|Three Blue Teardrops, Rustbelt Trio
Chicago based roots rockin’ trio Three Blue Teardrops are poised to reclaim their place as one of Rock-n-Roll’s proudest and finest institutions as they celebrate their 15th anniversary together. Formed in the fall of 1991 (way back when Seattle “grunge” was en vogue) Three Blue Teardrops were at the forefront of a stateside rockabilly and swing revival with their unique and energetic style. A three piece trio of drums, upright bass and guitar, the band began writing and performing original songs that combined elements of 1970’s punk , gut bucket blues, jungle swing, gospel, garage rock, hillbilly jazz and country harmony to the 1950’s style raw rockabilly sounds of our Rock-N-Roll forefathers to create their own contemporary sound that was not stuck in the trappings of rockabilly, psychobilly, punk, blues or any single musical sub genre. The band’s appeal (and controversially to some strict rockabilly traditionalist’s disapproval) was it’s truly energetic and original genre bending and blurring take on vintage American AND modern musical styles as well as the trio’s desire to seek out and frequently play on all age musical bills that were non rockabilly, often do things “un-retro” and do a whole lot more than hold it’s own against punk, hardcore, ska, heavy metal, alternative and pop bands. This approach introduced and initiated a whole new generation of approving kids into the genre of “rockabilly” and has spawned countless imitators and influenced bands who were enamored by the trio’s loud emergence from the “good time American roots rockabilly greaser punk cesspool.”
Friends first and a band second, Three Blue Teardrops boast of a deep and rich history together in which they have recorded and released four full length CD’s of original material together, toured extensively from coast to coast throughout the 1990’s, developed a very strong and loyal following throughout the nation and abroad and have gathered countless friends and memories along the way. Labeled “unmarketable” by the recording industry, despised and ignored by the press as working class, having the misfortune of being abandoned by a label that went belly up in conjunction with the members marrying and taking seriously the responsibility of child rearing, all combined to grind the band’s momentum to a halt in 1999. Now the band resurfaces from self imposed exile rejuvenated, with a firm grip on their family lives and a desire to pick up where they left off. During the interim, the fan’s enthusiasm for the band has not wavered and every “reunion” show has brought packed houses of fresh young faces wanting to see what the “big deal” is all about. They do NOT leave disappointed because they have witnessed one of America’s true underground gems: the ugliest, baddest, rawest, grittiest, nitro-fueled rockabilly bastards straight from the Rustbelt!
Information provided by Dave Sisson, 2006
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