|The Four Star Combo, High-energy 1950's Rockabilly
The Four Star Combo is the brainchild of bandleader, Ron Scott, who has a long resume in the East Coast Roots music scene. The sound of The Combo is high-energy 1950's Rockabilly (think early Elvis Presley, Gene Vincent, Buddy Holly, Carl Perkins), and Honky Tonk (Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Lefty Frizzell, etc), played without any pretense of modernization or any kind of damn-fool fusion of styles. The band engages the audience with a mix of Four Star originals and covers ranging from well-known to utterly obscure. Appearing in 1950's cat clothes, playing vintage instruments, including the classic upright slap bass-the band, and it's lively stage show are typically met with a raucous welcome, even from crowds unfamiliar with the style of music.
The Four Star Combo, which made it's debut in December, 2007, has at this point played extensively in the greater Washington, DC, and Northern Virginia area. After two lineup changes in our early years, the band solidified in early 2010, and has been gathering a serious head of steam since then. Individually, the band members all have long resumes in the roots music field. Collectively, the band combines an encyclopedic knowledge of these styles with deep feeling and some serious chops.
Members Ron Scott (AKA "Bad Ron") - Lead vocals, guitar & harmonica: Ron, who is the founding member of the group, has a long history in the Boston and New England music scene. An early infatuation with the Blues led by degrees to an all-consuming passion for other related American styles: 50's Rockabilly, Rock 'N' Roll, Rhythm & Blues, Jump, Swing, Honky Tonk Country, Gospel, and early 60's Rock and Soul. In 1981 he formed the Rockabilly outfit, The Shakes, who went on to play some 130 gigs in and around Greater Boston and New England. In 1985, Ron started a new venture-The Superfonics, who put in 150 gigs before they called it quits. In 1991 a new band, The RPM's was launched. This would be the most successful venture of the 3, racking up more than 1000 live dates up until 2006. Along the way, these groups played with many legendary Boston Punk & Rock acts, such as the Del Fuego's, Willie Alexander, The Lyres, and Barrence Whitfield & The Savages. They also shared the stage with such national acts such as Sleepy LaBeef, Luther "Guitar Junior" Johnson, Duke Robillaird, The Paladins, Commander Cody & the Lost Planet Airmen, and Big Sandy and His Flyrite Boys. In 2006, Ron relocated to the Washington, DC area.
Eric Hurtt, "The Big Hurt" - Lead guitar, vocals: In his own words, "Growing up in the rust belt city of South Bend, Indiana, I developed an early fascination with swing and big band jazz. Mesmerized by the crooning and mellow tone of Tex Beneke and hoping to follow Mickey Rooney's example in Strike up the Band, I began playing saxophone in grade school. Despite the Indiana legacy of Gennett Records, I was unable to talk my Hoosier classmates into a neighborhood jazz band. In high school I began doubling on guitar in various garage bands, and over the past twenty-odd years I have played variously in northern Indiana/southern Michigan based surf and garage combos Vibrolux and The Churchkey 5, country hopefuls The Bucket Kickers, Indianapolis' own Tip Top Daddies with Eric Kinsey, and New Orleans' premier surf and stomp outfit The Swamis and hillbilly boys The Hurtt Brothers. Musical heroes include Lonnie Johnson, Hugh and Karl Farr, Stuff Smith, Red Foley, and just about anything ever committed to wax by Sid Nathan and his mighty King, AudioLab and Federal Records."
Donovan Stokes "Dr. D" - Bass, backing vocals. "Dr. D" has played music since before he can rememberů.literally. He gravitated to the bass at age 13 and has been performing as a bassist ever since. From an early age he studied and performed in musical styles as diverse as classical, thrash, jazz and punk and often has weeks filled with musical schizophrenia. In 2000 he became enamored with Upright Slap bass and has never looked back. He currently plays Upright bass with the Four Star Combo and has an instructional video on Rockabilly/Psycobilly Upright Bass Slap Technique. He teaches music online and at Shenandoah University-Conservatory in Winchester, VA. He is also founder of the Bass Coalition, a group of bass players out to take over the world.
Drake Sorey, "The Oklahoma Kid" - Drums: Born and raised in Oklahoma, The Kid lived in California, Denmark, Kansas and Utah, before moving to Virginia at the turn of the century. His desire is to retire early somewhere in the Rocky Mountains, and work on expanding his collection of cowboy boots. Musical heroes include The Blasters, Nick Lowe, X, Johnny Cash, Bob Wills, The Paladins, Buck Owens, Gram Parsons and other music that doesn't suck!
Promotion of the band is something we take very seriously. For each gig, a flyer is prepared and distributed. Shows are also promoted on our emailing list, on our ReverbNation and Facebook pages, and on Twitter. The band has new brand new studio recordings, and we are excited to announce that our first full-length album is scheduled for release in the very near future!
We're always interested in playing opportunities. Thanks for your consideration!
Press release courtesy of Ron Scott