The Rockabilly Strangers play a mix of Rockabilly, Americana, Surf, Blues, Jump Blues, Swing, and Western Swing. The ultimate goal is to have fun, entertain, and introduce audiences to different styles of music. They strive to be a local favorite in the southwest, and to continue playing local festivals, private parties, car shows, corporate events, weddings, and night clubs.
The band relocated to New Mexico in 2010 .The current line-up is captivating audiences and receiving local praise in the southwest, featuring musicians: Chris Smith, Charlie Fernandez and Michael Fernandez. The band is showcased at local venues in Las Cruces, NM, and El Paso, TX like: Lip's Lounge, Badlands Billiards, Hurricane Alley, El Patio, Hoppy Monk, Ardovino's, St Clair Winery, convention centers, Autoramas, car shows, Barnett Harley-Davidson, Alpine Railroad Blues, Church Bazaars, The Cooperage, J Lee's, Tap Bar, Great American Land & Cattle and many others. They have shared the stage with groups like: The Paladins, Wanda Jackson, Hillside Gamblers, Hot Rod Boogie, Dicemen, F-Bombs, Raw Deal, Slicks, Cash'd Out, Hopeless Jack, Los Reyes Negros, Hot Rod Hillbillies, Rocketz, Voodoo Swing, and Chop Tops. In just a short time in the southwest the group was invited to perform at the Hillsboro Heritage Music Festival, Rockabilly on the Rio, Rockabilly on the Route, and Belen's Music Festival. In 2012, a third CD was released titled “Gas in the Tank” recorded at Moondog's Studio in El Paso, Texas, engineered by local owner Rene Chavez. This CD features Chris Smith, Charlie Fernandez, and Bill Ott, showcasing mostly original music, and some music from the other CD's. Gas in the Tank received radio attention and aired on KXCI Community Radio Tucson, AZ 91.3 FM. Most of the songs from this CD can be found on Reverbnation: currently they are ranked the #1 rockabilly act in Las Cruces.
Here is some background on the band. The band was started by Chris Smith in Michigan in 2006. The name is based on three strangers brought together by rockabilly music. Like many rockabilly bands in Detroit they played venues that supported live music like: The Lager House in Detroit, Berkley Front, Token Lounge, Memphis Smoke, Painted Lady, and Heidelberg in Ann Arbor. Some of the national and local groups that they shared the stage with were: Eddie Clendening, Mars Attacks, Unknown Hinson, Kentucky Chrome, Star Devils, Rumble Club, Kruiser Kings, Streamliners, Red Shift, Motor City Kings, Whitney Morgan and many others. Their first CD titled “Tempermill Studio” was recorded in 2006 at the award winning Tempermill Studio in Ferndale Michigan engineered by Jim Kissling. The CD featured musicians: Chris Smith, Shawn Wood, and Chris Wietzke, containing two original songs, and a mix of rockabilly covers to be used for promotional purposes only.
In 2009, the Rockabilly Strangers became headliners at the historic Harbor Beech Theatre and in 2010 at the Lapeer Pix Theatre. They were also featured at music festivals like: Lapeer Days, Sundquist Pavilion summer concerts in Farmington, Dryden Fall Festival, Armada Music Festival, Marine City Music Festival, Vassar Music Festival, and New Baltimore Music Festival. In 2009, they released the second CD titled “Ghetto Sessions” at Ghetto Recorders in Detroit, Michigan. The CD was engineered by Jim Diamond, credited on the first two White Stripe discs. This CD features musicians: Chris Smith, James MacPhee, and Mike Kissick. Ghetto Sessions was featured on two Radio Shows: DJ Del Villareal's Rockabilly Show on WCBN 88.3 FM Ann Arbor. Also, Sheldon Kay's Rock-N-Roll Lawyer Show on WPON Detroit 1460 AM Radio with live interviews, and their first live performance on radio. In 2010, the group's first T.V. performance was broadcasted on local a cable station in Armada, Michigan, and is still being requested locally. The band continues to grow and reach audiences throughout the southwest, and plans to continue rocking for many years to come.
