If you’re a fan of Rockabilly, then this gig at The Brook on October 4th is made for you. The Kat Men (made up of of Stray Cat drumming legend, Slim Jim Phantom and UK Rockabilly guitarist, Darrel Higham & bassist, Al Gare (both from Imelda May’s band) supported by one of Southampton’s most promising and talked about bands, The Black Kat Boppers, is definitely a gig not to be missed (possibly an overused term, but this time we mean it!)
The Kat Men started life back in 2007 when Stray Cat drumming legend, Slim Jim Phantom and UK Rockabilly guitarist, Darrel Higham, met at a jam session at The Oneida Casino, Wisconsin, in the good ‘ol US of A during a week-long Rock ‘n’ Roll Festival.
A fiendish plan was formed to start a touring band for Europe and the next year saw the two record their first CD – entitled simply ‘Kat Men’. Produced and recorded by Gilby Clarke in Los Angeles, this smokin’ 12 track Rockabilly powerhouse added to a set that fairly shook up the audiences that would flock in their droves as the Kat Men deftly bopped from one European city to another as their following grew.
Much of 2008/09 was spent performing long tours of Europe and Australia before Higham left to pursue the role of lead guitarist for his wife, Imelda May while Jim toured the world with a highly successful reunion of the Stray Cats and continued playing drums with another project, Headcat, featuring that Titan of Rawk, Motorhead’s Lemmy.
In late 2011, the lure of the Kat Men could no longer be contained and Jim and Darrel were re- united to record another CD. This was recorded at Embassy Studio in Hampshire, UK during March/April 2012, and from there a record contract with Decca Records followed. 14 tracks running the full gamut of Roots music; Rockabilly boppers, strollers, Hep Cat rhythms, Country shufflers, Blues ballads and laid-back groovers make this the essential ‘Beat for the Feet’ release of 2013!!
Be Prepared and Be Aware!