Southern Culture on the Skids

True West Presents

Southern Culture on the Skids

Johnny 7 and the Black Crabs

Tue · September 3, 2019

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

$22.50 advance - $25 day of show

This event is all ages

Southern Culture on the Skids
Southern Culture on the Skids
The Chapel Hill, NC trio Southern Culture On The Skids have been spreading
the rock and roll gospel since 1983. Rick Miller - guitar/vox, Mary Huff -
bass/vox and Dave Hartman - drums, play a greasy mix of surf, rockabilly, R&B
and country fried garage with a side of psych. It’s a musical gumbo Miller calls
“Americana from the wrong side of the tracks”. Over 30 years the band have
toured everywhere from the NC Prison System to Mt. Fuji, Japan, delivering what
Rolling Stone calls “a hell raising rock and roll party”
Johnny 7 and the Black Crabs
Johnny 7 and the Black Crabs
A lot of people say the same thing about Johnny7 and the Black Crabs. "You guys don't sound like anybody else." Sure, it’s a rock ‘n’ roll band with rockabilly influences, but there's also swing, jazz, and even a taste of spaghetti western.

Their second release, 13 Times, is a case in point. The band moves smoothly from the straight-ahead rockabilly sound of Say Mama to the swinging duet Messin' Around. They deftly navigate the Les Paul-eqsue instrumental Caravan. There's even the tune best heard under the Big Top, both because of its country-circus beat and subject matter (quite possibly the first ever song about corndogs).

Front man Johnny7 has performed in Rock’n’Roll, Punk Rock , and Rockabilly bands around Seattle for some time and also runs the machinery at Cleopatra Studios. He started up The Black Crabs in 2004 with bassist Kirsten Ballweg and drummer Tom Forster to back Rockabilly Queen Wanda Jackson. Their first show was at the Mural Amphitheater for Bumbershoot. What was supposed to be a summertime fling transformed into a full-time proposition.

Since gigging with Wanda, the Black Crabs have toured the West Coast and Europe – Belgium, Holland, Luxembourg, and Italy. The Trio has played various festivals including; KEXP’s Rockabilly Ball (Seattle) 2005-2008, Bumbershoot (Seattle), The Folk Life Festival (Seattle), International Beer Festival , Issaquah Salmon Days, KSER’s Rockabilly Revival, the Summer Jamboree (Italy), Viva Las Vegas (Las Vegas), and The Rockin Fifties Fest (Green Bay, Wisconsin).Their first CD “Blast Off” was released in 2005 on Ravenous Records. For reviews please visit the website. The band also appears on various compilation CDs.

2014 promises to be a good year with a new lineup and spanking new tunes. You can learn more about the band at theblackcrabs.com
Venue Information:
Aladdin Theater
3017 SE Milwaukie Ave.
Portland, OR, 97202
http://www.aladdin-theater.com/