by, Sarah Marie Pittman, Featured Writer, Pollstar
Stray Cats drummer Slim Jim Phantom, Guana Batz bass player Jonny Bowler and The Polecats singer Tim Polecat are once again teaming up. The rockabilly vets, who previously worked together with their band 13 Cats, are touring together under the name The Whammy.
In addition to his years with Stray Cats, Slim Jim’s resume includes playing with Phantom, Rocker and Slick as well as a stint with Jerry Lee Lewis. Tim Polecat, who recently released a solo album titled Virtual Rockabilly, has produced albums for other neo-rockabilly bands such as The Quakes and Wrecking Ball and also works as a film and soundtrack composer. Best known for his time playing with Get Smart and Guana Batz, U.K. psychobilly bassist Bowler has also worked with Lemmy, Nick 13 and Levi Dexter.
The setlist on tour will combine a variety of Stray Cats and Polecats songs in addition to rockabilly classics, some more obscure hits and Whammy originals.
More dates are expected to be added in February.
Dec. 1 – Bakersfield, Calif., B. Ryders
Dec. 7 – San Diego, Calif., The Casbah
Dec. 8 – Las Vegas, Nev., Vinyl @ Hard Rock Hotel
Dec. 12 – San Jose, Calif., The Blank Club
Dec. 13 – Oakland, Calif., Uptown Night Club
Dec. 14 – Orangevale, Calif., The Boardwalk
Dec. 21 – Santa Ana, Calif., Constellation Room
Dec. 22 – Pioneertown, Calif., Pappy And Harriet’s Pioneertown Palace
Feb. 9 – Denver, Colo., Larimer Lounge
Feb. 13 – Kansas City, Mo., Knuckleheads
Feb. 14 – St. Louis, Mo., Old Rock House
Feb. 15 – Chicago, Ill., Reggies Rock Club
Feb. 17 – Minneapolis, Minn., 7th Street Entry
Some dates are on sale now.
Visit The Whammy’s website at TheWhammyBand.com.