City Slang: Rio will revive rockabilly

Feb 19, 2012 at 8:28 am

Rio & the Rockabilly Revival, featuring Rio Scafone, niece of legendary Detroit rockabilly dude Jack Scott, will celebrate the release of her debut EP at Orchid (141 W. Nine Mile in Ferndale) on Sunday, February 26.

It is an interesting story, and one we intend to focus on in a forthcoming City Slang. According to a statement, “When a rough, under-produced music demo by local band, Rio & the Rockabilly Revival went viral, front woman, Rio Scafone felt sick to her stomach. The demo recorded in a house in Royal Oak with a single room mic and the crudest of recording equipment has now gone from her worst nightmare to the little demo that could. Never intending to be released, it has now found its way onto playlists in the UK where rockabilly is practically a religion. The demo is now being released as an EP, as is.”

"We never intended for it to be heard outside of a small target audience, I was mortified,” Scafone says. “I mean, my uncle is a rockabilly legend, I didn't want to embarrass him, was literally sick to my stomach. Never in our wildest dreams did we expect it to ‘grow legs’ like this and be heard much less accepted in the UK, the holy land of Rockabilly.”

Well, now the EP is set for release and Scafone will celebrate in Ferndale. That has to be worth checking out. For more information on Scafone, visit her Facebook page.

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