The Reach Around Rodeo Clowns “Rockabilly Deluxe”
The Reach Around Rodeo Clowns “Rockabilly Deluxe”
Rockabilly Deluxe has received rave reviews and air play on radio stations around the world. It is #11 of the top 50 most played rock albums of all time on Airplay Direct and reached #1 on the rock charts.
“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
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.
“Rockabilly Deluxe” by the Reach Around Rodeo Clowns is a retro-futuristic
rock n’ roll spectacle not to be missed.
1. King of the Slot Car Track
2. Long Gone Daddy
3. Bowling Alley Baby
4. Wild Crazy and Out of Control
5. Paranoid Boy
6. I Used to Be the One
7. I got the Shakes
8. I’m Obsessed
9. It’s Rock & Roll
10. The Light So Bright
$12.95 Sale Price
King of the Slot Car Track
Long Gone Daddy
Wild Crazy and Out of Control
I Got The Shakes
Its Rock and Roll
No DepressionFebruary 10, 2015
~~Unfortunately, terms like "inventive," "refreshing," and "clever" have too often been used to describe musicians not nearly as worthy of their imprint as is Quentin Jones.
Those already fans of the man's red hot-gunning guitar-play -- with, most recently, Charlie Gracie, Robert Gordon, and the Rockats, as well as his own RARC -- know him to be of a high grade.
But Quentin-the-lyricist's knack for roads at once accessible yet less-traveled further distinguishes him. "King of the Slot Car Track" and "Bowling Alley Baby" sculpt novel rock'n'roll silhouettes from mundanity. They and other tracks here twist and writhe satisfyingly in communicable, nitro-dosed fever.
Abetting Quentin with burly, throwdown zeal are singer Wendell Jones, drummer Dave Ferrera, and Gas House Gorillas bassist Crusher Carmean. Whereas others might merely bop in echo of giants who've gone before, these three know first hand what rocking's all about.
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.
Recommended “King of the Slot Car Track,” “Bowling Alley Baby,” “Wild, Crazy, and Out of Control,” “Paranoid Boy,” “I Got the Shakes,” “I'm Obsessed
Goldmine Magazine Jan 2014December 05, 2013
The Reach Around Rodeo Clowns Rockabilly Deluxe Lanark
Rockabilly music reaches a new age and a new sound in the aptly-named Rockabilly Deluxe by The Reach Around Rodeo Clowns.
“King of The Slot Car Track” tells you right away that this isn’t your daddy’s rockabilly: the fuzzed-out guitar and electric bass see to that. Add keyboards, a horn section and even an accordion depending upon the track and you’ve got some sonic texture that the old hiccupped vocal beginnings of this genre never had. Some may feel this isn’t a good thing but get out of the way if you can’t get in the groove! This is some fun stuff. It doesn’t take itself too seriously. “It’s Rock’n’Roll,” goes one song, “it isn’t pretty.”
All original, all with a bent twist, from “Bowling Alley Baby” to “Wild, Crazy And Out Of Control,” vocalist Wendell Jones plays it for laughs, more Robert Gordon (who also records for Lanark) than Elvis. This keeps things light and lets sterling guitarist Quentin Jones let fly with the bop. Combine that with a killer rhythm section and this Lancaster Pennsylvania band is taking rockabilly into strange caves.
And just to show they can do it up like their forebears, closer “The Light So Bright” indeed harkens back to an earlier era. Yet they still can’t keep away from adding some horror movie effects in the song’s middle.—Mike Greenblatt
The Portland Press HeraldNovember 09, 2014
~~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.
“I get enthusiastic about a lot of stuff. So when I watch or read stuff I like, I just wanna tweet about it,” King said. “If I get a funny thought, or something fascinates me, I’ll mention it. Like that GEICO pig, he just fascinates me so much.”