July 4th Parties
New Year's Eve Parties
Wedding Cocktail Hours
Stray Cat StrutThe Stray Cats
Rumble In Brighton TonightThe Stray Cats
Rock This TownThe Stray Cats
Folsom Prison BluesJohnny Cash
I Walk The LineJohnny Cash
Get RhthymJohnny Cash
Home Of The BluesJohnny Cash
Cocaine BluesJohnny Cash
Understand Your ManJohnny Cash
Not Fade AwayBuddy Holly
Rock Around With Ollie VeeBuddy Holly
Ring Of FireSocial Distortion
Ball And ChainSocial Distortion
Come On, Let's GoRitchie Valens
That's My Little SuzieRitchie Valens
That's Alright MamaElvis Presley
Hound DogElvis Presley
Blue Suede ShoesElvis Presley
One NightElvis Presley
Just BecauseElvis Presley & Scottie Moore
Baby I Wanna Play HouseElvis Presley
Love Me TenderElvis
I Want You, I Need You, I Love YouElvis
Heart Break HotelElvis
Summertime BluesEddie Cochran
20 Flight RockEddie Cochran
Glad all overCarl Perkins
Put Your Cat Clothes OnCarl Perkins
Rock Around The ClockBill Haley & His Comets
R O C KBill Haley & His Comets
SkokiaanBill Haley & His Comets
Jambalaya On The BayouH.Williams (J.Fogerty version)
Movin' On OverH.Williams (G.Thorogood version)
Bad Moon RisingCreedence Clearwater Revival
Cotton FieldsCreedence Clearwater Revival
Shadow My BabyRay Condo & His Ricochets
Shake it All OverJohnny Kid & the Pirates
Hello WallsFaron Young
Chicken RockFat Daddy Holmes
Flat Top JointThe Blasters
Great PretenderThe Platters
Love Me TonightBilly Bacon & The Forbidden Pics
49 MercuryBilly Bacon & The Forbidden Pigs
Lift Your LegChris Gaffney
Frank's TavernChris Gaffney
Have Wheels Gotta RollSonny George/ Belmont Playboys
One Sweet LetterJames Intveld
Make Up Your MindTeddy Morgan
Guitars & CadillacsDwight Yoakam
Lonesome TrainJohnny Burnette Trio
Sweet Love On My MindJohnny Burnette Trio
Train Kept A RollinTiny Bradshaw & his R&B band
Who Will The Next Fool BeCharlie Rich
Be Bop A LulaGene Vincent
It's Been So LongGene Vincent
Wear My RingGene Vincent
Wild Wild LoverBenny Joy
Lover's RockJohnny Horton
Crawdad HoleJack Earls
On The Road AgainWillie Nelson
Blue Eyes Cryin' In The RainWillie Nelson
Angel Flying Too Close Willie Nelson
Got To Get DrunkWillie Nelson & George Jones
Johnny B GoodeChuck Berry
Brown Eyed Handsome ManChuck Berry
You Never Can TellChuck Berry
Long Blond HairJohnny Powers
Ubangi StompWarren Smith
Red Cadillac & Black MoustacheWarren Smith
Atomic CocktailSlim Gaillard
Crazy Little BabyHillbilly Hellcats
It's Too Late BabyThe Paladins
She Tears Me UpThe Paladins
Daddy YarThe Paladins
Life By The DropStevie Ray Vaughan
Tell Me WhoBig Sandy & the Fly-Rite Trio
Heart Like a RockCharlie Gracie
Gas In The TankRockabilly Strangers
The SystemRockabilly Strangers
These Hard TimesRockabilly Strangers
You Should Be Walkin'Rockabilly Strangers
Fight The ManRockabilly Strangers
Crazy Mixed EmotionsRussell Scott & His Red Hots
Tonight, I Want My Whiskey Kidd Pharaoh
Good Used HeartRick Broussard's Two Hoots & A Holler
The bands influences are Elvis Presley,Gene Vincent, Johnny Cash, Buddy Holly, Roy Orbison, Eddie Cochran, Carl Perkins, Ritchie Valens, Stray Cats, Paladins, Forbidden Pigs, Stray Cats, Blasters, Wayne Hancock,Big Sandy and many more.
Wedding Reception in Santa Teresa, NM on 12/18/2011
"The Rockabilly Strangers were an AMAZING choice for our wedding reception! Chris was very prompt and professional with all communication and the band was very accomdating to all requests in terms of arrival time, set-up, and song requests. The day of our wedding, we did not have to deal with any stress or issues when it came to the band. In my book, the less you stress me out...the more I like you. As for their talent, like a previous reviewer had mentioned, the band has a HUGE sound for only being three guys. They had a large repertoire of songs and kept up a high energy level for the entire reception. I would highly recommend The Rockabilly Strangers for any event!"
- Celeste M.
Birthday Party (Adults) in Deming, NM on 08/20/2011
"The Rockabilly Strangers were a great success at our party. We had a great time and they are a great band. We had people from the bar coming in and listening to them. From the management of the hotel to all of our guest they were all very happy and very satisfied with the music and the performance of the band. I would highly recommend this band for any occasion. Thank you Chris and the guys for a great night."
- Loreen P.
Celebration in El Paso, TX on 05/19/2011
"They were wonderful! They arrived on time and everyone enjoyed their song choices. They even accomodated us with a special request. We had a very successful event and the The Rockabilly Strangers made it even more so. Good Job!"
- Lourdes S.
Wedding Reception in Albuquerque, NM on 10/26/2013
"The Rockabilly Strangers were absolutely amazing. They rocked the reception hall (even drawing some on-lookers from a neighboring event). They played all the songs on our set list, deftly avoided goofy family requests (thank goodness), and worked well with the hotel staff. Everyone commented on how awesome the band was, and I couldn't believe the amount of energy that emanated these three guys. Thank you thank you thank you for being so awesome. "
- Steff P.
Concert in Belen, NM on 08/17/2013
"Great band, real pros, a pleasure to work with. Our attendees loved them!"
- Jan J.
Wedding Reception in Las Cruces, NM on 03/23/2013
"We booked this band for our wedding and it was a fantastic experience from start to finish. Booking was quick and easy; Chris called me multiple times to touch base and find out if there was anything we needed. They had their own lighting for the stage and music set up to play during breaks so that there wasn't an awkward silence while they weren't performing. The performance was excellent, and you could tell that these guys just really love playing music. They were totally on; whether there was one or thirty people dancing. I heard from every guest how awesome these guys were, and I agree. I will recommend these guys to anyone needing event entertainment. "
- Nicole S.
Fundraiser in El Paso, TX on 04/13/2013
"They were amazing! They created and atmosphere full of energy and good spirits. They worked with our MC fabulously. They were a big part of the overall success of our function. We received many rave reviews from our guests. Thank you Rockabilly Strangers!"
In addition to Las Cruces, The Rockabilly Strangers will also travel to Fairacres, Mesilla Park, Radium Springs, Mesquite, La Mesa, White Sands Missile Range, Dona Ana, Santa Teresa, Mesilla, Anthony, Organ, Vado, Canutillo, Rincon, Chamberino, Berino, El Paso, Hatch, Salem, Fort Bliss, Deming, Garfield, Orogrande, Derry, Arrey
and many other locations in and around the Las Cruces area.
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