Roy Rapid and the Rhythm Rock Trio – One Last Chance
Barefoot Blue Jean Baby – Blue Ribbon Stroll – Firewater Tom (AKA The Hurt) – Meanie Little Queenie – Goodbye – It’s Been a Long Time – Jealous Lover – Mean Mean Ways – Rattle Me – Miss Rachelle – Tell One – Oh Mamma – Please Don’t Go – Suzie Lee – Wild Side of Life – One Last Chance
Holy cow! That’s what I call Rockabilly. Roy Rapid and the Rhythm Rock Trio are a hot young Rockabilly quartet from San Diego, California formed in 2010. They are, on this record, Christopher Soltero, (Vocals & Rhythm Guitar), Benjamin McCarthy, (Lead Guitar), Joshua Johnston, (Upright Bass) and Fernando Hermosillo, (Drums). It’s a rare pleasure to hear this music played with so much spontaneity. They really live it instead of trying to recreate it like so many others and it shows. They sound like a cross between the early Big Sandy and the Fly-Rite Trio and Rip Carson, but to tell the truth, it wouldn’t be fair to compare them to other bands as they have their own sound. And icing on the cake, 15 songs out of 16 are originals penned by the band, the sole cover being Hank Thompson’s Wild Side Of Life. They are wild when needed, but not too much, they can play ballad and they also know their hillbilly roots.
Fred “Virgil” Turgis