Review Vintage Rock Magazine 8/14
Reach Around Rodeo Clowns
Aside from being winners of the ‘Greatest Band Name Ever’ award, the ‘Clowns muster a thrilling (up-to-date) noise from a place deep, deep down and have been doing so for some time. King of the Slot Car Track is an undulating revelation, trumpeted bliss comes on I Used To Be The One and I’m Obsessed is a tough, crunching, unrequited love song. Pure rockabilly it ain’t, but Quentin Jones writes fiery tunes with a wry smile and coaxes magic from his trusty Gretsch throughout. Wendell Jones’ rotund baritone tops it all off in style.
~~Album Review the Reach Around Rodeo Clowns “Rockabilly Deluxe”
The band name alone will tell you that these guys aren't going to lull you to sleep. A quick glance at their bio will further help you understand the full-on rockabilly assault you're about to hear. They describe their style as, "a little bit country, a little bit punk, a little bit crazy, and a little bit drunk." Rockabilly Deluxe is their 6th album and they aren't slowing down! My advice is to open the windows and step back after you hit "play" to start the disc...not too unlike lighting fireworks and running for cover. "King Of The Slot Car Track" blasts out of the speakers and doesn't let up. It's such a high-energy punkabilly attack that you might have difficulty getting to track 2 for wanting to play it again! Once you do make it to "Long Gone Daddy", the Cash meets Clash slow rockin' groove shows off the bands aforementioned style variance. They throw in some tasty horns and lock into a groove. A fun, tongue-in-cheek delivery of "Wild, Crazy and Out Of Control" shows not only their humor but how the band can throw down a groove that will draw you in combined with Wendell Jones' almost Robert Gordon-like attack. The band also features Wendell's brother Quentin on the twangy lead guitars that are sometimes Duane Eddy, sometimes Carl Perkins and all the time solid...perhaps through a punk filter. You'll be amazed by the rhythm section of Dave Ferrara on drums and Crusher Carmean slappin' the upright bass. They keep it moving like like a freight train coming right at you. Get out of their way and enjoy the show!
Welcome to next level of rockabilly/roots. It has a name. It's The Reach Around Rodeo Clowns!
www.jumpingfrom6to6.comDecember 26, 2013
Reach Around Rodeo Clowns Rockabilly Deluxe Review Rockabilly Deluxe 
Lanark Records King of the Slot Car Track - Long Gone Daddy - Bowling Alley Baby - Wild Crazy and Out of Control - Paranoid Boy - I Used to Be the One - I got the Shakes - I’m Obsessed - It’s Rock & Roll - The Light So Bright
The Reach Around Rodeo Clowns approach their brand of modern rockabilly with a punkish attitude. Their motto here seems to be "Grab them by the balls, don't let them go and keep it short!". With ten songs all written or co-written by guitarist, label owner, producer, arranger Quentin Jones, it's "misson completed" for the quartet. It's a mix of powerful rock'n'roll, some with horns, classic rockabilly, a bit of 80's neo-rockabilly and even some mariachi stuff with a bit of surf thrown in for good measure. The two highlights are "Wild Crazy and Out of Control" that sounds like an anthem and "I'm obsessed" a superb melodic rocker that could be a potential hit if the radio had enough "you know what" to play real rock'n'roll. Fred "Virgil" Turgis
Mudkiss Magazine Oct 2013November 11, 2013
Mudkiss Magazine Oct 2013
The Reach Around Rodeo Clowns - Rockabilly Deluxe
This is the latest release on the excellent Lanark Records, but the band are far from new, having been around since the 1990's and having already released five previous albums. It was recorded at Lanark's studio using analog equipment, so it has that retro sound but still having a more modern vibe. They are a band who have roots in rockabilly, surf and rock n roll but all with an irreverent punk attitude. This latest release has been given a description of "a little bit country, a little bit punk, a little bit crazy and a little bit drunk", which certainly sounds like it will be an album worth checking out.
