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Rock’n’roll is a strange thing / Le rock’n’roll est une créature étrange (Bob Dylan)

« Traditional rock & roll, we’re talking about that. It’s all about rhythm. Johnny Cash said it best: « Get rhythm. Get rhythm when you get the blues. » Very few rock & roll bands today play with rhythm. They don’t know what it is. Rock & roll is a combination of blues, and it’s a strange thing […]

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Rodeo on a pick-up truck / Rodéo à l’arrière d’un camion

Performing on a pick-up was usual for bands in America in the 50’s. That’s what we did at The 3 Brasseurs brewery/restaurant in Echirolles last thursday evening, on the pick-up truck parked inside the brewery. The TV sets in the room were broadcasting the basket-ball game that France was losing against Spain for the European […]

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Unplugged rodeo at the Bastille / Rodéo débranché à La Bastille !

For the 3rd year in a row, from the beginnings of the festival « A La Bastille » organized by the theater group « Les Bleus de Sassenage » and its Great Helmsman Philippe Bazatole, on Friday 7th August we took the stage of one of the amphitheaters of the Bastille, that offer an amazing sight over the city […]

Freewheelin' at the Café Vélo / En roue libre au Café Vélo

Freewheelin’ at the Café Vélo / En roue libre au Café Vélo

Freewheeling ? Actually never when you’re on stage. We always sweat our notes, twanging, slapping and sliding out. But this time we stopped at the Café Vélo, a cyclists’ place in Grenoble as its name clearly states. It’s intended to be a shelter for cyclists who break their bikes, providing them not only parts and […]

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Deadly gig on the campus / Concert « Mortel ! » sur le campus

Last saturday we performed a « deadly » gig! Not that we killed people by breaking their ears. « Deadly » (« Mortel ! » in french) was the title of the festival we played on the Grenoble campus with the partnership of Radio Campus Grenoble (home of Honky Tonk Live). The setlist was oriented on that purpose : except for […]

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T-Rodeo, the rat-rod Telecaster (« Rodeocaster »)

Here is the T-Rodeo, my rat-rod Telecaster! Historically this is the #3 Telecaster in my arsenal, another one that I built from scratch with Warmoth parts as done with Telecaster #002. It’s a stripped-down (« rat-rod« ) but sonically high-powered (« rat-rod« / »bobber« ) and highly customized (« bobber« ) Telecaster. This « Rodeocaster » is a combination of wood and metal designed for […]

Beer drinkers and hell raisers / Buveurs de bière et fouteurs de merde

Beer drinkers and hell raisers / Buveurs de bière et fouteurs de merde

« Beer Drinkers and Hell Raisers », that’s the title of a ZZ Top song. That shambolic atmosphere is also well accounted in such classics as Carl Perkins « Dixie Fried » and Johnny Burnette « Rockabilly Boogie ». The rock’n’roll basis. It’s music of beer drinkers, whether they stand on stage or in the room. The hops-based beverage refreshes and […]