Dick Dale (Guitar Legend)
Dick Dale wasn't nicknamed "King of the Surf Guitar" for nothing: he pretty much invented the style single-handedly, and no matter who copied or expanded upon his blueprint, he remained the fieriest, most technically gifted musician the genre ever produced. Dale's pioneering use of Middle Eastern and Eastern European melodies (learned organically through his familial heritage) was among the first in any genre of American popular music, and predated the teaching of such "exotic" scales in guitar-shredder academies by two decades. The breakneck speed of his single-note staccato picking technique was unrivalled until it entered the repertoires of metal virtuosos like Eddie Van Halen, and his wild showmanship made an enormous impression on the young Jimi Hendrix. But those aren't the only reasons Dale was once called the father of heavy metal. Working closely with the Fender company, Dale continually pushed the limits of electric amplification technology, helping to develop new equipment that was capable of producing the thick, clearly defined tones he heard in his head, at the previously undreamed-of volumes he demanded. He also pioneered the use of portable reverb effects, creating a signature sonic texture for surf instrumentals. And, if all that weren't enough, Dale managed to redefine his instrument while essentially playing it upside-down and backwards -- he switched sides in order to play left-handed, but without re-stringing it (as Hendrix later did).
By the time Brooklyn rock n' roll combo the A-Bones celebrated their 25th Anniversary onstage at the Mercury Lounge on New Year's Eve 2009 they had a half dozen albums and nearly 25 singles and EPs (primarily on their own Norton Records label) to their credit. Since then, the A-Bones have released Not Now! (on Norton, of course) their first long player in 15 years, toured Europe multiple times, and added Japan and Mexico to the list of 17 countries who have endured their 2.5 chord musical attack.
The group, which was featured in the acclaimed crock n' roll/horror cult classic film I Was A Teenage Mummy has also made short work of backing chores behind such stars as Andre Williams, Ray Sharpe, Ronnie Dawson, Hasil Adkins, Dave "Baby" Cortez and, most recently, original Flamin' Groovies members Cyril Jordan and Roy Loney on shows in New Orleans, LA and London, UK.
Rhythm Bound is a popular New York City based four piece rockabilly combo who have performed with and toured America with rockabilly legends Wanda Jackson, Robert Gordon, The Rockats & Brian Setzer. Rhythm Bound is about as stripped down and as raw as it gets these days. What they do is ROCKABILLY MUSIC in its original form, played exactly the same way, using the same equipment used by their hero, Elvis Presley, and the musicians who accompanied him during the early part of his career.