They certainly don't mess around on the opening number, "King Of The Slot Car Track", which is a full on rockabilly number with the guitar sound having a Peter Gunn feel to it. The song itself is upbeat with a great use of backing vocals to give it a full sound.
They are quick to ensure the album doesn't fall in to the trap of being one dimensional as the second song, "Long Gone Daddy" sees them slow it down a bit and add a great sleazy swing sound. It has really good use of horns to give it a real 'sassy' feel. This is also achieved on "It's Rock and Roll", which also has a slower beat but again features a certain swagger. This track in particular would probably be at home as an accompanying track to a wild burlesque dancers routine.
The Rodeo Clowns really do excel at producing old school rockabilly tracks. On "Bowling Alley Baby", not only do we get a great title, but also a real fifties swing. Importantly though, it sounds fun but not clichéd. "I'm Obsessed" is a similar traditional sounding song but the production ensures it has a more contemporary feel. "Wild Crazy and Out Of Control" is not surprisingly a song about a wild girl, who would be perfect for a rockabilly boy! This song makes good use of having a deeper and more menacing vocal delivery. It is followed up by "Paranoid Boy" which might well be about that rockabilly boy who has been confused by the before mentioned wild crazy chick!
The band's willingness to mix things up is most clearly present on "I Used To Be The One". The sound here just comes out of nowhere, where it is a bit country but with a few Mexican sounds thrown in - it's certainly fun. The country feel is most evident on the closing track, "The Light Is So Bright". Again, however, the band ensure it is not just a routine number as they also throw in some pretty weird gothic segments to keep the listener on their toes.
Lanark records are certainly establishing themselves a track record of delivering quality rockabilly bands. This release from The Reach Around Rodeo Clowns is probably the finest of their releases so far. It is based on a traditional rockabilly style and sound which will certainly appeal to the fans of this genre. However, it is not just a clichéd revamping of an old style. Often bands of this type will produce songs which just sound like cover versions of old songs. Instead, The Reach Around Clowns don't always play it safe and throw in the odd curve ball to keep the listener alert and interested. This means they continue to bring something new which is essential to keep the scene and sound developing.
Buster Fayte Rockabilly RompOctober 01, 2013
CD Review: The Reach Around Rodeo Clowns, Rockabilly Deluxe
Posted on October 28, 2013 by Buster Fayte
Some bands have an alternate way of looking at the world, but maybe none more than The Reach Around Rodeo Clowns. The Clowns have been spreading their brand of rock and roll for quite a few years now and have put out several recordings over the years. While I haven’t heard all of their recordings, comparing what I have heard to the band’s latest, Rockabilly Deluxe , I can say that this is my favorite Clowns record of all.
Lyrically, this record is a lot less along the lines of tongue-in-cheek innuendo than I’ve heard from these guys before and I like that. Instead of silly jokes and “nudge-nudge, wink-wink” we’ve got more insightful subject matter and more creating lyric writing here. Do I mean to say that after years of songwriting, Guitarist/writer Quentin Jones has grown up? No, not really. He’s still got a way with words that’ll make you smile. He just seems to have crafted it more on this record than others that I’ve heard. Lyrically, this is still a fun record–still a Reach Around Rodeo Clowns disc.
And musically, I enjoyed this record quite a lot. Despite the disc’s title, this is definitely not traditional rockabilly. The liner notes say “Rockabilly Deluxe” isn’t just the name of the record, it “…is also the name of a new style of rockabilly music…” Leave it to the Clowns to think they get to invent something new! But they kind of have. I don’t know whether any other bands will (or can) follow in these footsteps and create more rockabilly deluxe music, but it’ll be cool to see if the Clowns themselves come up with more.
