STRAY CATS Announce New Album, 40th Anniversary Tour

The Rockabilly Trio's last album was released in 1993

October 17, 2018

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The STRAY CATS, the trio of musicians from Long Island, N.Y. who pretty much single-handedly revived the Rockabilly music genre in the 1980's are back, and will celebrate their 40th Anniversary with a new album and an extensive tour. The original band mates-Brian Setzer, Slim Jim Phantom, and Lee Rocker-last worked together on 1993's 'Original Cool" album, and in the past 25 years have all embarked on individual solo projects. Brian Setzer's solo output has been the most high-profile (and successful) with the Brian Setzer Orchestra earning a 1998 Grammy Award for their remake of the Louis Prima song, 'Jump, Jive, and Wail.' While the Stray Cats have played only a handful of shows during their 'down time,'  it was their recent sold-out performances in Los Angeles and Las Vegas (their first shows together in 10 years) that started the momentum for the anniversary tour. In a recent Rolling Stone Magazine article, Brian Setzer remarked, “Forty years ago, us three teenagers started a little band to play a musical style that had long since passed and most folks had never heard of. Forty years later, we stand together and still get that same thrill and exhilaration from the music. That feeling is what makes the fireworks go off and the sparks fly.” Tour dates will be forthcoming, and The Stray Cats expect to hit the studio (in Nashville) next year to record their first album of the 21st Century, of which drummer Slim Jim Phantom comments, “We have an album’s worth of new songs that are classic rockabilly while keeping the music and style current and fresh, like always” promises Phantom. “In other words … [It’s] a Stray Cats album.”  Rock ON Stray Cats!