The Rough Housers

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The Rough Housers

 Formed over nine beers and a mutual love of all things rockabilly; country licks, standing up, thumping bass, slapback vocals and songs about cars and girls, the three chaps who form the powerhouse backbone of erstwhile Perth pop rock band Murphy's Lore decided that their time was NOW.

Rockabilly music, if it needs to be pigeonholed (and it really doesn’t, however), is a country and rock and roll crossover that defined the late 50’s and brought stardom to Elvis, Roy Orbison, Carl Perkins, Jerry Lee Lewis and Johnny Cash amongst many others. While the Stray Cats and other noted revival artists have added a distinctly punk ethos to the rockabilly epithet, no one can deny the raw energy and pure fun delivered by swingin’ rockabilly tunes.

Kieran “Bernie” Murphy, the drummer and previously silent ‘other’ Murphy brother took the mic because no-one else would and much to his surprise, it wasn't awful. Some people even went so far as to say it was 'good'. Picking up on the energy of Andy Sturmer and Slim Jim Phantom, Kieran decided that playing, singing and standing up could all be achieved simultaneously. His favourite rockabilly tune is 40 Days by Ronnie Hawkins.

Shaun “42nd” Street had spent some considerable time on the electrified bass, before receiving his degree and graduating to its taller cousin, the upright double bass and began making one hell of a racket. His favourite track is Lonnie Donegan’s immortal version of the old classic Rock Island Line.

Jason Jay Eddy Smith came armed with a Gretsch White Falcon, a 1957 National lap steel, a background in pure country twang and a whole mess of attitude. Taking lead vocals on a couple of tunes from his idols, Johnny Cash and Junior Brown, Jase is the virtuoso that every boy wants to be, and the guitar hero every girl wants to get close to. Sorry ladies, he’s taken.

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 “Wonderful – should be more of them. Love the music"
“Best concert we have ever been to – music sensational”
“Enthusiastic, Fun Talented”
“Very enjoyable”
“Very entertaining””
“Good music, good atmosphere”
“Funny band & great song choices”
“Fun group”
“Loved it”
“Nice & bright”
“Music suits all age groups”
“Great music”

Various Guests - City of Nedlands Event – March 2017

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1.	Guitars, Cadillacs
2.	P2 Vatican Blues
3.	Singing The Blues
4.	30 Days
5.	Don’t Let Go
6.	Summertime Blues
7.	Blue Moon of Kentucky
8.	Movie Magg
9.	20 Flight Rock
10.	Mystery Train
11.	Hello Mary Lou
12.	Somethin’ Else
13.	Sam Hall
14.	The Devil & the Deep Blue Sea
15.	Rock Island Line
16.	Ain’t Got No Home
17.	Broke Down South Of Dallas
18.	Everybodys Trying 2B My Baby
19.	Folsom Prison Blues
20.	Pistol Packin’ Mama
21.	San Francisco Bay Blues
22.	Kiss and Tell
23.	Jumbalaya
24.	Shake Rattle and Roll
25.	All Shook Up
26.	Don’t Get Around Much Anymore
27.	Kansas City