Rockabilly traditionalists/purists will very possibly be annoyed with the use of the word “rockabilly” in the title of this disc. This is certainly not traditional rockabilly, so if that’s what you’re looking for, better adjust your expectations before you listen to this record. Still, there are plenty of rockabilly elements throughout the record. Crusher Carmean plays solid rockabilly slap bass throughout and Jones has rockabilly chops to spare which he weaves in and around other guitar playing styles. He’s not a Gretsch Guitar endorsed artist for nothing.
One thing you can always say about the Clowns is that this is one tight outfit. Drummer Dave Ferrara keeps things rocking tight with a mix of simple patterns that lean toward rockabilly and bigger sounds that betray the band’s love for a larger rock and roll sound.
There are several guest musicians on this record too, lending their skills on everything from saxophones, keyboards, accordian, and brass instruments like very Mexican sounding trumpets on “I Used to Be the One.”
All of this is pulled together with the distinctive baritone vocals of lead singer Wendell Jones. Jones’ handles these songs better than I’ve ever heard him do before and his delivery is–like the songs themselves–a little less tongue in cheek than in the past. Sometimes his voice borders on comical, but only when he wants it to. He puts in several really strong performances here and it’s his voice more than anything that defines the sound of this record.
As I said, this isn’t traditional rockabilly by any means. There’s quite a bit of distortion and modern recording sounds on the disc. Quentin Jones’ guitar is loud and powerful and many songs have at least two guitars in them which combine to fill the arrangements out far more than 50s rockabilly.
But there is also a lot of R&B, some jazz, country, and other styles woven into this record. Some songs feature a rockin’ horn section, many of the songs make a lot more use of background and harmony vocals than you’d ever hear in rockabilly. It all combines to make up a full-sounding and thoroughly rockin’ record.
The record’s been tearing up the charts at AriPlay Direct over the past several months, having been in the chart’s top 40 for the entire month after the record’s September release on Quentin Jones’ own Lanark Records label. It also hit the #1 spot on those same charts, so clearly others agree about the disc’s quality. And I can easily see why. This is a really fine record and if you’re into rockin’ music, I think you’re going to like it a lot. Just readjust your mindset away from the 1950s and be prepared for more modern sounds.
But also be prepared for great musical performances, convincing vocals, and fine song writing. Oh, and this is after all The Reach Around Rodeo Clowns that we’re talking about here, so don’t forget to be prepared for a rollicking good time. You’d expect no less from these guys, and true to form, they deliver. In fact, as I said earlier, I think they delivered better than I’ve ever heard before. This is a very fun listen.
My recommendation: If you’re up for something other than traditional rockabilly, but yet still want something that rocks and is loads of fun to listen to, give this one a spin! Once you do, I’ll bet you give it another real soon.
Slam ReviewsSeptember 16, 2013
Album Review: “Rockabilly Deluxe by the Reach Around Rodeo Clowns”
For a lot of people, including me, this has to be one of the most anticipated albums of the year. The band’s last album “Dark Days, Dark Nights” (2010) was simply a great album, hell it is easily one of the best albums to come out in the last few years in any genre. So what’s a band to follow up with…well R.A.R.C. changed it up and give us “Rockabilly Deluxe” and lets just say this is one kool take on modern rockabilly. This puppy clocks in with 10 tracks of sweaty rockabilly/rock n roll that you can’t help but like. As usual we get more stories about madness, sex, bad woman and obsession. However this time out we have less psychobilly but way more horns and keyboards. Don’t let that fool you this still sounds tough, has an edge and there is no mistaking this is R.A.R.C.. Highlights include: ”I Used to Be the One”, “Wild Crazy and Out of Control”, “Boweling Alley Baby” and the way kool “King of the Slot Car Track”.
Rockabilly Deluxe is not only a great sounding album it’s also very refreshing, kinda unique and fun. This is a remarkable album by one of the best bands out there. Only a nincompoop wouldn’t like this. Highly Recommended!!
