The Reach Around Rodeo Clowns
"The Clowns' music is a great mix of old style with a new sensibility twisted enough to get everybody within earshot's panties in a wad in a mighty satisfyin' manner“ 2015 Grat Britt No depression.
"The Reach Around Rodeo Clowns reassure me that rockabilly in the 21st century is as engaging, explosive, and biologically autonomous as when a sideburned, teenaged electric company truck driver first cut loose at 209 Union”- D.C.Larsons, No Depression Magazine2/11/15
Drawing from rockabilly roots, surf, and rock n’ roll, with an irreverent punk attitude, the Reach Around Rodeo Clowns have crafted a unique sound and presence. The “Clowns” music has been featured in film and TV and they have played every major venue from NYC to La since 1995. 2014 saw the release of their sixth album “Rockabilly Deluxe” on Lanark Records and a premier spot at the 2014 Viva Las Vegas Rockabilly Festival. The video for the single “King of the Slot Car Track” has received major radio play and praise from top magazines and a tweet about the band from horror author Stephen King!
Brothers Quentin Jones (guitar) and Wendell Jones (vocals) formed the band in Lancaster PA in 1995. Quentin’s twangy guitar leads and swank tube tones get the rodeo rockin’ while Wendell’s vocals range from backwoods hillbilly to dark brooding blues. The new album is getting rave reviews and radio play on both sides of the Atlantic. The album reached #1 on the Air-Play Direct rock charts and is the #11 most downloaded rock album of all time on the site. Air-Play Direct is a music download site for radio stations
The Rodeo Clown's music has been featured regularly on radio stations worldwide, CBS television, and several independent horror films. They’ve also been featured in multiple magazines, such as Goldmine Magazine, Hot Rod, Fangoria, CMJ Music Monthly, and many more. Considered one of the pioneering East Coast modern roots bands, their original music has been covered by artists including The Rockats, Lee Rocker (Stray Cats), and rockabilly legend Charlie Gracie.
The Reach Around Rodeo Clowns latest recording is a cover of the classic, “Boomerang”. Guitarist Quentin Jones once again produced this tasty slice of rockabilly heaven at the Lanark Studios in Lancaster, PA. Wendell Jones’ attention-getting vocals never fail to amaze as you find yourself hooked within seconds. This single also features an all-star rhythm section of Liberty DeVitto (Billy Joel, Carly Simon, Meatloaf) on drums and Dave Roe (Johnny Cash, John Mellencamp, Dwight Yoakam) on bass.
Liberty a long with noted bass player Kenny Aaronson (Brian Setzer, Hall & Oats, Billy Squier, Bob Dylan, Dave Edmunds, Joan Jett, Billy Idol) will be joining the clowns on upcoming live shows and future recordings.
With their sixth and most ambitious album, "Rockabilly Deluxe", the Reach Around Rodeo Clowns’ momentum shows no sign of slowing down. "Rockabilly Deluxe" is released on Lanark Records, and was recorded on analog and digital equipment, melting past, present, and future vibes into a record that Eddie Cochran might have made, had he listened to The Beatles "Revolver", then joined Mott the Hoople.
Except from The Portland Press Herald
November 9, 2014
BY RAY ROUTHIER STAFF WRITER
Stephen King’s appetite for pop culture King-sized too
At 67, the best-selling Maine author is still a tastemaker, tweeting about whatever inspires him.
Quentin Jones, guitarist for Reach Around Rodeo Clowns, says King’s tweet recommending his band’s music shows that King appreciates a wide range of art and creativity, even if it’s not in the mainstream. King himself, earlier in his career, had been considered a lesser author by some critics because he wrote horror, and because he was so popular.
“He appreciates the real art of what he does. I’m sure he’d be a writer whether he got paid for it or not,” said Jones, 52. “And I think he appreciates that in others when he sees it. Why else would he be giving a nod to us, an underground band from Pennsylvania?”
King explains his tweets by saying he likes talking about young writers and talented artists. He likes the fact that if he recommends a book by a lesser-known but talented writer, people might go out and buy the book.
Gallery: 11/3/13 Blue Comet show
Photos of the Rockats and the Reach Around Rodeo Clowns at the world famous Blue Comet, Glenside, Pa The Rockats and The Reach Around Rodeo Clowns tear up the Blue Comet! Last week was an historical event at the world famous rockabilly bar "The Blue Comet" in Glenside, PA. Both The Rockats and The Reach Around Rodeo Clowns are two of the hottest rocking bands around played together on the same bill. The night was sweaty,sticky and full of bopping and jiving bodies. Both bands tore the roof off a packed house that was followed by a super jam. Everyone had such a blast, and the club couldn't even get the crowd to leave at closing time!!!! "Yes, it was standing room only and the largest crowd in years at the Blue Comet, which is cool venue just outside of Philly, Pa. Just about anyone who is anyone in the roots/rockabilly music has played there, from J. D. McPherson to Brian Setzer". - Smutty Smiff (Rockats) The Clowns kicked off the night with a rousing set the included fan favorites and selections from their new number one album "Rockabilly Deluxe". This was followed up by a fantastic hour and a half set from The Rockats. Afterwards both bands did a set of covers jamming together and bring up a few people from the crowd to sing! People are still talking about this show! Come out to see The Rockats before the year us over! 2013 tour dates are listed in our events page!
Gallery: 2014 Viva Las Vegas Reach Around Rodeo Clowns
The Reach Around Rodeo Clowns have a buzz for a loud and energetic show and they did not disappoint. From the opening riff of “King Of The Slot Car Track”, they commanded the stage and the crowd's attention. You didn't want to miss a moment of this high-energy set. I like to describe them as “Cash Meets Clash”. Wendell Jones’ vocal delivery has a bit of that Cash flair and the music is a full on assault led by Quentin Jones’ masterful guitar work. They win on every level. The only disappointing thing about their set is that they couldn't play even longer due to time constraints on each act. Those in the crowd that weren't familiar with the band before their set probably now own a t-shirt and their latest Rockabilly Deluxe which was available on vinyl for the first time at the event. In fact, I witnessed the very first copy of this wondrous wax being sold to someone rushing to the tent after their set.