The region now has access to a 2-hour Rockabilly Radio Station, and who better to host it than the Tri Cities most popular and beloved Rockabillies; Jennie Rage and Rockin’ Ramzi.
Starting Friday, March-08-13, Jennie and Ramzi will be hosting The Rockabilly Room, a weekly 2-hour Rockabilly radio show on CKMS 100.3 Sound FM Radio Waterloo, with the first half of the show providing mainstream Rockabilly, and the last hour devoted to harder, faster Pyschobilly.
Jennie, who handles the Rockabilly Room playlist, is quite excited about the show, knowing the audience it will be going out to. “There is a larger Rockabilly culture here than one would expect at first glance. Every week we meet more and more people that are into the scene, getting into the scene or have never left the retro scene.”
They are also tailoring the show to what their fan base wants to hear, and working on how to continue promoting all the wonderful artists we have in the area. “Requests can be posted to our Facebook page or submitted via email to [email protected] We also welcome requests from bands themselves to be played on our show. Bands can send us their MP3s, mail us a CD or even drop their tunes off in person at Vintage Variety in Downtown Kitchener.”
Jennie Rage and Rockin’ Ramzi, are strongly immersed in the local Rockabilly Culture and between the 2 of them, they run Rockin’ Ramzi’s Rockabilly and Pin-Up Emporium and offer Band & Artist Management and Event Promotions through another of their companies, RocknManagement.com. They are huge Roller Derby fans (and sponsors!), love Burlesque and continue to promote the Rockabilly lifestyle at their shop, Vintage Variety on King Street in Kitchener.
For those unfamiliar with Rockabilly, it was originally a music style that took root in the late 40’s and early 50’s, and since then has become something that defines a whole lifestyle. It started with songs like Johnny Burnette’s ‘Rockabilly Boogie’ and Gene Vincent’s ‘Be-Bop-A-Lula’, which directly influenced the likes of Elvis Presley, Bill Haley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins, Roy Orbison and Buddy Holly, just to name a few.
Since then, it has continued to grow with commercially successful bands like The Stray Cats and with home grown favourites as well. “Ontario has produced some rockin’ talent,” Ramzi affirms, “Hamilton brings us Ginger St. James, who is also known as Canada’s Rockabilly Sweetheart, from Toronto hail the Greasemarks and St. Thomas has gifted us with The Matadors and their Psychobilly sound.”
Dan Keller, a CKMS 100.3 Sound FM board member (as well as; [email protected] co-host, the Lieutenant of News, new host trainer and long-time supporter of the station in many capacities,) is delighted about The Rockabilly Room coming to CKMS 100.3 Sound FM. “The hosts have such a good knowledge of the scene and energy for the music that I knew right away they would melt right into the schedule. Their commitment to the genre is obvious and being rooted in the community puts them in the same soil as Sound FM. I’m really looking forward to what they do with the show as its part of a Friday night lineup that really helps put people into the weekend mood.”
Make sure you tune in each Friday night to CKMS 100.3 Sound FM Waterloo or listen live online at http://soundfm.ca/. Don’t forget to keep updated on their Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/TheRockabillyRoom?fref=ts