Kevin Fennell, The Rollin' Rock Connection
  
Kevin Fennell Ray Campi

Photographs: Kevin Fennell (left) and Ray Campi (right)
Courtesy of Kevin Fennell

The name Kevin Fennell might not immediatly ring a bell, but most of you rock 'n' roll and rockabilly fans must have heard him play his wild guitar on several occasions, because Kevin played the strings with rockabilly heavy-weights Ray Campi and Mac Curtis. I got in touch with Kevin through the internet and I was very pleased he said 'yes' when I asked him to write down his live story to be published on BlackCat Rockabilly. So, here it is, the life and times of Kevin Fennell in his own words. Thanks Kevin!

I was born in Los Angeles, California, got my first guitar at 10 years old and taught myself to play. My influences were the Beatles and Stones and the 60's rock bands, surf music, Motown and Chuck Berry. My playing was influenced by the British and San Francisco bands. I was later influenced by the Southern Blues/Rock players. I learned about blues through these bands. Played in party/wedding/garage/school dance type bands pretty much all through school doing whatever we liked (The hard rock of the day and token 50's and blues songs, Johnny B. Goode etc.)

In 1976 we formed the Wild Turkeys, a bluegrass band. This group lasted several years until members scattered around the globe.

In 1977 I joined Ray Campi And His Rockabilly Rebels. Ray turned me on to a lot of good guitar music, Les Paul, Chet Atkins, Merle Travis and they have influenced my playing. I learned a lot about Rockabilly through Rockin’ Ronny Weiser’s Rollin’ Rock Records where we recorded.

Played the L.A. scene and often traveled to the S.F. area and did the clubs there. There were no other Rockabilly bands then. In Dec '77 we did the U.K. Rollin Rock Road Show with Mac Curtis performing all over England. Our band played shows with George Thorogood, John Prine, Elvis Costello, Blasters, Billy Burnette, Robert Gordon w/ Link Wray, Rockpile w/Dave Edmunds, etc.

Feb. '79 back to UK for the Great Yarmouth festival. Our show was filmed for the movie "Blue Suede Shoes" with Bill Haley And His Comets. Did shows with Thorogood and capped off the tour with a show at The Lyceum in London with Bo Diddley.

Starting in 1979 Ray Campi And His Rockabilly Rebels underwent many personnel changes over the next decades.

In 1981 I formed The Jazz Connection mixing New Orleans Jazz with Rock and Roll. We gigged around L.A. for a couple years.

In 1984 I started Gun Shy (rockabilly/country/rock). Our great moment was opening for George Jones in Beverly Hills CA. Played locally for a year or so.

In 1986 back to England with Ray for a few shows then mostly So. Cal. bar and club gigs until drifting apart in 1988.

Ray Campi & The Rockabilly Rebels

Since the 80’s I have played in several different bands, some great and some not so hot. In 2000 I re-connected with Ray Campi. BlackCat Rockabilly is partially responsible for that. I hooked up with The BlackCat (Mr. Marijn Raaijmakers) while searching for Rockabilly lyrics on the web, specifically the song "Rockin' and Rollin' with Grandmaw" by Carson Robison. We got to know each other via emails back and forth. Marijn then started cleaning up old tapes I had of The Rockabilly Rebels and others, putting them on compact disc. The Rockabilly Rebels stuff turned out so good I had to send a copy to Ray. We started playing together again and still perform and record together to this day.

When technology went up and prices went down I set up my own home studio and crank out my own solo albums. Thanks BlackCat!

Kevin Fennell contact information:
shasta50@socal.rr.com 

Kevin's music is available for download/purchase from the major web downloading services. Choose from over 100 of his songs or choose a complete album from either Amazon, i-Tunes, Napster, Rhapsody, e-Music and more. You'll be glad you did!

Click here to download many albums and songs from Amazon.com!
 

Bustin' Out Blues 2013:
Kevin "Fingers" Fennell, guitars, vocals
Luther Boom Boom Jackson, Fender bass
DJ "One Take" Bonebrake, drums, vibes
Willie "Fat Lip" Jones, Harp
"Ramblin" Ray Campi, Upright Bass
Bustin' Out Blues
 
Bar-B-Q Boogie 2013:
Kevin Fennell, guitars, vocals
Luther "Boom Boom" Jackson, bass
DJ "One Take" Bonebrake, drums
Joel Powerharp Gossman, blues harp
Bar-B-Q Boogie
 
Shake 2011:
Kevin Fennell, guitars, dobro, vocals
Luther "Boom Boom" Jackson, bass
Ray Campi, upright bass
Joel Powerharp Gossman, blues harp
Ruby "Eighty-Eight Keys", keyboard
DJ Bonebrake, drums
Shake
 
My Thing My Way 2011:
Kevin Fennell, guitars, dobro, vocals
Luther "Boom Boom" Jackson, bass
Ray Campi, upright bass
Joel Powerharp Gossman, blues harp
Willie Fat Lip Jones, blues harp
DJ Bonebrake, drums
My Thing My Way
 
