover ,through his booze riddled accent ,that he expressed a desire to play rockabilly. His wish was granted.

"Jumpin" Jeff McDermott, drums and backup vocals is the second half of the Rebel Rousers rhythm section. A classically trained percussionist with the Peoria symphony, Jeff came to rockabilly in an unusual manner. It was after a night of bad liquor and a woman of questionable repute, he wandered into the Death Delay Club, in the red light district of Peoria. There, he witnessed Danny Devil and the Delinquents, the primal rockabilly act of Southern Illinois. The spirit came within and he was never quite the same. Soon after, he hooked up as drummer for Hi Fi and the Roadburners, then ultimately with the Rebel Rousers. God bless his soul!



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