Aug. 21--On Friday, Rio & the Rockabilly Revival will unveil new release "Runaway Train" with a party at the Magic Bag in Ferndale. The band will headline a triple bill of album-release performances, with Reverend Robert Sexton's All Star Blues Review and local songstress Iris also celebrating new releases.
Rio & the Rockabilly Revival front woman Rio Scafone has bloodlines that make you want to pay attention.
"My uncle was one of the early pioneers of what we now call Americana-roots music," says singer and bandleader Scafone, the niece of Windsor-Detroit rockabilly legend Jack
Scott. "I was steeped in it at a young age. It's in my bones. I've always loved that kind of music. There's something about the rawness of it and the simplicity of it that I really love. It just leaves a lot of room for emotion."
"Runaway Train" was recorded in the band's home studio in Royal Oak with engineer Ester Nevarez. It follows the band's 2012 debut EP, "The Midnight Rebel Sessions," which Scafone credits for the fast rise of the group. "It opened the door, and the response has been unbelievable," she says. "We've been doing a ton of gigs and have had an amazing overwhelming response."
As for the name of the band, "I use the term rockabilly in it because I do love the sound," she says. "The revival part -- it's a church term. In my work, I bring about a lot of the early gospel influences that were the foundation for rock 'n' roll. It's more of the feeling we put into it. It's the church of rock 'n' roll."
Rio's show is full of energy and action. You might consider it a hip-swinging and boot-stompin' hootenanny of sorts. She's a passionate performer who really knows how to bring the audience in. As Scafone told the Free Press in a 2012 interview, "You've got to be unapologetic."
And while she's heavily influenced by her famous uncle, Scafone is determined to put her own name and her own stamp on what she does.
Moving forward, the band is preparing to head overseas in 2014. "We've been invited to France to do two of their larger festivals, and we're going to record with Rydell Records," Scafone says. "While we're there, we're going to spread out and hit as many different countries as we can."
Rio and the band will host a meet-and-greet at 9 p.m. in the lobby. CDs will be available at the show, and a small run of vinyl is expected in the coming weeks. Reverend Robert Sexton's All Star Blues Review's new disc is "Made in Drayton Plains," while Isis is celebrating "Extraordinary."
Doors at 8 p.m. Friday, music at 8:30 p.m., the Magic Bag, 22920 Woodward, Ferndale. 313-544-3030. $15.
For more: www.facebook.com/RioRockabillyRevival
Other CD-release parties of note:
-- The Seatbelts: The gritty Detroit rockers will release "Joy Ride" with a party Friday at the Cadieux Cafe in Detroit. The Secrets will open. Doors at 9 p.m. 4300 Cadieux, Detroit. 313-882-8560. $5.
For more: www.facebook.com/seatbeltsdetroit
Stikyf t: The Elizabeth Theatre, above the Park Bar in Detroit, will host the release of Stikyf t's new EP, "Cairo Delay," on Saturday. The band mixes sultry female vocals over heavy psychedelic riffing -- a sound they call gypsy art-rock. Soul Divide and the Strange open the bill. Doors at 6 p.m., music at 8 p.m. 2040 Park, Detroit. 313-444-2294. $5 admission, $10 for admission and a copy of the new disc.
For more: www.facebook.com/stikyfut
Jackie Stahl & the White Russians: Drummer Matt Stahl is stepping out from behind the drum kit for this new endeavor, in which he'll play piano and lead a group that describes its sound as dirty Americana.
"Jackie Does Love" is the debut album, and the group will unleash it Friday at the Elizabeth Theatre in Detroit.
Doors at 9 p.m. A rare appearance by one-man band Man, Inc. opens the show at 10 p.m. Jackie Stahl & the White Russians will play at 11, followed by the Rumpshakers, who will close out the night.
2040 Park, Detroit. 313-444-2294. $8 includes a copy of the new CD.
For more: www.reverbnation.com/jackiestahlandthewhiterussians
Reunited rockers: Detroit rockers Overloaded will host a reunion show Friday at the Token Lounge in Westland. The band split a few years ago after its members got involved in other projects. Guitarist Erik Kluiber moved to California, where he currently plays guitar for Metal Blade recording artists Gyspyhawk.
Opening the show are Dangerous Pursuit, which also is reuniting for this special night, plus New Day Revolution and Hazard Head.
Doors at 9 p.m. Friday, the Token Lounge, 28949 Joy, Westland. 734-513-5030.
For more: www.facebook.com/Overloadeddetroit
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