Rock And Roll Will Never Die 2010:
Kevin Fennell, guitars, vocals
Luther "Boom Boom" Jackson, bass
Ray Campi, upright bass
Joel Powerharp Gossman, blues harp
DJ Bonebrake, drums
»» Read the Review ««
Rock And Roll Will Never Die
 
Highway Bound 2010:
Kevin Fennell, guitar, dobro, vocals, etc.
Joel Powerharp Gossman, blues harp
Luther Boom Boom Jackson, bass
DJ Bonebrake, drums
»» Review on MySpace ««
»» Review PrintScreen ««
»» Available from Amazon ««
Highway Bound
 
Hard Rockin' Head Knockin' 2009:
Kevin Fennell, guitars, vocals
Joel Powerharp Gossman, blues harp
Luther "Boom Boom" Jackson, bass
DJ Bonebrake, drums
»» Read the Review ««
Hard Rockin' Head Knockin'
 
Boppin' Sparky
And The Sparkle-Billies 2009:

Kevin Fennell, guitars, dobro,
mandolin, banjo, vocals
Joel Powerharp Gossman, blues harp
Luther "Boom Boom" Jackson, bass
DJ Bonebrake, drums, marimbas
»» Read the Review ««
Boppin' Sparky And The Sparkle-Billies
 
It's All Blues Baby 2008:
Kevin Fennell, guitars, dobro,
percussion, snare drums, vocals
Joel Powerharp Gossman, blues harp
Luther "Boom Boom" Jackson, bass
DJ Bonebrake, drums, marimbas
»» Blue Suede News Review ««
Blue Suede News, issue #86 2009
It's All Blues Baby!
 
Twangin' Off 2008:
Kevin Fennell, guitars, dobro, accordion,
fender bass, percussion, vocals
Ray Campi, upright bass
Joel Gossman, blues harp
DJ Bonebrake, drums, percussion
»» Read the Review ««
Twangin' Off
 
All Systems Play 2007:
Kevin Fennell, guitars, dobro, mandolin,
Fender bass, percussion, vocals
Ray Campi, upright bass
Joel Gossman, blues harp
DJ Bonebrake, drums, percussion
James Wilinski, drums
»» Now Dig This Review ««
All Systems Play
 
Shake Shack Stomp 2006:
Kevin Fennell, guitars, dobro, mandolin,
fender bass, percussion, vocals
Ray Campi, upright bass
Joel Gossman, blues harp
DJ Bonebrake, drums, percussion
»» Read the Review ««
Shake Shack Stomp
 
Blues Bop Boogie! 2006:
Kevin Fennell, guitars, vocals, bass
Ray Campi, bass
Joel Gossman, harp
James Wilinski, drums
DJ Bonebrake, drums, percussion
Marc Bristol, washboard
»» Read the Review ««
Blues Bop Boogie!
 
Rock-A-Billy Boom Bam! 2005:
Kevin Fennell, guitars, vocals, bass
Ray Campi, bass, backup vocals
Joel Gossman, harp
James Wilinski, drums
DJ Bonebrake, drums, percussion
»» Read the Review ««
Rock-A-Billy Boom Bam!
 
Mo'Blues! Mo'Blues! Mo'Blues! 2005:
Kevin Fennell, guitars, vocals, bass
Joel Gossman, harp
DJ Bonebrake, drums, percussion
Pep Torres, vocals, backup vocals
Ray Campi, bass, backup vocals
April Lee & Jill The Crow, vocals
»» Read the Review ««
Mo' Blues! Mo' Blues! Mo' Blues!
 
Kevin Fennell (Solo) CD single, 2004
 
Steamroller Blues, 2003:
Kevin Fennell, guitar, vocals
Jay Schermer, harp
Joe Johnson, bass
Fred Sandoval, drums, vocals
»» Read the Review ««
Steamroller Blues Label
 
Kevin and Friends, '87 to '95:
Kevin Fennell, guitar
Bill Stoy, sax
Paul Leigh, bass
Craig Meyers, drums
Kevin & Friends
 
Gun Shy, 1984:
Suzanne Sherwin, vocal
Kevin Fennell, guitar
Allen Zak, guitar, sax
Paul Leigh, bass
Steve Vidro, drums
Gun Shy Album Cover
 
Jazz Connection,'81 to '83:
Kevin Fennell, lead guitar
Mike Rubino, rhythm guitar
Hank Ditto, clarinet
Bill Stoy, Sax
Paul Leigh, bass
Steve Vidro, drums
Jazz Connection
 
Wild Turkeys,'76 to '84:
Mike Rubino, guitar, lead singer
Howard Ariew, 5 string banjo
Kevin Fennell, lead guitar, mandolin
Jim Donnellan, 12 string guitar
Paul Leigh, bass fiddle
Stuart Weisbuch, spoons, washboard
Holly Weisbuch, backup singer
The Wild Turkeys

See the full Kevin Fennell Discography, CLICK HERE

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