The 28th September of 2003 was the date the Wildwood Rockers performed for the very first time in their original line-up. Guitar players Rene Lansink and Maurice ter Braak, drummer Manolito Konniger, bass player Frank Bunskock and front man Maarten Hozee, formed the band just a couple of month before and found themselves at the benefit concert for "Huize Pardoes" (something like the Ronald McDonald House) organised by the ladies wind band "Pardoes".
Original line-up Wildwood Rockers
It was a flying start for a lot of great gigs. After Rene Lansink left the band, the band went on as a quartet and singer Maarten began to play acoustic rhythm guitar. A successful period followed with a lot of gigs. After a couple of years fans started to ask for a CD. A list of songs was made and Hennie Korsten of the Session Sound Studio was contacted. The 25th and 26th of may 2007, sixteen songs were recorded "Live" in the studio. Not long after those recording sessions Frank Bunskock left the band and was replaced for a short time by Desmond Oostrom.
Wildwood Rockers 2008
After a few months however Desmond couldn't disengage himself any longer. Lucky enough Freddy Vaanholt, the long time reserve bass player, got other work and was available to fill up the vacancy. The story continues with one of the highlights for the time, a trip to Denmark.
Maarten Hozee : Lead vocals & rhythm guitar
Maarten started his career with the "Bopstreet Shows" in association with the famous Dutch Rockabilly Band "Billy Wiggle 'n' The Wigglers" in the mid eighties. In 1987 he was one of the founding members of the rock and roll band "The Nightrollers", which made one demo CD. The Nightrollers performed for over 10 years before splitting up. Together with Hugo Smuling, the piano player of "The Nightrollers", Maarten joined the Dutch instrumental surf , Rock&Roll and Rockabilly band "The Jaguars" as singer/bass player , which made several CD's. After the split-up of "The Jaguars" Maarten was asked to join "The Wildwood Rockers".
Maurice ter Braak : Lead guitar
Former lead guitar player of the rockabilly band "The Mad Cats". Has his roots in blues, rockabilly and some country and is a great admirer of among others Brian Setzer.
Freddy Vaanholt : Double bass
Started his career with among other things with the "Bopstreet Shows" and had has his five minuts of fame as a soundmix Shaking Stevens at the Dutch television. Freddy acted for a long time the first reserve bass player of "The Wildwood Rockers". Freddy likes among others Rockabilly, Blues and Swing.
Manolito Konniger : Drums and backing vocals
Has a long time career as drummer, with his greatest claim to fame with the surf band "The Soffists", which made a record for Mute records and as a drummer with the Dutch Rockabilly band "The Racketeers", which recorded for Rockhouse records. Mano, as he his often called, has a broad musical taste from Surf to Rockabilly and beyond.
Courtesy of Maarten Hozee, 2008
Used with permission