View the review online: http://reviewsbyslam.blogspot.ca/2013/09/reach-around-rodeo-clowns-rockabilly.html
Toronto RockabilltSeptember 01, 2013
THE REACH AROUND RODEO CLOWNS
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Reach Around Rodeo Clowns – Rockabilly Deluxe
Lanark Records are working their butts of trying to keep the energy and vibe of roots music alive and they are doing a great job with some great releases. And now they have done it again with the brand new release from The Reach Around Rodeo Clowns with their brand new album “Rockabilly Deluxe”.
The album delivers ten great tracks with quite a mix of styles ranging from straight up rockabilly with a twang of psychobilly to a good dose of swing-influenced rockabilly. And this swing influence is what makes The Reach Around Rodeo Clown’s album a killer one.
The first track, “King of Slot Car Track” jumps straight in to the swing of things with a nice up tempo groove and continues the swing in to the slower “Long Gone Daddy” which reminds one of a seedy Chicago underground club. Track three, “Bowling Alley Baby” takes it straight back to some classic sounding rockabilly, with the following track “Wild, Crazy, and Out of Control” being one of those songs that you will catch yourself humming to long after you’ve put the record down. The rest of the album flows up and down with some classic rockabilly and a cheesy / humorous mexican number. But the track that really sticks out on this album is the song “It’s Rock And Roll” which brings the album back to the swing sound and some great guitar playing.
Overall this is a great sounding album with Wendell Jones’ larger-than-life vocals keeping it all tied together nicely. If you’re looking for something a little different then The Reach Around Rodeo Clowns have got it all wrapped up for you in their latest release “Rockabilly Deluxe”.
Check out lanarkrecords.net for more info and to purchase the album.
Grant Britt No DepressionDecember 10, 2015
~~If you like your rockabilly served up on thick slices of wry, The Reach Around Rodeo Clowns should be on your plate. Lanark owner/guitarist/producer/ songwriter Quentin Jones heads up this bunch of rowdies in a rockabilly throw down. Brother Wendell takes care of vocals, throwing down a pretty convincing husky Elvis uh-huh chorus on “Bowling Alley Baby,” from their latest, Rockabilly Deluxe.
Quentin is the principal songwriter,contributing 10 tongue in cheek jewels to the production. Sounding like it was cranked out by a one hit wonder '60s surf band, “Wild, Crazy, And Out Of Control” is made to order for a B movie drive-in festival.
Even though “Paranoid Boy”follows the rockabilly format melodically, the lyrics shunt it right on over into the shockabilly bin,Wendell's quavering delivery begging for a padded cell to contain it. “I look to the left/I look to the right/ someone's gonna feel my wrath tonight,” he promises before admitting “I'm confused...and paranoid.”
Once again, “I'm Obsessed” fits neatly into the rockabilly frame, but Quentin's pen takes this one into straight jacket territory, the stalker panting creepily after confessing he watches from far away but the object of his obsession doesn't even know he's there.
“I Used To Be The One” is a real genre bender, a Tex-Mex masterpiece that sounds like Doug Sahm channeling Dave Dudley, mixing truck drivin', cry-in-your-beer country with Texas guitar twang and south of the border hornery.”I used to be the one that she cheated with,” Wendell sings sorrowfully, “now I'm the one she's been cheatin' on.”
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.
What They're Saying
D-J MAC Thomas 91.3 WVUD
Not often does one find a gold nugget the size of a CD, but in the case of the new Reach Around Rodeo Clowns "Rockabilly Deluxe" it fits the bill to a "T". The Clowns have departed slightly from their Psychobilly roots, but not too far on this album. Wendell, Quentin, Dave and Crusher take Rockabilly to a new level of enjoyment with selections like "Bowling Alley Baby","I Used T Be The One" and "King Of The Slot Car Track". The addition of brass, keyboards and accordion on some selections doesn't take away from their foundation of pure Rockabilly. My suggestion: get your grubby paws on this album and load it into the player ASAP, crank up the volume and enjoy! Rockabilly Deluxe is the REAL DEAL!