Rio and the Rockabilly Revival

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Rio and the Rockabilly Revival
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Background Information

Origin

Southwestern Detroit

Genre

Americana, Blues, Rock n' Soul, Rhythm & Blues, Neo Rockabilly

Years Active

2011 - Present

Members

Rio Scafone - Lead vocals
Junebug Harris - Doghouse bass
Renee Turner - Backing vocals
Sami BLosser - Sax
Erik McIntyre - Guitar
David Zwolinski - Drums

Website

rioandtherockabillyrevival.com

About

Front woman Rio Scafone is a living contradiction. She is both Rock ‘N Roll angel and brimstone incarnate; the preacher’s daughter and raven-haired pin-up. Hopeless romantic meets Bettie-Page-on-a-rampage. She storms the stage with a pure audacity that critics have described as “exhilarating” and “primal.”

Born into Rock ‘N Roll royalty, Rio came up under her famous uncle, early Rock music pioneer Jack Scott. She carries on the family tradition of serving up spitfire Roots Rock ‘N Soul music. Known for their bombastic live shows, Scafone offers herself up as host for the sin and redemption within us all. With unstoppable energy, their live shows have been dubbed “the Church of Rock ‘N Roll” by critics and fans alike.

Rio Scafone offers herself up as host for The Revival's music, steeped in gritty soul and fervor of a whiskey-fueled Southern revival tent. Taking cues from the founding fathers of Rock and Roll, they blend that same early influences that Elvis Presley and Little Richard did (Jump blues, Swing, Country, Gospel and Rhythm and Blues), and make honest music that will inspire the traditional Americana purists and contemporary music lovers alike.

Biographies

Rio Scafone

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Rio Scafone is a living, breathing force of nature. Renowned for her belting vocals and feral like stage presence she is equally known for her fierce work ethic and has been known to rehearse up to 7 hours a day to prepare for a concert or show. She is the niece of Rockabilly legend Jack Scott, but that is hardly her whole story. She literally grew up steeped in Rockabilly thanks to her uncle and her parents who filled the house with the sound of Carl Perkins, Johnny Cash and of course Jack Scott. Rio eventually moved to the West Coast where she dove head first into music and acting. She flatly turned down a major label record deal offered to her in Los Angeles. “They wanted me to be a breathy sex-kitten
Barbie type, and I’m standing there in combat boots, with my wild curly black hair and a voice that would blow out their studio monitors. They didn’t know quite what to what to do with me back then. Probably still don’t.” She has spent the last 25 years on stages across the United States in a wide array of musical projects, professional theater, feature films and television roles. But it’s music that is her home base and while she is self proclaimed creative chameleon, Rockabilly fits Rio like a glove: the fashion, the swagger, the grit, the passion, and the rebel spirit are personified in her music and every performance

 


Junebug Harris

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Junebug stated playing bass guitar in a Detroit suburb at the age of 15. He started playing rock and funk gigs early on, adding upright bass to his arsenal and was accepted to both Berklee College of Music and Julliard, but stayed in Detroit to pursue a Jazz major at Wayne State University. Coming out of college, he scored a spot playing for Lava/Atlantic recording artists, The Atomic Fireballs. After their breakup, he has been a band leader and side man for dozens of projects, playing a wide diversity of styles, including funk, latin, world fusion, metal, celtic, jazz, bebop, bigband and much more. He’s toured with Motor City Josh (Blues), The Town Pants (Celt Roots Rock), Brothers of the Sea (Irish) and more recently with the legendary Louis Prima Jr. and the Witnesses. Junebug loves little more than a-slapping and a-sweating over his big bull fiddle, and arranging music/directing the band with Rio for the Revival.

 


Discography

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